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The Dragonthrow (ドラゴンスロー Doragon Surō) is Goku's signature grapple throw.


The user grabs his opponent's arm, leg, tail, or antenna, then he spins and throws them away.


Episode of Bardock - Bardock dragonthrow

Super Saiyan Bardock swings Chilled by his tail

Goku uses examples of this move when he grabs Frieza's tail during their battle on Namek, Majin Buu's tentacle during their battle near West City, and Super Mega Cannon Sigma's leg at the end of their battle on M-2. Goku's student Uub uses the throw as part of his Blazing Barrage Palm technique. He also used a similar technique on Cooler during their underwater battle in Cooler's Revenge.

Super Saiyan Bardock uses a similar technique against Chilled. Piccolo also uses a similar throw: on Android 13, and to stop a Cell Jr.'s counterattack on him. Vegeta also used a similar technique on Recoome, resulting in him being hurled into the mountains on Namek. A Cell Jr. uses the attack on Vegeta while Gohan powers up right before his transformation into a Super Saiyan 2. Future Trunks performs a similar throw as part of the Heat Dome Attack he uses to destroy Future Cell.

Super Buu uses a similar technique during his fight with Gotenks, throwing him through The Lookout and down into a lake. Potential Unleashed Gohan uses it on Super Buu, throwing the Majin after grabbing his antenna. Kid Buu uses a similar technique on Super Saiyan 3 Goku.[2] Shortly after the Majin Buu conflict, Goku uses a Dragonthrow to throw a snake away from a pterodactyl nest.[3]

In Dragon Ball Super, Captain Ginyu (in Tagoma's body) uses the grapple on Gohan. Later on during the Tournament of Power, Goku performs this move on Caulifla while the latter was throwing a barrage of attacks at the former. In the manga version of the Tournament of Power, Frost uses Dragonthrow to eliminate Hyssop and Roselle.

In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Super Saiyan Blue Goku used this technique on Wrathful Broly.

In Dragon Ball GT, Baby uses a similar throw while facing Super Saiyan 3 Goku and grabbing his tail.

Video Game Appearances


Goku uses the attack on Raditz in Burst Limit

Dragonthrow was named in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai and also appears in the other Budokai games, including Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit. The technique is also used in Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, the Budokai Tenkaichi series, the Supersonic Warriors series, Super Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. Many fighters uses this throw in the Budokai Tenkaichi series and the Raging Blast games, like Turles, Guldo, or Burter.

Vegito's version is named Dinosaur Throw in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2.

In Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, it is used by Super Saiyan 3 Goku under the name Giant Swing (ジャイアントスイング Jaianto Suingu), much like the real-life wrestling move.



  1. Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
  2. Dragon Ball Z episode 281, "Minute of Desperation"
  3. Dragon Ball Z episode 288, "He's Always Late"

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