"Remember that the Spirit Bomb is a martial arts discipline that allows you to borrow energy from grass and trees, from people and animals, from inanimate objects and the atmosphere... And then to concentrate them and release them. If you can draw so much destructive power from a ball made on this small planet... ...Imagine what you can do with a Spirit Bomb formed on Earth! If you can also learn to tap into the astounding powers of the Sun... Well. Just be careful. Or you may destroy the very planet you're trying to protect!"
Spirit Bomb (元気玉 Genki Dama, lit. "Energy Sphere") is a powerful attack in Dragon Ball, widely considered to be the strongest attack in the series, but depends on the number of organisms supporting its use. In the manga, it is used only a total of four times.
History and usage
Users of the Spirit Bomb gather huge amounts of energy from all chosen surrounding life forms and inanimate objects to conduct that energy into a massive sphere of astounding destructive power. Energy takes the visual form of sparkling, glittering wisps when adding to the mass that are usually blue and/or white in color. The creation of the attack promotes a calm breeze away from the bomb, which turns into a strong continuous gale and expels colorful bands or radiation of Northern Lights-esque aurora. The Spirit Bomb is quite swift when used and, if the user is not careful, it can absolutely obliterate a planet.
In the afterlife, Goku is taught this move from King Kai. Essentially, to use the Spirit Bomb, one must have a pure heart so they can manipulate and gather energy, otherwise the move can backfire and possibly hurt or kill the user. Likewise, once a Spirit Bomb has been fired, it is possible for one with a pure heart to deflect the technique, as Goku clarifies to Gohan and Krillin. However, a strong enough person can deflect it regardless of their morality; as shown when Kid Buu, who is stated to be pure evil, resists the Super Spirit Bomb fired by Goku during their final battle on the Sacred World of the Kai.
In the movie Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, Krillin says that Goku cannot gather the energy while in his Super Saiyan state. This is because the Super Saiyan transformation is inherently malicious and taints the heart and soul. In the feature, Goku manages to channel the Spirit Bomb energy directly into himself while he is in his Super Saiyan form, supercharging his power, giving him a Spirit Bomb-sized solar aura, and filling him with a straining fury. Despite not being able to form one as a Super Saiyan, Goku is apparently capable of using it in this form as he turns into a Super Saiyan when he destroys Kid Buu with the Super Spirit Bomb, albeit after already forming it and firing it. This may also contribute to the fact that Goku mastered the Super Saiyan form to the point where it's almost a natural state to him.
However, the main disadvantage of the attack is the amount of time needed to complete the attack, thus the attack is used very rarely. However, this disadvantage can be circumvented if sentient beings provide their energy willingly. This is shown during the Kid Buu Saga; although it took some time to convince the people of earth to donate their energy, once they finally complied, the Spirit Bomb swelled to enormous proportions in a matter of seconds.
Although Goku, Krillin, and Gohan are the only characters known to have used this attack, it was Goku who gathered the energy before Krillin threw it and Gohan only rebounded the attack. Although he never used it in the anime and manga, Cell claimed to be capable of using the attack (likely because he has data collected by Dr. Gero's remote tracking device about the fight between Goku and Vegeta) to Piccolo, Krillin and Future Trunks. Super Perfect Cell's bio in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 mentions that Cell gained the ability to use the Spirit Bomb after taking on his Super Perfect form.
In his final battle with Fused Zamasu, Future Trunks used Give Me Energy! and all of his allies unconsciously create a Spirit Bomb from the energy of everyone on the future timeline's Earth through their hope for Future Trunks to defeat Fused Zamasu. While in his Super Saiyan Anger form he then absorbs it, greatly amplifying his power and his Sword of Light to great enough heights that he is able to defeat Fused Zamasu, cleaving him in half.
Types of Spirit Bomb
Fusion Spirit Bomb
Main article: Fusion Spirit Bomb
During the battle against Vegeta, Goku had no choice but to use the technique King Kai taught him: the Spirit Bomb. But Vegeta transformed into a Great Ape and due to the enormous disadvantage he was at against his now monstrous enemy, many of Goku's attempts failed. However, he eventually managed to collect the energy needed for his ultimate attack. Unfortunately, before he was able to unleash this attack on his foe, Vegeta thrashed Goku, reducing the amount of gathered energy and leaving him incapable of doing anything. Still, he managed to give what was left of the gathered energy of the Spirit Bomb to Krillin, and with some help from Gohan, the Spirit Bomb reached its target, Vegeta. Although a direct hit, the Spirit Bomb did not finish the Saiyan prince, presumably due to having lost too much power, although it did injure and weaken Vegeta.
Large Spirit Bomb
Main article: Large Spirit Bomb
"I won't be subdued by this! Your tricks, they are futile! They don't frighten me! "
Similarly to his fight with Vegeta, Goku could not defeat Frieza even with his Kaio-ken's power increased 20 times, so he decided to once again use the Spirit Bomb, raising his hands into the air, with Frieza thinking Goku was giving up. With some help from Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan, Goku had enough time to collect energy from the remaining living beings of Namek as well as some nearby planets, thus creating a bigger Spirit Bomb than the last one, and threw it at Frieza, seemingly killing him. However, the Spirit Bomb was not strong enough to bring an end to the galactic tyrant. Despite the fact that it failed, Frieza was still unable to reflect it, and caused him some damage.
The Spirit Bomb energy can be absorbed by a living entity in order to power them up. Only three characters in the series have ever done this: Goku (in Super Android 13! and the Budokai series), Vegeta, and Krillin (in the story of the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai). In video games, Goku uses the technique as part of his Super Dragon Fist and his body turns blue when he absorbs the Spirit Bomb. In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Vegeta absorbed the Spirit Bomb, which makes him strong enough to defeat Janemba in Super Saiyan 2.
When Goku creates a Spirit Bomb and then transforms into his Super Saiyan state, the Super Saiyan form causes him to sprout an evil heart and become impure - resulting in him losing consciousness and absorbing the energy of the Spirit Bomb. The unconscious Goku's eyes open widely and he grimaces and is then surrounded by a huge amount of power.
Future Trunks also used a similar technique, absorbing a Spirit Bomb created unconsciously from the power of light and hope from the survivors of the Zero Mortals Plan, and gaining an unbelievable amount of power, transforming his broken sword into a large ki sword and cleaving Fused Zamasu in half.
Instant Spirit Bomb
Super Spirit Bomb
Main article: Super Spirit Bomb
An advanced version of the Spirit Bomb. Unlike the normal Spirit Bomb that absorbs power from the surroundings and environment, this is directly powered by the energy of the living beings and Goku needs them to raise their hands to accumulate their energy. In holding back against Buu's various incarnations to allow Vegeta and the other Z Fighters a chance to protect the Earth, Super Saiyan 3 Goku exhausts his energy to the point that he alone cannot defeat Kid Buu. Vegeta reacts by coming up with the idea to destroy Buu with a Spirit Bomb powered by the people of Earth. By restoring Earth and immediately reviving everyone on it thanks to Porunga, every Earthling would give Goku most of their energy. However, only Goku's friends give their energy at first, since everyone else has doubts about the voices they are hearing. But once Mr. Satan talks to the people on Earth and convinces them to raise their hands, everyone's energy becomes part of the Spirit Bomb. Goku forms the Spirit Bomb in base form, but has to go Super Saiyan during the attack to overcome Kid Buu's attempt to deflect it. With this, the bomb eventually obliterates the evil Majin.
In the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Goku creates a more powerful version of the Super Spirit Bomb (called an ultimate Spirit Bomb in-game) out of energy from the people of Earth, Heaven, Hell, and other planets in order to defeat Future Kid Buu.
Ultra Spirit Bomb
Revenge Death Ball
Universal Spirit Bomb
Main article: Universal Spirit Bomb
With Goku and Vegeta having lost both their fusion and their transformations as Super Saiyan 4s, the battle against Omega Shenron seemed practically lost. However, they would not give up and with a Spirit Bomb powered by the whole universe, the evil Shadow Dragon was beaten and completely destroyed.
Main article: God Sphere
A more powerful version of the Spirit Bomb that is utilizable in Dragon Ball Heroes.
Universe 7's Spirit Bomb
Main article: Universe 7's Spirit Bomb
A Spirit Bomb of devastating power launched by Goku created with the energy of his himself and his teammates from Team Universe 7 except Vegeta. However, Vegeta decided to protect Goku from potential interference with gathering energy. Initially, Jiren effortlessly resists the Spirit Bomb and pushes it back to Goku forcing him to power up to Super Saiyan Blue, then X10 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken, and finally X20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken. Goku and Jiren struggled, pushing it back and forth towards each other until the Spirit Bomb imploded and then exploded as Goku fell into it from exhaustion from his battle seemingly vaporizing him, and thus marking the first time the spirit bomb has been overpowered. Master Roshi states that the maneuver was powerful enough to defeat Jiren if it detonated on him. However, Goku reveals he survived and has unlocked his Ultra Instinct form, which happened when his willpower collided with the energy of the Spirit Bomb unlocking the form for Goku by pushing him through his limits into the deepest part of his potential.
Movies and OVA
The Spirit Bomb has also appeared in several Dragon Ball Z movies.
Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest After having decided that it was the only way to defeat Dr. Wheelo, Goku started gathering energy for a Spirit Bomb. Dr. Wheelo flew high into space, shooting a beam intended to destroy the whole planet. But just then Goku launched his energy ball and destroyed Dr. Wheelo once and for all.
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might Seeing that Turles had gained an incredible power after eating the fruit of the Tree of Might, Goku once again resorted to the Spirit Bomb. But since the tree had absorbed all the energy from the planet, there was no energy left for Goku to use his technique and Turles easily countered it with his Calamity Blaster. Goku then collected the energy inside the Tree of Might and used it to destroy both Turles and the tree he had planted after a brief showdown. In the English version, King Kai refers to this as a "Super Spirit Bomb" it could be considered the first one of its kind.
Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
When Gohan whistles as Piccolo asked him to, Lord Slug quickly loses his edge, and right after Piccolo gave his energy to Goku, the latter attacked Slug with the Kaio-ken. Goku then disabled the generator that was causing the Earth to freeze, so he could absorb energy from the sun. With that energy, Goku launched a Spirit Bomb at Slug, destroying him and his generator as well.
Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
Although in this movie Goku does not actually throw a Spirit Bomb, he does gather the energy for it, except that, because he transformed into a Super Saiyan, he absorbed the energy, which ultimately he used to destroy Super Android 13. The Super Dragon Fist used by Goku in his Super Saiyan forms in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 and Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World is very similar the Spirit Bomb technique used in Super Android 13!
Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
Main article: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans In the flashback of Slug and Turles' defeats, they are shown being destroyed by the Spirit Bombs made to defeat them. In the OVA Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, Goku uses the Instant Spirit Bomb variation to defeat Hatchiyack while using his Super Saiyan Full Power transformation.
Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D
As the Z Fighters are being overwhelmed by Frieza's might, Goku prepares a Spirit Bomb, his allies manage to distract Frieza long enough for Goku to finish creating the attack. Goku unleashes the attack upon Frieza, who is unable to stop it and is defeated.
Super Collaboration Special
Main article: Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special In the Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special, Goku utilises a Spirit Bomb against the monster Akami as part of his plan to finish Akami off. Luffy and Toriko distract the monster while Goku prepares the attack. After throwing the Spirit Bomb, he rushes towards the monster while preparing a Kamehameha, turns Super Saiyan 3, and then fires the Kamehameha while Luffy and Toriko are still attacking the monster.
Appearances in games
The Spirit Bomb appears in several video games, including the Gokuden series, Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden, Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu, Budokai series (including Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit), Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, Budokai Tenkaichi series, Super Dragon Ball Z, Supersonic Warriors series, and Dragon Ball: Tap Battle. The Spirit Bomb almost always inflicts extreme damage, being one of the strongest techniques in video games (in Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and Budokai Tenkaichi 3, when the user combines Give Me Energy! or Kaio-ken together with Spirit Bomb, it inflicts a tremendous amount of damage). It appears as golden-yellow and red in some games, and light-green for Cell's Spirit Bomb in the Budokai games. When used by Cell In the Budokai series, Cell uses the first part of the Perfect Combination, with the elbow sending the opponent to the ground. Then, he says either "Thanks for the energy!" in Budokai 1 or "Okay planet, give me that stupid energy!" in Budokai 2, Budokai 3, and Infinite World while charging the Spirit Bomb. Lastly, he throws the Spirit Bomb at the opponent, who then attempts to block it. Cell then declares "Didn't think you would be this much fun. However, this is where it ends!" He then holds out one hand and forces the Spirit Bomb down on his opponent. In Budokai Tenkaichi, Cell says "You can kiss your precious planet goodbye!", and then fires the Spirit Bomb while shouting "Die!". In Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Cell says "You won't survive this time!" and then throws the Spirit Bomb (Perfect Cell can use the Spirit Bomb attack without the "Give Me Energy!" charge up). In Dragon Ball Xenoverse when firing the basic Spirit Bomb, Cell will exclaim "I told you I could do it if I wanted to!".
In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Goku teaches Krillin how to use the Spirit Bomb (Krillin was able to wield the Spirit Bomb when Goku gave it to him to attack Vegeta in the manga/anime). In Dragon Ball GT: Transformation, Goku can perform the Spirit Bomb as a Super Saiyan 4.
In the Raging Blast series, if the non-custom Spirit Bomb is equipped on Goku with Krillin and Kid Gohan on his team, when he loses all health, a cutscene will occur recreating the scene of Krillin throwing the Spirit Bomb and Kid Gohan deflecting it back at the opponent. If this team attack hits, it will be an instant K.O, no matter how much health the opponent had.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, after absorbing Perfect Cell, Super Buu can use the Spirit Bomb. In the story of Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai: when Vegeta pushes Janemba out of the way of Goku's Super Spirit Bomb in order to save Future Trunks, the Spirit Bomb hits him instead. However, because he is no longer evil, the Spirit Bomb enters his body and greatly empowers him, giving him enough power to defeat Super Janemba. While using the Spirit Bomb's energy, Vegeta is at the Super Saiyan 2 level with his power is much higher than usual; Goku initially believes that Vegeta has achieved a new form, and is then surprised when he realizes that Vegeta is only at Super Saiyan 2 and has so much power. In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, Goku uses an ultimate Spirit Bomb made from gathering energy from the people of Earth, many other planets, and even the Hell in order to defeat Future Kid Buu.
The Spirit Bomb can also be used in the crossover video game Battle Stadium D.O.N and J-Stars Victory Vs, in the form of the Large or Super Spirit Bomb. Goku, as well as the player's avatar, can perform this technique in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes. The Spirit Bomb can also be used in the First-Person Fighting games Dragon Ball Z: Battle Taikan Kamehameha - Omee to Fusion and Dragon Ball Z For Kinect.
In Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, the Spirit Bomb is the second and final of Goku's Ultimates. He acquires it after obtaining the Spirit Crystal from the Sprite elder Montgomery to prove that he is of pure heart. Like in the manga and anime, it takes time to charge; this is represented in the game by taking several turns to complete.
In Dragon Ball Online, Mira creates a Spirit Bomb using the energy of his entire army. This Spirit Bomb is used to destroy New Namek, forcing Grand Elder Moori and the surviving Namekians to relocate to Earth.
"Collect energy and fire a fearsome Ki Blast! Release your stored energy whenever you want!"
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse Super Skill description
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse the basic Spirit Bomb is a Super Skill used by Goku and Perfect Cell, and can be learned by the Future Warrior, who can learn it during their training under Goku as the Warrior's Master. The move takes a small amount of time to charge, with the user gathering energy in their palm and firing it off as a projectile. Similar to the Fusion Spirit Bomb, the technique, if it misses, redirects like a boomerang for an additional chance at hitting the opponent. During the game's Frieza Saga, the Future Warrior holds off Frieza while Goku creates the Large Spirit Bomb. The Future Warrior can also obtain the Super Spirit Bomb Ultimate Skill in the GT Pack 1 DLC and during the game's Kid Buu Saga, the Warrior assists Goku with the Super Spirit Bomb used to defeat and kill Dark Kid Buu. Both Goku and Saiyan Future Warrior are capable of using the Spirit Bomb & Super Spirit Bomb while in their Super Saiyan forms.
"When activated, gathers energy from the surrounding area. The Spirit Bomb can be thrown one enough energy has been gathered. Press the button again to throw it. The Spirit Bomb will fly a certain distance forward, and then turn around and return to the thrower."
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Tutorial description
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the Spirit Bomb returns as a Super Skill used by Goku which can be learned by the Future Warrior by completing Goku's Initiation Test to train under him. Goku can use it in his Turtle Hermit Gi (King Kai) 2 skillset. GT Goku can use the Spirit Bomb Super Skill in his Uniform 1 skillset.
The Super Spirit Bomb Ultimate Skill can be obtained as a reward in Expert Mission 16: "In the Realm of the Gods: Vegeta". Goku can use the Super Spirit Bomb in his Turtle Hermit Gi (No Character) 6 skillset and in his Super Saiyan God form. GT Goku can use it in his Uniform 2 skillset. Cell can use the Super Spirit Bomb in his Full Power form though unlike in Xenoverse Cell is unable to use the Spirit Bomb super skill in any of his forms or skillsets.
During The Galactic Emperor Saga, when Goku starts to prepare the Large Spirit Bomb while the Future Warrior holds off Frieza, Elder Kai is impressed by how Goku always comes through and Chronoa herself comments that North Kai comes up with some pretty powerful techniques even though he can't use them himself. Apparently unaware of the original history Elder Kai assumes that the Large Spirit Bomb will finish off Frieza, presumably due to the Super Spirit Bomb's role in killing the more powerful Kid Buu. Eventually Goku completes the Spirit Bomb and launches it at Frieza who barely survives like in the originally history, leading to Krillin's death and Goku's Super Saiyan transformation.
During the Decisive Battle with Majin Buu Saga, the Future Warrior and SSJ2 Vegeta take on Supervillain Kid Buu while Goku collects energy from the people of Earth for the Super Spirit Bomb with the assistance of Mr. Satan. Eventually Goku finishes the Super Spirit Bomb which Supervillain Kid Buu tries to push back, but Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and gives the Spirit Bomb one final push, which overpowers Kid Buu destroying the evil Majin while Goku comments that he hopes Kid Buu will be reborn someday as in the original history.
Like in Xenoverse, a Saiyan Future Warrior can use either Spirit Bomb while in any of their Super Saiyan forms even Super Saiyan 3. A Frieza's Race Future Warrior can also use the technique in their Turn Golden form. However they cannot be used by Earthlings in their Power Pole Pro state, Majins in their Pure Majin form, and Namekians in their Great Namek form as their custom skillset is unavailable during these transformations. However either Spirit Bomb skill can still be used by any race using either the Kaio-ken or Potential Unleashed Awoken Skills.
- Unused voice lines in Xenoverse 2 indicate that Goten can use the Spirit Bomb.
- Future Trunks is the first person to create a Spirit Bomb unconsciously indicating that it is possible for someone to gather energy necessary to create one without having to train under King Kai or Goku indicating the possibility that other beings may have developed the ability to use the Spirit Bomb on their own.
- Counting the Spirit Bomb used in Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D, Frieza is the only villain in the series to have been on the receiving end of Goku's Spirit Bomb twice, as he barely manages to survive Goku's Large Spirit Bomb on Namek in the anime and manga. In The Real 4-D, Goku uses the Spirit Bomb on Frieza again though unlike the Large Spirit Bomb it is powerful enough to overpower and kill Frieza (who had a power level of five point three billion).
- Jiren is the only being so far that has been able to successfully both survive and repel the Spirit Bomb, with the only other beings to survive being Vegeta (although in this case, the spirit bomb was at only a fraction of its original power) and Frieza.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden, 1993
- ↑ 4kids airings of Dragon Ball Z Kai
- ↑ Vegeta... Saiyan Style!, 1997
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors
- ↑ Dragon Ball Online Korean guidebook
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, 2003
- ↑ Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
- ↑ Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- ↑ Dragon Ball Fusions, 2016
- ↑ Dragon Ball manga, volume 20: "The Deciding Battle", chapters 232-238
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 313, "Kaiō-ken times 20!!!"
- ↑ Dragon Ball manga, volume 42: "Bye-Bye, Dragon World", chapters 510-516
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT episode 63, "Universal Allies"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, 1990
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, 1990
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, 1991
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, 1992
- ↑ XV2 unused voice lines2