The world of Naruto is full to the brim with exciting adventures and jaw-dropping battles. However, some of the few things that make it truly special are the characters and their stories.
One such character is Sasuke Uchiha, who’s known for his impressive talent as a ninja and for being one of the strongest characters in anime and manga.
A source of his strength is thanks to his signature Sharingan, which would evolve into the Mangekyou Sharingan, and finally to Rinnegan. But how did he get it?
The short answer is that Sasuke got the Rinnegan to the previously mentioned evolution of his eyes. He would only receive one Rinnegan eye due to only getting half of Hagoromo Otsutsuki’s Chakra. Otsutsuki gave the other half of his Chakra to Sasuke’s friend and rival Naruto, becoming two sides of the same coin.
But first, I need to explain what a Rinnegan is and what it does. With that info, you’ll have a better idea of how it affected Sasuke. I’m also going to talk about how Sasuke was able to obtain the Rinnegan and why he only has one.
Obviously, I’ll delve deep into the nitty-gritty, so this is your last spoiler warning. If you don’t want anything getting spoiled, turn back now. If you don’t care, read on!
What Is a Rinnegan?
The Rinnegan is the rarest and most powerful form of the Kekkei Genkai, beating the two other forms: the Sharingan and Byakugan.
Whoever possesses it will have eyes filled with concentric circles, with the eyeball having a purple-hued gray color.
The first person to wield the Rinnegan was Hagoromo Otsutsuki, also known as the Sage of Six Paths.
What Does the Rinnegan Do?
The Rinnegan gives its wielder extraordinary chakra and different abilities unique to each who possesses it.
Mixing six different techniques or paths, its wielder can do impressive moves and powers that give them an advantage on the battlefield.
Some of the abilities include resurrecting the dead, controlling the bodies of others, and seeing through their eyes, giving the wielder greater perception during a battle.
Other powers involve reading minds, summoning monstrous animals in fights, and even summoning the lord of the underworld to help in an interrogation.
How Does Anyone Obtain a Rinnegan?
There are several ways to obtain Rinnegan, but they’re tremendously difficult to achieve.
A Sharingan wielder can try to obtain it by combining the chakra of Hagoromo’s sons or their reincarnations or from Hagoromo himself.
How Did Sasuke Get the Rinnegan?
During a battle where Sasuke was getting ever closer to death, he and Naruto were brought forth by Hagoromo Otsutsuki aka the Sage of Six Paths in a different realm.
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While there, Otsutsuki explained that Sasuke and Naruto were the reincarnations of his sons, with Naruto being the reincarnation of Ashura and Sasuke that of Indra.
Ashura was always able to rally friends and allies around him, giving him strength in any situation. On the other hand, Indra had extraordinary abilities but tended to be a loner.
Both Sasuke and Naruto acknowledged that even though they were each other’s rivals, that rivalry was always a brotherly one.
Sasuke and Naruto were also asked about their goals. After listening to what they had to say, Otsutsuki decided that together they’ll be able to save the world.
Asking each to offer their dominant hand, he entrusted each of them with half of his Six Paths chakra.
After this point, Naruto awakened the Six Paths’ Senjutsu, while Sasuke awakened his Rinnegan.
Both characters would later work together to battle Madara with their newly received powers. However, it remained a hard challenge to overcome.
Why Does Sasuke Have One Rinnegan?
The main reason why Sasuke only received one Rinnegan and not two, is because he received one-half of Hagoromo Otsutsuki’s Six Paths chakra.
The half that Sasuke got is considered to be Otsutsuki’s Yin portion of the chakra.
The other half, which is the Yang portion of the Six Paths chakra, went to Sasuke’s friend and rival Naruto.
With this division, the two would need to work together to be powerful enough to fight any battle and save the world.
What Happened to Sasuke After Getting the Rinnegan?
Sasuke still got an incredible power boost after that moment, bestowing upon him several abilities he didn’t have previously.
What Abilities Did Sasuke Get?
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Some of the abilities Sasuke received include, the ability to control gravitational pulls and pushes, giving him the power to move objects in some form.
Sasuke also gets the power to absorb chakra, making him able to push himself further to continue using other abilities that use up some of his own.
He gained access to the Space-Time Ninjutsu ability, which gives him the ability to swap places with anyone over short distances.
This helps him get out of situations where he could find himself trapped or caught. He would also be able to open portals to different dimensions.
He can also cast the Chibaku Tensei, during which Sasuke creates a black sphere between his hands and throws it towards the sky.
The sphere generates an attractive force pulling everything in its immediate vicinity creating a satellite.
It’s usually used to capture or restrain foes in battle by restricting their movement inside the satellite or under its immense weight.
Does Sasuke Still Have the Rinnegan?
Unfortunately, not anymore. During one of the episodes of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, the villain Momoshiki possesses Naruto’s son, Boruto, and stabs Sasuke’s Rinnegan eye.
After this moment, Sasuke loses his abilities associated with it, and since he doesn’t have living siblings from whom he could get an eye transplant, it’s gone forever.
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