Kurama’s Death: Why Does Naruto Lose Him?

We all know that Naruto has had Kurama by his side for the entire series, and losing him has rocked the foundation of Naruto’s world.

I’m sure many of you are wondering why this had to happen. Why did Naruto have to lose his trusted companion?

Kurama intentionally misled Naruto into thinking that the Baryon Mode, their last resort against Isshiki, would result in both of their deaths. In fact, the cost of this all-or-nothing plan was Kurama’s life, a sacrifice that Naruto would never have agreed to.

Kurama's Death Why Does Naruto Lose Him
Naruto | Source: Fandom

Let’s delve into this emotional rollercoaster; hopefully, we can come to terms with this heartbreaking turn of events together.

SPOILERS AHEAD! This page contains spoilers from Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (anime and manga).

How Does Kurama Die?

The battle against Isshiki during the Kawaki Arc was super intense. Sasuke got knocked out, and Isshiki blocked Naruto’s sensory abilities with giant black cubes. 

Things were looking pretty bad, but Kurama had an idea for a last resort to save the day, at the cost of his and Naruto’s lives.

Naruto agreed to Kurama’s plan and took on the Baryon mode, which was mind-blowing in terms of power. He was kicking Isshiki’s butt for a while there, but then the strain of the mode started taking a toll on Naruto’s life force.

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Naruto defeating Isshiki | Source: Fandom

Kurama warned him it was too much to handle, but they had to keep pressuring Isshiki until his lifespan ran out.

Eventually, they did manage to defeat Isshiki, but the cost was high. Kurama had to say goodbye to Naruto, revealing that he was the one who had gambled his own life. 

Kurama's Death Why Does Naruto Lose Him
Kurama and Naruto | Source: Fandom

Before Kurama’s life finally faded away, he warned Naruto that he would lose all access to Kurama’s chakra and abilities.

Will Kurama Come Back to Life?

As die-hard Naruto fans, we’ve seen Naruto grow up with Kurama by his side, so his death is hitting us pretty hard. We’re all secretly wishing for Kurama to come back in some shape or form, right?

Kurama’s death in the show is final, and there’s been no word on his revival yet. Some theories are floating around that suggest he might return, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Theories – 

I. Naruto Could Have Kurama’s DNA

Kushina was pregnant with Naruto while she was the jinchuriki of Kurama, and thus there’s a possibility that Naruto and Kurama’s DNA was intermingled.

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Kushina with Naruto | Source: Fandom

Naruto was born with three whisker marks on his face, while his kids, Boruto and Himawari, only have two. It could mean there is a one-generation removal of Kurama in their DNA. So, even though Kurama is gone, his chakra might still exist within them.

II. Reincarnation of Kurama’s Chakra

Kurama is composed entirely of chakra, and when a tailed beast dies, as long as its chakra still exists on Earth, it will reform elsewhere. 

Kinkaku and Ginkaku are believed to have manifested Kurama’s chakra, so if they were ever to be released from the Kohaku no Johei, Kurama’s chakra that exists on Earth could give him another place to reform. 

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Kinkaku and Ginkaku | Source: Fandom

However, this theory is not very reliable.

III. Momoshiki’s Extraction Could Have Left a Trace

It’s interesting to note that since Momoshiki captured Naruto and extracted half of Kurama, he should have had that chakra during his battle against Naruto and the four other Kage in Boruto. 

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Momoshiki | Source: Fandom

After Momoshiki died, the chakra should have dissipated, treating him like a pseudo half-jinchuriki. This raises the question of whether half of Kurama’s chakra is still out there somewhere since we saw in the show that half of Kurama was released from the Gedo Statue. 

It chose to go back, but we never saw the return of this half of Kurama’s chakra to Naruto.

IV. Creating a New Kurama

There’s a theory that suggests Naruto could take the existing ten tails into himself and become the next stage of Six Paths, awakening a Rinnegan and using Creation of All Things to transfer the chakra from the ten tails into a new Kurama. 

Kurama's Death: Why Does Naruto Lose Him?
Young Kurama | Source: Fandom

This would create a new Kurama, and it wouldn’t be a restoration of the original Kurama. 

Since Creation of All Things allows the user to mold their imagination into physical form, Naruto could probably even give the new Kurama the personality and memories of the previous Kurama.

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About Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is written and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto, and supervised by Masashi Kishimoto. It came into serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in June 2016.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is the series that follows the exploits of Naruto’s son, Boruto, during his academy days and further on.

The series follows the character development of Boruto and the looming evil that challenges the fate of him and his loved ones.


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