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

Physical and Natural Abilities

Piccolo is one of the most powerful warriors on Earth, and its perhaps the most physically versatile character in the Dragon Ball franchise. Being a Namekian member of the Dragon Clan, and possessing plant-like characteristics, many of Piccolo's natural abilities are related to either magic or mind-based powers, however, his natural Namekian physiology gives him a vast array of superhumanly enhanced attributes, some uncommon to even his own people, which he has trained to the point where he can easily match some of the most powerful beings alive in combat, such as Goku, Vegeta or Gohan.

  • Superhuman Strength: Piccolo's natural physiology gives him immense physical strength, allowing him to easily destroy entire mountains with random blows, lift excessive quantities of weight (casually moves and practically lives with extremely heavy clothes on), or even match a Super Saiyan's strength in combat. Piccolo can increase his own physical strength and endurance by expanding his own muscle mass, essentially growing in size and power, however, at the cost of losing some mild mobility and speed.
  • Superhuman Speed: As an extremely experienced and trained Namekian warrior, Piccolo can move and fly at hypersonic speeds, enabling him the ability to travel great distances in short periods of time, or move at "untrackable" speeds while in combat. According to himself, his "flying technique" is vastly superior to that of which humans use, enabling him to move way faster than the Flying Nimbus, or humans like Tien and Chiaotzu.
  • Superhuman Durability: Despite his plant-like characteristics, Piccolo's body is incredibly tough, easily capable of surviving all earthling-made weapons, and survive battles with extremely powerful aliens like Frieza, or Cell, a bio-android. When increasing his size, despite losing some minor speed and agility, his body becomes tougher and more durable, capable of taking enormous amounts of punishment, even while weakened and without enhancing his body with ki.
  • Superhuman Senses: As a Namekian, Piccolo possesses enhanced senses of sight, taste, and particularly, hearing, which is perhaps related to his big pointy ears, being capable of listening to conversations from far away distances. His hearing however, despite having a "spying" advantage, is also one of his few, and perhaps the only, physical weaknesses he has, as highly pitching sounds can cause him great headaches and pain near instantly.
  • Namekian Healing Factor and Regeneration: As a Namekian, and perhaps one of his most useful natural abilities, is Piccolo's rapid healing powers and regeneration capabilities, which allows him to regenerate any lost limb or damaged body part within moments, and has showcased the ability to regrow his entire body from just his head in less than 5 seconds. However, during his youth, this ability seemed to not only consume a violent amount of energy, but he was also incapable of doing it if he was unconscious or too tired, and it seemed to cause extreme physical pain, even more so than losing the limb itself. By the time of the Majin Buu saga, Piccolo's extreme energy consumption over this ability seemed to have been reduced significantly, as he was strong enough to easily defeat Babidi, a powerful wizard, with extreme ease, after regenerating his entire body.
    • Body Size Manipulation: Piccolo can control all parts of his body at any level he desires, allowing him to stretch, deform, or even increase his own physical size in any way he wants. While the process of increasing size seems to require a bit of concentration and sometimes even physical pain due to the mass change in his physiology, stretching his limbs seems to be a natural thing to him, and even performs it in combat, combining his own fighting style with his physical advantages. Further increasing his physical size to gigantic proportions causes him to transform into a Great Namek, where his maximum size has been depicted as being as large as a mountain.
    • Cloning: Piccolo can create physical clones of himself without the use of ki, literally splitting his body into entirely self-sustained beings. The process also seems to require concentration and physical pain to do, and when merging again into one being, a green liquid spits into the air.
  • Telekinesis: Piccolo possesses the ability to move and levitate objects with his mind, and has showcased enough power to lift entire mountains while meditating.
  • Telepathy: Piccolo is a powerful telepath, possessing the ability to establish mental-links with people he desires, enabling him to directly talk with them through his mind. He can establish a mental-link with several people at the time, even at world-wide distances or planets apart. Piccolo is also an expert in mental training, capable of increasing his own power through meditation alone.
    • Far-Seeing Arts: Being a former deity, Piccolo possesses the ability to see everything that happens on Earth with his mind, giving him a sort of "omniscience" over the planet. Piccolo has showcased the ability to see what happens in other planets as well, even going as far as to sense someone's ki from far away, a feat which requires great concentration and ki control.
  • Magical Materialization: Being a member of the Dragon Clan, Piccolo possesses vastly powerful magical abilities, and is even hinted in the manga that he's capable of creating his own set of Dragon Balls, however, due to him being a warrior, and thus he is prone to die in combat, this idea seems inadequate. Nevertheless, Piccolo can still create physical objects such as clothes and weapons out of thin air.
  • Genius-Level Intellect: Being a reincarnation of his father, possessing all of Kami's vast knowledge, and gaining his own experience through tough battles, Piccolo possesses the wisdom and experience of 5 different lives, and is perhaps one of the universe's greatest analytical minds, and the finest strategist there is on Earth.
  • Ageless: Piccolo inherited his late father's eternal youth, giving him ageless immortality after reaching his physical prime, which has been proved in several video game stories, such as the Hero Mode story from Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, which takes place long after Dragon Ball GT's ending, and shows Piccolo, still alive and looking physically young. It is also stated in Daizenshuu 2 that Piccolo inherited all of his father's techniques and abilities, including "Eternal Youth".

Techniques appearing in the manga and anime

As the reincarnation of King Piccolo, he can use gained all of his techniques and abilities.[1]

Energy-based attacks


Piccolo firing energy waves


Piccolo and his clone charging the Light Grenade

  • Makosen – An energy wave from both hands. First used by King Piccolo.
  • Masenko – A quick blast fired with one open hand directly in front of the other. Used during the Cell Games, when helping Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha.
  • Rapid Fire – An energy sphere barrage similar to the Scatter Shot. Used by Piccolo, and Cell, at the Cell Games.
  • Scatter Shot – Multiple ki bolts fired at an opponent which creates a powerful explosion.
  • Shock Wave – An invisible ki blast of a sudden wind attack that can be launched theoretically from any part of the body. Also called Exploding Wave.
  • Special Beam Cannon – Piccolo's most powerful, but time-consuming, attack, which drills through nearly everything and every being. This was first used when Piccolo fought alongside Goku during their battle with Raditz. By the time of Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo's fully charged Special Beam Cannon was much stronger than even ki blasts from Champa.
  • Thunder Shock Surprise – Used twice against Great Ape Gohan as he is going crazy from his transformation into a Great Ape.

Speed and movement techniques

  • Afterimage Technique – An ability to move so fast over short distances, that it leaves an after-image behind. Piccolo sends out and image of himself to confuse his enemy. This ability cannot perform physical attacks as it is not real. It also fades through objects.
  • Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
  • Demon Hand – The Namekian ability to stretch one's limbs. The user extends his arms to tremendous lengths to attack or grab an opponent.
  • Elastic Left Arm – Piccolo's signature attack in the Raging Blast Series.
  • Risking it all for a friend – Piccolo jumps in the way of an incoming Ki Blast to save another character. Used to protect Gohan from Nappa's Bomber DX.

Other appearing abilities & techniques


Picollo's regenerative ability

  • Regeneration – As a Namekian, Piccolo possesses the ability to regenerate lost limbs. However it can be time consuming as it takes several minutes to regrow a single limb.
  • Enhanced Hearing - Piccolo has an acute sense of hearing, which allows him to hear even the most faintest of noises. 
  • Explosive Breath Cannon – A rush attack that ends with a mouth blast. Piccolo used part of this move to kill a Saibaman.
  • Demon Rend – A rush attack used by the possessed Piccolo in his fight with Gohan in the Garlic Jr. Saga. This attack appears in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast as one of Piccolo's Super Attacks.
  • Ki Sense – The ability to sense Ki energy. Nail is able to also sense if the energy in a person's heart is good or evil, and this ability is presumably inherited by Piccolo upon their fusion.
  • Evil Containment Wave Reflection – A technique which allows Piccolo to reverse and capture the user of an Evil Containment Wave into a small container.
  • Evil Containment Wave – A technique he inherited from the fusion with Kami. First performed as a demonstration to Bulma.
  • Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon – A double team finisher used by Piccolo and Goku against Raditz.
  • Great Namek – Piccolo grows much larger than his size, increasing his strength greatly.
  • Magic Materialization – A magical ability to create objects from seemingly thin air.
  • Portal OpeningDende and Piccolo can open the portal between Hell and Earth. It requires one of the two Namekians to be on the other side in Hell.
  • Reverse-Side Sword Attack – A sword technique used in tandem with Roronoa Zoro in the Cross Epoch crossover.
  • Sai Sei – A Namekian trait that allows Piccolo to replace limbs lost in battle as long as his head remains intact.
  • Telekinesis – Controlling and manipulating people or objects with the mind.
  • Telepathy – The ability to channel one's thoughts to another being.
    • Far-Seeing Arts[2] – Technique which allows those who live in the godly realms to see everything that happen in the lower realms.
  • Fusion – The ability for two Namekians to fuse together into one being.
Tri piccolo

Piccolo using Tri-Form

  • Cloning – A technique where Piccolo divides himself into two or more versions of himself.
    • Doppelganger - Piccolo is capable of creating copies of himself. In Dragon Ball Super Piccolo displays an advanced cloning technique that allows him to create a small army of clones that seem to be as strong as he is - however they have the flaw of dissipating in one hit.
      • Tri-Form – A technique where Piccolo divides himself into three versions of himself.
    • Multi-Form – A technique where Piccolo divides himself into four versions of himself.
  • All-Out – A power up used by Piccolo during his battle against Frieza. Named in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and the Raging Blast games.
  • Wound Healing - In the anime, Piccolo possess the ability to heal wounds by touching the wounded body part, after being bitten in the Garlic Jr. Saga, he eventually used this power to heal the wound on his neck.
Piccolo Clone Army render

Dokkan Battle render of Piccolo and his clones preparing Special Beam Cannons

  • Weighted-cape Throw - A technique used by Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, where he threw his weighted training cape after removing it to one of the Combatants Piccolo was fight against, who unaware the garment's great weight is sent flying down due the combatant being either caught off guard by its weight and/or unable to carry something that heavy and remain air. This technique allows Piccolo to use the weight of his cape against his opponent in addition to reducing the load that was suppressing his power level.
  • Defibrillation Kiai - A technique used by Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ to restart Gohan's heart after he was critically injured by Frieza.

Techniques appearing in video games

Butōden series

Budokai series


Supersonic Warriors series

Team attacks
Story mode

Budokai Tenkaichi series

Special techniques

Rushing techniques

Signature techniques

  • Dragon Smash
  • Lightning Attack
  • Step-In Sway
  • Sway Ground Slash
  • Sway Ki Wave
  • Sway Lift Strike
  • Vanishing attack

Combination techniques

  • Aerial Barrage
  • Delta Storm
  • Dragon Tornado
  • Heavy Crush
  • Kiai Cannon Smash
  • Rush Finish
  • Rush In
  • Rush In Attack

Super Dragon Ball Z


Piccolo fires his Beam Cannon

  • V Punch
  • Demon Fist: Piccolo extends his arm to grab his opponent, tosses them in the air, and shoots them with an energy blast. Also used by King Piccolo.
  • Beam Cannon: a mid-range energy wave.
  • Dimensional Barrier
  • Special Beam Cannon

Attack of the Saiyans

Tenkaichi Tag Team


Dark Piccolo

Villainous Piccolo

  • Energy Charge: A Technique that boosts the User's ki. But leaves them open.
    • Full Power Charge: An upgraded version of Energy Charge boosting double the ki.
    • Maximum Charge: An upgraded version of Full Power Charge boosting even more ki then before.
  • Wall of Defense: A Technique that teleports the user in front of an ally blocking the incoming blast.
  • Super Back Jump: The user leaps backwards into the air to gain distance.
  • Consecutive Energy Blast: The user unleashes a volley of energy balls at the opponent.
  • Evil Flight Strike: A move exclusive to the Nameks and Majins. The user moves upward flailing their arms around.
  • Meteor Crash: The user unleashes a barrage of punches and kicks at the opponent.
  • Evil Eyes: The user can create a small explosion from a distance.
  • Evil Explosion: Piccolo's Version of Gohan's Explosive Cannon. This move can be charged up for a longer distance and powerful hit.
  • Light Grenade
  • Super Explosive Wave
  • Special Beam Cannon
  • Hellzone Grenade
  • Villainous Mode: Piccolo is given the Villainous Mode power up in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse by Demigra. While using this power up his eyes glow red, and he gains a purple and black aura.