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Arrancar are a fictional race in Tite Kubo's anime and manga series, Bleach. Similar to Vizards, Arrancar are Hollow/Shinigami combinations, which lay more heavily on the Hollow portion of their make up.



Arrancar are created by Aizen Sousuke using the Hougyoku, a device invented by Urahara Kisuke. After leaving Soul Society, Aizen began creating Arrancar in Hueco Mundo, where a fortress was built to house Aizen, Ichimaru Gin, Kaname Tousen, and the Arrancar they would create.



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Espada are the 10 top ranked Arrancar, based on their overall abilites. These 10 act directly under Aizen and his two associates, and hold great authority over other Arrancar. The strength of the individual Espada varies greatly, but as individuals, are typically at or above the strength of a Captain-level Shinigami.

Each member of the Espada has a tattoo located somewhere on their body designating their rank.

Privion Espada

Privion Espada are former members of the Espada who have lost their ranking due to newer, stronger Arrancar created by Aizen. These Arrancar are given ranks by adding 100 on to each of their former Espada ranks. For example, rank 103 Privion Espada was formerly rank 3 Espada. These Arrancar, though strong, do not match the strength of the current Espada, and have thus far been defeated fairly easily by Kurosaki Ichigo, Uryuu Ishida, and Yasutora Sado.


Fraccion are Arrancar which serve directly under a member of the Espada. The number of Fraccion serving under an individual Espada varies, being at least one, to perhaps a dozen or more.


Numeros are Arrancar whose ranking at or between 11 and 100. These are the average Arrancar.


Exequias are Arranar which are part of the execution squad, which seems to be responsible for the execution of intruders and other such individuals.


Arrancar, being as they have acquired Shinigami abilities, are also endowed with a zanpakutou. Like that of a Shinigami, the zanpakutou appears to be a normal sword in a non-released state.


This is comparable to the Shinigami's Shikai, or initial release. Unlike a Shinigami, however,the zanpakutou of an Arrancar does not hold a separate entity, but is rather a seal for their own Hollow abilities and power. When this state is released, the Arrancar takes on a shape very similar to that of a Hollow, increasing both their size and power. Being in this state is the "true" form of the Arrancar, with the humanoid form being used to conserve reiatsu and stamina.

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