What happens when the largest elite of Shinigami gather together, not bound by normative rules and regulations? Well, that's exactly the purpose of Squad 0, also known as the Royal Guards, whose main job is to protect the Soul King from any possible danger. Not to mention that they are considered one of the most powerful Soul Reapers of all time.
It is said that the power of this elite squad far exceeds the combined powers of the Gotei 13 and is one of the deadliest forces in the entire series. Suffice it to say that these are truly deadly warriors who will stop at nothing to secure their objective.
1) Senjumaru Shutara
Honestly, she's the mystery choice of the group and literally doesn't have much of a role, except as a glorified musician who has been shown to be overrated.
Her powers are never quite revealed, mainly because it makes no statement about her power levels or the abilities she would have possessed.
She is known to have prosthetic limbs and arms, although the reason for this is never fully elucidated, making it much more complex for people to buy her strength.
Additionally, she is never found to have engaged in any serious battle, and literally, there is a huge question mark as even after the thousand year blood arc, her powers still remain a mystery to fans.
Shutara can literally use her prosthetic limbs to create music, and that's pretty much all she does in the bloody thousand-year war.
We find out that she guided Ichigo and his team and accompanied them with her musical prowess; however, this doesn't really add anything specifically unique to her forte.
Well, since she's a member of the Royal Guard, it's safe to assume that her spiritual energy levels are bound to be off the charts, but literally, there's not much about her that can be called truly impressive.
Here, we mean, the goal of the battle was to defeat Yhwach, but she doesn't even play a major role in this arc, which is really no clarification of her power level.
Fabric handling and sewing
Well, this seems to be her unique talent or strength, and she is a master of sewing. The specialty of this form of ability is that she doesn't really sew too many clothes (although she can definitely do that too), but she is even a skilled medical sewing expert, joining and attaching limbs and participating in the most complex operations.
While her population of cloth men doesn't really mean much, she can create elaborate illusory backgrounds to simulate realistic settings that make her the master of deception.
Overall, she is the defensive linchpin of the Royal Guard. Her Bankai and Shikai have never been revealed, leading fans to speculate that her swing mastery was actually her Bankai, but nothing has been confirmed about that.
Well, the problem with the characters and members of the royal guards is that they had very little role to play in the entire series, which means that their powers never really received the spotlight and fame that they deserved, or even their abilities never received the fan praise that they probably deserved at some point.
Take Nimayeiya, for example; fans are told that he is extremely powerful, but there is literally no evidence of his power level. He is shown to be engaged in battle on several occasions, but his Bankai or Shikai is still not revealed.
The only thing revealed about him is his funky look; however, this is really not something that establishes one's power levels.
When a character gets his heart blown out, it's usually much harder to accept the fact that he could be one of the elites chosen to join the strongest of the strong team, and there is literally no clarification.
The only unique part of him is his Zanpukto, and he is supposed to have created the handles by himself, and that is as much time as he spends with the fans.
The Soul Society and Kubo sensei did a very good job in keeping the powers of several characters hidden, and apart from the fact that he is a member of the Royal Guards and therefore has to have a strong spiritual energy, we don't know much about his powers and abilities to the point that he becomes a totally ambiguous character.
Well, how can the creator of his own Zanpukto not master this weapon himself? So Nimaiya is one of the strongest swordsmen of the series, or at least is considered as such, but we never found him facing the top of the pile like Shunsui or Byakuya or even Ichigo, so really, not much can be considered about his skills.
Nimaiya has intense durability and possesses the power of Onken, which allows him to travel outside the palace. His Zanpukto is however very unstable since he hasn't used it in a long time.
With extreme speed and durability, this is a character you wouldn't want to run into, but fans would have liked more information about this character.
3) Kirio Hikifune
Well, Kirio wasn't always this chubby, but her lack of exercise and even greater lack of battle has made her dirty. She was once considered one of the most beautiful female characters in Bleach; however, she gave in to her quest for food.
This did not necessarily turn out to be a bad thing since she has a sort of ability to control food and, in her own words, she belies that to control food is to control the life supply itself.
Under such circumstances, it was accredited that she would join the royal guards as one of the members with her own unique skill .
In addition to her fighting ability, about which very little is indeed known, she is also an expert cook, so much so that she played with food to invent the Gioken , that is, the ability to infuse the soul into artificial bodies, which was met. considerable reproach from her peers and superiors .
However, she can also manipulate food and nutrition, making her a formidable opponent.
It shouldn't really be a surprise now that Hikifune emits one of the strongest spiritual energies and subsequent spiritual pressure making her one of the strongest.
However, as she is rarely found in battle, her true fighting prowess is not really evaluated, making her a wild card that can be introduced at the right time in a battle.
Well, she is a shunpo master, as probably one of the best in this field. The problem with being the best is that there are rarely characters strong enough who can really test the limit or the extent of the powers.
And that's exactly the problem here: without an opponent strong enough to measure his power levels; his shunpo abilities are really secret.
Kirifune obviously has extreme durability, but in addition to that, she also has Oken which allows her to send her Spirit out.
Yet another character whose Bankai and Shikai have not been revealed; we don't know what form or abilities they have, since she really hasn't done much in the series.
4) Tenjiro Kirinji
If ever there was a cross between a street punk and a samurai, Tenjiro would be it. His hairstyle is that of a street punk, yet he follows the ways of the samurai.
He is the second in command of the royal guards, so obviously he must be more powerful than most of the other characters and even more dependent than the other members.
Although he has the appearance of a punk streek, Tenjiro is much more of a strategist than his appearance reveals.
Fans believe that his appearance is simply another choice of deception for Tenjiro's opponents, which seems to reduce his fear factor, hiding his keen intellect and ability to manipulate water that he only uses in intense battles.
White bone hell and blood pool hell
These two abilities, surprisingly, are not offensive despite their appearance. White Bone Hell is designed as a replenishment area for lost reiatsu, and Red Bone Hell is for replenishing blood lost during battle. By using these two abilities, Tenjiro is able to help and improve the fighting abilities of his allies.
Finally, a character about whom Zaqnpakto releases a little information. His Zanpakto is named Kinpika although details of his abilities have not been provided.
His Shikai is Flash from Illuminating Heavens, although what it actually does is still a mystery. His Bankai has not yet been revealed, but the fact that he is an elite healer puts him far above the other characters.
5) Ichibē Hyōsube
Yes, well, the strongest member of the Royal Guards and a character whose abilities are there for the public to judge. His powers include name manipulation, which means he can manipulate the names of any sentient being he considers his enemy.
In addition, he can manipulate names to the extent that his name carries a curse that those not worthy of saying it will have their heads blown off if they speak his name.
In fact, his true name manipulation is so powerful that he can completely regenerate his body after it has been destroyed by absorbing some Reaitsu from everyone who speaks his name. He does this by mentally asking people around him to say his name, which makes him almost invulnerable and one of the strongest characters.
Being one of the most deadly characters in the entire series, he is considered powerful enough to even hold Yhwach for a few moments, which even the combined forces of several characters failed.
Furthermore, his manipulation of power and control of Reaitsu, as well as his manipulation of spiritual energy, place him on a different level from all his peers.
Ichibo has one of the most powerful Zanpaktos in the entire series: Ichimoji . He is considered to be on par with Ryujin Jakka of Yamamoto, which only makes the extent of his powers clearer.
In its sealed form, it takes the form of a giant brush or calligraphy brush with which Ichibe can spill ink on others to activate his Shikai and Bankai.
Ichibe's Shikai is the immunity to power absorption, which makes him literally able to control all the black colors in the universe. It is even known as Blaken, and because of this, he can handle all forms of attack and defense as even Yhwach could not use Shnkt Altar on him during Blaken, and only Aizen's and Yamamoto's Shikai are considered stronger than his.
Ichibe has the most powerful Bankai in the history of the manga, and it's not an easy task. We mean, a Bankai who can literally rub the existence of any character by controlling his fate once the ink has been spilled on him is quite the way to make a strong entrance. Fans are constantly conflicted with the choice between Ichimoji or Ryujin Jakka .
So here we conclude the complete list of members in square 0, including all their powers and special abilities. As the most powerful squad, together, the royal guards are considered invincible. You can check out the manga for more details, and the anime is streaming on Crunchyroll. And for more exclusive content, keep following us.