Naruto: Strongest Mangekyo Sharingan Ability?

Naruto: Strongest Mangekyo Sharingan Ability?

The Power of the Mangekyo Sharingan in Naruto

Mangekyo Sharingan

Easily the most versatile and pivotal kekkei genkai in Naruto, the Mangekyo Sharingan is an ability that very few shinobi in history have ever awakened. As the evolved form of the Uchiha clan’s prized dojutsu, the Sharingan, the Mangekyo confers special powers that are unique to each individual, augmenting the already immense advantage that Sharingan users possess. Some of the biggest players in the Fourth Shinobi World War were Mangekyo Sharingan users, each armed with power beyond imagination.

The entire spectrum of Mangekyo Sharingan abilities shown in Naruto includes Nature Release style ninjutsu, some of the most potent genjutsu techniques in the series, space-time ninjutsu abilities, and of course, the Susanoo. Most of these techniques, save for the Susanoo, are unique to each Mangekyo Sharingan user, although there are instances such as the case of Itachi and Sasuke where one technique is passed on and developed further by the next user. All of these characters are extremely powerful in their own right, and the debate surrounding which of them is the most powerful on their own is definitely one worth looking into.

Settling The Genjutsu Debate

Itachi Uchiha’s Tsukuyomi Shisui Uchiha’s Kotoamatsukami

Genjutsu is often overlooked among the three main categories of shinobi arts, but underestimating its effects can often leave shinobi in grave danger. Of all the genjutsu techniques featured in the series, there are two that stand out in a very noticeable fashion, and both are Mangekyo Sharingan abilities associated with a pair of extremely strong shinobi who were close comrades and friends.

The two abilities in question are Tsukuyomi, which is the genjutsu ability of Itachi Uchiha’s Mangekyo Sharingan, and Kotoamatsukami, which was used by his friend Shisui Uchiha. In effect, Tsukuyomi is one of the most formidable genjutsu in existence, allowing Itachi to subdue a target completely and inflict lengthy periods of torture in less than a second while manipulating time within the illusion. Those who fall victim to this genjutsu almost never recover from the psychological trauma it imparts, and it is one of the main reasons why he was so feared.

On the other hand, Kotoamatsukami is a much more subtle technique which enters a target’s mind to bend their will in accordance with that of the caster, without them even becoming aware of the manipulation taking place. The main downside to this genjutsu is its recharge time, where it can only be used once in a decade, making it extremely unsuitable in battle. As such, while it is not as powerful as Kotoamatsukami, Tsukuyomi is easily the more versatile of the two techniques, even when considering how intensely it can tax the caster’s chakra reserves and their eyes.

Flame Control Or Object Manipulation

Sasuke Uchiha’s Kagutsuchi

Another one of Itachi’s Mangekyo Sharingan abilities, Amaterasu, was taken to new heights by his younger brother Sasuke Uchiha, who was able to manipulate the flames in a way that Itachi himself never could. This ability, known as Kagutsuchi, allowed him to apply complex shape transformations to the flames, which burn everything they touch indiscriminately and are said to constitute the highest form of Fire Release in Naruto.

Sasuke was a natural at this from the start, and his precision with the flames grew even more pronounced as he used it repeatedly in battle. He reached a point where he could fashion complex spiked projections, coat his sword in flames, infuse them into his Chidori, or even fire massive bursts of flames with his Susanoo. The sheer scale and complexity seen in his use of Amaterasu were light years beyond what Itachi had shown, highlighting how Sasuke’s genius had pushed the technique’s ability to its limit.

While not entirely similar, Shin Uchiha’s Object Manipula