Even with Amaterasu’s hand on fire, the Fourth Raikage continues to attack Sasuke. Gaara appears and prevents the fight from continuing. He asks to be allowed to talk to Sasuke, which gives Raikage a chance to deal with his hand. Gaara tries to dissuade Sasuke from living a life of hate, citing his own experience as proof that it leads nowhere. Sasuke refuses Gaara’s offer to go back. Gaara mourns him. When Temari and Kankuro point out that if it were possible to convince Sasuke, Naruto would not have failed, and that Sasuke is not Gaara. Gaara, the bodyguards from the Village of Hidden Sand (Kankuro and Temari), and the bodyguard from the Village of Hidden Cloud attack him simultaneously. Sasuke gives his Susanoo a more perfect appearance to protect himself from danger.