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Summoning Technique
Kanji 口寄せの術
Rōmaji Kuchiyose no Jutsu
Viz print media Art of Summoning, Kuchiyose Summoning, Shinobi Conjuration
English anime Summoning Jutsu
Alternative names Ninja Art: Summoning Jutsu
Manga Chapter #29
Anime Naruto Episode #17
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Konoha Ninpōchō
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Classification Ninjutsu, Space–Time Ninjutsu
Rank C-rank
Class Offensive, Defensive, Supplementary
Hand seals Boar → Dog → Bird → Monkey → Ram
Other jutsu
Derived jutsu
Related jutsu
Reverse Summoning Technique

The Summoning Technique is a space–time ninjutsu that allows the summoner to transport animals or people across long distances instantly and uses blood as a sacrifice.


Before an animal summoning can be performed, a prospective summoner must first sign a contract with a given species.[1] The contract comes in the form of a scroll, on which the contractor uses their own blood to sign their name and place their fingerprints and once signed it is valid even after the contractors death as long as the contract itself remains intact.[2][3] After this, they need only offer an additional donation of blood on the hand they signed the contract with, mould their chakra with hand seals and then plant the hand they signed the contract with at the location they wish to summon the creature.[4] The amount of chakra used during the summoning determines how powerful the summoned creature can be. It is possible for a summoner to summon a group of the same contracted animal, as opposed to a single individual.[5]

Orochimaru's Summoning Tattoo

Orochimaru's summoning tattoo.

It should be noted that anyone can summon a contracted animal as long as they have the blood of someone who has made a contract, the seal of the summoned creature and a source of sufficient chakra that the summon will accept.[6][7] A creature is capable of determining who is attempting to summon it from the chakra used.[8][9]

While most summoners have only been shown capable of summoning one type of creature, Nagato (through the Animal Path) was able to summon several different animals and even people, and seemingly did not require a blood offering when performing this technique. Sasuke is able to summon both snakes and hawks, though he has never been seen summoning both species at the same time.

Other Information

Once summoned, the animal can perform a task or help the user in battle. The summon is not required to help the user, and may be more of a hindrance than an ally. In addition, summons are able to summon their summoner. They may also wear a forehead protector, suggesting a loyalty to only one village. Summoning can serve as a base for other techniques, as is the case with Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique and Summoning: Quick Beheading Dance. In the event that a summon is busy, a substitute can choose to be summoned in their stead.[10]

Animals that are being controlled or tailed beasts or possibly a combination of both require the summoner's chakra to keep them under the summoning technique. If the user is forced to fight, the time limit will be further reduced and thus, they would not want to drag out a fight. Minato himself noted even an individual as powerful as Madara is unable to keep a being as powerful as Nine Tailed Demon Fox under summoned for a prolonged period.[11]

Known Summoning Domains


  • In real-life Japan, the term kuchiyose (口寄せ, Literally meaning: drawing in to speak) refers to the practice of allowing spirits--like those of the dead or a kami--to possess one's body and speak through it.
  • When a summoning technique is being used, it's activation is marked by the appearance of formations of technique formulae (術式, jutsu-shiki), Kanji, Hindi script, or else other kinds of symbols (likewise with Fūinjutsu).
  • In the anime, it was shown that if a user attempts to summon an animal without first signing a contract, the user will be teleported to the home of the animal they have a natural affinity for.[12] However, in the Boruto anime, when Boruto attempted to use the technique without a contract, it simply failed.[13]
    • However in Boruto's case, he neither used a blood sacrifice nor did the necessary hand seals.
  • It's currently unknown if someone without the Animal Path can summon two different species of animal at the same time.
  • In the anime, it is shown that if the summoning contract is destroyed, the summoned creature would return to its home. It is also this particular summon managed to stay for 50 years after its master died, and only returned when the scroll is gone.[14]

See Also


  1. Naruto chapter 92, page 14
  2. Naruto chapter 530, page 14
  3. Naruto chapter 577, page 14
  4. Naruto chapter 92, page 19
  5. Naruto chapter 508, page 4
  6. Naruto chapter 169, page 17
  7. Naruto chapter 363, page 10
  8. Naruto chapter 170, page 4 — Manda believes Orochimaru summoned him
  9. Naruto chapter 561, page 11
  10. Naruto chapter 634, page 1
  11. Naruto chapter 502 page 13-17
  12. Naruto: Shippūden episode 127
  13. Boruto episode 4
  14. Naruto episode 194
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