Naruto has had some epic fights in the Naruto manga (and anime), created by Masashi Kishimoto. Some of them are, of course, more famous than others, but in the end, there are only a few that could be described as defining battles, those that helped shape Naruto as a character, but also the storyline of the manga. Naruto’s battle against Pain is certainly one of them and in this article, we are going to give you the answer on who would objectively win in a fight between Naruto and Pain.
Naruto is stronger than Pain; he demonstrated this in their fight, when he managed to defeat Pain. Pain was a very powerful shinobi, but Naruto’s powers are simply greater, as he is arguably the strongest character in the franchise. Naruto managed to defeat Pain even while not reaching the full extent of his powers, which speaks enough about Naruto’s powers.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, we are going to compare Naruto Uzumaki and Pain (Nagato) in more detail. Through several categories, you are going to see exactly who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is.
Chakra and Physical Powers
Being a descendant of the Uzumaki Clan, Naruto boasts incredible stamina and vitality, he won’t even age as much as others. It has been noted on several occasions that Naruto possesses a chakra capacity of exceptional proportions, thanks to his being a Jinchūriki of the Nine Tails, making his amounts of chakra four times greater than those of a Jōnin level ninja like Kakashi, after his training with Jiraiya.
He also possesses a very accelerated regeneration (partly thanks to Kurama’s power) allowing him to recover from minor or serious injuries in a matter of seconds or days respectively.
As the leader of Akatsuki, Nagato was an extremely powerful ninja who was considered by the other members to be the strongest in the organization. His partner Konan claimed that he had never lost a battle.
This is notable as he managed to kill Amegakure’s Leader Salamander Hanzo, Kakashi Hatake, defeated and captured Utakata the six-tailed jinchuriki on his own, and finished off Jiraiya after revealing all of their six bodies (though Pain admitted that killing Jiraiya had not been easy), he destroyed Konoha by killing hundreds of high-level shinobi and even after all that he defeated Naruto in Sage Mode who was accompanied by Gamabunta, Gamahiro, Gamaken and the two Sage Toads: Fukasaku and Shima.
Nagato had the ability to master any jutsu at an early age, not only did he master all the techniques that Jiraiya also taught him the 5 basic chakra natures, something impossible for a normal shinobi and he did it with just 10 years.
Pain’s (or Nagato’s, whichever you prefer) chakra control skills were truly amazing, that was out of the question. He has demonstrated amazing abilities and was able to master Naruto at one point, but eventually, Naruto surpassed Pain’s abilities, was able to defeat him and that is why he gets this point.
Points: Naruto 1, Pain 0
In the Academy, the Sexy Technique was the only technique Naruto could successfully perform that had no practical use other than shocking people. Later, he learned more advanced and useful ninjutsu from Jiraiya. These included summoning toads from Mount Myōboku to help him crush his enemies from above.
He became adept at shurikenjutsu and was able to throw weapons quickly and accurately. Naruto’s repertoire expanded to fūinjutsu, where he could store his weapons in scrolls. His fūinjutsu was further improved when he obtained Gerotora at the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War.
One of the most remarkable qualities that Rinnegan grants to its users is the ability to empirically learn control over the five basic transformations of nature: fire, wind, lightning, earth and water. Thanks to this, Nagato was an impressive prodigy. He was able to master all of them when he was only 10 years old, an impressive feat that only the greatest shinobi have been able to perform.
Nagato could use the wind element to create blasts of compressed air that could easily knock out a human being or enhance attacks with Kunai and Shuriken increasing their danger as well as creating air bullets powerful enough to defeat a large group of people. The great chakra that he had allowed him to use the water element on a higher scale, being able to create an amount of water so huge as to cover an immense part of Konoha.
Now, again, Nagato seems to have been the stronger one here early on, and he was a much more proficient shinobi from an early age, but Naruto eventually surpassed all of that and became a true ninjutsu powerhouse, which is why we have to give him this point as well.
Points: Naruto 2, Pain 0
Senjutsu / Dōjutsu
After Jiraiya’s death at the hands of Nagato, Naruto began training with Fukasaku on Mount Myōboku to learn Senjutsu and how to enter Sage Mode. To achieve this, Naruto had to learn to detect and control the Natural Energy around him.
Once mastered, Naruto was able to perfect the Rasen Shuriken, so he could cast it, and learn the Kata of the Toads, the style of Taijutsu that uses natural energy around the user to improve the range and power of his attacks.
In Sage Mode, overall Naruto’s physical capabilities are dramatically enhanced to the point that he could launch entities much larger than himself with little to no effort, such as the Animal Path Giant Rhinoceros and Kurama.
Nagato has the Rinnegan Dōjutsu, where her incredible power comes from. This was granted by Madara Uchiha, in order for the Moon Eye Plan to be carried out, with the intervention of Zetsu and Obito who presented the Uzumaki as the true “Madara”. This technique was originally from the Sage of the Six Paths, the world’s first ninja and who is claimed to be the “Creator of Modern Ninjutsu”. The Rinnegan’s abilities are completely unknown but it allows the user to use all five types of elemental chakra, Fire, Water, Lightning, Earth, Wind in addition to Yang.
Naruto and Pain use somewhat different techniques here, which is why it was difficult to compare them properly. They’re both enormously powerful, which is why we have divided the points here.
Points: Naruto 3, Pain 1
Naruto, as has been said throughout the series, is a tactile learner, so he learns from the exercise rather than theorizing about it. His learning style was exploited by his teachers such as Kakashi, who using the benefits of Naruto’s shadow clones accelerated the Nature Transformation training, and Fukasaku who decided to go to Sage Mode practice after it didn’t work in theory.
Furthermore, Naruto can be considered to have the ability to teach, as he was able to transmit his Jutsu: Shadow Clone, Sexy Jutsu and Rasengan to Konohamaru Sarutobi.
Nagato has proven to be analytical and strategic. During his battles Nagato could use three of his six Six Paths of Pain to analyze his opponent’s abilities and, in case he was losing advantage during the battle, invoke the rest of his ways as reinforcement as he did in his battle against Jiraiya.
When he produced his invasion of Konoha he entered the village with only the Animal Path so that the sensor ninja thought there was only one enemy. He then invoked the rest of his paths with the Animal Path using the Deva Path, the Human Path and the Naraka Path to gather information about the whereabouts of Naruto Uzumaki while with his other paths as the Asura Path he was in charge of causing chaos in the village.
During his battle against Naruto he used various strategies such as performing a specific formation to protect the Naraka Path or the Deva Path buying time to regain his powers. He also used the Preta Path to immobilize and absorb Naruto’s chakra.
In the end, this is the category that simply has to go to Pain. Pain is a much better analyst and is able to organize a whole group, while Naruto is more instinctive. He’s far from stupid, but his intelligence is certainly not one of his stronger points.
Points: Naruto 3, Pain 2
Naruto Uzumaki Vs. Pain: Who Wins?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
The numbers have said it all, but even without that – Naruto has proven himself to be the stronger among the two. Naruto has been able to defeat Pain twice – the first time was when Pain was actually Pain, while the second victory was that over the reincarnated Nagato during the Fourth Shinobi World War.
But, even if the two had not clashed in the manga and anime, it would still be Naruto’s victory. As the numbers have shown us, Naruto, at the height of his powers, is much more powerful than Pain. Heck, Naruto was able to defeat Pain twice before reaching the full extent of his powers, so it’s quite obvious and clear why Naruto Uzumaki is the winner in this case.