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Why was the Third Hokage not revived at his prime? He could be much stronger because it was believed that he already surpassed the previous Kage of Konoha. At that point, he knew all the techniques in Konoha.

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There are a couple of possible reasons for this, though as far as I know, it hasn't been explained in the manga.

The first possible reason is that Sasuke hadn't mastered it well enough to bring him back at his full power. As is stated on page 10 of chapter 620, if the summoner doesn't have full mastery of the summoning, the reincarnated individual might not be brought back with the full power they had in life.

Also, according to here:

As a downside, the reincarnated seem to retain any permanent body damage and physical limitations they received during their lifetime.

This could include aging. The First and Second Hokage also seem to appear the same way as they did whenever they were shown in flashbacks.

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    Sasuke? I think it was Orochimaru who performed the jutsu, since later he mentioned that unlike the Second Hokage, the First Hokage has enough strength to free himself from Orochimaru's control. – 絢瀬絵里 Dec 10 '15 at 7:16
  • @絢瀬絵里 The first hokage even complimented Orochimaru because he was able to stop the second from moving/escaping by just focusing his chakra on the jutsu. – Gravinco Aug 6 '18 at 15:35
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All of the characters have been reanimated in their most iconic form, we've always known Third Hokage as an old man.

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As you can see, all the revived character in naruto was revived in the form before they died. The third hokage died at an old age that's why he was not revived at his prime.

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    so you mean that the first hokage didn't die at old age because he was also revived at his prime age. So what's the possible reason of the death of the first hokage? – janbert Feb 28 '13 at 3:26
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    Not every revived character was revived in the form before they died... Look at Madara, revived at a much earlier age, plus with abilities he only acquired at a later age. Or Itachi, who was revived without his disease. – JNat Feb 28 '13 at 10:12
  • @JNat - maybe it depends on the who summoned them back. Whether it's Orochimaru or Kabuto. – janbert Feb 28 '13 at 10:32
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    @JNat Kabuto has the advanced control over his summons that's why he was able to revived the character at his full power. – janbert Feb 28 '13 at 11:31

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