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Sunagakure 2
Kanji 砂隠れの里
Rōmaji Sunagakure no Sato
Literal English Village Hidden by Sand
Village Data
Country Land of Wind
Leader Kazekage
Symbol Sunagakure Symbol
Population 2/5
Military 2/5
Economy 2/5

Sunagakure (砂隠れの里, Sunagakure no Sato; Literally meaning "Village Hidden by Sand") is the hidden village of the Land of Wind and was founded by the First Kazekage. As one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries, Sunagakure has a Kage as its leader known as the Kazekage, who resides in a spherical structure in the centre of the village. There have been five Kazekage, the most recent being Gaara.

The Puppet Technique, and from their performance in the Fourth Shinobi World War, the Cloth Binding Technique seem to be common techniques among Sunagakure ninja. Shinobi from this village believe that the accomplishment of a mission predominates the lives of the ninja trying to accomplish it. As such, they are known to be ruthless in battle, meaning to them that failure is not an option. Should failure seem inevitable, a Suna shinobi would almost surely try to make a success of their mission in some way or another as seen when Kankurō secretly retrieved a piece of Sasori's clothing as a means to track Akatsuki to their hideout. Most shinobi from this village seem to have an affinity for Wind Release.

The standard attire of this village consists of blue or black uniforms underneath flak jackets of various shades of beige to better blend with their natural environment and include shoulders guards. Sand shinobi also tend to wear a common headpiece consisting of a head-wrap and cloth neck-covers to aid against the sun and sandstorms with a headband on top.

A natural defence of Sunagakure is its location in the desert with the protection of lack of water and sandstorms to discourage large-scale invasions. Sunagakure itself lies in a fortified valley behind cliffs of rock. The passage to travel into the valley is in a cleft between two cliff faces which provides a natural defence for the village making the area very hard to attack from the ground. The outside cliff face facing the desert has been terraced for a place for defending shinobi to stand up against assaulting forces. The buildings inside seem to be made of clay or stucco which would help to keep the buildings cool and allow them to also withstand the raging sand storms that are common in the area.



Kazekage Residence

The Kazekage's office building.

Sunagakure was founded by the First Kazekage, who gathered the desert-dwelling shinobi under his control with his overwhelming power. At some point, before the First Kazekage, the village would come to possess Shukaku.[1] In the coming years the beast was sealed into three different hosts[2] so that its abilities could be studied and experimented with. Because of this, the Third Kazekage was able to emulate Shukaku's abilities, earning recognition as the strongest Kazekage in history.

Second Shinobi World War

Some time in Sunagakure's history they created the Puppet Brigade in an attempt to create a technique that would give life to their puppets in order to increase their combat effectiveness. Research for such a technique was started and Chiyo eventually developed One's Own Life Reincarnation, but use of the technique came at too high a price at needing the user's life to complete the technique, thus the research was called off and the village continued to use normal puppets instead. Sasori left the village after the emptiness of lacking parental love which finally reached a breaking point, but later returned to kidnap and murder the Third Kazekage. Sunagakure took a risky gamble and attempted to find their Kage rather than securing their borders against attack, which was proven to be the wrong guess by war. This in the future would make the village cautious about searching for the Fifth Kazekage, Gaara, when he was kidnapped.[3]

Third Shinobi World War

Gaara lost control

Rasa witnesses Shukaku going wild.

Sunagakure took part in the Third Shinobi World War. It is unclear whether they fought on the side of Konohagakure against their mutual foe, Iwagakure, or if they formed a separate front in the war. It is unsurprising that Iwakagure is an old enemy of Sunagakure, due to their close proximity. This has left the two villages as age old enemies with each side holding a heavy grudge against the other, a fact which makes them highly unwilling allies.

Because Chiyo's attempts to poison enemies during this war were often foiled by Tsunade, the Wind Daimyō began outsourcing missions to Konoha, leading to a lack of funding for Sunagakure. To make up for the loss of military power this created, the Fourth Kazekage had Chiyo seal Shukaku into its third host, his own son: Gaara.[4] It was hoped that Gaara would become an indestructible weapon for the village, but the power of Shukaku was too unstable and overwhelming for Gaara and the idea was abandoned. The village then had to rely on the development of new techniques and trading of gold dust in order to keep its standing within the Five Great Shinobi Countries.[5] As time passed, however, the Fourth came to appreciate Gaara's increasing control and returned to relying on him as a weapon.

Konoha Crush

Main article: Konoha Crush At some point, Sunagakure was approached by Orochimaru with a proposition for a joint Konoha Crush. The Fourth Kazekage was killed and impersonated by Orochimaru to give the impression of support, and Sunagakure was falsely led to a devastating loss against Konoha's forces. Once Orochimaru's deceit was discovered, Sunagakure re-allied itself with Konoha, gaining much from the peace and leading to new prosperity for the village. By Part II, Gaara would be made Fifth Kazekage to replace his father.

Kazekage Rescue

Deidara attacks Sunagakure

Deidara attacks Sunagakure.

When Akatsuki came to Suna to abduct Gaara, Sasori set several explosive tag traps and killed several guards, as well as reactivating two of his sleeper agents, Yūra and Mukade, while Deidara in his bid to draw out the Kazekage, nearly devastated the entire village were it not for Gaara's Air Sand Protective Wall. Regardless, Gaara was captured, and the village was in dismay. An urgent message was relayed to Konoha for assistance via messenger bird. After Gaara was rescued and revived by Chiyo, at the cost of her own life, he was safely returned to Suna and is currently still the Kazekage. He lost his tailed beast, but still retained the ability to manipulate sand.

Fourth Shinobi World War

God Jukai Kotan

Sunagakure falls to the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

When Sunagakure entered the Fourth Shinobi World War, its Cloth Binding Technique users were vital in dealing with Kabuto Yakushi's reincarnated shinobi. This technique caused them to make up the majority of the Sealing Teams in every division of the Allied Shinobi Forces. Shortly before the war, Kankurō was appointed commander of the Surprise Attack Division, and the village's Kazekage, Gaara, its Regimental Commander. During the war, Madara Uchiha initiated the Eye of the Moon Plan which effected all the citizens of Sunagakure along with the other villages.




See Also


  1. Chapter 648, page 12
  2. Chapter 261, page 5
  3. Chapter 266, page 10
  4. Chapter 262, page 14
  5. Chapter 547, page 5
  6. Chapter 553, page 10
  7. Chapter 611, pages 16-17
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