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Kimimaro using his kekkei genkai.

Kekkei genkai (血継限界; ; Literally meaning "a technique limited to inheritance by blood" or "Bloodline Limit"; ) are abilities passed down genetically within specific clans. It's possible for a ninja to have more than one of these abilities. Kekkei genkai abilities that work via the user's eye are called dōjutsu. Other kekkei genkai include mixing one type of elemental chakra with another, creating a new one unique to the users, which is usually impossible for normal ninja, or other bodily manipulations that are usually unachievable by normal standards.

Kekkei genkai and their related techniques cannot be taught to or copied by others. However, kekkei genkai can be given to others. Dōjutsu, or other kekkei genkai isolated to a single organ, can be transplanted into the body of another, as was done with transferring Obito's Sharingan to Kakashi. Use of these organs requires much more chakra than someone born with the kekkei genkai. Chakra elements can also be passed down to people outside of the clan, such as Yamato being subjected to DNA re-modification by {{Nw|Orochimaru|| who wanted to acquire the Wood Release kekkei genkai. However, Yamato's skill in using it is not nearly as powerful as the originator: Hashirama Senju, and the risk of such process was that Yamato was the only one of the sixty test subjects to survive.[1][2]

Although kekkei genkai are usually genetically shared within a specific clan, sometimes it is unique to one person alone, and that even family relatives do not share it, such as the Wood Release and Shikotsumyaku. Yet other kekkei genkai seem to appear in individuals with no known relation, such as the Lava Release, which has appeared in ninja from Kirigakure, Iwagakure, and Kumogakure, while Magnet Release, which has appeared in ninja from both Kumogakure and Sunagakure.

There is an advanced variant of kekkei genkai known as kekkei tōta, which is a combination of three different nature transformations.

List of Kekkei Genkai Edit



The Byakugan (白眼; ; Literally meaning "White Eye", Meaning (Viz) "All Seeing White Eye"; ) is the dōjutsu kekkei genkai of the Hyūga clan. It is one of the Three Great Dōjutsu (三大瞳術, San Daidōjutsu; ; Literally meaning "Three Great Eye Techniques"; ), along with the Sharingan and the Rinnegan.[3]

The primary ability of the Byakugan gives the user a near 360º field of vision, except for one blind spot at the back of the neck above the first thoracic vertebra.[4] Upon activation of the dōjutsu, the wielder is granted an automatic 50 metre field of vision around themselves which can then be extended at their discretion.[5][6]

The second ability is being able to see through solid objects, as well as some degree of telescopic sight. It can also see through most barriers, and other things such as smokescreens,[7] differentiate between non-corporeal clones and can see through techniques that would otherwise hide an opponent from normal sight.[8] The distance and the degree of telescopic sight varies from person to person, and can be improved through training. In Part I, Neji Hyūga was able to see an area of 50 metres,[5][6] but he later increases his visual range to at least 800 metres,[9] while Hinata Hyūga's range in Part II stretches at least as far as 10 km.[10] However, the Byakugan cannot see through certain barriers, such as the Four Black Fog Battle Formation used by the Sound Four.[11]

Blaze ReleaseEdit

Nature Icon Blaze

Blaze Release (炎遁, Enton; Viz "Inferno Style"; ; ) is an advanced chakra nature. Sasuke Uchiha uses this technique when manipulating the unquenchable black flames of Amaterasu. C states that Sasuke manipulates the flames with his right Mangekyō Sharingan whereas he casts Amaterasu with his left.[12]

Boil ReleaseEdit

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Boil Release (沸遁, Futton; Viz "Vapour Style"; ; ) is one of the two advanced nature kekkei genkai of Mei Terumī and is made up of techniques that combine fire and water-based chakra to create a powerful corrosive vapour capable of melting anything. The user is also able to control the range and level of the vapour's acidity.

Crystal ReleaseEdit

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The Crystal Release (晶遁, Shōton; English TV "Crystal Style") is a rare and specialised field of elemental ninjutsu that can create crystal as well as manipulate already-existing crystals and crystalline structures.

Dark ReleaseEdit

The Dark Release (冥遁, Meiton;Viz "Shade Style") is an advanced nature kekkei genkai that can be used to absorb, manipulate, and release chakra taken from an opponent. Hirukoused techniques of this nature through a mark on his left hand. This mark resembles two diamonds, one overlapping the other. Chakra is absorbed through the upper square, while it is released and manipulated through the lower.

Inspiration Edit

The concept of special ninja techniques limited by bloodline inheritance may have been inspired in part by the works of Futaro Yamada, which strongly influenced later depictions of ninja in fiction. In particular, The Kōga Ninja Scrolls (甲賀忍法帖, Kōga Ninpōchō; ; ; ), published in 1959, featured a pair of warring ninja clans that, through selective breeding, had produced ninja with a variety of deformities, mutations, and special abilities, even dōjutsu.

Trivia Edit

  • Kekkei genkai can be preserved through the creation of Human Puppets. This allows them to retain the special traits of the users when they were still alive. 
  • A kekkei genkai should not be confused with hiden techniques. Hiden techniques are exclusive to a certain person or clan, but only because they have kept others from learning how to perform those techniques.

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 291, pages 15-16
  2. Naruto chapter 297, page 9
  3. Third Databook, page 313
  4. Naruto chapter 196, page 8
  5. 5.0 5.1 Naruto chapter 172, page 10
  6. 6.0 6.1 Naruto chapter 195, page 9
  7. Naruto chapter 188, pages 7-8
  8. Naruto episode 149
  9. Naruto chapter 263, page 8
  10. Naruto chapter 396, page 5
  11. Naruto chapter 186, page 5
  12. Naruto chapter 464, page 7