Race Hollow
Gender Male
Professional Status
Affiliation Sōsuke Aizen
Special Ability Sand Manipulation
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 246
Anime Episode 146
Japanese Taketora
English Lex Lang

Runuganga (ルヌガンガ, Runuganga) is a giant Hollow who serves as the Guardian of the White Sands and acts under orders to protect Las Noches from intruders.


Runuganga has a large, grey body and is made from sand. His arms are long, with the forearms being much thicker than his upper arms. Runuganga's head resembles a sand castle, while his Hollow hole is in the center of his chest. He wears a low-slung cloth around his waist and decorated bracelets on both wrists.


Hueco Mundo arc

Runuganga blocks the passage of Yasutora Sado, Ichigo Kurosaki, Uryū Ishida, Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck, Dondochakka Birstanne, and Pesche Guatiche during their journey to Las Noches. The three friends from the Human World attack the Guardian relentlessly, but their attacks all fail as they are similar in nature, and Runuganga can simply reform after being attacked by them. They are eventually saved by the arrival of Renji Abarai and Rukia Kuchiki. Rukia uses her Shikai's second dance, Hakuren, and defeats Runuganga.[1] However, as a last act of spite, he opens a sinkhole that sends the group tumbling into the Forest of Menos.[2]

Powers and Abilities

Sand Manipulation: Runuganga has the innate ability to manipulate the sand. He can use this ability to create massive pits in order to trap the group of Humans, Shinigami and Arrancar trying to infiltrate Las Noches.[3] Runuganga can also create multiple tornadoes.[4]

  • Unhinged Jaw: Runuganga has the ability to widen his jaw to such a size as to swallow the entire group of his opponents in one fell swoop.[6]
  • Multiple Bodies: Runuganga is said to have many bodies as he is basically just sand. Killing his individual bodies does not kill him as a whole.[7]


  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 246, pages 12-20
  2. Bleach anime; Episodes 146-147
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 246, page 17
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 146
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 246, page 15
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 246, pages 16-17
  7. Bleach anime; Episode 147