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The 15 Best Defensive Jutsu In Naruto History, Ranked

September 17, 2020 4.4k votes 600 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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    Flying Thunder God Technique

    The Flying Thunder God Technique is Minato Namikaze's signature move. While it isn't a defensive technique in the traditional sense, it can be easily used for such purposes. By marking a location with a special seal, Minato can instantly teleport to that location whenever he wants. If he needs to protect himself from an oncoming attack, he can easily travel to a previously marked location, preventing the enemy from successfully landing a hit. 

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    Gaara's Sand Shield & Armor

    Gaara is able to protect himself with a shield made out of sand, as well as a sand-based armor that sticks closely to his body. The sand shield activates automatically, protecting him whenever he's in danger whether he notices the oncoming attack or not. Only exceptionally fast attacks can penetrate it, like Sasuke's Chidori did during the Chuunin Exams. Because it functions independently of him, it doesn't drain his chakra - but it can also cause serious damage to other people without him wanting it to. Over time, he does learn to control it more effectively - for example, he learns to use Magnet Release to mix it with metallic particles that strengthen it. Because it's infused with his mother's feelings, her will is occasionally able to change its shape.

    He also has Sand Armor, which takes a ton of chakra to maintain and is used consciously. Using the two in conjunction provides a strong enough defense that it's worthwhile. 

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    Izanagi

    When a Sharingan user activates Izanagi, they gain temporary control over reality. This can be used for a variety of purposes, but for now we'll focus on defense. If a user is attacked, they can eliminate the reality in which they were hurt or lost their lives. It can even be programmed to do so in advance - that's how Madara programmed himself to come back to life after he was laid to rest.

    Though powerful, the technique has a serious drawback: in exchange for using Izanagi, users will become blind in the eye that they used to activate it. 

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    Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven

    Eight Trigrams Palms Revolving Heaven is a taijutsu attack that's one of the secrets of the Hyuuga clan. Traditionally, it's learned only by members of the main family, but Neji was able to learn it through observation alone. Just before the user is struck with an attack, they send chakra out through their tenketsu, then start spinning at lightning speeds. Anyone who attempts to attack them is knocked back with great force, making it effective for both defense and offense. 

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