Is it even remotely surprising when we state that Naruto is one of the most popular anime series of all time? The long-running shōnen anime series has been going on for what feels like ages, to the point where a person who only has the faintest of ideas around Japanese animation still knows what Naruto is, if nothing else. Any person that wants to list out the key things that have enabled this iconic piece of shōnen fiction to break through the proverbial glass ceiling and enjoy a height of popularity very seldom reached by the medium of anime will find a bevy of things worth listing out. Everything from the well-thought-out plot to the interesting and fleshed-out characters is worth a mention, and that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the appealing qualities of this series.
In fact, the series is so popular that it still kept going even after the end of the main series. Kishimoto might've planned the end of the series after the Fourth Shinobi World War and the final battle between Naruto and Sasuke, but the fact of the matter is that even this wasn't enough to account for the huge gap left by the departure of Naruto. So, to satisfy the needs of fans, a sequel was released in the form of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, which has opened the door to a new chapter in the Naruto universe. Of course, keeping in line with the previous series, the titular character has a bevy of powers that haven't even been explored properly yet. So, to raise the curtain on these secret abilities, here are 30 crazy techniques Boruto has that are kept hidden... until now.
30 Boruto Is A Shinobi Prodigy
Before we get into the meat of this topic, there's one thing we need to get off of our chest — Boruto is definitely one of the most naturally talented shinobi of his time.
This is in stark contrast to his own father, who had to work hard from the get-go.
With a father who's the freaking Hokage and a mother who's well-versed in the arts of the Hyūga clan, it seems that Boruto is destined to walk down the path of being a brilliant ninja.
29 He Inherited The Power Of The Ōtsutsuki
The one thing that we should make clear before getting into the meat of this topic is that the Hyūga and Ōtsutsuki line is related to an extent, which might be why Toneri was so infatuated by Hinata in The Last: Naruto The Movie.
This might also be why Boruto received the power of the Ōtsutsuki.
The exact details of how Boruto managed to receive such impressive power will be described in detail in the next entry.
28 He Was Able To Communicate With Momoshiki's Spirit
The initial duo of Momoshiki and Kinshiki that wreaked havoc upon Konoha during the Chūnin exams was a great way to kickstart the New Era in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
It also helped Momoshiki and Boruto interact for the first time.
After dueling with each other, Momoshiki fell at the hands of Boruto. However, realizing the upbringing and legacy of his vanquisher, Momoshiki appeared in Boruto's dreams and bestowed the power of the Ōtsutsuki upon him, in order to help bring his power to new heights.
27 By The Time Of The Genin Exams, He Is Noted To Be At Chūnin-Level
Speaking of the Chūnin exams, here's one more thing that we definitely should state out in the open — remember when we talked about how Boruto was a prodigy who was destined for big things? Well, this talent was already manifesting way beforehand.
We say this because he was already at the level of a Chūnin warrior during the time of the Genin exams, further going to show just how powerful he would end up becoming over time.
26 He Inherited His Father's Large Chakra Reserves
It seems that everything has been handed to Boruto on a silver platter, which is kinda true. While this does help in differentiating him from his father's early years, it's also somewhat jarring since it doesn't exactly help convey him as a relatable protagonist.
For example, Boruto also received his dad's massive chakra reserves, which is certainly an excellent boost to his already massive array of ninja powers. All he needs to do is learn how to control these powers, and he's set!
25 His Chakra Control Is Quite Advanced, Unlike His Dad
Well... it seems that we spoke too soon.
Everyone remembers just how much Naruto struggled in his early days because he wasn't able to control his chakra properly. It took a lot of effort on his part to finally understand how to mold the massive pool of chakra he had at his disposal to serve his needs.
However, Boruto experienced none of these problems from the early going. The fact of the matter is that his chakra control was already pretty advanced, mainly because — as mentioned before — Boruto was a prodigy, after all.
24 He Can Use One-Handed Seals With Ease
This advanced chakra control really goes a long way further down the line in cementing Boruto's legacy as one of the most powerful and effective shinobi of all time. After all, there are so many ways in which advanced chakra control can help augment the abilities of a shinobi.
Case in point — Boruto is able to use one-handed seals with ease when he's a teenager. This is a feat that should not be ignored in the slightest, since it goes to show just how adept Boruto was at being a ninja.
23 He Can Effectively Use The Rasengan After Mere Days Of Training
The Rasengan is one of the most advanced techniques of all time, and Naruto took his fair share of time to learn this technique. While it's true that Naruto learned this technique in record time, it seems that this record was finally beaten by none other than his own son.
Learning an advanced A-rank technique like the Rasengan is nothing short of incredible, and the fact that Boruto did it so quickly goes to show just how amazing his innate talent actually is.
22 Boruto Is Pretty Freakin’ Fast
Of course, being the descendant of the Yellow Flash meant that Boruto should ideally have something going for him when it comes to the speed part. And — for the most part — this is definitely true.
Boruto's speed level is at a whole another level when compared to other children around his age. The fact that he's still in relative infancy when it comes to learning the tricks of the ninja trade means that this speed is only going to rise over time.
21 Boruto Is Quite Skilled In Taijutsu
Taijutsu is one of the most useful techniques that any ninja should try and master. Just take a look at people like Might Guy and Rock Lee, who managed to make up for their complete lack of proficiency in ninjutsu and genjutsu by making their taijutsu skills a force to be reckoned.
Keeping this in mind, it seems that Boruto hasn't fallen back too far down the learning curve when it came to molding his taijutsu from the get-go. He's constantly shown himself to be quite adept at holding his own when it comes to hand-to-hand combat.
20 He Has Been Taught In The Art Of The Gentle Fist
We should provide you guys with a 'gentle' (get it) reminder at this point that Boruto has taught himself quite well in the art of the Gentle Fist, in no small part thanks to the fact that he is a descendant of the Hyūga clan, after all.
Thus, it seems that Hinata has played a personal role in ensuring that Boruto's taijutsu skills are up to the mark, and a major aspect that's played into the development of this skill is learning the art of the Gentle Fist.
19 He Also Possesses Considerable Strength
All the taijutsu teachings that Boruto has accomplished over time has led to the development of one core facet that is important for any ninja — raw strength.
The fact of the matter is that without the development of one's core strength, a ninja will need to go above and beyond the call of duty to even stand a chance of standing with the elite. This is something that Boruto has developed early on in his rise to become one of the most potent ninjas of all time, and it shows in his constant drive to improve with each passing second.
18 Boruto Could Perform The Shadow Clone Technique Before Joining The Ninja Academy
Now, this is a major surprise indeed. After all, the clone jutsu was something Naruto used to struggle with. In fact, it was because of his failure to master this technique that he failed the Genin exams at the start of the series. However, all this changed when he stole a scroll containing the Shadow Clone technique and mastered it in mere moments.
It seems that Boruto is following his father's footsteps by learning the Shadow Close jutsu early on as well. However, unlike his father, he could perform this technique before even stepping inside the Ninja Academy!
17 He Has Become Skilled In Shurikenjutsu By Training With Sasuke
After being frustrated with his father's constant negligence, Boruto decided to take on the admittedly foolish quest of trying to one-up his father by asking Sasuke to become his sensei. While reluctant at first, Sasuke saw a young, headstrong, and foolish Naruto in Boruto, which convinced him to train the upstart.
While the training might not have elevated Boruto's power level to rival that of his father as he wanted, the fact of the matter is that it still was quite effective nevertheless — Boruto was able to develop his shurikenjutsu to a T.
16 He Has Also Learned His Father's… Questionable Techniques
Naruto's penchant to focus on admittedly useless techniques that served little to no practical purpose got him in trouble during the early goings of his life as a shinobi. For better or for worse, it seems that Boruto has followed his father's footsteps and adopted the same techniques.
Of course, unlike his father, it seems that focusing on these useless techniques hasn't hampered Boruto's development in the slightest. However, this doesn't mean that he should be encouraged and develop such techniques to reach new heights.
15 Boruto Also Has Some Skill In Kenjutsu
It seems that Boruto's teachings with Sasuke bore a ton of fruit. Not only was he able to hone his techniques and develop an understanding of shurikenjutsu, but his skill with other weapons also increased considerably.
Take into account the fact that Boruto is apparently able to wield a sword with the greatest of ease in the glimpses we get into the future. This is proof enough of the fact that Boruto is comfortable with the idea of using a sword in real life.
14 As An Academy Student, Boruto Could Simultaneously Perform Wind And Lightning Release
Think of it like this — there was a point when Naruto had absolutely no clue about the nature transformation he could perform. As per his knowledge, ninjutsu wasn't dependent on the elements, which limited his capability to use his innate abilities to its fullest extent.
This is a handicap that Boruto will never face in his life. If anything, it seems that Boruto is already well-versed in the art of Wind and Lightning Release from early on in his path to become the ultimate shinobi.
13 As A Genin, He Learned Water Release
But it seems that even this wasn't enough for the young shinobi prodigy. The goal to become one of the greatest shinobi of his generation meant that Boruto needed to take that extra step to become all the more well-versed with the ninja elements.
Thus, during this training as a genin, Boruto learned the art of Water Release to add another batch of skills to his already impressive repertoire. It seems that there's no stopping this kid from becoming the next big thing in the ninja world.
12 Boruto Subconsciously Applied Lightning-Natured Chakra To His Rasengan
The sheer proficiency that Boruto has in the art of ninjutsu simply cannot be ignored. The fact of the matter is that he has become one of the flashiest ninja around, and that's a statement that we don't make lightly.
To put it into context, the reason why Boruto has a disappearing Rasengan is that he subconsciously also integrated Lightning Release into this technique, thus turning it into a highly potent and unassuming ranged weapon that even fooled someone as powerful as Momoshiki!
11 Boruto's Seal Can Absorb Other Techniques
The Karma Seal that has been placed on Boruto has proven to be quite an anomaly indeed, allowing the young upstart to tap into an incredible source of power that can go a long way in ensuring that he can hang with the strongest of the lot without feeling out of his depth.
This seal — among various other things — allows him to absorb the effects of any jutsu thrown at him. This allows him to save the life of Konohamaru since he was able to absorb the apparently unextinguishable flames that had enveloped his mentor.
10 In Three Years, Boruto Can Use The Seal With Ease
While it was an uncontrolled burst of emotion that allowed Boruto to tap into the power of the cursed seal for the first time, it seems that this handicap is pretty much nonexistent further down the line, as showcased in the scene where Boruto is facing off against his apparent nemesis, Kawaki.
During this fight, we can clearly see that Boruto is in complete control of his power, easily activating the Karma Seal for use in battle.
Interestingly enough, Kawaki also seems to have a similar Karma Seal.
9 Boruto Has His Own Unique Dōjutsu – The Jōgan
The introduction of a new dōjutsu in the Naruto universe has sent a shockwave that is still reverberating amongst the Naruto faithful. A bunch of questions have come up and people are hard at work as they try and seek out answers to define exactly what this power is.
The obvious link between this new dōjutsu — called the Jōgan — and the established Byakugan has already been made, since Boruto is the son of Hinata Hyūga, after all. However, only time will tell as to what this technique is actually able to accomplish.
8 He's Able To Activate The Eye Technique At Will By The Age Of 16
Instead of focusing on the endless possibilities, it would do us well to focus instead on the things that have already been established to be canon. For starters, it seems that Boruto has had a lot of time to focus on the key aspects of the eye technique.
This is reflected in the fact that — like the Karma Seal — he is able to activate the Jōgan at will by the age of 16. This means that the technique is definitely useful, and we'll go into detail as to why this the case.
7 This Dōjutsu Allows Him To Perceive The Flow Of Chakra
It seems that the link between the Jōgan and the Byakugan is simply impossible to avoid. After all, the lore that Kishimoto has crafted also points toward the possibility that the Hyūga and Ōtsutsuki clans are related to an extent, after all.
So, keeping in line with what we've just said, it seems that both eye techniques are able to fulfill one common purpose — they allow the user to perceive the flow of chakra within a person's body, thus providing them with a greater number of offensive and defensive possibilities.
6 It Can Also Determine The Key Point Of The Chakra Pathway System
If you thought that the power mentioned above was the only thing that the Jōgan had in common with the Byakugan, then think again — there's another correlation between both these dōjutsu that make them all the more similar.
Along with allowing the user to perceive the natural flow of chakra, the Jōgan also shows any key points that a user can target to maximize their damage output. Thus, if they wish, then the Jōgan user can attack these points to block the flow of chakra.
Conversely, the user can also target these points to augment their healing capabilities as well.
5 The Jōgan Can See Through The Invisible Barriers That Connect Dimensions
At this point, you might understandably be thinking that the Jōgan and Byakugan are nothing more than two sides of the same coin. However, this is where their powers differ to a certain extent, making the Jōgan somewhat more powerful and relevant.
You see, aside from the powers mentioned above that the Jōgan has in common with the Byakugan, it also has a unique power of its own — the eye technique can perceive the invisible barriers that connect dimensions, similar to the Rinnegan.
4 The Dōjutsu Might Also Allow Him To Sense Negative Emotions, Like Naruto
Another benefit of the Jōgan is something that Naruto was able to unlock after achieving the power of the Yin-Yang release. This is quite helpful indeed, since it allows him to achieve an omnipotent power of sorts that truly hints towards the Jōgan being a powerful tool in Boruto's arsenal.
Basically, the analytical powers of the Jōgan allowed Boruto to sense negative emotions in a person, allowing him to gain an insight on whether a person in front of him has evil or misguided intentions.
3 The Author Himself Hasn't Thought Through The Powers Of The Jōgan
However, it seems that fans are wasting their time thinking about the potential of the Jōgan and the power limits it can enable.
After all, Kishimoto himself has no clue as to what these powers actually are.
Yep, you read that right. A person who's at the helm of his pet project has openly admitted to the fact that he doesn't know the full extent of the power he's bequeathed upon the protagonist of his new series.
That'll surely boost the confidence one has on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, huh?
2 Boruto Is A Very Keen-Minded Individual Who Excels At Reading The Situation And Adapting To It
One doesn't exactly say 'intelligent' when they need to describe Naruto Uzumaki in one word. After all, he was introduced as a rather thick-headed individual. While he definitely became smarter over time, critical thinking is definitely not one of his strong suits.
But for Boruto, that's definitely not the case.
We say this because Boruto has shown time and time again in the series that he is able to think with a clear mindset whenever required. This is one quality that indicates towards the fact that he might surpass his father if he makes the required effort.
1 He Got A Perfect Score In The Graduation Exams Without Cheating
Perhaps the best way to illustrate the intelligence of Boruto is to talk about a particular situation that people used to think simply wouldn't have been possible in the Uzumaki family.
He was able to pass his graduation exam without cheating!
Yes, we're definitely talking about Naruto's son here, so don't blink your eyes. In fact, he was the only person who legitimately passed the exam in the entire classroom, which adds further weight to this academic achievement.