Weapon Release consists in transforming the user's weapon into an evolved ("released") form. This new form can be a different type of weapon or several or it can be no weapon at all. The released form of the weapon is considered the true form or the true essence of the weapon.
This form allows the user to enhance his battle skill by giving him new abilities he did not have in the regular form of the weapon. The power and forms of the weapon are dependant on the weapon and it's wielder, and vary according to the wielder's strength and training. But in general, one's power can grow several times by attaining it. The abilities gained by the weapon's evolved form are unique to the weapon, and cannot be copied by any means.
To perform this technique, it is necessary to know Alteration and to have a experience wielding one's weapon. Once he believes he is ready, the user needs raise his Aera as much as possible and then shout "Weapon Release!". If the skill succeeds, the weapon will change form. Sometimes, the user may need to assume an specific pose for the weapon to transform.
There is no way of knowing when the user is actually ready to perform this technique, but he needs to keep on practicing and fighting with his weapon to be able to achieve the evolved form.
Even when this form is achieved, that does not mean the player has fully learned to use the evolved form of the weapon. Rather, the user needs to keep on practicing with this form to fully mastered. It is considered that a player who has mastered the evolved form of his own weapon has achieved weapon mastery.
A user can only perform Weapon Release with a single weapon. If that weapon is rendered unusable for some reason, it is possible to learn this technique with a new weapon, but it will be necessary to start over from zero. It is impossible to perform Weapon Release with an Aera Channeller.
There are three types of Weapon Released forms, which depend on the released form's abilities:
- Melee: the simplest of all released types, which deals with armed close quarters combat.
- Aera: this type are designed around a special ability rather than armed close quarters.
- Elemental: the most complex released type, which deals with strengthening the user's abilities with certain element. All Elemental type weapons can only use a single element. This is the only type which has another requisite, which is to know how to use said single element. It is possible to use a created element, if one of the basic elements of said created element is the element of the weapon being released.
List of weapons and users
The following is a list in alphabetical order of weapons whose users have been capable of performing Weapon Release. It is separated in the three types of weapons previously stated.
|Name||Weapon type||User||Released Name||Released Weapon type|
|La Parca||Bastard Sword||Cristian Lucilfer||[REDACTED]||[REDACTED]|
|Name||Weapon type||User||Ability||Released Name||Released Weapon type|
|Name||Weapon type||User||Element||Released Name||Released Weapon type|
|[REDACTED]||Bastard Sword||Luke Wayne|| ||Greatsword||[REDACTED]|
|Hakuren||Tanto pair||Akeno Izanami|| ||[REDACTED]||[REDACTED]|
|Shuiro||Chokuto||Akira Izanagi|| |
|Tsukuyomi||Twin Scythes||Rai Narukami|| |
- Weapon Release is based on the Shikai and Bankai abilities from the manga and anime Bleach.