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Sasuke Uchiha's AbiliTies

Sasuke is established as a genius, even by the battle-excelling
Uchiha clan's standards at the series' start, excelling at all that he
does and finding little difficulty in more challenging tasks. Scoring
the highest in the performance tests and one of the highest in
written tests, he easily graduated at the top of his class in the
Academy. His prowess with Uchiha Fire Release and weapon- based techniques surprised Kakashi during their first training
session. Madara, Itachi, and Orochimaru have all stated that
Sasuke possesses the unique potential to become much stronger
than Itachi, who was already considered a genius above all others. Orochimaru even
mentioned that Sasuke is stronger than the former was at the same age, when he was training Sasuke in Part II of the story.[5][6] Madara has also stated to Zetsu that in time, Sasuke could become more powerful than Nagato.

By Part II, he develops much of his potential and becomes a very powerful ninja, strong
enough to fight on par with several highly skilled shinobi. Admittedly, in his battle
against Orochimaru, Sasuke downplays his victory, and attributes it to Orochimaru's sickly state.[8] According to Madara, Itachi had already determined the outcome of their fight, and was sick as he was using medicine to prolong his life. However, Sasuke
managed to defeat Deidara, an S-rank ninja well known for his abilities, without any form of handicaps. After receiving his Mangekyō Sharingan, Sasuke proved capable of holding his own against at least two Kage and their bodyguards, before being weakened to the point of exhaustion due to his battle with them. He also defeated and
killed Danzō Shimura in an one-on-one battle.

It can also be assumed that Sasuke has a fairly high amount of chakra, since he was able
to summon Manda, a high level summon, while in a weakened state to protect himself from Deidara's suicide-bomb technique. Sasuke was also able to use many highly chakra-consuming techniques several times a day, exampled by his reckless usage of all
three of his Mangekyō Sharingan techniques against Danzō and the other Kage multiple times, among other techniques like the Chidori. Quality-wise, Sasuke's chakra is noted to be very foul and powerful. When Sasuke first arrived at the Land of Sound and gave Kabuto a frightening glare, both he and Orochimaru took note of Sasuke's exceptional
chakra. The Nine-Tailed Demon Fox points out that Sasuke has the same foul chakra as Madara's, whose chakra was particularly strong even amongst the Uchiha. [9] Karin has also mentioned that Sasuke's chakra, as he approached the point of manifesting Susanoo, had become even darker and colder than the corrupting influence of the Cursed Seal of Heaven in its second stage; it has since continued to grow even more potent along with the development of Susanoo.

Under Orochimaru's training, Sasuke has developed an immunity towards poison, to a level that the one Sakura learned from Shizune would not affect him.


Although Sasuke has been skilled with taijutsu since the start of the series, his skills improved drastically after his
first encounter with Rock Lee. Not only did he emulate Lee for moves like his Lion Combo, but by copying Lee's speed, he was also able to effectively use the Chidori. His
fighting style in Part II mainly relies on his speed and the
new addition of his chokutō, to which he has demonstrated masterful swordsmanship. During his time
with Orochimaru, Sasuke's already impressive speed saw
a huge leap, allowing him to move huge distances in the
blink of an eye as if by teleportation. He also greatly increased his speed at making hand seals, being able to do many in a blur and launch an
enormous amount of weapons just as quickly, as seen during his fight with Itachi. His
physical improvements are so great that Sakura even suspected that he had been given
drugs to improve his physical capabilities. His increase in skill allowed him to easily
defeat, without killing, hundreds of Sound ninja in a single battle without sustaining so
much as a scratch to himself.

During fights, he easily observes his opponent and accurately sees through their abilities
while remaining calm. He then correctly chooses the most effective means and ninjutsu
to counter them. Also, his resolution enables him to pick strategies in which he requires
getting hurt in order to defeat the enemy, thereby showing tremendous endurance and
willpower. In Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds, Sasuke demonstrated tremendous knowledge in regards to human physiology, as displayed by his ability to affect a
person's chakra network. He was able to attack and block the chakra points, rendering
the target unable to mould chakra without serious repercussions. In the Naruto
Databook, it was said that Sasuke deduces a jutsu's elemental property from the seals
performed by its user, as he shows in his battle against Deidara. He is then able to
determine the attack's range from the colour of the chakra.


An important aspect of Sasuke's growth as a shinobi in Part I was his
acquisition of the Cursed Seal of Heaven. Orochimaru, recognizing his potential, bestowed the seal on him as a gift in order to grant him greater
strength, and to entice him to seek Orochimaru for further power. Initially,
Sasuke suppressed the seal on Kakashi's advice, but, later on, his frustration
with his inadequate strength forced him to rely upon its power in battles.
When activated, the Cursed Seal granted him enhanced speed, strength,
durability and chakra. However, it corrupted both his body and his mind, giving him a darker personality and making him vulnerable to Orochimaru's

After defecting from Konoha, with the help of the Sound Four, Sasuke advanced his Cursed Seal to Level Two, allowing it to cover his entire body. This granted him power
comparable to Naruto's one-tailed form. The second level of the Cursed Seal turned Sasuke's skin dark grey, his eyes yellow, lengthened his hair without losing its style,
blue venom lipstick seemed to appear on his lips, and gave him hand-shaped wings on
his back that gave him the ability to glide and momentarily hover. In this form, not only
were his physical attributes increased, but his techniques were also enhanced by the
Cursed Seal's dark chakra. However, this form corroded his body at a much faster rate,
so he couldn't use it for prolonged periods. In Part II, Sasuke gained complete control and mastery over the Cursed Seal, and could even access its power without fully
activating it. He also greatly extended the time he could stay in the Cursed Seal Level
Two form. Since Itachi sealed Orochimaru, the Cursed Seal was removed from Sasuke.


Initially, Orochimaru gave Sasuke the snake contract. Sasuke can also use Snake Authority Spell to summon snakes from his hands to attack or bind opponents. After
absorbing Orochimaru, Sasuke gained access to
Orochimaru's regenerative powers that allowed him to
heal at a much faster rate than usual. He was also able to
summon snakes from any part of his body, and could use
Orochimaru's Body Shedding technique to shed his skin and produce a new body, thus repairing any damage he sustained. After Itachi sealed Orochimaru away, his Cursed Seal was removed, and it is
implied he also lost these additional powers.

Sasuke has not used any snake techniques since that battle with Itachi, even against
Killer Bee, raising doubts as to whether he even had the snake contract (a fact that was
never confirmed in the manga). It should be noted that the tattoo on his left arm, which
he used for summoning snakes vanished after the fight with Itachi, implying that he lost
this ability with Orochimaru's removal. It is then likely that all his snake techniques
were a result of absorbing Orochimaru. To symbolize his ascension from snakes (i.e. Orochimaru's power) he changed his team's name from Hebi (snake) to Taka (hawk).

It is revealed that his animal-oriented techniques have also changed to a hawk as shown from him summoning a hawk that he used to fly around on during his fight
with Danzō. It is unknown when he made a contract with them.

Proving himself a true genius ninja and member of the Uchiha,
Sasuke has repeatedly shown great proficiency in fire-based
jutsu. By the age of 7, he had already mastered his clan's rite of
passage jutsu, the Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique. Even Kakashi was amazed at such a feat as, according to him, Genin
usually require much more experience and developed chakra to
perform elemental techniques. Hoping to encourage Sasuke not to
use the Cursed Seal, Kakashi taught him how to use the Chidori, made more effective when combined with his Sharingan. With
this combination, Sasuke can punch through the strongest obstacles with relative ease,
as well as severely damaging any opponent. In Part I, Sasuke was limited to using the
attack only twice a day, with a third usage after the initial activation of his Cursed Seal.

Over the time-skip, Sasuke put a great deal of development into the Chidori's ability to
manipulate lightning-based chakra. When first seen in Part II, he was able to use Chidori Current to emit electricity from all over his body as a shield that stuns those it comes into contact with. He can also channel the Chidori through his new katana through "Chakra Flow", giving the blade extreme cutting power and allowing it to numb anyone it cuts. He can also concentrate it into more solid forms like senbon and a sword, allowing him to make more precise attacks.

Sasuke's most powerful original technique is Kirin, a lightning technique that uses actual lightning as opposed to chakra. If there are no thunder clouds available, Sasuke can use
a powerful fire release technique to create thunder clouds. Sasuke then takes control of the lightning, shapes it into a kirin, and then brings the lightning down on his target. The technique is so powerful that it has the ability to destroy a mountain.

After adjusting to his new Mangekyō Sharingan powers, Sasuke has developed an advanced Fire Release known as the Blaze Release; an element that draws its power
from Amaterasu. Aside from unleashing a wave of unquenchable black flames that
incinerates everything that reflects in his eyesight, Sasuke can control the movement of
the flames into surrounding him and creating spikes to protect himself.


As a member of the Uchiha clan, Sasuke possesses the Sharingan, the clan's Kekkei Genkai. It first developed during Itachi's departure from Konoha after the Uchiha clan massacre, with one tomoe in each eye, but Sasuke would later forget he had activated the Sharingan due to
being traumatized by the incident. He was able to
reactivate it for the first time during the battle with Haku on the Great Naruto Bridge, where he had one tomoe in his left eye, and two in his right. By the time of his fight with Rock Lee it had matured into two tomoe in each eye. It eventually reached completion, with three tomoe in each eye, during his battle with Naruto at the Valley of the End near the end of Part I. Sasuke was able to put the Sharingan to good use in Part I after his brief encounter with Rock Lee. Although their fight was ended soon after its
start, and Sasuke was unable to see much of Lee's arsenal, what he was able to copy
with his Sharingan was utilized for the duration of the Chūnin Exams.

While his ability with the Sharingan was fairly ordinary during Part I, Sasuke is able to
develop a number of more novel uses for it in Part II. During his encounter with Naruto,
Sasuke was able to use his Sharingan to enter Naruto's subconscious, where he
proceeded to suppress the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's chakra. In this instance, the demon compared Sasuke's eyes and chakra to that of Madara, which it claimed was even more sinister than its own.[9] His Sharingan genjutsu abilities have also increased over the time skip, allowing him to easily hypnotize opponents (to the point of affecting
someone without emotions like Sai) and to control a summoned creature as mighty as Manda. When Orochimaru later tried to take over his body, Sasuke was able to use his
Sharingan to fight the process and turn it against Orochimaru. His skill with the
Sharingan has grown to the point where he could overcome the Mangekyō Sharingan genjutsu, Tsukuyomi, during his battle with Itachi.


Sasuke awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan after the death of his older brother, Itachi. Sasuke's Mangekyō takes the appearance of three intersecting ellipses. Unlike other Sharingan, which have a
black design and red background, Sasuke's Mangekyō is the first one that is shown to have a red design and a black background.

The first ability Sasuke has displayed using the Mangekyō is genjutsu presumed to be Tsukuyomi, as it broke the victim's will and induced paralysis.[11][12] During their battle, Danzō denounced Sasuke's skill with genjutsu, reiterating Itachi's ability to alter a victim's
impression of space and time while under his Tsukuyomi. The second ability was Amaterasu, which Itachi implanted within his eyes before his death. When Sasuke first used it unintentionally against Madara, his eyes assumed the appearance of Itachi's
Mangekyō Sharingan. When he later used it on his own, they took the form of his own Mangekyō Sharingan. Various characters have implied that his skill with Amaterasu surpasses Itachi's, as he is able to control the flames with his right eye, although both
can extinguish them. He suffers from the same drawbacks from using it as Itachi did, as
his eye is strained to the point of bleeding, as well as his eyesight gradually began to

Sasuke has also displayed the ability to use Susanoo, which he can use in the same manner as his Cursed Seal,
manifesting single parts at a time. Sasuke initially uses
incomplete versions of Susanoo due to various reasons.
During his fight with Danzō, he uses a more complete version, and demonstrates its ability to use different
weapons. Later on, during his fight with Kakashi, he
perfected his Susanoo into an armoured form similar to
Itachi's. The last ability Sasuke demonstrated with his
Mangekyō Sharingan was a jutsu that manipulates the black flames of Amaterasu known as Blaze Release.

Unlike Itachi, Sasuke's Amaterasu comes from his left eye, and his genjutsu comes from
his right eye, along with his ability to manipulate and extinguish the black flames. As
with Itachi, Sasuke's Mangekyō Sharingan damages his eyesight every time he uses it, and causes him pain and extreme fatigue. While resting after his fight with Killer Bee,
Sasuke found that his vision was slightly blurred, indicating that he was gradually going
blind. After Sasuke's fight with Danzō, Madara said that Sasuke wouldn't be able to bluff much longer as his eyes were gradually losing their sight. [13] During his battle with Kakashi, he unleashed Susanoo's completed form which, seconds later, causes his vision
to almost fade. Although Sasuke initially refused Itachi's eyes, stating that his vision and Itachi's vision of the future are completely different, [14] after his conversation with Naruto, Sasuke has finally requested Madara to transplant Itachi's eyes to him, so he
could destroy Naruto at full power. His "Eternal" Mangekyō has yet to be seen, but he claims he can feel Itachi's power flowing through him.

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