To use it, Frieza puts his middle and index fingers together and charges an energy sphere on the tips. He then swings the energy sphere around, creating a large Death Beam in the form of a giant, razor-sharp energy blade that can slice through anything.
Frieza uses this attack during his battle against Goku on Namek. Frieza is beating Goku around and Goku soon lands on a cliff. Frieza then charges and fires his Death Wave at Goku and it appears that Goku is killed. However, when Goku opens his eyes, it is revealed that Frieza aimed the attack away to carve a fissure going across the entire circumference of the planet.
In the fourth promotional trailer for Dragon Ball Heroes, after interfering with Wings' slaughter of various Toadmen and doing battle with Wings, the Frieza's race Hero Froze uses a Death Wave to attack Lord Slug.
- Emperor's Edge - A stronger fiery gold & red colored version used by Golden Frieza & the Future Warrior as a Super Skill in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, part of the Resurrection ‘F’ Pack DLC.
- Shockwave Cutter: An attack used by Cell thanks to Frieza's cells. it was used to help create the Cell Game Arena.
- Chaos Wave - Frost's version of the Death Wave.
Appearances in games
This technique is called Frieza Cutter (フリーザカッター) in Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan, and it is also a technique used by Ghost Raichi in the Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans video game under the same name.
In the Butōden series, Frieza can use a more powerful version in addition to the regular one. It is called Explosive Breaker in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22. Frieza also uses the technique in Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, Super Dragon Ball Z (called Flex Laser), and Dragon Ball: Tap Battle.
It is called Death Wave (デスウェーブ) in the Budokai series and the Supersonic Warriors series; in the later installments of the Budokai series, the attack is a close range move where pillars of decreasing size appear.
Its name was Energy Cutter in the first Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, but it was changed to Fissure Slash in Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and Budokai Tenkaichi 3. It is named Death Slicer (デススライサー) in Dragon Ball Heroes. Frieza also uses the technique in J-Stars Victory Vs as one of his special attacks.
In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, its name was changed again to Death Slash and is one of Frieza's Super Skills. The Future Warrior can also obtain the skill in Parallel Quest 12: "Fierce Battle! Ginyu Force". Golden Frieza a Super Skill variation called Emperor's Edge which is part of the Resurrection ‘F’ Pack DLC. Emperor's Edge can also be obtained by the Future Warrior as well.