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The {{translation|'''Fourth Shinobi World War'''|第四次忍界大戦|Daiyonji Ninkai Taisen|engtv=Fourth Great Ninja War}} is an ongoing conflict between the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] and [[Akatsuki]].
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The {{translation|'''Fourth Shinobi World War'''|第四次忍界大戦|Daiyonji Ninkai Taisen|engtv=Fourth Great Ninja War}} is an ongoing conflict between the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] and [[Akatsuki]]. The battle began on the 8th of October and has stretched to the 9th.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 643, pages 14-15</ref>
   
 
== Preparations for War ==
 
== Preparations for War ==
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Both factions began by gathering their strength and collecting intelligence about the other side in preparation for the upcoming hostilities. [[Kisame]] gathered intelligence on [[Kumogakure]]'s military strength and on [[Killer B]] while travelling with him everywhere hidden inside [[Samehada]]. [[Anko Mitarashi]] and her [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party|team]] tracks Kabuto Yakushi, which led them to Tobi's [[Mountains' Graveyard|headquarters]]. Other Shinobi Alliance teams have fanned out to collect other information about Akatsuki and their hideouts.
 
Both factions began by gathering their strength and collecting intelligence about the other side in preparation for the upcoming hostilities. [[Kisame]] gathered intelligence on [[Kumogakure]]'s military strength and on [[Killer B]] while travelling with him everywhere hidden inside [[Samehada]]. [[Anko Mitarashi]] and her [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party|team]] tracks Kabuto Yakushi, which led them to Tobi's [[Mountains' Graveyard|headquarters]]. Other Shinobi Alliance teams have fanned out to collect other information about Akatsuki and their hideouts.
   
Kabuto has formed an alliance with Tobi, demonstrating his use of the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique, increasing the forces of Akatsuki with the reincarnation of deceased members of the organisation. The Five Kage have decided to hide the two remaining [[jinchūriki]], [[Naruto]] and Killer B on an [[Island Turtle|island in the Land of Lightning]]. Hiding Killer B and Naruto had the unintended result of allowing Naruto to learn to control the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox's chakra, much like the way Killer B has of the Eight-Tails (in the anime, however, Tsunade had intended for Naruto to train with B from the beginning). Having been successful in his training, Naruto has exhibited increased speed and strength when utilising the controlled chakra of the Nine-Tails but lacks the same finesse that Killer B had exhibited in utilising the Eight-Tails', crashing into the wall and crushing rocks whenever he uses the Nine-Tails chakra.
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At the start, Kabuto had formed an alliance with Tobi, demonstrating his use of the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique and increasing the forces of Akatsuki with the reincarnation of deceased members of the organisation. The Five Kage had also decided to hide the two remaining [[jinchūriki]], [[Naruto]] and Killer B on an [[Island Turtle|island in the Land of Lightning]]. Hiding Killer B and Naruto had the unintended result of allowing Naruto to learn to control the Nine-Tails chakra, much like the way Killer B has of the Eight-Tails (in the anime, however, Tsunade had intended for Naruto to train with B from the beginning). Having been successful in his training, Naruto has exhibited increased speed and strength when utilising the controlled chakra of the Nine-Tails but lacks the same finesse that Killer B had exhibited in utilising the Eight-Tails', crashing into the wall and crushing rocks whenever he uses the Nine-Tails chakra.
   
 
Despite being captured in the end and committing suicide to keep the information he held secret, Kisame was able to finish Akatsuki's preparations for the War by sending a summon shark with a scroll to his comrades, divulging the proximate location of the Turtle Island. With the battle between the two forces seeming to be on the horizon, Tobi dispatched Kabuto to retrieve the Nine-Tails and Eight-Tails with the reincarnated [[Deidara]], but was stopped by Ōnoki, [[Akatsuchi]] and [[Kurotsuchi]] who were going to reinforce the forces on the Island Turtle. Kabuto escaped with [[Yamato]], further adding to the intelligence sources that Akatsuki has on the Shinobi Alliance and also strengthening the [[White Zetsu Army]] clones with Yamato's powers.
 
Despite being captured in the end and committing suicide to keep the information he held secret, Kisame was able to finish Akatsuki's preparations for the War by sending a summon shark with a scroll to his comrades, divulging the proximate location of the Turtle Island. With the battle between the two forces seeming to be on the horizon, Tobi dispatched Kabuto to retrieve the Nine-Tails and Eight-Tails with the reincarnated [[Deidara]], but was stopped by Ōnoki, [[Akatsuchi]] and [[Kurotsuchi]] who were going to reinforce the forces on the Island Turtle. Kabuto escaped with [[Yamato]], further adding to the intelligence sources that Akatsuki has on the Shinobi Alliance and also strengthening the [[White Zetsu Army]] clones with Yamato's powers.
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The [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] created by the Five Great Nations and the Samurai of the Land of Iron consists of five main divisions, with [[Gaara]] of the Sand as the Regimental Commander. The 1st Division consists of mid-range fighters and is led by [[Darui]]. The Second Division is made up of close-range fighters and is led by [[Kitsuchi]]. The 3rd Division is under the command of [[Kakashi Hatake]], and features both close- and mid-range fighters. The 4th Division contains only long-range fighters under the control of [[Gaara]]. [[Shikamaru]] is Gaara's right hand man and proxy commander of the Fourth Division as well. Finally, the 5th division was created for the purpose of special operations, and features ninjas with unique skills. [[Mifune]] is the leader of these special operatives. There are also four special divisions formed for the war. The [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] led by [[Shizune]] comprises of medical ninja, the [[Surprise Attack Division]] led by [[Kankurō]], has the task to ambush the enemy forces. The third is the [[Sensor Division]] with [[Ao]] as captain, and finally the [[Intelligence Division]] headed by [[Inoichi Yamanaka]] is intended to gather information and relay it to Gaara for strategy's sake.
 
The [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] created by the Five Great Nations and the Samurai of the Land of Iron consists of five main divisions, with [[Gaara]] of the Sand as the Regimental Commander. The 1st Division consists of mid-range fighters and is led by [[Darui]]. The Second Division is made up of close-range fighters and is led by [[Kitsuchi]]. The 3rd Division is under the command of [[Kakashi Hatake]], and features both close- and mid-range fighters. The 4th Division contains only long-range fighters under the control of [[Gaara]]. [[Shikamaru]] is Gaara's right hand man and proxy commander of the Fourth Division as well. Finally, the 5th division was created for the purpose of special operations, and features ninjas with unique skills. [[Mifune]] is the leader of these special operatives. There are also four special divisions formed for the war. The [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] led by [[Shizune]] comprises of medical ninja, the [[Surprise Attack Division]] led by [[Kankurō]], has the task to ambush the enemy forces. The third is the [[Sensor Division]] with [[Ao]] as captain, and finally the [[Intelligence Division]] headed by [[Inoichi Yamanaka]] is intended to gather information and relay it to Gaara for strategy's sake.
   
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As the confrontation progresses and night falls upon the first day, Tobi's true intentions and the reasons behind his confidence in his original strategy, which didn't account for Kabuto's inclusion or contributions, is revealed. The two opposing sides would effectively be forced into a staring contest as the Allied Shinobi Forces focus on tightening defences and tending to the wounded or resting. Tobi, aware that this would make the Allied Shinobi completely reliant upon their [[sensor]] shinobi in order to remain vigilant, then begins taking this advantage of this by utilising the Zetsu clones' [[Substitute Technique]] in conjunction with the chakra obtained from members of the Allied Shinobi Forces during the previous battles. By covertly placing these transformed Zetsu among the injured and scattered troops of the Allied Shinobi, they could then proceed to assassinate any isolated individuals while remaining undetected. This results in causing chaos and disagreement within the ranks of the Allied Shinobi who begin to suspect one another of committing these deeds without any definitive proof, but while also minimising the causalities suffered by the Akatsuki forces in the process. In addition, the attack of the transformed Zetsu also aimed to force the shinobi alliance to counter these insurgents, placing Naruto in the battlefield whose ability to [[Negative Emotions Sensing|recognise "''evil''" intent]] Tobi has learned from the intel gathered by Kisame.
 
As the confrontation progresses and night falls upon the first day, Tobi's true intentions and the reasons behind his confidence in his original strategy, which didn't account for Kabuto's inclusion or contributions, is revealed. The two opposing sides would effectively be forced into a staring contest as the Allied Shinobi Forces focus on tightening defences and tending to the wounded or resting. Tobi, aware that this would make the Allied Shinobi completely reliant upon their [[sensor]] shinobi in order to remain vigilant, then begins taking this advantage of this by utilising the Zetsu clones' [[Substitute Technique]] in conjunction with the chakra obtained from members of the Allied Shinobi Forces during the previous battles. By covertly placing these transformed Zetsu among the injured and scattered troops of the Allied Shinobi, they could then proceed to assassinate any isolated individuals while remaining undetected. This results in causing chaos and disagreement within the ranks of the Allied Shinobi who begin to suspect one another of committing these deeds without any definitive proof, but while also minimising the causalities suffered by the Akatsuki forces in the process. In addition, the attack of the transformed Zetsu also aimed to force the shinobi alliance to counter these insurgents, placing Naruto in the battlefield whose ability to [[Negative Emotions Sensing|recognise "''evil''" intent]] Tobi has learned from the intel gathered by Kisame.
   
Unbeknownst to the opposition, Tobi had also begun developing further contingencies in preparation for the second day of the conflict, creating his own [[Six Paths of Pain]] by utilising the former jinchūriki and customising their corpses with both a [[Rinnegan]] and a [[Sharingan]].
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Unbeknownst to the opposition, Tobi had also begun developing further contingencies in preparation for the second day of the conflict, creating his own [[Six Paths of Pain]] by utilising the former jinchūriki and customising them with both a [[Rinnegan]] and a [[Sharingan]].
   
 
== Day One ==
 
== Day One ==
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:'''Outcome''': [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party]] are all captured. [[Muta Aburame]] manages to send intel back to HQ. [[Akatsuki]] tactical victory. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] strategic victory.
 
:'''Outcome''': [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party]] are all captured. [[Muta Aburame]] manages to send intel back to HQ. [[Akatsuki]] tactical victory. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] strategic victory.
   
When the [[Akatsuki]] starts mobilising for war, [[Anko Mitarashi]] ordered her team to make contact with the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] while she continue to investigate. Hiding in the bushes, she is found by [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and, despite her best efforts, she was defeated and captured after a brief clash. While the rest of the team is retreating, [[Tokuma Hyūga]] notices that their presence has been detected by Akatsuki's [[Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon]]. He volunteers to stay behind while [[Muta Aburame]] and [[Ranka]] try to escape but they were separated when [[Deidara]] bombards the area with [[Explosion Release|explosive]] [[Explosive Clay|clays]]. Muta uses his [[Kikaichū|insects]] to [[Insect Jamming Technique|jam]] the [[Chūkichi|enemy]] sensor while sending sent his swarm of insects with a scroll containing information back to the HQ. A short while later, all the three members were captured.
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When Akatsuki starts mobilising from the [[Mountains' Graveyard]], [[Anko Mitarashi]] orders the rest of the [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party]] to inform the rest of the Allies while she continues to investigate. She is found and defeated by [[Kabuto Yakushi]]. Akatsuki's [[Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon]] pursues and ultimately captures the remaining members of the Reconnaissance Party, but cannot stop them from getting word to the Alliance's HQ.
   
 
=== Battle of the Surprise Attack Divisions ===
 
=== Battle of the Surprise Attack Divisions ===
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:'''Outcome''': [[Deidara]] is captured. [[Shin]] and [[Sasori]] return to the afterlife. [[Chūkichi]] flees. [[Muta Aburame]] is killed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
 
:'''Outcome''': [[Deidara]] is captured. [[Shin]] and [[Sasori]] return to the afterlife. [[Chūkichi]] flees. [[Muta Aburame]] is killed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
Both Surprise Attack squads meet coincidentally in the Land of Hot Water, and they engage in battle. [[Akatsuki]] makes the first move, but the Allied Shinobi Force's numbers and strategy of luring Akatsuki into their terrain give them the upper hand. The Allies were able to use their emotions to put them at their highest capacity, including a calm [[Omoi]], a furious [[Sai]], and a determined [[Kankurō]].
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The Alliance sends its [[Surprise Attack Division]] to ambush Akatsuki's forces in the [[Land of Hot Water]]. Akatsuki sends its [[Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon]] to do the same. The two are drawn into conflict. The Allies eventually emerge victorious - [[Sasori]] and [[Shin]] are released from the Impure World Reincarnation and [[Deidara]] is captured - and they are even able to rescue some of the captured members of the [[Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party]].
   
 
=== Allied Force's Ambush ===
 
=== Allied Force's Ambush ===
 
:'''Location''': [[Land of Hot Water]]
 
:'''Location''': [[Land of Hot Water]]
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Haku]], [[Pakura]], [[Gari]], the previous [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]], portion of the [[White Zetsu Army]]
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Haku]], [[Pakura]], [[Gari]], the previous [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]], portion of the [[White Zetsu Army]], [[Chen]] (Anime Only)
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': Part of the [[Surprise Attack Division]], [[Third Division]] and Naruto's shadow clone (later)
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': Part of the [[Surprise Attack Division]], [[Third Division]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
 
::'''Manga''': [[The Secret of the Impure World Reincarnation|Chapter #520]] to [[The Continuing Path towards Radiance|#573]]
 
::'''Manga''': [[The Secret of the Impure World Reincarnation|Chapter #520]] to [[The Continuing Path towards Radiance|#573]]
::'''Anime''': [[An Old Nemesis Returns|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #265]] onwards
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::'''Anime''': [[An Old Nemesis Returns|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #265]] to [[The Promise of Victory|#330]]
:'''Outcome''': [[Tajiki]] and dozens of Allied Shinobi killed or wounded. All reincarnated shinobi are sealed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
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:'''Outcome''': [[Tajiki]] and dozens of Allied Shinobi killed or wounded. All reincarnated shinobi sealed or released. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
The Surprise Attack Division launched an ambush on the [[Akatsuki]] shinobi, which easily survived the attack. They then notified the Third Division with a flare, who quickly arrived and saved the ones that were about to be killed. [[Zabuza Momochi]] then pleaded with [[Kakashi Hatake]] to kill them, then [[Kabuto Yakushi]]'s [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|technique]] forced the battle to begin. Zabuza concealed the Akatsuki's movements with his [[Hiding in Mist Technique]]. Pakura used [[Scorch Release: Extremely Steaming Murder]] to kill at least two ninja, and Tajiki was killed by Gari with [[Explosion Release: Landmine Fist]]. [[Sakura Haruno]], being a medical ninja, helped heal the injured. Pakura and Gari then summoned the rest of the previous Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. The new swordsmen then attacked, using their superior [[Kenjutsu|swordsmanship]] to kill at least a dozen more allied shinobi. Kakashi developed a plan involving [[Ensui Nara]], [[Santa Yamanaka]] and [[Maki]] to seal Zabuza and lift the [[Hiding in Mist Technique|mist]] covering the battlefield. However, Haku once more saved Zabuza, holding Kakashi in place, which Zabuza tried to exploit by attempting to slash through both of them. Kakashi was slashed yet survived and immediately countered, allowing [[Maki]] to [[Cloth Binding Technique|immobilise]] the recovering Haku and Zabuza, stopping the Hiding in Mist Technique. Later Kakashi's division seemed to have retreated into the forests, the battle seems to be ongoing. On the second day of battle, Kakashi's division manages to seal [[Fuguki Suikazan]] and all other reincarnated shinobi but three. More [[White Zetsu Army]] clones arrive as reinforcements while one of [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clones]] arrives at that battlefield as well. Later this day, only one reincarnated shinobi remains on the battlefield. The remaining reincarnated shinobi and the White Zetsu Army were eventually defeated and the rest of the Allied Shinobi Force ninja rushed to the original Naruto and [[Killer B]]'s position to support them, with Kakashi and [[Might Guy]] going on ahead.
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Following the success of their first mission, part of the [[Surprise Attack Division]] is sent to ambush another Akatsuki cell. They encounter a group consisting of [[Zabuza Momochi]], [[Haku]], [[Pakura]], [[Gari]] and, though outnumbered, attack. When the attack fails, the [[Third Division]] is called in to assist. Akatsuki's forces - reinforced with reincarnated members of the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]] (and [[Chen]] in the anime) - cause heavy casualties amongst the Third Division. Zabuza and Haku are successfully sealed early on, but sealing of the others proves more challenging. By the second day of the war three reincarnated shinobi remain, now bolstered by White Zetsu. The assistance of one of [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]s enables the Third Division to deal with the remaining Akatsuki forces.
   
 
=== Battle in the Land of Frost ===
 
=== Battle in the Land of Frost ===
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:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
::'''Akatsuki''': Around 20,000 clones of the [[White Zetsu Army]]
 
::'''Akatsuki''': Around 20,000 clones of the [[White Zetsu Army]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Second Division]], westerly section of the [[Fifth Division]] and Naruto's shadow clone (later)
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Second Division]], westerly section of the [[Fifth Division]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
 
::'''Manga''': [[Great Regiment, the Battle Begins!|Chapter #521]] to [[The Continuing Path towards Radiance|#573]]
 
::'''Manga''': [[Great Regiment, the Battle Begins!|Chapter #521]] to [[The Continuing Path towards Radiance|#573]]
::'''Anime''': [[The Secret of the Reanimation Jutsu (episode)|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #264]] onwards
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::'''Anime''': [[The Secret of the Reanimation Jutsu (episode)|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #264]] to [[The Promise of Victory|#330]]
 
:'''Outcome''': Tactical withdrawal of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to aid the [[First Division]]. Eventual [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
 
:'''Outcome''': Tactical withdrawal of the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] to aid the [[First Division]]. Eventual [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
[[Kitsuchi]] and [[Kurotsuchi]] used [[Earth Release: Opening Earth Rising Excavation]] to unearth the moving Zetsu army, and then the divisions immediately attacked. The opening shots seemed to have destroyed a significant quantity of the Zetsu clones before they had a chance to mount any form of counter-attack. However, as a seemingly unending number of durable clones continued to emerge, the conflict quickly descended into one of attrition, tiring much of the Allied Shinobi Forces and allowing thousands of the clones to proceed without hindrance underground. Part of the Second Division went to aid Darui's [[First Division]]. Eventually, the remaining troops apparently defeated the rest of the White Zetsu Army in the area and were seen resting after the battle. However, they too had been infiltrated by the White Zetsu's [[Substitute Technique]], killing comrades and causing uncertainty. This was resolved thanks to [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[Shadow Clone Technique|clone]] arriving and helping to [[Negative Emotions Sensing|root]] out the enemy.
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When the war begins, the [[Second Division]] is deployed to the border of the [[Land of Frost]] and the [[Land of Lightning]]. Approximately 20,000 White Zetsu are detected moving into the Land of Lightning underground, prompting [[Kitsuchi]] and [[Kurotsuchi]] to use [[Earth Release: Opening Earth Rising Excavation]] to unearth them. In an opening salvo the Second Division is able to destroy scores of White Zetsu, but it quickly descends into one of attrition, tiring much of the Second Division and allowing many White Zetsu to escape. Most of the Second Division is sent in pursuit of these Zetsu by assisting the [[First Division]], leaving their remaining forces to face a new threat: White Zetsu that have infiltrated the Alliance. Members of the Second Division are slowly eliminated by the Zetsu and left uncertain about who to trust until the second day when the arrival of one of [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]s allows them to root out all of the Zetsu.
   
 
=== First Battle on the Land of Lightning's Coast ===
 
=== First Battle on the Land of Lightning's Coast ===
 
:'''Location''': North-western coast of the [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Location''': North-western coast of the [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
::'''Akatsuki''': Thousands of the [[White Zetsu Army]], [[Asuma Sarutobi]], [[Hizashi Hyūga]], [[Dan Katō]], [[Kakuzu]], [[Kinkaku]] and [[Ginkaku]]
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::'''Akatsuki''': Thousands of the [[White Zetsu Army]], [[Asuma Sarutobi]], [[Hizashi Hyūga]], [[Dan Katō]], [[Kakuzu]], [[Kinkaku]], [[Ginkaku]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[First Division]], parts of the [[Second Division]], [[Fourth Division]] and the eastern tail of the [[Fifth Division]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[First Division]], parts of the [[Second Division]], [[Fourth Division]], the eastern tail of the [[Fifth Division]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
 
::'''Manga''': [[Kage, Revived!!|Chapter #525]] to [[Naruto towards the Battlefield…!!|#536]]
 
::'''Manga''': [[Kage, Revived!!|Chapter #525]] to [[Naruto towards the Battlefield…!!|#536]]
::'''Anime''': [[Battleground!|Naruto: Shippūden #268]] to [[Attack of the Gedō Statue|#276]]
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::'''Anime''': [[Battleground!|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #268]] to [[Attack of the Gedō Statue|#276]]
:'''Outcome''': [[Atsui]], [[Samui]], and Ginkaku are sealed within the [[Benihisago]]. Kinkaku is sealed within the [[Kohaku no Jōhei]]. [[Asuma Sarutobi]] is sealed. All the White Zetsu clones involved are defeated. Several shinobi are killed. [[Dan Katō]] is trapped within the [[Four Violet Flames Battle Encampment]]. [[Kakuzu]] and [[Hizashi Hyūga]] are subdued by [[Chōji Akimichi]]. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
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:'''Outcome''': [[Atsui]], [[Samui]], and Ginkaku are sealed within the [[Benihisago]]. Kinkaku is sealed within the [[Kohaku no Jōhei]]. [[Asuma Sarutobi]] is sealed. All White Zetsu are killed. Several shinobi are killed. [[Dan Katō]] is trapped within the [[Four Violet Flames Formation]]. [[Kakuzu]] and [[Hizashi Hyūga]] are subdued by [[Chōji Akimichi]]. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
[[Darui]] and his division awaited the section of the [[White Zetsu Army]] that passed under the [[Second Division]], making preparations to fight them and the reincarnated shinobi as they came ashore. [[Hiashi Hyūga]] battles [[Hizashi Hyūga]], and [[Chōza Akimichi]] battles [[Dan]]. The [[Gold and Silver Brothers]] then began their battle with Darui, who is supported by [[Samui]] and her brother [[Atsui]]. The brothers begin fighting Darui and his team-mates where Kinkaku tackles Atsui and Samui with the [[Kōkinjō]] and Ginkaku severs their pulled word souls with the [[Shichiseiken]] which are after that sucked in the [[Benihisago]]. The siblings try to remain silent, as their most spoken word would result in them being sealed in Benihisago. Kinkaku waves the [[Bashōsen]] to create a wave of fire that causes Atsui to say "hot", his most spoken word, and gets sealed. Ginkaku holds Samui hostage and the brothers threatens Darui she will be killed unless he drops his weapon. Just as he appears to have given up, Kinkaku tries to attack him with his sword but Darui slices Kinkaku's arm and aims [[Storm Release: Laser Circus]] on Ginkaku to free Samui. Ginkaku kicks his sliced arm wrapped with Kōkinjō at Darui causing his word soul to be pulled out. Ginkaku seals Samui despite her not saying a word and Kinkaku curses Darui's word soul. Darui discovers that if he keeps silent to long, he'll be sealed anyway. During the confrontation, countless White Zetsu clones continue to be destroyed in the immediate vicinity. Despite not saying his most spoken word "dull", Darui is still sealed when saying words sounding similar to dull. Darui apologises to those he failed which cancels the sealing as the spoken word "dull" has changed to "sorry" due to Darui being very apologetic. Then a fortunate Darui manages to steal the [[Benihisago]] and the [[Shichiseiken]], before sealing Ginkaku and causing Kinkaku to perform a [[Version 2|tailed beast transformation]] in response, who then proceeded to devastate much of the First Division in an attempt to kill his brother's captor. [[Kitsuchi]] saves Darui from an attack from Kinkaku as parts of the Second, [[Fourth Division|Fourth]], and [[Fifth Division|Fifth]] divisions arrived to help the overwhelmed First, with the [[Kohaku no Jōhei]] being [[Heavenly Transfer Technique|sent]] to the battlefield by [[Mabui]] around the same time. This allowed Darui, acting in conjunction with [[Ino]], [[Shikamaru]], and [[Chōji]] to seal Kinkaku within the pot.
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When the war begins, the [[First Division]] is stationed along the north-western coast of the [[Land of Lightning]]. They are soon confronted by the reincarnated shinobi and White Zetsu that escaped the [[Second Division]]'s defense along the country's perimeter. The two sides engage each other, with Division Commander [[Darui]] facing off with the [[Gold and Silver Brothers]]. Darui initially struggles with the brothers and their [[Treasured Tools of the Sage of the Six Paths]], but eventually is able to turn the tools against the brothers to capture [[Ginkaku]] in their own [[Benihisago]]. This enrages [[Kinkaku]] to the point that he enters a [[version 2]] form, which he uses to tear through the First Division. After reinforcements from the Second, [[Fourth Division|Fourth]], and [[Fifth Division|Fifth]] arrive and the Alliance HQ sends the [[Kohaku no Jōhei]] to the battlefield, Kinaku is captured.
   
With Kinkaku's imprisonment, the battle began anew with [[Kakuzu]] obtaining the fifth heart needed to use his [[Earth Grudge Fear]]. After sending the four masks out into the conflict, [[Izumo]] and [[Kotetsu]] managed to catch him off guard and slice through his body, pinning his arms in order to prevent him from regenerating. Darui is then ordered to help the pair while the Allied Shinobi Forces fight the heart monsters. Ino, Shikamaru, and Chōji are sent to deal with the reincarnated [[Asuma]], who was [[Fire Release: Ash Pile Burning|slaughtering]] a considerable amount of shinobi. Chōza and Dan continue their battle, with [[Four Violet Flames Battle Encampment|preparations]] being made in order to avoid the latter's use of his [[Spirit Transformation Technique]]. Kitsuchi leads dozens of shinobi to fight the remaining Zetsu clones and other shinobi fight Kakuzu's heart monsters. [[Team 10]] continues their battle with Asuma; Shikamaru creates an opening for Chōji to attack, but he hesitates, allowing Asuma to use his [[Wind Release: Dust Cloud Technique]] on him. Ino saves him. The controlled Asuma goes in to kill Chōji but Ino takes control of his body and dodges, and then Ino fights Asuma within Choji's body. Chōza saves his son from another attack that would obliterate Choji and with enough encouraging, he creates butterfly wings. Ino controls White Zetsu clones to fight Asuma, giving Chōji and Shikamaru a chance to attack him. After using a calorie-enhanced chakra punch Chōji defeats Asuma; later he expands his wings further and claims that he will end this battle himself. Later, the battle is seemingly over, with Dan restrained in the [[Four Violet Flames Battle Encampment]], Kakuzu and Hizashi Hyūga defeated by the Alliance. [[Tenten]] overstrains herself from using the [[Bashōsen]] and quickly receives medical attention.
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With the Gold and Silver Brothers dealt with, the Allies turn their attention to the remaining reincarnated ninja: [[Asuma Sarutobi]] is defeated by his [[Team Asuma|former students]]; [[Kakuzu]] and [[Hizashi Hyūga]] are sealed with the help of [[Chōji Akimichi]]; [[Dan Katō]] is trapped within a [[Four Violet Flames Formation]]. The remaining White Zetsu are seemingly defeated, leaving the Allies victorious.
   
 
=== Battle in the Land of Hot Water ===
 
=== Battle in the Land of Hot Water ===
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:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Hanzō]], [[Chiyo]], [[Kimimaro]], [[Chūkichi]], [[Ibuse]]
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Hanzō]], [[Chiyo]], [[Kimimaro]], [[Chūkichi]], [[Ibuse]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': Part of the [[Surprise Attack Division]], [[Mifune]], [[samurai]] and at least one [[shinobi]] of the [[Fifth Division]] and Naruto's shadow clone (later)
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': Part of the [[Surprise Attack Division]], [[Mifune]], [[samurai]] and [[shinobi]] of the [[Fifth Division]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
 
::'''Manga''': [[Chōji's Determination|Chapter #530]] to [[Risk|Chapter #591]]
 
::'''Manga''': [[Chōji's Determination|Chapter #530]] to [[Risk|Chapter #591]]
::'''Anime''': [[Mifune vs. Hanzō|Naruto: Shippūden #272]] onwards
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::'''Anime''': [[Mifune vs. Hanzō|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #272]] to [[Reanimation Jutsu: Release!|#340]]
:'''Outcome''': Ibuse killed. Several samurai killed. All reincarnated shinobi released from Impure World Reincarnation, [[Kankurō]]'s portion of the [[Surprise Attack Division]] paralysed, but later given antidote. Allied Shinobi's victory.
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:'''Outcome''': Ibuse killed. Several samurai killed. All reincarnated shinobi released from Impure World Reincarnation. [[Kankurō]]'s portion of the [[Surprise Attack Division]] paralysed, but later given antidote. Allied Shinobi's victory.
   
Attempting to retrieve the captured [[Deidara]], a portion of [[Kankurō]]'s division encounters an elite Akatsuki unit and immediately tries to retreat to escape the superior opposition. In response, they are instantly [[Poison Mist|paralysed]] by [[Hanzō]]'s summoned [[Ibuse]] but [[Mifune]] manages to intercept Hanzō's fatal attack, before requesting a duel with the deceased shinobi. [[Samurai]] then arrive to back up Mifune and decide to take the poisoned [[Surprise Attack Division]] to the [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]]. Mifune then faces Hanzō alone, while the samurai fight [[Kimimaro]] and [[Chiyo]]. Ibuse swallows Mifune but he [[Iai Beheading|cuts]] Ibuse's head open. Hanzō is unable to use ninjutsu due to Mifune attacking him when he stops to weave hand seals. Mifune remembers having fought Hanzō in his youth, and the two discuss their ideals during the fight. Mifune convinces Hanzō against fighting. Hanzō then performs [[Wikipedia:Seppuku|seppuku]], causing his own [[poison]] to paralyse him. Hanzō is then sealed. In the second day of the battle, a clone of [[Naruto]] arrives to help against Chiyo and Kimimaro. The battle continues until the three remaining reincarnated ninja start deconstructing, thanks to Itachi's efforts.
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While part of the [[Surprise Attack Division]] is transporting the captured [[Deidara]] they are met by a restaffed [[Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon]]. The Surprise Attack Division attempts to escape, but is [[Poison Mist|paralysed]] by [[Hanzō]]'s summoned [[Ibuse]]. They are rescued by [[samurai]] of the [[Fifth Division]], with Mifune engaging and ultimately emerging victorious over Hanzō. [[Kimimaro]] and [[Chiyo]] prove more elusive, and it is not until the Impure World Resurrection is released on the second day that they are defeated.
   
 
=== Second Battle on the Land of Lightning Coast ===
 
=== Second Battle on the Land of Lightning Coast ===
 
:'''Location''': North-western coast of the [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Location''': North-western coast of the [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Tobi]] and the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Tobi]], the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[First Division]], parts of the [[Second Division]], [[Fourth Division]] and the eastern tail of the [[Fifth Division]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[First Division]], parts of the [[Second Division]], [[Fourth Division]], the eastern tail of the [[Fifth Division]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
 
::'''Manga''': [[Naruto towards the Battlefield…!!|Chapter #536]] to [[Towards the Night…!!|#537]]
 
::'''Manga''': [[Naruto towards the Battlefield…!!|Chapter #536]] to [[Towards the Night…!!|#537]]
::'''Anime''': [[Attack of the Gedō Statue|Naruto: Shippūden #276]]
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::'''Anime''': [[Attack of the Gedō Statue|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #276]]
:'''Outcome''': [[Dan Katō]] is freed, [[Kakuzu]] escapes from being sealed, hundreds of Allied Shinobi dead in [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]'s rampage, [[Tobi]] retrieves the [[Benihisago]] and [[Kohaku no Jōhei]] for containing the [[Gold and Silver Brothers]]. [[Akatsuki]] victory.
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:'''Outcome''': [[Dan Katō]] is freed. [[Kakuzu]] escapes from being sealed. Hundreds of Allied Shinobi dead in [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]'s rampage. [[Tobi]] retrieves the [[Benihisago]] and [[Kohaku no Jōhei]] for containing the [[Gold and Silver Brothers]]. [[Akatsuki]] victory.
   
Almost immediately after all the participating members of the [[White Zetsu Army]] were defeated, as well as [[Hizashi Hyūga]], [[Kakuzu]], and [[Dan Katō]] were all restrained, [[Tobi]] initiated a new battle right off the coast by summoning the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]. Chōza and Chōji try to fight against the Demonic Statue but are easily defeated. While it fights against the allied shinobi, Tobi uses the opportunity to obtain Benihisago and Kohaku no Jōhei, containing the sealed Gold and Silver Brothers. Shikamaru realises Tobi sent them to the front lines so they can be sealed into the statue when given the chance. Tobi states he is a worthy opponent and has the statue stomp on him. Shikamaru and Darui are saved by Chōji and Kitsuchi and the statue is de-summoned.
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Almost immediately after the the First Division and its backup defeats the last of Akatsuki's forces, [[Tobi]] appears on the battlefield and summons the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]. Despite the efforts of [[Kitsuchi]], [[Chōza]], and [[Chōji]], the Statue decimates the Allied forces. While taking shelter from the Statue's attacks, members of the First Division begin to realise the attack is just a distraction while Tobi acquires the captured [[Gold and Silver Brothers]]. They aren't able to stop him in time and he escapes with the [[Benihisago]] and [[Kohaku no Jōhei]]. His mission accomplished, Tobi de-summons the statue.
 
At the end of the first day of the battle, both the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] and [[Akatsuki]] received massive casualties, having effectively halved both sides battle forces. The 80,000 strong [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] were brought down to 40,000, and the 100,000 strong [[White Zetsu Army]] was brought down to 50,000, on top of the several already sealed [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] [[shinobi]].
 
   
 
=== The Battle for the Daimyō's Protection ===
 
=== The Battle for the Daimyō's Protection ===
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:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Black Zetsu]]
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Black Zetsu]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Daimyō Protection Squad]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]] (later)
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Daimyō Protection Squad]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
::'''Manga''': [[Naruto towards the Battlefield…!! (chapter)|Chapter #536]] to [[The Place Where We Pick Ourselves Up|#562]]
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::'''Manga''': [[Naruto towards the Battlefield…!!|Chapter #536]] to [[The Place Where We Pick Ourselves Up|#562]]
::'''Anime''': [[Attack of the Gedō Statue|Naruto: Shippūden #276]] onwards
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::'''Anime''': [[Attack of the Gedō Statue|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #276]] to [[Madara Uchiha (episode)|#322]]
 
:'''Outcome''': Black Zetsu is incapacitated. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
 
:'''Outcome''': Black Zetsu is incapacitated. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
[[Black Zetsu]] finally manages to locate the [[daimyō]]'s at one of the secret hideouts, only to be kicked away before reaching the castle. Having encountered [[Mei Terumi]], the Fifth [[Mizukage]], and the [[Daimyō Protection Squad]], a battle begins, but not before Black Zetsu [[Chakra Sensing Technique|senses]] the escape of the target [[jinchūriki]] and [[Mayfly Communication Technique|informs]] [[Tobi]] of it. Black Zetsu was then ordered to continue fighting the Daimyō Protection Squad, more as a distraction than to actually capture the daimyō. The battle continues on the next day, pausing only briefly with the abrupt appearance of one of [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clones]]. Just as the clone was captured by Zetsu, it was [[Hiramekarei Unleashing|bisected]] by [[Chōjūrō]]. Black Zetsu was [[Hiramekarei|pinned]] in place, as Mei [[Flying Thunder God Technique|left]] for another battlefield.
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In order to force the Allies' cooperation, [[Black Zetsu]] is sent to capture the [[daimyō]] of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]]. He is found and stopped by the [[Daimyō Protection Squad]] almost immediately after he arrives at the secret compound. Before he begins fighting he senses [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s appearance on the battlefield and informs [[Tobi]] of this development. The daimyō's capture ceases to matter, but Black Zetsu is instructed to keep the Daimyō Protection Squad busy. One of Naruto's [[shadow clone]]s arrives on the second day to help capture Black Zetsu.
   
 
== Night One ==
 
== Night One ==
During the night after the first battle, Akatsuki's [[White Zetsu Army]] engaged in devastating night time attacks, using their advanced [[Substitute Technique|transformation technique]] to pose as several Allied Shinobi to begin killing medics and other personnel. The transformed Zetsu could slip past all detection barriers and murder indiscriminately without being caught. However, thanks to [[Sakura Haruno]], the deception was uncovered and the Allied Shinobi Forces were now on guard to the attacks. Despite that though, by morning, there had been several deaths due to the Zetsu.
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At the end of the first day of the battle, both the Alliance and Akatsuki received massive casualties, having effectively halved both their battle forces. The 80,000 strong Allied Shinobi Forces were brought down to 40,000, and the 100,000 strong [[White Zetsu Army]] was brought down to 50,000, on top of the several already sealed reincarnated shinobi.
   
At the same time, [[A]] and [[Tsunade]] moved to intercept [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Killer B]] who had escaped from the [[Island Turtle]] before night fell. After a long struggle between Naruto, B, and A, Naruto was finally able to convince A to let them go to the battlefield by beating him in speed.
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During the day of fighting, members of the White Zetsu Army [[Substitute Technique|infiltrated]] the Alliance's ranks. Once night falls, the disguised Zetsu begin methodically eliminating key Allied personnel all across the battlefield. The Alliance is thrown into disarray until [[Sakura Haruno]] is able to determine what is happening. Despite this, there are no effective countermeasures against the Zetsu and vigilance is unable to prevent additional deaths. Suspicion reigns over the Allies.
   
 
== Day Two ==
 
== Day Two ==
=== First Skirmish in the Land of Lightning ===
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=== Skirmishes in the Land of Lightning ===
 
:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
::'''Akatsuki''': Platoon of [[White Zetsu Army]] posing as Allied Shinobi
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::'''Akatsuki''': Platoon of [[White Zetsu Army]] posing as Allied Shinobi, [[Toroi]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Killer B]], and [[Gamahiro]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Killer B]], [[Gamahiro]], [[Musai]], [[Nonota]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
::'''Manga''': [[An Immortal Army!!|Chapter #545]]
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::'''Manga''': [[An Immortal Army!!|Chapter #545]] to [[Confrontation of the Old and New Kage!!|Chapter #546]]
::'''Anime''': [[Naruto Enters the Battle!|Naruto: Shippūden #296]]
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::'''Anime''': [[Naruto Enters the Battle!|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #296]]
:'''Outcome''': All White Zetsu killed, Naruto uses his [[Shadow Clone Technique]] to disperse clones into the battlefield. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
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:'''Outcome''': All White Zetsu killed. Naruto uses his [[Shadow Clone Technique]] to disperse clones into the battlefield. Toroi is sealed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
[[Naruto]] and [[B]], in their first action of the War, encountered a platoon of the Allied Shinobi Forces heading to the HQ lead by [[F]]. However, Naruto was able to sense they were [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]] in his [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]]. Finally able to go all out, Naruto and B destroyed the platoon of White Zetsu with ease, even killing a [[White Zetsu Merging Technique|merged]] White Zetsu by [[Summoning: Food Cart Destroyer Technique|crushing]] it by summoning [[Gamahiro]]. Naruto then used his [[Shadow Clone Technique]] to send his clones all over the battlefield to detect the White Zetsu.
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Early in the night, [[Naruto]] and [[Killer B]] escape their confinement in the [[Land of Lightning]]. Although the [[Fourth Raikage]] and [[Fifth Hokage]] are sent to intercept them and place them under guard again, Naruto is able to convince them to allow him and B to fight.
   
=== Second Skirmish in the Land of Lightning ===
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Naruto and B's contributions immediately prove invaluable. They encounter a platoon of Allied shinobi heading towards HQ, which Naruto recognizes as disguised Zetsu. Naruto and B defeat them all and Naruto sends his [[shadow clone]]s to various battlefields to lend whatever assistance they can. As Naruto and B continue outbound from the Land of Lightning, they are able to save [[Musai]] and [[Nonota]] from a reincarnated [[Toroi]].
:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Toroi]]
 
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Musai]], [[Nonota]] and [[Naruto Uzumaki]] (later)
 
:'''Duration'''
 
::'''Manga''': [[Confrontation of the Old and New Kage!!|Chapter #546]]
 
::'''Anime''': [[Naruto Enters the Battle!|Naruto: Shippūden #296]]
 
:'''Outcome''': Toroi is sealed, [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
 
 
A [[Kumogakure]] and [[Sunagakure]] [[shinobi]] were separated from [[F]]'s platoon (which were actually [[White Zetsu Army]] clones in [[Substitute Technique|disguise]]) heading towards HQ. [[Toroi]] is later discovered trailing after them during their relocation, with numerous shuriken in hand and scroll in mouth. Identified by the Kumo-nin, who attempts to alert his ally to the best method to not fall victim to his [[Magnet Release]], Toroi goes on the offensive. In spite of the pre-emptive warning, the unaware Suna-nin still falls foul of the attack and is evidently terrified as the details of the [[Magnet Release: Magnet Shuriken|technique]] are disclosed. Prepared to conclude the battle using even larger shuriken, Toroi is ambushed from behind by [[Naruto Uzumaki]] wielding a [[Rasengan]], before being [[Sealing Tag|sealed]] by the previously panic stricken Suna-nin. [[Killer B]] arrived in the aftermath of the battle and tell his fellow Kumo shinobi that F's platoon were White Zetsu before he and Naruto went away.
 
   
 
=== First Southern Battle in the Land of Lightning ===
 
=== First Southern Battle in the Land of Lightning ===
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:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Mū]], [[Second Mizukage]], [[Third Raikage]], [[Fourth Kazekage]], [[Giant Clam]]
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Mū]], [[Second Mizukage]], [[Third Raikage]], [[Fourth Kazekage]], [[Giant Clam]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': Part of the [[Fourth Division]] with its Commander [[Gaara]], [[Ōnoki]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]] (later)
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': Part of the [[Fourth Division]] with its Commander [[Gaara]], [[Ōnoki]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
 
::'''Manga''': [[Confrontation of the Old and New Kage!!|Chapter #546]] to [[Kabuto's Trump Card…!!|#558]]
 
::'''Manga''': [[Confrontation of the Old and New Kage!!|Chapter #546]] to [[Kabuto's Trump Card…!!|#558]]
::'''Anime''': [[Naruto Enters the Battle!|Naruto: Shippūden #296]] to [[Terror: The Steam Imp|#302]]
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::'''Anime''': [[Naruto Enters the Battle!|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #296]] to [[Terror: The Steam Imp|#302]]
:'''Outcome''': Dozens of Allied Forces shinobi are killed, but the Third Raikage, Second Mizukage, Fourth Kazekage, and half of Mū are sealed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
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:'''Outcome''': Dozens of Allied Forces shinobi are killed. The Third Raikage, Second Mizukage, Fourth Kazekage, and half of Mū are sealed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
[[Mū]], using his [[Hiding with Camouflage Technique]], was able to make his way into the Land of Lightning undetected until [[Gaara]] was able to locate him on the first day. then summoned the [[Second Mizukage]], the [[Third Raikage]], and the [[Fourth Kazekage]], ready to engage in battle. However, the Fourth Division slowly retreated, drawing the reincarnated Kage farther into the Land of Lightning while part of the division, led by [[Shikamaru Nara]], broke off to aid in the Battle on the Land of Lightning's coast. After over a day of retreating and the understanding that the Battle on the Land of Lightning's Coast was won, Gaara and [[Ōnoki]] engaged the Kage; Gaara sends a huge wave of sand towards the enemy, his father uses his [[Gold Dust]] to counteract it. Using the opportunity, Ōnoki attacks using a cone shaped [[Dust Release: Detachment of the Primitive World Technique]] but is countered by Mū who sensed him and uses a cylindrical form of the same technique which results in a colossal crater on the battlefield. As Gaara comes into sight, his father, who had thought that Shukaku had been released, is shocked to see Gaara before him and asks him where the One-Tail was. Gaara responds to him telling him that he was no longer the jinchūriki he had created.
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The [[Fourth Division]] encounters the reincarnated [[]] on the first day of hostilities. Akastuki responds by sending the [[Second Mizukage]], the [[Third Raikage]], and the [[Fourth Kazekage]] to reinforce . The Alliance likewise sends [[Ōnoki]] to assist the Fourth Division. Despite this, the Fourth Division avoids conflict until the second day when other Divisions - their own battles won - can be called in to help.
   
Now having brought Akatsuki farther in to the Land of Lightning, it leaves them vulnerable to an attack from the rear by the [[First Division]] and the rest of the Fourth. The battle between father and son commences with the collision of their respective gold and sand, resulting in a mixture of the two. However, by attempting to protect two of the other Kage from an aerial barrage, Gaara restrains his father, and his counters continue to fail in the face of Gaara's [[Shield of Sand]]. After Gaara learns the truth about his mother, seals his father, then turning his attention to the Raikage and Mizukage with new determination which escaped from Gaara's sand and they divulge their abilities on the fourth division. Meanwhile, Ōnoki follows Mū, who becomes invisible and states that Ōnoki is going to die if he doesn't call Gaara over. Ōnoki states not to underestimate him as he makes several [[Rock Clone Technique|clones]]. After the [[Giant Clam|clam]] summoned by the Second Mizukage begins casting its [[Mirage Genjutsu|mirage]], the shinobi try in vain to attack the Mizukage as he seemingly phases through them. He then reminds them that attacking him was useless as he was just a mirage and tells them to attack the clam instead to end the technique. Taking his advice into consideration, the shinobi let loose another onslaught of attacks but when the smoke clears, they realise that they had attacked a mirage again. Seemingly irate at them attacking mirages, the Mizukage tells them to attack the clam and upon trying again, the attack phases through the clam as well. Getting nowhere, the shinobi stand in confusion as how to deal with the situation. As several shinobi of the Fourth Division bear down on him, Temari uses the [[Wind Release: Cast Net]] technique to cut the Raikage and calls for the [[Sealing Team]] to seal him immediately. Gaara spots Mū behind Ōnoki, who strains his back from the impact. Mū prepares to attack, and Gaara notices a Rasengan behind Mū.
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[[Gaara]] launches the first attack - which in turn is countered by the Fourth Kazekage's [[gold dust]] - Ōnoki engages Mū, and elements of the [[First Division]] attack the Raikage and Mizukage from the rear. The Fourth Kazekage is captured and sealed while protecting the Raikage and Mizukage, but the remaining Kage are more elusive: the Raikage is largely impervious to damage, the Mizukage and his summoned [[Giant Clam|clam]] cannot be located in their [[Mirage Genjutsu|mirage]], and Ōnoki is unable to overpower Mū.
   
Naruto's clone attempts to attackfrom behind using a [[Planetary Rasengan]], however the Tsuchikage just senses him and avoids the attack. Acting quickly, Gaara created a platform of sand for Naruto to shoot a [[Tailed Beast Chakra Arms|chakra arm]] to to stable himself, and just as began a counter attack with his [[Dust Release]], Naruto used another chakra arm to launch the Planetary Rasengan right into his chest, sending the Second through a rock pillar into the ground. Ōnoki flew over and used the [[Earth Release: Added-Weight Rock Technique]] to immobilise his former mentor before he could regenerate, and Gaara finished him off using his sand and a [[Sealing Tag]], despite Mū warning them of something. At another part of the battle, the Second Mizukage had defeated several shinobi around him, commenting that he might be just too strong. Temari and those with her learned the Third Raikage's background, as well as the fact they needed a powerful [[Wind Release]] user to take him down due to his insane endurance. Naruto arrived, saying he was that user, and leaped into the air and blinded the Third Raikage with sunlight that was reflected off his [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] to begin an attack.
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When [[Naruto]]'s shadow clone arrives it takesby surprised and, in the ensuing confusion, is sealed before he can respond. Naruto next focuses on the Third Raikage, whose defenses are impenetrable and whose attacks are unstoppable. When his and the Alliance's combined efforts can do nothing against the Raikage, Naruto maneuvers the Raikage against himself, using his own attacks to break his own defenses and creating an opening to seal him. Meanwhile, Gaara and Ōnoki face-off with the Mizukage. They're able to destroy the Mizukage's clam, but struggle with his [[Steaming Danger Tyranny]]. Gaara is ultimately able to sneak some of the Fourth Kazzekage's remaining gold dust into the Mizukage's technique, neutralizing it and allowing the Mizukage to be sealed.
   
Naruto attacks the Third Raikage with [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]], missing twice but using his [[Chakra Arms]] to redirect it to a nearly point-blank strike which connects. The Third Raikage is sent flying back and is engulfed in the massive wind dome that is created by the Rasenshuriken, and Temari instructs the Sealing Team to move in thinking the fight is over. However, the Raikage isn't finished and he cuts the cloth set to bind him, and immediately charges up his Lightning Release Armour again to begin a counter attack. [[Dodai]] instructs the [[Earth Release]] users to [[Earth Release: Earth-Style Wall of Ten Thousand Ri|make a wall]], which he makes more durable with [[Lava Release: Rubber Wall]]. The Third Raikage smashes through with the [[Hell Stab]], his strongest attack which demolishes the wall, but is momentarily stalled by Dodai's technique. Not heading the Kumo ninja's warning, dozens of Allied Shinobi go to attack the Third Raikage and he tears through them. Learning that the only time that the Third Raikage was injured was from the [[Eight-Tails]], Naruto begins forming the [[Tailed Beast Rasengan]] to counter.
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=== Battle Against the Dōjutsu Duo ===
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:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]]
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:'''Combatants'''
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Nagato]], [[Itachi Uchiha]] (beginning), [[Giant Drill-Beaked Bird]], [[Giant Multi-Headed Dog]], [[Giant Snake-Tailed Chameleon]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Killer B]], [[Itachi Uchiha]] (later)
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Manga''': [[Naruto vs. Itachi!!|Chapter #548]] to [[The Requirements for Hokage…!!|#552]]
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::'''Anime''': [[Contact! Naruto vs. Itachi|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #298]] to [[The Acknowledged One|#299]]
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:'''Outcome''': Itachi is [[Kotoamatsukami|freed]] from Kabuto's control. Nagato is sealed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory
   
Despite attempting the Tailed Beast Rasengan, Naruto fails to form it fully and is forced out of the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode. Kabuto focuses all of the Third Raikage's attacks on Naruto, attempting to knock him out with a punch. However, Dodai saves him with [[Lava Release: Rubber Ball]], and Naruto asked the Eight-Tails how he defeated the Third Raikage. When he learned that both fought each other to a stand still, and the Third Raikage had only been injured after he fell. Suspecting what had happened, he entered [[Sage Mode]] and created a Rasengan, meeting the Third's nukite charge. Using Sage Mode's chakra sensing, as well as [[Frog Kata]] he dodged the one-finger nukite strike and slammed his Rasengan into the Third Raikage's arm, making him impale himself with his own attack. Before the Third Raikage could regenerate, he was sealed. Elsewhere, Gaara faces the Second Mizukage alone, his [[Shield of Sand]] failing against him.
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[[Kabuto Yakushi]] decides to temporarily kill [[Naruto]] and [[Killer B]] in order to deal with them in the short term and make it easier to use them against [[Tobi]] in the long term. To that end, he sends the reincarnated [[Nagato]] and [[Itachi Uchiha]] after them. While Nagato attacks them with different [[Summoning Technique|summons]], Itachi activates the [[Kotoamatsukami]] he planted on Naruto before his death, releasing him from Kabuto's control and allowing him to assist with defeating Nagato. Though his body was frail, Nagato is able to regain his mobility by [[Blocking Technique Absorption Seal|absorbing]] B's [[version 2]] chakra. Although this revitalized Nagato is nearly able to [[Absorption Soul Technique|remove Naruto's soul]], he is overpowered by the three and sealed by Itachi's [[Susanoo]].
   
Gaara notices how the Mizukage's oil is nullifying his sand as he uses his [[Sand Sensing]] to find the Giant Clam. After locating it, the Third Tsuchikage uses [[Earth Release: Fist Rock Technique]] combined with [[Earth Release: Ultra-Added-Weight Rock Technique]] to destroy it, revealing the Mizukage's real body. Ōnoki throws out his back, rendering him immobile as the Mizukage uses [[Water Release: Water Gun]] to shoot him in the neck. The Third is shown to be a [[sand clone]], which then envelopes the Mizukage. The Second starts to wash away the sand with oil, but Gaara layers the sand into a [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral|large pyramid]]. Then, upon attempting to seal the Mizukage, the pyramid explodes due to [[Steaming Danger Tyranny]]. It starts hailing, shrinking the Mizukage's clone, but a member of the Fourth Division [[Chakra Sensing Technique|senses]] the Mizukage, because he's no longer a mirage. The clone wreaks havoc, and as Gaara again uses Desert Layered Imperial Funeral, the clone removes the sealing tag and explodes. Gaara protected his division, and appeared before the Mizukage and his clone. The clone attacks Gaara, slicing him, but is shown to have sliced another sand clone. Gaara uses his father's gold dust, mixed in with the sand clone, along with the clone's heat, to fuse the gold to its body. The clone then finds the real Gaara, and tries to attack him, only to be stopped by Gaara's sand and stopped from exploding. The Fifth explains that the gold not only slowed the clone down, but acted as a thermal conductor to draw heat away from the body. With that, the Mizukage is sealed.
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=== Battle Against the Sound Four ===
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:'''Location''': North-western coast of the [[Land of Lightning]] and [[Land of Frost]]
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:'''Combatants'''
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::'''Akatsuki''': The [[Sound Four]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Shikamaru Nara]], [[Chōji Akimichi]], [[Neji Hyūga]], [[Kiba Inuzuka]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Anime''': [[Ghosts from the Past|'' Naruto: Shippuden '' #302]] to [[The Vengeful|#304]]
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:'''Outcome''': Reincarnated Sound Four souls released. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
In the rubble of a smashed pillar, a damaged stands up. He reveals that he [[Fission Technique|split]] his body in two, and that only half of him was sealed. He tries to remove the tags from his other half, but the seal is too strong in his weakened state. He then performs a summoning, summoning [[Madara Uchiha]].
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On various battlefields, the reincarnated [[Sound Four]] tries to take revenge against the members of the [[Sasuke Retrieval Team]] that killed them years earlier. Individually the Sound Four are defeated, but with the [[Space–Time Technique Formula: Underworld Turnover]] their defeated bodies ensnare the souls of their targets. The vengeance that fuels their technique is traceable by [[Naruto]]'s shadow clone, who locates them, returns their souls to the afterlife, and frees their victims.
   
=== Naruto and B vs. Itachi and Nagato ===
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=== Hunt for Hayate ===
:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]]
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:'''Location''': Logistical Support and Medical Division forest
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Nagato]], [[Itachi Uchiha]] (beginning), [[Giant Drill-Beaked Bird]], [[Giant Multi-Headed Dog]], [[Giant Snake-Tailed Chameleon]]
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::''' Akatsuki''': [[Hayate Gekkō]], two unidentified reincarnated shinobi
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Killer B]], [[Itachi Uchiha]] (later)
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[ (medical-nin)|Iō]], [[Yokaze]], [[Yūgao Uzuki]], [[Sakura Haruno]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
::'''Manga''': [[Naruto vs. Itachi!! (chapter)|Chapter #548]] to [[The Requirements for Hokage…!!|#552]]
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::'''Anime''': [[Fade into the Moonlight|'' Naruto Shippuden"''#307]] to [[Night of the Crescent Moon|#308]]
::'''Anime''': [[Contact! Naruto vs. Itachi|Naruto: Shippūden #298]] to [[The Acknowledged One|#299]]
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:'''Outcome''': Hayate Gekkō and two unidentified shinobi are sealed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
:'''Outcome''': Itachi is [[Kotoamatsukami|freed]] from Kabuto's control. Nagato is sealed by the [[Sword of Totsuka]]. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
 
   
When Nagato and Itachi encounter Naruto and Killer B, Kabuto planned to capture and use them to further blackmail Tobi, deciding to kill the jinchūriki temporarily and store their souls by Nagato in the [[King of Hell]] and then revive them later. The battle reveals some truth on Itachi's mission and much to his chagrin, Itachi learns that Sasuke has turned to Tobi instead of returning to Konoha. With this, the battle begins with Nagato (forcefully) summoning his [[Giant Drill-Beaked Bird|bird]] and [[Giant Multi-Headed Dog|multi-headed dog]] to battle Naruto. Itachi battles both Naruto and B. Itachi eventually activates his Mangekyō Sharingan. The [[Itachi's Crow|crow]] Itachi had placed inside Naruto comes out using [[Kotoamatsukami]] on Itachi placing him on Naruto and B's side. Itachi also freed himself of Kabuto's control. Itachi then uses [[Amaterasu]] on the summonings and Nagato himself.
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The [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]] prioritizes the protection of the corpses of those with [[kekkei genkai]] so that Akatsuki cannot use their bodies against the Alliance. A reincarnated [[Hayate Gekkō]] is sent to steal a scroll the bodies are stored in. He succeeds, but is pursued by [[Yūgao Uzuki]], his former lover. Yūgao is initially unwilling to fight Hayate, forcing [[Sakura Haruno]] to deal with him. Yūgao does finally intervene when Hayate is about to kill Sakura and her presence stays his blade long enough for a [[Sealing Team]] to capture him.
   
Nagato uses Shinra Tensei to blow out the flames, and Kabuto removes Nagato's personality, making him more offensive in battle. Nagato hides in the [[Giant Snake-Tailed Chameleon|chameleon summon]] and attacks them with a powerful Shinra Tensei. Nagato tries to attack B but B enters his Version 2 form and attacks him with a [[Lariat]]. Nagato uses the [[Blocking Technique Absorption Seal|Preta Path's ability]] to absorb B's chakra which leads Nagato to regain a youthful appearance. When Naruto comes to help, Nagato grabs hold of him and begins to [[Absorption Soul Technique|remove his soul]].
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=== Battle Against Tatewaki ===
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:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]] forest
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:'''Combatants''':
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Tatewaki]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Karui]], part of the [[Second Division]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Anime''': [[An A-Rank Mission: The Contest|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #309]] to [[The Fallen Castle|#310]]
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:'''Outcome''': Tatewaki able to break contract with [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and return to the afterlife. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
Naruto tries to escape by attacking Nagato with a [[Rasengan]] but he absorbs it. B tries to cut Nagato to save Naruto, but he stops him using two extra arms that grows from his shoulder and almost succeeds in removing Naruto's soul and destroying B until Itachi intercepts him using his [[Susanoo]] and attacks the summonings' eyes making them disappear. Nagato proceeds to use [[Chibaku Tensei]] to trap the three but is stopped by the combined effort of Itachi's [[Yasaka Magatama]], B's [[Tailed Beast Ball]] and Naruto's [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]] to destroy the sphere at the centre of the attack. As the smoke clears, Nagato finds himself impaled by Susanoo's Sword of Totsuka and his personality returns. Itachi then seals him but not before Nagato gives his last words to Naruto telling him that he was part of a trilogy that included Jiraiya and himself and to correct the wrongs that he had done during his lifetime.
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In the anime, part of the [[Second Division]] is attacked by a reincarnated [[Tatewaki]], who they struggle to fight against. A short time later, one of Naruto's shadow clones arrives to help. Having met Tatewaki when he was alive, Naruto is able to speak of him and informs him of the fates of [[Shū (lord)|Shū]] and [[Chiyo (princess)|Chiyo]]. When he hears they are safe and happy, Tatewaki's soul is put at peace and he is released from the Impure World Reincarnation.
   
Itachi finishes sealing Nagato. Kabuto expresses frustration on Nagato's sealing, believing that his amplified field of vision would compensate his impaired mobility, though Itachi managed to exploit its blindspots. Kabuto considers using his trump card. Itachi says he has a plan and will handle the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique, but Naruto insists on fighting on his own, but begins feeling the effects of extended use of the [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]]. Itachi reminds Naruto that he shouldn't forget the people who supported him, that doing things on his own will lead to failure. Killer B tells Naruto about his promise to [[Iruka]] to keep Naruto safe. Itachi [[Amaterasu|incinerates]] the crow and Shisui's Sharingan along with it, as it would take another decade before its power could be used again and then leaves.
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=== Battle Against Yota ===
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:'''Location''': North-western coast of [[Land of Lightning]] and [[Land of Frost]] and [[Logistical Support and Medical Division]]
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:'''Combatants''':
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Yota]], three White Zetsu clones taking on his appearance, portion of the [[White Zetsu Army]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi forces''': portion of the [[Second Division]], [[Fourth Division]], [[Shikamaru Nara]], [[Chōji Akimichi]], [[Ino Yamanaka]], [[Kiba Inuzuka]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Anime''': [[Rain Followed by Snow, with Some Lightning|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #313]] to [[Lingering Snow|#315]]
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:'''Outcome''': Yota able to break contract with [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and return to the afterlife. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
=== Second Southern Battle in the Land of Lightning ===
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A reincarnated person appears on three different battlefields and produces strange weather patterns. Members of [[Konoha]]'s [[Rookie Nine]] recognize him as [[Yota]], who they knew when they were in the [[Academy]]. However, only one of the three can be the real Yota, the other two being transformed Zetsu. One of Naruto's shadow clones locates the real Yota and reminisces with him about the fun they had when they were kids. Yota's soul is put at peace and he is released from the Impure World Reincarnation, but not before he destroys his corpse to prevent being revived again.
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=== Battle Against the Lesser Reincarnated Shinobi ===
 
:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]]
:'''Combatants'''
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:'''Combatants''':
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Madara Uchiha]] and [[]]'s other half
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Torune]], [[Heiji]], [[Chūkaku]], [[Daimaru]], [[Osoi]], many lesser reincarnated shinobi, [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu clones]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': A clone of [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Ōnoki]], [[A]] (later), [[Mei Terumī]] (later), [[Tsunade]] (later), the [[Hokage Guard Platoon]] (later) and part of the [[Fourth Division]] with its Commander [[Gaara]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi forces''': Part of the [[Fourth Division]], including [[Temari]], [[Yukata]], [[Matsuri]], [[Musai]], [[Nonota]], [[Shino Aburame]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
::'''Manga''': [[Reinforcements Arrive…!!|Chapter #559]] to [[How Come Until Now?|Chapter #600]]
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::'''Anime''': [[The Reanimated Allied Forces|''Naruto: Shippuden'' #316]] to [[Shino vs. Torune!|#317]]
:'''Outcome''': Heavy Allied Shinobi casualties, all Kage critically wounded, Mū released from the Impure World Reincarnation, Madara severed contract with technique and rendezvous with Tobi. Akatsuki victory.
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:'''Outcome''': All reanimated shinobi sealed. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
With the state of the war rapidly deteriorating, Kabuto used [[]] to summon his trump card; [[Madara Uchiha]]. Mū led Madara to the battlefield to engage the Fourth Division. Taking control of Mū's body, Kabuto informs Madara of the new situation and informs the man of his supposedly enhanced power. To prove that his power is his own, Madara attacked the Fourth Division alone. When his fire techniques are countered by a group water techniques. Switching to close range, Madara defeated several shinobi before Ōnoki and Naruto's surprise attack forced Madara to activate his [[Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan]] and blocking his [[Susanoo]]. Despite this, the combined efforts of Gaara, Ōnoki, and Naruto forced him to activate his Rinnegan to absorb the powerful Rasenshuriken. Kabuto speculates that the Rinnegan was the natural evolution of the Sharingan and again informs Madara of his modifications. Madara again declared that the power was his and summoned a giant [[Tengai Shinsei|meteorite]] to obliterate the battlefield. As Gaara orders a full retreat, Ōnoki successfully slowed the meteorite, but Madara quickly summoned a second, levelling the battlefield and wiping out most of the Fourth Division.
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The loss of so many valuable pawns forces [[Kabuto]] to use the ninja he mistakenly reincarnated in pursuit of other, stronger ninja. He places [[Torune]] in charge of a squad with the mission to release some of the shinobi sealed by the Allies, such as [[Toroi]] and the [[Third Raikage]]. All but Torune are caught in traps placed by the [[Fourth Division]] around the sealed ninja. Torune attempts to use a kinjutsu that would devastate the Allied shinobi, but is stopped and sealed by [[Shino Aburame]] and one of Naruto's shadow clones.
   
As Madara and regenerated and surveyed the carnage, Naruto's clone was protected by [[Dodai]], while Ōnoki suffered great injury. Using this quiet moment to his advantage, Madara attempted to summon the Nine-Tails, but learns that it is still sealed within its [[jinchūriki]] Naruto. With the Nine-Tails denied to him, Madara attacked the survivors with [[Hashirama Senju]]'s [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees]]. Before the Division could suffer any more damage, the Nine-Tails loaned Naruto enough chakra to counter Madara's Wood Release. With the clone's chakra almost spent, Ōnoki moves in to challenge Madara himself. Having felt the disturbance of caused by the meteorite, [[A]] and [[Tsunade]] used [[Mabui]]'s [[Heavenly Transfer Technique]] and the [[Hokage Guard Platoon]] used the [[Flying Thunder God Technique]] to transport [[Mei Terumī]] to the battlefield to confront the legendary shinobi.
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=== Battle Against Fukai ===
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:'''Location''' [[Land of Lightning]]
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:'''Combatants''':
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Fukai]], portion of the [[White Zetsu Army]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi forces''': [[Killer B]], [[Motoi]]
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Anime''': [[A Hole in the Heart: The Other Jinchūriki|''Naruto: Shippuden'' #318]]
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:'''Outcome''': All White Zetsu Army clones defeated and Fukai able to break contract with [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and return to the afterlife. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
As Tsunade healed Ōnoki and Gaara, A and Mei go on the offensive against Madara while Dodai and the Hokage Guard Platoon fought Kabuto/Mū. A and Mei's offensive impressed Madara, who launched powerful offensive against the group, but stopped by a combination of Gaara's and Ōnoki's defences. Mei then obscured Madara's Rinnegan using the [[Hiding in Mist Technique]], to allow Ōnoki to climb on A's back to lower his weight to make him faster, and increase it the weight of his fists to make him stronger. In doing so he incapacitated Mū with one powerful hit, followed by A punching through Madara's Susanoo, sending him flying a great distance away from the survivors. Wanting to use this opportunity, Naruto asked Tsunade to heal his clone as well. However, the Five Kage told Naruto that Madara is the Kage's battle and that he should focus his efforts on Tobi. The Kage continue their battle with Madara, discovering that Kabuto's main enhancement to Madara was the near complete fusion of Hashirama's cells into Madara's body. In doing so created what Madara to believe a living legend. Madara was able to use this enhanced power to poison the Five Kage at once, but they were saved from long lasting damage by Ōnoki's Dust Release.
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[[Kabuto]] decides to test [[Killer B]]'s skills by reincarnating his predecessor as the [[Eight-Tails]]' jinchūriki: [[Fukai]]. B, with [[Motoi]]'s help, engages Fukai, but they are soon put on the defensive. Motoi is nearly killed trying to buy time for B to escape, but B comes back to save him. B speaks with Fukai telepathically and vows to help him however he can. Glad that B has found the kind of purpose he lacked in his own life, Fukai's soul is put at peace and he is released from the Impure World Reincarnation.
   
Tsunade joined the offensive and with her added strength, seemed to overwhelm Madara giving Gaara enough time to [[Desert Layered Imperial Funeral|seal]] him. However, they only sealed a [[wood clone]], with the real Madara impaling Tsunade with Susanoo. To Madara's surprise, Tsunade snaps Susanoo's Sword and uses it to attack him. Madara rebuffs the attack with Yasaka Magatama, and notices that Tsunade's technique allows her to heal herself without hand-seals. Ōnoki attacks with his Dust Release, recalling how it destroyed Madara's shoulder earlier, but Madara simply uses the Rinnegan's power to absorb the technique, claiming that he only allowed himself to be hit earlier to show them Hashirama's face on his shoulder, to instil hopelessness in them, despite it only motivating them to fight. Tsunade taunts Madara that they had cornered him, forcing him to use a clone. Madara notes it's five against one, and Mei points out that they're not cowards, that going five against one shows they acknowledge his powers, that he is Madara Uchiha. Madara says he doesn't think them to be cowards, and [[Multiple Wood Release Clone Technique|creates twenty-five wood clones]], five for each Kage and continued his assault.
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=== Water Attack Raid Unit Rescue ===
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:'''Location''' [[Seventh Front]]
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:''' Combatants''':
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::''' Akatsuki''': Two thousand [[White Zetsu Army]] clones
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Water Attack Raid Unit]], [[Thundercloud Unit]], [[Omoi]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]]
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Anime''': [[Run, Omoi!|''Naruto: Shippuden'' #320]]
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:'''Outcome''': All White Zetsu Army clones defeated. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.
   
Having beat four of the five Kage into a corner, Ōnoki's words of encouragement spurred the Kage into action. By throwing a massive wave of Dust Release and lightning-infused Water Release mixed with sand, they destroyed all of Madara's wood clones, and came close to sealing him, claiming this was the true power of the five Kage. Madara replied by revealing his Susanoo's perfect form. Then, to show how futile it was to fight him, Madara demonstrates his true power by destroying a mountain range with a single slash of his [[Susanoo sword]]. Just as he was about to strike the Kage with what was potentially a final blow, Susanoo disperses and Madara himself starts deconstructing. However, before being completely released from the Impure World Reincarnation, Madara revealed the he had released his contract with the technique, giving him an immortal body. However Madara has lost interest in the fight after having dispelled his perfect Susanoo, and refused to summon it again. Deciding instead to go after Naruto, Ōnoki blocks his path before the immortal could leave. The rest of the battle was unseen, but Madara was able to critically wound the five Kage, rendezvousing with Tobi in his battle against the Allied Shinobi.
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In the anime, the [[Water Attack Raid Unit]] comes under attack near the Seventh Front by the White Zetsu Army. Allied Shinobi HQ sends the [[Thundercloud Unit]] as reinforcements, who soon find themselves getting overwhelmed as well. [[Omoi]] abandons his post to assist them, but by the time he arrives the Water Attack Raid Unit has already been defeated. Eventually, Omoi locates the Thundercloud Unit and with their help is able to eventually defeat the white Zetsu.
   
=== Battle against the Eye of the Moon Plan ===
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=== Second Southern Battle in the Land of Lightning ===
:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]] and [[Kamui's dimension]]
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:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]]
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Obito Uchiha|Tobi]], the reincarnated [[jinchūriki]], six of the sealed [[Tailed Beasts]], [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] (later), the reincarnated [[Madara Uchiha]] (later)
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Madara Uchiha]], [[]]'s other half
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Killer B]], [[Kakashi Hatake]] (later), [[Might Guy]] (later)
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Fourth Division]], [[Naruto Uzumaki]]'s [[shadow clone]], the five [[Kage]], the [[Hokage Guard Platoon]],
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
::'''Manga''': [[The Five Kage Gathered…!!|Chapter #563]] to [[End|Chapter #609]]
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::'''Manga''': [[Reinforcements Arrive…!!|Chapter #559]] to [[How Come Until Now?|#600]]
:'''Outcome''': [[Matatabi]], [[Isobu]], [[Son Gokū]], [[Kokuō]], [[Saiken]] and [[Chōmei]] are resealed within the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]]. [[Yugito Nii]], [[Rōshi]], [[Han]], [[Yagura]], [[Utakata]], and [[Fū]] and are released from the Impure World Reincarnation. Revival of the [[Ten-Tails]]. Tactical Akatsuki victory.
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::'''Anime''': [[Reinforcements Arrive|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #321]] to [[Who Are You?|#343]]
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:'''Outcome''': Heavy Allied Shinobi casualties. All Kage critically wounded. Mū released from the Impure World Reincarnation. Madara severed contract with technique and rendezvous with Tobi. [[Akatsuki]] victory.
   
Instructed to win by the Five Kage, [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Killer B]] intercept and confront [[Tobi]] directly, who was pursuing them with his [[Six Paths of Pain#Tobi's Paths|Six Paths of Pain]]. Upon encountering, Tobi and Naruto head-butted each other, sending them both reeling. Tobi then orders his Paths to attack Naruto and B, who discover that the reincarnated [[jinchūriki]] have access to all their powers in life, but enhanced by the power of the [[Sharingan]] and [[Rinnegan]]. Vowing to defeat [[Madara Uchiha|the other Madara]] and this "masked Madara", Naruto swore he would tear his mask off and end his [[Eye of the Moon Plan]]. Tobi responded by having his Paths undergo partial transformations of their [[tailed beasts]] and continued his assault.
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When he was attacked by [[Naruto]]'s shadow clone earlier, [[]]'s body instinctively [[Fission Technique|split]] in two, of which only one was sealed. The second half cannot release the first half, so [[Kabuto]] uses the only option he has left: he uses as a medium to summon a reincarnated [[Madara Uchiha]]. Kabuto encourages Madara to show what made him so legendary, which Madara obliges by attacking the nearby [[Fourth Division]]. [[Gaara]], [[Ōnoki]], Naruto's shadow clone, and the rest of the Allies present are already outmatched by Madara, which is only made worse when Madara drops two [[Tengai Shinsei|meteorites]] upon them, wiping out most of the Fourth Division. Madara attacks the survivors with [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees]], which Naruto does his best to defend against.
   
During B's offensive, which [[Fū]] effortlessly dodged due to her [[Outer Path|shared sight]], Naruto concludes that Tobi must be controlling his Paths the same way [[Nagato]] controlled his; [[chakra receiver]]s embedded somewhere in their bodies. B having found one on [[Yugito]] while admiring her chest, led the two to believe that all the receivers were located on the jinchūriki's chests. Naruto attempted to destroy one such receiver in [[Rōshi]]'s chest, but was stopped by [[Han]], leading the [[Eight-Tails]] to advise them to do something about the dense forest obscuring their vision, being no determent to Tobi. B responds by [[Tailed Beast Mode|transforming into the Eight-Tails]] and [[Tailed Beast Eight Twists|clearing]] the the area, forming a large barren battlefield. With the jinchūriki revealed, B attempted to [[Sealing Technique: Octopus Hold|restrain]] them while they removed the chakra receivers, but each exploded into their Version 2 forms, with Tobi commanding them to attack. With their enhanced powers, the six jinchūriki repel Naruto and B's offensive, leading to B getting wounded by a fully transformed Han and Naruto restrained by [[Coral Palm|Yagura's attack]]. Using this to his advantage, Tobi dives onto B to grab and warp away Naruto before he is interrupted by [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Might Guy]], who were observing the battle and waiting for Tobi to make himself vulnerable before attacking.
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Naruto's shadow clone is beginning to run low on chakra and cannot hold out against Madara for much longer. The three remaining [[Kage]] ([[A]], [[Tsunade]], and [[Mei Terumī]]) arrive on the battlefield to join Gaara and Ōnoki against Madara, instructing Naruto to trust the fight to them. Naruto's clone vanishes, remnants of the Fourth Division pursue Mū's half, and the Kage engage Madara. Although the Kage pull off some attacks that impress even Madara, they cannot hope to defeat him so long as he is an immortal reincarnation that recovers from all injuries. All they can hope to do is endure against Madara's various powers until Kabuto is defeated and the Impure World Reincarnation is broken.
   
Using this opportunity, the [[Five-Tails]] attempted to attack Tobi as he was distracted, but was quickly [[Demonic Statue Chains|subdued]]. This led to the Nine and Eight-Tails to start a discussion on their treatment while Kakashi and Guy deduced that Tobi will be unable to use the unique abilities of the Six Paths due to the difficulty of controlling the tailed beasts. With B still incapacitated, Kakashi and Guy hold off three of the jinchūriki after saving Naruto from being captured by Tobi. Tobi used this time to force [[Utakata]] and Rōshi to fully transform into their tailed beasts, with the resulting confusion splitting the Allied Shinobi up. The Four-Tails flings B away and Naruto almost falls into the beast's mouth, before the Nine-Tails gave Naruto enough chakra to replenish the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode. Despite this, Naruto is forced into the beast's mouth, but instead finds himself within the Four-Tails' subconsciousness. [[Son Gokū]], the Four-Tails, impressed by Naruto's desire to help the tailed beasts, gave Naruto the task of removing the chakra receiver from Rōshi's body which could save him. After filling Son with [[Multiple Shadow Clone Technique|a large number of shadow clones]] which forces the beast to regurgitate him, he leaves a single shadow clone in [[Sage Mode]] inside the beast's mouth. After finding the location of the receiver from the outside as well, Naruto forced it out of the beast's neck, but it did not result in Son Gokū's freedom. Further impressed by Naruto's genuine concern, he leaves Naruto a parting gift before Tobi is forced to reseal it back into the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]], leaving Rōshi incapacitated.
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As night starts to fall, the Kage cannot last much longer, Madara having [[Multiple Wood Release Clone Technique|multiple clones]] that are each using [[Susanoo]] to outnumber them five-to-one. Before he can wage a final attack, Madara is engulfed in light and his soul begins to ascend, Kabuto having elsewhere been defeated. Madara releases himself from the influence of the Impure World Reincarnation, granting him an immortal body. Free to do what he wants, Madara decides to go find Naruto. The Kage try to stop him, but each is brought to the verge of death in an unseen battle and Madara escapes.
   
With one of his Paths defeated, Tobi forced the others to fully transform. As the Two, Three, Five, Six, and Seven-Tails move in to attack Kakashi and Guy, the Nine-Tails and Naruto make peace with each other, with Naruto melding his chakra with fox and declaring that him and [[Kurama]] were partners. In doing so, the tide of the battle dramatically turned as Naruto had full access to Kurama's power. Using his new [[Tailed Beast Mode]], Naruto was able to overpower the other five tailed beasts and after once again diving into the subconscious of the tailed beasts, removes the stakes, forcing Tobi to reseal all his thralled beasts back into the Demonic Statue. With his Six Paths defeated, Tobi moved in to fight personally. This information reached the [[Allied Shinobi Forces' Headquarters]], who called for all available ninja to reinforce Naruto and B in their battle with the "masked Madara".
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=== First Battle Against the Eye of the Moon Plan ===
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:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]], [[Kamui's dimension]]
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:'''Combatants'''
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Tobi]], the reincarnated [[jinchūriki]], six of the sealed [[Tailed Beasts]], [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]], [[Madara Uchiha]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Killer B]], [[Kakashi Hatake]], [[Might Guy]]
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Manga''': [[The Five Kage Gathered…!!|Chapter #563]] to [[End|#609]]
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::'''Anime''': [[The Five Kage Assemble|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #323]] to [[Kakashi's Resolve|#362]]
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:'''Outcome''': The reincarnated jinchūriki are released from the Impure World Reincarnation. Ten-Tails is revived. Tactical Akatsuki victory.
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[[Tobi]] uses the reincarnated bodies of the former [[jinchūriki]] to create his own [[Six Paths of Pain]], each with their old [[tailed beasts]] sealed back into them. They converge on [[Killer B]] and the real [[Naruto]] and engage them in battle. After a brief exchange B is able to restrain and nearly seal all six, but they free themselves by entering [[version 2]] forms. In the chaos created by these stronger opponents, Tobi almost captures Naruto, but he is stopped by the arrival of [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Might Guy]].
   
As time goes by the battle goes against Tobi, and is provoked by Naruto to reveal his true face. Tobi in response summons a tentacle of [[Gyūki]] and the stolen [[Treasured Tools of the Sage of the Six Paths]], [[Benihisago]] and [[Kohaku no Jōhei]] containing [[Kinkaku]] and [[Ginkaku]] (who possesses Kurama's chakra), and throws them into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, revealing the final two eyes have opened. After Kurama and B explains how Tobi managed to get a small portion of the remaining tailed beasts chakra, the Nine-Tails explains how it is enough to partially revive the [[Ten-Tails]], and that their only chance of defeating it is now. When Tobi says that a partially revived Ten-Tails is all he needs to carry out the [[Eye of the Moon Plan|plan]], Naruto enters his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode and tries to attack the Statue. However he is blocked by the masked man's skilful use of his [[gunbai]].
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Tobi begins to have some of the jinchūriki enter [[Tailed Beast Mode]] to overwhelm the Allied shinobi. The [[Four-Tails]] goes after and swallows Naruto, which gives its jinchūriki, [[Rōshi]], a chance to communicate to Naruto how to release them from Tobi's control. Naruto escapes from the Four-Tails' mouth and locates the [[chakra receiver]] on its body. By removing it he frees Rōshi and the Four-Tails, to which Tobi responds by first reclaiming the Four-Tails and then by having all the other jinchūriki fully transform. The [[Nine-Tails]] is touched by Naruto's determination to help its fellow tailed beasts and thus gives its full cooperation to Naruto. Their new and improved [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] allows them to defeat and free the other tailed beasts, but Tobi reclaims them into [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] too.
   
As the Statue undergoes its transformation, Naruto and Guy fight Tobi, while Kakashi, with B's support went for the Statue using [[Kamui]]. However Tobi manages to somehow nullify Kakashi's technique, all the while fighting Naruto who used his [[Tailed Beast Chakra Arms|chakra arms]] and the [[Super Mini-Tailed Beast Ball]], and Guy who was using [[Sōshūga]]. Unfortunately for the Allied Shinobi Force ninja's, with a combination of [[Kamui|Space–Time Migration]] and his gunbai, the masked man managed to defend himself and the Statue, even when Kakashi joined Naruto's and Guy's assault. However, though the Konoha's shinobi's attacks at first glance seem ineffective, even to them, it is revealed to come to fruition when a crack appears on Tobi's mask. Based on that crack in the mask Kakashi came up with a theory regarding Tobi's ability. B tries too use this opening to attack the Statue but Tobi protects it with a [[Uchiha Flame Battle Encampment|barrier]]. Kakashi then comes up with a battle strategy to test his theory, having B launch them, Guy distract Tobi and Naruto attack with [[Rasengan]]. When the Rasengan somehow hit the masked man after Kamui was used on it, Kakashi then claims to understand Tobi's true ability.
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Tobi fights Naruto, B, Kakashi, and Guy by himself until he is alerted to [[Kabuto]]'s defeat. Running out of options, he initiates a premature revivial of the [[Ten-Tails]] by depositing the sealed [[Gold and Silver Brothers]] (who contain remnants of the Nine-Tail' chakra) and one of the [[Eight-Tails]]' tentacles into the Statue. He places a barrier around it as it undergoes its transformation and engages his four opponents in the meantime. Their efforts to attack Tobi fail until they notice a connection between his ability to become intangible and Kakashi's [[Kamui]]. By taking advantage of this connection, they are able to land a successful attack and destroy his mask, revealing him as Obito Uchiha.
   
After Kakashi explains how the masked man's technique works, Tobi once again repeats his rhetoric of a useless reality before Naruto attacks him, though Kakashi was slowed down by the notion that Tobi got his right eye at the [[Kannabi Bridge]] during the [[Third Shinobi World War|third war]]. Guy snaps Kakashi out of his slump and together they forms a plan. By forcing Tobi to dodge a massive Tailed Beast Ball, found himself unable to dodge one of Naruto's clones warped to the [[other dimension]] earlier in their assault. The clone destroyed his masked revealing Tobi's true identity; Obito Uchiha. His identity revealed hardly slowing down, he [[Fire Release: Blast Wave Wild Dance|attacked]] the stunned Kakashi, though Naruto nullified the attack with Kurama's tails. Moments later after having critically wounding the five [[Kage]], Madara Uchiha rendezvouses with Obito, who gave him back his gunbai. After demonstrating his skill with the fan by effortlessly protecting Obito and himself from giant chakra receivers Naruto thrown at the two of them and then [[Uchiha Return|countering]] a down-sized Tailed Beast Ball, Madara tells Obito he would deal with the jinchūriki and leave the Konoha-nin to him. As the battle continues, B and Guy are left injured, while Naruto struggles with Madara, who manages to pin Naruto down with a [[wood dragon]]. Kakashi falters against Obito, unable to adequately fight back, until Naruto's resolve that none of his friends are worthless, reinvigorates both himself and Guy. The jōnin attack their adversaries with [[Lightning Cutter]] and [[Daytime Tiger]] respectively. Though the Daytime Tiger puts Guy out of commission, it does temporarily remove Madara from the battle. With Naruto's clone and Kakashi gaining the upper hand against Obito, Killer B and Naruto fired a massive Tailed Beast Ball at the Demonic Statue, hoping to destroy before the transformation was complete. Though the statue's chakra vanished, Obito heralds the return of the Ten-Tails.
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Moments after his identity if exposed, Obito is joined by [[Madara]], having just finished up with the five [[Kage]]. Noticing that the Statue has not had the Eight or Nine-Tails sealed into it yet, Madara attempts to take the beasts from Naruto and B before the Ten-Tails is revived. Kakashi and Guy defend them while Naruto and B try to destroy the Statue, but they're too late and the Ten-Tail is revived.
   
=== Battle against the Impure World Reincarnation Technique ===
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=== Battle Against the Impure World Reincarnation Technique ===
 
:'''Location''': [[Mountains' Graveyard]]
 
:'''Location''': [[Mountains' Graveyard]]
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Kabuto Yakushi]]
 
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Kabuto Yakushi]]
::'''Other''': [[Itachi Uchiha]] ([[Kotoamatsukami|freed]] from Kabuto's control and allied with the Allied Forces) and [[Sasuke Uchiha]] (Temporary alliance with Itachi).
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::'''Other''': [[Itachi Uchiha]], [[Sasuke Uchiha]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
 
::'''Manga''': [[The Weakness of Despair!!|Chapter #578]] to [[Impure World Reincarnation Technique: Release|#589]]
 
::'''Manga''': [[The Weakness of Despair!!|Chapter #578]] to [[Impure World Reincarnation Technique: Release|#589]]
:'''Outcome''': Kabuto Yakushi is trapped in a [[genjutsu]] and unable to fight. All reincarnated shinobi (except Madara Uchiha) released. Tactical [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
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::'''Anime''': [[The Risks of the Reanimation Jutsu|''Naruto: Shippūden'' #333]] to [[I Will Love You Always|#339]]
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:'''Outcome''': Kabuto is trapped in [[Izanami]] and unable to fight. All reincarnated shinobi (except [[Madara Uchiha]]) are released. Tactical [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] victory.
   
After being [[Kotoamatsukami|freed]] from [[Kabuto]]'s control, [[Itachi]] set off to find him and stop the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]] technique that Kabuto was using. Itachi easily found Kabuto, but he was followed by [[Sasuke]] whom he met on the way. Though Kabuto tried to get Sasuke on his side, the young Uchiha chose to fight alongside his older brother. Knowing that Impure World Reincarnation wouldn't end if Kabuto died, Itachi chooses to defeat him without killing him, though despite this, Sasuke attacked at full force. However, Kabuto revealed that he has researched and modified techniques and abilities from the [[Hōzuki]], [[Uzumaki]] and [[Jūgo's Clan|Jūgo's]] [[clan]]s as well as trained in [[senjutsu]] at the [[Ryūchi Cave]] under the [[White Snake Sage]], and have thus evolved from a "snake" into a "dragon". Kabuto starts by temporarily [[Sage Art: White Rage Technique|neutralising their senses]], and then swoops in to capture Sasuke, but the younger Uchiha was [[Susanoo|saved]] by his brother. They tried to capture Kabuto with a plan that they used in the past, but though Sasuke managed to [[Susanoo Bow|pin]] his snake-tail, the snake sage escaped, stabbing at Itachi's [[crow clone]].
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After freeing himself from [[Kabuto]]'s control, [[Itachi]] tasks himself with breaking the [[Impure World Reincarnation]]. He traces Kabuto to the [[Mountains' Graveyard]]. Along the way Itachi is found and joined by his younger brother, [[Sasuke]]. They locate Kabuto, but know they cannot kill him if the Impure World Reincarnation is to be released. After taking precautions to protect himself from their [[genjutsu]], Kabuto takes advantage of their unwillingness to kill him by bombarding them with all the abilities he's acquired for himself: the pilfered abilities of the late [[Sound Four]], the research of [[Orochimaru]], and a [[Sage Mode]] he's trained to perfection. The Uchiha brothers defend themselves, helped particularly by their [[Susanoo]]. Ultimately, Itachi traps Kabuto in the endless loop of [[Izanami]]. Defeated, Kabuto is compelled via genjutsu to release Impure World Reincarnation, sending Itachi and the other reincarnated shinobi back to the afterlife.
 
Kabuto tried to convince Sasuke to fight alongside him, telling him he knew the truth of the [[Uchiha Incident]] and sympathised with him. However Itachi decided to use one of the [[Sharingan]]'s [[kinjutsu]], [[Izanami]], to force Kabuto to end the Impure World Reincarnation. The three continued their battle, with Kabuto now attempting to overwrite the Kotoamatsukami with a new talisman. Kabuto managed to push Sasuke and Itachi into a corner using the combined powers of the [[Sound Five]] implemented into his body. When he finally used his [[Orochimaru]] construct to close the distance and [[Chakra Scalpel|bisect]] Itachi, he attempted to place the talisman on the Uchiha, only to be stopped by Sasuke's [[fire]] [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique|technique]]. Before long, Kabuto noticed that the same series of events have happened with little variation in the outcome, realising that he has been caught in Izanami, which Itachi had begun casting after his crow clone was destroyed. As Kabuto's body remains motionless while his mind was trapped in an infinite loop, Itachi opened Kabuto's eyes and proceeds to cast another Sharingan genjutsu to compel Kabuto to reveal the hand seals needed to cancel Impure World Reincarnation and then had him execute the release. As a result, the army Kabuto assembled for Tobi fades away with the exception of the real [[Madara Uchiha]], who severed his contract with the summoner to remain reincarnated.
 
   
 
== Night Two ==
 
== Night Two ==
=== Battle against the Ten-Tails ===
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=== Battle Against the Ten-Tails ===
:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]] and [[Kamui's dimension]]
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:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]], [[Kamui's dimension]]
 
:'''Combatants'''
 
:'''Combatants'''
::'''Akatsuki''': [[Obito Uchiha]], the reincarnated [[Madara Uchiha]] and the [[Ten-Tails]]
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Obito Uchiha]], [[Madara Uchiha]], the [[Ten-Tails]], [[Black Zetsu]]
::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Allied Shinobi Forces|All avaliable divisions of the Allied Forces]], the reincarnated [[Hokage]] (later) and [[Taka]] (later)
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Killer B]], [[Kakashi Hatake]], [[Might Guy]], [[Allied Shinobi Forces|all avaliable divisions of the Allied Forces]], the four reincarnated [[Hokage]], the five [[Kage]]
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:: '''Independent''': [[Taka]], [[Orochimaru]], the seven [[tailed beasts]]
 
:'''Duration'''
 
:'''Duration'''
::'''Manga''': [[Ten-Tails (chapter)|Chapter #610]] onwards
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::'''Manga''': [[Ten-Tails (chapter)|Chapter #610]] to [[Shift|#656]]
:'''Outcome''': Ongoing. [[Allied Shinobi Forces' Headquarters]] destroyed. [[Shikaku Nara]], [[Inoichi Yamanaka]], [[Ao]], [[Mabui]], [[Neji Hyūga]] and hundreds of shinobi killed, Obito becomes the host of Ten-Tails.
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::'''Anime''': [[The Allied Shinobi Forces Jutsu|''Naruto Shippūden'' #363]] onward
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:'''Outcome''': [[Allied Shinobi Forces' Headquarters]] destroyed. Allied Shinobi Forces suffer major casualties. Obito temporarily jinchūriki of Ten-Tails until they are released. Obito is forced to [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|resurrect]] Madara by [[Black Zetsu|force]]. [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] tactical victory. [[Akatsuki]] strategic victory.
   
Despite Obito's desire to start the plan, Madara instead notes it will take some time to summon the [[moon]] and chooses to remove the Allied Shinobi threat first. Kurama takes Guy, Naruto, and Kakashi in to replenish their chakra. They then come up with a plan to hit the Ten-Tails with a point blank Tailed Beast Ball, but it was easily countered. The Uchiha decide to finish their enemies, so as to carry out their plan, just as the jinchūriki and the Konohagakure ninja's just about reach their own limit. However, they are saved in the nick of time by [[Ino Yamanaka]]'s [[Mind Body Switch Technique]] which diverted the attack. The arrival of several other shinobi masked their presence until all available [[Allied Shinobi Forces]] arrived to aid them in the battle against the Ten-Tails.
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Though the [[Ten-Tails]] is restored, it will still be some time before the [[moon]] is in a position to complete the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]]. [[Madara]] and [[Obito]] therefore opt to eliminate the opposition in the meantime. They take control of the Ten-Tails and use it to try and destroy [[Naruto]], [[B]], [[Kakashi]], and [[Guy]], but the remaining Allied Shinobi Forces arrive in time to stop the attack. They combine efforts to restrain and bind the Ten-Tails, but the victory is brief; the Ten-Tails transforms and frees itself.
   
After Naruto delays the enemy from attacking, the Allied Shinobi came up with a plan as directed by [[Shikaku Nara]], to effectively blind and restrain the Ten-Tails and its controllers. The plan is successful, and though Uchiha were impressed by the teamwork of the five villages, they dismiss there efforts as worthless, as before the Allied Shinobi can reach them, the Ten-Tails reaches a more mature form, sending all the Allied Shinobi back with a violent explosion. Madara and Obito then had the beast aim Tailed-Beast Balls randomly, destroying a far away village before cutting off the Allied Shinobi's intelligence by wiping out their Headquarters. With the HQ destroyed, the Allied Shinobi scramble into the last formation Shikaku planned, to which Naruto would be instrumental. They were forced to scatter when Obito directed the Ten-Tails to barrage their ranks with [[Wood Release: Cutting Technique|wooden stakes]], several of which impaled and killed [[Neji Hyūga]]. When Obito fails to break Naruto's spirit thanks to [[Hinata Hyūga|Hinata]] and Kurama with the massacre he just caused, he had the Ten-Tails aim a Tailed Beast Ball at point blank range. However, it was stopped when B transformed into the Eight-Tails, stuffed its own ball back into the Ten-Tails mouth with his own Tailed Beast Ball, and finally detonated both inside the giant beasts body causing the beast to collapse in pain. With the Ten-Tails temporarily subdued, Naruto re-entered Tailed Beast Mode to continue the battle.
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Madara and Obito recognize the coordination involved to bring such a huge force together so effectively and use the Ten-Tails to destroy the Allied HQ to prevent future coordinating. All stationed there are killed, but [[Shikaku Nara]] is able to communicate one final attack plan to the Allies. Many ninja die as they move into position - including [[Neji Hyūga]] - but they are able to pull off Shikaku's final plan and sever the connection between the Ten-Tails and the Uchihas. Freed, the Ten-Tails prepares to use [[Tenpenchii]]. Kakashi attempts to send the beast away, but Obito intercepts him and warps them both to the [[other dimension]]. Tenpenchii levels the area but none are killed due to the protective cloak Naruto coats everyone with.
   
Naruto then creates shadow clones and starts [[Chakra Transfer Technique|distributing his chakra]] to the remaining Allied Shinobi Forces ninja still capable of fighting. While he does this, the freshly revived members of the [[Nara]], [[Yamanaka]] and [[Akimichi clan]]s stall the enemies using their [[Formation Ino–Shika–Chō]] as according to Shikaku's strategy. When Naruto completes spreading his chakra to his allies, the Uchiha's attempt to stop their opponents by using the tails of the beast to trap them. However this fails, as the Allied Forces Ninja cut through the 'bars', and crashes into the beast, while Naruto and [[Rock Lee]] targets the Uchiha, managing to sever their connection with the Ten-Tails. The battle continues with Naruto using his chakra cloak to protect the rest of the army from the Uchiha while the Ten-Tails gathers energy. Madara stopped for a moment as he sensed [[Hashirama Senju]]'s presence, just as the unrestrained Ten-Tails further develops and prepares to use [[Tenpenchii]]. Before Kakashi could warp the beast away, Obito intercepts him and warps them both to the other dimension. Kakashi told Naruto he would leave the rest to him as the Ten-Tails devastates the battlefield.
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Before the Ten-Tails can launch another attack it is stopped by the arrived [[Hokage]], reincarnated by [[Orochimaru]] at the direction of [[Sasuke]]. [[Hashirama Senju]] restrains the Ten-Tails and he and the other Hokage trap it in a barrier. Though it can't move, the Ten-Tails spawns [[Ten-Tails Fission|miniature clones of itself]] to protect it. The Allies fight its copies but it becomes apparent that the Ten-Tails is on the verge of a final transformation. Naruto, Sasuke, and [[Sakura]] join forces against it, badly damaging it.
   
Despite the destruction, Naruto managed to protect the ninja he cloaked, but at the cost of almost all his chakra. The Ten-Tails then notices Naruto, and becomes enraged after seeing a resemblance between him and the [[Sage of the Six Paths]]. As the beast prepares for a new technique, the remaining shinobi surrounds Naruto in order to protect and heal him. Meanwhile in the other dimension, Kakashi and Obito disengage, with the Konoha ninja acting first and immediately attack with the Lightning Cutter, but stops short. Kakashi tries to reason with his old friend, but Obito refuses, explaining how he knows about the truth of [[Rin]]'s death, while impaling himself on the Lightning Cutter. As he steps back, revealing the gaping hole in his chest, Obito states that Kakashi need not feel guilty or hold back, since what he is now was created by the cruel ninja world.
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Meanwhile, in the other dimension, Kakashi and Obito spar. Being old comrades, Obito tries to convince Kakashi that his actions are right and that the world as it is must be eliminated. Kakashi refuses to agree and badly wounds Obito, forcing him to retreat back to the real world. When Madara senses Obito's return, Madara tries to take advantage of him in his weakened state to force Obito to restore him to life. Obito resists and instead seals the Ten-Tails into his body, becoming its jinchūriki. The Hokage, no longer preoccupied with restraining the Ten-Tails, attack it, only to discover Obito's new power cancels out the regenerative advantages of their reincarnated bodies. The Allies try various methods of damaging Obito, but only [[senjutsu]] has any kind of success.
   
To counter the Ten-Tails biggest Tailed Beast Ball yet, [[Shikamaru]] has all the remaining Allied Ninja's create a several layered earth wall defence, as well as using the Gyūki's power in order to redirect the attack. These countermeasures nearly fail, but just as the attack nearly reaches them, it is [[Space–Time Barrier|blocked]] by the timely arrival of the recently reincarnated [[Minato]]. The other reincarnated [[Hokage]] soon follow, and after Minato activates his [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode|chakra cloak]], they quickly restrict the Ten-Tails' movements with [[Four Red Suns Battle Encampment]] and [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God]]. [[Sasuke]] and [[Jūgo]] then arrives to assist the Allied Shinobi. Despite the Ten-Tails' effort, the barrier held as Hashirama made [[Wood Clone Technique|several clones]], creating four openings in the barrier briefly allowing the Allied Forces to charge the tailed beast. In response, the Ten-Tails spawns [[Ten-Tails Fission|miniature clones of itself]] to protect it. Madara, who was uninterested in fighting a wood clone, choose to sit out the current fight until Hashirama was ready.
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With the moon nearly in position, Obito transforms into the Ten-Tails' final form: a giant tree capable of absorbing chakra from anyone it touches. With their numbers dwindling and time running out, the Allies prepare for one final assault. Naruto and Sasuke launch a a final attack while the remaining allies, rallied by their respective newly rejuvenated Kage, provide support. The tailed beasts the Ten-Tails is composed of are stripped from Obito and released, leaving him defeated and unable to move. Because Obito is no longer able to resist, [[Black Zetsu]] takes control of him and forces him to [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique|revive]] Madara.
   
As the Alliance fought their way through the clones, they discovered that the Ten-Tails is nearing its final transformation and its protectors were getting stronger the closer they got to it. When an aerial attack failed, [[Sai]] concluded that they would need to eliminate the larger protectors first, but they had no way to close that distance quickly and if they did they would have no way to heal as the medical team would not be able to reach the front line. On hearing this, Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura decided to summon a [[Aoda|snake]], [[Gamakichi|toad]] and [[Katsuyu|slug]] respectively to deal with each issue accordingly. As Sasuke and Aoda slithered through the Ten-Tails' defences, Naruto and Gamakichi jumped high into the air to land in position. Meanwhile Sakura had Katsuyu [[Slug Great Division|split]] and attach to the remaining members of the Alliance to [[Remote Healing|heal them at once]]. When Sasuke got into position, he aimed a [[Blaze Release: Susanoo Kagutsuchi|flaming arrow]] at the Ten-Tails as Naruto threw a [[Wind Release: Ultra-Big Ball Rasenshuriken|giant Rasenshuriken]], [[Scorch Release: Halo Gale Jet Black Arrow Style Zero|combining the two techniques]] and damaging the Ten-Tails until it simply removed the burning appendage.
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=== Second Battle Against the Eye of the Moon Plan ===
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:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]], [[Kamui's Dimension]]
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:'''Combatants'''
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Madara Uchiha]], [[Black Zetsu]], [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu clones]], [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]], [[Guruguru]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Allied Shinobi Forces|All available divisions of the Allied Forces]], the four reincarnated [[Hokage]]
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:: '''Independent''': [[Taka]], [[Orochimaru]], the seven [[tailed beasts]], [[Obito Uchiha]], [[Kabuto Yakushi]]
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Manga''': [[Madara Uchiha is Back|Chapter #657]] to [[Infinite Tsukuyomi (chapter)|#677]]
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:'''Outcome''': The nine tailed beasts (except [[Kurama]]'s Yin half) are resealed within the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. [[Madara]] becomes the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. Yin-Kurama and parts of Shukaku and Gyūki are sealed into Naruto. Madara activates the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]]. Akatsuki victory.
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Though living again, Madara is left unable to see, having forfeited his eyes shortly before his original death. Until he can reacquire them he immobilizes Hashirama and absorbs his [[senjutsu]] chakra to allow him to sense things around him. His first order of business is capturing the tailed beasts again. He is initially no match for the nine beasts until a white Zetsu delivers one of his [[Rinnegan]] to him. He uses it to summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from Obito's body and then quickly seals all the tailed beasts, including B's Eight-Tails and Naruto's Nine-Tails, into it, triggering another rebirth of the Ten-Tails. Sasuke tries to stop him, so Madara stabs him with his own sword.
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Meanwhile, [[Guruguru]] keeps the Allied Shinobi Forces occupied with [[Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands]] to battle them. Naruto, dying from the removal of the Nine-Tails, is delivered to the reincarnated [[Minato Namikaze]] by [[Gaara]] so that the half of the Nine-Tails' chakra that Minato has can be sealed into him. Black Zetsu intercepts the transfer and takes the Nine-Tails' chakra for itself, but this creates an opening for Obito to reclaim control of his body. Obito, having finally decided he was wrong, escapes to the other dimension with Naruto and Sakura (who is providing emergency life support), where he begins sealing the Nine-Tails' chakra from Black Zetsu to Naruto. Elsewhere, a dying Sasuke is approached by [[Kabuto]], who also had a change of heart, and he begins healing Sasuke's wounds.
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Madara, now the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, is left to deal with the stragglers. With nobody else who can perform senjutsu around, [[taijutsu]] is the only means of combating him. [[Might Guy]] decides that this is a worthy cause for him and decides to give his life to defeat Madara. He opens all [[Eight Gates]] and assaults Madara with his [[Evening Elephant]]. This takes a heavy toll on his body but doesn't stop Madara, forcing him to resort to his final attack: [[Night Guy]]. This time Madara is badly injured, but still he survives. Spent, the life fades from Guy.
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While on the border between life and death, Naruto and Sasuke each meet with the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], who offers them a portion of his power to defeat the Ten-Tails at long last. Once each is restored to health, Naruto saves Guy from death and they engage Madara with their new powers: Sasuke's Rinnegan and Naruto's simultaneous access to all of the nine tailed beasts' abilities. No match for Naruto and Sasuke, Madara becomes determined to reacquire his remaining Rinngean. He steals Kakashi's Sharingan and uses it follow Obito to the other dimension where he takes the Rinnegan Obito has been using. Restored to full power, Madara returns to the real world and initiates the [[Infinite Tsukuyomi]].
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=== Battle Against the Infinite Tsukuyomi ===
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:'''Location''': [[Land of Lightning]], [[Kaguya's Dimension]]
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:'''Combatants'''
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::'''Akatsuki''': [[Madara Uchiha]]
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::'''Allied Shinobi Forces''': [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Sakura Haruno]], [[Kakashi Hatake]], the four reincarnated [[Hokage]]
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:: '''Independent''': [[Sasuke Uchiha]], [[Obito Uchiha]], [[Black Zetsu]], [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]]
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:'''Duration'''
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::'''Manga''': [[My Will|Chapter #678]] onward
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:'''Outcome''': Black Zetsu uses itself and Madara as a medium to revive Kaguya. Obito is killed by Kaguya.
   
Kakashi and Obito continue their battle in the Kamui dimension, first through genjutsu and then physical combat. Resolving to protect Naruto and the will of Obito's past self, he pierces Obito with a chakra coated kunai, wounding him heavily. Having lost the battle, but not the war, Obito warps himself back to the physical world where Madara takes note of his wounded state. Viewing him as expendable, Madara prepares his own ressurection by activating the black rods in Obito's body to force him to use the [[Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique]]. Despite the efforts of the First, Second, and Fourth Hokage and Sasuke, Obito managed to resist Madara's control, foiling his attempts at revival and making himself the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. Taking advantage of their conditions, the First, Second and Third Hokage attack Obito in an attempt to assess an analyse his new abilities. Madara growing impatient challenges Hashirama's as Obito begins to gain ground against the others. It quickly became apparent that Obito was having difficulties controlling the Ten-Tails as he attempted to destroy parts of his own body. Before Naruto, Sasuke and Minato could capitalise on this however Obito gained full control of his new power, attacking a sphere of chakra to Minato's shoulder and detonating it when he was close to Naruto and Sasuke.
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The Infinite Tsukuyomi is cast upon the world. Sasuke shields himself, Naruto, Kakashi, and Sakura. All others except for the reanimated [[Hokage]] are trapped in a dream and wrapped into the [[God: Nativity of a World of Trees]], their chakra acting as fuel for their own confinement. The four emerge from Sasuke's protection, the last resistance against Madara. Before they can have their final battle, Black Zetsu, once more in control of Obito's body, transfers to Madara and takes control of him instead, converting him to [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]]. Kaguya transports them all to another dimension filled with lava, wishing to eliminate the only remaining obstacles. Together, Naruto and Sasuke proved difficult so she decides to separate the duo by sending Sasuke away. Obito has been recovered and helps Naruto's clone and Sakura to get Sasuke out of the deserted dimension. Elsewhere in a real world where the four reincarnated Hokage found Madara's lower half body and trying to find a way to stop Infinite Tsukuyomi, [[Hagoromo Otsutsuki|Hagoromo]]'s spirit manifested from the lower half. With Naruto able to distract Kaguya and Black Zetsu into attacking him and his clone army, Obito and Sakura is able to get Sasuke out of the deserted dimension. With Naruto and Sasuke reunited, Kaguya sends everyone to a desert dimension where the heavy gravity could pin even herself down. Using this to her advantage, she attempts to kill both of them with her [[All-Killing Ash Bones]], but Sasuke and Naruto are protected by Kakashi and Obito respectively. Obito used his Kamui to warp away the bone before it killed Kakashi, allowing himself to be slain. Using his sacrifice to his advantage, Sasuke initiated an attack, leading Kaguya to warp everyone to her main dimension. Saddened by Obito's sacrifice and enraged at Black Zetsu's mockery, Naruto joined Sasuke in the assault, severing Kaguya's left arm.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
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* A Fourth Ninja War was also declared by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] in the [[Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire|third ''Naruto: Shippūden'' movie]], and would have pushed through if not for the efforts of the [[Konoha 11]].
 
* A Fourth Ninja War was also declared by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] in the [[Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire|third ''Naruto: Shippūden'' movie]], and would have pushed through if not for the efforts of the [[Konoha 11]].
 
* In the ending of ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]'', the Allied Shinobi Forces prevailed over Akatsuki. Tobi (with his identity still in secret), Madara and Kabuto retreated which in turn prevented the revival of the Ten-Tails, thus making the game's story ending non-canon to the anime and manga. This was due to the war still on-going in canon storyline.
 
* In the ending of ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3]]'', the Allied Shinobi Forces prevailed over Akatsuki. Tobi (with his identity still in secret), Madara and Kabuto retreated which in turn prevented the revival of the Ten-Tails, thus making the game's story ending non-canon to the anime and manga. This was due to the war still on-going in canon storyline.
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* So far, the Fourth Shinobi World War has stretched across three story arcs: [[Shinobi World War Arc]], [[Ten-Tails Revival Arc]], and [[Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc]].
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Latest revision as of 13:05, July 30, 2014

Please note that this is the Narutopedia's article on the actual war. If you are looking for the article on the story arc then you should head to Shinobi World War Arc.

The Fourth Shinobi World War (第四次忍界大戦, Daiyonji Ninkai Taisen; English TV "Fourth Great Ninja War") is an ongoing conflict between the Allied Shinobi Forces and Akatsuki. The battle began on the 8th of October and has stretched to the 9th.[1]

Preparations for War Edit

Its beginning was declared by Tobi when the five Kage and the leader of the Land of Iron unanimously refused to surrender the Eight-Tails and the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox for his Eye of the Moon Plan. He then stated that he would use the seven tailed beasts already captured by the Akatsuki in combating the ninja world. After this the Fifth Kazekage, the Fifth Mizukage, the Fourth Raikage, the Third Tsuchikage, and General Mifune agreed to form a Shinobi Alliance, pooling all their resources against Tobi. Later the daimyō of the Five Great Shinobi Countries approved the coalition and the Fifth Hokage joined the alliance while Kabuto Yakushi formed an alliance with Tobi.

Both factions began by gathering their strength and collecting intelligence about the other side in preparation for the upcoming hostilities. Kisame gathered intelligence on Kumogakure's military strength and on Killer B while travelling with him everywhere hidden inside Samehada. Anko Mitarashi and her team tracks Kabuto Yakushi, which led them to Tobi's headquarters. Other Shinobi Alliance teams have fanned out to collect other information about Akatsuki and their hideouts.

At the start, Kabuto had formed an alliance with Tobi, demonstrating his use of the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique and increasing the forces of Akatsuki with the reincarnation of deceased members of the organisation. The Five Kage had also decided to hide the two remaining jinchūriki, Naruto and Killer B on an island in the Land of Lightning. Hiding Killer B and Naruto had the unintended result of allowing Naruto to learn to control the Nine-Tails chakra, much like the way Killer B has of the Eight-Tails (in the anime, however, Tsunade had intended for Naruto to train with B from the beginning). Having been successful in his training, Naruto has exhibited increased speed and strength when utilising the controlled chakra of the Nine-Tails but lacks the same finesse that Killer B had exhibited in utilising the Eight-Tails', crashing into the wall and crushing rocks whenever he uses the Nine-Tails chakra.

Despite being captured in the end and committing suicide to keep the information he held secret, Kisame was able to finish Akatsuki's preparations for the War by sending a summon shark with a scroll to his comrades, divulging the proximate location of the Turtle Island. With the battle between the two forces seeming to be on the horizon, Tobi dispatched Kabuto to retrieve the Nine-Tails and Eight-Tails with the reincarnated Deidara, but was stopped by Ōnoki, Akatsuchi and Kurotsuchi who were going to reinforce the forces on the Island Turtle. Kabuto escaped with Yamato, further adding to the intelligence sources that Akatsuki has on the Shinobi Alliance and also strengthening the White Zetsu Army clones with Yamato's powers.

Both the Allied Shinobi Forces and Akatsuki have amassed considerable forces for this war; 80,000 shinobi and samurai total make up the Alliance versus 100,000 Zetsu clones and reincarnated shinobi supplied by Kabuto making up Tobi's army.

Sides Edit

Allied Shinobi Forces Edit

Allied Shinobi Forces Battalion

The Allied Shinobi Forces' "Great Battle Regiment".

The Allied Shinobi Forces created by the Five Great Nations and the Samurai of the Land of Iron consists of five main divisions, with Gaara of the Sand as the Regimental Commander. The 1st Division consists of mid-range fighters and is led by Darui. The Second Division is made up of close-range fighters and is led by Kitsuchi. The 3rd Division is under the command of Kakashi Hatake, and features both close- and mid-range fighters. The 4th Division contains only long-range fighters under the control of Gaara. Shikamaru is Gaara's right hand man and proxy commander of the Fourth Division as well. Finally, the 5th division was created for the purpose of special operations, and features ninjas with unique skills. Mifune is the leader of these special operatives. There are also four special divisions formed for the war. The Logistical Support and Medical Division led by Shizune comprises of medical ninja, the Surprise Attack Division led by Kankurō, has the task to ambush the enemy forces. The third is the Sensor Division with Ao as captain, and finally the Intelligence Division headed by Inoichi Yamanaka is intended to gather information and relay it to Gaara for strategy's sake.

Name Position
Kumogakure Symbol A Supreme Leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces
Sunagakure Symbol Gaara Regimental Commander of the Allied Shinobi Forces, 4th Division Commander
Kumogakure Symbol Darui 1st Division Commander
Iwagakure Symbol Kitsuchi 2nd Division Commander
Konohagakure Symbol Kakashi Hatake 3rd Division Commander
Konohagakure Symbol Shikamaru Nara 4th Division Proxy Commander
Land of Iron Symbol Mifune 5th Division Commander
Konohagakure Symbol Shizune Logistical Support and Medical Division Captain
Sunagakure Symbol Kankurō Surprise Attack Division Captain
Kirigakure Symbol Ao Sensor Division Captain
Konohagakure Symbol Inoichi Yamanaka Intelligence Division Captain
Kirigakure Symbol Mei Terumī Daimyō Protection Squad Captain
Konohagakure Symbol Shikaku Nara Chief Strategist

Akatsuki Edit

Akatsuki forces anime

Akatsuki's forces.

Akatsuki is composed of Tobi and Zetsu. Their primary fighting force is composed of 100,000 Zetsu clones created through a combination of the tailed beasts' chakra and Hashirama Senju's power. Tobi plans to use Sasuke Uchiha once he has recovered from his Mangekyō Sharingan transplant. Kabuto Yakushi has also joined forces with Akatsuki, reincarnating a large number of once-famous and powerful shinobi to supplement the White Zetsu Army.

Strategies Edit

Allied Shinobi Forces Edit

Initial Deployment Edit

Fifth division deployment strategy

A diagram illustrating the Allied Shinobi Force's initial deployment.

Analysing their own and their enemy's location, the Allied Shinobi Forces have decided that Akatsuki will send a small fraction of their army by sea from the Mountains' Graveyard (Akatsuki's hideout) to Kumogakure, and that most of the army will travel by land. This would require the army to move through both the Land of Frost and the Land of Hot Water. An immediate evacuation notice was sent to both countries, and they will most likely evacuate to the south, in the Land of Fire. The First Division, which is the mid-range battle division, is stationed in the northern part of the Land of Lightning, in order to prevent the Akatsuki from using the small gulf to infiltrate the area from Mountain's Graveyard. The Second Division, or short-range battle division, is on the border of the Land of Lightning and the Land of Frost, sealing a northerly path into the Land of Lightning. The Third Division, or the short- to mid-range battle division, was advancing fast through the middle of the Land of Frost, but was called into the northern part of the Land of Hot Water to aid the Surprise Attack Division. The Fourth Division, the long-range battle division, is on the border of the Land of Lightning and the Land of Frost, sealing a southerly path into the Land of Lightning. Mifune's Fifth Division, the special battle division, is aligned in a large arc from the north part of the Land of Frost, through the middle of the border between the Land of Frost and the Land of Lightning, all the way to just south of the First Division, in order to aid any of the divisions that need immediate response, and to finish the seal on the Land of Frost and the Land of Lightning's border.

Secondary Deployment Edit

Shikaku's Strategy

The initial Secondary deployment of the forces.

As the confrontation develops, resulting in both the First and Fourth Divisions opposing two separate yet equally significant contingents of the enemy's forces, Shikaku Nara devises a strategy to better reflect the conflict's current developments. Confronted with two distinct groups, the decision is made not to individualise the targets and instead concentrate entirely on those facing Darui's First Division, by connecting their forces with those stationed within the Easterly end of Mifune's Fifth Division. The majority of Kitsuchi's Second Division will move simultaneously to this, proceeding along the ocean and sandwiching the enemy force in a pincer-manoeuvre, while the remainder attends to the adversaries that they are already battling.

Shikaku Strategy

The secondary deployment with support.

Consequently, this will severely thin out the Second Division but as the Fifth Division fills in the gaps left behind by the Second Division, it will match that of the Fifth Division's formation, which then provides a solitary yet solid line of defence. As this occurs, Gaara's Fourth Division will make a slow retreat while moving into a sideways chevron formation, luring the enemy into following them. Eventually the top portion of this 'line' will break away and join the First Division, giving them yet further support.

Once the first targeted group of enemies is defeated, the joint forces of the First and supporting Fourth Division will switch to the remaining opposition at Gaara's Fourth Division, approaching from behind and decimating them in a single decisive strike. However; this preliminary plan relies upon the swift mobilisation of the Second and Fifth Divisions, so as to best employ Kitsuchi's units experience in combating the current enemy, and the belief that the opposition will be unable to mount a full attack upon the retreating long-range battle division, due partially to the enemy's suspicion over why the Fourth Division would split and their inability to get in close.

Night-time Deployment Edit

As darkness falls and the remainder of the troops reallocate their forces in favour of observation, the Alliance takes the opportunity to centralise the Logistical Support and Medical Division behind their defences to attend to all the wounded shinobi. The compound is guarded by two Akimichi clan members at its only entrance and the chakra of anyone entering the compound is verified and cross referenced with the Alliance's headquarters, to prevent the infiltration of hostile intruders.

However, in spite of these various precautions, the Alliance's considerable defences fail to thwart the intrusion of a significant quantity of disguised White Zetsu Army clones and the resultant fatalities caused by the opposition's subsequent movements. As chaos ensues with individuals unable to ascertain friend from foe due to the chakra mimicking properties of the aforementioned clones, Shikaku Nara is tasked with the creation of a solution to counter this sudden perilous development. Despite much thought, he concludes that only Naruto's recently awakened capability to discern a person's "evil" intent, presents a viable resolution and due to his Shadow Clone Technique, many of the issues occurring within the dispersed divisions are solved simultaneously. This decision prompts the mobilisation of both jinchūriki in preparation for the following day.

Akatsuki Edit

Day One Deployment Edit

Much less was initially known about the Akatsuki strategy, but it was made evident that their primary objective remained the acquisition of the surviving jinchūriki. From the small amount of information that had been divulged; Kabuto would maintain direct manipulation of the movements of the reincarnated individuals until they had reached their appointed destinations, with the intention of eradicating their personalities when the actual conflict began to turn them into mindless implements of death, while still manipulating any emotional response they could potentially illicit to full advantage, in the hopes of inflicting further damage. During the course of this approach, a small Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon (comprised of Sasori, Deidara, Chūkichi and Shin) would attack from the air, utilising bombs and traps to disperse the enemy. However, realising that the movement of their entire army in such a large and apparent fashion would be far too conspicuous, the decision was instead undertaken to dislocate the 100,000 White Zetsu Army clones beneath the ground, in order to thoroughly conceal the approach of the main contingent of their forces. Though a large amount of these clones were eventually unearthed, thousands more were able to proceed unobstructed underground to their respective battlegrounds, due in part to the diversionary tactics made possible by the addition of Kabuto's reincarnated shinobi.

Concurrent to the developing conflict, Black Zetsu would utilise the resulting turmoil in order to infiltrate the daimyō's safe house as per Tobi's orders, with the sole intention of using these valued captives as bargaining chips to draw out the jinchūriki. However, with the jinchūriki's decision to expose themselves and take direct action before this assignments completion, it was deemed unnecessary and so Black Zetsu's role was altered to instead engage with the daimyō's guards, ensuring their continued separation from the remainder of the Allied Shinobi Forces.

Night-time Deployment Edit

As the confrontation progresses and night falls upon the first day, Tobi's true intentions and the reasons behind his confidence in his original strategy, which didn't account for Kabuto's inclusion or contributions, is revealed. The two opposing sides would effectively be forced into a staring contest as the Allied Shinobi Forces focus on tightening defences and tending to the wounded or resting. Tobi, aware that this would make the Allied Shinobi completely reliant upon their sensor shinobi in order to remain vigilant, then begins taking this advantage of this by utilising the Zetsu clones' Substitute Technique in conjunction with the chakra obtained from members of the Allied Shinobi Forces during the previous battles. By covertly placing these transformed Zetsu among the injured and scattered troops of the Allied Shinobi, they could then proceed to assassinate any isolated individuals while remaining undetected. This results in causing chaos and disagreement within the ranks of the Allied Shinobi who begin to suspect one another of committing these deeds without any definitive proof, but while also minimising the causalities suffered by the Akatsuki forces in the process. In addition, the attack of the transformed Zetsu also aimed to force the shinobi alliance to counter these insurgents, placing Naruto in the battlefield whose ability to recognise "evil" intent Tobi has learned from the intel gathered by Kisame.

Unbeknownst to the opposition, Tobi had also begun developing further contingencies in preparation for the second day of the conflict, creating his own Six Paths of Pain by utilising the former jinchūriki and customising them with both a Rinnegan and a Sharingan.

Day One Edit

Battle at Mountains' Graveyard Edit

Location: Mountains' Graveyard
Combatants
Akatsuki: Kabuto Yakushi, Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon
Allied Shinobi Forces: Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party
Duration
Manga: Chapter #516 to #517
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #261 to #262
Outcome: Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party are all captured. Muta Aburame manages to send intel back to HQ. Akatsuki tactical victory. Allied Shinobi Forces strategic victory.

When Akatsuki starts mobilising from the Mountains' Graveyard, Anko Mitarashi orders the rest of the Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party to inform the rest of the Allies while she continues to investigate. She is found and defeated by Kabuto Yakushi. Akatsuki's Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon pursues and ultimately captures the remaining members of the Reconnaissance Party, but cannot stop them from getting word to the Alliance's HQ.

Battle of the Surprise Attack Divisions Edit

Location: Land of Hot Water
Combatants
Akatsuki: Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon
Allied Shinobi Forces: Surprise Attack Division
Duration
Manga: Chapter #517 to #519
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #262 to #263
Outcome: Deidara is captured. Shin and Sasori return to the afterlife. Chūkichi flees. Muta Aburame is killed. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

The Alliance sends its Surprise Attack Division to ambush Akatsuki's forces in the Land of Hot Water. Akatsuki sends its Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon to do the same. The two are drawn into conflict. The Allies eventually emerge victorious - Sasori and Shin are released from the Impure World Reincarnation and Deidara is captured - and they are even able to rescue some of the captured members of the Infiltration and Reconnaissance Party.

Allied Force's Ambush Edit

Location: Land of Hot Water
Combatants
Akatsuki: Haku, Pakura, Gari, the previous Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, portion of the White Zetsu Army, Chen (Anime Only)
Allied Shinobi Forces: Part of the Surprise Attack Division, Third Division, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Manga: Chapter #520 to #573
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #265 to #330
Outcome: Tajiki and dozens of Allied Shinobi killed or wounded. All reincarnated shinobi sealed or released. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

Following the success of their first mission, part of the Surprise Attack Division is sent to ambush another Akatsuki cell. They encounter a group consisting of Zabuza Momochi, Haku, Pakura, Gari and, though outnumbered, attack. When the attack fails, the Third Division is called in to assist. Akatsuki's forces - reinforced with reincarnated members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist (and Chen in the anime) - cause heavy casualties amongst the Third Division. Zabuza and Haku are successfully sealed early on, but sealing of the others proves more challenging. By the second day of the war three reincarnated shinobi remain, now bolstered by White Zetsu. The assistance of one of Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clones enables the Third Division to deal with the remaining Akatsuki forces.

Battle in the Land of Frost Edit

Location: Border of the Land of Frost and the Land of Lightning
Combatants
Akatsuki: Around 20,000 clones of the White Zetsu Army
Allied Shinobi Forces: Second Division, westerly section of the Fifth Division, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Manga: Chapter #521 to #573
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #264 to #330
Outcome: Tactical withdrawal of the Allied Shinobi Forces to aid the First Division. Eventual Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

When the war begins, the Second Division is deployed to the border of the Land of Frost and the Land of Lightning. Approximately 20,000 White Zetsu are detected moving into the Land of Lightning underground, prompting Kitsuchi and Kurotsuchi to use Earth Release: Opening Earth Rising Excavation to unearth them. In an opening salvo the Second Division is able to destroy scores of White Zetsu, but it quickly descends into one of attrition, tiring much of the Second Division and allowing many White Zetsu to escape. Most of the Second Division is sent in pursuit of these Zetsu by assisting the First Division, leaving their remaining forces to face a new threat: White Zetsu that have infiltrated the Alliance. Members of the Second Division are slowly eliminated by the Zetsu and left uncertain about who to trust until the second day when the arrival of one of Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clones allows them to root out all of the Zetsu.

First Battle on the Land of Lightning's Coast Edit

Location: North-western coast of the Land of Lightning
Combatants
Akatsuki: Thousands of the White Zetsu Army, Asuma Sarutobi, Hizashi Hyūga, Dan Katō, Kakuzu, Kinkaku, Ginkaku
Allied Shinobi Forces: First Division, parts of the Second Division, Fourth Division, the eastern tail of the Fifth Division
Duration
Manga: Chapter #525 to #536
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #268 to #276
Outcome: Atsui, Samui, and Ginkaku are sealed within the Benihisago. Kinkaku is sealed within the Kohaku no Jōhei. Asuma Sarutobi is sealed. All White Zetsu are killed. Several shinobi are killed. Dan Katō is trapped within the Four Violet Flames Formation. Kakuzu and Hizashi Hyūga are subdued by Chōji Akimichi. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

When the war begins, the First Division is stationed along the north-western coast of the Land of Lightning. They are soon confronted by the reincarnated shinobi and White Zetsu that escaped the Second Division's defense along the country's perimeter. The two sides engage each other, with Division Commander Darui facing off with the Gold and Silver Brothers. Darui initially struggles with the brothers and their Treasured Tools of the Sage of the Six Paths, but eventually is able to turn the tools against the brothers to capture Ginkaku in their own Benihisago. This enrages Kinkaku to the point that he enters a version 2 form, which he uses to tear through the First Division. After reinforcements from the Second, Fourth, and Fifth arrive and the Alliance HQ sends the Kohaku no Jōhei to the battlefield, Kinaku is captured.

With the Gold and Silver Brothers dealt with, the Allies turn their attention to the remaining reincarnated ninja: Asuma Sarutobi is defeated by his former students; Kakuzu and Hizashi Hyūga are sealed with the help of Chōji Akimichi; Dan Katō is trapped within a Four Violet Flames Formation. The remaining White Zetsu are seemingly defeated, leaving the Allies victorious.

Battle in the Land of Hot Water Edit

Location: Land of Hot Water
Combatants
Akatsuki: Hanzō, Chiyo, Kimimaro, Chūkichi, Ibuse
Allied Shinobi Forces: Part of the Surprise Attack Division, Mifune, samurai and shinobi of the Fifth Division, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Manga: Chapter #530 to Chapter #591
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #272 to #340
Outcome: Ibuse killed. Several samurai killed. All reincarnated shinobi released from Impure World Reincarnation. Kankurō's portion of the Surprise Attack Division paralysed, but later given antidote. Allied Shinobi's victory.

While part of the Surprise Attack Division is transporting the captured Deidara they are met by a restaffed Surprise Attack and Diversion Platoon. The Surprise Attack Division attempts to escape, but is paralysed by Hanzō's summoned Ibuse. They are rescued by samurai of the Fifth Division, with Mifune engaging and ultimately emerging victorious over Hanzō. Kimimaro and Chiyo prove more elusive, and it is not until the Impure World Resurrection is released on the second day that they are defeated.

Second Battle on the Land of Lightning Coast Edit

Location: North-western coast of the Land of Lightning
Combatants
Akatsuki: Tobi, the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path
Allied Shinobi Forces: First Division, parts of the Second Division, Fourth Division, the eastern tail of the Fifth Division
Duration
Manga: Chapter #536 to #537
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #276
Outcome: Dan Katō is freed. Kakuzu escapes from being sealed. Hundreds of Allied Shinobi dead in Demonic Statue of the Outer Path's rampage. Tobi retrieves the Benihisago and Kohaku no Jōhei for containing the Gold and Silver Brothers. Akatsuki victory.

Almost immediately after the the First Division and its backup defeats the last of Akatsuki's forces, Tobi appears on the battlefield and summons the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. Despite the efforts of Kitsuchi, Chōza, and Chōji, the Statue decimates the Allied forces. While taking shelter from the Statue's attacks, members of the First Division begin to realise the attack is just a distraction while Tobi acquires the captured Gold and Silver Brothers. They aren't able to stop him in time and he escapes with the Benihisago and Kohaku no Jōhei. His mission accomplished, Tobi de-summons the statue.

The Battle for the Daimyō's Protection Edit

Location: Unknown
Combatants
Akatsuki: Black Zetsu
Allied Shinobi Forces: Daimyō Protection Squad, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Manga: Chapter #536 to #562
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #276 to #322
Outcome: Black Zetsu is incapacitated. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

In order to force the Allies' cooperation, Black Zetsu is sent to capture the daimyō of the Five Great Shinobi Countries. He is found and stopped by the Daimyō Protection Squad almost immediately after he arrives at the secret compound. Before he begins fighting he senses Naruto Uzumaki's appearance on the battlefield and informs Tobi of this development. The daimyō's capture ceases to matter, but Black Zetsu is instructed to keep the Daimyō Protection Squad busy. One of Naruto's shadow clones arrives on the second day to help capture Black Zetsu.

Night One Edit

At the end of the first day of the battle, both the Alliance and Akatsuki received massive casualties, having effectively halved both their battle forces. The 80,000 strong Allied Shinobi Forces were brought down to 40,000, and the 100,000 strong White Zetsu Army was brought down to 50,000, on top of the several already sealed reincarnated shinobi.

During the day of fighting, members of the White Zetsu Army infiltrated the Alliance's ranks. Once night falls, the disguised Zetsu begin methodically eliminating key Allied personnel all across the battlefield. The Alliance is thrown into disarray until Sakura Haruno is able to determine what is happening. Despite this, there are no effective countermeasures against the Zetsu and vigilance is unable to prevent additional deaths. Suspicion reigns over the Allies.

Day Two Edit

Skirmishes in the Land of Lightning Edit

Location: Land of Lightning
Combatants
Akatsuki: Platoon of White Zetsu Army posing as Allied Shinobi, Toroi
Allied Shinobi Forces: Naruto Uzumaki, Killer B, Gamahiro, Musai, Nonota
Duration
Manga: Chapter #545 to Chapter #546
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #296
Outcome: All White Zetsu killed. Naruto uses his Shadow Clone Technique to disperse clones into the battlefield. Toroi is sealed. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

Early in the night, Naruto and Killer B escape their confinement in the Land of Lightning. Although the Fourth Raikage and Fifth Hokage are sent to intercept them and place them under guard again, Naruto is able to convince them to allow him and B to fight.

Naruto and B's contributions immediately prove invaluable. They encounter a platoon of Allied shinobi heading towards HQ, which Naruto recognizes as disguised Zetsu. Naruto and B defeat them all and Naruto sends his shadow clones to various battlefields to lend whatever assistance they can. As Naruto and B continue outbound from the Land of Lightning, they are able to save Musai and Nonota from a reincarnated Toroi.

First Southern Battle in the Land of Lightning Edit

Location: Land of Lightning
Combatants
Akatsuki: , Second Mizukage, Third Raikage, Fourth Kazekage, Giant Clam
Allied Shinobi Forces: Part of the Fourth Division with its Commander Gaara, Ōnoki, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Manga: Chapter #546 to #558
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #296 to #302
Outcome: Dozens of Allied Forces shinobi are killed. The Third Raikage, Second Mizukage, Fourth Kazekage, and half of Mū are sealed. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

The Fourth Division encounters the reincarnated on the first day of hostilities. Akastuki responds by sending the Second Mizukage, the Third Raikage, and the Fourth Kazekage to reinforce Mū. The Alliance likewise sends Ōnoki to assist the Fourth Division. Despite this, the Fourth Division avoids conflict until the second day when other Divisions - their own battles won - can be called in to help.

Gaara launches the first attack - which in turn is countered by the Fourth Kazekage's gold dust - Ōnoki engages Mū, and elements of the First Division attack the Raikage and Mizukage from the rear. The Fourth Kazekage is captured and sealed while protecting the Raikage and Mizukage, but the remaining Kage are more elusive: the Raikage is largely impervious to damage, the Mizukage and his summoned clam cannot be located in their mirage, and Ōnoki is unable to overpower Mū.

When Naruto's shadow clone arrives it takes Mū by surprised and, in the ensuing confusion, Mū is sealed before he can respond. Naruto next focuses on the Third Raikage, whose defenses are impenetrable and whose attacks are unstoppable. When his and the Alliance's combined efforts can do nothing against the Raikage, Naruto maneuvers the Raikage against himself, using his own attacks to break his own defenses and creating an opening to seal him. Meanwhile, Gaara and Ōnoki face-off with the Mizukage. They're able to destroy the Mizukage's clam, but struggle with his Steaming Danger Tyranny. Gaara is ultimately able to sneak some of the Fourth Kazzekage's remaining gold dust into the Mizukage's technique, neutralizing it and allowing the Mizukage to be sealed.

Battle Against the Dōjutsu Duo Edit

Location: Land of Lightning
Combatants
Akatsuki: Nagato, Itachi Uchiha (beginning), Giant Drill-Beaked Bird, Giant Multi-Headed Dog, Giant Snake-Tailed Chameleon
Allied Shinobi Forces: Naruto Uzumaki, Killer B, Itachi Uchiha (later)
Duration
Manga: Chapter #548 to #552
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #298 to #299
Outcome: Itachi is freed from Kabuto's control. Nagato is sealed. Allied Shinobi Forces victory

Kabuto Yakushi decides to temporarily kill Naruto and Killer B in order to deal with them in the short term and make it easier to use them against Tobi in the long term. To that end, he sends the reincarnated Nagato and Itachi Uchiha after them. While Nagato attacks them with different summons, Itachi activates the Kotoamatsukami he planted on Naruto before his death, releasing him from Kabuto's control and allowing him to assist with defeating Nagato. Though his body was frail, Nagato is able to regain his mobility by absorbing B's version 2 chakra. Although this revitalized Nagato is nearly able to remove Naruto's soul, he is overpowered by the three and sealed by Itachi's Susanoo.

Battle Against the Sound Four Edit

Location: North-western coast of the Land of Lightning and Land of Frost
Combatants
Akatsuki: The Sound Four
Allied Shinobi Forces: Shikamaru Nara, Chōji Akimichi, Neji Hyūga, Kiba Inuzuka, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Anime: Naruto: Shippuden #302 to #304
Outcome: Reincarnated Sound Four souls released. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

On various battlefields, the reincarnated Sound Four tries to take revenge against the members of the Sasuke Retrieval Team that killed them years earlier. Individually the Sound Four are defeated, but with the Space–Time Technique Formula: Underworld Turnover their defeated bodies ensnare the souls of their targets. The vengeance that fuels their technique is traceable by Naruto's shadow clone, who locates them, returns their souls to the afterlife, and frees their victims.

Hunt for Hayate Edit

Location: Logistical Support and Medical Division forest
Combatants
Akatsuki: Hayate Gekkō, two unidentified reincarnated shinobi
Allied Shinobi Forces: , Yokaze, Yūgao Uzuki, Sakura Haruno
Duration
Anime: Naruto Shippuden"#307 to #308
Outcome: Hayate Gekkō and two unidentified shinobi are sealed. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

The Logistical Support and Medical Division prioritizes the protection of the corpses of those with kekkei genkai so that Akatsuki cannot use their bodies against the Alliance. A reincarnated Hayate Gekkō is sent to steal a scroll the bodies are stored in. He succeeds, but is pursued by Yūgao Uzuki, his former lover. Yūgao is initially unwilling to fight Hayate, forcing Sakura Haruno to deal with him. Yūgao does finally intervene when Hayate is about to kill Sakura and her presence stays his blade long enough for a Sealing Team to capture him.

Battle Against Tatewaki Edit

Location: Land of Lightning forest
Combatants:
Akatsuki: Tatewaki
Allied Shinobi Forces: Karui, part of the Second Division, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #309 to #310
Outcome: Tatewaki able to break contract with Kabuto Yakushi and return to the afterlife. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

In the anime, part of the Second Division is attacked by a reincarnated Tatewaki, who they struggle to fight against. A short time later, one of Naruto's shadow clones arrives to help. Having met Tatewaki when he was alive, Naruto is able to speak of him and informs him of the fates of Shū and Chiyo. When he hears they are safe and happy, Tatewaki's soul is put at peace and he is released from the Impure World Reincarnation.

Battle Against Yota Edit

Location: North-western coast of Land of Lightning and Land of Frost and Logistical Support and Medical Division
Combatants:
Akatsuki: Yota, three White Zetsu clones taking on his appearance, portion of the White Zetsu Army
Allied Shinobi forces: portion of the Second Division, Fourth Division, Shikamaru Nara, Chōji Akimichi, Ino Yamanaka, Kiba Inuzuka, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #313 to #315
Outcome: Yota able to break contract with Kabuto Yakushi and return to the afterlife. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

A reincarnated person appears on three different battlefields and produces strange weather patterns. Members of Konoha's Rookie Nine recognize him as Yota, who they knew when they were in the Academy. However, only one of the three can be the real Yota, the other two being transformed Zetsu. One of Naruto's shadow clones locates the real Yota and reminisces with him about the fun they had when they were kids. Yota's soul is put at peace and he is released from the Impure World Reincarnation, but not before he destroys his corpse to prevent being revived again.

Battle Against the Lesser Reincarnated Shinobi Edit

Location: Land of Lightning
Combatants:
Akatsuki: Torune, Heiji, Chūkaku, Daimaru, Osoi, many lesser reincarnated shinobi, White Zetsu clones
Allied Shinobi forces: Part of the Fourth Division, including Temari, Yukata, Matsuri, Musai, Nonota, Shino Aburame, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Anime: Naruto: Shippuden #316 to #317
Outcome: All reanimated shinobi sealed. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

The loss of so many valuable pawns forces Kabuto to use the ninja he mistakenly reincarnated in pursuit of other, stronger ninja. He places Torune in charge of a squad with the mission to release some of the shinobi sealed by the Allies, such as Toroi and the Third Raikage. All but Torune are caught in traps placed by the Fourth Division around the sealed ninja. Torune attempts to use a kinjutsu that would devastate the Allied shinobi, but is stopped and sealed by Shino Aburame and one of Naruto's shadow clones.

Battle Against Fukai Edit

Location Land of Lightning
Combatants:
Akatsuki: Fukai, portion of the White Zetsu Army
Allied Shinobi forces: Killer B, Motoi
Duration
Anime: Naruto: Shippuden #318
Outcome: All White Zetsu Army clones defeated and Fukai able to break contract with Kabuto Yakushi and return to the afterlife. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

Kabuto decides to test Killer B's skills by reincarnating his predecessor as the Eight-Tails' jinchūriki: Fukai. B, with Motoi's help, engages Fukai, but they are soon put on the defensive. Motoi is nearly killed trying to buy time for B to escape, but B comes back to save him. B speaks with Fukai telepathically and vows to help him however he can. Glad that B has found the kind of purpose he lacked in his own life, Fukai's soul is put at peace and he is released from the Impure World Reincarnation.

Water Attack Raid Unit Rescue Edit

Location Seventh Front
Combatants:
Akatsuki: Two thousand White Zetsu Army clones
Allied Shinobi Forces: Water Attack Raid Unit, Thundercloud Unit, Omoi, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone
Duration
Anime: Naruto: Shippuden #320
Outcome: All White Zetsu Army clones defeated. Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

In the anime, the Water Attack Raid Unit comes under attack near the Seventh Front by the White Zetsu Army. Allied Shinobi HQ sends the Thundercloud Unit as reinforcements, who soon find themselves getting overwhelmed as well. Omoi abandons his post to assist them, but by the time he arrives the Water Attack Raid Unit has already been defeated. Eventually, Omoi locates the Thundercloud Unit and with their help is able to eventually defeat the white Zetsu.

Second Southern Battle in the Land of Lightning Edit

Location: Land of Lightning
Combatants
Akatsuki: Madara Uchiha, 's other half
Allied Shinobi Forces: Fourth Division, Naruto Uzumaki's shadow clone, the five Kage, the Hokage Guard Platoon,
Duration
Manga: Chapter #559 to #600
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #321 to #343
Outcome: Heavy Allied Shinobi casualties. All Kage critically wounded. Mū released from the Impure World Reincarnation. Madara severed contract with technique and rendezvous with Tobi. Akatsuki victory.

When he was attacked by Naruto's shadow clone earlier, 's body instinctively split in two, of which only one was sealed. The second half cannot release the first half, so Kabuto uses the only option he has left: he uses Mū as a medium to summon a reincarnated Madara Uchiha. Kabuto encourages Madara to show what made him so legendary, which Madara obliges by attacking the nearby Fourth Division. Gaara, Ōnoki, Naruto's shadow clone, and the rest of the Allies present are already outmatched by Madara, which is only made worse when Madara drops two meteorites upon them, wiping out most of the Fourth Division. Madara attacks the survivors with Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees, which Naruto does his best to defend against.

Naruto's shadow clone is beginning to run low on chakra and cannot hold out against Madara for much longer. The three remaining Kage (A, Tsunade, and Mei Terumī) arrive on the battlefield to join Gaara and Ōnoki against Madara, instructing Naruto to trust the fight to them. Naruto's clone vanishes, remnants of the Fourth Division pursue Mū's half, and the Kage engage Madara. Although the Kage pull off some attacks that impress even Madara, they cannot hope to defeat him so long as he is an immortal reincarnation that recovers from all injuries. All they can hope to do is endure against Madara's various powers until Kabuto is defeated and the Impure World Reincarnation is broken.

As night starts to fall, the Kage cannot last much longer, Madara having multiple clones that are each using Susanoo to outnumber them five-to-one. Before he can wage a final attack, Madara is engulfed in light and his soul begins to ascend, Kabuto having elsewhere been defeated. Madara releases himself from the influence of the Impure World Reincarnation, granting him an immortal body. Free to do what he wants, Madara decides to go find Naruto. The Kage try to stop him, but each is brought to the verge of death in an unseen battle and Madara escapes.

First Battle Against the Eye of the Moon Plan Edit

Location: Land of Lightning, Kamui's dimension
Combatants
Akatsuki: Tobi, the reincarnated jinchūriki, six of the sealed Tailed Beasts, Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Madara Uchiha
Allied Shinobi Forces: Naruto Uzumaki, Killer B, Kakashi Hatake, Might Guy
Duration
Manga: Chapter #563 to #609
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #323 to #362
Outcome: The reincarnated jinchūriki are released from the Impure World Reincarnation. Ten-Tails is revived. Tactical Akatsuki victory.

Tobi uses the reincarnated bodies of the former jinchūriki to create his own Six Paths of Pain, each with their old tailed beasts sealed back into them. They converge on Killer B and the real Naruto and engage them in battle. After a brief exchange B is able to restrain and nearly seal all six, but they free themselves by entering version 2 forms. In the chaos created by these stronger opponents, Tobi almost captures Naruto, but he is stopped by the arrival of Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy.

Tobi begins to have some of the jinchūriki enter Tailed Beast Mode to overwhelm the Allied shinobi. The Four-Tails goes after and swallows Naruto, which gives its jinchūriki, Rōshi, a chance to communicate to Naruto how to release them from Tobi's control. Naruto escapes from the Four-Tails' mouth and locates the chakra receiver on its body. By removing it he frees Rōshi and the Four-Tails, to which Tobi responds by first reclaiming the Four-Tails and then by having all the other jinchūriki fully transform. The Nine-Tails is touched by Naruto's determination to help its fellow tailed beasts and thus gives its full cooperation to Naruto. Their new and improved Nine-Tails Chakra Mode allows them to defeat and free the other tailed beasts, but Tobi reclaims them into Demonic Statue of the Outer Path too.

Tobi fights Naruto, B, Kakashi, and Guy by himself until he is alerted to Kabuto's defeat. Running out of options, he initiates a premature revivial of the Ten-Tails by depositing the sealed Gold and Silver Brothers (who contain remnants of the Nine-Tail' chakra) and one of the Eight-Tails' tentacles into the Statue. He places a barrier around it as it undergoes its transformation and engages his four opponents in the meantime. Their efforts to attack Tobi fail until they notice a connection between his ability to become intangible and Kakashi's Kamui. By taking advantage of this connection, they are able to land a successful attack and destroy his mask, revealing him as Obito Uchiha.

Moments after his identity if exposed, Obito is joined by Madara, having just finished up with the five Kage. Noticing that the Statue has not had the Eight or Nine-Tails sealed into it yet, Madara attempts to take the beasts from Naruto and B before the Ten-Tails is revived. Kakashi and Guy defend them while Naruto and B try to destroy the Statue, but they're too late and the Ten-Tail is revived.

Battle Against the Impure World Reincarnation Technique Edit

Location: Mountains' Graveyard
Combatants
Akatsuki: Kabuto Yakushi
Other: Itachi Uchiha, Sasuke Uchiha
Duration
Manga: Chapter #578 to #589
Anime: Naruto: Shippūden #333 to #339
Outcome: Kabuto is trapped in Izanami and unable to fight. All reincarnated shinobi (except Madara Uchiha) are released. Tactical Allied Shinobi Forces victory.

After freeing himself from Kabuto's control, Itachi tasks himself with breaking the Impure World Reincarnation. He traces Kabuto to the Mountains' Graveyard. Along the way Itachi is found and joined by his younger brother, Sasuke. They locate Kabuto, but know they cannot kill him if the Impure World Reincarnation is to be released. After taking precautions to protect himself from their genjutsu, Kabuto takes advantage of their unwillingness to kill him by bombarding them with all the abilities he's acquired for himself: the pilfered abilities of the late Sound Four, the research of Orochimaru, and a Sage Mode he's trained to perfection. The Uchiha brothers defend themselves, helped particularly by their Susanoo. Ultimately, Itachi traps Kabuto in the endless loop of Izanami. Defeated, Kabuto is compelled via genjutsu to release Impure World Reincarnation, sending Itachi and the other reincarnated shinobi back to the afterlife.

Night Two Edit

Battle Against the Ten-Tails Edit

Location: Land of Lightning, Kamui's dimension
Combatants
Akatsuki: Obito Uchiha, Madara Uchiha, the Ten-Tails, Black Zetsu
Allied Shinobi Forces: Naruto Uzumaki, Killer B, Kakashi Hatake, Might Guy, all avaliable divisions of the Allied Forces, the four reincarnated Hokage, the five Kage
Independent: Taka, Orochimaru, the seven tailed beasts
Duration
Manga: Chapter #610 to #656
Anime: Naruto Shippūden #363 onward
Outcome: Allied Shinobi Forces' Headquarters destroyed. Allied Shinobi Forces suffer major casualties. Obito temporarily jinchūriki of Ten-Tails until they are released. Obito is forced to resurrect Madara by force. Allied Shinobi Forces tactical victory. Akatsuki strategic victory.

Though the Ten-Tails is restored, it will still be some time before the moon is in a position to complete the Eye of the Moon Plan. Madara and Obito therefore opt to eliminate the opposition in the meantime. They take control of the Ten-Tails and use it to try and destroy Naruto, B, Kakashi, and Guy, but the remaining Allied Shinobi Forces arrive in time to stop the attack. They combine efforts to restrain and bind the Ten-Tails, but the victory is brief; the Ten-Tails transforms and frees itself.

Madara and Obito recognize the coordination involved to bring such a huge force together so effectively and use the Ten-Tails to destroy the Allied HQ to prevent future coordinating. All stationed there are killed, but Shikaku Nara is able to communicate one final attack plan to the Allies. Many ninja die as they move into position - including Neji Hyūga - but they are able to pull off Shikaku's final plan and sever the connection between the Ten-Tails and the Uchihas. Freed, the Ten-Tails prepares to use Tenpenchii. Kakashi attempts to send the beast away, but Obito intercepts him and warps them both to the other dimension. Tenpenchii levels the area but none are killed due to the protective cloak Naruto coats everyone with.

Before the Ten-Tails can launch another attack it is stopped by the arrived Hokage, reincarnated by Orochimaru at the direction of Sasuke. Hashirama Senju restrains the Ten-Tails and he and the other Hokage trap it in a barrier. Though it can't move, the Ten-Tails spawns miniature clones of itself to protect it. The Allies fight its copies but it becomes apparent that the Ten-Tails is on the verge of a final transformation. Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura join forces against it, badly damaging it.

Meanwhile, in the other dimension, Kakashi and Obito spar. Being old comrades, Obito tries to convince Kakashi that his actions are right and that the world as it is must be eliminated. Kakashi refuses to agree and badly wounds Obito, forcing him to retreat back to the real world. When Madara senses Obito's return, Madara tries to take advantage of him in his weakened state to force Obito to restore him to life. Obito resists and instead seals the Ten-Tails into his body, becoming its jinchūriki. The Hokage, no longer preoccupied with restraining the Ten-Tails, attack it, only to discover Obito's new power cancels out the regenerative advantages of their reincarnated bodies. The Allies try various methods of damaging Obito, but only senjutsu has any kind of success.

With the moon nearly in position, Obito transforms into the Ten-Tails' final form: a giant tree capable of absorbing chakra from anyone it touches. With their numbers dwindling and time running out, the Allies prepare for one final assault. Naruto and Sasuke launch a a final attack while the remaining allies, rallied by their respective newly rejuvenated Kage, provide support. The tailed beasts the Ten-Tails is composed of are stripped from Obito and released, leaving him defeated and unable to move. Because Obito is no longer able to resist, Black Zetsu takes control of him and forces him to revive Madara.

Second Battle Against the Eye of the Moon Plan Edit

Location: Land of Lightning, Kamui's Dimension
Combatants
Akatsuki: Madara Uchiha, Black Zetsu, White Zetsu clones, Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Guruguru
Allied Shinobi Forces: All available divisions of the Allied Forces, the four reincarnated Hokage
Independent: Taka, Orochimaru, the seven tailed beasts, Obito Uchiha, Kabuto Yakushi
Duration
Manga: Chapter #657 to #677
Outcome: The nine tailed beasts (except Kurama's Yin half) are resealed within the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. Madara becomes the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. Yin-Kurama and parts of Shukaku and Gyūki are sealed into Naruto. Madara activates the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Akatsuki victory.

Though living again, Madara is left unable to see, having forfeited his eyes shortly before his original death. Until he can reacquire them he immobilizes Hashirama and absorbs his senjutsu chakra to allow him to sense things around him. His first order of business is capturing the tailed beasts again. He is initially no match for the nine beasts until a white Zetsu delivers one of his Rinnegan to him. He uses it to summon the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path from Obito's body and then quickly seals all the tailed beasts, including B's Eight-Tails and Naruto's Nine-Tails, into it, triggering another rebirth of the Ten-Tails. Sasuke tries to stop him, so Madara stabs him with his own sword.

Meanwhile, Guruguru keeps the Allied Shinobi Forces occupied with Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands to battle them. Naruto, dying from the removal of the Nine-Tails, is delivered to the reincarnated Minato Namikaze by Gaara so that the half of the Nine-Tails' chakra that Minato has can be sealed into him. Black Zetsu intercepts the transfer and takes the Nine-Tails' chakra for itself, but this creates an opening for Obito to reclaim control of his body. Obito, having finally decided he was wrong, escapes to the other dimension with Naruto and Sakura (who is providing emergency life support), where he begins sealing the Nine-Tails' chakra from Black Zetsu to Naruto. Elsewhere, a dying Sasuke is approached by Kabuto, who also had a change of heart, and he begins healing Sasuke's wounds.

Madara, now the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, is left to deal with the stragglers. With nobody else who can perform senjutsu around, taijutsu is the only means of combating him. Might Guy decides that this is a worthy cause for him and decides to give his life to defeat Madara. He opens all Eight Gates and assaults Madara with his Evening Elephant. This takes a heavy toll on his body but doesn't stop Madara, forcing him to resort to his final attack: Night Guy. This time Madara is badly injured, but still he survives. Spent, the life fades from Guy.

While on the border between life and death, Naruto and Sasuke each meet with the Sage of the Six Paths, who offers them a portion of his power to defeat the Ten-Tails at long last. Once each is restored to health, Naruto saves Guy from death and they engage Madara with their new powers: Sasuke's Rinnegan and Naruto's simultaneous access to all of the nine tailed beasts' abilities. No match for Naruto and Sasuke, Madara becomes determined to reacquire his remaining Rinngean. He steals Kakashi's Sharingan and uses it follow Obito to the other dimension where he takes the Rinnegan Obito has been using. Restored to full power, Madara returns to the real world and initiates the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

Battle Against the Infinite Tsukuyomi Edit

Location: Land of Lightning, Kaguya's Dimension
Combatants
Akatsuki: Madara Uchiha
Allied Shinobi Forces: Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno, Kakashi Hatake, the four reincarnated Hokage
Independent: Sasuke Uchiha, Obito Uchiha, Black Zetsu, Kaguya Ōtsutsuki
Duration
Manga: Chapter #678 onward
Outcome: Black Zetsu uses itself and Madara as a medium to revive Kaguya. Obito is killed by Kaguya.

The Infinite Tsukuyomi is cast upon the world. Sasuke shields himself, Naruto, Kakashi, and Sakura. All others except for the reanimated Hokage are trapped in a dream and wrapped into the God: Nativity of a World of Trees, their chakra acting as fuel for their own confinement. The four emerge from Sasuke's protection, the last resistance against Madara. Before they can have their final battle, Black Zetsu, once more in control of Obito's body, transfers to Madara and takes control of him instead, converting him to Kaguya Ōtsutsuki. Kaguya transports them all to another dimension filled with lava, wishing to eliminate the only remaining obstacles. Together, Naruto and Sasuke proved difficult so she decides to separate the duo by sending Sasuke away. Obito has been recovered and helps Naruto's clone and Sakura to get Sasuke out of the deserted dimension. Elsewhere in a real world where the four reincarnated Hokage found Madara's lower half body and trying to find a way to stop Infinite Tsukuyomi, Hagoromo's spirit manifested from the lower half. With Naruto able to distract Kaguya and Black Zetsu into attacking him and his clone army, Obito and Sakura is able to get Sasuke out of the deserted dimension. With Naruto and Sasuke reunited, Kaguya sends everyone to a desert dimension where the heavy gravity could pin even herself down. Using this to her advantage, she attempts to kill both of them with her All-Killing Ash Bones, but Sasuke and Naruto are protected by Kakashi and Obito respectively. Obito used his Kamui to warp away the bone before it killed Kakashi, allowing himself to be slain. Using his sacrifice to his advantage, Sasuke initiated an attack, leading Kaguya to warp everyone to her main dimension. Saddened by Obito's sacrifice and enraged at Black Zetsu's mockery, Naruto joined Sasuke in the assault, severing Kaguya's left arm.

Trivia Edit

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 643, pages 14-15
  2. Naruto chapter 400, pages 7-8
  3. Naruto chapter 590, page 5

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