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Goku uses his Kaio-ken x3 Kamehameha in an energy beam struggle against Vegeta's Galick Gun

The Energy Clash is a situation in which two energy-based techniques collide and compete to consume one another and proceed to their targets. It was named Energy Clash in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series; except for Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 where it is called Energy Crash. It is called Energy Deflection in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, Beam Struggle in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, and Shot Exchange in the Raging Blast games and Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team. It is called Ultimate Counter in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden.


Energy Clashes appear in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, including manga, video games, and movies. It debuted in the chapter "The Kamehameha" and its anime episode counterpart "The Grand Finals". The first game to ever have an energy wave struggle is Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2. For example, the user will utilize the Kamehameha technique while the other user will use a similar energy wave attack, and they proceed to fire their beams on opposite sides. The energy waves will eventually collide with each other, and begin clashing. The power is relative, as the user begins to power up their energy, their attack will eventually overwhelm and overpower their opponent.


Super Saiyan Bardock and Chilled's Energy Clash in the Episode of Bardock movie

In the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series, when two users utilize energy-based techniques against each other, they will collide in an energy struggle and only the loser will take a large portion of damage from the opponent's energy attack, with the additional force of their own technique. If Tien Shinhan uses his Tri-Beam against an energy beam such as Goku's Kamehameha, the Kamehameha will go through the Tri-Beam and the Tri-Beam will go around the Kamehameha, neither canceling out, thus damaging both users.


Z Fighters struggle against Hatchiyack's Revenger Cannon

In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Tenkaichi Tag Team, however, this is fixed so that even if the attacks are not of the same shape or type, they can still collide into each other. The force and damage it inflicts to the loser varies greatly. For example, if the full-powered Spirit Bomb was unable to overpower the 10x Kamehameha, the loser who used the Spirit Bomb will suffer an enormous amount of damage from both the Spirit Bomb and the 10x Kamehameha. Also, certain energy beams cannot clash and will instead cancel out each other (like the Special Beam Cannon, Death Beam, and Dodon Ray). Garlic Jr.'s Death Impact and Dead Zone are different from the others since it cancels out any attack that it collides with.

Energy Clashes are also present in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2; both players have to activate their special attacks at the same time (or the split second right after the other activates a special attack). In Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, attacks can only collide if they are both energy beams. If an energy wave or energy sphere collides with an energy sphere, both attacks will be canceled out. In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, it is possible to have a tie in an energy struggle. Both attacks will explode, leaving a huge cloud of smoke where the two attacks collided.

List of Energy Clashes


Goku's and Piccolo's Energy Clash at the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament

Pre-Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball Z

Bojack's Galactic Buster vs. Gohan's Super Kamehameha

Energy Struggle.

Ultimate Gohan's Kamehameha struggles with Super Buu's Vanishing Beam

Dragon Ball Super
Dragon Ball GT