The number of epic duels in Tite Kubo’s Bleach is simply amazing and over the years, the manga has provided us with some truly amazing fights. Some of them have even become part of anime history. Now, this duel might not be among the best known and most epic of the series, but it holds an important place in the story and it focuses on two extremely important characters from the Bleach franchise. One of them is Sōsuke Aizen, the main villain of the Arrancar Saga, while the other is Yhwach, the leader of the Quincy. In this article, we are going to find out who the stronger of the two is and who would win in a direct fight.
Individually, Aizen is a bit weaker than Yhwach, which is why the Quincy Emperor wins this one. Aizen was a bit below Yamamoto’s level, and as Yhwach and Yamamoto are roughly on the same level, Yhwach takes this duel. Although Aizen did cause a lot of problems for Yhwach during the Thousand-Year Blood War, he would have lost to the Quincy Emperor without Ichigo’s help.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article is going to be divided into three sections. The first two will the characters, their powers, and their abilities, whereas in the final one, we’re going to give our verdict and explanation of why the ultimate winner of this duel is so difficult to determine.
Sōsuke Aizen and his powers
Sōsuke Aizen is the former captain of Division 5 of the Gotei 13. With his followers, Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tōsen, Aizen committed treason and left Soul Society for Hueco Mundo so he could become the ruler of both worlds. His lieutenant was Momo Hinamori. He formerly served as the lieutenant of Division 5 under Shinji Hirako. After launching a war against the Gotei 13 with his Arrancar army, Aizen was defeated by Ichigo Kurosaki and sealed away by Kisuke Urahara, and then imprisoned for his crimes.
Aizen is undeniably one of the strongest characters in the Bleach universe. He is much more powerful than the Gotei 13 Captains, who are also skilled fighters. He demonstrated his great fighting skills by easily disposing of a group of four Captains and four Vizards. It must be acknowledged that Aizen’s hypnotic Zanpakutō, Kyōka Suigetsu, goes along with his gigantic might. He has tactical advantage on the battlefield as a result of everything.
Aizen is a genius in addition to having extraordinary fighting skills, and he excels at both developing new technologies and refining existing ones. In addition, he is a cunning tactician who thinks many steps ahead of his adversaries, even if it involves killing soldiers or inventing his own demise.
Aizen was born with enormous potential, but he has become excessively conceited, giving him a cunning and belligerent appearance that drives his adversaries to the brink. Last but not least, Aizen understands how to surround himself with the strongest soldiers. His second in command, Gin Ichimaru, is a once-every-ten-years genius and a ruthless fighter like Zaraki (like Hitsugaya). Only Kaname Tōsen is immune to his hypnotic abilities. Finally, he assembled his most skilled Hollows into an army of Arrancars (Hollows with Shinigami abilities), which included the Espadas, who were themselves Captains of the 13 Divisions.
Aizen has a huge amount of Spiritual Power, even by the standards of a captain. He managed to transform Wonderweiss Margela into an Arrancar even before the Hōgyoku is activated, revealing the extent of his power. Aizen claims that even in his half-awake state, the Hōgyoku can be fully activated when he temporarily fuses with someone with twice the spiritual power of a Shinigami Captain’s average level, referring to himself.
He asserts that he is stronger than all Espada. Aizen is regarded as being significantly more strong than he was prior to being vanquished by Ichigo Kurosaki after spending 17 months imprisoned in the Muken.
As far as his Zanpakutō is concerned, Kyōka Suigetsu is an exceptionally powerful illusion-based Zanpakutō. When in Shikai form, Aizen uses its special Total Hypnosis power to trick everyone around the Zanpakutō and create illusions as he pleases. Namely, the power is activated when a person simply looks at the Zanpakutō, which makes it exceptionally dangerous, as you never know what is real and what is not. Aizen’s Shikai was so powerful that only Ichigo was not affected by it. His Bankai has not been revealed.
Yhwach and his powers
Yhwach is the Father of the Quincy and the emperor of the Wandenreich, with the designation “A” – “The Almighty”. He is the son of the Soul King and also the leader of the Sternritter, as well as the leader of the Quincy rebellion against the Shinigami. Yhwach is one of the most powerful characters in the series and is, by all means, almost invincible.
Yhwach is one of the most powerful spirit beings in the Bleach universe, recognized as being the most powerful Quincy. Already as a child, his power gathered people around him, who considered him a miracle. He subjugated all of Quincy’s territories in less than 200 years single-handedly. History remembered him as one of the only opponents Yamamoto could not defeat and the only one to survive his Bankai.
He was able to kill the Captain General of the 13 Divisions with amazing ease, destroy the Seireitei, and even invade the Royal Palace. Even Ichibē Hyōsube, the leader of the Royal Guard, who can be described as an invincible fighter with his many abilities, was defeated by the Quincy. During his final fight against Ichigo and Aizen, it took Yhwach’s power to be negated for a short time for King Quincy to be defeated.
Yhwach is able to use the whole plethora of Quincy techniques, both the basic techniques and those that only he masters. He can of course absorb spirit particles to move through the air, levitate, harden his body, create a spherical barrier, create a giant spirit bow, or even shoot arrows from his finger. His mastery of absorbing spirit particles goes as far as stealing power from the enemy through the Sankt Altar technique.
Even by Quincy standard, Yhwach possesses very strong spiritual power. This spiritual power is so powerful that it is able to annihilate the body of the Arrancars, yet covered with the Hierro. His Reiryoku reserves allow him to be able to use Yamamoto’s Bankai, Zanka no Tachi, which not only dries up the environment but also destroys the user’s body.
He can even make his spiritual pressure take shape, under the guise of an overflowing aura. He can absorb the spiritual power of his opponents, without great difficulty, especially with the Sankt Altar. His powerful Reiatsu allows him to take a Getsuga Tenshō without taking any damage or exploding Ichibē Hyōsube’s body after a huge fight.
Even after his death, his spiritual power was strong enough to survive for 10 years. He has also demonstrated immense strength on multiple occasions. He sliced Yamamoto’s body from left shoulder to right leg in a single blow, slicing him in half and condemning him to death. He stopped Ichigo’s first Bankai with his bare hands and even grabbed Aizen’s body with his arm.
His skill as a warrior is unparalleled. He was able to overtake Ichigo, yet in Bankai, tackle him to the ground and plant his sword in his neck, without him being able to defend himself. He has considerable mastery of the sword, often using it as his primary weapon in battle, being able to face Ichibē Hyōsube on equal terms and overpower Ichigo in a two-sword duel. His pain tolerance is also very high, using gigantic arrows that pierce his body to allow him to gain momentum.
Sōsuke Aizen vs. Yhwach: Who would win?
During the Thousand-Year Blood War, Yhwach, knowing Aizen’s power, wanted to recruit the rogue Shinigami to his cause, but Aizen outwardly refused. Yhwach then set him free later on, but Aizen thanked him and then turned on him. Yhwach questioned such a move, but Aizen simply explained that he did not want anyone controlling him, not even Yhwach.
While Aizen and Yhwach were talking, Renji and Ichigo attacked the Quincy Emperor and a fight between them ensued. Now, this is where Aizen’s Kyōka Suigetsu really came into the spotlight, as it not only helped weaken Yhwach, even if by little, but it also gave Ichigo the necessary opening to actually defeat and kill Yhwach.
Following Yhwach’s initial assault on Ichigo, Aizen engages in a Bankai attack while posing as Renji, but Yhwach breaks off his left arm and simply decides to destroy Aizen personally. Aizen then uses Hadō 99, Goryūtenmetsu, an extremely powerful spell, which shatters the earth around them and, above all of them, creates a giant dragon made out of energy that charges forward, before returning to his original form while keeping his Zanpakutō intact.
Yhwach mocks him for it and Aizen then appears to protect Renji from him. Regardless of everything, Yhwach simply remarks that Aizen’s blade is broken before launching him backward with an energy blast. Yhwach concludes, victoriously, that even the powerful Kyōka Suigetsu is useless compared to his enormous power. He then proceeds to stop his sword as Aizen, posing as Ichigo, arrives behind him with Tensa Zangetsu.
Aizen then compliments Ichigo for picking up on his use of illusions so quickly and describes how he used Kōyka Suigetsu’s strength to defeat The Almighty before commenting that Ichigo was the last step in his plan because he was unaffected by his illusions. While they’re talking, Yhwach collapses into a pool of darkness. Aizen admits that he never imagined that keeping Ichigo away from his Shikai would be so advantageous to him, and is shocked when the pool of darkness surrounding Yhwach suddenly bursts and engulfs him. Ichigo would soon defeat Yhwach for good, and Aizen was imprisoned once again; ten years later, he finally felt the last traces of Yhwach’s Reiatsu disappear.
This battle was overall too short to give us a proper insight into the power balance between these two characters, but it was enough for us to see how cunning of a fighter Aizen was, even when facing Yhwach, who was thought to be invincible and who killed Yamamoto. Aizen definitely had something to say against Yhwach, but as the Quincy Emperor himself said, he was relatively immune to the powers of Aizen’s Shikai, which gives him the ultimate advantage in this fight. This is why we actually have Yhwach win this one, as, without Ichigo’s help, he would’ve been killed by Yhwach.
There is a chance that Aizen might have defeated Yhwach with his Bankai, but since we don’t know Aizen’s Bankai and what its powers are, we cannot attest to this; it remains only a possibility.