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The Mangekyou Sharingan is one of the most powerful dōjutsu in Naruto. In this post, I’ll break down its key points so you can understand it completely. Let’s begin.

What is the mangekyou sharingan?

sasuke's mangekyou sharingan, used to explain what is the mangekyou sharingan

The Mangekyou Sharingan, meaning “Kaleidoscope Copy Wheel Eye,” is an advanced form of the Sharingan. It enhances all of the original sharingan abilities and grants unique powers to each eye. Unlike the regular Sharingan, which has a standard design, each Mangekyou Sharingan features a distinct pattern unique to its user.

How to unlock Mangekyou Sharingan?

Getting the Mangekyou Sharingan is not easy. You have to go through a lot of emotional pain, usually because someone you’re very close to dies. That’s why many Uchiha ended up killing their loved ones to get this power.

The Price of Power

Itachi exhausted by using his mangekyou sharingan

Although the Mangekyou Sharingan gives amazing powers, using them comes with a big price. Each time someone uses its strong techniques like Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu, their eyesight gets worse. Over time, this gets worse and worse, leading to permanent damage and, eventually, blindness. Using these eye techniques also uses up a lot of chakra, which makes the eyes deteriorate even faster. Even though the powers are tempting,

How to obtain the eternal mangekyou sharingan?

Sasuke's eternal mangekyou sharingan

The deterioration caused by the use of the Mangekyou Sharingan can only be halted by transplanting the eyes of another Mangekyou Sharingan user, resulting in the creation of the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan. This form retains all the abilities of the original eyes without the risk of blindness.

Mangekyou sharingan abilities

Susanoo

sasuke and madara's susanoo

The Mangekyou Sharingan lets its users summon Susanoo, a huge, human-like form made of chakra that’s great for attacking and defending. You can only activate Susanoo if both of your Mangekyou eyes are awake. It starts as a ribcage shield and can turn into a fully armored warrior. This powerful technique gives strong defense and attack abilities, but it uses up a lot of chakra and can make your eyesight worse over time if you use it too much. This shows how risky and powerful this eye technique is.

Amaterasu

Sasuke and Jugo wearing Akatsuki clothes with Amaterasu's black flames in the background.

Amaterasu is a ninjutsu that creates black flames that can’t be put out on whatever the user looks at. These flames burn the target for seven days and nights, turning it to dust. The user can turn off this technique anytime, and no regular way can stop the fire. While strong, it isn’t unbeatable. Otsutsukis can absorb it, Naruto showed it’s possible to dodge the flames using the Nine-Tails’ chakra, and someone fast enough can also avoid them.

Kamui

Tobi using Kamui

Kamui is a ninjutsu that moves objects or the user to another space-time, creating a spiral that distorts the target. Inside Kamui’s space-time, people are invisible, and their chakra can’t be sensed. The user can eject targets with different force, making Kamui useful in fights. Only Kamui can enter its space-time, making it a safe place. Obito and Kakashi, who both use Kamui, are immune to each other’s Kamui and can stop each other’s attempts. Obito once used Kamui to return his soul briefly to help Kakashi, giving him the use of his Sharingan.

Izanagi

Obito Uchiha with his Tobi mask half-broken after using Izanagi.

Izanagi is a risky, forbidden technique allowing users to change reality, creating a new one different from the current one. Legends credit Hagoromo Otsutsuki with this power, supposedly using it to create life and extend life on the planet. Using Yin Release, Izanagi manifests something from nothing, while Yang Release brings it to life. It can even bring the user back to life after death, ensuring they survive. But this strong ability has a price—the user must sacrifice their vision by losing one of their eyes. For example, Danzo sought to control this power by implanting multiple Sharingans in his body, losing each eye used this way.

Izanami

Itachi Uchiha after using izanami

Izanami counters Izanagi, bringing balance. While Izanagi changes what happens, Izanami decides what will happen. To use Izanami, the user traps the opponent in a repeating cycle of actions. The cycle continues until a specific sequence happens again. Once this happens, the opponent gets stuck in a never-ending mental loop. They can only break free by accepting their true fate. Itachi Uchiha famously used Izanami to defeat Kabuto, stopping Uchiha from misusing Izanagi. When Uchiha used Izanagi too much, Izanami trapped them in a never-ending illusion until they became sane again. Like Izanagi, using Izanami has a big cost—the user loses their vision.

Mangekyou Sharingan Users

Itachi Uchiha

itachi's mangekyou sharingan

Itachi Uchiha got his Mangekyou Sharingan after his friend Shisui died, which was really hard for him. With his left eye, he could use Tsukuyomi, a powerful genjutsu that messed with time and hurt people mentally. His right eye let him create Amaterasu, which made black flames that couldn’t be put out. He could also summon Susanoo. But using these techniques used up a lot of his chakra and made his body tired.

Obito Uchiha

obito's mangekyou sharingan

Obito Uchiha got his Mangekyou Sharingan after he saw Rin die because of Kakashi. His right eye gave him Kamui, which let him send things to another dimension and make his body parts go through things. This power made him almost unbeatable in fights. Later, during the Fourth Great Ninja War, he got back both eyes, which made his Kamui even stronger. Now, he could teleport himself and others more easily.

Madara Uchiha

Madara Uchiha's mangekyou sharingan

Madara Uchiha and his brother Izuna were among the first Uchiha to get the Mangekyou Sharingan. Using it too much made them go blind. To fix this, Madara had Izuna’s eyes transplanted into himself, giving him the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan. This gave him a lot of power without hurting his health. Madara could also call upon Susanoo, which was really strong, like a Tailed Beast.

kakashi hatake

After taking Obito’s left eye, even though he isn’t an Uchiha, Kakashi Hatake was able to use the Sharingan and later awaken his Mangekyou Sharingan. He got it after “killing” Rin at the same time Obito got his, and also like Obito, he’s able to use Kamui.

Izuna Uchiha

Izuna Uchiha from naruto

Izuna Uchiha, Madara’s brother, was among the first to awaken the Mangekyou Sharingan. He later transferred his eyes to Madara to restore his vision, although some accounts suggest that Madara took them by force. Izuna was the reason why Madara got the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan.

Sasuke Uchiha

Sasuke Uchiha using his susanoo

Sasuke Uchiha unlocked his Mangekyou Sharingan after learning the truth about Itachi’s sacrifice. His left eye allowed him to cast Amaterasu, while his right eye controlled the flames. Sasuke also developed Susanoo, which evolved through multiple stages. Initially reluctant to transplant Itachi’s eyes, he eventually did so, gaining the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan and enhancing his power and vision.

Shisui Uchiha

Shisui Uchiha

Shisui Uchiha got his Mangekyou Sharingan for reasons we don’t know. His best skill was Kotoamatsukami, a strong genjutsu that let him control others without them knowing. He did this by putting fake experiences and thoughts into their minds, making them think their choices were their own. This genjutsu could change how someone remembered things and saw the world, basically controlling their mind. It was so sneaky and exact that the person wouldn’t even know they were being controlled. But using this power had a long time before he could use it again.

Indra Otsutsuki

Indra Otsutsuki using his mangekyou sharingan

Indra Ootsutsuki was the first person known to have the Mangekyou Sharingan. He could use the Perfect Susanoo, a powerful ability. In the anime, he got it after he killed his followers. With his left eye, he could use Amaterasu.

Shin Uchiha

Shin Uchiha another one who possesses the mangekyou sharingan

Shin Uchiha’s right Mangekyou Sharingan allowed him to control objects marked with a special seal. Additionally, he could use Kamui to teleport himself and others. This ability extended to his creatures, making him a formidable opponent.

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