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Photon Wave (フォトンウェイブ Foton Weibu) is a technique used by Android 19 and Dr. Gero.


The user fires an energy wave from their hand, specifically from their Energy Absorption pads.

Android 19 and Android 20 both perform the technique in different ways, with Android 20's version being fired in a sweeping motion to produce a sweeping explosion.


Villainous Carnage

Android 19 using two handed version of the Photon Wave

Android 19 uses this technique during his fight against Goku.

Android 20 uses the technique to escape from the Dragon Team, after Bulma distracts them all with her airship, in order to go to his lab. Along the way, he uses it on the Farmer in retaliation for him accidentally shooting him.

In Dragon Ball GT, back on Earth after being released from Hell along with many other villains, Android 19 uses the technique along with Pui Pui who uses an identical blast as part of their Villainous Carnage team attack in order to cause havoc in the city.



Android 19 firing his Photon Shot in World Mission

  • Photon Shot (フォトンシュート) - A variation used by Android 19 in Dragon Ball Heroes. He fires a Photon Wave in the form of a Ki Blast. Appears under the name Photon Wave in Dragon Ball Legends.

Video Game Appearances[]


Android 19's Full Power Energy Cannon in Battle of Z

Photon Wave was named in the Budokai series, Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, where it appears as one of the Androids' most powerful attacks; Android 19's version is called Photon Shot (フォトンシュート).

The technique appears under the generic name Full Power Energy Wave in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.

In the Supersonic Warriors series, when he performs the Photon Wave, Android 20 moves his hand in an arc, creating a crescent shaped explosion. In the first Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Android 20 uses a weak Photon Wave version under the name Energy Blast, and a powerful version under the name Super Energy Blast. Photon Wave can also be used in Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle. This technique appears fired with both hands as Android 19 and Android 20's Super Attacks under the name Full Power Energy Cannon in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.

In Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden and the Supersonic Warriors series, Android 20 can also use a Full Power Energy Ball version called Energy Discharge Blast and Photon Blast respectively.

It is called Syphon of Energy in the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game, where it is blue instead of purple.

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, the Photon Swipe variant is known as Photon Wave and appears as a Super Attack for Android 21, Android 21 (Evil), and Android 21 (Good). In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Android 21's Death Beam-like Photon Wave variant is named Photon Swipe.

Photon Wave appears in Dragon Ball Legends as Android 20's Special Move Arts Card and functions as an Area of Effect attack, with the opponent being unable to dodge it with a vanishing step. Android 21's Photon Swipe is known as Photon Wave which is destroys all of the opponent's Special Arts Cards if it hits. Both Android 20's Photon Wave and Android 21's Photon Wave can be taught to Shallot after either character reaches Friendship Rank 2. Android 19 utilizes his Photon Shot variation as his Special Move Arts.