Top 20 Strongest Characters in Naruto Shippuden, Ranked!

The Naruto series is one of the most well-known franchises in the world. Even after the original story of Naruto has ended, its fanbase keeps on growing.

Currently, the series is continuing with Naruto’s son, Boruto as the protagonist in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

While we have been introduced to extremely powerful antagonists in Boruto, some that can even rival Kaguya Otsutsuki, there are still fans who believe that surely, Naruto and Sasuke would be more than enough to defeat them?

With so many new characters being introduced, each stronger than the other, I have made a list of the top 20 strongest characters in Naruto.

Let’s delve right into it; after all, a bit of nostalgia never does anyone harm!

20. Orochimaru

Signature Attack – Cursed Seals

Nature Type – Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Wood, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – Konohagakure (defected), Otogakure (founder), Akatsuki

Orochimaru is one of Konohagakure’s legendary Sannin who defected after being caught performing unethical experiments on people.

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He is a natural prodigy and the best of his generation while under the Third Hokage’s tutelage. Hashirama Senju even praised his skills and abilities during the Shinobi war.

Orochimaru has dedicated his life to mastering every kind of Jutsu imaginable, in addition to creating his own. Due to this, he has various skills and techniques hidden in his arsenal.

On top of that, after finding a way to transfer his soul into different vessels to stay alive, he is practically immortal.

Along with this, if we consider his ability to reanimate great shinobi’s of all time, he is one of the most feared shinobi of all time and therefore is ranked 20th.

19. Shisui Uchiha

Signature Attack – Body Flicker Technique, Kotoamatsukami

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Wind

Affiliation – Konohagakure

Shisui Uchiha was an Anbu from Konoha’s Uchiha clan and one of the most talented members they ever had.

Due to his exceptional mastery over the Body Flicker Technique, he earned the nickname “Shisui of the Body Flicker.” When using this technique, he would fade out of sight, leaving no trace of his presence.

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Shisui Uchiha

Shisui had also mastered Sharingan’s use until the point where it was said to be better or on par with Itachi’s.

He later awakened the Mangekyou Sharingan, which gave him access to a powerful technique called Kotoamatsukami.

This technique allowed him to enter a person’s mind and manipulate them, while the victim wouldn’t even notice that they were being controlled. He is ranked 19th on this list.

18. Jiraiya

Signature Attack – Rasengan, Wild Lion’s Mane

Nature Type– Fire, Earth, Water, Wind, Yin, and Yang Release.

Affiliation – Konohagakure

Jiraiya was one of Konohagakure’s Legendary Sannin under the tutelage of the Third Hokage. He was also the teacher of Minato, Naruto, Nagato, Konan, and Yahiko, among others.

Naruto Sasuke and Jiraiya vs Itachi and Kisame
Jiraiya vs Itachi and Kisame

His power and abilities were so great that he was selected as the Hokage after Hiruzen’s death, but refused and instead suggested Tsunade take up the mantle.

Jiraiya was also known as the Toad Sage due to his affiliation with the toads of Mount Myoboku.

He could use sage chakra to enhance his strength and speed, and by merging with the Frog Lords, Jiraiya could reach the powerful Sage Mode.

He was also skilled in Taijutsu and various other skills, but his most powerful technique was the one he learned from Minato, Rasengan. All of this made him an extremely powerful Shinobi.

Itachi once mentioned that he was unsure of winning in a one on one battle against the Sannin. Even though Jiraiya eventually died in a fight with his former student, Nagato, his power was hailed and respected by all. Therefore, he is placed 18th on this list.

17. Sakumo Hatake

Signature Attack – White Light Chakra

Nature Type– Unknown

Affiliation – Konohagakure

Sakumo Hatake was renowned across the shinobi world as Konoha’s White Fang and held fame that overshadowed even that of the Sannin.

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Sakumo Hatake

Sakumo was hailed as a genius and was praised for his talents by the likes of Minato Namikaze, the future Fourth Hokage. In battle, he was truly powerful, and his powers were said to be on par with the Sannin.

He was very proficient in kenjutsu, as his nickname as “Konoha’s White Fang” stemmed from his impressive use of the White Light Chakra Sabre. He is ranked 17th on this list.

16. Kakashi Hatake

Signature Attack – Chidori

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – Konohagakure

Kakashi, nicknamed as “Kakashi of the Sharingan” and “Copy Ninja,” grew up to be one of the strongest shinobi under the tutelage of Minato Namikaze. He was also Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura’s teacher.

Kakashi is skilled in Taijutsu and can even open one of the gates. However, he primarily relies on his great skill and knowledge of Ninjutsu.

Kakashi Gets Two Sharingans & Uses Susano for the First Time

Due to his Sharingan, over the years, he has gained a vast arsenal of over a thousand Jutsus. Other than that, he also created Chidori after failing to infuse the Rasengan with his lightning nature.

After awakening the Mangekyou Sharingan due to Rin’s death, Kakashi could use Kamui and even became proficient in it. After losing his Sharingan, Obito temporarily inhabited his body, allowing him to use both of Obito’s Mangekyou.

Due to this, Kakashi could manifest Susanoo, which had the intangibility of Kamui extended to it. In this state, Kakashi was incredibly strong and could hold his own against Madara and Kaguya for a while. Due to this, he is placed 16th on this list.

15. Tobirama Senju

Signature Attack – Impure World Reincarnation, Flying Thunder God Technique

Nature Type– Water, Wind, Fire, Lightning, Earth, Ying, and Yang

Affiliation – Konohagakure

Tobirama Senju was Hashirama’s younger brother and the second Hokage of Konohagakure.

He was known as one of the most powerful shinobi in history and was the founder of many techniques such as Space-Time Ninjutsu, Reanimation Jutsu, etc.

He was also known as the fastest shinobi of his time and was then surpassed by Minato Namikaze.

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Tobirama Senju

Tobirama was exceptionally proficient in Summoning Techniques, out of which his most infamous technique was the Impure World Reincarnation, which returned the souls of the dead into immortal, regenerating bodies.

He was skilled in Taijutsu and could control most nature types as well. He was also the one who killed Izuna Uchiha, known to be as strong as Madara himself. Due to this, he is ranked 15th on this list.

14. Minato Namikaze

Signature Attack – Flying Raijin, Flying Thunder God Technique

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Yin, and Yang.

Affiliation – Konohagakure

Minato was the Fourth and youngest Hokage of Konohagakure and Naruto’s father. He was renowned worldwide as Konoha’s Yellow Flash thanks to his speed and deadly power.

He was extremely skilled in Space-Time Ninjutsu and could teleport a full-powered Nine Tails Tailed Beast Bomb as well as all of the Allied Shinobi Forces away from harm with Kurama’s aid.

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Minato Namikaze

Minato was the one who created the Rasengan after three years of training, which his teacher, Jiraiya, passed down to Naruto.

Minato’s other signature ability was the Flying Thunder God Technique, over which he gained great mastery. Just like Jiraiya, he also was capable of using Senjutsu, thanks to his enormous Chakra reserves.

Minato was praised as the fastest shinobi of his time, and could instantly defeat three Kage level powerful shinobi with minimal effort. Due to his power and feats, he is ranked in the 14th position.

Yellow Flash Minato vs Raikage and Killer Bee!
Minato Namikaze vs. Raikage

13. Nagato Uzumaki

Signature Attack – Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, and Yang

Affiliation – Amegakure, Akatsuki

Nagato was one of Jiraiya’s students and the founder of Akatsuki, along with Yahiko and Konan. Following Yahiko’s death, Nagato adopted the moniker of Pain and began leading a new Akatsuki.

As Pain, Nagato was regarded as unbeatable. He defeated Jiraiya and destroyed Konohagakure’s entire village, while only losing one of his Paths in battle. In fact, before being defeated by Naruto, he had never lost a single fight.

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Nagato Uzumaki

Nagato was one of the few characters in the series who wielded Rinnegan. The most significant advantage of the Rinnegan was that it gave Nagato access to all Six Paths Techniques.

He frequently used the Outer Path to summon and control the Demonic Statue and produce black receivers to use the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. Nagato’s overwhelming power places him in the 13th position.

12. Might Guy

Signature Attack – Eight Gates

Nature Type– Fire, Lightning

Affiliation – Konohagakure

Might Guy is a Jonin of Konohagakure and an extremely powerful shinobi whose skills have been acknowledged by the likes of Itachi Uchiha.

While he can use Ninjutsu, he mainly focuses on Taijutsu. Before becoming wounded, Guy was capable of opening eight gates and had complete mastery over it.

He could instantly open up the first seven gates without the need to open previous gates.

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Might Guy

With each gate he opened, different physical and mental attributes were unlocked to their fullest potential, enhancing Guy’s raw speed, strength, and chakra levels by considerable amounts.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Guy fought the Six-Tails alone, and when he opened all eight chakra gates, he nearly defeated Madara Uchiha, who had become the Ten-Tails’ jinchuriki. Due to his feats and strength, he is ranked 12th on this list.

Might Guy vs Kakashi

11. Obito Uchiha

Signature Attack – Kamui

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Wood, Water, Yin, and Yang.

Affiliation – Konohagakure (defected), Akatsuki

Obito Uchiha was a member of Konohagakure’s Uchiha clan, who later inherited Madara’s plan to create an ideal world. Under his tutelage, Obito dramatically improved his abilities and became one of the most powerful characters in the series.

Thanks to the White Zetsu, which were made out of Hashirama’s cells, he could also perform Wood Release as well as control the Ten-Tails when he was connected to its body.

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Obito Uchiha

Being an Uchiha, Obito had awakened his Sharingan and even Mangekyou, which allowed him to perform Kamui, which served as a gateway to another dimensional space.

After taking the Rinnegan from Nagato, Obito implanted it into his left eye and became capable of performing all of the Six Paths Techniques.

Later on, after becoming the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki, his power exceeded that of even Hashirama Senju, as he was able to effortlessly fight three powerful Hokage with ease, overwhelm both Naruto and Sasuke Uchiha several times, and had the capability to destroy the entire Allied Shinobi Forces.

Due to this, he is placed in the 11th position.

10. Itachi Uchiha

Signature Attack – Tsukuyomi

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Water, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – Konohagakure (defected), Akatsuki

Itachi Uchiha was Sasuke’s older brother and one of the strongest members of the Uchiha clan. Later on, he murdered his entire clan and joined Akatsuki.

Itachi was a prodigy who unlocked his Sharingan at an early age and activated his Mangekyo Sharingan in his teens.

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Itachi Uchiha

Thanks to his eye prowess, Itachi could cast powerful illusions, dissolve his body into a flock of crows, and was one of the strongest Fire Style users in the series.

However, his real power stemmed from his Mangekyo Sharingan, which granted him access to three legendary techniques: Tsukuyomi, Black Fires of Amaterasu, and Susanoo.

It should be noted that Itachi had never lost a fight intentionally and was so powerful that even Naruto’s creator labeled him the strongest. Therefore, he is ranked 10th on this list.

9. Hashirama Senju

Signature Attack – Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands:

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Yin.

Village – Konohagakure

Hashirama Senju was one of the founders of Konoha and its first Hokage. He is also considered to be the God of Shinobi.

While he was extremely powerful and had mastered all nature releases, he was primarily known for his Wood Release which granted him a method of subduing and controlling the tailed beasts.

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Hashirama Senju

He could also use senjutsu and enter Sage Mode. During this time, Hashirama could perform powerful seals to bind targets, even those as large as the Ten-Tails, and significantly augment his Wood Release.

In fact, his Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands could strip even Susanoo from the Nine-Tails.

Madara Uchiha Vs Hashirama Senju
Madara vs Hashirama

Even Madara openly admitted his inferiority to Hashirama, as throughout their lifetime, even with the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan and the Nine-Tails, he could not defeat him. Due to his great strength, he is placed 9th in this list.

8. Indra Otsutsuki

Signature Attack – Hinokagutsuchi

Nature Type– Fire, Lightning, Yin.

Affiliation – Unknown

Indra Otsutsuki was the first son of Hagoromo and was credited with being the creator of Ninjutsu, and the progenitor of the Uchiha clan.

He was highly skilled in Taijutsu and had especially powerful chakra and equally vast reserves. Indra was the one who created various techniques like the first Clone Technique and Body Replacement Technique.

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Indra Otsutsuki

Like Kaguya, he possessed the Sharingan, which he awoke after saving his brother’s life. Over time, after killing his close friends, Indra awakened the Mangekyou Sharingan and unlocked the ability to use complete body Susanoo.

Despite his talent, he was not selected as Hagoromo’s inheritor and therefore battled against his brother Asura.

Their feud was continued through their legacy. Indra is ranked one place lower than his brother because he and his successors lost to Asura and his successors.

7. Asura Otsutsuki

Signature Attack – Kunitsukami

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Wood, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – Unknown

Asura was the younger son of Hagoromo Otsutsuki. He went on to inherit and receive his father’s power and teachings. Due to this, he could use all five basic nature transformations as well as the Yin and Yang Release.

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Asura Otsutsuki

By the time Asura fought Indra, he could use wood release and create gigantic structures to attack.

Using wood release in conjunction with the Six Paths Senjutsu, he could manifest a giant three-faced, six-armed avatar, Six Paths: Kunitsukami.

He could also create nine Truth-Seeking Balls, which could be shaped into various tools to battle Indra’s Susanoo.

Indra vs Ashura

After Asura and Indra died, the descendants of both brothers continued their feud for centuries to come. Both Hashirama and Naruto contained Asura’s chakra. Due to his immense power, Asura is ranked 7th on this list.

6. Madara Uchiha

Signature Attack – Infinite Tsukuyomi

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Wood, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – Konohagakure (former)

Madara, along with Hashirama, co-founded Konohagakure and was one the most powerful shinobi to ever live. By implanting his brothers’ eyes into his own, Madara unlocked the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan, which gave him access to a perfect Susanoo.

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Madara Uchiha

Even without his Susanoo, Madara’s regular Sharingan was so powerful that he went up against the Allied Shinobi Forces single-handedly. He also mastered the Edo Tensei and was able to restore himself to full life.

By combining his Sharingan with the cells of the First Hokage, he was able to unlock the wood style and the Rinnegan. Other than his Dojustsu, and Ninjutsu, he was also a proficient user of Taijutsu.

Along with that and his endurance, he could face off and prevail against Might Guy, who had all eight gates open.

During the Fourth Great Ninja War, he became the jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails and gained the powers of flight and the Truth-Seeking Orbs.

While Madara was initially weaker than Hashirama, after becoming the Ten-Tails’ jinchuriki and the Rinnegan, he surpassed him and became almost invincible. Due to this, he is placed in 6th place.

5. Hamura Otsutsuki

Signature Attack – Chibaku Tensei

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – unknown

Hamura Otsutsuki was Kaguya’s son and Hagoromo’s twin brother. He was the ancestor of the Hyuga clan and the founder of the shinobi of the Moon.

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Hamura Otsutsuki

As one of the most powerful figures in history, Hamura was able to defeat the Ten-Tails and Kaguya in battle together with his brother.

Like Hagoromo, he was able to utilize the Six Paths and manifest nine Truth-Seeking Balls. Using this power, he was able to use Chibaku Tensei to seal the tailed beasts.

At some point, Hamura awakened the Tenseigan, an evolved version of the Byakugan in his own eyes.

While it is assumed that his strength did not pale much compared to his brother, there is not much information available about him. Due to this, he is placed in the 5th position.

4. Sasuke Uchiha

Signature Attack – Amaterasu, Amenotejikara, Chidori

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Yin.

Affiliation – Konohagakure, Akatsuki (former)

Sasuke is a member of the former team seven and the strongest member of the Uchiha Clan. He was under the tutelage of Kakashi, who taught him Chidori and other essential skills.

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Sasuke Uchiha | Source: Fandom

However, due to his thirst for revenge, he left Konoha and joined Orochimaru, where he improved his abilities and became efficient in the use of curse marks.

After gaining the Mangekyou Sharingan, and the eternal Mangekyou later, he was able to use his special skill Amaterasu. Even after his eyes evolved to Rinnegan, he retained his former abilities.

Besides his extraordinary dojutsu, he is tremendously skilled in Taijutsu as he has proven himself as a physical match to Naruto, the Seventh Hokage.

After gaining the Six Paths Chakra during the Fourth Great Ninja War, Sasuke unlocked the Rinnegan in his left eye, which gave him access to the Six Paths.

Sasuke Using Rinengan vs Kinshiki Otsutsuki in Kaguya's Palace - Eng Subs [HD 60FPS]
Sasuke vs Kinshiki Ohtsutsuki

It also granted him a special space-time technique called Amenotejikara, which let him instantly switch places with a target.

His most powerful move, however, is Indira’s Arrow, which shoots a lightning bolt infused with demonic chakra from Sasuke’s full-bodied Susanoo with enough power to cut through a tailed beast’s attack easily.

It is believed that Naruto and Sasuke are powerful enough to destroy the world when joining hands. Due to his immense power, he is placed in the 4th position.

3. Naruto Uzumaki

Signature Attack – Rasengan, Kage Bunshin

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – Konohagakure

Naruto is the main character of the series and is overwhelmingly powerful. His strength is so great that he can make thousands of copies of himself, with each capable of functioning on its own.

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Naruto Uzumaki | Source: Netflix

Naruto is also capable of using sage mode, which lets him use the Frog Kata physical combat technique as well as the deadly Rasenshuriken.

After befriending Kurama, Naruto can surround himself in a boiling aura of chakra that gives him beast-like abilities, lets him extend his limbs, and allows him to use the devastating Tailed-Beast Bomb.

This form, when enhanced with the Six Paths chakra, gives him the ability to use the Truth-Seeking Orbs, fly, access the Six Paths, and hold the power of all nine tailed-beasts in his body at once.

Naruto Uzumaki is the strongest shinobi in the entire Naruto and Naruto Shippuden series as his strength is god-level. With the chakra of Kurama and the Sage of Six Paths, he could fight against and defeat Kaguya Otsutsuki.

Naruto vs Kakuzu

With the Nine-Tailed Fox, Sage mode, Six Paths chakra, and adept Taijutsu knowledge, only a few characters can ever hope to match him.

However, he is still not undefeatable when faced with literal Celestial beings such as Kaguya, and her son, Hagoromo. Therefore, he is placed third on this list.

2. Hagoromo Otsutsuki

Signature Attack – Six Paths Technique

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – unknown

Hagoromo was the son of Kaguya and therefore was born with the same powerful chakra as her. He was known as the Sage of Six Paths and created the original form of the ninja arts.

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Hagoromo Otsutsuki

Hagoromo is widely accepted as the most powerful figure in history, second only to his mother, after having defeated the Ten-Tails and sealing away Kaguya with Hamura’s help.

His might and power transcended time itself, becoming able to continue observing the world and meeting people long after his death. He is ranked in the 2nd position.

1. Kaguya Otsutsuki

Signature Attack – Expansive Truth-Seeking Orb

Nature Type– Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, Water, Yin, and Yang

Affiliation – unknown

Kaguya Otsutsuki is the strongest character in the Naruto series as her power is levels above the others. She is a Celestial Being who is capable of devouring all the chakra in the world.

Kaguya Otsutsuki became the first wielder of chakra, after eating from the forbidden God Tree. She was revealed to be the ultimate evil and the strongest character in the Naruto universe and was the most formidable foe that Naruto and the rest of the shinobi world had to face.

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Kaguya Otsutsuki

Even Hagoromo, the Sage of Six Paths, could only defeat her after combining his might with Hamura and fighting her for several months.

Kaguya possessed the ability to change space and time, read the thoughts of others, and traverse dimensions. She could also absorb any technique she encountered and was capable of using the Expansive Truth-Seeking Orb.

In addition, she was known to wield all the three major eye jutsu’s, i.e., Byakugan, Sharingan, and the Rinnegan.

The final battle Kaguya Vs. Naruto,Sasuke,Sakura,Kakashi and obito
Kaguya Ohtsutsuki vs. Team 7

Her strength is vividly displayed when even the protagonist of the series, Naruto, needs the help of Sasuke to defeat her.


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