Death Ball (デスボール) is Frieza's ultimate attack, where he lights a spark of energy on his index finger. Once enough energy is gathered, this spark may grow to the size of a small moon and is thrown towards the target. Typically, this attack is used to destroy planets or as a last-ditch effort to kill an opponent.
Chilled uses this attack in an attempt to kill Super Saiyan Bardock and destroy Planet Plant after Bardock turned into a Super Saiyan, however, Bardock counters with his Rebellion Trigger, and eventually deflects it back to himself, heavily injured. He uses both hands to create and throw it. In the manga, it is very similar to Frieza's "Destroy The Planet!" Death Ball technique, but in the anime it is identical to the Supernova attack.
When used as an alternate costume for Frieza, Kuriza uses a Death Ball in the shape of an enormous orange chestnut with a face on it in Dragon Ball Z 2 V.
Main articles: Supernova, Super Big Nova, and Countdown to the Destruction One of the strongest versions of Death Ball, which name originates from the series' video games. Frieza uses this glowing orange Death Ball to destroy Planet Vegeta. He also uses it many years later, as Mecha Frieza, while battling Future Trunks on Earth.
The Supernova was to be Cooler's trump card versus Goku in the film Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge and, unlike Frieza's version of the Supernova, Cooler's can be created near instantly. However, his attack is instead pushed back at him and he is subsequently pushed by the force of it and Goku's Kamehameha into the Sun. In the film Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, a Meta-Cooler uses a lesser version of the Supernova while fighting Goku on New Namek. This was dodged via Goku using Instant Transmission.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Supernova is the Ultimate Blast of Cooler, Meta-Cooler, as well as Mecha Frieza, leading to the possibility that the Supernova could be a stronger version of the Death Ball. In the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game, Frieza's variant appears colored white and blue under the name Countdown to the Destruction; this attack is described as detonating when coming into contact with anything other than Frieza. Metal Cooler (nucleus) has his own version of the Supernova in Dragon Ball Heroes, the Super Big Nova. In several video games, First Form Frieza and base Cooler use Death Balls with similar coloration to the Supernova and no electricity; this version appears on a card named Energy Sword in the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game.
Black Hole Death Ball
The regular Death Ball charged on the index finger. Frieza uses this attack in attempt to destroy Namek, only to be caught in Goku's Large Spirit Bomb. Named in the first Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden.
Supercharged Death Ball
A stronger variant of the Death Ball used by Frieza in Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, while using it Frieza prepares a Death Ball and then supercharges it using blue energy.
Destroy The Planet!
Main article: Destroy The Planet!
A much larger version of the Death Ball. Frieza uses this attack during his battle against Super Saiyan Goku in order to destroy Planet Namek. However, the planet is not entirely destroyed immediately because Frieza held back to continue his fight with Goku, but the tyrant revealed that Namek will explode in five minutes so that Goku would not be able to survive in space even if his wins their battle.
100% Death Ball
Main article: 100% Death Ball
A full-powered version of the Death Ball. Frieza only used this attack once on Goku while he was underwater. Even though Goku managed to deflect the 100% Death Ball, it still destroyed another planet. It is one of the strongest versions of the Death Ball.
Main article: Death Bomb The ultimate version of the Death Ball used by Frieza in video games. It is far larger than the regular Death Ball and is primarily black.
Golden Death Ball
Main article: Golden Death Ball
The most powerful version of the Death Ball, it is utilized by Golden Frieza during his battle against Goku in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection "F". In Dragon Ball Heroes, it is called the Golden Death Ball.
Main article: Hell's Buster In the video game Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact, after performing the entrapping version of Hell's Buster, Frieza fires a Death Ball and Cell fires a Super Kamehameha, which then merge into a large orange ball of energy and hit the trapped opponent.
Appearances in games
The Death Ball technique appears in almost every single game that Frieza appears in. Frieza can use this attack in games such as Dragon Ball Z Arcade, the Butōden series, Budokai series, Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu, the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Super Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Battle Stadium D.O.N, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, the Raging Blast games, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Dragon Ball Heroes, and J-Stars Victory Vs. It is Frieza's Ultimate K.O. in the Supersonic Warriors series, where he uses the Destroy The Planet! variation. In Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact, after performing the first part of their Hell's Buster, Frieza fires a Death Ball into the attack and Cell fires a Super Kamehameha, creating a giant orange orb of energy. In Dragon Ball: Tap Battle, Frieza can use a regular purple-colored Death Ball as his super move, briefly turning in his 50% Power from, and the more powerful, much larger and dark-colored "Destroy The Planet!" variant, named the Death Bomb in the game, as his ultimate. Frieza can also use the regular Death Ball in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, where it appears alongside the weaker Death Sphere variant.
Super Buu can use the Death Ball in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, but only after absorbing Frieza. Kid Buu can use the attack too in the first Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi game, where Death Ball an alternate name for his Planet Burst technique. In the Raging Blast games and Ultimate Tenkaichi, the Death Ball Frieza and Cooler use in their base form has a much different appearance from other regular Death Balls, being much larger and glowing red or orange like a Supernova, while the actual Supernova is their ultimate attack. Final Form Frieza sometimes uses a very large black Death Ball as his ultimate attack in video games, such as in Super Dragon Ball Z (where the regular red Death Ball also appears), Tap Battle (under the name Death Bomb) and J-Stars Victory V. These Death Balls are some of the most powerful attacks displayed, with the large Death Ball used in J-Stars Victory Vs being comparable to Goku's Spirit Bomb, or Vegeta's Final Flash in power. Death Ball also appears as Final Form Frieza and Chilled's Super Attack in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.