Name: Armor of Sand (砂の鎧, Suna no Yoroi; English TV "Sand Armor")
Type: No rank, Defensive, Short range (0-5m)
Debut (Anime):Naruto Episode 48
Debut (Manga): Chapter 83
Using this jutsu, Gaara can cover himself in a compacted layer of sand, providing an additional defense should his Shield of Sand fail. Though quite effective, maintaining the armor requires a large amount of chakra and stamina. Furthermore, it is nowhere as resilient as the Shield of Sand, since it easily breaks away upon impact, meaning that the sole purpose of the armor is to absorb impact channeled unto Gaara's body during battle.