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Future Goku (らいそんくう Mirai no Son Gokū, lit. "Son Goku of the Future") is the deceased alternate timeline counterpart of Goku that appeared in the timeline in which Future Trunks and Future Gohan lived.


Same as his present timeline counterpart.


Same as his present timeline counterpart.



Future Goku lives the same life as Present Goku until his return to Earth after defeating Future Frieza on Namek. In this timeline, Future Goku uses Instant Transmission to return to Earth, where he successfully kills Future Frieza and Future King Cold when they arrive in August of Age 764.

Dragon Ball Z

Cell Saga

Main article: Perfect Cell Saga In a brief cameo in the episode, "Ghosts from Tomorrow", Future Goku can be seen suffering from the lethal heart virus just moments before his death as Future Gohan begins to flashback his father, Future Goku's death while fighting the Androids with Future Trunks. Knowing that his father was strong and would know what to do given if he was still alive in their situation, Future Gohan states he will strive to make him proud.

Dragon Ball Super

After Death

Future Goku in his brief and only appearance in a Dragon Ball Super bonus chapter

Future Goku makes a cameo appearance in a bonus chapter of Dragon Ball Super, being seen in the Other World and realizing that he has just died of the heart virus (which also reveals that he was once again allowed to keep his body after death).

"Future" Trunks Saga

Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga His soul was erased when Future Zeno erased the future timeline to kill Infinite Zamasu once and for all. His soul still exists in the second alternate future timeline created by Whis in the anime, while in the manga it is created by Future Trunks and Future Mai traveling back to prevent Future Shin's death (and ultimately Future Beerus' death) with the blessing of Present Beerus.

Film Appearances

The History of Trunks

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

An image of Future Goku appears in the sunset after his passing

Two years after he defeated Future Frieza and Future King Cold, Future Goku contracts a heart virus with no cure in Age 766 and dies six months before the appearance of Future Android 17 and Future Android 18, which leaves the Z Fighters without their strongest warrior. The Androids kill the Z Fighters in May of Age 767, except for Future Gohan and because of Future Piccolo's death, the Dragon Balls vanish permanently as the Z Fighters are unable to be wished back which also kills Future Kami. Future Bulma is confident that Goku would have defeated the Androids, had he been given the opportunity, so she sends her son Future Trunks back in a Time Machine to solicit Goku's help and stop the Androids.

Future Goku was 30 years old (physically 29 due to his first death) when he died of the heart virus and he could not be wished back with the Dragon Balls, because he died of a natural cause and had already been wished back once before with the Earth's Dragon Balls.

Other Dragon Ball stories

Dokkan Battle

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle

Future Goku's appearance in a cutscene for Dokkan Battle

Future Goku appears in a cutscene during the Story Event: HOPE!! Fight Against Despair!" In Future Trunks' timeline, Future Goku is seen teleporting to Earth via Instant Transmission when Frieza and King Cold invade Earth just as Future Trunks surmised after learning of Instant Transmission. He is wearing the same Yardrat clothes that his mainstream wore at that same time period. This marks the first time, Future Goku's return to Earth via Instant Transmission to confront Future Mecha Frieza is actually depicted in any media.

The scenario also provides an explanation why Future Bulma and by extension Future Trunks didn't know about Future Goku's use of the technique to reach Earth in time as Future Goku apparently explained it only to the assembled Z Fighters that were about to confront Future Mecha Frieza in battle before he arrived.

Shin Budokai - Another Road

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road It is mentioned that at some point in the past, Future Goku returned to the living world for one day, presumably to fight Future Broly, as in Future Gohan's arcade mode, Future Gohan states that Future Goku once fought against Future Broly and had a hard time against him (although it also could have occurred during Future Goku's journey back to Earth). He may also have met Future Pikkon because Future Pikkon stated that Gohan's spirit is like Future Goku.

Future Goku appears in the story during Future Shin and Gohan's search for Future Gohan in the Other World: Future Goku fights against Future Bardock in a sparring match, and then he helps Gohan to find his future counterpart. After calming Future Gohan down, Future Goku goes with him, Gohan, and Future Supreme Kai to the Z Sword. After Gohan shatters the sword to reveal Future Old Kai, who then unlocks Future Gohan's potential, Future Goku stays in the Other World since he has already been back to Earth once and wishes the others good luck for the rest of the battles.

Budokai Tenkaichi

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi Future Goku and Future Vegeta fuse to form Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta during their one-day on Earth in Future Trunks' timeline. Future Trunks battles them and wins because they do not use much of their power in fear that they will destroy the Earth.


Future Goku had the same power level as his mainstream self, until Age 764, when he killed Future Frieza and his father, and, prior to contracting the virus, Future Goku was never aware of the Red Ribbon Androids coming in three years, so he never trained himself for the upcoming threat, thus, he was weaker than his present counterpart (who recovered from the virus).

Despite this, Future Bulma held absolute faith that he would have been able to stop the Androids if he had been alive.


Great Ape

Main article: Great Ape Like his present counterpart, Future Goku was able to transform into a Great Ape as a child.

Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan

Future Goku as a Super Saiyan in Shin Budokai - Another Road

Like his present counterpart, Future Goku is able to transform into a Super Saiyan. He was never actually seen in this form in the anime series due to his death, though he does use it against Future Bardock and Future Gohan in the Shin Budokai - Another Road.

Although he was never seen using this form, it can be greatly implied that like the present day Goku, Future Goku used this form against Future Frieza on Namek, since their timelines wouldn't start differentiating until the moment Future Goku returned to Earth during Future Frieza and Future King Cold's presence.

In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, the events of Future Goku's confrontation with Future Frieza on Earth occur with Future Goku arriving in time via Instant Transmission (Future Bulma is absent thus explaining why she didn't know about Future Goku's Instant Transmission) just as Future Trunks suggested upon learning of the main timeline Goku's ability to teleport via Instant Transmission. During the battle Future Goku uses his Super Saiyan form.

Future Gogeta

Main article: Future Gogeta

Super Saiyan 4 Future Gogeta in Budokai Tenkaichi

Future Goku fuses with Future Vegeta to form Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta and face Future Trunks during his and Future Vegeta's one day on Earth in one of the scenarios in Budokai Tenkaichi.

Video Game Appearances


  • All of Present Goku's previous battles prior to returning from Namek and Yardrat.
  • Future Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Future Frieza (Mecha Frieza) and Future King Cold


  • With Present Goku's death in Age 767 due to his self-sacrifice, both the main timeline and alternate timeline's Goku have died twice, leaving both timelines without Goku for a long time to protect them (permanently in the future timeline's case, as Present Goku would eventually be brought back to life a second time) and leaving Earth to the rest of the Z Fighters against evil threats.
    • However, Future Goku died in Age 766, six months before the Androids invade, and Present Goku died in Age 767, during the Cell Games of the then ongoing Android conflict. Because he did not die from the heart virus, Present Goku was able to conceive a second son (Goten) with Chi-Chi before his second death, while Future Goku never lived long enough to have a second child.
  • In the early years of publication in Vietnam, the cause of Goku's death was changed to food poisoning (due to eating crab paste vermicelli soup with raw vegetable) because the company publishing Dragon Ball Z in Vietnam wanted to increase the humor. In later republication, it was corrected exactly as the original version.
  • Ironically several years after the Androids defeat, Goku Black attacks Future Earth as part of his and Future Zamasu's Project Zero Mortals forcing Future Trunks to bring Goku and Vegeta from the main timeline to confront Goku's doppelganger which ultimately leads to Future Goku's soul being erased with the rest of the Future Multiverse by Future Zeno whom Goku had summoned via Zeno's Button, thus Goku is indirectly responsible for the erasure of his Future counterpart. However his soul still exists in the new Future Timeline that Future Trunks and Future Mai take refuge in.



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