Bleach: Top Ten Most Powerful Shikai In The Gotei 13 (2023)

Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the TYBW Arc in BleachBleach creators recently announced the premiere of the upcoming season along with a brand-new trailer. Studio Pierrot is apparently pulling out all the stops for the upcoming Shinigami-Quincy Battle Royale, and it shows. Striking animation, vibrant animation, and gore galore abound. Bleach's final animated arc is gearing up to be one of the hottest anime this fall for both its nostalgia and hype.

From the looks of it, the Gotei 13 will sure have a run for their money against the powerful Sternritter led by the fearsome mustachioed Ywach. Equipped with a shinigami's primary weapon, the Zanpakutō, members of the Gotei 13 are able to rely upon them when encountering enemies ranging from Hollows to the Quincy. A Zanpakutō is capable of two release forms: Shikai and the famous Bankai. The former is the one that most Shinigami in Bleach are able to employ, but some within the ranks are able to use this second form to the absolute limit with devastating effect.



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Renji's Zanpakutō is unique in that it's the first one for audiences to witness a shikai release firsthand -- the feat of a Zanpakutō becoming more than just a simple katana.

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Zabimaru is unique in that when it's released in shikai form, it becomes more a whip than it is a sword. According to the 6th Division Lieutenant himself, Zabimaru's shikai is the most difficult to use out of all the lieutenants within the Gotei 13. This is debatable, but he is the only one where it essentially becomes an entirely different type of weapon, making it interesting in that sense.


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Everybody's favorite first anime crush of the naughts, Tōshirō Hitsugaya is the one with the cool hair, cold personality, and ice-based Zanpakutō, enough to make anyone swoon with admiration.

Hyōrinmaru is considered to be one of the most powerful Zanpakutō with an ice-based attribute. Once released, it ultimately becomes a Chinese folklore dragon composed of ice that freezes anything it touches. But what makes it more interesting and strong is that it doesn't require water to make anything freeze.

Ruri'iro Kujaku

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Ruri'iro Kujaku is easily one of the most dissed Zanpakutōs in Bleach history for how it's treated by its wielder, but the ability to ensnare its victims in a web of vines and drain them of their power until their death is a special one indeed.


The only hitch is that its weilder, Yumichika, doesn't use it much, considering their association with the battle-hardened 11th division. Yumichika believes that Ruri'iro Kujaku is not a worthy enough Zanpakutō' for the 11th due to its deceitful nature.


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"Drink, Nozarashi" is easily one of the more appropriate phrases for a Zanpakutō's master, considering how bloodthirsty said master is. Kenpachi Zaraki, captain of the 11th squad is most known for two things: being played by the voice actor of one of the worst characters of Evangelion and having a Zanpakutō that has no name.

After his bouts with the original "Kenpachi," Onahana, in order to unleash his latent talent, uncovers his Zanpakutō's name in the midst of the war against the Quincy. It's only fitting that its release is a large cleaver that can only be handled by a butcher like Kenpachi Zaraki. The shikai is so powerful that it's able to cleave meteors in two.


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When it comes to edgelords of anime, the first rule is to bring the whole mood down with them. And there is no better example of a Zanpakutō's ability to weigh down its opponents with each slash than Wabisuke's.

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Izuru Kira, lieutenant of the 3rd Division, sadly finds himself on the wrong side of politics concerning Soul Society, but their ability manages to keep themselves above the rest (literally). Whatever is slashed by Wabisuke, double its weight is inflicted upon it.


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More stinger than an actual sword, Suzumebachi should not be mistaken as a mere finger glove. It's the perfect tool for an assassination squad such as the second division considering it only needs but two strikes to kill its target.

Soi Fon/Suì-Fēng is the captain of the 2nd Divison and successor of the former captain of said division, Yoruichi. Though her bankai is considered to be too boisterous for covert operations, her shikai is all but perfect for the tasks.

Sode No Shirayuki

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From Tite Kubo himself, Rukia was the first character to be conceived for his magnum opus, so it's only fitting that she receives one of the best Zanpakutō's in the series, as well as be one of the most liked in Bleach. Her Sode no Shirayuki has yet to make its bankai debut in the anime, but her shikai has been prevalent since the Arrancar Arc.

Her shikai's ability is ice-based, just like Captain Hitsugaya, with the only difference being instead of freezing without water, it reduces the user's area to absolute zero degrees. Anyone caught in her shikai's domain will immediately be frozen with no hopes of escaping its Zhivago like ice-prison.

Katen Kyōkotsu

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Who said Hunter X Hunter was the only one with befuddling powers -- Tite Kubo is more than capable of creating an op ability that causes viewers to scratch their heads. Enter Shunsui Kyōraku, the laid back and loquacious captain of the 8th division and his dual-wielded Zanpakutō.

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Once released in its shikai form, Shunsui has to "play" with his Zanpakutō and his opponents in a number of games that would be perfect for Squid Game. From Kageoni to Takoni, Shunsui is able to confound his enemies by switching up games on the fly, confusing them in order to ensure victory like a game of a handheld Simon.


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"Scatter, Senbonzakura" is still one of the coldest sayings for a villain-turned-heroes to utter. And Senbonzakura is still easily one of the most beautiful yet deadly Zanpakutōs to grace the screens of anime-only viewers. It's also only fitting that it's used by such a dignified personality as Byakuya Kuchiki.

The ability to make their blade shatter into microscopic blades that act as a flock of birds for the wielder to control and direct at their opponent is pretty spectacular. Leaving a no-hit area for the wielder alone, Senbonzakura is one of the most horrifyingly beautiful attacks that no enemy could ever hope to escape.

Kyōka Suigetsu

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While there are countless lieutenants in the Gotei 13 to not reach the level of Bankai, there are but two to reach captain that have neither achieved nor revealed their bankai. Former disgraced captain of the 5th divison, Sosuke Aizen, is one of these two and managed to pull the wool over everyone's eyes in Soul Society merely with his shikai.

A special ability like hypnosis for one's shikai makes it perfect for anyone who is set to betray an organization such as the Gotei 13. Kyōka Suigetsu is also the perfect weapon for a villain in that it not only fools its victims via sight but also in sound and smell. It's even enough to fool omnipotent beings like Ywach and the legendary captain of the 1st Divison, Genryūsai Yamamoto.

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Who has the strongest Shikai in bleach? ›

2. Ryūjin Jakka. Captain-Commander Yamamoto wields undoubtedly the strongest Shikai in terms of power, manipulating fire in several techniques.

Which Gotei 13 is the strongest? ›

Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto

The supreme commander of the Gotei 13 is also said to have the most powerful Zanpakato and Bankai in all of Bleach, with his fire abilities being so overwhelming and consuming that some are unable to even manifest their own powers and abilities in its presence.

Who is the weakest Gotei 13? ›

The original Gotei-13: from weakest to strongest
  • #8: Kenpachi.
  • #7: Byakuya.
  • #6: Gin.
  • #5: Ukitake.
  • #4: Kyoraku.
  • #3: Unohana.
  • #2: Aizen.
  • #1: Yamamoto.
6 Mar 2014

Is Shikai stronger than Bankai? ›

Similarly too how Bankai is ten times more powerful than Shikai, Shukai is ten times more powerful than Bankai (one hundred times more powerful than Shikai). Ōetsu notes that both Shinigami and Zanpakutō, upon achieving Shukai, stand on a plane high above other Shinigami and Zanpakutō.

Who has the largest sword in bleach? ›

He has two forms to carrying his zanpakuto; the first is the standard way most shinigami carry their swords, which is at their waist. Because Kakashi's zanpakuto, Lumino Taishou, is considered the longest in the Soul Society, he also often seen carrying it over his shoulder, which is to show it's superior lengths.

Which is the weakest squad in Bleach? ›

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  • Iba. Tetsuzaemon Iba is introduced as the vice-captain of the 7th Division of the Gotei 13, the main military body of Soul Society. ...
  • Love. ...
  • Tosen. ...
  • Tessai. ...
  • Yoruichi. ...
  • Komamura. ...
  • Mayuri. ...
  • Hitsugaya.
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Who is the coolest captain in Bleach? ›

Byakuya Kuchiki was one of the coolest captains in Bleach and is also one of the strongest kido users. Despite being seemingly cold and sometimes uninterested in others he was actually a deeply feeling and thinking character which made him a fan-favorite.

Who are the oldest captains Bleach? ›

One of the oldest captains alongside his friend Jūshirō Ukitake, Shunsui was trained under Head Captain Yamamoto whom he called Old-man Yama (山じい, Yama-jii).

Who is the 1st Squad captain Bleach? ›

The First Division (一番隊, ichiban-tai; "Squad 1" in the English Dub) is one of the Gotei 15, headed by Captain-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto.

Who leads the new Gotei 13? ›

The current holder of this title is Captain Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto of the 1st Division, who has held that post for the last 1000 years. A Captain (隊長, Taichō; lit. Unit Commander) is the leader of one of the thirteen divisions (with the special case of the Captain-Commander).

What is Zangetsu's Shikai? ›

This Shikai form of Zangetsu resembles an oversized khyber knife instead of a formal katana. It has no tsuba and no proper hilt. What Ichigo holds is the cloth-wrapped tang. The sword is about as tall as Ichigo is and has a black blade with a silver edge.

Which is the strongest Zanpakuto? ›

1) Ryujin Jakka

Genryusai Yamamoto, Captain Commander of the Gotei 13, unquestionably possesses the most powerful Zanpakuto in Bleach: Ryujin Jakka.

What is the oldest Zanpakutō? ›

Ryūjin Jakka is known as being the oldest and most powerful fire-type Zanpakutō, and has greater offensive power than all other Zanpakutō in Soul Society.

Who is the god of Zanpakutō? ›

Powers & Abilities. Master Swordsmith: Nimaiya is the creator of the Zanpakutō and therefore the foremost authority on its history, construction, and capabilities. He has the greatest understanding of the Zanpakutō, and is the only individual capable of reforging a broken Zanpakutō.

Who is the leader of Zanpakutō? ›

Kūgo Ginjō (銀城 空吾, Ginjō Kūgo) is a member of the mysterious organization, Xcution.

What is Byakuya's sword called? ›

Byakuya's zanpakutō' is Senbonzakura (千本桜, literally "Thousand cherry blossoms"). Its Shikai is triggered by the command "scatter" (散れ, chire).

Who has the best ice Zanpakutō? ›

In Bankai he is known as Daiguren Hyōrinmaru (大紅蓮 氷輪丸, Grand Crimson Lotus Ice Ring). He is the strongest ice-type Zanpakutō throughout the Reikai. His twin is wielded by Tōshirō Hitsugaya, who was once Sōjirō's childhood friend and rival.

Who had the first Zanpakutō? ›

The Zanpakutō was conceived and invented by Ōetsu Nimaiya of the Royal Guard. The terms "Zanpakutō", "Shikai", and "Bankai" were chosen and given by another member of the Royal Guard, Ichibē Hyōsube, whose Zanpakutō was also the first to gain an evolved form, known as a Shinuchi.

What is the best op in Bleach? ›

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  • 7/14 Alones.
  • 6/14 After Dark.
  • 5/14 Scar.
  • 4/14 chAngE.
  • 3/14 Ranbu no Melody.
  • 2/14 Ichirin no Hana.
  • 1/14 Velonica.
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Who is the strongest Quincy? ›

Here are some of the strongest members of the clan featured in the series.
  • 8/10 Royd Lloyd.
  • 7/10 Pernida Parnkgjas.
  • 6/10 Askin Nakk Le Vaar.
  • 5/10 Lille Barro.
  • 4/10 Uryu Ishida.
  • 3/10 Gerard Valkyrie.
  • 2/10 Jugram Haschwalth.
  • 1/10 Yhwach.
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Who is the main villain in Bleach? ›

Sōsuke Aizen (藍染 惣右介, Aizen Sōsuke) is a fictional character from the manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo and the main villain of the first half of the series (and the most significant one for the entirety of the anime adaptation).

Who is the scariest captain in Bleach? ›

1. Sōsuke Aizen. The main villain throughout most of the series, Aizen has arguably the strongest Shikai in the series, strong enough to carry him through his fights without needing Bankai (his was never revealed).

Who is the strongest in all of Bleach? ›

1) Yhwach. The Son of the Soul King, Yhwach, is the most powerful character in Bleach. He is the progenitor of Quincy.

Who is number 0 Bleach? ›

Yammy is also "Espada Number 0", as the "1" on his tattoo flakes off through his Resurrección, and thus the most powerful Espada. Yammy primarily uses his brute strength, along with bala and Cero blasts, in battle, taking little interest in using his sword unless he is overwhelmed.

Who is the youngest captain in Bleach? ›

Toshiro Hitsugaya is the youngest Captain to ever stand in the Gotei 13, and this boy didn't get that rank through nepotism. He earned it, and Toshiro ranks among the most powerful fighters in all of Bleach.

Who is the oldest soul in Bleach? ›

2/8 Captain Commander Yamamoto

Yamamoto looks old because he is old; in fact, he looked as though he was in his early 50s when he founded the Gotei 13. He is more than 2,100 years old, which makes him the oldest known Soul Reaper.

Who replaced the 3 captains in Bleach? ›

A new captain joins Squad Three, taking the place of the rebel Gin Ichimaru. His name is Shusuke Amagai.

How old is Byakuya? ›

Byakuya Kuchiki (Seireitou)
BirthdayJanuary 31
Height180 cm (5'11")
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What race is Yhwach? ›

Yhwach (Seireitou)
RaceQuincy (Seraph, God)
BirthdayDecember 25
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Who was the squad 12 captain before urahara? ›

Kisuke Urahara replaces the newly promoted Kirio Hikifune as captain of Squad Twelve. Hiyori Sarugaki, lieutenant of Squad Twelve, cannot hide her dissatisfaction with the new captain.

Who is the 2nd captain in Bleach? ›

Second Division
2nd Division
CaptainYoruichi Shihōin
LieutenantMarechiyo Ōmaeda
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What squad is Ichigo captain of? ›

The Fifteenth Division (十五番隊, jūgobantai; "Squad 15" in the English Dub) is one of the Gotei 15, headed by Captain Ichigo Kurosaki.

Does Aizen have a bankai? ›

Bleach's Captain Aizen was never seen using a bankai. However, with his shikai, he could convince everyone that he had one. Bleach was one of the "big three" of its era, and will return in October 2022 with the anime's "Thousand-Year Blood War" story arc.

Will Ichigo become a captain? ›

Unfortunately, Ichigo will never become the Captain of Bleach and there are multiple reasons for it. First of all, he is a Substitute Shinigami, a human who became a Shinigami by obtaining the powers of another Shinigami.

Who has two Zanpakutō? ›

6/10 Get Along: Katen Kyokotsu And Shunsui Kyoraku

Shunsui has two Zanpakuto spirits: Katen and Kyokotsu. Since they all have a mischievous nature and enjoy playing games, especially with their enemies, they get along excellently.

Why does Zangetsu call Ichigo King? ›

Zangetsu calls Ichigo the “king” of their inner world and himself the “horse”, wanting to take the “crown” and become dominant. Zangetsu is also arrogant and has little respect for anyone, often calling Ichigo weak and a pathetic counterpart, though he does seem to respect Old Man Zangetsu.

What is Ichigo's real Zanpakutō name? ›

In training with Kisuke Urahara in order to rescue Rukia, Ichigo obtains his own Soul Reaper powers and learns the name of his Zanpakutō, Zangetsu (斬月, literally “Slaying Moon”).

What is stronger than Bankai? ›

8/10 Shikai Stronger Than Bankai: Zangetsu

Zangetsu has proven capable of taking on highly trained combatants without much damage to either itself or its user, Ichigo Kurosaki. However, the double Zangetsus, incorporating the young Shinigami's inner Hollow and Quincy, form a far stronger Shikai than ever seen before.

Is there a lightning Zanpakutō? ›

Inabikari (いなびかり, lit. Lightning Flash) is the manifested spirit of Zancrow Kyuketsuki's Zanpakuto that is manifested during Zancrow's Bankai training and whenever Zancrow utilizes Inabikari Kyoumei (いなびかり 共鳴, lit.

What is ukitake's Bankai? ›

Ukitake's Shikai, Sogyo no Kotowari, possesses the ability to absorb an opponent's attack, modify it (speed, pressure, etc.) and send it right back. Following this idea, his Bankai should accomplish the same thing. For example, his Bankai could allow him to force the enemy to damage themselves.

What is the weakest Bankai? ›

5/10 INCREDIBLY WEAK: Ikkaku Madarame — Ryūmon Hōzukimaru

To top it all off, Ikkaku's Bankai (and Shikai too, for that matter) are extremely brittle, meaning that he can't withstand the heat of battle for too long.

Who has a broken Bankai? ›

4/10 Bankai Can Be Temporarily Destroyed

Captain Kurotsuchi once broke his zanpakuto's blade as a "punishment," and he stated that he could regrow it since the hilt was unharmed.

What is Renji's true Bankai? ›

For most of the series, Renji's Bankai was believed to be Hihiō Zabimaru (狒々王 蛇尾丸, lit. "Baboon King Snake Tail"), the blade turned into a giant skeletal snake that fires beams while its owner dons a baboon pelt.

Who has the strongest ability in Bleach? ›

1/10 The Almighty Can Alter The Future

Yhwach is the son of the Soul King and the father of all Quincy, and he is the final villain of the Bleach series. He is capable of many things, including flawless healing and soul absorption, but all that is nothing compared to The Almighty.

How strong is Aizen Shikai? ›

Immense Reiatsu: Even by captain standards, Aizen possesses tremendous spiritual power. It is so great that, if he wanted to, he could easily kill all of the Espada and the Gotei 13 (with the exception of Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto). His reiatsu is purple.

Is true Shikai Ichigo stronger than Mugetsu? ›

True Shikai stated to as strong as Mugetsu. But add the Fullbring reiatsu, Fullbring training and Royal Guard training + Ichigo's overall growth rate (Latent potential) and True Shikai is easily stronger.

Who is strongest soul reaper? ›

1/20 Genryusai Yamamoto Is By Far The Strongest Soul Reaper In Existence.

What is the oldest Zanpakuto? ›

Ryūjin Jakka is known as being the oldest and most powerful fire-type Zanpakutō, and has greater offensive power than all other Zanpakutō in Soul Society.

What is Ichigo true Shikai? ›

We know the true power of his Shikai is the manifestation of his Quincy and Hollow powers as separate blades, we know all Shikai and Bankai abilities are connected, and we know Ichigo's Bankai merges his twin blades into one oversized 'sword', so that's really the simplest and most consistent explanation.

Can Aizen beat Yhwach? ›

In a normal fight, Aizen doesn't have a way to defeat Yhwach. The latter cannot only see into the future, he can alter it to his advantage. Yhwach is nearly invincible as long as his Almighty powers are active. He can even rewrite a future where he dies by resurrecting himself.

Is Aizen unkillable? ›

After his final evolution by the Hōgyoku, he was made immortal. It was only thanks to Ichigo's Mugetsu technique that Aizen was able to be sealed.

What race is Aizen? ›

Sosuke Aizen is a Shinigami and was once the Captain of the 5th Division in the Gotei 13 until he betrayed them in the name of seeking power and created an army of Arrancar to conquer the Soul Society.

How fast is true Shikai Ichigo? ›

Hey, I scaled Ichigo's speed and True Shikai Ichigo (And Mugetsu Ichigo by extent) had a speed of Mach 200,000,000, that's about 200 times faster than light !

What is Zangetsu's true form? ›

In reality, Zangetsu is one of two spirits going by that name in Ichigo's inner world, with the Hollow Zangetsu being Ichigo's true zanpakuto spirit and the original being the embodiment of Ichigo's Quincy heritage.

Who sealed Yhwach? ›

The possible reason why Ichigo could not hear Zangetsu's name during their first meeting is because he used the name "Yhwach", which should have been significant to Ichigo as one of his children, is because it was sealed by the Zero Squad leader Ichibe Hyousube – the "Monk Who Calls the Real Name", the person ...

Why is Yhwach evil? ›

What Makes Him Pure Evil? In the past, he used his technique, Auswählen, on a large scale, to kill off all Quincy he considered impure. The result of his technique left many dead including Uryu's mother and it also resulted in Ichigo's mother's death.

How old is the oldest Soul Reaper? ›

Yamamoto looks old because he is old; in fact, he looked as though he was in his early 50s when he founded the Gotei 13. He is more than 2,100 years old, which makes him the oldest known Soul Reaper.


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