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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]


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 idea being that the location will be 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, therefore it is literally in their bones. Aizen's attempt to forge a key for himself is therefore, to create a new life itself.[3]


  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


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