Pikkon, known as Paikuhan (パイクーハン Paikūhan) in the original Japanese version, is a fighter of the Other World who first appears in the Other World Tournament. He does not appear in the original Dragon Ball manga. Acting as a substitute for Piccolo in terms of appearance, role, and personality, he is introduced in the filler episodes of Dragon Ball Z, and later appears in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn.
Pikkon appears as a tall (a few inches taller than Goku), humanoid, muscular, green warrior. He dons white robes with a blue undershirt below them. He wears brown boots, a brown belt with a golden circle in the middle, and a type of tall turban-like hat that has a matching golden circle in the middle. He has flat ears similar to that of someone like Frieza, no visible nose, very noticable pink lips and red irises with black pupils. When he removes his hat, black spots can be seen atop his head.
Pikkon is a very wise fighter. He uses this to his advantage by planning out attacks. Pikkon even goes as far to correct Goku on his "sloppy" dodging and inability to concentrate, offering advice even in battle. When he first appears, he hardly speaks a word, but later opens up during his bout against Goku. Pikkon has heroic characteristics similar to Goku's, and fights for the good. Goku compares his personality to that of Piccolo, and even states that Pikkon and Piccolo would "get along great". In Fusion Reborn, he is seen becoming jealous when Goku gets to battle Janemba and he does not. He is also seen just as impatient when he asks Janemba where he came from, and he is shown to get quite angry when things do not go his way (an example being him yelling while trying to get the barrier encased around the Check-In Station to break).
Pikkon was once a fighter who lived in an unknown location in the West Quadrant of the universe. After dying a heroic unknown death, Pikkon was permitted to journey to the planet of West Kai, where he trained hard and became West Kai's best student.
Dragon Ball Z
Other World Saga
Main articles: Other World Saga and Kid Buu Saga Pikkon is seen shortly after Goku and King Kai arrive for a meeting with Grand Kai, at the same time as Pikkon and West Kai, who is then revealed to be on bad terms with King Kai. After an argument in which West Kai suggests that Goku and Pikkon have a sparring match, Grand Kai appears and asks Pikkon and Goku to go to Hell and take care of a few deceased villains who are causing trouble down there, namely Frieza, King Cold, Cell, Recoome, Burter, Jeice, and Guldo. In Hell, Goku defeats the Ginyu Force and Pikkon easily defeats Frieza, King Cold, and Perfect Cell, impaling them on a huge ball of spikes and putting all of them into a spirit prison.
Later on, after Goku and Pikkon have struck up a friendship, an Other World Tournament is held in honor of King Kai's death. Eventually, Goku and Pikkon make it to the final round and battle it out ferociously for the prize: a private lesson with the Grand Kai. As the battle goes on, Pikkon seems to have the upper hand, but Goku finally finds the weakness of Pikkon's Thunder Flash Attack and uses it against him, knocking Pikkon out of the ring with his Instant Kamehameha. However, both Goku and Pikkon are disqualified due to having touched the roof of the arena earlier on, though it's hinted Grand Kai just said this because both Pikkon and Goku were stronger than him. Pikkon still says that he is going to train to defeat Goku someday, just as Piccolo once did.
After Super Buu appears and starts a killing spree on Earth, Krillin and Yamcha are sent to Grand Kai's planet for special training, where they meet Pikkon and other deceased fighters. When Kid Buu travels to Grand Kai's planet during his search for Goku and Vegeta, Pikkon approaches the mute monster and makes taunting remarks about him, not knowing about the terrible Buu and unknowingly risking his entire existence. Just as Kid Buu prepares to destroy the planet with a Shocking Ball, Pikkon and the others are saved at the last minute when Kid Buu teleports himself to the Sacred World of the Kais, having finally found Goku's and Vegeta's ki. Through the duration of the battle in the Sacred World of the Kais, Pikkon looks on with the other dead warriors as the incredible final battle gets underway.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
Pikkon defeats Arqua and makes it to the final in the Other World Tournament. When he is about to face Goku, their fight is interrupted by the emergence of the demon Janemba, who has trapped King Yemma and made almost the entire Other World into a field of crystal jellies. When Goku and Pikkon are sent to investigate, they come face to face with Janemba (in his first form) after failing to destroy King Yemma's entrapment. While Goku lures Janemba away, Pikkon attempts several times to free King Yemma with his strongest energy blasts, but to no avail, until King Yemma's complaints push Pikkon over the edge and force him to throw an insult at King Yemma, causing the jelly to crack. From then on, Pikkon uses his frustration to come up with more insults and crack the trap even more.
"You're part of that insidious barrier, aren't you? Which means you must have the same weakness... DISGUSTING FREAK!!"
Eventually, Pikkon realizes that the only way to free King Yemma is to defeat Janemba, so he goes to aid Goku and a recently arrived Vegeta in the battle against Janemba. Pikkon arrives just when Goku and Vegeta attempt to fuse. He faces Janemba by himself, and even manages to wound Janemba, cracking his armor by insulting him (due to Janemba being made of exactly the same substance as the jelly) and hitting him with a few ki blasts; however, Pikkon is quickly defeated by Janemba (who materializes behind him and slams his fists into the sides of Pikkon's head). Luckily, Pikkon's efforts bought Goku and Vegeta enough time to fuse successfully and form the fearsome Gogeta, who effortlessly destroys Janemba and restores the natural order of the Other World. Pikkon is last seen commenting on Gogeta's incredible appearance before falling unconscious.
Pikkon is the strongest warrior from the West Galaxy. With his extremely heavy weighted clothing on, he showed no noticeable diminishing in his natural performance. When asked personally by the Grand Kai to take care of a villains' rebellion in Hell, Pikkon swiftly takes defeats the strongest of enemies, knocking out Frieza and King Cold each with one hit, and similarly defeating Super Perfect Cell in two blows (albeit he caught Cell off-guard with his Burning Shoot).
During the Other World Tournament, Pikkon was able to easily advance to the finals, able to defeat Olibu, one of the North Galaxy's strongest warriors, with only minor difficulty. In the finals against base Goku, Pikkon remained virtually unfazed by Goku's initial assault. Once Goku fought seriously and his strength proved slightly ahead of Pikkon in his restrained state, he removed his weights to access his full might, prompting Goku to use Super Saiyan form. Despite Goku's mastery of Super Saiyan, the two warriors were basically on par with each other (although Pikkon's profile in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 stating that Pikkon had the upperhand). He is able to withstand Goku's Super Kaio-ken technique. As noted by Goku, Pikkon is a very efficient warrior with virtually no blind-spots. This forced Goku to feign defeat long enough to catch Pikkon off-guard to finally eliminate the mighty warrior.
In an anime filler, Pikkon attempted to fend off the assault of Kid Buu on the Grand Kai's planet, only to be easily defeated by the foe.
Pikkon is also chosen to accompany Goku in fighting Broly when he is rampaging in Hell. However, when faced against Janemba in Fusion Reborn, Pikkon is completely outclassed, being flicked away by Janemba in his first form and nearly killed with one blow by Super Janemba. By comparison, Super Saiyan 3 Goku beat Janemba's first form with a few blows and put up a fight against Super Janemba.
Techniques and special abilities
- Flight – Like most characters, Pikkon has the ability to fly using his ki.
- Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
- Quick Rush - Pikkon's signature attack in Raging Blast 2.
- Kiai – Pikkon blows an invisible wave of ki through his mouth. He used it to dispel Olibu's Chasing Energy Ball.
- Homing Energy Wave – A move where Pikkon fires a Ki Blast that targets his enemy. He used it against Goku in the episode "Final Round".
- Double Energy Wave – A technique used against Goku in the episode "Final Round".
- Continuous Energy Bullets – Used against Goku in the episode "Final Round".
- Namekian Final Flash – An energy wave attack used on Goku after hitting his Thunder Flash Attack. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game (Note: Pikkon is classified as a Namekian character within the card game itself).
- Nova Strike-like attack – Pikkon used an attack similar to Frieza's Nova Strike in a Beam Struggle against Super Saiyan Goku in the episode "Goku vs. Pikkon". He surrounds his body in a blue sphere of energy and charges at the opponent using the blue sphere as a shield.
- Hyper Tornado – Pikkon starts spinning at high speeds, drills towards his opponent, then entraps them in a powerful tornado.
- I won't let you! – Pikkon moves quickly, causing a whirlwind, to get directly in front of his opponent. Used in Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale
- Burning Shoot – Pikkon surrounds himself in fire and attacks the opponent continuously. This attack was used to defeat Cell in the Other World.
- Blazing Zephyr – The combination of two types of kick which he used on Super Saiyan Goku. The kick used during the rush is named named Super Kick in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- No Running – A rush attack finished with the Trap Shooter. Used against Super Janemba.
- Thunder Flash Attack – Pikkon shoots an immense storm of flames from his fists, his most powerful attack. Arguably, using this move a third time is what ultimately lead to his loss, as by then Goku had managed to figure out that Pikkon cannot move when he is using this technique. It is called Ultimate Thunder Flash in Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World.
- Super Energy Bomb – A green energy ball fired from the right hand. Pikkon used and named it in Fusion Reborn.
- Trap Shooter – Pikkon draws his right hand back and charges a green energy sphere. Then, he wave his hand forward and fires a rapid barrage of energy blasts at his opponents, inflicting a great amount of damage. Pikkon used it against Janemba in Fusion Reborn.
- Voltage Missile – A yellow energy sphere attack used against Kid Buu. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Hi-Tension – One of Pikkon's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series and in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.
- Wild Sense – One of Pikkon's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series and in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.
- EX-Fusion - By wearing a Metamo-Ring and performing the Fusion Dance with Piccolo, Pikkon can fuse with him to create Piccon.
Forms and power ups
Super Pikkon (スーパーパイクーハン) is a state taken on by Pikkon in Dragon Ball Heroes. In this state Pikkon's attire changes to clothing similar to his master West Kai's, with cloth over his mouth. Unlike his normal form, he does not have a halo over his head, implying that he was resurrected. In the JM7 animated trailer Super Pikkon arrives to block Super Saiyan 4 Broly's attack on Goku, and then he and the others attack the Legendary Super Saiyan together.
Video game appearances
Pikkon is fought in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, where he demonstrates his signature Thunder Flash Attack.
Pikkon is a playable character in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle and Dragon Ball Fusions. Pikkon is the last character to be fought in Infinite World's story mode.
He is also a playable character in the arcade games Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact, Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact, Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers, Dragon Ball Heroes, and Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale.
He is an assist character in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden.
While Pikkon himself doesn't appear in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, his weighted training clothes appear as clothing options under the name Pikkon's Clothes and his hat appears as an accessory under the name Pikkon's Hat.
- Japanese: Hikaru Midorikawa
- Ocean Dub: Brian Drummond
- FUNimation dub: Kyle Hebert
- Latin American Dub: Enrique Mederos (†)
- Spanish Dub: Juanma Nogales (DBZ); Alejandro Albaiceta (Fusion Reborn)
- Galician Dub: Xesús Iglesias
- Catalan Dub: Carles di Blasi (DBZ Ep. 281)
- Valencian Dub: Allfred Pico
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Marcelo Pissardini (DBZ); Fábio Moura (Fusion Reborn)
- French dub: Frederic Bouraly
- Polish Dub: Sebastian Konrad
- Hebrew Dub: Yoav Bar Lev
- Dragon Ball Z
- Pikkon vs. Cell (Perfect Form), Frieza (Final Form), and King Cold (anime only)
- Pikkon vs. Other World Fighter (anime only)
- Pikkon vs. Olibu (anime only)
- Pikkon vs. Torbie (anime only)
- Pikkon vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Kaio-ken) (anime only)
- Pikkon, Olibu, Krillin, and Yamcha vs. Kid Buu (anime only)
- Fusion Reborn
- Pikkon's name is a based on the food, pecans. The original pronunciation of his Japanese name, Paikuhan, literally means "Pork-Rib Rice." His name is pronounced differently in the two English dubs of the anime. In the Ocean Dub, the "i" in his name is pronounced like "EE" while in the FUNimation dub, the "i" is pronounced like "eye."
- Pikkon was the first major Dragon Ball character Kyle Hebert played.
- It is stated on the Pikkon concept art by Akira Toriyama that Pikkon is a Piccolo-type character. There are even memos left for the anime's production staff that say "use Piccolo as a reference for the facial expressions."
- While Pikkon is not a Namekian, he is treated as one in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game for in-game purposes.
- In June 2017, a V-Jump survey was conducted before the anime adaptation of the Tournament of Power began and Pikkon was voted by Japanese fans as the one they'd like to see as replacement for Mr. Buu as the tenth member to represent Team Universe 7.