|Classification: Kekkei Genkai, Dojutsu, Ninjutsu|
|Type: Fire Style|
|Range: Short Range|
Amaterasu is the highest level Fire Style jutsu, and according to Zetsu, one of the most powerful ninjutsu in existence. It is said to represent the "Material World and Light" (also known as "Busshitsukai to Hikari"), the antipode to Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu of similar power and a fellow Mangekyō Sharingan dojutsu.
The jet-black flames of the Amaterasu, said to be the fires from the underworld that are as hot as the sun, ignite at the focus of the user's vision. Though the flames have been stated to be unavoidable, Amaterasu has been avoided a few times; Tsunaku Senju, Mabito Uchiha, and Rakuha Senju managed to dodge the flames Itachi tried focusing on him, though Itachi did not actually want to kill him and managed to hit Sasuke shortly after regardless, and A using his Lightning Style Armor enhanced Teleportation Jutsu avoided a short-range Amaterasu launched at him by Itachi. The determining factors seem to be motivation and skill.
The flames are capable of burning through anything in their path, even smothering regular fire techniques with ease. Amaterasu is said to never stop burning; even when whatever is caught by the Amaterasu is completely reduced to ash or destroyed, it can still continue burning for seven days and seven nights. It cannot be extinguished with water or any other normal methods. The only thing that the flames have seemingly failed to burn into is Gaara's chakra infused sand. However, the flames burn fairly slowly, allowing anyone struck by Amaterasu an opportunity to remove whatever clothing or body parts have been caught ablaze. Use of the technique also puts a great deal of strain on the user, usually causing their eyes to bleed.
Amaterasu was originally unique to Itachi Uchiha, who used it with his right Mangekyō Sharingan. He was able to quell the flames to some extent. Prior to his death, Itachi implanted some of the black flames into Sasuke's eye which activates upon seeing Madara Uchiha's Sharingan. Sasuke, after gaining his own Mangekyō Sharingan, is later able to use Amaterasu on his own. Sasuke's Amaterasu originates from his left eye, and C indicates he is more skilled with it than Itachi; he can put out the flames with greater ease and can even manipulate the flames themselves as part of the "Inferno" element.