Kiba, remembering what a terrible student Naruto was, asserts that their fight will be an easy win. He and his dog Akamaru, a permitted battle partner, immediately attack, surprising Naruto with their speed and ferocity. Determined not to be looked down upon, Naruto writes off Kiba’s attacks as pathetic. Kiba throws a smoke bomb to block Naruto’s vision, while Akamaru attacks him. When the smoke clears, Akamaru stands next to the defeated Naruto. Akamaru returns to Kiba, but immediately bites him, being Naruto in disguise, while the shadowy clone restrains the real Akamaru. Observers are impressed by Naruto’s tactics.