Naruto’s Rivals Join Team 7 in Fortnite
Naruto treasures his friends and would do anything for them. Now, some of Naruto’s friends (and foes) arrive to join the rest of Team 7 on the Island at 8 pm ET on June 23rd in the Item Shop! Can’t wait for then? Be sure to check out the return of The Nindo Community Battles to earn Naruto-themed cosmetic rewards right now. If you’re new to the world of Naruto, here’s what you need to know before you drop in.
“How much can you see? With those Sharingan of yours?”
Itachi Uchiha is a former child prodigy who became the youngest Shinobi to join the Hidden Leaf Village Special Assassination and Tactical Squad (the “ANBU Black Ops”) — at only 11 years old.
With his Mangekyō Sharingan, Itachi could place someone in a Genjutsu, where the victim is stuck in an illusion, with the flick of a finger. Combining this with his genius, he was a terrifying enemy to face.
After eliminating the entire Uchiha clan (with the exception of his little brother, Sasuke), Itachi joined the criminal organization, the Akatsuki.
Throughout much of Naruto Shippuden, Sasuke was on a mission for one thing only, to become strong enough to avenge his clan and eliminate his older brother.
“But then a single shinobi from the Hidden Leaf Village stopped me. I was his enemy, yet still he cried for me! Then he called me his friend even though we had battled. He saved me! We were on different sides... but we were both Jinchuriki…”
Gaara of the Hidden Sand Village is (in)famous for being the Jiinchuriki host of the one-tailed beast, Shukaku. This Shinobi of the Hidden Sand Village grew up shunned for having the tailed beast hosted inside him. After a childhood of loneliness and derision, Gaara became violent and vengeful, that is, until he met Naruto Uzumaki. From a rivalry to an amazing friendship with Naruto, Gaara found a new purpose that led him to become the fourth Kazekage leading the Hidden Sand Village.
"Real power is forged from the desire smoldering in the heart. It fans into a flame and begins to burn with an intensity scarcely imagined to be possible."
One of the three Legendary Sanin and a former Shinobi of the Hidden Leaf Village, Orochimaru eventually left to establish the Hidden Sound Village.
Orochimaru has the ambition to learn all Jutsu, and in order to live long enough to do so, he uses multiple forbidden jutsu on himself as well as experiments on his followers and unwilling victims. He’s recognizable through his serpent-like appearance and use of snakes — shedding his skin like a snake or summoning Manda: the giant boss snake from Ryūchi Cave.
"You make mistakes. But because of those mistakes... you get the strength to stand up to them. That's why I think you are truly strong!"
Hinata is a Shinobi of the Hyuga clan, famed for their extremely powerful visual: the Byakugan. Hinata was a shy kunoichi (female Shinobi) who watched and admired Naruto from afar. Through Naruto, she learned of her own strength. Their bond grew and eventually, Hinata wed Naruto and became the mother to their two children – Boruto and Himiwari.
Sprinting in on June 23rd at 8 PM ET:
Itachi Uchiha: “Even the strongest of opponents always has a weakness.” (Includes the Black Ops alt Style.)
Gaara: “When did all of you forsake yourselves?” (Includes the Fifth Kazegage alt Style.)
Orochimaru: “One only truly grasps the value of something once it has been taken away from you.” (Includes the Hidden Leaf Era alt Style.)
Hinata Hyuga: “Because never going back on one's word...is my shinobi way, too!” (Includes the Hinata Uzumaki and the Byakugan alt Styles.).
Rivals Back Blings
Hinata's Backpack: Who knows what Hyuga mysteries lie inside?
Sand Gourd: Best for carrying chakra-infused sand.
Black Ops Mask: Wear it with honor. (Includes the Tenzo, Kakashi, Itachi, and Black Ops alt Styles.)
Rivals Pickaxes, Gliders, and Emotes
Minato's Kunai Pickaxe: Often used with the Flying Raijin Jutsu.
Sword of Kusanagi Pickaxe: Drawn from a snake's mouth.
Gaara's Sand Cloud Glider: Ride a sand cloud with Desert Levitation Jutsu. (Only Gaara can ride the Sand Cloud.)
Manda Glider: Orochimaru's reluctantly summoned companion. You can earn this item by participating in the Nindo Challenges instead of purchasing. Sign up: fn.gg/thenindo
Rasenshuriken Emote: Summon a spinning ball of chakra.
Striking Shadow Snakes Emote: A jutsu favored by Orochimaru.
The Rasenshuriken Emote in action:
And the Striking Shadow Snakes Emote:
Players will also have the opportunity to pick these up in bundles!
The Itachi & Orochimaru Bundle contains the Itachi Uchiha Outfit, Black Ops Mask, Orochimaru Outfit, and the Islandbound Ninja Loading Screen!
The Islandbound Ninja Loading Screen “Practice your Battle Bus drop jutsu.”
Art by Studio Pierrot
The Gaara & Hinata Bundle contains the Gaara Outfit, Sand Gourd Backbling, Gaara's Sand Cloud glider, Hinata Hyuga Outfit, Hinata's Backpack Backbling, and the Shinobi Lineup Loading Screen!
The Shinobi Lineup Loading Screen. “Ready for anything.”
Art by Studio Pierrot
The Ninja Gear Bundle contains the Rasenshuriken emote, Manda glider, Minato's Kunai pickaxe, Sword of Kusanagi pickaxe, and the Akatsuki wrap
Return to the Hidden Leaf Village
From June 23rd, 8 PM ET until July 7th, 8 PM ET, the gates are open, and again invite you to explore Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf village!
Visit locations like the Hokage Residences, Ichiraku (best Ramen in the leaf village!), and the Hospital.
Complete quests from Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi to gain XP and unlock other iconic locations like the Final Valley, the Chunin Exam arena, and even Naruto’s mind space with Kurama (the nine-tail fox).
To enter the Hidden Leaf Village Adventure Map, select the “Hidden Leaf Village Adventure” tile in the Discovery tab or enter the code 0610-6440-1958
The Nindo Community Challenges Return!
Starting today – June 21st at 4 AM ET the Nindo Community Challenges return! Unlock the paths of Itachi, Gaara, Orochimaru, and Hinata by completing their tasks in either Fortnite Battle Royale or Fortnite Zero Build to unlock Emoticons and the ultimate rewards of the Akatsuki Wrap and the Manda Glider!
*Akatsuki in-game Cosmetic Wrap & Manda In-game Cosmetic Glider are also available for purchase at a later date.
Read more in the blog and register at thenindo.fortnite.com.
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