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While the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu seems to be taught, the Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu is sealed, so nobody can learn the jutsu. Does that mean that there's a difference between these jutsus, aside from the number of Kage Bunshin created?

Or, why was the Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu sealed away?
If there's no other difference, everybody could use this without reading the sealed scroll.

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While the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu seems to be taught, the Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu is sealed, so nobody can learn the jutsu.

Weeeeellll... not quite! The Naruto Wikia seems to be a bit off on this bit, since the technique that was sealed away was actually the "regular" Kage Bunshin no Jutsu — the technique that's taught is actually the Bunshin no Jutsu.


Or why was the Tajū Kage Bunshin no Jutsu sealed away?

The Kage Bunshin no Jutsu is a forbidden jutsu, and that was why it was sealed. Since its "massive version," the Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, is just a variation of the same technique, it was also sealed away.
It is forbidden because of the danger it present to its user, since it distributes an equal amount of chakra between all the clones that comes directly from him. This could easily drain the total amount of chakra from a user who has less control over it.


Does that mean that there's a difference between these jutsus, aside from the number of Kage Bunshin created?
If there's no other difference, everybody could use this without reading the sealed scroll.

As for differences between it and the normal technique, I'd say that the amount of chakra necessary would be its main difference in terms of execution — the more chakra you have, the more clones you can generate.
However, most people won't use the "massive version" of the jutsu simply because of the danger mentioned in the above section — not many shinobi can use such high amounts of chakra and safely maintain the technique steady.
Adding "Tajuu" in front of it is just something that Naruto does every once in a while (note that he sometimes generates huge amounts of clones even without saying "Tajuu") when he intends to generate a massive amount of clones instead of a "regular" one. You can double check this in the very first chapter, where Naruto reads the scroll and never makes mention of the "massive version" of the technique.

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    And it isn't known what the 'trick' is? – looper Jan 24 '13 at 12:39
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    I think it was never stated. Neither in anime nor in manga. – JNat Jan 24 '13 at 13:09
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    Also, I just checked, and the hand seal is the same for the normal and the Tajuu versions. – JNat Jan 24 '13 at 13:14
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    Although I see what you mean, @xerido, the plot is pretty clear about only the Tajuu version of the technique being sealed. What do you feel is lacking here? – JNat Nov 10 '17 at 16:04
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    @JNat,like all user created wikis sometimes info can get scrambled. First chapter of anime/manga. Naruto needs to pass an exam, the requeriment is to make bunshin no jutsu. naruto fails is tricked and steals one of the sealed techniques scrolls. trains it and learns KAGE bunshin no jutsu. Tajuu is simply something he sometimes adds when he creates a massive amount of clones instead of what he tipically creates. The reasons for sealing the technique was: it distributes all users chakra between clones The exhaustion that the clone acumulates passes to the user. enough to criple most ninja – xerido Nov 13 '17 at 10:48
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I think you guys are messing up the names of the jutsus, which makes it confusing for others who came to find out the actual difference between the two (like myself).

The jutsu that is often taught in the academy is called Bunshin no Jutsu, aka the move that Naruto sucked at. The one that was in the scroll in the beginning was the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, invented by the 2nd Hokage. It was sealed away because it takes much more chakra for this jutsu than for regular clones, which don't have tangible bodies like shadow clones do. When Naruto says Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, he means to make many copies of himself, this is when you would see up 100+ copies of himself. Tajuu means mass, hence Mass Shadow Clone Jutsu.

This reply might be really late but someone had to clear it up.

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    as stated by cat, tajuu kage bunshin no jutsu and kage bunshin no jutsu are exactly the same technique. The only difference is what stated cat the number of clones. As the Anime/manga stated you decide how many clones you do at the momento you use the seals. Naruto simply adds tajuu to reinforce the MASS generation. the rest of the answers are confunding bunshin no jutsu as the kage bunshin no jutsu. kage bunshin is what always was sealed in the scroll – xerido Jun 11 '15 at 14:16
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The technique was considered a kinjutsu because it could potentially kill the user if they made too many shadow clones (the distribution of chakra potentially outstripping the user's capacity). With Naruto, he has ridiculous levels of chakra so it's not dangerous to him. High level ninjas like Kakashi know it and use it to create a handful of shadow clones, but Naruto and his insane level of chakra can create hundreds.

I can see Konohamaru being able to pull off a few shadow clones because he's a Sarutobi and they are a pretty powerful ninja blood line.

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    Got a source for this information ? – Dimitri mx Sep 21 '13 at 12:13
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I believe that Tajuu kage bunshin as opposed to Kage bunshin is easier to use for large amounts of clones, rather than the 4-10 clones usually used in combat situations, then again at the start Naruto use Kage bunshin instead of Tajuu kage bunshin to fight Mizuki, so I could be wrong but as I said that's what I believe.

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The difference between the two jutsu is that you gain experience and knowledge from other clones,(when naruto was learning the rasen-shuriken jutsu). Other than that these clones can actually take on a persona and react differently in the same situation, (during the ninja war you can see that each clone acts on its own when naruto distributed them), that is the major difference. The Tajuu was invented for stealth purposes (retrieving data). A ninja could send the clone in to find information and then release the jutsu from a safe distance and retain the knowledge the clone learned. Reasons for it being sealed, my guess is rogue clones that exhausted chakra and couldn't be released.

  • tajuu and kage are the same jutsu, they both provide knowledge to the user. tajuu is for mass , mass shadow clone technique it was added by naruto – xerido Jun 11 '15 at 14:18
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Kage bunshin no jutsu makes the amount of clones you want with an excess amount of chakra to still use jutsu. While tajuu kage bunshin no jutsu make a massive amount with just enough chakra to hold the clones and can't cast a lot of jutsu

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