Saiyan beyond God (神を超えたサイヤ人, Kami wo koeta Saiya-jin) is an empowered state of being undertaken by Saiyans who achieve the ability to utilize part of the power of Super Saiyan God without taking on the form's appearance.
Concept and creation
This state was created and named by the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes. In-game, some cards allow Goku to actually transform into the state. Also in-game, the appearance differs from their regular base form, showing sharper and more stern eyes.
Altercations in different media
The form has differing interpretations across the Dragon Ball media. It is used by both Goku and Vegeta in the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ film, is only used by Goku in the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ - Special One Shot manga and the Dragon Ball Super anime - with Vegeta never obtaining it, and it does not exist in the Dragon Ball Super manga, it's role instead being fulfilled by the original Super Saiyan God form.
Usage and power
The existence of this form was first hinted at by Akira Toriyama in an interview, where he noted that after Battle of Gods Goku realized that fully mastering the base and Super Saiyan forms would lead to increasing the user's level more than the Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3 forms, and also sap less energy than them. A Saiyan who obtains the form becomes capable of using part of the power of Super Saiyan God in this state, until they manage to re-unlock the Super Saiyan God form for permanent use. In the anime only this state is show to be superior to Super Saiyan God, as while fighting Frieza as a Saiyan beyond God, it is noted by Krillin and Gohan that they could not see either Goku or Frieza's movements, while they had previously been able to see Super Saiyan God Goku and suppressed Beerus' movements.
Goku obtains this state by taking on and then dropping out of Super Saiyan God yet was able to access part of the power without a physical change. Additionally a Saiyan who has become a "Saiyan beyond God" can eventually further transform into a Super Saiyan Blue once they have mastered control over their ki.
In the Resurrection ‘F’ manga and movie Goku's Saiyan beyond God state is shown to be able to access part of the powers of Super Saiyan God, though without the godly ki or other benefits of the form. This power allowed Goku to compete against the trained Frieza's true form. In the movie, Goku clearly outmatched the tyrant. In the manga and anime, Frieza's power was on par with Goku's in this state, though Goku was shown with a slight advantage.
While not stated to possess this form, due to training with Whis instead of absorbing the power of Super Saiyan God, Vegeta is said to have the power of Super Saiyan God even without Super Saiyan Blue in the film version of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, meaning that in the film he is a Saiyan beyond God.
While not confirmed as a user of the form, Goku Black possessing Goku's body would imply he does. Furthermore, as his normal state has greater strength than a Super Saiyan 3 and while powering-up he gains a god ki-like aura.
Video game appearances
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle - This state functions as Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta's base form in-game.
In Dragon Ball Heroes, this state makes its debut in the first mission of the God Mission series (GDM1). When Super Saiyan Blue Goku is selected in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, he will briefly appear using it in the beginning of the fight, and will return into it at the end of fight.
- Although the Saiyans' power level in this state is obtained via the Super Saiyan God form, in the anime the ki of this state is not godly as it is shown in Dragon Ball Super that Goku's ki can still be felt by others in this state.