Sage Mode refers to a unique state that a few shinobi in Naruto can enter when they start absorbing the chakra present in the nature around them. One of the most overpowered abilities in the entire verse, the Sage Mode drastically amplifies its user, and grants them incredible amounts of strength, speed, and heightened perception, although it can only be maintained for a fixed amount of time. Strong as it is, only a handful of shinobi have managed to enter this honored state, and even fewer have perfected its usage. Here are the ten strongest Sage Mode users in Naruto.
One of the elder toads of Mount Myoboku, Fukasaku has been trained in Sage Arts for ages. He is skilled enough to teach it to others, as he did with Jiraiya, and later Naruto Uzumaki. Although not as strong as the above-mentioned characters, Fukasaku is surprisingly good at Frog Kumite. His ability to cast a strong genjutsu makes him a fearful opponent for anyone. Using his Sage Arts, Fukasaku was even able to restrict the Six Paths of Pain to an extent. Despite all that, it is painfully obvious that his strengths lie in passing this art to others, and not practicing it.
Naruto's very own summon, Gamakichi is also trained in the ways of Sage Mode. Just like Fukasaku, he's strong enough to learn, and most likely, pass this art on to others. When exactly he learned this skill is unknown, but a display of his Sage Art was seen during the fourth great ninja war when he managed to help Naruto deduce Obito's susceptibility to Senjustu chakra. Gamakichi is an incredibly powerful summon as well, and he draws comparisons to Gamabunta, which is an impressive feat, to say the least.
Jugo is from an enigmatic clan in Naruto whose people possess the ability to absorb natural energy automatically, leading to them undergoing sage transformation without even having to train for it. While strong, this Kekkei Genkai has become a bane for many of its members, and that includes Jugo as well. For some reason, the continuous absorption of sage chakra causes the members of this clan to enter a state of rage. Nonetheless, if controlled, this Kekkei Genkai is an amazing way to achieve Sage Mode. Orochimaru studied Jugo's body once, and the secrets of his transformation led him to Ryuchi Cave.
Orochimaru's very own son, Mitsuki is a synthetic human being often described as 'perfect'. Even at a young age of 13, his powers are close to that of an average jonin, which speaks volumes about his ability. Much of that has to do with his Sage Mode. Making use of Jugo's Kekkei Genkai that Orochimaru has blessed him with, Mitsuki can enter sage transformation without having to train for it. On top of that, he doesn't seem to throw a fit due to rage either. When unleashed at full power, Mitsuki's potential surpasses that of the legendary Sannin as well, according to Orochimaru.
Known as the Toad Sage, Jiraiya is one of the most accomplished shinobi in the entire Naruto series. As a member of the Legendary Sannin, his skills far surpass that of an average ninja. One of his skills is Sage Mode, although he doesn't like to rely on it too much because it makes him look 'ugly' and unpopular with the ladies. Jiraiya's Sage Mode is imperfect, and thus, he undergoes some frog-like transformation when in this mode. But, it also gives him enhanced mobility, so it is hardly a problem for him. Jiraiya makes use of Fukasaku and Shima to collect Sage chakra for him in battle, and thus, he can maintain his Sage Mode for as long as he wants.
5 Kabuto Yakushi
One of Orochimaru's subordinates, Kabuto Yakushi lost track of what to do after the death of his master. After devouring what little was left of Orochimaru, he became hungry for more power and injected his body with several Kekkei Genkai, including Jugo's. Finally, he trained in Sage Art at Ryuchi Cave and did what Orochimaru couldn't; attain Sage Mode. Thanks to Jugo's Kekkei Genkai, he could maintain this form for as long as he wanted, and his other Kekkei Genkai made him powerful enough to take both Sasuke and Itachi head-on. Without a doubt, his Snake Sage Mode was a force to be reckoned with.
4 Minato Namikaze
Minato, the Fourth Hokage of Konoha, was a student of Jiraiya. Described by many as one of the strongest shinobi of all time, Minato excelled in using the Flying Thunder God technique, which earned him the moniker of 'The Yellow Flash'. Interestingly, he was also a perfect Sage Mode user, as signified by the markings around his eyes. However, since Minato preferred to wrap fights up with speed, he usually never entered this state. As such, it was an arduous task for him to maintain this form. Nonetheless, Minato could enter Sage Mode almost instantaneously, so his skill with this art was impressive, to say the least.
3 Hashirama Senju
Konoha's founder and first Hokage, Hashirama Senju was the strongest shinobi of his time. This was largely due to his excellent ninjutsu skills, and the fact that he could access the Kekkei Genkai of wood release. Thanks to years of training, Hashirama also became a Sage. Speculated to have attained Sage Mode of the Shikkotsu Forest, Hashirama's proficiency in this ability was second to none. After combining it with wood release, he became powerful enough to take on both the nine-tails and Madara Uchiha simultaneously, which shows how frightening a shinobi he was back in the day.
2 Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki is widely famed as the strongest shinobi of all-time, and the Child of Prophecy. Over the years, he has managed to gain a multitude of powers, and the Sage Mode is one of them. Training at Mount Myoboku under the tutelage of Fukasaku, Naruto attained the perfect Toad Sage Mode in a very short amount of time. Although Naruto's Sage Mode had a time limit at first, once he became a perfect jinchuriki, this limitation was completely crushed. In fact, by using Kurama to gather sage chakra for him, Naruto got even stronger. Ultimately, he also attained the Six Paths Sage Mode from Hagoromo Otsutsuki, which is what makes him a formidable threat to even the gods of the Naruto world.
1 Hagoromo Otsutsuki
In the Naruto anime, Hagoromo Otsutsuki is shown to be a user of the Toad Sage Mode of Mount Myoboku. He attained this state after being trained in it by Gamamaru. When used in conjunction with his Six Paths Powers, Hagoromo Otsutsuki awakened the Six Paths Senjustu, which is a heightened version of the Sage Mode. His skill with this form of Sage Mode made him comparable to his mother in terms of power. Thanks to his godly stature, Hagoromo also gained the ability to pass this power on to others, such as his son Ashura, and Naruto Uzumaki.