Kakashi and Yamato explain to Naruto the difference between natural transformations and why his type, the Element of Wind, has the greatest offensive ability. To master the wind, Naruto and hundreds of shadow clones must learn how to cut through leaves with chakra. This skill is where they slowly begin their advancement. Meanwhile, Asuma plays shoogi with Shikamaru, and along the way they link different figures with the Leaf shinobi. After Asuma makes the atypical move of sacrificing a horse to protect the king, Shikamaru suggests that the horse represents the ordinary ninja, while the king is the Hokage. Asuma tells him that he’s misinterpreting the king’s understanding, and that he’ll figure it out someday.