Sharingan is Kishimoto’s greatest creation in the fictional world of Naruto. Sharingan is an ocular jutsu which is a Kekkei Genkai of the prestigious Uchiha clan of the Village Hidden in the leaves.
The Uchiha clan are widely known as the greatest and one of the strongest clans to ever exist mainly because of their unique Kekkei Genkai which is the Sharingan. An average Uchiha shinobi who is a master of the Sharingan is usually a high Jonin and most shinobi go on to become mid to high Kage level.
The Sharingan has a vast variety of levels which gives different powers to the users. In this article, we’ll discuss in detail all the stages of the Sharingan and also the various types of powers that come with it.
What Is Sharingan?
Sharingan is a Kekkei Genkai available only to the uchiha clan. It is red in color and has several different stages which can be unlocked with some training and if certain conditions are met. Sharingan or any other evolution of the sharingan needs to be triggered with severe emotional pain. The more severe the pain, the more evolved the sharingan becomes. When any of the Uchiha clan members experience pain, a unique chakra gets released inside his or her brain and reacts with the optic nerve and changes appear in that person’s eye. This is the phenomenon of the sharingan, the eyes that reflect the heart.
Sharingan is one of the strongest Kekkei Genkai available in the Naruto verse. Sharingan is an ocular based Kekkei Genkai which comes with great attacks.
Sharingan is known to predict body movements of their opponents, copy any type of ninjutsu apart from other Kekkei Genkai, evolve into more powerful eyes, usage of Genjutsu strong enough to control the tailed beasts once the eye is evolved and superiority over other shinobi.
Just with a base sharingan a ninja is known to be extremely strong. It is also widely known that if anyone is facing a sharingan user one on one then it is best to always retreat. Sharingan is clearly one of the most broken abilities to possess.
What Does the Sharingan Do?
Sharingan has various types of abilities which are really overpowered and ridiculously breath-taking. A normal shinobi with just a bunch of red eyes can become and perform God-level feats and overwhelm an entire nation. Sharingan of course comes with its drawbacks such as blindness and chakra usage which will be explored in different types of Sharingan.
Base Sharingan with all the three Tomoe is known to predict one’s movement in a fight or slow down the opponent’s movement through the user’s perspective to increase reaction speed. Sharingan is also stated to amplify one’s speed, agility, reaction time and all stats of a user. Each Tomoe gives a bigger amp, this will also be discussed later in detail.
Talking about the other abilities –
Genjutsu, Tsukuyomi, Kotoamatsukami –
All the Sharingan users have some type of Genjutsu in their arsenal. Some have really strong Genjutsu ability and are masters of Genjutsu. But most sharingan users are pretty fluent in genjutsu.
But MS gives the best Genjutsu abilities. For only selected characters like Itachi and Shisui, they got one of the strongest Genjutsu in the Naruto verse, Tsukuyomi and Kotoamatsukami.
Other MS users also have great genjutsu ability which is capable of controlling the tailed beasts.
Susanoo is a MS ability which is accessible to every uchiha member who has successfully awakened the MS. The user needs both eyes to activate the Susanoo so Obito and Kakashi cannot do it.
Every character’s Susanoo is unique and different in its own way and every Susanoo has its own abilities. Susanoo is widely known as the strongest defense in the Naruto verse.
Susanoo in MS is not complete and imperfect. A user can achieve the Perfect Susanoo once they have awakened the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan.
Amaterasu, Inferno Style Flame Control –
Amaterasu is again a MS ability only accessible to Itachi Uchiha. It is his own special power that he got; these are flames that never get extinguished until it completely burns the person.
Inferno Style Flame Control is a MS ability which is only accessible to Sasuke.
Izanagi and Izanami –
The Izanagi and the Izanami are one of the most ridiculously mind-blowing abilities which are known to alter reality itself.
Izanagi can undo the Death of the user at the sacrifice of his eye. If a member gets killed then that person can reverse his death by sacrificing one of his eyes.
Izanami is known to change a person and their way of living by putting them in an Infinite Loop until they agree to change their decisions and their current path. Itachi uses this on Sage Kabuto to undo the reanimation jutsu and change this path of life. This also requires sacrifice of the user’s eye.
Both of these are forbidden jutsus among the Uchiha Clan and to do these jutsu, the user must know the required hand signs and various other skills.
Sharingan Evolution –
Sharingan has various stages of Evolution and this is a process that every sharingan user has to go through.
The evolution is eventually known to happen by various factors such as training, chakra control and most importantly surge in emotions. The more the emotional surge the faster the evolution.
All the different types of evolution are explained below.
1 Tomoe Sharingan –
This is the first stage and this is also the first time an Uchiha member will be awakening the Sharingan. Awakening the base sharingan is harder than other smaller evolutions. The only requirement here is experiencing a sudden death of someone close to them or something emotionally equivalent to that.
Almost all the characters that we have seen till now have awakened their base sharingan by experiencing severe emotional pain.
2 Tomoe Sharingan –
This is the next stage and this doesn’t require that much of an emotional outburst as it was for base sharingan. A lot of characters have successfully unlocked further levels of Tomoe just by training and better chakra control.
3 Tomoe Sharingan –
This is the final stage of the base sharingan that almost all the Uchiha clan members successfully awaken. This too evolves with training and many other factors.
The difference in power is amazing as once a user has completely unlocked all the three Tomoe’s the visual prowess increases significantly. It is known that users can predict their opponents’ movements or hand signs before the opponent has even started moving towards it. This gives the ability to copy any type of ninjutsu and win any one-on-one taijutsu fight.
Mangekyō Sharingan –
Mangekyou is a highly evolved form of the Sharingan. It means “Kaleidoscope Copy Wheel Eye”. This evolution is very rare and only very few members have awakened this. MS cannot be awakened with training or by any method. The only way to unlock the MS is a severe emotional surge of pain and anger.
If one wants to awaken the MS then an event has to occur which is emotionally catastrophic. When this happens there is a sudden surge of emotional pain and a unique chakra gets released in the brain of the user as any type of the Sharingan evolution.
Mangekyou Sharingan is a powerful eye technique that can only occur where there is an incredible level of hatred, anger and emotion pent up within the user.
The fact of the matter is that Mangekyou Sharingan needs a sudden surge in emotions only in the initial stages. After some practice and getting used to it users can activate and deactivate the Mangekyou Sharingan at will.
If one experiences any kind of severe loss or deep emotion, it might activate the Mangekyou Sharingan.
Once awakened the user has access to the Susanoo, Genjutsu and a unique ability of their own like Amaterasu, Kamui, Tsukuyomi etc.
Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan –
Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan is the final stage of the Sharingan Evolution that any Uchiha member can achieve in his life. Sharingan cannot be evolved beyond this point and this is the final stage. The EMS is a Mangekyou Sharingan eye that does not cause any blindness no matter how many times a user uses the EMS abilities.
One can awaken EMS by taking the MS of his/her sibling. Both the users need to have MS and one of them has to sacrifice their MS. It only works in the same bloodline so any Uchiha cannot steal anyone’s MS to get EMS. Whether it has to be only a sibling exchange is not clear or stated but it is a known fact that the exchange of the MS eyes has to be among the same bloodline. Like Sasuke took Itachi’s eyes and Madara took his younger brother’s eyes.
There are EMS abilities that MS doesn’t possess. EMS has all Mangekyou Sharingan abilities and it allows the user to use all MS abilities with better chakra control and less usage of chakra and limitless spamming of the abilities without causing blindness.
Main Storyline All Sharingan Eyes (Mangekyou) are:
Rinnegan is not a Kekkei Genkai, it does not run in the bloodline of any specific clan but it is directly related to the Otsutsuki’s and it can be achieved either by combining the chakra of Indra and Ashura Otsutsuki or getting it directly from the Sage of Six Paths or by stealing it from someone who already has it. However, Rinnegan is known to be the next stage of evolution of the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan but this evolution cannot be possible without getting the cells of Indra and Ashura or they’re reincarnated.
Canonically there have been only three characters who have succeeded in getting their own Rinnegan which is not stolen.
- Hagoromo Otsutsuki
- Madara Uchiha
- Sasuke Uchiha
The rest of the characters either stole or belonged to someone else.
Hagoromo was the first character to have his own original Rinnegan through Six Paths Chakra.
Madara awakens his Rinnegan by combining his cells with Hashirama’s (who both are reincarnated as Indra and Ashura). Before dying he gives his Rinnegan to Obito who later implants it in Nagato when he was born. These same eyes were used by Obito and Madara during the war.
Sasuke after getting killed by Madara gets his own Rinnegan through Hagoromo.
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