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The 15 Best Defensive Jutsu In Naruto History, Ranked

September 17, 2020 4.4k votes 601 voters 35.5k views15 items

With so many powerful offensive jutsu in the world of Naruto, it's crucial that there also be jutsu strong enough to defend against them. With that in mind, we'll be looking at the best defensive jutsu in Naruto.

Some of these attacks allow the user to create nearly impenetrable shields or armor - Gaara's sand armor is a strong example of that sort of defense. Others are a little more unorthodox - the Mangekyo technique Kamui lets Obito Uchiha warp himself, weapons, and opponents into another dimension, which often helps him avoid physical attacks. 

All of these techniques are great at keeping their users safe from harm, but not all of them are created equal. Vote up the defensive jutsu you'd be happy to use for your own protection, and vote down the ones you wouldn't trust with your fate. 

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    Yata Mirror

    The Yata Mirror is an ethereal shield attached to Itachi's Susano-o. Infused with every form of nature release, it can negate any attack that's thrown its way by transforming into various enegetic forms. Susano-o is already a nearly impenetrable defense, but with the Yata Mirror added on, there's pretty much no hope of making a dent in it. 

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    Kamui

    Obito's mangekyo sharingan technique, Kamui, lets him transfer objects into another dimension. This includes other people's weapons, other people, and himself. So, he can either use it to warp himself away from danger, or warp opponents away from him. 

    One drawback to this technique is that Obito can't use it to its full potential - because he only has one Mangekyo, he can only use its short range version, while Kakashi can use its long range version. Kamui is best used with two Mangekyo, because that doubles its speed and efficacy, and lets the user manifest Susano-o and Kamui Shuriken. 

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    Susano-o

    Susano-o is an ability that only people with two Mangekyo Sharingan can pull off. The user creates a human-like avatar made of chakra, which surrounds their body and protects it from harm. Depending on who its level of development, it can look like a skeleton or a complete human - and it's a different color depending on the user. The defense isn't perfect - while the user is shielded from physical attacks, genjutsu and other similar abilities can still penetrate. It can also cause extreme pain and exhaustion, because the user is expending so much chakra to maintain it. That said, its capabilities are far more than just defensive - Susano-o can also fight on its users behalf. 

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    Shinra Tensei

    Shinra Tensei is another one of Pain's Six Paths abilities - in this case, it's part of the Deva Path. It can only be used by someone who can manipulate all five nature transformations. By creating an extraordinary force, it can repel anything that comes near the user. This can be used to deflect attacks, as well as to get rid of attacks that have already landed, such as the eternally burning flame of Ameterasu. It can also be used destructively - this is the move that Pain used to reduce Konoha to rubble. 

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