As Sasuke's recollection of his childhood continued, Itachi's standing in the clan began to falter due to his apparent turning against them. As such, Sasuke's father started taking a more active interest in Sasuke's development. Naruto rises from Sasuke's attack and taunts him to use the Sharingan, as he would still be defeated by the power of his Nindō. Naruto creates shadow clones to fight him, but he and the clones are defeated in a matter of seconds. Sasuke then uses the Great Fireball Technique on Naruto. In his memories, to give Sasuke proper membership into the clan, his father taught him the Great Fireball Technique, which Sasuke rapidly mastered after constant practice. As Sasuke and his father spent more time together, his father told him not to follow in Itachi's footsteps, the former prodigy having lost the clan's confidence. With his father's recognition, Sasuke put even more time into his training, determined to become better than Itachi.