Shikamaru hides from Temari in a patch of trees. Ino yells at him to finish the battle quickly, but Chouji predicts that Shikamaru will find some reason to lose. Temari becomes increasingly annoyed because Shikamaru is hiding and not fighting in the usual way. Shikamaru tries to catch Temari with his shadow, but she, while dodging him, realizes that his technique has a limited range. She also believes that he is hiding in the trees to take advantage of the trees’ shadows to extend his range. Knowing that he will only gain more shadows as the battle progresses, Temari tries to end the fight quickly. After pondering ways to fight, Shikamaru comes up with a plan and, avoiding her attacks, tries to catch her again, but she again remains out of his reach.