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Goku with a halo

"A angel halo that floats above your head, for some reason. See what the other world is like!"
Dragon Ball Xenoverse in-game description

A Halo (天使の輪, Tenshi no Wa, lit. "Angel's Ring") is a luminous circle that appears above the head of deceased persons if they keep their bodies in the Other World. These halos make ringing noises when tapped. Another type of halo, light blue in color, surrounds the necks of Angels.


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Old Kai with halo

Great heroes are permitted to keep their bodies in the Other World.

Frieza Universe Survival

Frieza with a Halo in the Universe Survival Saga

Residents in Hell generally do not possess halos, as they do not retain their bodies. However in the Dragon Ball Z anime residents of Hell do retain their bodies and thus possess halos, inhabitants of Hell who have been shown with halos include: Cell, Frieza, King Cold, Recoome, Burter, Jeice, Guldo, Dr. Gero, Appule, and Babidi. However, when Goku travels to Hell to face both Frieza and Cell, they claim that they are both dead but, like all the villains that made it to Earth in the Super 17 Saga, they do not possess halos. Also, Piccolo has his own halo when in Heaven, but he does not retain it when he forces King Yemma to send him to Hell.

The angels who appear in the final two Dragon Ball Z films and Dragon Ball Super possess halos. In the anime Fused Zamasu also creates a halo to power up.

When Frieza is allowed back to the world of the living with a body for twenty-four hours in order to participate in the Tournament of Power he possess a halo.

Video game appearances

A few characters appear with halos in several video games, including Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Dragon Ball Online, and Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale. In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, a special code in Dragon Arena unlocks an alternate skin of Goku where he sports a halo.


Villains with halos

Halo is an item in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Budokai Tenkaichi 3. Halo halves the ki used in special attacks, but takes away 10,000 health points (1 health bar) in Budokai Tenkaichi 3. This item can only be used by good characters, its evil counterpart being Demon Seal. Halo also appears in the Raging Blast games as a cosmetic item that can be given to any character.

In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, equipping the item also gives a halo to the following characters:

Pikkon and Grandpa Gohan have halos over their heads by default.

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, it is called Angel Halo and is an accessory that can be obtained by the Future Warrior as a reward in Parallel Quest 34: "Majin Revival". Its appearance is purely cosmetic and like all accessories has no effect on the Future Warrior's stats. The Angel Halo also appears in alternate outfits for Goku and Vegeta from the Majin Buu conflict.


  • In the 4Kids dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai, halos are changed to glowing orbs on top of characters' heads.