|Use||To medalize a Shinigami's Bankai|
A Medallion (メダリオン, Medarion) is a device possessed by select members of the Wandenreich military, including all Sternritter. When activated, it allows one to medalize (星章化 (メダライズ), medaraizu; Japanese for "Star-Emblemize") a Shinigami's Bankai, thereby stealing it and allowing it to be used as their own.
Medallions are thin, round devices that have the Wandenreich's insignia etched onto their surface. They are metallic and are roughly the size of an individual's palm. When presented to a single released Bankai in the vicinity, the device emits five streams of dark energy that cause the Shinigami's Bankai to disintegrate. The disintegrated Bankai is absorbed into the dark energy, forming a ring which then recedes into the medallion. The victim effectively loses their Bankai, and is left incapable of communicating with their Zanpakutō.
The process that Asguiaro Ebern uses to activate his medallion is more elaborate, requiring a long, drawn-out incantation. The process itself is different from the norm; the dark energy that pours out of the medallion forms a star shape, which then emits numerous columns of bright energy. This energy then envelops the intended target, disintegrating their Bankai on contact.
The medallion's owner can use the stolen Bankai's power at will, even if its original owner is dead.
The medallions have a number of limitations:
- While a medallion can steal any Bankai, in order to properly control it, the one who stole it must be sufficiently powerful. Yhwach believed himself to be the only individual capable of controlling Captain-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto's Bankai. For this reason, he ordered Royd Lloyd not to steal it.
- For unknown reasons, the medallions cannot medalize Ichigo Kurosaki's Bankai. Yamamoto hypothesized that it is because Ichigo had only recently mastered his Bankai and it still had room to grow. Thus, because the limits of its power were unknown, the Wandenreich could not steal it.
- While the medallion's owner is in possession of a Shinigami's Bankai, even if they are not using it at the time, they are unable to activate their Quincy: Vollständig.
- While the Bankai can be wielded by the one who stole it, it cannot be fully exploited, its power being noticeably weaker than when used by its original owner. This can be rectified if the Quincy in question takes the time and effort to master the Bankai's usage.
- Because the spiritual power of Hollows is essentially poisonous to Quincy, the medallion is incapable of stealing an Arrancar's Resurrección, despite it being fundamentally similar to a Shinigami's Bankai. Furthermore, by absorbing the Shin'eiyaku invented by Kisuke Urahara, which contains a small portion of a Hollow's power, a Shinigami can temporarily Hollowfy their Bankai, essentially turning it into a "poison." The Hollowfied Bankai is rendered harmful to the Quincy in possession of it, impairing their bodily functions and gradually falling apart. Simultaneously, the Bankai gradually returns to its original owner.
† Bankai has been reclaimed by its original owner
- Yhwach has commanded that the Sternritter who medalized the Bankai of a captain is the one who will kill the said captain.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 498, page 10
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 499, page 2
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 496, pages 14-17
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 497, pages 3-4
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 483, pages 10-14
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 510, page 11
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 509, page 10
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 554, page 16
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 504, pages 15-16
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 553, page 9
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 552, pages 10-17
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 553, page 6
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 553, pages 1-2
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 483, page 10
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 496, page 14
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 Bleach manga; Chapter 497, page 1
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 16
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 552, page 1
|Members||A: Yhwach (Sovereign) • Argola • Hubert • Zeidritz • Arrancar: Asguiaro Ebern • Luders Friegen|
|Schutzstaffel||A: Uryū Ishida • C: Pernida Parnkgjas • D: Askin Nakk Le Vaar • M: Gerard Valkyrie • X: Lille Barro|
|Sternritter||B: Jugram Haschwalth • E: Bambietta Basterbine • F: Äs Nödt • G: Liltotto Lamperd • H: Bazz-B • I: Cang Du • J: Quilge Opie • K: BG9 • L: PePe Waccabrada • N: Robert Accutrone • O: Driscoll Berci • P: Meninas McAllon • Q: Berenice Gabrielli • R: Jerome Guizbatt • S: Mask De Masculine • T: Candice Catnipp • U: NaNaNa Najahkoop • V: Gremmy Thoumeaux • W: Nianzol Weizol • Y: Loyd Lloyd • Y: Royd Lloyd • Z: Giselle Gewelle • Σ: Shaz Domino|
|Related||Wandenreich • Jagdarmee • Sternritter • Quincy • Arrancar|