What Is Sasuke’s Rinnegan, And What Are Its Abilities?

What Is Sasuke’s Rinnegan, And What Are Its Abilities?

One of Sasuke’s latest features, and one of the most powerful in his arsenal of Jutsu, is the Rinnegan on his left eye. This granted him access to several techniques which made him one of the two most powerful ninja by the end of the Naruto Shippuuden series. But how did he developed his Rinnegan during the Fourth Greate Ninja War?

Sasuke got his Rinnegan as a result of his left Mangekyo Sharingan’s evolution when Hagoromo Otsutsuki gave him the Yin-half of his chakra. With the Otsutsuki genes present in Hagoromo, it supplemented Sasuke’s Sharingan even further, evolving it in the process.

But what made Sasuke’s Rinnegan so special? In this article, I will explain everything you want to know about Sasuke’s most powerful dojutsu. The details will not just include its abilities, but its appearance, how Sasuke is good at using it, and what is the fate of this powerful visual prowess that made Sasuke cooler than what he already is.

What Is Sasuke’s Rinnegan? 

Sasuke’s left Sharingan evolved into the powerful Rinnegan when he received a part of Hagoromo Otsutsuki’’s chakra. The Rinnegan just like Naruto’s Six Paths Sage Chakra was an upgrade through the powerful chakra of Hagoromo Otsutsuki. And because of Hagoromo’s Otsutsuki lineage, as well as Sasuke’s lineage which directly came from Hagoromo, the chakra then caused an evolution.

Take note that this evolution was already mentioned by Kabuto when he was Madara transform his Sharingan into the Rinnegan just to absorb Naruto’s Rasenshuriken. The Sharingan evolved into a Rinnegan but requires a certain condition to meet it. Madara first demonstrated how evolution works by making sure that he gets a complete Otsutsuki DNA. To do so, he needed Hashirama’s cells, because the Senju clan is the other clan that directly came from Hagoromo. 

Thus, with Hagoromo being the direct provider of the chakra, and thus the DNA, Sasuke’s Sharingan underwent an evolution. The reason why he received such power was that he was tasked by Hagoromo to become the other half to perform the Jutsu he and Hamura used to seal their mother, Kaguya.

With Sasuke attaining a brand new power, and since we all know how the Rinnegan’s features, it gave Sasuke several powers that are exclusive for Rinnegan users, and some exclusive to him. 

Sasuke’s Rinnegan has the same color as Madara and Nagato’s but has six tomoe, instead of the usual three found on the Sharingan. The tomoe is divided into two: whereas three are found near the center, and the other three formed outside the inner three tomoe. Sasuke loses the tomoe on his eyes when Rinnegan’s abilities get overused, forcing Sasuke to wait for a certain amount of time to restore them.

What Are Its Abilities? 

What Is Sasuke’s Rinnegan, And What Are Its Abilities?

The Rinnegan is known to contain a wide array of abilities that are exclusive to its wielders. The range of abilities is so powerful, that some consider its wielders to be as powerful as a God. Just like the Sharingan and Byakugan, the Rinnegan’s abilities can be passed if transplanted to another person. This was proven when Nagato was able to use Rinnegan’s Six Paths power, even if Madara originally owned those eyes. However, the abilities of the Rinnegan that are unique to its owner cannot be accessed by those who acquired the power through transplant.

The Rinnegan can be activated without the need of any chakra amount and can be retained for an extended period even without wasting chakra. Anyone who possesses the Rinnegan can easily master any type of Jutsu. A Rinnegan wielder can also master all five natures without any problem. It also gives them the ability to fully decipher than the Uchiha stone tablet. It is also the natural counter against the Infinite Tsukiyomi. Rinnegan users can also produce chakra receivers – black rods that can be used as a weapon, or as a means to suppress or control one’s chakra

The widely-known ability of the Rinnegan that all of its possessors can access is the set of Jutsu called the Six Paths Jutsu. It is a Jutsu of six different types that are extremely dangerous and overpowered. Here are the following:

  • Deva Path – The ability to attract and repel anything in sight. 
  • Asura Path – Grants the power to mechanize any part of the body. It can create multiple arms, launch missiles, shoot laser beams, and protrude blades out of the body.
  • Human Path – Extracts souls from its targets. 
  • Preta Path – Absorb chakra and any type of ninjutsu. 
  • Animal Path – Lets its users summon a wide variety of animals.
  • Naraka Path – Grants access to the Outer Path, or the King of Hell. This can extract souls, or bring someone back to life.
    • Outer Path – a special ability that governs life and death. This grants the Rinnegan user access to Samsara of Heavenly Life, which can bring someone back to life in exchange for almost all of its user’s chakra.

These Paths can be divided by using bodies that can be controlled by the chakra receivers that a Rinnegan user can create. This is called the Six Paths Technique, which was used by Nagato. All bodies of the Six Paths share the same vision, and each represents one of the paths mentioned above.

One of the most dangerous abilities of the Rinnegan is the ability to summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. This statue can create chakra chains that can be used to bind tailed beasts, as well as consume the beasts themselves. Tailed beast extraction is done through the statue for it to transform to the Ten-Tailed Beast. 

Why Is Sasuke’s Rinnegan Different? 

There are some abilities that the Rinnegan has that are exclusive to their owners only, which is similar to how the Mangekyo Sharingan’s abilities are for its owners. Here are the notable Rinnegan wielders, and the abilities that are unique to them: 

  • Uchiha Madara – He can create a version of himself in his invisible world called Limbo. Only Rinnegan users can see these, while those who have the Six Paths Sage Chakra can sense or make contact with it.
  • Otsutsuki Momoshiki – He can release any Jutsu absorbed by the eye on his right hand through the eye on his left hand. He can also use his Rinnegan to turn living things into food filled with chakra. 
  • Uchiha Sasuke – His Rinnegan allows him to swap places with a target that’s within a certain vision range of himself – this is named Amenotajikara. He also gained the ability to generate portals to other dimensions. 

Aside from Sasuke’s Amenotajikara, let us explain how well Sasuke uses his Rinnegan. His usage of the Rinnegan is so remarkable that he was able to use some of its Six Paths Jutsu so well even if it was his first time using them. He was able to use the tailed beasts as the core for his Chibaku Tensei. His genjutsu through the Rinnegan was also powerful enough to halt all 9 Tailed Beasts without tiring him, too.

He was able to use the Preta Path to absorb them, with mastery of shape and nature transformation to create a humanoid entity in his Susanoo that’s made of pure lightning-nature chakra. Other than these, he can also use the Rinnegan to read patterns to decipher messages. When Sasuke applies this ability, he can create numerous information with just small pieces of text. Sasuke can still use his Mangekyo Sharingan abilities with the Rinnegan as well. 

Why Does Sasuke’s Rinnegan Bleed? 

Much like the Mangekyo Sharingan, Sasuke’s Rinnegan can still bleed if used too much. If it does not bleed, Sasuke might feel pain in his eyes if it gets overused. Take note that he can occur even if he still has some chakra left to perform some techniques. It’s just that the strain applied to his eyes when using techniques becomes too much that it damages it already. 

But with the benefit of the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, blindness will never occur even if Sasuke abuses his Rinnegan. If it does not bleed, Sasuke might feel pain in his eye, such as what he experienced after he and Naruto went all out on their final battle.

Is Sasuke’s Rinnegan Permanent? 

What Is Sasuke’s Rinnegan, And What Are Its Abilities?

Sasuke’s Rinnegan is permanent, which is why he often covers it with his hair. Even in the Boruto series, it appears that his Rinnegan does not revert to normal eyes.

How Powerful is Sasuke’s Rinnegan 

To put it simply, the Rinnegan is known to be the most powerful among the three great Dojutsu. Pretty much all who used Rinnegan in the series have overpowered abilities. The fact that usage of Rinnegan lets its wielder master any jutsu was seen through Sasuke, as he was able to use Chibaku Tensei and genjutsu through the Rinnegan without putting too much effort, even if it’s his first time using it on the very first day he got the Rinnegan.

What Happened To Sasuke’s Rinnegan In Boruto 

Sasuke lost his Rinnegan in Boruto Chapter 53, which is yet to be seen in the anime. After their battle with Isshiki. Boruto, who got controlled by Momoshiki due to having almost no chakra, stabbed Sasuke’s Rinnegan with blinding speed using only a kunai. Boruto blamed himself for what occurred and felt sad since Sasuke was his master. But Sasuke told Boruto that he did not do anything wrong, and they were completely prepared to die in that battle if worse comes to worst.

Does Sasuke Get His Rinnegan Back In Boruto?

Unless Naruto becomes capable of performing the restorative technique that he did with Kakashi’s eyes, Sasuke might be able to get his Rinnegan back. Sasuke got badly nerfed just like Naruto in the aftermath of their battle against Isshiki. That’s why getting his Rinnegan back would be a huge boost to his nerfed power level. But knowing that the series focuses on Boruto, and as to what happened to Konoha when Boruto was all grown up, it seems that Sasuke might not get his Rinnegan back.

Why Does Sasuke Hide His Rinnegan? 

The main reason why Sasuke often hides his Rinnegan with his hair is not because of losing chakra, as it has nothing to do with it. But the fact that he possesses a Rinnegan, which can grant someone tremendous power even if it was just transplanted, is someone that enemies would like to covet. Thus, it’s more about Sasuke not letting others know that he has such powerful visual prowess.

Who Will Get Sasuke’s Rinnegan?

With Sasuke’s Rinnegan destroyed, no one will ever steal his Rinnegan anymore. And even if Sasuke has it, for sure no one will be able to get it from him since he is Kage-level. The only possible ones who could steal Sasuke’s eyes are members of the Otsutsuki clan, which are more powerful than Sasuke and Naruto combined. However, Otsutsukis are known to act superior to humans. Surely, they would not need another Rinnegan in their arsenal due to having one already.

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