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Ranking Every Member of The Espada Strongest to Weakest

August 31, 2020 2.0k votes 344 voters 14.2k views10 items

Who is the strongest member of The Espada from Bleach? This question shouldn’t be taken lightly, as every member of Sōsuke Aizen’s army of Arrancar is capable of performing tremendous feats of power. Some have the ability to decay a young, living human being into a decaying corpse, while others have the ability to hulk out as a gigantic monster. Few, however, possess a power so great it had to be banned by Aizen, out of fear it could destroy the fortress in Las Noches. 

Regardless of individual strengths, every member of the Espada possesses unbelievable stamina, agility, swordsmanship, and raw power. Ranking the members of the Espada by strongest to weakest will not be an easy one, but it’s a challenge that longtime fans of Bleach welcome with arms wide open.

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  • Ulquiorra Cifer
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    Even though Ulquiorra Cifer was only rank 4 in Aizen’s army of Arrancar, he clearly had more power than he was willing to reveal. Like most of the Espada, Ulquiorra was fast, strong, durable, and skilled with a sword. What made the Espada envious of him was his incredible regeneration ability. No matter how serious an injury, Ulquiorra was able to fully repair himself in seconds (as long as it wasn’t his brain or internal organs, of course).

    Furthermore, Ulquiorra was the only member of the Espada that had two Resurrección forms. Both forms greatly enhanced Ulquiorra’s strengths and abilities, while making him appear as a winged demon. His second Resurrección allowed him to install an intense sense of despair in his enemies. Because of his cold and calculated demeanor, Ulquiorra could keep a level head and get an accurate read of the situation.    
     

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    Coyote Starrk

    Coyote Starrk
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    In sharp contrast to Yammy, Coyote Starrk was a highly-skilled fighter who could overpower his enemies in strength and intelligence. Starrk’s spiritual energy was so strong his mere presence was enough to destroy any Hollow within his radius. Lilynette Gingerbuck, Starrk’s partner and only friend, was made up of his spirit energy. Starrk’s agility was so fast he could create after-images of himself and use them to confuse his enemies.

    He was capable of firing a thousand Ceroes that appeared as a concentrated blast through his dual pistols and could control their directory after firing them off. All this, plus the ability to summon a pack of exploding wolves. Exploding wolves! And yet, Starrk was lazy and apathetic as Yammy. Starrk’s motivation to fight was also shaken after the death of Baraggan.

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    Baraggan Louisenbairn

    Baraggan Louisenbairn
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    As the former God-king of Hueco Mundo, Baraggan Louisenbairn thought very highly of himself in life. Sure, Baraggan’s elderly appearance may give off a sense of frailty, but as Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto has shown, looks can be deceiving. Baraggan was extremely strong, fast, and durable. What set him apart from other members of the Espada, however, was his ability to accelerate the time of any object or living thing he touched. 

    Soi Fon experienced this first hand, literally, as she had to amputate her left arm after Baraggan infected it. If she didn’t cut it off, her entire body would have rotted away. It’s why Baraggan was the representation of the Aspect of Death. Despite his deadly touch, Baraggan was just as vulnerable to the acceleration of time as everyone else. Baraggan’s arrogance and pride often got in the way, such as his humiliating initial battle with Sōsuke Aizen that ended with him being dethroned.

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  • Grimmjow Jaggerjack
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    Grimmjow Jaggerjack is the “bad boy” of the Espada. He’s rude, aggressive, short-tempered, and rebellious towards authority. In fact, he’s actually quite similar to Ichigo Kurosaki, which may explain why their bouts were so heated. Despite his impulsive attitude, Grimmjow is actually an observant individual who can take any advantage when the situation presents itself. While all members of the Espada can fire out Cero, Grimmjow’s Cero is so powerful it could blast away Las Noches itself. Even at rank 6, Grimmjow was able to defeat Ichigo twice in battle, proving he’s no pushover on the battlefield.

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