In the recent manga chapter of Boruto:Naruto Next Generations we learned that the Karma seal is the compressed biological data of a Otsutsuki clan member which can be embedded into a host’s body.
Whenever an Otsutsuki member sustains life-threatening injuries or is in a grave situation from which they can’t survive, they convert themselves into data, replicate themselves and plant it into a host body. In short, it is a compressed backup file of that Otsutsuki member.
This is how the members of this clan resurrect and survive. So what exactly are the karma seal abilities?
Currently, there are three known users who were given the Karma seals directly by an Otsutsuki viz Boruto, Jigen and Kawaki.
What Are The Karma Seal Powers In Boruto?
The karma seal grants both the users immense power-ups and a host of abilities which weren’t possible for normal humans to master. Some of these abilities are directly related to the Otsutsuki giving the karma and their ocular powers of Rinnegan and/or Rinne-Sharingan. Some of the common abilities of Karma Seal include:
One of the main abilities the Karma Seal grants its users is the power to absorb all chakra and chakra-based ninjutsu without any damage. The users can use that power to enhance themselves.
The karma seal can’t, however, absorb physical matter (like Boro’s black mist) and non-chakra-based jutsus( the fire that Kashin Koji summons to burn Jigen in Chapter 46).
2) Reuse Ninjutsu:
We know that Momoshiki could absorb Ninjutsu and then use that same jutsu to defeat his opponents by amplifying its power to terrifying levels. This ability to re-use or throw back the ninjutsu that has been absorbed was also displayed by Kawaki and Boruto when their Karma seals resonated. Jigen and Amado theorised that it was this resonance that allowed both Kawaki’s and Boruto’s Kāma to mature more rapidly than expected.
When Kawaki used this power against Boro, it looked very similar to a ki-blast, causing high damage to the Kara member.
3) Enhanced Physical Abilities:
In their respective fights, Boruto and Kawaki have shown to have enhanced durability and heightened senses when using their Karma seals. This could be due to the parasite trying to protect the host just like Kurama Protecting Naruto from dying in his early days.
The enhanced abilities were visible when Boruto activated his Karma Seal (manifesting Momoshiki Ohtsutsuki) to defeat Boro. Kawaki too was shown to be able to take down opponents more powerful than him after he activated his karma seal.
4) Medium for Space-Time Ninjutsu:
One other Otsutsuki ability which can be accessed by Karma users is Interdimensional travel or creating pocket dimensions. This power was used by all three Karma seal users including Boruto, Kawaki and Jigen.
When using Karma seem to have healing powers which were on par or more powerful than Naruto’s healing powers with Kyuubi.
The karma seal also apparently grants the vessel the power to fly. Jigen, Kawaki and Boruto were able to fly post their Otsutsuki manifestations
Flight is an ability which the Otsutsuki members have.
Some more Karma Seal Abilities which users have:
While these abilities have been shown/revealed in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series, there are some more powers & abilities which the Karma seal grants its user. These are essentially the powers which the Otsutsuki members wielded.
Store data of all the jutsus absorbed:
Similar to Sharingan’s ability to let the user copy any jutsu it ever sees. Since Karma has the ability of Rinne-Sharingan and more unknown dojutsu it can also store such data and much more.
Ability to use All elemental chakra types including Yin, Yang:
Just like the Sage of Six Paths and Nagato who could use all elements of yin and yang in all of his battles and day-to-day life which is only possible with Rinnegan users and the very rare exception of Sarutobi Hiruzen.
Creation of All Things:
This ability could be used when Yin and Yang’s natures are combined that’s how Rikudou Sennin created the 9-tailed beasts from the 10 tails. This ability was passed down to Naruto who could stop the effect of the 8th Gate of Death and regrow Kakashi’s eye from nothing.
Since this ability belongs to Otsutsuki there is a very high chance of Karma seal users being able to use it too.
Individual Unique Abilities Of Karma Seal In Boruto:
All Ohtsutsuki members have their own unique abilities and dojutsu’s. I am listing them down one by one according to the Ohtsutsuki’s revealed until now.
Isshiki possesses a unique ability called Sukunahikona which he activates using his unnamed Dojutsu that can change the size of himself, chakra and other non-living things.
He can also store them in an alternate dimension from where he can spawn them amidst the battle to change the battlefield and distract the opponent. The size of these objects can range from a few pounds to several tons and it causes little to no exhaustion to Isshiki.
However, his vessel Jigen due to being an incompatible host couldn’t do the same. Although Isshiki’s other host Kawaki can perfectly use these abilities even in Boruto Two Blue Vortex.
Isshiki just like other Ohtsutsukis’ can travel to other dimensions which he has conquered and also seal people in them.
His vessels also get the abilities and knowledge he possessed for thousands of years after their body assimilates his data completely.
Also, point to note, Isshiki is the second strongest Ohtsutsuki ever introduced in the series, the first being Shibai Ohtsutsuki.
So Isshiki’s abilities are somewhat unexplainable like his ability to transfer his will to Code.
Momoshiki’s vessel Boruto was on his deathbed when Momoshiki decided to protect his data by saving Boruto’s life hence he is the only known Ohtsutsuki who is still alive as a conscience within Boruto.
He has been shown to take over Boruto’s body from time to time. If he can still do it in Boruto Two Blue Vortex is yet to be seen.
Talking about Momoshiki’s unique ability, Boruto has displayed enhanced superhuman strength, the ability to fly, enhanced regeneration, jutsu absorption etc. However, he also reveals an unnamed dojutsu i.e. at least in the manga it is unnamed, whereas, the anime calls it Jougan.
The ability of jougan is similar to Sasuke’s rinnegan with dimension travel and everything. The only unique ability is to be able to see negative and positive chakra and chakra in general.
Momoshiki before he was just a software in Boruto he could absorb jutsu from one of his rinnegan eyes in his hand and fire it back with multiplied force.
Similar to Isshiki, Momoshiki can’t absorb real physical things and can travel dimensions and open portals.
Also, Momoshiki is said to see the future or the entire life of an individual. This ability has been passed down to Boruto or not is yet to be seen.
Shibai is the strongest Ohtsutsuki and has left the mortal realm and become one with the Naruto universe.
He has practically achieved Godhood or a similar state where he doesn’t require a physical body.
His mortal remains were said to be left on the Earth of the Naruto universe and using the data from those remains Amado created cyborgs like Eida and Daemon and granted them abilities like Senreigan and Daemon’s unnamed dojutsu.
His abilities include but are not limited to Omnipotence which basically means the ability to alter reality in the Boruto verse.
Furthermore, Daemon’s hax ability to turn the desire to kill Daemon onto themselves with stronger the desire stronger the backlash.
According to the lore, he should have more abilities but they are yet to be revealed however he is said to possess the legendary Jougan.
Although, Shibai doesn’t have a vessel like Momoshiki and Isshiki do, his abilities still exist in the form of Eida and Daemon and they have inherited them.
Kaguya was the first Ohtsutsuki introduced in the series and she possessed the unique ability of All Killing Ash Bone wherein she could fire rods from her body parts which when hit turns the target to ash.
We have seen this ability in action and also more of her abilities during the final battle however they are similar to all the abilities mentioned above.
Furthermore, Kaguya never actually had a vessel however her Karma took on the form of Black Zetsu which led to the creation of the entirety of Naruto world the way it is.
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