How did nagato get the rinnegan
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It’s been almost 3 years since the anime Naruto Shippuden aired its last episode and yet many mysteries still remain to be solved within the plot. That is why today, we tackle a question that the majority of manga and anime fans have asked themselves one day, how did Nagato get the Rinnegan? ????️

For those who have followed the story assiduously, you already know that it was Madara who transplanted his eyes to Nagato when he was still a boy without him realizing it. But is really true?

Hold on tight, we’ll explain everything!



rinnegan eyes

Before unveiling you how to get the Rinnegan, we must first recall some details about the famous Sage of Six Paths eyes, Hagoromo Ôtsutsuki. The Rinnegan is what we call a Kekkei Genkai and if you want to know more about it, we’ve already prepared a great article that briefly explains what these famous Kekkei Genkai are, so don’t hesitate to check it out!

In short, the Kekkei Genkai are hereditary techniques within a clan or family, which means that the number of Shinobis capable of using them is very small, making them very rare and coveted. The Rinnegan is one of the 3 Dōjutsu (hereditary eye techniques) in the universe of Naruto, along with the Sharingan of the clan Uchiha and the Byakugan of the clan Hyuga.

rinnegan byakugan sharingan

Thanks to this information, we understand that in order to possess one of these 2 pupils, one must either be a descendent of the bloodline ???? of one of those clans or have them implanted like Kakashi or Danzō. But what about the Rinnegan?

For the Rinnegan, the mystery remained unsolved for quite a while. It is only in episode 344 of the anime Naruto Shippuden, where Obito accepts to follow Madara Uchiha’s path, that Madara explains how to awaken the Rinnegan. ????


The sage of six paths is the ancestor of all the shinobis and the father of two boys, Indra the ancestor of the Uchiha clan and Asura the ancestor of the Senju clan. This means that the owner of the Rinnengan must possess both the blood of these two clans to be able to obtain this famous pupil.

After his defeat against Hashirama Senju, Madara survived by implanting Hashirama’s cells on his wounds, but it was only at the end of his life that he finally succeeded in awakening his Rinnegan.

Madara Awakens Rinnegan


Madara had a plan to create peace among the Shinobi world, the Infinite Tsukuyomi. But to do so, it needed the power of all 9 Tailed-Beasts to become the Jinchuriki of Jûbi, the Ten Tailed-Beast.????

So it is in chapter 606, p. 13 that the answer is revealed to us:


It was Madara Uchiha who gave the Rinnegan to Nagato when he was a child without him noticing it. Nagato being a descendant of the Senju and Uzumaki clan, he was the perfect candidate to receive the Rinnegan. Furthermore, being also a war orphan, it was also very easy for Madara to manipulate Nagato’s mind and convert him to his ideals in order to get all the Tailed Beasts with the Akatsuki.

After Madara’s death, Obito takes his name and call himself the true Madara to approach the former leaders of the Akatsuki, Yahiko, Konan and Nagato. He tells Nagato that he is the reincarnation of Hagoromo Ôtsutsuki and that the reason that he possesses the Rinnegan is that his goal is to bring peace among the poor countries that suffer from the wars between the large nations.


Although Yahiko refused Obito’s proposal knowing that they were just trying to use them, the seeds were sown in the mind of Nagato. Tobi therefore joined forces with Hanzō to set a trap for the Akatsuki and thus have Yahiko, the leader at the time, assassinated. ⚰️ Mad with rage, Nagato took revenge by exterminating everyone on the battlefield, thus denying Yahiko’s ideals of peace.

Later, Nagato agreed to follow Madara’s plans after seeing his best friend die before his eyes and being betrayed by Hanzō. You know what happens next…


That’s it, now you know everything about how Nagato got his Rinnegan.????️‍????️ In the end, everything was orchestrated by Madara since the beginning and the poor Nagato was manipulated all along. What a sad denouement for this young shinobi who could have been the Child of the Prophecy just like Naruto.

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