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Sage Mode

  • The method of taking in nature energy to activate Sage Mode.

Name

Kanji

仙人モード

Rōmaji

Sennin Mōdo

Literal English

Sage Mode

Viz manga

Honored Sage Mode

English TV

Hermit Mode

Debut

Appears in

Anime, Manga, Game and Movie

Data

Classification

Senjutsu

Class

Supplementary

Derived jutsu

Users

Sage Mode is the result of using natural energy along with a ninja's normal chakra in perfect balance to drastically empower a ninja's abilities.

Usage

Main article: Senjutsu

Senjutsu (仙術; Literally meaning "Sage Techniques") refers to a specialised field of techniques that allows the user to sense and then gather the natural energy (自然エネルギー, shizen enerugī) around a person. Senjutsu practitioners can then learn to draw the energy of nature inside of them blending it with their own chakra (created from spiritual and physical energy within the shinobi), adding a new dimension of power to the sage's chakra, resulting in the creation of "senjutsu chakra" (仙術チャクラ, senjutsu chakura). This chakra cannot be seen by anyone other than those who have been trained in senjutsu.

This new chakra enables the user to enter an empowered state called Sage Mode, which can then drastically increase the strength of all ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu. A person who is able to use senjutsu is called a sage (仙人, sennin). It would seem that there are only three ways to learn senjutsu. One of them is to study under toads from Mount Myōboku, as Shima, Fukasaku, Jiraiya and Naruto have done. Gamakichi and Gamabunta also seem to be familiar with it. Another way is to study under snakes from the Ryūchi Cave where Kabuto Yakushi learnt it. The Shikkotsu Forest is the third place to have knowledge on senjutsu. A prerequisite to being able to use senjutsu is that the user must have a great reservoir of chakra themselves in order to manipulate the natural energy.

Toad Sage Mode

Advantages

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, and durability dramatically increase.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu become very powerful.
  • The user can harness the natural energy surrounding them, turning it into an extension of their body, and increasing the reach of their attacks.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.
  • The user does not feel as much pain, and recovers faster from physical damage.

Weaknesses

  • If the user draws in too much natural energy in the attempt to initiate Sage Mode, they run the risk of transforming into a toad, then into stone.
  • In order to gather enough natural energy to initiate the transformation into Sage Mode, the user must remain perfectly still. Because of that, the user can be an easy target for an opponent.
  • Because the user needs to move during combat, the Sage chakra cannot be replenished, which means the user can't stay within this state for extended periods of time.
    • The two weaknesses mentioned above can be bypassed through the Sage Art: Amphibian Technique, where one Sage gathers chakra for another, in Naruto's case, shadow clones can be used for the same purpose, and finally in Koga's case, his Tailed Beast gathers the sage chakra for him from within, however this carries a weakness of it's own, disallowing him from accessing the beast's chakra while in Sage Mode.
  • After Sage Mode has ended, the user appears to experience exhaustion.

Forms

Imperfect Sage Mode

Jiraiya was not able to properly balance his own chakra with natural energy, resulting in him using an imperfect form of Sage Mode. As such, whenever Jiraiya was using Sage Mode, he would summon Shima and Fukasaku by drawing a blood contract on his face to assist him in using Sage Mode. The Toad Elders fused to Jiraiya's shoulders with Sage Art: Amphibian Technique, gathering natural energy from their stationary positions for Jiraiya's use.

As a result of the imbalance (and the imperfect nature of his transformation), Jiraiya took a number of toad-like traits when using Sage Mode. His appearance was altered: his nose grows bigger and gains warts, he gains excess hair (his goatee), and toad-like eyes. Further transformational attributes includes him taking on a toad-like stature and the lines on his face become much thicker, taking over each side of his face. Because of these traits, Jiraiya didn't like to use Sage Mode as it "displeases the ladies". He also showed the ability to transform his limbs (e.g. his hands and feet) into those of frogs so as to aid in maneuverability.

Perfect Sage Mode

Unlike Jiraiya, Naruto and pretty much any member of the Seijin Order is able to perfectly balance the natural energy with his own chakra. This allows them to use the true Sage Mode, which retains all of thier normal physical characteristics except for toad-like eyes: yellow irises, horizontal bar-like pupils, and the redish-orange pigment mark of a true sage on each eye. A true sage would still suffer from the weaknesses of Sage Mode, requiring that they use Sage Art: Amphibian Technique in a battle situation. Because of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox sealed within Naruto and later Koga, however, this method was rejected whenever they tried to fuse with their frog summon.

As a workaround, Naruto has some of his shadow clones gather natural energy elsewhere while he fights. Once he has run out of his own senjutsu chakra, he has one of the clones disperse, giving him the clone's natural energy and allowing him to enter Sage Mode again. This method limits the maximum number of shadow clones that Naruto can create to five for as long as the clones are gathering natural energy, as anything more would interfere with their focus. To make sure he has enough shadow clones for use in battle, Naruto has only two shadow clones gather senjutsu chakra, allowing him to enter Sage Mode a total of three times. Naruto also stated that it is possible to lengthen the time he is in Sage Mode.

Koga has also worked around this weakness. Since he has tamed the Nine-Tails within him, he has the beast itself gather sage chakra, allowing him to fight as if fused with a toad sage. This, however, has it's own drawbacks: it disallows Koga from using the Nine-Tails chakra while in Sage Mode due to it's disharmony with sage chakra.

Snake Sage Mode

Advantages

There are numerous advantages granted while using Snake Sage Mode. These include:

  • The user's perception abilities and reflexes dramatically increase.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu and taijutsu becomes more powerful.
  • The user gains further access to snake anatomy, such as their brille, which can be used to lock out light as well as stop visual-based genjutsu from affecting them.They are also able to perform abilities that are characteristic of snakes, such as dislocating their jaw, although this is not exclusive to this mode.
  • The user's overall capabilities with jutsu are augmented.
  • Healing abilities are augmented.

Forms

Perfect Snake Sage Mode

While retaining most of his normal physical characteristics in Sage Mode, Kabuto Yakushi did display greater areas of darkened pigmentation around his eyes, which extended along the sides of his face until they tapered off after reaching his shoulder blades. More noticeably, he gained what resembled four horns growing out from the back of his head, as well as darkened sclera.

Bat Sage Mode

The "Bat" variation of the traditional Sage Mode can only be learned through training within Kiken'na Cave. However, due to the exceptional difficulty in even procuring proper training from the Cave's residence, only a single shinobi has obtained and demonstrated usage of this particular variant: Kaidan Nomura.

Advantages

Like all forms of Sage Mode, this particular variant carries a great number of advantages:

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
  • The user experiences a drastic increase in flexibility.
  • The user's body experiences a monumental acceleration in the healing process.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.
  • The user's five senses are dramatically heightened.
  • The user's overall capabilities with jutsu are augmented.

Disadvantages

Despite the perks of utilizing the "Bat" variation of Sage Mode, there are a number of drawbacks. These include:

  • In order to gather enough natural energy to initiate the transformation into Sage Mode, the user must remain perfectly still. Because of that, the user can be an easy target for an opponent.
  • Because the user needs to move during combat, the senjutsu chakra cannot be replenished, which means the user can't stay within this state for extended periods of time.
    • The above drawbacks are generally countered by Kaidan's utilization of the Sage Art: Colonization Technique; in which a number of summoned bats gather natural energies and subsequently transfer them directly into his body.
  • After Sage Mode has reached the end of its duration, the user experiences a period of prominent exhaustion.
Bat Sage Mode

"Perfect" Bat Sage Mode.

Forms

Due to the fact that Kaidan is the first and only user of Bat Sage Mode, and the fact that he managed to balance his chakra upon accessing it, an "Imperfect Form" has yet to be revealed. Instead, this "Perfect Form" is considered the norm of Bat Sage Mode and manifests physically in the form of a single, minor alteration upon the face. A pair of triangular markings, brown in hue, appear just below the eyes and extend to approximately the middle of the practitioner's cheeks.

Fox Sage Mode

The fox "Sage Mode" is a variation of Sage Mode learned from the foxes of Shinkyō. It has been mistakenly referred to as "Fox Mode" (狐モード, Kitsune Mōdo; literally meaning "Fox Mode") by Seireitou Hyūga.

Advantages

There are a few known advantages of using the Fox variation of Sage Mode;

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu become more powerful.
  • The user's body naturally heals itself, though this is a gradual process.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.
  • The user gains the ability to transform into a fox.
    • This is unlike the Toad Sage Mode, in which the transformation into the animal itself is linked with death.

Disadvantages

There are a few known disadvantages of using the Fox variation of Sage Mode;

  • The user experiences extreme exhaustion following the deactivation of Sage Mode.
  • The healing ability granted by Sage Mode causes the cells in the blood to accelerate their reproduction, which can shorten the user's lifespan significantly.
  • Using too much natural energy can result in an imbalance between the user's natural energy and their chakra, causing the user to gain more fox-like features. The end result could be that the user permanently transforms into a fox.

Forms

Imperfect Fox Sage Mode

Imperfect Fox Sage Mode

Imperfect Sage Mode

The Great Fox Sage, when explaining the mechanisms of Sage Mode to Ryun, revealed that in the past, there was a shinobi from the Iga clan who visited Shinkyō in an attempt to learn Senjutsu from the Foxes. Though he eventually gained access to the technique, it was by far incomplete. This sage gained fox-like ears upon using this form, as well as sharpened incisors, elongated fingernails, and fox-like eyes.

According to the Great Fox Sage, this more feral appearance in Sage Mode was a sign that the user wasn't fully in control of their natural energy; rather their natural energy and their actual chakra were not in complete balance. Because of this, the user was unable to stay in Sage Mode for more than a couple of minutes.

Perfect Fox Sage Mode

Arekusu Fox Sage Mode

Perfect Fox Sage Mode Cloak Enabled

An unknown shinobi male is the only known user of this variation of Sage Mode, and since he is described to have "perfected" the technique, it is assumed he uses the perfect version of this technique. He retains his usual physical appearance, with the only exception being that his eyes become red,they gain pigmentation under the eyes, the pupils become slits like a fox's eyes, and whisker-like marks appearing on their cheeks. They also have access to a fox chakra cloak but like with the Toad Sage Mode, this variation seems to require a perfect balance of the user's chakra and the natural energy flowing into the user, allowing them to use True Sage Mode.

Owl Sage Mode

Advantages

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu become more powerful.
  • The user's body naturally heals itself, though this is a gradual process.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.
  • The user gains the ability to see in the dark as owls do.

Disadvantages

  • If the user draws in too much natural energy in the attempt to initiate Sage Mode, they run the risk of transforming into an owl, then into stone.
  • After Sage Mode has ended, the user appears to experience exhaustion.

Raven Sage Mode

Advantages

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, taijutsu, and fuinjutsu become more powerful.
  • The user's body naturally heals itself, though this is a gradual process.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.
  • The user gains the ability to fly as Ravens do as well as manipulate the Darkforce.
  • The user can harness the energy surrounding them, turning it into an extension of their body, which increases the reach of their attacks.

Disadvantages

  • If the user draws in too much natural energy in the attempt to initiate Sage Mode, they run the risk of transforming into a raven, thus allowing another to summon them.
  • After Sage Mode has ended, the user appears to experience exhaustion.

Forms

Imperfect Raven Sage Mode

in progress

Perfect Raven Sage Mode

Yoshikage is the only known user of this variation of Sage Mode, and since she is described to be a master, it is assumed she uses the perfect version of this technique. When in use her hair turns pitch black she gains a coat which is able to turn into ravens. Her pupils then become slits like a raven's eyes. Like other sage modes this variation seems to require a perfect balance of the user's chakra and the natural energy flowing into the user, allowing them to use True Sage Mode.

Wolf Sage Mode

Advantages

  • The user gains heightened senses and speed similar to a wolf's.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu become very powerful, taijutsu the most enhanced.

Disatvantages

  • Like all Sage Modes, the user must stay still for a period of time to enter it.
  • When the user unbalances natural energy with their own chakra, they turn into a werewolf-like form, losing all sense of sanity.
  • The user's genjutsu casting abilities decrease.

Forms

Imperfect Sage Mode

When Wolf Sages use this form, they gain yellow eyes with pink scalera, black markings (black lines going over the eyes, 3 black gill-like markings over each side of their neck, lines going down their back that branch off down the arms and neck until they reach the wrists and toes, and arrows that connect to the lines on the hands). They also gain elongated canines and pointed ears.

Perfect Sage Mode

Those who use this form gain the eyes, neck markings and rings present in the imperfect form. The user gains enough strength to lift around 5 tons, and run at 300 miles per hour. They also gain enhanced senses and ninjutsu casting abilities. Only Kankoku Jōdan has ever achieved this form.

Shark Sage Mode

The shark "Sage Mode" is a variation of Sage Mode learned from the sharks of Kamishiō.

Advantages

There are a few known advantages of using the shark variation of Sage Mode;

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu become more powerful.
  • The user's body naturally heals itself, though this is a gradual process.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.
  • The user gains a heightened sense of smell, especially in water, and can also sense enemies this way.
  • The user gains the ability of hard and jagged skin that is similar to a shark's skin.
  • The user gains the ability to breathe underwater by using gills on the neck.
  • +The user has an extremely heightened speed while underwater.

Disadvantages

There are a few known disadvantages of using the shark variation of Sage Mode;

  • The healing ability granted by Sage Mode causes the cells in the blood to accelerate their reproduction, which can shorten the user's lifespan significantly.
  • Using too much natural energy can result in an imbalance between the user's natural energy and their chakra, causing the user to gain more shark-like features. The end result could be that the user permanently transforms into a shark.
  • The user is very susceptible to Lightning Release techniques while in this form.
  • The smell of too much blood can send the user into a frenzy, causing them to loose control and possibly attack allies.

Forms

Imperfect Shark Sage Mode

Imperfect Shark Sage Mode

Imperfect Shark Sage Mode.

The Great Shark Sage, when explaining the mechanisms of Sage Mode to Kiyuki, revealed that in the past, there was a shinobi from the Hyōketsu Clan who visited Kamishiō in an attempt to learn Senjutsu from the sharks. Though he eventually gained access to the technique, it was by far incomplete. This sage gained a shark-like snout upon using this form, as well as extremely sharpened teeth, webed hands and feet, and shark-like eyes. 

According to the Great Shark Sage, this more feral appearance in Sage Mode was a sign that the user wasn't fully in control of their natural energy; rather their natural energy and their actual chakra were not in complete balance. Because of this, the user was unable to stay in Sage Mode for more than a couple of minutes.

Perfect Shark Sage Mode

Kiyuki Hyōketsu is the only known user of this variation of Sage Mode, and since he has "perfected" the technique, it has been shown that he uses the perfect version of this technique. He retains his usual physical appearance, with the only exception being that his irises become yellow, his sclera become black, and gill-like marks appear on his neck. Like with the Toad Sage Mode, this variation seems to require a perfect balance of the user's chakra and the natural energy flowing into the user, allowing them to use True Sage Mode.

Hawk Sage Mode

Advantages

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, taijutsu, and fuinjutsu become more powerful.
  • The user's body naturally heals itself, though this is a gradual process.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.
  • The user gains the ability to fly at incredible speed as Hawks do.
  • The user can harness the energy surrounding them, turning it into an extension of their body, which increases the reach of their attacks.
  • The user's vision is greatly enhanced like hawks.
  • Gains immunity against various type of poisons.

Disadvantages

  • If the user draws in too much natural energy in the attempt to initiate Sage Mode, they run the risk of transforming into a hawk, thus allowing another to summon them.
  • After Sage Mode has ended, the user appears to experience exhaustion.
  • In order to gather enough natural energy to initiate the transformation into Sage Mode, the user must remain perfectly still. Because of that, the user can be an easy target for an opponent.

Forms

Imperfect Hawk Sage Mode

When Sayotsu tried to attend Sage mode he first went through the imperfect variation,where his skin becomes feathery,his eyes grow more like a bird.He grows wings and his toes becomes more like claws.

Perfect Hawk Sage Mode

Sayotsu is the only known user of this variation of Sage Mode, and since he is described to be a master, it is assumed he uses the perfect version of this technique. When in use his hair turns blueish black for some unknown reasons he gains a blue coat which is able to turn into hawks. His pupils then become slits like a hawks's eyes. Like other sage modes this variation seems to require a perfect balance of the user's chakra and the natural energy flowing into the user, allowing them to use True Sage Mode.He also grows a little muscular in this form.

Tiger Sage Mode

Advantage's

  • The user will have all they're sense's boost up to Tiger level.
  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
  • the user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu become more powerful.
  • The user can harness the natural energy surrounding them, turning it into an extension of their body, and increasing the reach of their attacks.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.
  • the user does not feel as much pain, and recovers faster from physical damage

Disadvantage's

  • Because the user needs to move during combat, the Sage chakra cannot be replenished, which means the user can't stay within this state for extended periods of time.
  • he user experiences extreme exhaustion following the deactivation of Sage Mode.
  • Using too much natural energy can result in an imbalance between the user's natural energy and their chakra, causing the user to gain more fox-like features. The end result could be that the user permanently transforms into a tiger.

Forms

Imperfect Mode

The first mode of Tiger Sage mode is the user grows a tiger tail, long fangs, and tiger ears grow out of her head. Her eyes change into round tiger eyes. For the first mode, the only tiger hair she has is the white hair above her eyes. The last and final feature to first mode is her claws.

Perfect Mode

All of the features in the first mode are intensifier. The power is a little more advanced.


Dragonfly Sage Mode

Advantages

  • The user's speed will exponentially increase; a dragonfly's flight alone can reach up to 60 miles per hour.
  • Enhanced Strength & Durability,
  • Dragonflies, as stated earlier, are rather fast-flying insects. Dragonflies are accredited as one of the fastest insects in the world. When flying/in sage mode, the user will find themselves to be naturally nimble and agile with list in air.
  • The user will receive all natural dragonfly and nymph abilities. They will also experience a slight change in appearance.

Disadvantages

  • Overuse results in exhaustion & chakra deprivation.
  • Intaking too much Natural Chakra can risk the user turning into a Dragonfly, thus, allowing another person to summon them.

Forms

Perfect & Imperfect Sage Mode

Tanuki Sage Mode

Dragon Sage Mode

The "Dragon Sage Mode" is a variation of the Sage Mode learned from the Dragons of the Land of Dragons, inside of Dragon's Cave. Omega Uchiha refers to it as "Dragon Form" (竜フォーム, Ryū formu)

Advantages

Since there has only been one Dragon Sage, there aren't to many known disadvantages.

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
  • The user experiences a drastic increase in flexibility.
  • The user is able to use fire technique's or if already was a user of the fire release, it greatly increases it.
  • The user's body experiences a monumental acceleration in the healing process.
  • The user can use all the body parts of a dragon.

Disadvantages

Since there has only been one Dragon Sage, there aren't to many known disadvantages.

  • If the user is hit by and lightning release technique's it deals more damage than normal.
  • A few of the techniques the user was once able to use, he/she can't use anymore.

Forms

Imperfect Dragon Sage Mode

If the user is lacks balancing his/her chakra they transform into what seems to be a complete dragon. Or at least that was what was explained by the elder dragons.
Imperfect

Imperfect Dragon Sage Mode

Perfect Dragon Sage Mode

Dragon Sage Mode1

Perfect Dragon Sage













Monkey Sage Mode

Advantages

  • Users Intelligence, Agility, Reflexes, Stamina, Strength, and Flexibility are drastically Increased.
  • Users Taijutsu, Kenjutsu, Shuriken Jutsu, skills are Increased.
  • Sensory, Perception and Smell are increased.

Disadvantages

  • Of course they have to be still to gather natural energy.
  • Ninjutsu stays the same, no increase


Appearance

  • They grow a tail
  • They grow a lot of hair, on their face, body etc.

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