At the climax of Boruto Chapter 55, the indomitable Naruto, drained from his battle with Ishiki, found himself facing an unexpected twist. In the depths of his subconscious, he encountered the Nine-Tailed Kurama, leading to a heart-wrenching revelation about their intertwined destinies. As the truth unraveled, it became clear that Naruto had been deceived by his trusted companion. Kurama had concealed a grave secret, confessing, “The price of Baryon Mode is my life, not yours. I lied to you.”
As the echoes of this conversation reverberated, a wave of shock spread not only through Naruto but also among the devoted fans of the series. Kurama had been an integral part of Naruto’s journey, the cornerstone of his strength as the Seventh Hokage. With the departure of the Nine-Tails, what remains of Naruto’s power?
The Diminished Chakra
The absence of the Nine-Tails dealt a severe blow to Naruto, as he lost access to its vast wellspring of chakra. Gone were the days of the Nine-Tails Form, and with it, Naruto’s recovery ability and stamina suffered. The “Child of Prophecy” found himself unable to employ high-level ninjutsu that relied on Tailed Beast Chakra, such as the Tailed Beast Bomb and the Tailed Beast Rasenshuriken. The consequence was not just a decline in the Seventh Hokage’s power, but the risk of rendering him irrelevant in future battles.
However, even without the Nine-Tails, Naruto’s chakra reserves remain formidable compared to an average shinobi. Born into the Uzumaki clan, Naruto possesses a vast base chakra and extraordinary endurance. Even before harnessing the Nine-Tails Chakra, he exhibited exceptional skill by utilizing the forbidden technique, Taju Kagebunshin no Jutsu (Multi-Insect Shadow Clone Jutsu). Nevertheless, the absence of the Nine-Tails drastically reduces the number of clones he can create.
Taijutsu and Hand-to-Hand Combat
The Nine-Tails Chakra granted Naruto unparalleled speed and strength, surpassing even the Fourth Raikage. With its departure, Naruto’s agility and power suffered a significant setback. However, in his Sage Mode, Naruto remains one of Konoha’s most proficient taijutsu users. Though he may not rival the likes of Rock Lee or Guy, Naruto’s hand-to-hand combat prowess, combined with his shadow clones, allows him to execute devastating combos, as exemplified in his battle against Gaara during the Chunin Exams. The Fourth Great Ninja War showcased Naruto’s remarkable taijutsu proficiency, even in the absence of Kurama’s assistance, as he faced formidable opponents like Madara and Sasuke.
The Immortality of Sage Mode
Through Sage Mode, Naruto taps into the natural energy surrounding him, augmenting his physical strength and the power of his ninjutsu. With this formidable technique alone, he almost defeated the Six Paths of Pain controlled by Nagato. Despite the loss of the Nine-Tails, Naruto can still rely on Sage Mode, taking it to new heights.
Other Powerful Ninjutsu
Naruto stands as one of the most exceptional shinobi to grace the Shinobi world. His unique ability to forge deep connections with and befriend the Tailed Beasts sets him apart. Setting aside his Rasengan and the mighty power of the Nine-Tails, Naruto possesses an array of diverse techniques that continue to elevate his strength. From the standard Rasengan to the Natural Energy Rasengan or Rasenshuriken, his repertoire is formidable. Naruto’s signature move, fueled by the combination of the Rasengan and multiple shadow clones, is a force to be reckoned with. Additionally, his summons from Mount Myoboku, the powerful toads, have proven instrumental in battles. Recent chapters of Boruto even hinted at Naruto’s burgeoning skills in earth release and the potential for him to master a wider range of ninjutsu.
Moreover, Naruto’s Hashirama cell-infused artificial arm empowers him to neutralize opponents’ movements, allowing for unexpected counterattacks. Although weakened by the Nine-Tails’ absence, Naruto remains a formidable ninja. However, this remaining power may be insufficient when confronting the might of the Otsutsuki clan.
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