The Espada (十刃( エス パー ダ), Esupāda, Japanese for "ten blades," Spanish for "sword") are the top-ranked arrancar in Aizen's army. The Espada at the time of the group's introduction consists of nine males and one female. Each Espada member is chosen for their superior combat ability and then assigned a number from 1 to 10 that indicates their rank and relative power level, which is tattooed somewhere on their body (Grimmjow's is on his lower back, for instance). The Espada are given control over the Números and are regarded as the strongest arrancar in existence. Similar to the power gap between captains and lieutenants in the Gotei 13, the strength of the Espada far surpasses that of the average Número. As Aaroniero Arruruerie notes, all of the Espada except him were at least adjuchas-class menos before becoming arrancar.

Entry Requirements

Feats: Bloodied, Overbearing Reiatsu
Skills: Intimidate 10+
Class Features: Resurrección Class Feature
Special: Level 12+

Table: Espada

Hit Dice: As Base Class

Level Benefits
1st Dense Spiritual Pressure
2nd Sealed Mastery
3rd Rule Through Fear, Limitless Ressureción
4th Sealed Mastery
5th Cero Oscuro

Class Skills: As Base Class
Skill Points: As Base Class
Weapon and Armour proficiency: The Espada gain no new weapon or armour proficiences.

Class Features

Dense Spiritual Pressure: The Espada increases her Spiritual Pressure Efficiency by 1, to a maximum of 3.

Sealed Mastery: An Espada, as befitting their status as the strongest Hollow, must be able to overcome her subordinates' petty attempts to usurp them through the might of their sealed form alone, never stooping so low to acknowledge their power, lest it spread the seeds of rebellion at the perceived weakness. At every even numbered Espada level, she may choose one hollow ability they posses which is sealed when not in Resurrección. While not in Resurrección, she may use that ability as if it were not sealed.

Rule Through Fear: The Espada are an organisation where position is determined through strength alone, and where those who are easily cowed will never sit comfortable on their thrones. From 3rd level onwards, she gain a circumstance bonus to all intimidate and diplomacy skill checks, as well as all saves against fear, equal to ½ her Espada level, due to her murderous reputation. This bonus is doubled against other Arrancar.

Limitless Resurrección: At 3rd level, an Espada is capable of maintaining the duration of her Resurrección for a much greater period of time than most hollows, due to the sheer power of her Reiatsu. The duration the Espada can spend in Resurrección is doubled.

Cero Oscuro: At 5th level, the Espada learns the ultimate form of the Cero blast, available only to the strongest of the Espada. A beam of condensed darkness that absorbs the light around it, it'd destructive force is nearly unmatched. Cero Oscuro is a special Negación that is both a Cero Form Negación and Cero Essence Negación. It can only be used in Resurrección. Firing a Cero Oscuro is a full round action that provokes an attack of opportunity, as opposed to a standard action, and all damage dealt is both maximized, and ignores all forms of defence/hardness, deflection or anything else that could get in the way. However, due to the strain of firing a Cero Oscuro, the cost is NOT reduced by S.P.E, and the Hollow can only use Cero Oscuro once every 1d4 rounds.

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