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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tsunade's AbiliTies


As one of the Sannin and the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade is one of the most powerful ninja that Konoha has ever produced. She excels in medical ninjutsu, ninjutsu and hand-to- hand combat. She is hailed as the world's strongest kunoichi. Jiraiya commented that no one could stand equal to her in terms of combat and medical prowess. He adds that Tsunade is the only ninja who could spike a drink without a shinobi knowing it.[7] Tsunade is also well versed in fūinjutsu, capable of using an S-rank seal as the basis for her Creation Rebirth technique and in the anime, designing a technique to seal a tailed beast from scratch. In the anime, she has shown some skill at genjutsu, able to bind multiple targets at once.

Tsunade can also convert her chakra into electricity and with a quick strike behind an
opponent's neck she is capable of sending electric waves into the opponent's nervous system. This then scrambles the electric signals within them and disrupts the way their
body moves, such as attempting to move the right hand would cause the left leg to move instead, and so on.[8] It is unknown if this is Lightning Release.

Tsunade's trademark ability is her incredible raw strength,
which is great enough to launch her targets several
meters with a mere finger flick, or cause gigantic craters
with a simple punch or kick to the ground, even create
fissures with tapping at the ground. Her legendary
strength is amplified even further with chakra control to monstrous levels, to the point where she could launch Gamabunta's tantō - which is tens of meters tall - into the air and then guide it down right into Manda's mouth.

Additionally, Tsunade has showcased incredible durability feats, both physical and
mental. She was still able to move after having her muscles torn, something Kabuto
himself found impressive and praise-worthy. Furthermore, after being stabbed straight
through the chest, her left shoulder, and her ribcage, she still managed to deliver a kick
straight to Orochimaru's face. Likewise, her mental stability is so great that she was able to overcome her paralysing fear of blood through willpower alone, something every
eyewitness found miraculous.

As a medical ninja, she needs to be a master of evasion to keep herself alive in battle to
aid her team-mates. She drilled this skill into Sakura while training her. Despite not being one of her notable traits, Tsunade has displayed a pretty high level of speed, able to
incapacitate Shizune with a quick punch before she could react, as well as use the Important Body Points Disturbance technique on Kabuto when he thought she was incapacitated, and intercept Manda mid-bite while lifting Gamabunta's sword.


Even though she is in her early fifties, Tsunade's Transformation Technique makes it appear as if she were still twenty (which Naruto calls "living a lie"). She readily alters
what age she appears in order to avoid her gambling debts. Tsunade's transformation is
somewhat different from a normal transformation, as it seems to be permanent, not
getting dispelled when she is slashed or injured, and she apparently does not need to
exert any effort to stay transformed. The transformation dispels when she runs out of
chakra, reverting her to her natural appearance.

Tsunade is renowned as the best in the world for her expertise
as a medical-nin. Her knowledge of the medical arts are so great that she can immediately determine what kind of injuries or
illness a person has from a single glance. In addition to this,
Tsunade seems to have a vast knowledge of poisons and herbal
medicine, as noted by Chiyo. During the Second Great Ninja War, Tsunade was the only one capable of countering Chiyo's poisons.
Tsunade has also been noted to be capable of making a powerful
sleeping potion, an ability that she passed on to her student, Sakura Haruno.

Much of Tsunade's fame comes from her being able to cure injuries that others would
consider impossible. She healed the psychological damage caused by Tsukuyomi, the damage done to Rock Lee's spine, and counteracted the effects of the Three Coloured Pills. Furthermore, Orochimaru believed she could undo the effects of the Dead Demon Consuming Seal, which Tsunade and Shizune made no attempts to refute.

The most extreme example of her medical prowess is her Creation Rebirth, a technique that makes use of the massive amounts of chakra available after using Yin Seal: Release to continuously regenerate the cells in her body, healing any wound and even growing
back missing organs. It gives her a form of "immortality" in battle that even Orochimaru
expressed envy for. However, because of the rapid cell regeneration, the technique
shortens her life. Because of the risk associated with the technique, Tsunade only uses
Creation Rebirth in extremely desperate situations. This technique is considered as the
absolute pinnacle of medical ninjutsu, and Tsunade developed it under the resolution of protecting those dear to her.

Tsunade can summon slugs of varying sizes, although she has only ever been seen summoning Katsuyu. The slugs' primary abilities seem to revolve around spitting acid and
splitting into smaller slugs. Tsunade apparently has a
mental connection with Katsuyu, as she was able to get
reports and send out messages through Katsuyu during
the invasion of Pain. Tsunade can transfer her chakra to a large number of slugs over long distances. By having the
slugs spread out and attach themselves to wounded
individuals, Tsunade is then capable of healing multiple injuries at different locations simultaneously.

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