"User of the Scorch Release: Pakura of the Sand!" (灼遁使い! 砂隠れのパクラ, Shakuton Tsukai! Sunagakure no Pakura) is episode 285 of the Naruto: Shippūden anime.
In a flashback, Sunagakure celebrates a victory over Iwagakure and recognised Pakura as their hero. Maki, Pakura's student, wanted to train with her despite being tired from the previous skirmish and Pakura praises Maki for her fighting spirit and resolve. After their training session, Pakura advised Maki to be strong so she can protect her loved ones and the village. Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Seniors they discuss a truce with Kirigakure despite the conditions of the truce being against in their favour and notes that they would have to use Pakura again, to solve the issue. Later, Suna mourns the death of Pakura and vows to destroy Iwagakure in order to avenge her death. In a present time, the Third Division struggles to fight the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist as well as Gari and Pakura. Monga manages to incapacitate Gari, but is killed by Pakura, who confronts Maki and blames Sunagakure for turning her into a sacrifice during a doubtful truce with Kirigakure. Ruka intervenes their argument that Kiri had no longer its bloody and vicious reputation under the new leadership of the Fifth Mizukage. Pakura continues her attack and Maki tells to Pakura that Allied Shinobi Forces will improve its relations and might change the future then she begs Pakura to remain the hero that she died as to the village. Still sceptic, Pakura attempts to attack but she is stopped by Omoi and Zaji. In their successful coordinated attack, they manage to incapacitate Pakura but Gari arrives. Gari targets Maki but Pakura corners Gari with her flaming orbs and tells Maki to flee. After fleeing, Gari and Pakura have their personalities erased once more. As the group successfully retreat to the forest, Maki goes off on her own to pray.
|Role||Seiyū||English Voice Actor|
|Maki||Mariko Higashiuchi||東内 マリ子||Higashiuchi Mariko||Mary Elizabeth McGlynn|
|Omoi||Kunihiro Kawamoto||河本 邦弘||Kawamoto Kunihiro||Ogie Banks|
|Monga of the Rock||Kenichiro Matsuda||松田 健一郎||Matsuda Ken'ichirō|
|Ruka of the Mist||Seiko Yoshida||吉田 聖子||Yoshida Seiko||Stephanie Sheh|
|Zaji||Kengo Kawanishi||河西 健吾||Kawanishi Kengo||Derek Stephen Prince|
|Pakura||Yukari Oribe||織部 ゆかり||Oribe Yukari||Carrie Keranen|
|Fuguki Suikazan||Minoru Hirota||広田 みのる||Hirota Minoru|
|Gari||Takuji Kato||加藤 拓二||Katō Takuji||D.C. Douglas|
|Fourth Kazekage||Masahiko Tanaka||田中 正彦||Tanaka Masahiko||Crispin Freeman|
|Suna seniors||Shinobu Matsumoto|