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Headbutt (頭突き Zutsuki[2]), sometimes referred to as Us[ing] [one's] head,[3] is a physical attack used several times in the Dragon Ball series.


An aggressive and forceful thrust with the top of the user's head into the face or body of another person.



Goku headbutts Tien

Goku uses headbutts several times in the series. Notably, he uses the attack combined with a Reverse Kamehameha during his match against Tien Shinhan in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. He also uses a headbutt to defeat Piccolo and win 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. His tendency to use them was such that Master Roshi, when recalling his defeat of the Red Ribbon Army to Maron, mentioned that "using his head" was what Goku did best. Hero performs headbutts earlier in the tournament, to defeat Yajirobe and later during his match against Yamcha. In the latter case, he did it in reverse in order to have it appear as if it were an accident due to him appearing to have ducked to avoid a high kick from Yamcha, due to hitting the groin being a disqualifiable offense.[4]

Arale Norimaki uses it to defeat General Blue in Dragon Ball. She lunges upward at her airborne target, headbutting the foe in the torso with very powerful force. This technique is capable of sending the average person flying for hundreds of miles. Her teacher Daigoro Kurigashira has a headbutt technique called Headbutt of Love, which he often uses to discipline misbehaving students.

Krillin uses a headbutt to defeat Paul and impress his sister Mint, while he was at the Popo Poco Volcano village.[5] Krillin later uses the technique against Cell during the Imperfect Cell Saga, when he struggles to save Tommy and his sister from the monster.[6]


Chiaotzu headbutts Guldo

Gohan uses it as part of the "Leave My Daddy Alone!" technique he uses against his uncle, Raditz. Chiaotzu uses it to send Guldo back to Hell while he was fighting him on King Kai's Planet. Zarbon uses headbutts as part of his Monster's Impact technique.

Frieza, Cell, and the Cell Juniors use a flying variant. Frieza uses this attack against Vegeta and later against Goku during their battle on Namek,[7] and Cell uses it against Super Saiyan Goku during the Cell Games.


Gotenks clashes with Buu

Android 19 uses several headbutt attacks, beginning in his first appearance on Sasebo with a headbutt on a civilian, and later against Vegeta before the Saiyan counters with his Amazing Impact rush. Android 18 uses a flying headbutt during her battle against Vegeta on the Mountain Road after the latter tried to blast her with the Big Bang Attack. Shortly later, after Android 18 punched Vegeta hard in the face, Vegeta headbutts her in the gut, punches her into a mountain, and shoots a powerful Ki Blast blowing up the mountain. Perfect Cell headbutts Future Trunks during their battle on the Tropical Islands.[8] In the Babidi Saga, Vegeta uses it during his battle against Goku at the Rocky Canyon.[9]


Kid Buu headbutts Vegeta

Goten uses it as part of his Assault! during the final of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament against Trunks. Gotenks uses this technique against Super Buu, and he also uses a headbutt as part of his Boar Attack.

In the Golden Frieza Saga, Gotenks notably incorporated a headbutt in his Life-Risking Blow! technique on Tagoma as the latter was boasting about how he had a Body of Steel thanks to being forced to act as Frieza's sparring partner for four months. This also ended up severely humiliating Tagoma in the process due to it hitting him directly in his crotch, which evidently did major damage to him.

Vegeta headbutt

Vegeta headbutts Granolah

In Granolah the Survivor Saga, Ultra Ego Vegeta delivers a headbutt to Granolah that is powerful enough to send him flying away though he is able to quickly regain balance.

Various other headbutts have been used in the series. In Dragon Ball GT, Bizu and Ribet perform flying headbutts on Goku,[10] Uub uses the attack against Baby Vegeta,[11] and Goku uses it against Nuova Shenron[12] and Omega Shenron.

Film Appearances[]

In Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, during their battle at Garlic Castle, Garlic Jr. headbutts Kami in the stomach before blasting him at point-blank range.

In Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, during his battle against the Dragon Team, Dr. Wheelo headbutts Piccolo after the latter attacked him with his Scatter Shot, and he also uses the attack as part of his Gigantic Bomber technique.

In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Rasin uses a diving headbutt on Chiaotzu, sending the short Z-Fighter away, when they start their battle.

In Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, Android 13 attacks Goku with a powerful headbutt during their battle on the Glacier.

In Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Bojack uses a powerful headbutt as part of his Galactic Tyrant combo.

In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, after transforming into Super Saiyan and tanking an attack from Super Saiyan Broly, Gogeta bounces back with a headbutt that sends the berserker flying.

Gohan and Gamma 1 headbutt each other

Gohan & Gamma 1's Headbutt clash in Super Hero

In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Gohan & Gamma 1 end up headbutting each other at the same time at the start of their fight. Later during the battle with Cell Max, Fat Gotenks takes advantage of the momentum generated by himself getting knocked around like a pinball to perform a powerful diving headbutt to Cell Max's head penetrating the protective carapace covering Cell Max's weak point in the process.

Other Dragon Ball stories[]

In Dragon Ball: The Return of Son Goku and Friends!, Goten and Trunks accidentally headbutt each other while fighting the evil brothers Abo and Kado on Earth.


Video Game Appearances[]

Arale uses this in J-Stars Victory Vs and as part of her Ultimate Blast, Playing Pro-Wrestling, in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

It is one of Krillin's Super Attacks as an adult in Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu, named Super Head-Butt and as a kid in Dragon Ball Heroes, where it is called Best Headbutt (全力頭突き Zenryoku Zutsuki, lit. "Full Power Headbutt").

Frieza and Cell are able to use their Flying Headbutt technique in the Butōden series, and Cell Jr. uses it in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.

Vegeta also uses the flying headbutt in Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu (when he attacks randomly) and Dragon Ball Z, and he uses headbutts as his grapple throw in the Butōden series.