Shikamaru and his team encounter Sakura in the forest of death against the sound trio. Working together, they were able to distract the enemy long enough for Sasuke to wake up. During Sakura's battle with Ino, Shikarumaru was shown impressed by her skills.
When a crying Sakura confronts Shikamaru and his team about Sasuke's disappearance, Shikamaru calms her down and says her work is done and should leave everything up to him and his group. When he later comes back with a failed mission, Sakura greets them and encounters Sakura's fake smile towards Naruto.
During the Kage Summit arc, Shikamaru confronts Sakura about the Sasuke situation and clearifies that they will have to kill him if she doesn't. Confirming that it's better if her team does it instead, Sakura counters that she alraedy understands and will continue to proceed on the plan.
At the Team 7 reunion during the war, Shikamaru is present during Sai's questioning about Sasuke's presence. Later, a wounded Shikamaru is healed and saved by Sakura after being attacked by the God tree.
- They are both mentioned for their high intelligence rate
- Shikamaru is shown to be able to hint at Sakura's future motives
Among the FansEdit
ShikaSaku is a known pairing, but isn't popular. Those who ship these two are due to both the character's high intelligence and how well they could work together. It could also be due to how both characters look as well. Their rival pairings are SasuSaku, ShikaIno, NaruSaku, and ShikaTema.