"A angel halo that floats above your head, for some reason. See what the other world is like!"
A Halo (天使の輪 Tenshi no Wa, lit. "Angel's Ring") is a luminous circle that appears above the head of deceased persons if they keep their bodies in the Other World. These halos make ringing noises when tapped. Another type of halo, light blue in color, surrounds the necks of Angels.
Great heroes are permitted to keep their bodies in the Other World.
Residents in Hell generally do not possess halos, as they do not retain their bodies. However, in the Dragon Ball Z anime residents of Hell do retain their bodies and thus possess halos, inhabitants of Hell who have been shown with halos include: Cell, Frieza, King Cold, Recoome, Burter, Jeice, Guldo, Dr. Gero, Appule, and Babidi. However, when Goku travels to Hell to face both Frieza and Cell, they claim that they are both dead but, like all the villains that made it to Earth in the Super 17 Saga, they do not possess halos. Also, Piccolo has his own halo when in Heaven, but he does not retain it when he forces King Yemma to send him to Hell.
The angels who appear in the final two Dragon Ball Z films and Dragon Ball Super possess halos. In the anime, Super Saiyan Rosé Fused Zamasu also creates a halo known as Barrier of Light to power up. In the bonus panel for "Beerus and Champa", Sorbet and Shisami are shown with the cocooned Frieza in Earth's Hell with Sorbet and Shisami sporting Halos, while the cocooned Frieza does not. In a bonus panel for the "Bonus Story", Future Goku is shown to have kept his body in Other World after dying of Heart Virus. In a bonus panel for "Zero Mortal Project!", Future Old Kai is shown to possess a Halo despite not retaining his physical body which was apparently destroyed with the Z Sword as he has a ghostly tail (like Bulma, Chi-Chi, Dabura, and Videl did while in Heaven in the anime as they didn't keep their physical bodies after they were killed during the Majin Buu conflict).
The Grand Minister is the only Angel who's Halo appears behind his head instead of around the neck.
When Frieza is allowed back to the world of the living with a body for twenty-four hours in order to participate in the Tournament of Power, he possesses a halo though it disappears when Whis resurrects him on Beerus' orders after Universe 7's victory.
During the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, Merus lacks his Halo while living among the mortals of Universe 7 as part of his Angel training, though it briefly materializes if he attempts to go all out. After Whis ends Merus' training to prevent him from confronting Moro in violation of Angel law, Merus is shown with his Halo in his Angel Attire. It briefly materializing while Merus is going all out suggests that their Halo has some connection to their power.
During the New Space-Time War Saga, Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan 4 Xeno Goku's Fusion of Ki state forms a large Halo reminiscent of Time Power Unleashed Chronoa's Halo which makes sense as they achieve the state with her assistance.
Video Game Appearances
A few characters appear with halos in several video games, including Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Dragon Ball Online, and Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle. In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, a special code in Dragon Arena unlocks an alternate skin of Goku where he sports a halo.
Halo is an item in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and Budokai Tenkaichi 3. Halo halves the ki used in special attacks, but takes away 10,000 health points (1 health bar) in Budokai Tenkaichi 3. This item can only be used by good characters, its evil counterpart being Demon Seal. Halo also appears in the Raging Blast series as a cosmetic item that can be given to any character.
In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, equipping the item also gives a halo to the following characters:
- Goku (Early, Mid and End)
- Piccolo (Early and End)
- Vegeta (End)
- Tien Shinhan
- Gogeta (Super Saiyan)
"An angel halo that floats above your head, for some reason. See what the other world is like!"
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse Angel Halo description
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, it is called Angel Halo and is an accessory that can be obtained by the Future Warrior as a reward in Parallel Quest 34: "Majin Revival". Its appearance is purely cosmetic and like all accessories has no effect on the Future Warrior's stats. The Angel Halo also appears in alternate outfits for Goku and Vegeta from the Majin Buu conflict.
"The halo worn by Whis' father, the Great Priest, on the back of his head."
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Great Priest's Ring description
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the Angel Halo returns as an accessory for the Future Warrior which can be purchased from the Accessory Shop in Conton City for 45000 Zeni. Goku's Angel Halo appears as part of his Turtle Hermit Gi (No Character) 3 and Turtle Hermit Gi (No Character) 4 skillsets, while Vegeta's appears as part of his Training Suit 2 skillset, and Gogeta's appears as part of his Metamoran Clothes 2 skillset. Additionally the Legendary Pack 1 DLC character Pikkon has a Halo by default. During the Legendary Pack 1 DLC story, Future Pikkon has his Halo when he fights the anomalous Future Janemba created by Fu altering the history of Hell in Future Trunks' timeline. Though Future Gohan should be deceased, he lacks a Halo when he comes to aid Future Pikkon, Time Patrol Trunks and the Conton City Hero. Presumably this is either due to the developers using Future Gohan's existing character model which lacks one (as seen in some Parallel Quests where the Conton City Hero fights against the denizens of Hell on the Fusion Reborn Hell stage), Future Gohan was revived by Fu as part of his experiment, Future Janemba's ability to alter reality has resurrected him, or like the villains in Fusion Reborn Future Gohan lost Halo by going to the living world (due to the barrier that separates Other World from the living world being down), before returning back to Hell to aid in the battle against Super Janemba. During the Legendary Pack 1 DLC New Parallel Quest 145: "Other World Challenger", a there is a Halo-less variant of Pikkon due to him being revived by Whis to participate in the Tournament of Power with SSGSS Kaioken Goku, a fully resurrected Golden Frieza (who Goku reveals was also resurrected by Whis), and the Time Patrol. This Halo-less variant is non-playable and only appears during this particular PQ as an NPC supporter and enemy if the Ultimate Finish requirements are met.
As part of the 1.06.00 Update, the Great Priest's Halo appears under the name Great Priest's Ring. Interestingly both the Angel Halo and Great Priest's Ring disappear when the Super Saiyan 3 transformation is in use by the Future Warrior. Goku retains his Angel Halo when using the Super Saiyan 3 transformation.
As part of the Super Pack 4 DLC, Fused Zamasu's Halo appears as part of his Holy Wrath, Blades of Judgement, Absolute Lightning, and Divine Wrath: Purification skills. As a result, that halo appears briefly when the Future Warrior uses those skills. This along with the Angel Halo or Great Priest's Ring, allows the Future Warrior to momentarily have two Halos (Accessory & Barrier of Light) when using said skills while wearing either "Halo" accessory.
In Dragon Ball Heroes, Chronoa gains a unique halo when she transforms into her Time Power Unleashed form which resemble the gear with the hands of a clock. In her corrupted brainwashed version of Time Power Unleashed called Brainwashed Berserk her Halo is only present when she performs her Dark Labyrinth technique. While Pikkon has his Halo in Dragon Ball Heroes, he lacks one in his Super Pikkon state presumably due to being resurrected.
In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, Pikkon and Grandpa Gohan have Halos by default. Additionally Goku (Angel) has a card that depicts his Halo and Wings though his in-battle sprite only features his Halo. In addition to Pikkon, Grandpa Gohan, Goku, Vegeta, and Gogeta, Frieza (Angel), King Cold (Angel), and Cell (Angel) are playable characters.
In Dragon Ball Legends, Pikkon, Gogeta (DBZ), as well as certain versions of Goku (Super Kaioken/SSJ2/SSJ3), and certain versions of Vegeta (Base/Super Saiyan 2) have Halos. Whis and Vados also have their halos and Fusion Zamasu has his Halo.
In Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, Frieza (Resurrected) represents Frieza with his Halo from the Tournament of Power and is treated as a separate character from the living versions of Frieza and Golden Frieza.
- In the 4Kids dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai, halos are changed to glowing orbs on top of the characters' heads. This was to make the show more kid-friendly.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, deceased characters with halos are called "(Angel)" and are treated as distinct characters from their living counterparts.