The Espada in Bleach are directly under Sosuke Aizen’s command and are the most powerful in Hecto Mundo.
But, their ranking system can be misleading as battles start to play out.
The Arrancar saga is one of the most popular arcs in Bleach. In the arc, Captain Aizen has turned against Soul Society and is in command of Espada, who is the strongest of all Arrancar.
Blending Hollow and Shinigami abilities, the Espada each represents a different aspect of death (loneliness, emptiness, etc.).
Though they all possess intriguing abilities and personality traits, some of these fan-favorite villains are more powerful than others, as indicated by the in-universe ranking system that numbers them, Espada, 0-9.
But, this is a misleading numbering system as we will find out below. So who are the 10 strongest Espada in Bleach? BEWARE SPOILERS ARE AHEAD.
Who is the strongest Espada?
10/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
10. Zommari Rureaux (Espada 7)
Zommari is the self-proclaimed fastest Sonido among all The Espadas. He can create multiple clones. He uses this trick to surprise his opponents.
While his most dangerous ability is in his released form, he has 58 eyes. Using his eyes he can take control of one object per eye. It means he can control 58 objects.
If Zommari hadn’t been arrogant and overconfident, he would have presented a much greater challenge to Ichigo and his friends. Several times during the battle, he had opportunities to strike
Byakuya, but his pride got in the way. Additionally, Byakuya’s Bankai is the perfect counter to Zommari’s power because it splits into too many blades for him to control.
9/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
9. Nnoitra Gilga (Espada 5)
Nnoitra seems to be a brute and cruel man. One who takes pleasure in killing opponents and his allies alike. He wields a large and unique Zanpakutō effortlessly.
He has the most powerful Hierro in all the Espadas.
Allowing him to withstand normal attacks from Kenpachi with no sign of injury.
He’s also one of the few Espada that can regenerate, and when he is in his release form, he can grow extra arms to make attacking opponents easier.
He’s also not above attacking injured enemies, so you can never turn your back on him.
8/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
8. Szayel Aporro Granz (Espada 8)
Szayelaporro is the only scientist and researcher in Espada. He is very talented and intelligent and speaks very highly of his abilities. In his released form, he has multiple abilities.
One of which can make clones of his opponents and use them to fight against opponents.
By far his most dangerous ability is by grabbing one of his opponents by his “wings” and then spitting them out. He can create a doll. Any damage done to the doll is done to the original soul.
7/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
7. Yammy Llargo (Espada 10)
Yammy is powerful, yet very dense, he enjoys killing and crushing his weaker opponents. Though he is not very intelligent, his raw strength is enough to make it up for that.
He has a strange and unique ability to suck out life from the living. It only affects people with low spirit power.
He is Espada 10 in his normal form but becomes the Cero (0) Espada after releasing his Zanpakutō.
6/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
6. Tier Harribel (Espada 3)
She is an Arrancar and the former 3rd Espada in Aizen’s army. After the Aizen’s defeat, she becomes the ruler of Hueco Mundo.
She is a woman of few words; she possesses exceptional skills in swordsmanship and Immense spiritual power.
Because of this, she was forbidden to release her Zanpakuto while inside the fortress (Las Noches) because the spiritual pressure could destroy it.
She easily defended herself from a Captain and two Visored.
5/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
5. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez (Espada 6)
Grimmjow seems to be a laid-back, ruthless and violent man. And have very little respect for authority.
When Ichigo first easily lost to Ulquiorra in their first battle, Grimmjow got Orihime to heal Ichigo so they could fight to see who is stronger.
He possesses incredible speed and spiritual power and he is one of few Espada who survived the war against Soul Society.
4/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
4. Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck (Espada 3)
Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck is the former 3rd Espada under Aizen’s army. Nel’s saliva possesses a special ability to heal wounds.
Her unique ability is to swallow an enemy cero and fire it back with a force far greater than the original blast.
In her child form, she was still able to absorb the blast and reflect it to the Privaron Espada to save Ichigo’s life.
Even though she did not fight for years she still managed to defeat Espada 5 Nnoitra Gilga.
3/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
3. Ulquiorra Cifer (Espada 4)
Ulquiorra possesses incredible strength and power. Unlike other Espadas, he has a second release form that even the Sōsuke Aizen is not aware of.
He is a master in Swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat.
One of his powerful abilities is high-speed regeneration, he can regenerate any part of his body in an instant. This makes him stand out compared to his fellow Espada in bleach.
He is also one of the most intelligent Espada because of this Aizen trusted him with Ichigo’s fate.
He thoroughly outclassed hollow masked Ichigo with only his first release state and his 2nd release it was just overkill when they fought.
He eventually defeats Ichigo in battle, until Ichigo takes on his entirely hollow form (Vasto Lorde form) after being pierced through the heart.
2/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
2. Baraggan Louisenbairn (Espada 2)
Baraggan Louisenbairn is an Arrancar Espada in Sosuke Aizen’s army.
He possesses multiple powerful techniques which increase his speed, another technique that makes him more durable.
Being part of the top 4, he is not allowed to release his Zanpakuto near the Las Noches because it can destroy the fort.
The former ruler of Hueco Mundo, Baraggan has the power to instantly age anything he touches. This let him break captain Sui-Fon’s arm by making it old and brittle, even while she was aided by her lieutenant.
He also faces the Visored Hachi, whose proficient use of barriers helps protect against Baraggan’s vicious assault.
Barragan is almost impossible to beat because he can age any incoming projectile into irrelevance. The only way that Hachi was able to win was by using his intelligence and guessing that Barragan’s absolute power might also be his downfall.
1/10 | Strongest Espada in Bleach
1. Coyote Starrk (Espada 1)
Coyote Starrk is an Arrancar Espada in Sosuke Aizen’s army along with his other half, Lilynette.
He was the Primera Espada and thus had more Spiritual Power than Baraggan Louisenbairn.
He has all speed, power, experience, intelligence, and skills. He has a unique ability to separate his soul due to his immense spiritual energy.
Due to his speed, he managed to capture Orihime Inoue avoiding both Kenpachi Zaraki and Ichigo Kurosaki.
He possesses such tremendous spiritual power that he is not allowed to release his Zanpakuto in Las Noches because it can destroy the surrounding.
He can also fire a cero without getting into the “fighting pose” which can catch the enemy by surprise.
Stark took on two captains, Ukitake and Kyoraku. The latter eventually became Captain-Commander. He also fought two Visored. And most surprisingly he was very honorable, granting his foes chances to escape while they continually tried to backstab him.
Indeed, Starrk is the strongest Espada with his speed, rapid-fire Ceros, and keen intellect. Starrk deserves the ranking of #1 on any bleach espada list.
Facts And Questions
Which Espada is the strongest?
Coyote Starrk is the strongest Espada. He is incredibly fast, intelligent, and powerful. He can fire the strongest Ceros of all Espada, and can shot them with his dual pistols in his released form. He can also summon an army of spirt wolves who explode after biting.
Who are the Vasto Lordes in Bleach?
The four Clarified Vastos Lorde are Starrk, Barragan, Hallibel, Ulquiorra. Its assumed that Ichigo’s form in the same arc is a Vastos lorde.
Is Yammy stronger than Ulquiorra?
No, Yammy is not the strongest Espada. Coyote Starrk is the strongest Espada.
Is Ulquiorra stronger than Grimmjow?
No, Ulquiorra is not stronger than Grimmjow. Grimmjow was able to defeat Ulquiorra in their fight.
However, it should be noted that Ulquiorra did have a second release form that even Sōsuke Aizen was not aware of. Thus making this more debatable and seemingly he is stronger in his second form.
Who defeated number one Espada?
Ukitake and Kyoraku were able to defeat Coyote Starrk in their fight.
Who is the evilest Espada?
The evilest Espada is most likely Barragan. He is incredibly powerful and ruthless compared to other espada. He is also the former ruler of Hueco Mundo.