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Kakuzu, an Akatsuki member that works in couple with Hidan, has quite a unique ability. All of his body is full of black strings that he can use to steal enemy organs.

He uses this ability in order to

steal the enemies' hearts and this brings two important advantages:
He is kind of "immortal". 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.
He can use the chakra nature elements of the stolen hearts. If he steals a heart from someone that possessed Wind chakra nature element, he'll be able to use that.

This makes him quite a formidable warrior, but is it known what is his original chakra nature element?

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

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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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@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
Kakashi destroyed a mask, before he could use the element. It would be logical that this heart had the water-element ;). –  looper Dec 13 '12 at 7:46
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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