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What Is Baryon Mode? How Does Naruto Activate It? Does Naruto Die?

Right when it seemed that Isshiki Otsutsuki would get the better of Naruto and Sasuke, Kurama revealed a hidden trump card that ensured the shinobi victory over the Kara leader.

Throughout the years, Naruto has learned many transformations, each stronger than the rest, but none of these seemed to suffice against Isshiki Otsutsuki, who was unfazed by even Chidori or the Rasengan.

We all thought Naruto had officially reached his peak and wouldn’t be getting any more power-ups. Conversely, fans expected to see Naruto get an inevitable permanent nerf sooner or later.

It seems Ikemoto and Kishimoto killed two birds with a single stone because Baryon Mode is here to blow all of Naruto’s former transformations out of the park– but at a steep price.

Naruto uses Baryon Mode in Episode 216 against Isshiki Otsutsuki. Baryon Mode is a fusion of Naruto and Kurama’s chakra to create new energy capable of eating away at Isshiki’s lifespan.

The price of using the transformation was Kurama’s life since all of his chakra was used up instead of Naruto’s.

What Is Baryon Mode?

Baryon Mode fuses Naruto and Kurama’s chakra to create a new type of energy in a process akin to nuclear fusion. Kurama likens the process to how the sun produces energy by fusing subatomic particles called Baryons which is where the technique likely gets its name.

What Is Baryon Mode? How Does Naruto Activate It? Does Naruto Die?
Naruto using Nine tails’ power | Source: Fandom

Unlike normal Kurama Mode or Six Paths Sage Mode, which involve using chakra from elsewhere, Baryon Mode consumes Kurama and Naruto’s chakra and lifespan as raw materials.

Their chakra cannot be replenished, and the transformation continues to feed on their chakra until either of their lives run out.

Baryon Mode requires intense focus to maintain. The transformation leaves no room for unnecessary thoughts or movements since it consumes chakra at a much faster pace.

What Is Baryon Mode? How Does Naruto Activate It? Does Naruto Die?
Kurama Preparing to Activate Baryon Mode | Source: Fandom

Baryon Mode is activated when Kurama claps his palms together, followed by a billow of smoke, transforming Naruto’s appearance. The technique wears off only once either Naruto or Kurama’s chakra has been consumed entirely.

What Are The Abilities Of Baryon Mode?

Baryon Mode surpasses all of Naruto’s other transformations so far in terms of the speed and power it grants.

While Kurama Mode couldn’t lay a single scratch on Isshiki even with Chakra Arms, Baryon Mode was able to land multiple hits and keep up with the Otsutsuki.

What Is Baryon Mode? How Does Naruto Activate It? Does Naruto Die?
Naruto vs Isshiki | Source: Fandom

Naruto could effortlessly dodge Isshiki’s attacks and even caught his high-speed black rods, which not even the Sharingan could track.

A bonus is, the energy created and emitted by Baryon Mode eats away at the lifespan of anyone it comes in contact with, including Otsutsuki. With every blow, Naruto was able to shave off a sliver of Isshiki’s life, reducing it from about 20 hours to mere minutes.

Does Naruto Survive Baryon Mode?

Naruto does not die from using Baryon Mode. The transformation fed on Kurama’s chakra instead of Naruto’s. While Jinchūriki usually die when their tailed beast is extracted, Naruto wasn’t harmed since Kurama’s chakra was used up.

Sasuke and Naruto vs Isshiki | Naruto use Baryon Mode | Boruto: Naruto next Generations

Baryon Mode was a last resort against Isshiki. The technique’s drawbacks would typically outweigh its benefits, but it was precisely what the shinobi needed in the race against time against Isshiki.

Kurama lied to Naruto about Baryon Mode, claiming both their lives since Naruto wouldn’t agree to use the technique otherwise. The technique left Naruto relatively unscathed albeit without his former unlimited chakra reserves now that Kurama was gone.

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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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