Earth Release (土遁, Doton, English TV: Earth Style) is one of the five basic elemental nature transformations. It is preformed by making Chakra as firm and thick as possible, allowing its users the ability to manipulate the surrounding earth around them or even create it. Earth Release affinities are the most common amongst the ninja of Iwagakure, and is commonly affiliated with the Snake seal and/or slamming their palm onto the ground.
Earth Release gives it users the ability to generate, shape, and manipulate "Earthen" elements; specifically most minerals and mineral compositions regardless of their state (mountain, boulder, sand or dust), dirt, soil, etc.
Earth Release techniques have the ability to change the strength and composition of the earth from being as hard as metal to as soft as clay, as well as manipulating their density, making them heavier or lighter. This includes allowing the user to travel through ground and rock in various ways which can be essential for both transportation and for setting up attacks or creating defences or for offence. Indeed, this makes earth techniques one of the most versatile of the elemental techniques. Pre-existing earth is not necessary though, for the user can create it with their own chakra.
Relationship with other Natures
- Earth is strong against Water due to Earth naturally containing properties that allow it to contain or absorb water, but is weak against Lightning due to electricity containing vibrating properties that allow it to travel break and travel through the ground.
- Earth Release parallels the real-life ninja art "doton-no-jutsu". One example of real-life doton-no-jutsu is Uzura-gakure: the practice of curling into a ball and remaining motionless in order to appear like a stone.