Dojutsu: Hereditary Pupils

Dojutsu: hereditary pupils

Naruto tells the story of a fascinating ninja world where ninjas can use various awesome techniques called Ninjutsu.  These Ninjutsu techniques are so amazing that they look more like magic than Jutsu as you might expect. And among this ninja world, there is a particular type of Ninjutsu that is extremely powerful: Dojutsu, or eye techniques. Of course, Naruto fans are already familiar with these special eye powers, but it’s always worth taking a look at them again!

Let’s talk about Dojutsu:

Dojutsu (瞳 術) literally means Eye Techniques, referring to the techniques and abilities that a particular eye possesses. Dojutsu are unique abilities belonging to several clans and only their descendants benefit, with some exceptions! Usually the Dojutsu user gains tremendous power and greater advantage than a classic ninja. Mainly because the user can use various very powerful unique abilities.

There are a lot of Dojutsu in the Naruto universe, but here we will only cover the most well-known eyes, especially the three great Dojutsu (三大 瞳 術): Byakugan, Sharingan and Rinnegan .



Byakugan (白眼), or White Eye, is one of the three great dojutsu and, naturally, he possesses formidable power, although he is not as destructive as the other eyes. This eye is also called the ” all-seeing white eye ” because it allows the user to have almost 360 degree vision. So far, only the Hyuga and Otsutsuki clans own this Dojutsu, inherited directly from Kaguya Otsutsuki herself.

The eye is unique since it always appears as a white eye, without a line. It is only when activated that the pupil appears, as well as the protruding veins near the eyes.

The user of Byakugan gains two abilities: 360 degree vision as well as the ability to observe the flow of ninja chakras. Their vision abilities give members of the Hyuga clan an advantage during combat as they are able to see everything around them in 360 °. Combined with their special Juken techniques, they are dangerous to fight, especially face-to-face, as they can deactivate the flow of their opponent’s chakra, and thus prevent them from performing chakra-based Ninjutsu. The only weakness of this Dojutsu is that it has a blind spot at the neck.

As the Byakugan allows to see the chakra pathway system of the opponent, the Hyuga clan has created fist fighting techniques called Juken which allow to block the chakra highways circulating within the body and therefore which mainly aim to limit the opponent’s ability to use his chakra. The two most common techniques we see in anime are:

  • Hakke’s Divine Whirlwind : The user releases a large amount of chakras and quickly spins them around them, forming a chakra shield which deflects all kinds of attacks. It is also considered the Ultimate Defense … until Gaara arrives.
  • 64 Fists of the Hakke  : The user unleashes a devastating 64-hit combo that deactivates precisely 64 chakra points on the opponent’s body. Being hit by a full combo not only deactivates the use of chakras, but also renders the target harmless!

Later in Naruto Shippuden, Hinata created a new technique of her own, called “Agile Lion Twin Palms”. This Ninjutsu gives the Chakra the shape of a lion’s head and allows to destroy the chakra receptors as well as to stun its opponents.


Toneri Tenseigan

This eye was only featured in the movie “The Last Naruto”, originally owned by Hamura Otsutsuki, then inherited by his Moon descendants. 

Tenseigan (転 生 眼), or eye of reincarnation , often recognized by its blue pupils and floral pattern. Frankly speaking, there isn’t much to know about the Eye other than that it is a special Dojutsu belonging to Hamura Otsutsuki. Using the power of the eye, Hamura brought peace to his people and later his descendants regard his eyes as a sacred treasure. In the movie “Naruto The Last”, we see Toneri Otsutsuki implanting the Byakugan of Hinabi Hyuga and awakening the Tenseigan. When a member of the Ôtsutsuki clan implants the dojutsu,the combination of their chakras transforms the Byakugan into Tenseigan. He planned to use this power to bring “salvation” to humanity on Earth. Unfortunately for him, Naruto and Hinata defeated him!
Overall, it appears that the Tenseigan possesses various unique techniques capable of manipulating a kinetic technique similar to the Rinnegan as well as a gigantic golem. As well as a strengthening power close to that of Naruto’s Six Paths Sage mode.



Well, this one is quite a complicated Dojutsu since it has tons of variations and abilities . But let’s try to recap, okay?

Sharingan (写 輪 眼), is a unique Dojutsu that only belongs to the Uchiha clan. It has a distinct red color with a black pupil and three comma-shaped marks called a tomoe. This eye is a heritage from Kaguya, then from his grandson Indra Otsutsuki.

Frankly, all Naruto fans know about this mighty Dojutsu. This eye is extremely powerful, but it is also the curse of the Uchiha clan.. The reason is as follows: it can only be activated by a strong emotional situation that allows the brain to release a special chakra. This chakra affects the optic nerve and completely changes the appearance of the eye. of its user. Unfortunately, in the world of Naruto, these emotional situations are often related to loss and hatred. Not to mention the fact that the Uchiha clan is emotional and empathetic.

Of course, in exchange for the so-called “curse of Uchiha”, the Sharingan grants its holder incredible power, typically:

  • The Sharingan user can see the Chakra, but in a different way from the Byukagan. Above all, the user can clearly see the opponent’s movements and even copy them (hence the name “Copy Wheel Eye”). The copying ability is not only limited to body movements, it can also perfectly copy other Ninjutsu based on different types of chakras. It was also the great strength of Kakashi Hatake, The Copier Ninja!

The Sharingan’s copying ability is formidable, but what makes it more interesting is its special Genjutsu. We know that Genjutsu can make the adversary fall into illusion. But the Sharingan’s Genjutsu is even more powerful because it makes illusions seem extremely real, so real that very few opponents are able to distinguish a difference between reality and illusion. The best example is probably Itachi Uchiha, the Akatsuki member , who excels in wielding the Genjutsu techniques of the Sharingan. Most of the time, his opponents fall into the illusion even before starting the fight! 

Gentjutsu Izanagi and Izanami

Speaking of Genjutsu, there are two powerful techniques that we have only seen one use of: Izanagi and Izanami.

The Izanagi is a mad ability that allows users to distort reality for a short while. They can turn the illusion into reality and vice versa. But in exchange for such an absurd power, the user will lose one of their Sharingan. During the battle between Danzo Shimura and Sasuke, Danzo escaped death numerous times thanks to Izanagi and tons of Sharingan implanted on his arm.
The second genjutsu Izanami is capable of modifying visual perceptions. When these two genjutsu combine, they are able to trap an opponent in an endless loop. As Itachi explained, this technique put the opponent in an eternal loop with no end. Once captured by the power, the target will have no choice but to face themselves and fulfill their destiny. Otherwise, the illusion will continue for eternity. When this synergy is used, the user loses his 2 sharingans, one sharingan per technique!  

The Mangekyo Sharingan

Mangekyo Sharingan

This eye is the exact reason the Sharingan is more complicated than other Dojutsu. In short, the  Mangekyo Sharingan is an improved version of the Sharingan . It can only be awakened when Sharingan users witness the loss of a loved one (another reason why the Uchiha clan is considered “cursed”). 

The reason this gets complicated is that each user of the Mangekyo Sharingan has a distinct visual appearance , although all share a similar black and red color, and the shape resembles a pin wheel. In addition, in addition to their common abilities, some users have unique abilities (which we will mention later).

Along with the original Sharingan power, this upgraded version offers a whole new arsenal of powerful Ninjutsu . The most common known abilities are:

  • Amaterasu : release of a black flame which is capable of consuming anything in its path and which is controlled by the user’s vision. This flame can only be extinguished by its user. 
  • Susanoo : This is probably the “most cheated ability” in the Naruto universe, outside of Naruto’s Kyubi Mode. It creates a powerful humanoid construct that surrounds the user. There are several stages in the development of this ability, and in its final stage it resembles a complete humanoid being. Each Susanoo Form also has a unique power. Sasuke Uchiha, Akatsuki Itachi and Madara Uchiha are the most prominent examples of this, especially Madara Uchiha who has a perfect, huge and powerful Susanoo. 

Besides these two common abilities, there are other unique abilities such as:

  • Kamui : It opens up a pocket dimension that only the user can use from the inside or the outside. So far, Kakashi and Obito Uchiha are the only Shinobi known to be able to manipulate the Kamui. Their Kamui dimensions are also linked since both had each eye of the same pair.
  • Tsukuyomi : This is the ultimate Genjutsu Sharingan that can change the direction of time.  It traps the target in a powerful illusion. The pain caused in this illusion is real. (no wonder Itachi often uses Tsukuyomi as a form of torture).
  • Kotoamatsukami : This Genjutsu is unique to Shisui Uchiha, it allows him to control the mind of the enemy . The Kotoamatsukami can be considered the most powerful Genjutsu Sharingan to date. But as Itachi hinted, it can only be used once per decade so it can be used again.
  • Meteorite Technique  : During World War Four Shinobi, we saw many crazy techniques. But, how about summoning a falling meteorite? This is a unique ability used by Uchiha Madara, and later by Sasuke. Not much to say about this incredible technique. It will become almost ridiculous, however, when Madara becomes able to summon several!
  • Object Manipulation : This is a new technique of the Sharingan introduced in Boruto Naruto Next Generations. It is used by Shin Uchiha, which allows him to freely control any object sealed by himself.

The Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan

Mangekyo Sharingan

The Mangekyo Sharingan is a very powerful technique which nevertheless has a weakness, the more it is used, the more the eye becomes blurry and unusable , until it becomes blind. However, there is a solution to this problem: if a user gets another Mangekyo Sharingan from someone close to them, preferably siblings, they will get the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan.

The Eternal Mangakyo Sharingan retains all the power of the Mangekyo Sharingan and can be used freely without the risk of going blind. So far, the only people who have obtained the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan are Sasuke and Madara Uchiha.



Rinnegan (輪 廻 眼), or Eye of Samsara, is the latest set of the three great dojutsu which are said to have been granted to mankind only during chaotic times. Legend refers to him as the eye of God with the power to change the world . It has a distinct appearance with a purple color, as well as a small black pupil and 6 black circles around it. Each circle is said to refer to each of the six paths.

The eye is from the Rinne Sharingan of Kaguya and was made by his son Hagoromo Otsutsuki. With the power of the Rinnegan, Hagoromo changed the world foreverand laid the foundation for the Shinobi world. He is called the Sage of the Six Paths and his Rinnegan has become part of his legend. To obtain Rinnegan, a person must have the Harogomo chakra in their possession or the combination of the chakra of their two sons – Indra and Asura. The first person who inherited the Rinnegan was none other than Madara – a descendant of Indra, who managed to imbue himself with the cells of Hashirama Senju – a descendant of Asura. 

Sasuke is a special case because he awakened the Rinnegan by receiving half of Hagoromo’s chakra. His Rinnegan also has a unique characteristic with 6 tomatoes on the 2 innermost circles of the eye.

As the eye representing the Six Paths, the Rinnegan possesses these six powers:

  • Way of Animals : Invocation of animals.
  • Way of the Asura : Arm the body with mechanical arsenal.
  • Celestial Way  : Control of kinetics and gravity, including the 3 most powerful techniques: Bansho Ten’in – Force of attraction, Shinra Tensei – Force of repulsion, and Chibaku Tensei – Summon of a powerful black orb of gravity which draws everything on him.
  • Human Way  : Reading of the spirit and extraction of the soul.
  • Path of the Hungry Demons  : Absorption Chakra
  • Way of the Underworld : Summon the King of Hell who can restore a damaged body or take the souls of liars. 

In addition to the abilities of the Six Paths, there is an additional outer Path which allows the user to resurrect the dead (Resurrect completely, and not just “halfway” like the Unclean World Reincarnation technique), transfer chakras and invoke Chakra Chains … BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! In addition to these “standard” powers, there are several unique abilities:

  • Dive in Limbo  : This ability was used by Madara Uchiha to create shadows in the world of Limbo. These shadows also exist in the physical world and can act independently. They cannot be detected by any means except Sasuke who can see shadows using his Rinnegan. Naruto can also “sense” shadows but he cannot see them like Sasuke. 
  • Amenotejikara : A unique ability of Sasuke that allows him to swap his position between himself and an object (including living things) within a certain radius.

Rinne Sharingan

Rinne Rinegan

Rinne Sharingan (輪 廻 写 輪 眼), is a kekkei mora but also the ancestor of the Sharingan and the Byakugan. Kaguya Ōtsutsuki is the holder of the Rinne Sharingan and uses it as her third eye. It has a distinct red Sharingan-like appearance with 3 circles around the pupil. Each circle also has 3 tomoe, which represents 9 tomoe in total.

The eye is also called Tsuki no Me (月 の 眼), or eye of the moon in Japanese. According to legend, those who own the Rinne Sharingan can mirror the moon and pave the way for the infinite dream. Madara proved this legend to be true by managing to obtain this eye by putting the whole world to sleep with the Infinite Tsukuyomi, except Naruto, Sakura, Kakashi and Sasuke thanks to her Susanoo.

In addition to performing the Infinite Tsukuyomi, Madara and Kaguya can both manipulate the divine tree to capture and absorb people’s chakras. Another unique ability is the Amenominaka , used by Kaguya to “transport” ninjas into his own dimensions, from the world of lava through a world of ice to end up in a world with enormous gravity. As Kakashi explained, this ability requires an insane amount of chakra. In the meantime, we can see Kaguya transporting easily, along with Team 7, to different dimensions without a problem, which just shows us just how incredibly powerful she is .

After this recap of the main Dojutsu: the Sharingan, the  Byukagan, the Rinnegan as well as the Rinne Sharingan let’s move on to the most recent and probably the most mysterious Dojutsu to date: the Jougan.
There is a special new eye power that Naruto’s son Boruto possesses. Boruto’s eyes seem to be extremely powerful and we’re very interested in that.