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The Energy Clash is a situation in which two energy-based techniques collide and compete to consume one another and proceed to their targets.


Energy Clashes appear in the Dragon Ball franchise. It debuted in the chapter "The Kamehameha" and its anime episode counterpart "The Grand Finals". The first game to ever have an energy wave struggle is Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2. For example, the user will utilize the Kamehameha technique while the other user will use a similar energy wave attack, and they proceed to fire their beams on opposite sides. The energy waves will eventually collide with each other, and begin clashing. The power is relative, as the user begins to power up their energy, their attack will eventually overwhelm and overpower their opponent.

Super Saiyan Bardock and Chilled's Energy Clash in the Episode of Bardock

In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, when two users utilize energy-based techniques against each other, they will collide in an energy struggle and only the loser will take a large portion of damage from the opponent's energy attack, with the additional force of their own technique. If Tien Shinhan uses his Tri-Beam against an energy beam such as Goku's Kamehameha, the Kamehameha will go through the Tri-Beam and the Tri-Beam will go around the Kamehameha, neither canceling out, thus damaging both users.

Z Fighters struggle against Hatchiyack's Revenger Cannon

In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Tenkaichi Tag Team, however, this is fixed so that even if the attacks are not of the same shape or type, they can still collide into each other. The force and damage it inflicts to the loser varies greatly. For example, if the full-powered Spirit Bomb was unable to overpower the 10x Kamehameha, the loser who used the Spirit Bomb will suffer an enormous amount of damage from both the Spirit Bomb and the 10x Kamehameha. Also, certain energy beams cannot clash and will instead cancel out each other (like the Special Beam Cannon, Death Beam, and Dodon Ray). Garlic Jr.'s Death Impact and Dead Zone are different from the others since it cancels out any attack that it collides with.

Depending upon the power of the individuals involved, certain Energy Clashes have the potential to effect reality, to the point it can effect the boundaries of time and space, as demonstrated by the clash between Super Saiyan Gogeta's Super Kamehameha and Super Saiyan C-type Broly Gigantic Omegastorm which ended up transporting the two into another dimension in Dragon Ball Super: Broly in a manner similar to Portal Opening.


  • Kamehameha Clash - An Energy Clash variation in Dragon Ball Heroes and World Mission where both teams activate the Kamehameha Mode CAA Special Ability after both teams' Attack Phases during the same round which causes their respective Kamehamehas to clash.

List of Energy Clashes

Pre-Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball

Goku's and Piccolo's Energy Clash at the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament

Dragon Ball Z

Ultimate Gohan's Kamehameha struggles with Super Buu's Vanishing Beam

Dragon Ball Super
Dragon Ball GT

Bojack's Galactic Buster vs. Gohan's Super Kamehameha

Video Game Appearances

It was named Energy Clash in the Budokai Tenkaichi series except for Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 where it is called Energy Crash. It can be used for the "Armor Break" of characters.

It is called Energy Deflection in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.

In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, it is called Beam Struggle.

Energy Clashes are in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, where both players have to activate their special attacks at the same time (or the split second right after the other activates a special attack).

In Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, attacks can only collide if they are both energy beams. If an energy wave or energy sphere collides with an energy sphere, both attacks will be canceled out.

In the Raging Blast series, it is called Shot Exchange. In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, it is possible to have a tie in an energy struggle. Both attacks will explode, leaving a huge cloud of smoke where the two attacks collided.

In Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team, it is called Shot Exchange.

It is called Ultimate Counter in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden.

In Dragon Ball Heroes, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X, and Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, a Kamehameha Clash occurs when both teams activate Kamehameha Mode at the end of their Attack Phases.

"When you and an enemy fire off Energy wave Super Attacks at the same time, you'll initiate an energy wave clash. Mash Ki Blast button to push back the enemy's attack back at them. You'll have a better chance of winning if you're a higher level than your opponent."
— "Energy Wave Clashes" tutorial description in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, it is called an Energy Wave Clash. It occurs when the player and the enemy fire off an energy wave Super Attack at the same time. To win the player must mash the Ki Blast button to push the attack back and win the clash. The odds of winning a Energy Wave Clash is greater if their level is higher than the opponent. The Beam Cannon technique of Frieza Force Attack Drones and Earth Attack Robots is a type of Energy Wave used by enemies that can trigger Energy Wave Clashes with Super Attacks such as the Kamehameha, Super Kamehameha, Masenko, Super Masenko, Galick Gun, and Super Galick Gun. It is also possible to trigger an Energy Clash with Vegeta's Galick Gun and Super Galick Gun when he is the enemy. During Goku's Image Training battle with Piccolo at the start of Saiyan Saga Episode 1 after defeating Piccolo in the fight, a cutscene shows battle damaged Piccolo fires a two-handed Makosen at Goku who counters with a Kamehameha resulting in an Energy Wave Clash though the results of the clash are not shown before the cutscene ends. During Goku's epic fight against Vegeta, the infamous Energy Wave Clash between Goku's Kaioken Kamehameha and Vegeta's Galick Gun is depicted in a cutscene though its possible to trigger one during the fight between Goku's Kamehameha (with or without Kaioken activated) and Vegeta's Galick Gun though doing so has no bearing on the one depicted in the cutscene.