As their chakra is slowly absorbed by Jirobo, Shikamaru analyzes the damage Kiba is doing to their stone prison in his attempts to escape. He offers to give up the others if Jirobo will let him go, but Jirobo refuses. Most of the team concludes that he is a traitor, but Chouji, trusting Shikamaru, admits that he has a plan. Shikamaru informs them that while the prison is being rebuilt, the process slows down at the point farthest away from Jirobo. With Neji’s help, they are able to pinpoint the slowest point of recovery. Ashamed of doubting him, the team focuses their attacks on this area and thereby destroy the barrier.