Who would win in a 1 on 1?

The very first scene in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations features a fight between Boruto and Kawaki. However, this is a flash-forward in which the Hidden Leaf Village is seemingly destroyed in battle as Boruto and Kawaki wage their battle to The Hokage Rock, standing on the carved face of the Seventh Hokage, Naruto Uzumaki.

While details of the same were not revealed at the time, it appeared that Naruto had been killed or sent to another dimension, which was inaccessible to anyone. Boruto and Kawaki exchanged some words with their focus on ‘shinobi’, as Kawaki believed that the era of shinobi was over, while the former was adamant it wasn’t, as he was still a shinobi.

Although their battle was not shown to the fans, they only wondered who of the two would win in a 1 on 1 fight.


Boruto has more experience as a shinobi and genetically inherited the blood of two powerful clans

Boruto Uzumaki as seen in the anime (image via Studio Pierrot)“/>
Boruto Uzumaki as seen in the anime (image via Studio Pierrot)

Boruto would win in a 1 on 1 fight against Kawaki if the two now face each other in the anime. This is because he has more experience as a shinobi and has genetically inherited the blood of two powerful clans, the Uzumaki clan and the Hyuga clan. Meanwhile, while strong, Kawaki has only learned to use his Karma powers, which may not match the arsenal of jutsus and techniques that Boruto possesses.

Unlike Kawaki, Boruto attended the Ninja Academy, where he learned how to properly use and control chakra. So it gives him an advantage over Kawaki. Even before entering the academy, Boruto was able to create multiple Shadow Clones through his father’s signature technique, Shadow Clone Jutsu.

Boruto creates three shadow clones (image via Studio Pierrot)“/>
Boruto creates three shadow clones (image via Studio Pierrot)

After becoming a genin, he has displayed a wide arsenal of jutsus in various chakra styles, including Boruto Stream and his lightning-infused Rasengan.

Meanwhile, Kawaki could only use his Karma to increase his strength and speed to attack his enemies with his unrefined moves. After living in the Hidden Leaf Village, Kawaki became interested in jutsus and shinobis, so he decided to learn about chakra control from Naruto.

Only then could he use Fire Release and Shadow Clone Jutsu. That was no small feat, however, as he used that jutsus to trick Isshiki Otsutsuki.

Kawaki as seen in the anime (Image via Studio Pierrot)“/>
Kawaki as seen in the anime (Image via Studio Pierrot)

In fact, Boruto excels in Taijutsu and physical powers compared to Kawaki, as he was able to challenge Chunins and Jonins in battle through his barrage of attacks even while he was in the Academy.

Meanwhile, Kawaki only had his body manipulation, which had to be enhanced by Karma to pose a threat to his opponents. Although he could single-handedly defeat Garou, using his techniques, his victory was only in sight after he activated his Karma and destroyed the entire battle in his favor.

Kawaki vs Garou as seen in the anime (image via Studio Pierrot)“/>
Kawaki vs Garou as seen in the anime (image via Studio Pierrot)

As for Karma itself, while Kawaki was much better at using it before, we’ve seen Boruto turn into an Otsutsuki much more often, which could indicate that he could activate his powers to a greater extent. However, it can also mean that Kawaki has better control over his karma, which keeps him from getting out of hand.

In conclusion, if the duo had equal control over their Karma, Boruto would come out victorious if they faced each other in a 1 on 1 battle.

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Edited by Adelle Fernandes


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