In chapter 420, Kakashi summoned the wall of dogs (Doton: Doryūheki).

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It looks just like an ordinary earth element wall, except that it has bulldog sculptures on it.
It's already known that Kakashi was familiar with the earth element very well.

So why did he summon this wall?


Let's see what was Kakashi trying to do. First of all, he summoned the wall behind Pain. So his intention was not to make a barrier to protect himself, but rather to limit Pain's movement, probably to make it harder for him to evade Kakashi's attacks. Right after that he tries to hit Pain with Raikiri, but because of Rinnegan he misses and hits the wall instead. Note that Pain is already pushed to the wall, so he can not evade backwards.

So basically he has just two ways to move to left: forward, from where Kakashi is attacking, or upward, trying to jump over the wall. Considering this, I would assume that the dog heads are there to prevent the enemy from doing so, and possible catch and hold him at the wall if he is reckless enough.

Note that it is not the only technique which combines Earth element and Kakashi's dogs. He also uses Kuchiyose: Doton: Tsuiga no Jutsu (literally "Summoning: Earth Release: Tracking Fang") in his battle against Zabuza. In this technique, tha dogs travel underground, track their target and then assault it with their fangs to hold it still and let Kakashi hit it with Raikiri.

So yes, I think the wall had roughly the same purpose.

  • If what you say is true, what did he try to accomplish when he summoned it against seven swordsmen of the mist (At the early episodes of the fourth war). Dec 18 '12 at 6:35
  • @Hashirama, where exactly was it? My answer is rather an assumption based on Kakashi's actions; the wall might as well look like this because it is just cool ;) Dec 18 '12 at 8:21
  • @Hashirama, by the way, the wall he uses in chapter 608 looks different from the one in chapter 420 (there is no dog with it's mouth open) Dec 18 '12 at 8:26

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