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Reiatsu
Reiatsu
Kanji 霊圧
English Spiritual Pressure
Information
Purpose Physically released Reiryoku
Users Shinigami, Hollow, Arrancar, Quincy, Bount

Reiatsu (霊圧, Spiritual Pressure) is the physical force/pressure that a person’s Reiryoku creates when released. Most Shinigami, Arrancar, Quincy and Bounts can manipulate the release of their Reiatsu.

Reiatsu vs. Reiryoku

The difference between spiritual energy and spiritual pressure is simple: Reiryoku is the amount of energy a being has stored within their body or soul, whereas Reiatsu is the pressure that a person's Reiryoku exerts. In other words, Reiryoku is potential while Reiatsu is energy in use and can be sensed by other spiritually aware beings. In general, those with high levels of Reiryoku will often have the highest levels of Reiatsu also. A skilled warrior can overcome a person possessing greater Reiryoku by possessing greater Reiatsu - this is achieved by having greater control over their own spiritual energy.

Reiatsu Sensing

The senses by which one feels and pick up on Reiatsu are known as "Reikaku" (霊覚, Spiritual Sense) or "Reiatsu Chikaku" (霊圧知覚, Spiritual Pressure Perception). Every person that has Reiatsu subconsciously uses both their sense of vision and their Reikaku at the same time in order to see. When concentrating in the midst of battle, Reikaku takes over an overwhelming amount of perception; in other words, the subconscious begins to stop seeing with “eyes”.[1]

Reiatsu Vents

All Shinigami have vents located at their wrists that vent out their Reiatsu. If they are blocked off, then the Shinigami in question will be incinerated by their own Reiatsu from within.[2]

Reiatsu Release

All Reiatsu released by individuals eventually returns to them, but Reiatsu released in explosive bursts also engulfs energy in its surroundings in the process; when Ichigo Kurosaki did so while attempting to escape Quilge Opie's The Jail, Quilge's Quincy Reiatsu seeped into the depths of Ichigo's soul and awakened the Quincy aspect of his power within it, causing Ichigo to begin using Blut Vene unconsciously during his subsequent battle with Yhwach.[3]

Appearance

Reiatsu Colors

Different beings have different colors of Reiatsu, and it is not dependent on the individual's race or power. Certain combatants, like Ichigo Kurosaki, also have the color of their Reiatsu change over time or while using certain powers.

Reiatsu Colors
Reiatsu Color Reiatsu Color User
BlackIchigo Kurosaki (Final Getsuga Tenshō)[4]Yhwach (Soul King)[5]
Black w/ Blue OutlineIchigo Kurosaki (Bankai)[6]
Black w/ Purple OutlineKaname Tōsen (Hollow mask and Resurrección)[7]
Black w/ Red OutlineIchigo Kurosaki (Bankai and Hollow mask)[8]Muramasa (with Hollows inside his body)[9]
Black w/ Green OutlineUlquiorra Cifer (Resurrección)[10]
IndigoFindorr Calius[11]
BlueGrimmjow Jaegerjaquez[12]Coyote Starrk[13]Izuru Kira[14]Kōga Kuchiki[15]Muramasa (as a Hollow hybrid)[16]Lilynette Gingerbuck[17]
Light BlueUryū Ishida[18]Suì-Fēng (Bankai)[19]Hammerhead Arrancar[20]
Violet/PurpleSōsuke Aizen[21]Muramasa (when absorbing Hollows)[22]Askin Nakk Le Vaar (Quincy: Vollständig)[23]Rudbornn Chelute [24]Aaroniero Arruruerie[25]
MagentaGgio Vega[26]
PinkYachiru Kusajishi[27]Mayuri Kurotsuchi[28]Szayelaporro GranzMarechiyo Ōmaeda[29]Kaname Tōsen[30]Loly Aivirrne[31]Hiyori Sarugaki[32]Zommari Rureaux[33]Cyan Sung-Sun[34]Charlotte Chuhlhourne[35]Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck[36]Cirucci Sanderwicci[37]
RedRenji Abarai[29]Baraggan Louisenbairn[13]Sajin Komamura[29]Mayuri Kurotsuchi (Bankai)[18]Momo Hinamori[29]Ikkaku Madarame[29]Kisuke Urahara[38]Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto[39]Emilou Apacci[34]Zangetsu[40]Muramasa (with Hollows damaging his body)[41]Cloning Arrancar[42]Yammy Llargo[43]Abirama Redder[44]
Orange-RedYammy Llargo (Resurrección)[45]Franceska Mila Rose[34]Edrad Liones[46]
OrangeHachigen Ushōda[47]Kirikaze[48]Gantenbainne Mosqueda[49]
Golden YellowIchigo Kurosaki[50]Kenpachi Zaraki[51]Tier Harribel[13]Nnoitra Gilga[51]Suì-Fēng[29]Orihime Inoue[52]Gerard Valkyrie (Quincy: Vollständig)[53]Lille Barro (Quincy: Vollständig)[54]
YellowAldegor[55]Dondochakka Birstanne[56]Yylfordt Granz[57]Shawlong Koufang[58]Tesra Lindocruz[59]Patros[55]Demoura Zodd[60]
GreenUlquiorra CiferYumichika Ayasegawa[29]Shūhei Hisagi[61]Ginrei Kuchiki[62]Choe Neng Poww[63]
WhiteByakuya Kuchiki[29]Tōshirō Hitsugaya[29]Rangiku Matsumoto[29]Suì-Fēng (Shunkō)[64]Yoruichi Shihōin (Shunkō)[64]Rukia Kuchiki[29]
White w/ Red OutlineZangetsu (Bankai, in Ichigo's inner world)[65]
MulticoloredMaki Ichinose[66]

Shape

Certain individuals generate a shape or manifestation of their energy whenever they release enough of it; the manifestations are one of their inner strength.

Reiatsu Shape
User Reiatsu Shape
Ichigo KurosakiBlue Reiatsu in the shape of his Hollow mask.[27][40][67]
Kenpachi ZarakiGolden Reiatsu in the shape of a giant menacing skull.[27][51][68]
Yachiru KusajishiPink Reiatsu in the shape of an angry cat.[27][69]

Uses

Defensive use

Reiatsu Effect
When two spiritual beings collide, the side with weaker spiritual pressure will get hurt. (Ex: When Ichigo Kurosaki fought Captain Kenpachi Zaraki, the captain opened up the chest area of his shihakushō and ordered Ichigo to cut him. When attacking with all his strength, Ichigo found Kenpachi uninjured, while his own hands started bleeding. As his sword's power is highly concentrated for the purpose of killing, the spiritual pressure that Kenpachi subconsciously releases is much, much stronger). In this way, a Shinigami with a greater amount of Reiatsu can use their own Reiatsu to harden their skin and effectively protect themselves from attacks.[70] Shinigami battles are battles of Reiatsu; if one possess a greater level of Reiatsu, then the other can be overcome completely, such as when Suì-Fēng's Nigeki Kessatsu failed against Sōsuke Aizen.[71] One can also concentrate their Reiatsu to repel attacks, as Mayuri Kurotsuchi did when attacked by Pernida Parnkgjas's The Compulsory.[72]

Psychological use

Fear
Reiatsu Effect Description
Reiatsu at its most basic level can instill fear in others when it is very high (in comparison to the one feeling it). Willpower is the simplest way to fight this effect.
  • When Ichigo fought Kenpachi for the first time, he felt it was impossible to win, making his Reiatsu far weaker than normal. Ichigo was only able to fight and wound Kenpachi once he regained his confidence and focused his Reiatsu.[73]
Stun
Reiatsu Effect Description
High level of spiritual power can cause those of lower power to be stunned by simply being in the presence of a high level spiritual being.
  • It is not uncommon for Humans and Souls alike to get the wind knocked out of them by simply being near a spiritual being with a high level of Reiatsu.
Paralysis
Reiatsu Effect Description
When a spiritual being of high Reiatsu chooses to, they can paralyze an opponent just by focusing Reiatsu through their stare or presence.
Phantom Pain
Reiatsu Effect Description
A combatant exerting high levels of Reiatsu can make their opponent feel as though they are being attacked, even though nothing is physically happening to them.
  • During the Ryoka Invasion, Kenpachi went after Ichigo Kurosaki, having deemed him the strongest of the invaders. As Ichigo and his group ran, he felt like there was a sword to his neck, following him no matter how fast they ran.[77]
  • Upon coming face to face with Kenpachi, Ichigo felt like he had just been stabbed, but in reality, he simply saw just how massive Kenpachi's killing intent was.[78]

Offensive use

Physical Damage
  • During his fight against Szayelaporro Granz, Renji used Reiatsu transferred through his blade in order to injure the Espada after the latter blocked a strike from him.[81]
  • Kenpachi can focus his Reiatsu through his sword to create powerful shockwaves, usually damaging the surrounding environment as he does so.[82]
Lethal Damage
Reiatsu Effect Description
In high enough quantities, spiritual pressure can be lethal to others.
  • After his second Hōgyoku-induced transformation, Aizen's Reiatsu was so powerful that it reduced a nearby Human to ash when he approached him[83] and destroyed objects thrown at him.[84]

Types of Reiatsu

Standard type

This is the most common form of Reiatsu, which has no effects other than those described above, along with its unique color and feeling. Most Hollows and Shinigami have this type, while Quincy and Humans always have this type. Notably, Fullbringers are Humans who have Hollow-like powers,[86] and Yasutora Sado noted he felt "at home" in Hueco Mundo because his Reiatsu feels like that of a Hollow despite his species,[87] but their Reiatsu is still a standard type.

Dual type

All Visored and Arrancar have this specific Reiatsu; Visored feel more like Shinigami, while Arrancar feel more like Hollows. When Ichigo's inner Hollow started to take over his body, Orihime Inoue could sense it and was frightened by how heavy and dark it was. The Visored also feel more like Hollows when they release their powers. Arrancar seal their Hollow abilities and become as close to their original form as can be when they enter their Resurrección, explaining this phenomenon.

Element type

Shigekuni 1

Yamamoto exerts his Reiatsu.

Two Shinigami have used elemental Reiatsu, even without releasing their Zanpakutō, with it being their natural power:

Fire & Heat: Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto. Captain-Commander Yamamoto has used his burning spiritual pressure to heat up his sealed Zanpakutō, causing it to glow dark orange like a recently forged sword. He has also displayed a large amount of flames emanating from his body before releasing his Shikai, which is needed for his fire-based techniques.[88]

Ice & Cold: Tōshirō Hitsugaya. When Tōshirō was a child, he had trouble controlling his power. In his sleep, it would go out of control, freezing his grandma with the sheer cold. This cold power caused others to fear him.[89]

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