The Z Sword (ゼットソード Zetto Sōdo), or Zeta Sword in the English version of the Dragon Ball manga, is an ancient and extremely heavy sword that was embedded in the Z Sword Plateau at the Sacred World of the Kai.
The Z Sword resembles a. Judging by its thin cross-section and wide blade, it appears to be optimized for cutting as opposed to thrusting. The sword itself is not particularly sturdy, as it was Goku and Gohan who broke the sword just playing around with it, and it also broke in the fight against Future Dabura. It seemed little more than a means of sealing Old Kai/Future Old Kai.
Once every 1,000 years, the Supreme Kais and the Gods of Destruction go to each other's realms and hold a coordination meeting. During one of these meetings, held roughly 75 Million Before Age, they got into an argument over some trifling thing and a certain short-tempered God of Destruction, Beerus, sealed Old Kai away inside the Z Sword as it would not have been proper for him to destroy the Sacred World of the Kais itself. As hard as they tried, none of the Kais that attempted to release the Z Sword were successful. It became legend that whoever could release the Z Sword would gain access to an amazing power.
In Age 774, with Gohan needing medical attention, Shin brings him to the Sacred World of the Kais to heal as well as to try and release the Z Sword so as to gain access to its legendary strength. Despite great difficulty and Kibito constantly decrying him for being a mere mortal, Gohan is successful in freeing the sword upon transforming into a Super Saiyan, stunning Kibito in the process. Though finding it difficult to hold the sword due to its weight, Gohan begins training to wield it.
Later on when Goku visits the Sacred World of the Kais after returning to Other World, he tests Gohan by hurling a large boulder towards him, which the Z Sword cuts through easily. In order to test the sword's limits, Shin materializes a giant cube made of Katchin, the densest material in the universe, to give Goku to throw at Gohan. Unfortunately, the Z Sword breaks when attempting to slice through the cube. Despite Shin and Kibito expressing shock and great disappointment over this, not all hope was lost, as the breaking of the blade finally released Old Kai from its clutches, leaving him free to unleash Gohan's dormant power.
In the future, Future Trunks trained with Shin and Kibito in preparation for Babidi's arrival. Trunks trained with the Z Sword and his power rose to new heights. However, due to Kibito sensing Babidi's movements on Earth, they never got to test its power against the block of Katchin and Future Old Kai was never released. When Trunks was battling against Future Dabura, Trunks used the sword as his weapon but was later spit on by Dabura, turning it into stone and it broke after Trunks let go of it, accidentally killing Future Old Kai, who later grumbles about being killed while still stuck in the sword.
Video Game Appearances
The Z Sword appears in the story mode of Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors and Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury. In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, one of the mini-games that appear while the game is loading, involves Gohan pulling out as many Z Swords as he can. In Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team, Gohan can be seen wielding the Z Sword in the background of Training Mode. In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 it appears on the King Kai's World stage and is referred to in the English version of the stage's description as the Zeta Sword. However it is referred to as Zet Sword in the title for one of the scenarios in Gohan's Story (presumably Zet is a misspelling of Zeta).
In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Gohan and Shin go to the Sacred World of the Kais to release the Z Sword only to find that Gohan cannot remove it, resulting in their need of the "chosen one". The "chosen one" turns out to be the Future Gohan, who proceeds to remove the sword easily. The sword can be seen in the game as a projectile attack used by both Gohan and Future Gohan while using Old Kai's Unlock Ability. Ultimate Gohan can also use his Z Sword in several attacks.
In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, Gohan has a team attack with Future Trunks, titled Twin Sword Slash, in which he uses the Z Sword. The Z Sword is one of the two swords Ultimate Gohan can use in Super Dragon Ball Z, the other one being his training sword. Ultimate Gohan (Z Sword) also uses the sword in Dragon Ball Heroes, notably as part of a super attack called Z Sword Slash (ゼットソードスラッシュ).
In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, the Z Sword appears as a card that can be equipped onto a character. Its positive effects raise the character's melee and ki blast attack power greatly, while its negative effects prevent the character from evading. The Z Sword card is an absolute rare, and appears occasionally in subsequent weekly card releases.
In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, four of Gohan's cards depicting him wearing his Supreme Kai Clothes and wielding the Z Sword.
"A replica of a legendary sword from the Kais' world. Gives great power to anyone who draws it."
"A long time ago, I was trapped inside a sword known as the Z Sword. It was Lord Beerus who put me in there. Every thousand years, the Supreme Kais and the Gods of Destruction hold a meeting. And we had a teensy disagreement... It all happened so fast... Once I realized what happened, I was already inside of the sword. That was about 75 million years ago, I think... I had nothing but free time. Nothing! I know that Lord Beerus was simply doing what he does, but I want my glorious youth back! Hm? What did we argue about? Hmm... I can't seem to remember."
— Old Kai telling how he was sealed in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the Z Sword returns as an equipable accessory. After Towa fails to appear in Age 779 after tricking Beerus and Whis by hacking the Time Nest communications and pretending to be Chronoa to lure him and Whis away, Whis suggests sealing Elder Kai as a way for Beerus to vent his anger but Elder Kai protests causing Whis to suggest he spar with Beerus and the Future Warrior. Afterwards as Whis & Beerus are about to leave Elder Kai reveals he still holds a slight grudge over being sealed, though Beerus manages to hear his grumbling and warns him that he can hear him, though decides to not to seal Elder Kai. After Whis and Beerus leave following the sparring session, the Future Warrior can talk to Elder Kai who will tell them how he came to be sealed within the sword. Interestingly, he reveals he had forgotten what the disagreement between him and Beerus was about.
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, the Z Sword appears in its resting place in the Sacred World of the Kai Area. During the game's Majin Buu Saga, Gohan is brought to the Sacred World of the Kai to remove the Z Sword. The Z Sword serves the same role in the game as it does in the main series. The blade reprises its role in the -Trunks- The Warrior of Hope DLC, as Future Shin and Future Kibito bring Future Trunks to the Sacred Land of the Kais to learn to wield the Z Sword. Like Gohan, Future Trunks is only able to remove the blade from the stone by using his Super Saiyan Full Power form. However its weight requires him to get used to wielding it, with Future Kibito taking on the role of instructor. Under Future Kibito's tutelage, he quickly becomes accustomed to its weight to the point that Future Shin decides to take Trunks on himself with Future Trunks besting him. However Trunks notes the blade doesn't seem any different than any normal blade. This leads Supreme Kai to suggest he project the image of a person from Trunks' mind to spar against. Later he uses it in the fight against Future Babidi and his minions, reflecting the events of the Dragon Ball Super manga.
- The legend of the Z Sword mirrors the Arthurian legend of the Sword in the Stone, with it also being incredibly hard to pull out and it later being broken, however the difference is that Gohan does not immediately take a higher position upon pulling the sword, obviously (i.e. a Supreme Kai), as Arthur had upon pulling the Excalibur (as the sword is called in the story) out from the stone with relative ease, as according to the story, the one pulling the legendary sword with all his might out of its pedestal would be immediately crowned the rightful King of England.
- Before pulling out the Z Sword, Gohan notes that the idea of pulling a sword out sounded familiar to him. This may imply that the King Arthur story is taught in the Dragon World.
- The name "Zeta Sword" used in the English manga matches the Greek pronunciation for the letter Z, "Zeta".
- In the English Dragon Ball Super manga, the sword is named the Z Sword.
- As shown by the fate of the Future Z Sword, Future Dabura's Stone Spit and the petrified sword's destruction lead to the death of Future Old Kai. Additionally the sword's destruction apparently lead to the destruction of Future Old Kai's body as he àppears in Other World as a spirit with a ghostly tail instead of retaining his body like his main timeline counterpart did when he transfered his life to resurrect Goku. Like Future Shin, Future Kibito, and the one who sealed Future Old Kai Future Beerus, Future Old Kai was another one of Universe 7's deities to die due to the actions of Future Dabura.
- Apparently if the sword is petrified, it will not release the one sealed inside as Future Elder Kai was not freed when the petrified sword broke. However Future Old Kai's death ironically freed him from his imprisonment (however it was little consolation given his body was destroyed in the process).