|Headquarters||Soul King Palace|
|Senior Member(s)||Kirio Hikifune, Oshō, Senjumaru Shutara, Tenjirō Kirinji, Ōetsu Nimaiya|
|Affiliation||Soul King, Soul Society|
|Purpose||Protecting the Soul King, the Royal Family and the Royal Palace|
The Royal Guard (王属特務, Ōzokutokumu; translated as "Royal Special Task Force" in the English dub, literally translated as "King Subordinate Secret Service"), also known as the Zero Division (零番隊, zerobantai). is an organization which is dedicated to protection of the Soul King, the royal family, and the Soul King Palace.
The Royal Guard is a special organization that performs services for the Royal family. It has a considerable amount of fighting, organizational, and executive power compared to other organizations. They are also charged with slaying Menos Grande, though the circumstances under which they do so are unknown.
Serving the royal family being the primary purpose of the Royal Guard, they don't interfere in Gotei 13's affairs and defense of Soul Society, as seen with major threats like Aizen and his Arrancar They are known to do whatever is required by order of the Soul King.
The Royal Guards authority supersedes the authority of all within Soul Society. Each member of the Royal Guard have had the power of the Ōken imparted onto their bones by the Soul King. They also each have a castle of their own at the Soul King Palace.
The history of the Royal Guard is not commonly known due to their status as a secret organization.
The Royal Guard serves as guardians with the primary responsibilities of:
- Protecting the Soul King.
- Protecting the Royal Family.
- Protecting the Royal Palace.
The Royal Guard commonly stay within the Reiōkyū. When they travel their preferred method of transportation is a huge pillar called the Tenchūren (天柱輦, Heavenly-Pillar Palanquin). This pillar enters from the inner dimension and lands with significant force upon its arrival. The Tenchūren, however, does not have the ability to return to the Royal Palace on its own, and relies on Kūkaku Shiba's cannon to launch it back.
The Royal Guard is known to promote former captains of the Gotei 13 to their ranks. The Royal Guard has no soldiers, it only has 5 members and all of them are former Captains. Their total power far surpasses the power of all the 13 Divisions together.
All the members of the Royal Guard, were people who once created something in Soul Society. They then came to be acknowledged by the Soul King as significant people who played a part in making history.
|Title||Name||In Office||Former Division||Creation|
|Hot Spring Demon||Tenjirō Kirinji||? - Current||Healing Springs|
|Ruler of Grain||Kirio Hikifune||1901 A.D. - Current||12th Division||Artificial soul|
|God of the Sword||Ōetsu Nimaiya||? - Current||Zanpakutō|
|Great Weave Guard||Senjumaru Shutara||? - Current|
|Oshō||? - Current|
- Royal Guard on Bleach Wiki