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. Frieza uses the attack again to murder Vegeta and to attack Goku several times, heavily wounding Piccolo during one attempt. Later, the tyrant performs the technique on Goku but does no damage at all, due to the latter becoming a Super Saiyan.
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.
- Death Razor – A Continuous Energy Bullet variation used by Chilled.
- Death Laser – A variation of the Death Beam used by Frieza and Cooler.
- Sonic Beam - A Death Beam variation used by Super Perfect Cell where he creates multiple clones using a combination of Tien's Multi-Form and Piccolo's Doppelganger, that aim their Death Beams at the opponent. Similar to Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon (Clone) the clones will disappear if hit by an attack.
- Death Bullet – A finger beam used by Frieza in his third and final forms.
- Barrage Death Beam – A one-fingered rapid fired version of the Death Beam used by Frieza and Cell.
- Full Power Death Beam – A full-powered version of the Death Beam used by Cell in his Super Perfect form and King Cold in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
- Golden Death Beam – The most powerful version of the Death Beam, utilized by Frieza in his Golden Frieza state.
- Emperor's Death Beam – A rapid fire variation of the Golden Death Beam used by Frieza in his Golden form.
- Great Death Beam - A variation of the Barrage Death Beam and Golden Death Beam techniques used by Frieza in his True Golden Frieza form.
- Cage of Light - A supportive variation of the Great Death Beam used by Frieza in his True Golden Frieza state.
- Chaos Beam – A variation of the Death Beam utilized by Frost.
- Chaos Shot - A rapid-fire and area-of-effect version of the Chaos Beam used by Frost in his Final Form.
- Dual Tech – The combination of Frieza's Full Power Death Beam and Cell's Ultimate Blitz.
- Darkness Eye Beam – A variation of the Eye Laser, referred to as Death Beam by Cooler after he uses it attack Goku in Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge.
- Photon Swipe - Android 21's Death Beam variant which is essentially a Death Beam fired with the same sweeping motion as the Photon Wave invented by Dr. Gero. Used by Android 21 in FighterZ, Dragon Ball Legends, and Xenoverse 2. Also used by Android 21 (Good) and Android 21 (Evil) in FighterZ as well as by Android 21 (Evil) in Dragon Ball Legends. Named in Xenoverse 2 as it is simply called Photon Wave in FighterZ and Dragon Ball Legends.
- 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
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).
"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
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".
- Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, 2000
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, 2014
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, 2003
- Dragon Ball Heroes, 2010
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
- Dragon Ball Fusions, 2016
- Dragon Ball Legends, 2018
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden, 1993
- Dragon Ball Z episode 84, "Dende's Demise"
- 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