Deidara, flying his clay bird, eliminates the Hidden Sand scouts watching the skies in case of a surprise Akatsuki attack. When he infiltrates the village, he is immediately confronted by Gaara, who knew that desert habitat was not natural for such birds. Gaara immediately attacks Deidara, engaging huge amounts of sand to crush him. Deidara’s attempts at countermeasures are unsuccessful due to Gaara’s Sand Shield defending him against all incoming attacks. Although Gaara’s attacks initially bypassed Deidara, eventually Gaara’s sand crushed his left arm.