"He only had two punches that made contact... Then why am I s-so damaged?!"
As he shouts "Hi-ya!", Gohan attacks with a sharp hook punch to the opponent's gut. Then, he follows up with a swift uppercut to the opponent's chin, knocking them away and inflicting a high amount of damage.
Gohan uses this attack during the battle against Perfect Cell in the Cell Games. Seeing as he can not defeat Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, Perfect Cell unleashes his full power in hopes of gaining a bigger advantage against the young Saiyan. However, when he punches Gohan hard in the face, Gohan is barely fazed. Just before Perfect Cell could land another blow, Gohan counterattacks with the Soaring Dragon Strike, severely injuring Perfect Cell, much to the shock of the other Z Fighters.
Appearances in games
Soaring Dragon Strike was named in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, where it appears as one of Teen Gohan's attacks in his Super Saiyan 2 form. Gohan can also use it as an adult in all of his forms in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, and Dragon Ball Heroes. In these games, the Soaring Dragon Strike is three blows to the stomach followed by a powerful uppercut sending the opponent in the air.
A majority of the above games give it special effects akin to his father's Dragon Fist attack, in that an energy dragon accompanies Gohan's uppercut.
The technique is called Jetting Uppercut in Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 3, and Super-Jet Uppercut in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22. Teen Gohan also uses the Soaring Dragon Strike in Super Dragon Ball Z.
In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, this attack is Super Saiyan 2 Teen Gohan's grapple throw.
"Attack with a Ki-clad uppercut!"
— Dragon Ball: Xenoverse in-game description
In Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, it appears as Super Saiyan 2 Teen Gohan's Blitz Attack. Super Saiyan Adult Gohan & Potential Unleashed Gohan use a variation of the technique called King Hydra as their special attack.
In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, it is used by Teen Gohan under the name Dragon Fist and by Super Saiyan Youth Goham under the name "Soaring Dragon Fist."
- King Hydra - An alternate version used by both Super Saiyan Adult Gohan & Potential Unleashed Adult Gohan as his special attack in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden. Gohan delivers a standard uppercut to the opponent then unleashes a flurry of punches and kicks before finishing it off with a Soaring Dragon Strike uppercut.
- Ultimate Soaring Dragon Strike - The most powerful version of the attack, used by GT Gohan Super Saiyan 4 in Dragon Ball Heroes.