156 cm (5'1")
42 kg (92.6 lbs)
2nd Division, Onmitsukidō
22nd Head of the Shihōin Clan, Captain of the 2nd Division, Commander of the Onmitsukidō, Corps Commander of the Corrections Corps
Volume 6, Chapter 51
Anime, Manga, Movies, and Video Games
Satsuki Yukino, Shiro Saito (in cat form)
Voice actor(s) (English)
Wendee Lee, Terrence Stone (in cat form)
Voice actor(s) (Spanish)
Mónica Padrós (Spain)
Rebeca Gómez (Latin America), Pedro D'Aguillon Jr. (LA in cat form)
Powers & Abilities
As a member of a noble family and former Captain of the 2nd Division of the Gotei 13 as well as the Former Commander of the Onmitsukidō, Yoruichi has acquired many powerful abilities and artifacts.
Yoruichi in her Cat Form.
Feline Transformation: One of her most important and unique abilities is that she can shapeshift into a black cat at will. The origin of how she obtained this ability is currently unknown. Though its apparent that she possessed the ability since her time as Captain of the 2nd Division, as shown from Byakuya's insult to her at the time. It is also unknown if this ability possesses any time limit, but it is unlikely considering she has used it for so long that she is not used to her human form and dislikes wearing clothing (much to Ichigo's chagrin). As a cat, Yoruichi can still channel spiritual power and move with incredible speeds, though she is physically limited by the form. Her transformation also allows her a complete disguise in multiple ways; aside from the physical transformation, her voice as a cat is deep enough for most to assume that she is male.
Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Despite having her own personal Zanpakutō, Yoruichi is usually seen fighting hand-to-hand. Her mastery in this area is so great that she may be the most proficient in it of all Shinigami alive. Taking on the likes of high level Arrancar with no problem, she is even being considered to be highly dangerous by the 4th Espada, Ulquiorra Cifer.
Expert Swordsmanship Specialist: While preferring to fight her opponents barehanded, during flashbacks of her days as a captain, Yoruichi showed herself a highly capable swordswoman from her ability to take down a huge hollow with a single strike of her sealed Zanpakutō.
Flash Step Master: Considered to be the most proficient Hohō master in the entire Soul Society, Yoruichi is highly skilled in the use of Flash Steps, a high speed movement ability. Though this is by no means a unique skill, as most seated officers are capable of performing it to various degrees, Yoruichi holds the title "Goddess of Flash" (shunshin) because she has mastered this ability to such an extent that she can appear to be in several places at once and wipe out an entire Onmitsukidō squadrons in moments. She has mastered all of the Onmitsukiō's speed oriented techniques and even created some of her own such as Utsusemi (空蝉; cicada, referencing their molting). Similar to the 7th Espada Zommari Leroux, Yoruichi has demonstrated the ability to leave at least one tangible after-image of herself for diversions and substitutions that can even appear to bleed after getting attacked. The full extent of her abilities remain unclear, but she was able to outrun Byakuya while carrying an unconscious Ichigo over her shoulder. She was able to perform around 300 steps before feeling out of breath. Furthermore, she states that she is out of practice after doing so. She is so fast that Soifon could barely keep up while in reality Yoruichi was still holding back. It is revealed that she can still perform Flash Steps even while in her cat form. Unforunately, her cat form is not as fast as Ichigo who during a filler episode was easily able to outrun her, forcing her to transform.
Enhanced Strength: Despite her slender appearance, Yoruichi is very strong physically in her human form. She was strong enough at the point of still highly effectively using flash steps while carrying around a passed out Ichigo. She also capable of easily catching a direct punch from Yammy, the 10th Espada, and simultaneously throw the heavy Arrancar several feet away. She was also as easily able to injure him despite his thick Hierro with various unarmed moves, but it was later revealed that she was injured by his hierro, admitting that she wasn't expecting his skin to be that hard.
High Spiritual Power: As the former Captain and head of a noble clan, Yoruichi boasts a great amount of spiritual energy. While using Shunko, her concentrated spiritual power becomes far greater than before.
Enhanced Endurance: Despite her own admition of being out of shape, Yoruichi has shown to be a very resilient warrior. Both when out of breath from prolonged running against Byakuya and sustaining fractures from Yammy's hierro, Yoruichi was still able to fight effectively while showing no signs of weakening.
Master Assassin: As the former Commander-in-Chief of the Onmitsukidō, Yoruichi is one of the foremost masters of the art of assassination. She has repeatedly shown masterful skill art of staying hidden and unseen. When necessary she can effectively exploit having a advantage against an opponent or hiding her presence. Even people as intuitive as Byakuya and Aizen were completely taken by surprise and just as easily subdued.
Master Strategist: As the former head of her clan as well as commander of the Secret Mobile Corps, Yoruichi has shown herself to be a capable leader. Repeatedly through the series, Yoruichi has shown to be insightful and crafty, quickly capable of understanding any situation that presents itself and adjust to it effectively. Upon learning that Ichigo would go to save Rukia no matter what, Yoruichi began making preprations of her own by training Orihime and Sato.
Kidō Expert: As former Captain of the 2nd Division and the Commander-in-Chief of the Onmitsukidō Yoruichi is well versed in a mastery of Kidō. Though she commonly employs Flash Steps and hand-to-hand fighting techniques, she is masterful in using demon magic to further her capacity in combat - being so experienced she is able to mix it with other fighting techniques.
Yoruichi activating Shunko
Shunkō (瞬閧, Flash Cry): Yoruichi is also skilled with Flash Cry, a technique that combines hand-to-hand combat and Kidō. It concentrates high-pressure Spiritual Energy around the body, allowing it to be fired at opponents. It can also be used to instantly neutralize an opponent's movement.
Yourichi using her zanpakutō in Soifon's flash back
As a former captain of the Gotei 13, it is known that Yoruichi possesses a Zanpakutō and has achieved Bankai, but she relies nearly exclusively on hand-to-hand combat, Flash Cry and Flash Steps. Although she never carries it during the main storyline, it is shown during a flashback about how Soifon became Yoruichi's protégé and when she tells Ichigo about Kisuke Urahara's role as previous captain of the 12th division; It resembles a kodachi or wakizashi. She briefly uses a sword during the The Sealed Sword Frenzy OVA to dispatch a Hollow, though it is unknown if this was her Zanpakutō.
Shikai: Not Yet Revealed
Bankai: Not Yet Revealed