Yhwach is, as you know, the current villain of the Bleach anime. The King and leader of all the Quincy, Yhwach, wanted to take over all the realms, destroy them, and unite them into a world he would rule over. He has come close because of his abilities, and in this article, we will explain these abilities to you so that you know everything you need to know about Yhwach.
Yhwach is the son of the Soul King and the father of all Quincies. He has a deep-rooted connection to the Shadows and is also connected to all Quincy, meaning that every Quincy has a fragment of Yhwach’s blood in them. As their king, Yhwach can give and take away the powers of his Quincy subordinates, and when a Quincy dies, all of their powers and abilities are returned directly to Yhwach. Due to his enormous power, he has to sleep during the night to save his energy, which is when Jugram replaces him and takes a portion of his power, The Almighty.
The rest of this article will tell you about Yhwach and his very specific nature, as well as some of his more specific powers and abilities. Yhwach is a truly special character in every way, and while he was a tyrannical villain, he was also quite interesting, which actually inspired this article. We will analyze and answer several relevant questions concerning Yhwach and his powers and abilities, so be ready for a lot of new information here. Of course, this article will contain a significant amount of spoilers, so we advise you to be careful how you approach certain sections as you read.
Jugram Haschwalth revealed Yhwach’s true nature and ability to Ishida, as well as his connection to all the Quincy
Yhwach was born a baby far too weak to move his arms, legs, or even his eyelids. But even as a baby, he had the unique ability to give others a piece of his soul to heal them of their ailments, no matter what kind. Even if someone had a serious illness or lost a body part, all they had to do was touch the little baby to be healed. The downside was that the people who touched Yhwach only had a short lifespan in return, of either a few years, months, or days.
When the people who possessed a piece of his soul died, their souls were automatically absorbed by Yhwach, giving him their life force and abilities. As a result, he was eventually strong enough to open his eyes and move his arms and legs.
Furthermore, by absorbing other souls, not only did his own power expand, but his own life also lengthened. The people of that time worshiped the child because of this gift and named him after the god they believed in – Yhwach. After some time, when Yhwach gained his hearing and became aware of it, he henceforth adopted that name as his own.
Yhwach was the first Quincy that ever existed and is therefore known as the father of all Quincy. According to Isshin, his blood and, thus, a piece of his power is present in every other Quincy today. He is also the son of the Soul King, which adds an extra layer to his powers and abilities. So, at the end of one of the recent episodes, when Renji killed Mask De Masculine, who had killed James, the Sternritter “S,” James’ powers returned to Yhwach, which shocked Ishida.
Jugram then asked Ishida whether he knew what kind of a being Yhwach was and offered to explain it to him while he was leading him to the execution of BG9 and Cang Du.
So, what kind of a being is Yhwach? He is not a deity like the Soul King, but he is a very special being with many divine powers, making him so special and dangerous. The ability that Jugram was referring to is actually related to the fact, as Isshin said, Yhwach is, in a way, connected to all Quincy.
Whoever has any Quincy blood in them is connected to Yhwach, and when they die, their powers will return to Yhwach and make him stronger than he was. This vicious cycle shows just how odd and peculiar Yhwach was as a being. Sadly, Jugram did not reveal any special name for this “type” of being, so we assume Yhwach is just Yhwach, a person sui generis, so to speak.
This is also directly related to his Auswählen ability. Namely, as the father of all Quincys, Yhwach can redistribute their powers at will since they are essentially all his. He can completely drain any Quincy, even the Sternritter, of their powers, after which the victim is extremely weakened or dies directly (this technique led, among other things, to Masaki Kurosaki being weakened and being able to be killed by Grand Fisher, but also to the deaths of some Sternritter, such as Robert Accutrone or even Gerard Valkyrie).
The absorbed powers are then available to Yhwach himself, which he can use to strengthen or heal himself. However, he can also pass them on to other Quincy in order to raise them from the dead and increase their powers immensely.
He is basically the source of the powers of all of his Sterneiritter, save for Pernida Parnkgjas and Gerard Valkyrie (and possibly Gremmy Thoumeaux), who are the only two Sternritter who were born with their powers, rather than getting them from Yhwach himself. But, as Gerard’s example illustrates, Yhwach could nevertheless take their powers away, and he could provide them with additional powers through Auswählen.
Yhwach is, as we have said, a very interesting character in more ways than one. His powers are enormous, his evil limitless, but his story is also, as we have seen, exceptional and makes him one of the most intriguing characters in the series. And while a name has not been provided, he is truly a special being, something between a regular Quincy and a deity, as he is the son of the Soul King and the father of all Quincys, whose powers he can drain at any time so strengthen himself.
He was never omnipotent or fully omniscient, but he got pretty close to that. Still, in more ways than one, he depended a lot on Jugram, and allow us now to explain how and why.
Yhwach has a very special relationship with Jugram
Now, as we have seen in the recent episode’s extra scene, Jugram and Yhwach have a very special relationship. At night, Yhwach disappears into the shadows as he has to sleep, while Jugram completely takes over this power during that time. This power is called The Almighty.
Naturally, As King of the Quincy and leader of the Sternritter, Yhwach bears the Schrift “A,” symbolizing the power known as “The Almighty.” If Yhwach uses this ability, he “opens” his eyes, now getting three pupils. This state is roughly comparable to the Quincy: Vollständig of a regular Sternritter, but differs significantly in one respect: Yhwach was only able to open his eyes after 999 years, since the time of his sealing, when he had fully regained his powers. Had “”The Almighty”‘ been activated earlier, Yhwach’s powers would have spiraled out of control, and the power of all Stenritter would have been absorbed.
The exact effects of this power are not entirely clear, but it seems to allow Yhwach, once he sees an ability, to see through it when possible and conform to it, rendering it ineffective against him, and he can even reflect back on the original user. However, Yhwach can only use his powers to a limited extent and can only change the future. This is a major weakness of “The Almighty,” as it can be affected by those powers that alter the past, like Tsukishima’s Fullbring or even Ishida’s “The Antithesis.”
Now, due to “The Almighty” being so powerful and power-consuming, Yhwach cannot always use this power. This is why Yhwach when he goes to sleep at night, switches with Jugram, who then takes on the power of “The Almighty” and can use it as he wishes.
This is because Jugram has a similar ability to Yhwach, and he was the only one, alongside Yhwach, who was able to share such enormous power. So, during the day, Yhwach is “The Almighty,” but at night, when Yhwach retreats to the shadows to sleep, the power is taken by Jugram. (Interestingly enough, killing Jugram would also destroy that power).
So no, Yhwach did not transform into Jugram in that episode; he simply gave him his ultimate power and then proceeded to sleep, as all normal and healthy individuals do.