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"Sorry Kai, but your luck has run out. Hakai."
Beerus to Zamasu before destroying him in "Protect The Supreme Kai Gowasu Destroy Zamasu!"

Hakai (破壊 Hakai, lit. "Destruction") is a powerful ability used most notably by the Gods of Destruction.

Overview

"It doesn't matter if you're an animal, mineral or ghost; there is nothing in the universe Lord Beerus can't destroy."
Whis to Dr. Mashirito after Beerus used the Hakai on the latter in "Goku vs. Arale! An Off-the-Wall Battle Spells the End of the Earth?"

By channeling the Power of Destruction, a user can destroy almost anything with little effort, even working on intangible beings such as souls in the anime. This technique is a staple of the Gods of Destruction, who wield such power with little to no effort. It can be used in various ways, such as holding one's palm out or extending both the index and middle fingers before announcing the attack (though it can also be used non-verbally). The end result is the target being engulfed by a destructive energy wave, or simply disintegrating into an agonizing nothingness, becoming nothing but dust. Non-corporeal beings, however, do not seem to experience the same atrocious pain as physical beings. The destroyed target then ceases to exist, unable to pass into the Other World.

In the manga, Beerus heavily implies that immortal entities cannot be erased by the Hakai technique when discussing the immortal Zamasu. This is further reinforced by Whis discussing a powerful sealing spell as a more potent alternative. Additionally, if the user can only perform the Hakai to a limited degree, a regeneration-using foe can potentially escape the attack and recover, such as when Goku's imperfect and slower Hakai could not quickly defeat Fused Zamasu, allowing the mad god to use Future Mai as a human shield and escape erasure. The most effective way to use the Hakai properly is for the user's mind to always be focused on destruction and nothing else.[5]

Other methods of wielding the Hakai exist. Users can manifest the properties of a Hakai as Energy of Destruction for a long-ranged version, though strong enough foes can exploit its more physical presence by halting the technique, such as when Cumber was able to punch against Top's Energy of Destruction in the Dragon Ball Heroes manga.

The orange energy released as a result of Hakai

According to Beerus, when something is destroyed with this way, it releases a large amount of energy. He demonstrates that this can create an explosion disproportionate to the object's size by destroying a small rock, causing it to explode with enough force to knock back Vegeta.[2]

In the manga, those who can use Hakai wear a distinct golden earring as a symbol that they can use the ability.[1] Beerus, Champa, Belmod, Rumsshi, Liquiir and Vegeta wear this earring. Arak possibly wears multiple sets of these earrings on his "whiskers", while it is unknown if Heles wears one.

Levels of destructive power

Beerus' Hakai releases an immense amount of destructive power

The skill of the user with the Hakai depends on the size and density of the objects they can Hakai and thus the amount of energy that will be released with the destruction of their target.

The weakest iteration of Hakai releases no destructive power with it's usage and simply turns the target to dust, an incomplete version of this basic level can be used by someone who is powerful but has no Hakai training, such as Goku. With the more advanced Hakai that releases destructive power - as he has only recently begun learning the technique - Vegeta can only destroy small/weak objects like rocks and large logs, Granolah can destroy very large boulders, while the God of Destruction Beerus can use Hakai on entire decorative planets, releasing a tremendous amount of destructive power.

To get around his more limited destructive power, Vegeta will collect multiple small objects together and Hakai them all at once to release more energy.

Usage

In the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Beerus taps an egg which sends destructive energy into it causing it to turn into lifeless dust. This is similar to how Beerus destroys Zamasu in the manga, albeit on a lesser scale and performed in a different manner though the results are pretty much the same.

In the anime, after Goku and his friends expose Zamasu's plan to murder Gowasu, steal his Time Ring, and then use the Super Dragon Balls to gain immortality and supposedly create a dark copy of Goku in order to eliminate all mortal life, Zamasu attempts one last strike against Goku. Before he could land the blow, he was intercepted by Beerus, who then uses Hakai to completely eradicate the corrupt Supreme Kai apprentice for his crime.[6]

Beerus destroying Zamasu in the manga

In the manga, Beerus and Whis head to see Zamasu and Gowasu while Shin arrives on his own after checking Zamasu's future. Cornered, Zamasu reveals his true colors and desperately tries to attack, but Beerus easily catches his attack and uses Hakai, leaving nothing but dust.

Goku attempts Hakai on Fused Zamasu

During his final fight against Fused Zamasu, Goku uses this technique by concentrating all the energy of the Perfected Super Saiyan Blue state on his hand, destroying almost half of Fused Zamasu's upper body, but is halted after the latter uses Future Mai as a human shield. Much later, it was later noted by Goku that he messed up his attempt at copying this technique for use.

Unlike in Beerus' prior usage, this Hakai is not instant and slowly destroys the target by progressing from one side of their body to the other.

In the anime, after Goku and Vegeta returned to the main timeline, Beerus uses Hakai on Dr. Mashirito's ghost during Mashirito's attack on the World Invention Conference for badmouthing him, destroying him permanently.

In the anime, when Goku announces to visit Zeno to remind him of his promise to hold a multiverse martial arts tournament, Beerus ponders about his leniency and briefly threatens to destroy Goku with this technique due to the perils his ingenuity could expose the universe to - moments before the latter tricks both the Destroyer God and his attendant and warps away.

In the manga, Belmod destroys a female extraterrestrial for insulting Marcarita.

Sidra using Hakai

In the anime, while recruiting members for Team Universe 9, Sidra destroys an entire city that was into chaos after learning the possibility of having their universe destroyed in the Tournament of Power and also out of disgust for the savagery of the mortals.

When Krillin considers dropping out of the Tournament of Power after learning about its true purpose, Beerus threatened to destroy him, forcing Krillin to change his mind.

During the Tournament of Power, upon taking on his Destroyer Form, Top utilizes several variants of Hakai via the Energy of Destruction.

In the manga, Beerus utilized this technique against Vegeta whilst demonstrating the abilities of a God of Destruction displaying his mastery of it by showing how it could be applied offensively by firing it as a small blast which wiped out an entire Decorative Planet, and then defeated Vegeta in battle using the force of the technique despite only his armor being targeted by it. After some time of training, few failed attempts and guidance from Beerus on differentiating destruction done using normal ki blast and that of Hakai, Vegeta successfully used Hakai to destroy a small pebble after he learnt it. Over the next few weeks Vegeta continued to progress rapidly and during a training session was able to destroy multiple medium sized wooden logs continuously without a single fail. Near end Vegeta even ended up destroying a huge sized log along with a big portion of waterfall behind it.

After wishing to be the greatest warrior in Universe 7, Granolah gained a Hakai-like ability which he used to test his newfound power, then later defend himself against the Heeters and later again against Goku and Vegeta. Macki compared Granolah's ability to magic. Not knowing the name of this technique, Granolah simply refers to it as "destructive power". Gas would later use a similar ability on Granolah after having been wished to be the strongest warrior.

God of Destruction Top's attempts to Hakai Super Saiyan 3 Full Power Cumber

In the manga version of the Universal Conflict Saga, God of Destruction Top attempts to use Hakai to destroy Super Saiyan 3 Full Power Cumber but the Evil Saiyan blocks the attack with his fist.

Variations

Video Game Appearances

"...It looks like your plotting something. Do anything foolish and I'll Hakai you!"
— Beerus special dialogue with Fu in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

In the Funimation dub of Xenoverse 2, Beerus refers to this technique as Hakai when facing off against Fu. However, he says "I'll destroy you!" in the game's English subtitles. It is unclear why it was left untranslated in the dub, however, this fits with Funimation's dub of Dragon Ball Super where it is also left untranslated.

UVPJ-07 Goku (SSGSS) card that allows Goku to use Hakai from World Mission

In FighterZ, Hakai appears as part of Beerus' Level 3 Super Special Attack, God of Destruction's Judgement (破壊神の裁き Hakaishin no Sabaki). The attack is normally a Headshot, but if it does enough damage and the opponent is Goku Black, Beerus will instead use Hakai and erase the opponent from existence. Presumably, this is a reference to Beerus destroying Goku Black's past self, Zamasu. With the addition of Fused Zamasu from Season Pass 1, Beerus will also use the Hakai on Fused Zamasu as well.

Super Saiyan Blue Goku can use the Hakai in Dragon Ball Heroes.

In World Mission, Goku's Hakai Super Attack is localized as Destruction, however as the game lacks an English dub, Goku still refers to it as "Hakai" when performing the technique. His UVPJ-07 Goku (SSGSS) card is the one that allows him to perform Hakai as his Super Attack and features artwork of Super Saiyan Blue Goku using Hakai. Due to game mechanics, Destruction doesn't fully destroy the opponent as the opponent only appears to be destroyed, yet if the attack doesn't KO them or the opponent revives they will survive.

During the events of Dragon Ball Legends, Beerus uses Hakai in an attempt to eliminate Zahha, who survives thanks to his Omnificence Crystal and retaliates with a Hakai of his own using the Omnificence Crystal as a medium. However Beerus had Whis use his power to protect everyone present, including the unconscious Giblet whom Shallot had managed to free from Zahha's Dark Ki.

In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, it is revealed that God of Destruction's Anger is Hakai in the form of a Finger Beam.[7]

Trivia

  • In the anime, despite Zamasu's head being the first thing to disintegrate, his agonized screaming continued despite no longer having vocal cords, only stopping once his entire body was destroyed. However, it is possible the screams were emanating from his spirit, which was also being destroyed.
  • In the manga, Goku initially believes that Hakai can destroy an immortal like Future Zamasu, but Beerus later confirms it cannot.[8] In the anime, Goku believes it cannot destroy an immortal, which Whis then indirectly supports by saying they have a sealing technique to deal with Zamasu. In the English dub of the anime, Vegeta comments that even if Zamasu's physical body could be destroyed by Beerus, Zamasu will still live on in his ether form.
    • In Dragon Ball FighterZ, however, Beerus can use Hakai against Fused Zamasu, despite the latter being immortal.
  • In the Funimation dub of both Dragon Ball Super and Xenoverse 2 the technique's name is left untranslated. This makes it one of several techniques like Kamehameha and Masenko left untranslated or not to have its name changed in the English dub. Interestingly, in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball FighterZ and the English version of World Mission, it is translated as Destruction.
  • When Gogeta kills the Crimson-Masked Saiyan in the anime, the way Crimson disintegrates resembles the effects of the Hakai ability.

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