Once Naruto learns the Nine-Tails' name - Kurama - their hearts synchronize and Naruto becomes able to enter what is referred to as "Kurama Mode" (九喇嘛モード, Kurama Mōdo).[22] His pupils becomes slitted, the whisker-like markings on his face become thicker to resemble the ☰ trigram, and the chakra shroud's shape alters to resemble a full-length haori, similar to the one Minato usually wears.[23] For all intents and purposes, Kurama Mode is a completed version of Nine-Tails Chakra Mode: Tailed Beast Mode without the full transformation, meaning that Naruto is able to use Tailed Beast Balls.[22] He can partially manifest parts of Kurama's body as needed, such as its head[24] and tails.[25] In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Naruto is shown isolating the Kurama Mode transformation to one hand.

Naruto is able to transfer his and Kurama's chakra to others, granting them tailless version 1-like chakra shrouds that greatly enhance their techniques: Hinata Hyūga, for example, is able to deflect one of the Ten-Tails' tails with a single Eight Trigrams Vacuum Palm.[26] Kakashi Hatake states that the power and volume of the transferred chakra is even greater than when Kurama earlier directly handed chakra to him, which had improved his Kamui at least three-fold.[27] Despite Kurama's contribution, C claims the transferred chakra more closely resembles Naruto's own.