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Kanji 輪廻眼
Rōmanji Rinnegan
Samsara Eye
Other Transmigration Eye
Appears in Anime
Clan Ōtsutsuki Symbol.svg Ōtsutsuki Clan

The Rinnegan (輪廻眼, literally meaning Samsāra Eye) is considered the most powerful of the "Three Great Dōjutsu" (三大瞳術, San Daidōjutsu, Literally meaning: Three Great Eye Techniques) and is the third and final evolution of the Sharingan dōjutsu line.

Like the Mangekyō Sharingan, the Rinnegan has been known to take on several unique patterns, though the most common is a ripple-like pattern which spreads across the entire eyeball, along with light purple sclera and irides. Other variations include a red ripple with tomoe, used by Sasuke Uchiha, and magenta ripple pattern with tomoe used by Poji Keisatsu.


The Rinnegan of the Shinju

The Rinnegan first surfaced in the Shinju as a single eye atop the tree deity's massive flower. During a time of great strife in the land, Princess Kaguya Ōtsutsuki ate of the fruit of the Shinju, gaining chakra for herself and awakening a third eye which became known as the Sharingan. Under unknown circumstances, however, her eye underwent an evolution and became a Rinnegan in the exact likeness of the Shinju's own single eye. Through her Rinnegan, Kaguya cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi on the entire world.

Sometime later, Kaguya gave birth to a son, Hagoromo—later known the world over as the Sage of the Six Paths—who also managed to awaken the Rinnegan. Through his use of the Rinnegan, Hagoromo was said to have created Ninshū, which later became the modern art of ninjutsu. As a result of the Sage's mythical status, many people believed the Rinnegan was only a legend or a mutation. Because the Rinnegan was wielded by the Sage of the Six Paths, re-merging the chakra of his two sons, Indra and Asura, in one's body can lead to that person awakening this dōjutsu.


Madara Uchiha

Madara's Rinnegan

The final evolution of Izuna Uchiha's powerful eyes, Madara's Rinnegan bears the standard appearance associated with the Rinnegan: ripple-like pattern which spreads across the entire eyeball, along with light purple sclera and irides. Many years after infusing himself with Hashirama's cells, Madara awakened the Rinnegan. While the most well known example of a Rinnegan, Madara's Rinnegan is also one of the strongest to exist, second in power only to that of the fabled Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.

With these eyes, Madara considered himself the second Sage of the Six Paths (六道仙人, Rikudō Sennin), and he possessed more than enough power to back up his claims. Madara's Rinnegan were the first set of eyes to display frightening powers known as the Six Paths Technique, allowing Madara to utilize seven deadly abilities through his Rinnegan eye. Of the seven, Madara displayed three: the Preta Path, which allows him to absorb ninjutsu and anything created from chakra, the Deva Path, which gives him control over gravity and pressure; Madara commonly used it to employ the Chibaku Tensei, as well as attract a a meteor down to Earth through Banshō Ten'in, and the Outer Path to revive himself using the Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique to revive himself fully. The other Paths were displayed through Nagato, and it is presumed Madara can utilize them as well. Madara can also generate chakra chains when summoning the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.

As evidenced by Obito Uchiha, and even Madara himself, the Paths can be used when the wielder only has one eye currently implanted in a socket.

Madara has also developed a Rinnegan ability unique to himself; the ability generate a corporeal invisible shadow that can aid him in combat. When only possessing one eye, Madara is limited to a single shadow; while possessing both, Madara can summon up to four shadows. The limitation to this ability is these shadows can be perceived by both the Byakugan, and a fellow Rinnegan, and the jinchūriki of Kurama can sense the killing intent behind the invisible assailants and fight accordingly. They can also be sealed through certain fūinjutsu.

As the Rinnegan is an evolution of Madara's Sharingan, he is more than capable of using his Mangekyō Sharingan's abilities through these eyes.

After regaining both his Rinnegan and becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Madara awakened a third Rinnegan on his forehead, identical to the one on Kaguya's forehead, and single eye of the Shinju. Unlike his standard Rinnegan, this eye is red instead of purple and possesses nine black tomoe. It is through this eye that Madara cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

Sasuke Uchiha

Sasuke's unique Rinnegan

After receiving half of Hagoromo's power, Sasuke's left eye transformed into a Six Tomoe Rinnegan with a tomoe pattern, similar to that of the Shinju and Kaguya. Like all Rinnegan, the eyes enhanced Sasuke's perception to incredible degrees, allowing him to see invisible entities such as Limbo clones. Sasuke also gains the ability to use the Six Paths Technique. Despite being initially a novice in their use, Sasuke proved to be an exceptional user, immediately using the Deva Path to sealed the Tailed Beasts in separate Chibaku Tensei spheres, showing the greatest speed and ease of using this technique out of any shinobi. Sasuke is also capable of touching chakra receiver rods, as well as Truth Seeking Orbs, without being harmed, though this is more of a side-effect of the Sage's power.

Sasuke's Rinnegan also grants him a unique ability; Amenotejikara, a space-time ninjutsu that allows Sasuke to swap himself, others, and objects, a set distance away from his original location by instantaneously changing place with a remote space at a speed comparable to the Flying Thunder God. Despite the technique's incredible, Sasuke's noted that it requires a recharge time; while the exact time is unknown, it's approximated around five minutes minimum.

As the Rinnegan is an extension of Sasuke's Sharingan, he's displayed the ability to use his Amaterasu through his Rinnegan. Sasuke appears to be unable to deactivate his Rinnegan, unlike most users, and thus keeps his left eye closed when his Rinnegan is not being used, so he can conserve chakra.

Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki

Momoshiki's unique Rinnegan.

Yet another Ōtsutsuki to be featured with the Rinnegan, Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki's Rinnegan was by far one of the more unique iterations of the dōjutsu. Unlike the generic Rinnegan, Momoshiki's Rinnegan is a vivid red, similar to the Third Eye and Sasuke's own Rinnegan; it also has odd placement, growing out of the palms of Momoshiki's hands. While he is unable to 'see' through this eye, the Rinnegan on Momoshiki's hands provide him with a unique ability; the ability to absorb chakra and ninjutsu, and replicate the ninjutsu without any prior knowledge of the technique. Through this method, he was able to absorb multiple elemental releases, a Tailed Beast Ball, and even the Rasengan and corrupt the techniques to suit his own needs. However, should the eyes be damaged, Momoshiki loses the ability to absorb ninjutsu and chakra, seen during his battle with Sasuke Uchiha, and Boruto and Naruto Uzumaki.

Transplanting the Rinnegan

Nagato's transplanted Rinnegan

As is the case with the Sharingan and the Byakugan, as well as any dōjutsu, the Rinnegan can be transferred to another individual. This shown by Madara Uchiha, who transferred his Rinnegan to a young boy of Uzumaki descent, Nagato. However, the transfer of a Rinnegan is not to be taken lightly; in the body of all but the most adept, a full set of Rinnegan can very well damage the body beyond repair. A transplanted Rinnegan retains all of its abilities, but it requires the original owner of both eyes to draw on the Rinnegan's full power; a distinct difference from the Sharingan, the Rinnegan almost seems to be picky about its owner.

The Rinnegan can also be "gifted" to an individual through chakra transference, as shown by Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki when he gifted Sasuke Uchiha with his immense chakras and Sage abilities, granting the Rinnegan to Sasuke, as well as his chakra capacity to successfully wield it. This can be seen as the superior method to transfer a Rinnegan, and it can be performed by any Rinnegan wielder; transferring their chakra to even summoned animals to grant them a temporary Rinnegan and fight alongside them. Another method of chakra transference to transfer a Rinnegan is best shown through the Six Paths of Pain; by using chakra receivers, and constantly sending their chakra to these receivers from a distance, a Six Paths user can replicate their own Rinnegan in the eyes of the body that possesses a receiver.



  • In canon, Sasuke's Rinnegan was initially red, similar to the Sharingan and the Rinnegan that the Shinju and Kaguya have. However, Darkrai favored the red-design so much that he recoloured the redesign to fit the red colouring.
  • Not counting the various designs of the Mangekyō Sharingan, the Rinnegan appears to have the most variations out of any dōjutsu, and the variations depend on the eye that evolved into the Rinnegan, as well as the way the user achieved it.