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"My clan is feared throughout the Universe! What fool dares challenge our supremacy? I will afford him the honor of dying by the hand of King Cold himself!"
— "There Is Planet Earth, Father! Frieza and King Cold Strike Back!"

King Cold (コルド大王 Korudo Daiō, lit. "Cold the Great King") was the king of the universe and a shadow member of his family organization, the Galactic Frieza Army.[3] He was the father of Cooler and Frieza.

King Cold is the secondary antagonist of the Trunks Saga.


King Cold ranks among the tallest villains in the Dragon Ball universe, and his physical appearance is very similar to his sons, looking nearly identical to Frieza in his second form. His skin is darker than Frieza's, but lighter than Cooler's. He wears the standard Battle Armor over his chest, along with a black cape. The armour is blue in Dragon Ball Z, but brown in Dragon Ball GT. The "dome" on his head is colored dark blue (though it sometimes appears dark teal in the anime), along with his horns that have lines on them. Despite the fact that both of his sons have demonstrated the ability to transform, the Dragon Book states that he appears as the type who would be able to transform,[4] King Cold is never shown transforming in the series.



King Cold waits for Frieza to recuperate from his injuries

King Cold has a calm, high-class attitude with elegant mannerisms. Though not nearly as sadistic as his son Frieza, he also displays a great deal of arrogance and impatience. He seems to display a high level of concern for his family, as seen at the visible shock of his son's defeat, though he quickly becomes annoyed with how long it takes Frieza to finish off an opponent. According to Cooler in the dub of Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, King Cold had "spoiled [Frieza] rotten." Despite his alleged high concern for his family, he seems to have no qualms for attempting to replace family members if they are killed with the person who killed them, as evidenced by his attempting to get Future Trunks to join him after the latter killed Frieza, although this could have been a ruse, as he believed that fighting Future Trunks was not to his advantage (at least as long as he was in possession of his sword).[3]


King Cold and his son Frieza on their ship heading towards Earth

Despite being the head of the Galactic Frieza Army, King Cold's role and very existence are unknown to all but his own family. King Cold does not make his presence as the organization's leader known to any of its members, running the organization from behind closed doors and utilizing his son Frieza as its public face.[3] While Frieza's own henchman are unaware of Cold's existence, as shown when even Vegeta (an ex-employee of Frieza's) did not know about Cold, a select few henchmen are directly under his control, and a few were aware of Cold's existence, such as Sorbet.

Nonetheless with his confidence in both his and his family's strength, in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ it is revealed that King Cold is quite informed about the universe, as he warned Frieza not to challenge either Beerus the Destroyer and Majin Buu, showing that he is aware that their power is far greater than either himself or his sons.

Because of his ancestor, Chilled, having been mortally wounded by a Super Saiyan (Bardock), he was also familiar with the transformation, simply stating upon Future Trunks' transformation into the Super Saiyan form "So this is a Super Saiyan..." Unlike Frieza, however, he at first did not fear the transformation, and was instead extremely confident that he could defeat at least Future Trunks when the latter was separated from his sword, however, upon viewing the true power of a Super Saiyan he displayed great fear of the form's power.



Frieza's father is a mutant with an abnormally high power level. Because of this, King Cold and his son Frieza are the only ones among Frieza's race who possess the striking level of power and cruelty shown in the series.[5] He is aware of the Super Saiyans' legendary power, but does not seem to fear it as much as his son does, due to his disbelief that anyone can pose a threat to him or his clan. In Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, it is revealed that Cold has been an abusive parent to his eldest son, Cooler (or at least from Cooler's perspective), while at the same time, spoiling Frieza - making the latter as arrogant as he is. King Cold had heard of Majin Buu and God of Destruction Beerus and warned Frieza that these were the only two beings he should never cross.[6][7]

Dragon Ball Z

Trunks Saga

Main article: Trunks Saga

"Did you hear that, my son? This fool means to take us down."
— King Cold to Frieza, about Future Trunks' bold claims in "I Will Defeat Frieza! Another Super Saiyan!"


King Cold and his son Frieza about to attack Earth

After hearing of his son's desperate struggle against a Super Saiyan on planet Namek, King Cold and his crew rush to Namek in order to aid Frieza, but arrive after Namek has already exploded due to one of Frieza's attacks. King Cold searches through the debris of Namek's remains. Though in disbelief that his son could be destroyed by a mere planet's explosion, the angered King Cold telekinetically shatters his spaceship's cockpit window, making one of his soldiers fall into space. He then vows that if Frieza has truly been defeated that he (King Cold) himself will avenge his son. Eventually, Frieza's Subordinates discover Frieza's battered remains and took it to King Cold's planet where Cold's scientists manage to rebuild him with mechanical limbs. When Frieza awakens, he explains to his father about the Super Saiyan that nearly destroyed him. The two discover that the Super Saiyan is on his way to Earth. Though Cold recommends destroying the planet from space, Frieza devises a plan to arrive on Earth before the Super Saiyan does and kill the earthlings in an attempt to make the Super Saiyan suffer. Then, Frieza (with Cold's help if needed) would have a rematch with the Super Saiyan and victory would be assured.

"I'm thinking, perhaps the only reason you defeated Frieza was because you had this sword in hand. That sound about right?"
— King Cold to Future Trunks in "I Will Defeat Frieza! Another Super Saiyan!"


Future Trunks stops King Cold's attack

When King Cold and Mecha Frieza arrive on Earth, at Northern Wastelands, Cold gives permission for his son to kill the Super Saiyan's friends, and orders his soldiers to kill anything they come in contact with. Suddenly, Future Trunks shows up and easily dispatches all of Cold's minions. Much to Frieza's horror and Cold's curiosity, Future Trunks transforms into a Super Saiyan, survives all of Frieza's attacks (much to Cold's annoyance), and slays Frieza with his sword, and disintegrates the remains. King Cold then offers Future Trunks the opportunity to take his son's place (even offering planets as well). The youth unabashedly declines, which does not worry Cold as he believes the boy's power stems solely from his weapon.

"Wait, no...Please, spare me. Ahhhh, mercy. I surrender. If you let me go, I'll give you one of my finest planets. No wait, I'll give you an entire solar system. I'll change my wicked ways, I'll give my word. Yahhhhhhhhhh!"
— King Cold's last words before his death by Future Trunks in I Will Defeat Frieza! Another Super Saiyan!


King Cold before his death at the hands of Future Trunks in the anime

In an attempt to acquire the boy's sword, Cold asks if he may examine the blade. With the sword in his hand, Cold strikes at the mysterious youth, but to his great horror, the blade is effortlessly caught. The youth begins to overpower King Cold and, with his other hand, shoots a God Breaker blast which goes right through King Cold's chest, sending him flying and killing him immediately. In the anime Cold does not immediately die from the first blast, instead retaining consciousness after the attack and begins begging for his life, saying that he will give the youth all the planets he conquered, but his pleas for mercy fall on deaf ears, as the boy quickly finishes him off with yet another God Breaker blast, much to the shock of the Z Fighters. His cells were collected by Dr. Gero's remote tracking device to create Cell.

Majin Buu Saga

Main articles: Other World Saga, Great Saiyaman Saga, and Kid Buu Saga


King Cold and his son Frieza in Hell


King Cold in prison

King Cold appears in Hell in several anime filler sequences. Along with Frieza and the four deceased members of the Ginyu Force, King Cold strikes up a friendship with Cell just after Cell was sent to Hell, and assist him in his quest to find a way back to Earth from Hell via torturing the ogre guardians. He is punished when Goku and Pikkon show up and defeat them easily. Before he can know what is happening, King Cold is knocked out when Pikkon elbows him once in the stomach. Cold is then later shown complaining in a jail cell in Hell with the other villains, saying he could have at least had a shower. Sometime after King Cold is released from prison, he and several past villains watch the final battle between Goku and Kid Buu via a Crystal Ball. He also laughs at one point where Goku refuses to throw the Spirit Bomb with Vegeta in the way, but his smile fades away when he sees Mr. Satan take Vegeta's body aside, leaving Goku to kill Kid Buu with the Super Spirit Bomb.

Dragon Ball Super

Golden Frieza Saga

Main article: Golden Frieza After reviving Frieza, Shenron informed Sorbet that he had a second wish to use. Sorbet considered using the wish to revive King Cold as well. However this is interrupted by Pilaf and his gang stealing the wish. Frieza would later inquire about King Cold's fate. Sorbet offered to revive King Cold in the future, but Frieza rejected the idea since he preferred to be in charge.

Dragon Ball GT

Super 17 Saga

Main articles: Super 17 Saga and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’


King Cold (at the upper right-hand corner) escaping from Hell

In Dragon Ball GT, King Cold was briefly seen escaping from Hell alongside Recoome, Guldo, Babidi, Appule, and Cui. Although his fate was never shown or explicitly stated, it could be assumed that he was defeated by one of the heroes, and sent back to where he came from.


Manga and Anime

Cold's power is not mentioned in the manga but has been mentioned in the anime. When many of the Z-fighters were sensing Frieza's power level, they all remarked that King Cold's power level was even higher than Frieza's. It is however worth noting that Mecha Frieza was suppressed at the time as Gohan pointed out later to Yamcha that his power can grow much larger than what they are currently sensing.

When King Cold fights Super Saiyan Future Trunks he is shown to be completely unmatched even when using his sword, he can not overpower his opponent who simply grips the sword in his hand. He is then easily killed when Future Trunks blasts a hole through him.

Prior to his debut in both the Manga and Anime, during his fight with Goku, Frieza mentions that, besides Goku, only his father (and mother in the dub) has ever forced him to dust himself off after a fight/harm him in this form.

Given that King Cold looks nearly identical to Frieza in his second form, it is possible that in fact King Cold can transform just like Frieza and he fought Trunks in his second form, and, like Frieza, he too has a final form.

Statements by guidebooks and authors

Daizenshuu 7 states in King Cold's bio that he is "slightly behind" of Frieza in terms of battle power.[3] It was also stated by Naho Ooishi in an interview for Resurrection ‘F’ that even though the rest of Frieza's family are strong, Frieza's power has always been in a completely different league from them, and that he alone is the only one to possess this level of power.[8] In Saikyō Jump, Akira Toriyama has stated that King Cold and Frieza are the only two of their race to have abnormal power.[9]


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King Cold using his Dirty Slash

  • Dirty Slash – The sword slash King Cold attempted on Future Trunks. King Cold seems to have some knowledge of swords and sword fighting, based on his statements to Future Trunks, and also uses Future Trunks' sword in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  • Full Power Death Beam – A powered up version of the Death Beam. This attack comes from Budokai Tenkaichi 3, and only he and Super Perfect Cell can use this attack in the game. He also uses this technique in Dokkan Battle.
  • Super Explosive Wave – He creates a massive explosion with himself as the nexus. King Cold is seen using it only in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  • Cold Family Power – A team attack where both he and Mecha Frieza attack the opponent as a team followed by King Cold finishing off the opponent with a Dirty Slash, followed by an energy blast. It is his Ultimate Blast in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
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King Cold firing an Energy wave in Harukanaru Densetsu

  • Ghost King – A team attack used by Mecha Frieza and King Cold in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2. Mecha Frieza releases a Barrage Death Beam and blasts the opponent to the right, where King Cold punches the opponent down into the ground.
  • Telekinesis – Used to shatter the cockpit window of his ship, causing Fisshi, one of his soldiers, to be ejected into space.
  • Transformation – While he never displays the ability to transform, the Dragon Book states that Cold appears to be the type who can increase his abilities by transforming.
  • Exploding Wave – One of Cold's Blast 1 in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  • King's Dignity – One of Cold's Blast 1 in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  • Healing – King Cold has the power to heal Frieza and Cooler in the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game, which is a reference to how he saved Frieza and made him cybernetic in the manga/anime.
  • Survival – King Cold can survive in a vacuum, enabling him to survive in space. In the anime, Cold has the ability to survive even the most horrifying injuries, as he is still conscious and capable of smooth speech despite having a hole in his chest.
  • Burst Attack – A special ability used by King Cold in Dragon Ball Heroes. King Cold's damage power increases (the card depicts him firing a red energy wave).
  • Super Spirit Spheres of Guard – A special ability used by King Cold in Dragon Ball Heroes. King Cold goes into sparking mode and his attacks increase in power. Furthermore, his defense increases when ultra-sparking.


It is stated in the Dragon Book that King Cold appears to be the type who increases his abilities by transforming. However, King Cold never utilizes any forms other than his regular horned one so it is unknown what his transformation is. Due to the statement that he is the type who increases his abilities by transforming and not decrease like Frieza's form were intended to do, it is possible that Cold's horned form is his true form, and he has a "Super Evolution" beyond, although this is unconfirmed.

Though if King Cold is in his second form (which is probable as he greatly resembles Frieza's second form), then his next transformation would either be through Terrifying Super Transformation into a third form, or a transformation into his true form.

Video games


King Cold in The Legacy of Goku II

King Cold appears during cutscenes in Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai and Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, and is mentioned in Frieza's biographies in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2. He appears in the video games Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II and Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu. In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, King Cold appears during Mecha Frieza's ultimate attack. King Cold also appears as an assist character in Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact.

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King Cold in Budokai Tenkaichi 3

King Cold makes his first playable appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, where he is unlocked by completing the Cell Games on level 3. In this game, his only Story-Mode appearance is the "What-If" scenario Unexpected Help where he is the final opponent of Spike the Devil Man.

If King Cold fights Frieza or Cooler in the game and defeats them, King Cold will say "he was always a horrible son anyway." If King Cold fights against King Vegeta, he will say "Well well, King Vegeta, what business do you have with me?" and King Vegeta will reply "I will show your people how terrible the Saiyans can be!" (implying that they have met before in the series).

King Cold is also playable in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes. He also appears in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.

In Dragon Ball Fusions, it is revealed that elderly soldier Caluppa has served the Galactic Frieza Army since the time King Cold was in charge before King Cold handed control over to his sons. He is also mentioned by Ziku who detects his energy emanating from a time hole along with Vegeta and Frieza's but it is later revealed to be Cell's energy that Ziku was detecting.[2]


  • King Cold vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan)
  • King Cold and Frieza (Final Form) vs. Pikkon (Anime only)

Voice actors

  • Japanese: Daisuke Gōri (Dragon Ball Z), Masaharu Satō (Dragon Ball Z episode 195), Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Dragon Ball Kai)
  • Ocean Group dub: Michael Dobson
  • FUNimation dub: Brad Jackson (Dragon Ball Z and Budokai Tenkaichi 3), Jason Douglas (Dragon Ball Z Kai)
  • Basque Dub: Aner Narvaez (DBZ Kai)
  • Brazilian Portuguese dub: Jonas Mello, Sílvio Navas
  • Catalan dub: Manel Català (Z); Joan Massotkleiner (DBZ Kai)
  • French dub: Georges Lycan (Dragon Ball Z), Marc Bretonniere (Dragon Ball Z Kai)
  • Galician Dub: Carlos Reborada (Z); Xoán Diéguez (DBZ Kai)
  • German dub: Franz Josef Steffens
  • Hebrew dub: Abraham Celektar
  • Hungarian dub: Endre Botár
  • Italian dub: Vittorio Bestoso, Maurizio Trombini
  • Latin American dub: Humberto Solórzano (Dragon Ball Z episodes 118-120 and Dragon Ball Z Kai), José Luis Castañeda (Dragon Ball Z episode 121)
  • Polish dub: Andrzej Jakubiak
  • Portuguese dub: João Loy, António Semedo
  • Spanish Dub: Javier del Río (Z; eps 118-167); Daniel Palacios (Z; eps 168-291)
  • Valencian Dub: Albert Forner


  • King Cold's name refers to low temperatures.
  • Frieza mentions his "parents"/"loving parents" to Goku on Namek in the manga, anime, and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z whereas he simply mentions "his father" to Goku in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Dragon Ball Z Kai. It should be mentioned that the plural form does not exist in Japanese.
    • In Chi-Chi's commentary on First Form Frieza and Final Form Cooler in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, she mentions parents instead of just King Cold alone, stating that Frieza and Cooler's upbringing by their parents is a troublesome story. Chi-Chi also refers to Cold's wife in King Cold's profile, wondering if his wife has the same face.
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King Cold with a brown chestplate

  • Although King Cold appears to be one of the tallest villains in the Dragon Ball series, his exact size is not always consistent. The manga depicts Cold as being nearly triple the height of Mecha Frieza, while the anime depicts him with varying sizes. In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, King Cold's height is equal to Frieza's Second Form.
  • It should be noted that King Cold has never actually gotten a chance to showcase his power as he was killed by SSJ Future Trunks whom King Cold had not fought seriously as he believed that the boy's sword had allowed him to defeat Frieza and arrogantly believed he could kill the Super Saiyan if he possessed it, which lead to his defeat and death. It should also be noted that his Future counterpart's battle with Future Goku is never fully shown and it is only known that Future King Cold was killed though he may have also underestimated Future Goku as his main timeline counterpart had with Future Trunks and Future Goku presumably fought them more seriously due to the fate of Earth being at stake. Thus neither incarnation of King Cold's true power is seen in full, though presumably it is either greater or near to his son Frieza's in power which would fit with Toriyama's assessment concerning the power of King Cold and Frieza, though Frieza ultimately surpasses his father. Additionally it should also be noted that Mecha Frieza was weaker than Super Saiyan Goku and Future Trunks thus if his power was on par with Frieza's it may have been equal, lower, or slightly higher than Mecha Frieza's though presumably no match for a Super Saiyan. However this would make him still one of the strongest fighters in Universe 7 (save for Beerus, Whis, Majin Buu, and Super Saiyans that existed at that time).
  • In the second Jaaku Mission trailer for Dragon Ball Heroes, the chestplate of King Cold's Battle Armor is brown rather than dark blue. This is also the color of his armor in Dragon Ball GT.
  • In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, if King Cold fights Trunks (Fighting Teen), he will state that "I'm not afraid of you, you don't even have your sword". If he wins, he'll retort "Hah! I knew it, without your weapon, you're nothing but a loser".
  • King Cold is the only member of Frieza's Race to have appeared in the anime that has not been voiced by Ryūsei Nakao at some point.


See also


  1. Sorbet calls him this in the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dragon Ball Fusions, 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Daizenshuu 7, 1996
  4. "His appearance bears a close resemblance to Freeza's second form, and Cold also appears to be the type whose abilities increase by transforming."
  5. Interview with Akira Toriyama - Saikyō Jump #3, 2014
  6. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
  7. "Despair Redux! The Return of the Evil Emperor, Frieza!"

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