How Did Minato Die [10 Secrets of Minato’s Death Revealed]

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The Forth Hokage, also known as the Yellow Flash of Konohagakure village, Minato Namikaze, was famous for his exceptional speed, strength, and cleverness.

In addition to splendid prowess and speed, he died at a very young age. According to various sources, he died at the age of 24. His tenure as a fourth Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village was brief, lasting only one or one and a half years.

His untimely death left many of his fans perplexed, which is why we are here to delve into every aspect that was the cause of his death.

So without further ado, let’s get started…

10 Compelling Reasons Behind Minato’s Death

1. Confrontation Between the Mask Man and Minato

Phase 1

During the Nine-Tailed Beast’s attack on Konohagakure, everyone exerted tried their utmost effort to defend the village from this deadly assault. The fourth Hokage, Minato, also joined the battle against the Nine-Tailed Fox, bolstering the courage of his comrades.

The Jinchuriki of this Nine-Tailed-Fox, a masked man, engaged in combat with Minato. Minato fought with unmatched speed and courage, successfully tricking the masked man using his teleportation technique.

However, the masked man refused to be outdone by Minato. He tracked Minato to his teleportation destination, resulting in an immediate clash between them.

The masked man skillfully countered Minato’s attacks, by employing a teleportation technique that appear more advanced than Minato’s Flying Raijin Jutsu. The battle favored the Mask Man, ultimately leading to Minato’s defeat due to the superior teleportation abilities possessed by his adversary.

Phase 2

In the first phase, it appeared that Minato had been defeated by the Mask Man, later revealed to be Obito. However, Minato utilized his remarkable speed and teleportation technique to turn the table and achieve victory over his opponent.

Both Obito and Minato possessed their own unique teleportation technique. Obito utilized Kumai, while Minoto utilized the Flying Raijin technique. Obito deceived Minato by constantly teleporting himself between different locations.

Soon, Minato recognized the pattern and countered Obito’s strategy. By combining his Resengan with the swift Raijin Jutsu, Minato was able to defeat him.

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2. Separation of Nine-Tailed Beast From Obito

Minato defeated Obito using his signature Flying Raijin Jutsu and his incredible swiftness. Additionally, he employed the Reverse Seal technique to extract and release the Nine-Tailed Demon from Obito.

3. Protecting Kushina’s Legacy

Minato’s wife Kushina, a Jinchuriki of the Nine-Tailed Demon, was on the brink of death after Obito extracted the Nine-Tailed Beast from her body. The newly freed Tailed Beast posed a tread to Minato’s village and his comrades.

Moreover, Kushina’s life hung in the balance, having undergone the extraction process. The only way to save her was by resealing the Tailed Beast within herself.

4. Sacrifice for the Village’s Safety

After defeating Obito, the next challenge in front of Minato was to protect the village and its inhabitants from the rampaging Nine-Tails while ensuring the safety of his family ( his wife and son).

To accomplish this, he summoned Gamabunta and employed the teleportation technique known as the Flying Thunder God to teleport both himself and the colossal Nine-Tailed Demon outside the village. By using the Reaper Death Seal, Minato successfully sealed half of the Nine-Tails within Kushina, this way he was also able to weaken its power.

5. The Nine-Tails Resistance

Minato was unable to seal the complete Nine-Tailed within his wife’s body due to its immense power and the lack of cooperation. As a result, he sealed the remaining half of the Nine-Tailed’s power into his son, Naruto, using the Eight Sign Sealing technique.

6. Insufficient Stamina and Preparation

Continuous battles against Obito and the Nine-Tails depleted Minato’s stamina rapidly, leaving him with no time for thorough preparation that could have aided him in fully sealing the Nine-Tails within his wife.

The exhaustion and lack of physical strength were the primary factors contributing to Minato’s demise.

7. The Curse of the Repear Death Seal Jutsu

Minato was very well aware that utilizing the Repear Death Seal jutsu would ultimately result in his own demise. However, he had no other choice but to use this jutsu in order to protect his village and his family.

Many believed that it was the curse of the Repeal Death Seal jutsu that claimed Minato’s life.

8. Badly Injured During the Fight with Kurama

However, despite being the most powerful and fastest shinobi in the Naruto world, Minato sustained significant and severe injuries while battling against Kurama, the Nine-Tailed Fox.

These serious injuries and wounds serve as another reason for Minato’s eventual demise.


9. How did Minato come back to life?

After Minato’s death, he was reanimated using a technique called Edo Tesei. He was initially brought back to life during the Fourth Shinobi World War.

During this time, the antagonist named Kabuto managed to acquire Minato’s DNA and Resurrect him through the use of the forbidden technique, Edo Tesei.

Minato’s physical body and his abilities were revived through this forbidden technique, but he remained an obedient puppet under Kabuto’s control.

Minato’s Final Death

10. Minato die second & final time

With the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, the reanimation of Minato also came to an end. During his final moments, he had a deeply emotional and heartfelt conversation with his son, Naruto.

It was Naruto’s 17th birthday, and Minato conveyed his blessings and expressed his good wishes. Nobody was left without tears after witnessing this poignant scene in the series. This marked the ultimate demise of Minato.


In conclusion, the two main reasons for Minato’s death were the confrontation with the masked man Obito and the use of a forbidden jutsu named Repear Death Seal.

An individual must sacrifice their life to use this forbidden jutsu. In this way, he successfully saved his village and his son Naruto.

However, he was reanimated by Kubota with the help of a forbidden jutsu named Edo Tensei until the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War.


Q.1 How did Minato die for the first time?

Ans: Minato died for the first time during the confrontation between Obito (the masked man) and Kurama (The Nine-Tailed Beast). He employed a forbidden technique known as Repear Death Seal and sacrificed his life.

Q.2 How did Minato die the second time?

Ans: Minato died for the second time after his period of reanimation time had ended, coinciding with the conclusion of the Fourth Shinobi World War.

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