The Uchiha Clan is probably the most prominent family – as a whole – in the whole Naruto franchise, aside from the villainous Otsusutki Clan. And while Sasuke is by far the most important Uchiha clan member, Madara Uchiha might just be its most dangerous one. In this article, we are going to talk about Madara Uchiha and his powerful Rinnegan, as we have decided to tell you just how exactly Madara managed to awaken his Rinnegan over the course of the Naruto series.
As the original “owner” of the Rinnegan, Madara actually awakened it by pure chance. Some time after infusing himself with Hashirama’s DNA and unknowingly mixing Indra’s and Asura’s chakra, Madara Uchiha’s Sharingan transformed into the Rinnegan. As the eyes’ original owner, only he could use them to their maximum power.
The rest of this article is going to focus on Madara Uchihha and his Rinnegan. We’re going to give you several in-universe details concerning Madara’s discovery of this powerful technique, as well as some details about the technique itself. If you haven’t seen all the Naruto episodes, we have to warn you that the article is going to be full of spoilers.
How did Madara Uchiha awaken the Rinnegan?
Realizing that he would not be able to replace Hashirama as Hokage, Madara began to fear that Hashirama would begin to oppress the Uchiha, and tried to rally support to challenge his leadership. Rather than help him, the Uchiha Clan turned their backs on Madara, believing that he only wishes to rekindle the flames of war.
Abandoned by his clan, approximately 66 years before the Fourth Ninja War, Madara left the village, looking for Kurama, whom he subdued using his Sharingan. Later, he returned in order to challenge Hashirama in battle. They fought in the place that would one day be called the Valley of the End. At first, Madara and Hashirama clashed with their Gunbai and Zanbato, respectively.
Breaking away, Madara forces Kurama to attack, but Hashirama stops him and even parries and returns his Tailed Beast Ball. Even though Madara fused the Susanoo with the Nine-Tails, Hashirama was fighting back, parrying and/or dodging his attacks. The Hokage tried to convince Madara to stop fighting, but since he didn’t want to, Hashirama entered Sage Mode, and, at the same time, created a giant wooden figure with a thousand arms to end the fight.
During this final clash, Kurama was subdued and Hashirama’s jutsu destroyed, so the battle was defined by a clash of swords, which Madara won. However, it turned out that what he had attacked was a Wood Clone, giving Hashirama the opportunity to pierce it with his sword, causing the Uchiha to finally fall and lose consciousness, but before he said that the village would be covered by darkness.
Due to this, it is assumed that Madara died from the wound, and the possession of Kurama was ultimately taken by Hashirama’s wife (Mito Uzumaki). Madara’s death spread quickly and his body was highly sought after, knowing how valuable Madara’s body would be to any ninja. However, Tobirama hid it in a Konoha forest several meters deep underground.
Despite this, Madara had a back-up plan, so he sealed his Izanagi in his right Sharingan, sacrificing it so that, when activated, it would rewrite his reality, preventing him from dying and swapping with a Clone of Madara. Shade. Later, Madara took refuge in Graveyard Mountain and began to cultivate Hashirama’s cells using a piece of meat that he ripped from the Senju during their battle and which he vomited out.
With this, he implanted it into his wounds. Though he noted that initially, nothing happened to him, when he was nearing the end of his natural life, he awakened the Rinnegan, also regaining the vision in his right eye that he had lost. He also acquired the Wood Release and as such, possessed Uchiha and Senju DNA.
When he awakened these eyes, he gained the ability to summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, which was sealed in the Moon and whose seal Madara broke. Furthermore, he used it as a catalyst to cultivate Hashirama’s cells, which grew into a large tree, with a Living Clone of Hashirama that possessed no sentience.
Later, he transplanted his Rinnegan’s eyes into a boy from Amegakure, named Nagato, without Nagato’s knowledge, and at some other point, replaced his normal left eye with a free Sharingan. Madara lived for many years until approximately the end of the Third Shinobi World War, although, with a body that had already been very worn out, and to stay alive, he was actually forced to rely on the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path as a life support system connected to Hashirama’s Artificial Body.
In this manner, the Statue constantly supplied Madara with chakra, or else he would die immediately. Also, during said war, he began the creation of White Zetsus, which he believed to be imperfect clones of Hashirama, as they could use the Wood Release but on a smaller scale, and which sprouted into Hashirama’s Artificial Body.
How strong is Madara’s Rinnegan?
As we have said, several years after he had implanted Hashirama’s cells, Madara awakened the Rinnegan shortly before his death. Because his Rinnegan is like a much more advanced form of his original Dōjutsu, Madara had the ability to access both the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan and the Rinnegan and switch from one to the other in either form.
With the Rinnegan, Madara had access to the abilities that said eye grants, such as being able to see the Chakra, use the five basic forms of the Chakra, as well as being able to summon and control the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. As a user of the Rinnegan, Madara could access the powers of the Six Paths, initially displaying the use of the Preta Path, being able to independently absorb ninjutsu no matter how strong or complex it is, as demonstrated by easily absorbing chakra of Naruto’s Rasenshuriken, and even Ōnoki’s Dust Release released without a problem.
Using the Outer Path, Madara demonstrated the ability to use the Outer Path — Saṃsāra Heavenly Life Jutsu. Also, like the rest of the Outer Path users, Madara could manifest Chakra Receivers, as well as having access to Chakra Chains, with which she was able to fully restrain the nine Tailed Beasts. Madara also displayed the ability to combine the abilities of the Rinnegan with the Susanoo, being able to shoot two massive meteors onto the battlefield from the upper atmosphere.
This is because if one meteorite slowed down and stopped, the second hit it like a hammer, guaranteeing its collision. After being revived, Madara showed the ability to generate an invisible corporeal shadow that can help him during combat. Thanks to Chakra Senjutsu, the shadow became strong enough to repel the nine Tailed Beasts.
When he possessed only his right Rinnegan, he was able to manifest a single shadow, but upon regaining his left, he was able to produce a total of four. In addition, he demonstrated the use of the Deva Path, utilizing Chibaku Tensei on a gigantic scale, creating a large black sphere which then splits into smaller parts, causing each one to undergo the Chibaku Tensei process and subsequently causing them to fall, producing a shower of meteors.
Later, when Madara approached the Moon and ripped the plate from his forehead, he managed to awaken the Rinne Sharingan, which is Kaguya Ōtsutsuki’s eye, and the Ten Tails. With this legendary eye, Madara was able to project the Infinite Tsukuyomi onto the Moon, bringing the entire planet under his control. In addition to being able to manipulate the roots of the God Tree, he spreads them all over the planet by trapping and binding people fallen in Genjutsu to the God Tree.