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Destructo Disc (気円斬 Kienzan, lit. "Energy Circle Slash") is Krillin's signature technique and one of his most powerful attacks.

Overview

The Destructo Disc is a razor-sharp disc of Ki that can slice through almost any substance.

Usage and Power

Cell's Destructo Disk

Perfect Cell using a double Destructo Disc against Gohan

Unlike energy blasts, the Destructo Disc can actually injure enemies many times the wielder's power level, such as being able to cut off Frieza's tail when energy blasts from the likes of Vegeta and Gohan proved ineffective. In the anime, Krillin uses it once on Perfect Cell, with the disc shattering on Cell's neck, due to his aura stopping Krillin's ki disc's "edge" from piercing Cell's body.

Krillin uses this technique for the first time in the series against Nappa, but the Saiyan dodges it thanks to Vegeta's advice, resulting in only a gash on his cheek.[5] He tries the technique again shortly later, in an attempt to cut off Great Ape Vegeta's tail, but Vegeta also manages to dodge it.[6] Vegeta used it to cut off Great Ape Gohan's tail.[7]

A few months later, Krillin uses the Destructo Disc against Gohan in their mental battle while on their spaceship heading to Namek.[8] Krillin later uses the Destructo Disc in a battle with the giant on Fake Namek, causing considerable damage, though it should be noted that this giant was only an illusion.[9]

Later, on Namek, Krillin is able to slice off Frieza's tail while he is in his second form, as well as let loose several Destructo Discs at once. During the battle in the anime, Krillin also uses a version that splits apart and attacks the target from multiple angles.[10]

In the Garlic Jr. Saga, Krillin uses the Destructo Disc on Vinegar, who catches it in his bare hand and throws it away.[11]

Using the Destructo Disc, Krillin hits Cell in the neck to no effect (anime only).[12]

Perfect Cell used the Destructo Disc against Super Saiyan 2 Gohan as one of his last-ditch attacks to defeat him, only for Gohan to catch them mid-air and then de-energize them.[13]

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Android 18 charging a Disk

Android 18 uses it when she faces "Mighty Mask" in the World Martial Arts Tournament to reveal him as Trunks and Goten in costume.[14]

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Goku fires a Destructo Disc at Super Buu

Goku later used it to cut Super Buu (w/ Gotenks absorbed) in half when he came to Earth in the Fusion Saga.[15]

In the anime, Krillin cuts Kid Buu in half with the Destructo Disc while the Majin is on Grand Kai's Planet in the Other World, though Kid Buu is able to use his unique powers and immediately pull himself back together.[16]

Krillin later uses the Destructo Disc in Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! to save his family from a collapsing building.

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Baby prepares a Destructo Disc

In Dragon Ball GT, Baby appears to prepare a Destructo Disc to attack Uub, but he is interrupted by an energy wave from Uub.[17] Baby and his possessed followers are capable of performing Ki blasts that can cut people's skin easily (as shown by Baby Goten managing to cut Vegeta's face with a deflected Ki Blast). However, Krillin's Destructo Disc is moderately more potent than these and very rarely explodes if it hits a target too tough to pierce.

Film Appearances

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Goku using the Destructo Disc in The Tree of Might

In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Amond uses an unnamed disc-launching technique to deflect Krillin's Destructo Disc. Later, Goku used a Destructo Disc to cut off Great Ape Gohan's tail, thus saving him from Turles' Kill Driver.

In Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, Vegeta used a Destructo Disc to free Goku from Cooler's wires.

In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Krillin used it to cut the top off a mountain to defeat some of Frieza's soldiers beneath it.

Variations

Video Game Appearances

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A Super Saiyan character using Desctructo Disc in Dragon Ball Online

Krillin can use this technique in the Gokuden series and Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. It is one the super attacks used by Krillin, as well as Android 18, in the Butōden series, the Budokai series (including Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit), Dragon Ball Heroes, and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. Weaker versions of the Destructo Disc are also used by Vegeta and Frieza in Butōden series. The Destructo Disc is also used by Krillin in Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu and Dragon Ball Z For Kinect, and by Krillin and Goku Super Dragon Ball Z.

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Krillin's Destructo-Disc in Dragon Ball Z For Kinect

In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, it is Krillin's Ultimate Blast, one of the Blast 2 used by Android 18, and Goku's charged Ki Blast when jumping. It appears also as one of Perfect Cell's Blast 2 in Budokai Tenkaichi and Budokai Tenkaichi 2.

The Destructo Disc also appears as a skill acquired at level 26 by Earthlings of the Spiritualist class in the computer game Dragon Ball Online. Unlike the original technique, the energy disk does not dismember the target; it instead passes through the opponent and this trait is substituted by the effect of constant bleed damage every few seconds over a course of time.

In the Raging Blast series, Krillin can use a variation called Speed Ki Blast as his Signature Attack. The attack can either be a weak Destructo Disc or a Homing Ki Blast depending on what controls the player presses.

The Destructo Disc appears in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, as a Super Skill used by Krillin and Android 18. Additionally, it can be taught to the Future Warrior by them, and a higher-grade version can be bought from the Skill Shop. The Destructo Disc is among the few moves in the game which can pass through obstacles and cannot be blocked by the target. Additionally, while slow, the Destructo Disc can home onto the target without additional guidance. During the game's Return of the Saiyans Saga, due to the aid of the Future Warrior during the fight with Great Ape Vegeta, Krillin manages to successfully use the technique to cut off Vegeta's tail (as Yajirobe does not appear due to the alterations in history).

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the Destructo Disc returns as a Super Skill used by Krillin in his Turtle Hermit Gi 1 skillset, Android 18 in her Skirt Style 2 skillset, Imperfect Cell, and Cell Junior in its Cell Jr. 2 skillset. The Future Warrior (Xenoverse 2) can learn the technique by completing School Quest: "Lesson 2" of Krillin's Training. Krillin can use Chain Destructo-disc Barrage in his Battle Suit and Turtle Hermit Gi 3 Skillsets. The Future Warrior can obtain Chain Destructo-disc Barrage as a reward in Parallel Quest 46: "16 of the Official History" which is unlocked by speaking to Android 17 in Conton City's Business District. Android 18 also uses her Dual Destructo-Disc in her Skirt Style 2 Skillset which she teaches to the Future Warrior in School Quest: "Lesson 3" of her training. The game also introduces a stronger version called Super Destructo-Disc which can be used by Krillin in his Turtle Hermit Gi 2, Turtle Hermit Gi 3, and Turtle Hermit Gi 4 skillsets. It can be obtained by the Future Warrior as a reward in Expert Mission 04: "Invasion of the Evil Super Namek". The 1.05.00 Update adds a variation called Tail Slicer which the Future Warrior can obtain as a reward in New Expert Mission 19: "A Truly Hellish Transformation".

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, this move appears as a special move for Android 18, base form Vegeta, and Frieza. It appears as a super move for Krillin. Android 18 and Vegeta can throw a Destructo Disc out, (although in Vegeta's special move list it is named 'energy slicer') and use directional inputs to control the direction the disc travels. Vegeta's version has much more control over the angle. Frieza has 'Death Slicer' as a special move, and will throw out two discs towards the opponent. They will leave the screen but quickly return, as in the anime. Either player can be hit by the returning discs. Krillin has this move as a Level 1 super attack, however, a player may choose to spend up to 5 ki bars to continue the attack into a Destructo Disc Barrage. One notable feature is that Android 18's Destructo Disc as well as Krillin's Destructo Disc both deal a considerable amount of chip damage, a feature seen on very few moves in the game. 

Character meaning

  • 気 (Ki) = Energy
  • 円 (En) = Circle
  • 斬 (Zan) = Slice; behead; kill

Trivia

  • The Destructo Disc appears to be a homage to the Ultra Slash move used by various Ultras in the Ultraman series. However, the use of the Destructo Disc, and its appearance, is slightly different.
  • In the Bridge Entertainment version of The Tree of Might, Krillin refers to this attack as his "Magnetic Discs."
  • In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, when used by a Future Warrior with Male Voice Option 8 (which is actually the voice of Curtis Arnott/Takahata101, voice of TeamFourStar's Nappa from the Dragon Ball Z: Abridged online parody series) he will shout "Pizza Time".[1][2]
    • It is in fact a reference to a joke from the show's parody of the Frieza Saga in which Frieza promises Goku two stuffed crust pizzas in exchange for allowing Frieza to achieve 100%. Later during the fight when Goku quits fighting and is about to leave, Frieza fires a Death Slicer at him while saying "You Forgot Your Pizza!" comparing the disc's shape to a pizza. Since the name of either Death Slicer and Double Death Slicer isn't shouted out when either of those techniques are performed, Pizza Time was used as the shout out for the Destructo Disc in both Xenoverse games as it fits the joke.

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