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Akatsuchi using an Earth Release technique.

Earth Release (土遁, Doton, English TV: Earth Style) is one of the basic elemental nature transformation techniques and allows the user to manipulate the surrounding earth for offensive and defensive purposes or create it; be it dirt, mud, or rock.

Earth Release techniques have the ability to change the strength and composition of the earth from being as hard as metal to as soft as clay,[1] as well as manipulating their density, making them heavier or lighter.[2][3] This includes allowing the user to travel through ground and rock in various ways which can be essential for both transportation and for setting up attacks or creating defences or for offence.[4][5][6] Indeed, this makes earth techniques one of the most versatile of the elemental techniques. Pre-existing earth is not necessary though, for the user can create it with their own chakra.[7]

Earth Release affinities are the most common amongst the ninja of Iwagakure, and is commonly affiliated with the Snake seal and/or slamming their palm onto the ground.[8][9][10][11][12]

Relationship with other Natures


  • Earth Release parallels the real-life ninja art "doton-no-jutsu". One example of real-life doton-no-jutsu is Uzura-gakure: the practice of curling into a ball and remaining motionless in order to appear like a stone.

See Also


  1. Third Databook
  2. Naruto chapter 557, page 3
  3. Naruto chapter 563, page 12
  4. Naruto chapter 423, page 6
  5. Naruto chapter 423, page 10
  6. Naruto chapter 466, page 13
  7. Naruto chapter 120, page 5
  8. Naruto chapter 244, page 5
  9. Naruto chapter 420, page 9
  10. Naruto chapter 244, page 7
  11. Naruto chapter 396, page 9
  12. Naruto chapter 517, page 10
  13. Naruto episode 69
  14. Naruto: Shippūden episode 104
  15. Naruto: Shippūden episode 91