- This article is about the technique. For the anime volume, see Transformation (volume). For the video game, see Dragon Ball GT: Transformation.
Transformation (変身 Henshin) is the ability to change one's body in order to tap into greater stores of power.
List of transformations
Main article: List of transformations
There are several Saiyan transformation lines in the series, which are: the Great Ape line, the Super Saiyan line, and the Super Saiyan God line. Additionally, some forms can be mixed together to make new transformations.
There have also been several occurrences of other races utilizing Super Saiyan-like forms.
The Great Ape is one of the most common transformations seen used by pure Saiyans. This form is only accessible if the Saiyan has a tail. While in the form of a Great Ape, if the tail is cut off, the Saiyan returns to his/her normal state. This transformation is triggered by when Blutz Waves are transferred to the Saiyan. The most common supply of Blutz Waves are given from a Full Moon. If there is no moon available, a Saiyan may use a Power Ball. The Power Ball emits Blutz Waves used to activate the transformation. Once transformed, the Great Ape's power and strength are increased tenfold from the base form. If just started with this transformation, the Great Ape may go into a rampage. This form had been rendered obsolete ever since the remaining pure-blooded Saiyans transformed into Super Saiyans. A Great Ape who transforms into a Super Saiyan becomes a Golden Great Ape, which is the key to attaining the Super Saiyan 4 transformation.
A Super Saiyan is a legendary transformation of legend in the Saiyan race. Only a select few of the Saiyans have been able to achieve this rare form. In legend, a Super Saiyan is a warrior pure of heart and awakened by fury. The first Saiyan in centuries to achieve this form was Goku, after seeing Krillin's death at the hands of Frieza. In this transformation, the hair raises and turns a golden color and the eye color turns blue-green. A Super Saiyan's power level shoots up between ten to fifty times its normal amount, depending on the source.
There are also a few variations of this transformation: Pseudo Super Saiyan, a prequel to the form appearing only in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Super Saiyan Second Grade, an advancement in the power of the original Super Saiyan state; Super Saiyan Third Grade, an even stronger advancement in the power of the original Super Saiyan state; Super Saiyan Full Power, the state of mental and physical perfection of the Super Saiyan transformation itself, rather than an advanced stage.
There are also three powered up improvements of Super Saiyan called Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3, and Super Saiyan Rage. A Super Saiyan 2 is a full transformation beyond the regular Super Saiyan. The first Super Saiyan 2 was born in the Cell Games. After seeing his friends being brought to near-death by the Cell Juniors, Gohan went into a rage, causing his transformation to Super Saiyan 2. Gohan easily overpowered Cell after the transformation, as well as killing all of the Cell Junior with Quiet Rage, and eventually killing Cell with the Father-Son Kamehameha. A few Saiyans achieved the form after Gohan, such as Goku and Vegeta.
The Super Saiyan 3 is the transformation that follows the Super Saiyan 2 form. The first Saiyan to achieve this form was Goku. He discovered this form while doing training in Other World. He first presented this form in his first confrontation with Majin Buu. The only other Saiyan to achieve this form, was the fusion, Gotenks. There are no records of any other Saiyan achieving the Super Saiyan 3 transformation. Exceptions for other Saiyans reaching the Super Saiyan 3 form are in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 which features Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta and Broly, and in Dragon Ball Heroes which features Super Saiyan 3 Future Trunks, Trunks, and Gogeta. The Super Saiyan 3 form is also the final Super Saiyan transformation in the original Dragon Ball manga.
The Super Saiyan Rage is a powerful transformation that Future Trunks attained through the power of intense and violent rage. This form allowed Trunks to hold his own against Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black and Future Zamasu.
The Legendary Super Saiyan form is a unique form of Super Saiyan only usable by some Saiyans. The only Legendary Super Saiyan shown was the movie-only character Broly, his clone, and the Universe 6 Saiyan Kale. The Legendary Super Saiyan form is a different evolution to the other Super Saiyan forms, and thus a Legendary Super Saiyan's versions of the Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3, and Super Saiyan 4 form are also greatly altered from usual.
Super Saiyan God is a Saiyan transformation much more powerful than Super Saiyan 3. The Oracle Fish foretold the appearance of the Super Saiyan God to the God of Destruction Beerus, and this is what hastens Beerus' awakening in the film. When Goku transforms into this form, he powers up with flame-like aura (as opposed to the gold aura with previous Super Saiyan forms). He then appears with his hair glowing red and with a shape similar to that of his base form, red eyes, slightly thinner, and he has a flame-like aura. The power of this ultimate warrior excites even the God of Destruction Beerus. The form allows Goku to sense godly ki and he can absorb attacks by consuming ki, but he reverts to his regular Super Saiyan form due to the form's time limit.
A Saiyan who obtains the strength of a Super Saiyan God can also access the power by becoming a God-like Saiyan - a form virtually indistinguishable from their base form, but with the power of Super Saiyan God.
Once a Saiyan has managed to retain the power of the Super Saiyan God form, within themselves by training themselves even further, a Saiyan can attain the even more powerful Super Saiyan Blue transformation. In this state the user looks like a regular Super Saiyan, however, they have blue hair and a fiery blue aura.
Goku Black possesses his own version of the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form: Super Saiyan Rosé. It resembles Super Saiyan Blue but has pink hair with white highlights and the aura resembles a flame of darkness. This change is brought about by the fact Goku Black was already a God before taking Goku's body.
A Saiyan is capable of combining their Great Ape and Super Saiyan forms together, resulting in the Golden Great Ape form, upon attaining a human heart, the Golden Great Ape will transform into a Super Saiyan 4.
Super Saiyan 4 is a Saiyan transformation present in the anime only sequel Dragon Ball GT and was never mentioned in the original Dragon Ball manga though has appeared in the Super Dragon Ball Heroes manga. The only way a Saiyan can attain Super Saiyan 4 is if he is already a Super Saiyan, can transform into a Golden Great Ape, and regain conscious control over the form. While referred to as a "Super Saiyan", it is not a part of the Super Saiyan line of transformations. After this form is attained once, it can be accessed at any point.
When further powered up a more powerful state known as Super Full Power Saiyan 4 can be achieved, and breaking this form's limits by filling it to the brim with ki results lets the Saiyan achieve Super Full Power Saiyan 4 Limit Breaker.
- Human-type Earthling
In the manga and anime, several Humans display their own transformations, Tsukutsun Tsun turns into a tiger when touched by a girl, and is capable of taking on a greatly empowered state when angered and Master Roshi can transform into his Max Power form, greatly increasing his muscle mass and height. Witchcraft is able to transform a human into a Jiang Shi.
In Dragon Ball Online, in Age 1000 Humans are capable of transforming into Super Saiyans after wishing for the transformation from Shenron. This is due to humans having become crossbreed with the Saiyan race via Goku and Vegeta's descendants.
Mr. Satan is capable of taking on the High Tension state in video games. Additionally, his god form "Super Mr. Satan" (from his false retelling of the "Beebus" battle) is actually a transformation for him in IC Carddass Dragon Ball.
- Animal-type Earthling
Man-Wolf switches between a human and wolf form depending on whether the moon is out or not.
Several Namekians have displayed the power to increase their size and turn into Great Namek. The user takes on this form by invigorating their cells - causing them to grow. They can choose the amount they grow, with the largest known size being referred to as "Super Giant Form" and being comparable in size to a mountain. Piccolo also replicates Garlic Jr.'s Gigantification. Thorough Dark Evolution Lord Slug transforms into a Dark Giant.
Namekians who unlock a higher consciousness within themselves become Super Nameks, resulting in their strength increasing exponentially. Some Namekians are able to become Super Namek on their own. One method of becoming a Super Namek is to fuse with another Namekian.
Some Namekians have displayed a special red-eyed form that powers up the user as much as Super Saiyan would a Saiyan. The method of obtaining this form is unknown, and it has only appeared a few times in video games.
Main article: Gigantification Several members of the Makyan race have the ability to take on a more muscular "Super form". This form is used by Garlic Jr. and his top minions, with Garlic Jr. using a Super form which greatly increases his size and gives him a dark green color and a slightly different shaped head.
Main article: Monster Form
Zarbon has the ability to transform from his Elegant Form into a more powerful Monster Form, which holds his true power. Other members of Zarbon's race, who appear in video games, are either in their Elegant Form or Monster Form but do not switch from one to the other.
Members of Frieza's race can have many transformations. Uniquely for them, these transformations actually are used to suppress and by extension conserve energy. This makes it easier for them to hold back without making a conscious effort, causing their natural form to be their actual strongest state. While unknown if it is a standard number for all in this race, both Frieza and (in the movie only) Cooler are known to have three suppressing forms.
Frieza's brother Cooler also displayed a Super Evolution, which increased his power unlike the other forms of this transformation line.
The strongest transformation of Frieza's race is able to obtain is an Ultimate Evolution. Frieza is the first member of his race to achieve the ultimate evolution which he dubs "Golden Frieza". This state can also be mastered through improved energy control.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi scenario "The True Ultimate Android", an Android 17 is shown to be able to transform into Super 17 without having to fuse with the second one, though without the other 17 his Super 17 form is imperfect and is defeated by Perfect Cell.
Several beings in the series have been transformed into cyborgs, usually either to save their life, increase their power, or both. Notable enhanced Earthlings include Cyborg Tao, Android 17, Android 18, and Dr. Gero (Android 20).
- Mechanical Type Androids
Main article: Form Change
Cell must absorb Android 17 and Android 18 to advance from his Imperfect form to his Semi-Perfect form and Perfect form. He is returned to his Semi-Perfect form after Android 18 is removed from him by force, but thanks to his Saiyan and Namekian DNA coupled with a near-lethal injury, he is able to regenerate and advance into a Super Perfect form. Android 13 transforms into a more powerful form as well, from using the memory cards and batteries of his destroyed comrades, Android 15 and Android 14.
- New Type Android
- Ghost Warrior
A Tuffle resurrected as a Ghost Warrior takes on a blue state with blanked eyes and growths on their head.
- Machine Mutant
Several powerful Tuffle Machine Mutants are capable of taking on enhanced forms. Dr. Lychee's Hatchiyack is capable of powering up from his Humanoid form into either a Super form or a Giant form. Mutchy can switch between a whip form and a full-bodied form. Luud can go between three levels. The Machine Mutant General Rilldo can absorb metal, including other Machine Mutants and the Machine Planet M-2, in order to transform into his Hyper-Meta-Rilldo or Meta-Rilldo forms.
- Neo Machine Mutant
As displayed by Baby, a Neo Machine Mutant can achieve higher forms using the energy from their hosts, first achieving a "Child Form" before eventually achieving their "Perfect Form." The fused Tuffle Kamioren can take on an "Ultimate Form" by merging with the Universe Seed.
- Tuffleized Super Saiyan
Baby and the other Tuffle Parasites are capable of turning into the normal golden-haired Super Saiyan while in control of Trunks, Goten, or Gohan. When Baby takes full control over Vegeta he is capable of using a white-haired Super Saiyan form, alongside two Super Saiyan-variants called Strongest Form 1 and Strongest Form 2, he can also take on the Golden Great Ape form, his version nicknamed "Tuffle Gorilla" due to its slightly different appearance.
Race of Hera
Main article: Full Power Hera-seijin
Some members of the Race of Hera are capable of taking on a form referred to as "Full Power". This form increases the user's muscle mass, turns them a light green, and the hair a dark red.
- Buu's Majin subspecies
The members of the Majin species are able to take on a true form referred to as "Pure Majin". Super Buu takes this form after removing all of his absorptions, turning back into his Pure Form: Kid Buu, though Buu is different than other Majins in that he seems to be stronger as Super Buu than Kid Buu. Majin Buu also has the power to absorb other entities to transform and increase his power.
In the computer game Dragon Ball Online, members of the Majin race can obtain their Pure Form after wishing for it to Shenron. When using this form, their dormant power is released.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, it is revealed by Good Buu that transforming into their Pure Majin state is risky for Majins as it could lead them to lose their "heart", essentially turning them into another evil incarnation of Kid Buu. However, if they manage to retain their "heart", the Majin gains the ability to transform into their pure form at will, granting them access to Kid Buu's form and abilities, while retaining their original personality. However, the Pure Majin form requires stamina in order to maintain and the Majin will automatically revert to their base form when their stamina runs out.
- Super Monster's transformation
The Super Monster Majin Ozotto is capable of taking on a transformation.
- Phantom Majin
The Phantom Majin Hirudegarn is capable of transforming into a stronger more insect-like form.
When a being takes in enough evil energy, they will transform into a demon named Janemba. Janemba itself has two forms in its movie appearance: a yellow giant and obese demon, and a regular-sized red and purple demon named Super Janemba. In Dragon Ball Heroes, Xeno Janemba attains a third form called "Evil Demon" which is a result of Janemba gaining evil energy from a Dark Dragon Ball. Later, the main Janemba achieves his own third form - "Black Janemba" - through being infused with Super Saiyan 4 power.
Exceptionally powerful Shinjin can achieve a "Halo" form.
This form was activated when Goku's willpower collided with his own Universe 7 Spirit Bomb, pushing Goku through his barrier and into the deepest part of his potential according to Whis. In this state, Goku can fight on par with and at times push back even Jiren, who is stated to be stronger than all Gods of Destruction. His ki in this state is stated by observers to be very hot yet frighteningly calm. Gohan, Piccolo, and Vegeta all pointed out that Goku even moves and fights very differently in this state. Piccolo later notes Goku is constantly evolving in the state. However, this state appears to be incomplete as Goku quickly reverted to base form after a period of time. However, Goku manages to reactivate this form during his fight with Kefla. Upon sensing this, Jiren came out of his meditation to watch the climax of Goku's fight with Kefla. Goku easily overwhelmed Kefla and soon managed to defeat her using the Imperfect Instinct Kamehameha. However, Goku had used up the last of his stamina in that one final attack and as such lost this state once again. During the final battle with Jiren, Goku reactivates Ultra Instinct yet again. This time Goku was able to land a critical blow on Jiren in full power.
Goku then displays the complete version of this state. The completed state gives the user complete control over Ultra Instinct and it gives godly levels of power that far surpasses the Gods of Destruction. In this form, Goku completely outclassed Jiren in his full power, able to easily dodge his attacks and land critical blows on the Pride Trooper as well, and eventually proved to not only rival but surpass, Jiren with Jiren's hidden power awakened. However, despite this form's overwhelming might, it takes a huge toll on the user's body. Dark lightning-like energy spikes come out, causing the user to endure intense and searing pain.
Main article: Destroyer Form
Candidates for the title of God of Destruction can transform themselves, allowing them to access Energy of Destruction. So far, Top is the only user of this form. However, beings with a greater amount of godly power can not only neutralize the Energy of Destruction but overpower a user in this state. Which was proven by Vegeta with his Super Saiyan God SS Evolved form.
Demon Realm race
Dabura is capable of taking on the Demonic Will state in video games.
With enough kiri, a member of the Demon Realm race can become a Demon God. Using every ounce of their divine power lets them take on a giant monstrous form and going beyond this allows them to take on the Makyouka Form.
Universe Seed Induced Form
Main article: Ultimate Form (Universe Seed) Power from the Universe Seed is able to grant those who use it an ultimate form. When used in its incomplete state by the Tuffle Neo Machine Mutant Kamioren, the fused entity took on a gigantic powerful form. When used by Hearts in its complete form, he became the "Ultimate Godslayer".
- Super Neko Majin
Main article: Super Neko Majin By copying the Saiyan's Super Saiyan form, a Neko Majin can attain the Super Neko Majin state.
- Double Eyelid transformation
Main article: Transforming Ability By copying a member of Frieza's race's Transforming Ability, a Neko Majin can take on a form with double eyelids.
Main article: Super Shadow Dragon Each of the Shadow Dragons have their own unique type of transformation. For example: Oceanus Shenron can switch between humanoid and dragon forms, and Syn Shenron can use his basic form and a more powerful state named Omega Shenron gained from absorbing the seven Dragon Balls. Naturon Shenron can transform via Absorption, while Rage Shenron can increase his size via his Electric Slime Body Build. In Dragon Ball Heroes, Haze Shenron, Oceanus Shenron, Eis Shenron, and Nuova Shenron can transform into their own unique Super forms. Haze Shenron and Oceanus Shenron's Super forms also increase their size.
Dark Magic Induced
Main article: Dark Evolution If a Demon God combines their power with the Kiri of a target, the target is able to undergo a dark evolution.
Time Power Unleashed
Main article: Time Power Unleashed The Supreme Kai of Time Chronoa can transform into her Time Power Unleashed form which grants her complete control over time. In addition, increasing her power over time itself, Chronoa physically grows into a taller, more mature appearance. She looks like an adult with a much shapelier figure, lengthens her hair to her lower back, and changes her outfit's colors into white and yellow. Chronoa possesses a halo though in her case the halo resembles a clock, with the hands points at ten and two respectively and the halo is apparently part of the form itself.
The Dark King Mechikabura can also transform into the Time Power Unleashed form after absorbing a black hole that had swallowed up tens of millions of years of time-space.
Other transformations and similar techniques
The Shapeshifting technique allows it's user to transform into objects (such as scissors or a rocket), animals (like a fish or a bat), and other people regardless of differences size and/or gender (such when Oolong transformed into Bulma). Depending on their user's skill level the time they can remain transformed via Shapeshifting may be limited such as the case with Oolong. However, it does not alter the user's physical strength even if the user increase in size. Depending on the form (such as a Bird, Bat, or Rocket), the shapeshifter may, however, obtain the power to fly without the use of ki.
The Blood Rubies can cause their holder to transform into a demonic monster form.
The Balloon Technique allows the user to puff their body up like a balloon.
Deceased entities can be revived as Zombies through a variety of methods.
Certain beings are able to unlock part of all of a person's potential. The Namekian Grand Elder Guru can give someone a potential unlock that unlocks a fair amount of the user's power, the Ultra Divine Water also does this. Manipulation Sorcery used by Babidi is able to demon mark an entity of substantial evil while also unlocking their potential greatly increasing their power. The Old Kai is able to perform a much greater potential unlock that unlocks someone above their full potential.
By eating the second form Frieza's tail, a combatant was able to transform into a larger form with features of Frieza's second form.
Frieza's 100% Activation allows him to briefly use his 100% power while remaining in his regular Final Form. When in his 100% power or Mecha forms, Frieza can also use a power-up named Long awaited-for 100% to further increase his muscle mass and power.
Goku can use an ability named Super Saiyan Power! in order to appear in a state appearing as his Super Saiyan form but with black hair.
Caterpy is able to become a chrysalis in order to transform into his ultimate form, however, it takes 1,200 years to complete this transformation.
Pure Progress is treated as a transformation for Hit in Xenoverse 2.
In Dragon Ball Super, Fused Zamasu's body mutates into a Half-Corrupted form. In the anime, Fused Zamasu's body mutated due to one of his fusees being Immortal and the other being mortal. In the manga, his body mutates when the Potara fusion's time limit ran out. However, this is due to the fusees being one and the same they refused the fission.
Sword of Hope is treated as a transformation in Xenoverse 2.
Watagash is capable of transforming its host into three different stages of heteromorphism.
The Universe 4 warriors Ganos, Dercori, and Monna possess transformations. Ganos can transform into a stronger more bird-like state. Dercori can transform into a powered-up state when in a darkened area. Monna is able to expand into a giant ball.
In the anime, the Universe 11 warrior Tupper is capable of taking on a petrified form. The Super Speed Warrior Dyspo of Universe 11 is able to take on Super Maximum Light Speed Mode, greatly increasing his speed. Jiren, the strongest warrior, was able to use the Super Full Power state after breaking beyond his previous limits.
In the anime, the Universe 3 warrior Maji-Kayo is able to alter his body into faster or more powerful states. The warrior Catopesra is capable of changing modes using his robot suit, changing into "Whirlwind Speed Mode", "Raging Battle Mode" or "Ultimate Mode".
Dark Dragon Balls can merge with evil beings, turning them into a corrupted state.
Pikkon possesses a transformation known as "Super Pikkon".
The Hero Robot Poll can switch between defense form and attack form, and also upgraded versions of these forms and it's base.
- 変 (Hen) = Change
- 身 (Shin) = Body