Bankais are the zanpakutōs' ultimate form. They have their own name and usually a special ability. Apparently, not everyone has a zanpakutō with this form. And it looks like bankais are exclusive to captains, since Ichigo can use this form as well.

So what are the zanpakutō with bankai form that have already appeared in the anime/manga (along with their names and abilities if possible)?

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    4 question in one... this is a new record o.O Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 20:34
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    I did a small edit to show that intent @Retrosaur =) hope you like it =D Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 19:38
  • Thanks @MichelAyres. Couldn't really get my point across before
    – yuritsuki
    Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 5:40
  • I'll update the answer as soon as I get home (today or tomorrow =X) - It took some time, and I'm at work right now Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 12:55
  • @MichelAyres I only have 4 hours left to award the bounty T.T
    – yuritsuki
    Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 16:55

4 Answers 4


As SingerOfTheFall pointed in his answer Captain Byakuya stated that:

Even the four noble families, whose members are always exceptionally talented, have only a member capable of bankai every few generations.

At wikipedia states that:

Only 4 non Captains in the Gotei 13 to have achieved Bankai

First Division

Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto (山本元柳斎 重國 Yamamoto Genryūsai Shigekuni)

Ryūjin Jakka's bankai "Zanka no Tachi" (残火の太刀?, lit. "Long Sword of the Remnant Flame") upon release causes all of the flames produced by Yamamoto to disappear into the blade. The bankai is comprised of four abilities based on the cardinal points:

  1. "Zanka no Tachi - Higashi (East): Kyokujitsujin" (残火の太刀・東 旭日刃) in which all the flames are concentrated on the edge of the blade, incinerating everything it touches
  2. "Zanka no Tachi - Nishi (West): Zanjitsu Gokui" (残火の太刀・西 残日獄衣) where Yamamoto envelops his whole body in flames, reaching up to 15,000,000 degrees
  3. "Zanka no Tachi - Minami (South): Kakajuuman' Okushi Daisoujin" (残火の太刀・南 火火十万億死大葬陣) - this techique resurrects the burned and incinerated dead which were struck down by the blade using its burning state, it is roughly translated to "great army of the 10 trillion buried by flames".
  4. "Zanka no Tachi - Kita (North): Tenchi Kaijin" (残火の太刀・北 天地灰燼) - a powerful slash attack, incinerating everything in one fell swoop. Translated as "heaven and earth are burned to ashes".

Chōjirō Sasakibe (雀部 長次郎 Sasakibe Chōjirō)

His bankai is "Kōkō Gonryō Rikyū" (黄煌厳霊離宮, lit. "Yellow-Glittering Royal Villa of the Stern Spirit") can produce a bolt of lightning from the blade which extends and transforms into a dome of lightning, stationed far above the users head and fastened to the ground by a large number of lightning pillars. These pillars can be controlled at will to shock the opponent.

Shunsui Sōzōsuke Jirō Kyōraku (京楽 次郎 総蔵佐 春水 Kyōraku no Jirō Sōzōsuke Shunsui)

Unlike other Soul Reapers, Shunsui possesses paired zanpakutō called Katen Kyōkotsu (花天狂骨?, lit. "Bones of Heavenly Blooming Madness"). While the blades are normally two daisho swords, their Shikai state resemble dao or falchions. When released with the command "Flower Wind Rage and Flower God Roar, Heavenly Wind Rage and Heavenly Demon Sneer" (花風紊れて花神啼き 天風紊れて天魔嗤う Hana Kaze Midarete Kashin Naki, Tenpū Midarete Tenma Warau), Katen Kyōkotsu gains the ability to "turn children's games into reality." One such game, Bushō Goma (不精独楽?, Lazy Spinning Top), involves spinning around wind like a top. Another, Takaoni (嶄鬼, Mountain Demon), declares that whoever is the highest is the winner. A third technique, Kageoni (影鬼, Shadow Demon), forces the players to alter their own shadows; whoever steps on a shadow, even their own, is declared the loser. The fourth game is known as Iro-Oni (艶鬼, Colored Demon) where players call out color and then slice the enemy where that color is displayed. However, if the color is not on the body of the person who called it out then the damage given is minimal; the more that the declared color is prevalent on the declarer's body, the more damage the attack will commit. A fifth game is called Daruma-san ga Koronda (だぁるまさん が こぁろんだ, The Dharma Doll Fell Down), a game similar to "Red Light Green Light". The sixth and final game is called Kageokuri (影送り, Silhouette Sending) which is a game where if a person is staring hard enough at another person's shadow, then their opponent creates after images of themselves. Katen Kyōkotsu's bankai is called Katen Kyōkotsu: Karamatsu Shinjū (花天狂骨枯松心中, "Heavenly Bloom Madness Bone: Withered Pine Lovers' Suicide"), which he uses only when his allies are at a safe distance from himself. When released, Shunsui's bankai covers a large area around Shunsui in an aura. This aura changes others' perception of the surrounding environment, making them perceive it as darkened, bleak and gloomy, and causes others to feel varying levels of melancholy and despair. While it maintains its shikai form, its bankai allows Shunsui to manifest various stories, which can kill opponent easily. It also manifests the spirit of Shunsui's zanpakutō, a Feudal-Japan-style mistress referred to as "Sakuranosuke" who created a silent kunoichi bodyguard from her being to hold Shinken Hakkyōken until Nanao eventually asks for it.

Second Division

Soi Fon (砕蜂(ソイフォン) Soi Fon, pinyin: Suì Fēng), born Fon Shaolin (蜂 梢綾(フォン シャオリン) Fon Shaorin, pinyin: Fēng Shaolíng)

Soi Fon's Zanpakutō is Suzumebachi (雀蜂?, literally translated as "Hornet").

Suzumebachi's Bankai, Jakuhō Raikōben (雀蜂雷公鞭, lit. "Hornet Whip of the Thunder Immortal") composes of a greatly enlarged version of the shikai form that encases the entirety of Soi Fon's arm, which she mentions as being bulky and incapable of concealing, and thus unsuited for use in missions requiring stealth. In this form, Suzumebachi becomes a long-range weapon and looks like a large rocket launcher; its main offensive capability allowing Soi Fon to launch a high-speed projectile that resembles a large missile. The thunderous recoil produced by the weapon requires Soi Fon to be anchored to a nearby stationary object via an enhanced cloth-like material (which doubles as armor) called Ginjōtan (銀条反, lit. "Stripe of Inverted Silver").

Third Division

Gin Ichimaru (市丸 ギン Ichimaru Gin)

Gin's Bankai is "Kamishini no Yari" (神殺鎗 which means "God Kill Spear.")

By adopting a stance where he firmly grips Kamishini no Yari with both hands and places the Zanpakutō's hilt squarely on the center of his chest, Gin is able to utilize the tremendous extension and contraction properties of his Bankai to an even more terrifying extent than its normal state. This occurs in the form of a piercing maneuver where the extension and contraction of the blade becomes almost completely unseen to even the most diligent of observers.

Shūsuke Amagai (天貝 繍助 Amagai Shūsuke)

Amagai's Zanpakutō is Raika (雷火, roughly "Flash of Lightning").

Raika's Bankai, Raika Gōen Kaku (雷火豪炎殻, literally "Lightning Flash Flame Shell"), enlarges the blade and creates a giant conch-shaped guard worn across Amagai's arm, with the handle of the blade hidden inside it. This form gives him greater control of his fire attacks, his most powerful technique creating giant dragons of fire to encircle and crush his foe.

Fourth Division

Yachiru "Retsu" Unohana (卯ノ花 烈 Unohana Retsu)

Unohana's Zanpakutō is Minazuki (肉雫唼, roughly "purify the flesh").

Her bankai is Minazuki (皆尽?, "All Things' End"). When activated it releases a thick, oily substance from the blade. Its powers have yet to be revealed. Minazuki appears as freed Zanpakutō spirit in the Zanpakutō Unknown Tales anime arc with Minazuki's form being a mute figure of unknown gender in a hooded robe, pretending it was imprisoning Yamamoto. Unohana has a scar on her collarbone inflicted by Zaraki Kenpachi when they fought prior joining the Gotei 13. She is also a skilled swordsman and have mastered all kind of swordsmanship techniques. In a new release of the manga, she is still shown fighting Zaraki Kenpachi. She then calls forth her Bankai, saying "Minazuki" and it appears that her blade is releasing blood as she slashes Captain Zaraki. It also appears that in an illusion, their flesh is peeling away from their bodies, and they are still fighting but as skeletons. It is still difficult and to early to truly understand what her Bankai actually does.

Sixth Division

Byakuya Kuchiki (朽木 白哉 Kuchiki Byakuya)

His Bankai is Senbonzakura Kageyoshi (千本桜景厳, "Vibrant Display Of One Thousand Cherry Blossoms")

When released, his blade disappears, and a thousand blades, resembling sakura petals, come upon his opponent and slash them multiple times.

Renji Abarai

Hihiō Zabimaru turns his sword into a skeletal giant-snake like sword that has a head. It can dissemble and reform at Renji's will and can shoot focused reiatsu at the head.

Sōō Zabimaru is compacted into form predomately worn by Renji with the snake skull smaller and affixed over Renji's right hand as a combination blade gauntlet and shield while a skeletal simian arm hovers just slightly above Renji's right arm. Sōō Zabimaru's signature technique Zaga Teppō is a close range attack where Renji uses his spiritual pressure to conjure a large snake skull that incinerates whatever it bites down on.

Source about Renji's bankai

Seventh Division

Sajin Komamura (狛村 左陣 Komamura Sajin)

Komamura's Zanpakutō is Tengen (天譴, literally "divine punishment", translated in the English manga as "sword of heavenly retribution").

Tengen's bankai, Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō (黒縄天譴明王, roughly "vidyarāja of black-roped divine punishment", translated in the English manga as "divine retribution, black ropes of ruination") brings forth the entire giant, which also copies Komamura's movements.

Eighth Division

Shunsui Kyōraku (京楽 春水 Kyōraku Shunsui)

His bankai is unknown, but when asked by the Espada Coyote Starrk to show it to him, Ukitake warns him not to reveal it where so many people could witness it. Katen Kyōkotsu (花天狂骨) appears as a free Zanpakutō spirit in the Zanpakutō Unknown Tales anime arc as two separate female beings: a Feudal-Japan mistress and her silent ninja bodyguard, wielding Shunsui's swords.

Ninth Division

Kensei Muguruma (六車 拳西 Muguruma Kensei)

Kensei's bankai is named Tekken Tachikaze (鐡拳・断地風, lit. Iron Fist Earth-Severing Wind). The combat knife transforms into two bladed

Kaname Tōsen (東仙 要 Tōsen Kaname)

The Zanpakutō Tōsen uses originally belonged to his now-deceased friend and is called Suzumushi (清虫, literally "pure insects", but read as "cricket"; translated in the English manga as "bell bug").

Suzumushi's bankai, named Suzumushi Tsuishiki: Enma Kōrogi (清虫終式紅閻魔蟋蟀, literally "Suzumushi, final style: Enma cricket") creates a large, black dome centered at Tōsen's location and anchored to the ground with ten rings. Anyone within the dome loses four of their five senses, retaining only the sensation of touch. The weakness of this technique is that whoever is touching Suzumushi's hilt is immune to the dome's effects, so anyone able to grab Suzumushi recovers their senses for as long as they remain in contact with the hilt.

Eleventh Division

Ikkaku Madarame (斑目 一角 Madarame Ikkaku)

Ikkaku's Zanpakutō is Hōzukimaru (鬼灯丸, referring to the Japanese name for the winter cherry, meaning "demon light").

Hōzukimaru's bankai, named Ryūmon Hōzukimaru (龍紋鬼灯丸, literally "dragon-crest demon light"), takes the form of three oversized weapons connected by a thick chain: two blades in each of his hands and a fan-shaped blade, adorned with a carving of a Chinese dragon, which floats behind him. Aside from the increase in power, his Bankai offers no special abilities, and is noted to be unusual for a bankai in this aspect.

Twelfth Division

Mayuri Kurotsuchi (涅 マユリ Kurotsuchi Mayuri)

Mayuri Kurotsuchi's Zanpakutō is Ashisogi Jizō (疋殺地蔵, roughly "leg-cutting Buddha").

Ashisogi Jizō's bankai, named Konjiki Ashisogi Jizō (金色疋殺地蔵, literally "golden leg-cutting Buddha", translated in the English manga as "divine leg-cutting Buddha"), takes the form of a giant caterpillar with a baby's head and a silver halo. The creature breathes a poisonous derivative of Mayuri's blood which is lethal to anyone who breathes it, aside from himself and Nemu.[45] It can also run through and skewer opponents with the multiple blades that erupt from its chest. Mayuri has physically modified his bankai so that it will self-destruct and return to its sealed state if it attacks him. It is also shown that Mayuri changes the poison he uses every time he shows his bankai.

Thirteenth Division

Rukia Kuchiki (朽木 ルキア Kuchiki Rukia)

Hakka no Togame increases the area of influence of Rukia's ability to reach the temperature of absolute zero. Upon release, a pillar of cold mist rises up into the air from where Rukia is and covers a wide area in her vicinity. Anything within the area of influence of the mist is frozen. Once frozen solid, victims crumble away within seconds. Physical contact with Rukia herself causes other people to begin freezing solid because of how cold she is. While it is a powerful Bankai, it is also a difficult one, as the slightest mistake could kill Rukia. Because Rukia is physically affected along with everything else in her vicinity, the amount of time she can use her Bankai appears severely limited, as prolonged use can potentially cause her damage, so she is required to melt slowly when leaving this state, otherwise she would risk damaging herself.

Source about Rukia's bankai

General's Sources


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  • As SingerOfTheFall pointed out in his answer about the one that appeared only in the anime.

Shūsuke Amagai (天貝 繍助, Amagai Shūsuke)

Raika Gōen Kaku (雷火 豪炎殻, Lightning Flash Flame Shell): Amagai holds out his Zanpakutō in front of him as fire swells around him. Raika becomes a large and more detailed version of its former self. Raika Gōen Kaku takes the form of an enlarged sword, and turns the edge of the blade a crimson red color, with a hook at the end. The inner side of the hook-blade sports several jagged edges. A large white shell with a light-purple trim covers the hilt. A massive hollow pauldron/shield with the handle is hidden behind it. The sword is about as tall as Amagai in this form.

  • The list is missing some Bankai. Fell free to edit, I'll do it when I find some. Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 11:32
  • Ichigo new bankai didn't appeared yet in the manga. just his new zanpakutō. Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 0:57
  • Just post a comment if the info is out of date. Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 1:01
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    Doesn't hurt to post a bounty ;3
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    Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 4:24
  • Shunsui Kyoraku's bankai isn't here, add it please.
    – user20715
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 21:00

No, captains are not the only ones that are able to us bankai. Do not mix the reason and the consequence: it's not like they have bankai because they are captains, but rather they are captains because the have bankai, achieving which is one of the requirements to become a captain through showing one's proficiency.

Except for the current and former captains,

Abarai Renji and Madarame Ikkaku

are known to have achieved bankai.

Another characters include (more spoilers):

Shūsuke Amagai (anime-only) and Chōjirō Sasakibe

and, of course, Ichigo. Note that being able to use bankai shows one's exceptional skill and proficiency. In chapter 162, Byakuya stated that "even the four noble families, whose members are always exceptionally talented, have only a member capable of bankai every few generations".

  • Zaraki Kenpachi is an example of a Captain appointed on basis of his sheer power, even though he hasn't even mastered Shikai. Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 11:49
  • @Arturia, power isn't equal to proficiency. There are three ways to become a captain. Proficiency test includes showing Bankai in the presence of at least three captains, including the Captain-Commander. Zaraki, though, became a captain by trial of combat - not just "by strength". That includes defeating another captain in front of at least 200 witnesses from that captain's sword. And that is also the only method he could use, exactly because he never mastered his sword. Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 12:14

The Bleach wikia page has a listing of all the types of Bankai and which ones have been achieved. There are bankai's that have been achieved by non-captains.

Who possesses each Bankai, and what are their abilities?

(Taken from the list from the above link)

  • Ichigo Kurosaki : Tensa Zangetsu
  • Renji Abarai : Hihio Zabimaru
  • Ikkaku Madarame : Ryumon Hozukimaru
  • Sajin Komamura : Kokujo Tengen Myo'o
  • Kaname Tosen : Suzumushi Tsuishiki: Enma Korogi
  • Mayuri Kurotsuchi : Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo
  • Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto : Zanka no Tachi
  • Shusuke Amagai : Raika Goen Kaku
  • Toshiro Hitsugaya : Daiguren Hyorinmaru
  • Kensei Muguruma : Tekken Tachikaze
  • Chojiro Sasakibe : Koko Gonryo Rikyu
  • Byakuya Kuchiki : Senbonzakura Kageyoshi
  • Sui-Feng : Jakuuho Raikoben
  • Gin Ichimaru : Korose Kamishini no Yari
  • I think "Korose" is not a part of the name of Gin's Bankai. Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 14:09

Kiskei Urahara

Bankai - Benihime = Crimson Princess

Known uses: Benihime can be used to create what is known as a blood shield which shields Kiskei from attacks that could cause certain death.

  • can you provide some source to back up your answer Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 11:38

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