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This seems as good a time as ever to address some theories I've had involving Madara's Rinnegan absorption and its possible implications:
Originally Posted by knife eater
- Madara told the Kage that only physical attacks would work on him. However, when he attempted to bust out his absorption powers against the Gaikage's Lightning/Water dragon combo, he was stopped by Gaara's Sand, which coated his hands and blocked his absorption. Now, it's possible that the sand penetrated the barrier which, much like certain stages of Susano'o, may not coat the entire area around his body, and thus can be breached. Perhaps because of this Gaara's sand is able to slip by and block Madara's hands and prevent him from channeling the barrier. However, I also feel there is reason to believe that techniques involving solid Earth element such as the Tsuchikage's stone or Gaara's sand may be "physical" enough to no longer be absorbed by chakra-absorbing techniques like Madara's barrier or the Samehada. However, more "energy" attacks like fire, lightning, and wind are freely absorbed, as is raw chakra and apparently water techniques.
I would think it likely that the Mokuton could not be absorbed by the Rinnegan, despite being a technique created by chakra manipulation. If anything, a Mokuton technique which absorbs chakra would be able to devour the Rinnegan's absorption barrier.