Despite Tayuya's efforts, Shikamaru devised a plan to defeat her creatures. Using a flash bomb to lengthen the shadows in the area, Shikamaru captured the creatures and prepared to turn them against Tayuya. To prevent this, Tayuya dispersed the creatures. Despite this, Tayuya was captured by Shikamaru's shadow, forcing her to advance her cursed seal to its second state to escape. With Tayuya now strong enough to overpower his shadow, Shikamaru decided instead to use his shadow for attack, and attempted to use his shadow to strangle her.