With the activation of the second level of his cursed seal, Kimimaro is able to outrun Gaara’s sand and break through some of his simpler defenses. He uses his spine to immobilize Gaara and creates a battering ram of bone. Kimimaro claims to be able to break through any defense, so Gaara creates an Ending Absolute Sand Defense: Shukaku Shield. At the hideout, Orochimaru and Kabuto discuss Kimimaro. The last member of the Kaguya Clan, Kimimaro is a natural prodigy with the Shikotsumyaku Clan. Both reiterate their regrets that Kimimaro’s illness will soon lead to his death, depriving Orochimaru of such a useful ability.