Post Author: Kisuzachi
This is a tribute to Nagato since we’ve seen the last of him :(.
What is the most powerful dojutsu? This is a somewhat frequently asked question, so I decided to dedicate an entire post to it. Here’s how this post works. The dojutsu will be judged in three areas; insight, battle effectiveness/maneuverability and raw power.
Insight: this is how effective the dojutsu is in detecting things the average eye would miss.
The Rinnegan has shown that it gives the user advanced eyesight, but I don’t think its on the Sharingan or the Byakugan’s level in that department. When Pein first arrived in Konoha (or outside Konoha as the case may be) before even attempting to enter the village, he was able to see an otherwise invisible barrier. When he was about to fight Tsunade, he was able to see the chakra being channeled to her and the A.N.B.U’s feet. Now this could be Kishi forgetting about the Rinnegan’s improved sight or Pein just didn’t care to look, but Naruto was able to surprise attack him by transforming (a Transformation Jutsu would have been easily detected by the Sharingan and the Byakugan) into rocks. So for insight, I give the Rinnegan 6 out of 10. However, if the Six Paths of Pein are included into the mix, the Rinnegan gets a score of 9 because there will be no blind spot. So on average it would be 7.5.
The Sharingan, or should I say a fully mature Sharingan has exceptional insight. In the Forest of Death, Sasuke was able to see who were the clones and who were the physical humans, thus ruining their whole combat strategy (and at the time this was only a level 2 Sharingan). Another example of the Sharingan’s insight is when Sasuke fought a Kyubi-enhanced Naruto. His level two Sharingan was no match for Naruto’s speed, he just couldn’t see Naruto’s fast movements, so (way too luckily) his Sharingan evolved to level 3 and he was easily able to keep track of Naruto’s movements. There are no downsides to using the Sharingan in battle except it uses too much chakra, and only for a non-Uchiha. So, I give it 8.5 out of 10.
The Byakugan is easily the best in this area. Neji’s Byakugan can see up to 800 meters and he isn’t trained to be a tracker, Hinata, who has been trained to be a tracker, can see up to 10 kilometers (8000 meters). Other than seeing in one direction, the Byakugan can see almost 360 degrees (though the Rinnegan offers the full 360 as long as the individual bodies can see each other). So for insight, I give the Byakugan 9.5 (not 10 because of the blind spot).
Now let’s go to battle effectiveness/maneuverability.
The Byakugan is effective to an extent in battle. It offers its user constant surveillance of the battlefield in almost all directions. It allows the user to carefully monitor the foes body and detect any changes that might be disastrous for him/her (change in chakra, and the body systems). When coupled with the Gentle Fist, it becomes a serious and deadly weapon, so for effectiveness 8. However that’s about all it does. If the opponent pays close attention (like Kidomaru in his fight against Neji), the Byakugan will be basically useless, so for maneuverability 5. All together it gets a 6.5 out of 10.
The Sharingan is a Ninjutsu-user’s nightmare. As demonstrated by Itachi, the Sharingan can create many different types of Genjutsu to fit any situation. However, there is a way to counter the Sharingan’s Genjutsus, a method that Chiyo discussed with Sakura (I don’t remember the chapter) in which a teammate either attacks the Sharingan-user or attacks the victim to wake him from the Genjutsu. Gai also has a method, don’t look into the Sharingan-user’s eyes, which is easier said than done. If the Genjutsu aspect fails, there’s always Ninjutsu. The user can copy the opponents jutsus and use them against the opponent, other than putting the opponent in a world of hurt, it also demoralizes them (imagine how Zabuza felt being hit by an attack he trained really hard to master). Zabuza found a way to counter this aspect of the Sharingan as well, by using The Hidden Mist Jutsu , he cancelled the copy effect. The Mangekyou Sharingan offers even more powerful Genjutsus, Genjutsus that only Gai’s method can counter. The Ninjutsu it offers is the Amaterasu which can burn anything to ashes, the Susanoo which is a giant flaming warrior that can withstand even lightning and seal away foes in its sword and the Kamui, which sends anything into another dimension. But the drawbacks to these Mangekyou techniques is the users eyesight and eventually their life (if chakra gets too low). So I give it an 8.5 for effectiveness and maneuverability (just because of the drawbacks).
The Rinnegan offers the user the ability of ALL the Six Paths, need I say more? Shinra-Tensei (push), Bansho-Tenin (pull), Chibaku-Tensei (big moon creator thingy), Ninjutsu Absorption, rip souls out of bodies, summon the giant statue thingy, having dozens f animal summons at your disposal etc. So I give the Rinnegan a 9 (not 10 because if one body uses all the powers, the result is extreme aging.)
Next is Raw Power!
The Byakugan doesn’t offer much in this department so it gets a 4 out of 10.
The Sharingan offers much in the way of raw power. Amaterasu, Kamui, and Susanoo, so it gets an 8.5 out of 10.
The Rinnegan controls life and death plus all the other things mentioned above; so it gets a well deserved 10 out of 10 for raw power
Which is the best?
Byakugan total; 20 out of 30
Sharingan total; 25.5 out of 30
Rinnegan total; 26.5 out of 30
However these are just my thoughts, you decide which is better. May Nagato find peace in death……