|Technique Type||Arrancar Technique|
Hierro (鋼皮 (イエロ), Iero; Spanish for "Iron", Japanese for "Steel Skin") is a defensive Arrancar technique in which the user's reiryoku condenses, creating a steel-hard skin strong enough to block a Zanpakutō. This allows users to confront some of the sword-wielding Shinigami barehanded.
While this technique is exhibited by all Arrancar to some degree, the strength of an individual's Hierro is entirely proportional to the potency of their reiryoku, with Nnoitra Gilga possessing the self-proclaimed strongest Hierro out of all generations of the Espada. However, it is unknown if such claims were true, given that Nnoitra was outranked by five Espada of higher power and a former third Espada injured him without complication. Although Hierro can defend against the attacks of a released Zanpakutō, Kenpachi Zaraki discovered he could cut Nnoitra's body in spite of it by adapting to the latter's reiatsu.
The technique itself is believed to be exclusive to Arrancar, as it has yet to be shown outside of such beings, including those who are capable of Hollowfication, such as the Visored. However, in his half-transformed Hollow state, Ichigo Kurosaki exhibited an apparent variation of this technique where, after enduring several injuries inflicted upon him by the Visored, he displayed an ability to regenerate his wounds with bone-like carapaces which seemed to be just as resilient as the standard Hierro, if not more so.
- In the English dub of the Bleach anime, Hierro was mistakenly said as Cero when Ulquiorra Cifer spoke about Ichigo being able to effortlessly cut off Yammy Llargo's arm.
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 203, page 1
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 306, pages 17-19
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 291, page 14
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 308, pages 9-14
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 220, pages 2-5
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 114
|e · d · v||Hollow|
|Arrancar:||Números · Espada · Exequias|
|Abilities:||Cero · Bala · Hierro · Negación · Garganta · Sonído · Gonzui · Pesquisa · High-Speed Regeneration|
|List:||List of Hollows · List of Arrancar · Resurrección|
|Notable Hollows:||Fishbone D · Hexapodus · Acidwire · Shrieker · Grand Fisher · The Demi-Hollow · Bulbous G · Numb Chandelier · Metastacia · Bawabawa · Runuganga · Guardian of the Forest of Menos · Zonzain · Ayon · Hooleer · Battikaroa · Michel · Tapeworm Hollow · Yosuke · White|
|Events:||Arrancar Invasion · Invasion of Hueco Mundo · White Invasion · Rise of the Vandenreich · Vandenreich vs. The Arrancar · Return to Hueco Mundo · Ayon vs. Quilge Opie|
|Places:||Hueco Mundo · Forest of Menos · Las Noches|