Why is Sasuke’s Rinnegan different? How did he awaken it?

Alongside Naruto, Sasuke is one of the strongest Shinobi’s in the world. He played a significant role during the Shinobi war and is one of the reasons why the present world is peaceful.

While both Naruto and Sasuke received the Chakra of Hagoromo Otsutsuki, each developed their own specific powers.

Sasuke, especially, developed the most powerful Dojutsu – Rinnegan. However, it’s unique appearance leads us to wonder the reason behind it and whether it grants him any special powers.

why is sasuke's rinnegan different
Sasuke Uchiha

During the Shinobi war, Sasuke Uchiha received half of Hagoromo Otsutsuki’s chakra and awakened a different Rinnegan – a special 6 Tomoe Rinnegan in his left eye.

Since his Rinnegan was evolved from his already existing Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, it retained both its original and new powers such as Amenotojeikara, Chibaku Tensei, etc. Unlike Sharingan, Sasuke’s Rinnegan is permanently active and is unable to revert to its original state.

The Rinnegan is reputed as the most exalted eye amongst the “Three Great Dojutsu”, the others being the Sharingan and the Byakugan. It is characterized by a ripple pattern that spreads over the eyeball.

Why is Sasuke's Rinnegan different in Boruto?
Sasuke’s Rinnegan | Source: Narutopedia-Fandom

It is possible to awaken a Rinnegan by obtaining Hagoromo’s chakra, either by combining the chakra of his sons or by directly receiving it from Hagoromo himself.

Why is Sasuke’s Rinnegan different?

Sasuke’s Rinnegan is different from the normal Rinnegan in that it contains three tomoe on its two innermost circles to make a total of six.

The reason why Sasuke’s Rinnegan is different from others is that he did not naturally awaken it but was given to him as a gift from the spirit of Hagoromo when he was in a near-death state.

Due to this, his already awakened Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan evolved into a Rinnegan and retained all of its original abilities along with the new ones.

However, if Sasuke’s chakra reserves fall to a certain level, the tomoe’s will vanish, and the Rinnegan will take on the commonly known appearance.

How did Sasuke get his Rinnegan?

During the Shinobi war, Sasuke met certain conditions set by Hagoromo Otsutsuki. Due to this, he received half of his chakra, and awakened a Rinnegan in his left eye, with six total tomoes.

Sasuke Uchiha awakens his Rinnegan

This Rinnegan was evolved from his already existing Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan and thus retained both its original and new powers.

What about his Mangekyou?

Sasuke had already awakened his Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan during the Great Shinobi War. After receiving half of Hagoromo’s Chakra, the Sharingan in his left eye evolved into a Rinnegan.

Sasuke’s Rinnegan is different from the normal Rinnegan in that he does not lose his Mangekyou Sharingan; instead, its powers take form as six tomoe’s on the rings of the Rinnegan.

However, if Sasuke’s chakra reserves fall to a certain level, the tomoe’s vanish, and the Rinnegan takes on the commonly known appearance. Similarly, Sasuke’s Rinnegan can still access the techniques and abilities of his left Mangekyou Sharingan.

Can Sasuke deactivate his Rinnegan?

Unlike Sharingan, Sasuke’s Rinnegan is permanently active and is unable to revert to its original state. Despite this, it does not affect his stamina or chakra levels.

Naruto and sasuke vs momoshiki otsutsuki full fight (HD)

He is only able to deactivate the tomoe’s. Therefore, the rinnegan powers can be diminished, but cannot be deactivated.

What Powers & Abilities can Sasuke use?

Rinnegan contains extraordinarily powerful chakra and boasts enormous visual power. The Rinnegan can see chakra and its flow within the body, as well as otherwise invisible barriers.

Possession of the Rinnegan allows one to quickly master any Jutsu as well as all five basic nature transformations. It is the only Dojutsu able to fully decipher the Sage of Six Paths’ stone tablet.

Why is Sasuke's Rinnegan different in Boruto?
Sasuke | Source: IMDb

Pattern Recognition

Sasuke’s Rinnegan is unique and has several abilities, and one of them is pattern recognition. It helps him analyze patterns inside codes, and by comparing them to similar patterns, decipher what is written.

When put into use, he can take large amounts of information from a small amount of text.


Amenotejikara is a space-time technique that Sasuke can use as a result of being blessed with the Sage of Six Paths’ power. It is Sasuke’s most frequently used technique and allows him to instantly swap places of any two targets in a specific range.

Sasuke use the Amenotejikara Teleportation technique 

Using his left eye, Sasuke can shift himself between spaces, causing anything currently occupying the space he targets to swap places with him. He can also use this technique to escape from restraints and bind an opponent in his place.

Sasuke can also target other objects and individuals with this technique to shift them to another space in his surroundings. However, the opponent must be within a specific range of him for this to take effect.

Upon obtaining his Rinnegan, Sasuke had to wait for his eye to recharge after using this technique several times in quick succession. However, now Sasuke can use this technique even while his Rinnegan’s power is diminished.

Space-time ninjutsu

Space-Time Ninjutsu are techniques that allow users to manipulate the space-time continuum. With it, Sasuke can perceive distortions in the flow of time, although it is unknown if he can negate the effects on himself.

By manipulating a specific point of space, he can instantly warp anything into a dimensional void and teleport it to another location. He can also summon creatures and the ten sealed beasts.

Space-Time Ninjutsu allows him to bypass any Barrier Ninjutsu, as barriers only extend over the dimension they are placed upon. Similarly, it cannot prevent Space-Time Ninjutsu users from escaping to a dimensional void.

In adulthood, his Space-Time Ninjutsu became advanced enough to travel through dimensions.

Shinra Tensei

Shinra Tensei is a technique used through the Deva Path of the Rinnegan. Shinra Tensei can only be used by those who can manipulate the five basic nature transformations. The user creates a “repulsive force,” which pushes away everything in the vicinity.

Since Sasuke has awakened his Rinnegan and mastered all the five basic nature transformations, he has met all the conditions and can use the Shinra Tensei.


A Mangekyo Sharingan is awakened after witnessing an extremely tragic event such as seeing someone close to you die in front of your eyes.

Madara uses Kamui for the first time
Sasuke use Kamui

Each Mangekyo Sharingan is unique. Kamui is a space-time ninjutsu that can be used with Obito Uchiha’s Mangekyou Sharingan.

Sasuke already has his special ability,  Amaterasu and therefore, cannot use Kamui. However, he can achieve similar powers through his Rinnegan.


Tsukuyomi is Itachi’s Mangekyou Sharingan dojutsu and one of the most powerful genjutsu in existence.

After making eye contact with a target, the user can trap them in an illusion of his design. Through this unprecedented ability to alter targets’ perception of time, the user can subject the victims to days’ worth of torture in seconds.

After Sasuke took Itachi’s eyes to awaken the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, he has never revealed the Tsukuyomi. He has instead awakened unique special abilities for both of his eyes, such as Amaterasu. In conclusion, Sasuke cannot use Tsukuyomi.

Six Path techniques

The Six Paths Technique is the origin of the unique techniques bestowed by the Rinnegan. Those who wield the Rinnegan have access to each of these techniques.

Sasuke can use these techniques to see invisible targets, repel the Infinite Tsukuyomi effects, and turn his Susanoo into a vessel for the tailed beasts’ chakra, much like the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. The techniques are as follows:-

The Deva Path

The Deva Path gives the user the ability to manipulate forces and attract or repulse objects and people. The Deva Path also gives another ability: Chibaku Tensei, which allows the user to create a vast terrestrial body from all the surrounding matter.

The Asura Path

The Asura Path lets the user enhance their own body to summon mechanized armor and various ballistic and mechanical weaponry.

The Human Path

Why is Sasuke's Rinnegan different in Boruto?
Sasuke-The Human Path | Source: Narutopedia-Fandom

The Human Path grants a Rinnegan user the ability to read the mind of any target by placing his hand on the target’s head or chest. It can also draw the person’s soul out of the body. This technique, however, kills the target in the end.

The Animal Path

The Animal Path gives the Rinnegan user the ability to summon various animals and creatures. Summoning creatures through this path requires no blood sacrifice or hand seals.

The Preta Path

The Preta Path grants the user the ability to absorb chakra in any form. This ability is primarily defensive as it is capable of absorbing chakra from an individual through physical contact.

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Sasuke-The Preta Path | Source: Narutopedia-Fadom

In addition to this, the Preta Path can absorb ninjutsu-based techniques that are pure chakra or chakra based, thereby nullifying their effect.

The Naraka Path

The Naraka Path gives the user two main abilities by using the King of Hell.

The King of Hell is an enormous head that comes out of the ground, surrounded by flames. It also possesses the Rinnegan as well as the shared field of vision. Another ability the Naraka Path possesses is the ability to repair any damage.The Outer Path

The Outer Path is an ability that grants the wielders of the Rinnegan the power to control life and death. With this power, the user can revive the dead through the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique, though it comes at the cost of the user’s life.

Through this path, one can create black receivers, and by transmitting their chakra into these, the user can bind anyone they touch. By implanting black receivers into corpses, the user can reanimate and remotely control the bodies as the Six Paths of Pain.

About Naruto

Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. Its publication began on September 21, 1999, and continued till November 10, 2014, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga has collected 72 volumes in tankōbon format.

Naruto Shippuden is Part II of the anime series, which follows an older Naruto as he attempts to save his friend Sasuke while at the same time – addressing the looming threat of the criminal organization – Akatsuki – who are targeting him for their grander scheme.


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