|“||Friends are a good thing, even if they tread a different path.||„|
|~ Ukitake to Hisagi|
Jūshirō Ukitake (浮竹 十四郎, Ukitake Jūshirō) was the captain of the 13th Division in the Gotei 13. At one point in time, his lieutenant was Kaien Shiba, and later was Rukia Kuchiki, who would eventually take his place as the 13th Division Captain.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At most 6-C
Name: Jūshirō Ukitake
Age: At least 2000+ years (same age bracket as Chōjirō Sasakibe)
Classification: Shinigami, Captain of the 13th Division
Attack Potency: At most Island level+ (Comparable to or only slightly less powerful than his best friend Shunsui Kyōraku, one of the most powerful Shinigami Captains in history according to Yamamoto, fought against an enraged Shikai Yamamoto with the aid of Shunsui)
Lifting Strength: Superhuman
Striking Strength: At most Island Class+
Durability: At most Island level+ (Fought against an enraged Shikai Yamamoto for a good while)
Stamina: Somewhat high. Can fight for a good while against other Captain class combatants, can also survive injuries that would be fatal to even the hardiest of normal humans (such as a large hole punched through his chest). However, it should be noted that his illness can suddenly become a major problem in mid-battle and hamper his combative capabilities.
Range: Extended melee range with his Zanpakuto, tens to hundreds of metres with Kido spells, hundreds of metres with absorbed and redirected energy attacks via his Shikai.
Standard Equipment: His Zanpakutō, Sōgyo no Kotowari
Intelligence: High. Ukitake has accumulated much knowledge of medicines and healing techniques. Using this knowledge, he has directed the treatment of many important members of the Gotei 13 during the devastating war against the invading armies of the Wandenreich.
Weaknesses: Ukitake is a sickly person and uses his reiatsu to augment his endurance and thus keep himself going. This prevents him from fighting at his fullest potential.
Shunpo Master: As a captain, Ukitake is exceptional in the art of Shunpo. He is able to gain sufficient ground while trying to put distance between himself and Captain-Commander Yamamoto during their chase through Soul Society.
Immense Spiritual Power: As one of the oldest and strongest captains in the Gotei 13, Ukitake possesses tremendous spiritual power. He, alongside his best friend Shunsui Kyōraku, are said to possess reiatsu unmatched by their peers or predecessors. During his fight against the Captain-Commander, he is not overwhelmed by the spiritual pressure of Yamamoto, though most people would be in such a situation.
- Masterful Reiatsu Control: Captain Ukitake has spent his whole life supporting his ailing body through the strength of his reiatsu alone. His sheer volume of reiatsu was incredible, even for a Captain. When the remnants of the high ranked members of the Gotei 13 pooled their reiatsu together to open a gateway to the Soul King Palace, the loss of his reiatsu could not be compensated for by the Visored or Shinigami present.
Medical Knowledge: Due to years of undergoing many different medical treatments because of his health issues, Ukitake has accumulated much knowledge of medicines and healing techniques.
Sōgyo no Kotowari (双魚理, Truth of Pisces; Viz "Law of the Twin Fish"): Ukitake's Zanpakutō resembles an average katana, with a rectangular bronze cross guard and dark red handle.
- Shikai: Its Shikai command is "All Waves, Rise now and Become my Shield, Lightning, Strike now and Become my Blade" (波悉く我が盾となれ雷悉く我が刃となれ, nami kotogotoku waga tate to nare, ikazuchi kotogotoku waga yaiba to nare; Viz "Waves, Become my Shield, Lightning, Become my Blade"). Once he completes the incantation, he grasps the single blade with two hands. The blade then transforms slowly, and begins to form two blades. As the blades peel apart, a large red rope-like chain at the base of the hilt lengthens, and silver metal square charms attached to the chain begin to fall, until all five present themselves. The blade is now somewhat thinner than the sealed Zanpakutō, and the tsuba now extends a little bit up the blade. About halfway along the length of the Zanpakutō, a second blade juts out from the inside of the main blade and extends back towards the hilt, running parallel to the main blade. The cutting edge of the second blade faces inward instead of outward.
Shikai Special Ability: Sōgyo no Kotowari has the ability to absorb an opponent's energy attack through the left sword and direct it through the connecting rope, where the five charms on the rope increase the attack's speed and pressure. It then reverses the attack's original course by firing the same attack from the right sword at full force, making it much more difficult for the opponent to dodge. The entire process occurs so fast that the attack looks as though it originally came from Sōgyo no Kotowari.Bankai: Not yet revealed.
Kidō Practitioner: Although Ukitake has not been in many fights, he has shown to be able to use a low level Bakudō spell.
- Bakudō #8: Seki (斥, Repulse): Ukitake generates an orb of light blue energy which repels whatever strikes it.