* Name: Eight Gates (八門, Hachimon; English TV "The Eight Inner Gates")
* Type: Kinjutsu, S-rank
* Users: Might Guy, Rock Lee, Kakashi Hatake
* Debut (Anime): Episode 49
* Debut (Manga): Chapter 85
The Eight Gates are eight specific points on a person's chakra circulatory system. They limit the overall flow of chakra within a person's body. The basis for the idea of the chakra gates comes from the body's limits on the functions within it. This makes the body much weaker, but it keeps the body from expiring too soon. By opening these gates, the user can surpass their own physical limits at the cost of extreme damage to their own bodies. Rock Lee is able to open the first five gates. Guy, who taught Lee the skill, is able to open at least six. Kakashi can open at least one gate, as shown during Kakashi's one-handed rock climbing where a shot of his brain shows the relevant point activating, as well as in his usage of the Front Lotus. The gates are listed below:
A diagram of the Eight Gates and their points in the body.
1. Gate of Opening (開門, Kaimon) located in the brain. Releases the instinct restraints on the bodies muscle. Unlocking the gate allows the user to use the Front Lotus.
2. Gate of Rest (休門, Kyūmon) located in the brain, raises the user's stamina.
3. Gate of Life (生門, Seimon) located on the spinal cord. Releases the limit on the nervous system allowing information to travel at a much faster rate. A side effect is the users skin would turn red. Allows the user to use the Reverse Lotus.
4. Gate of Pain (傷門, Shōmon), located on the spinal cord. Increases the user's speed and power. Will cause muscles tissue to tear on use.
5. Gate of Limit (杜門, Tomon), per above.
6. Gate of View (景門, Keimon), per above. Allows the user to perform the Morning Peacock.
7. Gate of Wonder (驚門, Kyōmon), per above. Allows the user to perform the Eternal Chaotic Dance.
8. Gate of Death (死門, Shimon) opens the final gate located at the heart and uses up all of the body's energy. It makes the heart pump at maximum power and exceeds the power of every other gate. All the energy in every individual cell is used up, giving the user power well above that of any Kage. This "big bang" effect is only temporary, and destroys every muscle in the user's body, including the heart.
The state of having all Eight Gates open is known as Eight Gates Released Formation or Eight Gates Battle Encampment (八門遁甲の陣, Hachimon Tonko no Jin). Any shinobi who activates this state will temporarily gain powers greater than a Kage. However, it is implied by opening the Death Gate, that shinobi will surely die afterwards.
* Evil Sealing Method
* Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique (Anime only)
* Front Lotus (Anime only)
* Hidden Mist Technique (Anime only)
* Lightning Blade
* Lightning Blade Double Charge
* Lightning Current (Unnamed)
* Lightning Hound (Unnamed)
* Lightning Release: Shadow Clone Technique
* Multiple Shadow Clone Technique
* One Thousand Years of Death
* Shadow of the Dancing Leaf (Anime only)
* Silent Homicide Technique
* Sly Mind Affect Technique (Anime only)
* Strong Fist
* Summoning Technique (Dogs)
* Summoning Technique: Earth Release: Tracking Fang Technique
* Water Clone Technique
* Water Release: Grand Waterfall Technique
* Water Release: Water Dragon Projectile Technique
* Water Release: Water Encampment Wall
* Water Release: Water Shark Missile Technique
* White Light Chakra Sabre
Kakashi is shown to be very respected by basically all others in the village of Konoha, as well as being constantly depicted as one of the most powerful ninja Konoha has to offer. Like his father, he has since a young age shown tremendous aptitude for the ninja arts and is one of the most recognizable ninjas in the world. He is also recognized as the foremost jutsu specialist in Konoha due to his high proficiency in all forms of ninja combat (as shown during the Survival Training Exam for Team 7) and copying over 1,000 jutsu with his Sharingan eye since his introduction and has continuously gained more since. His knowledge of jutsu and chakra is so high, that he was requested to watch over Naruto in case the seal on the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox began to fail. His knowledge of sealing jutsu is also demonstrated from his ability to seal the Curse Seal of Heaven on Sasuke. A true testament to his skill is during a conversation, both Jiraiya and Tsunade mentioning that if the need ever should arise, Kakashi would be an obvious candidate for the title of Hokage, thereby implying his skills are of Kage-level.
With his proficiency in multiple battle styles, Kakashi is very adept at comprehending his opponent's battle tactics and switch to the appropriate counter tactics. Against more powerful opponents, he will regularly use various misdirection and trap tactics to weaken the opponent. Kakashi is also highly proficient at evasion, as shown when he was able to fight on par with Hidan, and later with Kakuzu, while also evading 3 of Kakuzu's element thread beasts (wind, fire and lightning).
Kakashi primarily relies on his tremendous mastery of ninjutsu where he is commonly known for using various combination attacks due to his vast arsenal. While used less often, he has also shown to have impressive skill in genjutsu which he will use to catch his opponent off guard for a setup for stronger attacks. Also, he has proven to be vary adept in taijutsu, which he will usually use after a setup from one of the former skills for a quick finish. Perhaps his most impressive trait in battle is his ability to quickly and effectively team up with allies and support them as shown from how quickly he adjusted to working with Team 10.
When Kakashi was younger, he had shown to have inherited his father's uniquely strong and adaptive chakra as well as the ability to manifest it through his clan's special tanto to form a white aura. Also, he was chosen as the Fourth Hokage's apprentice. He was taught several skills including his master's signature jutsu, the Rasengan. However, Kakashi was only able to master the jutsu to the extent the Fourth had as the Rasengan was meant for element chakra to be mixed with it.
Despite his infamous nickname, Kakashi has proven himself a brilliant and proud ninja capable of making his own arsenal of jutsu. Realizing how seemingly impossible it was for him to complete the Rasengan, he instead developed his own, and original jutsu that drew influence from the Rasengan's intended form - the Chidori. While powerful, the Chidori had two crippling drawbacks, flaws that prompted Minato Namikaze to ban his student from using the technique after seeing it in action. With the Sharingan eye, the tunnel effect could be worked around as he could now see his opponents clearly, but he could still only use the jutsu four times a day. He later refined the Chidori into the stronger Lightning Blade. Like Sasuke, Kakashi further refines his Lightning Blade and began developing several new jutsu, several of which revolve around his affinity for lightning-chakra, in a fashion similar to Sasuke's variations of his the Chidori, and displays the ability to use the lightning produced from Raikiri into the form of a wolf to attack with or form a strong current to tear through the ground and strike an opponent from a distance. Kakashi has also displayed the ability to manipulate lightning to create a clone, that is very indistinguishable.
In addition to the sheer number of jutsu at Kakashi's disposal, he is an even more formidable opponent from extensive knowledge and skill at elements jutsu. From a young age, he has shown tremendous talent and power for his natural affinity towards lighting chakra, even being able to perform several lightning-based jutsu without hand seals. Thanks to his skill and Sharingan, he is highly capable if not proficient at multiple elements. His proficiency in earth and water-based jutsu have proven to be very useful in several battles and demonstrated great ingenuity and master-level handling in them. He has also shown to a lesser extent fairly adept skill in fire-based jutsu and high knowledge in wind-based jutsu (though in Naruto Shippūden: Narutimate Accel he has shown capable skill in the latter).
The most noticeable trait and useful asset at Kakashi's disposal is Sharingan eye as it allows him to copy any jutsu used against him, see through any deceptions, perform powerful genjutsu, and predict his opponent's movements. The drawback of his Sharingan is that because Kakashi has no Uchiha blood, it costs him more chakra than it would an Uchiha and he can't deactivate it, so if it was allowed to see it would use up chakra needlessly. Because of this, Kakashi will only rely on it when he feels it is an absolute necessity and will avoid this problem by covering it up with his forehead protector further giving him a mysterious appearance. Despite his handicap with the Sharingan, he is very skilled in using it. Even Itachi himself, a true heir and master of the Sharingan, acknowledged Kakashi’s superior might and skill at using Sharingan compared to most true Sharingan wielders. Sometime between Naruto's departure to his return from Konoha, Kakashi seems to have extended the amount of time he can sustain using the Sharingan as he is seen using it for several hours while testing Naruto and Sakura.
Kakashi's Mangekyo Sharingan.
Kakashi's Mangekyo Sharingan.
Kakashi's talent with his Sharingan is shown from how well he developed it since first acquiring it. Originally it was only at stage 2 in development but at the start of the series was fully developed. Sometime during the time skip, Kakashi further developed his Sharingan by unleashing his own Mangekyo Sharingan, presumably without the requirement of killing someone dear to him. Furthermore, on his own he has mastered several Sharingan-based techniques including his only known Mangekyo jutsu, called Kamui. This jutsu has the ability to manipulate space and was shown to be able to suck targets or even tear off parts of a target and hurl them into another dimension to reappear in another desired location. When used against Deidara, he notes Kakashi's dojutsu to be of Itachi Uchiha's caliber, who is infamous for his prowess with Mangekyo jutsu. While initially having difficulty controlling it from the increased chakra-draining, his skill in this jutsu has become great enough to target a small speeding target with no affect on any other targets. However this technique uses so much chakra that he had to be hospitalized for a week after using it three times in one day. Although usually the eyesight of Mangekyo Sharingan users deteriorate, Kakashi's eyesight doesn't seem to, presumably due to the fact that his Sharingan eye is already transplanted from Obito, as explained by Madara Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha that doing so will save the user's eyesight.
During the time skip, Kakashi spends time working on improving his overall abilities after seeing what enemies of Akatsuki's caliber were capable of. In addition to profoundly increasing the speed of his movements, even more noticeable was the speed of his hand seals. Over the 2 and a half years, Kakashi's hand seal proficiency has become exceptionally stronger and faster to the point his seal forming can appear as a hard-to-see blur. During his battle with Zabuza, it had taken Kakashi roughly 40 seconds and use all 42 hand seals to perform the Water Release: Water Dragon Blast Technique, after the time skip, he was able to complete the jutsu in just 2 seconds with only 8 hand seals, meaning his hand speed is basically 20 times faster and his chakra control has improved enough to require less seals. Also Kakashi, who admitted himself had a barely average supply of chakra during Part I, has also shown to have greatly increased his overall chakra levels to much higher levels as shown during his battle with Pain by performing several chakra-taxing jutsu. Another example of his increased chakra-supply was shown from the amount of times he is able to use Lightning Blade as in his fight with Kakuzu he used six Lightning Blades. His new limit for Lightning Blade has not been clarified upon yet but has also shown the ability to perform it without the need of any hand seals.
During the second bell test, Naruto commented that Kakashi is smarter than Shikamaru (whose I.Q. is over 200), has a better nose than Kiba, has a better Sharingan than Sasuke (at the time of his betrayal), and better at taijutsu than Rock Lee (who is a taijutsu master himself). While this may be an exaggeration, Kakashi has admitted himself that he can think in a similar manner to Shikamaru, and has proven several times to be a shrewd and intelligent man capable of noticing and memorizing important facts as well as adapting to most situations with resourceful and well thought-out plans. His proficiency in using his Sharingan was also great enough to properly train Sasuke in using his. He has also shown great proficiency in taijutsu as shown from being able to single-handedly fight off countless clones of Naruto and perform a stronger version of Rock Lee's Front Lotus, which unlike Lee he showed no signs of exhaustion after performing (analogically, he is capable of at least opening the first Chakra Gate necessary to performing the Front Lotus). In addition, Kakashi has shown to have tremendous speed, being able to keep up with Itachi who's own speed cannot be easily seen. He has also shown like Kiba to have great instincts as he is generally aware of everything around him, can see through most deceptions, is rarely caught off guard, and can also distinguish any smell in the area (as long as the scent is strong enough).
on a side note, ppl needs to understand this is a series where the primary focus is to show the gradual development of naruto from a lonely loser to one of the strongest shinobi. he is still a kid and constantly improving. so drawing reference from before to state his current standard is not a good idea. so if he was not stronger than kakashi before(as apparently he was not), he is now (in my view anyway). bcos if u r not stronger than kakashi u r not gonna last 60 sec against all 6 pain.