KAKASHI HATAKE'S ABILITIES -
Kakashi is a natural genius, evidenced by the speed he rose through the ninja ranks; he
graduated from the Academy at age 5, becoming a chūnin at age 6, a jōnin at 13, and had a long tenure as an ANBU. During his career he has amassed a jutsu arsenal of over a thousand different techniques, making him Konoha's expert in the field. His various
accomplishments have earned him much praise by his fellow Konoha ninja and he holds
a position of great influence. He is frequently given responsibility for important tasks,
such as watching Naruto in case the seal of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox begins to fail and being considered for Hokage. Other ninja villages are very aware of Kakashi's abilities and, upon meeting him in battle, either fear for their safety or grow excited by
the challenge Kakashi is sure to pose. Pain was so concerned by Kakashi's abilities that he tried to kill him for fear that he would someday interfere with Akatsuki 's plans.
In Part II, Naruto notes that Kakashi is smarter than Shikamaru Nara, has a better nose than Kiba Inuzuka, has a better taijutsu performance than Rock Lee, and has better Sharingan mastery than Sasuke Uchiha. Kakashi has proven himself to be an intelligent ninja with great instincts and battle prowess, making
him a match for any opponent. His skills also improve between
Part I and Part II: in Part I he has difficulty keeping up with Itachi Uchiha's speed, but by Part II he is able to match Itachi in combat. Similarly, in Part I he is only able to use the Lightning Cutter four times a day, but in Part II has been seen using it six times in one
battle and still having enough chakra to plan using the Mangekyō Sharingan.
By the age of 13, Kakashi had enough experience on the battlefield to detect a hiding enemy's presence, impressing his sensei, Minato. His long career as a jōnin, and formerly as an ANBU, have only expanded his knowledge, allowing him to handle
virtually any situation (though, by his own admission, he does not believe he is suitable
for the Hokage position). For these reasons Kakashi has been assigned to a variety of
teams - typically as a leader - and he is always able to work well with his team-mates. Chōza Akimichi attributes Kakashi's success to his approach to battles: he avoids direct combat by using misdirection and clones until he can determine the opponent's skills, at
which point he modifies his tactics to fit the situation. He is aided in this regard by his
calm personality, which allows him to analyze a given situation with some detachment.
He is, however, capable of "going wild" when upset, at which point he relies on his
allies more than usual to make up for his heightened emotions.
Kakashi has been shown at various times using his experience to help his students,
using unorthodox methods to produce months if not years of training in just weeks to
produce similarly impressive leaps in their abilities.
NINJA SKILLS -
Kakashi primarily relies on his mastery of ninjutsu, of which he has a vast arsenal due to his Sharingan; being
noted to have copied a thousand techniques. With this
arsenal, he can attack or defend against his opponents in
numerous manners. He has proven to be very adept in taijutsu, which, combined with his impressive speed, allows him to effectively catch his opponents off guard
and evade attacks. While used less often, he has also
shown skill in genjutsu, which he can use to throw off his opponents as a set-up for stronger attacks. But Kakashi is not limited to the three major
ninja skill sets, as he is renowned for his tracking abilities and has otherwise displayed
proficiency with trap-making, survival, stealth, and assassination. Orochimaru has noted that he has recently started to dabble in fūinjutsu, which he found impressive given Kakashi's age. He is also more than willing to use any weapon he comes across, such as Zabuza's Kubikiribōchō, a feat made more impressive by his ability to lift the giant blade with one hand.
NATURE TRANSFORMATION -
Despite how many ninjutsu he is purported to know, many of the
jutsu Kakashi is seen using in the series are element-based. He has
a natural affinity for lightning, which he has mastered and which has, in turn, become an attribute that enemy ninja identify him by.
During his various battles with Kirigakure ninja he has copied several water-based jutsu with his Sharingan, which he is able to perform even without a nearby water source.  He has used earth techniques less often, but can nevertheless produce intricate earthen walls fairly quickly.  He has also been shown using fire- based techniques in the anime, and he is otherwise at least
knowledgeable enough with Wind Release to help train Naruto in its use.
Kakashi was taught how to use the Rasengan by its inventor, Minato Namikaze. As the Rasengan was created with the intention of mixing it with one's elemental chakra,
Kakashi tried to infuse the Rasengan with lightning. He failed, so produced the next
closest thing: Chidori. While powerful, the Chidori has two drawbacks: the amount of chakra it requires and the speed at which the user must move. These flaws prompted
Minato Namikaze to ban his student from using the technique after seeing it in action.
After gaining the Sharingan, the tunnel effect can now be worked around, as he can
now see his opponents clearly. He later refines the Chidori into the far stronger.
Lightning Cutter, his supposedly only non-copied technique.
Kakashi's most distinguishing ability is his Sharingan, a
gift from his late friend Obito Uchiha, as it allows him to copy any technique used against him, see through any
deception, give hypnotic suggestions, perform genjutsu,
and predict his opponent's movements. However,
because Kakashi is not of Uchiha blood, using the Sharingan demands a great deal of chakra. He also cannot
deactivate it, and so keeps it covered when not in battle
to prevent the chakra drain and the following extended bed rest. Because of this, Kakashi only relies on it when he feels it is an absolute
necessity. Despite his handicap with the Sharingan, he is very skilled in using it; Itachi Uchiha, a true heir and master of the Sharingan, acknowledged Kakashi's superior proficiency with the Sharingan compared to most true Sharingan wielders.
Kakashi has somehow been able to improve his Sharingan with time. When he first
received the Sharingan it had only two tomoe, but by the start of the series it has
progressed to three. In addition, by Part II, Kakashi has extended the amount of time he
can sustain using the Sharingan, as he is seen using it for seemingly a day while testing
Naruto and Sakura.
MANGEKYU SHARINGAN -
During the time skip, Kakashi further improved his Sharingan by
developing his own Mangekyō Sharingan through undisclosed means. With it he can perform Kamui, a jutsu that sucks everything within a small area to another dimension. When he is
first seen using Kamui he lacks proper control, leaving him prone
to either hitting targets he was not aiming for or missing
completely. He improved his skill with Kamui by the invasion of Pain, seen when he successfully sends fast-moving projectiles to another dimension with it. Kamui's chakra requirements are even
greater than those of the standard Sharingan, such that he has to
be hospitalized for a week after using it three times in one day. Despite Kamui being his
only known Mangekyō Sharingan technique, he is familiar with Tsukuyomi, Amaterasu, and Susanoo. He is also aware of the risk the Mangekyō Sharingan poses to the user's eyesight, though he has never shown signs of deteriorating vision.
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