Name: Shield of Sand (砂の盾, Suna no Tate; English TV "Sand Shield")
Type: B-rank, Defensive, Short range (0-5m)
Debut (Anime):Naruto Episode 48
Debut (Manga): Chapter 82
This jutsu causes sand to automatically surround and protect Gaara from harm, even if it's self-inflicted, regardless of whether or not he wants it to. The shield is capable of withstanding considerably strong attacks and projectiles, and can be hardened to a point where it's stronger than steel. It can be defeated by avoiding it completely with extremely high-speed attacks, or merely overcoming the shield with incredible brute force.