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Krillin in "Will Goku Make it in Time?! Three Hours Until the Battle Resumes!"

Destructo Disc (気円斬 Kienzan, lit. "Energy Circle Cut") is Krillin's signature technique and one of his most powerful attacks.


The Destructo Disc is a razor-sharp disc of golden ki that can slice through almost any substance. It is known for being one of Krillin's favorite moves to use against opponents who are significantly stronger opponents than him, due to the Destructo Disc's supreme cutting capabilities. Only an opponent with a strong enough aura can repel the edge of the disc and prevent themselves from being sliced. Although technically capable of cutting through anything short of an opponent with a significantly powerful aura, an opponent that was extremely malleable in nature can off-set even a clean cut from the attack via Regeneration, which is best demonstrated with Bio-Broly.

The technique has seen use among both heroes and villains, such as when Frieza used a remotely controlled version called Death Saucer. Krillin would later develop the Destructo Disc in similar ways, such as a homing variant and one that splits into three.

Usage and Power[]

Cell's Destructo Disk

Perfect Cell using a double Destructo Disc against Gohan

Unlike energy blasts, the Destructo Disc can actually injure enemies several times the wielder's power level, such as being able to cut off Frieza's tail when energy blasts from the likes of Vegeta and Gohan proved ineffective. In the anime, Krillin uses it once on Perfect Cell, with the disc shattering on Cell's neck, due to his aura stopping Krillin's ki disc's "edge" from piercing Cell's body.

Krillin uses this technique for the first time in the series against Nappa, but the Saiyan dodges it thanks to Vegeta's advice, resulting in only a gash on his cheek.[11] He tries the technique again shortly later, in an attempt to cut off Great Ape Vegeta's tail, but Vegeta also manages to dodge it.[12] Vegeta used it to cut off Great Ape Gohan's tail.[13]

A few months later, Krillin uses the Destructo Disc against Gohan in their mental battle while on their spaceship heading to Namek.[14] Krillin later uses the Destructo Disc in a battle with the giant on Fake Namek, causing considerable damage, though it should be noted that this giant was only an illusion.[15]

Later, on Namek, Krillin is able to slice off Frieza's tail while he is in his second form, as well as let loose several Destructo Discs at once. During the battle in the anime, Krillin also uses a version that splits apart and attacks the target from multiple angles.[16]

In the Garlic Jr. Saga, Krillin uses the Destructo Disc on Vinegar, who catches it in his bare hand and throws it away.[17]

In the anime, Krillin hits Cell in the neck with a Destructo Disc to no effect.[18]

Perfect Cell used the Destructo Disc against Super Saiyan 2 Gohan as one of his last-ditch attacks to defeat him, only for Gohan to catch them mid-air and then de-energize them before throwing them back to Cell, forcing the bio-android to dodge.[19]

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Android 18 charging a Disc

Android 18 uses it when she faces "Mighty Mask" in the World Martial Arts Tournament to reveal him as Trunks and Goten in costume.[20]


Goku fires a Destructo Disc at Super Buu

Goku later used it to cut Super Buu (w/ Gotenks absorbed) in half when he came to Earth in the Fusion Saga.[21]

In the anime, Krillin cuts Kid Buu in half with the Destructo Disc while the Majin is on Grand Kai's Planet in the Other World, though Kid Buu is able to use his unique powers and immediately pull himself back together.[22]

Krillin cuts through Cell Max's wing (manga)

Krillin cuts through Cell Max's wing with Destructo Disc in the manga

In the manga, Krillin cuts Cell Max's right wing with the Destructo Disc, allowing 18 to break it in half.[23]


Baby prepares a Destructo Disc

In Dragon Ball GT, Baby appears to prepare a Destructo Disc to attack Uub, but he is interrupted by an Energy Wave from Uub.[24] Baby and his possessed followers are capable of performing Ki blasts that can cut people's skin easily (as shown by Baby Goten managing to cut Vegeta's face with a deflected Ki Blast). However, Krillin's Destructo Disc is moderately more potent than these and very rarely explodes if it hits a target too tough to pierce.

Majin Ozotto uses this technique against to cut off Piccolo's left leg and absorb him.[5]

Film Appearances[]

In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Amond uses an unnamed disc-launching technique to deflect Krillin's Destructo Disc.

In Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, Vegeta uses a variation called Energy Slash to weaken Meta-Cooler Core.

In Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, Krillin used it to cut off Bio-Broly's head to no avail as Bio-Broly simply regenerated.

In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Krillin used it to cut the top off a mountain to crush some of Frieza's soldiers beneath it.

In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Krillin uses the Destructo Disc on Cell Max, but it only cuts his cheek.

Other Dragon Ball stories[]

In Dragon Ball: The Return of Son Goku and Friends!, Krillin later uses the Destructo Disc to save his family from a collapsing building.


Video Game Appearances[]

In Kyōshū! Saiyan, Gekishin Freeza, and Ressen Jinzōningen, it is named Energy Disc.

In Super Saiya Densetsu, it is spelled as Destructo Disk.

In the Butōden series, it is Krillin and Android 18's Super Attack. Weaker versions of the Destructo Disc are also used by Vegeta and Frieza.

Krillin Destructo Disc Kinect

Krillin's Destructo-Disc in Dragon Ball Z For Kinect

In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, it is Krillin's Ultimate Blast, one of the Blast 2 used by Android 18, and Goku's charged Ki Blast when jumping. It appears also as one of Perfect Cell's Blast 2 in Budokai Tenkaichi and Budokai Tenkaichi 2.

In the Raging Blast series, Krillin can use a variation called Speed Ki Blast as his Signature Attack. The attack can either be a weak Destructo Disc or a Homing Ki Blast depending on what controls the player presses.


A Super Saiyan character using Destructo Disc in Dragon Ball Online

In Online, the Destructo Disc also appears as a skill acquired at level 26 by Earthlings of the Spiritualist class. Unlike the original technique, the energy disk does not dismember the target; it instead passes through the opponent and this trait is substituted by the effect of constant bleed damage every few seconds over a course of time.

In Xenoverse, the Destructo Disc appears as a Super Skill used by Krillin and Android 18. Additionally, it can be taught to the Future Warrior by them, and a higher-grade version can be bought from the Skill Shop. The Destructo Disc is among the few moves in the game which can pass through obstacles and cannot be blocked by the target. Additionally, while slow, the Destructo Disc can home onto the target without additional guidance. During the game's Return of the Saiyans Saga, due to the aid of the Future Warrior during the fight with Great Ape Vegeta, Krillin manages to successfully use the technique to cut off Vegeta's tail (as Yajirobe does not appear due to the alterations in history).

In Xenoverse 2, the Destructo Disc returns as a Super Skill used by Krillin, Android 18, Imperfect Cell, and Cell Jr. The Future Warrior can learn the technique by completing School Quest: "Lesson 2" of Krillin's Training.

In FighterZ, this move appears as a special move for Android 18, base form Vegeta, and Frieza. It appears as a super move for Krillin. Android 18 and Vegeta can throw a Destructo Disc out, (although in Vegeta's special move list it is named 'energy slicer') and use directional inputs to control the direction the disc travels. Vegeta's version has much more control over the angle. Frieza has 'Death Slicer' as a special move and will throw out two discs towards the opponent. They will leave the screen but quickly return, as in the anime. Either player can be hit by the returning discs. Krillin has this move as a Level 1 super attack; however, a player may choose to spend up to 5 ki bars to continue the attack into a Destructo Disc Barrage. One notable feature is that Android 18's Destructo Disc as well as Krillin's Destructo Disc both deal a considerable amount of chip damage, a feature seen on very few moves in the game.

In Jump Force, the Destructo-Disc appears as a Player Avatar exclusive ability that can be purchased from the main Shop Counter within Umbra Base for 3000 Gold after the 1.13.00 Update. Unlike the Death Saucer ability, it is an element less Ability and Elemental attributes cannot be added to it.

In Kakarot, the Destructo-Disc is one of Krillin's Super Attacks. As Krillin is a support character, the technique can only be used as a Support based Super Attack. Additionally, Vegeta uses his Tail Slicer variant to cut off Great Ape Gohan's tail in the final cutscene for Saiyan Saga Episode 7. During the battle with Full Power Final Form Frieza, he will utilize Death Saucer during the battle as one of his Super Attacks. Additionally the scene of Frieza attacking Goku with Double Death Saucer and getting hit by one of the discs is shown though the scene is toned down as Frieza is seen being hit by the disc but due to the camera angle it appears Frieza is still intact at first but eventually Frieza's body is shown to be in pieces with his upper torso separated from his lower body and his left arm cut off from the wrist making it one of the few video games to depict the aftermath of Frieza's vivisection by his own technique.

Character meaning[]

  • 気 (Ki) = "Energy"
  • 円 (En) = "Circle"
  • 斬 (Zan) = "Slice" / "behead" / "kill"


  • The Destructo Disc appears to be a homage to the Ultra Slash move used by various Ultras in the Ultraman Series. However, the use of the Destructo Disc, and its appearance, is slightly different.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Kai, during the battle with Nappa, Krillin refers to the Destructo Disc by its Japanese name, "Kienzan!", in the Funimation dub.
  • In the Bridge Entertainment version of The Tree of Might, Krillin refers to this attack as his "Magnetic Discs".