Phht's Guide to Ranking Jutsu

This is a personal guide. Information within is one person's views and may be more opinion than fact.

No changes are to be made to the guide without consulting the author. Discussions of the guide may occur on the discussion page.

This'll be my guide to helping people figure out just what rank their super-special-awesome jutsu should be. It currently just covers Ninjutsu and Genjutsu.

Primary Author: PhhtPhht


Ninjutsu covers a variety of applications, so it can be difficult to easily rank one. However, there are sufficient precedents to help guide one to a decision. First, all elemental jutsu are a minimum of D-rank due to converting one's chakra to an element via the jutsu. After that, the ranking comes from a combination of required chakra capacity, required chakra control, and the complexity of the jutsu.

Seal Sequence


Some ninja can shorten the seal sequence for a jutsu through using the jutsu often enough that they can handle the recomposition and manipulation without as many or any seals. This does not affect a jutsu ranking, because the ranking is based on the design not how experienced a ninja is with using a jutsu.


Genjutsu Type
Sensory (E-rank base)
Suggestion (C-rank base)
Target Type
Single Target
Area of Effect
Difficulty of Use
Concentration requirements
Difficulty of Release
Usable Methods of Release (Kai, Self-inflicted wound, Breaking concentration)

The two main criteria for what rank a Genjutsu has is its complexity and its target type. In general, Area of Effect Genjutsu receive higher rank than Single Target Genjutsu, and Genjutsu that fool multiple senses get a higher rank than a single sense Genjutsu. How complex the alteration being made to one's perception can also affect rank.

The Kokohi no Jutsu (False Place) is a Single Sense, Area of Effect Genjutsu with subtle alterations to everyone's sight and is C-rank. The Kokuangyou no Jutsu (Journey into Black Darkness) is also a Single Sense, Area of Effect Genjutsu with complex alterations to everyone's sight, and it is A-rank.

It should be noted that Single Target, Simple Suggestion Genjutsu tends to start at C-rank, with AoE versions being A-rank. Currently there are no known Complex Suggestion Genjutsu due to the difficulty.

If there were two Genjutsu that placed a single target into a illusionary field of wildflowers and, all other things being the same, Jutsu 2 had the smell of flowers in addition to the visual image of the field of flowers, then Jutsu 1 would likely be D-rank while Jutsu 2 would be C-rank. The addition of tactile or auditory stimuli or both to the illusion would likely bump it up to B-rank.

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