Ever since we saw Boruto put a kunai in Sasuke’s eye-socket everyone is thinking whether the Uchiha can use his Rinnegan abilities? Similar speculations have been going on for Naruto as the titular hero has lost his best buddy and his major source of Power, Kurama. For this article, I will be focusing only on Sasuke and how strong is he without Rinnegan.
But first, let us know, what kind of powers did Sasuke receive when he unlocked his Rinnegan?
What Powers Does Sasuke’s Rinnegan Have?
Sasuke’s Rinne-Sharingan has almost the same abilities as normal Rinnegan. However, there are some abilities that are unique only to Sasuke. Let’s get to know them one by one.
What Are Sasuke’s Common Rinnegan Abilities?
Just like any other Rinnegan user Sasuke has access to the 7 paths of Pain. They are as follows:
7 Paths Of Pain
Deva Path (天道, Tendō)
This path grants the ability to manipulate both attractive and repulsive forces. We see Sasuke use Chibaku Tensei to capture the tailed beasts in the final arc of Shippuden. He even uses the ability to capture Momoshiki during their fight. We never see him use Shinra Tensei but since he can use Chibaku Tensei we can assume that he can use Shinra Tensei as well. Although this ability is similar to a normal Rinnegan, Sasuke’s Chibaku Tensei works in a different way. Instead of pulling rubble from surrounding and focusing it on an enemy, Sasuke’s Chibaku Tensei makes the enemy itself emit an attractive force and pull all the rubble around them. This way even characters who are faster than light speed such as Momoshiki can’t escape as it is their own body that is pulling all the rubble.
Naraka Path (地獄道, Jigokudō)
This path lets the user summon and control the King of Hell. Thus reviving and healing a person completely. We never saw Sasuke use it. Probably, never will.
Asura Path (修羅道, Shuradō)
This path grants the user mechanized limbs, weaponry and armor. This ability could have been useful as in Boruto everyone is a scientifically upgraded villain. This ability can come in handy for Sasuke who doesn’t have a hand.
Animal Path (畜生道, Chikushōdō)
This path summons a wide variety of creatures who are previously included in the arsenal by the user. Sasuke has his own summons however he doesn’t share his Rinnegan vision with him. We never saw him use this ability.
Preta Path (餓鬼道, Gakidō)
This path absorbs all forms of chakra. The quantity of the chakra doesn’t matter. We see Sasuke using this ability against Naruto during their final fight.
Human Path (人間道, Ningendō)
This path grants the ability to remove a soul and read a person’s mind. On the contrary, even though, Sasuke has this ability he still relies on his Sharingan for interrogation.
Outer Path (外道, Gedō)
This path lets the user rule over both life and death. With the use of this ability, Nagato revived everyone in the village post his attack. Even Black Zetsu forced Obito to use this ability to bring Madara back to life. If Naruto dies in the future, Sasuke may use this ability to bring him back to life. But that will depend on the fact that Sasuke has a good reason to do so.
These are the common abilities of Rinnegan that we know from the Naruto lore so far. However, there are some abilities that are unique to each user of Rinnegan provided they awakened the ability naturally or received chakra from Hagoromo himself. Sasuke after receiving chakra from Hagoromo developed abilities which are unique only to him.
What Are Sasuke’s Unique Rinnegan Abilities?
This ability allows Sasuke to switch places with anyone or anything for short distances. We see Sasuke use this ability multiple times in his battles and his profiency in using this ability leaves the enemy baffled.
Space Time Ninjutsu
Another ability unique only to Sasuke and Kaguya, this ability lets Sasuke travel from one dimension to another. The dimensions are mostly planets conquered by Otsutsuki’s. For this Sasuke has to lock onto the chakra of someone in that dimension. We see Sasuke using this ability to visit Kaguya’s dimensions and later Momoshiki’s dimension.
In addition to these, Sasuke’s Rinnegan also enhances his sight further along with his Genjutsu and Ninjutsu abilities.
These are the abilities that Sasuke received after Hagoromo unlocks Sasuke’s Rinnegan. These abilities although seem normal which Naruto counters in his Sage mode. But with Sasuke’s other abilities which are not influenced by his Rinnegan, he is still an admirably powerful foe.
What are Sasuke’s Powers And Abilities Without Rinnegan?
Sage Of Six Path Chakra
Sasuke received chakra from Hagoromo Otsutsuki along with Naruto. Hagoromo Otsutsuki mentioned that he is splitting equal chakra to both of them. This chakra awakened Rinnegan in Sasuke. With this newly acquired power, Sasuke unlocked a vast arsenal of attacks. Some of his feats include putting all 9 tailed beasts into a genjutsu with a single glance. In addition to, heightened sensory abilities, amped up physical strength, regenerative abilities, light-speed reflexes, portal opening, teleportation, swapping places with the enemy, or anything, see into limbo world, etc
Some would now say that without Rinnegan, Sasuke would not be able to use Sage Of Six Path chakra. However, they are wrong. Unlike Naruto, Sasuke lost his Rinnegan due to Boruto stabbing him with a Kunai. Hence, Sasuke didn’t lose the abilities of Six Path but his Rinnegan is gone.
However, there are speculations on this as well, as Madara uses Rinnegan’s abilities even though he was blind. Whereas Sasuke has chakra directly delivered by Hagoromo so for him Sage of six path chakra should be accessible too. Another reason for me to say this is the fact that Sasuke uses Amaterasu after his eye is lost.
As it is shown in Naruto Shippuden, Sasuke’s Amaterasu is a Mangekyou Sharingan ability dwelling in his left eye. Thus giving rise to speculations about whether Sasuke can use Rinnegan Abilities or not. My conclusion is that since Sasuke’s Rinnegan was stabbed for making a path for the next generation to become stronger he won’t be able to use Rinnegan’s abilities.
So with this assumption, we will say that although Sasuke has Sage Of Six Path chakra in him, he can’t use Rinnegan’s abilities.
In addition to all the abilities, Sasuke’s Sharingan and Rinnegan gave Sasuke the ability to use ALL nature transformations and Yin Yang Release.
Sasuke unlocks his Sharingan during the Uchiha clan massacre. However, due to being a child, he forgot how to unlock it again at least until his fight against Haku. Since then, Sasuke’s Sharingan has gone through various upgrades, and both Itachi and Orochimaru claim it to be more versatile and stronger than his elder brothers. Sasuke’s Sharingan abilities allow him to copy any jutsu just by seeing it once. He was able to clash Genjutsu against Genjutsu with Itachi, however, it was later revealed that Sasuke was in a deeper genjutsu than what Itachi showed him. With just his basic 3 tomoe-Sharingan, Sasuke was able to take down Orochimaru albeit the Sannin was in a weaker state. During his clash against Naruto, Sasuke was able to peep into his mindset and gather all information without even having to activate his genjutsu.
In the recent chapters of Boruto, Sasuke is using his Mangekyou abilities without even activating his Mangekyou. Such as him using Susanoo against Jigen without activating his Mangekyou.
Thus, showing how far the pureblood Uchiha has scaled his skills.
Mangekyou Sharingan/Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan
The abilities of Mangekyou Sharingan are manifested depending on the user’s state of mind. And hence each Mangekyou is unique and contains different abilities. Sasuke awakens his Mangekyou after Obito told him the truth about Itachi. This sudden burst of emotions made Sasuke realize his feelings towards his family and awakened his Mangekyou. The abilities of his Mangekyou Sharingan are as follows:
A deadly black fire that cannot extinguish. This ability will turn anything and everything to ashes once hits. Earlier, Naruto deflects the flames with Kurama chakra but without Kurama, there are high chances that if Naruto gets hit, he will definitely die. The only way Naruto can counter this attack now is by using Shadow clones which have a limit and since the fire can’t be extinguished Sasuke can spread the flames using Kagutsuchi.
Even though it is not remotely as powerful as Itachi. Sasuke’s genjutsu abilities are a force to reckon with. Sasuke was able to cast a genjutsu on Danzo, who was using Shisui’s eye and had multiple Sharingan implanted in him. Which were further enhanced by Hashirama cells. Also, a major fact why Naruto can lose this battle is his inability to counter genjutsu. Naruto has always shown weakness towards genjutsu and now without Kurama’s help, it’ll be much more difficult for Naruto to repel a genjutsu attack.
An ability in which Sasuke can control the flames of Amaterasu and change the direction or shape of the flames. This makes it all the more deadly. In the latest Boruto chapter, Sasuke uses Amaterasu and Kagutsuchi even without his Rinnegan. Thus, denoting that Sasuke even without his Rinnegan is God Tier.
The biggest and the most powerful weapon in Sasuke’s arsenal. It not only serves as an absolute defense but also as a weapon of mass destruction. Only attacks more powerful than that of Susanoo can inflict damage upon it. And there’s only Naruto who can at least give it more than a scratch. Sasuke’s Susanoo is destruction reincarnate. Like a standard Susanoo, it has swords as its primary weapon and it has a sinister look, thanks to Sasuke being rogue when he gets his Mangekyou.
The full-bodied Susanoo of Sasuke has wings making it useful even for airborne fights. Also, unlike other Susanoo, Sasuke’s Susanoo has the ability to use ninjutsu like Chidori and fire style jutsu.
It is also able to reflect Genjutsu as strong as Infinite Tsukuyomi unless someone directly targets Sasuke.
Also, unique only to Sasuke, his Susanoo has an extra weapon in the form of a crossbow on its arm. It is used to shower a volley of arrows or use it as a shield to deflect blows.
As of now, Sasuke is the only one who has two summons.
His first summon is a snake, Aoda, which he uses to fight against Ten-Tails. Before Aoda, Manda was Sasuke’s summon who was also Orochimaru’s summon. However, Sasuke killed Manda by using him as a shield against Deidara.
Also, since these summonses are snakes, and Snakes eat Frogs/Toads, you know who has the natural advantage.
Sasuke’s second summon is an Eagle. This summon appears barely once or twice. But since it is an eagle, it can easily take on snakes and frogs both, naturally speaking. There’s not much known about this summon of his.
Sasuke is a proficient Swordfighter. He is proficient enough in using his sword that he went toe-to-toe against Kinshiki without his one arm.
Thanks to his brilliance and strategic mind, Sasuke uses his sword efficiently even against the likes of Isshiki.
Whereas, we barely see Naruto using a Kunai in a fight.
Along with his sword, Sasuke relies heavily on his shuriken’s. He can use these shurikens to deal damage on someone like Momoshiki. His proficiency in shuriken jutsu is so high, he can turn shuriken mid-air and hit a moving target in its blind spot.
Sasuke is a child prodigy. His intelligence and observation skills are so high that Jigen, Momoshiki, and Isshiki found these qualities irritating. They really tried to incapacitate him first before Naruto. It is evident from the fact that Momoshiki first stabbed Sasuke’s Rinnegan instead of killing an already weakened Naruto. Thus pressing hard on the fact that Sasuke’s intelligence is more dangerous than Naruto with all his brute strength.
Another instance of Sasuke saving the day with his intelligence is when he realizes that Boruto needs chakra to overcome the possessing Momoshiki. It is due to this that they imbibe Boruto with more chakra to make him ultimately subdue Momoshiki.
Sasuke although weaker after losing his Rinnegan can still go toe-to-toe with many powerful characters bar Otsutsuki. As of now, Sasuke is currently the strongest human on earth. Much stronger than even Naruto after he lost Kurama. This could put more pressure on Sasuke further ahead in the series as he’s the only one who can counter Otsutsuki threat along with Naruto and has a vast arsenal of Jutsu as compared to Naruto. This leaves fans speculating whether can Naruto without Kurama beat Sasuke without Rinnegan?