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This is a list of notable techniques used by Cell which have appeared in the Dragon Ball manga, the anime series Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, and various video games spun off by the Dragon Ball series.

Natural abilities

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Perfect Cell pummels Goku

Cell has acid inside his body that is shown when he regenerates his tail while in his first form after Android 16 removed it.[1] He has the ability to revert his form (demonstrated when he reverts to an egg and potentially by his evolving body). It is likely that Cell's asexual reproductive capability in spawning the Cell Juniors (Seru Junia Wo Umidasu)[2] is taken from Piccolo's Namekian physiology. In Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, the Capsule Corporation database describes the Cell Juniors as being created through cellular mitosis.

Along with Piccolo's regeneration, he has Frieza's ability to survive any injury; after Cell achieves his Super Perfect Form due to his brush with death when he self-destructs, he explains in the original English dub of the anime that this is because each individual cell in his body has a life-force of their own. In the manga, Japanese dub of the original anime, and both versions of Dragon Ball Kai, Cell explains that, like Piccolo, he has a regenerative nucleus in his head; as long as that survives, so does he. Also, his Saiyan cells make him stronger from every near-death injury he survives, thanks to the Saiyans' Zenkai.

Cell has the techniques of those whose cells make up his body from the time when the samples are taken from them. The likes of Goku, Piccolo, and Vegeta have their cells taken during Vegeta's invasion of Earth, while Frieza and King Cold have theirs taken when they invade during the Trunks Saga later.


  • Saiyan Power – From his Saiyan cells, Cell has the ability to become more powerful after recovering from severe injuries. This genetic trait that allows his combat prowess to continually increase as he fights. This is done by instinctively imprinting on new experiences to lessen the chances of same injury happening again and likewise dramatically increasing his raw might and resilience after recovering from injuries.  This ability, combined with his regeneration power, makes him near invincible. He also takes on many personality traits that are true to Saiyans, like the desire to fight. Even though Cell is not categorized as a Super Saiyan, his aura perfectly mimics that of a Super Saiyan; this is connected to his Saiyan heritage.

The inside of Cell's body, as exposed by Vegeta's devastating Final Flash

  • Vocal Mimicry, Alteration and Amplification – Cell has the ability to speak, sing, whisper, yell, hum, etc. in any pitch or tone. He can speak in an extremely low pitch or a very high pitch. He displayed this ability by mimicking Android 17's voice and amplify his own so it could be heard for miles. In the anime, he is shown switching to the voice of his Imperfect form, in order to terrify the people of the Earth during his TV broadcast about the Cell Games.
  • Absorption – Cell has two methods of absorption, both using his tail: he can absorb other beings' energy in order to gain all of the strength of the person (Drain Life Cell), or absorb other beings whole into his body in order to transform. In the second method of absorption, made for people who he wants every bit of strength from, Cell opens up the pointy end of his stinger and it becomes a shape of a wide funnel, Cell brings the "mouth" of the funnel down on the person, and then they will be sucked through Cell's tail into his body, with the person held unconscious in Cell's body. This method is made for Android 17 and 18, who, due to their powers not being organic, or possibly due their ability to dodge Cell's stinger, they have to be absorbed whole. Even though Cell's tail retracts after becoming Perfect Cell, it is shown that Cell can still bring his stinger out and absorb other people using this technique. The tail can also be used for strangulation, which he uses on the Future Trunks from his timeline and on Android 16 in the present timeline, or to give birth to the Cell Juniors. Cell's absorption through his tail is named Android Absorption (when used on Android 17) and Tail Trap (when used on GT Goku) in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game. Cell's transformation into Semi-Perfect Cell is named Introduction of Evolution and his transformation to Perfect Cell is named Evolution to the Full Body as special abilities in Dragon Ball Heroes.
  • Power up – The ability to increase and suppress his power level.
  • Ki Sense – The ability to sense others' power levels.
  • Bear Hug – A torture hold used against Piccolo and Gohan, in Imperfect and Perfect forms respectively.
  • Flight – The ability to fly, taken from any of the cell samples.
  • Telekinesis – Cell can lift objects of large proportionate sizes into the air with his mind and controlling the use of his hand(s). Likely taken from Frieza.
  • Explosive Wave – Used to attack people in a city in his timeline, as seen in a flashback in the episode "Ghosts from Tomorrow". He uses a variation of this technique, called Perfect Barrier, in his Perfect form.
  • Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.

Cell performing his first Kamehameha, leaving Piccolo in shock

  • Kamehameha – A blue-colored, powerful ki wave attack and trademark technique of the Dragon Ball series. Inherited from Goku. Also used when in his Cellin form.
    • Super Kamehameha – An upgraded version of the Kamehameha. Cell uses it against Goku during their match in the Cell Games.
      • Earth-Destroying Kamehameha – A much more powerful version of the Super Kamehameha. Used in a desperate attempt to destroy the Earth against Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. However, Gohan counter-attacked with the Ultimate Kamehameha.
      • Solar Kamehameha – Super Perfect Cell's Ultimate and Final attack. Cell stores a massive amount of energy and fires it in the form of a giant Kamehameha that, which he states himself, has enough power to destroy the entire solar system.[3] It was created and used by Super Perfect Cell as a final bid to destroy Gohan, but was countered by the Father-Son Kamehameha. Its name comes from Budokai Tenkaichi 3, where it is Super Perfect Cell's Ultimate Blast technique. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse it is named Perfect Kamehameha and is one of Perfect Cell's Ultimate Skills.
      • Father-Son Kamehameha - In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, in the altered history of the Cell Games, Dark Cell along with two of his Dark Cell Juniors uses this technique to overwhelm SSJ Gohan's Super Kamehameha (Gohan is unable to use the technique as Goku is still alive yet weakened and unable to provide spiritual assistance to Gohan) killing him.
    • Warp Kamehameha – Cell's ultimate technique in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai. When using it, he utters the words "Farewell... NOW!".
    • Rush Down – The Kamehameha attack used by Cell in Hell against Goku, only for it to be reflected back at him. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
  • Regeneration – The Namekian ability to regenerate damage to the body; taken from Piccolo. From the manga and original Japanese dub, Cell can regenerate only if the core inside his head is not damaged, though the English dub of anime re-defines this so that he can regenerate provided even a single cell remains, making up for the contradiction in the manga of Cell having his head blown off by Goku's Instant Transmission Kamehameha.
  • Solar Flare – An extremely bright light which can temporarily blind opponents in near proximity. Inherited from Tien.
  • Afterimage Strike – The ability to move extremely fast over short distances, leaving an image behind. Taken from Goku, never used in the manga.
  • Kiai – Used to end his Fear Me! technique. Also used in the Butōden series and Budokai Tenkaichi series.
  • Cybernetic Radar – A High Speed Rush attack finished with a Kiai. Used in Budokai series.
  • Cybernetic Shooter – An attack used in Cellin form.
  • Machine Gun Attack – An attack used in Cellin form.
  • Negative Power Rain – The name of the Renzoku Energy Dan technique he uses in the Butōden series and Budokai series.
  • Lasso – Cell punches his opponent, then he picks them up by the leg and spins them around his head, and finally he throws him into the ground. This throw attack is one of the first abilities Cell acquires in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 1 and Budokai 2.
  • Ultimate Attack – Cell kicks the opponent up in the air, where he kicks them more and punches them down again, and finally Cell kicks his opponent in the back when he is down. Used in the Budokai series, where it is also used by Cellin.
  • Energy Field – A protective barrier used notably by Semi-Perfect Cell in order to completely absorb Android 18 without interference. This technique is used by Cell in all his forms in the Budokai series. Also called Android Barrier.
  • Perfect Stance - Cell's signature attack in the Raging Blast Series.

Imperfect Cell absorbing Piccolo's energy

  • Eye Lasers – Cell used this technique against Earth's Military while he was fighting Piccolo in Gingertown.
  • Bio Impact – A rush attack used against Android 16.
  • See Ya! – Cell punches his adversary hard enough to break his/her neck. Then he picks his foe's body up and launches a blast of ki energy from his hand into the downed enemy's chest. This was the technique he used to defeat Piccolo on the islands in his Imperfect form. It is also used by Perfect Cell in video games.
  • Prelude to Perfect Form – A power up Cell is able to use after absorbing several humans.
  • Tail Attack – Cell can attack his opponents using his powerful tail.
  • Choke Hold – A hold used against Android 16. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
  • Big Bang Attack – One of Vegeta's signature techniques. Semi-Perfect Cell blasts Android 16 at point-blank range in the face with it shortly after transforming.[1]
    • Big Bang Crash – A powerful, blazing red-colored version of Vegeta's Big Bang Attack. Semi-Perfect Cell uses this technique when he destroyed whole islands with it to flush out Android 18. Taken from Vegeta, Cell can also fire a Super Big Bang Crash, in which he fires several consecutive Big Bang Crashes throughout a large area or at a single target. It was named in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
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Semi-Perfect Cell fires an energy blast at a fish

  • Galick Gun – A fuchsia-colored, powerful energy blast taken from Vegeta. Used in the anime and in the Budokai Tenkaichi and Raging Blast games.
  • Mouth Energy Wave – Semi-Perfect Cell uses a Mouth Energy Wave during his battle against Super Vegeta in an attempt to surprise him, although Vegeta survives.[4]
  • Unforgivable! – Like all other Androids, Cell can initiate a self-destruction. Cell, however, has a special technique to do so rather than just using a device. When Cell uses this technique, he swells up like a giant balloon and begins a 1-minute countdown which, when it ends, causes him to explode with enough power to engulf an entire planet. Should he be attacked before the countdown ends, he will explode instantly. Once activated, this technique cannot be stopped, even by himself.
  • Chain Destructo Disc – One of Semi-Perfect Cell's special techniques in the Nintendo DS game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2. Originally used by Krillin.
  • Light Grenade – One of Semi-Perfect Cell's special techniques in Supersonic Warriors 2. Originally used by Piccolo.

Semi-Perfect Cell using an Energy Field to protect himself as he achieves his Perfect form

  • Twin Drain – A team attack performed by Dr. Gero and Semi-Perfect Cell in Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • Backslap – The slap used to defeat Mr. Satan. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
  • Ultimate Blitz – The one handed energy blast he was about to use to kill Future Trunks before he spares him for announcing the Cell Games. Named in Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • Ultimate Wave – Cell shoots a large Ki Blast at his opponent which slams them into the ground, and creates a shock wave that also damages the enemy. Used in Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • Rapid Fire – The user fires rapid energy waves that home in on the opponent. Cell uses the technique against Gohan.
  • Judgement Ray - An Energy Barrage and Ki Slash technique used by Cell as his Air Ultimate Combo in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden.

Cell fires the Ultimate Blitz at Goku

  • Perfect Combination – Cell delivers a barrage of punches and kicks to the opponent before slapping them away and elbowing them into the ground. It is named in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and is one of Cell's Blast 2 attacks in his Super Perfect form.
  • Full Power Rush – Cell pummels his opponent with a long melee combo (25 hits, actually), grabs him, and performs the See Ya! technique. It is his Ultimate K.O. in Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • Fear Me! – A rush attack finished with a kiai. Used by Cell during the fight with Gohan.
  • Time to Die – A rush attack and finger beam combo technique Cell used in his Super Perfect form against Vegeta.
    • Perfect Shot - A green compacted blast of raw energy fired from Cell's fingertips. Used in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • All Clear - An explosive arching-blade like attack used by Cell to completely destroy everything surrounding him. Used to destroy the KC Royal Military force during their assault on him.
  • Gravity Impact – Cell fires a Kiai shockwave that is capable of canceling even the strongest of Ki blasts. One of Cell's Super Skills in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • Perfect Barrier – An impenetrable shield Cell places around himself to protect him from attacks, as seen when he transforms between his Semi-Perfect and Perfect forms after absorbing Android 18. It was most likely taken from Android 17 after Cell absorbed him, though his special barrier could be a technique programmed directly by Dr. Gero. It can also cause damage to anyone unfortunate enough to collide with it. The name comes from the Budokai Tenkaichi series, where it is the ultimate move of his Perfect form.

Cell firing a Death Beam

  • Death Beam – A laser-like projectile which travels very quickly. Taken from Frieza.
    • Barrage Death Beam – A rapid-fire version of the Death Beam. Cell uses it against Gohan.
    • Perfect Death Beam – A full powered version of the Death Beam, with a much bigger radius. He uses this attack to kill Future Trunks.
  • Instant Transmission – The ability to instantly teleport virtually anywhere (by homing in on a ki signature). Taken from Goku after Cell's self-destruction.

Super Perfect Cell prepares his Solar Kamehameha

  • Spirit Bomb – Cell never uses the Spirit Bomb in the manga or anime series, though he states that he can use it if he wished. This technique is Cell's ultimate attack in his Perfect Form in the Butōden series, Budokai series and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (while under his Super Perfect form). In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Cell can use both the Spirit Bomb as one of his Super Skills and Super Spirit Bomb as one of his Ultimate Skills. When performing the Spirit Bomb in Xenoverse, Cell will exclaim "I told you I could do it if I wanted too!".
    • Super Spirit Bomb - A powerful version of the Spirit Bomb, used by Cell in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.

Perfect Cell using the Multi-Form

  • Destructo Disc – An energy disk that can cut through an opponent. Taken from Krillin, never used in the manga.
    • Death Saucer – A variant of the Destructo Disc, this energy disk can be controlled by the creator to change direction. Taken from Frieza (Anime only).
  • Psychic Move - One of Frieza's techniques where Cell uses Rapid Movement to get behind the opponent and creates invisible Ki blades and swipes them at the opponent, knocking them back. One of Cell's Evasive Skills in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • Multi-Form – Used by Cell during the fight with Goku in the anime only, this technique is one of Tien's. The technique creates three fighting copies of the user, and since Cell has perfected it they all possess equal power to the original.
  • Tri-Beam – A blast of rectangular energy. Taken from Tien (Anime only).
  • Special Beam Cannon - Piccolo's swirling energy beam technique that can drill through nearly everything. Only used in anime-filler and video games. One of Cell's Ultimate Skills in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • Death Ball – One of Frieza's signature techniques, Cell is capable of using it in Dragon Ball Fusions.
    • Supernova – Cell is capable of using this enhanced version of the Death Ball technique. Used by Perfect Cell in Dragon Ball Xenoverse in his second skill set. When preformed in Xenoverse Cell will say "Here's a little Frieza ditty".
  • Drain Charge - An Energy Absorption technique where Cell grabs his opponent and drains their ki and adds it to his own. One of Cell's Super Skills in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
    • Hyper Drain - A version of Drain Charge where Cell drains an opponent's ki and stamina and adds it to his own.
  • Villainous Mode - Cell is given the Villainous Mode power up in Dragon Ball Xenoverse. While using this power up his eyes glow red, and he gains a purple and black aura.
  • Rage Saucer - Demigra's rush attack Super Skill utilized by Villainous Mode Cell in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • Bloody Sauce - Demigra's dark energy sphere Super Skill utilized by Villainous Mode Cell in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • Baked Sphere – Demigra's dark explosive wave Ultimate Skill utilized by Villainous Mode Cell in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
Cell Phoenix Attack (Super Battle)

Cell uses the Phoenix Rise

  • Phoenix Rise – Cell surrounds his body in a fiery aura, which shapes itself like a phoenix. and jets into the air. It is one of his special moves in Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle.
  • Battering Ram – The flying headbutt he used against Goku. Named in the Butōden series.
  • Rockslide Tackle – A dashing slide kick, followed by a side kick. One of his special attacks in the Butōden series, and his dashing strike in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
  • Neck Grab – A grab used on an Ogre in Hell. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
  • Hell's Buster – A technique that Cell and Frieza developed together while in Hell. Both Cell and Frieza begin to glow, then a yellow ki emits from both of their bodies, which then envelops their opponent, trapping him/her in an inescapable ki orb. Then both the users throws the orb prison down into the deepest part of Hell, with the prisoner in it. Named Almighty Light Cage in the FUNimation dub. In the video game Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact, Frieza fires a Death Ball into the attack and Cell fires a Super Kamehameha, creating a giant orange orb of energy.

    Frieza and Cell attack Goku

  • Dual Tech – A combined attack used by Frieza and Cell: Cell charges an energy wave and Frieza charges a finger beam, and they then fire the blasts together. They prepared this attack in Dragon Ball GT, but did not fire it. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
  • Absolute Evil – A team attack used by Cell and Frieza in Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • Birthing Cell Juniors (セルジュニアを生み出す; Seru Junia wo Umidasu) - Cell creates Cell Jrs. through cellular mitosis.
    • Cell Junior Dance – A team combo used by Perfect Cell and the Cell Juniors in Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • Climbing Attack – A jumping knee strike used in the Butōden series.
  • Volleyball Kick-Spike – Perfect Cell's meteor attack in Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2. Cell grabs his opponent, throws them skyward, then spikes them into the ground with a kick.
  • Meteor Self-Destruct – Perfect Cell's meteor attack in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22.
  • Hell Needle – Cell fires three blasts diagonally to the left and right of him, preventing opponents to dash out of his way. Used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
  • Interrupter – Cell sidesteps to either side, firing two to four needle shots to the opponent as he goes. Used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
  • Power Stance – A special fighting stance. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
  • Energy Sphere – A sphere made of ki. Used in boss fight in Dragon Ball Online.
  • Fire Breath – Cell-X can has the ability to breath fire. Used in boss fight in Dragon Ball Online.
  • Imperfect Bio-Androids – Cell-X can summon Imperfect Bio-Androids. Used in his boss fight in Dragon Ball Online.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dragon Ball Z episode 152, "Say Goodbye, 17"
  2. Daizenshuu 7, 1996
  3. Dragon Ball Z episode 190, "The Horror Won't End"; Cell: "Forget the Earth! I can destroy the entire solar system with my energy now!"
  4. Dragon Ball Z episode 156, "Bow to the Prince"