Akatsuki is an organization in the Naruto anime series. This organization works independently without any hold of other lands. All members of this group are mostly S-rank criminals. But still, this group is very popular among people. Every member of this group has a unique ability and most of them are criminals.
All Akatsuki members will be ranked based on their current strength and form. Later in the Naruto Shippuden series, Kabuto reanimated all Akatsuki members. So all Edo Tensei Akatsuki members will be ranked alongside their original form. The main purpose is to see the strength of every member in every form (like alive & Edo Tensei). Also, some members were temporary members. The temporary members will be ranked based on their strength when they left Akatsuki.
23. Black Zetsu
Black Zetsu works as a data collector from the outside place. He doesn’t a combat ninja though. He has no special ability to defeat his enemies either. But if Black Zetsu attaches with someone, he can enhance that person’s physical abilities. Just like Black Zetsu did it with Obito when Obito was trying to rescue Rin and Kakashi. So if you rank him combat abilities and raw strength, he stands no chance against other members of Akatsuki.
22. Karin Uzumaki (Buffed)
Karin Uzumaki is one of few surviving members of the Uzumaki clan. You can identify her with red hair. Karin joined Akatsuki alongside Sasuke and other team members of Taka (a team created by Sasuke Uchiha to hunt down his brother Itachi). Karin can do healing by letting people bite her. She is also a sensory ninja who can sense chakra from a long distance as well. When she joined Akatsuki and left it her power levels were not on the highest level either. Her combat skills are not good enough either.
Juzo was one of the earliest members of Akatsuki. In the beginning, he was paired with Itachi to hunt down the 4th Mizukage who had 3 tailed beasts inside him. Juzo had the executioner blade of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen Of the Mist. This is the same blade that Zabuza had once. Probably he got the blade after the death of Juzo. Other than these details, his combat abilities were good enough to take on multiple ninjas from mist village. Although he died by the attack of the 4th Mizukage, he still managed to beat many ninjas.
Next up, we have Hidan, the immortal member of Akatsuki. He is the worshipper of Lord Jashin and used to kill people for the sake of his lord Jashin. He used to kill people by tasting their blood and afterward performing a ritual. If someone damages him or even cuts his head off, he won’t die. Hidan is basically immortal. Despite being immortal, he has no other abilities either. He is only armed with a reaper blade which he used to get his opponent’s blood. The only reason he joined Akatsuki, is to worship his lord Jashin by executing people with his ritual. That’s he is at rank 20.
19. Suigetsu Hozuki
At number 19, we have Suigetsu Hozuki. He also joined Akatsuki alongside Sasuke. Suigetsu was one of Orochimaru’s experiments. He can transform himself into liquid form and he also has the ability to become invisible. Accompanying Sasuke, he found the executioner blade that Zabuza left after his death. His main goal is to gather all seven blades of Seven Ninja Swordsmen Of the Mist and create a new team with those blades.
After wielding the executioner blade, his combat abilities enhanced as well. Nevertheless, he was already powerful enough to take in eight tailed beast attack on him. When he was in Akatsuki, he hadn’t done anything big so it’s the best rank for him.
Jugo is one of the strongest companions of Sasuke during the Itachi retrieval arc. He has a course mark which he can’t control and went berserk if he doesn’t take medicines from time to time. When he activates the course, his combat powers, and speed increase drastically. He also has boosters on his elbows and knees which helps him to move fast and land a blow with more damage. Jugo also joined Akatsuki alongside Sasuke and got arrested in five Kage summits.
17. Edo Sasori
At number 17, we have re-animated Sasori. This Sasori fought with Kankuro and other shinobi during the 4th great ninja war. If we compare Sasori’s combat power with his living days, he became totally weak here. Sasori didn’t last long either. He died willingly in this fight after being captured by Kankuro. he couldn’t accomplish much in the fight because Sasori had no puppets and only had to fight with his chakra threads.
At number 16, it’s Deidara. He is an explosion user. He used his explosion techniques with clay. Deidara can create explosions in any shape as well. He also has atomic explosions as well. We see his full power when he was fighting against Sasuke. Deidara almost bet Sasuke with his massive self-destruction art but he failed to do that. His main weak point is his clays. If he runs out of clay that he uses for explosions, he is almost useless. Still, he has explosive combat abilities and he did decent in taijutsu as well. So he ranks at 16.
15. Edo Deidara
Edo Deidara is more powerful than his original version. He now has no limit on his explosions, limitless chakra, and many more things. Being reanimation, He can use his self-destruction multiple times. This makes him more dangerous than before. We also saw that Kabuto used him many times during his missions.
14. Edo Kakuzu
Kakuzu is also an immortal member of Akatsuki. He seemed so powerful when he was alive. Kabuto reanimated him during the 4th great ninja war. Despite being reanimated, he didn’t gain any advantages. In fact, it’s quite opposite, he seemed even weaker than alive.
13. Sasori (Buffed)
Sasori is a puppet user. He joined Akatsuki after Konan convinced him to do. If we talk about his powers, Sasori has 100 puppets that destroyed a whole nation. His most powerful puppet is the 3rd Kazekage (magnet style user). Sasori armed his own body with so many weapons. He gave Lady Chiyo and Sakura a hard time. Even Sasori died at his own will after a total mental breakdown. Otherwise, Lady Chiyo and Sakura would never kill him. That’s why he ranks at 13.
Konan is one of the co-founders of Akatsuki members. She used papers to fight. She could make creative weapons with her papers and used them against her opponents. Konan even defeated Sasori and convinced him to join the Akatsuki. She gave Obito a hard time as well. Obito had to use Izanagi to deflect her large paper bomb attack.
Kakuzu is one of the immortal members of the Akatsuki. His fighting style is very creepy. He had 6 hearts and he could replace any of his hearts with any other human. Kakuzu also fought Hashirama and stayed alive. He even gave Kakashi Hatake a hard time. Other than this, he can lengthen his arm sizes and launch mid-range attacks.
Next up we have Orochimaru, one of the most intelligent shinobi. He was a temporary member though. But at that time, Orochimaru had access to both arms and all forbidden jutsus. He wants only immortality and he joined Akatsuki to get inside details. Let’s not forget that Orochimaru is one of the Legendary Sannins and he is one of the strongest ninjas in the village. He is technically immortal now as he can revive himself in other’s bodies.
9. Sasuke Uchiha (Buffed)
I’m not going to mention Sasuke Uchiha with Rinnegan and Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan. This Sasuke just joined the Akatsuki after killing his brother Itachi Uchiha. He also got his Mangekyo Sharingan after this incident. Later Sasuke attacked 5 Kage Summit and We saw his strength against Danzo and the Eight tailed beasts as well. That’s the reason he is in the 9th position.
8. Kisame Hoshigaki
Kisame Hoshigaki is an S-rank ninja from Mist Village. He wields Samehada one of the swords of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen Of the Mist. Samehada has the ability to suck the opponent’s chakra and give it to its wielder. Kisame is a powerful water-style user. He was known as the “Tailless Tailed Beast”. He almost defeated Killer Bee (eight tails Jinchuriki). So you can guess how powerful he is.
7. Itachi Uchiha (Buffed)
Itachi Uchiha is one of the lone survivors of the Uchiha clan. This is the same person who massacred his own clan by the order of the village elders. Later he joined Akatsuki and started doing their missions with Kisame. Itachi is also one of the most intelligent shinobi in naruto series.
Itachi has Mangekyou Sharingan and great shuriken Jutsu. He was able to defeat the 4th Mizukage with his eternal black flames called Amaterasu.
6. Pain (Buffed)
Next up we have Six Paths of Pain. Here Pain represents its six paths here that Nagato remotely controls. All of the members of the six paths share the same vision. If Six of them are together, there will no blind spot to attack. They are surely powerful but the only disadvantage is that it has six different persons and it’s a little bit hard to control them. If Jiraiya knew who Pain actually is and how he operates, he would definitely defeat six of them alone. So you can see Pain’s power has a limitation that’s why he is in the sixth position.
5. Obito Uchiha as Tobi (Buffed)
Next up, we have Tobi (Obito Uchiha). Tobi is the funniest character in Akatsuki obviously. It may sound ridiculous how Tobi is above pain. Well, Tobi has Mangekyou Sharingan that gives him powers to go through objects using “Time-Space”. Besides this, Tobi already knew all about Pain. He can even Kill the actual Pain (Nagato at his current weak conditions) without working so hard. So it totally justifies his position.
4. Edo Itachi
Next up we have Edo Itachi Uchiha. This Itachi has no sickness, no vision problem and he can use his Mangekyou Sharingan without having so much problem. He even sealed Nagato. So you can guess how powerful Itachi really is.
3. Edo Nagato
Edo Nagato has all abilities of Six paths of Pain. Just like Itachi, he can use his powers without any weakness or anything else. Itachi couldn’t defeat Nagato if Naruto didn’t inform him about the details of Nagato’s abilities, Itachi couldn’t seal Nagato either. Nagato took Itachi and two of the most powerful Jinchuriki at once. Despite facing three opponents, Nagato gave them a tough time.
2. White Mask Obito
White Mask Obito is arguably the second strongest version of Obito. He controlled Ten-Tails and all-tailed beasts simultaneously while facing Naruto, Might Guy, and Kakashi Hatake. He had one Mangekyou Sharingan and one Rinnegan. White Mask Obito gave Naruto and others a tough fight. Despite fighting alone, he operated every other Jinchuriki swiftly. So you can guess how powerful he was.
When Obito became Ten-Tails Jinchuriki, he already surpassed all ninja ever lived in the world. He took Naruto, Minato, Tobirama Senju, and Sasuke head-on without sweating. He even became stronger than the first Hokage Hashirama Senju. So Juubito is the most powerful Akatsuki among other members of this organization.
So These are all Akatsuki rank in their full potential. I hope you like the ranking structure. If something went wrong or I missed something, let me know in the comment section below.