Naruto: Is Tobirama Strong?

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Tobirama Senju is the second Hokage and his abilities are easily overemphasized. Naruto Naruto Shippuden. He is canonically outshadowed by Hashirama (his older brother and predecessor), who was Madara’s rival, and is often regarded as the greatest shinobi of all time.

However, Tobirama, based on what we know and have seen, isn’t far from his brother in strength. His role in the series, however, is very important.

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Tobirama’s Ability

Tobirama was a Hokage as one would expect. His power was unmatched when Tobirama succeeded his brother. Tobirama could not use Hashirama’s Wood Style jutsu. However, he was able to generate enough water for a whole battlefield and control it as a weapon. His mouth could shoot water with such force it was capable of tearing the huge roots of the Divine Tree. Tobirama was also an expert in Genjutsu and could cast one that was so powerful even Hiruzen couldn’t release it. Tobirama was an adept swordsman and weapon-user, as well a skilled sensor-type ninja.


Tobirama’s greatest strength was his unmatched speed. Tobirama was the fastest shinobi to ever live. He could place paper bombs and seals on his enemies at lightning speed without their notice. The Flying Raijin Jutsu was his invention. It allowed him to teleport with anyone who placed a seal to any spot he had marked. Minato Namikaze became the Fourth Hokage and took over the title of fastest shinobi. He was known as the “Yellow Flash of the Leaf”, for his use of the Flying Raijin Jutsu.

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Tobirama, a genius inventor of many jutsu, including the Flying Raijin technique and two others that play crucial roles in the story’s plot. The Shadow Clone Jutsu was Naruto’s signature technique. The Impure World Resurrection is a forbidden jutsu which revives a deceased ninja at the cost of a living death. The jutsu is not able to drain its caster’s energy and can only been disabled by them willingly. This makes it very abusable. Orochimaru would later use this technique to save Hashirama and Tobirama from the Third Hokage Hiruzen.


Kabuto Yakushi used a refined version of this technique to raise an undead army for ninjas during the Fourth Great Ninja War at end of Naruto Shippuden. Orochimaru revived the four Hokage using the same jutsu and they defeated Madara and Obito Uchiha as well as Ten Tails. Tobirama’s Impure World Ressurection Jutsu would not have been invented. This makes his part in the story very important.

How Strong Is Tobirama?

Tobirama is likely to rank near the top of the Kage in strength with his brother Naruto and Naruto being undisputedly stronger. It is also disputed how he ranks against Hiruzen, who sealed him and his brother simultaneously, as well as Minato, who beat him in speed. Both areas have their limitations. Tobirama’s power was probably diminished when he was resurrected for the first time. Hiruzen, an elderly man, gave his life to stop Orochimaru and his former teachers. Minato is most likely the fastest shinobi of all time, but his power wasn’t quite as high as Tobirama’s in real life.


It is known that he killed Izuna Urchiha, Madara’s brother and equal in power, while they were both still alive. This made him a constant threat to Madara as well as his brother. After Madara absorbed the Ten Tails, he was not able to match him. However, Hashirama and anyone else except Might Guy (after opening The Gate of Death) and Naruto (after acquiring the Sage of Six Paths’ power.

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Tobirama’s influence on the story, as well as his power, are often forgotten by all the other Hokage. Minato is Naruto’s father, and Naruto is a major character (later with Boruto). Hashirama, the main villain’s opponent, was the founder of the village. Hiruzen, who was alive during the first part of the story, was an important influence on many of the main characters. Tsunade steered the village through battles against the Akatsuki, and then through the Fourth Great Ninja War. Kakashi, Naruto’s teacher and another character of the series, is also a main character. All of these characters are powerful shinobi by themselves.


Tobirama feels a little less important than the other Hokage. However, his impact on the village and how he dealt with the Uchiha and the jutsu that he invented play an integral part in the story and still rank as one of the strongest characters in the series.

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