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How strong is Naruto without Kurama: Six Paths' Sage Mode, Tailed Beast Chakra, and more

Although the Boruto anime has only just shown the Baryon Mode, fans know what it means for Naruto and Kurama.

Baryon Mode is a strength only accessible to Kurama and his Jinchuriki, where the chakra of both fuse together, similar to nuclear fusion, and give rise to new energy.

However, the price to pay for this insanely powerful form is Kurama's death, which he hid from Naruto.

With Kurama's impending death in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime, fans are left to wonder whether the Seventh Hokage can still be considered the strongest shinobi on earth besides Sasuke Uchiha.

How strong is Naruto without Kurama to back him up?

Kurama was indeed the reason behind Naruto having superhuman strength. Without him, Naruto would lose his usual go-to power when facing highly adverse situations.

However, it is noteworthy that the Seventh Hokage has many other powers in his arsenal, even after removing Kurama from the scenario. To begin with, he has a higher than usual chakra compared to the average shinobi, even if Kurama's chakra is not considered.

The Six Paths' Sage Mode

One must not forget that he was granted the power of Hagoromo Otsutsuki, the Sage of Six Paths. As a result, Naruto unleashed a massive roster of abilities.

If fans remember, he could sucker punch Madara Uchiha while in Six Paths' Sage Mode, and he did not require Kurama's chakra in particular.

Chakra of the other eight Tailed Beasts

Kurama was not the only Tailed Beast whose chakra was sealed in Naruto by the end of the Fourth Great Shinobi War. The Sage of Six Paths gave him a portion of the chakra from all the other Bijuu.

As a result, he was able to make the Lava Rasenshuriken using Son Goku's (the Four-Tails) chakra. Naruto was seen using this Jutsu in Boruto as well while fighting Delta for the first time.

Unusual speed, rivaling that of the Yellow Flash

Although some might argue that Naruto's superhuman speed comes from Kurama, he was pretty fast even without using his chakra.

If fans remember, in the final fight against Sasuke in Shippuden, Naruto perfectly countered Sasuke's Chidori, a lightning-fast move, on his strength alone. Even when Kawaki tries to run away from him, he shows the kid why he is one of the fastest shinobi.

Sage Mode

Naruto's entrance after learning Sage Mode in the fight against Pain will forever be one of the most iconic moments in anime.

Although he lost control and clobbered Pain using Kurama's power, he was almost successful in dealing with him using Sage mode. Furthermore, in his current state, he is more adept at using Senjutsu, which increases his sensory abilities, speed, and strength to another level.

Five Chakra Natures

Since he has the chakra of all the Tailed beasts inside him, Naruto is able to use Jutsu of any chakra nature, including the Kekkei Genkai (Lava style, Steam Style, etc.).

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However, given how the show has moved beyond the realms of Jutsu, and the fight is ultimately with the Otsutsuki, Naruto's current strengths might be inadequate.

It makes sense since the show is called Boruto, not Naruto Shippuden: Part 2.


Naruto fans react to the death of Kurama

Naruto fans consoled themselves this week after fan favourite character Kurama the nine-tailed fox finally met his maker in the anime series Boruto. No, we don’t mean like that time during the Fourth Shinobi War when he met the Sage of the Six Paths – who literally made him – we mean he died.

Kurama passed away after allowing Naruto to access a brand new transformation known as Baryon mode. This form was likened to nuclear fusion, consuming all the tailed beasts’ chakra in return for a temporary explosive release of power. Baryon mode allowed Naruto to go toe-to-toe with the leader of Kara, Isshiki Ōtsutsuki, despite their colossal gap in power.

While the transformation ended before Naruto could defeat Isshiki, it cost the otherworldly invader so much of his lifeforce that he was easily defeated by Kawaki.  Following the fight, Naruto passed out and presumed that Baryon mode was killing them both. That’s when the fox revealed that only his chakra was consumed in the transformation (something Kurama had kept from Naruto) and that he was dying. As Kurama’s chakra slowly dissipated, Naruto said a tearful goodbye to the demonic fox that started as his curse and became his friend.

As the credits rolled, we got a montage of Kurama’s highlights from Naruto, Shippuden, and Boruto. A fitting tribute to the demon who’s been a constant character since the first episode of Naruto.

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Of course, Naruto and Bortuo fans took to social media to share their grief.

The question most fans have now is what does this mean for Naruto? A vast chunk of his power came from Kurama, and they’ve been complaining that the fox was killed off to make the new cast of Boruto look better. It didn’t help that Naruto’s rival Sasuke lost his Rinnegan – an eye that grant’s his extraordinary powers – in the same episode.

Still, one of the key themes of the original series was that the next generation will always outdo their predecessors, so this type of development was inevitable. It’s not like hard work was going to put anyone on Naruto and Sasuke’s frankly DBZ-esque power level.

If you can’t bear the thought of watching Boruto without Kurama check out our guide on where to watch One Piece, or if Shounen’s not your thing check out our list of the best anime movies.

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Naruto: Wait, Is Kurama Really Dead?

When Naruto first began, fans of the anime would have never expected the Nine-Tailed Fox to become the hero we know today. Despite his horrific introduction back in the day, Naruto Uzumaki managed to make peace with his tenant, and the pair forged a relationship at the end of Naruto Shippuden that made everyone teary. Of course, this means all eyes are on Boruto as the anime just took a major step with Kurama, and they need to know whether he's really gone from the franchise now...

So, the question stands before us... Can Kurama die? And did he really just die in the newest episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations?

Unfortunately, the answer to both questions is yes. The Tailed Beasts can die, and it seems that is really what happened in the anime's latest episode. Kurama did not give his emotional farewell for no reason, and fans will have to come to terms with that on their own.

When it comes to Tailed Beasts dying, it is a rare event, but it does happen. Monsters like Kurama can die, but they do not pass from physical wounds or age. Instead, they die when they expend more chakra than they can recharge, and they have tons of it. This has happened to Tailed Beasts in the past, but they do not stay dead forever. After centuries, these drained monsters do return once enough chakra has gathered to resurrect them, and a reincarnation returns to Earth.

This is exactly what happened to Kurama in the anime, and it is because of Baryon Mode. The surprising form gave Naruto the power to fight toe-to-toe with Isshiki, but it came at a cost. Rather than costing Naruto his life, Kurama put his own on the line to help his host. Kurama used all of his own energy to fuel Baryon Mode, and that is why he had died. This gentle death is what kept Naruto from dying alongside Kurama in the end. And now, the Hokage must come to terms with the loss as he navigates life for the first time without Kurama within him.


What do you think about this latest episode of Boruto? Did you ever see this day coming for Kurama...? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.

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Member Favorites: 767 The Nine-Tailed Demon Fox is the most powerful of the tailed beasts, also considered the "King of the Tailed Beasts." Its power is such that it is regarded as an age-old natural disaster, as a single swipe of one of its nine tails is enough to raise tsunamis and flatten mountains. One of its special abilities is that it has access to close to unlimited sources of chakra.

The demon fox's attacks were seemingly random, the only apparent reason for its appearances being its attraction to places of human malice. It attacked Konohagakure twelve years before the start of the series. None of the ninja of the village were able to defeat it until the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, arrived to deal with it. Minato sacrificed his life to seal the fox into the body of his newborn son, Naruto Uzumaki, with the Dead Demon Consuming Seal. Rather than completely seal off the fox's great power, however, Minato only sealed away a portion of it, giving Naruto access to the rest for unknown reasons. Prior to performing the seal Minato gave a key to Jiraiya to either strengthen or weaken the seal should the need arise. The seal naturally becomes weaker as the years pass, and in the event that it is broken the demon fox will be released; however, the bond between Naruto and Kyuubi, and the bond between Jinchuuriki (host) and tailed beast in general, is of a such character that if the seal is broken, Naruto will die immediately thereafter. And if Naruto dies, and the seal is not broken, Kyuubi will die with him. Therefore Kyuubi uses some of its chakra to enhance Naruto's healing abilities and will sometimes "take over" (lend Naruto its chakra without him asking for it) in order to keep him alive.

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Naruto Fans Found a Detail That Made Boruto's Big Death Even More Tragic

After the death of one of Naruto's most beloved characters, fans noticed a heartbreaking detail in Boruto that marks both the beginning and the end.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers forBoruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 218, "Partner," now streaming on Crunchyroll.

With the tragic death of Kurama in Episode 218 of Boruto, fans everywhere pay their respects and share their love for the complex hero. While long-time fans of the franchise are heartbroken over this recent death, they're also finding symbolic parallels that make Kurama's death poetically tragic.

On October 3, 2002, Naruto aired its very first episode, introducing the Nine-Tails for the first time in the opening scene. Now, on October 3, 2021, Kurama says his final goodbyes after sacrificing his life for Naruto and his family. Here's how October 3 became a significant date for the Naruto franchise and why fans everywhere are mourning Kurama's death.

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When Naruto first premiered in 2002, Kurama kicked off the series when he was first introduced as the Nine-Tails who wreaked havoc on the Hidden Leaf Village and killed countless villagers. After being set up as the powerful and evil antagonist, Naruto soon finds out that this Tailed Beast lives inside of him and that's why he's been the target of the villagers' hate since his birth. The young Naruto struggles to come to terms with his fate and to overcome the animosity and hatred that's perpetuated between Kurama and the villagers of Konoha. When these feelings overwhelmed the inexperienced Naruto whenever he was angry or in danger, Kurama's chakra would leak out of him and cause him to hurt those he loved.

While Naruto undergoes rigorous training to suppress the Nine-Tails' chakra and vows to never use it because of its danger to himself and others, he begins to realize that this power can also be used for good. For better or for worse, Kurama's chakra and influence saved Naruto and his comrades countless times. Despite Kurama spending a large portion of the series claiming he hates people because they abuse and obsess over the Tailed Beasts' power, Naruto eventually wins the tsundere fox over with his words and actions, proving that he respected and cared about Kurama for who he was and not for his power. Having once been consumed with hatred toward others himself, Naruto promises to resolve Kurama's anger one day so he can learn to trust others and be happy.

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When Naruto and Kurama finally come to a mutual understanding and learn to respect one another, they agree to work together to defeat their common enemies. Thanks to Kurama's immense chakra, Naruto is able to activate new forms and unleash power like never before. The pair play a vital role in winning the Fourth Great Ninja War and saving the world from Kaguya and the Infinite Tsukuyomi at the end of Naruto. In the sequel series Boruto, the iconic duo continue to achieve greater heights to defeat the Ōtsutsuki. They finally achieve their ultimate form, Baryon Mode, in a last-ditch effort to defeat Isshiki Ōtsutsuki. When Kurama tells Naruto about Baryon Mode, he intentionally misleads Naruto into believing that they will both die after using this sacrificial form, when in reality only Kurama would die.

When Naruto meets Kurama in his subconsciousness, he's convinced that both of them are going to the afterlife and comes to terms with it. However, Kurama reveals that only he will die from using Baryon Mode and claims he misled Naruto because Naruto would likely hesitate or refuse to use the mode, even though it was their only chance at defeating Isshiki Ōtsutsuki. Naruto tears up at this sudden revelation, causing viewers to cry along with him as Kurama recalls how much Naruto's grown up over the years, having been with him since birth. Kurama's selflessness and willingness to sacrifice himself for Naruto is a satisfying closure to Kurama's impressive character development throughout the series, especially after being selfish and full of hatred for so many years.

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The end of Boruto Episode 218 features a heart-wrenching montage of Kurama's greatest moments throughout the franchise. While showcasing his life from beginning to end, the fist-bump between Kurama and Naruto from when they officially agreed to team-up is still one of the most striking images in the franchise's history, and Episode 218 recreates the scene for Kurama's death. The tragedy of the iconic pair finally being forced to part ways after being together their entire lives creates an empty and lonely feeling in both Naruto and the fandom who adores them.

The heartache of this past episode is still a heavy topic across social media as the fandom comes to terms with this shocking death. Kurama has played a central role in the franchise since it began on October 3, 2002 up until his tragic, but meaningful, death on October 3, 2021. While Boruto continues to hit important developments in the lives of both the Boruto and original Naruto casts, events like this proves the franchise's relevancy and enduring ability to make waves in the anime world.

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