|“||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?||„|
|~ Ulquiorra to Orihime|
|“||You are a fool, Ichigo Kurosaki. To challenge an opponent whose strength is worlds beyond yours, yet you dream of a victory. It is beyond my comprehension. If this is due to what you humans call a 'heart' then it is because of that 'heart' that you suffer injuries. And it is because of that 'heart' that you will lose your life.||„|
|~ Ulquiorra to Ichigo|
|“||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.||„|
|~ Ulquiorra to Ichigo|
Ulquiorra Cifer is the 4th Espada of Aizen Sosuke's army. He is Aizen's most trusted Arrancar. While cold and callous, Ulquiorra is not particulary violent, only fighting when provoked or ordered by Aizen. As an Espada, the aspect of death he symbolizes is emptiness.
Powers and Stats
Tier: High 6-C, likely Low 6-B | 6-B | High 6-B, 6-A with Lanza del Relampago
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Spiritual Awareness (Can see invisible spirits and objects), Pseudo-Flight, True Flight with Resurrección, Weapon Mastery, Hand-to-Han Combat, Extrasensory Perception (Can sense beings with Reiatsu), Longevity, Energy Projection, Weapon Creation (Can create lances out of Reiatsu), Transformation (With Resurrección and Secunda Etapa), Soul Manipulation (Hollows can extract and consume souls), Can exert Reiryoku as Reiatsu, Statistics Amplification, Dimensional Travel and Portal Creation with Descorrer, BFR (With Caja Negación), Regeneration (Low-Mid; he can regenerate his eyes and lost limbs, but not serious organ damage), Limited Spatial Manipulation (With Gran Rey Cero), Invisibility, Non-Physical Interaction (Can harm and interact with intangible spirits and objects), Overwhelming Aura (Spiritual pressure can passively induce ailments such as paralysis and fear), Resistance to Soul Manipulation, Extrasensory Perception when using Sonído (Using Sonído allows the user to bypass Extrasensory Perception)
Attack Potency: Large Island level, likely Small Country level (Stronger than a Post-Visored Training Bankai Hollow Mask Ichigo, his Gran Rey Cero is this strong) | Country level (Resurrección increases his stats by 7.5 times and was stated to be powerful enough to destroy Las Noches. Should have the same effects as the Gran Rey Cero. His Cero Oscuras is this strong, overwhelmed Post-Final Grimmjow Fight Bankai Hollow Mask Ichigo, his normal Cero is an order of magnitude lower than Cero Oscuras) | Large Country level (Even stronger than before), Continent level with Lanza del Relampago
Speed: Massively FTL (Faster than a Post-Visored Training Bankai Hollow Mask Ichigo, blocked an attack from him) | Massively FTL+ (His Resurrección increases his stats by 7.5 times. Far faster than a Post-Final Grimmjow Fight Bankai Hollow Mask Ichigo) | Massively FTL+ (Even faster than before)
Durability: Large Island level, likely Small Country level (Tanked a Getsuga Tenshō from Post-Visored Training Bankai Hollow Mask Ichigo) | Country level (His Resurrección increases his stats by 7.5 times) | Large Country level (Far more durable than before. Survived Zangetsu Possessed Ichigo's Cero, which overpowered his own Cero Oscuras)
Stamina: Very High (Vastly superior to Shikai Ichigo who can run for an entire week on a treadmill that depleates Reiatsu. Can continue fighting even after severe injuries)
Range: Extended melee range, Hundreds of meters to Kilometers with his abilities
Standard Equipment: His Zanpakutō, Murciélago, and Caja Negación
- Caja Negación: A device provided to the Espada by Aizen Sosuke, the Caja Negación can be used to isolate a target, trapping them in in a separate dimension from which they cannot escape, but it cannot hold those of Espada-level strength for long.
Intelligence: Gifted (Ulquiorra is an incredibly skilled swordsman and hand-to-hand combatant, striking with lethal precision in combat. He is very perceptive and capable of analyzing his opponents accurately and calmly even when in the midst of combat, quickly deducing an opponent's skills and abilities and figuring out their strengths and weaknesses, so that he can best exploit them. His intelligence and insight are such that Aizen respects him for them, and sent him to determine Ichigo's power and threat level)
Weaknesses: Ulquiorra has difficulty controlling Lanza del Relámpago's trajectory.
Cero: A powerful blast of concentrated spiritual energy fired in a laser like fashion that only Hollows, Arrancars, and Visoreds can use. The power, force, speed, and blast area of the Cero is dependent on the strength, spiritual power, and sometimes skill of the user.
- Gran Rey Cero: A much more powerful Cero only accessible to the Espada. By mixing their blood with a Cero, the Espada can discharge a blast that can distort space and is powerful enough to destroy Las Noches.
- Cero Oscuras: A powerful Cero that can only be used by the Espada in their Resurrección. It increases the attack power by an order of magnitude.
Bala: An Arrancar ability similar to Cero, except it's weaker and 20 times faster.
Descorrer: A technique used by Arrancar to travel between Hueco Mundo and other worlds, creating a spiritual pathway called a
Garganta with a gesture, walking through this portal to arrive at their destination in an instant.
Hierro: A defensive technique used by Arrancar that toughens their skin by reinforcing it with condensed Reiryoku, allowing an Arrancar to confront an armed Shinigami with their bare hands. All Arrancar use this ability in some form to gain their supernatural toughness, but even an exceptionally powerful Hierro can be bypassed by focusing one's Reiryoku to a finer, sharper point.
High-Speed Regeneration: An ability possessed by most Hollows, which allows them to rapidly recover from wounds. Abandoned by most Hollow and Arrancar in favor of more power, Ulquiorra has retained his regenerative ability, which is enough to quickly heal lost limbs and his lost eyes, but it cannot regenerate his brain and other internal organs.
Pesquisa: A perception technique used by Arrancar, which sends out a pulse that detects nearby sources of Reiatsu and gauging their power.
Solita Vista: Ulquiorra can replay events he has seen for others by removing and crushing his eye, which turns to dust and flows around those he wishes to share the vision with, relaying his sight and feelings.
Sonído: A technique used by Arrancar that allows for high-speed movement, effectively analogous to the Shunpo used by Shinigami, and used in bursts to traverse distances quickly and fight at these high speeds.
Resurrección: The Arrancar equivalent of a Shikai/Bankai, this form allows an Arrancar to unleash their true power as a Hollow.
Murciélago: Ulquiorra's Resurrección. It's release command is Enclose, and, when released, Ulquiorra grows a pair of large bat wings and his Hollow mask grows into a helmet with two horns, Ulquiorra can use these wings for flight. His physicals are greatly enhanced as well as the addition of new abilities
- Luz de la Luna: Ulquiorra can manifest javelins from his own energy, using them either as incredibly powerful projectiles or as a melee weapon in close quarters combat.
- Resurrección: Segunda Etapa: Uniquely among all the Espada, Ulquiorra has reached a second released state, which renders him even more powerful than before, shedding his robe to reveal his slender, pale torso while his arms and legs are covered in thick, black fur. He grows a long, whip-like tail, and his mask disappears, leaving him with a pair of large, bat-like ears.
- Lanza del Relámpago: In his second released state, Ulquiorra can create an even more powerful javelin from his own energy, using it as both a projectile and melee weapon. When thrown, it causes an immense explosion capable of dwarfing Las Noches, and he can throw his javelins in quick succession, though he lacks accuracy and has difficulty controlling their trajectories.
- Latigo: Ulquiorra can use his incredibly long tail as a whip, and can lift, throw, and strangle his opponents with it.
Key: Base | Resurrección | Segunda Etapa