Super Namekians (超ナメック星人 Sūpā Namekku-seijin, lit. "Super people of Planet Namek"), also referred to as Super Nameks, are Namekians who manage to unlock their abilities and achieve seemingly insurmountable powers. Super Namekians are not fundamentally a different type of Namekian, simply very powerful Namekians. However, most Super Namekians are susceptible to corruption and have misused their power in the past.
Piccolo achieves this state by fusing with other Namekians, first Nail and then Kami.
Usage and Power
It is said by Guru that the Nameless Namekian's power split in half upon going from a Super Namekian to a regular Namekian. In Lord Slug, King Kai states that Super Namekians have abilities a hundredfold superior to that of regular Namekians.
According to the FUNimation dub of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, a select group of extremely adept Namekians discovered the secret to unlock a higher level of consciousness within themselves, becoming "Super Namekians". These Super Namekians seem to be able to show off their true power, but were extremely aggressive and radically different from their agrarian counterparts. To rid their world of the new villains, the Namekians used the Dragon Balls to summon Porunga in order to banish them. Lord Slug was one of these banished Namekians.
The only known case of a Super Namekian that did not misuse his own power is the Nameless Namekian before his fission, as well as Piccolo after his fusion with Nail as well as after he was reunified with Kami. However the Nameless Namekian did develop a dormant evil nature which made his soul impure, preventing him from obtaining the position of Guardian, forcing him to expel it from himself, though this resulted in his fission that created the Demon King Piccolo and Kami though it may have also prevented his Super Namekian power from corrupting him. After he fused with Kami, Piccolo powered up to levels well beyond any of the existing Warrior-type Namekians ever before thanks to becoming whole being once more as well as a combination of his training under King Kai, fusion with Nail, and the three years he spent training with Super Saiyan Goku and Gohan in preparation for the Androids, who were the reason for his fusion with Kami along with Cell. Krillin called him a "Super Namekian" because of his new and extraordinary powers, able to far eclipse the strength of an untrained Super Saiyan. While using his Super Namekian power against Android 17, Piccolo gains a large blue and white aura. It is likely that the Nameless Namekian may have become evil like other Super Namekians had he not attempted to purge himself of the evil within him which resulted in his fission that created Kami and King Piccolo. Ironically he was somewhat successful as when King Piccolo was reborn as Piccolo, he was not as evil as King Piccolo and even capable of doing good even before meeting Gohan, as he saved a mother and child from falling debris before he fought Goku at the World Martial Arts Tournament, back when he was still a villain. By the time Kami and Piccolo fused Piccolo had completely given up his evil ways, thus resulting in a Super Namekian who did not abuse his powers.
By the end of the original manga, Piccolo is by far the most powerful Namekian, which would make him much more powerful than the "Super Namek" Lord Slug, or any of the others that are known of in the series. Piccolo could hold his own, and even take the advantage at points, in battle against an opponent as powerful as Android 17 during the Androids Saga. As the Cell Games approach, Piccolo decides to enter the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for training. Doing so greatly increases his power level, as noted by Goku and Future Trunks. The argument is that Piccolo fused with two powerful Namekians (Kami and Nail), making him by default the most powerful Namekian. Even without fusing with Nail and only fusing with Kami, Piccolo would still be much more powerful, as noted when Nail states that if he had been reunited with Kami prior to coming to Namek, he would be more than ready to defeat the same Frieza that mauled Nail in battle. Piccolo as a Super Namekian is also stronger than the average Super Saiyan such as Goten and Trunks, and by the time of the Tournament of Destroyers he becomes strong enough to hold his own against final form Frost. He was so strong that in the manga Champa questions if he is really a Namekian, causing Piccolo to declare he was the reincarnation of the Demon King Piccolo, indicating that while he does not use his power for evil, Piccolo acknowledges his past as playing a role in making him as powerful as he is as Kami and Nail would have likely not fused with King Piccolo given his evil nature. During the Tournament of Power it is shown that Kami and Nail still exist within Piccolo even encouraging him to continue fighting for the sake of their universe, New Namek, and the Earth.
Super Namekians also exist in Universe 6 as Saonel and Pirina are Super Nameks and they acquired this power through Namekian Fusion with other Universe 6 Namekians which they claim represents their will to survive indicating Namekian Fusion may be a survival mechanism to allow Namekians to attain the power to be classified as a Super Nameks. Though unlike Piccolo, they had fused with countless Namekians. Though this grants them greater power it takes more time for their Super Namekian power to stabilize (presumably due to the sheer number and volume of power their bodies must assimilate requiring long amounts of time for their combined bodies and minds to get used to it), though once it did Saonel and Pirina proved to be a match for Ultimate Gohan and even allowed Saonel to survive being caught an energy clash between Ultimate Gohan and Pirina, though they where both still susceptible to Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon which injured them to the point that Ultimate Gohan was able to knock them off the stage with a Kamehameha, though they where not killed by either the attack. Presumably Piccolo lacked this problem as he fused with only two Namekians and the fusions occurred several years apart. Additionally it should be noted that Piccolo's fusion with his father's good counterpart Kami is a special case, due to Piccolo being the reincarnation of King Piccolo restored his and Kami's former self the Nameless Namekian (who was so strong that Guru thought that only a Super Saiyan could defeat let alone kill him when he was unaware of his fission), essentially becoming a whole being once more which likely made the assimilation process much easier.
The only other drawbacks to this method of acquiring Super Namek levels of power via fusion is that Namekian Fusion is permanent and cannot be undone as using the Dragon Balls to undo it has never been suggested which indicates it is likely that it is beyond the power of either Porunga or Shenron, though Super Shenron should be capable of doing so given that he can grant any wish with no limitations, though collecting and using the Super Dragon Balls makes this method very unlikely to occur. Another drawback is the absorbed Namekian ceases to exist separately thus any Dragon Balls they create will turn to stone though Piccolo and Kami took this risk due to the threat posed by Cell and the Androids. However these drawback are offset by the not only the power they gain, but knowledge they acquire as a result of the fusion, thus Super Nameks gain the knowledge of any fusee, from fighting techniques to tactics). This makes Namekian fusion to become a Super Namek useful in war as they can fuse with any comrades who are too weak or near death (like Nail when Piccolo fused with him). Allowing the fusee's knowledge to be pasted down to any resulting Super Namek.
Video Game Appearances
Piccolo is able to utilize the Super Namekian form in numerous Dragon Ball video games, notably the Budokai series, under the name "Fuse with Kami". Piccolo takes his status as a Super Namekian one step further in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors when he fuses with King Piccolo. In Dragon Ball Heroes, King Piccolo is able to fuse with Kami.
In Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, in the mission "Piccolo's Fusion", after fusing with Kami, Piccolo then engages in battle with Android 17. If enough damage to the opponent, is done the transformation bar is charged to the max. When Piccolo powers up he transforms into a Super Namek, shortened as SN. In this form, he takes a silver electric aura.
In Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, after fusing with Kami, Piccolo becomes a Super Namek, so he can unlock his enhanced form. He can get Super Namek's statistics when he transforms into this form. Super Namekian form is simply Piccolo without his weighted clothing.
In the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game, Piccolo, Kami, and King Piccolo can all fuse together, with the chosen body being the player's choice. Once fused they become Super Namekians.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, a Frieza Race Time Patroller named Percel mentions a time distortion where King Piccolo fuses with Kami becoming an Evil Super Namekian and giving birth to powerful Mutated Namekians strong enough to take on the Red Ribbon Androids and Babidi's Forces eventually resulting in three-way war between his Demon Clan, the Red Ribbon Army, and Babidi's forces. A Namekian Future Warrior can also become powerful enough to be classified as a Super Namekian capable of taking on powerful fighters like Kid Buu, Mira, Demigra, Broly, Super 17, and Omega Shenron.
In Dragon Ball Fusions, the fusions of the Super Namekian Piccolo with other beings are all Super Namekians thanks to Piccolo's presence in the fusion. Given their power a Namekian Ultra Fusion could also be classified as a pure Super Namekian (if all fusee are Namekian) or Super Namekian hybrid (when a Namekian initiates the fusion with different races).
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Lord Slug and Piccolo both appear as playable characters. Additionally, the Namekian Future Warrior can be classified as a Super Namekian capable of taking on the likes of Lord Slug, Turles, Broly, Janemba, Meta-Cooler, Golden Frieza, and Mira in their Supervillain forms as well as defeating Mira in his final form with the assistance of Goku. They are also capable of fighting the likes of Hit, Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black, Future Zamasu, Fused Zamasu and are strong enough for Whis to consider them a candidate to become God of Destruction after Beerus and even trains them as part of the Masters Pack DLC, like he did with Goku and Vegeta (whom he also views as candidates to replace Beerus). Additionally like Super Namekian Lord Slug, the Namekian Future Warrior can become a Great Namek after learning how to access the form through training with Piccolo and Nail in the Guru's House time rift anomaly. The Namekian Future Warrior also acquires the ability to utilize Godly ki, as Future Zamasu senses a faint amount of Godly ki coming from the warrior during their Initiation Test to train under him as part of the Extra Pack 1 DLC.
According Chronoa to Xenoverse 2, Lord Slug is a Super Namekian born with a heart of pure evil indicating that he has been evil since birth. Lord Slug supports this as he states that he has been pure evil since the day he was born, proudly stating that he has never had a just thought in his life and that he is evil incarnate, before referring to himself as the Nefarious Super Namekian. This implies that some Super Namekians can be born evil though as shown by the Nameless Namekian this is not always the case as his heart only became impure due to having grown up around the evil of humanity which causes his heart to be tainted by evil. Lord Slug notes that the Namekian Future Warrior is not pure evil like himself though he hopes that they will eventually become evil like himself while training them, though he notes that if they possess a strong enough constitution it would prevent the power of demons (the skills he taught them) from tearing their body to shreds (as he states that normally only one with an evil heart can master his techniques).