- This article is about the transformation. For the technique, see Ultra Instinct (ability). For its predecessor, see Ultra Instinct -Sign-.
Ultra Instinct (身勝手の極意 Migatte no Gokui, lit. "Key of Egoism") is an extremely powerful transformation that is obtained through the completion of Ultra Instinct, far surpassing the Ultra Instinct -Sign- form.
This form is essentially identical to the initial state of Ultra Instinct -Sign-, albeit with the user's hair becoming silver in color. The hairstyle is slightly wilder and more solid than normal, having no loose strands. The eyes take on a more stern, defined shape, sporting silver-colored irises and visible pupils. The user gains a complex silver and blue aura consisting of rippling, fire-like energy, complete with sparkling particles of a magenta color. Upon the user's first successful transformation into Ultra Instinct, a "shell" of black and bright white covers the body before crumbling away as the hair fades from glowing white to gray. A similar effect has been seen in Super Saiyan Blue. In Toriyama's artwork and Dragon Ball Heroes, the form possesses base Goku's normal hair albeit silver.
Usage and Power
In this state, Goku's power increases to godly levels far exceeding the Gods of Destruction, making him the strongest he has ever been in history, ranking as among the most powerful entities in the multiverse, surpassed only by the Angels themselves and far surpassing his initial Ultra Instinct state.
The intensity of Ultra Instinct Goku's power was so great that his shirt was completely shred when activated In addition to this form's vast levels of power, it retains the Ultra Instinct -Sign- Pure Progress ability, allowing Goku's speed, power, general efficiency, and ki to increase as he continues to fight an equally or even more powerful opponent, but to much a greater degree. Despite being a form of acts on neutral impulse, its can still be tremendously augmented by his rage, as shown when Goku's initial stalemate against the limit-breaking Jiren became a crushing assault that quickly pummeled Jiren into submission after Goku's fury at Jiren's shameless attack of the spectators.
All of Goku's movements are fully automatic in this form. He was even able to dodge Jiren's punch and counterattack simultaneously in one flowing movement with such speed it was impossible to see what Goku actually did. Once attaining Ultra Instinct, Goku displayed such a vast control over his Ki that he was able to completely negate Jiren's fully powered Power Impact to the point where he caught the attack in his hand, crushed it into a smaller orb, then calmly disintegrated it by just flicking his fingers. He was also able to dispel Jiren's Invisible Strikes with a simple wave of his hand.
Upon facing a fully powered Jiren, Goku was able to move so fast that not only did he leave a cut on Jiren's cheek but produced delayed shockwaves from the sheer force of his speed. During the battle, Goku effortlessly blocked, dodged, and countered all of Jiren's attacks and his ki blasts became powerful enough to casually cancel out a charged Power Impact thrown at him. The force of Goku's punches, when blocked by Jiren, were enough to even make Jiren's arms buckle momentarily and he eventually pummeled Jiren with visible ease, leaving the Pride Trooper visibly injured and rattled.
When Jiren unlocked his hidden power and prepared to fight Goku, Goku was still able to fight on par against him. However, Goku became somewhat overwhelmed by Jiren's raw power as the battle progressed, as he was sent flying when Jiren used his energy upon blocking Jiren's punch and was injured by a powerful Power Impact, which overpowered his Super Instinct Kamehameha. Despite this, Goku was able to quickly recover without being hindered at all by the damage he sustained and face Jiren once again, but with even greater speed and power than before as he continuously either evaded or blocked most of Jiren's assaults and landed powerful blows of his own to the point where he left Jiren temporarily unable to fight.
After deflecting Jiren's Power Impact when Jiren threatened to kill Goku's comrades, Goku's rage increased the power of his Ultra Instinct form even further. From then on, Goku was able to decisively overpower Jiren, landing solid blows and effectively evading and countering all of Jiren's attacks such as his multiple Power Impacts, Invisible Strikes, and rapid punches before finally blasting him away with a Super Instinct Kamehameha and leave him weakened in a crater, causing the mighty Pride Trooper to admit defeat.
As Goku prepared to finish Jiren off, the great power of Ultra Instinct took a toll on Goku, causing his body to endure tremendous pain and revert him to his base form.
In spite of the form's incredible levels of power, it has its faults. Similar to the reckless over-usage of Kaio-ken, the user can only sustain the sheer power of the form for a minute or so before their body breaks down from pushing so far beyond their natural limits. The time limit ending is shown from blood rupturing from the user's body as well as dark ki electrical shocks that will cause them severe pain and eventually force them into unconsciousness. In more severe cases, Whis noted it could potentially kill the user. It has also been strongly implied in Xenoverse 2 and Super via comments made by Whis that the drawback of this form is the high cost of stamina. This is similar with the Ultra Instinct -Sign- form where after Goku had reverted to his base form, he was depleted of his energy to the point of severe fatigue, struggled to move, and clutched at his chest after defeating Kefla.
Moreover, Goku apparently attained Ultra Instinct purely by accident, as when confronted by Vegeta about not using it during their rematch in Gizard Wasteland, Goku replies that he is unable to tap into its power at will, meaning that the form can only appear if Goku is in extreme danger. This is supported by the encounter of Ultra Instinct in Xenoverse 2, where the Future Warrior battled Goku, who only managed to unleash the form after being under extreme stress from his opponent's attacks.
Video Game Appearances
In the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Extra Story Mode, Goku in the Ultra Instinct form appears as the hidden final boss of the story. It appears when the Elder Kai takes advantage of Goku's fondness of fighting strong opponents and convinces him that Fu would be a worthy opponent. This forces the Future Warrior to step in and engage Goku. After receiving all of the energy Fu has absorbed, the Future Warrior is able to force Goku into Ultra Instinct, that is until the fight was stopped by Chronoa.
In Xenoverse 2, Goku's Ultra Instinct form allows him to dodge melee attacks automatically in the same manner as Supervillain NPCs and the temporary dodging effect produced by Data Input. This is a attribute permanently tied to the form itself.
- Ultra Instinct was designed by Akira Toriyama, but it underwent several changes in the anime and video game versions. The hair spikes are more sluggish; which is more similar to Ultra Instinct -Sign- while the original design closely resembles Super Saiyan God.
- The idea of silver hair may have come from the fact that Akira Toriyama originally wanted Super Saiyan Blue to have white hair. However, he decided against it because it would clash with "the next villain" (at the time this was stated, the Universe 6 Saga of Dragon Ball Super was airing).
- Similar to Super Saiyan 4 this form voids the user of their shirt. However, Super Saiyan 4 makes the shirt disappear until returning to base form, whereas this form simply shreds away the shirt permanently. However, this doesn't happen to Goku in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes Universe Mission 1 trailer.
- In Xenoverse 2, Goku has an echo added to his voice in this form. In Dragon Ball Super, Ultra Instinct Goku does not have an echo added to his voice like it does in Xenoverse 2.
- Ultra Instinct (Form) scan. twimg.
- Herms' tweet, revealing the form's name as Son Goku (Ultra Instinct). Twitter (February 17, 2018).
- Ultra Instinct (transformation) in Dragon Ball Heroes. imgur.
- Herms’ Tweet about UI Goku’s and Jiren’s strength. Twitter (February 22, 2018).