Madara v/s Hashirama
Madara v/s Hashirama (Image via Pierrot studio)

Wood-style Jutsus are some of the most impressive and unique techniques in the Naruto Shippuden universe. Known for their ability to create living structures and manipulate the environment, these are a rare and powerful ability. 

To perform these, one must be able to combine the Earth style and Water style nature. Only a select few characters have been shown to possess this unique chakra. One of the most notable users of Wood-style Jutsus is Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. 

In the Fourth Great Ninja War, Hashirama’s Wood-style Jutsus were instrumental in turning the tide of the battle. His ability to create massive wooden constructs to protect his allies and attack his enemies proved to be a formidable force on the battlefield. This article will explore the top five Wood-style Jutsus of Naruto Shippuden.

Exploring the best Wood-style Jutsus in Naruto Shippuden

1) Wood-style: Laughing Buddha Jutsu

Wood-style: Laughing Buddha Jutsu is a technique that was used by Hashirama Senju in Episode 366 of Naruto Shippuden. It can be used offensively, defensively, or to supplement other techniques. The user creates enormous wooden hands that rise from the ground and surround the target, restraining them. Each hand is as large as a tailed beast. The user can create up to two without using hand seals, just with their willpower. 

This technique was inspired by Budai, or Hotei, a smiling figure from Japanese folklore who is one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Taoism. The Laughing Buddha Jutsu is most effective in close to medium-range combat.

2) Wood-style: Wood Golem Jutsu

Wood-style: Wood Golem Jutsu is an impressive Wood-style Jutsu that first appeared in Episode 366 of the anime Naruto Shippuden. This technique is classified as both offensive and defensive, and it is used by powerful shinobi like Hashirama Senju and Tobi. 

In order to perform the Wood Golem Jutsu, the user needs to form specific hand seals. This produces a Golem, a giant wooden humanoid figure. This creation possesses an appearance of Oni with a wooden dragon encircling its body. The might of the Wood Golem Jutsu is comparable to that of the Nine-Tails, which makes it a formidable weapon to counter Madara Uchiha’s Susanoo. 

3) Sage Art – Wood-style: Shinsu Senju, 1000-Armed Kan’on

The Wood Style: Shinsu Senju, 1000-Armed Kan’on Jutsu is a powerful technique that requires the user to enter Sage Mode. Once there, the user creates a colossal wooden statue that can surpass the size of a fully-grown Kurama and even Madara’s Susanoo. This Jutsu involves the creation of a giant wooden statue with thousands of hands coming out of its back. 

The statue’s main hands are clasped in a praying position. It can be used to attack, defend, or perform other techniques in battle. The statue’s size makes it nearly impossible to attack the user. It can also detach itself from the primary arsenal to increase its speed, making it more adaptable to different situations. 

The technique draws inspiration from the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara. Also known as Senju Kannon, it has a thousand arms to help those in need. This technique can be used to grab and immobilize a tailed beast. 

4) Hokage-style Elder Jutsu: Tenth Edict On Enlightenment

The Hokage Style Elder Jutsu: Tenth Edict On Enlightenment is a Jutsu that can subdue the chakra of a jinchūriki or tailed beast. The user can suppress the chakra in an area surrounded by 10 pillars by forming the “sit” kanji on their palm and touching the target. This technique can first be seen in Episode 43 in Naruto Shippuden anime. It was first used by Wood-style user Yamato, when Naruto Uzumaki’s tailed beast form was out. 

Yamato employed this technique to suppress Naruto’s four-tailed form and required the First Hokage’s Necklace to assist in the suppression. On the other hand, Hashirama utilized a distinct approach by controlling the tailed beast using his Wood Golem Jutsu without the need for pillars. This technique is valuable in managing an uncontrolled jinchūriki or tailed beast during combat.

5) Wood-style: Deep Forest Bloom

Deep Forest Bloom is a technique that creates a forest of flowering trees using Wood Release. As the forest grows, the user can use the branches to restrain attackers. The flowers in the forest produce pollen that can make the target unconscious if they inhale it. The user can control where the pollen spreads, so they and their allies are not affected. The pollen can even penetrate Susanoo’s defenses. 

Although a strong-willed target may regain consciousness, destroying the trees or staying elevated above the pollen is necessary to fully counter the technique. It is useful for immobilizing enemies and gaining an advantage in battle. This Jutsu is used by Madara Uchiha in Episode 332 of Naruto Shippuden, where he tried to counter the Golem released by Onoki. 

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