A Menos Grande Level Hollow using Cero
Cero (虚閃 (セロ), sero; Spanish for "Zero", Japanese for "Hollow Flash", 'Doom Blast' in the Viz translation, "Empty Disaster" if the kanji is literally translated) is a type of attack used by most Arrancar, Hollow and Visoreds. Essentially it's a powerful energy blast, the attack comprises of emitting a beam of compressed Spirit Energy at the foe. Although commonly fired from the mouth, some Arrancar have been shown to be able to fire it from their hands, heads, fingers and other body parts. This often requires them to take on a certain or specific stance, with the Primera Espada, Coyote Starrk being the only exception.

The speed, power and blast radius of the Cero is entirely dependent on the user (commonly the stronger the user the stronger the Cero), and there are some Arrancar - and even Visoreds - who have invented their own variation of the attack.


[edit] Variations

[edit] Cero Doble

Nel using Cero Doble on the Quinto Espada, Nnoitra Jiruga
Cero Doble (重奏虚閃 (セロ・ドーブル), sero dōburu; Spanish for "Double Zero", Japanese for "Heavy Performance Hollow Flash") is a variation shown by Ex-Espada Tres, Neliel Tu Oderschvank. This variation requires the user to swallow an already oncoming Cero and firing it back after adding the users own Cero to it. However this move can be executed with such speed that it looks like the attack originally came from the foe. It was shown to be used against Espada Quinto Nnoitra Jiruga.

When in child form, Nel was shown to only able to fire the Cero back at the target, rather than adding her own Cero to it. She used this against the Cientecimo Tercero Privaron Espada Dordonii Alessandro Del Socacchio.

[edit] Cero Sincrético

Dondochakka and Pesche getting ready to fire Cero Sincrético
Cero Sincrético (融合虚閃 (セロ・シンクレティコ), sero shinkuretiko; Spanish for "Synchronized Zero", Japanese for "United Hollow Flash") is a variation used by Dondochakka Bilstin and Pesche Guatiche. This was first seen during their fight with Espada Octava, Szayel Aporro Granz. Pesche and Dondochakka are shown to gather several Cero and focus it all into a swirling ball. Although having no effect on Szayel he notes it as a 'marvellous technique', and if they had used it at the start of the battle he would have been beaten by it (before he had no time to analyse their Riatsu). However the attack seems to seriously drain Pesche and Dondochakka as after using the move they are both panting heavily and exhausted to the point of collapse.

[edit] Beautiful Charlotte Cuuhlhourne's Final Holy Wonderful Pretty Super Magnum Sexy Sexy Glamourous Cero

This is a variation performed by Charlotte Cuuhlhorne, fraccíon to Espada Segunda, Barragan Luisenbarn. Despite it's long name and shaped into a heart, it is just an ordinary Cero as noticed by Yumichika Ayasegawa. However it's blast radius is larger than that of a normal Cero.

[edit] Gran Rey Cero

Main Article: Gran Rey Cero
Grimmjow Jeagerjaques Releasing his Gran Rey Cero
Gran Rey Cero (王虚の閃光 (グラン・レイ・セロ), guran rei sero; Spanish for "Grand King Zero", Japanese for "Royal Hollow Flash") is a variation of Cero that only members of the Espada are able to use. It is created and performed by the user mixing their own blood in with the Cero, the result being one much stronger than most other Cero. The colour is unique to the Espada using it, often being the colour of their Riatsu. This variation is by far more powerful than other Cero, the force is exerts is capable of disrupting the fabric of space, and moves in a spinning movement upon release as it compress' and decompress due to the sheer speed and raw power. It is drastically potent and thus why only Espada are allowed to use it. This attack was first seen being used by Grimmjow Jaegerjaques during his fight with Ichigo Kurosaki, as a means to force Ichigo to donning his mask. Ulquiorra notes that the Gran Rey Cero is one of two things that are forbidden to be used inside Las Noches, as the sheer power could destroy the fortress. So it far it has only be Grimmjow that has utilised this attack.

[edit] Cero Oscuras

Main Article: Cero Oscuras
Ulquiorra Releasing his Cero Oscuras in his Resurrección State
Cero Oscuras (黒虚閃 (セロ・オスキュラス), sero osukyurasu; Spanish for "Dark Zero", Japanese for "Black Hollow Flash") or to be grammatically correct, Cero Oscuro, is a black coloured Cero used by Ulquiorra Cifer in his Resurrección form. He has often compared his Cero Oscuras to Ichigo Kurosaki's Getsuga Tenshō. It has the power to convert any exposed light into pitch darkness. Though the only Espada shown to utilize this technique so far, Ulquiorra told Ichigo that, "This is an Espada's fully powered Black Cero." He has also referred to it as "my Cero". The Cero Oscuras' power is unknown but it's speed is exceptional, however it has been shown to be powerful enough to obliterate Ichigo's Hollow Mask and cause him serious injury. It's powerful enough to destroy half the dome of Las Noches. The Cero Oscuras is far superior than the average Cero.

[edit] Cero Metralleta

Cero Metralleta (無限装弾虚閃 (セロ・メトラジェッタ), sero metorajetta; Spanish for "Sub-Machine Gun Zero", Japanese for "Infinite Ammunition Hollow Flash") is a variation of the Cero used by Coyote Starrk in his Resurrección state. With this right pistol he fires, in quick succession, a barrage of Cero at his target. This was seen in his fight with Shunsui Kyōraku.

[edit] Other

Commonly the colouring of a Cero is a Crimson Red although high level Arrancar seem to be significant colour variations that differ from the norm. Fraccíon to Barragan Luisenbarn, Findor Carias is able to fire an indigo colour Cero from the top of his sword, Ichigo's Hollow Form can fire a Tri-Focused Crimson Cero although changes to a Violet/Purple in his second form and Mila-Rose's Cero is orange with a brown tint. Choe Neng Poww, Ulquiorra Cifer, and Lilynette Gingerback's are green, both Nnoitra Jiruga and Dondochakka Bilstin's are golden yellow, Ggio Vega's Cero is rose-colored, Nirgge Parduoc's is light teal, and Neliel Tu Oderschvank, Pesche Guatiche and Sun-Sun's seem to be Violet or Pink.

Last edited by Dragoon on 14 April 2010 at 05:57
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