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Ulquiorra Cifer (ウルキオラ・シファー, Urukiora Shifā)[2][1] is the Cuatro (4th) Espada in Aizen's army of Arrancar.



Ulquiorra's initial appearance. At this time, his Hollow hole had a different location.

Ulquiorra is a slender, yet fairly muscular, male Arrancar of average height with a melancholic appearance. He has fairly short, messy black hair, pale white skin, a black upper lip, and green eyes with small slit-shaped pupils, similar to a cat's. Part of his bangs fall between his eyes, and he has distinctively thick eyebrows. He has teal lines which descend from the lower part of his eyes. His facial expression rarely changes, though he is almost always frowning. He wears typical Arrancar clothes: a white jacket, black sash, and a white hakama. However, his jacket has longer coattails than others, and the collar is higher.[3]

Like most other Arrancar, he possesses remnants of his former life as a Hollow in his appearance. His Hollow hole is located on his sternum,[4] though the hole was initially located on the base of his throat.[5] The remainder of his Hollow mask lies on the top-left side of his head, forming a broken horned helmet.[5] His Espada tattoo lies on the left side of his chest.[6]

As a Hollow, Ulquiorra was roughly the same size, with a full white mask and body, and large black wings mounted on his lower back. His mask covered his entire face, with a line running up the middle that diverged into three near the top of his head, and two long horns sprouting out from the sides of his head at ear level.[7]


Ulquiorra is a very cold, callous, and dispassionate figure, and is rather aloof, brooding, and indifferent, willing to harm his comrades in addition to his enemies should they get in his way.[8] He refers to anyone he does not find interesting as "trash", and treats them as expendable.[9] Despite this, like most of the other top Espada, he is not particularly violent, and will only fight when provoked or ordered to by Aizen.[10]

As stated by Grimmjow, Ulquiorra demonstrates a strange habit when killing victims he is particularly interested in; he stabs them with his bare hand in the same location as his Hollow hole.[11] Whether he is consciously aware of this habit or not is unknown. During a speech to Orihime, he claims he does not believe in Human emotions, which he refers to as the "heart," reasoning that if his eye cannot see them, they do not exist.[12] These words, and much of Ulquiorra's overall behavior, reflect the concepts of materialism, which connects to his aspect of death as an Espada, Emptiness.[13] In the last seconds of his life, he seems to finally find his own "heart" and comes to understand feelings.[14]


Ulquiorra's severe discipline in response to Yammy's recklessness.

Ulquiorra also acts ruthless and intolerant of those he placed beneath him, as he hits Yammy for his recklessness, insults the actions of Orihime's friends to which she slapped him, or when Ichigo considered that he had "become more human" he hit the ground with great anger, visibly insulted.[15][16]

His cold demeanor allows him to stay completely calm and in control in most situations, and he is not easily surprised or caught off-guard. He is also shown to have great foresight and patience. Whereas most Arrancar give their regeneration power upon become such in return for greater strength, Ulquiorra chose to keep his regeneration powers and instead train to make up for the extra power he would have otherwise received. However, he does not seem to comprehend the trait of fighting against all odds; during his final battle with Ichigo, he completely overwhelms the Substitute Shinigami after entering his Resurrección, yet Ichigo continues to fight on regardless of this, prompting a visibly frustrated Ulquiorra to yell about how pointless Ichigo continuing to fight is before entering his Segunda Etapa form in an attempt to show Ichigo "true despair".[17]

Ulquiorra can be intimidating, controlling and abusive, coming to Orihime's chamber and ordering her to eat a meal an Arrancar servant brought in, claiming that, for Aizen's benefit, it was her "duty" to stay alive. When Orihime hesitates, he threatens to force the food down her throat or strap her to a table and feed her via an IV. This implies that, while he prefers not to dirty his hands, Ulquiorra is fully capable of committing truly abhorrent and inhumane actions without feeling any shred of remorse or hesitation.[18] Despite his demanding nature, Ulquiorra is not vain like most of his fellow Espada. He maintains a cautious and cool demeanor, being always in control of his actions. He holds himself with decent dignity and finds Nnoitra's taunts about "punishing" Orihime repulsive and vulgar.[19]

After Ichigo's Hollow form overwhelms and strikes him down during his last battle, Ulquiorra maintains his composure and calmly berates himself for being defeated by a "Human-turned-Hollow." Believing he no longer has a purpose in life since he was so utterly defeated by his opponent, he demands that Ichigo kill him and compliments Ichigo when he decides to use a point-blank Cero to kill him, claiming the lack of mercy is "rather Hollow-like."[20]


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Ulquiorra as a Hollow.

As a Hollow, Ulquiorra felt alone in the world, being white while those around him were black. He wandered Hueco Mundo alone, lamenting his existence, until one day he came across a white tree with many sharp spines. Ulquiorra found it satisfying due to its emptiness and sank into it, destroying part of his mask, finally at peace. An unspecified amount of time later, he was recruited by Sōsuke Aizen into the Espada.[21]


Arrancar arc

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Ulquiorra arrives with Yammy in Karakura Town.

Ulquiorra arrives in Karakura Town to gather information on Ichigo Kurosaki.[22] When Yammy Llargo states he is unenthusiastic to be there, Ulquiorra says he cannot complain, as he asked to come along. After Yammy absorbs the souls of the nearby Humans with Gonzui and comments on their bad taste, Ulquiorra asks him why he expected such weak souls to taste good before noting that no one was staring at Yammy like the large Arrancar thought. Ulquiorra mentions they have only come to kill one being, and the others can be left alone. When Yammy admits such a task will be hard, Ulquiorra reveals there are currently only three beings of note with any spiritual strength before being confronted by Yasutora Sado and Orihime Inoue, the former of whom he declares to be "trash" as he allows Yammy to grievously injure him.[23]


Ulquiorra analyzes Orihime Inoue's abilities.

Ulquiorra watches as Yammy is prevented from attacking Orihime by her Santen Kesshun and, upon seeing Orihime using her Sōten Kisshun on Sado, deduces that it is not healing, but something like time reversal, which he has never seen before. When Yammy stops Orihime's subsequent attack, Ulquiorra tells him to simply kill her, but he is quickly stopped by the timely arrival of Ichigo.[24] Yammy asks if he is their target, which Ulquiorra confirms before stating Yammy's lack of subtlety caused Ichigo to notice them. When Ichigo cuts off Yammy's arm, Ulquiorra expresses mild surprise. As he watches Ichigo and Yammy fight, he notes Yammy charges into battle rather than read his opponents as he taught the large Arrancar. He is surprised Ichigo can cut through Hierro so easily, and that Ichigo's Reiatsu is so solid despite having only recently gained Bankai. However, he reasons that at his current level, Ichigo is no threat to Aizen. After Ichigo soundly beats Yammy, Ulquiorra notes the latter is struggling and asks if he wants to switch, but Yammy tells him to shut up and proceeds to take out his Zanpakutō, causing Ulquiorra to question whether it is actually necessary to use it against Ichigo.[25]


Ulquiorra hits Yammy.

Ulquiorra watches as Yammy attacks a distracted Ichigo until the latter is saved by the arrival of Kisuke Urahara and Yoruichi Shihōin. After Yammy, effortlessly beaten by Yoruichi, begins to battle Urahara, Ulquiorra steps in to deflect a blast away from Yammy. He strikes Yammy in the stomach with his hand, scolding him for being so reckless, and asks if he knew just who the two he faced are. He states that at Yammy's current level, he will not win, no matter how much he tries. Ulquiorra, opening a Garganta, tells Yammy it is time for them to retreat. When Yoruichi asks if they are running away, Ulquiorra, telling her she is foolish to make such a taunt, notes that if the two of them tried to fight him while protecting the others, it is obvious who would emerge the winner. Ulquiorra, stating his mission is over, says he will tell Aizen the 'fake' Shinigami he is interested in is nothing more than a piece of trash.[26]


Ulquiorra crushes his eye to show the results of his mission.

Shortly after leaving, Ulquiorra and Yammy, arriving back in Hueco Mundo, are greeted by Sōsuke Aizen and an assembly of Arrancar in order to share their findings from the mission to the Human World.[27] Ulquiorra, using his Solita Vista ability, asks that they all look carefully as it swirls around them, replaying the events of his mission. As Aizen sees for himself, he understands why Ulquiorra chose not to kill Ichigo. As Ulquiorra begins to explain his reasoning, he is interrupted by Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, who questions his choice to allow Ichigo and his friends to live as, regardless of their threat level, they are their enemies. Grimmjow begins to taunt Yammy, but Ulquiorra, stepping in, ends the building altercation. He explains that the problem is not Ichigo, as what Aizen is observing is not Ichigo in his current state, but his growth rate. Although it is true his growth rate is quite high, it is disproportionately unstable because it is so immense. He states if they were to just leave him alone, he would eventually destroy himself or become one of their pawns. Grimmjow finds the argument pointless, as Ulquiorra could be wrong and he might get powerful enough to get in their way, but Ulquiorra brushes it aside, stating if it comes to that, he would finish him off himself. Despite the argument, Aizen congratulates Ulquiorra on his work in completing the mission.[28]


Ulquiorra ambushes Orihime and her two guards.

A month later, Ulquiorra arrives just as Yammy's arm is being reattached. He states it was a good idea to bring Yammy's severed arm back, though the other Arrancar complains that it will rot, as it will take far too long to heal. Yammy states it would be nice if their bodies healed on their own like Ulquiorra's eyeballs do. Ulquiorra states he should just be happy they could reattach it, for if his arm was completely destroyed like Grimmjow's was, he would have been kicked out of the Espada as well. Yammy agrees, and after his arm is fixed, they depart, Ulquiorra telling him Aizen has summoned them.[29] They, showing up just in time, join several other Espada at the creation of an Arrancar. When Ulquiorra asks Aizen what the status of the Hōgyoku is, Aizen states it is on schedule as far as Soul Society is concerned. He explains how he is capable of using it at full power, resulting in the creation of Wonderweiss Margela. When Aizen asks Ulquiorra if he remembers the directive he gave him, Ulquiorra states he does. Aizen, giving him the choice to bring anyone he wants, insists Grimmjow go.[30] Ulquiorra sends Yammy, Wonderweiss, Luppi, and Grimmjow to Karakura Town to act as a distraction to the Shinigami while he goes to capture Orihime. Ulquiorra, ambushing Orihime and her two guards, startles her as he asks why Soul Society would only send two guards.[31] Though he states only two guards are not to his liking, he notes the disabling of the Kōryū is rather convenient for him, as he claims it is not his style to rush a conversation.

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Ulquiorra stops Grimmjow from releasing his Zanpakutō.

After Ulquiorra takes out the two guards with Bala blasts, Orihime tries to heal them. Ulquiorra, amazed at the level of her power, tells her to come with him and not to speak, as her answer will have to be yes, for if she says anything else, he will kill her. He shows her friends engaged in their own fights elsewhere. Ulquiorra explains she is not to speak or ask questions, as she has no rights; they are not negotiating, and it is entirely up to her if her friends die. He reveals Aizen desires her power, and he is under orders to bring her back unharmed.[32] Later, Ulquiorra, arriving just in time to stop Grimmjow from releasing his Zanpakutō, states their mission is accomplished, and multiple Garganta open up to take the Arrancar present back via Negación. As they leave, Ulquiorra notes that within Ichigo's Reiatsu there are traces of a new power he has acquired, but is unsure as to what extent.[33] By threatening her friends' lives, he convinces Orihime to come peacefully, allowing her to say goodbye to one person beforehand. This makes it appear as if she betrayed her friends of her own free will.[34]

Hueco Mundo arc


Ulquiorra and his task force return to Las Noches with Orihime.

Upon arriving in Hueco Mundo, Ulquiorra brings Orihime to Las Noches for an audience with Aizen. He has her display her powers to all Espada assembled by "regenerating" Grimmjow's arm, much to the disbelief of Luppi, and confirms this is the power he spoke of upon his first excursion into the Human World.[35] Ulquiorra is present when Aizen tells the Espada of the intruders.[36] Afterward, Aizen warns the Espada to treat the intruders with caution, as just four of them went into Soul Society and faced the Gotei 13. When Zommari Rureaux notes he is missing one, as there are currently only three intruders, Ulquiorra mentions they are missing Orihime. He sits silently as the other Espada argue until Grimmjow interrupts them by attempting to walk out against Aizen's orders. He, alongside the other Espada, watches as Aizen subdues Grimmjow with his Reiatsu to keep him in line.[37]


Ulquiorra tells Orihime that her friends have come to rescue her.

Shortly after, Ulquiorra, arriving in Orihime's chambers, informs her that her friends have infiltrated Hueco Mundo. When she asks why, Ulquiorra explains they have come to rescue her, which is the only reason they need.[38] He states that for her such a thing should have no more meaning, because, in both mind and body, she is their comrade. Her wearing the same clothes as the Arrancar signifies that concept. He forces her to acknowledge her mind and body exist for Aizen's will.[39] As Ulquiorra leaves Orihime, he acknowledges she is a girl of strong spirit.


Ulquiorra explains his psychological trap to Nnoitra.

His thoughts are interrupted by Nnoitra Gilga, who asks how he is handling her, explaining he knew Aizen entrusted her care to Ulquiorra. Nnoitra asks how far along he has gotten in "taming" her, but Ulquiorra, ignoring him, walks away, calling him degenerate scum. Undeterred, Nnoitra, using Sonído to move in front of him, asks Ulquiorra to not get so testy, as he is only asking if everything is going well. Ulquiorra cannot comprehend why Nnoitra really cares about something so trivial, but tells him not to worry, as Orihime has been under Aizen's spell even before she arrived in Hueco Mundo. When Nnoitra asks if Aizen used Kyōka Suigetsu as usual, Ulquiorra assures him the situation was not big enough of an issue to warrant its use. He reveals that the moment she was invited there, multiple psychological cages were put in place. She could not say no, as her friends were in danger, and she had 12 hours to say goodbye to only one friend. Nnoitra does not understand, so Ulquiorra further explains she is set to believe they are not the enemy, and therefore she will follow them of her own free will. He makes note that, by allowing her to say goodbye to a friend of her own choosing, it is as though she is a traitor, coming to them of her own free will. Finally understanding, Nnoitra states the plan was well thought out and he would expect nothing less of Aizen, but Ulquiorra, correcting him, states such things are nothing more than a game to Aizen, as no matter what, she cannot escape. Afterward, Ulquiorra arrives as Aizen presents the Hōgyoku to Orihime.[40]


Ulquiorra tries to stop Ichigo's Getsuga Tenshō with his hands.

Later, Ulquiorra arrives to confront Ichigo Kurosaki as he and Nel make their way through Las Noches.[41] Ulquiorra, taunting Ichigo, states Rukia Kuchiki has died. Unsure of this, Ichigo tries to leave. When Ulquiorra asks if Ichigo can really leave without killing him, Ichigo says he has no reason to do so. Ulquiorra is perplexed before Ichigo explains Ulquiorra has not harmed any of his friends. Ulquiorra asks Ichigo what he would do if he knew he was the one that kidnapped Orihime. Ichigo, realizing Orihime did not leave of her own free will, attacks Ulquiorra, who finds it odd her friends came while they had doubts. Scolding Ulquiorra for causing Orihime to be branded as a traitor, he releases his Bankai, knowing he must go all out. Ulquiorra is unimpressed, but is shocked to see Ichigo wearing a Hollow mask. Ichigo fires an enhanced Getsuga Tenshō at the Espada. As Ulquiorra blocks the attack with his forearm, Ichigo manages to send him flying through some pillars. As he gathers himself to launch an attack of his own, Ichigo attacks and Ulquiorra, stopping it with his bare hands, is pushed back a good distance.[42] Assuming he has won, Ichigo goes to leave with Nel, only to find Ulquiorra is barely injured. Ulquiorra, disappointed that Ichigo believed he would not be able to stop the blast with both hands, asks Ichigo if that was all of his power. When Ichigo does not respond, Ulquiorra, figuring it is, fires a Cero at Ichigo, sending him flying. As Ichigo tries to see if Nel is alright, Ulquiorra kicks him further. When Ichigo summons his mask to take the blunt of his Cero, Ulquiorra is impressed by his reaction time. Realizing Ichigo will be unable to use his mask, he asks him to surrender. Refusing, Ichigo stabs Ulquiorra in the shoulder, reasoning that because Ulquiorra is the main Espada, after he finishes him off, everyone else will be simple clean-up.


Ulquiorra reveals his rank as the 4th Espada.

Ulquiorra looks at him before, tearing his coat, revealing he is merely Espada number 4. When Ichigo, stunned, asks him if he is really only number 4, Ulquiorra states he is the Cuatro Espada, Ulquiorra Cifer. Impaling Ichigo through the chest with his bare hand, he tells him he cannot defeat him, and even if he did, there are three more Espada above him. He concludes there can never be any victory for either him or his friends.[43] As Ichigo lies fatally wounded, Ulquiorra expresses disappointment that he overestimated Ichigo's abilities, as he failed to meet his expectations. He leaves Ichigo, suggesting he retreat if able to, and if not, die; either way, his journey has ended.[44] Returning to Orihime's room in Las Noches, he questions Loly Aivirrne and Menoly Mallia about what took place there, as Orihime is gone and the room is trashed.[45] After discovering Grimmjow has taken Orihime, Ulquiorra tracks them down with ease.[46] Ulquiorra immediately questions what Grimmjow is doing, going out of his way to heal an enemy he has defeated. When it becomes clear he will get no answer, Ulquiorra, stating Aizen has placed Orihime in his care, tells Grimmjow to hand her over. Grimmjow, refusing, attacks, but Ulquiorra easily blocks. Grimmjow, taunting him, fires a Cero, which Ulquiorra blocks. Ulquiorra, appearing above Grimmjow, fires a point blank Cero, which Grimmjow counters with his own, sending both Espada flying. Ulquiorra, emerging from the rubble unscathed, is grabbed from behind by Grimmjow, who throws a portable Caja Negación field into Ulquiorra's Hollow hole, temporarily trapping him in another dimension.[47]

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Ulquiorra arrives to guard Orihime.

Later, Aizen, leaving Hueco Mundo for the Human world, leaves Las Noches in the control of Ulquiorra, who returns from the other dimension by ripping an opening back into Hueco Mundo.[48] As he awaits Ichigo's arrival, he asks Orihime if she feels afraid now that there is no one left to protect her. She, boldly answering no, states she has confidence in her friends and Ichigo, and she is not fearful because her heart is with them.[49] She elaborates further, detailing how she left to protect them, and though she did not initially understand why they came for her, she can now understand their actions.[50] Ulquiorra, not knowing how she can harbor such feelings, presses her further. He asks her what a heart is, as he hears humans talk of it all the time to the point that it seems a physical concept. He, reaching out to touch the area above her heart, asks where he can find it. Just as he is about to further interrogate her, Ichigo breaks in, prepared to fight. Ulquiorra unsheathes his sword to kill Ichigo in order to protect Las Noches.[51]

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Ulquiorra unsheathes his sword to fight Ichigo.

When Ichigo tells him to get away from Orihime, Ulquiorra states he has every intention of doing so, as Aizen's orders are to guard Las Noches in his absence and not to kill her. He notes that, unlike her, Ichigo is different, as killing him would be protecting Las Noches, and resolves to destroy him with his sword. Ichigo is surprised, stating he believed he would have to force him to take out his sword, and asks Ulquiorra if he finds him a worthy opponent. Ulquiorra states that, at the very least, he sees him as someone who must be destroyed.[52]

Fake Karakura Town arc

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Ulquiorra's attack is blocked by Orihime's Santen Kesshun.

As the two battle, Ichigo initially remains on the defensive, blocking Ulquiorra's amazingly fast attacks, but eventually he, deciding to go on the offensive, follows the Espada's movements closely enough to catch his arm and land a blow. Although Ulquiorra is barely cut, Ichigo has demonstrated a strength he did not have in their last battle. Undeterred, Ulquiorra, demonstrating his true speed, is blocked by Orihime's Santen Kesshun technique.[53] When Ulquiorra asks her why she chose to help Ichigo, Orihime does not know what to say. As Ulquiorra tries to explain, Ichigo, interrupting, prepares a Getsuga Tenshō, but Ulquiorra tells him that by now he should know it will not work. However, Ichigo wraps the Getsuga around the blade, surprising Ulquiorra. Ulquiorra explains that without his mask on, Ichigo's attacks will do nothing.


Ulquiorra prevents Ichigo from helping Orihime.

When Ichigo notices the presence of Loly and Menoly, who have grabbed Orihime while she stood back from the fight, he advances on them, but Ulquiorra, intercepting him, deflects his Getsuga Tenshō. Telling Loly he was not trying to save her, he continues to stop Ichigo from advancing, saying he must kill him if he wishes to fight anyone else. They are interrupted by the arrival of Yammy.[54] When Yammy states he is there to help, Ulquiorra states he does not need help. Ulquiorra tells him his job is elsewhere, suggesting he either sleep or fight the others, but Yammy refuses. When Yammy asks why Loly and Menoly are there, Ulquiorra, telling him to ask them, continues to fight Ichigo. When Yammy defeats Menoly and Loly, he asks Ulquiorra if he is allowed to kill Orihime next, but they are interrupted by Uryū Ishida, who takes on Yammy.[55][56]


Ulquiorra's blade cracks.

Ichigo, finally donning his mask, manages to crack Ulquiorra's blade. As Ichigo attacks, Ulquiorra, dodging, counters with a Cero. Surprised to find Ichigo has effortlessly blocked it, Ulquiorra moves to the top of the dome of Las Noches.[57] As Ichigo notices their location, Ulquiorra reveals there are two things forbidden within Las Noches: the first is using the Espada's Gran Rey Cero, and the second is any of the Espada ranked four or above releasing their Zanpakutō, as either has the potential power to destroy the fortress. He proceeds to release his Zanpakutō. As he warns Ichigo to stay alert, he attacks. Although Ichigo defends himself with a Getsuga Tenshō reflexively, the upper-right portion of his mask is destroyed. Ulquiorra, noticing the reflex, says if Ichigo had not done so, his head would be lying at his feet.[58]


Ulquiorra tells Ichigo to surrender the match.

Ulquiorra mentions Ichigo's power has increased and he can use his mask longer, but he still easily shattered his mask. He goes to attack Ichigo.[59] When Ichigo dodges, Ulquiorra closes in for a strike. As Ulquiorra promises to show him the true difference in their power, Ichigo unleashes a Getsuga Tenshō, but Ulquiorra is completely unharmed. Ulquiorra states Ichigo's Getsuga Tenshō is similar to his Cero. When Ichigo disagrees, Ulquiorra, noting he has not yet seen it, demonstrates the Espada's fully powered Cero Oscuras.[60] The Cero Oscuras critically injures Ichigo and completely destroys his mask.[61] As Ichigo falls, Ulquiorra tries to get him to surrender. When Ichigo tries to fire a Getsuga Tenshō in defiance, Ulquiorra, losing his calm, destroys part of the area, saying it is useless for Ichigo to keep trying. Sending his opponent flying once more, Ulquiorra, picking Ichigo up by the throat, tells him to just drop his sword and give up, as by now he can see the difference in their strength. An injured Ichigo states he has always known that Ulquiorra was stronger, but nothing he sees will change his mind, and he will defeat him regardless of his strength. Upon listening to Ichigo's reasoning, Ulquiorra, deciding to show Ichigo true despair, activates Resurrección: Segunda Etapa.[62]


Ulquiorra begins to transform into his Segunda Etapa.

Ulquiorra explains he is the only Espada with a second release, which not even Aizen has seen. As Ichigo tries to fight with no fear, Ulquiorra resolves to show him true fear. Flying towards Ichigo at full force, he easily overwhelms him with his speed. Ichigo, going on the defensive, summons his Hollow mask, only for Ulquiorra to shatter it instantly. Ulquiorra expresses his inability to understand Ichigo's resolve, believing it is a Human's "heart", which causes them pain and will result in their deaths. Uryū and Orihime arrive to the top of the dome just in time to see Ulquiorra send a Cero Oscuras through Ichigo's chest.[63]


Hollow Ichigo appears behind Ulquiorra.

After Ulquiorra drops Ichigo's limp body, Orihime tries to heal Ichigo, but Ulquiorra says it is no use. Uryū attempts to attack with arrows, but it proves ineffective, and Ulquiorra states he believed Uryū to be the calmest of Ichigo's friends. As they continue to fight, Ulquiorra manages to sever Uryū's left hand. Despite this, Uryū keeps fighting, but is quickly defeated. Orihime, not knowing what to do, begins to panic. As she screams for Ichigo to help, Ichigo's arm begins to move, and his hair begins to grow longer.[64] Ichigo stands, appearing entirely different, wearing a new Hollow mask with long horns. Shocked at his enemy's unexpected revival, and believing Ichigo to be dead, Ulquiorra demands to know who he is. Ichigo, summoning his sword to his hand without touching it, answers with a roar. Believing words to be useless, Ulquiorra fires a Cero Oscuras, but it is countered by Ichigo's own stronger Cero. Ulquiorra refuses to believe a Human could release a Cero, especially one capable of blowing away his own. Ichigo, appearing behind him, effortlessly takes off the Espada's left arm.[65] Ulquiorra, quickly regenerating the arm, states he is the only Arrancar capable of instantly regenerating any non-vital body part. He resorts to using Lanza del Relámpago.


Ichigo tosses aside the mortally wounded Ulquiorra.

When the attack misses, Ulquiorra explains it is difficult to control. As he prepares a second spear, Ichigo uses Sonído to attack, shocking Ulquiorra. Ichigo throws the detached arm at him, but Ulquiorra, slashing it away, thrusts the spear, but Ichigo catches and breaks it. Ulquiorra is left dumbfounded, allowing Ichigo to slice him down the torso and slam him to the ground. As Ulquiorra states he cannot believe he was defeated by a Human turned Hollow, Ichigo, stepping on Ulquiorra's head, begins charging a Cero. Ulquiorra comments on how Ichigo shows no mercy, something very Hollow-like, but because Ichigo has beaten him, he has no reason to live. Ichigo releases the Cero, creating a vast and powerful explosion on the dome of Las Noches.[66] Ulquiorra survives, but his left arm, both legs, and lower torso are blown away in the blast. Ichigo, tossing his tattered body aside, prepares to impale his throat with his sword. Uryū, stopping him, states Ichigo will no longer be Human if he goes through with such a merciless finish. In retaliation, Ichigo stabs Uryū, and just as he is about to attack Uryū with a Cero, Ulquiorra, having partially regenerated, severs one of Ichigo's horns, causing his Cero to disperse skyward.[67]

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Ulquiorra is entrusted with a heart.

The explosion shatters Ichigo's mask and he collapses to the ground. As his body and leg begin to regenerate, Ulquiorra muses that it is merely a front, as his internal organs were decimated by Ichigo's Cero and cannot regenerate. Even so, he believes Ichigo is finally dead. However, the hole in Ichigo's chest completely repairs itself and he awakes, shocking Ulquiorra with his ability to use High-Speed Regeneration. He, removing Zangetsu from Uryū's chest, throws it to the newly awoken Ichigo, demanding for the fight to finish.[68] Ichigo refuses, stating his arm and leg should be cut off as well for the fight to be fair, as it was his inner Hollow who interfered. As Ulquiorra prepares to cut off his arm and leg, his body begins to dissolve into ash, and he realizes he is finished. He tells Ichigo to kill him now, but Ichigo refuses. Ulquiorra, woefully exclaiming Ichigo never does what he wants, admits his interest in humans has increased. Taking one final glance at Orihime, he asks her if she is afraid of him. With a saddened expression, she tells him she is not afraid. In his final thoughts, Ulquiorra ponders what a heart is. The Cuatro Espada reaches out to Orihime with his hand, but before Orihime can grab hold of it, his hand begins to dissolve into ash. From her gesture, he, finally realizing what a heart is, believes that there in his disintegrated hand is a heart. Ulquiorra fades entirely into the wind.[69][70]

Powers & Abilities


Ulquiorra clashes evenly with Ichigo's Bankai.

Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Ulquiorra mostly relies on hand-to-hand combat. Ulquiorra seems to prefer an off-the-ground method of combat, often attacking opponents from aerial standpoints.[71] His trademark attack towards prey he likes is to impale them in the chest, gouging a hole in them in the same place as his own.[72][73]

Master Swordsman: Though he rarely engages in it, Ulquiorra is highly skilled in swordsmanship. Ichigo speculates he only draws his sword against opponents he considers "worthy". He strikes with flawless precision and great speed to inflict lethal attacks without much effort.[74] Ulquiorra prefers to wield his sword with his right hand, leaving the other hand free, letting him perform attacks like integrating his Cero.[75][76] Like with his barehanded tactics, Ulquiorra seems to prefer stabbing and thrusting methods with his sword.

Sonído Master: One of Ulquiorra's more noticeable traits is his tremendous speed and equally efficient movements.[77][78] His reflexes allowed him to react in tenths of a second to Ichigo's Getsuga Tenshō with the mask activated.[79] He caught up with Ichigo after blasting him from a tower in mere moments[80] and skillfully keep up with Ichigo's Bankai speed, to which Ichigo found it hard to even discern his movements at first. Ulquiorra even managed to outmaneuver a Hollowfied Ichigo until they reached the roof of Las Noches.[81][82][83][84] He also remained able to use Sonído even with the absence of most of his left leg.[85]


Ulquiorra's green Cero.

Cero (虚閃 (セロ), Sero; Spanish for "Zero", Japanese for "Hollow Flash"; Viz "Doom Blast"): Ulquiorra can fire a green Cero from his pointer finger of either hand with excessively destructive power.[86] His Cero can be charged and fired relatively fast. The force of the blast can send an opponent hurtling long distances, effectively destroying any obstacle in its path at great range.[87][88]

Keen Intellect: Ulquiorra is gifted with great insight and understanding of situations at hand, something Aizen, a man arguably best known for his own intellect, harbors respect for as he sent Ulquiorra to investigate Ichigo's power and threat level. With his calm and collected nature, Ulquiorra is highly perceptive and analytical, deducing the basic idea of his opponent's skills to figure out their strengths and weaknesses.[89][90][91]


Ulquiorra uses Bala.

Bala (虚弾 (バラ), bara; Spanish for "Bullet", Japanese for "Hollow Bullet"): This technique hardens the user's spiritual pressure and fires it like a bullet from their fist. Ulquiorra's Bala is red,[92] and is powerful enough to blast a huge hole into two unseated Shinigami.[93]

Enhanced Hierro: The hardened skin of the Arrancar from their compressed spiritual power. Ulquiorra's skin is highly durable, even by Arrancar standards. He can deflect attacks of similar power barehanded. During their second encounter, Ulquiorra took Getsuga Tenshō head-on from a Hollowfied Bankai-wielding Ichigo without injury, and defeated him unarmed (albeit Ichigo was battle-worn). His Hierro can take a direct slash from Ichigo's Tensa Zangetsu with only a minor cut on his chest, while his fellow Espada Yammy Llargo lost an arm from the same opponent.[94][95][96][97]

Enhanced Pesquisa: The Arrancar ability to sense spiritual energy. Ulquiorra possesses impressive skill with it. From a single glance at his opponent, Ulquiorra can immediately determine how powerful his opponent is.[98] He can comprehend the flow and concentration of the person's energy, instantly noticing Ichigo's energy was fluctuating due to his inner Hollow.[99]

Enhanced Strength: Ulquiorra is deceptively mighty for his slim build. He can physically injure Yammy, an Espada known primarily for his physical strength, with no visible effort.[100] He can upturn huge portions of rock floor with a single strike at the ground with his sword.[101] With a single kick, Ulquiorra sent Ichigo flying a tremendous distance away.[102]


Ulquiorra using High-Speed Regeneration.

High-Speed Regeneration: Ulquiorra's greatest strength lies in his regenerative power, able to mend wounds, and even restore lost anatomy including entire limbs, within seconds. This power allows him to make liberal use of Solita Vista, as he can quickly restore his eye ability. However, his regeneration is not without limits, requiring enough time and spirit energy to restore himself. Likewise, he cannot restore his brain and internal organs.[103]

Solita Vista (共眼界 (ソリタ・ヴィスタ), Sorita Visuta; Spanish for "Accustomed View", Japanese for "Inclusive Field of View"): Ulquiorra can replay events he has seen to others by removing and crushing an eye, which turns into dust and flows around those he intends to use it on. The dust relays his sight and feelings.[104]

Immense Spiritual Power: His spiritual power is immensely high. As the Fourth Espada, he is forbidden from releasing his Zanpakutō within Las Noches, as such a release could destroy the fortress.[105] During his first visit to Karakura Town, he compared his spiritual power to that of Ichigo Kurosaki, a Shinigami with exceedingly high spiritual energy, and states Ichigo's energy at its peak is higher than his own, but fluctuates.[106] His Reiatsu is green.


Ulquiorra opens a Garganta.

Descorrer (解空 (デスコレール), Desukorēru; Spanish for "Drawing Back/Opening", Japanese for "Loosed Void"):[107] A technique used by Espada-level Arrancar, and sometimes others, to open a Garganta between the Human World and Hueco Mundo.[108]

  • Garganta Broadcast: Ulquiorra can create a visual broadcast, similar to a television screen, using individual Garganta portals. He uses this technique to show the current predicament of Orihime's friends (Ichigo, Tōshirō Hitsugaya, and Rangiku Matsumoto) fighting their respective battles.[109] (Unnamed)


Murciélago (黒翼大魔 (ムルシエラゴ), Murushierago; Spanish for "Bat", Japanese for "Great Black-Winged Demon"): Ulquiorra's Zanpakutō is a standard sized katana with a green handle and sheath. The guard has two curved extensions from its long sides with a line going through both sides, giving it an eye-like appearance.


Ulquiorra's Resurrección, Murciélago.

  • Resurrección: Its release command is "Enclose" (鎖せ, tozase; Viz "Imprison").[110] Murciélago unleashes a black and green burst of spiritual energy, which falls around Ulquiorra as green rain. In his released state, Ulquiorra becomes bat-like in appearance. While in this form, large, black bat wings form on his back, his hair grows longer and wilder, and the remains of his Hollow mask centers atop his head, with two large horns extending outward to the sides towards the front. The lines on his face become black, broader, and more triangular, and his fingernails lengthen. His Arrancar attire becomes more form fitting and closed at the top, becoming more like a robe towards the bottom. In this form, he can use his wings for flight.[111]
Resurrección Special Ability: He gains even greater physical abilities in this form. Ulquiorra has the unique ability to enter a second released form called Resurrección: Segunda Etapa.
  • Luz de la Luna (ルス・デ・ラ・ルナ, Rusu de ra Runa; Spanish for "Light of the Moon"): He can generate green energy javelins whose attacks have great power.[112] He can use them as ranged weapons, throwing them at an opponent, and as a melee weapon. It can be used in his Segunda Etapa form.[113]
  • Enhanced Speed: His speed is greatly enhanced, moving great distances in an instant as if to displace himself, and pushing Ichigo to the point where his Hollow mask-enhanced Bankai has difficulty keeping up.[114]
  • Enhanced Hierro: His Hierro has vastly increased in strength, to the point where a Getsuga Tenshō with Ichigo's mask activated has no effect at all.[115]
  • Enhanced Spiritual Power: Though already possessing immense spiritual power, in his Resurrección, his black and green spiritual energy permeates the area. It is intense enough to create a profound effect on others and coalesce into green rain which falls in the surrounding area when he releases.[116]

Cero Oscuras.

  • Cero Oscuras (黒虚閃 (セロ・オスキュラス), sero osukyurasu; Spanish for "Dark Zero", Japanese for "Black Hollow Flash"): It is a black Cero with a green outline, which Ulquiorra states to be similar to Ichigo's black Getsuga Tenshō. Ulquiorra's Cero Oscuras is powerful enough to blast Ichigo's mask away and destroy a large part of the city-sized Las Noches' dome. Ulquiorra refers to it as "our Cero". It can be used in his Segunda Etapa form.[117]


Ulquiorra's Resurrección: Segunda Etapa.

  • Resurrección: Segunda Etapa (刀剣解放第二階層 (レスレクシオン・セグンダ・エターパ), resurekushion segunda etāpa; Spanish for "Resurrection: Second Stage", Japanese for "Sword's Release: Second Level"; Viz "Second Stage Resurrection"): Upon his transformation, Ulquiorra states he is the only Arrancar among the Espada who can reach a second Resurrección form, and even Aizen has not seen him in this form.[118] Ulquiorra refers to his second state as "True Despair", both before and after its release, because the immensely dense spiritual pressure it releases instills despair upon those around him. While he retains his black wings (which he can use defensively and offensively), his long white coat is gone, revealing his slender white torso, with his bare chest patterned so his Hollow hole (which has become larger) originates a to be black mark, like bloody-liquid shed. His waist becomes covered in something similar to black fur, which covers his arms and legs. He adquired a large fur-edged tail that he uses to attack, lift, and strangle a victim. His fingers grow claw-like extensions, and his feet resemble talons. The irises of his eyes turn yellow, and the sclera become green. The tear-like marks under his eyes increase in size and turn black. Ulquiorra's mask is completely gone. He has two large bat ears, and the #4 Espada tattoo is no longer visible on his chest.[119]
  • Latigo (ラティーゴ, Ratīgo; Spanish for "Whip"): He can use his very long, thin, and powerful tail as a whip or to strike, whose impacts have superhuman strength, being able to seriously damage the nearby deck.[120][121] His tail can break through solid defensive surfaces like Orihime's Santen Kesshun.[122]
  • Overwhelming Reiatsu: Ulquiorra's already immense spiritual power significantly changes its Reiatsu's nature upon entering his second stage. Even being within the vicinity of his release instills despair on those who can sense it. Uryū Ishida, a Quincy who is an expert at sensing Reiatsu, noted that the density of Ulquiorra's spiritual power was so vast it could hardly be identified as Reiatsu.[123]
  • Enhanced Speed: In this form, Ulquiorra's already immense speed is further increased to the point that he could instantly appear, and attack the Bankai-enhanced Ichigo, despite the latter not lowering his guard.[124][125]
  • Enhanced Strength: Ulqiorra's strength is further heightened while in his Segunda Etapa form. He was able to easily stop Ichigo's Hollow mask-enhanced Bankai with his bare hands, and send him crashing through two of the pillars ontop Las Noches canopy.[126] He was also able to easily overwhelm Uryū Ishida during their brief fight with sheer strength alone, deflecting his Heilig Pfeil with just his wing.[127]

Ulquiorra generates Lanza del Relámpago.

  • Lanza del Relámpago (雷霆の槍 (ランサ・デル・レランパーゴ), ransa deru reranpāgo; Spanish for "Lance of the Lightning", Japanese for "Lance of Thunder and Lightning"): Ulquiorra creates a javelin-like weapon using his spiritual power. It is quite like his original energy javelins, with the only noticeable difference being the energy flowing off of each end in a fashion similar to flames, making it look more arrow-shaped. He can use this weapon as a projectile or as a melee weapon. When thrown, it produces an incredibly destructive explosion on impact, which dwarfs the fortress of Las Noches in height. Ulquiorra prefers to not use the attack at close range, most likely because the resulting blast would damage himself as well as Las Noches. While he can use these spears in rapid succession, he has difficulty controlling their trajectory. When Hollow Ichigo threw his amputated arm at him, Ulquiorra was able to disintegrate it upon impact by simply striking it.[128]

Appearances in Other Media

Video Game Appearances
Blade Battlers
Blade Battlers 2nd
The Blade of Fate
Dark Souls
The 3rd Phantom
Flame Bringer
Tasogare ni Mamieru Shinigami
Shattered Blade
Versus Crusade
Heat the Soul
Heat the Soul 2
Heat the Soul 3
Heat the Soul 4
Heat the Soul 5
Heat the Soul 6
Heat the Soul 7
Soul Carnival
Soul Carnival 2
Hanatareshi Yabou
Bleach Advance: Kurenai ni Somaru Soul Society
Erabareshi Tamashii
Soul Resurrección
J-Stars Victory Vs
Brave Souls
Paradise Lost
Jump Force
Rebirth of Souls
Movie Appearances
Memories of Nobody
The DiamondDust Rebellion
Fade to Black
The Hell Verse
Live-Action Film



A flashback to Ulquiorra's battle against Ichigo Kurosaki in The Hell Verse.

  • Ulquiorra has his own character album as part of the Bleach Beat Collection 3rd Session. The three vocal tracks are titled CRUSH the "WORLD" DowN, Our World, and "Voice Message".
  • He features in the second volume of Bleach "B" Station's third season, as well as volume five of season five.
  • BuriCon - Bleach Concept Covers features Ulquiorra performing "Anima Rossa."


Video Games

  • Ulquiorra is the first Arrancar to be featured in a Bleach video game, first appearing in Bleach: Heat the Soul 3. He has a cameo and artwork in Bleach: Dark Souls.[130][131]
  • His Resurrección: Segunda Etapa is playable for the first time in Bleach: Soul Carnival 2, and again later in Heat the Soul 7.[132]
  • In Bleach: The 3rd Phantom, he is capable of using a skill called Expiacion (Spanish for "Atonement/Expiation"), a powerful technique where a black 'X' is formed which damages not only his foes, but also himself if he is caught in it, with an aftermath of holding down his opponents who are in range of the attack.[133]
  • In Soul Resurrección, Ulquiorra is playable in his Segunda Etapa form, and can use Tromba (魔旋襲 (トロンバ), Toronba; Spanish for "Whirlwind", Japanese for "Devil Whirling Strike"), where he rapidly flies around the enemy in a circle while leaving damaging green energy behind him. He can also use Vuello Oscuras (黒翔撃 (ヴェロ・オスキュラス), Vuero Osukyurasu; Spanish for "Dark Flight", Japanese for "Black Soaring Attack"), where he flies in a loop-de-loop before surging forward, damaging all enemies in his path.[134]
  • In Brave Souls, Ulquiorra has various appearances and special attacks, such as Cero Oscuras- Aplastado (Spanish for "Crushed"), where Ulquiorra use his Cero Oscuras in a wide area.[135]
  • A unique form of Ulquiorra appears in Brave Souls to commemorate the third anniversary of the game. The artwork for this form is drawn by Tite Kubo, and is said to be an alternate universe version of Ulquiorra, where he managed to fuse himself with the Hōgyoku, transcending beyond Resurrección.[135]
BBSUlquiorra's Hogyoku Resurreccion

Ulquiorra's unique form after fusing with the Hōgyoku in Bleach: Brave Souls.

  • Retaining the black markings and white skin of his Segunda Etapa form, Ulquiorra gains long white hair, horns made of green-black Reiatsu, four large black wings, and a blaze of green-black Reiatsu on the end of his tail. A black robe covers the lower half of his body, while his chest, shoulders and arms have cracks filled with green Reiatsu. His Hollow Hole is larger and heart-shaped, with Aizen's Hōgyoku inside it surrounded by green Reiatsu.[135]
  • In this form, Ulquiorra is a melee strong attack character with the "Power" Attribute and the "No Affiliation Killer" ability, who has a chance to inflict Weaken with every attack other than his second Strong Attack, which is a combined barrier and boost move, and his third Strong Attack is a charged move. His unlockable skills are "Bruiser +20%", "Devastation +40%", "Enhancer +10 secs.", "Frenzy", "Poise", and "Sprinter +1", while his Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Damage +25%"; when Resurrected, his unlockable skills are "Berserker +20%", "Bruiser +20%", "Devastation +40%", "Enhancer +10 secs.", "Frenzy +1", "Poise", and "Sprinter +1", while his Soul Traits are "Strong Attack Damage +25%" and "Strong Attack Recharge Time -10%". Meanwhile, his Arena Traits are "Strong Attack Recharge Time -7%" and "Spiritual Pressure +90", while his Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Debilitator +5 secs." at level 5 and "Strong Attack Damage +30%" at level 10. Ulquiorra's special is Tormenta de Murciélago (トルメンタ・デ・ムルシエラゴ, Torumenta de Murushierago; Spanish for "Bat Storm"), where he gathers spiritual energy to create a massive tornado-like pillar, dealing immense damage to enemies.[135]

Ulquiorra in his base form.

  • Ulquiorra is also playable in his base form, drawing from his first appearance in Karakura Town when he and Yammy were confronted by Ichigo, Kisuke Urahara, and Yoruichi Shihōin. In this form, Ulquiorra is a ranged strong attack character with the "Power" attribute and the "Arrancar Killer" ability. His unlockable skills are "Berserker +40%", "Bruiser +40%", "Devastation +60%", "Frenzy", "Guard Break", "Sprinter +1", and "Weaken Defense", while his Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -14%". Ulquiorra's special is Conquistador (征服, Seifuku; Japanese for "Subjugation/Conquest"), where he fires a devastating Cero that inflicts immense damage.
BBSHidden Ulquiorra

Ulquiorra after exposing his Espada rank.

  • Additionally, Ulquiorra is playable in a variant of his base form, drawing from the moment he revealed his Espada rank to Ichigo Kurosaki. In this form, Ulquiorra is a melee strong attack character with the "Mind" Attribute and the "Arrancar Killer" ability who has a chance to inflict Weaken with every attack. He has three Innate Skills built in at ★5: "Party Recover 20% Stamina", "Guard Break", and "Havoc +20%", and hile his unlockable skills are "Party Mind Attribute Arrancar Damage to Status Ailment-Affected Enemies +40%", "Berserker +40%", "Debilitator +5 secs.", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy +1", "Heart Droplet Drop +30%", "Heart Link Slot Potions +5", "Increased Status Ailment Chance Against Heart Attribute Enemies +10%", "Sprinter +1", and "Super Heart Link Slot Potions +5", while his Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%"; meanwhile, his Arena Traits are "Strong Attack Damage +13%" and "Spiritual Pressure +45", while his Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Strong Attack Damage +10%" at level 5 and "Strong Attack Damage +20%" at level 10. Ulquiorra's special is Path Ender (道の終わり, Michi no Owari; Japanese for "Path's End"), where he extends piercing fingertips, inflicting immense damage and Weaken.
BBSFrenzy Ulquiorra

Ulquiorra in his Resurrección, Murciélago.

  • Ulquiorra is also playable in a Frenzy summon that draws from his base Resurrección, Murciélago. In this form, Ulquiorra is a melee character with the "Heart" Attribute and the "Shinigami Killer" ability whose second Strong Attack is a ranged move. His unlockable skills are "Berserker +40%", "Bombardment", "Bruiser +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while his Soul Traits are "Strong Attack Damage +18%" and "Evasion 9%". Ulquiorra's special is Cero Oscuras (黒虚閃, Kurokyosen; Spanish for "Dark Zero", Japanese for "Black Hollow Flash"), where he fires a powerful blast of black Reiryoku that inflicts immense damage to any enemy it hits.
BBSArena Ulquiorra

Ulquiorra in his Resurrección, Murciélago.

  • Additionally, Ulquiorra is playable in a variant of his Murciélago form made specifically for the Arena mode of the game. In this form, Ulquiorra is a melee strong attack character with the "Technique" Attribute and the "Shinigami Killer" ability who has a chance to inflict Weaken with every attack and whose third Strong Attack is Cero Oscuras. He has three Innate Abilities built in at ★5: "Dodge Soul Reaper Damage 50%", "Enervator", and "Sprinter +2", while his unlockable skills are "Berserker +40%", "Bruiser +20%", "Debilitator +5 secs.", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy +1", "Havoc +20%", "Pierce Barrier", "Poise", and "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%" and his Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Damage +20%"; meanwhile, his Arena Traits are "Strong Attack Recharge Time -7%" and "Spiritual Pressure +90", while his Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "All Stats +10" at level 1, "Increased Special Move Uses +1" at level 2, "Long Stride" at level 5, and "Frenzy +1" at level 10. Ulquiorra's special is Luz Afilada (ルス・アフィラダ, Rusu Afirada; Spanish for "Sharp Light"), where he attacks with a blade of light, inflicting immense damage and Weaken.
BBSSegunda Etapa Ulquiorra

Ulquiorra in his Resurrección: Segunda Etapa.

  • Ulquiorra is also playable in his Resurrección: Segunda Etapa form, drawing from his fight against Ichigo. In this form, Ulquiorra is a ranged character with the "Mind" Attribute and the "Shinigami Killer" ability, whose third Strong Attack is a charged move. His unlockable skills are "Bruiser +20%", "Debilitator +2 secs.", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy", "Havoc +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while his Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%"; when Resurrected, his unlockable skills are "Berserker +20%", "Bruiser +20%", "Debilitator +2 secs.", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy +1", "Havoc +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while his Soul Traits are "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%", and "Strong Attack Damage +16%". Meanwhile, his Arena Traits are "Strong Attack Damage +13%" and "Spiritual Pressure +90", while his Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Damage Taken -16%" at level 5 and "Strong Attack Damage +30%" at level 10. Ulquiorra's special is Cero Oscuras - Aplastado (黒虚閃・破砕, Kurokyosen: Hasai; Spanish for "Dark Zero: Crushed", Japanese for "Black Hollow Flash: Crushing"), where he unleashes a Cero Oscuras that spreads over a wide area, inflicting immense damage and Burn.
BBSSegunda Etapa Ulquiorra2

A variant of Ulquiorra's Segunda Etapa form.

  • Additionally, Ulquiorra is playable in a variant of his Segunda Etapa form. In this form, Ulquiorra is a ranged normal attack character with the "Power" Attribute and the "Captain Killer" ability who has a chance to inflict Weaken with every attack other than his second Strong Attack, which is a debuff and barrier move. He has three Innate Skills built in at ★5: "Full Stamina Only Increased Normal Attack Damage +40%", "Paralysis Duration -100%", and "Sharpshooter", and his unlockable skills are "Berserker +60%", "Bruiser +40%", "Debilitator +5 secs.", "Diminisher +10 secs.", "Flurry +1", "Killer effect +30%/+50% in Guild Quests", "Multi-Barrier +2", "Poise", "Ranged Damage +10%/+30% in Guild Quests", and "Sprinter +1", while his Soul Trait is "Normal Attack Damage +20%"; meanwhile, his Arena Traits are "Damage Taken -10%" and "Attack +90". His Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Last-Ditch Survival Rate +100%" at level 5, and "Normal Attack Damage +30%" at level 10. Ulquiorra's special is Lanza del Relámpago (ランサ・デル・レランパーゴ, Ranza Deru Reranpāgo; Spanish for "Lance of the Lightning"), where he rapidly closes the distance and unleashes a flaming energy javelin that explodes, inflicting immense damage and Weaken.
BBSRenewed Ulquiorra

A variant of Ulquiorra's Hōgyoku Resurrección form.

  • Ulquiorra is also playable in a variant of his Hōgyoku Resurrección form. In this form, Ulquiorra is a ranged strong attack character with the "Speed" Attribute, as well as the "Hollow Killer" and "Espada Killer" abilities, who has a chance to inflict both Weaken and Burn with every attack. He has three Innate Skills built in at ★5: "Long Stride", "Sharpshooter", and "Sprinter +2", and his unlockable skills are "Party Speed Attribute Arrancar Damage to Status Ailment-Affected Enemies +40%", "Berserker +40%", "Bombardment +1", "Complete Status Immunity", "Debilitator +5 secs.", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy +1", "Havoc +20%", "Status Ailment Spiritual Pressure Boost +80%", and "Arrancar Resonance Strong Attack Damage +10%" (granting him +10% more damage to his Strong Attacks for every Arrancar unit in his team}}, while his Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%"; meanwhile, his Arena Traits are "Strong Attack Damage +13%" and "Strong Attack Recharge Time -7%", while his Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Poise" at level 2, "Start Power-Up Item +2" at level 5, and "Frenzy +1" at level 10. Ulquiorra's special is La Nada Eterna (ラ・ナダ・エテルナ, Ra Nada Eteruna; Spanish for "The Eternal Nothingness"), where he fires a gigantic Cero from his wings, inflicting immense damage, Weaken, and Burn.
BBSMachine Society Ulquiorra

An alternate-universe Ulquiorra from the Machine Society.

  • Additionally, Ulquiorra is playable as an alternate-reality version of himself from a technology-oriented Soul Society known as the Machine Society. In this form, Ulquiorra is a melee strong attack character with the "Speed" attribute and the "Hollow Killer" ability who can inflict Weaken with every attack. His unlockable skills are "Berserker (+20%)", "Bruiser (+20%)", "Debilitator (+5 secs.)", "Devastation (+40%)", "Frenzy", "Guard Break", and "Sprinter (+1)", while his Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%". Ulquiorra's special is Malachite Blade (翠黒のアサルトブレード, Suikoku no Asaruto Burēdo; Japanese for "Dark Green Assault Blade"), where he unleashes a plunging aerial attack that inflicts immense damage and Weaken.
BBSCacao Society Ulquiorra

An alternate-universe version of Ulquiorra from the Cacao Society.

  • Ulquiorra is also playable as an alternate-reality version of himself from the Cacao Society. In this form, Ulquiorra is a ranged normal attack character with the "Mind" Attribute and the "Espada Killer" ability who has a chance to inflict Drain with every attack. He has three Innate Skills built in at ★5: "Damage to Drained Enemies +20%", "Sprinter +1", and "Weaken Duration -100%", and his unlockable skills are "Berserker +30%", "Bruiser +20%", "Debilitator +2 secs.", "Flurry +1", "Guard Break", "Killer effect +30%/+50% in Guild Quests", "Poise", "Ranged Damage +10%/+30% in Guild Quests", and the new skill "Status Ailment Attack Boost +80%", while his Soul Trait is "Normal Attack Damage +20%". Meanwhile, his Arena Traits are "Damage Taken -10%" and "Attack +45", while his Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Normal Attack Damage +10%" at level 5 and "Normal Attack Damage +20%" at level 10. Ulquiorra's special is Final Glare (終局の眩耀, Shūkyoku no Gen'yō), where he uses his staff to conjure a giant crater and towering aura that debuffs nearby enemies while inflicting immense damage and Drain.
BBSWhite Day Ulquiorra

Ulquiorra's White Day variant.

  • Additionally, Ulquiorra is playable in a form inspired by the holiday of White Day, a reciprocal form of Valentine's Day. In this form, Ulquiorra is a melee character with the "Technique" Attribute and the "Shinigami Killer" ability, whose second Strong Attack is a healing move. His unlockable skills are "Bruiser +20%", "Devastation +30%", "Frenzy +1", "Havoc +20%", "Long Reach +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while his Soul Trait is "Damage Taken -16%"; when Resurrected, his unlockable skills are "Bruiser +20%", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy +1", "Havoc +20%", "Long Reach +20%", and "Sprinter +1", while his Soul Traits are "Damage Taken -16%" and "Freeze Duration -55%". Meanwhile, his Arena Traits are "Normal Attack Damage +13%" and "Attack +45", while his Arena Abilities other than "All Stats +5%" are "Normal Attack Damage +10%" at level 5 and "Normal Attack Damage +20%" at level 10. Ulquiorra's special is From Darkness With Love (黒腔より愛を込めて, Kurokō yori Ai wo Komete; Japanese for "From Black Cavity With Love"), where he pours an large number of presents out of a Garganta, inflicting immense damage to anything they hit.


  • In the manga, after Ulquiorra struck Yammy in the stomach, the latter's stomach was bleeding,[136] but in the anime, Yammy's stomach was shown to be slightly bruised.[137]
  • In the anime, Ulquiorra wasn't shown completely removing his left eye when he used his Solita Vista,[138] as he did in the manga. His eyelids were also not opened in the anime either as they are in the manga.[139]
  • Ulquiorra dispatching the 2 Shinigami that were escorting Orihime Inoue back to the World of the Living is drastically toned down in the anime. In the manga, Ulquiorra blasted off a large portion of the first Shinigami's right arm and right side. He then did the same to the second Shinigami, plus the second's right arm coming off.[140] In the anime however, Ulquiorra severely injured them the same way, but the Shinigami's silhouettes were shown more than their bodies.[141]
  • In the manga, during his fight with Hollow Ichigo, the latter throws Ulquiorra's amputated arm at him a second time.[142] In the anime however, a large boulder is thrown instead.[143]


  • Ulquiorra's name is sometimes romanized as Ulquiorra Schiffer.[144]
  • He was voted the 10th most popular character in the fourth popularity poll with 3751 votes. He was ranked 13th in the tenth poll.[145]
  • His theme song, as chosen by Tite Kubo, is "Moonshield," on the album "The Jester Race" by the group "In Flames."[2]
  • Ulquiorra's aspect of death is Emptiness.[146]
  • Ulquiorra's name stems from that of Patricia Urquiola, a Spanish architect and designer.[147]
  • Ulquiorra's first appearance in the manga was considerably different from his later appearances in the manga and the anime. He had thinner eyelashes, a lack of black borders on his coat, a higher Hollow hole, a longer Hollow mask remnant with a notable crack, and shorter hair. He was more prone to making facial expressions, conflicting with his melancholic demeanor.
  • Ulquiorra appears to have black colored nails in the manga, but in the anime, they appear to be normal colored.
  • Ulquiorra's death was voted the most impactful scene of the year by the fans, and was played on the screen in Jump Festa 2009, with Tite Kubo present.
  • In the Bleach best bout poll, Ulquiorra's final fight with Ichigo came in second place.[148]


  • (To Orihime Inoue) "The fact that you only have two escorts is a bit anticlimactic, but having those annoying walls fixed in place suits me just fine, since rushing a conversation isn't really in my nature."[149]
  • (To Orihime Inoue) "Do not ask any questions. Do not say anything. You have no rights. What you hold in your hand is the rope to the guillotine above your friends' necks. Nothing more. Understand, girl. This is not a negotiation, it's an order."[150]
  • (To Orihime Inoue) "What would you have me say? 'Don't worry, I'm sure he's still alive'? Ridiculous. I am not here to comfort you. I don't understand: why are you so fixated on life and death? At any rate, your friends will soon be annihilated. So what if that's one step closer? They should have seen this coming from the start. If they couldn't see it coming, the fault lies in their own foolishness. Laughing them off as a group of idiots would be sufficient. Why can't you do that? If it were me, and my friends entered Hueco Mundo without first gauging their strength, I'd be infuriated by their stupidity."[151]
  • (To Ichigo Kurosaki) "Even if you rise up a thousand times, there will be no victory for any of you."[152]
  • (To Orihime Inoue) "Hearts, you say? You Humans are always so quick to speak of such things. As though you carry your hearts in the very palms of your hands. But this eye of mine perceives all. There is nothing that it overlooks. If this eye cannot see a thing, then it does not exist. That is the assumption under which I have always fought. What is this "heart"? If I tear open that chest of yours, will I see it there? If I smash open that skull of yours, will I see it there?" [153]
  • (To Ichigo Kurosaki) "Do not allow yourself to be shaken. Do not weaken your stance. Open your senses. And do not let your guard down for an instant."[154]
  • (To Ichigo Kurosaki) "No matter how your appearance and techniques may resemble those of an Arrancar, it is as distant from us as the Earth from the sky. It is an understandable route for humans and Shinigami who wish to obtain power to imitate Hollows. However, it will never allow you to stand upon the same level as Arrancar."[155]
  • (To Ichigo Kurosaki before entering the Segunda Etapa) "Your words are those of a man who knows not true despair. If you know it not, then allow me to teach you. This is the face of true despair."[156]
  • (To Ichigo Kurosaki) "You are a fool, Ichigo Kurosaki. You willingly seek to challenge an opponent so much more powerful than you that it strikes a primal fear into your being. Incomprehensible. If this is the work of the 'heart' that you people speak of, then it is because you possess this 'heart' that you humans bring hurt upon yourself, because you possess this 'heart' that you lose your lives."[157]
  • "The greatest ability that I possess is not my offensive capacity but my regeneration. Unlike other Arrancar, who relinquished most of their capacity for high-speed regeneration in exchange for their massive power, I alone retained the capacity to regenerate any part of my body other than my brain and vital organs in an instant."[158]
  • (To Ichigo Kurosaki before getting shot point blank by his Cero) "I see. So you show no mercy. Just like a true Hollow. I care not. Defeated by you as I stand, my existence holds no further meaning. Do it."[159]
  • (To Ichigo Kurosaki) "Kill me. Make it quick. I no longer have the strength left in me to even walk. If you do not cut me down now, then this will go unsettled for eternity."[160]
  • (While dying) "I see. So this is it. It lies here within this palm. The heart."[161]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Bleach Official Character Book MASKED page 138
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bleach manga; Volume 38, character profile
  3. Bleach manga; Volume 22 cover
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 271, page 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 190, page 19
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 271, page 16
  7. Bleach: Official Character Book 3 UNMASKED, page 60
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 278, pages 10-12
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 191, pages 13 & 16
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 194, pages 16-17
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 277, pages 12 & 13
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 317, page 20
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 356, page 14
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 354, pages 2-4
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 194, page 15
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 341, pages 12-13
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 347, pages 11-19
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 262, pages 8-9
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 249, page 7
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 351, pages 15-17
  21. Bleach: Official Character Book 3 UNMASKED, pages 58-63
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 190, pages 18-19
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 191, pages 8-19
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 192, pages 4-19
  25. Bleach manga; Chapter 193, pages 1-16
  26. Bleach manga; Chapter 194, pages 1-17
  27. Bleach manga; Chapter 197, pages 18-19
  28. Bleach manga; Chapter 198, pages 7-14
  29. Bleach manga; Chapter 229, pages 2-6
  30. Bleach manga; Chapter 229, pages 11-17
  31. Bleach manga; Chapter 233, pages 17-19
  32. Bleach manga; Chapter 234, pages 7-16
  33. Bleach manga; Chapter 236, pages 14-18
  34. Bleach manga; Chapter 237, pages 2-3
  35. Bleach manga; Chapter 240, pages 8-19
  36. Bleach manga; Chapter 244, pages 15-19
  37. Bleach manga; Chapter 245, pages 4-12
  38. Bleach manga; Chapter 247, pages 18-22
  39. Bleach manga; Chapter 248, pages 1-4
  40. Bleach manga; Chapter 249, pages 5-16
  41. Bleach manga; Chapter 269, pages 17-19
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  43. Bleach manga; Chapter 271
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  47. Bleach manga; Chapter 278, pages 5-17
  48. Bleach manga; Chapter 315, pages 15-16
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  51. Bleach manga; Chapter 317, pages 20-22
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  53. Bleach manga; Chapter 341
  54. Bleach manga; Chapter 342
  55. Bleach manga; Chapter 343
  56. Bleach manga; Chapter 344, pages 1-5
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  60. Bleach manga; Chapter 346, pages 8-19
  61. Bleach manga; Chapter 347, pages 1-2
  62. Bleach manga; Chapter 347, pages 6-19
  63. Bleach manga; Chapter 348
  64. Bleach manga; Chapter 349
  65. Bleach manga; Chapter 350
  66. Bleach manga; Chapter 351
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  68. Bleach manga; Chapter 353, pages 4-14
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  72. Bleach manga; Chapter 271, page 18-19
  73. Bleach manga; Chapter 277, page 13
  74. Bleach manga; Chapter 341, pages 4-8
  75. Bleach manga; Chapter 340, page 14-15
  76. Bleach anime; Episode 268
  77. Bleach manga; Chapter 277, page 18
  78. Bleach manga; Chapter 278, page 11
  79. Bleach manga; Chapter 344, page 12
  80. Bleach manga; Chapter 271, page 11
  81. Bleach manga; Chapter 341, pages 4-7
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  84. Bleach manga; Chapter 344, pages 16-18
  85. Bleach manga; Chapter 353, pages 10-11
  86. Bleach manga; Chapter 278, pages 11-12
  87. Bleach manga; Chapter 271, pages 8-10
  88. Bleach manga; Chapter 344, pages 14-15
  89. Bleach manga; Chapter 193, page 14
  90. Bleach manga; Chapter 342, pages 9-10
  91. Bleach manga; Chapter 345, page 18
  92. Bleach manga; Chapter 234, pages 10-12
  93. Bleach anime; Episode 139
  94. Bleach manga; Chapter 194, page 14
  95. Bleach manga; Chapter 270, pages 20 & 26 & 29-30
  96. Bleach manga; Chapter 278, pages 14-16
  97. Bleach manga; Chapter 341, pages 10-11
  98. Bleach manga; Chapter 193, page 20
  99. Bleach manga; Chapter 270, page 27
  100. Bleach manga; Chapter 194, page 15
  101. Bleach manga; Chapter 341, page 13
  102. Bleach manga; Chapter 271, page 12
  103. Bleach manga; Chapter 351, pages 4-5
  104. Bleach manga; Chapter 198, pages 7-9
  105. Bleach manga; Chapter 345, pages 7-9
  106. Bleach manga; Chapter 193, page 20
  107. Bleach Official Character Book UNMASKED; page 149
  108. Bleach manga; Chapter 194, page 16
  109. Bleach manga; Chapter 234, page 14
  110. Bleach manga; Chapter 344, page 19
  111. Bleach manga; Chapter 345, pages 10-15
  112. Bleach manga; Chapter 345, pages 15-16
  113. Bleach manga; Chapter 352, page 18
  114. Bleach manga; Chapter 346, page 2
  115. Bleach manga; Chapter 346, pages 16-17
  116. Bleach manga; Chapter 345, pages 10-13
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  118. Bleach manga; Chapter 348, page 10
  119. Bleach manga; Chapter 348, pages 5-6
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  122. Bleach manga; Chapter 349, page 17
  123. Bleach manga; Chapter 348, pages 8-9
  124. Bleach manga; Chapter 348 pgs 9-13
  125. Bleach anime; Episode 270
  126. Bleach manga; Chapter 348 pgs 11-14
  127. Bleachmanga; Chapter 349 pgs 8 & 14-17
  128. Bleach manga; Chapter 351, pages 5-11
  129. Bleach movie: Bleach: The Hell Verse
  130. Bleach video game; Bleach: Heat the Soul 3
  131. Bleach video game; Bleach: Dark Souls
  132. Bleach video game; Bleach: Soul Carnival 2
  133. Bleach video game; Bleach: The 3rd Phantom
  134. Bleach video game; Bleach: Soul Resurrección
  135. 135.0 135.1 135.2 135.3 Bleach video game; Bleach: Brave Souls
  136. Bleach manga; Chapter 194, page 15
  137. Bleach anime; Episode 114
  138. Bleach anime; Episode 116
  139. Bleach manga; Chapter 198, pages 1 & 4
  140. Bleach manga; Chapter 234, pages 4 & 6
  141. Bleach anime; Episode 139
  142. Bleach manga; Chapter 351, page 11
  143. Bleach anime; Episode 271
  144. Bleach website; Bleach: The 3rd Phantom official website
  146. Bleach manga; Chapter 356, page 14
  147. Bleach Official Character Book 2 MASKED; Tite Kubo Interview, page 256
  148. Bleach manga; Chapter 392, pages 2-3
  149. Bleach manga; Chapter 234, page 7
  150. Bleach manga; Chapter 234, pages 14-15
  151. Bleach manga; Chapter 262, pages 9-11
  152. Bleach manga; Chapter 271, page 19
  153. Bleach manga; Chapter 317, page 20
  154. Bleach manga; Chapter 345, page 15
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  157. Bleach manga; Chapter 348, pages 16-17
  158. Bleach manga; Chapter 351, page 5
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  160. Bleach manga; Chapter 353, page 18
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