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490Wandenreich symbol
Kanji 見えざる帝国 (ヴァンデンライヒ)
English Invisible Empire
Romaji Vandenraihi
Founder(s) Yhwach
Headquarters Silbern, Wandenreich City
Leader(s) Emperor Yhwach
Senior Member(s) Sternritter, Uryū Ishida
Other Members Asguiaro Ebern, Luders Friegen
Affiliation Quincy, Arrancar
Purpose United Authority of the Quincy

The Wandenreich (見えざる帝国 (ヴァンデンライヒ), Vandenraihi; Japanese for "Invisible Empire") is a hidden empire of the Quincy. They are at war with Soul Society.[1][2]


After losing the war with the Shinigami 1,000 years ago, the Quincy escaped from the Human World into the Seireitei, the place they believed to be the most unguarded. In doing so, they used Reishi to create space in the "shadows". This is what was called the Wandenreich, the "Invisible Empire". Their plan was to use the abundant Reishi that was only to be found in Soul Society as the source of their power, so they hid and waited for 1,000 years while gathering their power.[3]

Sometime after the defeat of Sōsuke Aizen, the Wandenreich conquered Hueco Mundo, capturing Tier Harribel in the process.[4] In addition, they conscripted numerous Arrancar into their service and killed many Hollows.[5][6][1]


The organizational structure of the Wandenreich is not yet clear, but there is a central monarch based out of their headquarters.[7] In his service, there are a number of underlings who follow his direct orders. His successor to the entire monarchy is Uryū Ishida.[8]


A group of elite Quincy combatants known as the Sternritter (星十字騎士団 (シュテルンリッター), shuterunrittā; German for "Star Knights", Japanese for "Star Cross Knight Band/Order").[9] Jugram Haschwalth leads them as the Sternritter Grandmaster (星十字騎士団最高位 (シュテルンリッター・グランドマスター), Shuterunrittā Gurandomasutā; Japanese for "Highest-Ranked of the Band of Star-Cross Knights") and also serves as Yhwachs second-in-command and substitute. Members of the Sternritter and certain other individuals (including Yhwach) within the Wandenreich military are each assigned a letter of the alphabet and an appropriate epithet by Yhwach in order to designate them.[10] Five Sternritter are appointed as Yhwach's elite guards: Pernida Parnkgjas, Askin Nakk Le Vaar, Gerard Valkyrie, Lille Barro,[11] and Uryū Ishida.[12] These guards are known as the Schutzstaffel (親衛隊 (シュッツシュタッフェル), Shuttsushutafferu; German for "Protective Echelon", Japanese for "Elite/Imperial Guards").[13][14] Lille is the leader of the Schutzstaffel, because he was the first Quincy to be ever granted a Schrift.[15]


There is a separate hunting unit called the Jagdarmee (狩猟部隊 (ヤークトアルメー), yākutoarumē; German for "Hunt(ing) Army", Japanese for "Hunting Corps") of Hueco Mundo which, in the wake of Hueco Mundo's conquest by the Wandenreich, is entrusted with capturing Arrancar to serve the empire.[16]

The Jagdarmee is separated into numbered groups, and the leader of the first Jagdarmee, the Executive Hunting Captain (統括狩猟隊長, tōkatsu shuryō taichō), is Quilge Opie.[17]


The military is comprised of a large number of skilled Soldat (聖兵 (ゾルダート), zorudāto; German for "Soldier", Japanese for "Holy Soldier(s)"). They can defeat low-ranked Shinigami with ease.[18]


The Wandenreich have forcefully drafted many strong Arrancar into their army,[16] who are considered to be useful soldiers due to them not requiring prerequisite training, but are regarded as expendable, for Yhwach killed two of them once he deemed they had fulfilled their purposes, and claimed that, having annexed Hueco Mundo, he can obtain as many Arrancar as he wishes.[7] Any Arrancar who are to be drafted has their Zanpakutō confiscated,[19] and in place given a Quincy Cross that allows them to form Spirit Weapons.[20]

There exists a communication unit, which maintains the connection between headquarters and operational units.[9]


Over 1000 years ago, Yhwach conquered the northern lands where Jugram Haschwalth and Bazz-B lived, by burning down the village and forest in the area. He dubbed the conquered territory the Lichtreich (光の帝国 (リヒトライヒ), Rihitoraihi; German for "Light Empire", Japanese for "Empire of Light"), which extended to all the nearby countries.[21]


Silbern, the headquarters of the Wandenreich.

The Wandenreich is based out of a large, ice-encrusted building known as Silbern (銀架城 (ジルバーン), Jirubān; German for "Silver", Japanese for "Silver-Wrought Castle"; Viz "Silver Cross Fortress").[22] This building consists of a thick base with a long stairway leading up the front. On top of this are a series of thick columns supporting a thicker second tier of the building. There is a third tier above this, supported by thinner columns. Surrounding the main building are a number of ice-covered round or square towers and two curved structures leaning towards each other, forming an arch-like monument at the front of the building.[23] Inside the building, Yhwach has a floating throne. Behind this lies a series of floating steps leading to a curtained doorway, where Harribel is kept prisoner.[4] Housed somewhere in the place where the Wandenreich reside is a structure called the Gate of the Sun (太陽の門, Taiyō no Mon), which was used to invade Soul Society.[24]

The headquarters is made purely out of Reishi particles from the Seireitei, and exists in a dimension within the Seireitei known as the Schatten Bereich (影の領域 (シャッテン・ベライヒ), Shatten Beraihi; German and Japanese for "Shadow Realm"). This dimension cannot normally be seen or detected by the Shinigami, thus giving the Wandenreich the title of "The Invisible Empire." When leaving the base, the Wandenreich does not need a method of bypassing the walls surrounding the Seireitei, as they have always been inside of the Seireitei. Furthermore, the Wandenreich can decompose the Reishi particles that make up the Seireitei to reveal their headquarters.[25] Yhwach cannot leave this area for more than a certain period of time before having to retreat.[26]

628Zeichen Palace

Wahrwelt, the new stronghold of Wandenreich.

After absorbing the Soul King, Yhwach brought the entire Wandenreich city to the Soul King Palace, and drastically altered its appearance. He placed the main palace at ground level while covering parts of it with ice.[27] He also connected the five floating cities nearby to the Wandenreich city, thus creating a massive Quincy Zeichen, and formed a massive, tower-like palace with Silbern on the top for his new stronghold, which he calls the Wahrwelt (真世界城 (ヴァールヴェルト), Vāruveruto; German for "True World", Japanese for "True World Castle") because it will be the cornerstone of his new world.[28]

Notable Members

Rank Name Epithet Species
EmperorYhwach"A"[29] - "The Almighty"[30]Quincy
Crown PrinceUryū Ishida"A"Quincy
Sternritter Grandmaster[31]Jugram Haschwalth"B"Quincy
Executive Hunting CaptainQuilge Opie"J" - The Jail[10]Quincy
Leader of the SchutzstaffelLille Barro"X" - The X-axis[32]Quincy
Vice-Captain of the Sternritter[33]HubertNoneQuincy
SoldierAsguiaro EbernNoneArrancar
SoldierLuders FriegenNoneArrancar


486Standard Wandenreich uniform

The typical uniform of a Wandenreich member.

The typical attire of most Wandenreich personnel consists of a long, white, double-breasted trench coat with shoulder straps and a white, button-down bib. This coat is bound at the waist with a black belt, which is further adorned with a decorative buckle, and is worn over both white trousers and trench boots. Many members sport white hats with black peaks and a crest emblazoned on its front, which is reminiscent of the five-pointed variant of the Quincy cross. This insignia is reflected by the buttons of their other apparel.[34] Some higher-ranking members pair this uniform with other additional pieces of clothing, such as capes or cloaks, to distinguish themselves.[35] The Sternritter wear a distinctive white, ankle-length cloak over their uniform which features the Wandenreich insignia emblazoned on its back and often a hood attached to the cloak's collar.[36] Apart from the standard uniform, a Soldat's attire consists of a military beret, black goggles with white lenses, a gas mask which obscures their entire face, and a short, collared cloak.[18]

In certain instances, personnel have been observed wearing a simplified version of the usual Wandenreich uniform, which lacks the normal button-down bib and belt.[37] Those who took part in the declaration of war upon Soul Society sported this specific variation, as well as a hooded cape, which featured a black mask in order to obscure their face, and a black band diagonally encircling their body.[38]

Hooded Coat

The Hooded Coat.

Each member of Yhwach's Schutzstaffel wears a distinctive cloak known as the Hooded Coat (フーデッドコート, Fūdeddo Kōto)[39] over their clothing; this cloak is fastened at the front with three buttons and features a large, black Hagal rune on the left side.[40]

1000 years ago, this uniform was approximately the same, with some members choosing to add accessories like ties and capes to their ensemble. Additionally, the Wandenreich emblem only had 3 points at this time, along with a tick marking the center between each two points; the current five-pointed version would not be introduced until Yhwach began assembling the Sternritter.[41]


C496p17 As Nodt medalion

An example of the medallion which the Wandenreich use to steal Bankai

Medallion (メダリオン, Medarion): A number of those within the Wandenreich military, including all members of the Sternritter, carry on their person a round device which is roughly the size of a person's palm and has the Wandenreich insignia etched into its surface. When activated, this device can steal a single currently released Bankai in the immediate vicinity.[42] Once stolen, the medallion's wielder can use the stolen Bankai's power at will, even after the original owner's death.[43][44] They appear unable to exploit this power fully, for according to what Yamamoto experienced, Driscoll Berci's use of Kōkō Gonryō Rikyū was noticeably inferior to that of its true owner, Chōjirō Sasakibe.[45]


  • Daten (情報 (ダーテン), dāten; German for "Data", Japanese for "Information/(Military) Intelligence"): The exhaustive data collected by the Wandenreich on the opposition's forces, which has been distributed to all essential personnel.[46] Parts of this intelligence include details on those considered to be Special War Powers and those in possession of Bankai.[47]
  • Medalize (星章化 (メダライズ), medaraizu; Japanese for "Star-Emblemize"): The process which the Wandenreich uses to steal Bankai.[48]
  • Schrift (聖文字 (シュリフト), shurifuto; German for "Script", Japanese for "Holy Letter"; Viz "Sacred Letter"): The name given to the letters of the alphabet bestowed to select individuals within the Wandenreich by Yhwach in order to designate them.[49] The exact letter given corresponds to an appropriate epithet reflecting the nature of the person's particular ability.[10] By having a Quincy perform the Initial-In-Soul Writing Ritual and drink a cup of his blood, Yhwach is able to write an initial of the power he wishes to bestow on the select individual's soul. In addition, the granted power returns to Yhwach should the Sternritter die.[50]

Special War Powers

In their war with Soul Society, the Wandenreich have placed particular emphasis on five so-called Special War Powers (特記戦力, tokki senryoku; lit "Notable/Noted Fighting Powers"), who they believe will play a pivotal role in deciding the ultimate outcome of the war itself.[24] These powers are important enough that the temporary detainment of just one prompted the Wandenreich to begin the invasion of Soul Society, due to their guaranteed absence.[9] Sōsuke Aizen was asked to join the Wandenreich as one of the special war powers, but he turned down the offer.[51] Captain-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto was not considered to be a special war power because Yhwach considered him weak compared to 1000 years ago.[52] Originally, Kenpachi Zaraki was listed as first among the group's members,[53] but after Kenpachi's defeat at the hands of Royd Lloyd, Ichigo Kurosaki was deemed the most dangerous member of the Special War Powers.[54]

These 5 Special War Powers belong to exceptional individuals chosen for a very specific quality of theirs, unusual enough that they were classified as an "unknown variable".[55]

Special War Powers
# Name Classification Reasoning
1Ichigo Kurosaki[56][57]Latent Ability: Potential to be far more powerful and dangerous than the average combatant due to his mixed heritage.
2Kenpachi Zaraki[58][57]Fighting Strength: His monstrous physical strength and capabilities, as well as his fighting skill.
3Ichibē Hyōsube[57]Wisdom: His ability to think and act strategically using his vast knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight.
4Sōsuke Aizen[59][57]Reiatsu: His monstrously powerful Reiatsu, capable of disintegrating other being and repelling the overflowing power of the Soul King himself.
5Kisuke Urahara[60]Means: His abilities to outmaneuver his opponents by perpetually adapting his battle strategy.


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  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 490, pages 1 & 16
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, pages 10-12
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 485, pages 15-17
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 486, page 10
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 480, page 3
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 484, pages 16-17
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 543, page 16
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Bleach manga; Chapter 489, pages 12-13
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Bleach manga; Chapter 500, page 15
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, pages 6-8
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 630, pages 6-7
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 620, page 8
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 630, pages 7-8
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 656, page 4
  16. 16.0 16.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 486, pages 16-17
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 487, page 10
  18. 18.0 18.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 511, pages 14-16
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 487, page 15
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 482, page 8
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 631, pages 13 & 16
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 559, page 6
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 484, pages 12-13
  24. 24.0 24.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 490, page 1
  25. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, pages 10-12
  26. Bleach manga; Chapter 514, pages 11-12
  27. Bleach manga; Chapter 627, pages 8-9 & 14-17
  28. Bleach manga; Chapter 628, pages 14-17
  29. Bleach manga; Chapter 543, page 16
  30. Bleach manga; Chapter 609, page 16
  31. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, page 13
  32. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, page 8
  33. Bleach manga; Chapter 634, page 7
  34. Bleach manga; Chapter 486, page 17
  35. Bleach manga; Chapter 487, page 11
  36. Bleach manga; Chapter 490, page 2
  37. Bleach manga; Chapter 486, pages 15-16
  38. Bleach manga; Chapter 484, page 14
  39. Bleach manga; Volume 66, page 150
  40. Bleach manga; Chapter 599, pages 6-7
  41. Bleach manga; Chapter 632, pages 5-7
  42. Bleach manga; Chapter 496, pages 14-17
  43. Bleach manga; Chapter 501, pages 15-17
  44. Bleach manga; Chapter 503, page 17
  45. Bleach manga; Chapter 504, pages 15-16
  46. Bleach manga; Chapter 489, page 7
  47. Bleach manga; Chapter 502, page 12
  48. Bleach manga; Chapter 498, page 10
  49. Bleach manga; Chapter 543, page 17
  50. Bleach manga; Chapter 565, pages 11-13
  51. Bleach manga; Chapter 510, pages 9-10
  52. Bleach manga; Chapter 511, page 9
  53. Bleach manga; Chapter 505, page 16
  54. Bleach manga; Chapter 582, page 6
  55. Bleach manga; Chapter 662, page 9
  56. Bleach manga; Chapter 489, page 7
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 Bleach manga; Chapter 662, page 9
  58. Bleach manga; Chapter 505, page 16
  59. Bleach - The Dagger #4
  60. Bleach manga; Chapter 662, page 10


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