Ripple/Hamon Style (波紋)
The Ripple (波紋 Hamon), is an energy used in the ancient form of martial arts, Sendō (仙道, lit. "Way of The Hermit/Wizard"). Through self-controlled respiration, a trained person can produce an energy manifesting as ripples throughout their body and that is identical to the energy of the Sun.
Varies (See "Using Hamon"/"Weaknesses")
Ijutsu, Taijutsu Style
Hamon is an energy identical to the Sun's rays, which the human body can produce through controlled breathing, having the effect of producing ripples of energy propagating from the bloodstream to the rest of the body and other objects in contact with it. The Ripple manifests itself as electricity-like sparks, and it can be seen by ordinary humans.
The Ripple can also affect non-living things. An object charged with Ripple energy will have one or several attributes enhanced by the energy, making it a more effective tool, or weapon. Liquids conduct the Ripple especially well (and the user's Ripple shows on liquids as actual ripples). It is mentioned by practicers of this style that objects covered in oil can conduct Ripple much easier. However while all materials can conduct the Ripple more or less well, inorganic material such as metal cannot store the energy, which simply passes through.
Upon choosing Hamon Style as their chosen style, users will begin training their abilities to harness their Hamon. They must train each rank in order, without skipping rank. The required word count is the same as training any other jutsu, and cannot be reduced. When the user first trains at D-Rank, 10% of their chakra pool will be designated as their Hamon pool. This pool will scale up as they train higher levels of Hamon breathing, and is listed below:
- At D-Rank, up to 10% of the user's chakra can be dedicated to Hamon Style sub-techniques.
- At C-Rank, up to 20% of the user's chakra can be dedicated to Hamon Style sub-techniques.
- At B-Rank, up to 30% of the user's chakra can be dedicated to Hamon Style sub-techniques.
- At A-Rank, up to 40% of the user's chakra can be dedicated to Hamon Style sub-techniques.
- At S-Rank, up to 50% of the user's chakra can be dedicated to Hamon Style sub-techniques.
Due to its identical nature to the positive energy of the Sun, the Ripple's primary uses are to heal various wounds or ailments, and combat creatures such as zombies or reanimated bodies.
Living organisms can be affected by Ripple attacks, but are not automatically hurt by it. For instance, Hamon is transferable between people. Hamon users can reject harmful substances inside of them by ejecting it from their bloodstream with the use of Ripple energy. Producing the Ripple also preserves the user's vitality, making them look more youthful and be more energetic even during old age although this method has limits.
To produce an optimized Ripple, users must precisely control the energy produced by the breathing. It typically requires focusing the energy before unleashing it all at once to create a powerful burst of Ripple. Merely producing a light amount of Ripple requires the user to breathe a precise way. Thus to not only enhance the ability to produce it, and efficiently wield it in battle, the Ripple user must undergo training and exercise his or her ability. Ripple users undergo harsh physical training to increase their breathing ability and thus the amount and power of the Ripple they produce. Although the training is explained as being focused on the rhythm of the breathing, which will positively impact on the whole body, it doesn't stop a master from using physical exercise, like prolonged swimming, or forcing a student to stay balanced on the tip of the finger.
By imbuing any object with Hamon, a Hamon user can perform several techniques that can combine with the warrior's own tactics, to allow for a very flexible fighting style. Because of its versatile nature, many warriors use different weapons ranging from a scarf, soap bubbles, wine, or clackers. Many of the most powerful techniques are classified as "Overdrives" (波紋疾走オーバードライブ Ōbādoraibu, lit. "Ripple Dash/Sprint"), and are often color named for the medium they're used with (Metal Silver being one to transmit through a sword). An object that is impacted with the force of the Overdrive will carry Ripple energy through it, and will become lethal to the touch.
While the Ripple Users can become dangerously powerful and turn the most mundane of objects into lethal weapons, they are not without significant weaknesses.
This style of Taijutsu has no cost for upkeep, instead relying on one key factor: Ripple users must be able to constantly breathe. If this breathing is stopped or reduced due to injury or other conditions, their ability to use the Ripple is weakened. Similarly, Ripple energy needs a strong flow of the user's blood to be used with any great strength. Hyōton in particular is a hard counter to Hamon users, as being frozen causes their blood to flow slowly to an eventual stop, making them unable to attack as rapidly or disabling them outright. Additionally, heavy blood loss prevents from using the Ripple. Notably, while Ripple energy is strong enough to smash through rock and brick, it is unable to smash through stronger substances like iron or steel.
In accordance with its manner of upkeep, Hamon Style techniques must use Hamon instead of chakra.