- For the defensive technique, see Explosive Wave.
Exploding Wave (爆発波) is a powerful attack in which the user manipulates their ki to disrupt the planet's geomagnetic field. With a swift upwards motion of the hand, the user can create a massive atomic explosion that has the potential to cause an almost endless crater in the desired area.
Although Nappa is the most prominent user of the technique, Kami, while possessing the body of the human Hero, was the first person in the series seen using the Exploding Wave. He used the technique on Piccolo Jr. during the World Martial Arts Tournament. While performing the technique, Kami performed many hand motions which eventually ends with the pointing and index fingers pointing upwards which sends Piccolo flying in the air.
Nappa first used the attack to wipe out all of King Moai's guards. He used it again when he and Vegeta arrived on Earth, destroying East City completely. Vegeta also comments that even the Dragon Balls could have been destroyed by it (though this may be a mistake on Vegeta's part). Later on, Nappa attempted to use the move against Goku, but it was less effective as Goku was able to easily dodge it. The technique makes one more appearance in Dragon Ball GT, during the Super 17 Saga; after Nappa briefly returns from Hell, he uses it to obliterate an entire city once again.
Only in the anime, Vegeta used the Exploding Wave during the battle against Dodoria, disrupting the geomagnetic field of planet Namek. It is also one of his techniques in the Gokuden RPG series and the Butōden fighting game series. It is also used by Gogeta in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butōden.
The technique is used by Frieza when he first enters his second form. Shortly after performing it, Frieza stated that the attack was nothing special, as even Saiyans could do it. In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Turles's henchman Amond uses a variation called Planet Bomb to create a fissure in the ground so that the Tree of Might could be planted.
Appearances in games
Several variations are usable in video games, such as the Volcano Explosion, Blazing Storm, Death Storm. Called Giant Ground Explosion, the technique is a skill learned at level 40 by Warrior-type Namekians that have already learn the Great Namek skill. It is performed in Great Namek form by waving the arm, having the land explode in its wake.
- Volcano Explosion – A variation of the Exploding Wave technique used by Nappa and the Future Warrior. Its name comes from the Budokai Tenkaichi video games. It is known as Giant Storm in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
- Blazing Storm – Another variation of the Exploding Wave technique used by Nappa and Syn Shenron. This attack was also named in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Death Storm – A variation of the Exploding Wave used by 2nd Form Frieza. Its name comes from the Budokai Tenkaichi video games.
- Planet Bomb – A variation of the Exploding Wave technique used by Amond. Named in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Aftershock – Technique invented and used by Naturon Shenron. This version of the Exploding Wave is little different from the others, because the user is required to put his hands on the floor and pass his ki into it, which starts releasing several powerful eruptions of energy soon after.
- Gigantic Blaze – A variation of the Exploding Wave used by Syn Shenron. He used it to showcase his new-found power after absorbing the seven Dragon Balls. This technique was enough to blow all of the Z Fighters away except for Goku. Its name comes from the Budokai Tenkaichi video games.
- Angry Explosion – Subsequent to his first use of the attack, Majin Buu uses his Angry Explosion attack as an Exploding Wave by lifting both hands above his head, causing an explosion that leveled entire cities.
- Psychic Whip – Vegito's version of the Exploding Wave. Used in the video game Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout.
- 爆 (Baku) = Burst / bomb
- 発 (Hatsu) = Send / emit
- 波 (Ha) = Wave
- 爆発 (Bakuhatsu) = Explosion via noun or detonation