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Senzu Beans (仙豆 Senzu, lit. "Hermit Bean") are mystical beans with immense rejuvenation properties in the Dragon Ball franchise.

Overview

Yajirobe after eating too many Senzu Beans

Senzu Beans are grown by Korin in Korin Tower. When eaten, a person's physical condition is near-instantly restored to its natural peak. This property makes them immensely useful to carry in battle. As such, since Korin allied himself with Goku and his friends, Korin usually assists them by providing the Dragon Team with a bag of Senzu Beans. However, the supply is limited, as it takes a long time to grow even a single Senzu Bean. Their texture is said to be a cross between an uncooked (or under-ripe) bean and a celery stalk, and Yajirobe states that they taste like fish.[7]

The properties of a Senzu Bean is highly versatile: fatigue disappears, stamina and ki reserves are restored, and they become full nourished. The nourishing properties are akin to eating 100 turkey dinners,[8] This property is also quite literal, as eating too many Senzu Beans at once can result in being painfully overstuffed.[9] At the same time, some who have eaten the Senzu Beans have become hungry sooner, due to their naturally faster metabolisms (namely Saiyans).

A Senzu Bean in Cell's hand

The Senzu Bean's restoring properties mend and heal all physical harm to person: Bruises, burns, cuts, blood loss, muscle tear, punctures and impalement, damaged organs, dislocated and/or broken bones, and other inflictions completely vanish with no lingering signs. Even mortally-taxing and life-threatening harm can be healed by a Senzu Bean if consumed soon enough, restoring them to full health. Likewise, injuries that have remained for a prolonged period of time, and were only stabilized by modern medicine, a Senzu Bean can be mended with no problems. A Senzu Bean can also regenerate lost anatomy, including teeth, organs, and limbs. However, it appears that the Senzu Beans can not heal injuries that have already healed over, like scars or the stub of Saiyan tails. While they can heal poisoning, they cannot heal people of sickness or diseases.

Appearances

The Senzu Beans first appeared in the Red Ribbon Army Saga. After Goku began training under Korin, the cat gave Goku a Senzu Bean for his growing hunger. Later in the King Piccolo Saga, after the vicious beatdown by King Piccolo, Goku was taken to Korin by Yajirobe for help. Annoyed that all Korin had to eat were Senzu Beans, Yajirobe's reckless eat several hands-full of Senzu Beans before learning of their magical properties, swelling painfully from the excessive nutrients. A single Senzu Bean was then given to Goku to mend his wounds. During the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku received several critical wounds against the then-evil Piccolo. After narrowly defeating Piccolo, Yajirobe gave Goku a Senzu Bean. Soon after, for the sake of ensuring Kami lived on due to his life-link with Piccolo, Goku gave Piccolo a Senzu Bean as well.

During the Saiyan Saga, upon returning to the mortal realm, Goku received two Senzu Beans from Korin, one of which he ate to recover from his long travel down Snake Way. The second Senzu Bean was split in two, retaining enough potency in both halves to heal up Gohan and Krillin respectively, amazing the Saiyan invaders. In the Frieza Saga, After Goku spent weeks with his entire body physically crippled after his fight with Vegeta, Korin was able to grow a bag of Senzu Beans for Goku, one of which was used to instantly restored him to battle-ready. On his trip to Planet Namek, various mishaps, including the (in the anime) Gravity System malfunctioning and over-straining himself in training forced Goku to use several more Senzu Beans. Upon arriving on Planet Namek, he used the remaining 3 Senzu Beans to heal Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta (the last one as gratitude for the prince protecting Gohan and Krill) following their severe wounds caused by Recoome. The Ginyu Force found the mystical beans being quite troublesome.

During the Androids Saga, Yajirobe delivered the Z Fighters another bag of Senzu Beans before their battle with the androids. When Yamcha was impaled through the heart by Dr. Gero and passed out, he was saved by a Senzu Bean. As Goku's heart virus began affecting him against Android 19, Krillin threw Goku a Senzu Bean, only to find that it had no affect against the sickness. After Vegeta defeated Android 19, Krillin gave Vegeta a Senzu Bean to make up for the loss of energy stolen from 19. When Gero stole most of Piccolo's energy in hopes of defeating Super Saiyan Vegeta with the extra energy, Krillin gave Piccolo a Senzu Bean to recover. After Piccolo, Future Trunks, Tien Shinhan, and Vegeta were all beaten down by Android 17 and Android 18, the androids indifferently let Krillin use a bean to heal each of them up.

After Piccolo was struck down by the empowered Cell and Tien overtaxed himself to hold back the Semi-Perfect Cell with his Tri-Beam, they were saved by Goku, who quickly got them a Senzu Bean each. After Future Trunks and Vegeta emerged from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to face Cell, Goku gave Future Trunks 2 Senzu Beans. After Cell absorbed 17 and reached his Perfect Form, he struck down Krillin with a single kick, to which Future Trunks narrowly saved the monk with a Senzu Bean. Afterwards, Cell soundly defeated Vegeta. He was then carried away and given a Senzu Bean by Krillin. For the Cell Games, Korin provided them with a new bag of Senzu Beans. Following Goku's grueling fight against Cell, he asked Krillin for a Senzu Bean, shocking everyone by throwing one to Cell. He did this on the grounds of making sure that once Gohan unlocked his true power, Cell would know without doubt that he was truly weaker than the half-Saiyan. When Cell created his Cell Jr.s, he stole the bag of Senzu Beans from Krillin to leave them no aid. Super Saiyan 2 Gohan was soon able to retrieve the bag and had Future Trunks give the remain Senzu Beans to all their battered allies.

During the Buu Saga after Videl was brutalized by Spopovich in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku teleported to Korin for Senzu Beans, to which he only had 3 available. Upon returning, Goku gave a Senzu Bean to Gohan, who quickly gave it to Videl, shocking her father and doctor at her miraculous and full recovery. Later, before his fight against Majin Vegeta, Goku gave Gohan a Senzu Bean to eat for his battle against Babidi and Dabura. After Majin Buu was revived and Goku was able to reason with Vegeta that he cared about his family and the Earth, Vegeta decided to cancel their battle. However, he proceeded to feign a team-up long enough to sneak behind Goku and knock him out to eat the final Senzu Bean.

In the God of Destruction Beerus Saga, after his short fight against the God of Destruction Beerus on King Kai's Planet, Goku is shown to be rejuvenated with a Senzu Bean that Bubbles found on him. In the Golden Frieza Saga, the Z Fighters use the Senzu Beans to recover from their battles against the Frieza Force, which Master Roshi acquired before the battle began. When Gohan was left in a critical state following several Death Beams from Frieza, he was given a Senzu Bean by Krillin. After Super Saiyan Blue Goku managed to outlast and defeat Frieza, the shameless tyrant had Sorbet sneak attack Goku and critically injured him with his Bad Ring Laser. He was then healed by another Senzu Bean from Krillin.

In the "Future" Trunks Saga, upon Future Trunks sudden return to the Main Timeline and severely injured against Goku Black, Goku teleported to Korin for some Senzu Beans, quickly returning to heal the half-Saiyan. Upon returning the Future Timeline, Future Trunks fed an injured Future Mai mouth-to-mouth a Senzu Bean, shocking Goku. In the anime version, as the rebels against Black were fed, Goku and Vegeta met Future Yajirobe, who revealed that he survived battling the androids when Future Korin gave him his last Senzu Bean. Following the defeat against Goku Black and Future Zamasu, this forced Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks to return to the Main Timeline, where they were given a Senzu Bean each to recover. During the rematch, they forced the two rogue deities to fuse into Fused Zamasu, quickly leaving Goku and Vegeta battered. They then ate the remaining 2 beans to return to battle.

In the manga version, during their first fight against Goku Black, Vegeta was soon beaten down as the foe continued to adapt and grow against Vegeta, forcing him to use a Senzu Bean, which did little good as Goku Black continue to grow too fast. As Goku faced off against Future Zamasu, the immortal foe summoned into his hand Goku's bag of Senzu Beans, which he quickly destroyed the bag and its contents. Later, after Goku and Vegeta returned to the Future Timeline with a new bag of Senzu Beans, Goku uses one to save the life of Gowasu after he had been near fatally injured by Goku Black, along with the injured Shin and Future Trunks. Despite being a Supreme Kai, Gowasu is shocked to learn that such an item exists on Earth of Universe 7. After Black and Future Zamasu were forced to fuse, with only 1 Senzu Bean left, Goku and Vegeta first fused into Vegito, who used the Senzu Bean to reach full power.

In the Universe Survival Saga, during the anime version, as Gohan fought in the Zeno Expo to a draw against Lavender, the opponent poisoned Gohan severly, forcing Goku to heal him with a Senzu Bean. Afterwards, Piccolo secured some Senzu Beans to finish training Gohan and restore his fighting instinct. In the manga version, Piccolo gives Goku and Frieza a Senzu Bean each to heal up after their fight before the Tournament of Power.

During the anime version of the Tournament of Power, while using Senzu Beans was prohibited while fighting as they were an outside tool, they were allowed to be used after being eliminated. Master Roshi was given a Senzu Bean after he willingly eliminated himself, viewing his accumulated injuries as a hindrance to his team. After Vegeta was brutalized into elimination by Jiren, Vegeta was given a Senzu Bean as well.

In the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, after Goku mastered Perfected Ultra Instinct and used it to maim Moro into submission, Goku in his ever-merciful nature gave Moro a bean as a final chance to give up and surrender. The bean instantly healed up Moro, including re-growing his left hand and right horn.

Film Appearances

In Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure, Korin gave a Senzu Bean to Goku after the latter was injured by General Tao Dodon Ray. This allowed Goku to adapt and defeat Tao for good (It also marks the first appearance of a Senzu bean in a movie).

In Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Yajirobe gives a Senzu Beans to Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, and Krillin during and after their battle with Lord Slug and his clan.

The Senzu Bean Yajirobe gave to Gohan in Cooler's Revenge

In Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Gohan has a spare Senzu Bean Yajirobe gave him in his belt, which ultimately served as the sole reason why Gohan was able to save Goku (who had been critically injured from an earlier attack from Cooler) after Salza destroyed the satchel containing the beans.

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Goku is given a Senzu Bean that Bubbles found on him after losing to Beerus.

In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, the Z Fighters use the Senzu Beans to recover from their battles against Frieza and his army of 1,000 soldiers, which Master Roshi and Krillin had received from Korin. Krillin also offers a Senzu Bean to Jaco, but he passes. Soon after, Gohan is put in a critical state by a single punch from Frieza, forcing Krillin to give Gohan a Senzu Bean. Later, another Senzu Bean is given to Goku after he is critically injured by Sorbet's Bad Ring Laser.

In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Vegeta asks Goku if he has Senzu Beans, and he says he doesn't. Then, when Goku and Vegeta teleport to Piccolo, Goku asks him if he has any Senzu Beans, yet has none. Later, after the battle between Gogeta and Broly finished and Broly was sent back to Vampa, Goku teleports to the planet and he gives Broly, Cheelai, and Lemo a bag of Senzu Beans, explaining how they work, along with other assortments of items that could help them survive Planet Vampa's harsh conditions.

Other Dragon Ball stories

OVAs

Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

Main article: Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans In the battle against Hatchiyack, the powerful machine continuously brutalized his foes, forcing Piccolo to rely on the Senzu Beans he had, giving some to Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Future Trunks, and himself.

Dragon Ball Heroes

New Space-Time War Saga

Main article: New Space-Time War Saga Hearts finds a Senzu Bean in Korin Tower shortly after arriving in the Pseudo Universe, and later gives it to Goku after their fight with the Crimson-Masked Saiyan.

Variations

Dark Senzu in capsules

  • Dark Senzu - Massive Senzu Beans grown at Chocolay Tower using kiri.
    • Rotten Dark Senzu -

Video Game Appearances

The Senzu Beans are items restoring health in the Gokuden series, with the Senzu plant appearing in Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen. They are also items restoring health in Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu, Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, Jump Super Stars, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, and Dragon Ball: Origins 2.

The Senzu Beans make some appearances in the cutscenes played when a continue is used in Dragon Ball Z Side Story: True Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans - Space Saga. When Goku or Gohan are defeated in Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension, they can eat a Senzu Bean.

In the Legacy of Goku series, Senzu Beans replenish all of the Health and Ki of the person who eats it. In Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, Senzu Beans are acquired from Yajirobe; he will only randomly come in one of your adventures to give you 1 Senzu Bean. In Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, one can quite easily obtain Senzu Beans by just talking to Yajirobe at Korin Tower multiple times; this opportunity ends when Super Buu escapes from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. It is possible to get 255 Senzu Beans when Gohan asks Goku to get one for Videl: after getting a Senzu Bean from Yajirobe at the Korin Tower, instead of giving it to Gohan, Goku has to eat it, and when at Papaya island, Goku will still give a Senzu Bean to Gohan and now 255 Senzu Beans are in the inventory. In Dragon Ball GT: Transformation, Senzu Beans randomly appear after defeating regular enemies or while fighting bosses.

A Senzu Bean in Burst Limit

In the Budokai series and Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, Senzu Beans can be used to heal a character. In the Budokai series, they restore a character's health and ki fully. In Burst Limit, they are a drama piece that usually heals about one bar of health. In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Yajirobe can eat a Senzu as one of his Blast 1 techniques in order to gain full health. Senzu can also be used in Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle.

Mini-game in Battle Taikan Kamehameha

In a mini-game in Dragon Ball Z: Battle Taikan Kamehameha - Omee to Fusion, the player has to catch Senzu Beans that Korin throws at them and avoid the bombs he throws sometimes. The Senzu Beans can be found as a treasure in the fourth stage of Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo.

In Super Dragon Ball Z, Senzu Beans restore the health of a character that has been knocked out. Only one bean can be used per battle.

In Dragon Ball Online, in Age 826 Yajirobe descended Korin's Tower and began cultivating Senzu Beans as a Senzu Beam farmer. Additionally, Korin's evil counterpart Chocolay grows Dark Senzu Beans for the Time Breakers in Age 1000 in exchange for the Time Breakers assisting him in creating Chocolay Tower.

In Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, Senzu Beans are used to revive a downed character or heal a wounded one fully, also curing status ailments and refilling their ki. Small Beans, Medium Beans, and Large Beans can be acquired, but they do not replenish health completely. A Small Bean restores the health a little bit, a Medium does a little more, and a Large Bean does the most. Also, during one of Krillin's Ultimate techniques, Yajirobe jumps onto the screen, throws a bag of Senzu Beans at the team, healing them, cuts through the enemies (this does not damage them. It does, however, have a chance of instant kill), and runs away with a silly animation.

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Senzu Bean 1/2 revives from a knockdown with half HP recovered, normal Senzu Bean revives from a knockdown with all HP recovered, and new Senzu Bean revives from a knockdown with all HP and EN recovered.

Although Senzu Beans themselves are not featured in the Xenoverse series, Senzu Beansprouts can be collected as material mix items and sealed into capsules. These capsules are known as a Senzu Essence Capsules and can be used to revive a knocked-out character when used during battle when equipped as a battle item.

In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot during Frieza Saga Episode 5, Goku gives Gohan a Senzu Bean and tells him to give some to Krillin and Vegeta while he deals with Recoome which differs from the main series portrayal of the scene. Later in the game, Senzu Beans can be collected. As a result, for most of the game, the Dragon Team use other Recovery Items like Vitadrink, Healade, Energy Supplement, and Melone's Ultimate Fruit Juice. Raw Foods only boost the character's HP stat and roasting meat or fish over a Campfire will restore HP and Ki. Resting at a Campfire also restores HP and Ki.

Three Saibamen transformed into Super Saibamen after consuming Senzu Beans in Kakarot

The game also implies that Senzu Beans have an empowering effect when consumed by Saibamen causing them to become Super Saibamen (which are stronger and gain a Super Saiyan-like aura). Somehow, a group of Saibamen acquired Senzu Beans and consumed them whole transforming into Super Saibamen, which cause trouble in West City along with some average Saibamen. However, the Dragon Team defeats them and Gohan discovers their consumption of Senzu Beans causing him to theorize that Senzu Beans have a different effect on Saibamen due to them being non-native to Earth (the empowering effect they have on Saibamen is also similar to how certain fruits native to Namek affect members of Melone's alien race which is also introduced in Kakarot).

Trivia

  • Senzu Beans are based on lima beans. In the Harmony Gold dub, they are even called "Lima beans".
  • In Akira Toriyama's later manga Kajika, the pill Kajika kept from his Kawa village has the same rejuvenation properties as Senzu Beans.
  • In Japan, there is a food source made from Euglena cells, plant, and animal hybrid cells. These creatures contain both of the essential nutrients gained from eating plant and animal matter. Mitsuru Izumo, the creator, came up with the idea of real "senzu beans" from reading Dragon Ball.

Senzu Beans brand Fruit Flavored Jelly Beans

  • During the Cell Games Saga, Vegeta states that he hates it when he's forced to eat a Senzu Bean, which is most likely due to his Saiyan pride.
  • There is an officially licensed Senzu Bean candy brand (which are green Fruit Flavored Jelly Beans modeled after Senzu Beans) made by Boston American Corp.
  • In the current English dub, their naming would technically have the word "bean" repeated twice, as Senzu by itself literally means "Hermit Bean", making it "Hermit Bean Bean" if it were to be literally translated.
  • The Senzu Beans allowing Saibamen to acquire a Super Saiyan-like state in Kakarot is quite fitting given how Goku used Senzu Beans during his gravity training which thanks to his Saiyan Power increased his power level to beyond normal Saiyan limits allowing him to accumulate a large amount of S-Cell (due to his gentle-hearted personality which increased the amount of S-Cell normally acquired by a Saiyan increasing their power level) which along with the time spent in the Medical Machine would later contribute to his acquisition of his Super Saiyan form following the murder of Krillin by Frieza.
    • However, the key difference is that the Senzu Beans only contributed to Goku getting stronger through Saiyan Power and acquiring S-Cells, unlike Saibamen who apparently acquire their Super Saibamen state simply by consuming a single bean whole.
  • In the Speedy dub, the Senzu Beans were called "Sentu Beans" or alternatively, "Hermit Beans".

See also

References

  1. Dragon Ball Super chapter 22, "Zamas's Final Trump Card"
  2. Dragon Ball Super chapter 32, "The Super Warriors Gather!, Part 2"
  3. Dragon Ball Super: Broly, 2018
  4. Dragon Ball Super chapter 65, "Son Goku, Earthling"
  5. Super Dragon Ball Heroes episode 34, "New Space-Time War! The Ultimate Fierce Battle Begins!"
  6. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, 2020
  7. Dragon Ball episode 148, "The Victor"
  8. Dragon Ball episode 62, "Sacred Water"
    Korin: "It's a Senzu Bean, magical. Just one will keep you full for at least ten days, but, uh, you have to eat it first."
  9. Dragon Ball episode 114, "Conquest and Power"

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