- 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."
Son Goku (孫悟空 Son Gokū), born Kakarot (カカロット Kakarotto), is the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball metaseries. Goku is a Saiyan originally sent to destroy Earth as an infant. However, a head injury at an early age alters his memory, ridding him of his initial destructive nature and allowing him to grow up to become one of Earth's greatest defenders. He constantly strives and trains to be the greatest warrior possible, which has kept the Earth and the universe safe from destruction many times.
Concept and creation
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 three bangs hanging to the right of his forehead and two bangs hanging to the left. His hair also stands up in the front with four spikes and three bangs in the back (later in the anime he has five spikes in the front and four in the back). Goku was born with the signature tail of the Universe 7 Saiyans, which was long and prehensile with brown fur. It was removed and regrown multiple times in his early childhood, but his late teens, Goku's tail was permanently removed by Kami in order to prevent his Great Ape transformation.
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 and Heles. 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 became 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 and also a tank top. 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, with Whis' kanji on the front-left of his shirt, 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.
In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Goku returns to wearing a knot-style obi with his regular uniform and "Go" kanji (essentially regaining his Frieza Saga appearance). 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 is given the emblem of the Galactic Patrol in place of his own on the front of his uniform and also switches back to wearing a sash-style obi.
When he appears in the Prison Planet Saga, Goku wears an outfit identical to the one Whis gave him, but instead with a Capsule Corp logo. He also wears his blue shirt underneath the gi. In the Universal Conflict Saga, 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.
By the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku wears a turquoise gi with a white knot-style 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 knot-style 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 a 12-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.
"Despite all my heinous provocations on Namek, even after murdering two of his friends, driving him to become a Super Saiyan, still he couldn't find it in him to put me down. So unusual, a Saiyan with such a strong moral center. So pure, he makes me want to vomit!"
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; a prime example being giving the Omni-King a friend even more fun than himself. 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 piqued the interest and became a friend of Grand Zeno, the most powerful being in the multiverse, due to his similar childlike, innocent personality. 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.
His lack of emotional maturity has also left him somewhat naïve, which often makes many incorrectly assume him to be somewhat stupid. His direct and carefree approach, combined with often taking things to face-value. Acting very much on instinct most of the time, Goku can be very blunt from as he expresses himself. 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.
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. 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; the most notable example being his casual interactions with the Omni-Kings and the Grand Minister (even though they do not mind), much to the shock and disgust of numerous Gods and Kais. 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).
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 though he himself acknowledged that it was a risky move and Vegeta noted that Goku wouldn't have done it under normal circumstances as the universes were at stake.
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 ordering Goten and Trunks to leave the battlefield to avoid the Tyrant's brutality with Vegeta agreeing.
"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 told Broly his Saiyan name and requested that that Broly refer to him as it. 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
Main article: Fortuneteller Baba Saga
"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
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.
Main articles: Namek Saga, Captain Ginyu Saga, and Frieza Saga 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.
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.
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
Main article: Gods of the Universe Saga
- This section covers the events depicted in the Resurrection 'F' manga. The rest of the "Gods of the Universe Saga" is listed under the character's "Film appearances".
Goku asks Whis to be allowed to train with him, Whis agreed on the condition that Goku supplied him with tasty food.
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, Goku hears that King Kai is trying to wish 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 as it was because it is good for training. After the wish is made, Goku says he has to get home to do farm work quickly before Chi-Chi yells at him and 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 on Chi-Chi's demand. Some time later, while plowing the field, Goten appears with lunch for Goku and Goku tells Goten to work the tractor while he eats. After he finishes 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 uses Instant Transmission to save the tractor and Goten and explains that he needs to watch what he's doing so that he can train in case a stronger foe than Kid Buu appears.
Later that day, 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 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 in 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. To distract Goku from the conversation, King Kai brings up how he is responsible for his death. After being successfully distracted, Goku continues his training. Goku remembers that he is 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 refuses. 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 and this interests Goku even more. King Kai senses Beerus' ki getting closer and encourages Goku to not do anything reckless and also tells him to hide in his house.
Goku, who having stayed hidden in King Kai's house, is still noticed when Beerus needed to speak with him. Beerus asked Goku if he has heard of 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 so as a Super Saiyan. Goku's power iss examined by Beerus and he 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 which Beerus accepts.
Goku immediately transforms into Super Saiyan and 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 Super Saiyan 3 and 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 misses Beerus and goes through King Kai's planet. Beerus has enough and promptly defeats Goku with ease before taking off for Earth. With Goku 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 is enough.
Goku is given a Senzu Bean by King Kai and recovers. Goku wants to go to Bulma's birthday party but King Kai, Gregory, and Bubbles won't let him so Goku decides to wait it out on King Kai's planet. After the battles of the Z Fighters and Beerus, Beerus decides that he should destroy planet Earth. Goku intervenes Beerus before does so and asks for time to summon the Super Saiyan God. Beerus allows this and Goku summons Shenron 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. 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 had 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 to 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 attacks on Beerus that fail, but he slowly comes to grasp this new power. To measure his power, Goku charges a Kamehameha and launches it 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 now see his moves.
Beerus compliments his power and proceeds to launch an energy ball at Goku, who despite struggling is able to throw it off. Goku charges up before attacking Beerus, after a successful punch that aggravates the deity, an angered Beerus attempts fires back, but is surprised when Goku evades his fist, locking the god in his arm and then flicks him in the forehead, continuing to chop him in the neck, similar to how Beerus defeated him at King Kai's planet. Beerus comments that he didn't expect him to be the type who'd carry a grudge. Beerus then announced that henceforth, a battle between the gods will continue.
Goku uses the Afterimage Technique to hit Beerus in the abdomen. The two fight on par with both throwing rapid punches. Beerus decides to launch a Sphere of Destruction at Goku in which he compresses the blast. The gods exchange several attacks towards each other and Goku notices that Beerus isn't using his full power against him. Goku is blasted several times by Beerus and is blown onto an island. While on the island, Goku is pounded on by the Destroyer until Goku headbutts and punches him. Goku is launched into the air and is repeatedly 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. Goku decides to blast it with a one handed Kamehameha leading Beerus to create multiple and fires them, so Goku powers up a Kamehameha to blast them all. Goku is impaled through his abdomen by Beerus which makes him think he's found the wrong warrior to fight. Goku falls down into the ocean and 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 Goku launches from the ocean back to the stratosphere. Goku states that the power of Super Saiyan God is raising his power and wants to continue the battle.
After an attempt to chop Goku's neck fails, 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 shock waves throughout the universe of which could destroy the planets, the stars, the universe, the gods, and themselves. Goku and Beerus continue to clash even though Goku is contacted by Kibito Kai to stop. Goku and Beerus clash one last time, however it is cancelled out as Goku used the same amount of power and attacked at the same angle as Beerus. The two continue to battle until Beerus throws an Atomic Bomb attack at Goku and he returns a Kamehameha. The collision of the blasts cause more shock waves and Goku continues to surpass his limits using the Super Saiyan God's powers.
Goku is struggling in the ki clash until Beerus eventually nullifies the energy that was being exerted; Goku is told that he did so using 100% of his power. Goku and Beerus continue exchanging blows and Goku's power has been increasing during his battle as stated by Beerus. Eventually Goku's Super Saiyan God form expires, 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 fighting 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. Goku starts to fade out of his Super Saiyan form and Beerus flicks Goku, as an end to their battle. Goku, however, as he is falling towards Earth, doesn't take this as a loss and thinks of his family and friends, fuelling him to continuing showing off his power.
Goku creates 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 destroy the blast. As a result, Goku falls toward Earth and Vegeta catches him. Goku 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.
Goku has a big meal and hears the news of Gohan becoming a father. 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 mocks Vegeta for the "My Bulmaaa" situation and Piccolo points out that Goku had been watching the fights because he teleported to Earth. Goku says that he couldn't think of anything.
Golden Frieza Saga
Main article: Golden Frieza Saga
Goku wants to train on King Kai's planet but has to continue farming because Chi-Chi has used the 100 million zeni up already. Goku tries 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 his place because he is scared to fight. However Goku has to go because he sees Chi-Chi and Piccolo. At night, Goku returns home where he sees Goten and Chi-Chi. Goku is hungry but doesn't want to go in because he doesn't want to be in trouble.
While Goku is farming Krillin arrives to see him and wondering how strong Goku has gotten he asks to be punched by him. Goku does so and it sends Krillin flying through buildings and across land into a boulder after Goku fails to catch him. Goku takes him back to his place to rest and get treatment by Android 18. Goku wants to become stronger so he doesn't fall behind. When nobody was around, he has his training session.
Six months later, Pan is born and Chi-Chi doesn't want her to be a fighter like the rest of the family. Goku is brought by Goten to persuade Chi-Chi to come out so Gohan and Mr. Satan could speak with her. After Bulma arrives, she mentions that Vegeta has been training on Beerus' planet with Whis, Goku smashes through Gohan's library and asks Bulma for Whis' next return and she says that he'll return in a month or two.
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. Eventually, Bulma calls and tells him that Whis has arrived on Earth. Goku goes to Capsule Corporation and Whis agrees to take Goku to train with him after he had finished eating. Goku starts annoying Whis to hurry up. As Whis finishes, he is ready to leave but Chi-Chi approaches to scold him. Goku rushes to leave with Whis so he wouldn't get in trouble.
When Goku and Whis reach Beerus' Planet he 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 helps him change Beerus' sheets. When they get into Beerus' room, Goku is amazed and demanded to remain quiet so Beerus won't wake up. While changing Beerus'd bed sheets Goku gets attacked by Beerus several times and at one point, Beerus had Goku in a leg lock. Goku lifts Beerus so Vegeta could change his sheets.
Goku and Vegeta continue doing housework all over Beerus' planet. Once finished, they begin training with Whis. Whis gives Goku a new gi and the two are given weights to train with. Later that day before going to sleep, Goku tells Vegeta that he doesn't want to do the housework but he still wants to keep training. The next day, Goku and Vegeta are sparring against Whis. Their match is stopped because they lack 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 is revived, Goku senses a huge power from Earth and doesn't know what it is but Vegeta tells him to ignore it. Later, Goku and Vegeta spar with each other under the supervision of Whis and they accidentally tap into a new power-up briefly. They eventually see Beerus who has awoken and tell him that they came to train with Whis and only want to get stronger.
While training, Goku and Vegeta are 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 there, 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 has no signs of an exit.
While sparring, Whis brings them back out because Beerus wants more pizza but finds that Goku and Vegeta ate it all instead. Beerus is furious with them so he chases them into the woods. Whis finally see's Bulma's message about Frieza coming back but the time it'll take for Whis to get Vegeta and Goku to Earth will be 35 minutes so Goku uses Instant Transmission to get to Earth but he can't sense anybody's ki. When Gohan fully powers up into a Super Saiyan, Goku teleports himself and Vegeta to Earth where Goku flicks away a beam that was shot at Gohan from Frieza.
Goku congratulates Gohan for summoning them and also tells him that he'll wish Piccolo back with the Namekian Dragon Balls before teleporting his body to The Lookout. Frieza begins to explain his torturous times in Hell, then leaves his hover pod to further power up to combat Goku. 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 simultaneously walk towards each other and begin a power struggle. The power struggle eventually explodes and they 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. After colliding again, Goku warns Frieza about attacking the others and he's only fighting him. While Goku is fighting Frieza he 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 unleashes his new power, Super Saiyan Blue and 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 urges Frieza to show him his new power and after one more trick, Frieza transforms into Golden Frieza. They restart the fight, firing ki blasts at each other until it leads to an energy clash between the two's energy beams that results in an explosion. After a seemingly even conflict, Frieza gains the upper hand and knocks Goku to the ground, leaving the Saiyan surprised with how Frieza caught up to his power like it was nothing. After Beerus' arrival, the two resume their duel once more with Frieza gaining the upper hand, leaving Goku exhausted and critically injured.
Goku refuses to give up which leads to Frieza hurting him more until Goku bites his tail but once again the fight leads to him being knocked to the ground. Vegeta suggests switching places but Goku insists that he's "almost got him". Goku warns Frieza to leave before the tables turn due to his weakness before resuming the fight. It would seem that Frieza has finally won until Goku resists Frieza's finishing punch saying that he finally reached his limit and punches Frieza back hard. Goku explains Frieza's weakness: he came to Earth as soon as he unlocked his Golden form, therefore he is burning more stamina and power than his body can regulate and should have got used to it first before exacting 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 steps in, Goku thanks Vegeta for saving him and allows him to finish the fight with Frieza. Goku explains to his friends that Vegeta too has achieved Super Saiyan Blue but thanks to his own power. When Frieza destroys Earth, Goku and his friends (except Vegeta) are shielded by Whis. Goku regrets not killing Frieza right away until Whis offers to use his Temporal Do-Over to turn back time to before the incident happened. After the do-over, Goku turns into a Super Saiyan Blue and charges up a Dash Kamehameha that kills Frieza. Vegeta scolds him but Goku explained he had no choice so Bulma and the others explained everything for 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 later, 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 the form 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 Whis suggests "Super Saiyan Blue". Whis punishes Goku and Vegeta for transforming by making them put on heavy space suits.
Champa and Vados suddenly arrive on Beerus' planet. Goku notices that they both look like Beerus and Whis and is told by Vados that she is Whis' sister and Beerus and Champa are twins. When Beerus arrives, Goku is told that 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, 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. 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. Vegeta suggests Gohan to fight because he has the highest potential but Goku says 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.
Goku tests out Bulma's new Super Dragon Radar but it doesn't work as they are on the edge of the universe. Bulma contacts 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.
While training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Goku wonders if the warriors from Universe 6 will be strong to which Vegeta tells him that they will be. Goku is excited to see them and even the fighter Beerus has been speaking of. Vegeta wants Goku to act his age but not knowing what he meant, Goku responds saying that Saiyans stay young until they reach the age of 80. Vegeta was however, taking about his mentality. Goku and Vegeta turn into Super Saiyan Blue so they both could go all. 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 and emerge with beards. As Whis picks everyone up in his cube, Goku asks Videl where Gohan is, she says that he's in an important conference. 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 after 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 greets the Universe 6 Supreme Kai and his attendant before heading off to start an exam. When walking towards the stage, Goku recognizes a familiar face to which Vegeta exclaims is "Frieza" though it is not and also notices Magetta, wondering if he's a "Human". 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. Goku asks Cabba where his tail is, to which Cabba explains their race had tails long ago, but lost them due to evolving.
Goku takes the exam and barely passes with a fifty-percent however, their team is short a member because Buu failed his. Goku blames Vegeta for requesting such a thing. Goku takes the first match against Botamo. When 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 but fails 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 begins to take control by attacking Botamo but he isn't taking any damage even after firing a Kamehameha at him. Goku thinks of an idea to beat Botamo and pushes him down and drags him to the edge of the ring. As Botamo tries to punch Goku, he grabs his arm and throws him out of the ring, resulting in a ring out.
Goku looks over at Hit, who is not paying attention to the fight. Goku's next challenger is Frost and they shake hands before the match. As the Referee commences the match, Frost charges Goku and they both attack and block each other in rapid succession. Goku uppercuts Frost in the gut and kicks him to the floor. Goku assumes that Frost is trying to test his power though Frost denies it. Goku is eager to see Frost transform into his final form but Frost wonders how he knew he could transform. Goku tells Frost that he fought someone similar before and that he should transform so he wont't be defeated without using his true power. Frosts then transforms into his "final form".
Goku is surprised at Frost's transformation and says he hasn't seen that form previously. Frost asks if his counterpart defeated Goku though he chooses not to say so Frost assumes that he didn't. Goku and Frost battle it out again until Frost fires a finger blast at Goku which sends him 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. As Goku charges towards Frost, Frost transforms into his true final form. As a Super Saiyan, Goku completely outclassed Frost, with him unable to land a major blow. However Frost catches him with a glancing blow which instantly renders Goku dizzy and unable to fight, leading Frost to kick Goku out of the ring and win the match.
Chi-Chi hurries to check on him. Goku admits his loss who suddenly congratulates Goku and raises his hand. He explains to Beerus that he thought Super Saiyan was enough for Frost and didn't think he needed to push him any further. 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. After Frost is revealed to have cheated, Beerus locates a wound on Goku's hand from Frost's poison needle and is allowed to compete again. However, Beerus insists that Monaka will go last and Goku will go after Vegeta.
After Vegeta loses to Hit, Goku, after figuring out Hit's abilities, 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 thought 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, 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. 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 lands a strong barrage of punches on Goku. Goku retaliates with a strong blow, knocking Hit into part of the arena. Goku asks Beerus to remove the tournament rules, realizing that Hit is holding back because of the non-killing rule. Champa agrees, while Beerus disagrees, and they begin to argue. Wanting to fight Hit another time, Goku deliberately falls out of the ring and Hit is declared the winner. When Goku disperses the Kaio-ken technique, he recieves an immense amount of pain and collapses.
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. 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 and its full power allows him to break through Hit's 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 reminds him that Monaka has not fought yet. Goku, not knowing that Monaka is an amateur, cheers him on, and when Monaka wins the match due to Hit deliberately being knocked out of the ring, Universe 7 is announced as the winner of the tournament.
When Zeno appears and mentions that he would be interested in organizing another tournament, Goku casually tells him it would be fun, as Champa and Beerus are flustered. Goku and Zeno talk and Zeno praises Goku for his match with Hit. Goku extends his hand out to Zeno, causing both Gods of Destruction to worry. 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 approaches Hit, wanting to have a rematch against him at a later time. After Beerus uses his the Super Dragon Balls to make his wish, 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 Bulma hosts a party following Universe 7's victory, with Beerus, Whis and Monaka also invited. Goku meanwhile is seen taking a nap on a farm. After Beerus and Whis arrive, Beerus instructs everyone to keep Monaka being weak a secret from Goku. Goku teleports to the party and upon seeing Monaka tries to get him to fight him but Chi-Chi forces Goku to fly home to change into cleaner clothes. He does so, and teleports right back, wearing his regular Gi, still eager for a sparring match. 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, as Beerus dons a life-sized costume of Monaka made by Mr. Satan. Goku, fooled by the costume, engages in battle with Beerus. As they fight, the costume begins to rip, exposing his body parts. Vegeta and Piccolo intervene, claiming that "Monaka" has the ability to control people, but Beerus throws them away and starts fighting with Goku again, with Whis explaining that Beerus is enjoying the fight. Whis ends the fight when it begins to become too serious, 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 surprises his family when he appears to not have much of an appetite. Goten and Chi-Chi wonder if Goku is sick, or dying, and Goku says he isn't. While Goku is grocery shopping his Ki has a mind of its own, not allowing Goku to turn back or even land properly. Goku visits King Kai on Chi-Chi's suggestion, but his Ki is interfering with his teleporting, and he lands in Bulma's bedroom, Krillin's police station, Penguin Village while seeing Arale, and on the top of Korin Tower. Goku 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 temporarily disrupts a person's Ki after they use it in a reckless manner. In Goku's case, it was due to using the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken technique a few days prior. King Kai instructs Goku to forget training for a while due to the disorder, tells him to spend time with his granddaughter. As Goku flies home, his Ki forces him to crash into and destroy his house, angering Chi-Chi. The next day, Goku, Chi-Chi and Goten are in Gohan's house as Piccolo is babysitting Pan. Piccolo then leaves as Goku and Chi-Chi gain the responsibility of babysitting Pan.
At night, Goku and Piccolo are sitting with Pan on the roof. Goku tells Piccolo that his Ki is so out of shape that he would lose to Piccolo in a fight. Goku has fun with Pan and apologizes for his disorder, wanting to fly Pan around in the starry sky. The next morning, Pan disappears, and ends up in the hands of the Pilaf gang. Goku, along with the others start to look for her. Later that day, Gohan and Videl arrive back home, the others are exhausted, but Pan was sleeping soundly on the couch by the time they arrived. They deduce 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 due to his Ki disorder passing, King Kai suggests that Goku goes to train on Beerus' planet, but Goku says that Whis is away and he can't teleport there. While eating, Goku and King Kai suddenly sense Gotenks and Vegeta's energy and realizes that the two are fighting. Goku teleports to Potaufeu just before Fake Vegeta finishes off Goten and Trunks. Goku is unaware of the current situation and believes Fake Vegeta to be the real Vegeta until he, transparent and close to disappearing due to Commeson's effects, tells Goku to defeat Fake Vegeta, while wondering if he can. Goku, though confused, agrees and engages in battle with Fake Vegeta, who is as strong as the real thing.
An impatient Vegeta begins to give them both tips, with them wondering whose side Vegeta is on. Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and to everyone's surprise so does Fake Vegeta, and continue their battle. As they both land a powerful blow, a bright light is created, and the core of Commeson attacks Trunks, as Vegeta steps in-between them. Monaka casually steps on the core, which crushes it, causing Fake Vegeta immense pain. Goku then fires a God Kamehameha, destroying Fake 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
While Goku is eating on Beerus' planet, Whis receives a distress call from Bulma, who shows them an unconscious Future Trunks, having barely escaped his timeline with his life. The four teleport to Earth, and Goku grabs some Senzu Beans from Korin Tower. After Future Trunks eats a Senzu Bean he wakes up. Seeing Goku, Future Trunks angrily and unexpectedly attacks him. Future Trunks regains his senses and is surprised to see Goku alive. In the manga, Goku, Vegeta, and Whis are already on Earth when Future Trunks appears.
Future Trunks explains what happened in the future, and Goku and Vegeta are shocked to hear about Goku Black, a cruel and merciless version of Goku, 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 transforms into a Super Saiyan 3. Future Trunks tries to attack with his sword, but Goku catches it with his fingers and knocks Future Trunks down, defeating him. 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 actual Goku. Goku greets Black and challenges him to a fight, to which Black responds by attacking him with a Black Power Ball that pushes Goku out into a mountain. Regrouping, Goku goes Super Saiyan 2 and goes on the offensive. Black is able to keep up by channelling a mysterious dark energy. Throughout the fight, Black slowly gets stronger and 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 the Time Machine.
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. Goku goes with Beerus and Whis to Universe 10 because they have an idea on Black's true identity. On the way Whis tells Goku about its powerful apprentice Supreme Kai Zamasu, making Goku excited to fight him.
Arriving in Universe 10, they meet Zamasu and Gowasu. Goku introduces himself to Zamasu and asks him for a fight but is stopped by Beerus, who tells Zamasu and Gowasu about Black. Goku asks to fight Zamasu again and Gowasu insists the fight happen. Goku goes Super Saiyan 2 and tries to punch Zamasu but he 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 Black. Goku 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, the group have dinner and before leaving, Whis tells Future Trunks that Black and Zamasu have similar ki but differ in many ways. 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.
In the manga, Black does not visit the past nor does he destroy the Time Machine. Instead, the group wait for it to be refuelled and pass the time by playing a racing video game. Additionally, Goku never visits Universe 10 and never meets Zamasu, who instead learns of him through watching GodTube.
Goku is summoned to Zeno's Palace and upon arrival, Goku, Whis and Shin are greeted by the Grand Minister. He 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 whenever it is pressed. Goku then returns home.
Using the Time Machine, Goku and company arrive in the future where is attacked by the resistance army, who mistake him for Goku Black. After Trunks 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 surviving civilians. Afterwards the three Saiyans leave to confront Goku Black. Goku watches in disdain as Goku Black reveals his Super Saiyan Rose form and easily defeats Vegeta, impaling him with a ki sword. Goku transforms and engages in combat with Goku Black, but he is knocked 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 this they 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 while held down by Future Zamasu. 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 dragged away by Future Yajirobe, while Vegeta is saved by Future Mai. Future Mai sends the three Saiyans, back to the past in the Time Machine. After crash landing in front of Capsule Corp., they are quickly given Senzu Beans by Bulma.
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 watches Vegeta gains an advantage over Black in battle. When Future Zamasu appears, Goku overpowers him with Super Saiyan Blue. After impaling his chest with a lamppost, Goku reverts to Super Saiyan but is shocked when Future Zamasu heals. He then reveals that he wished himself to be immortal and 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. Goku and Vegeta then escape in the Time Machine leaving Trunks in a dangerous position.
In the anime, Shin visits Capsule Corp. to relay Zamasu probing Zuno for information on the Super Dragon Balls and Goku. Goku and Whis hypothesise 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. After Whis performs a Temporal Do-Over and Zamasu is exposed, he prepares to fight Goku but 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, they realize that the future remains unchanged. After Goku Black reveals his true identity, 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 defeats Goku. While a powered up Future Trunks battles Goku Black and Zamasu,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, which he practices on Turtle. After Goku has learned the technique, Roshi gives him an urn to seal Zamasu in, and he, Vegeta and Bulma (in the anime) return to the future.
In the manga, upon arriving in the future, Goku feels Future Trunks' ki fading. They find Goku Black and Future Zamasu beating up Future Trunks and Shin and Goku teleports them to Future Mai, who is transporting the injured Gowasu away. While Vegeta battles Goku Black, Future Zamasu confronts Goku and reiterates that he's immortal, but Goku goes Super Saiyan Blue and uses the Evil Containment Wave to send him into a jar. However the talisman needed to seal the jar is missing. Zamasu emerges in shock and vows to obliterate everyone. Goku enters Super Saiyan God instead to save on his energy. Outmatched Zamasu uses the Potara to fuse with Goku Black and combine into Fused Zamasu.
In the anime, Black and Future Zamasu quickly confront Goku and Vegeta, with Black damaging the Time Machine again. Goku realizes the sealing urn is still in the Time Machine and while Future Trunks tries to puts the jar back together, Gowasu and Shin arrive. Black and Zamasu try to kill them but Goku and Vegeta transform into Super Saiyan Blue and stop the blasts. As Vegeta pushes back Goku Black, Goku fights Future Zamasu. When Black creates a rift which spawns a series of clones they surround Goku and Vegeta. As they destroy them, the rift continues to produce more. Eventually Black senses that Future Zamasu's ki is diminished due to nearly being sealed with the Evil Containment Wave. Black teleports to Future Zamasu and use Potara Fusion to combine into Fused Zamasu.
Goku and Vegeta engage Fused Zamasu in battle but are overwhelmed by his divine power. After Future Trunks and Vegeta are taken down, Goku uses his God Kamehameha against Fused Zamasu's Holy Wrath, resulting in a huge explosion as the beam pierces Fused Zamasu's ki sphere, leaving the left side of his 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 uses the power of Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken to land a huge blow, destroying Fused Zamasu's divine halo. Goku falls to the ground exhausted as a furious Fused Zamasu powers up with Light of Divine Justice.
In the manga, Fused Zamasu hits Goku and Vegeta with fast strikes to the gut. They collapse to the ground, reverting to base from their Super Saiyan God forms. Goku goes Super Saiyan Blue and attacks Fused Zamasu, who deflects all of his strikes. Goku fires a God Kamehameha which pierces Fused Zamasu's chest, but he heals the wound due to his immortality. After continuing to overwhelm Goku and Vegeta, Shin gives Goku his Potara, suggesting they fuse into Vegito. Vegeta refuses and Goku heads back into the fight though continues to be overwhelmed. After hearing that the Potara fusion only lasts an hour, Vegeta asks for the earrings.
In the anime, Goku suggests that he and Vegeta fuse and he reluctantly agrees. Gowasu explains that as Goku and Vegeta are not Supreme Kais, the Potara fusion will last one hour. The Saiyans use 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. Everyone celebrates until a rift appears in the air that forms to become Infinite Zamasu. Goku and Vegeta try to power up, but lack the ki to transform. Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks each fire their own blasts but they are easily nullified. Goku looks in his gi for a Senzu Bean but finds the button Zeno gave him instead and summons 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, 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. Fused Zamasu begins attacking Goku and Vegeta interrupts the assault, throwing Goku towards Future Trunks. Goku is healed by Future Trunks, who just found out he has the healing ability due to having apprenticed under Future Shin. As he 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 and 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. The two fight on even grounds but eventually realizing he can't hold onto the Perfected form much longer, charges up one final attack and dashes toward to 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 and knocks Goku out.
After Future Trunks seemingly kills Goku Black and Zamasu, Goku goes to congratulate him when Trunks is hit in the back by a ki blast from Black. Future 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 blasts both them with Gamma Burst Flash. The attack obliterates both Zamasus into pieces however each of the pieces suddenly turn into another Zamasu. Shin teleports Goku and Vegeta to the Time Machine where they attempt to escape, but are interrupted by hundreds of Zamasus. Goku and Vegeta prepare to go down fighting 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 where he takes him 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, sometime later, 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 showing great respect to Goku offers to spare his life if Goku were to disappear but Goku declines the offer. Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and reminds Hit that Time-Skip won't work on him. Goku attacks but his attacks are going through Hit. Hit successfully assassinates Goku with a single ki strike to the heart, with Goku dying before his body hits the ground. Piccolo, Gohan and Goten arrive moments and discover his dead body. Piccolo begins to perform CPR but Gohan sensing something looks up and notices a massive ki blast falling back to Goku. The blast strikes Goku in the heart, reviving 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. 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. Goku having figured out Hit's ability, powers up to maximum power and shatters his Tides of Time and defeats him with a Kamehameha. After the fight everyone greets the pair with Vegeta demands Hit to tell him who hired him but he Hit refuses. Suddenly Vegeta realizes who hired Hit and accuses Goku to which Goku confesses to hiring Hit through Vados. Hit admits Goku is far to complex for him to understand and smiles at his target. Hit asks Goku if there is 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 his family to see the new Great Saiyaman movie, but falls asleep through it and gets yelled at by Chi-Chi for it.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga
Peace having returned, Goku begins farming again, and takes his latest harvest to a trader. 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 help, but finds himself held at gunpoint by the man and his two companions who demand the truck. Goku refuses and 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 brings the criminals to the police station, where the sheriff pays him a large reward.
Goku calls Krillin to ask if he wants to train but he is busy with police work. Instead, Goku calls Whis and agrees to give him bean daifuku in exchange for more training. Heading home to put on his Gi, Goten asks if he can come along but Chi-Chi forbids this, though the two sneak out while she is distracted. After picking up the bean daifuku they head to 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 declines and says he should give it to Whis.
After finding Vegeta, Goku asks him to come along with him but he rejects since Bulma is going to give birth soon. Once Whis arrives, he takes Goku to Beerus' Planet to train. Looking to fight stronger opponents once more, Goku asks Beerus about the tournament that Zeno was planning, but is scolded by Beerus and told not to get involved. Beerus threatens to destroy 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 Future Zeno becomes excited by the idea of it, so the Grand Minister tells Goku that he will inform him of the details when they become available. Goku returns to Beerus' planet and tells Beerus what happened and asks Whis to take him to the Sacred World of the Kai.
The Grand Minister arrives and 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.
Returning to Earth, Goku asks Vegeta but he refuses. Goku decides that Goten and Trunks are too weak to compete, 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 panic.
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. Shin takes everyone to Zeno's Palace, where they encounter their Universe 9 opponents for the first time. The Gods and Angels of the other ten universes arrive shortly after. The Grand Minister introduces Goku as the man responsible for the Tournament of Power and explains the rules for the Zeno Expo. 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.
Goku is paired against Bergamo, who declares Goku as the enemy. Bergamo convinces Zeno to rescind the rule stating all losing universes are destroyed if he defeats Goku, 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 hit Bergamo and make him stronger. Becoming a Super Saiyan Blue he fires a 10x God Kamehameha which overpowers Bergamo's Wolfgang Penetrator and defeats him. Goku is then challenged by Top of Universe 11. Goku starts the fight off in Super Saiyan and Top is able to gain an advantage over him until Goku turns 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 ends it. Before they part ways, Top reveals that there is a being in Universe 11 even stronger than him. Shortly afterwards Goku returns to Earth where he begins to put a team together.
In the manga, 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 all of the Gods of Destruction. 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. After the Grand Minister ends the match, 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.
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. After Grand Minister announces the rules for the Tournament, 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, at Capsule Corp. Shin reveals that there are only twenty-eight planets with mortal life, 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 to still recruit him. 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 find Vegeta, who still refuses to get involved. Whis solves the problem by using his staff to instantly and painlessly deliver the bay who is soon named Bulla. 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. At a remote location, Goku watches as Krillin beats Gohan in a sparring match with the Solar Flare x100. Goku also spars with Krillin on a rooftop in Satan City. Krillin keeps 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. 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 visits Dende to look for 17, but is distracted by Good Buu's training nearby. Buu now in a slimmer form spars with Goku and manages to knock him out of bounds while he's distracted. Goku is impressed by Buu's new power and looks forward to fighting alongside him. He then heads to the Lookout where Dende has moves it 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 dealing with poachers. After Goku helps him send the poachers away, Goku and 17 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 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, but after telling him of the Super Dragon Balls being the prize, he begins to reconsider. After Goku helps 17 save the animals from a gang of intergalactic poachers, 17 agrees to fight in the tournament, leaving his island in the care of Trunks and Goten while he's gone.
In the manga, Goku neglects to recruit Gohan, saying he doesn't like to fight. Goku 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 due to Goku wearing a poacher's mask. They fight, with Goku turning Super Saiyan 2 and then Super Saiyan 3 before 17 realizes who he is and stops attacking. At night, Goku convinces him to take part in the tournament by telling him Krillin will be there as 17 feels he owes a debt to Krillin.
In the anime, Goku meets up with Piccolo and recruits him, also asking him to train Gohan in for the tournament. After being told by Oolong that Roshi is at the Tien-Shin Style Dojo, Goku heads there to recruit him and Tien. 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 fights the brainwashed Roshi, noting how strong he is. 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, a strategy meeting is held at Capsule Corp. Old Kai suggests drawing out Goku's potential, but there is not enough time. Instead, Goku decides to train with Whis in the gravity chamber. When Bulma tells everyone that Good Buu has fallen asleep, Goku rushes over to try to wake him to no avail. When he returns to Capsule Corp., he is confronted for lying about the reward and the truth about the tournament, and Goku apologizes. Short a team member, and Goku heads to Earth's Hell and 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 and Goku eventually agrees.
At Fortuneteller Baba's Palace, Goku and Frieza 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 he overpowers it and traps Goku inside while he murders the assassins. Goku is set free after the arrival of Beerus and Whis, and asks for a fight with Frieza saying that if he wins, Frieza will stay obedient to Universe 7 but the fight ends in a draw. Goku helps diffuse a confrontation between Frieza and Vegeta before Shin goes over Universe 7's strategy for the tournament but they 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, Whis contacts Goku, who informs him that Buu is asleep so unable to fight. He visits Piccolo, who says he's going to train Gohan then visits and recruits Tien Shinhan before returning to Capsule Corp, where he decides to recruit Frieza. He attempts to negotiate with Frieza but things 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.
Goku speaks with with Hit, with Hit warning Goku that he's gotten stronger. At the start of the match, Goku goes straight after Jiren but the Pride Troopers gang up on him. Goku fights them off while Jiren leaves the area. After Krillin and Tien Shinhan are eliminated by Frost, he goes after Master Roshi. Goku interferes on Roshi's behalf, but Roshi says he can handle himself and tells Goku to focus on Jiren.
In the anime, arriving in the Null Realm, Goku soon realizes he can't fly. He greets Hit and Cabba, who introduces him to Caulifla and Kale. Goku 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.
When the tournament begins. Goku goes after Top, but is intercepted by Ganos, who he clashes with momentarily. He briefly confronts Top before the latter is attacked by Mulithim. Goku 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, barely managing to grab the edge to save himself. Goku is then surrounded by five warriors from Team Universe 9 including the Trio of Danger, much to his delight.
The Trio of Danger fight Goku three-on-one. Goku paces himself, using his base form to avoid wasting stamina. Lavender use his Poison Blow, so Goku creates a ki barrier to negate it's effects. When the Trio of Dangers start to overwhelm Goku with the Dangers' Triangle, Vegeta steps in to assist him, and the two find themselves facing eight members of Team Universe 9. Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and eliminates Chappil and Comfrey while Vegeta, Frieza and Android 18 eliminate other members. Goku and Vegeta clash with the Trio of Danger in Super Saiyan before going Super Saiyan Blue to finish them by combining their attacks to create a Final Kamehameha. Everyone watches with horror as the Zenos erase Universe 9 from existence.
When the fighting resumes, Goku briefly battles 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 attempts 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, impressing her before she responds by pulling 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 and begins thrashing him 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, until Jiren appears and defeats her with a Power Impact. Goku then approaches Jiren as Caulifla and Kale retreat.
Goku prepares to fight Jiren, but is hit from behind by Top before the two retreat. Moments later, Goku teams up with Caulifla and Kale against five of the Pride Troopers. Outnumbered and struggling, Android 17 and 18 join the fight and help Goku. Caulifla and Kale defeat three of the Pride Troopers and 18 eliminates Cocotte. Goku then turns his attention to the Kamikaze Fireballs of Universe 2 where Goku clashes with Roasie. She surrounds him with ki blasts, but 17 protects him by deploying an Android Barrier. Goku gets the better of Rozie and lands an attack of his own, but Jimeze teleports Rozie and Ribrianne away before they can be eliminated.
After watching Gohan defeat Botamo, Goku takes on his Super Saiyan God form and joins Hit against Dyspo and Kunshi. Goku clashes with Dyspo, whose speed nullifies Instant Transmission. He briefly gets the better of Dyspo with a precision strike in a burst of Super Saiyan Blue, but ultimately ends up switching opponents with Hit. Goku powers his way through Kunshi's field of Energy Threads in Super Saiyan Blue while Hit begins to overpower Dyspo. Kunshi saves Dyspo from elimination, but gets himself eliminated by Hit. Dyspo retreats and Goku parts ways with Hit, hoping to fight him and Dyspo 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, he uses Super Saiyan Blue to break free and rushes to his Master's aid. After reviving Roshi, Goku regroups with his allies against 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. Goku and Vegeta pressure Prum by throwing rocks at him and after Vegeta eliminates him, Goku goes to assist Master Roshi against Frost, but is intercepted by Ribrianne.
Goku fights Ribrianne, holding his own in his base form against her love-based arsenal of attacks. 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 unfazed by Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2, but exerts minor effort when confronted by Super Saiyan God. Goku powers 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 to create Universe 7's Spirit Bomb, all of Universe 7 contributing except for Vegeta, who declines out of pride (though he does protect Goku when Ribrianne tries to blindside him). Jiren takes the Spirit Bomb head on and pushes it back. The two 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. Initially believed to be dead, the remaining fighters prepare to collapse on Jiren. However, Goku 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 Dyspo attempt to aid Jiren, but Goku holds them off effortlessly until Jiren dismisses them. 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. Goku retreats to rest, only to be accosted by Frieza who surprisingly heals him with a ki blast, admitting that he wants Goku to defeat Jiren for him. Goku is stunned when Jiren eliminates Hit from the tournament. Jiren tells Top and Dyspo to handle the rest of the tournament, as he has now eliminated all of the worthwhile warriors, giving Goku a pointed look which he takes with offence.
In the manga, Goku clashes with Top and Dyspo in Super Saiyan. Top warns Dyspo that Goku has more transformations left, shocking his fellow Pride Trooper. 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.
Jiren blocks their attacks while standing in place, even taking no damage from a Kamehameha. Jiren pushes Goku to the edge of the arena and prepares to eliminate him, refusing to acknowledge his name but Hit intercepts, landing a kick on Jiren. Hit considers his debt to Goku from the Tournament of Destroyers repaid, and Goku compliments Hit on improving his strength. As they continue fighting, 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 but Goku reverts to his base form and declines, wanting to beat Jiren alone. He then watches as Hit is overpowered and eliminated by Jiren. Goku prepares to fight Jiren again, as the latter finally acknowledges Goku's name.
In the anime, Goku is attacked by Koitsukai, Panchia, and Bollarator of Universe 3. The three, hoping to capitalize on Goku's weakened state. However Caulifla interrupts and kicks and blasts them away. Caulifla demands to fight Goku and be taught how to use Super Saiyan 3. She powers up to Super Saiyan 2 but Goku cannot as his stamina hasn't yet recovered. The two engage in a fierce battle, though Goku is outclassed in power, his superior amount of experience allows him to hold her off until he's able to match her transformation and fight evenly. Goku then invites Kale to fight alongside her master. Thrilled by the opportunity, she transforms into her Super Saiyan state and the battle resumes.
Goku has greater difficulty fighting against the two and when they unleash a combined ki attack, Goku is forced to use Super Saiyan 3 to repel it before reverting to Super Saiyan 2 for stamina reasons. Feeling inspired, Kale returns to her berserk state before putting it under her control, increasing the power of her Super Saiyan state. 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.
Goku's stamina recovers enough to use Super Saiyan God. In this state, he holds an advantage, dodging or deflecting most of their attacks while dealing them some serious punishment. Goku prepares to finish them off by firing a Kamehameha, but a quickly executed Potara fusion saves them as Kefla is formed. Kefla lunges at Goku, shocking both Goku and herself with her speed. Goku transforms into Super Saiyan Blue so Kefla responds by becoming a Super Saiyan. The battle resumes and utilizing Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken, Goku is able to do some damage. Goku counters Kefla's Gigantic Blast with a God Kamehameha, but Kefla appears behind Goku and knocks him out. Kefla prepares to finish Goku, but Goku stands up, channelling Ultra Instinct Sign once again and effortlessly deflects her attacks.
Whis surmises that Goku was able to achieve the form a second time due to Kefla's power rivaling that of the Universe 7 Spirit Bomb. Kefla further powers up to Super Saiyan 2 but 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. He begins to charge a Imperfect Instinct Kamehameha while dodging Kefla's Ray Blast and advances towards Kefla. With Goku suspended in midair, Kefla fires a Gigantic Blaze and Goku uses the Kamehameha to glide over the beam, allowing him to land a direct hit, destroying the Potara, ending the fusion, and eliminating Caulifla and Kale. Whis then states that Goku needs to learn to attack subconsciously to master Ultra Instinct.
Exhausted, Goku is cornered by the remaining warriors of Team Universe 2, Zirloin, Zarbuto, and Rabanra. He holds his own until the three 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.
Team Universe 7 come 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 but is then eliminated by bug-sized warrior Damom. Goku manages to save Android 17 from a similar fate and Goku and 17 work together to defeat him, with Goku creating shockwaves in the ground to disrupt Damom's movements while 17 deals the finishing blow and finishes Universe 4 off.
Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan are next attacked by Bollarator, Koitsukai, and Panchia, who ultimately merge into Koichiarator. Goku and Vegeta are content to let Gohan deal with this threat, but are forced to step in when Koichiarator gains the upper hand. Goku and Vegeta combine attacks to stall Koichiarator long enough for Gohan to prepare a Kamehameha. However, Paparoni fuses with Koichiarator to create the enormous Anilaza who 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 its defeat and Universe 3's erasure.
In the manga, Goku's fight with Jiren resumes, taking to his Perfected Super Saiyan Blue form. Meanwhile, the rest of Team Universe 7 come under assault from a variety of fighters. As 17 takes care of Damom, Goku comments on how much of an asset he has been. Goku briefly joins Gohan and Roshi in a fight against three Pride Troopers, until Gohan points out that Frieza is in trouble against Super Saiyan Kale. Goku teleports to Frieza 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, claiming that he can handle Kale himself. The two bicker until Kale powers up to a berserk state and goes on a rampage until she is fused with Caulifla to become Kefla. Gohan intercepts Kefla's attack on Goku and Jiren and says he'll deal with her while Goku resumes his battle against Jiren.
In the anime, Jiren, Top, and Dyspo confront Team Universe 7. Goku and Jiren begin their second round of fighting and exchange their motivations. 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 increases 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 begin fighting Jiren and are able to put him on the defensive due to their pressure. Despite their effectiveness Jiren turns things around for himself and regains control. Soon afterwards Vegeta splits off to fight Top while Goku continues to take on Jiren. After Vegeta defeats Top, Goku is slapped aside by Jiren who commends Vegeta on his victory and powers up to full power. The trio of Goku, Vegeta and 17 are not able to make any progress but 17 sneaks up on Jiren and hurts him which allows Goku to see Jiren's weakness, which ironically is Goku's own flaw of dropping his guard.
The trio try to recreate an opening for 17 to damage Jiren but to no avail and they are blasted and heavily injured before being rescued by Frieza though he is quickly taken down too. As 17 goes on to battle Jiren alone, 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, telling them he hopes he bought them enough time as he blows himself up to stop Jiren's attack. Goku thanks 17 for his sacrifice before collapsing exhausted.
In the manga, Goku goes for a combination attack on Jiren, which Jiren easily blocked and countered with a devastating gut punch, chastising the Saiyan for his repetitive offence. Knowing he still has a wall to overcome, Goku stresses his body to its limits, drawing from his reserves in a power-up similar to the Kaio-ken. He lands some heavier blows on Jiren but the boost proves negligible as Jiren points out that Goku made the same mistake Kale did, trying to wield power gained by destroying the 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 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 say resemble Ultra Instinct. Roshi is swiftly eliminated by Jiren and 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 before the fight begins and takes a heavy punch to the face.
Vegeta, having reached the Super Saiyan God SS Evolved state battles against Jiren but he makes short work of him. After Goku teleports Vegeta to a safe hiding spot, Frieza and Android 17 buy time for Goku and Vegeta to recover, with 17 seemingly blowing himself up in a vain attempt to defeat Jiren. Jiren approaches the battered Saiyans and Goku taps into Ultra Instinct Sign once again. Jiren powers up, casting an aura for the first time in the tournament.
In the anime, after Vegeta finally falls to Jiren, he gives all of his remaining energy to Goku with hope that he can win. Goku is 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.
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. Jiren attacks as Goku casually dodges his blows and responds with a body strike that heavily injures Jiren. The bout continues until Jiren raises his energy to a level that blows Goku away. After Vegeta's words of encouragement, Goku stops Jiren's assault and closes his eyes, concentrating on focusing his heart and soul into the fight and suddenly begins to overwhelm Jiren. Jiren powers up more and blasts Goku to the boundary of being eliminated, unleashing thousands of punches with Goku only being able to block.
Top notices Goku is actually fighting back as he begins to overpower Jiren's assault, landing another devastating punch that has Jiren reeling heavily as Goku unleashes more power. Jiren throws his Power Impact, however before the attack lands it vanishes along with Goku, much to everyone's shock. Goku reappears behind Jiren now glowing white having caught Jiren's attack, dispelling it with ease. Jiren attempts to strike Goku but fails, unable to see Goku's movements, Goku's shirt dissipates and his aura softens to reveal his mastery of Ultra Instinct, as Whis and Beerus smile, both confirming Goku has mastered Ultra Instinct. Goku instantly engages Jiren, calmly dominating his opponent in battle.
Jiren breaks through his own limits, managing to fight on par with the Saiyan and Goku is repeatedly knocked down. Goku charges a Kamehameha, which Jiren returns with a powerful Power Impact. Goku is overwhelmed in the beam struggle and is knocked to the ground with Jiren believing him to be unconscious. However, Goku rises and knees the Pride Trooper in the stomach but is blasted to the ground by a ki blast. Goku rises once more and explains that he can't back down since 17 and the others have left things up to him. Goku collides with Jiren in a mighty exchange of blows, gradually overpowering him and knocking him down, before telling Jiren that through his friends and family, he is able to push himself far beyond his limits to further increase his own power
Livid, Jiren angrily fires a Power Impact towards Team Universe 7 in the spectators' stand, which forces Goku 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 manages to completely overwhelm Jiren, managing to dodge all of Jiren's attacks while simultaneously pummelling him, before uppercutting Jiren and firing a full-power Kamehameha that blasts Jiren into a large chunk of rock, severely wounding him.
Accepting defeat, Jiren asks Goku to finish it. However, before he can knock Jiren off, he is suddenly struck in the back by agonizing pain, causing him to collapse on the ground as dark bolts of ki engulf him while he screams in agony. Whis notes that the limit-breaking power of the gods has been too much for Goku's body to sustain. Jiren, emboldened by Belmod's words, blasts Goku out of the arena. However, before Goku is eliminated, a kiai hits his back, sending him onto a floating rock. Frieza stands there, revealing that he saved Goku while Android 17 also crawls out of a crack having survived.
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.
In the manga, Jiren pours on the offense against Goku, who is able to avoid substantial damage. The remarkably calm Goku tells Jiren that he's gotten rid of unnecessary emotions and that his heart is calm. Closing his eyes, he awakens the true state of Ultra Instinct, landing a powerful punch to Jiren's body. Goku gets the better of Jiren, dodging an enormous ki wave and connecting with a point-blank Kamehameha that pushes Jiren through the arena floor, with him just managing to pull himself up. Enraged, Jiren triggers his full power before attacking Goku, who is still able to control the fight. Jiren's increased power forces Goku to work harder, causing immense stamina drain. Ultimately, Jiren outlasts Goku's Ultra Instinct and Vegeta narrowly saves Goku from elimination.
Jiren vows to win and resurrect his master Gicchin. With less than three minutes left, Goku and Vegeta fight Jiren together in their base forms, utilizing expert teamwork. Jiren powers up again, forcing Goku and Vegeta to put all of their remaining power into a Kamehameha and Gamma Burst Flash. Jiren takes the combined blast and emerges with minor damage before knocking Vegeta off the stage. Goku is about to be pushed off next when Frieza appears behind Jiren holding a Death Ball. Goku grabs Jiren, but Jiren is able to overpower him and throw away the blast. Distracted, Golden Frieza hits Jiren with a Nova Strike that eliminates all three warriors. Android 17 then reveals himself, making Universe 7 the winners of the Tournament of Power before using his wish to bring back all of the erased universes.
At Beerus' request, Whis restores Frieza's life permanently as reward for his assistance. Frieza claims he will not change his evil ways, but Goku vows that he will defeat him if he causes trouble again. After Goku and the others return to Earth, they have a big celebration at Capsule Corp. Vegeta eventually challenges 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 asks 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 vow to continue surpassing their limits.
Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
Main article: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
While sparring with Vegeta in the Gravity Room at Capsule Corporation, Goku relays that he hasn't been able to use Ultra Instinct since the Tournament. When Bulma contacts them to say she has received an urgent call from Mr. Satan regarding a gang that showed up at his house and is now trying to kidnap Buu, Goku teleports over there and confronts them until he is knocked out by Merus' Stun Gun. He awakens aboard the Galactic Patrol Headquarters where he is informed of a dangerous criminal named Moro who has escaped from the Galactic Prison and they require the Grand Supreme Kai who slumbers inside of Buu in order to stop him. Talking with Merus and Jaco prior to joining the Galactic Patrol, Goku reveals how not long before the Moro situation, he and Vegeta had encountered a Saiyan named Broly and had been forced to fuse into Gogeta to defeat him.
Goku offers to help catch the criminal and along with Vegeta the two are inducted into the Galactic Patrol as temporary special members. They join Merus on their venture to the Planet Jung to capture the Macareni gang who are attempting to steal some Blue Aurum. After Goku helps to catch the gang, he attempts to search for Moro's energy signal but is shocked when it appears that Moro has noticed. Explaining that his power wasn't particularly huge but terrifying in a way he had never felt before, Goku and the others soon come to the conclusion that Moro is heading to New Namek in order to gather the Dragon Balls.
Taking Vegeta with him, Goku uses Instant Transmission to teleport to New Namek to get a head start on Moro just as his ship appears above. Goku watches as Vegeta is the first to take on Moro and realises throughout that Moro has the ability to absorb life energy. Moro eventually drains both Vegeta and Goku of all their energy and defeats them, leaving them for dead. However still on the verge of life, they are rescued by Moori and a young Namekian named Esca and are taken to a nearby house where they are looked after for the next three days.
After sensing Moro heading in their direction, Goku and Vegeta head out to confront him once again but Merus arrives first on top of a Galactic Patrol spaceship and takes him on instead, capturing him with a device. When Buu is kicked off the ship and spots Moro he becomes enrages and Goku watches as he overwhelms Moro in battle, noticing that Buu appears stronger than he did before. Unfortunately Moro's magic is returned to him thanks to Cranberry using Porunga and Moro flee's the area. Buu restores Goku and Vegeta's energy and when they turn around, see that the Grand Supreme Kai has manifested his way through Buu.
Goku teleports himself, Vegeta and Grand Supreme Kai to Moro's location on the verge of New Namek's atmosphere but is unable to continue the fight when Moro heads out further into space. After Merus assists Grand Supreme Kai and gives him the opportunity to grab hold of him, Moro is teleported back to New Namek where Goku and Vegeta await him. Moro informs the two of his third wish, to have all the prisoners from the Galactic Prison go free and they soon appear by his side having used a spaceship to get there. Moro shares his power with the prisoners, putting them into an empowered state before they gang up on Goku, Vegeta and Grand Supreme Kai but they get overpowered. However when Moro begins to absorb up their energy once again, the Saiyans and Kai begin to struggle. With the planet on the verge of destruction, Goku uses his Instant Transmission to teleport all of his allies but Vegeta, who chooses to go his separate way, back to Galactic Patrol Headquarters.
After a few more days, Goku hears from Merus that Moro has grown even stronger and now stand virtually no chance of victory against him. Goku asks if this were to be true even if Merus were to be fighting seriously and he decides to give Merus a little test. He throws a punch at Merus which he effortlessly dodges even though Goku had meant for it to connect. Wanting to get a true feel for Merus' power the two move to a training room for a sparring session but even after progressing through Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 3, Goku is still unable to land a hit on Merus. He asks Merus to train him believing that by doing so he could potentially master the Ultra Instinct that may be needed to defeat Moro. Merus agrees but suggests they can go elsewhere to train as the room can not withstand their power.
A few days after Vegeta and Irico land on Yardrat, Goku travels with Merus on another planet to train. During their training session, Goku proceeds to punch and kick Merus but Merus effortlessly dodges Goku's punches and kicks, not taking any hits from him and counters his punches and kicks by hitting him with a staff to his back. Finding that Ultra Instinct will be one difficult technique to learn especially due to his emotions being all over the place when fighting, Goku tells Merus that in order to achieve Ultra Instinct he needs to empty his heart and mind. Merus then proceeds to charge toward Goku with his staff, and while Goku dodges Merus attacks with the staff, Merus reminds Goku that emotions can also translate into prodigious power such as Super Saiyan which is mainly triggered by rage though Merus points out that what he is after is the exact opposite.
The training now in a halt, Merus reveals to Goku that he knew about Ultra Instinct all along and had a reason for keeping quiet about it much to Goku's surprise. Knowing that Merus is a good guy who has the same goal to defeating Moro, Goku doesn't mind Merus keeping his knowledge about Ultra Instinct quiet and proceeds to resume their training to learn this ability but Merus tells Goku to follow him inside a pyramid where he leads him to a room that resembles the Hyperbolic Time Chamber much to Goku's recognition. Merus tells Goku that 1 day that passes outside of the room is equivalent to 3 days inside of the room much to Goku's disappointment that they will only have 3 days to train but considers extra time better than no time. Merus reveals to Goku that the main reason why he brought him to the room is so that he can unleash his full power without anyone finding out about it.
Merus goes into a fighting stance now serious and Goku assumes that Merus is not going to hold anything back against him to which Merus confirms this upon replying that he will impart all of his strength in their training and won't go easy on Goku. Merus asks Goku if he is prepared to continue their training and Goku with a smile on his face who goes into a fighting stance happily obliges to resume their training as he replies he was born ready. After continuing for a while, Goku begins to doubt that he even used Ultra Instinct after all. After Merus asks if it was first activated during an extreme crisis, he tells Goku the quickest way to achieve it again is to replicate those conditions and that Goku must be prepared to die during the process. During a break in the training to eat, Merus informs Goku of the news of Moro's men visiting Earth. Merus tells Goku that he has two months (six months in the room) before Moro himself heads to the planet and then continue their training.
Two months later, with time almost up, Goku and Merus decide to have one last spar at full strength but they are interrupted by Whis who teleports them outside and reveals Merus as his younger brother and Angel. Before Whis takes Merus back to his realm, he tells Goku that he faith that he will defeat Moro. After they leave, Goku realises he has been left alone with just a Galactic Patrol ship that he would have to pilot himself and shouts for the Angels to come back. At some point, he gets lost on the way back to Earth and stops off of at a nearby planetoid to ask some locals for directions.
As he gets closer to Earth, he begins to sense the battles taking place and his friends in trouble. He tries to use his Instant Transmission to teleport to them but is unable to get a hold of them until he senses Krillin's spiking chi. Arriving on Earth, just as the fusion of Miza, Kikaza and Iwaza are going in to finish off Krillin and Master Roshi, Goku knocks her out cold with a single attack before turning to Krillin and apologising for showing up late. When Krillin asks Goku if he thinks he can beat Moro, he says yes even though he could still be hiding some of his power. Goku teleports to Tien, Yamcha and Chiaotzu - who are losing their battle with Zauyogi - and proceeds to take down their foe in an instant. Yamcha informs Goku that Gohan and the others need him, and so Goku teleports away once more.
As Saganbo continues to overwhelm Gohan and Piccolo in battle, Saganbo is suddenly attacked by Goku - moving too fast for anyone but Jaco and Moro to see. At Moro's request, Goku reveals himself and Moro notes that he has grown much stronger than he was before. Moro powers up Saganbo further and Goku engages him as a Super Saiyan Blue and proves to be the stronger. Believing the fight to be over, he prepares to battle Moro, only for Saganbo to stand up again, stronger still after receiving another power-up from Moro. Goku demands that Moro stop powering up Saganbo, who is clearly on his last legs, but Moro refuses, saying that he wants to see the ability Goku was using when he first arrived on the battlefield. As Goku attacks Moro to try and stop him, Saganbo suddenly collapses and dies. Angered by Saganbo's needless death, Goku vows that he will kill Moro for what he's done and unveils his new ability - Ultra Instinct Sign - which a shocked Moro recognizes as a technique of the gods.
Dragon Ball Heroes
Prison Planet Saga
Main article: Prison Planet 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 Xeno Goku with Super Saiyan 4) and so they wish to see who is stronger, the two seem evenly matched but in the end Goku defeats Xeno Goku, who notes that Goku is a step above him. Goku questions Xeno Goku, 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 afterwards they are confronted by the evil Saiyan Cumber. After Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 and attacks Cumber, 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 Cumber.
After using up all their power in the fusion, they return to their individual selves only to see a Golden Great Ape Cumber 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 Cumber to his normal state so he does not destroy the seal surrounding the Prison Planet. Cumber 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 Xeno Goku now with Xeno Vegeta.
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 Cumber. Goku looks at his counterpart before going back in to finish Cumber. Xeno Goku, knowing himself, asks everyone to grab onto him and uses Instant Transmission to teleport off the planet. Ultra Instinct Goku then defeats Cumber with a Kamehamaha. Before he can finish him, Fused Zamasu arrives and steals Cumber's body away, leaving Goku alone on the blowing up planet.
Universal Conflict Saga
Main article: Universal Conflict 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 Rags 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. Rags 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 Rags 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.
They arrive in Universe 7 where Piccolo and Android 17 join up with them in order to battle the Core Area Warriors that appear. Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and heads directly for Hearts but is once again repeatedly slammed to the ground via his Gravity Burst technique. After Hearts powers up, Goku gets to his feet ready for another round. Goku and Hearts begin fighting though he is forced backwards by a barrage of punches. With little other choice, Goku powers up further into his Super Saiyan Blue state.
Now able to compete with Hearts on equal grounds but is pushed back as Hearts comments that Goku's desire to fight can only be satisfied by him, which Goku rebuffs. The two acknowledge that neither is still using their full power. When the fight commences again, Goku turns the tides on him and overwhelms Hearts with a Kamehameha. However Hearts gets back on his feet and taunts Goku before using his Gravity powers on him. When Hearts uses his Gravity Fist technique, Goku is shown to be at a disadvantage as Hearts begins to power up even further. Hearts draws his energy cubes towards him and charges at Goku hard enough to send him to the ground and out of his Super Saiyan Blue form.
After Kamioren undergoes a transformation after merging with the power of the Universe Seed, Goku intervenes and stops one of Kamioren's punches aimed for Vegeta but is far overpowered and caught in his grip. After struggling to break free, he enters into his Ultra Instinct Sign state once more and instinctively dodges Kamioren's punches and energy blasts. Kamioren fires a Mouth Energy Wave at Goku which he stops in it's tracks and sends back at his enemy. As he brings his opponent down to his knees, Kamioren fires another energy wave but this time around is able to catch him.
Goku withstands the energy blast and emerges in his mastered Ultra Instinct state where he then proceeds to dominate the battle. When the other members of the Dragon Team launch an energy barrage at Kamioren, Goku fires off a powerful Kamehameha which causes the red bio-gem on Kamioren's chest to begin to crack. Goku charges forward and follows up with a strike to the gem which causes Kamioren to shatter into pieces. Exhausted, Goku reverts back to his normal state.
When Hearts is merging with the Universe Seed, Fused Zamasu appears to defend him. He takes down the entire Dragon Team with a single blow each but Goku manages to regroup himself and fights on, but unable to transform due to being exhausted of energy from recently using Ultra Instinct, he is at a disadvantage and Zamasu soon twists his arm around his back. He is saved by the appearance of Jiren and soon after Hit. The three attempt to take on Zamasu but are pushed back by a pulse from the newly completed Universe Seed.
Goku and the rest of the group prepare to face Hearts when he uses a collection of green orbs to attack and enclose the group in a tight space. Hearts takes Goku down with a single blow along with the others but as they get to their feet, Goku is the first to attack, transforming into a Super Saiyan Blue. However, his momentum is halted as Hearts tells him that he can see his movements and his heart before sending him flying backwards. After suffering through another onslaught, Goku suggests to Vegeta that they should fuse, not knowing when his Ultra Instinct may be available to him again. While his friends buy him time, Goku and Vegeta complete the process to fuse into Gogeta.
Gogeta eventually defeats Hearts and returns peace to the Earth. Jiren asks why they didn't fuse together during the Tournament of Power. Before Gogeta can respond, he defuses back into Goku and Vegeta individually. Vegeta finishes the explanation that it's because he never wants to fuse with Goku. Goku laughs off the comment, saying that next time he will deal with the enemy all by himself.
Universe Creation Saga
Main article: Universe Creation Saga
At Capsule Corporation, Goku examines a strange bird he's found named Tokitoki, until it unexpectedly bites him on the nose after saying it has a stupid looking face. Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin and Android 17 join Goku's side in figuring out what the bird is when Xeno Trunks and Xeno Pan appear from another dimension in search of Tokitoki and explain how important he is. Suddenly the twelve Gods of Destruction appear and threaten them, surprised Goku asks what Beerus is doing and he explains to Goku his prediction of a strange bird appearing in Universe 7 and destroying all universes. The Gods of Destruction prepare to destroy everyone when Beerus halts them, wanting to take responsibility for his own universe. Goku and Vegeta head up to face Beerus and transform into Super Saiyan Blue. Goku then charges at Beerus to signal the beginning of the battle.
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
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. 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 encounters the Gurumes Army after they steal his Four-Star Dragon Ball. During their journey, Goku and Bulma rescue a girl named Pansy from Oolong. While pursuing Oolong, Goku is attacked by Yamcha and Puar. After the battle against Yamcha, Pansy tells the gang about King Gurumes and the Blood Rubies. They meet Master Roshi and Turtle as Pansy 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. Afterwards Goku successfully pulls off of a Kamehameha of his own. Master Roshi turns down Pansy's offer to help, suggesting that Goku is more than enough to get the job done.
Soon afterwards, Goku and his friends heads to the Land of Gurumes and fight head on against Gurumes' forces. Goku battles against Bongo in a mid-air battle and after using his Power Pole to shatter the Flying Disc that he was standing on, he fights him again inside the castle. There he encounters 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 after Puar transforms into a pair of scissors and cuts it off, causing him to revert to normal state. Goku and Krillin then fight against Lucifer, manage to defeat him, and he is killed by his Devil Castle Cannon in the process after Goku fires a Kamehameha that moves the cannon towards him. Goku and Krillin then bring Launch to Master Roshi, allowing them to begin their training under the Turtle Hermit and takes a celebratory photo with his friends.
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 gang helps Bora and Upa 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. Furious, Goku enters the ring and fights against Tao, but is defeated and blasted by a Dodon Ray from Mifan to the top of Korin Tower where he meets Korin. Korin gives Goku some advice, saying that the reason he lost against Tao was due to being angry during the fight and wasn't seeing things clearly which causes Goku to see the error of his ways. At the bottom of the tower, Goku meets Arale and the Gatchans. They take on General Tao and manage to defeat him by kicking missiles back at him. Goku returns to Mifan and rescues Upa from Major Metallitron by flying straight through his midsection. After the defeat of Minister 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 Android 8 and befriends him, giving him the nickname 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, who gives him the Nimbus Cloud, they are attacked by General Blue and his forces from the sea.
fter seeing Master Roshi perform one, Goku releases a Kamehameha that nearly destroys all of the enemy forces. Goku is knocked out by a missile and after Goku's friends are kidnapped by the army, he attacks the main headquarters. He attacks Staff Officer Black while in his giant Battle Jacket after he ruthlessly murders Eighter in front of him. Goku snaps, and releases a Kamehameha that destroys Black, putting an end to the Red Ribbon Army. Goku then uses the Dragon Balls to revive Eighter, delighted to his friend.
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.'s henchmen show up at Goku's House in in order to get the Four-Star Dragon Ball that Gohan wears on his hat, subsequently injuring Chi-Chi and Ox-King as well as kidnapping Gohan. Goku visits Bulma at Kame House so that he can use the Dragon Radar to track down Gohan's location and heads off towards Garlic Castle in the red sea.
Soon after arriving, Kami appears and while he fights Garlic Jr., who has recently used Shenron to ask for immortality, Goku heads into the castle where he confronts the three henchmen. When Piccolo appears in order to get his own revenge against Garlic Jr and his minions, Goku takes his battle with Nicky and Ginger outside where he promptly kills the two after firing a Kamehameha at them.
Goku and Piccolo team up to battle Super Garlic Jr and after removing their weighted clothing, they are able to stop him. Thinking Garlic defeated, they start to fight with each other due to Piccolo wanting to settle the score. 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 releasing his power, he pushes Garlic Jr. into the Dead Zone, sealing him inside. Surprised to see Gohan's power and then later that he didn't even realise that he had done so, Gohan decides not to tell Chi-Chi about what happened.
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 Master Roshi and Bulma are kidnapped by Dr. Kochin and the Bio-Men, Oolong visits Goku at his home and tells him what happened. Goku goes to Dr. Wheelo's Fortress using the Flying Nimbus to save them. Goku overcomes several of the fortress defenses and battles against Misokatsun though his rubbery body gives him trouble. Goku charges straight at his stomach and uses the Kaio-ken in order to fly through him. After defeating Misokatsun, Goku next encounters Ebifurya and Kishime and ends up encased in ice. He is saved from a finishing blow due to the arrival of Gohan and Krillin but after they end up in trouble, Goku frees himself from the ice using the Kaio-ken and swiftly defeats the two Bio-Warriors.
Heading further into the fortress where they find Bulma, Goku is approached by a a brainwashed Piccolo, the two battle until the device shatters and Piccolo gains control of himself. When Dr. Wheelo enters the battle, Goku fires a Kamehameha alongside Gohan, Krillin and Master Roshi though it has no effect. After seeing his son get taken down, Goku uses the Kaio-ken x3 and briefly gains an edge, he attempts to finish off Dr. Wheelo with a Kamehameha but gets overpowered until he uses the Kaio-ken x4 and sends Dr. Wheelo upwards into the air though he survives. Just as Dr. Wheelo is planning to fire a blast that will destroy the Earth, Goku forms a Spirit Bomb that he uses to destroy him and save the planet.
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 is bathing in a barrel outside of his house with his son when a dragon that Gohan had befriended named Icarus shows up at their home. Chi-Chi says that he can't keep it and demands he take it back up to the mountains. Goku however shows Gohan a small cave nearby where Icarus can reside. At his home with the rest of the Dragon Team present, King Kai contacts them and informs them of the Tree of Might and the danger it possesses to the planet.
The group head out to the tree and try to destroy it with a combined blast to no avail. The Dragon Team are confronted by the Turles Crusher Corps. but when Turles appears and forcibly transforms Gohan into a Great Ape, Goku tries to get him to see reason while also avoiding his mighty blows. Gohan appears to calm down when Icarus appears and an annoyed Turles goes to kill him though Goku saves him by firing a blast that removes Gohan's tail and returns him to normal.
Though most of the Z Fighters are defeated, Goku is able to best all of them using the Kaio-ken technique. 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. Goku attempts a Spirit Bomb while the Z Fighters divert Turles' attention but it is too weak due to the tree having absorbed up too much of the planets energy. Goku tries once again this time taking the energy from the Tree of Might itself and Goku is finally able to destroy both Turles and the Tree of Might. Afterwards he goes on a camping trip with his friends.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
When news reaches that a asteroid is heading for Earth, Goku and Krillin head out to slow it down, not wanting to destroy it knowing that it is inhabited. The two fire Kamehameha Waves at it but fail as they are blown away by the fierce winds produced by the near-clash of the planet with Earth. The asteroid in reality is home to Lord Slug, a very old Namekian that travels from planet to planet with his army. Lord Slug starts terraforming Earth to his liking, and learns and gathers the Dragon Balls in order to recover his youth. Soon after this, Yajirobe finds Goku and Krillin and give him a Senzu Bean where they then head to the location of Lord Slug. Goku appears to save Gohan from Medamatcha and Angila who he kills with ease.
The final battle against Lord 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 but the form only lasts for a brief period. Slug transforms into a giant version of himself to outclass Goku and chases him around the city, 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 x100 and charges straight through Slug's mid-section to seemingly defeat him. Goku begins to head upwards to destroy the terraforming generator but Slug, still alive, latches on to him. Goku now above the clouds, charges up a Spirit Bomb which he launches at Slug, sending him backwards into the generator, destroying them both. Having saved the world once again, Goku joins his friends.
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."
Goku, Gohan, Icarus, Krillin and Oolong go on a camping trip in the woods when Cooler, Frieza's brother, comes to earth with his troops in order to avenge his brother by defeating Goku. Goku battles against Cooler's Armored Squadron by himself, even gaining an advantage against them until he see's Cooler who he mistakes for being Frieza. When Cooler attempts to blast Gohan who has shown up to back up his father, Goku tries to protect him and as a result is blasted in the back causing him to be 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 them. 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.
After healing, he steps out to confront Cooler. Salza who was also nearby, punches Goku in the jaw to no effect. Goku powers up, with the force sending Salza flying and charges straight at Cooler. Goku then fights Cooler, first in the air and then underwater, seemingly evenly matched or with Goku having a slight edge. Cooler explains to Goku that he had found a way to surpass his brother and transforms into his fifth form where he greatly gains the upper hand even with Goku using the Kaio-ken. On the verge of defeat, Goku remembers his fallen friends and turns into a Super Saiyan where he becomes so strong that Cooler can hardly faze him with a punch. An angered Cooler powers up a Supernova Cooler which pressures Goku and pushes him backwards but Goku retaliates with a Kamehameha which pushes the Supernova back into Cooler, sending him out into space and into the sun where he is killed.
After the battle, a heavily drained Goku is surprised and helpless when Salza emerges from the rubble but he is soon killed by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon.
The Return of Cooler
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
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. While the Cyclopian Guards manage to defeat and capture Goku's friends, Goku tries to fight Meta-Cooler but he is no match for Cooler's new powers; he attempts to use the Kaio-ken but still proves to be at a disadvantage and his Instant Transmission is revealed to also be a technique used by Cooler.
Even after turning into a Super Saiyan, Goku fails to gain the upper hand due to Cooler's Rebirth ability. When Goku is caught up in a choke hold, he is saved by Vegeta who also turns into a Super Saiyan. Eventually the two are able to combine their powers and are able to stop Meta-Cooler. Unfortunately for the two, thousands of copies of Cooler appear, who proceed to knock down and capture the two Saiyans. They awaken to find themselves tangled up, in front of the Meta-Cooler Core. Cooler 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.
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!"
Goku goes with Chi-Chi and Gohan on a shopping trip in the city and later stop at a penthouse restaurant to eat where they meet up with Krillin, Future Trunks, Master Roshi and Oolong. They are suddenly attacked by two androids, Android 14 and Android 15, who were created by Dr. Gero's Supercomputer with their only goal being to destroy Goku. Goku confronts the two in the skies above the city but fighting two against one, he is at a disadvantage. When Trunks arrives to assist him the two decide to move away from the city lest it be destroyed and head to the artic.
The fighting begins once again and Goku is pummelled upon until Android 13 appears. While Future Trunks takes on Android 14 and 15, Goku battles against Android 13 with Gohan and Krillin arriving into the area to aid them. Goku is able to hold his own well but is continually at a disadvantage all the same. Soon after Vegeta shows up and takes on Android 15, the three Saiyans transform into a Super Saiyan. Vegeta and Future Trunks manage to destroy their respective Androids but the more powerful Android 13 remains standing and absorbs their computer chips and power cells causing him to transform into Super Android 13. Goku is completely overwhelmed by the powered up Android and is blasted into the ocean. There he begins to gather energy to create a Spirit Bomb while the others are able to buy him some time. 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 into the attack, making the android explode. Afterwards Goku and his friends go to the hospital to tend to their wounds.
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 in order to help Chi-Chi with getting Gohan in a school, repeatedly being told what to say to the interviewers so they can leave a good impression. During the interview, he is contacted by King Kai who warns him about the appearance of the Legendary Super Saiyan and the damage he has already dealt to the South Galaxy. Apologising to Chi-Chi for having to leave, Goku teleports to King Kai's Planet. There he is told about that this new Saiyan is even stronger than Goku and he becomes excited by it.
After King Kai points him in the right direction, Goku teleports around the galaxy trying to focus on the Legendary Super Saiyan's ki, eventually arriving on New Planet Vegeta. There Goku met several of his friends, including Vegeta, who had been brought there by a Saiyan called Paragus. He also meets his son Broly who begins to lose control upon seeing him. During the night, Broly attacks Goku who is forced to defend himself but before Broly can get too out of control, Paragus appears and uses a device to calm him down.
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. Goku is the last one still standing and all the beaten fighters give their energy to Goku, including Vegeta after some convincing. Goku then uses all the power that the Z-Fighters gave him to power one punch, defeating Broly. Goku escapes with his friends using Instant Transmission, just before the asteroid destroys the planet. Upon returning home, he tells Chi-Chi that his favorite hobbies are reading and sports, the same phrase that Chi-Chi wanted Goku to say at the school interview. Chi-Chi then faints out of exasperation.
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
Due to being long dead, Goku doesn't appear until he is brought back in spirit form after Goten thinks to himself "I wish dad was here" and Shenron grants the wish. Goku aids Gohan and Goten in their Kamehameha clash against Broly and his Omega Blaster. After helping his sons defeat Broly, he vanishes and returns to the Other World.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly
Goku makes a brief appearance, shown eating while being 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 but decides to finish his meal first.
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. Goku finds his Dragon Ball at a Zoo where he jumps into a Lions den in order to retrieve it where he has attacked by them but is entirely unharmed. When Shenron opened the box, Tapion came out but because Tapion was freed, the upper half of Hirudegarn was also freed. At night, Goku attends a barbecue with his friends at Capsule Corporation. 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 is ineffective 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. Goku notices Hirudegarn's weakness, that it's intense emotions drain it's energy, leaving it open to attack. He taunts Hirudegarn which causes it to become angered, dodging one last punch, Goku strikes with his Dragon Fist that defeats the monster for good. Goku then joins the others as they bid farewell to Tapion.
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, 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
Moments before Planet Vegeta would be destroyed by Frieza, Bardock arrives at his house and checks up on his son in his nursing capsule while meeting up with his wife, Gine. Suspicious about Frieza's orders for all Saiyans to return to Planet Vegeta, Bardock and Gine send Goku away to the distant planet Earth with a native population weak enough to not pose a threat.
In the present, Goku spars with Vegeta near Bulma's summer home, on an island far to the south of West City. They take a break to join the others for food. Whis asks Goku why he seeks greater strength and Goku explains that it's because he met incredible fighters during the Tournament of Power which motivated him to become stronger. Vegeta meanwhile says it's because of the threat of Frieza though Goku doubts he'd still hold a grudge after they revived him. When Trunks calls them to say that some burglars wearing Battle Armor have stolen the Dragon Balls, Vegeta reveals that they are indeed Frieza's soldiers. Believing that whatever Frieza could want to wish for must be bad news they decide to depart for the Ice Continent as that's where the last ball is.
As they arrive on the Ice Continent, the burglars spot Goku and Vegeta and realising they are no match, they decide to flee only for Goku and Vegeta to stop them. Vegeta and Goku both notice Frieza approaching but someone else with an enormous power level also. Frieza arrives, along with the two Saiyans, Broly and Paragus. Frieza introduces Goku and Vegeta to Broly and Paragus and explains that they are Saiyans and hold a vendetta toward Vegeta because of his father's actions. With Broly's anger noticeably bubbling out and Paragus and Frieza decide it's time to begin the fight and unleash Broly.
Paragus orders Broly to attack and Broly charges straight toward Vegeta and they both fight as Goku watches the fight between them. As the fight plays out, both Goku and Vegeta express their surprise at the sudden and dramatic increase in Broly's power, and realize that the battle is going to be more challenging than they thought. While Broly puts further strain and pressure on Vegeta as the fight continues, Goku takes off his coat and decides it's time for him to fight Broly.
Goku's goes into a fighting stance and both begin to charge toward each other. They trade some blows and Goku proceeds to fire a Kamehameha Blaster and multiple energy blasts at Broly but it doesn't faze him. Broly blasts and continuously punches him through a mountain. Goku turns Super Saiyan and the two continuously trade blows. He's still outmatched, but he teleports behind him and catches him by surprise. This advantage doesn't last long, as Broly quickly reasserts the upper hand, knocking Goku into a mountain once again.
Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan God and paralyzes Broly long enough to talk some sense into him. Goku's attempt at resolving the conflict peacefully appears to be having an effect, and Broly seems to calm down. However, the effect is shortlived until Broly suddenly loses his composure and gets angry enough to finally break Goku's hold on him. He manages to reverse Goku's God Bind technique and continues on with the battle. As the fighting progresses, Broly is steadily increasing in power and before long the battle becomes completely one sided in Broly's favour.
Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue. With dramatically greater power than before, Goku starts to steadily gain the advantage in the fight. Frieza kills Paragus in order to cause Broly to become a Super Saiyan and informs Broly about Paragus' lifeless body and lies that he was killed by a stray energy blast. In a fury, Broly finally reaches his Super Saiyan form. Although Goku tries to fight back, he is far outmatched even when Vegeta re-joins the battle to assist him, leaving them no choice but to retreat. They fly past Frieza and Goku grabs Vegeta by the hand and uses his Instant Transmission to teleport them to Piccolo.
Goku asks Vegeta if he knows the Fusion Technique. Vegeta initally refuses to perform the dance but Goku manages to persuade him after asking if he would really be okay with letting Bulma and Bulla die. After a few failed fusions they successfully fuse into Gogeta, who confronts Broly with his Instant Transmission and battles Broly. During the climax of the battle, Gogeta almost defeats Broly before Cheelai asks Shenron to send him back to Vampa.
Sometime later, Goku uses his Instant Transmission to reach Broly. As he arrives in the cave where Broly, Cheelai, and Lemo are at, he is met with hostility but Goku gives them an assortment of items for shelter that will help them survive the harsh conditions of Vampa. Goku hypothesises that Broly could be stronger than Beerus and offers to train him to properly use his power. As he prepares for his departure, Cheelai asks for his name and in response, Goku, pronounces his name to them as "Son Goku" but he tells Broly to call him "Kakarot".
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. 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.
Dragon Ball SD
Main article: Dragon Ball SD At the time when Goku, Krillin and 18 were children. Gero tried to kidnap the young Lazuli to turn her into an android, however upon seeing Goku in the vicinity, Gero sends Android 9 after him - but Goku defeats him in a single blow.
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. When he gets to the hotel, he first has a little food competition with Vegeta, when they feel the ki of two beings heading for earth. 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 want to fight too. They agree to pick radishes; a game that declares the one with the longest radish as the winner, which 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 with Goten and Trunks becoming Gotenks to even the match. Goku and Vegeta intervene after Aka launches a Super Wahaha no Ha. Goku tricks Vegeta, so he can fight alone and then goes Super Saiyan to do a Kamehameha that dissipates Aka's attack. After that, Goku punches Aka in the gut, thus making Aka split up. Afterward, they resume the banquet, this time with the addition of Abo and Cado. 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 Akira Toriyama (depicted as Robotoriyama) meets Goku and Vegeta on Planet Namek and tells them it is the 30th anniversary of Dragon Ball, Goku is not very impressed since they were not actually running for 30 years straight, annoying Toriyama who tells them he should be thankful he made them famous.
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.
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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 Due to the arrival of the Time Breakers and their tampering with time, many of Goku's major battles were altered to give an advantage to his opponent, causing a change in history. However with help from the Future Warrior these changes were corrected, allowing history to play out as was intended.
- Demon God Demigra Saga
Main article: Demon God Demigra Saga 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 Once again, due to the changes in history made by the Time Breakers, Goku's previous battles were changed for the worse. These changes were corrected thanks to the new Future Warrior being sent back in time to correct history.
- 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.
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, with the majority of the multiverse (deities included) referring to him as the fittest among them during the Tournament of Power, and one of the most powerful characters in the franchise. A prodigy of combat, he learned a great deal while a young child and would continue to near-effortlessly learn practically any new technique he encountered. His natural talent for battle along with his unwavering drive have taken his power to unprecedented levels. Ultimately, his might rivals the strongest mortal warriors in the multiverse and even the Gods of Destruction on occasion.
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 being 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 abilities. In hand-to-hand combat, however, Goku still managed to handily come out on top after a short but intense struggle. During this time, Goku had also fought on par with the Pirate Robot, an ancient but powerful fighting machine, before finally defeating it with an aeriel assault.
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 defeat all of 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 is revealed to have trained 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.
Against Tambourine, Goku was bested due to his exhaustion and hunger after the aforementioned tournament. Once he regained his strength, however, Goku easily defeated and killed the monster. Almost immediately after, Goku was confronted by the weakened, aged King Piccolo himself and dominated at first due to taking him by surprise. However, once King Piccolo got serious, he soundly defeated Goku and easily withstood his Kamehameha. After drinking the Ultra Divine Water, Goku's potential was unlocked, enabling him to easily defeat Drum, King Piccolo's most powerful warrior who had effortlessly beaten Tien, and fight on par with King Piccolo himself, who was restored to his prime and eventually defeated him. 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 too 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. This is evidenced by how he was outclassed by his older brother Raditz, considered a mid-class warrior himself. Despite aid from Piccolo, he only managed to defeat Raditz by dying with his brother while holding him and also taking Piccolo's blast. After training with King Kai, Goku easily defeated Nappa, the Commander-in-Chief of the entire Saiyan Army, and fought on par with Vegeta, a Super Elite warrior, although he needed to use Kaio-Ken x3 in order to overpower the Saiyan prince. After healing from his fight with Great Ape Vegeta and training at x100 Earth's gravity, Goku's power far exceeded Saiyan standards, easily defeating Ginyu Force members Recoome and Burter, the former of whom pummeled Vegeta and Gohan, and fight on par with Captain Ginyu himself. After healing from his Body Change experience, Goku's power increased immensely, and through various tactics and newfound strategies, forced the powerful tyrant Frieza to fight seriously at 50% of his true power. Only when he used Kaio-ken x20, could Goku land an attack on Frieza at 50% power, and even then, his attack failed to give Frieza any major damage. After transforming into a 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 deflected all of Future Trunks' sword attacks with a finger, leaving the hybrid in awe, albeit Goku noted that Future Trunks wasn't fighting with true desire. After training for three years to prepare for the Androids, Goku, at Super Saiyan, easily dominated Android 19 and would have defeated him had the heart virus not hindered him. After training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Super Saiyan Goku showed far more power than any of his allies, enough that it shook the Lookout and nearly destroyed Korin Tower, all while at less than half his might. Against Cell, Goku fought on par with a restrained 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 most of the Ginyu Force with his energy alone. 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 eight 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.
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. 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 and had to rely on his superior stamina to outlast Frieza, whose lack of proper control over the new form exhausted him. Once he was drained, Goku soundly defeated his nemesis with limited effort.
During the Tournament of Destroyers, Goku briefly struggled against Botamo's unusual body, forcing him to instead rely on strategy to defeat him and then went on to dominate Frost, who resorted to poisoning the Saiyan in an attempt to achieve victory. 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, which in turn drove Goku to use x10 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken, allowing him to 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. Later, when Super Saiyan 2 Goku fights Zamasu, Gowasu notes that Goku's power is in the same realm as a destroyer's (although Beerus is offended by this statement), having gradually overwhelmed and defeated Zamasu. Super Saiyan Blue Goku fought on par with Super Saiyan Rosé Black, occasionally outmaneuvering him, but was critically hurt by Black's Black Kamehameha while held down by Future Zamasu. During Vegeta's battle with Black in the manga Future Trunks states that Goku has trained and pushed his body to it's absolute limit at this point and as such cannot get any stronger. 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 defeating 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 twelve 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. He also fought mostly on par with Android 17, who was much more powerful than he was years ago, with a number of his forms, but both agreed that the Saiyan was still holding back considerably. Against Gohan's Potential Unleashed state, 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 he was unable to get control over it, requiring Beerus' aid and at Super Saiyan Blue, had a brief exchange with Golden Frieza and proved his equal despite his tremendous power increase.
During the Tournament of Power, numerous deities, acknowledge Goku as the most powerful warrior of Universe 7 with at least a few of them considering him the greatest threat after Jiren. All throughout, 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 Saiyan Caulifla, and the Universe 2 warriors Ribrianne, Roasie, Zarbuto, Rabanra, and Zirloin with his power, skill and determination. This is made all the more impressive by the fact that during at least half of these encounters, he was extremely exhausted. At Super-Saiyan Blue, Goku was outmatched by only Kefla and Jiren. In the anime, even with X20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken, Goku stood no chance against Jiren. In the manga, Goku pushed his body well-beyond the normal limits of Perfected Super Saiyan Blue, using this increase in 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 Top and Dyspo, he nonchalantly blocked their simultaneous assault and dodged the former's Justice Flash. He later eliminated Kefla while in her Legendary Super Saiyan 2 form. In the final one-on-one confrontation against Jiren, Goku achieved Ultra Instinct Sign again and began to overpower Jiren. 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. 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 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. Upon returning to Earth, after training with Merus, his power grew tremendously to amaze his Earth-bound allies. Goku easily defeated the strongest of Moro's soldiers, including the Miza Iwaza Kikaza Fusion and Zauyogi with a single blow and calmly overwhelmed Saganbo despite the immense boost of power gained from Moro. Even as the latter began to overdose on Moro's power, Super Saiyan Blue let Goku easily fend the foe off. This compelled Moro to see the full extent of Goku's growth.
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 was unable to cause actual damage even with the Kaio-ken. As a 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 pummeled 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. 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 Xeno Goku. The two Gokus fight evenly before ending in a stalemate in the manga/anime but in the game Goku defeats Xeno Goku, who notes that Goku is a step above him.
Later, against the restrained Cumber, Goku 's ki is corrupted and he transformed into Super Saiyan: Berserk. In the manga, Berserk Goku quickly knocks down the unguarded Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta and later survives Golden Coolers powerful energy attack. In the anime, 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 Cumber, but still caused no harm. In the game, X20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken Goku is able to battle Super Saiyan Cumber, though they cease fighting before a victor can be determined. Later after he activates Ultra Instinct Sign, he repels Cumber's massive energy ball. Goku then proceeds to enter the mastered state of Ultra Instinct, were he proceeds to effortlessly dodge all of Cumber's attacks and defeats him with a Kamehameha. In the manga, Ultra Instinct Goku is able to clash against Super Saiyan 3 Cumber and seemingly wins, severely injuring Cumber while he escapes.
During the Universal Conflict Saga, Goku while using Ultra Instinct Sign, effortlessly overwhelms Oren (after assimilating Vegeta) and Kamin, forcing the siblings to merge into Kamioren. The merged warrior still proved to be at a disadvantage against Goku. Against Rags, her 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. Rags then proceeded to defeat base Goku with a glass shards barrage.
Later, against Super Hearts, Goku was initially able to overpower him with Super Saiyan Blue and proceeded to land blows that rattled Hearts and overpower his large energy blast with his Kamehameha. Forcing Hearts to draw more power from the Universe Seed, Goku was overwhelmed decisively soon after.
Against Ultimate Kamioren, Goku entered into Ultra Instinct Sign and proceeded to decisively overwhelm Kamioren. Once accessing the complete Ultra Instinct, he proved able to throw around the massive foe and ultimately destroy Kamioren with a mighty punch its core.
Against the Ultimate Godslayer Hearts, with Super Saiyan Blue, he was able to put up more of a resistance against Hearts than Jiren and Hit. Even in his base form, out of all the assembled Universe 7 warriors, he was the one who could still somewhat stand up while restrained by Hearts' Gravity Finale. Goku believed that his power in Ultra Instinct would stand a chance of victory against Hearts but as he could not access it again, he opted to fuse with Vegeta.
In the manga, Ultra Instinct Sign Goku is able to fight Hearts, and easily deals with Super Saiyan 3 Full Power Cumber. Super Saiyan Blue Goku is able to fight evenly with Super Saiyan 3 Cumber. Both Goku and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan Blue forms are defeated by Super Hearts.
- 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.
It was stated in Daizenshuu that during his battle with Piccolo, his Super Kamehameha is strong enough to shatter the moon.
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.
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.
Prior to Goku achieving Ultra Instinct Sign, Goku and Frieza were tied for the No. 1 spot on Team Universe 7 in terms of power. In Goku's final usage of Ultra Instinct Sign, even Beerus thinks Goku might be stronger than him.
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 by learning Spirit Control - which also allowed him to sense ki from a much greater distance. 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.
- Autonomous Ultra Instinct
Main article: Autonomous 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 shown to be x20 in the anime and manga, though in the movie Lord Slug he briefly manages to use a x100 boost.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. A thing to note is that in his initial appearances as a Super Saiyan, the hair looks less detailed. When he became a Super Saiyan Full Power, the hair looks incredibly detailed and nice-looking. 
- 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 if he could not 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 regular 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 loss in efficiency or performance. In the anime, 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.
Goku is able to use Super Saiyan with the mastered energies of a god, as he did to combat Beerus in Battle of Gods, though this power seemingly evolved into Super Saiyan Blue.
- 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 becomes spikier, his forehead has only three bangs over it, making his hair more defined than his other previous Super Saiyan forms. 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. If Goku attempts to become a Super Saiyan while using this power he will instead become 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.
- Perfected Super Saiyan Blue
Main article: 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.
- 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.
- 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. In the anime, entering this state also energize him and negate all previous wounds as a battered Goku showed against Kefla.
However, initially usage of this state is random and unstable, only accessible for short periods of time and in the most dire of situations. In the anime, 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 Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, after training under the angel-in-training Merus for six months (two months in real-time), Goku could access Ultra Instinct Sign at will. In it, Goku's speed and energy control is so advanced, that most people cannot perceive his movements or energy signature respectively.
In the Universal Conflict Saga, Goku is also shown to access this state at will, as upon entering the battlefield, he immediately used it despite no pressure on him from the battle. In the anime, his control of the form can also disrupt a corrupted foe, returning them to normal as his attack ejected Oren from Vegeta's body. In the manga it is shown that surprise can cause him to lose the form, as he dropped out of it when he saw Oren-possessed Vegeta.
- Autonomous Ultra Instinct
Main article: Autonomous 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 Autonomous 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 Cumber, 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 Cumber. 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.
- Super Saiyan 4 Kaio-ken
Main article: Super Saiyan 4 Kaio-ken
In certain games, Goku is able to combined his Kaio-ken technique with his Super Saiyan 4 form. When doing so, his aura takes on a more fiery appearance.
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.
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.
- 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.
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