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How to Do Shadow Clone Jutsu? The Shadow Clone Jutsu Hand signs

Naruto series are some of the most popular Japanese cartoons and they follow the story of Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto is a ninja boy who wants to prove his talents to his friends and aspires to lead the village he comes from by becoming a Hokage. These cartoons come in two big series, one regarding Naruto’s childhood and another one regarding his teenager years. His adventures are not without enemies and his powers keep growing as the show goes on.

If you are a Naruto fan, you most likely wonder about the shadow clone Jutsu. How it is done and what are the hand signs to follow. This article will explain you everything you need to know about shadow clone Jutsu and answer to all curiosities.

What is Jutsu and the Multi shadow clone technique?

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First of all, what is Jutsu? Jutsu is one of the main skills Naruto has and develops along the series. It contains supernatural skills that he has during different fighting scenes. This is a real Japanese technique that is based on splitting the chakra generally into one clone. However, in Naruto cartoons, he can create as many shadow clones as he wants.

If Naruto makes less than five clones, he will say “Kage Bunshin no Jutsu” which stands for Shadow Clone Technique. On the other hand, if his chakra is strong enough to make more than five clones he would say “Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu” which stands for Multiple Shadow Clone Technique.

How to do shadow clone Jutsu? How is it performed? (Shadow clone Jutsu Hand signs)

You will notice that there is an entire ritual Naruto follows to create these chakra clones. And as it might be fascinating to try it in real life, you might be curious about this technique. The secret stays in the position of the hands and precise use of the fingers.

The fingers plus Hand sign

Shadow clone Jutsu Hand signs

The technique used by Naruto to split his chakra into as many clones as he chooses is based on his fingers. To replicate the shadow clone Jutsu you will need to use both of your hands and, especially the index finger of one hand and middle finger of another hand.

Lift your hands at the same height as your eyes just straight enough to be able to see them clearly. You will have to bend your elbows in order to bring your fingers together. Once your hands can touch each other, raise your middle finger from your left hand, leaving the other four fingers in the fist position. Simultaneously, raise the index finger from your right hand while keeping the rest of them gathered in a fist position as well.

You will place the right-hand index finger in a horizontal position behind the vertical middle finger from your left hand. This will create a cross sign or a plus sign, depending on how you create it. Keep the plus sign in front of your eyes and say the magic sentence that will multiply your chakra into as many clones as you want, being it less than five or more than five.

Make sure to keep your hands lifted and your fingers in the plus sign until the clones are created. Even if you should pay attention to your hands and fingers to create this technique, you have to also focus on your enemy. This will help you direct your chakra clones to follow your actions and get the result you want from the fight.

In the Naruto series, one can’t make the multi shadow clone unless they have enough chakra to support it. This is essential for the success of such a powerful Jutsu technique and it shouldn’t be wasted. For this reason, only the powerful ninja masters can clone themselves into several replicas.

It is important to note that this technique will not be possible with tied hands. so, you will need free hands and complete control over your fingers to perform it. You will have to make the same plus sign with your middle finger and index finger regardless of how many clones you want to create in one scheme.


As fascinating as the Shadow clone technique is, Naruto has plenty of ninja strategies to share with his fans. So, if you are an enthusiast of such techniques, you will learn a lot from this series. However, the shadow clone Jutsu, as well as the multi shadow clone Jutsu, remain two of the most spectacular techniques that viewers want to know about as they are watching the series.

Give it a try yourself and enter the magical field of using your chakra in more complex ways! You might not achieve the same effect as the one exposed in the Naruto cartoons but you will definitely have a very good time at it! There is no Naruto fan that wouldn’t give this technique at least one try.

Irina Maria Tracy is a published author, writer, and journalist who lives in Bucharest, Romania. She completed her journalism and mass communication degree from the University of Bucharest and went on to publish some top books in the fiction genre. Some of her top books include 'Haunted Aliens' 'Vampires Rapture' 'Adverbs of Love' etc. Irina also worked as an investigative journalist for a year and even collaborated with a TV channel for a political talk show (Bah TV). She loves writing and has contributed to many top magazines and newspapers such as the 'Story Magazine' 'Curentul Newspaper' and many others.

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