According to Kakashi, there are 5 fundamental chakra natures: fire, wind, lightning, earth, and water. Each nature is superior than another, and inferior to a different one.

5 fundamental chakra

Focusing on wind and lightning chakras, Naruto's only nature chakra is wind, so the Rasengan must be a wind-type jutsu. Chidori, of course, is lighting. Kakashi said to Naruto that, using wind chakra, he cannot defeat Sasuke's fire abilities, but against lightning, wind can easily beat his lightning jutsus.

This leads me to my question...

battle between Naruto and Sasuke

In the Naruto series, there are many occurrences where Naruto clashes with Sasuke. Their battles always end with a Rasengan against Chidori blast.

Since Rasengan is generally wind-type and Chidori is lightning, shouldn't Rasengan easily beat Chidori? I can't imagine how a lighting style jutsu can match, even beat a wind-style jutsus. Maybe Kishimoto accidentally forgot about wind's superiority over lightning, but I just want to ask: can someone explain?


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The standard Rasengan has no natures associated with it. It was originally based on the Tailed Beast Ball, which is simply a dense amount of chakra directed at a target.

Eventually, Naruto adds his wind nature to Rasengan, which, in turn, creates several different variations of it. But neither of these variations are being discussed.

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However, this doesn't mean that either Chidori or Rasengan have a direct type-advantage over the other. At that point, it becomes a matter of the abilities and strengths of the wielder, and as we now understand it...

...it ended in what could be seen as a draw, with both Naruto and Sasuke losing the arms in which they perform the jutsu for their final fight.

  • But that doesn't make sense Jiraiya said that rasengan was stronger then Chidori.
    – qowmeq
    Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 18:33
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    Just because a type is generally inferior or superior does not mean that it will always lose or win. Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 19:59
  • @qowmeq Water typically puts out a fire. However a spray bottle of water won't do anything to a raging forest fire. Just because the Rasengan may be "stronger" than Chidori with a given set of parameters (same amount of chakra used, skill of the ninja, etc) doesn't mean that an exceptionally skilled ninja with a very strong Chidori couldn't beat an average Rasengan.
    – Becuzz
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 14:00
  • Then if Rasengan is just a condensed form of targeted chakra and Chidori is a much advanced form of Rasengan, Why didn't chidori win over Rasengan everytime?
    – Bej
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 4:56
  • I think I remember Kakashi explaining Naruto that, Rasengan is the peak of Shape manipulation and Chidori is the peak of Nature manipulation so each one is stronger in their own respect and they didn't end with one winning over the other. Is this correct?
    – Bej
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 4:58

As we know sasuke had the intent to kill, on the contrary Naruto was there to get sasuke back rather then killing him there with a full-fledged chidori

  • Welcome to Anime & Manga. This site is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum. As of current writing, your answer lacks of references and looks like a persona theory. We generally accept personal theory if it's well backed up by some references. You can still edit your post to improve it.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 10:26

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