Ki Transfer (気の譲渡 Ki no Jōto, lit. "Transfer of Energy") is a technique used by many fighters.
The user transfers their own ki to another person either through touch or in the form of an energy wave to replenish this person's energy and strength, or to increase their power. This technique can be used in a pinch to temporarily stabilise a person who is on the brink of death or has been fatally injured, but cannot heal physical damage like Senzu Beans or magical healing.
When he is too exhausted to fire the attack, Goku transfers the Spirit Bomb he had built up to Krillin in order for him to use the attack to defeat Vegeta. On Namek, Piccolo receives energy from Krillin and Gohan in order to distract Frieza while Goku gathers energy for a Large Spirit Bomb. Later on Namek, Goku reluctantly transfers his energy to Frieza on the dying Namek after the tyrant begged him to save his life.
Whilst Goku's use of the Spirit Bomb and early use of the Large Spirit Bomb involved Goku taking a small and harmless amount of energy involuntarily from his surroundings, later uses of the bomb involve characters (usually the population of Earth and Other World) willingly giving up their ki to the whole by raising their hands. This more intensive process does not appear to necessarily be conscious so long as Goku is targeting them; whilst trying to convince Earth's populace to give him energy for a Large Spirit Bomb to defeat Majin Buu, an Earthling raises their hands, and without willingly transferring their ki has enough energy taken from them to cause them to be winded, alarming them. This kind of energy transfer, whilst slightly detrimental to the contributors if too much ki is transferred, causes the Spirit Bomb to gain far more power; contributions from the 10 fighters of Universe 7 summed to a bomb that would have defeated Jiren had it connected, but he was able to push it back with a glare.
Vegeta later gives his energy to Goku in the Tournament of Power after he gets knocked off the stage and eliminated by Jiren.
Pasta Macareni transfers some of his energy into his Ray Gun so he can detonate it later. Yuzun transfers some of his energy into the wreckage of a building he lifted up in order to harden the building.
Moro uses his magical abilities to share the energy he has stolen from consuming the energy of countless worlds with his army of Galactic Prison escapees, escalating them from relative weaklings to being able to trouble even Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta for a short time as Moro forcibly absorbs their energy. He later transfers a much larger portion of his energy to Saganbo to attempt to force Goku to show the results of his training. This energy caused his muscle mass to expand and his body to bulge grotesquely, eventually overloading it to the point that his organs ruptured, killing him.
Baby Vegeta receives energy from the controlled Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Bulla in order to transform into Super Baby Vegeta. This transfer of energy is named Circle of Power in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game. Super Saiyan 4 Goku receives energy from Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Pan at one point as well. Later, when the Earth is about to explode due to the usage of the Black Star Dragon Balls, Piccolo transfers energy to Goku in order for the latter to use Instant Transmission and escape. After being defeated by Syn Shenron, Goku is given energy by his sons and Trunks in order to become strong enough to overcome the One Star Dragon.
In several of the original Dragon Ball Z movies, Goku used his signature version of getting energy transferred to him to create Spirit Bombs to defeat several of the villains of each movie.
Piccolo gives Goku his remaining energy when the latter is crushed by Great Namek Lord Slug in Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, allowing Goku to use Kaio-ken to pierce through Slug's abdomen and subsequently finish him off with a Spirit Bomb.
In Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, during the climax of the battle with Legendary Super Saiyan Broly, Piccolo orders everyone to transfer their remaining energy to Goku so he can bring the berserker down. Gradually, Piccolo, Gohan and Future Trunks transfer ki to Goku by raising their arms towards him, but Vegeta holds out due to his shattered pride, telling Goku to stop and believing that it's still impossible to defeat Broly, despite Goku and everyone else's pleas for him to do so. Infuriated and finally fed up with Vegeta's whining, Goku roars at him one last time to lend him his energy, Vegeta finally conceding and doing so, telling Goku to make sure he gets the job done. The transfer is a success, making Goku strong enough to challenge Broly with the Miracle Blow and emerge victorious.
Video Game Appearances
In the story mode of Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Goku gives Krillin the energy from a Spirit Bomb in order to empower him enough to be able to combat the villains he will face on Earth. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, certain characters are able to share ki with their allies.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse during certain Parallel Quests, a NPC can be talked to have them donate their spare ki, healing the player character by a large amount. Allied characters will also hold their hand out and transfer some of their energy (they do not lose any health, Ki, or Stamina by doing this) to revive knocked out teammates. During the alternate ending of the Demon God Demigra Saga if the Future Warrior defeats Demigra before Goku arrives to help, they will counter Demigra's final attack alone with a Super Kamehameha. However Demigra's attack starts to over power the Future Warrior's Super Kamehameha in the resulting Energy Clash causing astral projections of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin to appear and donate their energies into the Future Warrior to help power up their Super Kamehameha turning it into the Z-Spirit Kamehameha which ends up overpowering Demigra's final attack destroying him.
In Dragon Ball Fusions, it appears under the name Ki Pass and is a Special Move that can be used by certain characters such as Goten, Gohan (Teen & Adult), Videl, Krillin, Chiaotzu, Trunks, and Future Trunks. It can also be learned by Bulla (possibly a reference to her using the technique while infected in Dragon Ball GT) after she reaches Lv. 69. It can also be acquired by Bulpan, Kallohan, Krigohan, Coohan, EX Prillin, EX Trunks, Chiaohan, Chiaoman, Chiaoldo, and many others.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Android 18 can use this technique in Parallel Quest 46: "16 of the Official History". Appule can use this technique in Parallel Quest 98: "Villains Regroup!".
- Dragon Ball Fusions, 2016
- Daizenshuu 7, 1996
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
- Dragon Ball Online Korean guidebook
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, 2014
- Dragon Ball chapter 237, "One More... the Sphere!"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 33, "Hero in the Shadows"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 93, "Keep the Chance Alive"
- Dragon Ball chapter 326, "Son Goku's Choice"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 104, "Frieza Defeated!!"
- Dragon Ball Super episode 111, An Extra-Dimensional Ultimate Battle! Hit vs. Jiren!
- Dragon Ball GT episode 38, "Family Bonds"
- Dragon Ball GT episode 40, "Piccolo's Decision"