We’ve seen many dojutsu introduced in the Naruto universe. They are Sharingan and it’s stages, Byakugan and the legendary Rinnegan. There are others such as Tensaigan, Jougan and Isshikis’ chakra eye but we won’t dwell into them. Today we shall see if Rinnegan has the abilities of the Sharingan.
As we all know that Sharingan consists of the three stages, viz, Basic, Mangekyou and Eternal Mangekyou. The ability difference between the last two are sometimes almost none. To gain more insight into the Mangekyou abilities read our blog on it over here. Also, in the succession of eternal mangekyou Sharingan, the eyes develop into the legendary Rinnegan. Albeit, the succession is possible only via Indra and Ashura chakra or getting Sage of Six Paths Chakra.
If somehow, an Uchicha is able to check all the conditions above, he or she will manifest a Rinnegan. This Rinnegan will grant them the basic Rinnegan abilities such as mastery over all nature styles, yin and yang styles, chakra absorption, puppetry, total control on the 6 paths etc. They might develop new abilities too like Sasuke can use space time ninjutsu and teleportation.
Can A Rinnegan User Use Mangekyou Abilities?
The answer is, yes. Rinnegan users can use their mangekyou Sharingan abilities. Until now we’ve seen two non Otsutsuki members use Rinnegan. They are Madara and Sasuke (Nagato’s case is different).
But can they use all Mangekyou Sharingan abilities?
Can A Rinnegan User Use Susanoo?
Yes, a rinnegan user can use Susanoo. During Madara’s fight against the shinobi alliance, we saw Madara use all of his stages. He starts with a basic Sharingan post revival. Then during his fight, he uses his eternal mangekyou and Rinnegan. Using his eternal mangekyou Susanoo to build a pile of corpses. When Naruto threw a Rasenshuriken at Madara, the latter activates his Rinnegan and absorbs it. Even after activating his Rinnegan, Madara continues using his Susanoo. We all know that Susanoo is a Mangekyou ability (Itachi and Sasuke could use it without Rinnegan). Thus giving us one proof that Rinnegan users can use Mangekyou abilities.
Mangekyou abilities vary from person to person. Some Mangekyou abilities are all about physical attacks such as Kamui, amaterasu or immobility. Most of them are entirely genjutsu based like Tsukuyomi, Kotoamatsukami etc.
Can Rinnegan users use Genjutsu?
From what we have seen Rinnegan users can use Genjutsu. Because we see Madara and Sasuke use their Mangekyou abilities while using Rinnegan such as Susanoo. So it can be safe to say that they can use Genjutsu too. Also, the Infinite Tsukuyomi cast by Madara is a genjutsu technique. And if you look at the design it makes on the moon it resembles Sasuke’s Rinne-sharingan. Which means it is Rinnegan too. Thus it is safe to assume that genjutsu abilities can be used while using Rinnegan.
In the anime and manga, there are three more instances when a Rinnegan user casts a genjutsu:
- The first being Nagato putting his army men under a genjutsu in which they could never reveal any intel about him.
- Second, when Sasuke put all tailed beasts in a genjutsu and under his control with a single glance.
- Third, when Sasuke deflected Infinite Tsukuyomi. Not exactly a genjutsu but the way Sasuke pulls this feat is something similar to Edo-Tensei Itachi freeing himself using Kotoamatsukami.
This again leads us to another question about the most powerful Mangekyou abilities and Rinnegan.
Can Rinnegan users use Izanagi and Izanami?
The anime and manga never touched upon it. All the users of Izanagi and Izanami are using Sharingan. So it seems that the answer is no. Also, it would be stupid to waste a Rinnegan eye by using any of these forbidden jutsus. As the rinnegan provides a variety of abilities along with mangekyou abilities. The case could be different with Sasuke though.
As all the previous users of Rinnegan were using a vulgarised version of it. It could be due to the way they achieved it. Nagato is given Rinnegan by Madara. Whereas Madara himself got it by unnaturally harvesting Ashura chakra. But Sasuke got pure Otsutsuki chakra directly from Hagoromo. This led to him manifesting a Rinne-Sharingan. Eyes of the Gods such as Kaguya and Hagoromo themselves.
Sasuke’s Rinnegan possesses the tomoe which can be seen in a normal Sharingan. Sasuke is the only person who can gradually progress and regress from Sharingan to Rinnegan and vice versa. So it could be very much possible for Sasuke to use Izanami and Izanagi. We are yet to witness that happening. We could very much see it happen during their fight with Isshiki.
What do you think? Can Sasuke really use all the abilities of rinnegan and Sharingan, simultaneously. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. You can read Naruto Shippuden manga on VIZ.