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Wind Release (風遁, Fūton; English TV "Wind Style") is one of the basic elemental nature transformation offensive-type techniques that allow the user to manipulate wind by shaping their chakra to be as sharp and as thin as possible, very much like the blades of a pair of scissors. The rarest of the five basic elemental chakra natures, wind techniques are suited for short-to-mid-range combatants, and combine brute force and precision to deal cutting and slashing damage. Despite its rarity, Wind Release is common to shinobi of Sunagakure.
Wind-based techniques are typically performed by causing/generating movement in the air, such as the user blowing air from their mouth or creating air currents with objects. Users can even channel wind-natured chakra into blades to increase their range and cutting power. Wind-based techniques can also be made stronger if the user can generate a force of suction behind their target (such as a Baku).
Wind is naturally strong against lightning techniques due to air being a strong electrical insulator, and likewise naturally weak against fire techniques due to fire's ability to consume and grow when exposed to air. In the case of a combination, it augments the strength of a fire technique as well as increases the concussive power of a water technique.
Danzō Shimura also utilised a series of vacuum-based Wind Release techniques, involving inhaling air around him and then exhaling it as a technique, using his chakra.
- Wind-natured chakra is also a component of the kekkei genkai Ice Release (along with water); and the kekkei tōta Dust Release, when combined with earth and fire.
- ↑ Naruto chapter 479, page 8