The Universe Survival Saga is the fifth major saga of the Dragon Ball Super anime and the fourth major saga of the Dragon Ball Super manga. The Tournament of Power planned by Zen-Oh begins, with multiple universes partaking—with each universe having a team of 10 fighters who battle alongside each other. The arc will feature continuous debuts of elites from each universe. However, this also proves to be the beginning of universal destruction. If a team were to lose, then the universe they come from will be destroyed immediately.
The Multiverse Tournament is Announced
The two Zen-Oh are playing a planet-destroying game at Zen-Oh's Palace and they exclaim they are at exactly 101 wins and 101 losses, so that they should do something else.
Goku is selling his freshly-cropped vegetables to a trader, who exclaims that they are very popular so he is excited about earning money, so Chi-Chi will stop nagging him about working and he can focus on training. While driving away in a Capsule Corporation truck, Goku stumbles upon a person whose truck is stuck in the road. Goku pulls it out for him, but feels a gun pointed on his back; he was tricked by a band of robbers. They order Goku to give them his truck, but when Goku refuses, they shoot at him, but Goku maneuvers behind them; they were shooting at Goku's Afterimage. Goku knocks one of the robbers out with a kick, and after catching the other two robbers' bullets, knocks them out. One of the robbers fire his last bullet at Goku, which scratches his arm, he then retaliates by flicking the robber from the left, sending him flying into a rock, knocking him out as well. Goku laughs and says he's getting rusty, since the same thing happened to Krillin not long ago.
Goku calls Krillin and asks him to train, but Krillin is busy fighting robbers himself. Goku then decides to call Whis for some training, and Whis agrees for a present. Goku decides to give them bean daifuku, as they already ate regular daifuku, and tells Whis to meet him at Bulma's place in an hour. Goku rushes home and puts on his Dogi, and Goten asks if he's going to go training and wants to go, but Chi-Chi forbids it. She tells Goten to train his head, not his body, as there are no more villains around so he has no reason to fight. While Chi-Chi is rambling on about studying, Goku and Goten sneak off. Goku and Goten pick up some bean daifuku for Whis, and then head to Capsule Corp, where they meet Bulma. Bulma tells them she got a call from Chi-Chi, who told her to not let Goten leave with Goku. Bulma reveals her large belly, and Goku says she must be eating too much, but Bulma reminds him that she's pregnant. Goten congratulates Trunks on his new sibling, and asks which he would prefer between a brother and sister since Bulma wants to keep it a surprise. Trunks exclaims that either would be fine. Goku decides to give his bean daifuku to Bulma, but Goten reminds him that it's for Whis and his training. Trunks wants Goten to train with him instead, as he can't go far due to the baby, and he is bored of fighting Pilaf and Shu. Goten agrees and the two spar. Goku finds Vegeta, and asks him to go training with him, but Vegeta declines because Bulma is giving birth soon. Goku points out he was dead when Goten was born so he didn't have a choice concerning being there. Whis arrives, and prepares to take the two Saiyans to Beerus' planet, but Vegeta says he can't go because of his child, and Whis excitedly asks if Vegeta is giving birth. Vegeta says that Bulma is, and he should be there for her. Whis and Goku then head off, and they meet Beerus at his planet. They eat the bean daifuku, and Goku and Whis start training.
Whis fires a Ki Blast at Goku, who becomes a Super Saiyan and deflects it. Beerus points out that Goku is rusty, and Goku hasn't fought anyone strong in a while, then asks about Zen-Oh's Universal Martial Arts Tournament. Beerus tells him to forget about that idea and not get too involved with Zen-Oh, and Whis agrees, saying they don't know what could happen. Goku reveals the button Zen-Oh gave him as two sides: one button makes Zen-Oh come to him and the other makes him go to Zen-Oh. Beerus puts his hand in front of Goku's face (like his Destruction attack) and says that he may have been too lenient, and Goku's naive nature would get them in trouble. Goku throws the button in the air to make Beerus look, but Goku faked it and pressed the button, teleporting him to Zen-Oh's palace.
Goku is greeted by the Grand Priest, who takes him to see Zen-Oh. Goku asks Zen-Oh about the tournament, and Zen-Oh says he forgot. Future Zen-Oh asks what a tournament is, and Zen-Oh, having witnessed the Universe 6 vs. 7 Tournament, says it's really fun, and they both want to see it. Grand Priest says once they figure out the tournament details, he will contact the Supreme Kais of each universe. Goku agrees and heads back, only to be immediately pushed by Beerus for ignoring his warnings. Goku asks Whis to take him to the Sacred World of the Kais, and the three head there and meet Supreme Kai, Kibito, and Elder Kai, who ask them if there's another crisis going on. Grand Priest soon appears and announces the details for the tournament: on a specified date and time, 10 warriors from each universe will fight in the Tournament of Power.
The Grand Priest has arrived to the Sacred World of the Kais in Universe 7, in order to relay the details of the Tournament of Power to Goku, Beerus, Whis, Supreme Kai, Kibito, and Elder Kai. After stating when the tournament will take place, Grand Priest announces the tournament will be held in the World of Void, a world with no time or space, so that all fighters can use the full extent of their powers freely. Grand Priest also announces that he has collected the Super Dragon Balls for the tournament, and that Champa has offered him the 3 that he already had. Beerus curses Champa under his breath for secretly collecting them again. Supreme Kai asks what the victorious universe will win, and the Grand Priest answers that they will win nothing. Grand Priest also announces an ultimatum for all participants, though he regrets announcing it so soon, he feels like he should announce it as Goku is Zen-Oh's friend: Zen-Oh will instantly destroy any universe defeated in the tournament.
The Universe 7 group proceed to panic upon hearing this. Grand Priest also announces a personal request to Goku from Zen-Oh: as Future Zen-Oh does not know what a tournament is, there will be an exhibition match called the Zen Exhibition Match, where 3 fighters from Universe 7 will fight against 3 fighters from Universe 9, and the two Zen-Oh will be personally watching. Grand Priest tells Goku to find 2 more fighters to team up with in the next hour, and to head to Zen-Oh's Palace before leaving. Beerus is incredibly angry at Goku, asking him just what he has done to every universe. Supreme Kai comments that should Universe 7 lose and be destroyed, he will be too ashamed to face all living beings. Goku offers to personally ask Zen-Oh to not destroy any universes, but Whis advises against him doing this, saying that should Zen-Oh or Grand Priest get annoyed at Goku's pestering, he would be destroyed on the spot. Beerus says Goku will take responsibility as this is his doing, and Goku says that he just needs to win. Elder Kai reminds him to find 2 partners for the Omni-Present Match, and 9 more partners for the tournament. Beerus yells at Goku to take responsibility and go find 2 more people to fight with him.
Goku goes to Earth and asks Vegeta to fight, but Vegeta reiterates that he's not going anywhere due to Bulma giving birth soon. Goten and Trunks are sparring in the same area, and Goten says hi to his father but gets sucker-punched from behind by Trunks. Vegeta suggests that Goku should go ask his son. Goku says he doesn't know what they're up against, and doesn't feel like Goten or Trunks are good enough, but Goku remembers his other son and thanks Vegeta. Goku meets Gohan at his house and tells him about the tournament. Gohan is hesitant, but Goku says he'll regain his fighting sense in no time, reminding Gohan about his great power deep inside of him. Gohan is still hesitant, but Goku tells him about the extreme stipulation about the losing universes being destroyed, also telling Gohan to keep it a secret to himself, and Gohan is surprised to hear this. Gohan asks Goku how he could create such a thing, saying that if people learn about this, the world and the entire universe will panic. Gohan and Goku agree to keep this a secret from everyone else. Videl asks them why they are whispering, and Goku says he asked Gohan to participate in a tournament with him but he just won't say yes. Videl suggests that Gohan helps his father. Pan appears, flying into her mother's arms, happy. Gohan, watching, says he'll fight with Goku, saying there's something he doesn't want to lose. Mr. Satan appears with Buu and Bee, and Mr. Satan greets Goku. Goku quickly flies past him and goes to Buu, also asking him to fight.
Goku takes Gohan (now wearing his father's Dogi again like in the Fusion Saga), and Buu (with Mr. Satan) back to the Sacred World of the Kais, and Beerus half-heartedly asks Goku if they are his partners. Gohan nervously says hello to Beerus. Beerus asks why Mr. Satan is with them, and Mr. Satan says that Buu will only answer to him. Beerus secretly asks Goku if they know about the stipulation, and Goku says he only told Gohan and they agreed to keep it a secret to avoid panic; Beerus says this is a good idea. Supreme Kai takes the entire group and teleports them to Zen-Oh's Palace. Beerus tells the group to avoid saying or doing anything careless if they want to live, and Mr. Satan nervously complies. While they walk to the main altar, the group meets the Universe 9 group: the Supreme Kai Roh, the God of Destruction Sidra, his angel Mojito, and the 3 fighters representing them: the Trio De Dangers: Bergamo, Basil and Lavender.
Zen Exhibition Match
The Grand Priest gathers both groups and transports them to the World of Void, where he has prepared a World Martial Arts Tournament-style ring with spectator seats. The Grand Priest then calls for every god in the multiverse to appear, and every single God of Destruction, Angel, and Supreme Kai from each universe all gather to spectate the match. Goku yells at Champa to say hello, but Grand Priest tells Goku to be silent. Grand Priest explains the Future Zen-Oh's request to watch a tournament match as he has never seen one before, and he and Zen-Oh appear to spectate. Goku flies up to them and greets them (Champa is flustered at Goku calling them "Zen-chan"). Beerus immediately grabs Goku and throws him back to the stands, apologizing to Zen-Oh. The other Gods speak to themselves on how vulgar and impudent Universe 7 is acting. Grand Priest, overhearing them, announces that the Tournament of Power was Goku's idea (Zen-Oh's initially, but he forgot about it until Goku reminded him). Goku thanks Zen-Oh for letting them fight first, and Zen-Oh excitedly tells Goku to give them a good fight, and Goku agrees.
Grand Priest explains the rules for the fights: there will be one-on-one matches in order, there is no time limit, and the winner will be chosen if his opponent surrenders or is unable to continue fighting. Rou greedily asks Grand Priest if there are any prizes, and Grand Priest says the purpose of this match is solely to provide anticipation for the tournament, and to show Future Zen-Oh what a tournament is. Sidra nervously asks if they will be destroyed on the spot if Zen-Oh considers the fighters to be boring, and Grand Priest says that it is a possibility, as all is as Zen-Oh wills it. Grand Priest calls for the two beginning fighters to go to the stage, and Basil goes, and Bergamo tells him to enjoy toying with them. Just like they decided, Goku says the first fighter will be Buu, but the group notice that Buu fell asleep during all of the talking. Beerus quickly orders Mr. Satan to do his job, and Mr. Satan wakes Buu with a chocolate bar, promising more if he goes to play with Basil. Buu agrees and heads to the ring. With both fighters present, Grand Priest announces the match to begin.
Majin Buu vs. Basil
Basil quickly goes on the offensive and kicks Buu around, showing that his fighting style revolves around using his legs in a kickboxing-like method. The two Zen-Oh are impressed with Basil's speed. As Buu lays on the ground motionless, Basil comments about what a real buffoon he is, and Supreme Kai and Beerus are worried as Rou smirks. Lying on the ground, Buu grins. Basil quickly gains the upper hand and beats down Buu, who is not taking the fight seriously and thinks of it as a game. Goku goads Basil into showing his full power to get Buu's attention, which leads to Basil using his ultimate attack. As the Supreme Kai of Universe 9 claims victory, Buu emerges with a hole in his stomach, but he is otherwise unmoved. Basil and the Supreme Kai of Universe 9 are shocked to see this. Mr. Satan is injured during the attack. He tells Buu to beat Basil before falling unconscious. This enrages Buu to the point where he effortlessly beats Basil and knocks him out of the ring. However, since neither Zen-Oh is satisfied with the fight, Basil is allowed to get back into the ring. The Supreme Kai from Universe 9 gives Basil a drug that makes him far more powerful. Although Beerus demands that Basil is disqualified for obvious cheating, Zen-Oh is entertained by this and allows the fight to continue. The Grand Priest announces that the rules will be improvised as the tournament goes along. Basil overpowers Buu and seemingly beats him, which causes the Supreme Kai to prematurely gloat about the superiority of Universe 9. However, Buu emerges unscathed and launches a full power attack at Basil. This knocks him out and clinches Universe 7 the victory. As the Universe 9 team laments Basil's loss, Lavender says that if he had been allowed to kill his opponent then he would have won. Gohan volunteers to fight next against Lavender, who is allowed to kill to his heart's content.
The next match of the Zen Exhibition Match is Gohan of Universe 7 against Lavender of Universe 9. Gohan remarks that he hasn't participated in a tournament in a long time, and he should take things slowly to regain his fighting sense. While Lavender silently chuckles to himself, Gohan says he must see how Lavender fights with his eyes since his ki cannot be sensed. Goku tells Gohan to not wait and see Lavender's actions, but to start the fight without holding anything back because Gohan is strong. Gohan agrees and thanks him, and the two fighters walk towards each other. Grand Priest calls for the match to commence.
Gohan vs. Lavenda
Immediately, Gohan attacks and he and Lavender exchange a number of blows. When Gohan throws a punch, Lavender dodges it and wraps himself around Gohan's arm. Lavenda then sprays a mist of poison gas in Gohan's face, blinding him. Lavender then sprays the same gas on his fists and uses them to attack Gohan, further immobilizing him. Whis exclaims that Lavender is using a very powerful poison. While Lavender is overwhelming Gohan, Rou proudly exclaims that this is what Lavender of the Trio De Dangers is capable of. Mr. Satan yells out that this is cheating, and Goku reminds him that in this tournament anything goes. Despite Rou's boasting, Shin pulls out a bag of Senzu Beans, saying that if Universe 9 healed their fighter mid-battle, they can, too. However, Gohan tells him that he doesn't need a Senzu Bean, not wanting anyone to interfere in this battle, wanting to use only his power. Goku agrees with him, saying that against an opponent whom Gohan cannot see or sense, this is the perfect training for him to regain his fighting sense.
Ignoring Lavender's boasting, Gohan quietly concentrates to hear and feel Lavender's movements. When Lavender tries to attack from behind, Gohan blocks his attack the instant he feels Lavender's leg connecting on his head. The two Zen-Oh are impressed and gleefully watch. Exclaiming it was a fluke, Lavender tries attacking again, but Gohan blocks every single hit and counterattacks. Bergamo points out to a surprised Rou that since Gohan lost his sense of vision, he is heightening his other four senses, also commenting that Gohan is a worthy opponent. After more trial-and-error, Lavender flies into the air, and Gohan remarks he can no longer hear his footsteps. Lavender then fires Ki Blasts at Gohan, and he has trouble defending himself. Goku exclaims that this could be bad for Gohan, but is confident that his son will be able to overcome things the harder they get. When Lavender prepares to finish Gohan off, Gohan says he hasn't had a chance to unleash his power, transforming into a Super Saiyan.
The two Zen-Oh are amazed that Gohan is shining and gold, and Grand Priest informs them that he is a Super Saiyan. Toppo realizes that Universe 7 has fighters that can willfully alter their power level. Lavender exclaims that despite Gohan's power increase, he should still be helpless in sensing Lavender's attacks, and Gohan tells him to give it a shot. Lavenda does so, and Gohan manages to deflect his ki blast. Gohan deflects more ki blasts, and flies straight towards Lavender and relentlessly assaults him. Lavender asks if Gohan can see him, and Gohan says that his ki detects where he is. Whis and Shin praise Gohan for wisely using his Super Saiyan powers like an active radar, but Whis exclaims that this could be a double-edged sword. When Gohan tries to finish off Lavender, he collapses and powers down to base. Whis and Beerus comment that due to becoming a Super Saiyan, the poison spreading in Gohan's body is accelerating. Lavender takes this opportunity to assault a helpless Gohan and spraying even more poison on him. Despite his disadvantage, Gohan becomes a Super Saiyan again and the two fight a heated battle, also entering a beam struggle with Lavender's ki blast and Gohan's Kamehameha. However, Gohan is overwhelmed due to gradually getting weaker from the poison, which has begun spreading throughout his entire body. Lavender sprays more poison, and Gohan flies straight through it, attacking Lavender and grabbing him with a Full-Nelson. Exclaiming it doesn't matter if he's blind if they're that close, Gohan slams himself and Lavender to the ring below, causing an explosion.
When Lavender is knocked out, Gohan momentarily stands up to say he has won, and falls down himself. Grand Priest exclaims the match is a tie due to both fighters being unable to continue. Goku feeds his son a Senzu Bean, proud of his performance and that it got him excited, but Gohan still says he's too weak. Grand Priest announces to all of the spectators his rankings of the universes, giving Universe 7 an average of 3.18, which is second from the bottom. Whis asks which universe ranked below them, and it turned out to be Universe 9 with an average of 1.86. Grand Priest reveals the stipulation of the losing universes to be destroyed to the public, and Champa is afraid of this news. While each universe discuss this, Shin asks Grand Priest if every universe that enters will be destroyed if they lose. Grand Priest informs him that Universes 1 & 12, along with 5 & 8, are exempt from entering as their average is over 7. Whis simplifies his words, explaining that every other universe would be erased because they're low developed, but will be spared if they win in the Tournament of Power. Mr. Satan faints when he realizes their fate if they lose in the tournament.
Beerus blames Shin's passive nature for allowing mortals to develop themselves, and Shin blames Beerus for being asleep most of the time. Elder Kai asks what will happen to the gods, and Grand Priest answers that they will also be erased with their universe, except for the angels. Whis and Vados seem to be aware of this, and Beerus and Champa are flustered that they will still live. Preparing to announce the third match, Grand Priest repairs the ring. The final fight between Goku and Bergamo is about to begin.
Goku vs. Bergamo
The third match of the Zen Exhibition Match between Goku and Bergamo is about to begin. The gods of each universe all discuss their potential fates if they are defeated in the Tournament of Power. Goku suggests that he and Bergamo go all-out since their fight will not have any universes destroyed. Bergamo tells Goku to shut his mouth, and announces his name to every god in attendance. Bergamo points out that Zen-Oh gave his Universe 9 the lowest mortal level, but he points to Goku, accusing the Saiyan of having a much lower mortal level due to him creating the idea of the Tournament of Power, and without it every universe could have lived in peace. Bergamo takes it upon himself to crush Goku, calling him the enemy of every universe. Bergamo then bows down to Zen-Oh, politely asking him to rescind his rule of erasing the defeated universes once he has defeated Goku. The Universe 9 spectators are proud of Bergamo's smooth way of talking, and Beerus and Whis realize he's trying to name Goku the villain; Whis also points out the animosity towards Goku is increasing. While the gods agree with Bergamo, Goku points out to Bergamo that he doesn't care about being the villain to every universe, saying as long as he is on the edge he can fight to the fullest.
Zen-Oh agrees with Bergamo's proposal, and the rule is set: if Universe 9 wins, the rule of erasing every defeated universe will be scrapped. However, Grand Priest tells Goku that if he holds back because he doesn't want to be erased, Zen-Oh will immediately destroy every universe. Goku agrees and says he already planned to go full force. Kai and Belmod of Universe 11 ask Toppo how he views Goku, and Toppo wants to wait until Goku fights seriously. While Champa boos Goku, the Supreme Kais of different universes ask him who Goku is, wondering why he acts so casually in front of Zen-Oh. Champa answers that Goku's limit seems to be unfathomable, also pointing out Universes 1, 5, 8 and 12's nonchalant attitudes due to being exempt from the Tournament because of their high mortal levels.
The match finally begins. Goku and Bergamo start exchanging blows, feeling each other out. Bergamo then purposefully leaves himself defenseless, telling Goku to hit him so he can show him why they call him "Bergamo the Crusher". Goku obliges, and lands a number of blows on him. Bergamo then suddenly glows and grows larger and stronger, knocking Goku back with a punch. Goku keeps attacking him, and Bergamo keeps growing, telling him to keep attacking. Gohan tells Goku to be careful, pointing out that Bergamo is using his power against him. Rou of Universe 9 loudly exclaims Bergamo's ability: the more he is hit, the more he grows and the stronger he becomes, calling his strength "truly limitless". Goku is excited at this, and becomes a Super Saiyan. Goku keeps attacking, and Bergamo steals more of his power. Bergamo eventually becomes gigantic in size, and Goku uses his speed to constantly land hits on him. While Bergamo grows bigger and bigger, Goku seems to be smiling.
Goku taunts Bergamo, saying the bigger he grows, the more blind spots he gains. Mr. Satan grows worried that Goku is just giving him power, and Gohan points out that Goku is making him stronger on purpose because he gets excited when he fights stronger opponents. Bergamo soon grows so large that the ring under him is beginning to crack from his steps. Goku asks if he can still get stronger, becoming a Super Saiyan Blue. The gods are shocked that Goku can clad himself in godly ki, and Zen-Oh tells Future Zen-Oh that this is Super Saiyan Blue. Goku offers to power up even more, using the Kaio-ken. Bergamo also powers up while Goku charges a 10x God Kamehameha. Bergamo uses his special attack, Wolfgang Penetrator, clashing with Goku's Kamehameha. Goku uses his full power to push the attack back and hit Bergamo, defeating him instead of powering him up further. Grand Priest announces Universe 7 as the victors of the Zen Exhibition Match.
Goku tells Zen-Oh that he didn't hold back, and they are very happy and impressed with his match. While Basil and Lavender help their brother up, Bergamo promises Goku that every universe will come after him. Goku announces to every god to come at him with their strongest warriors, and that he will beat them all. Grand Priest asks Future Zen-Oh what he thinks, and the two Zen-Oh are very impressed with the matches and they are excited for the tournament. While Grand Priest says the Zen Exhibition Match is a success, he announces the rules for the Tournament of Power: it will be a survival match and victory is gained by knocking opponents off of the ring. The use of weapons, killing opponents, and using Flight is prohibited in the tournament. Also, the time limit for the match will be 100 Toks. When Whis exclaims this time may be too long for matches, Grand Priest further announces that since the ring will also be huge, the tournament will have all 80 participants from the 8 universes participating all in the ring at once, and the universe with the most survivors will win; also if there is a single survivor, that universe will win. The Universe 7 group discuss that power alone won't be enough and tactics and teamwork will be important; teamwork not being Goku's forte. Goku comments that he should be fine since he has Gohan.
The Sudden Challenge
Toppo suddenly jumps to the ring and confronts Goku, wanting to talk to him. He then introduces himself as the leader of the Pride Troopers of Universe 11, taking off his cloak and challenges Goku to a fight. Goku accepts, saying with Bergamo he wasn't satisfied enough. Toppo calls Goku evil, and that his fists will bring ruin upon all evil. After obtaining Zen-Oh blessing to proceed, Goku and Toppo begin their battle. Toppo quickly gains the upper hand and dislocates Goku's shoulder. Goku responds by attacking with a flurry of blows, but Toppo manages to grab Goku in a powerful bear hug. He begins squeezing the life out of Goku, which forces Goku to turn Super Saiyan Blue to escape. He damages Toppo with a Kamehameha and the two begin to power up to extreme heights. However, the Great Priest brings an end to the match on the grounds that one of them will likely end up dead at the rate they are going. As Toppo leaves, he reveals to Goku that Universe 11 has a warrior even stronger than him named Jiren. The Great Priest explains that he will begin creating the arena for the Tournament of Power, which will be completed in 40 Earth hours. Back at the Sacred World of the Kais, Beerus and Goku get into an argument over Goku's laid-back attitude, which Whis breaks up. The group agrees to convene at the Capsule Corporation to discuss their strategy.
At Capsule Corporation, Chichi is preparing a feast for the new baby when Goku, Gohan, Hercule, Majin Buu, Beerus, Whis, Shin, and Elder Kai arrive. Chichi offers the food to them since the baby hasn't been born yet, and Goku and Beerus happily accept. Bulma is exercising in the gravity room with Pilaf, Shu, and Mai, and she apologizes to Vegeta, who is watching them close by. He says she is making him rusty but worries if she is able to move so much. Trunks says Mai said exercise will ensure a healthy birth and Goten asks Vegeta if he is excited about the baby. Turning to walk away, Vegeta retorts he is only staying because Bulma told him to and decides to go train somewhere close, and he reminds Trunks that he has to move the baby's bed. Trunks asks Goten to help him and they run off, and Vegeta takes his leave and thinks about a name that is worthy of Saiyan royalty.
As everyone eats, Goku states his excitement about fighting strong opponents and repeats his assertion to Beerus, who reminds him to be serious, that they only need to win. Shin goes about which participants of Universe 7 will be entering. Gohan asks how many planets are there with powerful life forms in the universe and Shin explains that since the loss of Planet Sadla, Planet Vegeta and Planet Namek, there are 28 planets. However Beerus suggests they stick with warriors in Earth because they don't know how strong people from other planets are and with those already known on Earth, they have a 12.5% of winning. Goku and Gohan start thinking of their friends and Goku wants Monaka but Beerus lies that he is unwell. They consider Krillin, but Hercule reminds them Krillin gave up martial arts a long time ago. Goku and Gohan have a mind battle between Krillin and Basil, and it appears Krillin's Destructo Disc and Solar Flare have little effect on Basil. Gohan is worried but Goku concludes Krillin can hold his own because he has resumed training. Shin suggests Trunks and Goten but Goku declines because their rivalry will be a issue. Gohan suggests Master Roshi for being experienced and having tricky techniques and Hercule suggests 18, which Goku agrees and decides to ask for 17 to enter. Hercule asks if it will be okay because they are androids but Goku says it will because they were simply modified to be super humans. Goku decides to get Senzu Beans but Whis says those are forbidden because they increase their stamina. With one member left, they ask Vegeta, who is thinking of a baby name. Goku informs him of the battle with Toppo and of 80 fighters fighting simultaneously. Although Vegeta is intrigued of the battle royal, he refuses because he doesn't know when the baby will be born and he is suspicious why Goku wants him to participate so badly. Vegeta further says he won't agree unless they convince Bulma. With little choice, Whis decides to intervene.
Chichi and Bulma are discussing her large belly when Whis comes in and uses his time warping ability to bring out the baby from inside her, leaving everyone shocked. Whis announces to Vegeta he can now participate. As Bulma coos to the baby girl, Vegeta simply looks at them. Everyone later gathers to properly meet the baby and hold her and remark how she looks nothing like Vegeta, who stands nearby listening. The baby smiles at being held by her grandparents and Goku but cries when Hercule holds her, which angers Vegeta into turning Super Saiyan Blue. Yamcha arrives to visit and holds the baby but she cries, angering Vegeta again. Trunks and Goten finish putting the bed down when Gohan tells Trunks he is now a big brother. Goten says a brother would mean Trunks gets to train with him and a sister would be cute, but Trunks prefers a brother so he can train. Trunks meets the baby and is disappointed that it's a girl, and is reluctant to hold her but gives in when Bulma tells him he needs to protect his sister. Seeing Vegeta keeping his distance, Bulma tells Trunks to ask him to hold the baby. After a silent moment, Vegeta asks Trunks to give him the baby and she smiles at her father upon being held. When asked what her name is, Vegeta is about to suggest Eschalot but Bulma announces she has decided on Bulla. Everyone thinks it is a beautiful name but Vegeta says he needs to give his daughter a name worthy of a Saiyan. Goku decides to start recruiting members for the team and tells Gohan he will be visiting Krillin first. When Goku leaves, Yamcha, who overheard the conversation, confronts Gohan and he thinks he will be recruited as well, and heads home to wait for Goku. Vegeta says Bulla isn't a bad name after all, much to Bulla's delight.
Recruiting Krillin and Android 18
Goku and Gohan are flying in the air, heading to meet Krillin. Krillin has just defeated a burglar and saved the clerk of the store, who thanks Krillin. Krillin just got through with catching another criminal when Goku and Gohan meet up with him. They return to Krillin's house and tell him about the Tournament of Power and the rules. Krillin says he might be able to manage due to the ring-out only victories and no-killing rules. Android 18 tells Krillin to enter, otherwise all of his exercise equipment would all have been used for nothing. Goku also asks 18 to participate, and 18 immediately declines, saying she doesn't work for free and she has to look after Marron. Goku says she can leave Marron with Bulma, making Marron excited by saying Bulma's house has an aquarium and amusement park. 18 asks why Goku is pushing her to participate if this tournament is for fun. Goku nervously agrees, quietly discussing with Gohan about keeping the extreme tournament outcome a secret. 18 is suspicious about how the two are acting. Goku brings up that he forgot that the winners gain 10 million zeni. 18 is unimpressed, as she would only have 1 million for herself after dividing the prize for the entire team. Goku corrects her by saying each participant would gain 10 million zeni. 18 shows more interest, but still wonders if Goku is lying or not. 18 then accepts Goku's offer and joins the team. Krillin tells Goku that he better not be inviting him just to invite 18. Krillin also decides to enter, but Gohan immediately interrupts, asking Krillin for a request.
Gohan asks Krillin to spar with him, and he agrees, and they choose to spar on top of two rock formations to simulate the tournament's ring-out rule. Gohan requests Krillin to show him his power to gain a better understanding, so that he can come up with a plan for the tournament. Gohan thinks to himself about his image simulation battle of Krillin vs. Basil, and is worried that Krillin would not be able to stand a chance in the tournament. He wishes to fight Krillin himself so he can understand why Goku insists on recruiting him. 18 is suspicious about the whole thing, noting Gohan's eyes to be far too serious for a simple tournament. Goku ensures he must want the 100 million Zeni, and 18 says Goku added an extra zero. Goku, trying to avoid 18's suspicions, directs her attention back to the match.
Gohan is distracted by Marron's cheering, and Krillin immediately attacks. After Gohan blocks his attacks, Krillin asks if he can't go full power against him. Gohan knocks Krillin back, who immediately flies in front of the sun and uses his new technique, Solar Flare x100, and Gohan is still blinded despite having his eyes closed. Goku wonders if it is a new technique, and 18 hands him some sunglasses. While Gohan is blind and also unable to sense Krillin's ki, Krillin attacks him and knocks him into the water, and Gohan stops himself from falling in. Krillin remarks that Gohan has lost due to being knocked out of bounds and being forced to use Flight.
Gohan is impressed by Krillin's performance and his new technique. 18 is about to go home but Goku also gets excited, wanting to fight Krillin himself. Krillin tells Gohan that they can get stronger together, and with Krillin's skill and experience with Gohan's power, their victory is ensured. Gohan is ashamed of his own inexperience. Goku challenges Krillin, and the two relocate to Satan City on top of a skyscraper with a helicopter landing pad. Gohan reminds Goku that the tournament will start soon, and he'll be forced to step in if he feels Goku is going too far. 18 also protests that Krillin is tired from the last match and that his Solar Flare x100, being for surprise only, won't work over and over again. Krillin stops her, saying he wants to fight right now. While Krillin and Goku stare at each other, Krillin recalls his match with Goku in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament many years ago. It starts to rain and 18 hands her daughter an umbrella while the two begin to fight.
Krillin fires a number of Destructo Discs at Goku, who dodges them and as he attacks, Krillin prepares to use Solar Flare. While Goku braces himself, Krillin reveals to have faked the attack and fires energy blasts at Goku, also controlling his Destructo Discs to attack him from different angles. Goku barely dodges the attacks and destroys the discs with his own blasts, and Krillin charges and fires another blast, intending to push Goku off of the building. Goku cancels out the blast and goes Super Saiyan, and Krillin takes the time to hide behind the debris and masks his ki. Goku finds him and exposes him, and Krillin smirks as the floor under Goku slices apart, and Goku barely saves himself from falling. Krillin tells him he launched a fourth Destructo Disc to slice the floor while Goku was distracted with the three attacking him. Goku is impressed, and 18 and Gohan talk about needing a plan for the tournament. Goku then goes Super Saiyan Blue, and Krillin feels the intense pressure but remains strong. 18 remarks that there's nothing he can do about the huge power difference. Krillin says that this is fun, and he and Goku each charge a Kamehameha. The two energy blasts collide, and Krillin is being pushed back from Goku's bigger beam. Krillin is saved by 18, who forces Goku to direct the beam into the sky.
18 checks on Krillin, who asks why she interfered. She reminds Krillin about the tournament being a battle royal, and announces to Goku that it won't always be a one-on-one, and they must be prepared to be at a handicap, also telling Krillin to fight together if he can't alone. The two prepare to fight Goku, also telling Gohan to join if he wants. Goku turns back to base and says its enough, saying there's a lot he can learn from them about the tournament, also telling Gohan to learn, too. Goku remembers about Android 17 and asks 18 if she knows where he is. She says that the last time they talked on the phone, he told her he works at a wildlife reserve, but he didn't tell her where. Krillin suggests that Goku ask Dende where he is. Goku agrees and prepares to head out. Android 17 is seen watching the sky on a cliff.
While Goku and Gohan are flying, Gohan is about to go meet Piccolo, who Goku says would quickly agree to participating in the Tournament of Power, being a fighter himself. Goku is about to head to meet Dende, but notices an explosion in a nearby city. He uses Instant Transmission to sense whoever's ki is there, which turns out to be Majin Buu.
Meanwhile, on the Sacred World of the Kai planet in Universe 11, Kai summons the Supreme Kais of every other universe in a conference call fashion. Kai requests that the other Kais refrain from mentioning the universe destruction stipulation to their inhabitants. Gowasu, the Supreme Kai of Universe 10, agrees, but asks why Shin, the Supreme Kai of Universe 7, is not present. Kai answers that he has not invited Shin, due to the Tournament of Power being Universe 7's idea in the first place. Rou, the Supreme Kai of Universe 9, yells that this is a waste of time and Kai reminds him that they are meeting to discuss their situation. Rou says he is too busy gathering warriors and signs off. Peru and Ea, the Supreme Kais of Universe 2 and 3 respectively, begin to argue about their universes' intellectual levels and how Peru thinks it is irrelevant in the Tournament of "Power". They are both silenced by Kai, and Kuru, the Supreme Kai of Universe 4, slander them for spouting out their egos. Kai advises that all of the Supreme Kais join together to request Zen-Oh to reconsider the universe destruction rule to give them a chance to raise their universes' mortal levels. The Kais agree but all realize that Zen-Oh has made his decision and if he is displeased, it would mean erasure on the spot. All of the Kais sign off as they are all busy gathering warriors, and Kai settles on the idea that his universe will have to win, as he believes it is home to the strongest warriors.
Back on Earth, Goku finds out Mr. Satan is helping Buu train. Due to constantly training since the Zen Exhibition Match, Buu has lost weight and has gotten much slimmer in appearance. Buu tells Goku that he had fun "playing with the doggie guy" (referring to his match with Basil) and is excited about fighting more strong guys in the tournament. Mr. Satan asks if Goku wants to spar with Buu, and Goku eagerly accepts. Mr. Satan says the two will be using the tournament rules, and whoever touches the ground first will be the loser. Goku and Buu start fighting an even match, and Goku comments that Buu has gotten much stronger and faster. Buu is excited about eliminating everyone in the tournament, and Mr. Satan and Goku remind him that killing is against the rules; he must knock them out of the ring. Buu continues the fight by assaulting Goku with an endless barrage of Ki Blasts, and while Goku is busy deflecting them all, Buu attacks him and pushes him to the ground, winning the match. Goku compliments Buu's strategy and is very impressed, and Mr. Satan tells Goku not to get knocked out of bounds so easily in the actual tournament. Goku tells Mr. Satan he successfully recruited Krillin and Android 18, and he's off to find Android 17. When Goku flies off, Buu remarks that he's tired, and Mr. Satan says he won't be able to rest easy until the tournament is over.
Meanwhile, back in Universe 11, Toppo appears and talks with the General of the Pride Troopers: Kahseral, who asks him what happened at the Zen Exhibition Match. They are called to fight an attacking monster on the Planet Daldon, and they ride a ship to head there. In Universe 6, Champa calls for a meeting with the Gods of Destruction after finding out about the Supreme Kais' meeting. Mosco, the God of Destruction of Universe 3, asks why Champa has not invited Beerus. Quitela of Universe 4 says they should leave Beerus out due to his universe being responsible for the tournament. Vados argues that everyone should be in Goku's debt because if he didn't suggest having the Tournament of Power, the lower level universes would have already been erased, and this way they have a chance for survival. Sidra of Universe 9 and Rumoosh of Universe 10 show ill will towards Goku and his chummy attitude towards Zen-Oh. Helles of Universe 2 calls Goku beautiful. Belmod of Universe 11 is confident that Universe 7 will be unable to stand up against his fighters.
On planet Daldon, Aragney and Drakiyon are running amok. Dyspo of the Pride Troopers shows up and fights Aragney head-on, but is trapped in its tentacles. Before he is eaten, he is saved by Toppo and Kahseral. United with his teammates, Dispo poses with Toppo and Kahseral, who launch a combined attack on Aragney and defeats it. Toppo throws Drakiyon into Arageny's mouth, destroying them. On the ship, Toppo tells his team about the Tournament of Power. They agree on recruiting Pride Trooper members from other planets, including Jiren, who is currently meditating.
Recruiting Android 17
On The Lookout, Goku meets with Dende and Mr. Popo. Dende reveals he knows about the tournament due to listening in on a conversation between Beerus and Shin. In Universe 6, Fuwa is counting on Champa to recruit powerful warriors. Champa and Vados decide to recruit Cabba first, and Vados calls him with her staff. Champa yells at Cabba to find more Saiyans, particularly some stronger than him. Gohan confronts Piccolo, who is meditating on top of a mountain. Piccolo says he will retrain Gohan's weak body, and Gohan accepts. Goku asks Dende if he knows where Android 17 is, and Dende says he is located on an island in the south, also offering to take Goku there.
Dende makes The Lookout mobile and takes Goku to the spot where 17's island is located. Goku flies down there and meets 17 fighting a group of poachers, helping him and introducing himself. 17 shows Goku around the island, showing him the rare Minotaur that the poachers are after. Goku then challenges 17 to a fight, and despite him becoming a Super Saiyan and a Super Saiyan Blue, the two fight an even match, however they were both holding back to avoid destroying the island. Goku then tells 17 about the tournament, however he rejects participating due to not being able to leave the island and already having enough money. Goku is forced to tell him about the universe being erased should they lose, however 17 remains indifferent and still rejects the offer. A mysterious spaceship is seen approaching Earth, full of intergalactic poachers wanting to extract Earth's rare species.
Anime and Manga differences
- Future Zen-Oh
- Great Priest
- Zen-Oh's attendants
- Future Zen-Oh's attendants
- Unnamed female fighter (Tournament of Power)
- Goku vs. Burglars
- Goku (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Whis
- Goten vs. Trunks
- Majin Buu vs. Basil (Base/Drug-induced power up)
- Gohan (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Lavender
- Goku (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Blue) vs. Bergamo (Base/Giant Form)
- Goku (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Blue) vs. Toppo
- Krillin vs. Basil (image training)
- Gohan vs. Krillin
- Goku (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Blue) vs. Krillin
- Goku vs. Majin Buu (Slimmed down)
- Toppo, Kahseral, and Dyspo vs. Drakiyan and Aragney
- Android 17 vs. Poachers
- Goku and Android 17 vs. Poachers
- Goku (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Blue) vs. Android 17
- Goku and Android 17 vs. Galactic Poachers
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