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Sonic Sway (ソニックユレル Sonikku Yureru) is a movement technique that allows its user to quickly dodge multiple attacks at a rapid speed.


Vegeta overwhelms Pui Pui

Vegeta effortlessly dodges Pui Pui's kicks

Sonic Sway is a dodge technique used to evade continuous physical attacks, often consisting of simple-yet-short swerves to the side.


Sonic Sway sees many uses in the Dragon Ball franchise, particularly by fighters who distinctly outclass their opponent(s) in strength and/or speed.

Yamcha uses it against Tien Shinhan in their fight in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. Raditz uses it to easily avoid the attacks of Goku and Piccolo during their battle. Goku uses it to dodge Nappa's Breakstorm during their battle on Earth, and to evade Burter's Mach Attack during their battle on Namek.

Master Roshi dodges

Master Roshi automatically dodging Jiren's punch in the manga with his Ultra Instinct-like ability

After Frieza reveals his final form, he uses Sonic Sway to humiliate the attacks of Gohan, Krillin and Piccolo, while an astonished Vegeta watches. During the Majin Buu Saga, Vegeta himself uses Sonic Sway to evade all of Pui Pui's attacks while inside Babidi's Spaceship. Broly, in his Legendary Super Saiyan form during his fight on New Planet Vegeta, used it against both Goku and Piccolo to easily avoid their attacks before shoving them away.

In Dragon Ball Super, users of Autonomous Ultra Instinct or Master Roshi's similar ability, gain the ability to perform Sonic Sway reflexively, heightening their ability to evade.

Video Game Appearances[]


Frieza dodges Goku's attacks in Budokai Tenkaichi 3

Sonic Sway was named in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3. It is triggered by pressing both the guard and Ki buttons at the same time while being attacked by the opponent up close. If the move is successfully triggered, the character will automatically evade all the opponents kicks and punches, the opponent's ki will be drained for each evaded attack, and the user will follow up with a great counterattack, knocking the opponent away. After knocking the opponent away, some characters can follow up by vanishing and smashing the opponent into the ground. However, it is possible to dodge the Sonic Sway's counter smash.

DBXV2 Extra Pack 2 DLC Saiyan Future Warrior VS Ultra Instinct Goku's Dodge (Autonomous Ultra Instinct Sonic Sway)

Ultra Instinct Goku's Dodge effect allowing him to automatically use Sonic Sway to avoid the Future Warrior's punch in Xenoverse 2

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Sonic Sway is an special attribute of Autonomous Ultra Instinct's Dodge which can be utilized by Ultra Instinct Goku to avoid certain attacks (however Dodge costs stamina). Whis can also utilize Dodge in certain parallel quests which represents his Autonomous Ultra Instinct state. Certain Supervillain empowered bosses in Expert Missions also have the Dodge effect. The Data Input Super Skill also grants the Dodge effect allowing Android 13 and the Future Warrior by reading their opponent's movements.