- This article is about the original character. For other uses, see Goku (disambiguation).
"No see, I don't think like I'm saving the world. The fact is, it's cause I'm usually trying to challenge the strongest warriors I can find. That's how this tournament happened too. But I can't bear the thought of innocent lives getting wiped out just cause I wanna fight the best. So I'll do what I can for them."
Goku (孫悟空 Son Gokū), born Kakarot (カカロット Kakarotto, lit. "Cacarrot"), is the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball metaseries. Goku is a Saiyan originally sent to Earth as an infant. However, an accident alters his memory, allowing him to grow up to become Earth's greatest defender and the informal leader of the Dragon Team. He constantly strives and trains to be the greatest warrior possible, which has kept the Earth and the universe safe from destruction many times.
Essentially, Goku is the spitting-image of his father, Bardock, possessing the same spiky black hairstyle, dark-colored eyes, and facial features. However, he has softer eyes, a kind demeanor, and a lighter-pale skin complexion from his mother, Gine. Goku's most distinguishing physical characteristic is his hair. He has 3 bangs hanging to the right of his forehead and 2 bangs hanging to the left. His hair also stands up in the front with 4 spikes and 3 bangs in the back (later in the anime his front spikes become 5 and his back spikes become 4). Goku was born with the signature tail of the Universe 7 Saiyans, which was long and prehensile with brown fur. While occasionally having it removed and later regrew it, by his late teens, it was permanently removed by Kami (to prevent his Great Ape transformation so Kami could safely bring back the moon).
At age 12, Goku was rather short and appeared even younger than he was, being considered less than 10 years old (people were surprised when learning his actual age). During the next few years, Goku did not go through any physical changes, beyond his muscles becoming more pronounced. By age 15, he began showing noticeable increases in height. By age 18, he had a considerable growth spurt, growing taller than most of his friends and developing a well-built physique. He is also considered very handsome, as noted by various women including Bulma. His physical changes made him almost indistinguishable from before and was only recognized by his signature naïve personality and "trademark" hairstyle. By age 25, Goku had another growth spurt, and become similar in height to his taller human allies, and much more muscular.
Due to his love of training, he is most commonly seen wearing a gi. Originally, Goku wore an open blue gi secured with a white bow-tied obi over his waist, red wristbands, and dark blue kung fu shoes. After training under Master Roshi, Goku wore the basic Turtle School Uniform; consisting of a closed red gi (later orange) secured by a black knot-tied obi over his waist, blue wristbands, and blue kung fu shoes, with Roshi's kanji on the back and front-left side of his shirt. After training with Kami and Mr. Popo, Goku wore a black short-sleeved undershirt (later dark blue) with this gi and replaced his shoes with dark blue boots with a yellow border and red laces. After training under King Kai, Goku wore King Kai's kanji on the back of his gi shirt. During the Battle on Planet Namek, Goku wore his own kanji on both sides of his gi shirt. During the Android conflict and Majin Buu conflict, Goku wore a more plain version of this gi that lacked any kanji and featured a blue sash-style obi over his waist, as well as the same dark blue undershirt, same wristbands and the same boots from his previous gi, but with a red border and yellow/tan laces. He later retains this outfit throughout most of Dragon Ball Super as he regains his own kanji on both sides of his gi shirt.
During his early training under Whis, Goku wore an orange traditional and loose gi that was secured together with a blue obi tied in a knot at the left of his waist. He also wore blue wristbands that cover nearly his entire forearms and blue boots that clasp together on the front of his shins. It was later given, without Goku realizing it, Whis' kanji on the front-left of his shirt. When he appears in the Prison Planet Saga, Goku wears an outfit identical to the one Whis gave him, but with a Capsule Corp logo in place of Whis' symbol. He also wears his blue shirt underneath the gi. In the Universal Conflict Saga, after Goku was saved by the Grand Minister from the Prison Planet's destruction he wears an outfit identical to the Grand Minister's. The attire consists of a dark blue long-sleeved shirt with an orange circle over the chest, with baggy shoulder pads that runs beneath his red-colored belt with his kanji on the round belt-buckle. The shirt is complimented by a matching color pair of jodhpur-like pants, and white boots that run beneath his shins.
In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Goku returns to his previous uniform while on Planet Namek. In addition, to compensate for the wintery climate he is on, he also wears a long blue snow jacket with a high turtleneck, white stripes down his shoulders and arms and bold purple letters of "SAB" over the front-left side of it. It also has black gloves. In the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, Goku returns to his normal uniform but after joining the Galactic Patrol, he is given their emblem in place of his own on the front.
By the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku wears a turquoise gi with a white obi, orange wristbands, dark green pants, and black kung fu shoes with orange stockings. Despite his fighting gi being his preferred look, Goku is not without other types of wardrobe, such as a suit and tie, casual clothes like blue pants with a button-down red shirt, or an orange and black jacket with a white sleeveless undershirt, light green pants and brown shoes. When returning home to prepare for the androids, Goku wore a outfit similar to one from his youth; a white tank top with periwinkle Chinese pants with a white sash and purplish brown toe shoes and white socks. His farmer attire consists of light beige collared denim jacket with a white scarf around his neck and a charcoal gray short sleeved undershirt, light beige pants with a black belt around his waist and black boots. The sleeves on his jacket has been folded into white cuffs.
In Dragon Ball GT. Goku's skin tone got a noticeable tan. His general outfit is a blue gi with a white obi, pink wristbands, ochre pants, and black kung fu shoes with white stockings, which overall is very similar to his outfit at the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. Due to the carelessness of Emperor Pilaf, Goku was wished back into an 11-year-old. While essentially looking the same as he did back then, Goku showed considerably more defined muscle. Later, with the aid of Old Kai, Goku regenerates his tail, which would poke out from his pants. 100 years later at the 64th World Martial Arts Tournament, despite growing back to his physical prime without transforming, he was not still seen with his tail. However, in one ending, he is seen with a tail in adult form. During which, his outfit has dark green pants while his stockings and armbands are yellow. He also wears his Power Pole again.
When re-grown up, GT Goku appears in the Adventure Mode of Extreme Butōden, he wears his classic outfit from Dragon Ball Super. In Dragon Ball Minus, an infant Goku was seen wearing a standard Battle Armor of the Frieza Army when being sent to Earth. It is a full body model with a dark-colored chest protection and light-colored outward-pointing pads on his shoulders and at the hips that hang over his upper legs. He also wore dark jumpsuit shorts and light boots with dark legging and also dark armguards.
He is well-noted for his love of any food, even by Saiyan standards, which can be comical at times. When hypnotized while facing "Jackie Chun", Bulma told Goku dinner was ready, instantly waking him up. Like most Saiyans, Goku loves combat and to challenge strong opponents. As such Goku rarely shows nervousness or fear when fighting. While not arrogant in his abilities (especially compared to Vegeta), Goku has a tendency to be too relaxed and recklessly challenge anyone he views as strong to a fight. Despite his fighting spirit, he is at heart a pacifist as he often spares his enemies, trying to avoid hurting or even killing people if possible and never using more strength than necessary. He also strongly believes that people can change for the better, as he spared Vegeta after killing most of Goku's allies. This combined with his naturally gentle nature can lead to him letting his guard down.
Goku is pure of heart, possessing no negative feelings or thoughts. He is highly loyal to his friends and family, even willing to sacrifice himself to save others as he did against Raditz and Cell. He strongly believes in repaying debts, as he gave the then-evil Vegeta a senzu bean for technically saving Gohan and Krillin from the Ginyu Force. He is a man of his word, committed to keeping his promise no matter what. He has a very practical and carefree view of life and his goals are very simple; he only seeks new adventures and challenges like testing his limits as a warrior. He has no interest in luxury or high-ranking positions as he rejected Kami's offer to become Guardian of Earth and likewise Whis' offer to become the next Universe 7 God of Destruction, though the latter was mainly due to his morality making him unsuitable for it. At the same time, he shows such unwavering will and tenacity to succeed, always determined to never give up against any adversity.
Goku has been noted several times to have a special effect on people. His genuine compassion for others and love of life in its most simple nature is capable of inspiring them to change somewhat for the better, even causing several of his enemies to become his allies. He convinced the amoral and self-absorbed God of Destruction Beerus that Earth was worth keeping around. He made the reserved assassin Hit smile in genuine happiness, viewing Goku as an equal. He made the immensely independent Jiren acknowledge Goku's view of companionship and sought to learn from Goku's example. He even made the spiteful and sadistically greedy Frieza come to truly respect Goku despite his long-standing hatred of the Saiyan after their brief alliance.
He has shown such innocence since childhood, mainly because of spending most of his childhood on Mount Paozu in isolation, apart from the first few years of his life with his grandfather, and spending his adolescence traveling the world to sharpen his combat skills. This lack of social experience and proper education growing up (apart from the basic education from Master Roshi) left him rather ignorant in many things outside of battle and had little development in emotional maturity. During his childhood, he originally had difficulty telling the difference between a male and a female without physically touching them, which often got him in trouble.
Another problem stemming from his lack of proper education, Goku had little understanding of adult responsibilities. As a result, he spent most of his marriage without a job, instead of being supported by his prize-winnings from the World Martial Arts Tournaments and the Ox-King's wealth. This limited education also was seen from his struggling in the written test for the Tournament of Destroyers. Overall, both his children have shown a better understanding of general matters as Chi-Chi ensured that Gohan and Goten had a well-educated background. While Chi-Chi later made Goku take up a job as a farmer, Goku is regularly shown with little interest in it, often looking for excuses to get out of work to train instead. This mostly stems from his Saiyan-nature, instinctively desiring combative challenges.
Goku has little modesty and is not at all concerned about public nudity (though later came to have a better appreciation for it). His simple nature rarely exhibits lustful feelings and thus little interest in women (with the exception of his wife). As a result, seduction tactics have no effect on him. His lack of emotional maturity has also left him somewhat naïve. His direct and carefree approach, combined with often taking things to face-value tends to make him appear somewhat stupid. Acting very much on instinct most of the time, Goku can be very blunt from as he expresses himself. While he is not normally reckless, he occasionally makes decisions without properly thinking them through, such as when he went to discuss the Tournament of Power with the Omni-Kings despite Beerus warning him of the potential consequences of meeting with the amoral supreme rulers. While technically considerate in nature and never intentionally rude, Goku tends to not show proper respect to people of high authority. Goku can be insensitive at times, as shown by his willingness to promise Old Kai naked photos of Bulma, without consideration for either Bulma or her husband Vegeta (though he rationalized it as for the sake of Earth's survival to enlist Old Kai's aid).
His simple nature often comes off as naïve, which often makes many incorrectly assume him to be somewhat stupid. Despite this, Goku is remarkably effective at applying himself once properly motivated, able to quickly comprehend the situation and likewise learn the basics of anything presented to him, if not master it. When taking a firsthand experience, Goku is shown to be incredibly perceptive and intuitive, quickly able to analyze the situation and formulate an effective countermeasure. Very methodical and tactical in his approach, he even saw through the limits of higher grades of Super Saiyan and chose to instead refine his normal Super Saiyan form, impressing even his rival Vegeta at the crafty and innovative idea.
He has a remarkable intuition to see the good in others in spite of their actions, though his compassion and willingness to forgive can have often been criticized as excessive even to a fault and has led to harm and death to those he cares about in extreme occasions. At the same time, for all his morally driven nature, Goku can show animosity towards those he believes have earned it, such as Mercenary Tao and Frieza for killing Bora and Krillin respectively, a trait he seemed to inherit from his father Bardock. Overall, Goku only kills his enemies when he feels it is necessary or if they are beyond redemption. While viewed by many as a very honorable man of heroic nature, he openly never actually considers himself a savior, but rather simply refuses to let innocent people or animals get hurt, as his adoptive grandfather taught him. Ultimately, this is one of his greatest drives in life, constantly pushing him beyond his limits. Whenever his friends are threatened or harmed, Goku abandons nearly all mercy for the foe, as the mortal-wound to Piccolo and loss of his best friend Krillin against Frieza allowed Goku to unleash Super Saiyan on the tyrant.
He enjoys meeting new people and learning about/from them. Despite this and genuine compassion for others, Goku's ignorance at times comes off as a lack feeling familial ties, but rather views his family simply as companions. He is rarely seen romantic or intimate with Chi-Chi and mainly married her because he promised, although once learning marriage means living with someone forever, openly liked the idea with Chi-Chi. He even cited her feistiness and passion as traits endearing to him. He will often leave his family for long periods, and though normally for noble reasons, such as maintaining his strength for the protection of the world, Goku does not realize its negative affect on his family and friends. Despite this, he consistently expresses his appreciation for his family, as after completing his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to face Cell, he chose to spend the remaining time with his family rather than training more. Goku desires for his children to follow in his footsteps as a fighter but he is generally accepting of their choices in lifestyle so long as they are happy and healthy. Overall, his love for his family have been a constant boost to his performance in battle. Also, Goku was very happy to learn he was going to be a grandfather, to which he later enjoyed taking care of his baby granddaughter Pan and grew very concerned when she disappeared. Against Goku Black, when learning that the rogue god murdered his family in spite from their initial encounter, despite it only happening in the original timeline, Goku's righteous rage let him pummel Black and Future Zamasu simultaneously.
Goku's love for his adoptive grandfather has constantly been the most emotional and influential aspect of his life, even long after the old man's death and as shown by Goku's reaction to each time they met again in Gohan's afterlife. Even after learning they were not blood-related or even the same race, Goku still considers the old man his family, as shown by his great sorrow and shame when realizing that he killed the kind man as a Great Ape, apologizing deeply to him and hoping for forgiveness when next they meet. Goku's bond towards his grandfather made him cherish the Power Pole and the 4-Star Dragon Ball that he left his grandson behind as the only material objects of real worth to him. As a child, he even came to believe that the Dragon Ball housed the old man's spirit as he would speak it often, possibly as a coping mechanism to deal with his loss of his only known family. Goku was happy to meet all who were close to his grandfather and even delighted when his firstborn son reacted positively to being named after the elder.
While considering himself an Earthling more than Saiyan, in battle, he tends to think more like a typical Universe 7 Saiyan. Once a fight begins, he desires to see it through to the end to truly determine who is the winner. Even while battling Frieza on the self-destructing Planet Namek, he chose to finish his fight with Frieza even when offered the chance to escape through the Namekian Dragon Balls, believing that Frieza had to be defeated by his hand rather than random chance. He is also dissatisfied when foes do not use their full might. While valuing his friends' loyalty and willing to accept help when the need comes, he prefers to face his challenges solo, determined to prove his might against the given foe. He openly showed dislike at originally acquiring Super Saiyan God through the aid of others rather than by his own merit. At the same time, he admits that the true growth of his being came from the support and connection he gained from others. His warrior mentality can be reckless at times. Against Cell, Goku chose to focus the majority of his efforts training Gohan in the goal of unlocking his son's dormant capacities to defeat Cell, forgetting that Gohan was even gentler than him. Likewise, for an unrestricted fight against Hit, Goku willingly risked his life by hiring Hit to kill him to fight him at his best. Goku is also willing to recruit help from his greatest of enemies like Frieza as he needed a strong tenth ally for the Tournament of Power.
At the same time, however, this ambition for the new generations stems from his humble concern that his friends and family have become too dependent on his might. He rationalizes his willingness to put the children in the spotlight of battle due to the fact that he will not always be around to help. He believes that the new generation needs to become stronger in order to protect the Earth from future threats. However, he is not without a personal goal behind it. Realizing the potential might of people like Gohan and Uub, he is excited by the idea of facing such might once realized. At the same time, Goku tries to keep people away from the battlefield if he feels it will be too dangerous for them as he during the battle against the resurrected Frieza, Goku agreed with Vegeta sternly on not letting Goten and Trunks get exposed to any more of Frieza's brutality.
"My dad?! M-My dad is training you? What's he like? Is he nice? Is he...is he mean? I've never met my dad before, so I was really surprised when you told me he's training you! Maybe I should go meet him... Ooh, I should bring Gohan!"
— Goku in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Goku seems to think very little of his Saiyan heritage, since he was too young to remember his parents and have never learned the good traits of them. Furthermore, when Goku first discovered his Saiyan heritage, he rejected it out of horror and disgust at being from a race of vicious killers, though he ultimately embraced his heritage after Vegeta's dying words against Frieza on Namek had inspired him to avenge the loss of all those killed by Frieza, including his Saiyan race. Despite since, Goku has preferred to go by his human name, although he has made Vegeta a sole exception because he knew that the latter will never change his mind on that. By Broly, Goku has embraced his Saiyan heritage enough that he was willing to introduce himself to Broly using his Saiyan name, Kakarot. In Xenoverse 2, despite his little love for his evil brother, he showed an interest in learning more about his parents. When learning that the Future Warrior is training under his father, Goku showed an interest in meeting him, even bringing his family.
Goku's most unique relationship is with fellow-Saiyan Vegeta. Their rivalry is mostly one-sided as Goku is generally friendly towards Vegeta and recognizes his abilities as a fighter, although Goku does get competitive with Vegeta as seen from learning that Vegeta left without him to train under Whis. While Goku and Vegeta have trouble working together, due to their conflicting personalities and Vegeta's continued desire to best Goku, they both respect and motivate each other to grow stronger, ultimately becoming close and loyal friends outside their competitive nature. Also, Goku is not above teasing him and tends to admonish Vegeta's brutality towards enemies as shown when he criticizes Vegeta for killing the Ginyu Force, though this was mainly due to Vegeta killing incapacitated opponents.
Goku was named Kakarot at birth. In the manga, Kakarot was born on Planet Vegeta three years before its destruction, while in the anime Goku was born shortly before the destruction of the planet. When Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta, Goku survived as he was being sent to Earth.
After landing on Earth, the young Saiyan was found in the woods by an old man named Gohan and became his adopted grandson. Grandpa Gohan names him "Son Goku".
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
Main article: Dragon Ball Minus: The Departure of the Fated Child
Kakarot had been inside his incubation chamber for three years since his birth when his father Bardock and his mother Gine decide to release him. Bardock makes the decision to send Kakarot away to Earth in an Attack Ball since he is worried about Frieza's ambitions. Frieza destroys Planet Vegeta a month after Kakarot has been sent away.
Days later after being sent to Earth, Kakarot lands in Mount Paozu. While there, he is found by an elderly man, Gohan. He takes him in and feeds the newly found alien. Kakarot is eating when he is given the name "Son Goku".
Between Jaco and Dragon Ball
At first, Goku was extremely violent and ill-tempered, not obeying Gohan at all, but one day he fell down a deep ravine and hit his head, suffering severe head trauma that sent him into a coma and very nearly killed him and caused him to suffer long-term amnesia. After he woke up, he had lost all of his Saiyan aggression due to not remembering his mission, becoming a kind and mild-mannered young boy. His Grandpa Gohan taught him martial arts and told him about such things as the city and people, as they lived in a very remote place in Mount Paozu, with no communication with other people.
Gohan one day discovered Goku's full moon transformation, and thus told him to never look at the full moon. However, one night Goku did, and he transformed into a Great Ape, causing him to unknowingly kill Gohan. After his grandpa's death, Goku stayed at his home, carrying out his daily life of survival. From a young age, Goku developed the impression that his birth parents abandoned him in the mountains as a baby, leaving him for Grandpa Gohan to discover.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga
"Besides my grandpa, you're the only human being I've ever seen."
Goku is introduced in the Dragon Ball manga and anime at 12 years of age (initially, he claims to be 14, but it is later clarified during the Tournament Saga that this is because Goku had trouble counting), as a young boy living in obscurity on Mount Paozu. Goku owns the Power Pole and the four-star Dragon Ball, inheritances from his grandfather.
One day, after doing his daily chores, Goku is hit by a car when on his way home after catching a Giant Fish. Having never seen a car before, he assumes it is a monster attacking him. When the driver shoots Goku with a gun, she becomes scared after seeing that it hardly does any damage and surrenders, revealing herself to be a Human girl, named Bulma. Goku states that he has never seen a girl before and that the only human he has seen in his life is his deceased grandfather. Goku takes Bulma to his house, where she ends up discovering his four star Dragon Ball. However, Goku does not want Bulma touching it since it is precious to him, so Bulma decides to let Goku to join her on a quest to collect all seven Dragon Balls to summon the Dragon, not revealing to him that the Dragon Balls would be scattered across the Earth once they succeeded. Later that night, when camping in Bulma's Capsule House, Goku is introduced to various technology such as Television, lights and even a bath. Early the next morning, Goku is surprised when he learns a bit about the anatomy of women after he takes Bulma's underwear off while she is sleeping. Later that morning, Goku meets Turtle, whom he decides to take back to the ocean, forcing Bulma to come along. After defeating a Bear Thief who wants to eat the turtle, they make it to the beach, where he meets his future master, the turtle hermit, Master Roshi. When the turtle hermit meets them, he rewards Goku with a flying cloud called the Flying Nimbus, that only allows people of pure heart to ride it, with which Goku has no difficulty. Bulma also receives the three star Dragon Ball out of this, in exchange for showing the old horn-dog her underwear (however, she is actually nude, because Goku had pulled them off the night before).
Three days later, Goku and Bulma end up in Aru Village, which is under control by an evil shape-shifter named Oolong, who kidnaps the villagers' daughters. After Goku fails to impersonate Pochawompa in an attempt to find the location of Oolong's hideout, he decides to face Oolong head on. After chasing him outside the village, Goku manages to capture him, forcing Oolong to give the villagers back their daughters. Afterward, they are rewarded the six star Dragon Ball and Oolong is forced to join Goku and Bulma on their quest. While crossing the Diablo Desert on their way to Fire Mountain, Goku fights a bandit named Yamcha, who is friends with a former classmate of Oolong, named Puar. Goku and Yamcha have a duel, and Yamcha is surprised when Goku brings out his Power Pole, learning that he is the grandson of the legendary martial artist, Gohan. After nearly losing to Yamcha's Wolf Fang Fist due to hunger, Bulma awakens, causing Yamcha to flee due to of his fear of women. Later that night, Goku and the others stay the night in Oolong's House-Wagon, where Goku tells Oolong about the Dragon Balls while Yamcha and Puar hide outside and listen, also learning of the mystical spheres. The next morning, Goku fights Yamcha again after he destroys the House-Wagon and attempts to rob them. Goku knocks out his opponent's tooth and Yamcha, in a false display of apology, gives them a car that secretly has a tracking device for him to follow them.
"Amazing... in a day he's learned a move that took me 50 years to master..."
Two days later, the gang ends up at Fire Mountain, where Goku ends up fighting the Ox-King after he attempts to kill Bulma and Oolong. After Goku summons the Flying Nimbus, the Ox-King stops fighting and tells Goku that the man who gave Goku that cloud is the same master that taught him. In an effort to douse the fire surrounding the Ox-King's castle at the top of the mountain, Goku is sent to retrieve the Bansho Fan from Master Roshi after picking up the Ox-King's daughter, Chi-Chi. When they arrive at Master Roshi's Island, he tells them that he accidentally threw the fan out and decides to come there himself and put out the flames. When they get back to Fire Mountain, Master Roshi uses a technique called the Kamehameha to put out the flames, unfortunately destroying the mountain as well. Much to Master Roshi's surprise, Goku immediately imitates the wave and makes one big enough to destroy their car. While Bulma and Oolong find the Dragon Ball in the rubble, Master Roshi asks that Goku trains with him after finishing his quest for the Dragon Balls.
On their way to the last Dragon Ball, they take a break at a town which is ruled by a gang known as the Rabbit Mob. While there, Goku and Bulma get into trouble with the Rabbit Mob, but Goku defeats their leader, Monster Carrot with the help of Yamcha. When they get back on the road, they are attacked by a robot piloted by Shu, who steals five of their Dragon Balls. Luckily, though, Goku insists on keeping his four-star ball with him instead of with the rest of the Dragon Balls. Yamcha gives them a lift to Pilaf's Castle to get them back. However, once they arrive, they get locked in a room filled with sleeping gas, where Goku's four-star Dragon Ball is stolen.
When they wake up, Emperor Pilaf summons Shenron and tries to use the wish to rule the world, but his plan is foiled when Oolong interferes and wishes for a pair of panties after getting out from a small hole made by Goku's Kamehameha. After trying to escape, the gang is placed into a special cell that will fry them when the sun comes out. Goku ends up looking at the full moon that night, causing him to turn into a Great Ape and destroy the cell along with the rest of Pilaf's castle. Seeing Goku out of control in the ape form, Yamcha grabs Goku's tail and has Puar turn into a pair of scissors to cut Goku's tail off, causing him to revert to his normal form. The next morning, Oolong begins to speculate that Goku is not a human, raising the question of whether he is "some kinda space alien." Declining the offer of his new friends to come with them to West City, Goku bids them goodbye to train with Roshi. While flying off on the Nimbus, Goku cheerfully says the world is an amazing place.
Main article: Tournament Saga
After finishing his quest for the Dragon Balls, Goku leaves Bulma and the others in order to train with Master Roshi. Roshi agrees to train Goku, but only if he finds him a pretty girl. After failing to bring him a decent girl, another wannabe student named Krillin arrives on the island, also wanting to train under Roshi, and assists Goku. After Goku fights off some Police officers, while Krillin cowers behind him, they finally return with a girl with a split personality named Launch.
Satisfied with Launch, Roshi then brings Goku and Krillin to his special Training Island to train them. They are put through very strange training that seems like it has nothing to do with martial arts, such as milk delivering to increase stamina, construction work for strength, swimming away from killer sharks, dodging bee stings, all while wearing very heavy Turtle Shells. After the hard work, the two develop into two of the most powerful fighters on Earth. The huge boulder Roshi showed the boys much earlier they could not push, they can now push, much to Roshi's surprise. After eight months of training, Roshi brings them to Papaya Island to compete in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament to test their training. Upon their arrival, Goku is reunited with his friends Bulma, Yamcha, Oolong and Puar. Goku gets through the elimination rounds easily without even trying (even he is surprised at his remarkable new power) and makes it to the main tournament.
In the tournament, he is put up against a Gira named Giran in the quarterfinals. Goku struggles with the beast when he is trapped in Giran's Merry-Go-Round Gum, but his tail grows back causing him to break free and win the match, with Giran forfeiting from being scared of the young boy's power. In the semifinals he is put up against a warrior named Nam. Goku and Nam take the battle into the air, and each is almost knocked off the ring. Just before Goku is knocked out by Nam's Cross Arm Dive, Goku dodges and kicks him out of the ring. In the final round Goku battles with defending Champion Jackie Chun (really Master Roshi in disguise). During the battle, Goku turns back into a Great Ape and starts destroying the stadium. Jackie Chun who cannot leave the arena because they are still fighting destroys the Moon to revert Goku to his normal form. The two continue their match, both losing their energy at a rapid rate. Goku ends up losing the match and learns that he should always continue to train because there are always people out there who are more powerful.
Red Ribbon Army Saga
After coming runner up in the World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku is told by Master Roshi that he should go out and see the world, and Goku decides that he will use this opportunity to search of his grandfather's Four-Star Dragon Ball. At the beginning of his quest he helps save Nam's Village by accompanying him to Giran's Village in order to get the river flowing again. After completing this task, he decides to go skinny dipping in an oasis where he gets his Dragon Radar stolen by a homeless kid that sells it to an Antique Store in a nearby town. Once Goku gets there and gets his radar back, he confronts Emperor Pilaf, who is holding the four star Dragon Ball. After chasing Pilaf to his flying fortress, Goku receives the ball finding out that it is fake. While following the radar's signal he ends up meeting back up with Chi-Chi who had a wedding prepared for them. Goku and Chi-Chi quickly go together back to the Ox-King's Village to find that an organization called the Red Ribbon Army has attacked. Goku and Chi-Chi fight off the troops until they fled. Goku leaves Chi-Chi and the Ox-King in a hurry to go and chase them. He ends up in the Desert where he gets into Pilaf's flying fortress while the Red Ribbon Army was attacking it. After Pilaf's fortress is destroyed, Goku is caught in the explosion and wakes up in a forest where he meets a family of monkeys. After Goku finds the Dragon Ball, he battles Colonel Silver, who destroyed his Flying Nimbus. Goku easily defeats Silver, and knocks him out with his tail.
After seeing that the Dragon Ball he found was not his grandfather's Four-Star Ball, he has one of the army's auto pilot droids fly him to the next Dragon Ball. The plane crashes when the droid freezes, and Goku freezes, unable to move. He is then taken to Jingle Village by a girl named Suno. When he awakens, he hears that the Red Ribbon Army is there as well. Goku goes to their closest base known as Muscle Tower. Once he gets in he easily takes out three soldiers and then battles an android known as Major Metallitron. Goku wins the battle when Metallitron's batteries die and proceeds to the next floor where he fights the Ninja Murasaki. Goku easily defeats Murasaki and humiliates him, an example when Murasaki lands on Goku's Power Pole. Goku proves to be a difficult match for Murasaki and even his brothers, so he resorts to releasing Android 8. Android 8 ends up befriending Goku instead of fighting him because he dislikes violence, allowing Goku to reach the top of Muscle Tower. General White, the commander of the tower resorts to having his pet monster Buyon eat them, but the creature gets frozen and destroyed. General White is defeated and Goku saves the Jingle Village Chief while obtaining another Dragon Ball that Android 8 was hiding from the army.
Goku finds out from one of the village elders that his nimbus still works and decides to go to West City to have Bulma fix his Dragon Radar that broke. Goku arrives at Bulma's house, Capsule Corporation, and has her fix the radar. Bulma then decides to join Goku on his quest for his Dragon Ball using her new invention the Micro Band. While still in the city Goku meets back up with Yamcha, Oolong, and Puar. They decide to spend the day in the new theme park Dream Land, where they were stalked by a thief hired by the Red Ribbon Army, named Hasky. After being tricked by her she tries to get away with Goku's two Dragon Balls but he captures her and gets them back.
Goku and Bulma travel to the site of the next Dragon Ball which was located at the bottom of the sea. Not having a submarine, Goku and Bulma obtain one from Master Roshi who has Krillin join them. Under the ocean, they find a Pirate Cave, where they are chased by the Red Ribbon Army's strongest operative, General Blue. Goku defeated a Pirate Robot and a giant octopus named Octopapa while Krillin and Bulma were being attacked by Blue. Goku arrives to save them, but Goku is stunned by General Blue's telekinesis. Goku was able to break free when a mouse scares Blue. While the cave began to collapse, Goku quickly grabbed the Dragon Ball and saved his mouse friend and barely escaped with Bulma and Krillin in an old submarine they found. When they arrived back at Kame House, General Blue arrives and uses his telekinesis to tie everybody up and steal the Dragon Balls along with putting a bomb on the island to kill them. Luckily, Launch returned and set Goku free to get rid of the bomb and chase Blue.
Goku ends up chasing General Blue to Gengoro Island, where he crashes in a strange town named Penguin Village. While there Goku meets Arale Norimaki and the Gatchans who try to help Goku look for General Blue and the Dragon Balls. Arale introduces Goku to Taro and Akane who seemed interested in his flying nimbus. Goku searched through Penguin Village and asked many of the residents if they have seen General Blue. Arale takes Goku to her house to have Senbei fix his radar. While at the Norimaki house, General Blue shows up to steal Senbei's plane and fights Goku again. While using his telekinesis again on Goku, Arale surprises Goku by easily defeating him and headbutts General Blue far away. While Goku got his Dragon Balls back, he got his Dragon Radar stolen by Blue. Senbei's son, Turbo uses his powers to create him a new one with parts from Senbei's plane so he can continue his quest.
Goku's next location was the Sacred Land of Korin where he defeats Captain Yellow and finally retrieves his four star Dragon Ball. There, he meets two of the lands natives, a powerful warrior named Bora and his son Upa. Seeing that their best soldiers had failed against Goku, the Red Ribbon Army turned to the world's deadliest assassin, Mercenary Tao, to kill him. Tao arrives to Goku's location and murders Bora with ease. Goku then attacks him. Goku loses against Tao in the battle against his Dodon Ray but survived because the four star ball in his shirt blocked the full force of the blast. While Tao decides to stay in a town for a couple of days, Goku decides to climb Korin Tower to get the Sacred Water of Korin. When he gets to the top, it takes Goku three days to snatch it from him. Goku drinks the water, yet does not feel any different, which Korin explained was not that the water made him stronger, but the training to try and get to it made him stronger. When Tao returns, Goku comes back and defeats him in battle by kicking one of Tao's grenades back at him, thrown after he pretended to give up.
"But I did attack the Red Ribbon Army. I beat the whole bunch and I managed to get six of the Dragon Balls."
Feeling sad for Upa who lost his father to Tao, Goku decides that he will defeat the entire Red Ribbon Army and gather the Dragon Balls to bring his father back to life. Goku travels to the main Red Ribbon Army Headquarters to defeat them. While Goku is taking out several of the soldiers, Staff Officer Black kills Commander Red after learning that he just wants to be tall and not achieve world domination. Goku fights Black who uses a battle robot, Goku kills him defeating the entire army and gathering six of the Dragon Balls. When Goku leaves the base he sees all of his friends just outside of it ready to help him, but Goku tells them he already defeated them, greatly surprising everyone.
Fortuneteller Baba Saga
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"I'm so happy to see you grandpa! I've missed you so much!"
After Goku's victory against the Red Ribbon Army, he is still missing one more Dragon Ball to revive Bora, but for some reason, Bulma's Dragon Radar cannot locate it. Roshi tells Goku about his older sister Baba who can find anything. Goku sets out to Fortuneteller Baba's Palace with Yamcha, Krillin, Upa and Puar. Baba turns out to not be so generous, forcing them to fight her five strongest warriors to get their request. The first two warriors are taken care of by Goku's friends, but Yamcha is defeated by the third warrior, Bandages the Mummy. Goku, the team's last fighter, takes him out along with the fourth fighter, Spike the Devil Man in Devil's Toilet. After that, Goku is put up against the fifth fighter, who seems very familiar to Goku and Roshi (who had joined the group as a spectator). The mysterious fighter ruthlessly whips Goku around by his tail until it simply rips off. Goku then wins the fight, and the fifth fighter is revealed to be his Grandpa Gohan, who was brought back from the Other World for a day. Baba reveals the Dragon Ball to be in a case Emperor Pilaf has. Goku confronts Pilaf in his new robot fused with Shu and Mai's robots and easily defeats them. With all the Dragon Balls in his power, Goku calls Shenron and revives Bora. After the wish is granted, Goku grabs the four-star ball before the others scatter.
Goku prepares for the next World Martial Arts Tournament by going out into the world and training himself by the request of Master Roshi. Goku ends up meeting a girl named Chao and saves her village from two bandits known as Terror and Plague. He later stumbles into a city where he meets Chin Taiken, the master of the Chin-Star School and defeats Sky Dragon, the master of the Panther-Fang School for the title of Master of Martial Arts. Goku goes to Demon Land and saves Princess Misa from Shula with the help of Gola and Melee. Goku later chases after a monster named InoShikaCho that he later finds out is working with two martial artists named Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu in scamming villages. Goku saves InoShikaCho when Tien and Chiaotzu betray him and with the help of Tanmen, he convinces everyone that he is good. After three years are up, Goku begins his travel to Papaya Island but gets a little delayed when his new friend Konkichi gets into trouble with a gang.
Tien Shinhan Saga
Main article: Tien Shinhan Saga
"You rely too much on tricks."
By the time the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament starts, Goku is 15 years old (though he still looks younger than 10). Goku's strongest opponent is Tien Shinhan, a warrior trained by Master Roshi's nemesis, Master Shen - the Crane Hermit. Like Yamcha, Puar and Oolong before them, Tien, along with his best friend Chiaotzu, will eventually side with Goku.
In the preliminaries, Goku is set up against a champion from a previous World Tournament, King Chappa. Goku easily defeats him, and then goes on to defeat Pamput, a famous movie star, in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals Goku is set up against his best friend Krillin, and defeats him after a fierce battle. Goku moves on to fight Tien and his Crane School style in the final round. Midway during the match, Goku is repeatedly paralyzed and pinned down by Chiaotzu and his Telekinesis technique, at the orders of Master Shen. After Goku is freed from Chiaotzu's Telekinesis, the match continues as normal until Tien decides to use the Tri-Beam attack to destroy the stage. In mid-air, Goku knocks out Tien by using a Kamehameha to swiftly propel himself into Tien's stomach. Falling at the same rate, Goku hits the ground first after crashing into a van, leaving Tien as the Tournament winner.
King Piccolo Saga
Main article: King Piccolo Saga
"It's time for your terror to end!!!"
Right after the conclusion of the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, King Piccolo appears in the scene. Goku accidentally left his belongings behind and when Krillin went to pick them up at the area, he is killed by Tambourine, one of King Piccolo's mutated sons. Goku becomes angry, and chases after him through the skies, but still being fatigued from the tournament, Goku is defeated by Tambourine and his Flying Nimbus is destroyed. While trying to recover in the wilderness, Goku sees a giant fish and eats it, which belonged to a samurai named Yajirobe, who has a Dragon Ball. Cymbal, another one of Piccolo's sons, is sent to get the Dragon Ball, but is killed by Yajirobe with his sword. After sensing Cymbal's death, Piccolo orders Tambourine to find his killer. Upon seeing Tambourine again, Goku finally destroys him. King Piccolo feels this and arrives at Goku and Yajirobe's location, Yajirobe's Prairie. Soon after King Piccolo appears, he fights Goku. Goku knocks him down a couple of times. It is then revealed that Piccolo was holding back on his power, and then he swiftly defeats Goku with his Masenko attack, causing Goku's heart to stop for a short time. Piccolo then takes the Dragon Ball Yajirobe gave to Goku. Yajirobe takes Goku to Korin Tower to help him recover.
Meanwhile, Tien, Master Roshi, and Chiaotzu try to stop King Piccolo from gathering the Dragon Balls, but fail and the latter two die in the attempt. King Piccolo calls Shenron and wishes for his youth to be restored, giving him the power he once had. King Piccolo then destroys Shenron, and goes on to King Furry's palace, in an attempt to rule the world.
Once Goku is healed, he heads out on a quest to find the Ultra Divine Water, a sacred liquid that unleashes the drinker's hidden powers if they have any, or kills them. Goku drinks the water and survives, then heads off to King Furry's castle where he finds King Piccolo's newest son, Drum assaulting Tien Shinhan. Goku steps in and defeats Drum, knocking his eyeballs out with one kick, and challenges King Piccolo to a battle. Goku overpowers King Piccolo, even throwing him into the castle. King Piccolo eventually goes to full power, despite it shortening his lifespan, but still can not defeat Goku. King Piccolo fires his signature attack, the Explosive Demon Wave, at Goku, but Tien saves him by flying into the sky, but Goku's leg is broken. Towards the end of the fight, King Piccolo uses Tien as a hostage, attempting to force Goku to surrender. Goku nearly resumes the fight despite the fact that Tien will die, thinking he could revive Tien with the Dragon Balls, until King Piccolo tells him he had destroyed Shenron. This leaves Goku at King Piccolo's mercy.
Goku ends up with a broken arm and two broken legs as a result of Piccolo's onslaught. As King Piccolo takes to the skies for his final attack, Goku, full of rage over the fact that Krillin and Master Roshi are gone forever, launches himself at King Piccolo with the one arm he had left, punching a hole through his chest and killing him. Moments before King Piccolo's death, however, he manages to spit out an egg far off in the distance that contains his final son and reincarnation, Piccolo Jr. to avenge his death and spread evil across the planet.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga
After Goku defeats King Piccolo, he goes to Korin Tower, where Korin tells him about the Lookout, and that Kami, being the one that created the Dragon Balls, may be able to revive Shenron. At Kami's Lookout Goku overcomes Mr. Popo's challenge of speed, and Kami, the Guardian of Earth, brings the Dragon Balls back by giving new life to Shenron. Using the Dragon Balls, Krillin, Chiaotzu and Master Roshi are resurrected. In return, Kami asks Goku to train with him and Mr. Popo for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament to defeat Piccolo Jr., who wants revenge on Goku for killing his father. Goku's training consists of defeating Mr. Popo, who proves to be stronger than King Piccolo and for Goku to face a doll version of himself as a way of conquering his own self. With deep meditation, being still like a rock, but faster than lightning, Goku endures the toughest training of his life. During or after the training, Goku's tail is permanently taken off for the third and final time by Kami, who then makes a wish to the Eternal Dragon for the return of the moon. At some point during this training, Goku trained in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but was unable to last more than a month in it due to the intensity.
Goku returns three years later at the age of 18 (possibly 19 due to spending a month in the Time Chamber), to meet up with his friends and join the tournament and grown into a young man that no one recognizes. In the preliminaries, Goku is put up against King Chappa, who wants to avenge his loss from three years prior, but fails again. In the quarterfinals Goku is matched up against an unknown female fighter who seems to know who Goku is, and knows the fighting style that Master Roshi teaches. After Goku defeats her, she reveals herself to be Chi-Chi, whom Goku had unknowingly promised to marry years before thinking marriage was a type of food. Before leaving the ring, Goku asks for her hand in marriage.
In the semi-finals, Goku is put up against Tien Shinhan to settle the score from the last tournament. Goku and Tien seem to be even, until Goku removes his weighted clothing and becomes much faster, winning the match and leaving him against Piccolo Jr. in the final round. Before the fight started, Piccolo had trapped Kami inside a bottle with the Evil Containment Wave technique and ate the bottle, putting Goku at a stalemate; if he kills Piccolo, Kami will die too. The fight goes on for a while, but when the word spreads that Piccolo Jr. is the son of King Piccolo, the crowd flees. Goku encourages Piccolo Jr. to transform into his Giant form, tricking him to fly into his mouth to retrieve the bottle Kami was in. Afterward, the stage is destroyed as they go into full battle. Goku seems to be doing quite well against Piccolo, using the Meteor Combination rush, seemingly knocking him out, but Piccolo blasts a hole in Goku's shoulder, seriously handicapping him. Piccolo then makes sure Goku has no arms or legs to use, saying he will not make the same mistake his father did, letting Goku have one free arm to kill him with in the end. As Goku is about to die, he discovers how to fly and uses that energy to avoid one of Piccolo's attacks. He then finishes Piccolo off with the last amount of energy he has left with a full force headbutt to the chest giving Piccolo a ring out, thus giving Goku his first and only Tournament win. After Goku is declared victor, he gives Piccolo Jr. a Senzu Bean to keep Kami alive and give himself a good rival.
After Goku defeats Piccolo Jr., he travels with Chi-Chi to the Ox-King's Village to prepare for their wedding. But fire erupts at the castle, trapping the Ox-King inside the flames. Goku and Chi-Chi travel to find the Bancho Fan that Master Roshi once threw away in order to put out the fire. When they find it, they are forced to fight Annin, a guardian of the border between the living world and the Other World. Goku defeats Annin and returns with the fan, which successfully extinguishes the fire. Goku and Chi-Chi get married, concluding the original Dragon Ball series.
When Gohan was born, Goku, Chi-Chi, and Ox-King were trying think of a name for him. When they couldn't come up with a good name, Goku decided to go fishing but was yelled at by Chi-Chi and asks if Grandpa Gohan taught him any manners. All of a sudden the baby starts to laugh and they decided to name him in honor of Goku's adoptive grandfather.
Dragon Ball Z
"That's enough! Even if it is true and I'm some kind of alien from another planet, or even if you really are my older brother, it doesn't matter, anyone who'd do the horrible things you say is no brother of mine! My name is Goku, and this is my home... and you're not welcome here!"
In the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, Goku is 24 years old and is still living at Mount Paozu in a newly-built house near his old house, with his wife Chi-Chi and their four-year-old son, Gohan. After saving Gohan from falling down a waterfall, Goku drops by the Kame House with his son, to introduce him to Bulma, Master Roshi, and Krillin. All seems to be well, but suddenly, Goku senses a huge power nearby. The new threat arrives from space; Raditz, Goku's older brother. Raditz reveals to Goku his Saiyan heritage, and informs him that he was originally sent to Earth to destroy the planet's inhabitants and prepare it to be sold, but had forgotten about it due to his head injury as a baby. When Goku refuses to carry out his forgotten mission, Raditz delivers a single kick to Goku's ribs, knocking him down, and kidnaps Gohan, giving Goku an ultimatum: Raditz will kill Gohan unless Goku kills one hundred humans within the next twenty-four hours, and leaves them on the beach.
To defeat Raditz and save the Earth, Krillin and Master Roshi offer to help, but Goku does not accept their request, due to the fact that if they die again, they cannot be brought back, since they have already been killed. Piccolo, who had been listening to Raditz's speech while hiding behind the Kame House, asks Goku to help him fight this new being, so they join forces. When Piccolo and Goku find Raditz with Gohan locked up in his spacepod, Goku gives Raditz one last chance to free his son, but Raditz refuses. Goku and Piccolo both take off their weighted clothing to begin their fight. Even with their combined strength, Raditz still holds the upper hand. With the help of Gohan unleashing his inner powers to attack Raditz and weaken him, Goku and Piccolo come up with a plan to win.
Goku makes the ultimate sacrifice by holding Raditz in place so Piccolo can kill him with the powerful Special Beam Cannon, which manages to kill both Raditz and Goku. Just before he dies, however, Raditz informs Piccolo and Goku that two even more powerful Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa are on their way to Earth, and will arrive in one year. With Krillin by his side, Goku dies, and Kami takes him to Other World where King Yemma tells Goku to take Snake Way to the planet of King Kai for additional training to defeat the Saiyans. During his journey, in filler, he encounters and escapes Princess Snake and even manages to escape Hell after accidentally falling off Snake Way.
When Goku finally makes it to King Kai's Planet, he mistakes King Kai's monkey, Bubbles, for the King himself, and he follows the monkey's actions until he meets the real King Kai. He is given ridiculous challenges before he starts his training, including having to tell King Kai a joke, catching Bubbles, and smashing his pet cricket, Gregory, on the head with a heavy hammer. Due to the planet's higher gravity, Goku struggles with the challenges, but eventually completes them. After that, Goku masters several new techniques and increases his strength considerably. His friends on Earth manage to wish him back to life using the seven Dragon Balls, but, due to a miscalculation on King Kai's part (he forgot to take into account the time it would take to get back) he still must travel back down Snake Way, which King Kai estimates will take about two days at Goku's current power level in order to reach Earth and join the battle against the Saiyans, which was already underway and going badly for the Z Fighters.
"You're going down! I doubt I'll even have to use the Kaio-ken against you."
By the time Goku arrives, Yamcha had been killed by a Saibaman, Chiaotzu had self-destructed in a failed attempt to kill Nappa, Tien Shinhan had killed himself by putting all his strength into a final but futile Spirit Tri-Beam, and Piccolo had sacrificed himself to save Gohan from a powerful attack launched by Nappa, which inadvertently killed Kami as well. Goku arrives on the scene, saving Gohan with the Nimbus Cloud from Nappa's power, and when he is informed by Krillin that everybody else has died in the battle, Goku goes in a rage, powering up, surprising Vegeta with his new power. Much to everyone's surprise, Goku had become powerful enough to defeat Nappa without much difficulty, avoiding Nappa's attacks, and taking Nappa's ultimate, the Break Cannon, head on without a problem. Vegeta Tells Nappa to stand down and tells Nappa to back down but before he does, he goes after Gohan and Krillin. When Nappa is about to kill Krillin and Gohan, Goku defeats him by using Kaio-ken Finish but Vegeta is the one who kills him at the end.
"Maybe even a lower-class outcast can surpass an elite if he puts his mind to it!"
Knowing he will have to battle the more powerful Vegeta, Goku requests the move to an isolated location and Vegeta agrees. Before battling, Vegeta tries convincing Goku to join him but Goku refuses because he is content on Earth. As the battle unfolds, they seem even. Vegeta gains the upper hand with even the Kaio-ken not working. Goku, in a desperate attempt, powers up to Kaio-ken times three, and overpowers Vegeta, causing Vegeta to go in a rage and attempt to destroy the planet with a Galick Gun. Goku's Kaio-ken Kamehameha and Vegeta's Galick Gun blasts collide, and Goku beats Vegeta in the Beam Struggle by going Kaio-ken times four, however, causing his body great pain. When Vegeta returns, he transforms into a Great Ape using a Power Ball, and Goku realizes he is the one who murdered his grandfather, and apologizes for it, hoping for forgiveness.
After a long battle, Vegeta is eventually defeated by Goku's Kaio-ken and Spirit Bomb techniques, and the timely intervention of his remaining companions Krillin, Gohan and Yajirobe. However Goku had been brutally beaten to near death, with his legs getting crushed and broken by Vegeta in his Great Ape form. After the fight, Krillin attempts to take Vegeta's life using Yajirobe's katana, but is stopped by Goku, who convinces him to spare his life to give him a second chance at changing his evil ways and hopes to have a rematch one day. After the battle with Vegeta, Goku is severely injured, and Korin is out of Senzu Beans, so Goku has to stay behind in Wukong Hospital with Chi-Chi while Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma go to planet Namek to find the Namekian Dragon Balls in order to revive their fallen friends.
"I can't believe it! There's actually someone out there stronger than the toughest enemy I've ever faced."
After a few weeks, Korin grows a new batch of beans and sends Yajirobe to give one to Goku, which heals him completely. Goku then uses Dr. Brief's new spaceship, which he constructed from Goku's original Attack Ball, to go to Namek. During his trip to Namek, the artificial gravity machine in Goku's ship malfunctions, causing it to create 100x earth's gravity, nearly crushing Goku. When he finally gains control of the machine, however, he decides to leave it on this high setting in order to train to fight Frieza. However King Kai advises him to steer clear of Frieza, claiming that he is the strongest being in the universe and that Goku would stand no chance against his evil might.
Arriving on Namek, once again Goku enters a battle already in progress, this time saving Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta from the assault of Recoome, a member of Frieza's elite fighting squad, the Ginyu Force, who were called to dispose of the three. Goku heals the three of them with Senzu Beans, and shows his new powers by defeating Recoome with one elbow to the stomach, and then takes on Burter and Jeice together. Goku fools them into thinking his power level is only 5,000, because Goku rose his power in only the instant he attacked or defended. After dodging Jeice and Burter's attacks, Goku then takes out Burter, but is taken by surprise by the leader of the Force, Captain Ginyu, who has the ability to switch bodies with anyone he sees fit. After a little sparring, Goku powers up in front of Ginyu, with his power level scaring Ginyu and Jeice, as it was much higher than theirs. Critically injuring himself, Captain Ginyu then swaps bodies with the more powerful Goku but cannot fully control his new body and power. Vegeta takes this chance to battle him, seriously injuring Goku's body. Goku manages to get his body back after intercepting a beam sent by Captain Ginyu to swap bodies with Vegeta.
"I am a Saiyan who was raised on Planet Earth... and in the name of every single Saiyan that you've made suffer... for them and all the people of Planet Namek too, I will defeat you!"
Goku's body, worn out and beaten, uses a Medical Machine inside Frieza's spaceship taking several hours to heal. When he emerges, once again it is to join a battle in progress, where Vegeta meets his doom against Frieza. Goku hears Vegeta's tearful departing speech about the torture Frieza inflicted on Vegeta and the Saiyans, and buries Vegeta and gives his respects. In anger, he declares that he will defeat Frieza in the name of the Saiyans and Namekians he killed. Goku and Frieza's battle begins, with Goku still having a decent amount of confidence in his abilities. Goku and Frieza start off evenly matched, but Frieza gains the upper hand and Goku is quickly overcome. Goku's confidence transforms into frustration and fright at Frieza's power. Even with Frieza giving himself handicaps (such as not using his hands), Goku still cannot outmatch the tyrant.
After Goku combines Kaio-ken x20 and his Kamehameha to no effect, Frieza starts pummeling Goku, but Goku remembers his Spirit Bomb ability and decides to gather energy, leaving himself open. Piccolo (who had been resurrected and was transported to Namek to help), Gohan and Krillin attempt to distract Frieza from Goku so he can gather the energy. Finally, with all his might, Goku launches the attack, which hits a struggling Frieza, and seemingly destroys him, along with a good portion of Namek in a devastating explosion. Worn out, Goku begins to laugh, along with his friends, who believe Frieza has been defeated. But even Goku's most powerful attack, the Large Spirit Bomb, fails to kill Frieza. Finally, when Frieza kills Krillin and critically injures Piccolo, Goku, in anger, taps into his inner power reserves and transforms into a Super Saiyan.
"You haven't figured it out yet? I'm the Saiyan who came all the way from Earth for the sole purpose of beating you. I am the warrior you've heard of in legends, pure of heart and awakened by fury. That's what I am. I AM THE SUPER SAIYAN, SON GOKU!"
He eventually battles Frieza and at first, against Frieza at 70% power, Goku easily outmatches him. Goku then taunts Frieza into going to 100%, saying how due to the damage sustained in his 70% form, he won't be able to hold onto his full power for long. After Frieza attempts to destroy Namek, Frieza finally goes to 100% power. At first, it seems that Frieza has outmatched Goku, but then Frieza is shocked to hear that Goku was holding back and was relieved that that wasn't his full power. As time goes on, Frieza begins to lose his stamina and his power level drops like a stone. Goku then states he no longer wishes to fight Frieza because he says it is pointless. Goku then flies off and lets the space tyrant go. In desperation and frustration, Frieza uses his Death Saucer attack, creating two pink Destructo Discs and throwing them at Goku. Goku moves too quickly for the attack and maneuvers himself so that Frieza is in between him and the disks. Goku yells a warning to Frieza, but Frieza is too slow and is cut in half, losing an arm in addition to his legs. The weak tyrant begs Goku to help him. Goku, believing that Frieza does not deserve to be forgiven or spared, gives him some of his energy as a show of mercy. Bitter at his defeat, Frieza uses it to launch a powerful energy wave at Goku. Goku notices the blast and fires an Angry Kamehameha at Frieza, defeating him.
Goku then flies to Frieza's spaceship and presses buttons to try to cause the ship to fly, however, it does not work and Frieza's spaceship falls into the lava. He quickly escapes Namek using one of the Ginyu Force space pods. The pod takes Goku to Planet Yardrat, which was going to be the Ginyu Force's next target. His friends, who were teleported to Earth by a wish made with the Namekian Dragon Balls, believe him to be dead. However, months later, when they attempt to revive Goku and Krillin by warping them to the check-in station, they learn that Goku is alive. When they decide to transport him back to Earth, he declines, stating that he'll return later. While on Yardrat, Goku learns a new technique called the Instant Transmission.
"You might think you know everything there is to know about me... but really, you're not even close."
Two years later, Goku returns to Earth where he is confronted by Trunks, the half-Saiyan son of Vegeta and Bulma from the future. The teenage Super Saiyan had just killed both Mecha-Frieza and his father King Cold a few moments before Goku's arrival. Trunks then tests Goku's Super Saiyan strength in battle by assaulting him furiously with his sword, which Goku knocks away multiple times with one finger (albeit charged with energy), claiming that he knew Trunks would not use his full power.
Satisfied, Trunks gives Goku medicine for a heart virus that he will contract in one or two years, telling him to use it when he starts feeling the virus' effects. Future Trunks also warns him about two androids that will threaten the Earth in three years. Goku, Gohan and Piccolo then spend the next three years training for this new threat. However, Future Trunks' visit somehow alters the onset of the virus, so it does not manifest during those three years (six months prior to the Androids arrival). Seeing no point in using the medicine when nothing appears to be wrong with him, Goku stopped taking it.
Three years later, two androids, Dr. Gero (as Android 20) and Android 19, appear and attack a city. The Z Fighters confront them, and Yamcha is first to be attacked, having been impaled by Dr. Gero's hand and having his energy stolen. However, he is saved by the use of a Senzu Bean, and the Z Fighters lead the two killing machines out of the city to fight. Despite being a Super Saiyan, Goku is bested by Android 19 when he begins to drastically weaken from the heart disease he was warned of, which starts manifesting itself during the fight.. However, Vegeta, who now is a Super Saiyan as well, manages to save Goku before he can be defeated by the androids, and, after toying with it for a bit, destroys Android 19 with ease, enjoying the battle greatly. Yamcha takes Goku to Chi-Chi to get the medicine that will save his life from the killer virus. Meanwhile, the rest of the Z Fighters learn from Trunks, who has returned to help them fight the androids, that history had somehow been altered, and that the androids of his time, Future Android 17 and Future Android 18, had not been the ones they were fighting. Soon after, Dr. Gero states he will unleash No.17 and No.18, and he flees from the battlefield. They try to stop Dr. Gero from activating them but fail. However, once Dr. Gero activates 17 and 18, they are revealed to be unruly and kill him, and activate another android, Android 16, as well, who was solely created to be Goku's assassin.
While the Z-Fighters try and fail to stop the androids, Piccolo (who had recently fused with Kami) discovers a new threat named Cell, a large biological life form created by Dr. Gero, made with DNA taken from Goku, his allies, and foes they fought in the past. Cell was designed to absorb Androids 17 and 18 in order to achieve a perfect state, kill Goku, and conquer the cosmos. Cell hunts down the androids and absorbs Android 17, transforming into his second stage. Meanwhile, Goku heals from his sickness and takes Gohan, Vegeta, and Future Trunks to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber at Kami's Lookout to obtain a year of training in one day under heavy gravity and incredibly volatile temperatures. Vegeta and Future Trunks go in first and while Goku and Gohan enter the Time Chamber next, go to find and fight Cell. While in the chamber, Goku gets to Super Saiyan Third Grade and Gohan believes that Goku can beat Cell with this power, however Goku explains that his speed has decreased in that form and the power to keep the form is too much. Goku realizes that half Saiyan hybrids like Future Trunks can turn Super Saiyan, so he trains Gohan intensely and helps him become a Super Saiyan as well. During this training, Goku notices that the potential Gohan has can easily surpass Goku's own powers, especially after Gohan managed during their training to transform into an unprecedented Super Saiyan level before losing consciousness during a training session, and that, if he cannot kill Cell, Gohan will.
While Goku trains, Cell absorbs Android 18 and reaches his perfect form thanks to Vegeta's interests to fight Cell in his perfect form. Vegeta was easily defeated when he challenged Cell, as did Trunks, who failed because his new Super Saiyan Third Grade form had too much muscle mass to hit Cell quick enough, a flaw Goku noticed in the chamber. After Goku and Gohan finish their training, Cell announces that he will be holding the Cell Games in ten more days, in order to give a chance to anyone who wants to challenge him. For ten days, Goku and Gohan stay on Earth to train and relax while maintaining their Super Saiyan form the entire time. Goku also uses this time to travel to New Namek to ask Dende to be the new guardian of Earth, as Piccolo had fused with Kami in an attempt to stop Cell, and the fusion had made the Dragon Balls useless. After Dende creates new Dragon Balls based on the old ones, Goku searches for those reactivated Dragon Balls in order to use them after they defeat Cell to correct everything Cell had put wrong.
After ten days have passed, the Z Fighters head to the Cell Games. After the supposed strongest person on Earth, Mr. Satan, is easily defeated, Goku offers to be the first Z Fighter to fight Cell, believing that he is no match for the villain in order to truly test Cell's abilities. Goku finds himself almost equally matched but still at a disadvantage against a heavily suppressed Perfect Cell in every way, and cannot seem to gain the upper hand after many attempts. Even after trying the Instant Kamehameha (a combination of the Instant Transmission and Kamehameha), which destroys Perfect Cell's upper half, he watches in horror as the android regenerates easily, thanks to Piccolo's cells in his body. After getting tired and worn out, Goku decides to give up and leave the battle to Gohan, whom he is convinced has the hidden power necessary to defeat Cell. Gohan then states that Goku had been holding back, only to learn he had not, leading to the conclusion that Gohan may be stronger than Goku, who was fighting at full power. Gohan then powers up to a point where his energy eclipses even Goku's, and fights with Cell, but halfheartedly. After Gohan tells Cell that when he gets angry he gets much stronger, Cell starts to get curious and tries to force Gohan's inner powers out of him by making his children, the Cell Jrs, attack Gohan's friends and his father. All the Z fighters cannot beat the Cell Jrs, including Goku, who was worn out from his battle with Cell. After Android 16 attempted self-destruct on Cell, who blasted him, 16 asks Mr. Satan to bring him (his remaining Android head) to Gohan, and he then tries to convince Gohan that fighting is sometimes needed. When Cell destroys Android 16's head, this triggers a change in Gohan, forcing him to ascend to Super Saiyan 2, a form in which he greatly surpasses Perfect Cell, even after the behemoth decides to unleash his earth-shattering Full Power and a further powered up Power Weighted form, which Gohan easily overcomes to the point of forcing him to regurgitate Android 18 because of the damage he has sustained.
"Remember all the pain he's caused, the people he's hurt... NOW MAKE THAT YOUR POWER!!!"
When a beaten Cell tries to destroy the Earth as a last resort, Goku is forced to step in with his "Instant Transmission" technique when Cell is about to trigger his self-destruction. He teleports them both to King Kai's Planet, where he is killed by the explosion Cell caused, along with King Kai and his pets Bubbles and Gregory. However, Cell reconstructs himself as Super Perfect Cell, a trick even Cell himself did not know he had and uses the recently learned Instant Transmission to go back to Earth. Goku then motivates Gohan from the Other World to help fuel Gohan's Kamehameha wave against the reconstructed Super Perfect Cell, which, after a lengthy beam lock, successfully obliterates him. After Cell's defeat, Goku insists that he should stay dead, even though they could resurrect him, because he has attracted too many problems to Earth, like Frieza and the Red Ribbon Androids. Goku decides it will be safer for Earth if he does not return, and Earth has Gohan to protect it if needed.
Majin Buu Saga
"I didn't know it was going to be that kind of fight..."
During a filler portion only seen within the anime, Goku is shown on Snake Way with King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory after the battle with Cell left the great king without his planet. King Kai insists they head to the Grand Kai's Planet to go see the Grand Kai and enter the Other World Tournament. The winner would be trained personally by the mighty Grand Kai himself. When they arrive, they confront King Kai's rival, the West Kai, accompanied by his strongest fighter, Pikkon. Grand Kai instructs Pikkon to travel to Hell and stop Cell, Frieza, King Cold, and the Ginyu Force from causing havoc. Goku accompanies Pikkon to the fight and takes down the Ginyu Force, only to be astonished when Pikkon takes down Cell with ease, and proceeds to fell Frieza and King Cold with one blow. Upon his return to King Kai, Goku is welcomed by many of King Kai's powerful warriors, such as Olibu, who was once the hero of Earth. During the Tournament, Goku easily makes his way through the tournament by defeating Caterpy of the South Kai, Arqua of the East Kai, and Maraikoh of the West Kai. Goku then faces off with Pikkon in the finals. After a long fight, they are both disqualified on a technicality, but the Grand Kai allows them both to train under him. Over the next seven years, while Goku is training in Other World he achieves Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3, the latter of which boosts his power even beyond his already powerful Super Saiyan 2, but delivers an excruciating strain and immeasurable ki consumption.
"Why'd I have to get this guy? Sure he's big, but he kinda looks dumb to me."
Seven years later, Goku is given special permission to return to Earth for one day to participate in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, which he knows Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks, and his youngest son Goten, will be attending. Upon his return he meets his second child, Goten, who had been born after his death in the Cell Games, and Videl, Gohan's girlfriend from his high school who is the daughter of Mr. Satan, the fraud who received the credit for saving the world from Cell. Goku was going to be set up against Vegeta in the 6th match, finally able to settle their rivalry, but had to be postponed because Videl was beaten badly by the supposed weakling Spopovich, who, along with Yamu, is controlled by the evil wizard Babidi. While Gohan is matched up against Kibito (the assistant of Shin, who was in the tournament as well), Spopovich and Yamu both steal Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 energy and left the tournament while all the Z Fighters in the tournament ditched the tournament to follow them to Babidi.
Shin and Kibito introduced themselves and informed the Z Fighters about the plans of Babidi who wishes to bring destruction and terror across the whole universe by bringing back his extremely evil monster puppet by the name of Majin Buu. The Z Warriors follow Spopovich to Babidi's ship where they are ambushed by Dabura, the powerful ruler of the Demon Realm, who kills Kibito and turns Krillin and Piccolo to stone. Goku, Gohan, Vegeta and Shin enter Babidi's ship and they take turns defeating each of his minions on each room of the ship, their power leaving Shin in awe. Goku fights Yakon who absorbs his energy, but Goku kills him by overpowering and exploding him. While Gohan is against Dabura, Vegeta complains that he can do better. When Babidi hears that, he possesses Vegeta through the evil in his heart and turns him into Majin Vegeta making him evil once again. They are transported back to the tournament, where Vegeta blows up part of the stadium, killing many people, to force Goku into a fight. Albeit reluctantly, Goku agrees. Goku and Vegeta are both transported to a deserted landscape for them to settle their battle, while Gohan and Shin continue on to stop Babidi.
"Buu, I'm a man of courtesy, as well as strength, and I have to say, I've battled beings from beyond nameless galaxies and you by far are the best."
Goku and Majin Vegeta have an earth-shattering battle which gives more than enough energy for Majin Buu's awakening. Although they are evenly matched at Super Saiyan 2, Goku is not surprised Vegeta has pushed his limits in training over the past seven years. However Goku is horrified when Vegeta admits he allowed Babidi to take control of him so he can reawaken the evil in him and defeat Goku, who condemns Vegeta for using this as an excuse for betraying his family. The battle abruptly ends when Goku senses that Majin Buu has been released and pleads with Vegeta to help him defeat Majin Buu. Vegeta refuses to listen, even when told Majin Buu will kill his family, but Goku punches him down for bluffing. In a false show of agreement, Vegeta knocks Goku out from behind while he is getting a Senzu Bean out of a bag. Vegeta then eats the only Senzu Bean left and flies off to face Majin Buu alone.
Upon awakening, Goku could sense neither Vegeta nor Gohan anywhere and comes to the conclusion that they have been killed in the battle (when actually Gohan was narrowly saved by the badly injured Supreme Kai, and only Vegeta died in a vain attempt to try and eradicate Majin Buu). He heads to Kami's Lookout and is healed by Dende, who confirms that Vegeta sacrificed himself in an attempt to destroy Majin Buu. After transporting everyone to the Lookout, he tells the bad news to them. With the little time he has left on Earth, with the help of Piccolo, he decides to teach Trunks and Goten the Fusion Dance, which he learned from Metamorans while in Other World, so they may form one immensely powerful being that might stand a chance against Majin Buu.
After finding out that the Dragon Radar is still in West City and Majin Buu is about to cause more destruction, Goku decides to distract him while allowing Trunks to head into West City and retrieve the Dragon Radar before it is destroyed along with everything else in West City by Majin Buu, otherwise they will never be able to find the Dragon Balls. Goku teleports to Majin Buu's location, and shows him and everyone (via Babidi's telepathy) the incredible power of the new Super Saiyan 3 form, whose energy could be sensed all the way to Supreme Kai's planet. Goku then engages in a fight with Majin Buu, whom he overpowers blow for blow. Amazingly, Majin Buu is still having a good time and enjoying the fight, even forcing Goku to narrowly deflect an imitated version of his own Kamehameha wave, which chips over a tenth of the Earth. He later states, that he probably could have won, but that he wanted to leave it in the hands of Gohan, Trunks, and Goten because he will not be there forever, and that they need to have a shot at saving the universe instead of a dead fighter. Unfortunately, the action of sustaining Super Saiyan 3 to briefly fight with Buu shortens Goku's time on Earth and he is forced to return to the Other World.
Once Goku has returned to Other World, he learns that his son, Gohan, is not dead, but in fact training with Shin on the Kai Planet teleporting there only to just miss having his head removed by Gohan practicing with The Z Sword. Gohan has been training with the legendary Z Sword, and to test its strength, Shin summons a block of the densest metal in the universe, Kachin, as testing material. Goku throws the cube at Gohan, expecting the Z Sword to slice the block in half. Instead, the sword snaps in half and from it emerges Old Kai, who tells them that he will fully unlock Gohan's potential with a ritual.
Through a Crystal Ball, Goku watches the fight between Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and Super Buu with much anticipation, amazed that the two boys who, alone, could only access the Super Saiyan state achieved Super Saiyan 3 so quickly when fused. As Gotenks is about to finish Super Buu after a lengthy battle, he reverts to his base form and quickly defuses. Gohan (after having his hidden power released) then arrives, effortlessly thrashing Buu with his newfound powers, but Super Buu escapes by self-destructing until Goten and Trunks can fuse again an hour later, and he then absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo, gaining the upper hand.
"Wake up! Majin Buu's eaten everyone we care about! Everyone is gone, even Bulma! They've become part of Buu, they can't even die! I just thought the least we could do is put our old differences aside, just this once, and really work together. We owe that to our teammates, our families Vegeta, our friends! Look, you've always talked about our Saiyan race, how we're the last of a mighty people. Well it's time to accept we're starting a new race, one that can be just as strong, just as proud! But not if we're caught up in so much of our old birthrights to see what we have right in front of us! We've lost our old race Vegeta... let's not lose this one, too!"
When Gohan fails due to Super Buu's stolen powers, Old Kai gives his life to Goku so that he may return to Earth to help Gohan. Goku is also given Potara Earrings so that he can fuse with Gohan in order to create an unmatched warrior that would easily destroy Buu without even the need to transform according to Old Kai. When Goku arrives on the battlefield, much to the surprise of Gohan and Super Buu, he cuts Super Buu in half with a Destructo Disc and tosses one of the earrings to Gohan. Gohan misses for the grab, and Goku tells Gohan to hurry and find the earring. He stalls Super Buu, fighting as a Super Saiyan 3. After the fight, Gotenks defuses inside Super Buu, and his power drops to almost 1/3 of his original power. Goku states that he is not much of a threat anymore and realizes that they can beat Super Buu easily. However, Gohan is absorbed when Super Buu catches him off-guard. At this moment of despair, the newly resurrected Vegeta appears and Goku asks him to fuse with him. Vegeta refuses and the two briefly battle Super Buu but fail miserably. Goku then tells Vegeta that their families and friends have been killed and begs for Vegeta to put their differences aside so they can save the Earth. Vegeta finally agrees and the two of the most powerful remaining Saiyans fuse to become Vegito.
Vegito then easily thrashes Super Buu, even with Gohan absorbed. Super Buu tries every technique and attack he has got against the fused Saiyans, but Vegito manages to dodge by all of them without much trouble. After a lengthy fight, the mighty Vegito wins easily. However, supposedly due to Vegeta's arrogance in not simply finishing Buu off, Vegito is eventually absorbed by Super Buu, with a Saiyan Shield protecting him. However, it is later revealed that he chose to be absorbed on purpose because he wanted to rescue his friends and family before killing Super Buu.
Inside Buu, Vegito automatically separates into the two Saiyans supposedly due to the properties of Super Buu's digestive system (their time limit ran out, at this point they believed the fusion was permanent). While in the stomach, Goku is attacked by enzymes that quickly cover his body, making him sticky and burning him in pain. While Goku struggle to get enzymes off, a roundworm shows up. Goku is almost eaten by the roundworm until he finally blasts the enzymes off his body. After traveling through Super Buu's body, Goku and Vegeta reach Super Buu's brain where they find Gohan, Trunks, Goten, and Piccolo, unconscious but still alive. After freeing them and having to fight Super Buu inside his own body, Vegeta decides to remove the unconscious fat Majin Buu from Super Buu. Despite pleas from Super Buu, Vegeta pulls the fat Majin Buu free and Super Buu undergoes another transformation. Goku and Vegeta then escape from Super Buu's body with the newly rescued Z Fighters. Super Buu then transforms back to his original form, Kid Buu.
"Majin Buu is so much stronger than anyone I've ever faced before... but I know there's still a way to win!"
Outside, Goku rescues Mr. Satan, his dog Bee, and Dende, but fails in saving Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo before the newly transformed Kid Buu destroys the Earth in an extreme show of power (Vegeta previously stopped him from doing this with a much smaller blast that could still take out the planet, but he then charged a huge ball they could not deflect in response). Kibito Kai teleports in and saves Vegeta, Goku, Dende, and Mr. Satan by bringing them to the Sacred World of the Kai. After regenerating, Kid Buu sets out to find Goku and Vegeta by copying Kibito Kai's instantaneous movement technique (in the manga original, he teleports to Goku's location instantly).
When Kid Buu finds them, Vegeta and Goku have a Rock-Paper-Scissors match to see who fights first. Goku wins and fights Buu. In the Anime, he starts the fight as a Super Saiyan 2, but eventually transforms into Super Saiyan 3. When he is a Super Saiyan 3, he fights evenly with Kid Buu for a short time, taking the advantage often. However, Goku had failed to account for the strain that fighting in a living body would have on him, and soon becomes exhausted. He attempts to gather up his strength while Vegeta distracts Buu in his Super Saiyan 2 form (getting mercilessly beaten in the process), but his Super Saiyan 3 transformation drains him of his energy reserves and he soon loses the ability to maintain the form. At Vegeta's suggestion, Goku begins gathering energy for a Super Spirit Bomb that would employ all the available energies of the Earth and its occupants (he does this to have the Earth "save itself for once").
"Adios. I'll be waiting for you, Majin Buu!"
Using King Kai's telepathy, Vegeta speaks to the newly revived people of Earth and begs for everyone to donate power to Goku's Spirit Bomb, which they are hesitant to do. Everyone on New Namek and the Other World gives energy for the Super Spirit Bomb and possibly many other planets as well, along with Goku's close friends. Meanwhile, Fat Majin Buu, while trying to hold off Kid Buu, falls in battle leaving a battered Vegeta to protect Goku while he forms the Super Spirit Bomb. Eventually, Mr. Satan finally convinces everyone on the newly regenerated Earth to give Goku all the energy he needs to destroy Kid Buu once and for all. With the contribution of power from Earth, Goku launches the Super Spirit Bomb. But as impossible as it seems, Kid Buu actually stops the Spirit Bomb and slowly begins to push it back at Goku. Vegeta realizes Goku used the rest of his power to gather and form the bomb and has nothing left to defeat Buu.
Using the last wish from the Namekian Dragon (the first two were spent restoring Earth to its normal condition and then reviving all those who died since Babidi's arrival except the evil ones), Dende wishes for Goku's full power to be restored. With his power restored, Goku powers up the Super Spirit Bomb even more, transforms into a Super Saiyan and stops Kid Buu's forward progress and the Super Spirit Bomb comes back to Kid Buu. After several moments reflecting over the events that led to this moment, Goku makes one last wish to himself, that Kid Buu be reborn as a good being so they can fight again one day. With the blessing of Earth's residents, Goku destroys Kid Buu. After Dende heals Goku and Vegeta, they find Majin Buu still alive. Vegeta attempts to finish him off but Goku convinces Vegeta to spare him. They are then teleported back to Earth and rejoice with their families, with Goku announcing he has come back to life again..
Six months after the defeat of Kid Buu, Goku summons Shenron to erase Majin Buu from the Earthlings' minds. Later, Goku shows up late to Bulma's party due to him watching over dinosaur eggs.
Gods of the Universe Saga
Goku and Vegeta spar with Whis who dodges them with ease even causing the two to ram into each other by mistake, Goku watches as Vegeta has a turn attacking Whis on his own and then proceeds to attack once Vegeta has been downed, tapping into the power of Super Saiyan God as he does so though is still unable to hit the angel. Goku and Vegeta then continue their assault, though it soon ends and Whis reveals that he has marked their outfits with his symbol. He then explains the principles of Ultra Instinct to them and points out there flaws. Beerus then interrupts, firing a ki blast in anger, much to the shock of Goku and Vegeta.
Soon after, Goku and Vegeta are informed of Frieza's resurrection and invasion and teleport back to confront him. Frieza immediately takes on his final form and Goku responds by tapping into the power of Super Saiyan God. The two battle with Goku gaining a slight edge and managing to hit Frieza with a massive God Kamehameha, asking him if that's all he's got, to which Frieza responds that he will show him his further evolution.
Dragon Ball Super
In the manga, one day, Goku hears that King Kai is on Snake Way wishing back his planet. On Snake Way, Porunga is summoned with the help of Grand Elder Moori. King Kai wants his planet to be bigger with less gravity and a race track but before he could speak, Goku interrupts him and tells Porunga to make his planet the same it was previous because it is good for training. After the wish is made and King Kai's planet has returned, Goku says he has to get home to do farm work quickly before Chi-Chi yells at him so he says bids him farewell.
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Four years after the defeat of Kid Buu, Goku is working as a farmer in order to gain money by Chi-Chi's demand. Some point later, while plowing the field, Goten appears with lunch for Goku and Goku tells Goten to work the tractor while he eats. After he was finished eating, Goku starts training in Super Saiyan. While training in the manga, he imagines fighting Frieza, Cell, and Kid Buu. However, Goku's training distracts Goten, causing Goten to fall off the mountainside. Goku quickly notices and uses Instant Transmission to save the tractor and Goten. He explains to Goten that he needs to watch what he's doing so that he could train in case a stronger foe than Kid Buu appears.
Later that day, Goten tells Goku that he and Trunks had gotten Videl a wedding gift, when Mr. Satan arrives to offer Goku 100 million zeni, as a way to say thank you for helping him defeat Buu. Goku initially declines, not understanding how large a sum 100 million zeni actually is and tells him to give it to Vegeta but Mr. Satan says that the Briefs are richer than he is. Goten reminds Goku that if he gave Chi-Chi all of the money, he could easily quit his job and go train with King Kai. At Mr. Satan and Goten's recommendation, Goku accepts the offer, and after talking with Chi-Chi, transports to King Kai's Planet to start his training.
When Goku arrives at King Kai's planet, he causes King Kai to crash into his house. After the crash, King Kai makes Goku food and starts rebuilding his house. While King Kai wasn't enjoying rebuilding his house, Goku was explaining to King Kai that he is there to train ten times the gravity of Earth. King Kai says to Goku that he is an important figure and the most important of all Kais, but Goku sees King Kai as a friend. Goku changes clothes to a blue and white tracksuit and starts his training.
While training, Goku hears his name in a conversation between King Kai, Old Kai, and Kibito Kai to keep Goku away from the God of Destruction Beerus. Goku scares King Kai and gets paint all on him. To distract Goku from the conversation, King Kai brings up what Goku did, teleporting Cell to his planet, blowing it into bits, as a result causing King Kai's death. After being successfully distracted by Kais' conversation, Goku continues his training pushing tons of weights. Goku remembers that he was missing Bulma's birthday party and gets scared of what she might do. Goku starts to notice that King Kai was acting strange and wonders why but King Kai keeps it to himself.
King Kai asks Goku to go to Bulma's party or he might lose friends, but Goku still refuses to go and trains some more. Goku fires a Kamehameha wave on King Kai's planet causing his house to fall apart again. With King Kai frustrated, he slips the name Beerus and sparks Goku's interest. King Kai starts to explain to Goku Beerus' role in the universe: he is a god keeps balance in the universe and is the most fearsome god. This interests Goku even more, which makes Goku want to meet Beerus. King Kai senses Beerus' ki getting closer and encourages Goku to not do anything reckless and also tells him to hide in his house. Beerus arrives on King Kai's planet which strikes fear into King Kai.
Goku, who in the anime stayed hidden with Gregory in King Kai's house, is still noticed when Beerus needed to speak with him. Beerus asked Goku if he ever heard of the name Super Saiyan God but Goku denies. Beerus is disappointed and asks him if he was the one who defeated Frieza and Goku claims that he did as used the power of a Super Saiyan. Goku's power in his base was examined by Beerus and says that he's couldn't have beaten him unless he transformed. Goku is curious about Beerus's power and asks to have a battle with him. Beerus accepts to see the power of Goku.
Goku immediately transforms into Super Saiyan as soon as he was ready. He charges Beerus but he shows no effort towards Goku. Goku quickly bores Beerus, making him want to leave. Goku turns Super Saiyan 2 which surprises Beerus that Goku managed to surpass his limits. They both continue to fight but Beerus constantly dodged Goku's punches and kicks. Goku wanted to pause the battle for a moment to ask Beerus if he could fight back instead of dodging. Beerus agrees and says that he will attack back if Goku managed to show more of his power. Even after agreeing, Beerus dodges his attacks. Goku continues to throw punches, putting holes through King Kai's planet.
Goku transforms into his final transformation, Super Saiyan 3. Goku charges with full force, managing to get punches on Beerus. A Kamehameha wave was shot towards Beerus but was blocked by his finger. Goku began to feel intimidated by Beerus and attacks him once again. He notices his hits aren't landing and that Beerus let him get hits on him. A final Kamehameha being blown, missed Beerus and went through King Kai's planet. Beerus had enough and decided to attack Goku, flicking him on the forehead and pressed a pressure point on Goku's shoulder, making him revert to his base form. Beerus and Whis left to Earth after this, with Goku is lying on the ground in agony. He remarks about the comments Beerus made about the Super Saiyan God. He still wants to fight Beerus and suggests fusion with Vegeta but still doesn't think that isn't enough. He gets up, knowing that the Earth is in danger and wants to go back to prevent Beerus' destruction.
Goku is given a Senzu Bean by King Kai, recovering from his battle with Beerus. Goku wants to go to Bulma's birthday party but King Kai, Gregory, and Bubbles won't let him. Goku decides to wait it out on King Kai's planet but doesn't know if he can do so. After the battles of the Z Fighters and Beerus, Beerus decides that he should destroy planet Earth. Goku intervenes Beerus before he does so and asks for time to summon the Super Saiyan God. Beerus gave him the time he needed to use the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron. After Goten and Trunks laid out the Dragon Balls, Goku summoned Shenron and asks him if he knows of the Super Saiyan God.
He tells them how to create one, proceeding to speak the procedures required to make one before disappearing. Now knowing how to create it, Goku along with Vegeta, Goten, Trunks and Gohan attempt to channel their powers over to Goku, but they only succeed in increasing his power. Whis notes that they need six righteous Saiyan and Videl soon steps up, announcing her pregnancy. They then attempt the ritual once more, this time with Videl. With six righteous Saiyans' powers combined, the ritual was reattempted. After a lengthy procedure, he has finally become, a Super Saiyan God.
In the manga, Super Saiyan God Goku battles Beerus, tearing across the ocean and into the city. The fight is near even, though Beerus has an edge. The two clash fists, causing shockwaves that threaten the stability of the universe. Goku follows Beerus into the stratosphere, with Beerus noting that this is far as Goku goes as his power ha started to fade, Beerus fires his Sphere of Destruction at Goku to finish him, however Goku reveals that the Super Saiyan God's power is telling him that he can go even further and destroys the Sphere of Destruction with a Limitbreaker Kamehameha.
In the anime, Goku and Beerus both ascend into the sky. Goku is yet to get a hold on his great power and attempts a few failed attacks on Beerus, but while he fought, he slowly came to grasp this new height of power. To measure his power, Goku charges a Kamehameha and launches it soon after at Beerus, who effortlessly evades it as the blast explodes in the sea. Beerus then attacks the Saiyan, showing him the difference between them however, Goku, while slowly getting used to his new power, manages to grab Beerus's fist, demonstrating that he can catch up to the Destroyer now.
Beerus compliments his power and proceeds to launch an energy ball at Goku, which Goku struggles greatly in deflecting but manages to throw it off eventually. Goku charges up before attacking Beerus yet again, a few failed punches followed by a successful one that aggravates the deity. An angered Beerus attempts yet another punch, but is surprised by Goku who evades his fist, locking the god in his arm and then flicking him in the forehead, continuing to chop him in the neck, similar to how Beerus defeated him at King Kai's planet. However, unlike Beerus, Goku's hits were too weak to knock the god out while Goku states that they are even now, Beerus commenting that he didn't expect him to be the type of person who'd carry a chip on his shoulder. Beerus then announced that henceforth, a battle between the gods will continue.
Goku first charges at Beerus but without Beerus knowing, Goku uses the Afterimage Technique to hit Beerus in the abdomen. The two fight on par as the sky is beginning to become absent of clouds with the sheer power of Goku gaining rapid punches to Beerus and Beerus does the same. Beerus decides to launch a Sphere of Destruction at Goku in which he compresses the blast. The gods exchange several attacks towards each other: Goku bites Beerus's tail, Beerus smooshing Goku's face together, Goku screaming in Beerus's ear, and Beerus pulling Goku's nose with his finger nail. Goku notices that Beerus isn't using his full power against him. Before Goku could finish speaking, he is blasted several times by Beerus and is blown onto an island. While on the island, Goku is getting pounded on by the Destroyer until Goku headbutts and punches him. Goku is launched into the air and is repeated being hit until he reaches the stratosphere.
Goku is immobile until Beerus tries to motivate Goku to use his full power. Beerus creates an atomic bomb and kicks it towards Earth. The is unblock-able so Goku decides to blast it with a one handed Kamehameha. Beerus creates multiple and fires them, so Goku powers up a Kamehameha to blast them all. Without reacting quickly enough, he is impaled through his abdomen from Beerus which makes him think he's found the wrong warrior to fight. Goku falls down to the Earth, into the ocean. Goku starts to think that he didn't know a person that strong could've existed. In the moment, his body starts to heal with the power of Super Saiyan God and starts to get excited. Goku launches from the ocean back to the stratosphere. Goku states that the power of Super Saiyan God is rising his power and wants to continue the battle and see the power of Beerus.
Goku and Beerus continue to ascend into the stratosphere. While rising, Goku notices Beerus wasn't following from below and was behind him. After an attempt to chop Goku's hand, Goku catches it and they both agree to not use any "cheap tricks". Goku and Beerus charge their ki and rush towards each other to clash their fists. This clash leads to rifts throughout the universe. The power of the two clashing could destroy the planets, the stars, the universe, the gods, and themselves. Goku and Beerus continue to clash even though they were both contacted by Kibito Kai to cease battle. Goku and Beerus continue to charge their ki and clash on last time, after three others. The clash however was canceled by Goku, as he used the same amount of power and attacked at the same angle as Beerus. After Goku has stated to have been testing his new techniques on Beerus, Beerus becomes frustrated even more. Goku leaves a scratch on Beerus leaving him to an Atomic Bomb attack on Goku and he returns a Kamehameha. The collision of the blasts cause rifts throughout the universe, destroying many planets and stars, and other effects. Goku continues to surpass his limits using the Super Saiyan God's powers. After the draw of power, an explosion of light flares out.
Goku is struggling in the ki clash with Beerus. Beerus eventually nullifies the energy that was being exerted out; Goku is told that he did so using 100% of his power. Goku and Beerus continue exchanging blows toward each other. Goku's power has been increasing during his battle as stated by Beerus. Goku also started to use 100% of his power against him. When Beerus used an attack he used against Goku earlier in the battle, Goku grabs his head and gets three headbutts on him - eventually still getting blasted by Beerus' attack. Goku's Super Saiyan God form is starting to expire, due to having a time limit, but still possesses the power. Goku reverts into his Super Saiyan form, but still is able to gets hits on Beerus.
In the manga, Goku stays in Super Saiyan God for the entire fight and the idea that Goku absorbs the power of the God form into his lesser forms is discarded. Beerus declares that he will not destroy Earth and informs Goku of the other universes as well as the fact that Whis is stronger than him, before leaving. However immediately after, Beerus suddenly returns to Goku to tell him that he's the second strongest fighter he's ever fought.
In the anime, Goku and Beerus continue exchanging blows and energy blasts towards each other as they go toward Earth. Goku is struggling to keep up with Beerus even though he has the god power. As Beerus is holding his hand out, Goku charges him and punches his hand, leading them to the stratosphere again. A light shined and it could be seen throughout the universe. Goku stars to fade out of his Super Saiyan form. Beerus flicks Goku, as an end to their battle. Goku, however, as he is falling towards Earth, he doesn't take this as a loss and thinks of his family and friends, fueling him to continuing showing off his power.
Goku uses his energy to create a fully-powered Kamehameha and Beerus throws an atom-like blast. The collision of these two creates a Sphere of Destruction. Goku is struggling to counter Beerus, leading him to punch the energy sphere and completely destroying the blast. Goku, as a result, falls toward Earth. Vegeta catches him before he could hit Bulma's ship. Goku who is in pain, tries to convince Beerus not to destroy the Earth. As Beerus is ready to destroy the Earth, he fires a ki blast at Bulma's ship but misses because he falls asleep. Whis takes off with Beerus but before he does, he thanks Goku for entertaining Beerus.
After fighting him, Goku has a big meal. Goku hears the news of Gohan becoming a father and tells him to give the baby plenty of food. Goten asks him how it felt becoming a god, Goku responds that he didn't actually become a god and that he doesn't like it. Goku tells Vegeta that he'll become the next Super Saiyan God, but Vegeta tells him that he'll surpass him, Beerus, and Super Saiyan God. Goku then mocks Vegeta for the "My Bulmaaa" situation. Piccolo points out that Goku has been watching the because he teleported to reach there. Goku says that he couldn't think of anything while watching them fight.
Golden Frieza Saga
Main article: Golden Frieza Saga
After the battle with the God of Destruction Beerus, Goku wants to train on King Kai's planet but he has to continue farming because Chi-Chi has used the 100 million zeni on Goten's education and he has a granddaughter on the way. Goku is trying to get his tractor fixed by Bulma but no one is at home. He passes by Satan City where he sees a match between Mr. Satan and Galbee. Mr. Satan volunteers Goku to take on Galbee because he is scared to fight. While only in their fighting stances, Goku has to go because he sees Chi-Chi and Piccolo. She doesn't want him fighting and wants him to be a good grandfather for Gohan's upcoming daughter. At night time, Goku returns home, where he sees Goten and Chi-Chi there. Goku is hungry but doesn't want to go in because he doesn't want to be in trouble.
Goku continues farming and is using his tractor but is unaware of his actions due to him being asleep. Krillin arrives so Goku is alert at the moment. Krillin wonders how strong Goku has gotten so he is asked to punch him. Goku does so and it sends Krillin flying through buildings and across land. Goku uses Instant Transmission to catch him but misses him, letting him hit a boulder. Goku takes him back to his place to rest and get treatment by Android 18. Goku wants become stronger so he doesn't fall behind. When nobody was around, he has his training session.
Six months later, after Pan is born. Chi-Chi doesn't want Pan to be a fighter like the rest of the family. When Videl and Chi-Chi are discussing her future, Goku is brought by Goten to persuade Chi-Chi to come out so Gohan and Mr. Satan could speak with her. After Bulma is able to come in and she mentions that Vegeta has been training on Beerus' planet with Whis, Goku smashes through Gohan's library but he still fixes it. Goku asks Bulma for Whis' next return and she says that he'll return in a month or two. Chi-Chi doesn't want Goku training but he perseveres to try to.
Goku waits impatiently, interrupting Bulma while she's doing activities. She eventually gives him a phone to get in contact with him when Whis shows up. After some time, Bulma calls and tells him that Whis has arrived on Earth. Goku goes to Capsule Corporation where Whis and Bulma are eating with each other. Whis agrees to take Goku to train with him but he has to wait because Whis went to Earth to eat. Goku starts annoying Whis to take him to train. As Whis finished, he is ready to leave but Chi-Chi is approaching in the arms of Gohan. Goku rushes to leave with Whis so he wouldn't get in trouble.
Goku and Whis are approaching Beerus' Planet. When they get there, Goku is happy to see Vegeta and notices that he's gotten stronger since being trained by Whis for six months. Goku has to do chores with Vegeta and help him change Beerus' sheets. When they get into Beerus' room, Goku is amazed and demanded to remain quiet so Beerus won't wake up. Goku and Vegeta have to wait for the perfect moment to change his sheets but Goku is getting impatient. Goku gets attacked by Beerus several times but at one point, Beerus had Goku in a leg lock. Goku easily lifted Beerus so Vegeta could change his sheets.
Goku and Vegeta continue doing housework all over Beerus' planet. Once they finalized their chores, they began training with Whis. Before they commenced, Whis gives Goku a new gi because Vegeta received a new one from Bulma. Goku and Vegeta used weights to train. They both had to carry their weight and travel along a path before they get lost in another dimension if they fall off. Later that day, Goku and Vegeta go to their room to prepare to go to sleep. Goku says that he doesn't want to do the housework but he still wants to keep training. Goku falls asleep moments after. The next day, Goku and Vegeta are sparring against Whis to hit him. Their match is stopped because they lacked the speed to keep up. Whis starts to tell Goku and Vegeta their weaknesses and says that Goku is too calm in his fights and could lead him to fail in the end.
When Frieza has been revived, Goku senses a huge power from Earth doesn't know what it is. Goku is told by Vegeta to ignore and continue doing housework. Later, Goku and Vegeta spar with each other under the supervision of Whis and they accidentally tapped into a new power-up but only for a short while. They eventually see Beerus who has recently woken in his sleep and told him that they came to train with Whis and only want to get stronger.
Goku and Vegeta are training when their sparring match has been ceased by Whis because they were just throwing blows at each other. Beerus points out that Goku and Vegeta have gotten stronger and wants to fight them. Goku says that he and Vegeta are still below Beerus in power and are no match for him. Beerus suggests to send Goku and Vegeta to That Place so they can train to get stronger quicker. While in that place, Goku and Vegeta cannot move until Vegeta figures out that they shouldn't have their ki leaking out. They also recognize that the place they're in is similar to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber but filled with godly ki and no signs of an exit. Without knowing where to go, Goku and Vegeta go towards Whis' staff.
In that place, Goku and Vegeta continue sparring. Whis finally brings back Goku and Vegeta because Beerus is getting frustrated and wants more pizza, which is in Whis' staff. Upon returning his staff, all of the pizza has been eaten because Goku and Vegeta needed to eat or they would've starved and died. Beerus is furious with them so he chases them into the woods. Whis sees on his staff that he's received a message and recognizes Bulma. She tells him that Frieza has come back and she needs Goku and Vegeta. The time it'll take for Whis to get Vegeta and Goku to Earth will be 35 minutes so Goku finds an alternative method. Goku is trying to use Instant Transmission to get to Earth but he can't sense anybody's ki. When Gohan fully powers up into a Super Saiyan, Goku is able to sense it. Goku holds out his hand for Vegeta to grab hold but Vegeta grabs a hold of his shoulder. Upon arrival, Goku flicks away a beam that was shot at Gohan from Frieza.
Goku speaks with Gohan to congratulate him for summoning them so Goku could use Instant Transmission. Goku also tells him that he'll wish Piccolo back with the Namekian Dragon Balls. He then instantly teleports Piccolo to the Lookout for Goten and Trunks to explain to Dende what transpired. Goku wonders how Frieza was resurrected and was told by Vegeta that the Dragon Balls have been used. Frieza begins to explain his torturous times in Hell, which has no meaning to Goku. Frieza then leaves his hover pod to further power up to combat Goku. Frieza transforms into his final form and in the process, he kills the rest of his army. Goku wishes that he goes first against Frieza because Vegeta has taken out Ginyu. Frieza is waiting for Goku to transform into a Super Saiyan but Goku says that that power is not needed yet.
Goku and Frieza are in their fighting stances. Frieza casually lands and suddenly power down. Both Goku and Frieza simultaneously walk towards each other so they both could deliver blows and begin a power struggle. The power struggle eventually explodes. Goku doesn't want hear Frieza complains so they could continue fighting. Then, Frieza commences to pull dirty tricks on Krillin and Bulma. Goku saves Krillin the first time but when trying to save Bulma, Frieza lands a blow that sends Goku falling toward the ground but Vegeta saves her. After colliding again, Goku warns Frieza about attacking the others and he's only fighting him. After a short conversation about Goku reviving Piccolo with the Dragon Balls, Frieza and Goku continue their match. Sometime after this, Goku is fighting Frieza but gets kicked in the back by Vegeta.
Goku and Vegeta begin fighting each other. Frieza breaks up their fight to ask Vegeta question his loyalty. Frieza wants to get his revenge on Goku so he wants Vegeta to wait a little longer. Goku and Frieza decide to reveal their true power to each other. Goku goes first and begins to concentrate his power. Goku unleashes his new power, Super Saiyan Blue. Goku is impressed of the new transformation and says that Frieza, who is not impressed, should not act tough about it. Frieza questions if he just went Super Saiyan but Goku says that he's a Super Saiyan with the power of Super Saiyan God. Goku welcomes Frieza his turn to show his power.
Frieza compliments Goku on his hard work on becoming a Super Saiyan Blue and talks a little bit more with Frieza until he keeps urging Frieza to show him his new power and he eventually does it after Goku catches a punch from behind. Goku becomes shocked and impressed by Frieza's new form and he calls it Golden Frieza. They decided to restart the fight with their new forms by starting at close combat then firing ki blasts at each other until it leads to an energy clash between the two's energy beams and keep pouring on the power until the resulting collision causes an explosion that blinds the spectators but despite the amount of power used, both combatants are still going at each other. After a seemingly even conflict, Frieza gains the upper hand and knocks Goku down to the ground with his Double Axe Handle, leaving the Saiyan surprised saying he took years of training to reach his current level but Frieza caught on like it's nothing. Frieza applauds his efforts but promises to tear him to shreds but the sight of Lord Beerus stops him for the moment. They resume their duel once more and once again Frieza gains the upper hand, leaving Goku exhausted and critically injured.
Despite the fact that Goku is losing, he refuses to give up which leads to Frieza strangling him and punching him in the face and gut until Goku bites his tail but once again the fight leads to him being blasted by Frieza and lands flat on his back on the ground but Goku kept going on. Vegeta suggested that he and Goku switch places and that he would kill Frieza himself but Goku insisted to the Saiyan prince that he "almost got him". Goku then tries to warn Frieza to leave before the tables turn and that leaves him to explain that Golden Frieza has a weakness but Goku refuses to tell him so they decided to use every once of power they have left and resume the fight again. After blocking a Full Power Energy Blast Volley, they fight at close combat once again, even with Frieza not allowing Goku to drown, and it would seem that Frieza has finally won until Goku fully resisted Frieza's finishing punch saying that he finally reached his time limit on his power-up and he punches Frieza through a rock and he ends up on the ground. Goku then explains Frieza's weakness: he came to Earth as soon as he unlocked his Golden Frieza form, therefore he is burning more stamina and power than his body can regulate it and should have waited until he got used to it before he can exact his revenge. Frieza tries to punch Goku again but the Saiyan catches it once more and explosion shows up behind him. When Goku reverts into his base form, however, Sorbet shoots him in the chest with his Bad Ring Laser when he kindly asks Frieza to leave so he can have a rematch with him. Frieza then repeating kicks him and tells him his weakness: his excessive strength makes him careless, and Frieza prepares to kill Goku once and for all until Vegeta blocks the attack away after teleporting to their location.
After Vegeta told Goku so, he kicks him towards the location of Krillin, Gohan, and the others so that he can use the last Senzu Bean on him and with that a success, Goku thanks Vegeta for saving him and allows him to finish their fight with Frieza. Goku later explains to his friends that Vegeta too achieved his new Super Saiyan Blue form on his form thanks to his own power. When Frieza blows up the Earth, Goku and his friends (except Vegeta) are shielded by Whis and they can only stand by and watch as their beloved home world goes down in flames. Blaming himself for this happening Goku regrets not killing Frieza right away until Whis offered to use his Temporal Do-Over to turn back time to before the incident happened and he accepted his offer. As soon as the technique is finished, Goku turns into a Super Saiyan Blue once more and charges up a Dash Kamehameha so powerful that it destroys Frieza and sends him back to Earth's Hell. Vegeta shows up behind him afterwards and gives him a harsh scolding but Goku explained he had no choice so Bulma and the others explained everything towards him.
Goku then heads back to the Lookout to pick up Goten and Trunks and gather the Namekian Dragon Balls to revive Piccolo. He then explains to Piccolo what happened after he died and laughed after hearing Trunks saying he'll cut Frieza in half (a reference to what Future Trunks did to Frieza before the present Trunks was born). Goku then enjoys the feast Bulma threw and the food served in it. He later talks to Vegeta about planning to work together next time but Vegeta disagrees to that, and surprisingly, Goku agrees.
Universe 6 Saga
Main article: Universe 6 Saga Sometime after the battle against Golden Frieza, Goku is sparring (doing finger ups in the anime) with Vegeta on Beerus' planet which is being supervised by Whis. Goku and Vegeta fight on even terms until Vegeta gets angry and goes Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and hits Goku with a ki blast. Goku reminds Vegeta that Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan was supposed to be off limits and proceeds to use the form himself. While they bicker, Goku bites his tongue saying Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan repeatedly. Goku asks for a new name and a suggestion given from Whis is "Super Saiyan Blue". Whis punishes Goku and Vegeta for transforming by making them put on heavy space suits.
While Goku and Vegeta bicker at each other, Champa and Vados suddenly arrive on Beerus' planet. Goku notices that they both look like Beerus and Whis and was told by Vados that she is Whis' sister and Beerus and Champa are twins. Beerus is woken up by Whis with the request of Champa. When they both get back, Goku is told that the Universe 6 has their own Earth and the Earthlings were wiped out by war. Champa challenges Beerus to a five on five Tournament of Destroyers for the Universe 7's Earth, which makes Goku excited.
After Whis explains why Beerus and Champa don't fight each other anymore, they discuss the details for the tournament. The rules will be the same as the Tenkaichi Budokai and will be in five Earth days on the Nameless Planet at 10 a.m. If Champa won, he will use the Super Dragon Balls to switch the universes' Earths. If Beerus won, he will give him the six Dragon Balls he collected but Beerus has to find the last one on his own. Goku and Vegeta join Beerus' team off the bat. They also select Piccolo, Buu, and Beerus wants the strongest fighter he's ever faced, who's not Whis. Gohan is suggested by Vegeta to fight because he has the highest potential but Goku doesn't want him to because he's focused on studying. Goku and Vegeta go back to Earth to get Bulma to invent a new Dragon Radar to locate the last Super Dragon Ball.
After some time, Bulma creates a new Dragon Radar called, the Super Dragon Radar. Goku tests it out but it doesn't work where they are, at the edge of the universe. Bulma gets in contact with her sister, Tights, to get Jaco to go to Earth. Goku asks Vegeta if he wants to train in the Time Chamber but Vegeta says that they're close to their limits. Goku says he will train alone and become stronger quicker, which leads to Vegeta wanting to train with him also and they could go all-out because they're two of them. Goku asks Piccolo to train with him but he declines. In 50 minutes, Jaco shows up and tells Bulma that as a Galactic Patrolman, he's busy but he'll take her to see Zuno to know where the center of the universe is to use the Super Dragon Radar. Goku tells Vegeta that they both have feisty wives. Vegeta doesn't mind so much because he says that Saiyan women are strong-willed. Goku then comments that he likes that Chi Chi is strong willed.
Goku and Vegeta are training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Goku wonders if the warriors from Universe 6 will be strong. Vegeta says that Champa is confident in his warriors even though he saw them train before. Goku is excited to see them and even the fighter Beerus has been speaking of. Vegeta wants Goku to act his age. Not knowing what he meant, Goku responds saying that Saiyans stay young they reach the age of 80. Vegeta was however, taking about his mentality. Vegeta wants to stop talking then turns into Super Saiyan Blue. Goku follows so they both could go all out in the room because it doesn't break. They train for three years in the room (three days in the outside world).
The day of the tournament, Goku and Vegeta finish their training in the Time Chamber and have beards after training for three years. The gang is on their way to Beerus' planet to pick up Beerus and his pick for the team. They are being taken their by Whis in his Cube. Goku wonders and asks Videl where Gohan is, she says that he's in an important conference (in the anime, Gohan tells Goku he couldn't participate in the tournament because he has a conference that day). As Vegeta wonders who the mystery attendant in the cube is, Whis says that he's the strongest being Beerus has ever faced, Monaka. Goku greets Monaka and questions his name, which means nipples. Later, everyone is playing Shiritori. When Whis says the phrase, "Juri-Juri", Goku questions a "Juri-Juri" so Whis responds saying that it's a bird from his planet.
On the Nameless Planet, Goku is amazed along with the rest of the group seeing the size of the Super Dragon Balls. Upon landing, he notices Shin and Kibito and wonders why they're separate. While Shin is explaining the situation, Goku notices two beings, the Universe 6 Supreme Kai and his attendant. Goku quickly rushes to meet them but is told that the written exam is beginning. When walking towards the stage, Goku recognizes a familiar face to which Vegeta exclaims is "Frieza". It turns out not to be Frieza because Piccolo doesn't sense an evil presence from him. Goku also notices another fighter from Universe 6, Magetta, and wonders if he's a "Human".
The written exam is about to begin on the command of Vados. As Goku is about to take his seat to take the exam, he sees Cabba. Goku and Vegeta are recognized by Cabba to be a Saiyan and he also reveals that he's a Saiyan, which surprises them. Vegeta comments on Cabba's attire an says that the attire he's wearing resembles the style the Saiyans wore before getting taken over by Frieza, which Cabba doesn't seem to know Frieza. Vegeta asks Cabba what planet the Saiyans are based on in their universe and Cabba responds saying Planet Salada, the origin planet of the Saiyans. Cabba is curious if Planet Salada exists in Universe 7 but Vegeta says that it has been destroyed because of an internal conflict between Saiyans and he further explains what happens after that. Goku then asks Cabba where his tail is, to which Cabba explains their race had tails long ago, but lost them due to evolving. Vegeta wonders if they're still a "warrior race", to which Cabba confirms they are, but they no longer steal planets, with their main objective being getting rid of evil doers. As Vados yells at them for not taking a seat, Vegeta demands that Cabba takes him to Planet Salada when he is able to and tells him not to worry because they do not steal planets any longer. Cabba agrees.
The exam is said to have ten simple questions to see what little knowledge the warriors have. After ten minutes, the results are in and Goku barely passes with a fifty-percent. However, their team is short of one character because Buu failed his, even spelling his name wrong (in the anime he falls asleep during it). Goku blames Vegeta for requesting such a thing. Goku is the first to fight because he wants to see how strong the Universe 6 team is, he even says it may end with him only. He is first matched against Universe 6's, Botamo. After the universe anthem is sang, the match begins, but as soon as the match begins, Goku is immediately rushed by Botamo. Goku is struggling to dodge his attacks and eventually gets hit. Beerus is wondering what Goku is doing but Goku says he's just trying to exercise his meal off.
Goku begins running in the ring while Botamo is trying to attack him. He even fires beams at Goku but they fail to connect. Botamo eventually is worn out so Goku takes advantage of this as he is done exercising his meal. Goku attacks Botamo but no one can see him move because he's moving at an immense speed. Goku is taking control in this match but Botamo isn't done because he has a surprise for Goku. Goku is attacking Botamo but he isn't taking any damage, returning quickly to the fight. Goku even fires a Kamehameha at Botamo but he takes it. Goku thinks of an idea to beat Botamo. He then pushes Botamo down and drags him to the edge of the ring. As Botamo tries to punch Goku after trying several times attacking him, Goku grabs his arm and throws him out of the ring, resulting in a ring out.
After taking out Botamo, Goku suddenly looks over at another one of Universe 6's fighters, Hit, who is not paying attention to the fight and has his arms crossed. Goku's next challenger is Frost. Before they begin their match, they both wish each other luck and shake each other's hands. As the Referee commences the match, Goku is charged by Frost and they both attack and block each other's attacks in a rapid succession. Goku and Frost are on par with each other. Goku uppercuts Frost in the gut and kicks him, sending him to the arena floor. Goku assumes that Frost is trying to test his power but Frost says he isn't doing so. Goku is eager to see Frost transform into his final form but Frost wonders how he knew he could. Goku tells Frost that he fought someone similar to him and tells him that he should transform so he wouldn't be defeated without using his true power. Frosts takes the advice and transforms into his "final form".
Goku is surprised at Frost's transformation and says he hasn't seen that form previously. Frost wonders if he in Universe 7 has beaten him but Goku doesn't want to say so Frost assumes he didn't. Goku and Frost then charge at each other and battle it out again. They both attack each other again until Frost fires a finger blast at Goku and it has Goku crashing to the ground. Goku immediately hops up, not taking serious damage. Goku still thinks Frost is hiding another transformation so he transforms into Super Saiyan. Goku has Frost terrified so he charges towards Frost. As he does so, Frost transforms into his true final form. Goku is glad to see the form he remembers. As a Super Saiyan Goku completely outclassed Frost's final form, with Frost unable to land a major blow. However Frost does manage to land a weak blow to Goku which instantly renders Goku dizzy and unable to fight, leading to Frost kicking Super Saiyan Goku clean out of the ring and to the arena floor and out of the tournament and Goku being defeated by Frost.
As Goku is unconscious, Chi-Chi hurries to check on him. Goku is admits his loss to Frost and then Frost suddenly congratulates Goku and raises his hand. Goku then goes to sit with his team. He explains to Beerus that he thought Super Saiyan was enough for Frost and didn't think he needed to push him any further. The third match is between Piccolo and Frost. Before Piccolo starts his match with Frost, Goku bluntly tells Piccolo that he's no match for Frost but he can damage him a little for Vegeta. Piccolo loses to Frost due to a ring-out but Jaco objects this and claims that Frost cheated. Frost is caught using a needle to ensure his victory. In the anime, Frost uses it to make sure he wins so he gets the prize and receives support from Champa. In the manga, Frost uses it because he felt threatened. After watching the fights between Frost and Piccolo and Vegeta and Frost, Beerus locates a wound on Goku's hand from Frost's poison needle, allowing Goku to be re-registered back into the tournament on the grounds of Frost cheating and violating tournament rules to defeat Goku. However, Beerus absolutely insists that Monaka will remain the trump card of the team no matter what, which leads to Goku taking Vegeta's place when he loses. Goku wants to speak with Monaka but Beerus continuously protects Monaka from speaking to Goku but Monaka is unconscious after seeing Goku's Kamehameha in the first match. Beerus gets Goku away from Monaka by telling him that if Monaka is disturbed during his meditation, he will incinerate him, regardless of position.
Goku goes back to watching the tournament where he sees Vegeta beat Magetta and goes on to fight Cabba. During the fight both Piccolo and Goku make note of Vegeta appearing to be training Cabba. After the fight Goku watches Vegeta get dominated by Hit. After figuring out Hit's abilities he enters the ring to fight Hit himself. After throwing himself at Hit a few times Goku manages to block one of Hit's moves, to which Hit though was a fluke and attacked again with his Time Skip and this time Goku draws blood from Hit and begins to go on the attack, countering Hit's time skipping ability by predicting where he is going to be, much to the annoyance of Vegeta. Hit, realizing his Time-Skip is useless is forced to fight seriously and Goku goes Super Saiyan Blue and attacks Hit, forcing him to power up.
Goku, seeing that Hit is more powerful than he thought, now unveils his new technique, the Kaio-Ken form while in Super Saiyan Blue. Goku notes the chances of him doing it is roughly 10% and failure will likely kill him and explains what Kaio-Ken is. Goku explains that combining the Kaio-ken technique with his Super Saiyan Blue form is possible due to the form's required calm mind and perfect innate ki control, and he did not attempt to combine it with the previous Super Saiyan forms because they were too rough on his body and he would have died. Goku then powers it up ten times and goes on the assault, totally outclassing Hit but notes his body is starting to give out so Goku fires a Kamehameha at Hit. Hit however survives and the fight continues.
Determined to prove to Champa that he and Hit are more than just "pawns", Goku prepares to attack Hit again, but Hit once again increased his Time-Skip and landed a strong barrage of punches on Goku. Goku then retaliates with a strong blow to the head, knocking Hit into Champa's giant picture. Goku then asks Beerus to get rid of all the tournament rules, realizing that Hit is holding himself back because of the non-killing rule, and he had a few opportunities to finish Goku off. Champa agrees, while Beerus disagrees, and they begin to argue. Wanting to fight Hit another time, Goku deliberately falls out of the ring, losing by ringout, and Hit is declared the winner. When Goku disperses the Kaio-ken technique, he falls into an immense amount of pain, and collapses. As Piccolo carries Goku back to the sidelines, the final match between Monaka and Hit is announced.
In the manga, Goku is able to counter some of Hit's attacks while in his base form. Hit repeatedly scolds Goku for revealing his strategy. Goku is able to fight evenly with Hit in Super Saiyan but it becomes clear that he is expending stamina while Hit is not. When Goku enters Super Saiyan God, Hit's Time Skip becomes ineffective as the gap in their power becomes greater. Vegeta was unable to overpower Hit in his God forms as he had recklessly wasted stamina in an earlier fight by transforming into Super Saiyan Blue. Hit responds by going to full power, claiming he'll only need one minute and one Time Skip usage to win. Goku uses Super Saiyan Blue for the first time in the tournament, and its full power allows him to break through Hit's full power Time Skip and lands a kick followed by a massive Kamehameha that Hit dodges. He then surrenders as he does in the anime.
In the anime, Beerus angrily confronts Goku, and admits that he would have lost anyway due to the Kaio-ken's time limit, and much to the God of Destruction's annoyance, reminds him that Monaka has not fought yet. Goku, not knowing that Monaka is an amateur, cheers him on, and Monaka gracefully jumps to the ring, but crashes. As the match begins, Monaka lands a soft blow on Hit, but Hit pretends to be hurt and launches himself out of the ring, with Monaka being declared as the winner, and Universe 7 is announced as the winner of the tournament. Goku is impressed with Monaka's strength, then flies over to celebrate with his friends and family.
Goku then notices an angry Champa preparing to kill the fighters on his team for losing. As he prepares to act, Beerus tells him to mind his own business as his spotlight has ended. He is interrupted by the arrival of Zeno. As Zeno mentions that he would be interested in organizing another competition like this, Goku casually tells him it would be fun, as Champa and Beerus are flustered. Goku walks closer to the Omni-King, but his attendants halt him. Goku politely asks them if he can have a little chat, and Beerus says that Zeno is not one to "chat" with. Zeno then says it is alright, and praises Goku for his match with Hit. Zeno says there will be a tournament soon, and Goku says he is looking forward to it, and extends his hand out to Zeno, which causes both Gods of Destruction to worry. There is a long pause, then Zeno shakes his hand, and calls Goku funny. Zeno then leaves, with Beerus and Champa sighing in relief, telling Goku that he can destroy all of the universes if he wished. Goku then approaches Hit, wanting to have a rematch against him at a later time.
Goku and the Z Fighters, along with Beerus and Whis, are riding on a Cube in space, and Whis removes the outer crust of the planet the tournament took place, revealing the seventh and final Super Dragon Ball. Bulma tells Beerus and Whis the phrase for summoning Shenron, which much be translated into the language of Gods (which is just speaking backwards). The Super Dragon Balls levitate close to each other, and Super Shenron is summoned, causing a huge shockwave and a bright light. Super Shenron then swallows the group, revealing a number of planets, galaxies, and stars inside. For his wish, Beerus asks Super Shenron to restore the Earth and human race for Universe 6, which has been granted, and Super Shenron leaves as the Super Dragon Balls are scattered across the universe. Beerus explained he wished for this so Champa would owe him one.
After the group arrive on Beerus' planet, Goku asks Beerus for a short sparring match with Monaka, but Beerus refuses, saying that as they are both tired from the tournament, they should go home and rest. Whis then drops off the Z-Fighters back on Earth.
Main article: Copy-Vegeta Saga
The Z-Fighters are throwing a party for Universe 7's victory in the tournament, with Beerus, Whis, and Monaka also invited. While Bulma is waiting for the party to start, she asks Chi-Chi where Goku is, as Goku is seen taking a nap on his tractor in a farm. When Beerus and Whis arrive for the party, instructing everyone to keep the fact that Monaka is weak as a secret from Goku, Goku teleports to the party, startling Beerus. In order to buy time for Beerus to explain, Chi-Chi forces Goku to fly home to change into cleaner clothes. He does so, and teleports right back, wearing his regular Gi, and desperate for a sparring match against Monaka. In order to buy more time, Beerus forces Goku to do three hundred trillion sit ups, which he does quickly, not knowing how to count that high.
As Goku drags a frightened Monaka to a secure area to fight, Chiaotzu and Krillin attempt to slow Goku down, by binding him with Telekinesis and blinding him with Solar Flare respectively, as Beerus dons a life-sized costume of Monaka made by Mr. Satan. Goku, unsurprisingly fooled by the costume, engages in battle with Beerus. As Goku and Beerus fight, the costume Beerus is wearing begins to rip, exposing his body parts. Vegeta and Piccolo intervene, claiming that "Monaka" has the ability to control people, but after adjusting his costume, Beerus throws Vegeta and Piccolo out of the battle and starts fighting with Goku again, with Whis explaining that Beerus is enjoying the fight due to being absent in combat for a while. The fight was getting serious, as the two began to power up and create giant shockwaves, so Whis steps in-between the two and ends the fight, not wanting them to destroy Earth. Goku is impressed by Monaka's power, as Yamcha nonchalantly comments that (the real) Monaka has passed out due to the fight, much to everyone's annoyance. After seeing the real Monaka, Goku praises "Monaka" for having the ability to split himself. Goku, and an exhausted Beerus, then says they are ready to eat, and the party starts.
One night, Goku is eating dinner at home with Chi-Chi and Goten, and while Chi-Chi prepares to bring more food to Goku, Goku is seen slumping at the dinner table, claiming he does not really have an appetite. Goten and Chi-Chi wonder if Goku is sick, or dying, and Goku shoots down both claims. While Goku is grocery shopping for Chi-Chi, he tries to return to the market as he forgot to buy something, but his Ki has a mind of its own, not allowing Goku to turn back or even land properly. Later, Chi-Chi suggests Goku to ask King Kai what is wrong with him, and Goku does, teleporting away using Instant Transmission. However, Goku's Ki is interfering with his teleporting, and he lands in Bulma's bedroom as she walks in wearing nothing but a towel. Startled, Bulma and then Vegeta discover Goku casually sitting in their bedroom, and as they start to feel embarrassed and frustrated, Goku teleports again. Goku fails a few more times, teleporting to Krillin's police station, Penguin Village while seeing Arale, and on the top of Korin Tower. Goku realizes something really is wrong with him, and he finally teleports to King Kai's planet, as King Kai inspects him.
King Kai then tells Goku that he is suffering from Delayed Onset Ki Disorder, which is a disorder that temporarily disrupts a person's Ki after they use it in a reckless manner. In Goku's case, he used his Ki recklessly when he used the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken technique in the tournament a few days prior. King Kai instructs Goku to forget training for a while due to the disorder, telling him to spend some time with his granddaughter. As Goku is flying home, his Ki forces him to crash land, destroying his entire house and angering Chi-Chi. The next day, Goku, Chi-Chi and Goten are in Gohan and Videl's house as Piccolo is babysitting Pan, and Goku calls Gohan, who is in the middle of lunch with a professor, and lets him know of the situation. Piccolo then leaves as Goku and Chi-Chi gain the responsibility of babysitting Pan, but not before he gives them oddly specific instructions on what Pan enjoys to eat and do for fun.
At night, Goku and Piccolo are sitting with Pan on top of the roof. Piccolo asks how Goku is feeling, and Goku replies that his Ki is so out of shape that he would lose to Piccolo in an all-out fight. Goku then has fun with Pan, playing airplane with her and apologizing for his disorder, wanting to fly Pan around in the starry sky. The next morning, Pan disappears, and ends up in the hands of Pilaf, Mai, and Shu, who overheard Gohan and Goku's past conversation. Goku, along with Goten, Piccolo and Chi-Chi, are desperately looking for her. Later that day, Gohan and Videl arrive back home, and the others are exhausted, but Pan was sleeping soundly on the couch by the time they arrived. They deduced that overnight Pan must have crawled under the bed or in the closet. As Gohan tells Pan that Goku is not feeling well, Pan starts referring to Goku as "Gramps", and Goku starts to feel proud.
Later, Goku is training on King Kai's planet, while he is constantly frightening King Kai with his immense strength. Due to Goku's Ki disorder passing, King Kai suggests that Goku goes to train on Beerus' planet, but Goku says that Whis is away doing something and Beerus' planet cannot be easily found via Instant Transmission. As Goku is eating, King Kai suddenly senses Gotenks' energy, and Goku does also, as well as Vegeta's energy, and realizes that the two are fighting. Goku then teleports to Planet Potaufeu just in time, before Duplicate Vegeta finishes off a defeated Goten and Trunks. Goku asks Duplicate Vegeta what he thinks he's doing, not aware of the current situation and believing Duplicate Vegeta to be the real Vegeta. Vegeta, transparent and close to disappearing due to Commeson's effects, tells Goku that the details are irrelevant, and tells Goku to defeat Duplicate Vegeta in 3 minutes, while spitefully wondering if Goku can do it. Goku, still somewhat confused about the situation, agrees, and is excited to engage in battle with Duplicate Vegeta, who has the same amount of power as the original Vegeta. They then start their battle, causing a shockwave.
Goku and Duplicate Vegeta fight an evenly matched battle. As an impatient Vegeta flies towards them and gives them both tips, Goku and even cloned Vegeta wonder who's side Vegeta is on. Goku then realizes he is running out of time, and transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue. Much to everyone's surprise, Duplicate Vegeta does the same, and they continue their battle, causing destruction to the area. As they both land a powerful blow, a bright light is created, and the core of Commeson attacks Trunks in the midst of it, as Vegeta steps in-between them. Monaka casually steps on the core, which crushes it, causing Duplicate Vegeta immense pain. Goku uses this opportunity to fire a God Kamehameha, destroying Duplicate Vegeta and saving Vegeta just in time.
As Potage is re-sealing the core of Commeson, Goku praises Monaka for defeating the core, exclaiming how powerful he is. The group then say goodbye to Potage as they return to Earth. Goku and Vegeta discuss Vegeta sucking on the key to the seal, which resembled a baby pacifier, and Vegeta is embarrassed as he realizes this. Goku and Vegeta then exclaim to each other that they will not lose.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
Goku is discussing the ramen he ate with Vegeta, Beerus and Whis on Beerus' planet. Whis receives a distress call from Bulma on Earth, who shows Goku and Vegeta a severely injured and unconscious Future Trunks, having barely escaped his timeline with his life. The four teleport to Earth, and Goku teleports to Korin Tower to get some Senzu Beans. When he returns, Bulma feeds Future Trunks a Senzu Bean, and he wakes up. Hearing Goku's voice and seeing him, Future Trunks angrily attacks him, surprising everyone. Future Trunks regains his senses after Bulma slaps him, and is surprised to see Goku alive again. In the manga, Goku, Vegeta, and Whis are already on Earth when Future Trunks arrives in the Time Machine.
Future Trunks then explains what happened in the future, and Goku and Vegeta are shocked to hear about Goku Black, who looks like Goku but is cruel and merciless, responsible for the near eradication of humans in Future Trunks' timeline. Goku asks Future Trunks to spar with him to see where he stands against Black. They both start off as Super Saiyan 2. Impressed by Future Trunks' strength, Goku then transforms into a Super Saiyan 3, which greatly shocks Future Trunks. Future Trunks then tries to attack with his sword, but Goku catches it with his fingers, and knocks Future Trunks down, defeating him. Krillin and Piccolo soon arrive to greet Future Trunks. In the manga, Future Trunks is able to keep up with Super Saiyan 3 and Goku has to briefly tap into Super Saiyan God to put him down.
A dark rift appears in the sky and Goku Black emerges from it, quickly noticing the presence of the actual Goku. Future Trunks wants to fight him but is stopped by Vegeta, as Goku goes to fight in the young Saiyan's place. Goku greets Black and challenges him to a fight, to which Black responds by attacking him with a Black Power Ball that pushes Goku far out of the city into a mountain. Regrouping, Goku goes Super Saiyan 2 and goes on the offensive. Black is able to keep up by channeling a mysterious dark energy. Future Trunks and Krillin notice that Black is slowly getting stronger, and Vegeta blames Goku's habit of not going all-out from the start. Throughout the fight, Black resists the rift's attempts to pull him back in until the fight leaves him too fatigued to do so. Before being pulled through, he destroys Future Trunks' Time Machine and leaves the group wondering what happened.
Bulma comes forward with a capsule containing the Time Machine that Cell came in. Thanks to lab notes retrieved from Future Bulma, she will have it up and running soon. Goku wants to train while Bulma and the others fix the Time Machine, but Whis and King Kai don't want to train him on their planets so Goku decides to eat instead and suggests that Future Trunks should take it easy. Goku then goes with Beerus and Whis to Universe 10 because they have an idea on Black's true identity. On the way to Universe 10 Whis tells Goku about its powerful apprentice Supreme Kai Zamasu, making Goku excited to fight him.
Arriving in Universe 10, they meet Zamasu and his Master Gowasu. Goku introduces himself to Zamasu, who is thrown off by a mortal acting casually in the presence of Gods. Goku asks Zamasu to a fight but is stopped by Beerus, who tells Zamasu and Gowasu about Goku Black and the Time Ring he was wearing, which is a time-traveling tool possessed only by Gods. Gowasu shows them his Time Rings, which are all present. Goku asks to fight Zamasu again, and Gowasu insists the fight happen. Goku goes Super Saiyan 2 and says he hasn't fought another God since Beerus, much to Zamasu and Gowasu's shock. He then tries to punch Zamasu but Zamasu counters into what looks to be a finishing blow before Goku counters with a ki blast. He notices that the ki emanating from Zamasu is similar to that of Goku Black. Goku then overpowers Zamasu defeating him in battle. He leaves with Beerus and Whis, hoping to fight Zamasu again some day.
After a crash landing on Earth caused by Goku arguing with Beerus, the group have dinner, where Whis tells Future Trunks that Black and Zamasu have similar ki but differ in many ways. Beerus and Whis go home and Goku decides to take a nap. Later, Goku feels Vegeta and Future Trunks' ki while they are sparring. He teleports Bulma to their location where they watch as Vegeta harshly trains Trunks. After training Trunks vows to get stronger than Black and Vegeta.
In the manga, Black does not visit the past and as such does not destroy the Time Machine. Instead, the group have to wait for it to be refueled and pass the time by playing a racing video game. Additionally, Goku never visits Universe 10 and as such never meets Zamasu, who instead learns of him exclusively through watching GodTube videos.
Goku is summoned to Zeno's Palace, leading Beerus to warn him not to say anything about Goku Black or time travel while he's there. Upon arrival, Goku, Whis, and Shin are greeted by the Grand Minister, who is said by Whis to be among the five strongest fighters in the Multiverse (absolute strongest in the manga). He then escorts them to Zeno's throne room where Zeno is elated to see Goku. Zeno reveals that his reason for summoning Goku is that he's looking for a friend to play with. Goku agrees to be his friend but says he has business to attend to before he can play. He promises to bring Zeno a new friend when he returns. Zeno gives Goku a button that will summon him or teleport Goku to him wherever it is pressed. Goku, Whis, and Shin then leave and head back to Universe 7.
In the manga, upon returning from Zeno's Palace, the group is visited by Kibito, who informs them of Zamasu asking Zuno if it is possible to switch bodies with a human using the Super Dragon Balls. This confirms that Goku Black is indeed Zamasu, and Beerus and Bulma deduce that he is going to kill Gowasu, take his title and Time Ring, and use the Super Dragon Balls to take over Goku's body. Beerus and Whis leave to deal with Zamasu even if it means creating another parallel world. With the Time Machine fixed (in the anime)/refueled (in the manga), Goku prepares to travel to the future with Vegeta and Future Trunks.
In the anime, Goku and company arrive in the future where is attacked by the resistance army, who mistake him for Goku Black. Their attacks are deflected by Future Trunks, who explains that Goku is an ally. Goku and Vegeta accompany Future Trunks as he reunites with Future Mai, Future Yajirobe, the rest of the resistance army, and the surviving civilians. After Vegeta leaves them capsules of food and supplies given to him by Bulma, the three Saiyans leave to confront Goku Black. Goku Black confronts the trio after Vegeta gets his attention with a ki blast in the air. Vegeta immediately transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and fights with Goku Black while Goku makes a comment about Vegeta attacking someone who looks exactly like him. Goku watches in disdain as Goku Black reveals his Super Saiyan Rose form and easily defeats Vegeta by impaling him with a ki sword. Goku then transforms himself and engages in combat with Goku Black, but he is knocked down to the ground after a brief scuffle. Black prepares to finish him with a Black Kamehameha but is interrupted by the arrival of Future Zamasu, who wants the honor of killing Goku.
Future Zamasu states his plan to exterminate all mortals, and Goku engages him in battle, noting something is different about him compared to the Zamasu he fought. Goku is eventually double-teamed by both Future Zamasu and Goku Black, and Future Trunks steps in the fight to even things out. Despite the even numbers, Goku and Future Trunks are being overwhelmed, with Goku discovering that Black can use Instant Transmission and Future Trunks discovering that Future Zamasu is immortal. The two are defeated by taking a full-force hit from a Black Kamehameha with Future Zamasu holding them in place so they could not escape. They are about to be finished off but are saved by Vegeta, who wakes up momentarily to intercept an attack fired at them. In the confusion, Goku and Future Trunks are saved and dragged away by Future Yajirobe, while Vegeta is saved by Future Mai. Future Mai sends the three Saiyans, beaten and unconscious, back to the past in the Time Machine. After crash landing in front of Capsule Corp., the three injured Saiyans are quickly given Senzu Beans by Bulma as Goku had accidentally left them behind in the bathroom before they went to the future.
In the manga, upon arriving in the future, Future Trunks feeds the injured Future Mai a Senzu Bean by mouth, leading Goku to admit that he's never kissed anybody, to the shock of Vegeta. Goku reveals what he knows about Zamasu to Black upon meeting him for the first time, shocking him with his knowledge. Goku asks what happened to the Goku that transferred to Black's original body, and Black says he killed him. Goku watches as Black and Vegeta fight in Super Saiyan 2, with Vegeta gaining a sizable advantage. Vegeta goads Black to use Super Saiyan Blue, but Black admits he isn't able to yet. Vegeta delivers a beatdown to Black, but Future Trunks warns Goku that Black has gotten stronger than the last time they fought. Vegeta goes to finish him off with a Final Flash but he is saved by Future Zamasu, who heals him.
Future Zamasu notices that a new Time Ring has appeared, and Vegeta suggests that Beerus has killed Zamasu in the present, splitting the timeline. Vegeta and Black fight again, with Black managing to gain an advantage thanks to the Saiyan Power he received. When Vegeta tries to counter by eating a Senzu Bean and getting his own Saiyan Power, it doesn't work, and Future Trunks notes that Goku and Vegeta can probably no longer received Saiyan Power due to having hit their limits. Black then reveals his newly acquired form, Super Saiyan Rose. Vegeta tells Goku to deal with Future Zamasu while he fights Black. Goku is able to overpower Future Zamasu easily in Blue. After impaling his chest with a lamppost, Goku reverts to Super Saiyan but is shocked when Future Zamasu heals his wound. He then reveals that he wished himself to be immortal and teleports Goku's bag of Senzu Beans into his hand, destroying them. Future Zamasu gains an advantage over Goku using his telekinetic powers, so Future Trunks creates a diversion with a Solar Flare and they hide in a sewer, where Goku comes up with the idea to learn and use the Evil Containment Wave on Future Zamasu. While Goku and Vegeta escape in the Time Machine, Future Trunks and Future Mai create another diversion, leaving Trunks in a dangerous position.
In the anime, Shin visits Capsule Corp. to relay the information about Zamasu probing Zuno for information on the Super Dragon Balls and Goku. Goku and Whis then hypothesize that Zamasu is going to use the Super Dragon Balls to create a servant with Goku's appearance and power and then wish for immortality the following year using the Time Ring. Goku goes with Beerus, Whis, and Shin to Universe 10 and observe from a distance as Zamasu kills Gowasu. Whis then performs a Temporal Do-Over and rewinds time, blocking Zamasu's attack with a glove he creates. Zamasu, cornered and exposed, prepares to fight Goku but he is intercepted and easily destroyed by Beerus. With Beerus insisting the future is now safe, Future Trunks decides to go and check, with Goku, Vegeta and Bulma going with him.
Upon arriving in the future, Goku, Vegeta, Future Trunks, and Bulma realize that the future remain unchanged. While Bulma stays with Future Mai, the Saiyan trio prepare to fight Goku Black and Future Zamasu again. Goku Black reveals his true identity; he is Zamasu from the past and used the Super Dragon Balls to switch bodies with Goku before killing him and using the Time Ring to travel to different timelines. He then recruited Future Zamasu, killed Future Gowasu, and used the Super Dragon Balls to make Future Zamasu immortal before destroying them. He also says that he killed every Supreme Kai, and in turn killed every God of Destruction as the two positions are life-linked. The two teams fight head-to-head again, with Black and Zamasu holding the initial advantage. Black pins Goku to a wall with a ki sword and tells him how he killed Chi-Chi and Goten after stealing his body. This enrages Goku, who powers up and overwhelms the two by himself. Goku Black grows even stronger from Goku's assault and uses his increased strength to defeat Goku. Future Trunks, angry at the corrupt pair for blaming him for everything, assumes a new transformation and gains the power to fight both at the same time, while Goku, Vegeta, and Bulma return to the present to figure out a plan.
Goku teleports to Master Roshi to teach him the Evil Containment Wave, (at Piccolo's suggestion in the anime) which he practices on Turtle. After Goku has learned the technique, Roshi gives him an urn to seal Zamasu in, and he, Vegeta (after training in the Time Chamber) and Bulma (in the anime) return to the future.
In the manga, the first thing Goku notices upon arriving in the future is that Future Trunks and Future Mai are alive, though Future Trunks' ki is fading. They teleport to the battle scene, where they find Goku Black and Future Zamasu beating up Future Trunks and Shin. Goku teleports Trunks and Shin away from the battle to Future Mai, who is transporting the gravely injured Gowasu away. After healing everyone, only one Senzu remains. The group then observe as Vegeta takes on Goku Black, primarily using the Super Saiyan God form with brief spurts of Super Saiyan Blue in the instant he throws attacks, an evolution of the strategy Goku used against Hit. As Vegeta gains the advantage, Future Zamasu interferes, leading Goku to confront him. Zamasu reiterates that he's immortal and there's nothing Goku can do, but Goku confidently goes Super Saiyan Blue and immediately uses the Evil Containment Wave. He's able to get Zamasu into the urn, but the talisman needed to seal the jar is missing, with Goku having grabbed a hostess bar discount coupon instead. Zamasu emerges from the jar in shock and vows to obliterate everyone. Goku enters Super Saiyan God instead of Blue due to the energy he expended using the technique, but it is still enough to handle Zamasu, who Future Trunks notes is starting to take psychological damage. As Black is still losing to Vegeta, he reveals their trump card: Potara Fusion. Goku tries to stop the fusion but is unable to do so as they combine into Fused Zamasu.
In the anime, The group arrive in the future where Future Trunks has just been impaled by Goku Black. Black and Future Zamasu quickly confront Goku and Vegeta, with Black damaging the Time Machine again. While Future Zamasu monologues, Goku realizes the sealing urn is still in the Time Machine. As the Saiyans bicker, Bulma is able to put out the fire on the Time Machine and Future Trunks puts the jar back together while Goku and Vegeta fight. The start of the fight is interrupted by the arrival of Gowasu and Shin. Black and Zamasu try to kill them but Goku and Vegeta transform into Super Saiyan Blue and stop the blasts. As Vegeta's new capabilities allow him to push back Goku Black, while Goku fights Future Zamasu to prevent him from helping his partner. Black manifests his anger into a ki scythe, which opens a rift in the sky. The rift spawns several clones of Goku Black, which surround Goku and Vegeta. As they destroy the clones, the rift continues to produce more. The rift blocks Goku's usage of Instant Transmission, preventing him from chasing after Future Zamasu who is going after Future Trunks, Bulma and Future Mai. Eventually Black senses that Future Zamasu's ki is diminished due to nearly being sealed with the Evil Containment Wave. Black immediately teleports to Future Zamasu, allowing Goku to do the same, taking Vegeta to Future Trunks and the others. Everyone watches as Goku Black and Future Zamasu use Potara Fusion to combine into Fused Zamasu.
Goku and Vegeta engage Fused Zamasu in battle but are overwhelmed by his divine power. Future Trunks returns to the battlefield and engages Zamasu in Super Saiyan Anger, giving Goku and Vegeta a moment to recover. Future Trunks and Vegeta are able to overpower Fused Zamasu's Holy Wrath with a Father-Son Galick Gun, and Fused Zamasu nearly kills Vegeta with his Absolute Lightning in retaliation. Goku uses his God Kamehameha against Fused Zamasu's Holy Wrath, which results in a huge explosion as the beam pierces Fused Zamasu's ki sphere, leaving the left side of Fused Zamasu's face and body disfigured. This leaves Goku strained to the point that he can no longer use his arms. Regardless, Goku attacks with a barrage of kicks, and when Fused Zamasu crushes his left leg, he uses his right leg along with Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken to land a huge blow, destroying Fused Zamasu's divine halo. Goku then falls to the ground exhausted as a furious Fused Zamasu powers up with Light of Divine Justice, causing his mutated arm to grow to a massive size. Gowasu realizes Fused Zamasu is only half immortal thanks to Goku Black, and says that a strong enough attack may be able to finish him.
In the manga, Fused Zamasu quickly darts forward, hitting Goku and Vegeta with fast strikes to the gut. They collapse to the ground, reverting to base from their Super Saiyan God forms. Overwhelmed at his own strength, Fused Zamasu begins to gloat, enraging Vegeta, who goes Super Saiyan Blue and charges forward. Fused Zamasu effortlessly puts Vegeta down once again, hitting him with multiple quick strikes to the back. Goku goes Super Saiyan Blue despite not having the necessary energy to use the form properly and attacks Fused Zamasu, who deflects all of his strikes. Goku fires a God Kamehameha which pierces Fused Zamasu's chest, but he shrugs this off and heals the wound due to retaining Future Zamasu's immortality. Fused Zamasu then chokes Goku and Vegeta with his telekinesis before unleashing an enormous explosive wave, enveloping the land around them and leaving a massive crater in the ground. He follows this up with a Human Extinction Attack, which Goku protects Future Trunks and everyone else from. Before they retreat, Shin gives Goku his Potara, suggesting he and Vegeta fuse into Vegito. Vegeta refuses and Goku goes back to fighting Fused Zamasu in Super Saiyan Blue. Fused Zamasu easily dodges his strikes and bombards him with Katchin blocks. On the sidelines, Gowasu says that if Goku can last an hour, Fused Zamasu's fusion should wear off, as Future Zamasu was never appointed a true Supreme Kai. Fused Zamasu kicks Goku into a building. Depleted of energy, he prepares to eat the last Senzu Bean before Vegeta stops him, asking for the Potara.
In the anime, Goku suggests that he and Vegeta fuse themselves. Vegeta is hesitant, but given no other options he reluctantly agrees. Gowasu explains that as Goku and Vegeta are not Supreme Kais, the Potara fusion will last one hour (explaining Vegito defusing in Super Buu's body in the Fusion Saga). Goku eats a Senzu Bean and the Saiyans use the Potara to fuse into Vegito, who fights a climactic battle with Fused Zamasu in Super Saiyan Blue. Zamasu's body continues to mutate during the fight, becoming larger and more grotesque. Vegito begins to overwhelm Fused Zamasu but his fusion ends prematurely and the Saiyans are dropped to the ground with a tremendous punch.
Fused Zamasu prepares to finish Goku and Vegeta off, but his God Split Cut is blocked by Future Trunks' Light Sword. Super Saiyan Anger Future Trunks takes on Fused Zamasu and his Light Sword becomes a Sword of Hope as it absorbs the energy of Goku, Vegeta, and all of the remaining humans on Earth. Future Trunks uses the Sword of Hope to cut Fused Zamasu in half, seemingly finishing him off. Everyone celebrates until a rift appears in the air, growing into a giant dark cloud that overtakes the sky. The cloud turns into a sea of sinister Infinite Zamasus. Goku and Vegeta try to power up, but lack the ki to transform. Goku fires a Kamehameha alongside Vegeta's Final Flash and Future Trunks' Galick Gun but they are easily nullified. Infinite Zamasu start laying waste to the land, firing ki blasts from their mouths across the planet which obliterate all of the remaining civilians. Goku looks in his gi for a Senzu Bean but finds the button Zeno gave him instead, which gives him the idea to summon Future Zeno to their location. Future Zeno is upset by the state of the world he is brought to, and decides to erase it. Goku tells everyone to get in the Time Machine as Shin and Gowasu teleport away and Future Zeno erases the future timeline.
In the manga, Goku and Vegeta fuse into Vegito, firing a ki beam that destroys a third of Fused Zamasu's body before eating the last Senzu Bean and going Super Saiyan Blue. Vegito dominates Fused Zamasu for the duration of the fight, but the fight is cut short by Vegito's sudden defusal, leaving Goku and Vegeta on the ground being barraged with blocks of Katchin. Gowasu suggests that as mortals, Goku and Vegeta's fusion was too strong to sustain, a problem Fused Zamasu doesn't have as he is a God. Fused Zamasu begins attacking Goku and Vegeta by punching and kicking them through small portals in the air. Fused Zamasu continues to beat on Goku, ordering him to beg for his life. Goku refuses, so Fused Zamasu begins torturing him with portals. Vegeta interrupts the assault, throwing Goku towards Future Trunks. He then distracts Fused Zamasu while Goku is healed by Future Trunks, who just found out he has the healing ability due to having apprenticed under Future Shin. As Future Trunks could only fully heal one person, Vegeta had him heal Goku as during the fusion he sensed that Goku had mastered Super Saiyan Blue.
Goku teleports to the battlefield, where Fused Zamasu is about to finish Vegeta off. Shin teleports Vegeta away and Round 2 between Goku and Fused Zamasu begins as Goku powers up to Perfected Super Saiyan Blue and faces Fused Zamasu in combat, aiming to hold him off until he defuses. The two fight on even grounds, with Fused Zamasu attacking with Illusion Smash and Goku dodging and closing the gap to retaliate. Fused Zamasu attacks with Holy Wrath but Goku manages to throw it away. Goku momentarily experiences some ki leakage which allows Fused Zamasu to recover from his injuries. The fight resumes, and Goku makes sure to pile on the attacks, giving Fused Zamasu no time to regenerate. Goku appears to gain an edge on the frustrated Fused Zamasu, whose body is starting to crumble. Goku, realizing he can't hold onto the Perfected form much longer, charges up one final attack and dashes toward Fused Zamasu only to teleport above him at the last second and unleash Hakai. Fused Zamasu begins to disintegrate, but saves himself by grabbing Future Mai through a portal and holding her in front of him, distracting Goku and allowing Fused Zamasu to land a kick that interrupts the Hakai, knocks Goku out, and allows Fused Zamasu to heal.
Future Trunks attacks but is swatted aside. Fused Zamasu prepares to destroy the planet but his fusion suddenly begins to fail. Future Zamasu and Goku Black resist the separation, slowly merging back together as Shin realizes it has been exactly one hour but Gowasu reveals that they can't defuse due to the fact they are technically the same person and their bodies may have bonded together at the cellular level. Before anything can happen, Future Trunks cuts the monstrosity in half and stabs Goku Black through the back. Believing Black to be dead, Goku moves in to congratulate Trunks when Trunks is hit in the back by a ki blast from Black. Futue Zamasu and Black then stand up and, to everyone's horror, both transform into a separate Fused Zamasu. The Zamasus begin beating on Goku until Vegeta, despite being near dead, charges up to his full power in Super Saiyan Blue, kicks Goku away and blasts both of the Fused Zamasus with Gamma Burst Flash. The attack is extremely effective, obliterating both Zamasus. However, Goku points out that they are only going to regenerate as there are still pieces lying around. Shin and Gowasa appear and suggest fleeing. Before they can flee, each of the pieces suddenly takes on a life of its own as they turn into dozens of Fused Zamasus. Shin teleports Goku and Vegeta to the Time Machine where they attempt to escape to the past, but are interrupted by hundreds of Zamasus, who say it's pointless as he'll only follow them to the past with his own Time Machine. Goku and Vegeta prepare to go down fighting the endless Zamasu horde together before Goku realizes he has the button Zeno gave him, which he uses to summon Future Zeno. Future Zeno is disgusted by the state of the world he is brought into and decides to erase it as everyone barely escapes in the Time Machine and Infinite Zamasu and the future timeline are permanently erased.
Goku returns with Future Trunks to the extinct future and takes Future Zeno to the past. Afterwards, Goku takes Future Zeno to his present counterpart's palace, fulfilling his promise to bring Zeno a friend. The day after, Goku and company bid farewell to Future Trunks and Future Mai as they prepare for a new life in a new timeline created by Whis' alterations (in the anime) or Future Trunks' planned alteration (in the manga), with Goku believing Future Trunks is strong enough to defeat any opponent.
In the anime, later that year, Goku begins to act strange and sense everything around him, realizing someone is after his life and that someone is Hit. When he senses Hit arriving on Earth, Goku leaves to confront him. Hit appears behind Goku and tells him that he was hired to kill him. Hit showing great respect to Goku offers to spare Goku's life if Goku were to disappear and will claim that he killed him, but Goku declines the offer. Hit expecting Goku to not take him up on his offer asks Goku to turn around, saying that he only kills from the front and will never kill from behind. Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and turns around prepared to fight, reminding Hit that Time-Skip won't work on him. Goku attacks but notices his attacks are going through Hit. Goku steps back assuming Hit is incapable of hitting him at a distance but was wrong and tries to attack Hit with a ki blast but is stopped by Hit successfully assassinating Goku with a single ki strike to the heart, with Goku dying before his body hits the ground. Piccolo, Gohan and Goten arrive moments after Goku is killed by Hit and discover his dead body. Piccolo throws the crying Goten aside and begins to perform CPR as hard as he can but Gohan sensing something looks up and notices a massive ki blast falling back to Goku and has everyone move. The blast strikes Goku in the heart, reviving the formerly dead saiyan, who tells them to get out of here as Hit is out to kill him. Goku and Hit continue there fight, with Goku starting to see how Hit's new moves work and figures them out on the third try.
Champa, Vados, Beerus, Whis and Vegeta all arrive telling them to continue and they are here to watch. Vados points out that Hit is no longer the assassin Hit but rather a martial artist. Champa mentions that Hit has to kill Goku as Goku is a major threat in Zeno's upcoming tournament and that it was wise of Vados to hire hit to assassinate Goku, but Vados says she only hired Hit but there is someone else who wants Goku dead. Vados also explains Hit's new time skip powers as he can now create entire pockets of time skip and can use it to make his energy appear in several places at once. Goku having figured this out on his own powers up to maximum power and shatters this pocket dimension of time skip stunning Hit and Champa, with Hit backpedaling attempting to pull it back together Goku defeats him with a Kamehameha. After the fight everyone greets the pair with Vegeta upset Goku enjoy's fighting Hit more than himself and angry someone put a hit out on Goku and demands Hit to tell him with Hit refusing. Beerus accuses Vegeta but Vegeta mistakenly tells Beerus to shut up then apologizes to him. Suddenly Vegeta realizes who hired Hit and accuses Goku to which Goku confesses to hiring Hit through Vados. Whis explains that Goku approached him with the idea and agreed so got Goku in contact with Vados who hired Hit for him. When Beerus asked why would Whis do something so reckless Whis said Goku needs to train and Hit is perfect for him. Hit perplexed and proud of Goku admits Goku is far to complex for him to understand and smiles at his target. Hit asks Goku is there a time limit on his mission and Goku says no. To which Hit replies that he will kill him later then, smiles at Goku and leaves.
Later on, Goku goes to the movies with family to see the new Great Saiyaman movie, but falls asleep through it. He then gets yelled at out Chi-Chi for it.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga
Once peace has returned following Fused Zamasu's defeat, Goku begins farming again, and takes his latest harvest to a trader, who claims that Goku's crops are very popular. Excited that he earned a lot of money farming, Goku is relieved that he won't have to hear Chi-Chi nagging him anymore, and he can focus on his training. While driving away from the farmer's market in a Capsule Corp. truck, Goku spots a man whose truck is stuck in the road. Goku agrees to pull it out for him, but quickly finds himself being held at gunpoint by the man and his two companions, who demand the truck. Goku refuses and uses his Afterimage Technique to trick the robbers when they begin firing their guns at him. Goku renders all but one robber unconscious. The last robber fires a bullet at Goku, which scratches him. After knocking out the last robber, Goku looks at his scratch and comes to the conclusion that he is getting rusty. In the manga, Goku then brings the criminals to the police station, where the sheriff pays him a large reward for catching the wanted men.
Goku then calls Krillin to ask if he wants to train with him, but he is busy with police work. Instead, Goku calls Whis and agrees to give him bean daifuku in exchange for more training. Given a one-hour time limit to get the bean daifuku and arrive at Capsule Corp., Goku rushes home and puts on his Gi. Goten discovers that Goku is going out to train with Whis and wishes to come along as well. Chi-Chi forbids this, but the two sneak out while she is distracted. While picking up the bean daifuku with Goten, Goku is surprised to see how smart his son has become. At Capsule Corp., the two notice Bulma's large belly, and Goku comes to the conclusion that she has been eating too much. He is surprised to learn that she is pregnant again and offers her the bean daifuku before being reminded by Goten that it is for Whis. Bulma understands when Goku wishes to give the food to Whis so he can train more. Goku goes to look for Vegeta, leaving Goten with Trunks.
After finding Vegeta, Goku asks him to come along and train with him and Whis. Vegeta rejects since Bulma is going to give birth soon. Goku is confused why Vegeta is passing up on training for his pregnant wife and mentions he had no choice missing Goten's birth because he was dead. In the manga, he admits he doesn't even know when Goten and Gohan were born. Once Whis arrives, he takes Goku to Beerus' Planet to train. In the manga, Goku asks Whis for a more advanced lesson, but Whis insists that Goku continue to work on the basics. In the anime, while Goku is sparring against Whis, Beerus says he is looking rusty. Looking to fight against stronger opponents once more, Goku asks Beerus what happened to the tournament that Zeno was planning, but is immediately scolded by Beerus and told not to get involved with Zeno. Beerus threatens to detroys Goku, viewing his naive nature as a threat to the universe, but Goku tricks him and presses the button, bringing himself to Zeno's Palace. He asks Zeno about the tournament, and Zeno says he forgot about it. Future Zeno becomes excited by the idea of a tournament after learning what it is, and the Grand Minister tells Goku that he will tell inform him of the details when they become available. Beerus punches Goku as punishment for ignoring his warning when he returns. Goku tells Beerus what happened and asks Whis to take him to the Sacred World of the Kai. In the manga, Goku unknowingly prevents the erasure of all but four universes with his timely arrival at Zeno's Palace and subsequent tournament idea. He is then kept at Zeno's Palace as the Grand Minister contacts all of the Gods of Destruction.
In the anime, the Grand Minister arrives at the Sacred World of the Kai shortly after Goku and company. He fills everyone in on the details of the Tournament of Power. Goku and the others are shocked to learn that every losing universe will be erased from existence. The Grand Minister informs Goku that there will be an exhibition match held before the tournament so Future Zeno can spectate a fight for the first time. Goku is instructed to find two other fighters in the next hour to join him in battling alongside three fighters from Universe 9 in the exhibition match. After the Grand Minister leaves, Beerus is furious because of Goku's actions. Goku considers personally asking Zeno to revoke the rule about all losing universes being destroyed, but Whis advises him that it is not a wise decision since Zeno has already made up his mind. Beerus demands Goku take responsibility for his actions and get to finding two fighters for the Zeno Expo.
Returning to Earth, Goku asks Vegeta to fight in the Zeno Expo, but he refuses to go so he can be by Bulma's side for the birth of their child. Goku decides that Goten and Trunks are too weak to compete in the match, so he goes to Gohan. Gohan is hesitant at first, so Goku tells him about the stakes at play. Goku and Gohan agree to keep the universe erasure clause to themselves to prevent a potential worldwide panic. Gohan eventually agrees to fight for the sake of protecting his family.
When Mr. Satan and Good Buu join Goku and Gohan, Goku asks Buu to fight in the Zeno Expo. Buu agrees, and Goku teleports everyone to the Sacred World of the Kai. Goku reassures Beerus that Majin Buu and Mr. Satan do not know the universe is in danger. Shin takes everyone to Zeno's Palace, where they encounter their Universe 9 opponents for the first time. The Grand Minister then takes everyone to the Null Realm, where he set up a World Martial Arts Tournament-style ring with spectator seats. The Gods and Angels of the other ten universes arrive shortly after. Goku is asked to be quiet by the Grand Minister, who then introduces the Zenos. To the horror of the other Gods, Goku greets them by the nickname Zenny and casually thanks them for letting them fight first, agreeing to give them a good match to watch. The Grand Minister introduces Goku as the man responsible for the Tournament of Power and explains the rules for the Zeno Expo, warning that combatants must give full effort or risk being erased. Good Buu defeats Basil while Gohan and Lavender's battle ends in a draw. While watching them fight, Goku notes that he can't sense the ki of the Universe 9 fighters, which excites him. After Gohan's fight, the Grand Minister says that Universes 1, 5, 8, and 12 are exempt from the Tournament of Power due to their high mortal ratings.
Goku is paired against Bergamo, who declares Goku an enemy of all of the universes for suggesting the tournament. Bergamo convinces Zeno to rescind the rule stating all losing universes are destroyed if Universe 9 can win the Zeno Expo, to which Zeno agrees. The Grand Minister warns Goku that every universe will be immediately destroyed if he holds back. Bergamo allows Goku to hit him, which increases his size and strength. He goes Super Saiyan and continues to gleefully hit Bergamo and make him as strong as possible. He then shows Bergamo his full power and fires a 10x God Kamehameha which overpowers Bergamo's Wolfgang Penetrator and defeats him. Goku then issues a challenge to all of the Gods, to bring their strongest mortals for him to fight. The Grand Minister goes over the final rules for the Tournament of Power. Goku is then challenged to a fight by Top of Universe 11, who sees himself as a hero of justice. Goku starts the fight off in Super Saiyan and Top applies the Justice Crusher, dislocating Goku's shoulder. He then applies the Justice Rear Naked Choke which briefly reverts him to base before he breaks out of the hold by going Super Saiyan Blue. The two fight a destructive battle and Goku does damage with an Instant Kamehameha. They prepare to fight at full power before the Grand Minister calls a stop to the battle. Before they part ways, Top reveals that there is a being in Universe 11 even stronger than him. Goku and Gohan's excitement infuriates Beerus. The Grand Minister instructs each universe to gather ten warriors for their teams in the next 40 hours. Shin then teleports everyone to the Sacred World of the Kai, where Goku's carefree attitude continues to anger Beerus, who suggests going to Capsule Corp. for food and to recruit fighters.
In the manga, the Gods of the universes are brought to Zeno's Palace, where Goku, the Grand Minister and the Zenos wait. Universe 11 God of Destruction Vermoud introduces Top as his planned successor. The Grand Minister announces the Tournament of Power, and Future Zeno is confused as he's never seen a fight before. The Grand Minister then decides to hold a Zeno Expo match featuring the Gods of Destruction of all twelve universes. Goku watches as Beerus seems to effortlessly evade attacks for a moment, and Whis says his body is capable of doing it on its own. As the fight becomes too chaotic for the Zenos to follow, the Grand Minister puts an end to it and disqualifies Gods of Destruction from competing in the Tournament of Power. Goku overhears Future Zeno talking about cancelling the tournament and insists he can put on a more exciting fight for them. The Grand Minister chooses Top as his opponent.
Top asks if Goku is also a God of Destruction candidate, but Goku says he isn't interested in the job. He starts the fight off in Super Saiyan and is unable to land any attacks as Top tells him to take things seriously. Future Zeno wishes to see all of Goku's forms, and he obliges by going Super Saiyan 2 and quickly following up with Super Saiyan 3. Top continues to hold his advantage, so Goku goes up to Super Saiyan God and the two begin to fight more evenly. At Beerus' request, he goes Super Saiyan Blue and looks to end the fight, but Top ducks his punch and lands a massive kick to the gut, knocking Goku out of the ring and winning the match. The Grand Minister then announces the rules of the Tournament of Power and reveals the universe erasure rule. He sends everyone back to their respective universe to build their teams.
Back on the Sacred World of the Kai, Beerus berates Goku despite Goku technically giving Universe 7 a chance to survive rather than endangering it as Shin points out. Goku and company then head to Capsule Corp. to begin recruiting their team.
In the anime, the group arrives to a feast cooked by Chi-Chi. Shin reveals that out of the twenty-eight planets with mortal life, he doesn't know of anyone in particular who could help the team, so they limit their search to Earth, starting off with Goku, Gohan, Buu, Vegeta, and Piccolo. Goku wants Monaka but Beerus lies that he is unwell. Goku and Gohan have a mind battle between Krillin and Basil, and despite Krillin losing, Goku decides that he'll recruit him as he's been training and likely has new techniques. Goku refuses to consider Trunks and Goten, citing their inexperience. Gohan then suggests Master Roshi, while Mr. Satan has the idea to recruit Android 18, which gives Goku the idea to recruit Android 17.
Goku and Gohan then find Vegeta, who again refuses because he wants to be around for his child's birth. Whis solves the problem by using his staff to instantly and painlessly deliver who is soon named Bulla. Goku congratulates Vegeta and holds Bulla while remarking she looks nothing like him. Goku and Gohan then head to Satan City where they find Krillin doing police work. They go to Krillin and 18's home, where both refuse to compete until Goku lies about a ten million zeni reward, although 18 is suspicious when Goku mixes up the number. At a remote location, Goku watches as Krillin beats Gohan in a sparring match with the Solar Flare x100. Goku has a sparring session with Krillin on a rooftop in Satan City. Krillin is able to keep up with Super Saiyan Goku using a clever Destructo Disc strategy. When Goku goes Super Saiyan Blue, he fires a God Kamehameha which collides with Krillin's Kamehameha. Android 18 comes to Krillin's aid, cutting Goku's beam off. They challenge Goku to a two-versus-one fight, but Goku says that's enough, admitting he has a lot to learn from them. Goku decides Krillin is not only his true best friend but a strong warrior. Before Goku and Gohan leave, Goku asks 18 if she knows where Android 17 is, but she only knows he's working at a wildlife preserve.
Gohan heads off to train with Piccolo while Goku prepares to visit Dende to look for 17, but is distracted by Good Buu's training nearby. Buu has gained a much slimmer form and Goku agrees to spar with him at Mr. Satan's vacation home. Buu is able to overwhelm Goku with ki blasts and knock him out of bounds while he's distracted, quickly winning the match. Goku is impressed by Buu's new power and looks forward to fighting alongside him. He then heads to the Lookout to visit Dende and Mr. Popo. Dende has the Lookout move to the island Android 17 is working on. On the way, Dende lets him know that 17 has gotten a lot stronger. He also mentions a boy with unbelievable power living in a small village and recommends training him when he gets older as he is the reincarnation of Kid Buu.
Goku arrives at the wildlife sanctuary where he finds Android 17 effortlessly dealing with some poachers. Goku offers to help and together they destroy the poachers' vehicles and drive them off. Goku and 17 then fight, with Goku starting off in Super Saiyan. The two fight evenly until Goku powers up to Super Saiyan Blue. His God Kamehameha is blocked by 17's Android Barrier and 17 is able to trade blows with Goku in Blue until he calls the match off to protect the island. Even after Goku tells 17 the truth about the tournament, he still turns him down initially, but after telling him of the Super Dragon Balls being the prize, he begins to reconsider. Goku and 17 are then interrupted by the arrival of an alien poacher ship which abducts all of the animals on the island. Goku and 17 go inside the ship to confront the poachers and the alien boss threatens to self-destruct, killing everyone on board as they are now in space. 17 attempts to sacrifice himself to stop it, but Goku rescues him by teleporting the three of them to King Kai's Planet. Dende telepathically informs Goku that the poacher is lying about being able to self-destruct. It turns out the poachers were being pursued by Jaco, who is only slightly grateful for the help. The animals are saved and 17 agrees to fight in the tournament, leaving his island in the care of Trunks and Goten while he's gone.
At some point after the Zeno Expo, Goku meets up with Piccolo and recruits him, also asking him to train Gohan in preparation for the tournament. He then heads to Kame House to recruit Master Roshi but Oolong tells him that Roshi was summoned to Tien's dojo as an honorary master. This gives Goku the idea to make Tien the tenth member of the team as he heads to the dojo. Tien initially turns him down, but they are interrupted by Yurin, a former student of the Crane School, brainwashing his students and turning them against him. Roshi falls to her witchcraft and Goku is forced to fight the brainwashed Roshi, noting how strong he is when he's not holding back and guessing that he's been training in secret. Goku hits Roshi with a Kamehameha, breaking the spell. Yurin then agrees to be Tien's student again, and both Tien and Roshi agree to fight in the Tournament of Power.
Goku is eating at a restaurant with Tien, Roshi and Chiaotzu when he is interrupted by Piccolo and Gohan, with Gohan asking Goku for a sparring match. Himself and Piccolo vs. Goku and Tien. They move to Gohan's training grounds, where Piccolo and Gohan are able to win the match. Gohan then requests a one-on-one match with Goku, which Goku happily obliges. Gohan is able to fight evenly with Super Saiyan 2 Goku but falls when Goku uses Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken. Nonetheless, Goku says he's impressed and names Gohan the leader of Team Universe 7.
In the anime, Team Universe 7 holds a strategy meeting at Capsule Corp while Vegeta trains in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Old Kai suggests using his ability to draw out Goku's potential, but there is not enough time to perform the ritual. Instead, Goku decides to train with Whis in the gravity chamber. After the training, Bulma tells everyone that Good Buu has fallen asleep and won't be participating. Goku rushes over to Mr. Satan's house to try to wake him to no avail. When he returns to Capsule Corp., he is confronted by his friends for lying about the reward and the truth about the tournament, and Goku apologizes. Beerus reminds everyone about being short a team member, and Goku suggests they recruit Frieza to compete as Majin Buu's replacement, much to everyone's shock. Goku explains his plan to ask Fortuneteller Baba to bring Frieza back for twenty-four hours but everyone, especially Vegeta, is opposed to it. Undeterred, Goku goes to King Yemma to get permission to talk to Frieza in Earth's Hell. When he finds Frieza, Goku explains the situation and Frieza agrees to participate under the condition that Goku uses the Dragon Balls to resurrect him if Universe 7 wins. Goku initially refuses but Frieza entices him with a fight. Goku eventually gives in and promises to resurrect him if he fights in the tournament.
Frieza is resurrected at Fortuneteller Baba's Palace, where he and Goku are ambushed by and forced to fight a large group of assassins from Universe 9. The assassin boss throws a ball of Energy of Destruction from Sidra at Frieza, but Frieza is able to overpower it and traps Goku inside it while he murders all of the assassins. Goku is set free after the arrival of Beerus and Whis, and asks for a short fight with Frieza, with the stipulation that if Goku wins, Frieza will stay obedient to Universe 7. The fight ends in a draw. Goku then helps diffuse a confrontation between Frieza and Vegeta before Shin goes over Universe 7's strategy for the tournament. Goku and Vegeta struggle with the idea of fighting in numbers. Whis then transports the team to the Null Realm where the Tournament of Power is being held.
In the manga, Goku initially neglects to recruit Gohan, saying he doesn't like to fight. After Whis delivers Bulla, Goku wrongly concludes that this is how his sons were born. As Goku and Vegeta worry about not being able to use Senzu Beans in the tournament, Shin reminds them of Buu's healing powers. Goku then visits Krillin and Android 18 and is able to recruit them after some convincing. Dende gives Goku a ride to Android 17's island, where he realizes he doesn't even know what 17 looks like, but soon finds him regardless. 17 initially mistakes him for a poacher as he happens to be wearing a poacher's mask when they meet. They fight, with 17 fighting on par with Super Saiyan 2. Goku briefly fights him in Super Saiyan 3 before 17 realizes who he is and stops attacking. After helping 17 round up the actual poachers, Goku is able to convince him to take part in the tournament by telling him Krillin will be there as 17 feels he owes a debt to Krillin.
Goku is then contacted by Whis, who informs him of Buu being asleep and unable to fight. He visits Piccolo, who says he's going to train Gohan and have him ready for the tournament. He then visits and recruits Tien Shinhan before returning to Capsule Corp, where he has the idea to recruit Frieza, reasoning that due to his loss to Top they need all the help they can get. He attempts to peacefully negotiate with Frieza but things predictably get violent and they arrive at Capsule Corp. looking worse for wear, with Goku admitting Frieza has managed to get stronger while dead. He also admits that he promised to resurrect Frieza should Universe 7 win, much to everyone's horror. Team Universe 7 then departs for the Tournament of Power.
In the anime, Team Universe 7 arrives at the Null Realm, where Goku soon realizes he is unable to fly. He greets Hit and Cabba, who introduces him to Caulifla and Kale. Goku then feels a strong energy with the arrival of Team Universe 11. He greets Top and tries to introduce himself to Jiren, but Jiren moves behind him instantly, shocking Goku with his speed. With the stage complete, the tournament begins. Goku starts off by going after Top, but is intercepted by Ganos, who he clashes with for the opening moments. He briefly confronts Top before the latter is attacked by Mulithim. Goku then has a stare down with Jiren which is interrupted by Nink, who grabs Goku from behind and locks him in a Bear Hug. In danger of being thrown out of the ring, Goku uses Super Saiyan Blue to knock Nink off of his back and out of the ring and barely manages to grab the edge, saving himself. Goku is then surrounded by five warriors from Team Universe 9 including the Trio of Danger, but smiles as he embraces the challenge.
The Trio of Danger fight Goku three-on-one. Goku paces himself in the early fight, opting to fight in his base form rather than transforming and wasting stamina. Lavender use his Poison Blow, so Goku creates a ki barrier to negate the effect of his poison, a counter he and Gohan devised after the latter fought Lavender. When the Trio of Dangers start to overwhelm Goku with the Dangers' Triangle, Vegeta steps in to help, and the two Saiyans find themselves facing eight members of Team Universe 9. During a distraction caused by Hop accidentally hitting Lavender while going for Vegeta, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and eliminates Chappil and Comfrey with a lunging ki blast. Vegeta eliminates another three members of Universe 9 while Frieza and Android 18 eliminate one each. Goku and Vegeta then clash with the Trio of Danger in Super Saiyan before going Super Saiyan Blue and finishing them by combining their attacks to create a Final Kamehameha. Everyone watches with horror as the Zenos erase Universe 9 from existence.
In the manga, Goku has a short conversation with Hit before the tournament begins, with Hit warning Goku that he's gotten stronger. Goku goes straight after Jiren at the start of the match, but the Pride Troopers gang up on him. Goku becomes Super Saiyan and breaks out of a Bear Hug from Tupper before fighting off the rest of the Pride Troopers momentarily. Unfortunately for him, Jiren leaves the area and Goku gets caught up fighting the Pride Troopers again. While Goku is distracted, Krillin and Tien Shinhan are eliminated by Frost, causing Krillin to warn Goku about Frost, who is going after Master Roshi, from the bench. Goku interferes on Roshi's behalf, but Roshi says he can handle himself and tells Goku to focus on Jiren. Frost and Frieza retreat, appearing to be working together. Frost returns and starts going all out, eliminating a handful of Universe 9 fighters. Goku notes that Frost won't be able to keep up that pace. Frost quickly tires out and is betrayed and eliminated by Frieza, who goes on to eliminate the rest of the Universe 9 fighters. As Universe 9 is erased, Beerus threatens to kill everyone on the team if they lose.
Goku has a brief conversation with Vegeta about who will win the Super Dragon Balls before the fighting resumes. He ends up in a battle with Jimizu, but is interrupted by Caulifla and Kale. After kicking Jimizu away, Caulifla demands that Goku teach her how to become Super Saiyan Blue. When Goku says he doesn't think she's ready for the form, Caulifla responds by becoming a Super Saiyan Third Grade and attempting to attack Goku, who easily counters her attacks and warns her not to use the form as it is slow. He shows her Super Saiyan 2 and she says she was able to do it once in the past. After watching Goku, she is able to pull off the transformation herself. Goku says she might even learn Super Saiyan 3 in this fight and they begin to fight. After a short while, Kale tries to interfere and Goku asks her not to interrupt, which sends her into a fit of rage and causes her to transform into a large, muscular Super Saiyan form. Kale charges Goku, nearly eliminating Caulifla in the process. Vegeta warns Goku that Kale's form may be the Saiyan's "true form". Kale then begins thrashing Goku around. Unable to hurt her in Super Saiyan 2, Goku powers up to Super Saiyan Blue and fires a God Kamehameha at her, but even this is ineffective. Kale continues to rampage, laying waste to the arena. Her rampage is only stopped by the interference of Jiren, who defeats her with a Power Impact. Goku then approaches Jiren as Hit, Caulifla, and Kale retreat.
Goku prepares to fight Jiren, but is hit by a Justice Flash from behind by Top. Top and Jiren then retreat. Moments later, Goku teams up with Caulifla and Kale against five of the Pride Troopers. While being held in a Bear Hug by Tupper, Goku is hit with a Justice Spin from Zoire. Android 17 and 18 join the fight against the Pride Troopers, and 18 is able to eliminate Tupper. Goku and the Androids then watch as Caulifla and Super Saiyan C-type Kale defeat three of the Pride Troopers. 18 eliminates Cocotte and Goku parts ways with the Androids. He watches with excitement as the Kamikaze Fireballs of Universe 2 prepare to perform their transformations until Android 17 interrupts to Goku's disappointment. Together with Top and the Fireballs, Goku is able to convince 17 to let them go through with the transformations. Goku clashes with Roasie, who utilizes her Yacchaina Fist against him. Goku watches as Android 17 eliminates Bikal and Kakunsa, noting that he must have been hiding techniques when they fought on the island. He then continues fighting Rozie, who pushes him back with ki blasts. She surrounds him with ki blasts, but 17 makes the save, jumping in front of Goku and deploying an Android Barrier to negate the attack. Goku gets the better of Rozie by using Instant Transmission to get behind her and landing a Hellzone Grenade-esque attack of his own, but Jimeze teleports Rozie and Ribrianne away before they can be eliminated. Goku and 17 then split up.
Goku takes a break from fighting to watch his son defeat Botamo, whose power he had warned Gohan about before the tournament. Goku then takes his Super Saiyan God form and joins Hit against Dispo and Kunshi, initially to Hit's protest. Goku clashes with Dispo, whose speed nullifies Instant Transmission. He briefly gets the better of Dispo with a precision strike in a burst of Super Saiyan Blue, but ultimately ends up switching opponents with Hit. Goku is able to power his way through Kunshi's field of Energy Threads in Super Saiyan Blue while Hit begins to overpower Dispo. Kunshi is able to save Dispo from elimination, but gets himself eliminated by Hit shortly after. Dispo retreats to his two remaining teammates, and Goku parts ways with Hit, hoping to fight him and Dispo later in the tournament.
Goku's next opponent is Maji Kayo, who is able to hold the Super Saiyan in place with his Body Manipulation ability. When he notices Master Roshi laying unconscious across the arena, he uses Super Saiyan Blue to break out of his opponent's powerful grip and rushes to his Master's aid. After reviving Roshi, Goku regroups with Vegeta and Tien, joining the fight between Gohan, Piccolo, and Prum and Harmira. Goku and Vegeta try to put pressure on Prum with their ki wave attacks, but find that he is able to reflect them effortlessly as he has been doing with Harmira's Sniper Shots. Goku and Vegeta are able to pressure Prum by throwing rocks at him, while Tien and Hermila eliminate eachother. As Prum is distracted by Dr. Rota, Vegeta eliminates both with a Galick Gun. Goku then watches in awe as Jiren effortlessly eliminates Maji Kayo. Goku then goes to assist Master Roshi in his fight with Frost, but is intercepted by Ribrianne.
Goku fights Ribrianne for some time, holding his own in his base form against her love-based arsenal of attacks. During their battle, Goku muses briefly about letting Chi-Chi or one of his sons use his Super Dragon Ball wish, should he win. Their battle heats up, with Ribrianne transforming into Super Ribrianne. Goku easily overpowers her with Super Saiyan Blue and finally gets his wish as Jiren interrupts the fight and silently challenges him. Goku begins the fight in his base state and slowly powers up to test the Pride Trooper's abilities. Jiren is completely unphased by Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2, but exerts minor effort when confronted by Super Saiyan God. Goku powers back up to Super Saiyan Blue and the fight begins in earnest. The battle catches the attention of everyone in the Null Realm as Goku fights to his limit, utilizing X20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken and being held off with relative ease.
Seeing no other choice, Goku drops back to his base form and gathers energy from all of the Universe 7 fighters (except for Vegeta, who coldly refuses to help) to create a Universe 7's Spirit Bomb. Jiren takes the Spirit Bomb head on and pushes it back toward Goku. The two warriors struggle to control the massive concentration of ki, with Goku again utilizing X20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken. Ultimately, Goku's power gives out and he collapses, falling into his imploding Spirit Bomb. He is initially believed to be dead, and the remaining fighters prepare to collapse on Jiren. However, Goku suddenly emerges from the crater, having undergone a new transformation due to the power of the Spirit Bomb combining with his own innate energy to resist it. Unlocking his deepest potential, he has reached a state referred to by the gods as "Ultra Instinct".
Seeing Goku's new power, Top and Dispo attempt to aid Jiren, but Goku holds them off effortlessly until Jiren dismisses them from the battle. Goku and Jiren resume their battle, the pair now appearing to be evenly matched. The battle rages until Goku burns through his new energy and drops back to his base form mid-attack. Jiren prepares to throw Goku from the ring before Hit intervenes, attacking Jiren. While Hit distracts Jiren, Vegeta interrogates a now exhausted Goku about his new form. Goku admits he knows nothing about it, angering Vegeta. Goku retreats to rest and regain his stamina, only to be accosted by Frieza. To Goku's surprise, Frieza heals him with a ki blast, mirroring the time Goku had spared the evil emperor on Namek. Frieza admits that he has no desire to fight Jiren himself and that he wants Goku to recover enough so that he can eliminate the Pride Trooper for him. He also informs his old rival of the nature of Ultra Instinct, having overheard the gods discussing it. With that, Frieza hops off to find new victims, leaving Goku on his own. The Saiyan pays close attention to the unfolding battle between Hit and Jiren, looking for any weaknesses in the Pride Trooper's form or power. He finds none and is stunned when Jiren manages to eliminate Hit from the tournament. Upon doing so, Jiren told Top and Dispo that its up to them to handle the rest of the tournament, as he has now eliminated all of the warriors worth fighting. He says this last comment with a pointed look at Goku, to which the Saiyan takes a great deal of offense.
In the manga, Goku clashes with Top and Dispo in Super Saiyan. Top warns Dispo that Goku has more transformations left, shocking his fellow Pride Trooper. Dispo accuses Goku of underestimating them, while Goku says he wants to fight the strongest warriors in the tournament. Dispo encourages Goku to transform as he dodges his attacks, but Goku continues to preserve his energy for Jiren. As Top pins him to the ground, Goku realizes Hit is in danger of being eliminated by Jiren and powers up to Perfected Super Saiyan Blue, breaking out of Top's hold and rushing to his friend's aid. He charges Jiren, who is able to knock Goku back with a single Kiai. Hit says his Time Skip didn't work against Jiren and they prepare to fight him together. Top and Dispo offer to assist Jiren, but he dismisses them.
Goku teleports behind Jiren and begins attacking him. Jiren blocks his attacks while standing in place, even taking no damage from a direct hit with a Kamehameha. Jiren pushes Goku to the edge of the arena and prepares to eliminate him, scolding him for picking an opponent above his level and refusing to even acknowledge his name. Goku defiantly proclaims his name as Jiren moves to eliminate him, but Hit intercepts, landing a kick to the face of Jiren. Hit considers his debt to Goku from the Tournament of Destroyers paid, and Goku compliments Hit on improving his strength since they last met. Goku then watches Hit briefly hold his own against Jiren before joining him in battle against the Pride Trooper. As Jiren proves to be a brick wall, Hit prepares to use a new technique he developed to beat Goku. Hit says that they'll need to work together and eliminate him quickly after Hit uses the technique, but Goku reverts to his base form and declines, wanting to beat Jiren alone. He reveals that he's working towards a new transformation and that it's his only shot at beating Jiren. He then watches as Hit debuts his new technique, Time Lag, against Jiren. He appears to overpower Jiren, but Jiren powers out of the move before being eliminated and knocks Hit out of the arena to the shock of Goku. Goku prepares to fight Jiren again, as the latter finally acknowledges Goku's name due to his perceptiveness.
In the anime, before Goku can formulate a plan to reengage Jiren in battle, he is attacked by Koitsukai, Panchia, and Bollarator of Universe 3. The three machine warriors, hoping to capitalize on Goku's weakened state, unleash a relentless barrage of attacks. During the fight, Goku briefly regroups with Vegeta, who is fighting Top. Goku's fight is then interrupted by Caulifla, who kicks and blasts the mechanical warriors away. Goku initially thanks the young Saiyan for her assistance, but Caulifla demands to fight Goku and be taught how to use Super Saiyan 3. She powers up to Super Saiyan 2 and urges Goku to do the same, but he cannot reciprocate as his stamina has not recovered from his fight with Jiren. He tells her to attack, promising to pick up the pace throughout the fight. Caulifla is happy to comply and the two engage in a fierce battle. Though Goku is severely outclassed in terms of power, his superior amount of experience and more creative battle strategies hold her off until he's able to match her transformation and fight evenly. With his powers partially restored, Goku tires of fighting Caulifla one-on-one and invites Kale to fight alongside her master. Thrilled by the opportunity, she transforms into her Super Saiyan state and the battle resumes.
Goku has much more difficulty holding off both Saiyans at once, their combined skills pushing his still drained body to its limit. When they unleash a combined ki attack, Goku is forced to briefly use Super Saiyan 3 to repel it, to the excitement of his opponents. He then reverts to Super Saiyan 2 for stamina reasons. Nonetheless, Caulifla and Kale had seen enough to inspire them. The two warriors of Universe 6 vow that they will attain that form and become the strongest in all universes. Feeling particularly inspired, Kale returns to the berserk state she achieved earlier in the tournament before harnessing the energy and putting it under her control, increasing the power of her Super Saiyan state. With a new sense of sisterhood, the two Saiyans launch a devastating assault on Goku. Seeing Caulifla as the more vulnerable of the two, Goku targets her for several distracting attacks, allowing him to focus more directly on Kale. The fight eventually spills over into the area where Frieza is being harassed by Universe 3's Police Warrior, Catopesra. Seeing more potential Saiyan victims, Frieza prepares to engage the Universe 6 duo on his own, but is stopped by Goku. Frieza reluctantly agrees, briefly considering though ultimately deciding not to sabotage his teammate.
Goku's stamina recovers to the point that he is able to use Super Saiyan God. In this state, he holds a heavy advantage over his two opponents, dodging or deflecting most of their attacks while dealing them some serious punishment. Caulifla takes the brunt of Goku’s attacks and is saved from elimination by Kale on one occasion. Goku stands above them on a pile of rubble, declaring victory and stating his hopes for a rematch some day. He fires a Kamehameha with the intention of finishing them off, but a quickly executed Potara fusion saves them as Kefla dramatically introduces herself and declares herself the most powerful warrior in the Multiverse. Kefla lunges at Goku in an attack that narrowly misses, shocking both Goku and herself with her incredible speed and power. Goku fights back and holds his own against Kefla, but is unable to block any of her attacks. When Goku finally powers up to Super Saiyan Blue, Kefla responds by becoming a Super Saiyan. The battle resumes and the warriors appear to be even. Utilizing Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken, Goku is able to do some damage, though this only excites Kefla more. Goku counters Kefla's Gigantic Blast with a God Kamehameha, but Kefla appears behind Goku before the blast can hit her and knocks him out with a kick to the neck. Kefla prepares to finish Goku, but Goku stands up, channeling Ultra Instinct -Sign- once again and effortlessly deflecting her attacks.
Whis surmises that Goku was able to achieve the form once again due to Kefla's power rivaling that of the Universe 7 Spirit Bomb, forcing him to break through his "self-limiting shell" and harness the form for a second time. Kefla answers by further powering up to Super Saiyan 2. In this state, she boasts of being able to destroy a universe in one shot. Despite Kefla's newfound power, Goku dodges all of her attacks and lands the first hit. He begins to overwhelm Kefla, though his attacks are less effective than he expects. Needing to win with the next hit, he begins to charge a Imperfect Instinct Kamehameha while dodging Kefla's Ray Blast and advancing toward Kefla's elevated position. With Goku suspended midair, Kefla fires a Gigantic Blaze, knowing he will be unable to dodge it. Instead, Goku uses the Kamehameha to glide over the beam, allowing him to land a direct hit with his beam, destroying the Potara, ending the fusion, and eliminating Caulifla and Kale from the Tournament of Power. Whis details Goku's next hurdle, stating that he needs to learn to attack subconsciously to master Ultra Instinct.
An exhausted Goku is then cornered by the remaining warriors of Team Universe 2. As Ribrianne and Rozie are forced to fight Androids 17 and 18, Goku is triple-teamed by Zirloin, Zarbuto, and Rabanra. He holds his own until the three fighters transform and gain the Kamikaze Fireballs' powers. At that point, 17 and 18 join Goku, and Goku is left to fight Zirloin one on one. The three remaining Universe 2 fighters are pushed to the edge and attempt to use the Pretty Black Hole on Goku, 17, and 18. This, however, does not work as Goku utilizes Super Saiyan Blue and fires a Kamehameha which overpowers the attack and finishes off Team Universe 2 as Gohan and Piccolo simultaneously finish off Team Universe 6.
As only four universes remain in the Tournament of Power, Team Universe 7 comes under assault from Team Universe 4. Goku watches as Gohan and Piccolo eliminate invisible warrior Gamisaras before being caught in Shantza's Illusion Technique. Piccolo eliminates Shantza, putting an end to the illusions. Piccolo is then eliminated by bug-sized warrior Damon. Goku manages to save Android 17 from a similar fate and 17 is able to find Damon. Goku and 17 work together to defeat him, with Goku creating shockwaves in the ground to disrupt Damon's movements while 17 deals the finishing blow and finishes Universe 4 off.
In the anime, Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan come under the combined assault of Bollarator, Koitsukai, and Panchia, who ultimately merge into Koichiarator. Goku and Vegeta are initially content to let Gohan deal with this threat, but are forced to step in when the merged warrior gains the upper hand. Goku and Vegeta combine their attacks to stall Koichiarator long enough for Gohan to prepare a Kamehameha. However, Paparoni fuses with Koichiarator to create the enormous monster Anilaza. This new fused warrior immediately gains the advantage, nearly knocking Goku out if not for timely help from Frieza. Goku, Vegeta, Android 17, Gohan, and Frieza attempt to combine their attacks to defeat Anilaza, but it proves not to be enough to defeat him, and only Android 17's idea to attack Anilaza's energy reactor leads to the monster's defeat and Universe 3's erasure.
In the manga, Goku's fight with Jiren resumes, with the Saiyan taking to his Perfected Super Saiyan Blue form. Meanwhile, the rest of Team Universe 7 comes under assault from a variety of fighters. An offensive from invisible fighter Gamisaras results in many eliminations including Android 18's, while the bug-sized Damon eliminates Piccolo and puts pressure on Android 17. 17 relays the information about the undetectable warrior to Goku, and Jiren retreats with his team upon hearing it. Goku watches as 17 finds Damon with his enhanced hearing and is shocked to see his size. As 17 takes care of Damon, Goku comments on how much of an asset he has been to the team. Moments later, Goku and 17 notice that Frieza has powered up to his Golden form, indicating that he's begun to fight seriously.
Goku joins Gohan and Roshi in a fight against three Pride Troopers, fighting in Super Saiyan, until Gohan points out that Frieza is in trouble, having awakened the Super Saiyan power within Kale. At Roshi's suggestion, Goku teleports to Frieza's location and powers up to Perfected Super Saiyan Blue. Despite Frieza's protests, he challenges Kale, gaining an early advantage but noting that Kale's power is increasing steadily. Frieza angrily kicks Goku out of the way, knocking him back to base and claiming that he can handle Kale himself. The two bicker some more until Kale powers up to a berserk state more powerful than Super Saiyan. Unable to control her power, Kale begins rampaging across the arena, eliminating many fighters in her path. Her rampage results in the eliminations of Universes 4, 3, 2, and 10 before she begins attacking her own teammates and tires out. Cabba orchestrates a plan to have Kale and Caulifla fuse with the Potara and Goku quickly notices the appearance of the powerful new warrior Kefla, who eliminates six Pride Troopers with ease. Gohan intercepts Kefla's attack on Goku and Jiren and says he'll deal with her. Goku watches his son fight Kefla for a moment, surprised that he can handle the fused warrior. He then powers up to Perfected Super Saiyan Blue and resumes his fight with Jiren. Distracted by his own fight, Goku is unable to help Gohan when he and Kefla eliminate each other, putting an end to Universe 6 and leaving only Universes 7 and 11 remaining.
In the anime, Jiren, Top, and Dispo confronted Team Universe 7 immediately afterwards. Goku and Jiren begin their second round of fighting and exchanging their motivations for fighting. Vegeta interrupts the fight, intending to challenge Jiren himself. Goku and Vegeta take turns attacking Jiren, but neither can hold their own at first. Vegeta, however, soon finds a way to strike Jiren, and Goku is then left to watch Vegeta fight. He is amazed at Vegeta's strength when he prepares to use a Final Flash, but is left shocked and worried when Jiren survives and severely wounds Vegeta. Goku jumps back into the fight afterwards. Despite various tactics and coming close to victory, Jiren recovers from Goku's onslaught and increase his battle power, which makes him strong enough that the shockwave of a single punch can knock Goku out of Super Saiyan Blue. However, Goku states that he cannot afford a loss. He activates Super Saiyan Blue in combination with the Kaio-ken, and watches as Vegeta powers up to Super Saiyan God SS Evolved.
The two of them begin fighting Jiren, who is thrown on the defensive and pressured due to Goku and Vegeta not being used to fighting as a team. Despite there effectiveness Jiren is eventually able to turn things around for himself and regain control. After a few minute Jiren get's annoyed at Toppo for struggling with Android 17 and Frieza so Jiren fires a blast at them to get them away and allows Top to fight Vegeta while Jiren himself takes Goku. After Top is defeated by Vegeta, Goku is slapped aside by Jiren who commends Vegeta for beating Jiren and not giving up who he is and powers up to full power. The trio of Goku, Vegeta and 17 are not able to make any progress but 17 is able to sneak up on Jiren and actually hurt him which finally allows Goku to see Jiren's weakness, which ironically is Goku's own flaw of getting far more injured then usual if he drops his guard.
The trio try to recreate the opening for 17 to damage Jiren again but to no avail and the trio is blasted and heavily injured by Jiren but are rescued by Frieza, who has snapped and angry at Jiren for his attack earlier and vows to simply kill Jiren and to hell with the rules. Jiren slaps Frieza aside but is saved by 17. After hearing of Jiren's origin 17 mocks Jiren's wish and view on life and how he see's the Pride Troopers as a means to his own goal. Striking a nerve Jiren attacks 17 but 17 is able to hold him off but not for long. Jiren goes to finish the fight and blasts them with a giant ki ball but 17 jumps in the way and blocks it with numerous barriers. Goku and Android 18 frantically tell 17 to run, with Goku believing 17 can actually win but 17 says he is giving up his wish and wraps both Goku and Vegeta in a barrier and and tells them he hopes he bought them enough time and smiles at them one last time before killing himself to stop Jiren's attack. As Goku and Vegeta fall to a lower section of the destroyed ring. Goku thanks 17 for his sacrifice before collapsing exhausted still. Vegeta pulls himself up and realizes 17 had no desire to win and was only here to sacrifice himself if need be.
In the manga, Goku goes for a combination attack on Jiren, which is easily blocked and countered into a devastating gut punch from Jiren, who chastises the Saiyan for his repetitive offense. Knowing he still has a wall to overcome, Goku stresses his body to its limits, drawing deep from his reserves in a power-up similar to the Kaio-ken. He is able to land some heavier blows on Jiren but the boost ultimately proves to be negligible as Jiren points out that Goku made the same mistake Kale did, trying to wield power gained by destroying his body. Seeing his old student on the ropes, Master Roshi tells Goku that he needs to conquer his own spirit rather than continuing to work on strength. Goku thinks back to the words of all of his past masters, who taught him not to waste movement, to be tranquil and quick, to train his spirit, and to allow his body to act on its own. Roshi then teaches Goku a final lesson on "how to move well" as he charges Jiren and manages to dodge a flurry of his strikes with graceful movements which Whis and Beerus say resemble Ultra Instinct. Roshi is swiftly eliminated by Jiren, who again chastises Goku for still relying on his master for guidance. Goku praises his old master's teaching ability, declaring himself Son Goku of the Turtle School as he enters the Ultra Instinct -Sign- state for the first time and dodges the incoming Jiren's attack. He prepares to fight Jiren in the new form, but snaps out of it right before the fight begins and takes a heavy punch to the face. Jiren vows that a man of such little resolve as Goku will never triumph over him.
Vegeta, having reached the Super Saiyan God SS Evolved state in anger upon realizing Goku had tapped into Ultra Instinct, hones in on Jiren, landing some heavy blows on the Pride Trooper. Vegeta says Goku can keep Ultra Instinct for himself, intending to evolve using his own style. Jiren begins fighting seriously and makes short work of Vegeta. A short distraction from Top and Dispo, in danger of being eliminated by Frieza, allows the exhausted Goku to teleport Vegeta to a safe hiding spot. Jiren coldly allows his teammates to fall, making him the sole remaining member of Universe 11. Frieza and Android 17 buy time for Goku and Vegeta to recover, with 17 seemingly blowing himself up in an in-vain attempt to defeat Jiren. Jiren approaches the battered Saiyans and Goku taps into Ultra Instinct -Sign- once again, stating that his days of letting people down are over. In response, Jiren powers up, casting an aura for the first time in the tournament.
In the anime, despite being exhausted, Vegeta attempts to stop Jiren but fails every attempt. Beaten, battered and heavily bruised Vegeta finally falls to Jiren. On his way out Vegeta gives all of his remaining energy to Goku in hopes he can do it. Goku understanding is now able to hop up to his feet and goes Super Saiyan Blue as Jiren wonders why they trust Goku so much. Goku, annoyed and angry at Jiren for his view of the world says he wouldn't understand and attacks Jiren. Despite momentary success Goku is beat back into base form where he tries again and to Jiren's astonishment is still able to keep up with him but Goku is beaten back to the edge of the ring.
Exhausted, Goku struggles to stand as Vegeta screams out to him along with everyone else. Before Jiren's strike lands, Goku vanishes into thin air. A bewildered Jiren looks around and finds Goku having reawakened into Ultra Instinct again, with this time a few Supreme Kai's believing Goku himself awakened the power this time and has finally awakened into true Ultra Instinct which causes the other gods to marvel at Goku's power. Jiren, not impressed, attacks as Goku casually dodges his blows and responds with a simple body strike that heavily injures Jiren, doubling him over. The bout between the two continues until a breaking point where Jiren raises his energy to a level that blows even Goku's newfound heights of Ultra Instinct away, but Vegeta, having just berated the gods themselves for not having faith in Goku, yells at him from the sidelines to never give up and keep fighting telling him he has placed his pride and promise to the Saiyans in him and tells him failure to win is unacceptable for him. Thanks to his rival's words of encouragement, Goku is able to flip around and stop Jiren's assault and resume the fight but this time he closes his eyes and concentrates on focusing his heart and soul into the fight and suddenly begins to overwhelm Jiren, with Whis smiling on realizing what is happening. Before Goku can take a clear advantage Jiren powers up more and blasts Goku to the boundary of being eliminated and barrages him with thousands of punches with Goku only being able to block. With everyone believing it is over Beerus tells them to shut up and watch. At this moment Toppo notices Goku is actually fighting back and shortly completely overpowers Jiren's assault, landing another devastating punch that has Jiren reeling heavily as Goku begins to unleash more power. Jiren, for the first time in decades actually smiles and decides says he should show Goku the same passion he is showing him and powers up more and throws his Power Impact at him, however before the attack lands it vanishes along with Goku, much to everyone's shock. Goku reappears behind Jiren now fully glowing white having caught what could've been the final Power Impact from Jiren, dispelling it with ease as a new, brighter aura envelops him, making it impossible to see his face. Jiren attempts to strike Goku but fails everytime, unable to see Goku's movements, Goku's shirt dissipates into shreds and his aura softens a bit to reveal his mastery of Ultra Instinct, as he stares Jiren down with silver eyes as Whis and Beerus smile on, both confirming Goku has finally mastered Ultra Instinct.
Goku instantly engages Jiren, whom is unable to even land a blow on Goku. Calmly dominating his opponent in battle, Jiren angrily claims strength is absolute and to go against that would to be go against what he had strived for his whole life, and manages to break through his own limits. Jiren then engages Goku in battle, managing to fight on par with the newly-empowered Saiyan. Goku is knocked down many times, yet he always gets up, which causes Jiren to curiously ask how he has that much stamina and strength. Ultra Instinct Goku then charges a Kamehameha, which Jiren responds with an overwhelmingly powerful Power Impact. Goku, despite his newfound might, is overwhelmed by Jiren in their beam struggle, who possesses greater raw power than the Saiyan. Goku is knocked to the ground and Jiren believes he is knocked unconscious. However, Goku rises once more, much to Jiren's surprise. The Saiyan knees the Pride Trooper in the stomach but is knocked away and blasted to the ground by a ki blast. Despite the sheer ferocity of Jiren's attack, Goku manages to rise once more, shocking Jiren, who states he should be completely out of stamina. Goku then explains that through his friends and family, he is able to push himself far beyond his limits to further increase his own power. Goku then collides with the Jiren in a mighty exchange of blows, gradually overwhelming the mighty Pride Trooper. Goku then manages to knock Jiren through one of the mountains in the arena, before telling Jiren the power he possesses is the power of his family and friends.
Livid at Goku's words, Jiren angrily fires a Power Impact towards Team Universe 7 in the spectators' stand, which forces Goku to rush to the front of the stands to deflect the blast. Angry beyond composure, Goku's fury explodes as he flys towards Jiren and delivers an extremely powerful punch. Jiren once again attempts to fight Ultra Instinct Goku, but even having broken past his limits, he is no match for the angry Saiyan. Goku quickly overwhelms Jiren in an exchange of blows that shakes the entire arena. Goku manages to completely overwhelm Jiren, managing to dodge all of Jiren's attacks while simultaneously pummeling him, similar to his previous fight with Full Power Jiren. Jiren, furious, charges an overwhelmingly powerful Overheat Magnetron to finish off Goku, but the Saiyan even manages to dodge that as well, before uppercutting Jiren and firing a full-power Kamehameha that blasts Jiren to a large chunk of rock, severely wounding him.
Accepting defeat, Jiren asks Goku to finish it, and the Saiyan responds, charging a ki blast. However, before he can knock Jiren off, he is suddenly struck in the back by agonizing pain, causing him to collapse on the ground, struggling to stand as dark bolts of ki engulf him. Suddenly, the pain explodes, causing Goku to writhe and scream in agony. Whis notes that the limit-breaking power of the gods has been too much for Goku's body to sustain, causing him to suffer greatly and revert back to his base form. Jiren, emboldened by Vermoud's words to finish Goku off, charges a ki blast and, admitting he would always remember Goku, blasts Goku right out of the arena, sending him flying. However, before Goku can be eliminated, a kiai hits his back, sending him flying into a floating rock. Golden Frieza stands there, revealing that he saved Goku once more. Android 17 also crawls out of a crack, saying he managed to survive despite the risks. They vow to take Goku's place and finish Jiren off despite the mighty Pride Trooper acting unconcerned.
Although drained from using Ultra Instinct, Goku continues the battle alongside his two remaining teammates, boosting Frieza into the air to help him tackle Jiren with his Nova Strike, although Jiren breaks free. Eventually, with a surprising team effort, Goku and Frieza tackle Jiren offstage, with Goku going Super Saiyan and Frieza using his full power to ensure they bring him down with them. Goku later watches as Android 17 wishes the erased universes back, and heads down onto the ruined stage to meet him there.
At Beerus' request, Whis restored Frieza's life permanently as a reward for his assistance. Frieza claimed he would not change his evil ways, but Goku vowed that he would defeat him if he caused trouble again. After Goku and the others returned to Earth, they all had a big celebration at Capsule Corp. Vegeta eventually challenged Goku to another sparring match and their clash brought them to the same wasteland where they had their first fight many years ago. When Vegeta asked why Goku wasn't using his Ultra Instinct, Goku replied that he doesn't know how to use it at will. The two Saiyans then vowed to continue surpassing their limits.
In the manga, Jiren pours on the offense against Goku, who dodges or blocks the majority of it, avoiding substantial damage. Jiren begins to show frustration as the remarkably calm Goku taunts him while continuing to evade his attacks. Goku claims he's gotten rid of unnecessary emotions and that his heart is as calm as the streams of Mount Paozu. Jiren powers up further and charges the Saiyan, who closes his eyes and awakens the true state of Ultra Instinct. Jiren's punch is countered into the strongest blow Goku has landed in the fight thus far; a punch to the gut that leaves Jiren doubled over in pain. Goku's state shocks even the gods of the exempt universes. Jiren attempts combat with Goku once again, but Goku continues to get the better of him in the exchanges, ultimately dodging an enormous ki wave and connecting with a point-blank Kamehameha that pushes Jiren through the entire arena floor. Jiren manages to hold on by his fingertips and pulls himself back up. He flies into a rage and triggers his full power before attacking Goku, who is still able to control the fight, landing several critical strikes. Jiren's increased power forces Goku to work harder in his Ultra Instinct state, causing immense stamina drain. Jiren begins to fight back, and the battle reaches breakneck pace, with the spectators left clueless as to what is going on. Ultimately, Jiren is able to outlast Goku's Ultra Instinct, and Vegeta narrowly saves the depleted Saiyan from elimination.
Jiren vows to win the Tournament of Power and resurrect his master Gicchin. Vegeta mocks him for this, which sends Jiren into a rage. With less than three minutes left, Goku and Vegeta fight Jiren together in their base forms, utilizing expert teamwork forged in training with Whis to push the depleted Pride Trooper back. Jiren powers up again, forcing Goku and Vegeta to put all of their remaining power into their next attack; a Kamehameha and Gamma Burst Flash, respectively. Jiren takes the combined blast head-on and emerges with minor damage before knocking Vegeta off the stage. Jiren then begins struggling with Goku, attempting to push him off the stage. Goku is about to be pushed off when Frieza appears behind Jiren holding a Death Ball. Frieza tells Goku to grab Jiren and hold him in position. Goku does so, but Jiren is able to overpower and throw away the blast. With Jiren distracted, Golden Frieza hits him with a Nova Strike that eliminates all three warriors. Android 17 then reveals himself hiding in the rubble, making himself the sole survivor and Universe 7 the winners of the Tournament of Power. As 17 is preparing to make his wish, Goku comments that he wishes he could fight Jiren one-on-one. Overhearing this, 17 wishes to bring back all of the erased universes. He later explains to Goku that he didn't want the Zenos to have their way. Goku promises to collect the Dragon Balls and revive Frieza for his efforts, but Whis revives him on the spot at Beerus' request. When Frieza states his intent to continue his evil ways, Goku vows to beat him again when the time comes. Team Universe 7 then returns to Capsule Corp., where everyone goes their separate ways.
Main article: Broly Saga
Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
Main article: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
Peaceful World Saga
Main article: Peaceful World Saga
Ten years after the defeat of the evil, pure Majin Buu, Goku kept training despite the fact that Earth was at peace. He is training with his youngest son, Goten. When the tournament comes around, Goku forces Goten to cancel his date to enter and Goten shows disdain toward Goku's ruling. During the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku battles Majin Buu's reincarnation, Uub, who was born after King Yemma heard his request made ten years ago. However, Uub was experiencing an extreme bout of stage fright, so Goku was forced to make several insults towards his family and obscene gestures to try and get him angry enough to fight and overcome his fear.
After a short, yet intense battle, Goku apologizes and explains to Uub that his insults were simply meant to coax him into using his true power. Goku then takes Uub to train him to one day help in being the protector of the planet, although he later tells Uub that after the training, he desires to fight him again not only to discover the strongest out of the two, but the strongest in the entire universe. Then they fly off in the distance (in Kanzenban, Goku gives Uub, his Nimbus Cloud).
Dragon Ball GT
Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
"So, does this mean I have to go back to school now?"
Five years after leaving the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament with Majin Buu's reincarnation, Uub, Goku finishes training Uub, and they have just finished testing their abilities against one another in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Soon after Uub leaves the lookout and Goku finds out what is going on, an accidental wish by Emperor Pilaf transforms Goku back into a child. This wish was made on the Black Star Dragon Balls. As a result, Goku must travel the galaxy and return them to Earth to prevent the planet from exploding from the negative energy created by the wish.
After leaving Earth in the spaceship designed by Bulma, a piece of the ship falls off and Goku, Trunks, and Pan are forced to crash land on the planet Imecka to get the parts needed to repair the ship. Groups of merchants swarm Goku and the others and they have to go to the gold star hotel to hide from the swarms of sellers. They then realize they are being charged every second for everything in the hotel including the lights. They escape without paying and stumble upon the house of an old couple and their children. They talk about Don Kee, the ruler of the planet, and how he mistreats his people. Just then, Don Kee's men come and repossess the old couple's house saying they were behind on payment. Goku suggests that they go and fight Don Kee, but the couple says that is impossible because of his grand army. On their way back to the ship Trunks drops the Dragon Radar and it is swallowed by a small robot named T-2006, nicknamed Giru, who says that he can not give the radar back to them because it is already integrated into his system.
Meanwhile, Goku notices the ship being dragged away by Don Kee's men. He tries to use Instant Transmission to teleport them to the ship, but after two failed attempts, he realizes that he can not use it with his small body. They are forced to travel to Don Kee's palace on foot to recover their ship. Pan decides that they will use a stealth operation to recover the ship and would only result to fighting as a last resort. After briefly sneaking around, a large rock falls on Trunks' head and Giru starts making noises that alarm the guards. The guards open fire on Goku and the others and Pan says that they must fight now, so Goku agrees. Pan jumps in the carrying car while Goku moves the ship onto the car and Pan drives the ship out of the palace with Goku and Trunks. While escaping, Don Kee's henchmen Gale and Sheela fire a combined Energy Wave at Goku, but Goku deflects it back with ease towards Ledgic, Don Kee's right-hand man who recognizes them as Saiyans. Goku and the others escape, but Trunks says they have to go back into town for more parts due to Pan's "reckless driving".
Once they reach the town, everyone hides and Trunks finds the three of them on Imecka's most wanted list. While running from Don Kee's soldiers, they fall into the house of a nice old couple who offer them food after realizing Goku and company mean no harm. They say that Don Kee made it a law that no one is allowed to own a ship so that no one would escape the planet including the old couple. Pan gets fed up and convinces Goku and Trunks to go face Don Kee head on. They turn themselves into the police and get brought to the palace. Once there, Goku, Trunks, and Pan incapacitate Gale, Sheela, and all of Don Kee's guards. Then Goku blasts his way into Don Kee's throne-room. Don Kee sicks Ledgic on the fighters after capturing Pan in an energy chamber. Ledgic says that he will fight Goku, but for his own satisfaction. After a short fight, Goku defeats Ledgic as a Super Saiyan and they take down Don Kee and make him give everyone free rent and give them back their ships free of charge. Plus Don Kee gives them the parts they need for free and they leave Imecka. They then land on an unnamed planet where everything is larger than life. Goku finds the Four Star Ball in the tooth of a giant and they go to the next planet.
On planet Gelbo, they find the Six-Star Dragon Ball in the hair of the princess of the village, Leena. Trunks asks for the ball, but her fiancé Doma said that they were in a large problem already. The amphibian creature Zoonama was threatening the village with his power to create earthquakes and volcano eruptions by shaking his whiskers if they did not give him a wife. Goku decides that he would help them out in exchange for the Dragon Ball and they agree. Pan comes up with the idea to disguise Goku as Leena, but it does not work out, so Trunks poses as Leena instead. Zoonama comes and starts getting impatient waiting for Leena and threatens to shake his whiskers. Then Trunks arrives dressed as Leena and Zoonama takes him to his layer. Trunks gets Zoonama tipsy and Goku arrives with Pan and Doma. Doma slices off Zoonama's left whisker with a huge pair of scissors and as he cuts off the left one, Zoonama awakens in a drunken rage. He begins to wiggle his whiskers and an earthquake begins to come, but stops soon after while Zoonama continues to wiggle his whisker. Pan realizes that he can not cause earthquakes, he can only predict them. But now he is so tipsy that he did not realize that the quake was over. Suddenly a really big earthquake erupts and Goku and the others leave the cavern with Zoonama. Goku then stops the huge volcano with a Kamehameha, saving the city and winning the Dragon Ball. Just as they are leaving the planet, Bon Para, one of the mysterious Para Brothers, arrives and takes the ball from Pan's hands using his telekinesis. In shock, the three Z Fighters just watch as he leaves.
Goku then jumps in the ship with Pan and Trunks and they chase after the Para Brothers' spaceship. The brothers trick them onto the asteroid, Beehay, inhabited by huge bloodthirsty worm-like creatures called Mouma. The Para Brothers escape and fly to the planet Luud. They go to Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy, who tells them that they have failed and that Goku has another Dragon Ball on his ship that they failed to get and they must go retrieve it. They travel back to find Goku and the others and they get hypnotized by the Para Para Boogie until they are saved by the hungry Mouma after they wake up. Pan goes aboard the Para Brothers' ship to find the Dragon Ball that they stole. She accidentally activates the auto-pilot and is brought to Luud. There she is captured and turned into a doll for the evil lord, Dolltaki. Goku shows up with Trunks and kills Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy, who reveals that he is actually two parts the body and the whip transforms into Mutchie and fights Goku. Trunks finishes Mutchie off with the Brave Cannon and saves Goku from his whip arms. Then Dolltaki turns everyone except for Goku, himself, Trunks, and Pan into dolls and feeds them to the machine deity, Luud. Dolltaki then awakens Luud who takes him and Pan inside of his body to gain their energy. While Luud fights Goku and Trunks, Pan forces Dolltaki to tell her the weakness of the seemingly invincible Luud. Dolltaki reveals that Goku must strike the outside of Luud's mechanical heart while Pan strikes the inside at exactly the same time. After multiple tries, Goku finally succeeds and destroys Luud freeing all of the people including Pan who is turned back to normal. Goku then takes back his Dragon Ball and they leave the planet.
Main article: Baby Saga
"Then that's what I'll do. I know where Baby's hiding right now, and if everything goes smoothly, Earth and all her people will be back to normal by the end of the day. Mr. Satan, you'll take care of Pan."
As our heroes arrive on the supposedly deserted planet M-2, they continue on their quest for the Black Star Dragon Balls. They find themselves caught in a trap by the planet's inhabitants, mutant robots, and that Giru was deceiving them all along. Pan manages to escape and later rescues Goku who does battle with the robotic group of commandos known as the Sigma Force and their leader General Rilldo. However, both he and Pan are captured again and taken to Dr. Myuu for studying. Giru has a change of heart though and manages to rescue the trio thanks to a clever plan by Trunks.
It is then that we see Myuu's true creation, Baby, who breaks free from his containment after being revived, but stopped by Goku and the others. However, as a defeated and injured Dr. Myuu escapes, a piece of Baby's scattered remains jumps onto his skin, later busting out of Dr. Myuu and reforming into his original state. Baby, is in fact the last surviving Tuffle, the original inhabitants of Planet Vegeta (Planet Plant). Baby is a machine mutant who was created by Dr. Myuu; however, Baby states that he is Dr. Myuu's master, and that Dr. Myuu was designed to revive him.
Goku, Trunks, and Pan arrive on Earth to return the Black Star Dragon Balls, but soon discover that Baby has infected the population with mind-controlling eggs and chosen Vegeta as his new host. After a short fight with Baby, Goku discovers that he can not sustain Super Saiyan 3 while still being a child. After being pummeled by Baby Vegeta, Goku is weak and defenseless. During this fight, however, Goku learns of Baby's one weakness; he is sensitive to taunts, and easily angered. Meanwhile, Baby uses the Revenge Death Ball to finish off Goku, but Kibito Kai arrives just as the bomb strikes to save Goku and bring him to the Sacred World of the Kais.
There, Old Kai hatches a plan to "solve Goku's energy problem" by re-growing Goku's tail. Progress is slow at first, but Goku has an idea about how to accelerate the process. After a very painful procedure where the tail is pulled out by a pair of pliers, Goku returns to the Tuffle planet (where most of Earth's residents had migrated to) to confront Baby.
During the long and hard battle with Baby Vegeta, Goku is able to sustain his Super Saiyan 3 form, but is still unable to win. As he lies on the ground, defenseless, he gazes at Earth and realizes he has failed it. But instead of dying, looking at the Earth causes Goku to transform into the form of a Golden Great Ape. With Pan's help, Goku regains control of himself and become a Super Saiyan 4.
Baby Vegeta is no match against a Super Saiyan 4. In desperation, Bulma (who's under Baby's control) uses a Blutz Wave Generator that causes Baby Vegeta to transform into a Golden Great Ape. Although Goku outclasses Baby in terms of speed, he is slowly worn down by Baby's power. Just as Old Kai loses all hope of Goku succeeding, Kibito Kai removes Gohan, Goten, and Trunks from Baby's control using the Sacred Water from Kami's Lookout. After realizing that they cannot help by fighting the ape, they channel some of their energy to Goku. Goku eventually succeeds in defeating Baby Vegeta and leaves him defenseless. In desperation, Baby leaves Vegeta's body and tries to escape from Planet Tuffle, but Goku uses his Kamehameha attack to destroy Baby and blast his remains into the sun.
Super 17 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga A year after the defeat of Baby Goku fights in the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament, having to fight in the Junior Division with Mr. Satan saying there is a height requirement. In the finals, his opponent wins by tickling Goku while he is talking to Vegeta, resulting in Goku falling out of the ring.
Some time afterwards, Goku and his family and friends are at home eating, until a badly beaten up Trunks arrives, saying he encountered Android 17, who told him to tell Goku to go to Hell to set things straight. Goku leaves for Hell, where he meets Dr. Myuu and Dr. Gero, who leave, making Goku very frustrated with no way out, until two of his most fierce enemies of the past drop by, Cell and Frieza. Goku manages to deal with both of them in his normal state. Realizing Goku's power, Cell forces out his tail and absorbs Goku. This only lasts for about ten seconds, since Goku finds his way out of Cell's body. After a fight between Goku, Cell, and Frieza, they show Goku a new technique that they learned in Hell, the Hell's Buster: they create a tornado type spin that throws Goku down to the deepest part of Hell. While there, a strange, old lady demonstrates various tortures, which evidently ends by freezing Goku in a block of ice.
Meanwhile, Cell and Frieza wait to use a finishing move on Goku. Goku's end seems to have arrived until everyone realizes that the finishing move does not work on the living. Despite being frozen, Goku manages to hear their conversation. In his retaliation, he breaks free, attempts the freezing technique on Cell and Frieza, and successfully freezes them, but accidentally shatters them.
"So, you've made quite a mess, 17. What do you say you show your face so I can start cleaning up, now?!"
Still trapped in Hell, Goku tries to find a way to get out. He asks King Yemma to aid him, with King Yemma responding that he does not know how to get Goku out. Piccolo contacts King Yemma and asks him to transport him to Goku. Believing the plan is ludicrous, King Yemma refuses, leaving Piccolo to destroy significant portions of Heaven as a means to convince him. King Yemma eventually follows through with Piccolo's idea and transports him directly to Goku where he, with Dende's help, open a gate between Hell and Earth to allow Goku to escape Hell. Successfully escaping, Goku immediately leaves for the battlefield.
Goku fights the newly fused Super 17 after reaching the battlefield. With the help of Android 18, vengeful towards Android 17 for Krillin's death, Goku defeats Super 17 with the use of the Super Dragon Fist through the android's stomach and chest. This attack presumably destroys Android 17's Energy Absorption devices. Goku then finishes off the android with a Kamehameha through the wounded Super 17's stomach, causing him to explode.
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
"What's ridiculous is the creature that doesn't believe in respect. There are certain things you don't do, certain things that are understood. You don't ever mess with a man's family."
When the dragon, Shenron, is summoned to revive those killed by Super 17, the Dragon Balls crack and a different, cigar-smoking dragon appears in his place. This Black Smoke Shenron promptly splits into seven Shadow Dragons, each with a cracked Dragon Ball in its body. Goku and his companions fight valiantly to defeat these new dragons.
However, after six of the seven are defeated (Naturon, Rage, Haze, Oceanus, Eis, and Nuova) in a series of many struggles, the One-Star Dragon, Syn Shenron, proves to be more than a match for the Super Saiyan 4 Goku. Goku is severely beaten by the most powerful of all the Shadow Dragons, losing his Super Saiyan 4 transformation and falling unconscious. Goku's friends provide him with their own power, which makes Goku transform to Super Full Power Saiyan 4 and finally become superior to Syn. Unfortunately, the Evil Dragon absorbs the other Dragon Balls into himself, becoming Omega Shenron. Even as a Ultra-full-power Saiyan 4, Goku can't defeat the powered-up dragon. He even combines 2 of his strongest attacks in the form of Dragon Hammer but Omega still survives this. After Vegeta (now a Super Saiyan 4) joins the fight, they still can't beat him so Vegeta suggests that they fuse to which Goku agrees, even mentioning that this will be "special". Due to fusing Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta is born. However, the fused warrior does not finish off the evil Shadow Dragon before the fusion wears off due to wasting too much time. Later Goku's power runs out and he reverts to his base child form. After being presumably killed by Omega's Negative Karma Ball, Goku asks the people of the planet Earth to send him their energy. The collected energy is not enough to defeat Omega Shenron, so Goku asks King Kai to help him by gathering energy from all over the universe, creating the Universal Spirit Bomb. The Spirit Bomb is successful in destroying Omega Shenron.
"You know Shenron, I've never been this tired."
The people of Earth witness this and finally realize Goku is a hero. Afterward, the real Shenron appears once again, saying that no more wishes will be granted for a long time. After convincing Shenron to grant one last wish and asking that all the people who were killed by Super 17 and the Shadow Dragons be revived, Goku decides to accompany the dragon and train with him. Before leaving, Goku tells Vegeta that the lives of everyone are now in his hands, passing the role of protector of the Earth and anyone in need of help, to Vegeta. Goku also visits Krillin, who has recently been revived by the last wish, and the two of them have one last fight before Goku flies off with Shenron. He then visits Hell to apologize to Piccolo for "putting him through nothing but trouble", vowing to remember him for as long as lives. With all loose ends tied up, Goku disappears along with Shenron.
"Until we meet again, guys!"
A century later, as an aged Pan watches the World Martial Arts Tournament, she catches a glimpse of a familiar face in the stands: her grandfather, Goku (now grown up once again, and without his tail). When she tries to follow him, however, he disappears. Goku leaves since the earth is at peace but the narrator says he will always return when the earth is in danger. Goku is then seen flying into the air, grabbing onto his Power Pole, calling for the Flying Nimbus and finally flies off into the distance while yelling, "Until we meet again you guys!"
Bardock - The Father of Goku
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku
Kakarot was born sometime in Age 737 on Planet Vegeta, during a time of great turmoil. Following a Saiyan custom, Kakarot was sent as a baby to planet Earth, in order to destroy its inhabitants and clear the planet for its future sale. As Earth's inhabitants were thought to be weak, a baby Saiyan was considered enough for the task, especially after transforming into a Great Ape by Earth's full moon. Kakarot's father, a low-class Saiyan warrior named Bardock, disappeared in his home planet's destruction at the hands of Frieza shortly after Goku's departure to Earth.
Curse of the Blood Rubies
Main article: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
This movie is a retelling of Goku's first journey, and his battle against King Gurumes. He meets Bulma who tells him of the seven magic Dragon Balls. Soon, he encounter the Gurumes Army after they steal his Four-Star Dragon Ball. During their journey, Goku and Bulma rescue a girl named Penny form Oolong. While pursuing Oolong, Goku is attacked by Yamcha and Puar. After the battle against Yamcha, Penny tells the gang about King Gurumes and the Blood Rubies. They meet Master Roshi and Turtle as Penny thinks the Turtle Hermit can help her village against Gurumes' forces. On Roshi's island, they are attacked by King Gurumes' army and Goku witnesses Master Roshi performing a MAX Power Kamehameha to defeat Gurumes' men. Soon afterwards, Goku and his friends heads to the Land of Gurumes and fight head on against Gurumes' forces. They encounter King Gurumes himself. When he eats the Dragon Balls, Bulma summons Shenron and the wish is used to remove the Blood Rubies from the land. Peace is restored and Goku heads out on the Flying Nimbus, bidding farewell to his friends.
Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Main article: Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
After Goku arrives at Kame House in order to begin training under Master Roshi, he meets Krillin and wishes to undergo his training. In order to do so, he and Krillin must first travel to Devil's Hand in search of the Sleeping Princess. While at Devil's Hand, they fight against Lucifer and his demons. It is revealed that the Sleeping Princess is a large diamond and Lucifer want to use its power to destroy the Sun. After being captured by Lucifer's men and encased in a wall, Goku looks at the full moons and soon undergoes a transformation into a Great Ape. His tail is once again removed, causing him to revert to normal state. Goku and his friends then fight against Lucifer, manage to defeat him, and he is killed by his Devil Castle Cannon in the process. Goku and Krillin then bring Launch to Master Roshi, allowing them to begin their training under the Turtle Hermit.
Main article: Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
As they completed their training earlier, Master Roshi takes his students Goku and Krillin to a Martial Arts Tournament held by the Mifan Emperor Chiaotzu. In a bar the night before the tournament, the gang helps Bora against the Mifan Army and Goku has a brief fight against Major Metallitron. The next day, Goku witnesses Yamcha's defeat at the hands of Bora and Bora's death at the hands of General Tao. He then enters the ring and fights against Tao, but is defeated and blasted into the Sacred Land of Korin. Tao's Dodon Ray blasts Goku all the way from Mifan to the top of Korin Tower, where he meets Korin. At the bottom of the tower, Goku meets Arale and the Gatchans. They then take on General Tao and manage to defeat him. Goku returns to Mifan and rescues Upa from Major Metallitron. After the defeat of Master Shen, the gang uses the Dragon Balls to resurrect Upa's father back to life.
The Path to Power
Main article: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
This movie is a retelling of Goku's first journey and his battles against the Red Ribbon Army. He meets Bulma for the first time and also meets Oolong, Yamcha, and Puar while they are in the desert. After a battle with Yamcha, Goku and his friends accidentally run into Muscle Tower, but Goku is able to defend them. While inside the tower, he defeats Major Metallitron and meets Eighter. After taking the Dragon Ball from Muscle Tower, they meet Turtle on the road. After returning him to the sea and meeting Master Roshi, they are attacked by General Blue. After seeing Master Roshi perform one, Goku releases a MAX Power Kamehameha that nearly destroys all of the enemy forces. After Goku's friends are kidnapped by the army, he attacks the main headquarters. He attacks Staff Officer Black, who ruthlessly murders Eighter in front of Goku. Goku snaps, and releases a Kamehameha that destroys Black. Goku then uses the Dragon Balls to revive Eighter.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
"Those fancy moves won't work on me!"
Four years after the defeat of Piccolo Jr. in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Garlic Jr. and his henchmen kidnap Gohan in order to get the Four-Star Dragon Ball he wears on his hat. Garlic Jr. uses this and the rest of the Dragon Balls to successfully wish for immortality. Goku, Kami, Piccolo and Krillin go to Garlic Jr.'s fortress in order to stop him. Goku and Piccolo team up for the first time, and are able to stop Garlic Jr. Thinking Garlic defeated, they start to fight with each other in the sparing fight. In the middle of their duel, Garlic Jr. comes back and opens a portal to the Dead Zone, trying to suck everybody in. Gohan gets angry at seeing Goku in danger, and, unconsciously taking out his power, he pushes Garlic Jr. into the Dead Zone, sealing him inside.
The World's Strongest
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest
"You're going down, no matter how long it takes me!"
After learning that Dr. Wheelo has captured Bulma and Master Roshi, thinking Roshi is the strongest warrior in the world, Goku goes to Dr. Wheelo's icy fortress to save them. Goku overcomes several of the fortress defenses and Dr. Wheelo's Bio-Warriors, with some help from Gohan and Krillin. After fighting and freeing a brainwashed Piccolo, Goku and his allies fight Dr. Wheelo himself, who has only his brain left, and attacks from a giant robot. After a long fight, Goku is able to destroy Dr. Wheelo using the Spirit Bomb.
The Tree of Might
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
"Keep on dreaming! Cause that'll never happen with me around!"
Goku and his comrades confront Turles, a surviving Saiyan who comes to Earth in order to plant the Tree of Might and get its powerful fruit. Goku and the Z Fighters, seeing the destruction that the giant tree was bringing, attack Turles and his men. Though most of the Z Fighters are defeated, Goku is able to best all of Turles' henchmen. Turles is far stronger, but Goku gives a fair fight using the Kaio-ken. However, after Turles eats the fruit from the Tree of Might, Goku starts to lose his ground. Once again using his Spirit Bomb, taking its force from the Tree of Might while the Z Fighters divert Turles, Goku is finally able to destroy both Turles and the Tree of Might.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
"Gosh, what now? None of my techniques are working on this guy. He's two steps ahead of everything I do. He's picking me apart..."
Lord Slug, a very old Namekian that travels from planet to planet with his army, arrives to Earth in his asteroid, in order to make Earth his new temporary home. Lord Slug starts terraforming Earth to his liking, and learns and gathers the Dragon Balls in order to recover his youth. Goku, Gohan and Piccolo take on Slug's soldiers and defeat them. The final battle against Slug is left in the hands of Goku, and Slug starts taking the upper hand using the Power of Darkness. However, an angry Goku transforms into a Pseudo Super Saiyan, allowing him to thrash Slug around. Slug transforms into a giant version of himself to outclass Goku, but thanks to Piccolo's help, Slug is subdued by his weakness: his extremely sensitive hearing. While Slug is distracted, Piccolo gives what little strength remained in him to Goku. Thanks to Piccolo, Goku is able to use the Kaio-ken, and defeat Slug, finally destroying both Lord Slug and his terraforming generator with a Spirit Bomb hit.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge
"You're as twisted inside as your brother! Full of hatred. Well, no more! You've dug your own grave."
Cooler, Frieza's brother, comes to earth with his troops in order to avenge his brother by defeating Goku. They arrive to Earth and attack Goku while he was camping with his friends. When Goku tries to protect Gohan from an attack from Cooler, he is seriously injured. Gohan takes him to hide in a cave, and goes to get Senzu Beans to help him recover, while Cooler's troops try to find Goku. On his way back, he is attacked by Cooler's henchmen, but Piccolo stalls them long enough to let Gohan get a bean to Goku. Goku then fights Cooler, who transforms into his fifth form and gets the upper hand. But Goku turns into a Super Saiyan, and is able to destroy Cooler by pushing his Supernova Cooler back with a Kamehameha, which sends Cooler to the sun.
Super Android 13!
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
"I don't care what you're called, taking other people's lives is wrong. And I won't stand for it!"
While Goku is in the city shopping with Chi-Chi and Gohan, they are suddenly attacked by two androids, Android 14 and Android 15, whose only goal is to destroy Goku. They move out of the city to fight, and Android 13 joins the battle. Future Trunks and Vegeta come to help Goku, and eventually destroy 14 and 15. Super Saiyan Goku is not able to defeat Android 13, and even as other Z Fighters join the fight, they can not stop 13 from turning into Super Android 13, by absorbing parts from Androids 14 and 15. Super Android 13 beats the Z Fighters, and Goku tries to create a Spirit Bomb to stop him. Wanting to get more energy, he turns Super Saiyan, which makes him accidentally absorb the Spirit Bomb. However, he is able to punch Super Android 13 and channel his energy to the attack, making the android explode.
The Return of Cooler
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
"You can laugh if you want, but you're not exactly in a position to defend yourself, are you? I don't see any of your Meta-Coolers coming to help you this time."
Sensing that New Namek is in danger, Goku and his friends travel there in a spaceship in order to help their Namekian friends. After getting there, they discover that Cooler was saved by the Big Gete Star from his destruction, and is now back as a machine, leading an army of robots that have enslaved the Namekians. Goku tries to fight Meta-Cooler but he is no match for Cooler's new powers; the Cyclopian Guards manage to defeat and capture Goku's friends. Not even after turning Super Saiyan, and getting Vegeta's help as a Super Saiyan too, are they able to stop Meta-Cooler; on the contrary, thousands of copies of Cooler appear, knock down and capture the two Saiyans. Cooler then tries to steal the Saiyan's energy to give more power to the Big Gete Star, but Goku and Vegeta are able to overload it by sending all of their energy at once. They thus destroy the Big Gete Star and the robot army, and Goku and Vegeta manage to blast the last remains of Cooler.
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
"Heh, Broly, you surprise me. So, I'd say you won the first round. But, now it's time for round two."
Goku is in a suit to help Chi-Chi with getting Gohan in a school, when he is warned by King Kai about the appearance of the Legendary Super Saiyan. Goku teleports around the galaxy trying to focus on the Legendary Super Saiyan's ki, eventually arriving to New Planet Vegeta. There Goku met several of his friends, including Vegeta, who had been brought there by a Saiyan called Paragus who wanted Vegeta to be the king of a new Saiyan planet. However, they eventually discover that Paragus' son, Broly, is in fact the Legendary Super Saiyan. Broly breaks free of his father's control and attacks Goku and the Z Fighters, who are no match for him. It is revealed that an asteroid was approaching the planet, and that Paragus had tricked Vegeta to kill him, in order to avenge his grudge against Vegeta's father. All the beaten fighters give their energy to Goku, who is able to punch and defeat Broly. Goku escapes with his friends using Instant Transmission, just before the asteroid destroys the planet.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
"Gohan, the world is depending on you, Gohan. I believe in you, son. Unleash your true power. It's the only way."
While a dead Goku is hanging around with King Kai in the Other World, the Z Fighters enter a tournament on Earth, which was hijacked by the alien mercenary Bojack. He had been freed from his imprisonment when Cell made King Kai's planet explode, thanks to Goku. The Z Fighters are unable to defeat Bojack and his band, and when Bojack starts to bear-hug Gohan to death, Goku teleports to Earth using Instant Transmission (something somehow against the rules of the dead), which allows him to appear briefly and punch Bojack away. Goku also tells Gohan to protect the Earth and unleash all the anger and power he had in him. Goku then vanishes back to the Other World. Not sure if he really saw his father, Gohan is nevertheless encouraged enough to release his power and defeat Bojack.
Broly - Second Coming
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming
"Gohan, concentrate! Look past your fear, Goten, you can do it! Are you willing to let Broly destroy the Earth?! We can end this now, but we must work together!"
Due to being long dead, Goku doesn't appear in the movie until he is brought back in spirit form to aid Gohan and Goten with their Kamehameha. After helping his sons defeat Broly, he vanishes and returns to the Other World.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly
"Alright, I'm on my way, Broly. *stomach growls* What, you need more? I guess it wouldn't hurt to have another bite to eat. I can't fight on a half-empty stomach."
Goku makes a brief appearance in the last part of the movie, shown eating while given a message by Bubbles saying that he and Pikkon have to go to Hell and calm Broly down because he is on a rampage.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
"You act innocent, but you're deadly. It's over, Janemba."
Goku is fighting with Pikkon in the Other World tournament ring when Janemba appeared and the barriers between dimensions were disrupted. Because Other World was no longer isolated from the physical plane, those who had died were able to walk amongst the living. Goku used Instant Transmission to go to King Yemma's check-in station with Pikkon and saw the first form of Janemba sitting on the station's roof. Eager to engage Janemba in battle, Goku gleefully left Pikkon behind to free Yemma (much to Pikkon's dismay). Goku was soon forced to use his Super Saiyan 3 form to combat Janemba's unique arsenal of techniques.
At Super Saiyan 3, Goku made quick work of Janemba, only to be outclassed when Janemba transformed into a smaller, fiercer demon. Vegeta soon arrived on the scene (no longer being confined to Hell due to the disruption in the dimensional barriers) and was persuaded by Goku to attempt the Fusion Dance. Their first attempt failed and produced a fat Veku. Due to sheer luck, they were able to survive against Janemba until the fusion expired. After regrouping, Goku and Vegeta were able to fuse properly while Pikkon distracted Janemba. Gogeta appeared as a Super Saiyan and destroyed Janemba with ease. Later, Goku and Vegeta are seen standing at the Blood Pond where Vegeta vanishes and goes back to Hell. Goku hopes that they can see each other again, but like in the series, Vegeta only tells him "we're never fusing again."
Wrath of the Dragon
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
"Look, I don't care what you are, this ends NOW!"
Goku tries to open a magic music box that Gohan had gotten from Hoi but he can not open it, so they go and find the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron. When Shenron opened the box, Tapion came out. Because Tapion was freed, the upper half of Hirudegarn was also freed. The lower half was already attacking the city, but Gohan was working on stopping him.
The next day Tapion went to Trunks' home and Bulma made him a house with the same material as the music box, so Tapion could sleep without worrying about Hirudegarn, but when Tapion went to sleep, Hirudegarn escaped and found his lower half, thus making him one monster again. When Goku, Gohan and Goten try to attack him, it does nothing because Hirudegarn is too fast. Later, Gotenks is formed and he gets Hirudegarn down, but it only made him transform and Hirudegarn knocks Gotenks out. When there was almost no hope left, Goku transformed into Super Saiyan 3 and started to fight Hirudegarn. When Trunks wanted to help Goku, he said that he wanted to handle Hirudegarn alone. Then he catches a few punches from Hirudegarn, and when Hirudegarn threw another punch, Goku simply jumped over it and fired the Dragon Fist at Hirudegarn, thus destroying him.
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
"I will not let you destroy my world!"
Approximately four years after the Kid Buu Saga (before anime adaptation), Goku is training on King Kai's Planet, as he realizes he is missing Bulma's birthday party. King Kai immediately begins to sense the arrival of the God of Destruction Beerus, and grows worried about Goku acting nonchalant towards him, telling him to hide in his house while he greets the God. When Beerus and Whis arrive, they tell King Kai they have business with Goku, who is called out to formally meet Beerus. Beerus asks if Goku knows anything about the Super Saiyan God, and Goku says that he hasn't even though he knows about normal Super Saiyans. Beerus wonders how Goku was able to defeat Frieza as he is but realizes he could upon becoming a Super Saiyan. Beerus and Whis prepare to head to Earth to ask the other Saiyans, who can also transform into a Super Saiyan. Goku asks Beerus for a sparring match, wanting to see for himself how strong he is, and Beerus accepts the challenge. Goku shows Beerus the Super Saiyan forms, revealing Super Saiyan 3 at the end. Goku asks Beerus if he wants Goku to power back down to Super Saiyan 2, and the unimpressed Beerus says to stay as he is and just attack him. Goku does so, and despite Goku's efforts (including punching straight through King Kai's planet) Beerus easily defeats him with a chop to the neck. While Goku is knocked out, Beerus and Whis head to Earth. Goku wakes up and continues his training, trying to attain the level of Super Saiyan God Beerus mentioned.
Before Beerus can destroy the Earth after winning a rock-paper-scissors match with Oolong, he is interrupted by Goku's arrival. Goku asks Beerus if he can spare some time so Goku can use the Dragon Balls to ask Shenron about the Super Saiyan God. Shenron, flustered at Beerus' presence, explains the origin of the Super Saiyan God and how to create one. Goku begins to absorb the energies of Gohan, Goten, Trunks and Vegeta, and while he has powered up greatly, Beerus explains to him that he still has not become a Super Saiyan God despite absorbing everyone's energy. Whis reminds them of what Shenron said: they need 5 Saiyans to instill their energy into another, so the group realize they are short one Saiyan. Videl, revealing to the group that she is pregnant with Gohan's child, partakes in the ritual, and Goku successfully becomes a Super Saiyan God.
Goku then engages in a fierce battle with Beerus, which takes place at several different parts of the world due to their immense speed and power. The two fight an equal battle until Goku and Beerus both point out that they're holding back. Beerus begins to take the fight more seriously as Goku then loses his Super Saiyan God form. However, despite of this, he continues to fight an equal battle with Beerus, who explained to Goku that he absorbed the power of Super Saiyan God and in turn caused his body to grow stronger. While blocking Beerus' Sphere of Destruction, Goku briefly becomes a Super Saiyan God again and absorbs the blast, but this causes Goku to become extremely exhausted and power down. Beerus says he had fun with his match with Goku and calls him his second strongest opponent. As Goku falls to the ground, Beerus prepares to blow up the Earth but due to using most of his energy, only destroys a small rock formation. Beerus and Whis befriend the Z-Fighters, promising to come back for more delicious food, and they leave. Afterwards, Bulma's birthday party is continued, and Goku tells Vegeta he saw Vegeta's power-up upon Beerus hitting Bulma and begins to make fun of him for it. Bulma hits Goku when she realizes he was there watching as Beerus was easily defeating the Z-Fighters.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
"You're a lot stronger now than the last time I saw you, Frieza, there's no question about that. But it's been a really long time, and in case you didn't notice, I've gotten stronger, too."
Four months after Frieza's revival, Goku and Vegeta face off against Whis on Beerus' Planet as part of their training to gain control over their godly energy and more power. The two are unable to land a single blow on Whis and are soon taught their flaws by the godly attendant. Beerus wakes up and asks what they are doing on his planet, realizing Whis is training them with Earth's food as an incentive. Goku says he has no interest in taking over Beerus' job as God of Destruction, as all he wants is to get stronger. Eventually, the group is notified by Bulma about Frieza's return and that his power has grown immensely. The Z-Fighters on Earth power up so Goku can sense their energy, and he (with Vegeta) teleports to Earth using Instant Transmission.
Upon arriving, they meet Frieza face-to-face, realizing he has gotten stronger, but Goku says he has gotten stronger, as well. Frieza immediately takes his Final Form, and Goku prepares to fight him using the power of Super Saiyan God. Goku has the upper hand in the battle - managing to avoid even taking a single scratch, and he pushes back Frieza's Golden Death Ball with his own God Kamehameha. Frieza then decides to get serious in the fight, and prepares to use his true power. Goku agrees to do the same, showing Frieza his newly acquired Super Saiyan Blue form, which surprises Frieza. Frieza then becomes Golden Frieza, and Goku is shocked to see that Frieza's power skyrocketed to the point that it has surpassed his own. As Goku fights Frieza, he realizes Frieza is too strong for him to fight on par with, but he and Vegeta soon realize that Frieza's power is decreasing due not being able to handle his new form's strain. During the fight, Goku slowly gains the upper hand as Frieza's power eventually drops to a level below his. Goku offers Frieza a chance to leave and train with his new power, but Frieza grows frustrated and continues to fight. When Goku has Frieza cornered, he is shot from behind by Sorbet, Frieza's underling. Whis had explained to Goku that he lets his guard down which makes him easy to take down with an unexpected attack, and due to the attack from behind, Goku is mortally wounded and left at Frieza's mercy.
Vegeta prepares to take his turn for the fight, ordering Krillin to feed Goku a Senzu Bean. He does so, and Vegeta becomes a Super Saiyan Blue and pummels around the weakened Frieza. Frieza reveals his trump card: blowing up the Earth, and he succeeds in doing so, killing everyone on Earth. Whis created a shield before the destruction and the remaining Z-Fighters were left unharmed, but are shocked to see the Earth being destroyed. Goku regrets not killing Frieza when he had the chance, and Whis gives him another chance to do so, performing a Temporal Do-Over to rewind time, restoring everyone's deaths and the destruction of Earth. Before Frieza destroys the Earth, Goku immediately kills him. Vegeta is angry at Goku for butting in like that, but Goku explains to Vegeta what happened. He also offers Vegeta the chance to learn to fight together in case they need to, but Vegeta declines and Goku agrees with him.
Main article: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
A Hero's Legacy
Main article: Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy
Nearly a century after Goku leaves with Shenron, Goku's descendant Goku Jr. wants to cure his great-great grandmother Pan with the Four-Star Dragon Ball. When he finds the Dragon Ball, nothing happens and he gets angry and upset. Goku appears and explains how to use the Dragon Balls, that all seven are needed to grant a wish. Then, a helicopter with Pan and Puck appears and Goku disappears. When Goku disappears, he tells Goku Jr. that it was his courage and bravery that caused his grandmother Pan and his friend Puck to be alive and safe. After that, Goku tells Goku Jr. to keep and treasure the Four-Star Dragon Ball as a memory of him, and tells him that he is proud of him and wishes him good luck for his future and a farewell to his descendant.
Other Dragon Ball Stories
Shenron no Nazo
Main article: Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo After the events of the Emperor Pilaf Saga, Goku enters a Kung-Fu Tournament and battles several powerful foes. A year after the events of the Pilaf Saga, Goku borrows the Dragon Radar from Bulma and heads out in search of his Grandpa Gohan's keepsake, the Four-Star Dragon Ball. He detects a ball in space and heads there, finding that Monster Carrot has set up an operation there, Goku defeats Kurilien, whom had been hired by Monster Carrot, and then Monster Carrot himself, Goku obtains a Dragon Ball, but it is not the Four-Star and so Goku continues searching. Goku returns to Earth to obtain the Dragon Balls, adventuring through Seven Island, a jungle ruled by Bimbo and then finally goes to Konpei Tower and fights the MB Army to obtain the Four-Star Dragon Ball, after defeating the MB Army General - who Goku an co. assumed had the Dragon Ball - they find that he did not have it, they head to the next room in the tower and encounter a robot, Goku defeats it and obtains the Four-Star Dragon Ball, then makes a wish.
Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
Main article: Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans
In this special, Goku and his friends go to investigate a gas called Destron which has been accumulating on Earth, and is slowly killing living beings. The gas is coming from four different points, but before splitting up to cover them all, Goku and the Z Fighters are attacked by some weird monsters. Goku discovers that the Destron gas is also preventing them from using Energy attacks. Goku goes to the Grand Apron, and destroys the generator there after defeating its guardians, and after rejoining with his friends, they destroy the last remaining generator in the Land of Ice. However, another one appears in the Western Capital, so the Z Fighters travel there to destroy it too. While there, they have to fight Ghost Warriors of Frieza, Cooler, Turles and Lord Slug, and eventually defeat them.
However, in order to destroy the generator, they have to travel to the Dark Planet and defeat Dr. Lychee. After several troubles, they reach the Dark Planet, and discover that everything was a ploy from Dr. Raichi to avenge the Tuffles that were destroyed by the Saiyans years ago. Dr. Raichi releases his ultimate creation, Hatchiyack, and after a long fight, Goku and his friends defeat them. This destroys the last remaining generator on Earth.
The Real 4-D
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D
Goku is called to West City by Bulma because somebody is destroying the city, finding his foe to be none other than the revived Frieza, Goku engages him in combat. After being easily overwhelmed and knocked into a building Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and battles Frieza, after a long fight Goku attempts to attack with a Kamehameha, but Frieza counters with a Death Ball, leaving Goku unable to even stand while Frieza does not have a scratch on him. However, Goku is saved from death by the arrival of Vegeta, Piccolo and Krillin, who manage to stall Frieza long enough for Goku to create a massive Spirit Bomb, and destroy Frieza.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Two years after Kid Buu's extinction, Goku becomes a farmer. Goku questions why he is working when his family is supported by Mr. Satan, but Chi-Chi says that he must do hard work like a "normal" human. Goku and his family are invited by Mr. Satan to come to the opening of his hotel. At first, Goku is reluctant to go, but when he hears he may eat as much as he wants, he goes. When he gets to the hotel, he first has a little food competition with Vegeta, later when they are eating they feel the ki of two beings heading for earth, as a result Goku and the others go and check it out. They appear to be Gure and Tarble, the little brother of Vegeta, Tarble tells them two strong enemies and former servant's of Frieza are coming to Earth. Goku wants to fight them, but then the other fighters show that they want to fight too.
They then begin to argue until they agree to pick radishes; a game that declares the one with the longest radish as the winner, this is Trunks. When they go back to the hotel, Abo and Cado arrive. Goku tells Goten that he may help Trunks with his fight. Goten and Trunks defeat Abo and Cado, so Abo and Cado merge into Aka. Because of this, Goten and Trunks decide to fuse into Gotenks to even the match. After a short fight, Aka starts to overpower Gotenks with strong attacks. When Gotenks can not handle it anymore, Goku and Vegeta intervene after Aka launches a Super Wahaha no Ha. Goku plays a "dirty trick" on Vegeta, so he can fight alone and then goes Super Saiyan to do a Kamehameha on the energy attack Aka launched. The Kamehameha dissipates Aka's Super Wahaha no Ha. After that, Goku punches Aka in the gut, thus making Aka split up.
Afterward, they resume the banquet they were having before the arrival of Tarble and Gure. This time with the addition of Abo and Cado eating Goku's radish. As they eat, Goku and Vegeta begin to argue and turn Super Saiyan. It ends with everyone happily watching the argument except for Chi-Chi and Bulma.
Main article: Nekomajin
Goku flies out to find Z but has a hard time sensing his power, eventually he accidentally stumbles upon Z's friend, who attempts to trick him into getting his photo taken with a "koala" (in actuality just Z in a costume) for money. Z immediately recognizes Goku as his martial arts teacher and puts his gi back on. Goku then requests to see how strong Z has become and engages him in a battle, the two are fairly equal in their base forms, so Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan. Z immediately takes on his Super Neko Majin form as a counter. However Goku pulls out a cat toy, which Z cannot resist. Goku reveals that the fight was a farce, and that he actually just wanted to test how cat-like Z was. He then reveals that there is a foe that he and his family could not deal with.
The three head to Goku's house with Instant Transmission, where they are greeted by Goku's family. They all head to the storage shed, where Goku reveals the enemy is a rodent. Unimpressed, Z deals with this "foe" and then he and his friend leave.
30th Anniversary Special Manga
Main article: Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Special Manga
Super Tenkaichi Budokai
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D at Super Tenkaichi Budokai
Goku competes in the World Martial Arts Tournament and reaches the finale alongside Vegeta, Krillin, Piccolo, and the Great Saiyaman. As Goku dukes it out with Vegeta they are interrupted by the sudden appearance of Broly God. Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue to fight but is outmatched. Broly grabs Goku in a hold and releases a huge explosive wave - sending him flying into the ground along with the Capsule Corp. ship the audience are in. Shenron is summoned and grants a wish. Thanks to Shenron, Goku performs God Fusion with the audience inside the ship. After Goku fused with the audience, Broly attacks him but Goku easily repels him and sends him flying, teleporting after him and smashing him even further away. Broly prepares a gigantic energy sphere as his final attempt to win, but Goku fires a Kamehameha at him, finishing him off. Goku then unfuses with the audience, returning to normal.
Society Survival Saga
Main article: Society Survival Saga The country-born Goku decides to get a job, and becomes a new recruit at the DB Commercial Affairs. On his first day he finds that Vegeta, who joined the company on the same day as he did, is super competitive - the two have a showdown of Rock-Paper-Scissors, and Vegeta is victorious, thus Goku has to pay for lunch.
Main article: Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission
As Beat is training with the other Dragon Ball Heroes at Heroes Laboratory, Tsubasa has Beat go into an extra-hard mission against five different incarnations of Goku. The five versions of Goku are easily defeating Beat until a mysterious voice (that of the real Goku) speaks to him and helps him to regain his ground in the fight, eventually allowing him to win. Afterwards, Beat learns that no one else heard Goku's voice, but Beat thanks Goku for helping him.
Dragon Ball Online
Main article: Dragon Ball Online In Age 801, realizing his death is imminent, Goku, who wanted to settle their rivalry, left the Earth with Vegeta. Years later, a supernova explosion was detected; perhaps caused by Goku and Vegeta's battle.
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- Saiyan Saga
Goku and Piccolo team up to fight Raditz, as he has kidnapped Gohan. The fight goes the same as before until the Time Breakers power up Raditz, allowing him to dodge Gohan's headbutt. Goku and Piccolo then attempt to defeat Raditz using the Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon, however due to not being injured, the powered up Raditz easily gets out of Goku's grip just as Piccolo fires the attack, causing only Goku to be hit and letting Raditz kill Piccolo. Future Trunks sends the Future Warrior back to fix things, and the Future Warrior manages to put events back to normal, causing both Raditz and Goku to be hit by the Special Beam Cannon.
- Return of the Saiyans Saga
The Time Breakers alter the timeline again, forcing Goku (using Kaio-ken) to be forced to fight against Great Ape Vegeta and Great Ape Nappa, both in Villainous Mode.
- Frieza Saga
Goku faces off against Frieza alongside the other Z Fighters, and is assisted by the Future Warrior once more. The Future Warrior and Piccolo hold off Frieza so that Goku can hit him with the Spirit Bomb.
However, Frieza survives the attack, returning in Villainous Mode, he then grievously injures Piccolo and kills Krillin, causing Goku to become a Super Saiyan. Super Saiyan Goku and the Future Warrior both fight against Villainous Mode Frieza (100% Full Power), however Frieza outmatches them, so Goku creates another Spirit Bomb and attacks Frieza with it. Eventually, Frieza loses the power up, reverting to his normal Full Power state, and is defeated by Goku.
- Cell Saga
Goku is among the fighters defeated by the Villainous Cell Jrs. and is the only one still conscious. He watches as Gohan and Villainous Cell clash Kamehameha's, and is unable to do anything as the Cell Jrs. aid Cell in the attack, overpowering and killing Gohan.
- Majin Buu Saga
Super Saiyan 3 Goku fights against Majin Buu, however after knocking him away and then pursuing him, he finds that Majin Buu has been given a Villainous Mode, and then split into three, Goku defeats Majin Buu with the help of the Future Warrior. Later, Goku and Vegeta fight Villainous Kid Buu after he teleports to the Sacred World of the Kais. Goku manages to hit him with a Super Spirit Bomb, but it is not strong enough until the Future Warrior arrives and he and Goku push the attack into Buu together, destroying him.
- Battle of Gods Saga
Goku is present alongside Future Warrior as Beerus is seemingly given Villainous Mode and prepares to destroy Earth with his Sphere of Destruction.
After Demigra's escape from the Crack of Time, the Future Warrior is forced to fight the revived Buu, Cell, and Frieza. Chronoa then calls for Goku's help, in which he helps the Future Warrior defeat Buu, Cell, and Frieza, and the brainwashed Gotenks, Gohan, and Vegeta. After the Future Warrior returns to the Time Nest, he finds that Demigra has taken over Tokitoki City, and has brainwashed Trunks into doing his dirty work. Once Trunks was reverted to normal, Goku finds his way to the Time Nest. Due to his earlier transformation into a Super Saiyan God, he was immune to Demigra's magic. After Demigra's defeat, he escapes to the Time Next, and Goku uses Instant Transmission and brings everyone back to his location, the Time Vault. Demigra is angered and tries to destroy the Time Vault, despite Chronoa's warning. The Future Warrior and Super Saiyan 3 Goku charge at him, but Demigra fires spears at them both. One impales and kills the Future Warrior, while four of them trap Goku in an electrified force field. Then the Future Warrior (apparently from a different timeline) appears and destroys Goku's electrified gate. After the Future Warrior enters the portal that Demigra escaped to, Goku struggles to stop the gigantic energy ball from destroying Tokitoki.
Goku stops the giant ball from destroying Tokitoki, and uses Instant Transmission to catch up to Demigra and the Future Warrior in the Crack of Time. They fight Demigra in his final form, and finish him off with a combined Kamehameha. Once Demigra is defeated, Goku and the Future Warrior return to the Time Nest, where Trunks and Chronoa are relieved to see them. Goku then challenges the Future Warrior to a fight, where he/she gladly accepted. The Supreme Kai then stops them and tells them that fighting there would cause a disaster.
In the aftermath, Chronoa thanks Goku for everything. Goku then replies that he should be thanking her instead, for giving him something to be excited for. Goku then leaves, but not before being welcome to return in the future.
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Raditz's Attack
In Age 761, the Future Warrior witnesses the battle between Goku and Piccolo against Raditz with the latter gaining the upper hand, even dodging a Special Beam Cannon thanks to being powered up with dark magic. Piccolo prepares to fire a second and with the Warrior's help they buy enough time for Piccolo to charge his attack, allowing Goku and Piccolo to defeat Raditz with the Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon, restoring the timeline.
- The Saiyan Threat
In Age 762, Goku is on his way to the battlefield, but is held up by Turles. The Future Warrior helps him drive Turles away with assistance from the original Future Warrior. Goku arrives at the battlefield to fight Nappa and Vegeta in their base and later Great Ape form along with the Future Warrior and successfully defeats them.
- The Ginyu Force Strikes
In Age 762, Goku arrives to defeat Recoome and along with the Future Warrior teams up to fight Burter and Jeice, empowered by the amplified Fruit of the Tree of Might. After ward they fight Captain Ginyu, who has stolen Trunks' body. The real Trunks, in Ginyu's body, arrives and eventually Trunks is able to get his original body back and Ginyu switches again, this time with Goku. Once Ginyu is defeated he attempts to switch bodies with the Future Warrior, but Goku steps in the way of the attack to get his body back. Goku then saves the Future Warrior again by throwing a Namekian frog in the way of the attack, restoring the original timeline albeit with some minor changes which are erased when Chronoa puts the scrolls back together.
- The Galactic Emperor
As Dark Frieza is about to finish off the injured Vegeta and Future Warrior, Goku arrives on the scene having recovered from his injuries. Goku and the Future Warrior team up to combat Dark Frieza. Eventually, Goku resorts to using the Spirit Bomb to hit the tyrant with the completed Spirit Bomb. Dark Frieza however narrowly survives and attacks Piccolo before killing Krillin, which enrages Goku triggering his transformation into a Super Saiyan.
Super Saiyan Goku and the Future Warrior team up to face Dark Frieza once more and shortly after ward Cooler arrives to back up his brother. The Future Warrior defeats Cooler who falls into the remains of Namek's molten core. Goku thanks the Future Warrior for his assistance but tells him he wants to finish this on his own, as he the Warrior leaves to join Trunks in his chase of Towa and Mira.
- Android Warfare
In Age 767, Goku appears as he fights with Cell as he did in the original timeline, finishing his fight with Cell and surrenders against him naming Gohan as the one who will defeat Cell. When Cell in his Semi-Perfect form begins to Self-Destruct, Goku transports him to King Kai's using Instant Transmission, sacrificing his life in the process. However Cell returns stronger than ever but The Warrior and Gohan weaken Cell enough that he resorts to using his Perfect Kamehameha, forcing Gohan to counter with the Father-Son Kamehameha with the spiritual guidance of his father Goku from Other World where he finally kills Cell.
- Decisive Battle with Majin Buu
In Age 774, Goku fights Majin Vegeta when Supervillain Broly appears to interfere, but he is defeated by the Future Warrior. Goku is knocked out by Majin Vegeta who dies in an attempt to destroy Innocent Buu. Later, during the final fight with Supervillain Kid Buu, Goku charges and completes the Spirit Bomb with Mr. Satan's assistance and uses it to destroy Kid Buu hoping he will return as good person.
- God of Destruction's Anger
In Age 778, Goku and Beerus' conversation about the Super Saiyan God form running out is interrupted by the Future Warrior fighting the Masked Saiyan. Goku notes the Masked Saiyan looks familiar and when the Warrior breaks his mask, Trunks recognizes him as Goku's father Bardock. Later, after Mira and the Masked Saiyan leave, Beerus goes berserk after eating a disgusting pudding from Chronoa and while Whis and the Future Warrior trie to subdue him, Goku is sidelined by stomach cramps due to consuming some pudding as well.
- The Emperor's Return
In Age 779, the Future Warrior helps Goku and Vegeta in their fight against the resurrected Frieza. The Supervillain Meta-Cooler arrives to help his brother but when Frieza is defeated, he destroys Earth which succeeds in killing Goku due to Whis' absence after he and Beerus are tricked by Towa who hacks into the Time Nest's communications and imitates Chronoa convincing them to travel to Age 852. The Future Warrior is saved by Future Trunks, and they return to the Time Nest where Towa's deception is exposed, revealeding that it was part of her plan to prevent Whis from assisting Goku and using his Temporal Do-Over. The Future Warrior, thanks to Whis' Temporal Do-Over, prevents Frieza from doing so and the fight resumes. When Frieza and Cooler are defeated, Goku offers the Future Warrior his help should he ever need it.
- Warrior from the Demon World
In Age ???, Goku arrives to help the Future Warrior in the final fight against Final Form Mira. The two fight a long and intense battle, and Goku uses his Dragon Fist to remove Tokitoki's Egg from Mira's body so the Future Warrior can finish off Mira. In the epilogue, Goku, Beerus and Whis stay in Conton City for the festivities and Goku tries to join in the sparring session between the Toki Toki City Hero and Conton City Hero, but is told to sit back and watch by Beerus, as well as Future Trunks when Goku protests, causing everyone to break out in laughter over Goku's childishness.
- Battle With Universe Six
In Age 779, Goku along with Majin Buu are missing from the tournament so the second Future Warrior is sent in Goku's place until the original Future Warrior can find them. The original Future Warrior arrives with Goku, who was at King Kai's training and explains he got the day's mixed up is all. After passing the exam, Goku jumps in as the second Future Warrior battles a powered up Hit, Cabba, and Frost alone. Goku jumps in at Super Saiyan Blue and begins fighting Hit. Hit picks up that the second Future Warrior and Goku are friends and Goku says yes he is a good friend of mine and powers up to Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-Ken and attacks Hit and defeats him.
- Warrior of Hope
In Age 780, Goku fights Goku Black alongside the Future Warrior whom Goku assumes Trunks brought along from the future unaware they are a Time Patroller. After Goku Black is pulled back to his timeline, Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks travel to his timeline to him. In Age 796, Goku joins the fight alongside the two Future Warriors but Future Zamasu appears to fight Goku. Eventually, Goku and Trunks are defeated forcing Ace to aid in their escape.
During the final battle the Future Warrior fights alongside Goku and Vegeta against Goku Black. The Supervillain empowered Turles arrives having been summoned via the rift opened up by the Supervillain empowered Goku Black using his Sickle of Sorrow. Soon after ward they are joined by a Supervillain empowered Broly, Janemba, Lord Slug, and Meta-Cooler. Fortunately, Goku, Vegeta, and the Future Warrior's combined strength is too much for the villains and they are defeated.
At a disadvantage, Goku Black and Future Zamasu merge into the Supervillain empowered Fused Zamasu. Goku tells Vegeta they need to work together and it is time to use Potara fusion, the two fuse and Vegito joins the battle. Eventually, Vegito's fusion runs out though Future Trunks stops Fused Zamasu's blade with his sword and kills him. Goku congratulates him on his victory before catching Zeno's Button thrown to him by Ace.
- Infinite History
Main article: Infinite History Saga He and Vegeta appear fighting Fu who they think is Whis. They later fight the Future Warrior and his teacher. If the teacher is Goku then the two Goku's will battle. Fu will turn one of the Goku's and Vegeta into Super Saiyan 4's with Blutz Waves and your Goku will respond by turning Super Saiyan Blue and the Goku's will battle each other, with Vegeta becoming increasingly annoyed and flustered of having to deal with two Goku's. Later if the right choices are made, Old Kai will manipulate Goku into wanting to fight Fu, as Old Kai believes Fu is responsible for everything. This will cause the Future Warrior to step in and fight in Fu's place. After the fight begins Fu will reappear and give all the energy he absorbed to the Future Warrior, which allows him to fight on par with and beat Super Saiyan Blue Goku, forcing Goku to push himself into Ultra Instinct, to which the fight was unfinished.
Dragon Ball Fusions
Main article: Dragon Ball Fusions In the Timespace Rift after Tekka teams up with Goten and Kid Trunks for the Timespace Tournament, Ziku detects Goku's ki signature and got to find him to ask him to join their team. However they learn that the signature is coming from another dimension and Tekka uses Burst Ki to open a hole in timespace. However instead of Adult Goku, Kid Goku appears to the shock of Tekka, Goten, and Trunks. They discover that he is Goku's younger self from the time period he was training under Kami. After introducing themselves and explaining about the Timespace Rift and tournament, Kid Goku agrees to join their team. As part of Tekka's team, Kid Goku meets various people from different timelines and eras such as older version of his friends (Bulma, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu), his older brother Raditz, granddaughter Pan, the Ginyu Force, Frieza, his future rival Vegeta, his eldest son Gohan as a Teen and Adult, Piccolo Junior, Future Trunks, Cell, Broly, Mira, Towa, and many others as well as his adult self.
During the main story, he meets his future adult self. Kid Goku is amazed by his older self's power and wants to become as strong as him, while Adult Goku envies his younger self due to the many battles and tough opponents he will encounter. Additionally, Kid Goku also encounters Broly in Area 4F and at one point Goku humorously asks why so many people know him.
In addition to meeting his older brother, sons, and granddaughter, Kid Goku also meets both of his parents in two separate Sub-Events. In Sub-Event: "Father's Fist", Goku and Tekka's Team meet Bardock in Area F4 of the Timespace Rift. At first Bardock does not realize Goku is Kakarot until Goku asks if he had met him somewhere before, though Bardock decides to keep his true identity as his father from Goku, who is implied to have subconsciously remembered his father's scent though due to his amnesia, Goku only remembers it is a familiar scent like his Grandpa Gohan's indicating that he remembers the scent is from when he was young. Bardock offers to spar with Tekka's Team which Goku excitedly accepts. Tekka's Team defeat Bardock by dealing a certain amount of damage in a certain amount of time. Afterwards Goku is amazed by Bardock's power and the two continue to spar a bit. Goku is amazed by Bardock's power and Bardock asks Goku to allow him to accompany Tekka's Team so he can train him. Thinking to himself, Bardock wishes for his son to grow stronger than even him.
In Sub-Event: "An Unlikely Pair", his mother Gine ends up traveling through a time hole Tekka opens on a floating island near the team's Spaceship in Area F4. She is at first confused by her new surroundings and Pan notices Gine is a Saiyan. When Goku points out she has a tail like him, Gine recognizes her son and calls him by his birth name. Goku asks if they have ever meet before, causing Gine to almost reveal she is his mother, but decides against it and keeps her identity a secret from him like Bardock had. Goku reveals that like Bardock her scent feels familiar, indicating he remembered the scents of both of his birth parents. Flustered by the encounter, Gine leaves abruptly and Pan notices her odd behavior. Later in the alien city within Area F4, Tekka's Team find Gine under attack by Rubee, Yamma, and several other fighters. It is revealed that Gine overheard the group plotting to attack a Saiyan before they could become a Super Saiyan and not willing to allow a fellow Saiyan be hurt Gine tried to stop them, but they were too strong for. Goku and the team come to her defense and defeat the group. While Goku is checking on Gine to see if she is okay, Yamma tries to attack Goku for seemingly letting his guard down. Gine is surprised when Goku senses and blocks Yamma's attack. She thanks Tekka's Team and Goku for saving her. She briefly mentions Bardock (who's name she starts to say but stops herself and simply refers to him as a Saiyan she knows) could have taken out the entire group with a single punch, impressing Goku who hopes to one day become that strong. Gine asks if she can accompany them and Tekka agrees. Goku is about to welcome her when he realizes he doesn't know her name and she reveals her name which Goku calls her by due to still being unaware she is his birth mother. Deep in thought, Gine speaks to Bardock and says that she wants to help their son and notes that Bardock would probably tell her she's just being overly sentimental. Interestingly, both of his parents refer to him as Goku after meeting him, though they both refer to him as Kakarot at one point before correcting themselves and referring to him as Goku. This shows they accept his adopted name, Goku though this may simply be to avoid revealing their familial association to him. It is the first in a Dragon Ball game in which Goku meets and encounters both his parents and older brother, though he is only aware of his familial relationship with Raditz.
Dragon Ball Heroes
Prison Planet Saga
- Prison Planet Gathering Saga
At some point after the Universe Survival Saga, Goku and Vegeta are back to training with Whis on Beerus' planet. Future Trunks and Future Mai travel back in time and Future Trunks trains with Goku and Vegeta. Future Trunks is kidnapped and taken to the Prison Planet, so Goku, Vegeta and Future Mai head their to rescue him.
On the Prison Planet, Goku encounters another Goku, both Goku's see that the other possess a form that the other does not have (Goku with Super Saiyan Blue and Goku: Xeno with Super Saiyan 4) and so they wish to see who is stronger, the two seem evenly matched but in the end Goku defeats Goku: Xeno, who notes that Goku is a step above him. Goku questions Goku: Xeno, but finds they are on the same side. Fu arrives and explains the situation and how to escape the Prison Planet - by obtaining the seven special Dragon Balls held by the prisoners.
Shortly after ward they are confronted by the evil Saiyan Cunber. After Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 and attacks Cunber, he loses all reason having come into contact with such evil ki and mutates into a Super Saiyan: Berserk where he then then begins to attack Vegeta instead. After Future Trunks arrives with Cooler, Cooler transforms to become Golden Cooler and with his new found strength defeats Goku with a single punch causing him to regain his senses. After Mai tosses him and Vegeta a pair of Potara, the two fuse to become Vegito in order to fight against Cunber.
After using up all their power in the fusion, they return to their individual selves only to see a Golden Great Ape Cunber standing in front of them. Goku attempts to battle it as a Super Saiyan but is quickly beaten and stepped on. In order to escape from being crushed, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and proceeds to use the Kaio-ken X20 but the battle is interrupted by Fu who reverts Cunber to his normal state so he does not destroy the seal surrounding the Prison Planet. Cunber continues to attack Goku who now uses the form of Super Saiyan God but is still beaten beaten and almost killed before being saved by Goku: Xeno now with Vegeta: Xeno.
- Prison Planet Awakening Saga
Vegeta tries to wake up Goku to get all of them out of here when Suddenly Goku reawakens into Ultra Instinct. With his counterpart in a stunned silence, Goku very quickly overwhelms and dominates Cunber. Goku looks at his counterpart before going back in to finish Cunber. Goku: Xeno, knowing himself, asks everyone to grab onto him and uses Instant Transmission to teleport off the planet. Ultra Instinct Goku then defeats Cunber with a Kamehamaha. Before he can finish him, Fused Zamasu arrives and steals Cunber's body away, leaving Goku alone on the blowing up planet.
Universal Conflict Saga
Main article: Universal Conflict Saga
- Universal Conflict: Dawn of War Saga
Goku was saved by the Grand Minister, who brought Goku to Zeno's planet and gave him new attire that resembled his own. The Grand Minister takes him to Universe 11 where both his allies and his enemies are surprised to see him. Without saying as much as a word, he enters into his Ultra Instinct -Sign- state and swats Oren, who is in possession of Vegeta's body, off of Future Trunks to save him. As Zamasu and Hearts make a remark on Goku's Godly power, an agitated Oren attempts to attack Goku but he is easily overpowered and unable to land a single attack. With a single punch, Goku is able to separate Oren from Vegeta and then blasts away an incoming Kamin. He then stares up at Hearts, prepared to face him next.
Goku hovers up to Hearts, confirming that he is the person he'd been told of when Kamin and Oren attack him in unison. Goku easily overwhelms them with his strength and reflexes and knocks them down again. After Kamin and Oren merge together to become Kamioren, Goku briefly battles the merged warrior until Hearts summon Lagss who appears within a large pointed glass shard that Hearts sends towards Goku. Goku exerts all his strength in destroying the shard and reverts back to his normal state in the process. Lagss then uses the broken smaller pieces to attack Goku and severely injures him to the point he falls down. Trunks saves him just in time from being hit by a vital attack but then manages to get to his fight to in turn save Trunks though receives even more damage.
When Hearts sends Lagss onward to Universe 3, Hearts vows to draw out Goku's true Ultra Instinct power. Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and charges at Hearts but is immediately brought down by his Gravity Burst technique. Just then Shin teleports into the area and he and Goku teleport themselves, Trunks and Vegeta away.
Main article: List of Power Levels
"I feel like I'm stuck in some kind of bizarre nightmare. How can one Earthling have that much strength?!"
- Manga and Anime
Goku is one of the strongest mortal warriors in Universe 7, being often referred to as the fittest among them, and one of the most powerful characters in the franchise. A prodigy of combat, he learned an extensive amount of combat while a young child and would continue to near-effortlessly learn practically any new technique he encountered. His natural talent for combat along with his unwavering drive have taken his power to unprecedented levels. Ultimately, his might rivals the strongest mortal warriors in the multiverse, where at its peak is surpassed only by the Omni-Kings and possibly the Angels, demonstrating how far he has come.
As an infant, he could drag large rocks tied to him while pursuing food and resist his adoptive grandpa's attempts to hold him down. When first meeting Bulma, he was unfazed when rundown by her car and shot, quickly picking up and throwing her car with her in it. He defeated a Pteranodon, a pack of wolves and a Bear Thief with ease. When meeting Yamcha, Goku fought on par with the bandit despite weakened from hunger. Later, as a Great Ape, Goku effortlessly destroyed Emperor Pilaf's castle.
While training under Master Roshi, Goku consistently outperformed Krillin and amazed the teacher, including moving large boulders and running a 100-meter dash in 8.5 seconds. Goku and Krillin accomplished various grueling labors a day that outperformed an entire work-force of adults. By the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku's might could move a massive boulder. In the tournament, he breezed through the preliminaries while holding back significantly and developed various new techniques against his foes. In the finals, Goku fought on par with the seasoned veteran "Jackie Chun" and likewise replicate practically every maneuver his opponent used on him, narrowly losing by lack of stamina after a double count-out.
While fighting the Red Ribbon Army, Goku did not experience any serious trouble against the majority of their fighters, with only General Blue providing any meaningful resistance through the use of his telekinetic powers. In hand-to-hand combat, however, Goku still managed to handily come out on top after a short but intense struggle.
When facing Mercenary Tao, Goku was toyed with by the deadly assassin and only managed to mildly hurt the foe with his Kamehameha before being defeated himself. After training with Korin, Goku defeated Mercenary Tao with ease, able to block Tao's Dodon Ray with only mild pain. Goku then proceeded to single-handedly destroy the entire Red Ribbon Army's headquarters and all its soldiers. Even Staff Officer Black's Battle Jacket was beaten easily.
To get help from Fortuneteller Baba, Goku faced and defeated her supernatural foes including Bandages the Mummy and Spike the Devil Man with mild effort. He then fought on par with the resurrected Grandpa Gohan, who resorted to grabbing Goku's tail to get an advantage.
During the 22nd World Martial Arts tournament, Goku defeated a former champion in King Chappa in the preliminaries. He gradually overwhelmed Krillin, even taking Krillin's Kamehameha with a single hand. As Krillin attempted to stop Goku by grabbing his tail, Goku revealed to have train it to be as strong as the rest of his body. Goku then defeated Krillin too fast for anyone but Tien to see. Against Tien in the finals, Goku proved able to counter virtually everything Tien used on him, forcing him to instead rely on a count-out by destroying the ring while he flew.
After drinking the Ultra Divine Water, Goku's potential was unlocked, able to fight on par with the King Piccolo restored to his prime, just barely defeating the evil Namekian. After training under Mr. Popo for three years, Goku's all-around performance increased remarkably to surpass his teachers. In the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, with weighted clothes, he effortlessly made it to the semi-finals. Once removing his weighted clothes, Goku's speed proved to great for Tien to even perceive and quickly defeated Tien. In the finals, Goku noticeably outfights King Piccolo's stronger reincarnation, Piccolo Junior, gradually wearing down the foe to ultimately defeat him and become acknowledged as the strongest in the world.
While Goku's might was extraordinary by human standards, it was revealed that by even Low-level Saiyan standards, Goku's power was considered extremely pitiful. After training with King Kai, Goku easily defeated Nappa and fought on par with Vegeta, a Super Elite warrior. After healing and training at x100 Earth's gravity, Goku's power far exceeded Saiyan standards. After healing from his Body Change experience, Goku's power increased immensely, and through various tactics and newfound drives, forced the powerful tyrant Frieza to fight seriously at 50% of his true power. Once transforming into Super Saiyan, Goku completely outmatched Frieza at 100% power, calmly dominating the foe once fighting seriously.
After training with the Yardrats, Goku's power increased enough to defeat both Mecha Frieza and King Cold, as he originally would have if not been for Future Trunks doing so. In their brief spar as Super Saiyans, Goku effortlessly deflecting all of Future Trunks' sword attacks with a finger, leaving the hydrid in awe, albeit Goku noted that Future Trunks wasn't fighting with true desire. After training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Super Saiyan Goku showed far more power than any of his allies, enough that it nearly destroyed Korin Tower and shook the Lookout, all while at less than half his might. Against Cell, Goku fought on par with Perfect Cell, a feat no one could match (let alone top) but Super Saiyan 2 Gohan.
In the anime, upon meeting Frieza, King Cold, and Cell, they were all amazed at his tremendous increase in power, which he used to instantly defeat the entire Ginyu Force. Later, Goku fought in the Other World Tournament against the greatest warriors in the history of Universe 7 with countless millennia-worth of experience each where he reached the finals against Pikkon, seemingly the mightiest warrior of Other World.
Seven years later, base Goku easily carried 8 tons of weighted clothing for training and 40 tons as a Super Saiyan. When joining Shin and Kibito to defeat Babidi, base Goku easily fended off Yakon, even void of sight from Yakon's pitch-black world. As Super Saiyan, Goku was noted to have 3,000 kili - power to destroy several planets. Goku also said he can defeat Dabura, a foe who is the strongest in the Demon Realm, without too much difficulty. Vegeta noted that Super Saiyan 2 Goku surpassed Gohan's power when he defeated Super Perfect Cell.
With just transforming into Super Saiyan 3, Goku causes worldwide earthquakes with Tien worrying Goku could destroy the planet by the sheer weight of his power. Against Buu, despite the Majin's limitless resilience and unpredictable nature, Super Saiyan 3 Goku could fight on par with and continuously pressure him. Ultimately, Goku admitted to be holding back considerably as Super Saiyan 3's intensity was draining Goku's time in the Living World and probably could have defeated the fat Majin if he tried to.
In the anime, Goku manages to hold his own against Super Buu (Gotenks absorption) as Super Saiyan 3. Later, Super Saiyan 2 Goku fended off Kid Buu for an extended period of time, even parting a mountain with his bare fists. Once using Super Saiyan 3, Goku initially pressured the Majin until he began tiring against Buu's near-limitless healing. It was noted that his full power could wipe out the Majin. However, he had trouble gathering the necessary energy since his living body hadn't adapted to the form yet. Regardless, his performance left Vegeta acknowledging Goku as the strongest Saiyan.
Six months later, upon meeting base Goku, Beerus highly doubts Goku could defeat Frieza. When using Super Saiyan 3, Goku's power impressed Beerus and Whis, albeit he was still utterly defeated by two playful strikes from Beerus. After Goku attained Super Saiyan God, Goku is strong enough to face Beerus and inflict some damage, to which their fight caused the universe to start crumbling from the massive energy they exerted. After Super Saiyan God form's time limit ended in the anime, Goku reverted to Super Saiyan, but was still able to compete against Beerus as he managed to absorb the godly power. In both versions, Goku managed to destroy Beerus' Sphere of Destruction, though it used up all of his power to do so.
While Goku trained under Whis, in the anime, Whis noted that Goku was only on the lowest levels of godly power. At this point, base Goku could survive an unrestrained ki blast from Beerus. In the anime, base Goku and Final Form Frieza fighting was noted by Krillin and Gohan to move too fast to be seen. Also, Goku pressured Frieza in his strengthened true form, whose first form easily defeated Super Saiyan Gohan. Despite then revealing Super Saiyan Blue, Goku was completely outmatched by the tyrant's new Golden form. Instead, Goku had to endure a prolonged beatdown until Frieza tired out from lack of proper control in his new form.
During the Tournament of Destroyers against Hit, base Goku held his own and began pressuring Hit as he adapted to his Time-Skip assault. In the anime, his Super Saiyan Blue overwhelmed the assassin's full power. This forced Hit to imprint and improve his battle prowess to counter Goku. This forced Goku to use x10 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken, letting him outmatch the assassin's improved Time-Skip. In the manga, Super Saiyan Goku outmatched Hit until Hit's tactics retained more stamina than Goku. Super Saiyan God Goku was on par with Hit's full power and immune to the Time-Skip. With Super Saiyan Blue, Goku broke the Time-Skip completely.
In the anime, when meeting Goku Black in the present timeline, Super Saiyan 2 Goku is able to fight on par with Black, gradually wearing down the evil doppelganger. While the fight is ended prematurely, Goku emerges unharmed while Black was left battered from the exchange. Later, when Super Saiyan 2 Goku fights Zamasu, Gowasu notes that Goku's power is in the same realm as Beerus', having gradually overwhelmed Zamasu and defeating him, although Beerus is offended by this statement. In Future Trunks' timeline, Super Saiyan Blue Goku fought on par with Super Saiyan Rosé Black, occasionally out manoeuvring him, but was critically hurt by Black's Black Kamehameha while held down by Future Zamasu. During the third battle in the anime, upon learning Black killed his family in the previous timeline, despite the hole in his chest, an enraged Goku overwhelmed Black and Future Zamasu simultaneously. Goku also proceeded to briefly overwhelm Fused Zamasu using his Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken in the anime despite his injured arms, and in the manga overwhelm the fused god using Perfected Super Saiyan Blue.
In the anime, as the Omni-Kings' tournament grew closer, Beerus openly viewed Goku as the trump card for Universe 7's potential victory. Once Goku faced Hit again, he was overwhelmed by Hit's new skillset, but mainly due to Hit's ability to phase through attacks. During the second round, Goku quickly realized the truth of Hit's improved abilities and adjusted, able to overpower the assassin with only Super Saiyan Blue, noting that Hit's Time-Skip techniques would no longer affect him. To his point, Goku's sheer energy shattered Hit's Tides of Time pocket dimension. Ultimately, the fight ended in a stalemate.
In the anime, during the Zeno Expo, base Goku matched Bergamo, the strongest warrior of Universe 9. With Super Saiyan, he easily outpaced the giant Bergamo before easily defeated him with Super Saiyan Blue, to which the gathered deities noted that Goku's power rivaled the gods. Immediately afterwards, Super Saiyan Blue Goku fought against Top, a Universe 11 candidate for the God of Destruction, and gradually overwhelmed his opponent. In the manga, while watching the Zen Exhibition Match between all 12 Destroyers, base Goku stayed conscious from Rumush's Battle Roar, which knocked out all the Supreme Kais present.
During recruitment for Team Universe 7 in the anime, base Goku matched the highly strengthened Shape-Up Good Buu but is defeated by ring out. Against Gohan's Potential Unleashed state, Goku could compete with Super Saiyan 2. Once Gohan used his full power, Goku fought on par with Super Saiyan Blue and then used the Kaio-ken to defeat Gohan instantly. In the anime, base Goku withstood Sidra's Energy of Destruction, though unable to get control over it, requiring Beerus' aid.
During the Tournament of Power, base Goku held his own against multiple opponents such as the Trio of Danger, the Universe 3 robots Koitsukai, Panchia and Bollarator, the Universe 6 Saiyans Kale and Caulifla and the Universe 2 warriors Zarbuto, Rabanra, and Zirloin with his power, skill and determination. Jiren viewed Goku as one of the only warriors he was required to defeat at the tournament. In the anime, using Super Saiyan Blue, Goku made Jiren fight back however, once putting in more effort, Goku was quickly pummeled, even with X20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken. In the manga, Goku pushed his body well-beyond the normal limits of Perfected Super Saiyan Blue, using this increase of power to momentarily overwhelm Jiren. However, the strain quickly caught up, allowing Jiren to rebound unfazed.
Goku eventually gained Ultra Instinct -Sign- which allowed him to hold his own against Jiren. In this state, Goku's ki shook the entire Null Realm, a realm of infinite size. Against Toppo and Dyspo, he nonchalantly blocked their simultaneous assault and dodged the former's Justice Flash. Later while overpowered by the fused warrior Kefla, Goku re-entered Ultra Instinct -Sign- and with minor difficulty eliminated her while in Legendary Super Saiyan 2 form.
In the final one-on-one confrontation against Jiren, Goku achieved Ultra Instinct -Sign- again, effortlessly evading Jiren's next assault at unseen speed and calmly landed a blow that left Jiren momentarily reeling in pain. Eventually Goku mastered Ultra Instinct, leaving all the present deities observing in awe. He then easily overwhelmed Jiren until he unleashed his hidden power, but ultimately Goku was still able to gain an advantage over Jiren until his body broke down and he reverted back to base form.
In the manga, upon mastering Ultra Instinct Goku quickly overpowered and almost eliminated Jiren. Despite this, Goku's lack of training in Ultra Instinct made him quickly lose stamina and dropped back to base form. Goku teamed up with Vegeta against the battered Jiren, overpowering the foe from their synchronized assault - Goku and Vegeta's combination proving greater than the sum of it's parts.
During the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, when meeting Merus, the top elite patrolman of the Galactic Patrol, he was very excited to meet Goku and Vegeta, eager to acquire their help on a mission. His abilities also proved able to swiftly subdue the Macareni Siblings. Later, facing Moro, the infamous dark wizard was greatly intrigued by Goku, both at his power and abilities such as being able to instantly find him.
Ten years after Kid Buu's defeat, at the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, he felt certain that only Kid Buu's reincarnation, Uub, would be a challenge for him.
Five years later in Dragon Ball GT, Goku's true power is not shown as he is turned into a child by the Black Star Dragon Balls, apart from fighting on par in base form with Uub, who later who could hold his own against Super Baby Vegeta 2. Still, Goku retains far greater strength than when he was truly a child and still much stronger than his allies. While hunting for the Black Star Dragon Balls, he fights and overpowers base Rilldo, who is stated to have greater power than Majin Buu's.
When Baby conquered Earth, base Goku was able to defeat Gohan and Goten, both as Super Saiyans, simultaneously and also breaks through a dimensional barrier. While Super Saiyan 3 Goku could compete against Super Saiyan Baby Vegeta, his child body couldn't keep up that form for more than a minute. Once obtaining Super Saiyan 4 he fought on par with Golden Great Ape Baby, to which once he obtained full power, he proved much stronger and quickly defeated Baby.
Later, against Final Form Frieza and Super Perfect Cell, base Goku easily repelled the two dead foes, horrifying them at his might. When facing Super 17, Super Saiyan Goku fought on par against the android that all the Z Fighters combined were swiftly overpowered by (until he absorbed Goku's energy).
Against Syn Shenron, the strongest of the Shadow Dragons, using Super Saiyan 4 at full power easily overwhelmed the enemy. Furthermore, using Dragon Fist, he obliterated Syn on his Omega state. After undergoing a mysterious change, Goku was cloaked in an aura that stopped even Omega Shenron's attacks from having any effect on him.
In Dead Zone, Goku simultaneously fended off all three of Garlic Jr.'s henchmen in their respective Super forms with only minor effort. As Ginger and Nicky each unleashed a pair of blades on Goku, he managed to counter their assaults wit his Power Pole before ultimately defeating them. He then held his own against Super Garlic Junior. Once removing his weighted clothing and teaming up with Piccolo, the duo were able to overwhelm the immortal foe.
In The World's Strongest, Goku faces off against Dr. Kochin's Bio-Warriors. During which, Goku nimbly gets through the various defense systems unleashed on him and defeated Misokatsun by plowing through his extremely stretchable and force-absorbing body. Against Kishime and Ebifurya Goku is able to adapt to the teleporting patterns of the former and repel the later's ice blasts, quickly defeating them simultaneously. Goku then manages to defeat Dr. Wheelo's massive robotic form with a x3 Kaio-ken.
In The Tree of Might, Goku, with a power level at 30,000, effortlessly defeats all of Turles' henchmen in each scuffle before simultaneously repelling their group assault and defeating them all with a single blow each. Against Turles, the evil Saiyan was visibly alarmed at Goku's power, to which he initially outmanoeuvred and drove Turles back enough to pressure him into eating a Tree of Might's fruit to gain the advantage. While unable to even compete against the empowered Turles with a x20 Kaio-ken, utilising his Spirit Bomb training, Goku harnesses energy from the Tree of Might to re-energize himself and instantly form a much stronger Spirit Bomb to defeat Turles.
In Lord Slug, Goku effortlessly defeated Medamatcha and Angila. He killed the former with a single punch despite being drained of energy from the foe's mini-clones, which Goku effortlessly incinerated. He then killed the latter with a blast that simultaneously overwhelmed the foe's mouth blast. While Goku's power impressed Slug, during their initial battle, Goku was completely outclassed by the tyrant. Once becomes a Pseudo Super Saiyan, he completely overwhelms Slug and broke his arm, forcing him to rely on his Great Namekian form. However, he still fended off Slug's assault. Once gaining additional energy from Piccolo, he was able to handle a x100 Kaio-ken to effortlessly plow through Slug.
In Cooler's Revenge, Goku fights off Cooler's Armored Squadron all at the same time and survived a Darkness Eye Beam by Cooler. Once healing and gaining a power boost from Saiyan Power, he is virtually unfazed and unmoved by Salza's sneak attack, who is then easily repelled by Goku's power up. Goku then fought just ahead of Fourth Form Cooler. While base Goku was dominated by Fifth Form Cooler with x20 Kaio-ken, Goku's Super Saiyan outclassed Cooler, unfazed by Cooler's solid punch to his gut and likewise left Cooler staggering from two blows. Ultimately, he even managed to overpower Cooler's Supernova and launch it along with Cooler into the sun.
In The Return of Cooler, base Goku held his own against a Meta-Cooler but unable to cause actual damage even with the Kaio-ken. To which, as Super Saiyan, he was able to greatly damage the robot duplicate. However, the self-adapting robot quickly repaired and improved itself to overwhelm Goku, forcing Goku to rely on Vegeta's aid to defeat it. Against the Meta-Cooler Core, Goku and Vegeta's energy overwhelmed the computer system, escaping their confines. Once freed, Goku launched an energy ball powerful to destroy Cooler and the Big Gete Star.
In Super Android 13!, he endured a team assault from Android 14 and Android 15 relatively unfazed before facing Android 13. He held his own against the stronger android with Super Saiyan, even as he continued analyzing Goku's skills. Once the remaining android absorbed his fellow androids' CPUs and cores to become Super 13, Goku was pummelled about by the super android along with his allies. When Goku absorbed the massive energy of his Spirit Bomb, the intensity of his ki left Super 13's fist disintegrating when attempting to hit Goku, to which Goku destroyed the android with a single blow.
In Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, base Goku fought on par with the restrained Super Saiyan, drawing blood from a solid blow to Broly's face. Against Legendary Super Saiyan Broly, despite the one-sided beat down everyone received from Broly, Goku was the only one able to endure the assault long enough to gain energy from his allies, which allowed him to defeat Broly in a single blow.
In Bojack Unbound, base Goku's spirit proved powerful enough to return to the living world and survive for a minute, which was long enough to save Gohan from Bojack before returning to Other World. During which, he delivering a powerful punch that decked the full-powered space pirate and left him momentarily dazed, who easily defeated Piccolo, plus Future Trunks and Vegeta (both as Super Saiyan Second Grades) respectfully. However, Goku's attack was a blindside assault with Bojack fully focused on Gohan.
In Fusion Reborn, Goku made it to the finals of another Other World Tournament where he fought on par against Pikkon. Later, base Goku fended off Janemba's base form and swiftly obliterate the creature with Super Saiyan 3. Once Janemba reformed into a stronger form, Goku held his own for a prolonged period before ultimately being defeated.
In Wrath of the Dragon, Super Saiyan 3 Goku was the only one who could dodge and withstand Hirudegarn's massive blows, to which Ultimate Gohan could not, before defeating the giant monster with his Dragon Fist.
In Battle of Gods, Beerus openly complimented Super Saiyan 3 Goku, who punched through King Kai's planet despite its incredible density. However, he was still defeated by two playful flicks from Beerus. Later, when achieving Super Saiyan God, Goku godly state at 80% fought on par with Beerus at using nearly 70% of his own power. After time ran out for his impromptu form, despite returning to base form, Goku subconsciously absorbs the godly power, letting him continue using its power on top of Super Saiyan and even briefly return to his Super Saiyan God form without help. Ultimately, Goku is left exhausted from stopping Beerus' Sphere of Destruction, leaving Goku unable to continue fighting and thus lost. But the battle pleased Beerus enough to spare Earth. Beerus also lies that Goku is the second strongest he's ever faced, when he is actually the strongest.
In Resurrection ‘F’, Goku's training mastered his godly power to use it fully in without transforming as a God-like Saiyan. In this state, he becomes stronger than Fourth Form Frieza despite unlocking much of his true potential and fully mastering it. Going further, Goku obtains Super Saiyan Blue, which despite Golden Frieza's huge advantage in power, Goku could hold off Golden Frieza long enough to tire out the tyrant, regaining the advantage. Whis asserts that should Goku and Vegeta combined their might, they would be an "unstoppable force" that could definitely defeat the full power of Golden Frieza and equal Beerus.
In Broly, Goku has grown to the point that Whis even asks him why he still seeks more power. He fights with more innovation and general efficiency, able to initially hold his own against against Wrathful Broly and even briefly overpower him. Once forced by the ever-growing foe to use Super Saiyan, Goku showed more tactical maneuvers to dodge and parry Broly's attacks until Broly again grew stronger. As a Super Saiyan God, he proved more versatile with his energy, using his God Bind to subdue Broly for a period of time. This passive method of battle let him momentarily break through Broly's mindless rage and even trade blows with the titanic foe. Once overwhelmed again by Broly, Goku used Super Saiyan Blue to gain a relatively firm control until Broly becomes a Super Saiyan C-type. Super Saiyan Blue Goku was still strong enough to deflect several blasts from Broly's Blaster Meteor. Unfortunately, even with the help of Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, the two Saiyans were barely able to hold their own against Super Saiyan Broly, and were forced to retreat and teleport to Piccolo.
In Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, Super Saiyan Goku was able to easily defeat Dr. Lychee's creatures despite being weakened by the Destron Gas. He also defeated Ghost Warrior-Cooler with only minor difficulty despite the foes enhanced-strength and regenerative powers. Later, against Hatchiyack, who is noted even stronger than Legendary Super Saiyan Broly, Goku was the only one able to perceive its assaults and mount an effective defense for a period. Ultimately, Goku defeated the battle machine in various ways (depending on the ending): Against Multiple Hatchiyack, Goku realized that it could not sustain its clones while reflected in mirrors, dispersing them and leaving it weakened enough to be destroyed. Against Super Hatchiyack, as the empowered foe proved top strong, Goku created an Instant Spirit Bomb to defeat it. Against Giant Hatchiyack, Goku flies into Hatchiyack's center through the mouth, destroying its core with a Kamehameha.
In Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Goku's simple demonstration of Super Saiyan caused Tarble's scouter to explode while scanning his power. When Goku was told that Abo and Kado were each equal to Frieza's power on Planet Namek, Goku was upset, feeling it was too easy for him (albeit the were probably compared to Frieza's First Form). Once the evil duo fused into Aka and began causes massive damage to the area, Goku as Super Saiyan easily repelled the fusion's ultimate attack with a Kamehameha and then proceeded to defeat him with a single blow.
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes
In Super Dragon Ball Heroes, during the Prison Planet Saga, Super Saiyan Blue Goku battles against his alternate dimension self, Super Saiyan 4 Goku: Xeno. The two Gokus fight evenly before ending in a stalemate in the manga/anime but in the game Goku defeats Goku: Xeno, who notes that Goku is a step above him.
Later, against the restrained Cunber, Goku immediately transforms to face him (Super Saiyan Blue in the manga while Super Saiyan 2 in the anime). When corrupted by Cunber's ki, Goku transformed into Super Saiyan: Berserk. In the manga, Berserk Goku quickly knocks down the unguarded Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta. Cooler uses his Golden Form to defeat him with a powerful energy attack but voices his surprise that Goku was able to survive it. In the manga Golden Cooler knocks Goku down with a single punch, freeing him from corruption.
In the anime, his X20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken momentarily pressured Cunber, but still caused no harm. In the game, X20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken Goku is able to battle Super Saiyan Cunber, though they cease fighting before a victor can be determined. After Fu regressed Cunber to normal form, a tired Goku used Super Saiyan God against him but is soon defeated.
As Cunber begins to overwhelm Goku: Xeno and Vegeta: Xeno, both as Super Saiyan 4, Goku regains consciousness and activates Ultra Instinct -Sign-, repelling Cunber's massive energy ball. Goku then quickly proceeds to enter the mastered state of Ultra Instinct, were he proceeds to effortlessly dodge and catch all of Cunber's attacks and defeats him with a Kamehameha. In the manga, Ultra Instinct Goku is able to clash against Super Saiyan 3 Cunber and seemingly wins, severely injuring Cunber while he escapes.
During the Universal Conflict Saga, in the manga Ultra Instinct -Sign- Goku is able to fight Hearts, and easily deals with Super Saiyan 3 Cunber. Super Saiyan Blue Goku is able to fight evenly with Super Saiyan 3 Cunber.
In the anime, after arriving to Universe 11, apparently through the aid of the Grand Minister, Goku proved able to instantly access Ultra Instinct -Sign- and effortlessly overwhelm Oren (after assimilating Vegeta) and Kamin. His newfound efficiency with this divine form also let him free Vegeta from his controller. His performance in battle and at wielding the divine power left all spectators, including Hearts and Fused Zamasu in awe, the latter horrified. Goku's might then proceeded to decisively defeat Kamin and Oren's unified assault, forcing the siblings to merge into Kamioren. The merged warrior still proved to be at a disadvantage against Goku. Concerned by this, Heart called for assistance from Lagss. The new opponent's massive glass barrier strike proved struggling for Goku. While managing to hold back and shatter the attack, it drained Goku too much and forced him back to base form. Lagss then proceeded to defeat base Goku with a glass shards barrage.
Despite the injuries, Goku still proved able to fight on and even access Super Saiyan, turning his attention towards Hearts. He was also the only one of his allies to somewhat resist Heart's Gravity Burst. Regardless, Goku quickly accepted Shin's aid to retreat.
- Statements by authors and guidebooks
As a baby, Goku had a power level of 2, which is very low for even a low-level Saiyan. By age 11, his power was 10. Great Ape Goku was described as having destructive power similar to that of a battleship's main gun. In the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku's power became 180. After drinking the Ultra Divine Water to combat King Piccolo, Goku's power level increased to 260. During his battle with Frieza on Namek, Goku's power leaps to 3,000,000 thanks to Saiyan Power.
The movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might states that Goku's power level during Dragon Ball Z: World's Strongest is 10,000. According to author Akira Toriyama, during Battle of Gods, in terms of power, Goku as Super Saiyan God would be a 6, Beerus would be a 10, and Whis would be a 15.
It was stated in Daizenshuu that during his battle with Piccolo, his Super Kamehameha is strong enough to shatter the moon.
According to Weekly Shonen Jump #20, Goku as Super Saiyan Blue in Resurrection ‘F’ has an "overwhelming power that the world has never seen before". Toyotaro considers Beerus and Whis to be an unsurpassable wall for Goku and the others, and Toriyama stated that he has no immediate plans for Goku and Vegeta to surpass neither Beerus or Whis.
Daizenshuu 2 and The History of Trunks anime comics reference Gohan's potential as being greater than Goku's - thus implying that Super Saiyan 3 Goku is weaker than Potential Unleashed Gohan. Dragon Ball & GT notes that Vegito's strength is perhaps greater than Super Saiyan 4 Goku's.
As an adult in GT, at the time Goku was the "mightiest Goku who can do anything" and had gone as far as he could possibly go. After being turned into a child in GT, Goku is much weaker than his adult self.
- Video games
Main article: List of techniques used by Goku
- Rock, Scissors 'N' Paper
Main article: Rock, Scissors 'N' Paper
A technique taught to Goku by Grandpa Gohan which employs one of three attack styles; either a closed-fist assault, a two-finger jabbing assault, or an open-palm thrust assault. It was Goku's signature attack early on during his childhood, soon afterwards being replaced with the Kamehameha.
Main article: Kamehameha
Goku's signature move since obtaining it. It unleashes a powerful and long-stretching blue energy blast from his cupped hands. Goku first learns the move as a kid after witnessing Master Roshi using it. It can be charged to compete with practically any enemy attack. Since mastering this technique, Goku has continued to improve on it and develop new variations of it.
Main article: Kaio-ken
Goku learns this technique after dying against Raditz while training under King Kai. While using it and any of its multipliers, Goku's various capacities and techniques are all proportionally increased. However, the strain of using too high a multiplier and/or for too long can be dangerous and greatly damage his body. As such, he ceased using it after his gaining Super Saiyan. While he can combine the two powers, Goku never tried this while alive as doing so could lead to near-certain death. Later however, with his Super Saiyan Blue, taking advantage of his divine form's superior energy control and more naturally calm-mindedness, he was able to use this technique more regularly.
- Spirit Bomb
Main article: Spirit Bomb
Easily Goku's most powerful techniques and arguably the strongest in the series, it allows Goku to channel ki from all sources of life that he can detect and focus it all into a single energy ball. It was taught to him by King Kai during his training for the upcoming battle against Vegeta and Nappa. Over time, Goku continually learned to expand the range of which he could gather energy, thereby increasing both the size and power of the Spirit Bomb. He reserves this technique as a last-ditch effort for only the most powerful of foes.
- Instant Transmission
Main article: Instant Transmission
Goku learns this technique on the Planet Yardrat after his battle with Frieza. This technique allows him to teleport to any location so long as he can find an energy source to home onto. However, it also greatly extends his ability to sense energy. Noticeably in Yo Son Goku, he seemingly improved on the technique as transports to the radish field without sensing anyone, possibly because he had accurate enough knowledge of where it is.
- Dragon Fist
Main article: Dragon Fist
A technique that generates a giant gold serpentine-dragon from Goku’s charging body and extended fist that will attack and ensnare the target before erupting in a large exploding. While never seen in the original manga, Goku uses this technique in Wrath of the Dragon to defeat Hirudegarn. He also uses this in Dragon Ball GT.
- Evil Containment Wave
Main article: Evil Containment Wave
A technique learned from Master Roshi to battle Goku Black and Future Zamasu. It binds a target in a swirling stream of green energy before being guided into a container. It also requires a special tag to properly complete the sealing. While normally life-threatening to use, Goku's immense power lets him use this multiple times without even remotely exhausting any of his strength. The benefit of the technique is to defeat enemies they cannot or will not kill.
Main article: Hakai
In the manga, Goku learned to perform the Hakai technique after having seen the God of Destruction Beerus use it. Due to not having the proper training nor might, Goku requires to put all of his divine ki into his hand and release it at once, making it a one-time use attack which will leave him drained. Goku's usage is also not as effective as a God of Destruction's, requiring him more time to complete and his constant focus. This allowed Fused Zamasu to use Future Mai as a shield, preventing Goku from completing the attack.
- Ultra Instinct
Main article: Ultra Instinct
The art of automatic self-movement, Goku began learning this from Whis. During the Tournament of Power, Goku unlocked a special state, enabling him to put to usage this skill. While very crude at first and only able to apply it defensively, he ultimately learned to complete this power to defend and attack simultaneously with optimum efficiency. With this power, he is able to instinctively and instantly react to any nearby threat in the most effective way possible. However, Goku usage of this ability is only unlocked subconsciously during dire situations.
- Great Ape
Main article: Great Ape
Like all Saiyans, Goku can transform into a Great Ape when absorbing enough blutz waves, usually from looking at a full moon, while still having his tail, though not of his choosing. As a Great Ape, Goku's dormant Saiyan traits re-emerge and he becomes feral and violent. His power and senses increases 10 fold and is able to generate powerful mouth blasts. Originally, because his tail was removed permanently Kami when restoring the moon, Goku lost access completely to this form. However, in Dragon Ball GT, thanks to Old Kai's aid, Goku regained his tail. Also, he became able to use any planetary surface to focus the blutz wave to transform.
- Unlock Potential
Main article: Unlock Potential
After drinking the Ultra Divine Water and surviving its painful side-effects, Goku's true potential was released, apparently in the form of accessing Great Ape in his base form. This was seen by his natural aura manifesting as an image of a Great Ape surrounding him, signifying Goku's hidden power having been released. The power boost not only enabled him to fight on par with King Piccolo in his prime, who previously decimated Goku in his frailer elderly state, but it also heighted Goku's senses and instincts, able to detect the location of people's ki.
Main article: Kaio-ken
While usually considered a power boosting technique, several video games treat this as a transformation. With this powerup, Goku is surrounded by a red aura. Its maximum multiplier is x20 in the anime/manga, though in the movie Lord Slug he briefly manages to use a x100 boost.
- Pseudo Super Saiyan
Main article: Pseudo Super Saiyan
During Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Goku achieves this form in an attempt to defeat Lord Slug. Through rage of being beat down, Goku unleashed a huge amount of aura and became a false-like Super Saiyan, which gave him more speed and strength for a few seconds enough to thrash Lord Slug. In this form, he looks similar to his Kaio-ken form, but he becomes bulkier, except his eyes are whited out like Broly's in his Legendary Super Saiyan form, and his hair stands up and gains a red tint.
- Ginyu's body
Main article: Captain Ginyu
During the Battle on Planet Namek, the leader of the Ginyu Force, Captain Ginyu, used his Body Change technique to switch bodies with Goku. Goku was gravely injured while in Ginyu's body due to Ginyu causing a severe wound on his own body just prior to Ginyu switching bodies. While ultimately adjusting to this body and effectively used it in battle, the said injuries and brief length of time that Goku was in Ginyu's body made his full capabilities in this form unknown.
- Super Saiyan
Main article: Super Saiyan
This form multiples Goku's base power 50 fold. Goku achieves this form in a rage after Frieza killed Krillin. In this form, Goku's muscle and height slight increase and his skin turns lighter. His eyes become noticeably sterner and more defined with green eyes. His hair becomes blond and stands with no lose strands. His power also generates yellow aura. In the anime, when unleashing the full intensity of his power, Goku's aura also produces some slight electrical sparks. Goku's demeanor is greatly affected by this form, making him more aggressive and irritable. In the anime, Goku learned to access this form's raw might without actually transforming to conserve ki. After his fight with Beerus, Goku realizes that fully mastering this form would eventually raise his level more than his higher Super Saiyan forms, and sap less strength and ki.
- Spirit Bomb Super Saiyan
Main article: Spirit Bomb Super Saiyan
This state first appeared in Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!. When Android 13 proved too powerful for to defeat, Goku can obtained this state by first creating a Spirit Bomb, and then absorbing it. While in this form, Goku loses practically all cognitive thought, battling purely on instincts as his emotions are pushed to extreme levels of rage. As seen in various video games, this state can be used in any of his normal Super Saiyan forms.
- Super Saiyan Second Grade
Main article: Super Saiyan Second Grade
Realizing that the androids' power exceeds a Super Saiyan, Goku entered the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to surpass the basic Super Saiyan form. Ultimately, Goku unlocked this form after weeks of training. However, Goku realized that this form spends too much ki to be maintained. Rather than attempting the more arduous and time-consuming task of refining this form, Goku came to the conclusion that that the basic Super Saiyan form is better suited for combat, making a plan to master it and abandon this form completely. As a result of this and discovering more powerful forms, this form is never used again.
- Super Saiyan Third Grade
Main article: Super Saiyan Third Grade
Along with Second Grade, Goku achieves this form in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. While vastly stronger than Second Grade, the power output is too intense, causing Goku's muscles to become engorged from the struggle of maintaining this unsteady power boost. This instability drained his ki too fast to be of use for long. It also causes an extreme drop in his speed and agility, tiring him even more and reducing his effectiveness overall. Goku noted that while much stronger than Semi-Perfect Cell, it meant nothing it he couldn't actually hit his foe with it. This made this form impractical against foes of any real speed. Instead of training to overcome this problem, Goku decides that simply mastering the basic Super Saiyan, feeling that it is the best way to fight and gain power. As such a result, this form is never used again.
- Super Saiyan Full Power
Main article: Super Saiyan Full Power
After realizing the weaknesses inherent to the higher Super Saiyan grades, Goku concluded that mastery over the basic Super Saiyan form would be more beneficial. He used the remainder of his time chamber training learning to maintain Super Saiyan for extended periods. Gradually, he overcame the heightened aggression and uneasiness that accompanies this form to feel as natural as his base form, reducing the energy drain to nothing and increasing his endurance to achieve a max output for this form without drawbacks even in regularly life. Ultimately, he is able to enter, maintain, and fight in this form for as long as he desires at its full potential with no lose in efficiency or performance. With this mastery, during the Tournament of Power, Goku - having gone well-beyond his limits - was able to flash between base and Super Saiyan to defeat Jiren alongside Frieza despite his battered and exhausted state.
- Super Kaio-ken
Main article: Super Kaio-ken
Goku uses this technique while fighting in the Other World Tournament. By using the power of Kaio-ken while in his Super Saiyan form, Goku doubles his Super Saiyan capacities. Goku uses it briefly to punch Pikkon into an asteroid orbiting the Other World Stadium. Due to the strain of using the Kaio-Ken on top of Super Saiyan, even with his perfect control of the form, it was too dangerous for Goku to use it while alive as even the little buildup of emotions while transformed could prove devastating to him.
- Super Saiyan 2
Main article: Super Saiyan 2
This form multiples Goku's base power 100 fold. Goku achieved this form at some time after Cell's defeat while in the Other World. In this form, Goku gains some changes; his hair grows longer and spikier, his forehead has only three bangs over it, making his hair more defined than his other previous Super Saiyan forms, along with disappearing hair strands surrounding the forehead which are exclusive to this form. His muscles also become more defined and his aura also generates electricity surrounding his body, while the aura grows markedly larger and more vibrant. Since gaining greater forms, Goku reserves this form for opponents he takes semi-seriously.
In Dragon Ball Super, Goku displays full mastery of this form. In the Tournament of Power, when the eager Universe 6 Saiyan Caulifla desired to learn Super Saiyan 3, Goku insisted she was not ready for it and before mastering Super Saiyan 2. To which, Goku demonstrated such by intensifying the sheer power of this form, leaving a baffled Caulifla to wonder if this was really the same Super Saiyan 2 she was using. In this state, his aura expands significantly. This state lets Goku fight on par against both Super Saiyan 2 Caulfla and Legendary Super Saiyan 2 Kale simultaneously.
- Super Saiyan 3
Main article: Super Saiyan 3
This form multiples Goku's base power 400 fold. It's the strongest form in the original anime/manga. Goku achieved this level after years of training in Other World, where he could put unlimited energy into this form. In this form, his hair reaches down to his thighs and his eyebrows vanish completely while making the forehead and eye ridges larger and more prominent. His muscle mass grows noticeable larger more defined while his eyes gain green irises. His aura also becomes rounder with larger electrical sparks.
Goku first used this form against Innocent Buu during the Majin Buu Saga, where he had slight advantage over the Majin. However, this form is extremely draining in terms of energy due to the living world having less energy to siphon. This made him tire fast and even cut Goku's time left on Earth from hours to a mere thirty minutes after using this form for a short time. When attempting to gather enough energy to defeat Kid Buu, he was unable to sustain it as he had not taken into account the strain overcoming his living body, and soon reverted to his base state. Altogether, these heavy disadvantages make it impractical to use this form out of the afterlife and even more while alive.
In Dragon Ball Super, after unlocking divine forms, Goku no longer uses this form for battle due to his higher forms giving significantly more power for less ki. Instead, Goku reserves it for non-serious fights where he needs to test someone like Future Trunks.
- Super Saiyan God
Goku achieves this form with the help of the five other Saiyans, and uses it against Beerus. It is a form well-beyond Super Saiyan 3, exiting even Beerus and forcing the Destroyer to fight relatively seriously. It is noted that Super Saiyan God possess the Aura of a God. Goku's appearance in this form is mostly the same but with a more kept version of his normal hair and bright red, red irises, slightly thinner and more youthful, and a darker skin tone. His aura generates like an orange flame.
Usage of this form grants various heightened capacities. He recovers at an accelerated rate and requires the most minute amount of stamina to maintain this form. It lets him fight with more finesse and grace as he instinctively predict his opponent's attacks with more efficiency. His ki becomes godly, allowing him to sense other such beings and likewise can mask himself from most entities sensing him. This form give more versatile control and usage of his ki, including absorbing and thus nullifying enemy attacks, paralyzing foes and self-healing.
Originally, despite the incredible power, Goku soon after reverts to base form due to the form's time limit. Having adapted to the feeling of Super Saiyan God however, Goku retained some of the power, letting him continue fighting Beerus. Through further training Goku learned to properly access and control this residual power, ultimately restoring its full properties access this form at any time.
- God-like Saiyan
Main article: God-like Saiyan
After experiencing the power of Super Saiyan God, Goku learned to use the raw might and enhanced senses of this god-like power without transforming. When in this state, while his physical appearance remains unchanged, his ki can be manifested as a pure white aura. At the same time, usage of this power will greatly enhance his Super Saiyan forms, and eventually allowing him to utilize both powers together to enter Super Saiyan Blue.
- Super Saiyan Blue
Main article: Super Saiyan Blue
After training with Whis, Goku learned to synchronize Super Saiyan with Super Saiyan God, causing him to become a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, more commonly known as Super Saiyan Blue. This form is identical to Super Saiyan, only with cyanish-blue hair and eyes with a blue aura shaded by some gold. The form's power is a level that well-surpasses Super Saiyan God and offers increased levels of ki and emotional control. Goku learns to enhance the form's power through different means, including using the Kaio-ken while in this form, and use intense rage to further power-up the form.
However, while not nearly as prominent as other Super Saiyan forms, Super Saiyan Blue's peak power can only be maintained for a short period, gradually decreasing in stamina from prolong use. Also, repeated use will reduce this forms power to less than 10% capacity. However, during the Zeno Expo, Goku appeared to overcome the flaw of repeated transforming, as he showed reduced power after fighting two strong foes in quick succession with this form. In the Tournament of Power, despite any stamina flaws still there, this form granted Goku great durability, emerging unharmed after Legendary Super Saiyan Kale threw him about and crushed him in a slab of Kachi Katchin. To make extensive use of Super Saiyan Blue, he learned to instantly and repeatedly switch between his God form and Blue form, allowing him to conserve and more quickly recover the full power of Super Saiyan Blue, letting him fight for much longer periods unhindered.
- Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken
Main article: Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken
In the anime, thanks to the Super Saiyan Blue form's great ki and emotional control, Goku can utilize Kaio-ken alongside it with far less risk. In this state, Goku gains a double aura, leaving Goku to appear as a basic Super Saiyan Blue with his blue over while a larger red aura surrounds it. Goku first used this against Hit in the Tournament of Destroyers. While using Kaio-ken levels too extreme for his body to handle, Goku's blue hair turns a pale blue that is whitish and his skin is illuminated to a light red. In which case, it will gradually damage his body. This unstable state also will give Goku Delayed Onset Ki Disorder, sending Goku's ki into flux, making him unable to properly access his energy for a few days. By the Tournament of Power, Goku had mastered this technique up to x20 with no instability or strain.
While this state is a power up in the anime, it is a form in video games.
- Zamasu's body
Main article: Zamasu
In the original, unaltered Main Timeline, Zamasu, giving into his hatred of mortals, came to desire Goku's power, which was considered to rival the Gods of Destruction. Using the Super Dragon Balls, Zamasu swapped bodies with Goku, obtaining all the inherit powers and abilities of the Saiyan. It remains unclear if Goku obtained any of Zamasu's powers through his Shinjin body as Zamasu seemingly retained his original powers and abilities once becoming Black on top of acquiring Goku's. Regardless, Goku in Zamasu's body proved powerless against Black as he effortlessly killed Goku in only base form.
- Perfected Super Saiyan Blue
In the manga, as the full potential of a Super Saiyan Blue is only usable for the first few minutes before dropping down, Goku manages to overcome this massive stamina flaw to the point where he can use the form for as long and as many times as he wants. Goku achieved this by sealing the massive overflowing power inside himself, causing his aura to completely disappear. Goku first displays his completed Super Saiyan Blue state against Fused Zamasu, with his power showing a slight advantage over the fused Shinjin, who only survived because of his immortality. This state is not without flaws. First being that this requires intense concentration and focus by the user to prevent any ki from leaking out of their body. Second is that even if the slightest amount of ki, leaking out of the body can be extremely painful for Goku. If too much leaks, it could cause the power to become unstable and explode, killing Goku.
Later, during the Tournament of Power, Goku used the same principle as the Kaio-ken in order to power up his Perfected Super Saiyan Blue as much as possible in an attempt to overcome his limits. Then intensity of pushing his power so far beyond his normal limits ultimately causes Goku to produce a jagged aura. Goku utilized this state briefly to battle Jiren - putting up a better fight than previously at the cost of straining his body - though even this power up proved futile against Jiren's overwhelming power.
- Ultra Instinct -Sign-
Main article: Ultra Instinct -Sign-
A state first attained during the Tournament of Power. Originally, in the anime, Goku did this by absorbing the energy of the Spirit Bomb as bolster to break a mental shell in subconscious to unlock a much deeper portion of his potential. In the manga, this state is the pinnacle of Goku's martial arts training; obtained from reflecting on Master Roshi's words and demonstration of proper movement, admitting to his shame in lack of personal growth and letting go of his self-doubt. With this, Goku's physical and mental parameters are vastly augmented, ranking among the most powerful entities in all the multiverse.
His hair stands up somewhat, becoming more wild in shape with no loose strands. His eyes become more defined and sterner in shape, while also gaining silver irises. His aura becomes a complex silver with sparkle appearance. In this state, Goku's physical, mental, and energy parameters are vastly augmented, equally increasing his combat performance. He processes information far quicker and efficiently, letting him learn and adapt to all experiences. The highlight of this lets him automatically react to all threats in the most efficient way possible, even without consciously being aware of it. This augmented growth greatly accelerates his natural improvement, constantly imprinting on his experiences to become stronger, faster, and sharper in his actions with every skirmish. Entering this state also energize him and negate all previous wounds as a battered Goku showed against Kefla.
However, usage of this state is random and unstable, only accessible for short periods of time and in the most dire of situations. By his fight against Kefla, while seemingly learning to access this state more willingly, as noted by Whis, Goku's usage is still incomplete. While his movements have become more refined, he struggles to switch his full attention on to his offense, inhibiting his attacks and techniques, requiring more time to build up energy for an assault to have sufficient power. The effort also appears to drain Goku quicker, returning him to his base form and in an exhausted state.
In the Universal Conflict Saga, Goku apparently learned to access this state at will, as upon entering the battlefield, he immediately used it despite no pressure on him from the battle. His control of the form can also disrupt a corrupted foe, returning them to normal as his attack ejected Oren from Vegeta's body.
- Ultra Instinct
Main article: Ultra Instinct
Once understanding Whis' words behind self-movement, Goku learned to let go of all self-doubt and live in the moment. When fully synchronizing his impulses with his natural drive, Goku can subconsciously unlock the full potential of his offensive and defensive might. This culminates with Goku's silver glow consuming him, turning his hair silver and skin tone more ethereal in nature. The power in this form is vastly greater than his initial state that it completely shreds away his shirt (in the anime). In this state, Goku showed such fine control of his ki, able to calmly repel and contain any energy assault thrown at him. He can unleash barrages of his energy in focused shockwaves and cancel out all but the strongest of attacks.
In this complete Ultra Instinct state, Goku's power exceeds the Gods of Destruction. His natural growth is accelerated even more than the initial state and he can also channel his rage to staggering new levels. However, due to Goku's lack of divine training, this form cannot be maintained for more than a few minutes. In the anime, after passing the time limit, Goku's body will give out, leaking out his energy in ravaging manner that will severely injure him as he regresses to base form. In the manga, this form quickly drains at his stamina from each exertion until finally dropping out of the form, leaving him struggling to even stand from the exhaustion. At the same time, despite learning to use this state at its fullest, Goku cannot access it at will, but rather only as an instinctual reaction to the most dire of situations.
During his battle against Cunber, Goku has apparently grown more accustomed to using this form. While still only able to access as a live-or-die reaction to such danger, his control of it once using it was more steady, as he did not burst with as much energy upon entering it and likewise was only rendered mildly exhausted after time ran out.
- Super Saiyan: Berserk
Main article: Super Saiyan: Berserk
During the events of the Prison Planet Saga, Goku obtained this berserker state when he faced Cunber. This state is a corruption; during which, his skin-tone is tanner and his aura turns darker, consisting of a orange glow surrounded by a dark purple and black regularly accompanied by black electricity sparks in his aura. Also, his pupils disappear, representing his diminished/lack of cognitive thought. It also causes his blasts to become red and black.
This state of Goku is playable in UVM2.
- Little (GT)
With the Black Star Dragon Balls, Emperor Pilaf unintentionally wishes Goku back into an eleven-year-old child in the beginning of Dragon Ball GT. In this state, he is known as Little Goku.. While as a kid, he lost most of his power, however is still immensely stronger than when truly a child. At the same time, it inhibited his overall efficiency in battle, making it difficult to properly use more advanced techniques he learned in later years, as his small body wasn't properly conditioned for them. When transforming, he could only maintain it for short periods of time. With Old Kai's aid, he was able to get his tail back, which not only increased his base strength and allowed for easy access to his normal Super Saiyan forms, but later allowed him to transform into Golden Great Ape and Super Saiyan 4. After Piccolo gives Goku all of his power, he became able to use more advanced techniques again in his child form. At the end of Dragon Ball GT, 100 years after the defeat of the Shadow Dragons, Goku is again seen as an adult.
- Super Saiyan (GT/Little)
Main article: Super Saiyan
After being wished into a child, Goku can still transform into a Super Saiyan. However, he is unable to maintain the form for as long as he can in his adult body, though still long enough to endure a grueling battle After his tail is restored, he became able to maintain the form for as long as he can normally (in his adult body). With the later return of Goku's tail, this and his higher normal Super Saiyan forms would also make the fur of his tail turn yellow when using the said form's full power.
The Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game treats this form as a separate form from the normal Super Saiyan form, referring to it as the "GT Super Saiyan" form. In Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, Goku is called Super Little Goku while in this form.
- Super Saiyan 2 (GT/Little)
Main article: Super Saiyan 2
Goku uses this form as a kid only once, to guard against an attack by General Rilldo. However, he briefly appears in the form while powering up to transform into Super Saiyan 3 while fighting Baby-Vegeta. GT Goku has this form in Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.
- Super Saiyan 3 (GT/Little)
Main article: Super Saiyan 3
After being wished back into a child, Goku can still transform into a Super Saiyan 3. However, he can only maintain the form for mere seconds. Goku noted this problem came from his child body being too underdeveloped. This problem was overcame by help from Old Kai to regrow his tail. This let him properly adjust to Super Saiyan 3 and conserving most of his energy reserves, enabling him to quickly enter said form and use for much longer durations. After reaching higher level, Goku stopped using Super Saiyan 3 altogether as his newer form was overall more beneficial with less drawbacks.
- Golden Great Ape
Main article: Golden Great Ape
Goku achieves this form in Dragon Ball GT, after Old Kai helped Goku to regrow his tail, allowing him to once again become a Great Ape. When he looks at the Earth during the Baby Saga, its sufficient substitute Blutz Waves allows Goku to take the said form, and soon after combining the Great Ape form with his Super Saiyan power to create this much bigger and more powerful form. While initially as feral and violent as ever in this massive state, Goku's power proved too much for Baby-Vegeta, who previously easily defeated Super Saiyan 3 Goku. In this state Goku can unleash both strong energy blasts and fireballs from his mouth. Eventually, Pan reached Goku's consciousness, letting him regain his clarity and self-control. Upon doing so, Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 4.
- Super Saiyan 4
Main article: Super Saiyan 4
Goku is also referred to as Super Goku 4 in this form as it is not a traditional Super Saiyan forms. This form is achieved by Goku after mastering Golden Great Ape. As noted by Vegeta, Goku's usage of Super Saiyan 4 is unique, able to access whenever he desires without a bolster, possibly because he naturally regained his tail. This form's power can overcome the Black Star Dragon Balls' power changing Goku into a child, returning him to his true adult self. That however only lasts while in this form. In addition, Goku's overall appearance changes yet again. His muscles become larger and he grows considerably taller, almost as tall as Piccolo. The hair is even more wild and longer, reaching his mid-back. He gains golden-yellow irises and the pigments around his eyes become lined in red. His tail grows longer and he gains scarlet fur covering from shoulder-to-toe, excluding chest and hands. His clothes change from his childhood garb, leaving him only dressed below the waist (excluding his armbands). His wristbands and stockings turn blue while his sash changes to a stone blue color. The power of this form is vastly greater to Super Saiyan 3 with less drawbacks. Goku is easily able to compete with the strongest of foes in this form.
- Super Full Power Saiyan 4
Main article: Super Full Power Saiyan 4
A special state that is obtained by gathering enough energy to push his body well-past his normal limits. Goku first discovered this state against Baby-Vegeta when his Golden Great Ape form proved too powerful. To battle the mutant Tuffle, Goku acquired the combined energy from Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Pan to unlock this state. In addition to drastically augmenting his might, it likewise equally enhances his senses, letting him react to practically any threat. He is also shown able to absorb enemy energy attacks, nullifying their damage. This state is symbolized by a radiating red glow from his entire body. In this state he, will surpasses all but the most powerful enemies in Dragon Ball GT.
Main article: Goku's Change
After being apparently killed by Omega Shenron, Goku undergoes a change and is no longer the Goku he was before. In this state Goku is cloaked in an aura that won't let any attack near him. Goku may have been dead in this state, or he may have become something else entirely.
- Vegeta's body
Main article: Vegeta
In the altered timeline in Xenoverse, Ginyu in Vegeta's body and the Ginyu Force are attacking Goku, before Ginyu switches bodies with Goku. Goku in Vegeta's body tries to fight against them, but is defeated by Ginyu.
- Potential Unleashed
Main article: Potential Unleashed
In the events of the Adventure Mode of Extreme Butōden, Goku has his potential unlocked by Old Kai via special ritual involving fighting a vision of his Potential Unleashed self, and then unlocks the form himself. Goku always appears as a Super Saiyan in this state. This state is stronger than he is as a Super Saiyan 4. How can also hold his own against the empowered Kid Buu and Super Buu simultaneously.
Main article: Vegito
Vegito is the product of a Potara Fusion between Vegeta and Goku. With the combined might of both Saiyans amplified to such immense levels, Vegito is easily one of the most powerful beings in Dragon Ball franchise. As it is not a fusion involving a Kai, the fusion lasts only 1 hour at most, rather than being permanent. Originally, he was formed in desperation to defeat Super Buu, Vegito later reappears in Dragon Ball Super to fight Fused Zamasu, however, the intense power of Super Saiyan Blue Vegito proved too much for the Potara, forcing the fusion to end prematurely after only mere minutes.
Goku's adaptive and creative nature along with Vegeta's calculating and tactical mind makes Vegito quite intelligent. Even his two halves balance out his personality, not being reckless and arrogant unlike Vegeta yet is more decisive and merciless in battle unlike Goku. Having the skills and battle tactics of the two warriors also makes Vegito a very versatile and well-rounded fighter himself. Old Kai mentions the innate rivalry and near-opposite nature between Goku and Vegeta makes the fusion more compatible and by extension far more powerful than usual.
Main article: Gogeta
Gogeta is one of the most powerful characters in the franchise. Gogeta was an act of desperation to stop the powerful demon of the 12th Dragon Ball Z movie, Janemba. He later reappeared in Dragon Ball GT, where the fusion's newfound power was overwhelming, which proved to be a problem on both sides. While effortlessly pummeling Omega Shenron, Gogeta's existence only lasted for 10 minutes (due to the usage of Super Saiyan 4 form), as opposed to the usual 30 minutes. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Gogeta's base power was able to compete with the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly. Against the fully-transformed foe, Gogeta's Super Saiyan Blue might was able to break down dimensional barriers and decisively wear down Broly to the point of nearly killing him. Noticeably, the sheer power of this form did not dilute the time limit for the fusion.
- EX Gogeta
Main article: EX Gogeta
The EX-Fusion between Adult Goku (DBZ) and Vegeta (Vegeta Saga incarnation), as well as Gogeta's EX-Fusion counterpart. The form debuts and is only in Dragon Ball Fusions. While weaker then his normal counterpart this version of Gogeta makes up for it by being a permanent fusion until the band is removed. As he is formed from Goku and Vegeta's early DBZ incarnations, he is presumably much more weaker than he would be if he was formed by the stronger Goku and Vegeta's Dragon Ball Super incarnations (with they are unfortunately unable to do in Dragon Ball Fusions).
Main article: Gokule
The fusion of Goku and Hercule Satan formed by the Potara earrings. He only appeared in Goku's imagination and as a playable character in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2. After Goku returns to life and Earth, he attempts to fuse with Gohan. However, his plan failed as Super Buu absorbed Gohan. As the only usable beings left were Hercule and Dende, he imagined what the fusion would look like and which of the two would be better. He chose Hercule, because Hercule had more fighting experience and might make Goku a little stronger. In addition, fusing with Dende would make the Dragon Balls of Earth disappear. Just at the moment, Vegeta appeared and Goku used Instant Transmission to find Vegeta and fuse, forming Vegito. This being the case, Gokule was only a hypothetical character.
Main article: Den-Goku
After Goku returns to life and Earth, he finds Gohan to be the only remaining strong fighter to fuse with. However, his efforts fail and Gohan is absorbed by Super Buu. As the only usable beings left are Hercule and Dende, he imagined what the fusion would look like and which of the two would be better. He chose Mr. Satan, because if he fused with Dende the Dragon Balls would cease to exist. Just at that moment, Vegeta appeared and Goku used Instant Transmission to find Vegeta and fuse, forming Vegito. This being the case, the fusion with Dende was only a hypothetical character, and named Den-Goku in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
The fusion of Goku and Broly. The fusion first appeared as "Fusion Frenzy" card in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, however, the card itself does not depict the fused character, instead showing the two fusing characters beside each other.
Main article: Karoly
The EX-Fusion between Goku and Broly. He is created during a Sub-Event where Towa takes control of both Goku and Broly to force them to fuse, though she is unable to control their resulting EX-Fusion. After they defuse, Goku reveals he allowed Towa to control him so he could see what it was like to fuse with Broly. Goku is in full control of this fusion. The form debuts in Dragon Ball Fusions, and also appeared as a card in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.
Main article: Gorillin
The EX-Fusion between Kid Goku and Krillin. The form debuts and is only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Coohan
The EX-Fusion between Kid Goku and Teen Gohan. The form debuts and is only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Gomas
The EX-Fusion of Kid Goku and Zamasu. The form debuts and is only on Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Barlot
The EX-Fusion between Adult Goku and Bardock. The form debuts in Dragon Ball Fusions, and also appeared as a card in Dokkan Battle.
Main article: Gorus
The EX-Fusion between Adult Goku and Beerus. The form debuts and is only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Nuova Goku
Main article: Nuova Goku
The EX-Fusion between Adult Goku and Nuova Shenron. The form debuts and is only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Ultra Fusion
Main article: Ultra Fusion
By performing Five-Way Fusion as a kid with Tekka, Goten, Trunks, and Pan, Goku can merge into the Ultra Fusion. If Kid Goku initiates the fusion the resulting Ultra Fusion is a male Saiyan. If initiated by Goten or Trunks it will be a male Earthling. It will be a female Earthling if initiated by Pan. Depending on Tekka's selected race Earthling, Saiyan, Alien, Offworlder, or a Namekian. The Ultra Fusion's gender is also determined by gender of the one who initiates it (male if initiated by Goku, Gohan, Trunks, or a Male Tekka and female if initiated by Pan or a Female Tekka). Outside of the main story, all of Goku's incarnations can perform Ultra Fusion as well, though the result will always been a Male Saiyan. The form debuts and is only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- God Fusion Goku
Main article: God Fusion Goku
The result of Goku performing God Fusion with the audience members of the finale of the Super Tenkaichi Budokai.
- Attack Ball
Main article: Attack Ball Spaceships used for interstellar travel. Due to being a low-class Saiyan, Goku was sent to Earth, so that he would one day conquer it. The space pod landed somewhere in a jungle or forest and it was there that Grandpa Gohan found Goku and adopted him.
- Power Pole
Main article: Power Pole A red magical staff originally owned by Korin and eventually was inherited by Goku. One of the only heirlooms from his adopted Grandpa Gohan, it became a signature tool for Goku throughout his childhood. Extremely durable and resilient, it is blessed with the unique power to extend and retract to vast lengths at the user's will. Apart from aid in fighting, the Power Pole also serves as the only non-flying means to reach The Lookout.
- Flying Nimbus
Main article: Flying Nimbus A mystic yellow cloud. Originally a gift from Master Roshi, after it was destroyed by Tambourine, Goku received a replacement from Korin, who created them. It is a blazingly fast cloud that can carry its traveler wherever the rider wishes and also be summoned from seemingly anywhere on Earth. However, the cloud will only carry those void of any negative thoughts. All others will instantly pass through it like any cloud.
- Dragon Radar
Main article: Dragon Radar An invention of Bulma made to track down Dragon Balls. While Goku and other people can sense the Dragon Balls' energy in a general area, the Dragon Radar can pinpoint their exact location from across the entire planet. This let Goku and his friends track all the Dragon Balls within days rather than years, or hours with teleportation.
- Senzu Bean
Main article: Senzu Bean A mystical bean of remarkable rejuvenate properties. One who eats a single bean will become fully rested and nourished for 10 days (or a single day for people with massive appetites like Saiyans). For more extreme purposes, the consumer will have their energy and physical health instantly and fully restored. Virtually any wound, even lost limbs and organs, will be undone, provided the injury didn't heal over or first kill them. However, the beans apparently cannot heal diseases. Since Korin has allied himself with Goku and his friends, as the only one who can grow them, he regularly provides them with a bag of beans before they go to battle.
Main article: Potara Sacred earrings worn by Supreme Kais to symbolize their full elite status as grand overseers of their respective universe. While worn so casually, they have incredible properties. When a matching set is worn between two people on opposite ears, they will immediately be fused into new individual that represents the apex of both people's traits combined. While fusing with a Kai will result in a permanent fusion, any other union will only last for an hour. It will also permit the wearer to use the Time Rings.
- Zeno's Button
Main article: Zeno's Button When the Omni-King, Zeno, took a great liking in Goku and wanted him to be his friend, the grand ruler gave Goku a special clicker. Having two buttons on it, one could be used to instantly teleport Goku to Zeno's Palace, and the other would bring Zeno straight to Goku. When battling the Infinite Zamasu, seeing no other way out, Goku used the button to summon Future Zeno, who immediately proceeded to erase the rogue Kai (and unfortunately and the entire future reality). Later, eager to finally fight in the Tournament of Power, Goku used the button to go talk with both Zenos about the tournament.
Main article: Metamo-Ring A device invented by Bulma and produced by the Capsule Corporation in the Timespace Rift that allows two people wearing one to fuse for as long as they wish and can defuse at will by removing the single Metamo-Ring created when the two Metamo-Rings fuse along with the two fusee.
Appearances in other media
Dr. Slump remake
Goku appears as a kid in the remake TV series of Dr. Slump. Arale helps him fighting General Blue and Ninja Murasaki. He also transforms into a Great Ape during the series. Kid Goku even appears in the video game Dr. Slump: Arale-Chan. Goku also makes a minor appearance as an adult in the movie Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N'cha! Love Comes From Penguin Village, where he is seen fighting Bojack in the background.
Video Game Appearances
In video games, Goku appears in virtually every Dragon Ball licensed electronic game to date. He is also featured in various crossover games; he appears the Famicom games Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden and Famicom Jump II: Saikyō no Shichinin, the DS games Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars. He is featured in the Dragon Ball Z/One Piece/Naruto 2006 crossover game Battle Stadium D.O.N. In December 2007, Goku, along with Naruto Uzumaki and Luffy, would make guest appearances in avatar form in the MMORPG Second Life to promote "Jump Festa".
Goku was among a number of Dragon Ball characters to appear in the Terebikko game Dragon Ball Z: Atsumare! Gokū Wārudo. This game was packaged as a VHS tape and a telephone peripheral used to input commands to Goku and friends when requested, telling a feature-length story involving time travel leading up to the Cell Games. Like the anime, Toei Animation was responsible for the footage, and as well each voice actor reprising the role of their characters.
For the first time ever, Goku is playable in his Dragon Ball Minus (Jaco the Galactic Patrolman) outfit in Dragon Ball Heroes since the sixth mission of Jaaku Mission series (JM6).
In Dragon Ball Fusions, Kid Goku and Adult Goku appear as separate incarnations from different timelines who end up in the Timespace Rift. Kid Goku comes from the period when he was training under Kami for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, but ends up getting transported to the Timespace Rift through a time hole opened by Tekka after Ziku mistakes his ki for his adult self. Adult Goku comes from Dragon Ball Super when he is training under Whis and comes to the aid of Tekka's Team when they are attacked by Cell, then trains them to defeat Cell by sparring and teaching them EX-Fusion. His early DBZ and GT incarnation also appears as a playable characters outside the main story and Pan mistakes Kid Goku for GT Goku when they first meet in the story. Goku's Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3, Super Saiyan 4, Super Saiyan God, and Super Saiyan Blue forms also appear as separate playable characters with DBZ, Super, and GT versions of his Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 3 forms as separate characters as well.
"Hey there... Do you need me for something? Huh? What's this? Whoa, is this for me? Thanks! Jeez, these are some weird clothes! Looks like they might be kind of hard to fight in... Actually, they might make for some good training gear! I'll put them on later and see how they handle!"
— Goku receiving his gift from the Future Warrior in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
In Xenoverse 2, the Future Warrior can purchase Gift (Goku) from the TP Medal Shop, which contains his Journey to the West Special Costume for his custom skillset. Goku thanks the warrior for the gift though notes the clothes are weird and look difficult to fight in before noting that might make them good for training. After giving him the gift, Goku's Special Costume is unlocked for Partner Customization, though its color cannot be customized and the Hood disappears when he is using any Super Saiyan form until he reverts to base. The Hood Goku wears also lacks the kanji featured on the Journey to the West Hood Accessory.
Main article: Goku in Dragonball Evolution
Goku is the main protagonist in the 2009 American live-action movie Dragonball Evolution directed by James Wong. The character is portrayed by actor Justin Chatwin. Chatwin did not wear a wig as it was felt his hair already resembled Goku's. In the movie he carries out his grandfathers wishes and seeks out Master Roshi for training and he attempts to collect all the Dragon Balls before Piccolo. Along the way he befriends Yamcha and Bulma.
Goku also appears in the 2010 live action battle show Dragon Ball Kai: Super Battle Stage, which is loosely based on the 1993 movie Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan.
Goku will appear in the live-action Gintama 2.
In popular culture
Goku has often been deemed a positive role model for children throughout Japan. In June 1988, Goku and other Dragon Ball characters were featured in two PSA shorts. The first short was entitled "The Goku Traffic Safety" (悟空の交通安全, Gokū no Kōtsū Anzen) where Goku is taught the importance of obeying traffic safety by others. The second was called "Goku's Fire Brigade" where he teaches two children the importance of fire safety; this short is notable for featuring Goku as a volunteer fire-fighter.
Goku has made guest appearances in various Japanese television shows and manga. He is a recurring character in the anime remake of another series by Toriyama, Dr. Slump. In 1990, Goku (in anime form) made a surprise 2 min.30 appearance on "Yamada Katsute Nai Wink" (やまだかつてないWink, "Yamada Katsute Nai Wink"). Here, he uses the Dragon Balls to help J-Pop star and hostess Kuniko Yamada gain her abilities, including the ability to execute a Kamehameha, which she playfully uses on him. In 1993, Goku (with a halo) appeared accompanied by Maruko-chan (another manga character) in a promotional broadcast for Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! and Chibi Maruko-chan: My Favorite Song, which were released in Japan on July, 11th 1992, and December 19, 1992 respectively. In 2006, Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza would make a surprise appearance in a special issue of KochiKame. Here, Ryotsu Kankichi travels to Namek and issues Frieza a citation for parking his ship illegally. Ryotsu also meets Vegeta and Goku on the planet. In 2005, Goku appears in the Toriyama parody manga Neko Majin, where he is the sensei of the main character, Neko Majin Z. He, with the other Dragon Ball characters, would team up with the cast of One Piece in a crossover manga titled Cross Epoch. Here, Goku is traveling nomad who meets up with Monkey D. Luffy. Together, they fight the Pilappaggy Villain Union, a gang led by Pilaf and Buggy.
Goku can also be considered a regular commodity for Fuji TV. In 2003, Goku would appear in the interactive feature entitled Kyutai Panic Adventure! (球体パニックアドベンチャー!, Kyūtai Panikku Adobenchā!?; lit. "Orb Panic Adventure!"), which was featured exclusively at the Fuji TV headquarters. Here, Frieza attacks tourists by blasting the orb section free it from the rest of the Fuji TV building followed by a cannon attack by Arlong and his gang. It features teamups of Goku, Luffy, and Astro Boy. This was followed up with the 2004 Kyūtai Panic Adventure Returns! (球体パニックアドベンチャーリターンズ!, Kyūtai Panikku Adobenchā Ritānzu!?; lit. "Orb Panic Adventure Returns!"). Here, the evil Eneru appears and attack the headquarter's location in the aqua city of Odaiba. It features team ups with Goku, Luffy, and KochiKame's Ryotsu Kankichi. The feature is also known for Goku and Luffy's tag-team attack on Eneru, which fans have dubbed as the "Gom Gom Kamehameha".
On April 7, 2007, Goku appeared along with Fuji TV announcer Masaharu Miyake as commentators to an anime segment in Nippon Ijin Taishō • Saikyō no Ijin wa Dare? (日本偉人大賞・最強の偉人は誰？; lit. "Japan's Great Awards - Who is the Strongest Hero?"). The segment featured a special World Martial Arts Tournament that was to decide who was the greatest person in Japanese history. The fighters were Musashibo Benkei, Himiko, Prince Shotoku, and Amakusa Shiro. During the intermission, Goku managed to plugged the then soon be released copies of R2 releases of the Dragon Ball DVDs. The winner was Prince Shotoku, who defeated Benkei in the final.
Goku has often been the subject of various parodies over the years. On an episode of Operation!, Takeshi Castle, which is currently known as in the US as MXC, had an episode called family day. In that episode, the hosts Beat Takeshi and Sonomanma Higashi were dressed as popular anime characters one was Kid Goku and the other was Doremon. In the MXC dub of that episode, when asked who about his Goku costume, the host replied "Who, me? I'm dressed as a crack head!" The Shonen Jump "Gag Special 2005" issue released on December 1, 2004 featured a Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo one-shot Dragon Ball parody manga. The manga was a humorous retelling of the battle between Goku and Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga. Jelly Jiggler was Goku and Don Patch was Vegeta. In the anime episode "Fire It Up! Abenobashi Hong Kong Combat Shopping Arcade" of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, character Sasshi Imamiya goes Super Saiyan much like Goku and fires a Kamehameha. He and other various characters also appeared in the History of Japan that aired in Japan.
Goku was selected as a cultural ambassador for the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Goku's character is well-received by publications for manga, anime and other media. Several pieces of merchandising based on Goku has also been released including action figures, plushes, and keychains. Anime News Network noted Goku to be a good part of the comedy of the series and remarked that after all events that happen to him, he is still the same naive character. THEM Anime Reviews noted him to be Goku is not the omnipowerful one in the first series unlike Dragon Ball Z, nor does he randomly disappear for long stretches of time between sagas. They also liked how the series tell all his adventures making him a good main character. Rationalmagic.com praised Goku's innocence as one of the funniest parts of the series. His journey and ever growing strength resulted in the character winning "the admiration of young boys everywhere".
Goku ranked consistently high in the Anime Grand Prix poll in the category of "best male character" in the late 1980s and early 1990s, appearing fifteenth in the 1988 poll, second in the 1989 poll, fourth in the 1990 poll, third in the 1991 poll, fourth in the 1992 poll, thirteenth in 1993 poll, and twelfth in 1994 poll. In Mania Entertainment's 10 Most Iconic Anime Heroes written by Thomas Zoth who commented that "Goku and Dragon Ball completely revolutionized shōnen manga." In a Newtype magazine poll from March 2010, Goku was voted the fifth most popular male character from the 1980s. In 2005, The Daily Reader printed an article entitled "The Greatest Geek Movie Heroes of All Time". Goku is the only animated character on the list, coming in nine places after the winner. Other manga artists, such as Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, have stated that Goku inspired their series' main protagonists. In 2000, Goku placed third in an Animax poll of favorite anime characters. In a survey conducted by Oricon in 2007 between 1,000 people, Goku ranked first place as the "Strongest Manga character of all time." In the survey "friendship" developed by rankingjapan.com in which people had to choose what anime character they would like to have as a friend, Goku ranked fifth. Masako Nozawa, the Japanese voice actress for Goku, has commented she liked when he lost his tail because that made him more normal but liked that the character was still the same in the end of the series. Jackie Chan has gone on record stating that Goku is his favorite Dragon Ball character. IGN.com named Goku the number 1 anime character of all time in their list of the "Top 25 Anime Characters of All Time" in 2009 and third on the 2014 list.
Despite being originally based on and directly named after Sun Wukong from Journey to the West, Goku's background ended up evolving into something similar to Superman's origin story: they both were born on alien planets under different names (Kakarot and Kal-El); they both were sent to Earth as infants right before their home planets were destroyed; and they were both adopted by Earthlings and given new names (Goku and Clark Kent). Furthermore, both of their biological fathers (Bardock and Jor-El) tried to warn their people of their destruction. In the 133rd magazine edition (September 2002) of Wizard, a hypothetical Superman vs. Goku match-up was published. Goku won the fight quite easily, not even needing to use Super Saiyan form. The article fell under heavy criticism by pop culture analysts, as it claimed that Superman would die from a fall from Earth's orbit despite him surviving far worse. Later that year, Wizard did an open poll at the Toronto Fan Expo and New York Comicon asking attendees who would win. Over 80% said Goku would defeat Superman.
Goku has been the inspiration for many other manga/anime characters, including Monkey D. Luffy from the One Piece series, Naruto Uzumaki from the Naruto series, Zatch Bell from the Zatch Bell series, and most recently Toriko from the Toriko series. The disbanded German rock band "Son Goku" takes their name from Goku. The band's front man Thomas D specifically chose the name as Goku embodies the band's philosophy. Stating he was "fascinated by Goku's naïveté and cheerfulness, yet, at the same time, a great warrior saving the world".
In homage to their role in voicing Goku, both Masako Nozawa and Sean Schemmel (Goku's longest-serving English dub VA) have voiced versions of the original Sun Wukong. Nozawa voiced Wukong in League of Legends, and Schemmel (along with other language voice actors) voiced a version of the original Sun Wukong himself in Smite.