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"Wishes!? I have no intention of fulfilling any wishes."
— "The Shadow Dragons"

Black Smoke Shenron (黒煙こくえんりゅう Kokuen no Ryū, lit. "Black Smoke Dragon") is an evil, eternal dragon in the Dragon Ball series. He is summoned from the Cracked Dragon Balls.

He is the first evil dragon to appear in the series, but according to Mr. Popo's words, he may be not the only one of its kind to have appeared in Universe 7, as ages before the main timeline a mysterious evil dragon appeared on planet Eros, destroyed it, and then proceeded to destroy that entire galaxy.



Black Smoke Shenron laughing at the idea of granting wishes

Black Smoke Shenron's personality also reflects the negative energy that was used to create him. While Shenron was well mannered and spoke appropriately, Black Smoke Shenron is foul-mouthed and impolite to those who summoned him, as shown when Pan tried to tell him how to act like an eternal dragon. He also smokes cigars and blows his smoke at those who summoned him to show he has no interest in granting wishes. Mr. Popo notes that this is not the first time an evil dragon has appeared, stating that the dragon's malice destroyed planet Eros and every star in its galaxy. Despite his malice, however, he was capable of supplying "aid", as he was implied to have been responsible for Broly's Super Saiyan 4 state being unlocked in the Jakku Mission 7 trailer Dragon Ball Heroes.



Black Smoke Shenron is an Eternal Dragon of pure evil and is responsible for the creation of the seven deadly Shadow Dragons. The Shadow Dragons are born from the overuse of Dragon Balls and the accumulation of negative energy throughout the series for selfless wishes (with the exception of one born from an extremely selfish desire, and one where the wish that spawned her was debatable in terms of whether it was selfish or selfless in nature) are all initially manifested within Black Smoke Shenron's body.

Dragon Ball GT[]

Super 17 Saga[]

When Goku and friends attempt to use the Dragon Balls to restore the lives of the people killed during Super 17's crusade, it is Black Smoke Shenron who emerges from the artifacts.[2]

Shadow Dragon Saga[]


Black Smoke Shenron smoking a cigar

Before long, the mysterious dragon splits into seven individual Shadow Dragons. Old Kai observes that every time the Dragon Balls have been used in the past, the negative energy housed within each individual ball would increase. When this energy completely filled the Dragon Balls, they cracked, allowing Black Smoke Shenron to escape and release his seven personae.[3]

Other Dragon Ball manga[]

Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission[]


Black Smoke Shenron in Victory Mission

Shadow Goku

Black Smoke Shenron's Shadow Goku

In the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, set around the time of Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy, Black Smoke Shenron is released in-game from a set of cracked Dragon Balls collected by Dr. Auto. Dr. Auto tells the dragon to hear his wish, but it instead tells him he will not listen to humans. As the old man begins to realize this dragon has no intention of granting his wish, his three grandchildren Nim, Nico, and Genome arrive. No sooner do they greet him, however, that the dragon raises a whirlwind, splitting into seven different dragons, each with a cracked Dragon Ball in its mouth, and three of which carry away Nimu, Nico, and Genome. Black Smoke Shenron creates a shadow version of GT Goku and attacks the heroes with him, but he is defeated by the Heroes' energy blasts after a brief fight. Black Smoke Shenron is then destroyed by Adult Gotenks' Burning Kamehameha.

Later, when Nuova Shenron is summoned by Kagyu to combat Genome, Nuova Shenron utilizes the Dark Dragon attack against the Android Berserker, causing Black Smoke Shenron to appear behind Nuova Shenron.

Techniques and Special Abilities[]

Shadow GT Goku Power Pole

Shadow GT Goku uses his Power Pole

  • Flight/Hikou – Black Smoke Shenron has the ability to fly thanks to the wings on his back (and this, without the use of ki). He does not possess wings when he first appears in the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, but is still capable of flight.
  • Evil Glare – Black Smoke Shenron's eyes glow red. Named in the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game.
  • Black Smoke Shenron is able to produce black smoke, allowing him to awaken the seven Shadow Dragons, create fighters, or trap and restrain his opponents as shown in Victory Mission.
    Shadow GT Goku Spirit Bomb

    Shadow GT Goku uses his Spirit Bomb

    • Shadow Domination – The act of releasing the Shadow Dragons in their normal shadowy form. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
    • Shadow Goku – Black Smoke Shenron is able to create a powerful shadow version of GT Goku in Dragon Ball Heroes and the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission. This shadow copy of Goku can use a Full Power Energy Wave attack, the Spirit Shock Kiai technique, and also a Spirit Bomb, as well as conjure up a shadow version of the Power Pole.
    • Transformation – In the JM7 trailer for Dragon Ball Heroes, Black Smoke Shenron displays the ability to allow Broly to transform into a Great Ape and then into a Super Saiyan 4 by surrounding him with shadows (presumably channeling Blutz Waves through them).
  • Dark Dragon – When one of the seven Shadow Dragon utilizes this attack, Black Smoke Shenron appears to aid them.

Video Game Appearances[]

Shadow Dragon Heroes

Black Smoke Shenron in Dragon Ball Heroes

Black Smoke Shenron appears as a boss in Dragon Ball Heroes, where he was added in Jaaku Mission 1 as the first boss of the Shadow Dragon Saga. Unlike the game's other bosses, he uses Shadow Goku to fight the player in his stead. He can also be summoned from Subspace by GT Goku's HJ3-SEC2 card's Black Smoke Wave S (黒煙の波動S) Subspace Summon ability or by Adult Gotenks's HJ8-50 card's Black Smoke Erosion S (黒煙の侵食S) Subspace Summon ability from Round 3 onwards if the Hero Avatar is on the user's team to debuff the enemy team, the effect increased if the player's team has 6 or more Hero Energy.

Black Smoke Shenron appeared in the 4th year anniversary of the release of Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle. He can be summoned after collecting all 7 cracked dragon balls. Summoning him results in a similar situation happening in the anime and unlocks a new event for players to fight the Shadow Dragons.

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