- This article is about the ability. For the incomplete transformation, see Ultra Instinct Sign. For the complete transformation, see Autonomous Ultra Instinct. For other uses, see Ultra Instinct (disambiguation).
"You two are still thinking before you move rather than just moving. I'm afraid this habit is especially strong with you, Vegeta. This overthinking is limiting your fighting speed. Messages can only travel through your nervous system so fast. When you rely on thoughts for physical action, you lose precious fighting time. (...) Your end goal should be to master the ability to have each part of your body move independently of the other parts. But I admit this is exceedingly difficult; In fact, not even Lord Beerus has mastered it, and he's a god."
Autonomous Ultra Instinct (身勝手の極意 Migatte no Goku'i, lit. "Secret of selfishness") is a very rare and highly advanced mental state. It is notorious among the gods for being exceptionally difficult to master, even for them.
Goku attains a transformation that enables him to utilize the defensive aspect of Autonomous Ultra Instinct during the Tournament of Power, he later completes it, gaining its offensive properties and full power.
Users can automatically: react to any situation or threat without the need to acknowledge it; defend themselves; and respond to any situation for their advantage.Their body can also move and adapt while in battle on its own, allowing them to attack and defend simultaneously without thinking. However, this ability is not an absolute guarantee against all danger as shown by Whis being oblivious to stepping on poop or (in the anime) when Goku managed to bite Whis to escape his hold, possibly because they were not of genuine danger to his being as they were such obscure threats.
To achieve the use of Autonomous Ultra Instinct, the user must clear their mind completely and abandon any distraction or thought that would disrupt the focus of their body so that it concentrates only on the struggle through the natural reaction (or instinct). In the anime, Whis also says a trigger needs to be triggered for the user to break their "self-limiting shell" and explore his innermost potential in order to reach the Autonomous Ultra Instinct . In addition, having complete clarity and control of emotions is also necessary to master the capacity completely, otherwise it will remain incomplete and will not trigger its full potential. In this regard, according to Whis, while dodging and moving is "easy" to master, attacking while in Autonomous Ultra Instinct is difficult as fighters are inclined to think about their attacks before making them, thus slowing them down and weakening their attack while performing the move. Due to this, is suggested that fighters of an analytical nature are unable to learn the ability because of their propensity to think about their attacks. This is seen in the anime where Whis claims that Vegeta could hardly learn the skill given to his fighting style. In the manga, Vegeta reinforces this, commenting that he came to the realization that his nature was not suited for Autonomous Ultra Instinct.
In the anime, for mortals without sufficient divine training, there is one risk of using Autonomous Ultra Instinct. Similar to the reckless over-usage of Kaio-ken, the user can only sustains the sheer power of the ability for only a minute or so before their body breaks down from pushing so far beyond their natural limits. The time limit ending is shown from blood rupturing from the user's body as well as dark ki electrical shocks that will cause them severe pain and eventually force them into unconsciousness. In more severe cases, Whis noted it could potentially kill the user. However, as in the manga, once the mortal has the proper training and is able to access the ability at will, he will no longer be at risk of suffering the adverse effects.
Usage and Power
In the anime, Goku shows the first signs of this ability when he first fought Beerus as a Super Saiyan 3, where he instinctively dodged Beerus before Beerus even moved to attack, piquing Beerus' interest.
Whis often uses this ability against Goku and Vegeta during training, and reveals its existence at around the time of Frieza's revenge. During his demonstration, Whis was able to casually observe the blooming flowers while effortlessly dodging Goku and Vegeta's combined assaults.
In the manga's Universe Survival Saga, during the Zeno Expo, Beerus uses Autonomous Ultra Instinct against the other Gods of Destruction, enabling him to handle multiple Gods of Destruction simultaneously; however, he is eventually restrained by Mule due to not having yet perfected the ability.
During the Tournament of Power, Goku achieves the Ultra Instinct Sign form for the first time. With this, Goku is capable of using the Autonomous Ultra Instinct ability. However, Goku could only subconsciously activate this form after enduring prolonged stress against a stronger opponent and can only maintain it for a brief period of time before collapsing in exhaustion; his thoughts will somehow start to take control of his motions when Goku switched from defense to offense, which makes attacking less adequate. In the anime, Whis commented that before Goku is capable of exerting the full potential of Autonomous Ultra Instinct, he has to master it at the offensive level, by separating his body from his consciousness while attacking. Frieza also noted that Goku's body needs to withstand an overwhelming physical stress as the cost of such a gain in power.
Once Goku fully focused his heart and soul into the Ultra Instinct Sign form, he managed to access the completed form that gives him complete mastery of Autonomous Ultra Instinct. In this ultimate state of fighting, Goku was able to utilize both the defensive and offensive might of this ability.
Prior to the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, Goku could not access Autonomous Ultra Instinct on his own and it only activates when he is in the most dire of situations. Goku achieves the ability to use Ultra Instinct Sign at will during his training with Merus, a trainee Angel who also possesses the Autonomous Ultra Instinct ability. Later, Merus comments that Goku is one step away from having full mastery of the skill. Afterwards, after seeing Merus' sacrifice, Goku achieved a new clarity of spirit that allowed him to perfectly and consciously access the complete Ultra Instinct state.
Thanks to his many years of martial arts experience, Master Roshi became capable of utilizing a similar but not quite as advanced automatic dodging technique. By analyzing the flow of battle around him, he can instinctively anticipate the tactics and attack patterns of his foe, enabling him to seamlessly evade harm - causing Beerus to believe he was actually using Autonomous Ultra Instinct itself. Master Roshi can also only use this ability when his heart is clear, this makes the ability difficult for him to use due to his perverted nature. In the manga, such a feat made Whis declare that Master Roshi is by far the closest mortal to understanding and mastering Autonomous Ultra Instinct even though he is unaware of it.
Video Game Appearances
In Dragon Ball Heroes, Autonomous Ultra Instinct -Sign- appears as Goku's super move.
In Xenoverse 2, Dodge appears as an ability for Autonomous Ultra Instinct Goku.
In Dokkan Battle, there are also three cards of Autonomous Ultra Instinct -Sign- Goku, one of which can transform into Autonomous Ultra Instinct.
In Kakarot, Whis briefly uses Ultra Instinct during training battles during which he automatically dodges every attack that should hit him. He gains an aura similar to Ultra Instinct -Sign- when using it.
The original Japanese term is a pun that cannot be translated neatly into English.
While the term gokui in Migatte no Gokui 身勝手の極意 can be translated as secret, quintessence or focus point, migatte usually means egoism or selfishness in Japanese. So without any contexts, Japanese people would understand this phrase as followed:
|Literal translation||egoism||linking particle||
|Translation||the secret to selfishness|
But in the context of DBS and its world of martial artists, migatte must be understood in a more literal way:
|Literal translation||body||to win/to surpass||hand|
|Translation||the body prevails over both hands|
With the original meaning of egoism, migatte must be understood with the body representing inner urges and the hands representing the interactions with people, thus politeness and good manners. But in the context of DBS, migatte must be re-interpreted as the inner reflexes of one's body taking over the deliberate movements of the hands.
Yet, by understanding what it's all about, most Japanese people would interpret migatte as being the contraction of the below phrase, fitting a modern Japanese view instead of the classical Chinese view of the above explanation:
|Literal translation||body||subject particle||one's own convenience||adverbial particle||to move|
|Translation||the body moves on its own as it wants|
So, the correct translation of Migatte no Gokui should be "the secret of the body [moving] on its own". This is obviously impractical to use as-is in an English adaptation of DBS. The official translation Ultra Instinct used in simulcasts still renders somewhat appropriately the original meaning by replacing the concept of an uncontrollable body with one's instincts.
- This technique closely resembles the real-life martial art concept of (無心 lit. "Empty Mind"), a mental state that highly trained martial artists are said to be capable of entering during combat. It is essentially a moment where their body reacts without the need of having any specific intentions or plans in mind, having refined their instincts and intuition to a level where they can respond to any threat without the need for thought.
- This technique is also similar to the Kiken, the technique in the Hokuto Sōka Ken used by Zhang Taiyan from the Fist of the Blue Sky series.
- It is unclear if Whis and Beerus' EX-Fusion Whirus can use Autonomous Ultra Instinct or not as the technique had not yet been fully revealed by the time that Dragon Ball Fusions was released (as only Whis' brief explanation of it to Goku and Vegeta during the Golden Frieza Saga had occurred by that point). However, as Whirus is the fusion of two users of the technique (Whis having complete mastery of it and Beerus having achieved an incomplete mastery) there is a possibility that he may be able to use it in some form (either completely or partially).
- Due to Whis' comments and the reaction of the Grand Minister, after witnessing Goku's transformation that enables him to use Autonomous Ultra Instinct, it is presumed that angels are the only ones among the deities who do not have difficulty learning the technique.
- Currently, Goku is the only known mortal to achieve and master the use of Autonomous Ultra Instinct, even if he uses it as a transformation.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 28, "The Gods of Destruction From All 12 Universes"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dragon Ball Super episode 110, "Goku Enkindled! The Awakened One's New Ultra Instinct!"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dragon Ball Heroes, 2008
- ↑ Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super: Broly (Light Novel)
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 57, "Battles Abound"