Naruto gathers his friends and tells them that he will defeat Sasuke alone. Meanwhile, the Elders of the Leaf officially nominate Kakashi to become the next Hokage.
In Mount Myoboku, Gerotora, Fukasaku, and the Great Lord Elder are debating whether to give Naruto the key to the Tetragram Seal left behind by Jiraiya, an act that could unleash the Nine Tails.
At Mount Myoboku, Naruto prepares to store Gerotora within himself, but hesitates as it also holds the potential risk of unleashing the Nine Tails.
The Five Kage assemble in the Hidden Cloud Village to discuss where to hide the remaining two Jinchuriki.
Tsunade sends out Naruto under the guise of a top-secret mission to keep him hidden away from the Akatsuki.
During their voyage, Naruto, Yamato, Gai, and Aoba stop at an island to recover from severe seasickness. There, they unexpectedly meet up with Sakura, Ino, and Choji.
Naruto's ship is stranded at sea, when another ship suddenly appears. Believing it to be a ghost ship, Naruto panics until he finds Hishaku, a sailor, on board.
Pirates living on an island resembling a battleship open fire on Naruto's ship. Using Yamato's Wood Style Jutsu, Naruto and the others escape into an undersea cave.
Naruto, Yamato, and Aoba arrive on an island where they spot a young woman. While trying to gather information, Aoba learns of a horrible secret hidden on the island.
Guy recalls the celebration after Lee learned the Hidden Lotus technique.
Naruto and the other crew members find their ship infested with poisonous mushrooms. To make matters worse, the mushrooms have destroyed all of their food and supplies, making their voyage into one of survival.
Naruto's Shadow Clones turn against him after feeling mistreated and overworked. Unable to undo his jutsu, Naruto is taken captive.
As he prepares for the coming war, Shikamaru begins to feel the pressure of having to shoulder the lives of his friends.
Hinata's father Hiashi summons the Hyuga clan to discuss the role they will be playing in the upcoming Fourth Great Ninja War.
Naruto and the others encounter a thief who claims that he is Naruto Uzumaki of the Hidden Leaf.
Feeling that he is not taken seriously, Konohamaru goes to ask Sakura and Shikamaru for advice, but their answers are not enough to satisfy him.
Naruto meets two kunoichi named Shizuka and Tokiwa from the Nadeshiko village who are looking for Jiraiya's student.
At the Ninja Academy, Shino recounts the time when he failed to capture a wanted thief.
Tenten helps Lee train to enhance his Eight Inner Gates, and recalls the days when she also worked hard to pursue her dreams.
Sai meets some kids who remind him of Sakura and Naruto. Sai is amused when he is asked what the difference between a comrade and a friend is—an answer he himself is not sure of.
Ino, Choji, and Shikamaru run into Kosuke, an elderly genin who they saved in a previous mission.
Feeling desperate, Kiba asks Kakashi to train him. Although busy with his own mission, Kakashi respects Kiba's wish and summons his Ninja Hounds as a training partner.
As the Leaf Ninja's ship heads toward their final stop, Yamato warns the crew to stay alert for enemies who could mimic both the appearance and chakra of their closest allies.
Naruto runs into Akatsuchi and Kurotsuchi of the Hidden Stone, who are on an assignment to deliver a letter from the Tsuchikage addressed to the Mizukage.
Hearing that Killer Bee has complete control over Eight Tails, Naruto asks for training to control his own Nine Tails' power, but is quickly rejected.
Motoi warns Naruto that he is not yet ready to undergo training to control the Tailed Beast. Undaunted, Naruto asks Motoi to tell him more about Killer Bee.
With Killer Bee as his new master, Naruto begins his training to control the power of a Tailed Beast. In order to do so, one must fight the Tailed Beast head on and absorb its chakra.
Naruto continues his battle against Nine Tails to take control of its immense power. But exposure to Nine Tails' hatred begins to take its toll on Naruto.
Unbeknownst to everyone in the Hidden Leaf Village, a dangerous enemy plots to free the Nine Tails from Kushina, the Jinchuriki Host.
Minato is forced to use his Flying Raijin Jutsu and leave his wife Kushina's side to save their newborn son Naruto from a masked assailant.
Minato uses his Transportation Technique to move the Nine Tails away from the Hidden Leaf Village.
Guy tries to prevent Kisame from delivering intel to the Akatsuki, and a battle ensues between the two.
Aoba enters Kisame's mind to gather intel on the Akatsuki. In the process he learns about the ex-Hidden Mist ninja's bloody past.
Madara appears in the Hidden Rain Village seeking the corpse of Nagato and his Rinnegan.
Madara uses the forbidden jutsu Izanagi to escape Konan's Paper Bomb trap.
Aoba assigns Naruto an S-rank mission to distract him from learning about their true mission: keeping the two Jinchuriki hidden from the enemy.
Kabuto and a reanimated Deidara attempt to grab hold of the Jinchuriki, but are stopped by the Tsuchikage.
The Allied Shinobi Forces and the Akatsuki complete their final preparations for battle. The Fourth Great Ninja War is about to begin!
A look back into the early years when Naruto and Sasuke first met and got to know each other.
During the Chunin Exam, Sasuke witnesses Naruto's growth as a shinobi and comes to acknowledge his teammate as a rival.
Sasuke's defeat to Gaara, and later Itachi, forces him to realize that he is not strong enough to get revenge against his older brother.
Naruto is determined to save Sasuke, who has deserted the Hidden Leaf to join Orochimaru.
Kankuro's commando unit is immediately ambushed by the Akatsuki's own unit comprised of the reanimated Deidara and Sasori.
Sai is reunited with his brother Shin who has been reanimated and is now under the Akatsuki's control.
Under the guidance of Killer Bee, Naruto enters the final stage of training to master the Tailed Beast Bomb, a Jinchuriki's most powerful technique.
The commando unit is in hot water as they engage the reanimated Kekkei Genkai shinobi, which include Zabuza Momochi and Haku.
Kabuto uses the Reanimation Jutsu to summon the most powerful members of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist.
The Akatsuki dispatch an army of powerful reanimated shinobi and White Zetsu across the war zone, causing chaos within the Allied Shinobi Forces' chain of command.
As Darui and his First Company engage an army of White Zetsu, the remaining forces must deal with reanimated shinobi comprised of their late friends—and their worst enemies.
Atsui, Samui, and Darui face off against Kinkaku and Ginkaku, the legendary brothers from the Hidden Cloud.
Darui manages to seal away Ginkaku. Fueled by the rage of losing his brother, Kinkaku transforms into a monster that resembles a Jinchuriki's Tailed Beast State.
Ino sees Sakura falling from the sky. Although she manages to save her, the shock of the fall has left Sakura with amnesia.
Kankuro's Commando Unit is cornered by Hanzo's poison attack. Fortunately, Mifune and his Fifth Company arrive in time to provide assistance.
The Ino-Shika-Cho trio is ordered by Shikaku to take down the reanimated Asuma.
Choji is unable to attack Asuma and loses his will to fight.
While training in Chakra Mode, Naruto senses the presence of the Nine Tails' chakra seeping from Kinkaku outside.
Madara summons the giant Gedo Statue and unleashes its devastating power upon the Shinobi Forces.
Naruto and Killer Bee rush to the battlefield when Nine Tails suddenly speaks to Naruto.
Over at the Medical Unit camp, Sakura and the other medic ninja work nonstop to treat the wounded.
Shino suspects that a White Zetsu may be posing as one of them, creating distrust amongst the team.
Back at the Fifth Company's camp, Kurotsuchi attempts to negotiate with the captive Deidara to find out Kabuto's location.
The news of Danzo becoming Hokage and issuing orders to dispose of Sasuke reaches Naruto and Sakura. The two decide to confront Danzo, only to be halted by Kakashi.
Karui and Omoi of the Hidden Cloud press Naruto to give up information regarding Sasuke. Naruto realizes their motives, but decides he cannot sell out his friend.
Naruto, Yamato, and Kakashi follow Team Samui in the hopes of meeting the Raikage and asking him to spare Sasuke's life.
The Five Kage assemble in the Land of Iron to hold the Five Kage Summit Conference.
Mifune calls for the formation of the Allied Shinobi Forces to counter the Akatsuki and proposes the Hokage to lead them.
Madara makes a sudden appearance before Naruto and reveals the truth behind Itachi's actions.
In the Land of Iron, Sasuke and the Raikage fight a battle to the death when Gaara, the Kazekage, intervenes.
Having blocked the combined attacks of Gaara, Temari, Kankuro, and Darui with his Susano'o, Sasuke goes after Danzo.
By resurrecting the monster Ten Tails and becoming its Jinchuriki Host, Madara plots to bring the entire world under his Genjutsu control.
Sakura arrives in the Land of Iron to speak with Naruto, but her confession surprises him. Elsewhere, Kisame appears before Killer Bee.
Killer Bee engages in a deadly battle against Kisame, who has come to capture the Eight-Tails.
Naruto learns from Sai that Sakura intends to kill Sasuke. The Sand arrive to brief the Leaf Ninja about what happened at the Five Kage Summit.
Kakashi decides to go after Sakura to stop her, while Yamato and Naruto are ordered to return to the Leaf Village.
Danzo's uncanny jutsu prevents Sasuke from landing a clean hit on his enemy. As Karin attempts to analyze Danzo's jutsu, Madara recognizes it as Izanagi, the Uchiha's Forbidden Visual Jutsu.
Danzo believes he's won the battle against Sasuke. Little does he realize, Sasuke placed him under genjutsu before they last exchanged blows.
As Sakura heads toward Sasuke, she begins to recollect fond memories of Team 7.
Realizing what it means to gain something precious and then lose it, Naruto sneaks out of the inn to follow Sakura and Kakashi to find Sasuke.
Sakura tells Sasuke that she wants to desert the village and join him. A skeptical Sasuke tells Sakura he will believe her if she can finish off Karin.
Sasuke reveals that he killed Danzo and goes on to declare his intent to purify the Uchiha clan's name by annihilating the Hidden Leaf.
Having become a high-level shinobi, Naruto is now able to understand Sasuke's heart, and he tells Sasuke to direct all of his hatred towards him.
Bee believes Samehada has taken a liking to him but is unaware that this is all just part of the Akatsuki's plan.
The formation of the Allied Shinobi Forces is ratified by the Feudal Lords of the Five Great Nations. Each Kage returns to their village to prepare for the coming war.