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"You fool! Die!"
Frieza to Goku in "The End of Vegeta"

Death Beam (デスビーム Desubīmu), originally the Freeza Beam (フリーザビーム Furīzabīmu),[9] is a powerful and lethal Finger Beam that is one of Frieza's signature attacks.


To perform the technique, the user extends his right arm and fires a small, thin, very fast and concentrated laser-like beam of ki from his index finger, which barrels down and pierces through the opponent. The user is able to fire the attack very quickly, while maintaining precise aim. Frieza has also been shown firing the beam from his left hand's thumb.

Usage and Power

On Namek, Frieza uses the attack multiple times. In the Dragon Ball manga, he uses the attack to kill Cargo (while it's Dodoria's Mouth Energy Wave that murdered the young Namekian in the anime). In the anime, Frieza uses the technique for the first time to kill a Namekian warrior as part of the Chaotic Dead End technique. Frieza uses this attack to kill Dende and in attempt to kill Gohan.[10] Frieza uses the attack again to murder Vegeta and to attack Goku several times, heavily wounding Piccolo during one attempt.[11] Later, the tyrant performs the technique on Goku but does no damage at all, due to the latter becoming a Super Saiyan.

Perfect Cell fires a Death Beam towards Gohan

Due to having some of Frieza's and King Cold's cells, Cell is also able to perform the attack during his personal tournament against Gohan during their battle and later to execute Future Trunks.

In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Frieza used this move to destroy North City. Due to how much stronger Frieza had become, the beam was red and far more powerful to the point it was able to level an entire city.

In the Golden Frieza Saga, Frieza used this move several times against Tagoma to torture him after the latter insubordinately cut in and tried to appeal to Frieza to follow Sorbet's advice of focusing on rebuilding the Frieza Force first, shooting him in his limbs, much to Sorbet and the other soldiers' horror. He initially considered having Tagoma barely crawl for the rest of his days as his punishment for speaking out of turn, but after it became apparent Goku beat Majin Buu, he decided to make Tagoma his "sparring partner" for four months instead. Frieza would later use a similar technique on Gohan when mistaking him for his father in a PTSD-induced rage, ultimately resulting in Piccolo's second death due to taking the final beam for Gohan.

In Dragon Ball Super: Broly during Frieza's takeover of the Frieza Force and the Occupation of Planet Vegeta started by King Cold who is retiring, Frieza notices four Saiyan Army Snipers hiding within Vegeta's Palace during his demonstration of the new Scouters. Using the Scouter to assist in locating each sniper, Frieza used this technique to kill all four Saiyans with a Death Beam for each sniper without moving from the landing site of King Cold's Spaceship demonstraing his power, skill, and the effectiveness of the new Scouters in locating concealed targets with the snipers becoming the first Saiyans to be killed by a Death Beam. Later in the film, Frieza uses the technique to kill Paragus in order to trigger Broly's Super Saiyan transformation.


Android 21 firing her Death Bean-like Photon Wave in FighterZ

Frieza prepares his twirling Finger Beam attack

  • Unnamed twirling Finger Beam attack – A twirling Finger Beam attack which is fired in the same way as a Death Beam. It is prepared as red, blue, and purple colored energy which forms a circle, and is then shot as a green twirling Finger Beam. Used by Final Form Frieza in Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu.

Video Game Appearances

Frieza fires a Death Beam in Budokai 2 opening

Frieza fires a Death Beam in Budokai 3 HD

This attack usually appears as a Super Attack for Frieza in Dragon Ball video games, though games featuring Cell and Cooler as playable characters also include them as users. It appears in the Butōden series, Budokai series, Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, Budokai Tenkaichi series, Raging Blast series, Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle, and Dragon Ball Heroes.

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, the technique appears as one of Final Form Frieza Unique attacks. Depending on how long he locks on an opponent, the Frieza will either fire one Death Beam or a Barrage Death Beam. The attack is Perfect Cell's Blast Spark in the game.

"Imput commands as a series to launch up to 3 Ki Blasts quickly!"
Dragon Ball Xenoverse in-game description

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the Death Beam is one of Frieza's Super Skills, and can be fired three times in a row by re-inputting the commands. The Future Warrior can learn this skill from Frieza by taking Frieza on as a Master and completing Frieza's Training Qualification Mission. The Death Beam also appears as one of Perfect Cell's Super Skills in his 2nd skillset. As part of the GT Pack 2, Mira uses the Death Beam Super Skill as part of his 1st skillset. Also in the Resurrection ‘F’ Pack DLC, there is a Ultimate Skill version of the technique used by Golden Frieza called Emperor's Death Beam which can also be obtained by the Future Warrior. Frieza can use the attack in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.

In J-Stars Victory Vs, it appears as one of Frieza's special attacks and can be charged to increase both hits and damage. Frieza can fire it from either on ground or in the air (where it charges up much faster compared to the grounded version).

Android 21 charging her Photon Wave in FighterZ

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Death Beam appears as one of Frieza's Super Attacks. Additionally Android 21 and her fissions use their Photon Wave variant as their on of their Super Attacks.

"Suddenly fires a Ki Blast, Rapidly tapping the button will fire up to three times, but the range decreases each time."
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Tutorial description

Frieza's race Future Warrior (Turn Golden) uses the Death Beam in Xenoverse 2

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the Death Beam returns as one of Frieza's Super Skills and can be learned by the Future Warrior by completing Frieza's Initiation Test to train under him. It is also used by Cooler, Meta-Cooler, Cell, and Mira. Additionally, Frieza's Crazy Finger Beam variation appears as a Super Skill under the name Crazy Finger Shot and is used by Golden Frieza and can be obtained by the Future Warrior as a reward in Parallel Quest 26: "Clash of Kin!". Emperor's Death Beam also returns as one of Golden Frieza's Ultimate Skills which can also be obtained by the Future Warrior. If the Future Warrior is a member of the Frieza Race, they can fire a single Death Beam as their Charged Ki Blast while using the Turn Golden Awoken Skill transformation. As part of the Ultra Pack 2 DLC, Android 21's Photon Wave variation appears as a Super Skill under the name Photon Swipe which can be obtained in the New Parallel Quest: "War and Pieces".

In Dragon Ball Fusions, Death Beam appears as a Special Move for Frieza, Meta-Cooler, Mira, Celluza, Coolieza, Ginyuza, Damira, Rhubub, Shale, and Gatob.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, 2000
  2. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
  4. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, 2003
  5. Dragon Ball Heroes, 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Dragon Ball Fusions, 2016
  8. Dragon Ball Legends, 2018
  9. Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden, 1993
  10. Dragon Ball Z episode 84, "Dende's Demise"
  11. Frieza's attack on Piccolo was either directly in the manga or the result of Piccolo pushing Goku out of the way in the anime