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Battlefield: Soul Society No Prep No Backup Random Encounter Situation: The Akatsuki have invaded the Soul Society. Itachi is in a district and after some destruction and killing he is confronted by Byakuya Kuchiki.
CHAKRA AND PHYSICAL PROWESS As an Uchiha, Itachi's chakra was naturally strong, but his reserves were actually very low, exacerbated by his terminal illness. This prevented him from participating in prolonged battles and limited his use of Mangekyō Sharingan techniques to three times a day in Part I before he needed significant rest, at which point even his Sharingan deactivated. Even performing one Mangekyō technique required 30% of his total chakra.[37] Compensating for this limitation somewhat, Itachi had very refined chakra control, able to perform his techniques with one-handed seals.[38] Although rarely involving himself in such combat, Itachi was very skilled with taijutsu enough to easily defeat three members of the Konoha Military Police Force.[39] He had impressive speed and reflexes, particularly with his hand movements. This extended to both throwing weapons and hand seals, making it appear as if he could perform his techniques without seals; even skilled Sharingan users had difficulty keeping track of him.[40][41] His speed allowed him to attack first in a battle, then immediately move to the location his opponent retreated to before they even realized he was gone, giving them no chance to initiate a counter-attack.[42] NINJUTSU Itachis Crow Clone Technique. Itachi could summon crows, which he would typically call forth in flocks to swarm opponents and distract them. He even integrated crows into clones of himself that would draw opponents attacks. He was likewise able to create shadow clones that could lure in opponents before exploding. Itachi was also well-versed in fūinjutsu, particularly those that would activate in the presence of a specific persons Sharingan.[43][44] BUKIJUTSU As a fully-trained Konoha Anbu, Itachi was skilled with a sword, which was his primary weapon during the Uchiha Clan Downfall. Like many Uchiha, he specialised and was very advanced with shurikenjutsu. Even in his early childhood, Itachi could perfectly hit an intricate set of eight targets, one of which was hidden in a blind spot, by accurately deflecting his projectile off another one to redirect both projectiles path in mid-air.[45] His throwing speed was unprecedented, enough to keep up with and therefore negate the advantages of the Summoning: Lightning Flash Blade Creation.[46] He was as equally comfortable with kunai, able to use kunai to spar with opponents wielding swords. NATURE TRANSFORMATION Itachi using the Great Fireball Technique. Itachis nature transformations included Fire, Water, Wind, Yin, and Yang Release.[4]. As an Uchiha, he had a natural affinity for Fire Release, mastering the clans Great Fireball Technique at a very young age. He would often coat shuriken with fire to increase their offensive capacities.[47] With Water Release, Itachi could perform the advanced Water Dragon Bullet Technique without an external water source,[48] as well as shape existing water into tendrils to strike his opponents from behind.[49] GENJUTSU Itachi using Tsukuyomi on Kakashi. Consistent with his pacifist nature, Itachi specialised in genjutsu typically performed with his Sharingan. His illusions, which often involved crows, could be initiated after only the briefest moment of eye contact. His illusions were so seamless that even targets that knew to expect genjutsu might not immediately realise that theyd fallen prey to him. If opponents tried to avoid eye contact with him, Itachi could instead cast genjutsu by merely pointing at them. In addition to basic illusions, Itachi could use genjutsu to share information or psychologically disable opponents, allowing him to end fights before they even began. According to Ao, he was the only person who could use his genjutsu to take control of other individuals outside the range of even the Sensor Division.[50] Against other genjutsu users, he could turn their genjutsu against them.[51] SHARINGAN Itachi awakened and mastered the Sharingan by the age of eight,[52] demonstrating skill and power superior to most members of his clan.[53] He keeps his Sharingan active near-constantly with minimal drain on his chakra levels. The Sharingan allowed him to see chakra and predict movements, as well as facilitate his use of genjutsu. With the Sharingan he could perform Izanami, a counterpart to the more dangerous Izanagi.[54] MANGEKYŌ SHARINGAN Itachi awakened the Mangekyō Sharingan after the suicide of Shisui Uchiha. Its design was three spiralling curves around the pupil. With his left eye, he could use Tsukuyomi, a genjutsu that trapped opponents minds in an illusory world, altering their perception of time to make seconds of torture seem like days.[55] With his right eye he could use Amaterasu, igniting whatever he looked at with black flames that would burn anything, including fire itself. He had the ability to extinguish Amaterasu, but never displayed the sort of shape transformation that Sasuke later would. Having awakened the Mangekyō in both his eyes, Itachi could also use Susanoo. With its simplest manifestations, he could produce extra arms or bones to improve his options in a fight. When used in full, Itachi was surrounded by a spectral warrior that would protect him from all damage, even jutsu as powerful as Kirin.[56] In addition to the chakra swords and Yasaka Magatama common to all Susanoo, Itachis Susanoo wielded the Sword of Totsuka an ethereal sword with the ability to seal any person it pierced into its gourdhilt and the Yata Mirror a shield that was said to reflect any attack by changing its chakra nature to counterbalance an attack. The simultaneous use of both weapons made Itachis Susanoo essentially invincible.[57] Using any of these techniques required vast amounts of chakra to perform and left Itachi so fatigued afterwards that he had to deactivate his Sharingan altogether. Every time he used his Mangekyō Sharingan his eyesight deteriorated, a process that would progressively worsen on each occasion. Early uses of the Mangekyō would only cause his eyes to bleed, but by the end of his life he reached the point where he was nearly blind, most things looking to him like mere blurs.[58] He does not suffer these shortcomings after his reincarnation and can use all his Mangekyō techniques without problems. INTELLIGENCE As a precaution, Itachi programmed Sasukes Sharingan to react to Tobis. Itachi was a highly intelligent individual. He was solemn and observant; he thought very quickly and remained calm in a fight, enabling him to respond with maximum efficiency and with the smallest likelihood of misjudging circumstances. If an opponent exceeded his expectations or posed a legitimate challenge to him or his allies, Itachi would freely admit it.[59] Even at a young age, his studies of history gave him remarkable foresight and a cost-benefit understanding on par with the Hokage;[7] he took several precautions for Sasuke and against Tobi that he planned would activate after his death. Even Tobi admitted if he didnt keep some secrets from Itachi, he might have been killed by Itachis trap.
EQUIPMENT Ōken Clothing: After training with the Royal Guard, Byakuya dons special clothing in order to safely return to the Seireitei. These clothes are made from the bones and hair of the members of the Royal Guard, and they possess incredible defensive power, allowing Byakuya to withstand the friction that results from breaking through the 72 barriers between Soul Society and the Soul King Palace without suffering any damage; Yhwach notes that no Shinigami could hope to wear greater garb.[166] These clothes take the form of a white, turban-like headpiece covering the upper half of his head and trailing off to his shoulders; a tasseled muffler covering his mouth; and a white cape with a thick, light-colored hem worn over his shihakushō. POWERS AND ABILITIES Master Swordsman: Byakuya is a master of swordsmanship, possessing flawless precision and performing lethal attacks with little effort.[169][66] Shunpo Master: Byakuya is arguably best known for his skill in Shunpo. Having been taught by, but never beating Goddess of Flash Yoruichi Shihōin, he is easily one of the most proficient users of this skill in all of Soul Society.[170] He remained able to use Shunpo after severing the muscles and tendons in his left leg.[171] Senka (閃花, Flash Blossom): A Shunpo technique where one, moving to their opponents back, directly attacks and seals ones Saketsu and Hakusui in two rapid strikes, effectively cutting them off from their spiritual energy flow. This attack is his favorite to use.[172] The technique is so fast, an opponent may not be able to tell whether they were attacked from the front or the back, and even an outside observer may find it impossible see the movements.[173] Utsusemi (空蝉, Cast-Off Cicada Shell): Way of Onmitsu, 3rd of the Shihō. It allows for movement at great speed, leaving an afterimage behind. It is a technique taught to Byakuya by Yoruichi Shihōin.[174] Kidō Master: Byakuya has considerable knowledge of high level Kidō spells, casting several in quick succession, with no incantation and almost no effort, and still possessing formidable power. He has used spells up to level 81, and possesses advanced knowledge of Kidō application and consistency. He can use a low-level spell repeatedly in rapid succession and with devastating effects, as well as a counter to attacks. He uses a low-level lightning spell to burn a hole right through Ichigos shoulder.[175][176][66][102] Hakuda Combatant: While used less often, Byakuya is highly proficient in this area. Byakuya stealthily knocked out several Shinigami guards with a single strike each.[95] After discarding his Zanpakutō during the battle against PePe, Byakuya used Hakuda to defend himself from Shūhei Hisagis rapid attacks with both Senbonzakura and Kazeshini.[177] Master Tactician: Byakuya is a highly perceptive fighter, almost immediately determining an opponents attack patterns and weaknesses.[178] He is a crafty tactician, effectively using Kidō to confuse his opponents.[179] He can discern the motives and abilities of his opponents, and effectively uses his knowledge to end the battle in his favor.[180] Immense Spiritual Power: He can exert an immense amount of Spiritual Pressure, which, in addition to his already admirable combat skills and finesse, makes him one of the most formidable captains. His spiritual pressure can be felt from a great distance, and it has the tendency to make people perspire in fear.[181]Ganju Shiba has stated Byakuya is the strongest leader in the entire history of the Kuchiki Clan,[182] and Kōga Kuchiki has stated few, if any, of the Kuchiki Clan leaders have been as powerful as Byakuya is, further elaborating on his power level.[183] His Reiatsu is white.[102] Following his training within the Royal Palace, Byakuya easily dispatched three Sternritter while fighting five of them simultaneously.[184] Enhanced Endurance: While not having the most imposing appearance compared to other Shinigami captains like Kenpachi Zaraki, Byakuya is a very resilient fighter. During his fight against Ichigo, despite gaining severe injuries, Byakuya continued fighting effectively, even ignoring his wounds to the point where he seemed unfazed by them. At the end of the fight, he performed an impressive Flash Step to leave.[185] During his fight with the 7th Espada Zommari Rureaux, Byakuya willingly damaged himself to escape from his enemys possession attack, and continued to fight as though unaffected, eventually obtaining victory.[186] During his fight with Tsukishima, he had his entire left arm mutilated by Senbonzakura, and still defeated the Fullbringer.[187] Byakuya managed to survive a multitude of devastating injuries during his battle with Äs Nödt, including having his stomach ripped out[188] and being viciously attacked by his own Bankai.[189] Enhanced Durability: Byakuya was able to resist the unique healing properties of Tenjirō Kirinjis hot springs without rotting away after being fully healed; Kirinji even stated he stayed in longer than anyone else.[190] Zanpakutō Senbonzakura redirects here. For the manifested spirit that appears in the Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc see Senbonzakura (Zanpakutō spirit). Senbonzakura (千本桜, Thousand Cherry Blossoms): Senbonzakura is a regular katana. It has a simple cross guard, with an open frame much like a four-pane window. It has a bronze guard, with lavender hilt-wrapping, and a white sheath. Shikai: It is triggered by the command Scatter (散れ, chores
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