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Getsuga Tenshō (月牙天衝, Moon Fang Heaven-Piercer; Viz "Moon-Fang Piercer of the Heavens") is a Zanpakutō technique of Ichigo Kurosaki's Zangetsu and Isshin Kurosaki's Engetsu.


At the instant of the slash, the Zanpakutō absorbs and condenses the user's Reiatsu before releasing it at the tip of the blade, magnifying the slash attack, which flies forward.[1] This slash takes the shape of a crescent moon or wave.[2] Ichigo uses this ability without knowing its name several times, but later masters the technique during his Bankai training. As stated by Zangetsu, knowing the name of an attack heightens its power compared to its strength when the wielder does not know its name.[3]

The Getsuga Tenshō is a powerful technique with great force, creating large-scale damage and destruction. Ichigo has used this technique in several different manners, such as striking the ground to create an omnidirectional blast to knock away incoming attacks or slashing at the ground to upturn it and crush everything in its path.[4] Isshin's use of Getsuga Tenshō against Aizen in his Second Fusion form demolished a large radius of the Fake Karakura Town, left behind a huge crater, and was powerful enough to create a large gash in Aizen's head, prompting Aizen to call it a "splendid strike."[5]

After Ichigo regains his Shinigami powers for the second time, his Getsuga Tenshō is noticeably larger and more powerful in its Shikai form than it was before he lost his powers. A single strike from it can disperse an entire rainstorm and slice off the top of a mansion.[6][7] After gaining the true form of his Zangetsu, Ichigo can fire a Getsuga Tenshō with his smaller sword simply by pointing it at his target and making a small swipe.[8] He can also fire a black Getsuga Tenshō with his larger sword; this version is powerful enough to blast a large hole in the Soul King Palace and knock someone as powerful as Yhwach several meters back.[9]


Variant Description User
460Getsuga Tensho.png Shikai Getsuga Tenshō Ichigo's basic Getsuga Tenshō is gold in colour and creates a crescent wave of energy.[10] Ichigo Kurosaki
Ep139GetsugaTenshō.png Bankai Getsuga Tenshō In Bankai, the Getsuga Tenshō is black with a red outline, can have its path controlled, and possesses explosively augmented power and speed. Byakuya Kuchiki refers to this attack as a "Kuroi Getsuga" (黒月牙, Black Moon Fang).[11] Ichigo has stated this is originally Zangetsu's technique,[12] which has been proven, as Ichigo had no knowledge of it during his fight with Byakuya and Zangetsu stated Ichigo was copying him when he used the technique.[13] Ichigo Kurosaki,
683Ichigo attacks.png True Bankai Getsuga Tenshō After reforging his Zanpakutō, Tensa Zangetsu's Getsuga Tenshō turns golden and becomes powerful enough to bifurcate a Soul King-empowered Yhwach,[14] and would have killed him were it not for The Almighty allowing Yhwach to reverse his own death.[15] Ichigo Kurosaki
Ep268UlquiorraBeratesIchigo.png Getsuga Tenshō-Infused Blade Ichigo can keep a Getsuga Tenshō within Tensa Zangetsu to augment his sword swings.[16] Ichigo Kurosaki
677Fused Getsuga Tensho-Gran Rey Cero.png Combined Gran Rey Cero-Getsuga Tenshō While in his Merged Hollow Form, by using the longer sword of Zangetsu as a substitute second horn and with his blood as a catalyst, Ichigo can fire a Gran Rey Cero. He can combine this with a Getsuga Tenshō to create a massive violet slashing attack powerful enough to wound a Soul King-empowered Yhwach.[17] Though the latter quickly brushed it off, he noted that it was a potent technique and proof that he had to begin taking Ichigo seriously.[18] Ichigo Kurosaki
Non-Zanpakutō Variants
Ep360 Ichigo fires Fullbring Getsuga Tensho.png Fullbring Form Getsuga Tenshō In his completed Fullbring form, after the remnants of his Shinigami powers merge with his Fullbring, Ichigo can fire a blue wave of energy from his blade that he calls Getsuga Tenshō. Though the attack is not as large or powerful as his normal Getsuga, Tsukishima notes how fast it moves, and it can still cause some considerable damage.[19] Ichigo Kurosaki


  • In the original manga, Ichigo's Reiatsu, and therefore his Getsuga Tenshō, are golden colored; but in the anime adaptation, Ichigo's Reiatsu and Getsuga Tenshō are light-blue in color.


  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 161, page 5
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 161, page 15
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 161, pages 6-8
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 166, page 17
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 406, pages 1-5
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 460, page 19
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 461, pages 1-2 & 6-8
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 583, pages 10-11
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 618, pages 15-17
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 97, page 15
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 166, page 6
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 212, page 4
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 219, page 17
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 683, pages 16-17
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 684, pages 6-7
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 342, page 9
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 676, pages 14-17
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 677, pages 1-3
  19. Bleach manga, Chapter 457, pages 11-12


Ichigo Kurosaki Techniques
Isshin Kurosaki Techniques
Zangetsu Techniques
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