Sasuke Uchiha is one of the most important characters in the whole Naruto franchise. The antihero of the series, Sasuke has been it all – the villain, the hero, and, finally, an antihero that beautifully complements Naruto’s heroic ideals. On top of that, Sasuke is also one of the strongest characters in the whole series. A lot of his powers and abilities stem from the fact that he can use the Rinnegan, but what if Sasuke were unable to use the Rinnegan? Would he be equally strong?
In this article, we are going to tell you just how strong Sasuke Uchiha is without his Rinnegan. We are going to go over his powers and abilities (the Rinnegan excluded) and thereby reveal and explain to you just how powerful he is. We are also going to answer some additional questions related to his powers and abilities.
How strong is Sasuke without the Rinnegan?
Sasuke has always been considered capable of picking up most ninja abilities quite easily. His performance at the Ninja Academy was exceptional as he was considered the best student in his class. During the test of the bells, he was the only one who managed to touch one and put his teacher, Kakashi Hatake, in some trouble; he proved to be above average genin during the first part; he was able to masterfully stop the Demon Brothers, a duo of Chūnin-level hitmen by himself, towering over his peers.
Later, having passed the chakra forest test, he gains a notable increase in his abilities; enough to be even for a slight moment with Haku. Before the Chūnin Exams Sasuke stopped Kankurō with a pebble and made it look easy, something that interested Gaara. During the exams, he showed his hidden potential by defeating Orochimaru, who had taken possession of Shiore’s body with an incredible combination of ninja skills, with extreme taijutsu, the use of his Sharingan and the Fire Element. In the sections that follow, we are going to see just how powerful Sasuke is without his Rinnegan.
Sasuke possesses large amounts of Chakra, being able to perform a strong Fire Release technique at a young age. In the second part, his Chakra levels increased greatly, being able to summon a giant snake-like Manda and use the Chidori several times in a single day, a big change considering that before he could only do it twice a day.
While repeatedly developing and using the Mangekyō Sharingan using chakra-draining techniques, Sasuke effectively fought multiple battles during the Kage Gathering before succumbing to exhaustion, noting that his Chakra became much darker and colder than when using the Cursed Seal of Heaven, as stated by Karin, in part due to the influence of the Curse of Hatred.
After obtaining Itachi’s eyes and awakening the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan his Chakra pool increased much more to the point of using several high-level techniques, depleting only during his battle against Naruto. The quality and power of Sasuke’s Chakra is incredibly strong among even the Uchiha members due to him being the reincarnation of Indra Ōtsutsuki so his Chakra runs in him.
During the second part, his control over chakra grew as he was able to use various powerful techniques with one hand, and his chakra is so powerful that he was able to free himself from Danzō’s Cursed Tongue Eradication Jutsu. Later, after meeting Hagoromo, Sasuke received part of his powerful Chakra, being able to increase the power of his techniques, as well as giving him special properties such as being able to touch Madara Uchiha’s shadow.
Can Sasuke use the Six Paths of Pain without the Rinnegan?
Although Sasuke managed to keep some of his Rinnegan-related powers and abilities even after losing the latter, the Six Paths of Pain are not among them. Since only ever had access to the Six Paths thanks to his Rinnegan, with the loss of the latter, he also lost the ability to use these six techniques concurrently.
He mastered the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique at the age of 7 after only a week of training which earned him praise from his father. He also knows how to use Fire Release: Phoenix Sage Fire Technique, which he sometimes combines with shuriken to make it more powerful. He uses Fire Release to also heat up the sky so he can use his most powerful “Kirin” attack.
His Great Fireball is superior to Itachi’s because during their fight Sasuke prevailed against his. His mastery of Fire Release is hereditary because all members of the Uchiha clan have a Fire Release chakra nature. Like Kakashi, Sasuke masters Lightning Release. His first Lightning Release technique was the Chidori.
He could only use the Chidori twice at first but, after Orochimaru’s training, he could surely use it more times. Again thanks to Orochimaru, he was able to make an improved version of the Flapping Chidori, which he can cast around his body or at a distance with his hand. He can also pour his lightning chakra into his blade to cause spasms in anyone he slices. He can also create a lightning blade for five meters.
His most powerful attack is called “Kirin” with which he causes a gigantic explosion thanks to the lightning in the clouds which he controls and which he knocks down on his opponent but it requires the heating of the clouds with a Fire Release technique. Itachi would have succumbed if he hadn’t used Susanô. He seems to be able to use the Blaze Release but it is unknown how he got it, whether it is a combination of primary chakra natures or a nature available through the Mangekyō Sharingan.
He can manipulate the black flames of the Amaterasu to defend himself and counterattack. He can also combine it with his Susanô to increase the power of his attacks or with Naruto’s Wind Release: Rasenshuriken to increase the power of their respective attacks tenfold. After receiving chakra from the Rikudō Sennin, Sasuke can create a Chidori with black lightning like the one he used with the cursed seal level 2.
Sasuke first used the Sharingan with a tomoe when he was 7 years old, during his brother’s massacre of the Uchiha, when he was about to pass out, he pulled himself together and threw two kunai at Itachi’s headband before fainting. He used the Sharingan with two tomoe during his fight against Haku. From then on, he copied several fighting techniques or styles, including Lee’s lotus flower when he had only seen him in action once, and he even imitated Lee’s style after just a month of intensive training.
He used the Mangekyō Sharingan after his fight against Itachi. He quickly learned his new powers under the aegis of “Madara”. With the fight against Hachibi, he overpowered Amaterasu and was able to put out the flames with his eye when even Itachi was unable to. He further showed Itachi his superiority over Amaterasu’s control against the Raikage by manipulating the flames into a shield.
He used Susanō for the first time against Gaara, Kankurō, Temari and Darui. It was initially incomplete but he completed it against Danzō due to an outburst of anger. Against the Raikage, he used Susanō’s skeleton to protect himself from his Taijutsu. Against Danzō, he could shoot very fast arrows, enough to force him to use Izanagi all the time.
Against Kakashi, again due to an outburst of anger, he almost completed it, but due to the overuse of his eyes, he failed to do so. However, we notice that Sasuke’s final Susanō looks exactly like Itachi’s and that he had a shield similar to Yata’s mirror of Itachi’s final Susanō, and a gourd-like Itachi’s. In the manga, all this is not visible but in the anime yes.
He then asked for Itachi’s eyes which Tobi implanted in him. After a while, Sasuke got tired of waiting and killed White Zetsu, who was trying to stop him from getting out, with a saber made from Amaterasu’s flames which consumed Zetsu. We then saw that Sasuke’s Susanō had somehow undergone an evolution of a higher level, well beyond all his former Susanō.
Sasuke’s now has a sword similar to Itachi’s but made of Amaterasu’s flames, an impressive and gigantic light-colored shield, and an eerie black ball containing black flames, which he can use to create Susano projectiles. made in flames of Amaterasu. He can also give Susanō a lower part, giving her a tailed-tail-like size and similar power by stabilizing her Susanō. He can also create a pair of wings to fly.
Although not his favorite style of combat, Sasuke’s taijutsu was at a very high level since the beginning of the series. This was first shown in the bell test with Kakashi, who was so shocked that he couldn’t even read the Icha Icha paradise as he defended against the attacks. After mastering tree training, he engaged Haku in a taijutsu match, easily outmatching him at his normal speed and blocking his attacks, forcing the masked man to make use of ice crystals.
His abilities drastically improved after his first meeting with Rock Lee. By copying some of Lee’s moves he was able to perform the Lion Rush. Under Kakashi’s tutelage, he improved his taijutsu to match Lee’s taijutsu. With this augmentation, he was able to overwhelm Gaara in their initial fight. He was also able to put up a fight against the Sound Four for a good amount of time.
At various times they fought, Sasuke bested Naruto in hand-to-hand combat. After his time under Orochimaru’s guidance, Sasuke further improved his taijutsu, learning how to use the Strong Fist Technique. His increase in skill allowed him to easily defeat hundreds of sound ninjas in a single battle without taking any damage to himself and without killing them. He was also able to hold off Itachi in taijutsu during their fight. In the anime, he was also able to hold his own against Kakashi in a taijutsu fight on the Samurai Bridge.
Although initially his genjutsu skills were somewhat decadent—compared to his brother and given Sasuke’s inexperience in the early part of the story—Sasuke was able to see through some low-level genjutsu. In the second part, his genjutsu grows to a very high level, utilizing the Sharingan Genjutsu, in which he makes direct eye contact with his enemy, enclosing them in a genjutsu to interrogate and/or paralyze them.
Such was the case when he used it against C and a Yotsuki Clan Ninja. His ability with Genjutsu has reached the point of engaging in a confrontation with Itachi only in genjutsu, being the second incredibly skilled in this ninja specialty. During his battle, Sasuke was able to counter Itachi’s Tsukuyomi Mangekyō Sharingan, using only his standard Sharingan.
He was even able to free a person from a Genjutsu using his Sharingan Genjutsu, as demonstrated when he and his brother each freed the Sound Genjutsu in their battle with Kabuto. After getting his own Mangekyō Sharingan Sasuke was able to perform Genjutsu, being able to immobilize B and trick Danzo for half of their entire battle to the end. Despite this, Danzo noted that Sasuke’s Tsukuyomi does not compare to his brother Itachi’s, stating that it is far less than his brother’s.
Ever since he was very young, Sasuke has been able to easily learn different ninjutsu, scoring top marks in academy tests and being referred to as a genius by various ninjas. He is a skilled strategist and during matches, he observed his opponents easily and was able to analyze them and predict their movements while remaining completely calm.
He then correctly chooses the most effective means and ninjutsu to deal with them. Sasuke can deduce the elemental property in a technique by the hand seals of his enemies, as he demonstrates in his battle against Deidara. He is able to determine the range of the attack from the color of the chakra.
Similarly, he is able to outsmart stronger and more experienced shinobi such as Danzō Shimura during their battle, when he tricked him into revealing his use of Izanagi and later with a genjutsu in order to trick him into thinking the Izanagi was still there. active. Resolving him allows him to choose the strategies in which damage is required in order to defeat the enemy which shows tremendous stamina and willpower.
Can Sasuke beat Naruto without the Rinnegan?
Well, he technically lost their decisive duel with the Rinnegan so we can deduce that he would ultimately lose to Naruto without it, for sure. But, this also depends a bit on when they’re actually fighting. If Sasuke were to fight peak-level Naruto without the Rinnegan, he could still put up a fight, but would eventually lose. A weaker version of Naruto? Well, this is where Sasuke would have more chance and it would depend a lot on the circumstances of the fight itself.