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Having undergone formal training and possessing prior experience in combat, Uryű is one of the strongest protagonists in the series, with his victories roughly paralleling Ichigo's throughout the story. As a Quincy, Uryű's main weapon is a bow, but he is also able to use many Quincy techniques and items to augment his abilities, including some high-level techniques such as rans¨tengai, which are rare enough that even Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who had studied 2661 Quincy, had never seen them in person. Uryű's trademark finishing move involves shooting spiritual arrows at his opponents through their soul chain and soul sleep, depriving them of their powers and allowing him to win a bloodless victory.
Aside from his Quincy powers, Uryű is well-trained in both mind and body, having substantial athletic abilities and a genius intellect. He also possesses some knowledge of Spanish, as he understands the Spanish terms used by the arrancar.
When first introduced, Uryű uses a bow named Lone Sparrow (»ˇČ¸, K¨jaku?), which has a basic (albeit exaggerated) form and a luminescent, translucent blue quality to its appearance. Being made of free-flowing spirit particles, its size can be affected the amount of spirit particles and spiritual pressure available to it, as seen in his interaction with Ichigo during his first encounter with a Menos Grande. With this bow, Uryű is able to kill most hollows in a single strike.
As preparation for his travel to Soul Society, Uryű later masters the sanrei glove, greatly increasing his abilities via a form of resistance training. In this state, Uryű's bow is solid and covered in an intricate pattern. It is attached to his glove by a series of thin struts. This new bow allows Uryű to fire several shots simultaneously. By removing the glove, Uryű attains the Quincy Final Form. The Quincy Final Form gives him a vast increase in power, enough to defeat a captain-class shinigami with ease. All the extra energy collects on his right shoulder, much like how a quiver is worn, and resembles an angel's wing. As a result of removing the glove, however, the Quincy Final Form uses too much power for Uryű's body to handle, causing his body to block his Quincy powers completely after it wears off.
In the anime's Bount arc, Uryű recovers his powers for a short period through an ancient Quincy artifact which mimics the natural powers of a Quincy. The artifact produces an appropriate Quincy uniform on demand and creates a new metal crossbow mounted on Uryű's wrist. The artifact is unstable, however, firing arrows in odd arcs and with inconsistent power levels when first used. Additionally, it is fragile, eventually breaking after repeated use. Uryű eventually is able to use the artifact at its full efficiency, though it is soon destroyed.
After Uryű regains his powers with the aid of his father, he uses a new Quincy cross, this one resembling a pentangle, and a variant of his original bow called Lone Sparrow on a Silver Cliff (ăyŽX»ˇČ¸, Ginrei K¨jaku?). Unlike his original bow, this bow is shaped like a spiderweb and can fire up to 1,200 shots at once. Uryű also steals a set of Seele Schneiders (»ę¤ňÇĐ¤ęÁŃ¤Ż¤â¤ÎŁ¨ĄĽ©`ĄěĄ·ĄĺĄĘĄ¤ĄŔ©`, Z¨Ąre Shunaid¨ˇ?, German and Japanese for "soul cutter"), special arrows which can be used as swords. Seele Schneiders can also be used in a reiatsu-based pentacle with the target at the center. Upon receiving Uryű's spiritual energy, it explodes
As a child, Uryű mostly interacted and trained with his grandfather, Souken Ishida. His father, Ryűken Ishida, was less than enthusiastic about being a Quincy, claiming that it wasn't a profitable occupation. They don't appear to be on very good terms as a result, given Uryű's casual use of his father's given name, which is considered very rude in Japanese society. Souken understands Ryűken's reasoning, since being a Quincy is more about justice than material rewards and Ryűken has a family to support. S¨ken told Uryű that he would someday understand his father's motives, but thus far this isn't the case.
At a fairly young age, Uryű's grandfather was killed by hollows right in front of him. This is one of the reasons he hates Soul Reapers, who, despite keeping the old man under near-constant survellance, didn't come to rescue Souken in time. He long believed that the Soul Reapers were merely taking advantage of circumstances to be rid of him. It was later revealed that the current captain of the 12th Division, Mayuri Kurotsuchi, was behind the delay so that Souken's soul could be collected for study.
After Ichigo Kurosaki gains the Soul Reaper powers of Rukia Kuchiki, Uryű confronts him in an attempt to prove that Quincy are superior. Using some special bait, Uryű attracts a swarm of hollows to Karakura Town so that he and Ichigo can compete to see who can kill the most hollows in a day. This bait, however, attracts too many hollows, including a menos grande, and Uryű and Ichigo are forced to band together. They drive the menos off, but its brief time in Karakura Town attracts the attention of Soul Society. Two Soul Reapers are dispatched to capture Rukia. Uryű confronts the two in an attempt to stop them, but is easily defeated by the much stronger Soul Reapers. After they return to Soul Society with Rukia, Uryű realizes that he is not as strong as he thought he was.
Wanting to go and save Rukia, Uryű trains to better equip himself for the next time he needs to battle a Soul Reaper. To this effect, he masters the sanrei glove, and joins the rescue team going to Soul Society. Their group is split up soon after their arrival, and Uryű ends up partnered with Orihime Inoue. Though the pair manage to avoid detection for some time, they are eventually found by 12th Division captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who quickly takes an interest in Orihime's abilities. Uryű sends her away to remove her from harm, and battles Mayuri in order to buy time.
As their battle progresses, Uryű proves to be no match for the captain. Nevertheless, Mayuri comments on Uryű's impressive Quincy abilities, noting that the thousands of Quincy he has studied over the years fail to measure up to Uryű. When Mayuri shows Uryű a picture of the remains of his most recent test subject, Uryű's grandfather, Uryű decides to defeat Mayuri at all costs. He removes his sanrei glove, greatly increasing his Quincy powers and allowing him to beat Mayuri. However, Mayuri is able to escape and Uryű, robbed of his Quincy powers by the long-term side effects of removing the glove, is easily captured by Kaname T¨sen. He is soon reunited with other members of his rescue team that have also been imprisoned, and they are freed by Kenpachi Zaraki. Upon reuniting with Ichigo and saving Rukia, the rescue team returns to the human world.
With his Quincy powers gone, Uryű is of little use during the initial stages of the Bount invasion. He accompanies Ichigo and the others from battle to battle, but is unable to make any major contributions. Needing access to his former abilities in order to help his friends, Uryű strikes a deal with Mayuri; if Uryű lets the Bount into Soul Society, Mayuri will briefly restore his Quincy powers. Uryű complies, giving the Bount access to the Soul Society, and receives a Quincy artifact for his troubles. Though inexperienced with it, Uryű is able to use the artifact to kill Yoshi. He later assists Ran'Tao in her battle with Jin Kariya, though the Quincy artifact is destroyed during the fight. Once Kariya and the remaining Bount are defeated, Uryű returns home.
Back in Karakura Town, Uryű is attacked by two incomplete arrancar. He attempts to use some Quincy equipment to defeat the two, but is ultimately unsuccessful. It is not until the arrival of his father, Ryűken Ishida, that the arrancar are vanquished. Disappointed by Uryű's weakness, Ryűken offers to restore his Quincy powers on the condition that Uryű never associate with Soul Reapers again. Uryű agrees and trains with his father whilst arrancar continue to attack Karakura Town. After the third arrancar invasion ends Uryű regains his powers, ending his training.
After learning that Orihime has been captured by the arrancar, Uryű joins Ichigo and the remainder of a rescue team organized to save her. Because the group believes that Soul Society has abandoned Orihime, Ichigo is technically not acting as a Soul Reaper, giving Uryű a loophole with which to accompany them. After they arrive in Hueco Mundo and their group splits up, Uryű is joined by Pesche Guatiche. Though Pesche continues to annoy Uryű, he proves invaluable in defeating Cirucci Thunderwitch. As they continue on their way they meet Renji Abarai as he is about to be killed by the eighth Espada, Szayel Aporro Granz. Uryű intervenes and is briefly able to drive Szayel off, but Szayel soon returns and forces Uryű, Renji, Pesche and Dondochakka into a corner. Just as their last hope of winning fades, Mayuri arrives and rescues them. He even heals the two of them using regenerative serum, despite vocal protests from Uryű.
First Appearance: Bleach (2004) vol. 04
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