Part I Edit
Ultimate Weapon Arc Edit
Gaara and Naruto regard each other as precious comrades, helping and protecting one another as they tried to rescue Matsuri.
Part II Edit
In episode 377. After Mecha-Naruto cornering Naruto, Gaara arrives and attacks Mecha-Naruto with a wall of sand. When Gaara grabs Mecha-Naruto with his sand arm, Naruto note that Gaara is so cool. As Gaara is about to crush Mecha-Naruto, Deidara shows up and begins taunting Gaara for being defeated in his battle against him, calling him weak. Gaara then abandons his battle with Mecha-Naruto and chases after Deidara, leaving Naruto behind. Naruto shock when Gaara left and said that all Gaara needs is a little crush.
Ten-Tails Revival Arc Edit
In episode 388.Gaara asks Shukaku for its aid. Although initially refusing, Shukaku decides to join the battle, but only to prove its superiority over Kurama, and denies that it is agreeing to Gaara's request. As the sand-manipulating duo prepare to head out, Son Gokū notes that the tailed beasts will also join in before questioning the young Kazekage if he is a friend of Naruto. Gaara then recalls his painful childhood as a jinchūriki, how the villagers shunned him, and how this all changed after his meeting with Naruto. Responding to the Four-Tails, Gaara says Naruto is his first friend. He then leads the way as all of the tailed beasts prepare to join the battle.