Eight Man Squad
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Manga Volume #39, Naruto Chapter #354
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #121
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Team Info

This was a team formed after news of Sasuke Uchiha's victory over Orochimaru reached Konoha. Upon realising that Sasuke still wouldn't be coming back to the village, Naruto asked the Fifth Hokage to send a squad out to hunt down Itachi Uchiha, in hopes that finding him will mean they'd find Sasuke as he'd be targeting him. Kakashi added that a small but elite squad of shinobi would be needed to take down a member of Akatsuki, and enlisted the members of Team Kurenai for their tracking skills. With this, Team Kakashi and Team Kurenai formed an eight man squad to hunt down the Uchiha.

The team has two known attack strategies for dealing with an enemy, which the anime extended upon:


Hunt for Itachi and Sasuke
  • Rank: Unknown
  • Status: Failed; Itachi died and Sasuke's trail was lost

Starting out as a mission to capture the missing-nin Itachi Uchiha, it called for the squad to split up and search the area for any sign of Itachi. However, upon seeing Deidara's suicide explosion, the team regrouped, with Kiba finding Sasuke's scent. With Sasuke so close, the squad's primary mission of finding Itachi was replaced with finding Sasuke instead. While being stalled by Akatsuki member Tobi, the team learned that Itachi had died in battle with Sasuke. They tried to reach Sasuke before Tobi could, but failed as both Itachi's corpse and Sasuke were gone, and were unable to rediscover Sasuke's trail.