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Friday, June 10, 2011


As the leader of Akatsuki , and one of the two sides of the Amegakure Civil War, Nagato was an extraordinarily powerful shinobi, and recognized
as the most powerful member of Akatsuki. It has
been noted at several points in time that Nagato
possessed an unusually large amount of
exceptionally strong chakra, to the point of after
he decimated Konoha and fought Naruto Uzumaki, he still had enough strength to revive all of the people he had killed in Konoha. His
partner, Konan, had stated that he had never lost a single battle, and that he is "unbeatable".[9] Even Fukasaku stated that without understanding Pain's power, no one could beat him.[10] Madara even noted that Nagato was invincible while praising Jiraiya. [11] Nagato even defeated Jiraiya with ease, after revealing all six
of his bodies. Nagato attributes his ability to
defeat Jiraiya to the secret of his Six Paths of Pain,
stating he might not have won if Jiraiya knew
the secret to his techniques. It wasn't until his
fight with Naruto that he encountered an opponent capable of matching him, and Zetsu expressed disbelief that Nagato could be defeated even in a weakened state.

Nagato's incredible power stemmed mainly from
his kekkei genkai , the legendary Rinnegan. This was originally possessed by the Sage of the Six Paths, the world's first ninja, and the founder of modern ninjutsu. Even as a child, Jiraiya noted his mastery over the elements. At age 10, he had
already mastered all five elemental releases as
well as Yin-Yang Release, something that was completely unprecedented.[13] According to Ibiki, the Rinnegan allows Nagato to use any technique he wishes. Nagato was shown to be
adept at the use of genjutsu. He used it to install
mental barriers and traps in his minions' minds to
prevent others from accessing secret information. It also enhanced his vision of chakra in a similar
manner to the Uchiha clan's Sharingan and the Hyūga clan's Byakugan, allowing him to see the chakra of barrier techniques around the perimeter of his location, and the chakra
gathered at a shinobi's feet.

Nagato's most powerful and most used
technique was the Six Paths of Pain (ペイン六道, Pein Rikudō). This technique allowed Nagato to control six separate bodies as though they were
his own. Each of these bodies were reanimated
corpses that were both kept mobile by and made
use of Nagato's chakra. By using these six bodies
for combat rather than himself, Nagato avoids the
unlikely risk of being killed in battle by a stronger opponent as well as having six different fields of
vision, virtually making it impossible to attack
any of the bodies without being seen. While
controlling them, Nagato used the alias "Pain", yet
still regarded them as separate entities from himself.[14] The Pains can't feel physical pain, as Ibiki Morino discovered when he tried torturing the second Animal Path.

In order to use the technique, Nagato remained in
a machine that moved with six relatively small
mechanical legs and used several large chakra rods on his back to transmit chakra. From his location, the chakra was picked up by the
numerous receivers, modelled as body piercings
on each body. To control them, Nagato had to be
close by, and ideally at the highest possible point,
so he could have the best possible range. Based on the six Buddhist paths of Reincarnation,
each body was named after one of the different
"paths": Deva, Asura, Human, Animal, Preta, and
Naraka. The only common feature shared by
these bodies was their bright orange hair and
their Rinnegan. Each also had a vast number of body and facial piercings of various shapes, sizes,
and patterns. Each body seemed to serve a
specific purpose in battle, such as summoning,
repairing, and defensive capability. There is also a
seventh body, the Outer Path, with control over the forces of life and death. Fukasaku stated, the best way of fighting Pain is to take out the paths
one at a time as they were most formidable
when fighting together in combos.

As stated by Konan, Nagato is able to use all the
powers of the Paths himself, as they are all
powers of the Rinnegan.

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