Akatsuki is a famous villain organization in Naruto. The Akatsuki is a “World Organization of Renegade Ninjas”, and each Akatsuki member is super powerful, sometimes evil. Each Akatsuki member has a unique past and different personality and ability.
The Akatsuki members wear black ropes that embroiders the red cloud. They also wear a corresponding ring on their finger, that marks their membership. During different times, some new members join the team, and some members left or die. Anyway, the number of people in the Akatsuki has been keeping around 10.
I have ranked all the top 18 Akatsuki members, according to the Naruto official setting and their performance in battles. They include the formal Akatsuki members, the members of Sasuke Uchiha’s team Taka, reincarnated members. Also, I hope you will enjoy these cool pictures of Akatsuki members.
Uchiha Obito is the man fighting side by side with Uchiha Madara.
In the beginning of the war, Obito’s fighting power has nothing to do with itself. He was holding the game controller to control the characters fighting, until the 6 tailed beasts is defeated.
It’s also amazing that, when Obito used the power of the tailed beast for the first time, he can use the tailed beast’s ability perfectly.
However, since a large number of Chakras were extracted from the tailed beasts before, the strength of the 6 tailed beasts were greatly weakened.
Anyway, Kyuubi Naruto breaks Uchiha Obito’s mask during the 4th Great Ninja War, and that was when Uchiha Obito shows his real power.
When Obito’s mask was broken, he joined the battle himself after the six Tailed Beasts was sealed. When the six Tailed Beasts was beaten by Naruto and the main characters team, Obito did not choose to retreat, but chose to fight on his own.
Obviously, Obito’s own power is greater than the sum of the six Tailed Beasts.
As a matter of fact, fighting against Obito is much harder than fighting the six Tailed Beasts. Obito can beat the main characters team completely from start to finish on his own. Naruto was nearly captured several times during the battle, Killer Bee was unable to move, Kakashi almost helpless, and Kai was spinning like a chicken with its head cut off. Obito has “overwhelming power” against the main characters team.
Someone think Obito is Tobi, but that’s not real. Obito Uchiha took the name of Tobi, and pretend he is Tobi so he can hide his true identity. But there is an original Tobi.
Tobi, nicknamed Guruguru (Swirly) by Obito Uchiha for the swirl pattern of his face, is one of the White Zetsu. However, he is quite different with other White Zetsu. White Zetsu basically have zero fighting power, but have the unique ability to obtain intelligence.
Tobi is different. He can use the Wood Release’s power (Wood Human Technique), as well as the five chakra attacks.
Tobi emerged in the Fourth Great Ninja War. Due to the tremendous power offered by Zetsu, Tobi ‘s Wood Release powers were boosted significantly. Tobi was able to stop the entire shinobi alliance in the fight.
It’s also amazing that Tobi was immune to the incantations of Orochimaru. This powerful binding incantation can only keep Tobi for a moment, then automatically dissipated.
The main weakness of Tobi is that his skill is somehow limited.
After being reincarnated, Nagato regained some of his former mobility, with some of the Eight-Tails’ chakra. His hair turned red temporarily restore in that state..
Reincarnation has has greatly improved Nagato’s effectiveness. Deathless body, unlimited chakra, coupled with Yakushi Kabuto’s ability of ultra-high control, the power of Nagato rose to unprecedented heights in a short period of time.
Nagato’s biggest weakness is that his own body was so weak, so Nagato’s most powerful and most used technique was the Six Paths of Pain. He distributed his rinnegan ablities among 6 seperate bodies. The problem is, the power was diversified, but not concentrated.
No one else has been enhanced so much by reincarnation as Uchiha Itachi does.
The super skill Susanoo, can be used easily after reincarnation. Susanoo is quite effective as a defence, but also can make him easy to attack stably. However, Uchiha Itachi did not get rid of his old fighting habits, and did not use Susanoo so much. I think that was a pity indeed.
With the solid basic skills of Itachi, the battle power has gone up a whole new level.
Durning the Fourth Shinobi World War, the battle performance of Nagato and Itachi is practically equal.
Itachi is good at defense, while Nagato is good at control. Neither of them is good at attack.
But Itachi couldn’t solove Chibaku Tensei by himself, So I lined him up under Nagato. (Chibaku Tensei is a technique used through the Deva Path of the Rinnegan, and Nagato used this to fight Itachi.)
As a matter of fact, the above four are not formal members of Akatsuki.
Obito did not really join Akatsuki, but only use a pseudonym and fake identity to facilitate his own activities. Tobi was hidden secretly as one of the bottom cards of Uchiha Madara, and when he joined the battle, the Akatsuki had been completely destroyed.
However, Nagato and Uchiha Itachi, were reincarnated and manipulated by Yakushi Kabuto. In that point of view, Nagato and Uchiha Itachi were not much different from Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, Second Tsuchikage and so on.
But Nagato and Uchiha Itachi’s situation was more special, because they were originally members of Akatsuki organization. Also, their power had been greatly improved. While the other three reincarnated Akatsuki members, had little change in power, or became weaker, so I just skip these three.
OK, now let’s get into the real Akatsuki member strength ranking.
Nagato supported Yahiko’s Akatsuki because it wanted to end the wars and deaths that he hated so much. After Yahiko’s death, Nagato became the the leader of Akatsuki, and kept Yahiko’s corpse as his most treasured and powerful Path of Pain.
In essence, Pain and Nagato are the same person. In fact, they two cannot coexist. According to the performance of Nagato and Obito, Nagato needs to stay still himself during Pain is combating.
Pain and Nagato himself are playing two completely different tactics. Although Nagato ontology is far more powerful than Pain in the use of the Six Paths Technique, Nagato’s damaged legs made him could not move fast, and Pain has its irreplaceable advantages.
The essence of Pain is that it is an all-purpose ninja team. Since Pain is a six-person team, it can be divided into two groups according to the task at any time. But here’s the thing: if it’s a one on one one-on-one fight, all Pain, except for the Animal Path, is fragile! The Six Paths Technique of the Rinnegan are not supposed to do one-on-one hit.
In the Naruto offical set book［秘伝・者の書］,Uchiha Itachi’s score is as high as 71, and could have be even higher if his chakra were not so little.
Crucially, he is only 21. He is only two years older than Deidara, and a year younger than Hidan, making him one of the youngest members but also one of the strongest members in Akatsuki.
In addition to proficient in Ninjutsu and Illusionists, he has fast speed, solid basic skills, and also has the legendary Mangekyō Sharingan. (The Mangekyō Sharingan, Literally meaning: Kaleidoscope Copy Wheel Eye, is an advanced form of the Sharingan that has only been activated by a handful of Uchiha.)
No wonder, Yakushi Kabuto says, that the Reincarnation of Itachi is the most rewarding and perfect work.
As the shortcoming, his strength has basically reached the ceiling before he died. Even if he did not die, it would be quite difficult to improve his power, unless he could open the Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan.
Moreover, his weak physique greatly reduced his average power, and although in the normal battle he could sustain some time by tactics, once he used The Mangekyō Sharingan, Itachi has to spend a large number of Chakras.
In fact, After Sasuke joined Akatsuki, his strength can’t be calculated exactly, because during that time, his strength was growing rapidly.
Sasuke awakens his Mangekyō Sharingan after Itachi’s death, once he realized that Itachi was the single most significant relationship he had.
Durning “The Eight-Tails vs. Sasuke”, Sasuke awakened Mangekyō. With his left Mangekyō, Sasuke can use Amaterasu, igniting whatever he looks at with black flames that can burn anything. With his right Mangekyō, he can use Kagutsuchi to shape the flames into a variety of forms for offensive or defensive purposes. This ability to manipulate his Amaterasu makes him more skilled than Itachi was with his own.
After awakening his Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan, Sasuke exited the now-defunct Akatsuki.
As you can see, Sasuke is in fact the same situation as Itachi and Nagato. The more eyes skill he uses, the higher his Dōjutsu (Eye Techniques), but the more damage it does to his body.
At the height of Sasuke’s strength, his eyes were nearly blind.
When Sasuke strength reached the most extreme state, he fight against naruto and other leading group. At this time, Naruto and Sasuke have become the top-class players, even Sasuke can hit Kakashi into a corner.
The official setting emphasizes that Sasuke surpassed Itachi, only after Itachi’s Mangekyō Sharingan was transplanted to Sasuke, so it’s safe to say that the Sasuke power in the Akatsuki period didn’t surpass Itachi, so I just ranked Sasuke below Itachi, but not by much.
Sasori is the only man in Akatsuki who does not rely on blood and family secrets, but fight by himself with science and technology. He becomes the ultimate man of science and technology with his own efforts and traditional skills… That’s really kind of cool.
Puppet Master itself consumes very little of the Chakra, Sasori’s can keep fighting for a almost unlimited time, and his combat ability has few drawbacks.
With the formidable ability to conquer a small country on his own, controlling an overwhelming sea of puppets, and armed with highly toxic weapons, Sasori is a war machine to slaughter.
For normal person, Sasori is the scariest member of Akatsuki, as fighting against him can easily leads to death, even with the slightest scratch.
The weakness of Sasori is the puppet averagge quality is not so high, so he has to win the number, and almost all puppet attacks are pure physical attacks. But that’s not all. Sasori’s biggest weakness is his personality. He has a short temper, and severe self-destructive tendencies. This makes it difficult for him to fully exert himself.
Kakuzu often partnered with Hidan. Kisame Hoshigaki jokingly referred to them as the Zombie Combo (Zombie Pair),due to the fact that, in differing senses, they both could not die.
Kakuzu is able to hold up to five hearts in total, and he put masks on them. His four extra hearts were taken from other ninja, one for each chakra nature, granting him the ability to utilise this nature in battle. This means that he can use all kinds of ninjutsu at will.
Because Kakuzu has 91 years of age, thousands of battles must have give him tremendous experience of combat.
Combat experience is extremely important to a ninja. Can you imagine the horror of 91 years? It’s basically like seeing through the concept of the world.
What also impresses me most is his quote, “Even Hell runs on money. I’d be just fine.” Perhaps Kakuzu’s belief that is most consistent with normal people’s belief in the real world.
Taken together,Kakuzu is a hybrid fighter, capable of making the most of any fight, any time, any place, or any form of combat.
Orochimaru looks quite like snake: Pale skin, golden eyes with slitted pupils, and fang-like teeth. He is a mad scientist who has killed a lot people to conduct his experiment. Even when he was young, he already conducted numerous kinds of secret life-researches and eventually escaped from Konohagakure after being discovered by his teacher, Hiruzen Sarutobi.
Well, let’s discussing Orochimaru during the Akatsuki period. Both of his two strongest ninjas were acquired after he quit Akatsuki. One is Reincarnation, the other one is Eight Branches Technique.
Orochimaru in Akatsuki period relied mainly on his mastery of mainstream Ninjutsu, Taijutsu, Genjutsu and unique ability to summon snakes for assistance in battle. Orochimaru was also an upper medium strength in Akatsuki, but not as strong as when he appeared later at age 54.
Konan is one of the Akatsuki founders, and a powerful female member.
She had short, straight blue hair with a bun, grey eyes (amber in the anime).
Konan rarely fought in Akatsuki. She was more of an intelligence collector. The Sacred Paper Emissary Jutsu could turn herself into Paper and fold into various things to investigate information.
However, this does not mean that she is weak in fighting. On the contrary, the variety of paper allows her to fight all kinds of attacks. Meanwhile, the nature of the initiator is also paper, so she is very good at the attack tactics with the initiator as the core. The destructive power of that jutsu was super, but people often underestimate her power.
Though her attack has obvious weakness, she need to prepare for a long time, and cannot use it very often.
Konan is very intellect as she can quickly understand the process and reason behind the hop in, hop out system Jiraiya had created for them. In later years, she studied Tobi’s space-time technique and almost find a perfect way to kill him (which didn’t work out).
Kisame, is the Monster of the Hidden Mist. He has a distinctive shark-like appearance, small white eyes, 3 sets of curved facial markings under his eyes.
Kisame is the tallest member in Akatsuki, and has massive chakra reserves, well-above other members of Akatsuki.
Kisame is one of the most powerful physical ninjas in Naruto. Kisame has great physical strength and speed, and his Chakra is almost equal with Naruto and Gaara.
Kisame was partnered with Itachi when he joined Akatsuki. They have quite opposite skills and different characters, but they both knew the horror of killing comrads. Kisame ultimately considered Itachi as a good friend, even thinking of him in his last moments.
Kisame has greatly Chakra Absorption Techniques. In the face of an enemy whose strength is higher than him, he can absorb the enemy’s ninjutsu and kill the enemy without any precautions.
Deidara is the most powerful attacker in the Akatsuki.
Deidara regard himself as an artist, with his usually quoting “Art is an Explosion!” . His unique skill is Explosive Clay, and Deidara ranks his clay by number, which is C1, C2, C3, C4, C0. His C3 bomb covers the maximum area, which is supposed to be great enough to destroy an entire village. C0 is Deidara’s “Ultimate Art”, which means he turns himself into a bomb. He only used C0 once durning the battle against Sasuke, and everything within ten kilometers was destroyed, but Deidara died in the process.
It’s difficult to rank Deidara because his strengths and weaknesses are so obvious.
It’s amazing that he is only 19 years old, the youngest member in the whole Akatsuki!
However, on the other side, Deidara is weak in almost all other aspects except attack. He has few defensive skills, so he has to rely on flying in the air to avoid being attacked. Had it not been for his flying ability, the explosion he made would have sucked him in.
Sasuke created a special team, called Taka/Hebi, his three teammates, Suigetsu, Karin, and Jugo. The team was original called “Hebi” with the goal to kill Itachi. After witnessing Itachi’s death, and learning Konoha’s role in the Uchiha Clan Downfall from Tobi, Sasuke renamed the team “Taka” with the new goal to crush Konoha.
So, Taka/Hebi is a special team of Akatsuki, and the team members all wear the Akatsuki robes.
Suigetsu is a member of Hebi team. Suigetsu has a passion for cutting things and a certain love for killing. He has a habit of chopping off his victim’s limbs before beheading them.
Hohzuki Suigetsu is also a super fan of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. He made it his goal to collect all the swords from the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.
He can use various water abilities, transform his body into a liquid form, and return to his solid body form at will.
Because he worships the Seven Ninja Swordsmen so deeply, he likes to fight closely against enemy.
Jugo was recruited as a member of Sasuke Uchiha’s team Taka.
Jugo naturally has the clan ability of Sage Transformation, which allows him to transform his body at will. He can change what form he takes almost instantly and can isolate the transformation to specific parts of his body.
On the other side, Jugo is the weakest of all characters who can use the Sage Mode. That’s because he born to have the ability of Sage Transformation, and all the others gain the ability by improving their level.
Jūgo has a dual personality. He didn’t intend to kill anyone and in reality he is a very gentle person, but when he is enraged, he can’t control himself from mad killing mode. He joined Sasuke’s team, because Sasuke can use Sharingan to stop him from killing people, and believed that his friend Kimimaro’s spirit continues to live on in Sasuke.
Hidan believes in Jashin, and gained his unique ablility of immortality with other Jashinists. That makes him unable to die, or be killed. He can even speak after his head was cut off. This cannot be explained by the ninja system at all. It is more appropriate to say that it is a “curse magic”. He can curse his opponent to take the same damage as he does, and every time he kills his opponent by casting a spell, he feels a great pleasure in the pain.
In Akatsuki, Hidan think he is doing a public service, saving people from the fear of death by killing them. Hidan and Kakuzu are partners in
But it’s not just because his IQ that makes him rank low in Akatsuki. His battle is always a stereotype, making him easier to be trapped. Take blood, draw circles, make curse, that’s his attack formula. If you can remove Hidan from the circle, the curse will break itself! Nara Shikamaru finally buried Hidan with traps.
Karin is a member of the Uzumaki clan. She was recruited into Sasuke group Taka(Hebi), so she is also a member of Akatsuki.
Karin is very talented, but her fighting level is quite unstable. At the same time, she also has a strong vitality and resilience.
Karin loved Sasuke deeply, and when she senses that Sasuke’s Chakra was about to disappear, she unconsciously unleashed a force that broke through the defence of Tobi.
But, judging from previous performances, Karin is definitely not a powerful fighter. Because she does not have any combatant’s quality and basic skills, even the most basic instantaneous skills.
Since Tobi has been listed separately, the Zetsu here refers to the black and white Zetsu in Akatsuki.
The Zetsu are not fighters at all. In terms of combat ability alone, Zetsu is the bottom of Akatsuki. But his unique ability to detect and obtain intelligence is not only indispensable in Akatsuki, but also irreplaceable in the whole Ninja world.
White Zetsu’s signature technique was Mayfly, which allowed him to merge with the ground and flora, and travel at very high speeds to a new location. More importantly, no one would notice him.