Like the original Spirit Bomb, Goku raises his hands in the air and gathers energy from surrounding life forms to form the attack. But instead of storing the energy in his body and forming it in his hand, Goku stores the energy in the form of a giant light blue energy sphere in the sky. Once ready, Goku throws the attack down at the opponent, inflicting a huge amount of damage.
Goku uses the Large Spirit Bomb during his battle against Frieza (in his final form) on Namek. Having run out of options as to how to defeat Frieza, as his full power is no match for even half of Frieza's, Goku decides to use the Spirit Bomb. Though he is able to collect some energy from remaining living beings of Namek and some nearby planets, Frieza eventually discovers what Goku is doing and attempts to kill him. However, Piccolo saves Goku at the last second and he, Krillin and Gohan stall Frieza while Goku keeps gathering energy. After 5 minutes, the Large Spirit Bomb is finally completed and Goku launches the attack at Frieza, seemingly putting an end to the tyrant. However, it is not strong enough and Frieza survives, heavily injured by the attack.
Appearances in games
This Spirit Bomb appears in several video games, including the RPG Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza and Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen, Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, the Budokai series (including Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit), Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, the Budokai Tenkaichi series, the Supersonic Warriors games, and J-Stars Victory Vs.
The technique is called Super Spirit Bomb in Gekishin Freeza and Ressen Jinzōningen, and simply the Spirit Bomb in the Budokai games, Sagas, the Budokai Tenkaichi games, and J-Stars Victory Vs. The attack is named "Large Spirit Bomb" in the Raging Blast games and Dragon Ball Z For Kinect.
This attack almost always inflicts extreme damage, being one of Goku's strongest techniques in video games; Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and Budokai Tenkaichi 3 has Goku combining Give Me Energy! or Kaio-ken together with Spirit Bomb, inflicting a tremendous amount of damage. The Large Spirit Bomb in the Raging Blast games only if the "Bit of Spirit" item is equipped onto Goku, which changes his small Spirit Bomb into the larger one.
Cell can also use a similar attack (identified simply as the "Spirit Bomb") in several video games. In the Budokai series, Perfect Cell elbows the opponent to the ground then uses his Spirit Bomb albeit differently in each video game. In Budokai 1, Cell says "Thanks for the energy!" while charging the attack then throws the Spirit Bomb down on the opponent. In the subsequent Budokai sequels (Budokai 2 and Budokai 3) and Infinite World, he says "Okay planet, give me that stupid energy!" while charging the attack, and throws the Spirit Bomb at the opponent (who attempts to block) to which Cell declares "Didn't think you would be this much fun. However, this is where it ends!", forcing the Spirit Bomb down on the opponent. In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Super Perfect Cell simply throws his Spirit Bomb while saying something condescending and can even use the attack without the "Give Me Energy!" charge up. In Budokai Tenkaichi 1, Cell says "You can kiss your precious planet goodbye!" and fires his Spirit Bomb while shouting "Die!". In Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Cell says "You won't survive this time!" then throws the Spirit Bomb. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Super Perfect Cell will exclaim "I told you I could do it if I wanted to!" when firing the Spirit Bomb.