It's time for the second installment of out special Naruto Battle event: a Kage Battle Royale Tournament! Throughout the quarter, we will be facing the Kage against each other, with the winners moving on to the final round to face the other top Kage! Conditions: each of the kage will have all of the strengths and abilities available to them in life, no Edo Tensei tomfoolery. This week, we have the Raikage of Kumogakure, the Hidden Cloud Village! And, just like last time, sorry for the excessive info!
A - First Raikage
As the First Raikage and the founder of Kumogakure, A was undoubtedly a powerful shinobi. Though his abilities remain highly unknown, like many of the early Kage, as the previous "A" (Several shinobi of the village have names that are based on letters of the Roman alphabet, such as "A", "B" and "C" for example) the First was most likely capable of performing the Lightning Release: Lariat and its stronger variation, the Double Lariat.
A - Second Raikage
Though not much is known about his abilities, the fact that he was the appointed the Second Raikage indicates he was undoubtedly a powerful shinobi. Even before becoming a Kage, his skills were such that he was appointed to be the guard of his predecessor — something he gained much renown for. He was also credited to be well versed in terms of political aspects, indicating a decent amount of intelligence.
A - Third Raikage
The Third was undoubtedly an immensely powerful shinobi and is recognized as Kumo's greatest Raikage. He was able to combat not only an army of ten thousand ninja, but also a tailed beast on his own. The Third had enormous chakra reserves; his high stamina allowed him to fight non-stop for three consecutive days and nights before finally collapsing — something normal shinobi could only achieve with drug enhancers. Physical Prowess Like his son, the Third possessed high taijutsu prowess, being able to defeat several shinobi in one move. He also had enormous speed and strength. His most impressive and renowned trait was his extremely durable body, earning the name, the "strongest shield" (最強の盾, saikyō no tate). With it, he could withstand nearly any type of technique, and easily brush off attacks that actually damaged him. Ultimately, the only attack strong enough to seriously injure him was his own, resulting in the scar on his chest. Ninjutsu The Third was proficient in the nature transformations of Lightning, Fire, and Earth Release. He was known for his unique Black Lightning. Like his son, the Third can utilize the Lightning Release Chakra Mode to further augment his physical prowess and taijutsu. According to Dodai, only powerful, long-range Wind Release attacks could break through this defence. Similar to the Chidori, he can focus his lightning chakra into his fingers, creating a strong piercing effect. Dodai states that it is his strongest ninjutsu, referring to it as the "strongest spear" (最強の矛, saikyō no hoko). With this power, he could cut off all of Gyūki's tails at once, and even pierce his own extremely durable body
A - Fourth Raikage
The Fourth Raikage is an extremely powerful shinobi, being chosen as the Supreme Leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces, even after losing his dominant arm. His signature fighting style combines the elements of ninjutsu and taijutsu to form nintaijutsu. Using it, he could easily defeat a fully transformed Jūgo and overwhelm a Mangekyō Sharingan-wielding Sasuke. He also possesses an enormous amount of strong chakra, comparable to that of a tailed beast, according to Karin. Physical Prowess The Fourth is known for his immense physical speed. Using his nintaijutsu enhances his speed even further, enough to create after-images, evade point-blank attacks as well as (supposedly) outpace the Sharingan. The Fourth has enormous physical strength, capable of breaking through Susanoo, an "absolute defence". While possessing powerful and extremely fast punches, he prefers to use wrestling-style moves rather than standard taijutsu. He inherited his father's immense durability, having survived being transported by Mabui's Heavenly Transfer Technique unharmed. His pain tolerance is high as well, as he neither flinched from having his left arm burned by Amaterasu, nor from cutting it off himself. Ninjutsu The Third's nature transformations include Lightning, Earth, and Water Release. His signature ability, and the basis of his nintaijutsu, is the Lightning Release Chakra Mode, a layer of lightning chakra that surrounds his body and enhances his physical parameters and reflexes to a level comparable to Konoha's Yellow Flash. This mode also allows him to minimize the damage dealt by other lighting-based attacks. He can also sharpen his lightning chakra enough to neatly cut through limbs, or use it in unison with another person's Water Release to paralyze enemies.
Darui - Fifth Raikage
Darui is a highly skilled and capable shinobi, having been chosen as one of the Fourth Raikage's bodyguards and his right-hand man. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he was appointed the leader of the First Division of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Years later, Darui's skills increased greatly as he became the Fifth Raikage. Physical and Chakra Prowess Darui has shown impressive speed. By the time he had became Raikage, his taijutsu skills were compared to those of Naruto and Sasuke by Kinshiki Ōtsutsuki. Darui also possesses considerable chakra reserves and stamina, as he did not die of exhaustion after using three of the Treasured Tools of the Sage of Six Paths and still had enough chakra to continue fighting effectively. Ninjutsu Darui is proficient in Wind, Water, and Lightning Release nature transformations, and can use two chakra natures simultaneously. He is crafty and quick-thinking in his combos. He can also combine his water and lightning-natures to create Storm Release, which creates beams of light that flow like water and can be freely guided like missiles. Darui can also enhance his weapons by flowing his lighting chakra through them, enough to cut through a metal blade. Darui can use black lightning — a special form of lightning passed down solely to him by his teacher, the Third Raikage. With the black lightning, he can use techniques such as the Lightning Release: Black Panther to immobilize or kill several enemies. In the anime, he can even increase the power and effectiveness of the technique by using a shadow clone. Kenjutsu Darui has exceptional skills in kenjutsu, able to clash with Suigetsu's Kubikiribōchō and defeat him by pinning him to a wall with his lightning-imbued sword.
Comment how you think it would go down and who would win! (We're gonna have to vote with numbers this week!) The winner will move on to the final round to face off against a Tsuchikage, Mizukage, Kazekage, and Hokage! Round 1: Tsuchikage Battle - Winner: Kurotsuchi
Last Week - Itachi Uchiha vs Byakuya Kuchiki vs Sesshomaru
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