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Zanpakutō
Zanpakuto
Kanji 斬魄刀
English Soul-Cutter Sword
Item Statistics
Use Primary Weapon
Created By Ōetsu Nimaiya
Used By Shinigami, Arrancar, Visored

A Zanpakutō (斬魄刀, Soul-Cutter Sword; Viz "Soul Slayer") is the main weapon of the Shinigami, the Arrancar, and the Visored, it was preceeded by the Jiūkǔndao. The Shinigami art of wielding a Zanpakutō is called Zanjutsu (斬術, swordsmanship).

Overview

The Zanpakutō of low-ranking Shinigami are called Asauchi and do not have names, but the Zanpakutō of Shinigami of rank have names. In its sealed state, a Zanpakutō has the form of a Japanese sword. Such weapons are unique swords generated from their owner's souls. Its shape differs depending on its owner.

Zanpakutō are the trademark weapons of the Shinigami. Capable of cutting spiritual bodies, they are among the few weapons which can be used to combat Hollows. Each Shinigami carries a Zanpakutō, and each Zanpakutō is unique: the swords are reflections of a Shinigami's power and soul, and sentient beings unto themselves. The Zanpakutō's name is the name of the living spirit which empowers the sword and lends its strength to the Shinigami who wields it. These beings can vary greatly in appearance, and have their own distinct personalities, which match their owner's.

A Zanpakutō's shape and abilities are based on their Shinigami's soul. Once a Shinigami learns his/her sword's name, they can communicate with one another and grow stronger together. Zanpakutō are born with their Shinigami, and they die along with their Shinigami. Shinigami use them in battle as a reflection of their heart. When released, they can display a vibrant power. They are one with the Shinigami, and they share a Shinigami's conviction.

Inside each Zanpakutō is an incarnation which manifests itself upon the Zanpakutō's transformation. The first step is to acquaint oneself with this incarnation.

Facts

  • Asauchi are almost exclusively forged by Ōetsu Nimaiya. For a large part of Soul Society's history, there had never been a Shinigami who awakened his or her own Zanpakutō without wielding an Asauchi which Nimaiya forged. His craft has been past to others over the millenia however, such as Raian Getsueikirite, Altan Kartal, or Tazuma.
  • Because they are part of their owner's soul, a Zanpakutō cannot be replaced, though it will slowly regenerate if it is broken.
  • The only thing which can heal a broken Zanpakutō is its own wielder's force of will, Reiatsu, and the time required to infuse the Zanpakutō with this Reiatsu. This only relates to one's Shikai. The destruction of a Shikai and the destruction of a Bankai hold quite different meanings, for a destroyed Bankai can never be restored to its original form.
  • The size of the Zanpakutō reflects the amount of the swordsman's spiritual power. Exceptions to this rule are beings of immense power, who are required to actively control the size of their Zanpakutō.
  • If a Shinigami pierces the chest of a Human with their Zanpakutō and channels their Reiryoku through it into the Human's body, it will transform this Human into a Shinigami temporarily. This process does not have a high chance of viability even when the Human in question has a high level of spiritual energy, and if the method does fail, the Human will die.
  • Every Zanpakutō has its own name, which the wielder must learn.
  • A Zanpakutō can determine if its wielder is worthy of its power. Based on this, the Zanpakutō may choose not to give its true Bankai name (and its full potential) if it feels the wielder is not worthy.
  • Zanpakutō have a true form. This true form resides inside their Shinigami. A Zanpakutō has a mind and a body, which control their powers. Shinigami can grow more powerful by communicating with them.
  • Zanpakutō possess their own Reiatsu, which can be sensed as any Reiatsu can and is identical to their wielder's, though with subtle differences.
  • It is possible for a Shinigami to lose harmony with their Zanpakutō if they are suffering from mental instability, resulting in the Zanpakutō spirit in question unable to hear their wielder's voice, and thus causing the Shinigami to lose access to the sword's Shikai despite knowing its name.
  • No matter what form (or size) a Zanpakutō takes, it is always virtually effortless for its owner to wield because it is a part of its owner's soul. Shinigami captains all consciously keep their Zanpakutō in a manageable size, or else they would be holding Zanpakutō the size of skyscrapers, so one cannot judge the strength of one's opponent solely by the size of their Zanpakutō.
  • No Zanpakutō in existence has a Shikai and a Bankai which use unrelated abilities.
  • A Zanpakutō cannot ordinarily use elemental attacks of more than one element, such examples typically being Illusion-type weapons.

Obtainment

Asauchi (浅打ち, Shallow Hit) are the nameless Zanpakutō which all low-class Shinigami wield. Shinigami who are still in training - those who do not yet belong to any of the Gotei 13 - and Shinigami who are unable to communicate with their Zanpakutō all wield generic Zanpakutō. "Shallow hit" refers to the grossly reduced power of a Zanpakutō whose wielder cannot connect with it properly. This way of thinking is partly inaccurate.

Asauchi are actually the ultimate Zanpakutō, for they have the potential to become anything. There are over 6,000 members of the Gotei 13, all of whom are loaned one of these nameless Zanpakutō upon first entering the academy, and this same blade is officially given to them upon joining a division. All Shinigami must spend every waking moment with their own Asauchi, and as they progress in their training, they slowly and methodically imprint the essence of their soul into their Asauchi. This is how they guide and mold their own unique Zanpakutō.

Training

It is not enough to simply know the name of one's Zanpakutō. If a wielder were to lend its power to its Zanpakutō, the weapon would become stronger. To fully use a Zanpakutō's power, a wielder must get to know its Zanpakutō's spirit.

Jinzen (刃禅, Blade Zen/Sword Meditation): This method is the only way to carry on a proper conversation with one's Zanpakutō. One places their sword over their lap, takes a meditative pose, and forces their mind to become one with the Zanpakutō.

In this form, one can call out the true form of the powers of their Zanpakutō. It has been refined over thousands of years, since the beginning of Soul Society, to allow one to commune with their Zanpakutō. This advanced form of training is far different from attaining abilities by force. In this form, one enters a state of calm to enter the inner world of the Zanpakutō and engage them there. In this state, a wielder will have to fight their Zanpakutō spirit in order to attain access to new abilities. Unwilling to teach its owner these abilities, the Zanpakutō spirit engages its wielder in a battle, the likes of which has never taken place before.

In this meditative state, one is so deeply entranced, even sustained wounds are ignored. Any form of injury sustained in the inner world while in this meditative state is reflected in the real world.

Communication & Personality

A wielder knows their Zanpakutō spirit very closely and vice versa. The connection is very deep, though in the beginning the connection is one sided, with the wielder being unable to fully hear the spirit communicating with them. It is not uncommon for the introduction of the Shinigami and Zanpakutō spirit to take place in the "inner world" while the prospective Shinigami sleeps.

As stated, a Zanpakutō is a being unto itself, and tends to be highly temperamental. Its mood is determined by how it is treated by its Shinigami and its overall personality. This allows a Shinigami to partially determine whether or not it will achieve its true power.

For example, Yumichika Ayasegawa normally releases his Zanpakutō with the name Fuji Kujaku (藤孔雀, Wisteria Peacock), even though its true name is Ruri'iro Kujaku (瑠璃色孔雀, Azure Peacock), knowing its favorite color is azure and its least favorite is wisteria purple. He does this so its true power is not seen. Since his Zanpakutō hates the nickname, it becomes moody and only releases a fraction of its power. This allows him to pass off his Zanpakutō as a simple melee-type rather than what it truly is, a Kidō-type, something which is unacceptable in the 11th Division due to an unspoken rule that all Zanpakutō in the 11th Division must be melee-types. Only when its true name is uttered does it achieve full potential.

Inner World

Normally, the Zanpakutō spirit can only be seen by its wielder. Otherwise, they dwell in their own "inner world", created within the minds of the Shinigami who wield them. As such, each Shinigami's inner world is drastically different from another Shinigami's, and is unique to themselves. A Zanpakutō's spirit can bring its wielder into its inner world, though Shinigami can voluntarily achieve this simply by meditation.

General Powers

  • Konsō (魂葬, Soul Burial) is the process by which a Shinigami sends wandering Pluses in the living world to either Soul Society if they are good in life, or Hell if their life was full of evil acts (such as murders, theft, etc). Konsō is performed by using the pommel of the Shinigami's Zanpakutō to tap head of the soul, thereby transporting them to the afterlife.
  • Shōka (昇華, Sublimation): When a Hollow is sliced with a Zanpakutō, it is cleansed of the sins it committed as a Hollow, and is led into Soul Society. Souls who live in Soul Society are reborn again into the Human world.

Forms

Depending upon the Shinigami's ability to communicate with and control their Zanpakutō's spirit, a Zanpakutō can traditionally manifest itself in two additional forms and revert to a sealed state, though further forms exist. These two forms, known as Shikai and Bankai, are akin to upgrades for the Zanpakutō, giving it abilities far beyond those of its simple use as a sword. Shinigami usually carry their Zanpakutō in its sealed state, and activate the released forms as necessary.

A Zanpakutō can change size and shape depending on the spiritual strength of the owner.

All Zanpakutō have two levels of release. The first one is Shikai and the second one is Bankai. One must be able to perform both of them to become a captain. The power and forms of Shikai and Bankai are dependent on the Zanpakutō, and vary according to the wielder's strength and training.

Sealed

Most Zanpakutō look like one of the most common swords prevelant in a particular era, with the current standard for Zanpakutō being that of the katana, with slight variations between them as one would expect between different swords. Their variations are commonly:

  • Katana (刀): The term katana may be applied to the standard-size, moderately curved, Japanese sword with a blade length of greater than 60 cm (23.6 inches). The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade, a circular or squared guard, and a hilt long enough to accommodate two hands.
  • Wakizashi (脇差 (わきざし), side insertion): A short blade between 30 and 60 cm (12 and 24 inches), with an average of 50 cm (20 inches). It is similar to but shorter than a katana, and usually shorter than the kodachi (小太刀 (こだち), small sword). The wakizashi was usually worn together with the katana. When worn together, the pair of swords were called daishō (大小, large and small). The katana was often called the long sword, and the wakizashi the companion sword.
  • Nodachi (野太刀 (のだち), field sword): The nodachi was more difficult to wield due to its size and weight. The length of the hilt of the nodachi varied between twelve to thirteen inches (30 to 33 centimeters). Due to its weight and size, its cutting capability and range exceeds those of a katana.
  • Tantō (短刀, short sword): The tanto is commonly referred to as a knife or dagger. The blade is single or double edged, with a length between 15 and 30 cm (6-12 inches, in Japanese 1 shaku). The tantō was designed primarily as a stabbing weapon, but the edge can be used for slashing as well.

Zanpakutō can also be disguised as other objects, though such objects seem to need to be of similar proportions to the sword itself. Kisuke Urahara, Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, and Kagerōza Inaba disguise their Zanpakutō as canes. Yamamoto's cane resembles a large walking stick, which dissolves on command to reveal his sheathed Zanpakutō, Urahara's forms a shikomizue (仕込み杖, prepared cane), a thin blade hidden within the hollow shaft of a cane, and Inaba's becomes a silver cane, which is immersed in a green light once released.

Shikai

Shikai (始解, Initial Release) is the second (or first upgraded) form available to a Zanpakutō. To activate it, the Shinigami needs to learn the name of their Zanpakutō. This is not as easy as simply picking a name, for the living spirit of the Zanpakutō already has its own name. The Shinigami must be able to communicate and harmonize with their Zanpakutō effectively, which requires being able to speak to the spirit within its world.

The blade changes shape and gains special abilities by chanting a Kaigo, or release incantation. Using the Kaigo, followed by the name of the Zanpakutō, activates Shikai. It is crucial to memorize each phrase, for every Zanpakutō has a different incantation.

The commands vary between users and range from a simple imperative verb to a short poem. They often relate to the Zanpakutō's signature ability or hint at the nature of its spirit. This step may be bypassed by expert Shinigami who have learned how to use their Bankai. Occasionally, Shinigami who did not learn Bankai can release their Zanpakutō simply by saying its name.

Achievement of the Shikai is a mark of control of a Zanpakutō, and it is a requirement for advancement within the Shinigami ranks, for most seated officers are capable of Shikai. It is required in order to achieve the rank of lieutenant, for it is a requirement which most captains look for.

Bankai

Bankai (卍解, Final Release) is the second and final upgraded form of a Zanpakutō. To achieve Bankai, one must be able to materialize and subjugate their Zanpakutō spirit. Materialization means the opposite of getting dragged into the Zanpakutō's inner world: the wielder needs to summon the Zanpakutō's spirit into the physical world. It usually takes 10 years or more to achieve, plus the experience needed to master it.

The power and forms of Shikai and Bankai are dependent on the Zanpakutō, and vary according to the wielder's strength and training. But in general, one's power can grow 5 to 10 times greater by attaining it. Only the strongest Shinigami can use it, and it is the ultimate technique of a Zanpakutō. Even the four noble families, whose members are always exceptionally talented, only have a member capable of Bankai every few generations. Those who achieve Bankai always have remarkable roles in the history of Soul Society.

Ichigo Kurosaki and Kisuke Urahara are two known individuals who have attained Bankai through a far shorter, yet much more dangerous method. Using a special device created by Urahara, which forcibly materializes a Zanpakutō spirit (thus bypassing a large portion of the training), they attained their Bankai within three days instead of the normal hundreds of years. After successfully testing the device and achieving Bankai, Urahara stated training by using this method for more than three consecutive days could prove to be fatal, which is why Ichigo was forced to achieve his own Bankai within three days.

  • Weakness: The biggest flaw of Bankai lies in the overwhelming power it releases. Its power and form are often far beyond those of a normal weapon, which is why one needs to train at least 10 years with Bankai in order for one to become capable of using it completely and effectively. No Bankai should be used in battle before this period of time has been reached. A broken Bankai can never be returned to its former state. Though exceptions do exist such as with Captain Sajin Komamura's Bankai: he and his Bankai share a bond so strong, when one is injured, the other reflects the damage, but the Bankai is healed when the captain is healed. A Bankai's form and strength is determinant on how much the spirit recognizes its wielder. If the Zanpakutō does not fully recognize its wielder, then it may not give its Bankai's true name. The result is the Bankai not being in its true form and therefore weaker.
  • Bankai Mastery (卍解習得, Bankai Shūtoku) refers to the "completion" of the Bankai form. It is a state of mental and physical perfection of the core Bankai state itself, generally taking a normal Shinigami several decades before they are capable of accessing the form. However, these restraints can be surpassed depending on the skill of the Bankai user.

Bankai Stage 2

Bankai Stage 2 (卍解二准, Bankai Nijun; literally "Final Release Level 2"), also recognized as Bankai Second Stage, is an ascended state beyond the level of Bankai. It is considered Bankai's direct successor, attained only by those who have achieved Bankai Mastery.

Resurrección

Resurrección (帰刃 (レスレクシオン), resurekushion; Spanish for "Resurrection", Japanese for "Returning Blade") returns the essence of an Arrancar's offensive Hollow abilities to their humanoid bodies.

Types

There are several types of Zanpakutō, though only a few types are commonly mentioned (Melee, Kidō and Elemental). Kidō has many sub-groups, and the Elemental group, while part of Kidō-type grouping, is large and diverse enough to can stand on its own as its own grouping. Zanpakutō are not strictly bound by the types they belong to and are often capable of feats that would seemingly go against their given status. These types include:

Melee-Type Zanpakutō

(Typically designed for various forms of armed melee combat rather than kidō-based abilities.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Gegetsuburi (五形頭, Five-Formed Head)KatanaCrushNot Achieved
Genkaiten (限界点, Breaking Point)WakizashiStrike Hard and FastSekai Shadanki (世界遮断器, World Breaker)
Hakuryū (白竜, White Dragon)NoneUnknownNot Achieved
Hanenashi (羽根なし, Bladeless)KatanaFlickerNot Achieved
Hankōgetsu (反抗満月, Rebellious Moon)NoneUnknownNot Revealed
Hensei Ōtsuchi (編成大槌, Formation Mauler)TachiBreak ThroughNot Achieved
Hōzukimaru (鬼灯丸, Demon Light)KatanaGrow/SplitRyūmon Hōzukimaru (龍紋鬼灯丸, Dragon Crest Demon Light)
Hyakubaiken (百倍剣, Hundredfold Sword)NōdachiCleaveHitori Guntai Senbaiken (一人軍隊千倍剣, One-Man Army Thousandfold Sword)
Kazeshini (風死, Wind of Death)KatanaReapNot Achieved
Kishi Kaisei (起死回生, Wake from Death and Return to Life)TachiIntensifyNot Achieved
Kumojiki (雲食鬼, Cloud Eating Demon)JitteBring Them CloseYamata Kumojiki: Jōdo'i Musōjō (八岐雲食鬼衣娘, Eight-Branched Cloud Eating Demon: Dress of the Pure Land's Peerless Daughter)
Nozarashi (野晒, Weather-Beaten One)NodachiDrinkUnnamed
Ōnamazu (大鯰, Great Catfish)NoneClashTakemikazuchi (武甕槌, Thunder God)
Rasenken (螺旋拳, Spiral Fist)KatanaPummelNot Achieved
Reppū (烈風, Gale)KatanaRage ViolentlyNot Achieved
Sanpo Kenjū (三步剣獣, Three-Step Sword Beasts)KatanaUnknownNot Achieved
Setaishi (整体師, Bone Crusher)NōdachiSmashNot Achieved
Shinsō (神鎗, God Spear)WakizashiShoot to KillKamishini no Yari (神殺鎗, God-Killing Spear)
Tenken (天譴, Heavenly Punishment)KatanaRoarKokujō Tengen Myō'ō (黒縄天譴明王, Vidyaraja of Kalasutra's Heavenly Punishment)
Yokobue (横笛, Flute)KatanaCommenceNot Achieved
Zabimaru (蛇尾丸, Snake Tail)KatanaHowlSōō Zabimaru (双王蛇尾丸, Twin Kings Snake Tail)
Zangetsu (斬月, Slaying Moon)NoneUnknownTensa Zangetsu (天鎖斬月, Heaven Chain Slaying Moon)
Kidō-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed around a special ability rather than close combat potential.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Akatsue (赤杖, Red Cane)NoneFlowDaikenja no Akashaku (大賢者の赤笏, Red Sceptre of the Great Sage)
Arazome Shigure (退紅時雨, Faded Scarlet Late Autumn Shower)KatanaRain Without EndNot Achieved
Atsuryoku Nabe (圧力鍋, Pressure Cooker)KatanaOverboilNot Achieved
Benihime (紅姫, Crimson Princess)ShikomizueAwakenKannonbiraki Benihime Aratame (観音開紅姫改メ, Modification of the Crimson Princess' Dissection at the Doors of Avalokiteśvara)
Engetsu (剡月, Seething Moon)KatanaBurnNot Revealed
Hisagomaru (瓠丸, Gourd)KatanaFulfillNot Achieved
Honryū (奔流, Violent Rushing Stream)KatanaDivideNot Achieved
Idenshi Setsugō (遺伝子接合, Gene Splicer)TantōAdaptTotsuzenhen'i (突然変異, Mutation)
Kansen (冠泉, Crown Fountain)DaishoReflectKansen Kyūkenyūzai (休憩有罪冠泉, Conviction Broken Upon the Crown Fountain)
Katen Kyōkotsu (花天狂骨, Flower Heaven, Crazy Bone)DaishoFlower Wind Rage and Flower God Roar, Heavenly Wind Rage and Heavenly Demon SneerKaten Kyōkotsu: Karamatsu Shinjū (花天狂骨枯松心中, Bones of Heavenly Blooming Madness: Withered Pine Lovers' Suicide
Kotōmaru (虎淘丸, Tiger Culler)KatanaSwathRyūkyū Kotōmaru (竜糾虎淘丸, Dragon-Seeking Tiger Culler)
Minazuki (肉雫唼, Flesh-Drops' Gorge)NodachiUnknownMinazuki (皆尽, All Things' End)
Noroi (呪い, Curse)KatanaSubmergeNoroi no Nageki (呪いの嘆き, Curse's Lament)
Raikū (雷矩, Coming Void)ShikomizueGo MadNot Achieved
Ryūjōmaru (竜条丸, Dragon Brander)ShikomizueFlashKokyū Ryūjōmaru (虎糾竜条丸, Tiger-Seeking Dragon Brander)
Ruri'iro Kujaku (瑠璃色孔雀, Azure Peacock)KatanaBloom/Split and DeviateNot Achieved
Saigo no Gainen (最後の概念, One Last Notion)TachiSend ThemNot Achieved
Shihaisha ((支配者, Dominator)NōdachiSubjugateNot Achieved
Shinuka (浸食, The Eroded One)MacuahuitlRegretShinuka Kuranori (浸食黒穴式, The Eroded One's Black Pit Ceremony)
Shi no Hōyō (死の抱擁, Embrace of Death)WakizashiFade Away into NothingnessSonzai no Yūgure (存在の夕暮れ, Twilight of Existence)
Shi no Kurushimi (死の苦しみ, Throes of Death)WakizashiSink Into OblivionSonzai no Owari (存在の終わり, The End of Existence)
Sumitsukigasa (墨月牙鎖, Ink Moon Halo)KatanaSeetheNot Achieved
Suzumushi (清虫, Cricket)KatanaCrySuzumushi Tsuishiki: Enma Kōrogi (清虫終式閻魔蟋蟀, Cricket Final Form: Devil Cricket)
Taīken (大尉拳, Captain's Fist)KatanaAriseNot Achieved
Tamashī Kagami (魂鏡, Soul Mirror)KodachiCoruscateKesshō Hahen Kagami (結晶破片鏡, Crystal Shard Mirror)
Tōkukara (遠くから, From a Distance)WakizashiEchoNot Achieved
Unmei no Ito (運命の糸, Threads of Fate)KatanaWeaveNot Revealed
Wabisuke (侘助, The Wretched One)KatanaRaise Your HeadNot Achieved
Zanzō (残像, Afterimage)KodachiSpread OutNot Achieved
Zenchi (全智, Omniscience)KatanaBend them to your will, let them look upon the vastness of your knowledge.Chōetsu (超越, Transcendence)

Kidō Sub-Types

Certain Zanpakutō possess defined abilities and exist in their own category. Due to them being designed around a special ability they are therefore a form of Kidō-Type Zanpakutō.

Projectile-Type Zanpakutō

(When released separate into many aerial based projectiles that the owner can control freely.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Haineko (灰猫, Ash Cat)KatanaGrowlNot Achieved
Hyakunintaichō (百人隊長, Centurion)KatanaMarchYūkan Hyakunintaichō (勇敢百人隊長, Brave Centurion)
Kamisori Bōshi (かみそり星, Spinning Razor)KatanaSpin AroundNot Achieved
Murasakizuishō (紫水晶, Amethyst)TachiAll Is DustMurasakiseiun (紫星雲, Amethyst Nebula)
Senbonzakura (千本桜, Thousand Cherry Blossoms)KatanaScatterSenbonzakura Kageyoshi (千本桜景厳, Vibrant Display of a Thousand Cherry Blossoms)
Tsunzakigarasu (劈烏, Splitting Crow)KatanaFlap AwayNot Achieved
Kanjōsen (環状線, Loop Line)KatanaAimNot Achieved
Defense-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed around defensive capability with little or no offense.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Daichimaru (だいちまる, The Land)KatanaRockNot Achieved
Engorima (掩護織磨, Weave Grind Guard)TachiAlignNot Achieved
Hoshō (歩哨, Sentinel)KatanaProtectNot Achieved
Shūkikōjaku (秋季黄雀, "Autumn Siskin")WakizashiFlowNot Achieved
Poison-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate and administer poison as a form of attack.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Ashisogi Jizō (疋殺地蔵, Leg-Cutting Jizō)KatanaRipKonjiki Ashisogi Jizō (金色疋殺地蔵, Golden Leg-Cutting Jizō)
Banishigata (場西県, Field of the Western Province)NoneHarvestNot Achieved
Ekibyō (疫病, Pestilence)WakizashiDecayHare-Shitai Fuhai (腫れ-死体腐敗, Swollen-Corpse Putrefaction)
Suzumebachi (雀蜂, Hornet)KatanaSting All Enemies to DeathJakuhō Raikōben (雀蜂雷公鞭, Hornet Thunder Whip)
Dokuga (毒牙, Poisoned Fang)KatanaContaminate Garō Dokuga (餓狼毒牙, Hungry Wolf Poisoned Fang)
Illusion-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed around the ability to generate and manipulate perceptions via illusions.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Akigakuru (飽きが来る, Pall)NōdachiCringeNot Achieved
Ansatsu Burēdo (暗殺ブレード, Assassination Blade)KatanaStrokeNot Revealed
Muramasa (村正, Village-Just)KatanaWhisperNot Achieved
Gūjinkiyo (偶人聖, Sanctified Doll)HerselfNoneTantoride Gūjinkiyo (嘆砦偶人聖, Lamentable Fortress of the Sanctified Puppet)
Jikankizō (時間寄贈, Time Giver)KatanaFall to RuinGinkikō Kishi (銀機甲騎士, Silver-Clad Knight)
Kyōka Suigetsu (鏡花水月, Mirror Flower, Water Moon)KatanaShatterNot Revealed
Sakanade (逆撫, Counter Stroke)KatanaCollapseNot Revealed
Sound-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed around the ability to manipulate vibrations in order to create effects through sound.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Hanamaru (華丸, Perfected Beauty)KatanaSingZenbuseika Hanamaru (全部精華華丸, Perfected Beauty in Full Glory)
Hanshaha (反射波, Rebounded Wave)KatanaShroud in Silence/Reverberate/Cancel OutHanshaha Kageyoshi (反射波景厳, Vibrant Display of the Rebounded Wave)
Juhikyō (樹皮梟, Barking Owl)KodachiFly FreelyNot Achieved
Kinshara (金沙羅, Golden Sal Tree)KatanaPlayKinshara Butōdan (金沙羅舞踏団, Golden Sal Tree Dancing Troupe)
Narimono (鳴り物, Noisemaker)KatanaResonateNot Achieved

Elemental Sub-Type

A large amount of the Zanpakutō are classified by elements, generally utilizing their respective elements as forms of attack. Elemental Zanpakutō are all Kidō-sub-type which have an element based as noted by Kenpachi Zaraki and Maki Ichinose during their battle. This is later affirmed by Marechiyo Ōmaeda.

Fire-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate and manipulate fire for various forms of attack or defense.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Dōshōkira (道照明, The Torch That Lights the Way)WakizashiEnkindleJise'en no Kira (路清炎の明, Torch of the Blaze-Cleansed Path)
Nenshō Kanetsuro (を燃焼加熱炉, Burning Furnace)NōdachiFlare UpŌkina Chikaku Kanetsuro (大きな地核加熱炉, Great Earth-core Furnace)
Raika (雷火, Lightning Flash)KodachiSeverRaika Gōen Kaku (雷火 豪炎殻, Lightning Flash Flame Shell)
Ryūjin Jakka (流刃若火, Flowing Blade-Like Flame)KatanaReduce All Creation to AshZanka no Tachi (残火の太刀, Longsword of the Remnant Flame)
Tengumaru (天狗丸, Long-Nosed Goblin)KatanaCrush DownNot Revealed
Tobiume (飛梅, Flying Plum Tree)KatanaSnapNot Achieved
Lava-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate and manipulate lava for various forms of attack or defense.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Ryūjin Koji (龍神虎子, Dragon King, Baby Tiger)Katana"Burn away the flesh" Torahasami Ryūgenko (虎螯竜拳固, Tiger Claws, Dragon Fist)
Kurai Ensanōji (位炎山王子, "Crowned Blazing Mountain Prince")Katana"Unknown" Not Achieved
Water-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate and manipulate water (and related effects) for various forms of attack or defense.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Funshutsu (噴出, Spouting)KatanaMay the Waves come ForthFunshutsuryū (噴出竜, Eruption Dragon)
Nejibana (捩花, Spiranthes)KatanaSurge, Water(s) and Sky/HeavenNot Achieved
Ice-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate water and manipulate it into ice (and related effects) for various forms of attack or defense.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Haishō (灰肖, Ash-like)WakizashiBody of Ice, Heart of Fire, Fall Together as OneNot Achieved
Hyōrinmaru (氷輪丸, Ice Ring)KatanaSit Upon the Frozen HeavensDaiguren Hyōrinmaru (大紅蓮 氷輪丸, Grand Crimson Lotus Ice Ring)
Shirābana (白蛙花, Dendrophylax Lindenii)TachiCascade, Waves and CloudsNot Achieved
Sode no Shirayuki (袖白雪, Sleeved White Snow)KatanaDanceHakka no Togame (白霞罸, Censure of the White Haze)
Tsurara (氷柱, Icicle)KatanaCongealNot Achieved
Earth-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to manipulate the ground (And forces beneath it) for various forms of attack or defense.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Tensenkō (天瞬時, Heaven Flash)TachiBurn Above HeavenKūkiryū Tensenkō (空気流天瞬時, Air Flow Heaven Flash)
Tsuchinamazu (土鯰, Soil Catfish)KatanaGood MorningNot Achieved
Plant-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate and manipulate plant(s) for various forms of attack or defense.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Benishidare (紅枝垂, Crimson Weeping Bough)KatanaBloom MadlyNot Achieved
Kaeribana (帰り花, Flowers out of Season)TachiProliferateTsuyutōjiru Kaeribana (梅雨帰り花, Plum Rain Cast on Flowers out of Season)
Ten'nen Denryoku (天然電力, Nature Power)BokutōUnknownNot Revealed
Sakushū (昨秋, Last Fall)WakizashiStorm the WorldNot Achieved
Wind-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to manipulate wind for various forms of attack or defense.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Kaitenshi (回転子, Rotor)KatanaTwistBōfū Kaitenshi (暴風回転子, "Windstorm Rotor")
Mirokumaru (弥勒丸, Maitreya Circle)KatanaCall Forth the TwilightNot Achieved
Tachikaze (断地風, Earth-Severing Wind)KodachiBlow It AwayTekken Tachikaze (鐡拳・断風, Iron Fist Earth-Severing Wind)
Totsuka no Tsurugi (十拳剣, Ten Fists Sword)KatanaEnvelop the SkiesNot Achieved
Yōsuko (揚子江, Changjiang)TachiExplodeNot Achieved
Lightning-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate and manipulate lightning for various forms of effects.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Gonryōmaru (厳霊丸, Stern Spirit)KatanaPierceKōkō Gonryō Rikyū (黄煌厳霊離宮, Yellow-Glittering Royal Villa of the Stern Spirit)
Amatsu Tenrairyū (天津天雷竜, Imperial Thunder Dragon)KatanaAs the day shines bright, I call upon the clouds. Cover the sun from shining, and roar over the heavens!Unknown
Jinrai (迅雷, Thunderclap)KatanaLashNot Achieved
Senkō (閃光, Flash)KodachiAccelerateInazuma Senkō (稲妻閃光, Lightning Flash)
Shiden (紫電, Violet Lightning)KatanaStrike DownNot Revealed
Sunlight-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate and manipulate advanced forms of lightning for various forms of effects.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Rairyōken (雷猟犬, Lightning Hound)TachiSunder All in Golden RadianceHasshōdō Rairyōken (八正道雷猟犬, Lightning Hound of the Noble Eightfold Path)
Light-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to generate and manipulate light for various forms of effects.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Kokuten (黒点, Dark/Sunspot)KodachiGazeGekkōteru (月日光, Moon/Sunlight)
Komorebi (木漏れ日, Sunlight That Filters Through The Leaves)TachiEnlightenTaiyōnimukatte Chūshi (太陽に向かって注視, Gaze Into the Sun)
Nijigasumi (虹霞, Rainbow Mist)KatanaShine BrightlyNot Achieved
Haneul (하늘, Aether)TachiManifestHaneul Geumgo (하늘의 금고, Empyrean)
Karibān (カリバーン, Caliburn)KatanaAll brings of the Light of Heaven, all shine on the wicked, and let goodness of the Light defeat the DarknessNot yet achieved
Dark-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to manipulate shadows and darkness for various forms of effects.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Ichimonji (一文字, Straight Line)Calligraphy BrushBlackenShirafude Ichimonji (しら筆 一文字, Known Brush Straight Line)
Kagemori (影銛, Shadowlance)KaikenIsolated and yet Connected, mere Fragments in the face of the Light, Open the way so that we might create a PathKokusō (黒槍, Lance of Black)

Concept Sub-Type

Some Zanpakutō have powers revolving around an idea, a notion, or some kind of law (Natural or otherwise). Though they are typically weapons focused around that ability, they are considered seperate from Kidō-type Zanpakutō as their abilities are often capable of effects on a much more pervasive level. Zanpakutō of these types are rarer than most.

Inheritance-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to absorb and manipulate the powers of others through various means.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Hōjisan (法持参, Law Bringer)TachiWrestSenkusha Hōjisan (先駆者法持参, Trailblazing Law Bringer)
Sōgyo no Kotowari (双魚理, Truth of Pisces)KatanaAll Waves, Rise now and Become my Shield, Lightning, Strike now and Become my BladeNot Revealed
Interaction-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed around the ability to render "forces" onto the world in order to achieve effects.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Giji Kyūseishu (擬似救世主, False Saviour)KatanaCorruptJaaku Jōtei Kyūseishu (邪悪上帝救世主, Tainted Lord Saviour)
Hanullim (하늘님 (空様), Hanūrimu; Korean for "Sole Being of Heaven", Japanese for "Lord of all Skies")NōdachiRadiance of redemption that leads us to sunrise. Let hallowed prayers be spoken ever more! Let there be light!Shinwaryeok Hanullim (신와참하늘님 (真如天実), Shinuwarioku Hanūrimu; Korean and Japanese for "Absolute Sovereign over all Skies")
On'na Ienaga (女家長, Matriarch)KatanaI DeclareSōdai Kōgō (壮大皇后, Grand Empress)
Reaction-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed with the ability to generate effects in response to an effect created by the opposition.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Hassō (発想, Expression)ŌdachiPlunge the World into ConflictKyūkyoku Hyōgen (究極表現, Ultimate Expression)
Resistance-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed around the ability to counter all forces projected by others.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Tsukimegami Gaitōyami (月女神外套闇, Moon Goddess, Cloaked in Darkness)KatanaCounteractTsukimegami Maboshīzukō (月女神・眩しい頭光, Moon Goddess' Radiant Halo)
Kōsenga (黄泉牙, Underworld Fang; literally meaning "Land of the Dead's Teeth")KatanaTearTenshushini Kōsenga (天主神殺黄泉牙, God-Killing Underworld Fang)
Time-Type Zanpakutō

(Designed to manipulate the flow of time through a connection to the Dangai.)

Name Sealed Form Release Command Bankai Name
Kigetsu (傷月, Wounding Moon)Chokutō DaishōTogetherKikan Kigetsu (期間傷月, Time Span Wounding Moon)
Seishijō Sakumori (静止潮昨月, Stilled-Tide of the Last Moon)TachiErase the FlowSāki Sakumori (再秋昨月, Recurrence of the Last Moon's Fall)

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