Dragon Ball: All Saiyan Transformations

Dragon Ball: All Saiyan Transformations

In Dragon Ball, Saiyans are a warrior race from the planet Vegeta who possess incredible strength and the ability to transform into even more powerful forms through a process known as “Powering Up”. Here are all the known Saiyan transformations:

Great Ape

The Great Ape is a form that Saiyans can transform into in the Dragon Ball series. It occurs when a Saiyan with a tail looks at a full moon, causing them to transform into a giant, uncontrollable ape with incredible strength and power. This form is also known as the “Oozaru” form.

While in this form, the Saiyan loses all sense of reason and becomes a wild, rampaging beast, destroying everything in its path. The Great Ape is incredibly powerful, able to easily overpower most opponents, but it also has a major weakness – its tail. If the tail is cut off, the Saiyan will revert back to their normal form and lose all of the power and strength gained from the transformation.



Kaioken is a powerful technique used by Goku and some other characters in the Dragon Ball series. It is a technique that multiplies the user’s power level temporarily, allowing them to perform incredible feats of strength and speed.

When using Kaioken, the user’s aura turns red and their power level increases by a certain factor. The technique can be used at different levels, each one increasing the power and strain on the body. The basic level of Kaioken doubles the user’s power, while the higher levels, such as x10 or x20, increase it even more.

Super Saiyan

Super Saiyan is a powerful transformation that appears in the Dragon Ball series. It is achieved through intense training and a deep emotional trigger. When a Saiyan transforms into a Super Saiyan, their hair turns golden and their eyes turn green, and they gain immense power, speed, and durability.

Naturally, the first transformation being discussed is the original Super Saiyan, where all Super Saiyan forms began. Goku first unlocked his Super Saiyan form after being filled with rage from watching Frieza kill Krillin. With his new power, he was able to finally overwhelm and defeat Frieza. The Super Saiyan form would go on to be unlocked by nearly every other Saiyan character, including the Universe 6 Saiyans in Dragon Ball Super, and to this day, it remains one of the most iconic elements of the franchise.

Ascended Super Saiyan (Super Saiyan Second Grade)

Ascended Super Saiyan, also known as Super Saiyan Second Grade, is a power-up transformation achieved by a Super Saiyan. This form is an advanced version of the original Super Saiyan form, and it was first achieved by Future Trunks during his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.

In this form, the muscles of the Super Saiyan become more defined and their hair becomes spikier. The aura surrounding the Super Saiyan also becomes more prominent. The Ascended Super Saiyan form provides a significant power boost over the regular Super Saiyan form, but it comes at a cost. The increased muscle mass causes the Super Saiyan to become slower and less agile, making it easier for opponents to dodge their attacks.

Ultra Super Saiyan (Super Saiyan Third Grade)

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Ultra Super Saiyan, also known as Super Saiyan Third Grade, is a form achieved by mastering the standard Super Saiyan transformation and then pushing its limits even further. This form is characterized by an increase in muscle mass, making the user bulkier and slower, but also increasing their strength and power significantly.

In this form, the user’s hair remains the same as in Super Saiyan, but their muscles become significantly more defined and their aura becomes more intense. Despite the boost in power, this form has significant drawbacks. Due to the bulkiness of the muscles, the user becomes slower and less agile, making it difficult to dodge attacks. Additionally, the massive amount of energy required to maintain the form causes a significant strain on the user’s body, making it difficult to maintain for extended periods of time.

Super Saiyan Full Power

In this form, the Saiyan’s body is able to withstand the energy output required for the Super Saiyan transformation without any adverse effects, such as muscle strain or energy depletion. This allows the user to maintain their Super Saiyan form for extended periods of time and without any loss in power.

Visually, the Super Saiyan Full Power form appears similar to the original Super Saiyan transformation, but with a more subdued aura and golden hair that is slightly shorter and more compact. This form was first achieved by Goku during his battle with Cell in the Cell Games, and later by Gohan during his training with his father. It is considered to be a stepping stone to the more advanced Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3 forms.

Super Saiyan 2

Gohan Super Saiyan 2

Super Saiyan 2, also known as Ascended Super Saiyan, is a more powerful form of the original Super Saiyan transformation. It was first achieved by Gohan during the Cell Games saga of Dragon Ball Z.

In this form, the user’s hair becomes even more spiky and stands up more than in the original Super Saiyan form. The user’s eyes also become more intense, and their aura becomes more electric and powerful. The form grants a significant increase in strength, speed, and energy projection, but also has a drawback: it drains the user’s energy at a faster rate than the original Super Saiyan form.

Super Saiyan 3

Super Saiyan 3 is a powerful transformation in the Dragon Ball franchise that was first achieved by Goku during his battle against Majin Buu. It is a major step up from the Super Saiyan 2 form, and it comes with its own unique set of abilities and drawbacks.

The Super Saiyan 3 form is characterized by its long, flowing golden hair and lack of eyebrows. It also features a more muscular and defined physique than previous forms. When Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 3, his power level is increased exponentially, allowing him to overwhelm even the strongest of opponents. However, the Super Saiyan 3 form has a major drawback in that it consumes an enormous amount of energy, making it difficult to sustain for long periods of time.

Potential Unleashed (Ultimate Gohan)

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Potential Unleashed, also known as Ultimate Gohan, is a unique transformation attained by Gohan, the son of Goku in the Dragon Ball franchise. The transformation is achieved through intense training and unlocking one’s dormant power.

In this form, Gohan’s power is vastly increased, making him one of the strongest warriors in the Dragon Ball universe. His speed, strength, and energy projection are all heightened, and he gains a new aura that is distinctly different from any other transformation. What sets Potential Unleashed apart from other transformations is that it does not require Gohan to power up or transform physically, as the transformation is purely internal. Additionally, Gohan retains his intelligence and strategic mind in this form, unlike some other Saiyan transformations that often result in a loss of control or rational thought.

Golden Prime Ape

The Golden Great Ape (also known as the Golden Oozaru) is a transformation that can only be achieved by Saiyans with a tail who have absorbed a significant amount of Blutz Waves – a special type of radiation that comes from a full moon or a Power Ball. When a Saiyan transforms into a Great Ape under the influence of Blutz Waves, their power and size increase significantly.

However, if a Saiyan who has achieved the Super Saiyan 4 transformation (which requires them to have already gained control over their Great Ape form) is exposed to Blutz Waves, they can achieve the Golden Great Ape form. In this form, their fur turns golden, their muscles grow even larger, and their power is increased to an incredible level. However, this form is not without its drawbacks. The Saiyan’s mind is completely overtaken by primal instincts, making them unable to control their actions. Additionally, the form can only be maintained for a short period of time, after which the Saiyan reverts back to their normal form and is left exhausted.

Super Saiyan 4


Super Saiyan 4 is a transformation achieved by Saiyans in the anime series Dragon Ball GT. It is different from the previous Super Saiyan transformations because it is achieved through a different method. In order to become a Super Saiyan 4, a Saiyan must first become a Golden Great Ape, which is achieved by looking directly into a full moon while possessing a Saiyan tail. However, in Dragon Ball GT, the Saiyan characters do not possess their tails, so they must use a machine called the Blutz Wave Generator to create the full moon’s energy and achieve the Golden Great Ape form.

Once a Saiyan has transformed into a Golden Great Ape, they must regain control of their mind and body and learn to harness the power of the form. They do this by transforming from a Golden Great Ape into a humanoid form while keeping the power boost from the Golden Great Ape transformation. This humanoid form is the Super Saiyan 4. The transformation gives the user red fur, sharp claws, and a more muscular build, as well as a red aura. The form provides a massive power boost, as well as increased speed, agility, and durability. It is considered one of the most powerful forms in the Dragon Ball franchise.

Super Saiyan God

Super Saiyan God is a transformation that appears in the Dragon Ball Super anime and manga series. It is obtained when a Saiyan is able to absorb the energy of several other pure-hearted Saiyans and transfer that energy to another Saiyan through a ritual known as the “Super Saiyan God ritual”.

In this form, the user’s hair turns red and their body is surrounded by a fiery aura. The transformation grants the user immense power, speed, and durability, as well as improved senses and the ability to sense godly ki. Super Saiyan God is considered to be a superior transformation to Super Saiyan 3, as it allows the user to conserve their energy and fight more efficiently. In addition, the transformation also grants the user access to new techniques, such as the God Kamehameha and the God Bind.

Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (Super Saiyan Blue)


Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, also known as Super Saiyan Blue, is a transformation first introduced in the movie “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'” and later in the anime series “Dragon Ball Super”. This form is a combination of the Super Saiyan God form and the Super Saiyan transformation.

To achieve Super Saiyan Blue, a Saiyan must first attain the power of Super Saiyan God through a ritual or by having the power of six pure-hearted Saiyans transferred to them. Once they have obtained this power, they can then transform into Super Saiyan Blue by further mastering their godly ki and combining it with their Super Saiyan form. In this form, a Saiyan’s hair and eyes turn blue, and their aura becomes a vibrant shade of blue. Super Saiyan Blue provides a significant boost in power, speed, and durability. It is also notable for allowing the user to maintain their godly ki for extended periods of time, making it an efficient form to use in battle.

Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken

Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken is a powerful transformation used by Goku in the Dragon Ball Super anime and manga. It is a combination of two techniques: the Super Saiyan Blue transformation and the Kaio-ken technique. In this form, Goku’s hair turns blue and his eyes turn light blue, while his aura becomes more intense and fiery. He gains a significant increase in power, speed, and durability, as well as the ability to sense and control godly ki.

The Kaio-ken technique amplifies Goku’s power even further, but at the cost of putting immense strain on his body. When used in combination with the Super Saiyan Blue transformation, it creates an explosive energy that can cause immense damage to opponents. However, the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken transformation can only be sustained for a limited amount of time, and using it for too long can result in severe physical damage to Goku’s body.

Super Saiyan Rosé

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Super Saiyan Rosé is a transformation exclusive to the villainous character Goku Black in the anime and manga series “Dragon Ball Super”. This transformation is achieved by a godly entity, who is capable of utilizing godly ki, taking on the Super Saiyan form. However, unlike the regular Super Saiyan form which turns the user’s hair gold, the Super Saiyan Rosé transformation turns the hair of the user a pinkish-red color.

Goku Black is a godly entity who used the body of Goku to come to the present timeline and wreak havoc. As a godly entity, he possesses the power of godly ki, which allowed him to achieve the Super Saiyan Rosé transformation. In this form, Goku Black’s power increases significantly, giving him the ability to rival the strength of Super Saiyan Blue Goku. The transformation also gives Goku Black a unique fighting style, as he is able to manipulate his ki in a way that is different from other Super Saiyans.

Super Saiyan Rage

Super Saiyan Rage is a unique transformation achieved by Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Super. It is a combination of Super Saiyan 2 and god ki, which is unique to godly beings like gods of destruction and angels. This form was achieved by Future Trunks when he was in a state of extreme anger and sadness over the death of his mother and the destruction of his future timeline. In this form, Future Trunks’ hair turns a bright white and his aura is tinged with a red-pinkish color. His muscles also bulge, giving him a more muscular appearance.

Super Saiyan Rage grants Future Trunks incredible power and speed, allowing him to defeat powerful foes like Fused Zamasu and even hold his own against Goku Black in his Super Saiyan Rosé form. However, this form is not without its drawbacks. It puts a heavy strain on the user’s body and stamina, and it can only be sustained for short periods of time. Additionally, it cannot be used at will and can only be achieved through extreme emotional distress.

Ultra Instinct Sign

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Ultra Instinct Sign is a transformation that was first introduced in the anime series “Dragon Ball Super”. It is the initial form of the Ultra Instinct technique, which is an advanced combat skill that allows the user to react and move without conscious thought, resulting in incredibly fast and precise movements.

In this form, the user’s hair turns silver-white, and their eyes turn silver or light blue, with a slightly wider and more intense look. The user gains a significant increase in speed, strength, and reflexes, allowing them to dodge attacks and counterattack effortlessly. However, the user is not able to fully utilize Ultra Instinct’s power in this form, and they must master it to attain the complete transformation. Ultra Instinct Sign was first demonstrated by Goku during his fight against Jiren in the Tournament of Power.

Super Saiyan Blue Evolution

Super Saiyan Blue Evolution is a powerful transformation that is unique to the character of Vegeta in the Dragon Ball Super anime and manga series. This form is an advanced version of Super Saiyan Blue that takes the power and abilities of the original transformation to the next level.

In Super Saiyan Blue Evolution, Vegeta’s hair turns a slightly darker shade of blue, and his eyes become a bright blue color. This transformation provides him with immense power, speed, and durability that surpasses that of Super Saiyan Blue. Vegeta is also able to maintain this form for extended periods of time without any noticeable strain on his body. Super Saiyan Blue Evolution was first showcased in the anime during the Tournament of Power arc when Vegeta faced off against Jiren.

Mastered Ultra Instinct


Mastered Ultra Instinct is the ultimate form of the Ultra Instinct technique in the Dragon Ball series. It is achieved when the user fully masters the ability to move without thinking or reacting, allowing them to fight and dodge attacks with incredible speed and accuracy.

In this form, the user’s hair turns silver-white and their eyes turn silver. Their body also emits a bright aura of silver and blue energy, signifying the immense power they possess. With this level of mastery, the user can effortlessly dodge and counter any attack with minimal effort, making it one of the most powerful forms in the Dragon Ball universe. In the anime, Goku was the first to achieve this form during the Tournament of Power.

Legendary Super Saiyan

The Legendary Super Saiyan form is a unique transformation that is exclusive to the Saiyan race. It was first introduced in the Dragon Ball Z movie “Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan,” where it was revealed that only a select few Saiyans were capable of transforming into this form.

The transformation is triggered by an extreme burst of anger and power, and the user’s muscles increase dramatically in size, granting them immense strength and speed. The user’s eyes turn bright green, and their hair turns a bright green color with a golden aura surrounding it. In this form, the user’s power level is significantly increased, making them virtually invincible. Their energy attacks become more powerful and destructive, and they are capable of creating massive shockwaves with their movements.

Gohan Beast

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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero saw Gohan unlock his “Final” form known as Gohan Beast. In this mode, he was easily able to withstand a full power punch from Cell Max and managed to annihilate Cell’s massive energy sphere with his Special Beam Cannon and defeated him with the help of Orange Piccolo.

Gohan Beast was more than a match for Cell Max, who turned out to be stronger than any of the fighters on Earth, while Goku and Vegeta were away. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama also stated that in his beast mode, Gohan was as strong as Goku and Vegeta. This gave fans an idea of his current power level.

Perfected Ultra Instinct

Perfected Ultra Instinct is a state achieved by Goku during the Moro arc of the Dragon Ball Super manga. This form is considered the ultimate form of Ultra Instinct, as it grants Goku complete mastery over his body and mind. In the Moro arc, Goku initially struggles to defeat the titular villain, who possesses the ability to absorb the energy of his opponents. However, after being pushed to his limit, Goku is able to tap into the full power of Ultra Instinct and gains a new form that is different from his previous usage of the technique.

In this new form, Goku’s hair turns white and his eyes turn silver. He gains an incredible boost in speed, power, and agility, and is able to effortlessly dodge and counter Moro’s attacks. Unlike his previous usage of Ultra Instinct, Goku is also able to launch powerful energy attacks while in this form. The Perfected Ultra Instinct form is considered the ultimate state of martial arts, as it allows Goku to fight and move without thinking. His body and mind are completely synchronized, allowing him to react to any situation with perfect timing and precision.

Ultra Ego

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Ultra Ego is a new form of Vegeta’s introduced in the Granolah the Survivor arc of the manga. Just like Ultra Instinct it isn’t actually a Super Saiyan form, but it’s being included because of how heavily tied it is to Vegeta’s development. With help from the God of Destruction Beerus, Vegeta developed a technique that not only greatly increases his power, but can gradually make himself even stronger the more he takes damage.

Because of that, Ultra Ego serves as the antithesis to Ultra Instinct, which revolves around not taking hits, and it’s Vegeta’s most powerful form to date. Naturally, its biggest weakness is that Vegeta can take so much damage that he won’t be able to fight anymore, which happened against both Granolah and Gas. Another weakness is that because it’s derived from the power of a God of Destruction, Vegeta can only bring out its full power by giving into destructive instincts, something that he can’t do after spending years becoming a kinder person.

True Ultra Instinct

Goku’s True Ultra Instinct is a variation on Ultra Instinct Goku developed to fight Gas in the Granolah the Survivor arc. After learning about Bardock’s past, Goku realized the importance of being true to himself and not only accepted himself as a Saiyan, but that Perfected Ultra Instinct might not be the best form for him because of how hard it is for him to stay completely calm. Because of that, in order to defeat Gas, he developed True Ultra Instinct, a variation of Ultra Instinct Sign that draws on his emotions as opposed to forcing him to suppress them. Because of that, Goku is able to fight more effectively than he could with Perfected Ultra Instinct, making True Ultra Instinct one of his most powerful transformations to date, if not his most powerful.

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