Originally Posted by Phenom
You cannot count any summonings as being help to Naruto because they are actually part of his abilities. He summons them, therefore they are a part of his arsenal of jutsu. Pa/Ma, can't remember which, did indeed summon his clones, but Naruto was going to before they offered so this wasn't that much of help seeing as how Pain wasn't even attacking him when they summoned the clones.
The only real help he got was the info from Kakashi, Jiraiyas only helped him know that he needed to find the real Pain which doesn't actually help him in the fight, which I acknowledge.
Anything to do with the fox is kind of pointless to point out, especially saying Hinata helped him. By saying she helped him that would mean that every single person who had been killed recently helped him to because all Hinata getting hurt did was make Naruto finally break. Pointing out that Minato redid the seal is pretty pointless because if he hadn't done it Naruto still would have won the fight, he simply would have become the fox to do it.
As for the genjutsu, Naruto knows that to counter the Sharingan's genjutsu ability all you have to do is avoid eye contact. The only reason Itachi could get the genjutsu to actually work against Naruto was because he was so adept at it that he could do it with the flick of his finger. Sasuke, from what we know, cannot do this therefore he most likely wouldn't get Naruto in the genjutsu.
The thing I forgot in the last post is that the only jutsu Sasuke would use against Naruto for most of the fight would be Fire Style because he would know that Naruto's wind moves would beat his lightning based attacks. This means that the majority of Sasukes techniques, again that we know of, are almost useless because the majority of them are lightning based.
I'm not saying that it is impossible for him to be a match, but it is highly unlikely.
I didn't count all the summonings as help I mentioned Pa' helped him with some summonings (Naruto didn't summon Gamabunta, two toads as big as him and Gamakichi all by himself), Ma' helped summon all of them to Konoha, and yes Naruto was busy defending against Pain's attacks that's why he couldn't summon his clone so Pa' did it. Jiraya's info helped because they knew Pain had "6" bodies and that somehow they could come back to life. Hinata herself didn't help much but Naruto was done for when she intervened. He broke down emotionally after Pain started questioning him about peace and Pain trapped him, he couldn't move and he was gonna take him right then, except by Hinata getting hurt he got so mad (as always) and let the Kyuubi take over so he was able to "free" himself and start attacking Pain. I count that as help since Pain destroying the village, "killing" Kakashi, Shizune, etc.. didn't trigger the Kyuubi. If Minato hadn't restored the seal Naruto wouldn't have won the Kyuubi would have and he would be free again, so yeah he helped to get him back on his feet to keep fighting.
Naruto may know the basics against Genjutsu but he's still not good at releasing himself from it. I know there's a huge difference between Itachi and Sasuke but Sasuke's still good with genjutsu, he may not be able to do it with the flick of his finger but his strategies are so good compared to Naruto's he doesn't need to be able to do it that way. And let's not forget looking someone in the eye isn't the only way to do genjutsu if that was so then only people with doujutsu would be able to do genjutsu, all you need is to affect one of their senses and that's it.
Sasuke doesn't even know Naruto uses wind and the only wind based technique Naruto uses (so far) is Rasen-shuriken. With the fire-style you need to get hit to be affected by it and Naruto in Sage Mode I'm sure is fast enough to get away from the fire. Except Amaterasu which Naruto wouldn't be able to put out anyways... Sasuke would still be able to use some lighting jutsus with his sword and such and how would Naruto counter each of those small attacks? by using a Rasen-shuriken every time? obviously I doubt Naruto would lose against Sasuke AGAIN but to me Sasuke still has the advantage because of his kekkei genkai, Itachi's powers and his own strategies.