The Third Great Beast Arc spans from episodes 195 to 196 of the Naruto anime. This arc is preceded by the Peddlers Escort Mission, Matchmaking Proxy Mission, and the Lady Daimyō Search Mission. It is followed by the Konoha Plans Recapture Mission.
While going through a standard check-up with Tsunade, Naruto learned that Lee's recovery from his injuries during the Chūnin Exams was still questionable. Later, Naruto and Tenten went to check on Lee just in time to see him in a practice match against young prodigy named Yagura. To Naruto, Tenten, and Guy's amazement, not only was Yagura able to push Lee back in taijutsu combat, but was also able to use an advanced taijutsu technique to nearly break Lee's ankle. Later when Naruto and Tenten were worrying about Lee's well-being, Neji convinced them to have faith in Lee as Neji had learned, stating bluntly that Lee has the potential to surpass any prodigy despite his shortcomings because of his dedication.
Later when Guy went on a mission with Yagura, it was discovered that the boy, who was with Guy, was actually an impostor. Tsunade quickly sent Neji, Tenten, and Naruto to go after Guy. Tsunade also decided not to tell Lee in fear he would follow them despite his ankle injury. Upon catching up with Guy, it was discovered that he was already captured by a ninja team of brothers who wielded a unique Puppet Technique that controlled wooden training dummies and were on a mission of revenge against Guy for their father's death. While Naruto and the team managed to fight back the dummies, Lee surprisingly showed up and rushed to aid his sensei. As Naruto and the team began to tire, Guy and Lee managed to defeat the brother's dummy fortress and break the technique. Afterwards, Guy revealed to everyone the story behind his battle with the brothers' father, making the brothers realise that their father didn't have contempt for Guy, but respect. This meant their desire for revenge was pointless.
|#||Episode Title||Japanese Airdate||English Airdate|
|195||"The Third Super-Beast!"||26 July 2006||6 September 2008|
|196||"Hot-Blooded Confrontation: Student vs. Sensei"||9 August 2006||13 September 2008|