Kankuro’s attacks are all nullified by Sasori’s scorpion-like tail with his puppets are destroyed. He eventually pierces Kankuro with his tail, inflicting him with a slow-acting poison which would kill him within three days. Kankuro is puzzled at how easily Sasori countered his fighting style, to which Sasori responds by revealing to him his identity as former Hidden Sand ninja who created Kankuro’s puppets. Meanwhile, an urgent plea for assistance that Sunagakure sent to Konoha arrives and is brought to Tsunade’s attention. Acting immediately, she assigns Team Kakashi to back up Sunagakure in rescuing the Kazekage.