Since Orochimaru is unable to fight Tsunade on his own, Kabuto fights her instead. Kabuto tells her that her assistant and “the last of the legendary trinity” may come to her aid, so he tries to get Tsunade away from the ruins of Tanzaku Castle. Jiraiya, Naruto and Shizune fall just short of catching the fight, but Tonton picks up the trail. Since Kabuto is not strong in taijutsu, he tries to end the battle sooner, dodging Tsunade’s attacks and delivering rare but accurate strikes. Eventually he manages to stab Tsunade in the chest, leaving her alive but unable to fight. This shocks Tsunade, and she notes that Kabuto is an outstanding ninja medicine man, perhaps surpassing her in her best years. However, Tsunade is able to deal with the pain and strikes Kabuto harder, disrupting the connection in his nervous system. While Kabuto tries to regain control of his limbs, Tsunade manages to heal herself. Kabuto decides to use Tsunade’s hemophobia against herself, but Jiraiya shows up on the battlefield with the others.