Dragon Ball is undoubtedly one of the most popular and enduring anime and manga franchises of all time. Goku is the Dragon Ball franchise’s mascot and the franchise’s strongest character. Over the course of the series’s 30-plus years, Goku has assumed hundreds of guises. By pushing his limits and developing as a boxer, he has demonstrated that there is always the potential for growth and improvement.
Every time an apocalyptic danger is leveled at Earth or anything dear to Goku, he stands steadfast as the final glimmer of hope. Even when things are dire, and a monstrous adversary is attempting to demolish everything in its path, we expect Goku to transform into a completely new form accompanied by powerful music. Today, you will learn about Goku’s most memorable forms in this post.
1. Goku Basic Form
Let us begin with the fundamental shape. There is little to explain here. It’s Goku in his natural state, devoid of any of his spectacular transformations. However, do not immediately categorize it as weak. Goku’s current base form is more than sufficient to defeat the majority of the antagonists seen in the Dragon Ball and Dragon Z series.
Whatever the opponent’s strength, Goku has this strange habit of beginning a fight in his base form and gradually strengthening over time. After all, he spent the entirety of Dragon Ball in this shape. However, in base form, he is at his weakest.
2. Goku Super Saiyan 2
Goku spent seven years in the Other World following his demise in the Cell Games. It’s only natural that Goku would spend his time practicing, and specifically for the 25th Budokai. Super Saiyan 2 is a significant upgrade above Mastered Super Saiyan.
This form is achieved after Son Goku spends time in the Other World following Cell’s defeat. While in Super Saiyan 2, Goku’s hair grew spikier and longer than it did in the base Super Saiyan form. Additionally, his muscles would become much more defined. His strength would be multiplied by a factor of 100.
3. Super Saiyan 3 Goku
The Super Saiyan 3 transformation of Goku literally shook a whole world. This is also the period when Goku’s forms began to get increasingly absurd. He initially exhibited this ability against Majin Buu and then against Buu’s evil version, Kid Buu.
Goku concealed this form from Majin Vegeta during their fight after it was revealed during the Majin Buu Saga. Recognizing Majin Buu’s danger, he had to stall him before teaching Goten and Trunks the Fusion Dance. This form of Super Saiyan is more visually distinct than the previous one, with long, shining spikey golden hair extending down to Goku’s legs.
4. Goku Super Saiyan Blue
After acquiring the ability to channel the God Ki bestowed upon him by his transformation into Super Saiyan God, Goku takes on an altogether new form. By transforming with God Ki rather than his usual Ki, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. Yes, that is a very absurd name, as were the characters! As a result, they eventually settled on the far more clear title of Super Saiyan Blue. Goku debuted this new form to counter Frieza’s newly acquired power when the resurrected Frieza attacked Earth. Goku has since used it in several encounters throughout Super.
The form’s appearance is reminiscent of the original Super Saiyan form but without the golden hair and aura. While Goku cannot use Super Saiyan Blue as effectively as the usual Super Saiyan form, he can summon Blue more easily than he can Super Saiyan 2 or 3, which means that if his standard Super Saiyan power is insufficient, he will immediately switch to Blue. His access to Blue also enabled him to revert to Super Saiyan God without the need for a ritual. He may switch between the two anytime; Blue is the stronger form, while Super Saiyan God is faster and bestows a modest number of heavenly skills on Goku. Similarly to how Super Saiyan is synonymous with DBZ and Super Saiyan 4 is synonymous with GT, Blue is Dragonball Super’s mascot form, and anybody who has watched the anime would recognize it.
5. Goku Super Saiyan God
We have a God of Super Saiyan. This is the form that marks the transition from Ki to God Ki in the series. With Super Saiyan 3 being insufficiently powerful to defeat Beerus, Goku required something even more powerful to defeat the God of Destruction.
Goku was able to go toe-to-toe with Beerus in this form by utilizing 70% of his power (in the movie). Additionally, he was able to hold his own against Broly for a brief while before Broly adapted and overpowered him. However, there is a catch: to obtain this form, the user must either perform a ceremony with five other good-hearted Saiyans or undergo divine training to attain God Ki.
Surrounded by a flaming red aura, the skin turns pinkish, and the hair retains its original style while becoming more refined and turning a magenta-red tint, making Super Saiyan God one of the most visually stunning forms Goku has ever had.
6. Goku Super Saiyan
The enduring classic. For many, Goku’s initial transformation into a Super Saiyan is the highlight of Dragon Ball Z. Frieza pushed Goku too far when he killed Krillin, precipitating this legendary change. At a time when transformations were uncommon, the gravity of this occasion altered the course of Dragon Ball.
To add to the intrigue, the Super Saiyan form was used throughout the Android Saga. Goku’s decision to make Super Saiyan his base form helped propel his abilities to new heights, resulting in one of the series’ greatest and most legendary fights: Goku vs. Cell. Even after his original metamorphosis, there are other iconic occasions in which Goku evolved into a Super Saiyan that fans will never forget, such as when Goku used his aura to resurrect a dying bird during his fight with Cooler.
7. Goku Ultra Instinct
As we near the end, we’ll move on to the first phase of Ultra Instinct. This is the most current incarnation of Goku, as seen in the Tournament of Power Arc. On the verge of death, Goku was able to activate this form, bestowing upon him an unfathomable amount of power comparable to that of Whis.
Regrettably, Ultra Instinct -Sign- contains several problems. It lasts only one minute in such an unsatisfactory form. It requires extreme concentration, causes little damage, and can be used only when the user is practically unconscious. Following that, Goku spent the remainder of the ToP attempting to perfect it.
8. “False” Super Saiyan
Numerous films were made at Dragonball Z’s popularity peak, one of which was Dragonball Z: Lord Slug. Around the time of the film’s premiere, anime and manga continued to make references to the legendary metamorphosis known as the Super Saiyan, but had not yet demonstrated it. As a result, the filmmakers decided to create their own rendition of the film’s form, which would be used to fight the film’s enemy, Lord Slug.
It lacks the same sense of wonder that the true Super Saiyan forms do and feels more like a half-step between Goku’s Kaio-Ken form and the true Super Saiyan form. Furthermore, because it was only utilised in this film (which is not canon), Goku has never used it again, and most fans have forgotten about it totally.