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Ōken
King's Key
Kanji 王鍵
English King's Key
Item Statistics
Use Opening the gate to the Soul King Palace
Created By Soul King
Used By Royal Guard

The Ōken (王鍵, King's Key) is the key of the royal house which allows passage to the dimension where the Soul King resides.[1]

Overview

The precedent is that the only one in Soul Society which would have the location of the Ōken is the Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13. The location is passed on verbally from generation to generation of Captain-Commanders, and there is no document explaining where it is located.[2]

Sōsuke Aizen, however, discovered the Ōken can be forged with 100,000 souls and a Jūreichi (重霊地, Important Spirit Ground) with a radius of half a spirit-mile. The current Jūreichi in the Human World is Karakura Town.[2]

Ch519 TheTrueOken

The true Ōken within Ichibei Hyōsube's arm.

The Ōken is in reality the power given to those chosen to become Royal Guard. The Soul King manifests the power into those individuals, so it is literally in their bones. Therefore, Aizen's attempt to forge a key for himself was an attempt to create a new life.[3]

559Rukia and Renji arrive

An example of Ōken clothing.

Members of the the Royal Guard can use the Ōken in their bodies, which would consist of their hair and bones, to create clothing for Shinigami. Clothes designed in this manner possesses incredible defensive powers, and can protect the wearer from the friction of breaking the 72 layers of barriers that separate the Soul King's dimension and that of the Seireitei. Should this happen, the 72 barriers cannot be closed for 1 hour and 40 minutes because of the clothes' sheer defensive powers.[4]

References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 223, pages 5-11
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 223, pages 9-10
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 519, pages 6-7
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 585, pages 4-5

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