When Quilge traps him in a Reishi prison, Ichigo loses contact with Akon and is unable to free himself. Asking Yuzu to get it, Tsukishima says it must be Keigo and the others. The other Visored stop Ichigo, who is told he must force the Hollow into the very core of his soul. Stating if Tsukishima wanted to harm Xcution, he could have kept going, but it seems his objective is Ichigo, Kūgo tells Yukio to help with Ichigo's training. "...If fate is a millstone, then we are the grist. As he prepares for Byakuya's subsequent attack, Byakuya, appearing behind him, stabs him. As Grimmjow tries to kill her, Shinji, stepping in, fights him until the Arrancar retreat. Kūgo tells him not to worry, because even though they view Tsukishima as a friend, they still view Ichigo as their friend. , Upon arriving at the Senkaimon, they discover the area is being guarded by Reigai copies of several high-level Shinigami, including several captains. As Ichigo and Orihime talk, Rukia, healing her, erases her memory of the event. , Ichigo arrives to take over fighting Shrieker. When the captains and Visored are tricked by Aizen into attacking Momo Hinamori, Ichigo asks them what they are doing as they realize the truth. As Karin and Yuzu try to pry him off Tsukishima, the doorbell rings.  Breaking into Las Noches, Ichigo and his group split up.  At 2:00 a.m., Ichigo, wondering whether she is going to return that night, notes it would be nice not to have Shinigami duties to carry out for once.  Coming across a Wandenreich camp, Ichigo and the others watch as the Tres Bestias intervene in the Wandenreich's selection of Arrancar soldiers. Rukia forces Ichigo to defeat a Hollow, all the while chastising him, and forces him to apologize to Orihime. , An angry Ichigo listens as Aizen, stating he believed Ichigo to be the perfect subject for his research, claims all of Ichigo's victories were by his own doing. Freeing himself, Ichigo takes advantage of the open space to defeat the Hollow. After learning the Bakkōtō, Saiga, becomes stronger by feeding on the Reiatsu of its wielder, Ichigo is saved by Yoruichi, who reveals the remaining assassins have been defeated, prompting Hanza to retreat. However, Yhwach uses The Almighty to avoid the attack and breaks Tensa Zangetsu once more. When a new Hollow appears, Uryū, killing it, introduces himself, saying he hates Shinigami and Ichigo. , Kūgo reveals he was the one who actually attacked Uryū, and ordered Tsukishima to cut him, making them "enemies" who betrayed each other. While Keigo was initially afraid of Ichigo and Sado, both he and Mizuiro later became friends with them. , Soon afterwards, he encounters Askin and demands to know what happened to Grimmjow.  Upon completing this training, Ichigo stops the Sōkyoku from killing Rukia, and, after sympathetic Captains Shunsui Kyōraku and Jūshirō Ukitake destroy the Sōkyoku, Ichigo, freeing Rukia, gives her to Renji to protect. Seeing this, Ichigo realizes this is what happened to him before on the rooftops, and Kūgo explains Yukio's Fullbring. Ichigo uses his new strength against Jidanbō Ikkanzaka.  The fight is brought to a close when Kaname Tōsen forces Grimmjow return to Hueco Mundo. Questioning whether Ichigo even knows enough to answer, Kūgo says he should not even know about his family yet.  At Ichigo's behest, Riruka restores him to his normal size. Finding him, Kūgo says everyone in Xcution has fallen for Tsukishima's trap. Ignoring Ichigo's pleas to stop, Hanza is consumed by his Bakkōtō. Ichigo arrives at the altered Soul King Palace. Returning home to find Hebi on the floor, Ichigo mentions Renji, causing an argument which wakes Karin and causes Hebi to run off. Isshin encourages Ichigo to go defend Karakura Town. , Immense Endurance: When in his Shinigami form, Ichigo's endurance is strengthened to the point where he can continue fighting effectively after receiving many injuries, and can survive attacks which would easily kill normal Humans. After the group return to Karakura, Hanza Nukui leads another group of assassins to kill Ichigo, his friends, and Rurichiyo. As they leave, Ichigo, noting he cannot move or speak, reflects upon how he came to protect Rukia, but instead she protected him again. Byakuya Kuchiki, one of the most proficient users of Shunpo in Soul Society, complimented Ichigo's growing mastery of the technique.  Joining forces to fight off Aizen, the pair's effort proves to be futile, and Aizen, blocking their attack, cuts through Ichigo's midriff, defeating him. , Inside the Unagiya shop, Ikumi, showing Ichigo a pile of work documents, says he seldom does them, yelling at him to get to work. Partly healed by Nel, Dordoni attacks Ichigo, who, blocking the attack, runs away with Nel after Dordoni gives his life to keep the Exequias from stopping them. , Congratulating him on clearing the lesson, Urahara asks if Ichigo is still having trouble breathing or moving, which he is not. Ichigo says Isshin is his father, and he can tell him anything he wants to know. When Ichigo asks him about Uryū's condition, Urahara states Uryū's injuries were treated on the spot, and when he left, he was worried about Ichigo, stating Ichigo was the only one who could beat the Shinigami and save Rukia. Noting that neither his sword nor Orihime's powers have any effect, Ichigo loses all hope of winning, prompting Yhwach to drop him while claiming that all Ichigo accomplished was providing him with some entertainment before preparing to take back the power Ichigo had inherited from him. Ichigo realizes that it was Rukia who stabbed him. , Advanced Growth Rate: According to both Aizen and Urahara, Ichigo's most astounding ability is his growth rate; he grasps the basic control of advanced techniques in days where it would take several years for even the most gifted Shinigami. As Haschwalth approaches them, he reveals that he destroyed the Sun Gate leading to the Human World. Ichigo notes the wound on his back was inflicted by a Hollow.  After regaining his Shinigami powers, one swing from his Zanpakutō produced a shockwave powerful enough to overwhelm Kūgo Ginjō, making the Fullbringer mistake it for a Getsuga Tenshō. When Uryū states he cannot defeat Yhwach, before unleashing Licht Regen on him. Isshin and the twins, running up to Ichigo, knock him down a bank.  As both combatants are heavily injured, Grimmjow prepares to strike down Ichigo, whom Orihime begs not to get hurt anymore. Ichigo awakens with an unexpected bedfellow. 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