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Masenko (魔閃光 Masenkō, lit. "Demon Flash/Glint") is an energy wave used primarily by Gohan, but it was either taught by or taken from Piccolo.


The attack is performed by the user placing both hands above the head with the palms facing the target and one hand in front of the other with the fingers going in opposite directions. When the user thrusts their hands forward, they call the name and fire a beam of yellow, white, or orange energy.


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Piccolo Jr. firing the Masenko at a dog

Piccolo uses this attack for the first time when, as a child, he blasts away Tai's dog who was pursuing him, thereby discovering some of his power.[7] Gohan uses this attack for the first time in response to Nappa killing Piccolo, to no avail.[8] He then uses it many times throughout the Vegeta, Namek, Captain Ginyu, and Frieza Sagas.

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Piccolo firing a Masenko at Frieza

Piccolo uses the technique against Frieza, to no effect. Piccolo also uses it against Cell when helping Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha, shouting "Masenko HA" while firing it.[9] In the Garlic Jr. Saga, Gohan uses Masenko beams to dispatch the Spice Boys. Gohan also uses the Masenko in Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, and combined with Future Trunks' Masenko in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan. During the Z Fighters' battle with 1,000 soldiers in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Gohan uses a Masenko to knock down several soldiers. In Dragon Ball Super, Future Trunks uses the Masenko against Goku Black.


Pan uses her Masenko against Rage Shenron

Gohan's daughter Pan uses the Masenko in Dragon Ball GT. While possessed by Baby, Gohan uses a Masenko, colored pink due to Baby, against Vegeta.[10]

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Gohan uses a Masenko against Frieza's soldiers

Warrior-type Namekians can use the Masenko in the computer game Dragon Ball Online. They learn this skill at level 10, and the Charged Masenko variation at level 18.


There are many variations of the Masenko:


Adult Gohan uses the Explosive Madan

  • Explosive Madan: Adult Gohan fires a burst-like, short-ranged version of the Masenko. This move is seen in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and is one of his Blast 2 attacks in his base and Super Saiyan forms. Also named Explosive Masenko, Explosive Demon Blast, or Explosive Devil Flash.
    • Super Explosive Madan: A more powerful version of the Explosive Madan that is used by Super Saiyan 2 Adult Gohan in Budokai Tenkaichi 3. It takes on the form of a larger and more powerful Explosive Madan with a yellow-orange flame-like appearance. Also named Super Explosive Devil Flash, Super Explosive Demon Blast, or Super Explosive Masenko.
  • Full Power Masenko: Gohan fires an energy beam with a large ball at the end. He used it against Frieza in the Frieza Saga, but the tyrant was able to repel it.
  • Gekiretsu Madan: A rapid-fired version of the Masenko used by Gohan. He uses it in an enraged frenzy against Frieza after the tyrant nearly killed Krillin. It is named in the Budokai Tenkaichi series as one of Kid Gohan's Blast 2 attacks. He can also use it as Teen Gohan in his base and Super Saiyan 2 form. It reappeared in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, named Energy Blast Barrage, and is also known as Continuous Devil Flash or Continuous Demon Blast.

Future Gohan charges a Masenko

  • Hyper Masenko: A more powerful one-handed version of the Masenko used by Future Gohan as a Super Saiyan. It is one of Super Saiyan Future Gohan's Super Attacks.
  • Masendan: This is when Gohan puts his hands above his head for the normal Masenko, but charges it longer until it forms an energy sphere. He grabs it and throws it to his opponent, creating an incredibly large explosion. He uses this attack against Frieza after barraging him with the Gekiretsu Madan in the Frieza Saga. It is seen and named in Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit and Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World. Also named Final Demon Blast.
  • Super Masenko: A more powerful version of the Masenko used by Teen Gohan for the final Beam Struggle against Hatchiyack. It is used by Teen Gohan in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Raging Blast. It is also one of Ultimate Gohan's Super Attacks in Raging Blast 2.
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King Piccolo's Multiple Masenko in Extreme Butōden

Video Game Appearances

The Masenko and its variations appear in various Dragon Ball video games usually as one of Gohan's signature techniques, though they are occasionally used by other characters such as Future Trunks and the Future Warrior.

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Piccolo using the Masenko in Extreme Butōden

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the Masenko is a Super Skill used by Kid Gohan, Teen Gohan, and Adult Gohan. The Future Warrior can obtain this skill as a reward in Parallel Quest 09: "Saiyan Pride". In the game, pressing the control stick away from the opponent at the same time the move is performed will cause the user to perform a back jump before firing it allowing them to gain some distance from the opponent before attacking.

"Fires a Ki Blast straight forward. If Control Stick is held opposite the direction the character is facing, the blast will be fired while jumping backwards."
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Tutorial description

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 the Masenko is a Super Skill used by Gohan (Kid, Teen, & Adult). The Future Warrior can learn this skill by completing School Quest: Lesson 2 of Kid Gohan's Training. If the Control Stick is held opposite the direction the character is facing, the blast will be fired while jumping backwards.

Character meaning

  • 魔 (Ma) = Demon / evil / devil
  • 閃 (Sen) = Flash
  • 光 (Kō) = Light
  • 閃光 (Senkō) = A flash of light / glint


  • In the various dubs of the series, the technique is incorrectly named several times.



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