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Kakuzu, an Akatsuki member who works with Hidan as a pair, has a unique ability. His body is full of black strings that he can use to steal the organs of his opponents.

He uses this ability in order to

steal his enemies' hearts, which gives him two important advantages:

1) Provides a type of "immortality". He can have a maximum of 4 hearts but this means he needs to be killed 4 times without him replacing the lost hearts in the mean time.

2) Allows him to use the chakra nature elements of the stolen hearts. For example, if he steals a heart from someone who possessed the wind chakra nature element, he'd be able to use that.

Is it known what Kakuzu's own original chakra nature element was?

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Should be 5 hearts. 4 with the mask, 1 with his own body. – Ayase Eri Sep 22 '14 at 10:15

Being originally from the Waterfall village, plus the only element that didn't have an embodiment,

I'll have to take an educated guess and call Water on Kakuzo.

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Naruto is from Konoha, in the Fire Country and his element is Wind... – JNat Dec 12 '12 at 15:54
@JNat: Konoha is quite special in that sense, because it's a collection of clans left from the early times. It's inherent that most people in the Mist for example are water-style users, and most people in the Sand are wind-style users. Konoha is the only one which don't conform to that rule. – Madara Uchiha Dec 12 '12 at 15:56
@JNat: also, like I said, out of all of the five elements he displayed, Water was the only one that didn't have a weird black creature attached to it. – Madara Uchiha Dec 12 '12 at 15:57
@JNat: like I said, it's an educated guess. – Madara Uchiha Dec 12 '12 at 16:01
Only he used it in battle afterwards. Kakashi destroyed the earth element. – Madara Uchiha Dec 13 '12 at 8:30

The Official Character Data book provides no info on this. I'd say that any answer other than this without any strong sources is mere speculation, or some educated guess (as MadaraUchiha's answer).

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