Ameyuki was a criminal with a bounty on his head who was hiding in Shangri-la. During his time there, he used his friend's name, Hohozuki. Ameyuki is one of the characters mentioned in the Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom novel, which is the sixth and last book of the Naruto Hiden series. Shin Towada wrote the story and Masashi Kishimoto is the illustrator.
First Appearance in Naruto Hiden Novel
Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom
Shangri-la (Valley of Lies)
Ameyuki had a special power called kekkei genkai, which made people in his village dislike him, except for his friend Hohozuki. When slavers attacked their village and kidnapped Hohozuki, Ameyuki used his Mud Release power to save him and others by killing the slavers.
Instead of being grateful, the villagers feared Ameyuki's power and tried to kill him. Hohozuki made plans for them to escape to Shangri-la, but the villagers discovered their plans and killed Hohozuki. This made Ameyuki furious, and he killed the villagers in return.
This act earned him a high bounty and a listing in the Bingo Book. Ameyuki felt guilty for Hohozuki's death but decided to continue living, following Hohozuki's request. He went to Shangri-la and used a technique to transform it into Hohozuki's identity. However, he created a mud copy of himself called Ameyuki to accompany him and carry out his instructions. It was suspected that Ameyuki wanted to be found and killed.
One day, while wandering in the Valley of Lies near Shangri-la, Ameyuki (pretending to be Hohozuki) encountered Kakuzu and Hidan, who were killing a man from Shangri-la. Ameyuki was intrigued by Hidan's Curse Technique and learned about Jashin, a deity worshipped by Hidan. Ameyuki expressed interest in converting to Jashinism, and Kakuzu asked for directions to Shangri-la. Ameyuki provided the information and sent his mud copy to guide Kakuzu around the village.
While Kakuzu explored Shangri-la, Ameyuki stayed with Hidan. Although he found appeal in Jashin's belief in salvation through self-inflicted pain, Ameyuki had concerns about the requirement to kill others. He asked Hidan if that meant he had to kill Kakuzu, but Hidan assured him that he hated Kakuzu and wouldn't consider him a neighbor.
This reassured Ameyuki. When Kakuzu returned, Ameyuki left them, promising to visit them the next morning before their departure. During the night, Kakuzu and Hidan attacked Shangri-la to collect bounties on the villagers. Ameyuki and his mud copy confronted them, and Hidan immediately attacked, destroying the mud copy.
Ameyuki then revealed his true identity and shared his history with Hohozuki. Hidan didn't understand everything but knew that Ameyuki wanted to fight. Ameyuki considered Hidan, his neighbor and was willing to kill him. Hidan hadn't faced Mud Release before, giving Ameyuki an advantage.
He used his power to force mud into Hidan's throat, but Hidan survived by piercing his own lung. Hidan fought back and managed to get a sample of Ameyuki's blood. However, Ameyuki prevented Hidan from performing his ritual by turning the ground into mud whenever Hidan tried to draw Jashin's symbol.
Following Kakuzu's suggestion, Hidan fled into the valley with Ameyuki in pursuit. Hidan found a tree stump where he could draw the symbol and stabbed himself in the leg, stopping Ameyuki from advancing. Ameyuki admired Hidan's abilities and agreed when Hidan promised to kill him.
Although Ameyuki wanted to be sacrificed to Jashin, he wanted to make his own sacrifice first. He used his power to cause a landslide, making a nearby mountain fall on Shangri-la and kill everyone there. Hidan praised Ameyuki's action and killed himself by stabbing his heart.
Kakuzu planned to claim the bounty for Ameyuki's body, as he was the most valuable person in Shangri-la. He asked Hidan to hurry with his post-killing ritual, but Hidan refused, saying he needed more time to celebrate Ameyuki as a martyr.
Ameyuki had dark brown skin, shiny silver hair, and a slim body. His look made it difficult to determine whether he was a boy or a girl. However, Kakuzu thought that Ameyuki was a boy based on his appearance.
Ameyuki had a special power called Mud Release, which allowed him to transform any solid material into mud. This power was a mix of water and earth elements. He cold use Earth and Water Release.