Nagato was not actually born with the Rinnegan in Naruto Shippuden.
In Naruto we have been able to see a large number of villains that have been very interesting, but one of the deepest, saddest and most peculiar has been Nagato. While other Akatsuki members have put up strong battles, the one we mentioned is someone who has become a villain by experiences that he’s had throughout his harsh life, while also proving to be one of the most powerful characters by mastering the Rinnegan.
Surely you have wondered how Nagato got this Dojutsu and what his true intentions were. the rinnegan is a powerful Kekkei Genkai, also known as the “Eye of the Six Paths”, which gives the possessor incredibly powerful abilities that are impossible to match. We were able to confirm this during Naruto’s confrontation against Pain, but one of the loose ends is the true origin of this fearsome ability of Nagato.
What are Kekkei Genkai Techniques in Naruto?
Kekkei Genkai techniques in Naruto are special abilities that are transmitted through genetic factors. These techniques are often exclusive to clans, which means that only certain members of the clan can use them. Some prominent examples of Kekkei Genkai include the Sharingan, the Byakugan, and the Rinnegan, though there are many more.
The Sharingan is a special Dojutsu found exclusively in the Uchiha clan members. This technique allows its user to see the flow of chakra and predict an opponent’s moves with incredible accuracy. There are many types of Sharingan, but most grant the user copy any technique I see, which means that a good wielder can stack a large number of different abilities.
The Byakugan is another unique form of Kekkei Genkai coming from the Hyuga Clan. This technique allows the user a vision in a range of 360 degrees, albeit with a single blind spot. Additionally, wielders with this Dojutsu can see chakra through the body, while being able to find their opponents’ weak spots in seconds.
Finally, we have the Rinnegan, considered as the most powerful between the three Kekkei Genkai mentioned above and the one Nagato has. The Rinnegan allows the user to manipulate the mind and body of their opponents, as well as having the ability to control the tailed beasts (Biju).
How Nagato gets the Rinnegan in Naruto
You probably think that Nagato was born with the power of the Rinnegan, but that was not really the case. Everything has been part of the plan of Madara Uchiha himself, who transplanted the Rinnegan to Nagato to recover that power when he came back to life with a reanimation jutsu, since he knew very well that he would not have enough vital time to fulfill his goal of “bring peace to the world” with the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Indeed, Madara revives in Boruto, but with other intentions.
Now, Nagato was a specially selected individual because he is part of the Uzumaki clan, who are considered to be people with a high percentage of chakra compared to average humans, giving him better healing, stamina, and survivability. Because of this, Nagato was the perfect candidate to easily withstand the power of the Rinnegan.
This also explains why Nagato had the Rinnegan even before he was orphaned as a child in the Second Great Shinobi War. Considering his losses, Nagato gained hatred and disappointment at humanity’s acts, so he too began to develop his own plan to achieve peace for the world, just like Madara, but on his own. Some of his acts were shown during his arc in the Naruto anime, as he was one of the Akatsuki that caused the most deaths during his last fight, where he put the entire Leaf Village at stake.