There are only ten Espada at a time and they are the most powerful Arrancar
. Each Espada member is chosen for their superior combat ability and then assigned a number from 1 to 10 (1 presumably being the strongest) that indicates their rank and relative power level, which is tattooed somewhere on their body. They are extremely strong, and are on a Soul Reaper
Captain level of power. Ulquiorra
has a second resurrection. It is not known if the other espada have a second resurrection too. The second resurrection puts Ulquiorra beyond even ichigo
with the power of bankai and vizard. Each member of the Espada represents a different aspect of death.
's most direct subordinates, the Espada are privy to several of Aizen's plans, such as his goals of destroying Karakura Town
and creating the King's Key and the location of the Hogyku within Las Noches. Aizen's respect for the Espada's abilities is reflected on his manner of addressing them, sitting at the head of the same table with them, while discussing the events.
Aizen merely treates the Espada as tools. In accordance with this, Aizen is not at all distressed over the deaths of the Espada and calmly congratulates the intruders in Las Noches for their victories against the Espada as he leaves for Karakura Town.
Line up changesGrimmjow
's arm was cut off as punishment by Kaname Tosen
. Because of that Grimmjow was dismissed from the Espada and Luppi
was then accepted in his place. Soon after, Grimmjow's lost arm was regenerated by Orihime Inoue
, and Grimmjow killed Luppi to regain his spot as the sixth Espada. When Yammy use his released form his number change from 10 to Zero. Grimmjow and Yammy are the only remaining members of the current Espada.
The members of the Espada are ranked in power, each Espada member has their own tattoo representing their power level and rank somewhere on their body. Each Espada has their own aspect of Death.
|Number ||Member ||Aspect|
| 0/10th ||Yammy Rialgo ||Rage|
| 1st ||Coyote Starrk/ Lilynette Gingerback ||Loneliness |
| 2nd ||Barragan Luisenbarn ||Time |
| 3rd ||Tia Harribel ||Sacrifice |
| 4th ||Ulquiorra Cifer ||Nihilism |
| 5th ||Nnoitra Jiruga ||Despair |
| 6th ||Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez ||Destruction |
| 7th ||Zommari Leroux ||Intoxication |
| 8th ||Szayel Aporro Granz ||Madness |
| 9th ||Aaroniero Arruruerie ||Greed |