Energy Absorption (パワードレイン) is a technique introduced in the Android Saga by Android 19 and Android 20. Energy Absorption is also used by non-androids with the style being much different, as shown in Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug and Dragon Ball GT.
Androids' Energy Absorption
Androids 19 and 20
Due to them having mechanical components, Dr. Gero (Android 20) invented a way for him and Android 19 to absorb energy from an outside source in order to power up their own energy reserves. This is accomplished through the use of a mechanism on each hand that absorbs energy blasts, or drains energy from a person through physical contact. Dr. Gero grabs his victims almost every time around the mouth, preventing them from calling for help.
Unlike the fully organic characters in the series, Energy Absorption is the only way for Android 20 and Android 19 to power up their reserves of energy when they are away from Dr. Gero's Lab. Consequentially, because of the Androids lacking a ki-signature for detecting them via Ki Sense or Scouter, Energy Absorption allows indirect means of detecting them via rapidly decreasing the ki-signature of their opponent.
Cell is able to absorb energy or even entire beings through his tail, gaining all of the strength of the person he has absorbed. To absorb somebody's energy, he stabs his target with the sharp end of his tail, the tail will then extract all of the organic matter of the victim, leaving only the clothing behind (the process appears quite agonizing for the victim). According to Cell, this is how he feeds, as he often licks his lips before consuming a large population or an android.
He also states that the more he eats the hungrier and stronger he becomes. This form of absorption is unusable on mechanical beings like Android 16. During his first confrontation with Piccolo, acid dripped from his stinger, indicating that absorption happens by injecting a digestive enzyme into the victim and absorbing the dissolving genetic extract.
In Dragon Ball GT, Super 17 gains a more advanced version of this ability, allowing him to absorb energy directly into his body and use it to increase his strength, speed and other abilities. This absorption is powerful enough to drain Goku's 10x Kamehameha, after which he was able to dominate even Goku's Super Saiyan 4 form. This ability works by creating a personal barrier around his body, causing him to absorb any form of energy that comes in contact with him. However, Super 17 is immobile while using it, and the barrier does not protect the android from physical attacks. These weaknesses would lead to his destruction; Android 18 forced Super 17 to maintain his barrier by bombarding him with a barrage of energy blasts, allowing Goku to critically damage him with a Dragon Fist.
In the video games Dragon Ball Online and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Demonic Android Mira possesses the ability to absorb ki through his palm like Android's 19 and 20, in order to grow stronger and add their power to his own. Should his body be destroyed, while his core remains intact, he can be restored by absorbing more energy though he apparently requires the assistance of someone like his creator Towa, due to his core's immobility. Also if he discovers his power is inferior to another, he will simply seek to absorb more energy to increase his power. One of his goals is to absorb the energy of legendary Z-Fighter, Goku. Mira's ability is called Drain Charge in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
Video game appearances
Energy Absorption is one of Android 20's techniques, named Absorbing Attack, and one of Imperfect Cell's techniques, named Tail Energy Absorb, in Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden; Android 20 uses this as a defensive technique against super attacks.
Both Android 20 and Android 19 use it as part of their ultimate attacks in Dragon Ball Z: The Legend. In the Budokai series, the two versions Ki Blast Absorption and Life Drain are commonly used by Androids 19 and 20. The androids also use this technique in Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact, and 19 and 20 can also combine the attack in the game.
In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, absorption allows the androids to absorb enemy ki blasts and some energy-based Blast 1 and 2 attacks. The energy of the attack is then added to the player's own ki reserves for their own use. However, these select characters cannot power up on their own, relying on absorption as a means to gather energy. In the Raging Blast series, the energy absorption is relatively the same as in the Budokai Tenkaichi series, only the amount of energy absorbed is drastically reduced and it takes energy to use the energy absorption (since it is a signature skill).
Dr. Gero can also use this technique in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, he notably uses it during his team attack with Semi-Perfect Cell, Twin Drain. Cell can also use the technique in Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu, Super Dragon Ball Z (called Drain Life), and Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai and Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road (called Tail Shoot).
In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Energy Absorption appears in the form of three Super Skills along with Super 17's unique version:
- Drain Charge - The basic ki absorption skill used by Android 18, Cell, and the Future Warrior. Mira can also uses this skill in his 2nd skillset as part of the GT Pack 2 DLC. The Future Warrior can obtain this skill as a reward in Parallel Quest 22: "Earth in Danger!".
- Super Drain - An absorption skill that drains an opponent's stamina instead of ki. Used by Android 17, Android 18, and the Future Warrior. The Future Warrior can obtain this skill as a reward in Parallel Quest 28: "Take Back the Dragon Ball!".
- Hyper Drain - An absorption skill that drains both ki and Stamina. Used by Android 18, Super 17, Cell, Super Buu, and the Future Warrior. The Future Warrior can obtain this skill as a reward in Parallel Quest 48: "Gathering of the Great Evil Alliance".
- Drain Field - A vortex that absorbs weak ki blasts and even powerful energy waves (Super and Ultimate Skills), then adds them to the user's ki supply. Used by Super 17 and available to the Future Warrior by making a wish of more Super Skills to Shenron.
Other Forms of Energy Absorption
Piccolo's Energy Absorption
In the original Dragon Ball series, when preparing the Hyper Explosive Demon Wave, Piccolo would somehow forcefully absorb some of the energy of those around him to make himself stronger in preparation for the attack.
As Majin Piccolo, Piccolo absorbs Super Buu's energy in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 in order to get enough power to defeat Gohan, Vegeta, Goten, and Trunks.
Medamatcha's Energy Absorption
In the movie Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Medamatcha drains energy through his Medas, a quartet of small, childlike versions of himself that emerge from his back. The Medas attack by leaping onto a person, draining them of their energy by direct contact. They then return to Medamatcha and re-enter his body, giving him the stolen energy. Alternately, Medamatcha can drain energy by piercing his target's skin with his large fangs.
Medamatcha successfully uses this attack on Gohan, taking the young Saiyan out of the fight. He later tries to use the same move on Goku, but Goku proves too strong to be restrained, even with the combined effort of himself and all four Medas.
Metal Cooler nucleus' Energy Absorption
In the movie Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, what remains of Cooler inside the Big Gete Star, Metal Cooler (nucleus), wraps his enemy in his wires in order to drain their energy. If he takes too much, he will overload and damage himself. Metal Cooler (nucleus) is also able to use this technique in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.
Goku's Energy Absorption
In the movie Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, Super Saiyan Goku absorbs the energy from the Spirit Bomb he formed, enabling him to defeat Super Android 13. During his fight on New Planet Plant, Super Saiyan 4 Goku absorbs the energy of Great Ape Baby's Revenge Death Ball Final and uses it to power a 10x Kamehameha. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Super Saiyan God Goku is able to absorb the godly Ki of God of Destruction Beerus' Sphere of Destruction, dispelling the technique though the process leaves him exhausted causing him to concede the fight though Beerus is impressed by Goku's potential and chooses to spare most of Earth save for a small rock formation.
Arbee and Jiku's Energy Absorption
Majin's Energy Absorption
Main articles: Energy Absorber and Majin Buu Resurrection Yamu uses an Energy Absorber to drain and collect pure energy for the resurrection of Majin Buu. Yamu's technique was named Energy Drain (エネルギードレイン) in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes. It also appears in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.
Super Buu's Energy Absorption
Main article: Dangerous Liquid Bomb When in control of Vegito's body. Super Buu states that if Vegito tries to power up, Buu's power will increase due to having possessed him. In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Super Buu can grab opponents to absorb ki and Stamina via his Hyper Drain Super Skill.
Frieza's Evil Energy Absorption
Vegeta's Energy Absorption
In Shin Budokai as well, while not absorbing it willingly, the Spirit Bomb incorporates itself into Vegeta and gives him a power boost to defeat Janemba.
Janemba's Evil Energy Absorption
Also in Shin Budokai, Super Janemba has the ability to absorb the evil energy produced by life forms to become stronger. After Gohan fought and defeated Majin Vegeta, Super Janemba goes in and starts to absorb Vegeta (who is generating large quantities of evil energy at this point, as part of Janemba's plan). The absorption seems to be a very painful one, as Vegeta is screaming at the top of his lungs the entire time. Super Janemba later absorbs the evil energy from a fake Vegito and Majin Buu.
Akami's Energy Absorption
In the Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special, the sea monster Akami is capable of absorbing the energies of fighters using long pink tendrils, growing as it absorbed more energy. With a single touch, Akami is able to take the energy of Gohan, Piccolo, Gotenks and others. It is even able to consume energy from Goku's Spirit Bomb.
Mutchy Mutchy's Energy Absorption
In Dragon Ball GT, Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy absorbs energy by lassoing his magical whip around an opponent and the whip will then absorb their energy and transfer it to him.
- There are "Energy Absorption" Energy Combat cards in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game: one is called "Goku's Energy Absorption", and it allows the player to stop an energy attack. Another card is called "Black Power Absorption", and prevents all damage from an attack. Another card is called "Namekian Energy Absorbtion", and it depicts Piccolo getting impaled by Dr. Gero's Bionic Punisher; this may be named that way because Piccolo simply absorbed the shock of the attack and pretended to be knocked out.
- In Xenoverse, Android 17 and Android 18 can use Energy Absorption despite not being an Energy Absorption-model Android like Android 19 and Dr. Gero, the Bio-Android Cell, Android/Machine Mutant Super 17, or the Demon/Android Mira. In fact, Android 18 can use the 3 main Energy Absorption skills (Drain Charge, Super Drain, and Hyper Drain). Super Buu can also use Energy Absorption via his Hyper Drain skill.
- Additionally despite not capable being an Android (or Machine Mutant) the Future Warrior can all four Energy Absorption skills (Drain Charge, Super Drain, Hyper Drain, and Drain Field). This was likely added due to the game's lack of an Android race option.
- In the GT Pack 2 DLC, the hand clothing option of Super 17's Clothes features the same circular energy absorption mechanism in the palm that appears on the palms of Super 17 and the Energy Absorption-model Androids (Androids 19 & 20), though it purely cosmetic as an Energy Absorption skill must be equipped to absorb energy.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Daizenshuu 7, 1996
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, 2000
- ↑ Dragon Ball Heroes, 2010
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, 2015
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, 2002
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, 2009
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, 2006
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, 2014
- ↑ Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, GT Pack 2 DLC
- ↑ Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special, 2013