Nuova Shenron, known as Si Xing Long (四星龍 Sū Shinron, lit. "Four-Star Dragon") in the Japanese version, is one of the seven Shadow Dragons. Nuova is the dragon of the Four-Star Dragon Ball and is the twin brother of Eis Shenron.
Nuova is somewhat more humanoid than most of the other Shadow Dragons, with a sleek build and a serious face. In his restrained shell, Nuova has red skin, with a darker red torso and wing undersides. When unleashing his true form, Nuova's exoskeleton turns a bright golden orange, while his torso and wing undersides become purple.
Nuova Shenron is very faithful to his fellow Shadow Dragons, but also is fair to his enemies in battle, never resorting to desperate tactics, no matter what situation he is in. He will even assist his enemies if he considers his brothers' tactics on them unfair and desperate. He is easily the most kind-hearted of all the Shadow Dragons. He is also one of the most serious dragons, rarely smiling and limiting his taunts to the heat of battle.
Nuova's innate nobility and morals, unique among the seven Shadow Dragons, could stem from a number of places. The most obvious is that he is the dragon of the Four-Star ball, a Dragon Ball which has always been associated with Goku and his adopted grandfather, Grandpa Gohan. Another is that the wish made by King Piccolo, unlike all the other wishes that spawned the Shadow Dragons, was a selfish one made with evil intentions, and as such would produce less negative energy after being granted. Nuova Shenron also has the distinction of being the last character Goku is able to win over to his side in GT.
Nuova was born from King Piccolo wishing for the restoration of his youth.
Dragon Ball GT
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
He first encountered Goku and Pan when they wandered into the charred remnants of a city and attempted to strike them down whilst encased in an orb of flame. After introducing himself as "the invincible four-star dragon," Nuova was attacked by a rash Pan and deftly knocked her unconscious with a single blow.
Goku demanded the Shadow Dragon unhand his granddaughter and, to the Saiyan's surprise, Nuova quietly set Pan out of harm's way. After formally starting their battle, Nuova swiftly overpowered Goku with his sheer speed and ability to increase his body temperature. Goku was forced onto the defensive as Nuova relentlessly pursued him across the city. Goku could only use ki attacks to avoid being burned by Nuova, but was hampered by a sudden bout of hunger.
After nearly meeting his end from Nuova's lethal Nova Death Ray technique, Goku decided to even the odds and transformed straight to his Super Saiyan 4 form. Nuova responded in kind and shed his outer shell, becoming much faster and allowing him to maintain his advantage. Goku was able to outmaneuver Nuova by leading him underground and using deception, catching Nuova off-guard. However, Goku refused to finish off Nuova right away. When the Shadow Dragon demanded an explanation, Goku expressed his gratitude for not harming Pan when he had the chance. Nuova simply mentioned that he wanted a fair fight and was against killing innocents, a policy that earns Goku's approval, before both of them calmly returned to the surface to commence their battle anew.
The two were then interrupted by the arrival of Nuova’s evil twin brother, Eis Shenron. Eis ridiculed and pummeled Nuova, who refused to retaliate due to Eis being his brother, for his apparent weakness and faced down Goku himself. Nuova sat on the sidelines and refused to gang up on an opponent. When it appeared as though Goku was gaining the upper hand, Eis promptly resorted to freezing the Saiyan in a block of ice before instructing Nuova to incinerate him. However, Nuova instead used the intense heat of his attack to melt the ice that surrounded Goku, allowing him to take on Eis a second time. Nuova later stated his disgust for Eis' tactics, but still refused to strike him.
When Goku had Eis at his mercy, Nuova was the one to request that Goku release him if Eis were to forfeit his Dragon Ball (despite stating that Eis "brought this on himself"). After Eis took advantage of Goku's kindness by blinding him, Nuova expressed considerable outrage and did not intervene after Eis was struck down.
After Eis Shenron's demise, Nuova Shenron thanks Goku for a good fight and offers a medicine that can restore his sight. He then states that he wants to fight Goku after the Saiyan fully recovers. Soon, Syn Shenron arrives and strikes Nuova with his Finger Beams, disgusted by Nuova showing mercy towards his opponent. Syn Shenron's finger beams also destroy the medicine bottle Nuova gave Goku. When Syn shot a Finger Beam towards Goku, Nuova Shenron launches himself at it and protects Goku. As he dies, Nuova apologizes to Goku, saying he only ever wanted a fair fight.
Nuova returned once more before the conclusion of the saga, this time to help Goku and Vegeta in defeating the seemingly unstoppable Omega Shenron. After almost defeating Omega once during the fight, Goku managed to intercept (and swallow) the Four-Star Dragon Ball. This allowed Nuova to be reborn and empowered with Goku’s positive energy, but he emerged from Goku's body seemingly loyal to Omega once again. Nuova requested to face the two Saiyans alone, and Omega agreed. Nuova then proceeded to outmatch Vegeta with little effort before blasting him out of the way. After a brief scuffle with Goku, the pair hit Omega with a surprise attack, allowing Nuova to initiate the next part of their plan. Surrounding himself in a Nova Sphere, Nuova restrained Omega Shenron and stated his contempt for him before attempting to incinerate Omega once and for all. Nuova even mocked Omega for the way he attacked his opponents by turning his back against him, remembering that Syn had shot him in the back.
Unfortunately, Nuova revealing his immunity to heat proved to be a fatal mistake. Omega forcefully possessed Nuova by embedding his six corrupted Dragon Balls in the latter's body. Despite his best efforts, Nuova's body is used as a shell for Omega, allowing the villain to survive the blast. After the attack dissipates, Nuova has just enough time to apologize to Goku before Omega bursts out of his body and reabsorbed his Dragon Ball to restore his full power. When Omega Shenron was vaporized by Goku's Universal Spirit Bomb, Nuova is destroyed along with the rest of the Shadow Dragons, as the Dragon Balls are purged of their accumulated negative energy.
Other Dragon Ball Stories
Many years after the events of Dragon Ball GT, in the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, Nuova Shenron is released from Black Smoke Shenron in the Dragon Ball Heroes World when Dr. Auto attempts to make a wish using the cracked Dragon Balls. He possess the Saiyan Berserker Basaku, who willingly allowed himself to be possessed as part of an attempt to get revenge on Kagyu due to having been previously defeating him.
Basaku summons a team composed of Spopovich, Yamu, and Dabura while Kagyu calls upon Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta as his ally after Basaku attacks him. When Basaku's team attack Kagyu, Tsumuri appears to stop their attack. Basaku then summons his last team member Super Saiyan 3 Majin Vegeta. Tsumuri then leaves back to the normal world, leaving the two to their battle. Super Saiyan 3 Majin Vegeta battles Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta, but is easily outmatched until Majin Vegeta uses Mind Break on Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta, putting him under mind control and having him attack Kagyu. Whilst Kagyu is busy dodging Vegeta's attacks Basaku has the rest of his team attack, managing to hurst Kagyu. Kagyu then goes on the offensive and takes out Basaku's entire team, stealing Dabura's sword and using it to threaten Basaku. Kagyu then uses his powers to release Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta from his mind control, and then summons the rest of his team Dr. Myuu, Ultimate Gohan, and Piccolo, before having Super Saiyan 4 Goku appear and have him and Vegeta used a combined 10x Kamehameha/Final Shine Attack on Basaku, finally defeating him.
Upon Basaku's defeat, the Four-Star Dragon Ball flies off his forehead, and Nuova Shenron quickly attacks Kagyu and Basaku, though Kagyu grabs Basaku and manages to dodge, Nuova Shenron then lands to face Kagyu. Unexpectedly, Super Saiyan 4 Broly arrives, having just killed Eis Shenron and battles against Nuova Shenron, Kagyu and Basaku aid him against Broly and soon manage to trick Broly into killing a fake Nuova Shenron, and taking a fake Dragon Ball back with him to Genome. Nuova Shenron then joins Kagyu as a new ally.
In part two of the GT Saga, Nuova Shenron is empowered with Villainous Mode by Demigra's Wormhole along with his brother Eis Shenron. He engages GT Goku and the Future Warrior in battle while Pan chases after Giru when he detects another Dragon Ball. Goku asks the Future Warrior to leave Nuova Shenron to him while they check on Pan and Giru, which proves fortunate as Dark Eis Shenron soon confronts the pair. Dark Nuova Shenron's fate and the result of his battle with Goku are not shown, though Syn Shenron manages to steal his Four-Star Dragon Ball before steal Eis' Dragon Ball after he is defeated by Pan and the Future Warrior after they defeat Dark Eis Shenron allowing Syn Shenron to transform into Omega Shenron. As a result, Nuova Shenron never aids Goku in this altered timeline.
In his shell form, Nuova has power on par with base Goku and is described by Goku as already having power mountains above the previous Shadow Dragons. In his true form Nuova is one of the strongest Shadow Dragons, behind only Syn Shenron. It is stated that he possess less power than Super Saiyan 4 Goku, but is faster than him (albeit Goku's performance was greatly diminished due to his growing hunger). Unlike most of his fellow Shadow Dragons he is proficient in martial arts, allowing him to pose a great threat even without relying on his devastating elemental powers. His immense speed even caught Omega Shenron off-guard in one occasion. With all of these abilities at his disposal, Nuova is the only Shadow Dragon able to match Super Saiyan 4 Goku in a fair fight (all the others relied on clever tactics, dirty tricks, or lucky circumstances to get the advantage). After coming back to life with negative energy from Omega Shenron, Omega states that Nuova's power has increased enough to easily defeat both Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta.
Nuova Shenron's abilities are all heat based. He can raise his temperature to more than 6,000 degrees Celsius, effectively making him hotter than the surface of the Sun.
- Flight – The ability to fly without the use of ki through the use of wings or special mechanisms.
- Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave. Nuova Shenron is capable of firing flame blasts from his palms, just as casually as many other fighters can shoot regular ki blasts.
- Cannon Breaker – A heavy punch used against base Goku. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Nova Death Ray – Nuova forms a lens that can absorb heat from the sun in front of his hands, and then shoots a lethal ray of fire at the opponent. Because this attack gets it's power from the sun, it does not run out of energy.
- Heat Armor - The user raises their temperature to a point where their body starts to glow a bright reddish orange, functioning as energy shield that can also harm an attacking opponent. The power is so immense that it is past the hotness of the Sun, around the temperature of a lightning bolt.
- Nova Star – First, Nuova charges a spiraling, fiery energy sphere in his mouth. Then, he grabs the energy sphere and charges it in a fashion similar to the Kamehameha. Finally, Nuova raises his hands and shouts "Nova Star!" as he fires the energy sphere at the opponent, inflicting high damage through a fiery explosion.
- Sun Gun Attack – First, Nova hides in his fire ball and then he begins firing Ki Blasts rapidly, inflicting a great amount of damage. This attack is not named in the Japanese version.
- Blaster Meteor – First, the user forms an Energy Shield around his body. Then, he brings his hands apart to each side and releases many powerful energy blasts that home in on the target, inflicting a massive amount of damage.
- Nova Sphere – Nuova grabs his opponent and encases both himself and the opponent in a large, swirling sphere of fire that takes to the sky. Any volatile attack made by either Nuova or the opponent will cause the sphere to explode, creating a powerful blast many times bigger than the sphere itself. Nuova himself will not be harmed by the explosion due to being immune to the heat.
- Nouva Break – Nuova Shenron throws a powerful punch while using his Heat Armor to increase temperature. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Possession – Used in Victory Mission to possess Basaku.
- Super Class-up – When possessing Basaku, he turns him into a Super Class Saiyan via a capsule given to Basaku from Kagyu.
- Instantaneous Transmission – One of Nuova Shenron's Blast 1 in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
- Burning Tornado – One of Nuova Shenron's Blast 2 in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
- Dark Dragon – An attack used by Nuova Shenron after he allied with Kagyu in Victory Mission, it is a Card Action Ability. Nuova channels the power of Black Smoke Shenron and fires an energy blast. Nuova Shenron can also use this attack in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Inferno Attack – A more powerful version of the Nova Star utilized by Super Nuova Shenron in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Evil Eyes - One of Nuova Shenron's Super Skills in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
- Darkness form
The form that Nuova Shenron takes upon his release from Black Smoke Shenron. He has the appearance of a black version of the regular Shenron, but with an energy sphere in his mouth.
Nuova Shenron's inhibited form, in this state Nuova is far weaker than in his true form, only being around as strong as base Goku.
- True Form
This is Nuova Shenron's form without his Shell. He changes into this form to he show Goku his full power. As a result, Nuova Shenron can fight with his full power while in this state. It is referred to as Nuova Shenron's true form by both Goku and Nuova, and is called "ultimate fighting form" by Nuova.
- Villainous Mode
Main article: Villainous Mode Nuova is given the Villainous Mode power up in Dragon Ball Xenoverse by Demigra's Wormhole. While using this power up his eyes glow red, and he gains a purple and black aura.
- Super Nuova Shenron
Main article: Super Shadow Dragon
Nuova Shenron attains this state in the eighth mission of the Jaaku Mission series (JM8). In this state, he has an armor-like body with larger shoulders while his chest shelters his dragon ball. He has two small horns on his forehead and other two on top of his head. Two spikes grow from his back. His eyes also turn red.
Video Game Appearances
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Fusions
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Nuova's alternate outfit resembles to his brother Eis Shenron. Although Nuova eventually becomes a hero in GT, the game lists him as a villain due to his origins as one of the marauding Shadow Dragons.
In Xenoverse, Nuova is playable via DLC Pack 2.
- Japanese: Ken Yamaguchi, Yasunori Masutani (Xenoverse onwards)
- Funimation dub: John Burgmeier
- Portuguese dub: João Loy
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Nelson Machado
- Polish dub: Janusz Wituch
- Italian dub: Alberto Sette
- Dragon Ball GT
- Nuova Shenron vs. Pan
- Nuova Shenron (Shell/True Form) vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan 4)
- Nuova Shenron (True Form) vs. Eis Shenron (True Form)
- Nuova Shenron (True Form) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan 4)
- Nuova Shenron (True Form) vs. Goku
- Nuova Shenron (True Form) and Goku vs. Syn Shenron (Omega Shenron)
- Nuova Shenron (True Form) vs. Syn Shenron (Omega Shenron)
- Nuova's name refers to a nova, an exploding sun, referencing his incredible fire powers.
- Nuova Shenron's personality resembles Piccolo's in the Piccolo Jr. Saga and at the start of Dragon Ball Z; both are nominally enemies of Goku who nonetheless have a strong sense of honor and who aid their foe against a greater threat. His creation through the wish of King Piccolo, a villain who eventually turned to the side of good when reincarnated, serves as foreshadowing to Nuova's own defection.
- Both Goku and Nuova Shenron have teamed up with an enemy to defeat their dishonorable sibling. Each of them also perished upon doing so, only to be revived and perish again.
- Fittingly both can fuse in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Nuova was born from King Piccolo's wish to restore his youth. Coincidentally, he bares a resemblance to King Piccolo's son Tambourine.
- In Xenoverse series, he has special dialog when fighting Kid Gohan, where he will mention the time he (as the 4-Star Dragon Ball) rode around on Gohan's head (during the time when the 4-Star Ball was attached to Gohan's hat). He also has special dialog when fighting Piccolo, where he will remind Piccolo that it was his father King Piccolo's wish to be young again that created him.