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Substitute Technique

  • The clone taking the form of someone else.
  • The technique being dispelled.





Narikawari no Jutsu

Literal English

Substitute Technique

Viz manga

Substitution Jutsu

English TV

Body Substitution Jutsu



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[[|Naruto Shippūden Episode #207]]


Naruto 6: Road to Ninja

Video Game

Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

Appears in

Anime, Manga, Game and Movie



Ninjutsu, Clone Techniques



Other jutsu


  • Guruguru
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This technique allows Guruguru and his clones to create an exact copy of anyone, they have ever came into contact with. The user of this technique becomes a perfect duplicate, even possessing chakra identical to that of the one they are impersonating along with anything they might be wearing or tool they were carrying.

They can also seemingly copy their victim's abilities to the extent of what is known to them. For example, a Kisame Hoshigaki's copy attempted to use the original's Water Release: Great Shark Bullet Technique and another copied the appearance of Hinata Hyūga's Byakugan's. It was only the anime, however, that they were shown using these techniques. However, because the substitute is weaker than the original individual, their primary purpose is to function as a diversion more than anything.

When he used this technique Guruguru created clones to serve as substitutes; he was able to control these clones remotely and remained aware of their actions and experiences. The transformed clone retained the appearance of the person they were impersonating during that time even after death, reverting to its true form only after the technique was voluntarily released by Guruguru.

A variation of this technique is also used by the soldiers of the White Zetsu Army. Unlike the original's version, the technique is seemingly dispersed once the transformed clone is dealt a significant amount of damage or killed; these clones also demonstrated the ability to partially revert to their true forms while transformed.

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