"I know gold's a bit gauche, but I wanted to ensure you grasp my new position atop the pecking order. And for the sake of your feeble mind, let's keep the name simple as well; we'll call this Golden Frieza."
Golden Frieza (ゴールデンフリーザ, Gōruden Furīza) is the Ultimate Evolution (究極進化; Kyūkyoku Shinka) of Frieza's race, it was first discovered by and named by Frieza himself. This transformation is achieved by Frieza through vigorous training methods due to his obsessive need for revenge against Goku.
While in this form, the user becomes several inches taller. The eye ridges become visibly pronounced and skin turns purple with their biological armor changes color, in Frieza's case gaining a glimmering golden shine. It is implied that the user can choose what color they want their biological armor to take when they use attain their Golden form, as Frieza mentioned that he "made it gold". The muscle mass of the user is larger than Frieza's true form. When in base color, it looks almost the same as the final form, but the muscle mass stays the same, and the purple plates cover the whole shoulder instead of the top. When unleashing ki from their body, the user generates a fiery-like aura.
Usage and power
"Of course I hope you realize this iteration has far more to it than a shimmering new facade."
Golden Frieza is extremely powerful, being massively superior to Goku and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan Blue forms separately, to the point that Goku was nervous about fighting him, and Vegeta was too scared to face off against him - until his weakness was discovered. The January 2017 V-Jump article on the rivals appearing in Dragon Ball Super noted that Golden Frieza's strength surpasses Super Saiyan Blue, it also ranks Golden Frieza as an eight out of twelve on the danger scale.
When Golden Frieza was at his full power in this state, Super Saiyan Blue Goku was barely able to land any blows, and only while catching Frieza off-guard. Also Vegeta was too afraid to face him (despite having the same power as Goku). It was not until Golden Frieza's power dropped considerably that Super Saiyan Blue Goku had the advantage. However, even with the evolution's tremendous power, Frieza does not seem to want to face Beerus, worrying if the God of Destruction were to interfere with his revenge, and it is said by Beerus that if Goku and Vegeta were to fight Golden Frieza together, they would be able to defeat him. The form gained open acknowledgement by even God of Destruction Beerus and his attendant Whis from Frieza's tremendous growth in power, and in the anime Goku notes that if Frieza fought seriously he could have potentially killed Goku in an instant. When they fought, Old Kai noted that three collisions of their fists would have destroyed the entire 7th Universe. And their battle would have certainly destroyed it if it had continued. And now even he and his mentor are astounded to see Frieza's power overwhelming Goku's in a stronger form. Showing just how much more powerful Frieza has become in this new form.
"Amidst the Crisis, a Shot at Victory Appears! Son Goku's Counterattack Begins!" and Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle both reference Golden Frieza as having "power beyond imagination". Dragon Ball Heroes also states that Golden Frieza's power is unmatched.
Frieza attained this form at some point during his training in preparation for his invasion of Earth, his training unleashing his immense dormant power and also igniting this heightened power from within him. Immediately after attaining this evolution Frieza headed to Earth in order to have his revenge, instead of attempting to first master the form. During his battle against Goku, Frieza transforms into this form in order to show off his power in comparison to Goku's own transformation into a Super Saiyan Blue.
After Frieza's battle with Goku finishes, Frieza continues the fight in his Golden Form when fighting Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta; however, at the end of the fight he drops out of it due to his stamina becoming too low for him to sustain the form.
Additionally, during the battle Frieza briefly managed to further transform into Angered Golden Frieza, however he had lost too much power and stamina and so collapsed to the ground.
"Your new form is burning through more power than your body can supply. You should have waited until you were used to this form and knew how to regulate it before you started picking fights."
Despite its tremendous power, the form has a serious flaw: namely, it experiences a severe decrease in stamina from prolonged periods of time being used without first allowing the body to properly adjust to the intense energy it gives off. The form only lasts just over five minutes before its power begins to take drastic drops. While a mastered state of the Ultimate Evolution is never displayed, it is mentioned by Goku and Vegeta that if Frieza had trained further upon completing his evolution to Golden Frieza, he could have negated the rapid power draining effect entirely. Frieza, however, refused to wait any longer beyond his initial training, not having enough patience to put off his revenge against Goku any longer. However, it has been noted that the weakness, like most other energy-straining transformations, can be hindered and slowed down through training. With enough, it can be gotten rid of entirely, thereby allowing Frieza to stay in the form for as long as he pleases without losing any stamina.
It is said by Goku and Vegeta that if Frieza were to get used to the Golden Frieza form, he would not possess any drawbacks in it. It has also been implied that if Frieza had trained in the form instead of fighting before he was ready, he would have been able to negate Ultimate Evolution's weakness as well as gain even further power. It has also been implied that if he had trained the form, then he could have succeeded in his plot of revenge and finally kill Goku and his friends. Even without training, he could have killed Goku instantly if he had just finished fighting him instead of just showing off and drawing out his revenge.
Rage Golden Frieza
Main article: Rage Golden Frieza
By undergoing an intense amount of rage, a user of the Golden Frieza state can power up into the Angered Golden Frieza state, causing their veins to bulge, their body to glow, and gift them with a greater level of power, although to what extent is not known.
Main article: Supervillain After being affected dark magic that allows a user of this form to shave off life in order to achieve a new level of power, a member of Frieza's race who possess the Golden Frieza form can utilize it alongside the Supervillain form, granting them an even more powerful form. By using Supervillain alongside Golden Frieza, the Frieza Race member's biological armor in this form changes from a golden color to a platinum color. Although the exact extent of how much stronger this enhancement is not known, though it allowed Golden Frieza to face off against the Super Saiyan Blues once more, despite having already lost so much power that he had had to drop out of the form previously.
Frieza transforms into Golden Frieza in order to unlock some of his latent potential against Goku in his Super Saiyan Blue form. Golden Frieza has control throughout the fight until Goku and Vegeta figured out his weakness. Golden Frieza's power has declined because Frieza has not gotten use to the form, eager to fight before he was ready. After Golden Frieza has been defeated, he used the help of Sorbet to take Goku down. Golden Frieza attacks Goku until Vegeta steps up to combat him using his Super Saiyan Blue form and knocks Golden Frieza back into his final form.
Video game appearances
In Dragon Ball Heroes, the Frieza Clan avatars are capable of using the Golden Frieza form via the God Class-up.
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle
- Dragon Ball: Xenoverse (DLC)
- Dragon Ball Discross
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden (Support character)
- Dragon Ball Fusions
- Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, while working undercover as a member of Frieza's army to investigate the Frieza's Spaceship time rift anomaly the Future Warrior (regardless of their race) can help Frieza train to unlock this form if they chose to remain part of the Frieza Force instead of joining Cooler's faction and defeat Cooler's faction alongside Frieza. This leads to four quests where the Future Warrior will train with Frieza. During the 4th and final session, Frieza feels he is on the verge of a breakthrough and needs one final push, which occurs when the Future Warrior defeats him, causing Frieza transform into his Golden Frieza form.
"Using the Frieza Race Awoken Skill "Turn Golden" increases the firing rate, number of projectiles and power of normal Ki Blasts, and alters the properties of charged Ki Blasts. It also enhances movement speed, enhancing long-range combat capabilities even further."
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Tutorial description
A Frieza Race Future Warrior can also use this form which appears as the Frieza Clan's racially exclusive Awoken Skill Turn Golden, which the Warrior can obtain by training with Golden Frieza after overthrowing him and take his title as Emperor of the Universe as well as leadership of the Galactic Frieza Army inside the Frieza's Spaceship time rift anomaly. Seeing the Warrior as an equal, Frieza decides to help the Warrior attain the form just as they had for Frieza, so Frieza can truly prove who is the strongest in the universe by beating the Warrior at their very best. Frieza tells them to seek out the catalyst that will help them achieve their transformation. The Future Warrior must then speak to Metal Cooler who will tell them that as Emperor of the Universe they must go forth with pride, take what's theirs, and make all submit to their might. The Warrior must then return to Frieza who is surprised that his brother was willing to offer the Warrior free advice, but reminds them neither he nor his brother will play nice to them forever, before explaining that Metal Cooler and Golden Frieza will test him in battle and they must either surpass the brothers or die. This leads to Frieza's Spaceship Quest 01: "-Frieza's Race Awakening!" where they face off against Frieza (Full Power) and Metal Cooler. The Warrior will unlock the transformation mid-battle and must use it to defeat both Frieza and Metal Cooler. After defeating both brothers, they will revive and Frieza will transform into Golden Frieza. The Future Warrior must then defeat them again to complete the quest which will permanently unlock the Turn Golden Awoken Skill. It should be noted that the Future Warrior can access this quest and unlock the form, regardless of which factions they had chosen previously. Interestingly, after their defeat both Frieza and Cooler will be pleased with the Warrior's new form and power despite having been bested, content that the Universe is ruled by one of their own and the honor of the Frieza Clan is secure. Afterwards Frieza decides to let the Warrior rule the universe for the time being, as he plans to continue training in order to surpass the Warrior someday in order reclaim his title, telling them to remain strong until then.
When in use, they gain the golden/purple aura and sheen and their jewel-like areas are recolored to purple with their eyes turning red. In addition, ki blasts become faster and stronger, changing into a more Death Bullet-like appearance with a purple coloration and charged ones becoming a Death Beam-like attack. Interestingly, unlike Frieza the Future Warrior automatically manages to both master and adjusted to the form as they receive no detriments upon transforming and can stay in it indefinitely. The Future Warrior also demonstrates the form can also be use in conjunction with Frieza race cybernetic modifications, though only their jewel sections, skin, and natural armor will actually change colors.
"What manner of transformation is this?! Tell me at once, Frieza!"
— Cooler's reaction to the form in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Also if Golden Frieza fights Cooler (Final Form) in battle, Cooler impressed and shocked by his brother's new form, demands his younger brother tell him about the nature of this new form he has discovered, causing Frieza to respond to his demands by taunting his elder brother, "Oh, don't throw a fit. Aren't you supposed to be the older one?" then laughs while revelling in the fact his older brother has come to the realization that Frieza has discovered a form superior to Cooler's Fourth Transformation.
- Frieza has a merchandise-only joke form that is the result of Frieza "over-training" causing him to gain an Ultimate Evolution-like state that is pure gold in appearance. This form is referred to as Pure Gold Frieza.
- It was joked by Ryusei Nakao that because Frieza was a "nice guy" (ナイスガイ; naisu gai), Golden Frieza's power level in this form is 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 (垓; gai or one hundred quintillion).
- It is implied that, had Frieza properly adjusted to the form before fighting Goku, he would've been able to achieve his revenge against Goku and his friends.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Dragon Ball: Xenoverse promotional material, 2015
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ trailer 3, Mezamashi TV, 
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, 2015
- ↑ Rival danger ranking
- ↑ Weekly Shonen Jump #15, 2015
- ↑ "An All-Out Battle! The Vengeful Golden Freeza" and "Amidst the Crisis, a Shot at Victory Appears! Son Goku's Counterattack Begins!"
- ↑ http://www.bpnavi.jp/kuji/item/1271
- ↑ http://www.kanzenshuu.com/translations/flying-postman-press-april-2015-ryusei-nakao/
|Known Members||Berserker • Chilled • Cooler/Future Cooler • Frieza/Future Frieza • Frieza's mother • Frost • Froze • Iaas • Jierra • King Cold/Future King Cold • Kuriza • Percel • Reso • Rezok|
|Fusions||Cellza • Fooler • Ginyuza • Ultimate Ultra Fusion|
|Transformations|| Transforming Ability (First • Second • Third • Fifth • Metal)|
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