Kidomaru managed to shield himself from Neji's attack, and fled to the safety of the neighboring trees. Deciding to attack Neji from a distance, Kidomaru advanced his cursed seal to its first level before sending multiple spiders to attack Neji. Neji was able to repel them all, although Kidomaru noticed a delayed reaction in some of Neji's blocks. He theorized that Neji's defenses had a blind spot, and continued to attack him from this blind spot. His theory was proven correct, as Neji was unable to block the attack. Believing himself to have found Neji's weakness, Kidomaru prepared to finish the battle.