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In the letter he wrote to Momo Hinamori, Sōsuke Aizen claims Tōshirō Hitsugaya planned to use the Sōkyoku’s immense power to destroy Soul Society. However, Aizen later reveals he needed the heat it produced to vaporize Rukia's soul so he could retrieve the Hōgyoku within her.
When it is used for Rukia's execution, Ichigo Kurosaki, arriving, blocks it with his Zanpakutō, Zangetsu, an act which Suì-Fēng says should be absolutely impossible. The Sōkyoku, preparing to attack again, is destroyed by Jūshirō Ukitake and Shunsui Kyōraku using the Shihōin Shield.
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In Bleach: Shattered Blade, it is revealed the destruction of the Sōkyoku broke the seal which was imprisoning a powerful Arrancar named Arturo Plateado. At the same time, the Sōkyoku shattered into several pieces, even one of which could augment the spiritual power of its holder. Arturo plots to collect all of these shards and use their power to decimate Soul Society.
- In the Anime, the Kidō Corps used hand signs to release the Sōkyoku.