Most Naruto and Boruto characters are actually popular because they are canon or have been present in the anime filler episodes, gaining notoriety despite the criticisms directed towards these episodes. This is especially true for Boruto, where there is a strong discrepancy between the manga and the anime. Still, most characters have appeared in both adaptations of the sequel story to Naruto. In this article, we will talk about one character who only appeared in Naruto but had a lasting impact on the series and especially one of its characters. The character in question is Itachi Uchiha, and in this article, you are going to find out how strong he is.
The article is going to be divided into two major sections. The first one is going to represent Itachi’s powers and abilities. In contrast, the other one will be a short comparison of Itachi’s powers and abilities to the powers and abilities of other characters, divided into several subsections. These will not be detailed analyses, just brief comments so you can understand Itachi’s position in the larger Naruto lore.
How strong is Itachi Uchiha?
Since childhood, Itachi had a keen sense and awareness of what was happening around him. He managed to graduate from the ninja academy at the young age of 7, become a Chūnin at age 10, and be an ANBU squad captain at age 13. The teachers also admired him, who ensured that his progress needed no help. It’s hard to name all of his accomplishments, but that can’t be said to measure Itachi’s true ability.
He was also endowed with the innate skill to perceive a person’s nature. Because of this, Itachi took great interest in the town’s history and what his ancestors left behind. Due to his way of thinking, he was never bound by the limited view of the ‘clan’ but actually thought of the village as a whole. Also, in Hiruzen’s words, it was noted that his reasoning was already at the level of a Hokage at the age of seven. Itachi was shown to be analytical and insightful, dedicating powerful techniques, inner workings, and weaknesses, even under pressure.
He staged his battle against Sasuke to achieve his desired results. He even considered the possibility that his plan was not going as he intended, preparing countermeasures for it by sealing his powers inside Sasuke and placing a special crow inside Naruto. The first of these measures was in case Tobi could come into contact with Sasuke, having transcribed Amaterasu into Sasuke’s eyes in an attempt to kill him when he was off guard. This led the masked man to realize that if he hadn’t kept some secrets from Itachi, he would have died from his latest trap.
His true potential could only be understood by those who approached his level. In the few battles he was seen participating in, he proved to be an incredibly strong ninja, defeating many powerful shinobi with great ease. Despite his modesty regarding his abilities, his Akatsuki teammate Kisame Hoshigaki and Orochimaru recognized that Itachi was much stronger than them. Even Obito said that Itachi never ceased to amaze him, even when he was dead.
Itachi was also a great connoisseur of all the techniques of the Uchiha Clan, especially the capabilities of the Sharingan. He could use high-level ninjutsu, such as the Great Clone Blast. Crows were a common motif both in his ninjutsu and genjutsu techniques. For example, he could create a clone that split into large numbers of crows, which would then assault the opponent with various shurikens.
Also, he could summon ravens to use as a distraction. Itachi was also a common user of the Shadow Clone Jutsu and the Crow Clone Jutsu. During his battle with Sasuke, when they continuously performed a shuriken attack, Itachi created a shadow clone and attacked his brother with it. As an experienced member of the Uchiha Clan, Itachi was a great user of the Fire Release.
He knew jutsu like the flames of the phoenix or the great ball of fire, a jutsu characteristic of his clan. He was also shown to be a user of the Water Release, whereby he could use jutsu such as the Water Dragon Missile jutsu without needing to be near pre-existing water. As a fully trained ANBU from Konoha, Itachi was also proficient in Kenjutsu, mainly demonstrated in his battle with Kabuto Yakushi after reincarnation. Itachi also had great skill with Fūinjutsu, as seen when he performed the Transcription Seal: Amaterasu on Sasuke just moments before his death.
As Itachi was born into the Uchiha Clan, he developed his clan’s Kekkei Genkai, the Sharingan. However, unlike the other members, Itachi was able to awaken him at the young age of 8, being considered one of the most skilled of his clan. Like all carriers of this Dojutsu, Itachi could use its capabilities, but to a high degree, being able to attack three Sharingan-carrying ninjas in a second.
This shinobi was mainly characterized by having the ability to study his opponent’s movements from a long distance and respond quickly, almost always using genjutsu. Like all Sharingan wielders, he could induce his enemies with mere eye contact. Furthermore, he had trained his eyes so much that he could have the Sharingan activated for a long time with minimal chakra drain.
How powerful is Itachi compared to other Naruto and Boruto characters?
This section will compare Itachi Uchiha to some other prominent Naruto and Boruto characters. These will be brief comparisons whose main goal is to give you a general idea of his powers and abilities.
Is Itachi stronger than Kakashi?
Kakashi is one of the most powerful and skilled shinobi in the whole series. He has enormous experience and could even hold his own against Itachi, one of the most talented shinobi in the whole series. But, there is no essential difference between Kakashi and Itachi, so it is impossible to determine a clear winner in this duel. Itachi is more talented than Kakashi, but not by much, and these two characters are more or less on the same level of power, which is why – regardless of the anime – there is no clear winner here.
Is Itachi stronger than Isshiki?
Well, this is a rather complex one. Namely, Isshiki Ōtsutsuki is more powerful than your typical Ōtsutsuki Clan member, and we can only state that the match would be quite interesting. We’re not certain how close of a call it would be, but we’re somewhat leaning toward the fact that Itachi could use his vast talent and the diversity of his skills to overpower Isshiki.
Is Itachi stronger than Madara?
Madara Uchiha is quite probably the strongest Uchiha in history. Madara was a true beast and was able, at one point, to control both Kurama and Susanoo simultaneously. Based on that fact, we know that Madara Uchiha could defeat Itachi. Sure, Itachi was exceptionally talented and powerful, but he never really got the chance to surpass Madara. On the other hand, Madara remains one of the most powerful characters in the whole series, which we definitely had to consider here.
Is Itachi stronger than Kaguya?
As far as things stand now, Kaguya Ōtsutsuki is still considered to be the most powerful Ōtsutsuki Clan member we’ve seen to date. The “Ōtsutsuki mother” was an enormously powerful foe. Her chakra was amazing, and the extent of her abilities was such that she was a global threat, and everyone rightfully feared her. Kaguya was immortal and could not be killed, so she did not die. She was only defeated because Naruto and the company managed to seal her after she had merged with the Divine Tree. In that aspect, even with all of his talents, Itachi still couldn’t single-handedly defeat Kaguya, as she was still much stronger than him.
Is Itachi stronger than Momoshiki?
Like it was with Isshiki, this is a very tricky comparison, as far as things stand. Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki is somewhere around Isshiki’s power level, that much is known, and he is probably a bit above it. From a comparative standpoint, this means that Itachi definitely stands a chance here and that he would, in our opinion, be able to defeat Momoshiki using the diversity of his talents.
Is Itachi stronger than Naruto?
Well, comparing Itachi to Naruto is not an easy task. Itachi was the strongest and most talented shinobi of his generation, and, initially, he was superior to Naruto, just like he was superior to Sasuke. This is why, initially, Itachi was stronger than Naruto, but later on in the story, Naruto managed to surpass his level and would now be able to defeat him.
Is Itachi stronger than Sasuke?
Well, the same thing we said about Naruto can be repeated here. Namely, Itachi was initially much stronger than Sasuke, but due to his illness and death, he was never able to reach his full potential. On the other hand, Sasuke has become a true fighter over the years and he has, in the meantime, surpassed Itachi’s initial level and would be able to defeat him in a fight.