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Super Kaio-ken (スーパーかいおうけん Sūpā Kaiōken, lit. "Super Fist of Kings of Worlds"), also called Super Saiyan Kaio-ken,[2][3] is a combination of the Super Saiyan or Super Saiyan Second Grade[4] transformation and the Kaio-ken technique.



In both variants of the form, the user unleashes a crimson Kaio-ken aura around themselves. For Goku, the aura is combined with his standard Super Saiyan aura and his body and hair gain an intense red hue. For Xeno Vegito, he retains his standard Super Saiyan appearance, with a less intense red hue compared to Goku and the Kaio-ken aura sparking around his Super Saiyan aura.

Usage and Power[]


Super Kaio-ken Goku's punches Pikkon into an asteroid

Goku uses this technique while fighting in the Other World Tournament against Pikkon. By using the power of Kaio-ken after using Super Saiyan Second Grade to amplify his power,[4] Goku gains a massive power increase. Goku is seen punching Pikkon towards an asteroid orbiting the Other World Stadium, after which he reverts to his Super Saiyan form.


  • Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken - Kaio-ken can be used alongside the Super Saiyan Blue form, with the anime showing the multiplier going up to x20.
  • Super Saiyan 4 Kaio-ken - In some video games the Super Saiyan 4 form has been combined with Kaio-ken as a power-up.

Video Game Appearances[]

In Dragon Ball Z, Goku has the Kaio-ken as one of his special moves, and he is able to use it even in his Super Saiyan form.

In the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, Goku can use this Kaio-ken in combination with any of his appearing Super Saiyan forms: Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan Second Grade, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3, as well as the Golden Great Ape form.

In Super Dragon Ball Z, Goku is able to use Super Kaio-ken by transforming into a Super Saiyan and then using Kaio-ken.

In Jump Super Stars, Goku can oddly use this in his Battle Koma 5 as his Special B/Up Special, being able to use it as a charged attack which increases the number of physical blows, he will perform in the brief combo for that one attack. It is used in the same fashion as the Super Kaio-ken (due to BK5 Goku being in Super Saiyan mode by default), only Goku simply has the red aura's outline with no actual change to his colors inside of said aura. It has been somewhat rectified in Jump Ultimate Stars, with Goku having his Battle Koma 5 being in his normal form instead.

In Dragon Ball Fusions, Goku can use the Maximum Kaio-ken in his playable Super Saiyan Blue form.

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the Future Warrior is able to utilize the Kaio-ken in conjunction with certain Awoken Skill transformations by using Kaio-ken based skills, though the effect is only visual and does not count as either a power-up or actual transformation. However, this effectively allows the Warrior to give the appearance they are using the technique.

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Burning to the Last Super Saiyan Goku (Angel) (Super Kaioken) card in Dokkan Battle

The technique made its official video game debut in Dokkan Battle where Goku is a playable character in this form. The form's Super Attack, Super Kaio-ken Kamehameha, recreates the punch into the moon and (attempted) follow-up Kamehameha that Goku performed on Pikkon. Interestingly, Goku remains in his Super Kaio-ken state when performing the Kamehameha after the punch. In the anime, Goku's Super Kaio-ken ended after punching Pikkon. It should be noted this is one of a number of characters who are not available on the Japanese version as these were made for the Global version to replace the mission Dragon Ball Heroes characters. In June 2018, it was later made available to the Japanese version though there are differences between the two versions of the Super Kaioken cards Victory-Sealing Super Attack Super Saiyan Goku (Angel) (Super Kaioken) and Buring to the Last Super Saiyan Goku (Angel) (Super Kaioken). However, the cards utilize the same artwork as the differences are primarily based upon their passive skill effects and stats.

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Super Saiyan Kaio-ken Xeno Vegito in Dragon Ball Heroes

In Dragon Ball Heroes, Xeno Vegito as Super Saiyan can use the Kaio-ken technique.

In Dragon Ball Legends, Goku is a playable unit in his Super Kaioken state as the Super Kaioken Goku (DBL24-13S) unit.

In World Mission, Xeno Vegito can utilize the technique which is localized as Super Saiyan Kaioken.


  • Xeno Vegito's variation of the Super Kaio-ken has a double aura, making it similar to the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken.
  • It was mentioned by Old Kai in Dragon Ball Super that using Kaio-ken alongside Super Saiyan is almost impossible or rather lethal because the intense emotional turmoil caused by the Super Saiyan transformation would not allow precise ki control to survive the technique.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, due to Kaio-ken being treated as a transformation, it cannot be combined with the Super Saiyan form. If the Kaio-ken is activated during Super Saiyan Goku's fights with Frieza on Namek during which his Super Saiyan form is his default form, then Goku will revert to base and power up with the Kaio-ken. He only transforms back into Super Saiyan if Goku deactivates the Kaio-ken.



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