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By Nikita Gambhir

Every Ichigo Form, Ranked By Power



Bleach is an acclaimed anime and manga series crafted by the talented Tite Kubo, renowned for its thrilling storyline and intricate characters. The protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki, stands as one of the most formidable anime characters ever created, possessing a diverse array of powers that evolve over time, resulting in a multitude of unique forms. RELATED: Top Anime Similar to Bleach These forms represent different aspects of Ichigo’s heritage and strength, offering distinct abilities and power levels. Starting from his initial base form as a spiritually aware human, progressing through the stages of becoming a Shinigami and unlocking his True Bankai, each form represents a significant milestone in Ichigo’s journey of growth. This list ranks Ichigo’s forms based on their power and impact on the narrative.

10 Base
Ichigo Kurosaki’s Base Form in Bleach refers to his standard human appearance. Despite lacking the supernatural enhancements of his Shinigami, Hollow, or Fullbring states, Ichigo remains a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, maintaining his formidable presence. Even in this form, his spiritual pressure is remarkably high, granting him the ability to perceive and interact with spiritual beings. His unwavering determination and indomitable willpower are his defining attributes that do not rely on his transformations. However, in comparison to his other forms, his physical strength, speed, and combat abilities are limited in his human state.

9 Shikai
Shikai, also known as Shinigami, represents the first evolved form of a Zanpakuto. Ichigo’s Shikai, Zangetsu, is unique in that it remains in a constant Shikai state due to his immense spiritual energy. Unlike other soul reapers who can seal their Zanpakuto into a regular katana, Ichigo’s Zangetsu always manifests as a large, cleaver-like blade. In this form, Ichigo can execute his signature move, Getsuga Tenshou, where he swings Zangetsu to release powerful energy waves. Shikai marks a significant increase in power compared to the sealed Zanpakuto, providing Ichigo with enhanced combat capabilities.

8 For the bank
Bankai serves as the second and final upgraded form of a Zanpakuto, the weapon wielded by Shinigami. Achieving Bankai grants a tremendous power boost of 5-10 times the strength of the initial Shikai form, greatly enhancing a Shinigami’s abilities. RELATED: Bleach: Ranking Every Canon Story Arc Bankai often alters the appearance of the weapon and bestows new abilities upon its wielder. Ichigo’s Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, condenses his power rather than expanding it, significantly augmenting his speed and combat efficiency. Mastering Bankai requires decades of rigorous training, but Ichigo engaged in a grueling battle against Zangetsu for two and a half days to attain this form.

7 Hollow Mask
Bankai with Hollow Mask represents a formidable form that embodies Ichigo’s Bankai and inner Hollow powers. The Hollow mask amplifies his already enhanced Bankai capabilities, drastically increasing his strength, speed, and durability. The hollow side of Ichigo’s personality first manifests after sustaining severe injuries while battling Byakuya Kuchiki. This hollow side exhibits its own unique personality, driven by the desire to protect Ichigo. Over time, Ichigo learns to summon and utilize the hollow mask at will. However, maintaining this form requires immense control, as the Hollow side constantly threatens to overpower Ichigo.

6 Full Hollow
Ichigo Kurosaki’s Full Hollow form, witnessed during his training with the Visoreds, epitomizes his struggle with his Hollow side. This transformation occurs when his inner Hollow gains control, transforming Ichigo into a monstrous, berserk entity. In this state, he dons a white, skeletal mask, and his body develops a Hollow hole. His strength, speed, and durability are significantly amplified, but at the expense of his sanity and control. The Visoreds’ training aims to help Ichigo subdue this Hollow influence, enabling him to harness its power without succumbing to madness.

5 Fullbring
Fullbring is a unique power manifested by individuals affected by Hollow spiritual energy before birth. Ichigo acquires Fullbring abilities after losing his Shinigami powers. His Fullbring, known as the Substitute Badge, alters his Substitute Soul Reaper Badge, transforming it into a form reminiscent of his former Shinigami attire, greatly enhancing his physical capabilities and agility. This form enables Ichigo to project energy akin to his previous use of Getsuga Tenshou. Fullbring served as a temporary stepping stone for Ichigo, bridging the gap caused by the loss of his original powers and facilitating the restoration of his true Shinigami abilities.

4 Final Getsuga Tenshou
Final Getsuga Tenshou, also recognized as The Final Moon Fang Heaven-Piercer, represents Ichigo’s ultimate technique, granting him the ability to unleash a highly potent attack known as Mugetsu. Activating this form requires Ichigo to merge with his Zanpakuto, Tensa Zangetsu, becoming a manifestation of his own power. RELATED: Top Anime Villains of All Time His appearance undergoes a drastic transformation in this state, with his hair lengthening and turning black, and his body enveloped in bandages. However, the cost of utilizing this form is exceptionally high. After its usage, Ichigo loses all his Shinigami powers, reverting back to being a normal human.

3 Vasto Lorde
Vasto Lorde Ichigo emerges as a form that Ichigo involuntarily assumes during his battle against the formidable Espada, Ulquiorra. Following a devastating attack, Ichigo’s Hollow instincts seize control, reviving and transforming him into a state resembling a Vasto Lorde, the highest-ranking class of Hollows. This form exudes immense power, boasting heightened speed, strength, regeneration, and a deadly Cero. Ichigo’s appearance becomes monstrous, with a white, bone-like mask covering his face. Despite the incredible power it grants, this form is perilous due to Ichigo’s lack of control, turning him into a wild and destructive force.

2 True Shikai
Ichigo’s True Shikai form is unveiled after he discovers his true heritage and the hidden wellspring of his power. Recognizing that his Shinigami and Hollow powers are two sides of the same coin, represented by two entities named Zangetsu, Ichigo attains his True Shikai. This form features dual blades, a large cleaver-like sword symbolizing his Hollow powers, and a smaller, dagger-like sword embodying his Quincy powers. True Shikai serves not only as an enhancement of his power but also as a testament to his acceptance of his multifaceted identity.

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1 True Bankai
True Bankai, also known as the Horn of Salvation, stands as one of Ichigo’s most formidable forms, achieved during his final confrontation with Yhwach in the Thousand-Year Blood War arc. This form represents a flawless fusion of his Shinigami, Hollow, Quincy, and Fullbring powers, granting him unparalleled strength and speed. Ichigo’s appearance undergoes a dramatic change, with a single horn protruding from his head, half of his face covered by a Hollow mask, and his attire mirroring his Fullbring Shikai garb. Additionally, he gains the ability to unleash an immensely powerful, arrow-shaped Getsuga Tenshou. NEXT: Top Anime Soundtracks, Ranked

Bleach is a renowned anime and manga series created by Tite Kubo, known for its action-packed story and complex characters. The protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki, is one of the most powerful anime characters ever created with diverse and evolving powers, resulting in various unique forms.


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The forms symbolize different aspects of Ichigo’s heritage and power, offering different abilities and power levels. From his initial base form as a human with spiritual awareness through stages of becoming a Shinigami and unlocking True Bankai, each form represents a milestone in Ichigo’s growth. This list ranks Ichigo’s forms in terms of power and impact on the narrative.



10 Base

Ichigo base form

Ichigo Kurosaki’s Base Form in Bleach refers to his standard human form. Ichigo is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and remains formidable despite lacking the supernatural enhancements of his Shinigami, Hollow, or Fullbring states.

His spiritual pressure is unusually high, even in this form, making him resilient and capable of seeing and interacting with spiritual beings. His strong determination and willpower are key traits that don’t rely on his transformations. However, compared to his other forms, his physical strength, speed, and combat abilities are limited in his human form.

9 Shikai

Ichigo Shikai Form

Shikai or Shinigami is the first evolved form of a Zanpakuto. Ichigo’s Shikai, Zangetsu, is unique as it remains in a constant Shikai state due to his immense spiritual energy. Unlike other soul reapers who can seal their Zanpakuto into a normal katana, Ichigo’s Zangetsu always appears as a large, cleaver-like blade.

In this form, Ichigo can use his signature move, Getsuga Tenshou, where he swings Zangetsu to release energy waves. Shikai represents a significant increase in power compared to the sealed Zanpakuto, providing Ichigo with enhanced combat capabilities.

8 For the bank

Ichigo Bankai form

Bankai is the second and final upgraded form of a Zanpakuto, the weapon Shinigami wields. Achieving Bankai provides a power boost of 5-10 times the strength of the initial Shikai form, greatly enhancing a Shinigami’s abilities.

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Bankai often changes the weapon’s appearance and grants new abilities. Ichigo’s Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, condenses his power instead of expanding it, drastically increasing his speed and combat efficiency. Attaining a Bankai requires decades of training, but Ichigo battled against Zangetsu for two and a half days to achieve Bankai.

7 Hollow Mask

Ichigo Bankai With Hollow Mask

Bankai with Hollow Mask is a powerful form that represents Ichigo’s Bankai and inner Hollow powers. The Hollow mask boosts his already-enhanced Bankai capabilities, significantly increasing his strength, speed, and durability.

The hollow mask first appears after Ichigo is badly wounded fighting Byakuya Kuchiki. The hollow side appears to have its own personality, wanting to protect Ichigo. Over time, Ichgio learns to use and conjure the hollow mask at will. Despite the increase in power, maintaining this form requires immense control, as the Hollow side constantly threatens to overwhelm Ichigo.

6 Full Hollow

Ichigo Full Hollow

Ichigo Kurosaki’s Full Hollow form during his training with the Visoreds represents his struggle with his Hollow. This transformation occurs when his inner Hollow takes control, turning Ichigo into a monstrous, berserk entity. In this state, he’s enveloped in a white, skeletal mask, and his body develops a Hollow hole.

His strength, speed, and durability are significantly amplified, but at the cost of his sanity and control. The Visoreds’ training aims to help Ichigo subjugate this Hollow influence, allowing him to harness its power without losing control.

5 Fullbring

Ichigo Fullbring Form

Fullbring is a unique power manifested by humans affected by Hollow spiritual energy before birth. Ichigo gains Fullbring abilities after losing his Shinigami powers. His Fullbring, named Substitute Badge, morphs his Substitute Soul Reaper Badge into a form similar to his old Shinigami attire, significantly enhancing his physical capabilities and agility.

The fullbring form allows Ichigo to project energy similarly to his former Getsuga Tenshou. Fullbring was a temporary stepping stone for Ichigo, bridging the loss of his original powers and regaining his true Shinigami abilities.

4 Final Getsuga Tenshou

Ichigo Final Getsuga Tenshou Form

Final Getsuga Tenshou, also known as The Final Moon Fang Heaven-Piercer, is Ichigo’s ultimate technique, allowing him to use a highly potent attack called Mugetsu. Activating this form involves Ichigo merging with his Zanpakuto, Tensa Zangetsu, becoming a manifestation of his own power.

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His appearance drastically changes in this form, with his hair growing long and black and his body covered in bandages. However, the cost of using this form is extremely high. After its use, Ichigo loses all his Shinigami powers, returning him to a normal human.

3 vast lord

Ichigo Vasto Lorde Form

Vasto Lorde Ichigo is a form that Ichigo involuntarily transforms into during his battle against the powerful Espada, Ulquiorra. Following a fatal attack, Ichigo’s Hollow instincts take over, reviving and morphing him into a form resembling a Vasto Lorde, the highest class of Hollow.

This form is incredibly powerful, boasting increased speed, strength, regeneration, and a deadly Cero. His appearance is monstrous, with a white bone-like mask covering his face. Despite the immense power, this form is dangerous due to Ichigo’s loss of control, turning him into a wild, destructive force.

2 True Shikai

Ichigo True Shikai Form

Ichigo’s True Shikai form is unveiled after he discovers his true heritage and hidden source of power. Realizing that his Shinigami and Hollow powers are two sides of the same coin, represented by two entities named Zangetsu, Ichigo gains a True Shikai.

This form features dual blades, a large cleaver-like sword that symbolizes his Hollow powers, and a smaller, dagger-like sword representing his Quincy powers. This form is not just an enhancement of his power but also a testament to his acceptance of his multifaceted identity.

1 True Banks

Ichigo True Bankai Form

True Bankai, or Horn of Salvation is one of Ichigo’s most powerful forms attained during his final fight against Yhwach in the Thousand-Year Blood War arc. This form represents a perfect fusion of his Shinigami, Hollow, Quincy, and Fullbring powers, granting him immense strength and speed.

Ichigo’s appearance changes dramatically, with one horn protruding from his head, half of his face covered by a Hollow mask, and his outfit resembling his Fullbring Shikai attire. He also gains the ability to fire a tremendously powerful, arrow-shaped Getsuga Tenshou.

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