Gaara uses sand to create a platform capable of supporting his weight, which he keeps suspended in the air with his chakra. One of the simpler purposes for this technique is as a defence, lifting Gaara out of reach of attacks. While airborne, Gaara can still use his other techniques, such as forming his Shield of Sand around the platform for additional protection. This technique can also be used for transportation, enabling Gaara to travel around quickly. Platforms can be made larger to support allies alongside him, or Gaara can give allies their own platforms.