- This article is about the version of the form accessible by ordinary Saiyans. For the version of the form accessible by Saiyans who possess proper god status, see Super Saiyan Rosé.
"Let’s say I got a taste of something called Super Saiyan God, and now I’ve learned to tap into that power on my own. And it's the Super Saiyan level of that."
Super Saiyan Blue (スーパーサイヤ人ブルー, Sūpā Saiya-jin Burū; lit. "Super Saiya person Blue) is the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (スーパーサイヤ人ゴッドスーパーサイヤ人, Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo Sūpā Saiya-jin; lit. "Super Saiya person God Super Saiya person") form - a transformation that uses the power of Super Saiyan God with the Super Saiyan form. This form can be accessed by absorbing the powers of god, activating them and then transforming into a Super Saiyan, or through vigorous ki control training as seen with Vegeta in the Super anime. This form exceedingly surpasses its predecessor, Super Saiyan God.
Concept and creation
For the film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Akira Toriyama further expanded on the concept of the “Super Saiyan God” transformation featured in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods by combining its power into that of a Super Saiyan. As the author explained it, and as Goku similarly mentions in the movie, the form is the result of a Saiyan with the power of Super Saiyan God further transforming into a Super Saiyan.
In relation to Goku, Toriyama says on Goku he made his hair light blue to express how “by overcoming a certain limit he has become both strong and tranquil, able to keep his composure in a fight”. And in regards to Vegeta he adds that he gave Vegeta black clothes because he figured that maybe Bulma had modified his combat uniform to add some slight improvements. On that note, it was constructed by the Capsule Corporation development branch under Bulma’s instructions. In an interview with Toyotarō, Akira Toriyama reveals that he was thinking about having the form be white, but then it would have color-clashed with the “next enemy”, so he figured he should save it for another occasion.
"So what is this? Super Saiyan with blue hair dye?"
This form is nearly identical to the first Super Saiyan form, the only main differences being that the hair and irises are now cyanish in color. Unlike the previous godly form, the Saiyan's physical form remains the same.
In Goku's case only, a difference from his normal Super Saiyan form, a large forward-curling bang appears to be protruding upwards from the main bangs, from either the left or right side. Super Saiyan Blue boasts a vibrant, fiery, electric cyan blue aura, as opposed to the blazing orange aura from Super Saiyan God. The aura surrounding the Super Saiyan Blue form also appears to be glittering somewhat, with small sparkling particles of energy travelling upwards within the flames, with occasional surges of electricity. If one inspects closely, a very subtle yellow glow can be seen on the outside of the aura as well. It was not directly stated why this is present, but it could be remnants of the original Super Saiyan transformation. This dual colored aura resembles that of Trunks's Super Saiyan Anger form. Unlike the main Super Saiyan transformstions, the user's body does not glow in Blue form without an aura.
Usage and power
In Goku's words, this form is what happens when a "Saiyan with the power of a Super Saiyan God further transforms himself into a Super Saiyan". The form can be obtained by a Saiyan who has become a Super Saiyan God and then retained the power, if the Saiyan utilizes the might of Super Saiyan God, and then attempts to transform into a Super Saiyan, they will instead naturally evolve into a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (Blue or Rosé, depending on the inividual's status). And reactivating their non-god enhanced Super Saiyan form. Alternatively, as shown in the anime and by Goku Black in the manga, the Saiyan can evolve their Super Saiyan form into Super Saiyan Blue if they increase its strength until it surpasses Super Saiyan God. According to the game Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, Super Saiyan Blue is the most powerful of all Super Saiyan transformations.
This form provides its users with the ki of a god. The form pushes the user's power, strength, and speed to new heights beyond those of previous Super Saiyan levels, as well as a calm mind that make it and its ki easier to control compared to the other Saiyan forms such as Super Saiyan 3 or Super Saiyan God, the ki control of this form allowed both Goku and Vegeta to suppress or increase their power with great ease, unlike Super Saiyan 2 and 3, which only increase their power to the full limit, this feature allowed Goku and Vegeta to hold back much of their power while in this form when fighting against certain opponents (a trait shared with and possibly stemming from the original degree of Super Saiyan mastery). This allows them to spar with much weaker opponents without overwhelming them immediately, as demonstrated in Goku's scuffles with Krillin, and his guard dropping to the point that Sorbet was able to greatly wound him. It is stated by both Goku and Vegeta that a calm mind and focus are required to use this form properly. The form's godly ki renders the Saiyan's own ki insensible by most mortals via ki sense, and only those who know how to sense godly ki can detect it. Despite the form's huge upgrade in power from the original Super Saiyan God, neither Goku nor Vegeta still could challenge Beerus alone, needing to fight together to be able to match him. This form was initially not powerful enough to defeat Golden Frieza at full power either, but due to Goku and Vegeta's experience with the form, Super Saiyan Blue was able to outlast Golden Frieza thanks to its efficient ki output compared to his unmastered transformations. This form becomes stronger through training, as Goku was able to match Golden Frieza in power during their next meeting, even though Frieza was noticed to have become stronger himself. Because of this form's perfect innate ki control and the calm mind required to attain it, this form can be combined with the Kaio-ken to create the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken in the anime.
Despite its benefits, however, the Super Saiyan Bue form does drain a lot of stamina upon initially being unlocked. While not nearly as noticeable or potent as the Super Saiyan 3 and unmastered Golden Frieza forms, Super Saiyan Blue needs to be mastered via intense training or long time experience, as Goku and Vegeta have. The form's stamina flaw is elaborated on in the Dragon Ball Super manga: If the form is subsequently used multiple times in a row, on the second consecutive usage the form's abilities will all drop by over 90% from their full power, explaining how Vegeta was unable to overwhelm Hit like Goku could, due to Vegeta already using the form against Cabba. Additionally, at less than 10% capacity, it is noted to be is less than that of a Super Saiyan God. This stamina flaw also exists in the anime, although it is never stated exactly how much power the user loses. Goku admitted that Super Saiyan Blue required too much energy to start the battle during the Universe 6 VS 7 tournament. By the time of the Zen Exhibition Match, Goku was able to repeatedly use the form and the Kaio-Ken without drawbacks, but even so during the Tournament of Power Goku and Vegeta still felt that they never want to constantly use the form right from the start of the tournament, and Whis noted that the form still drained a lot of stamina if it was already used so early in the tournament, prefering to fight in their regular Super Saiyan forms and using the Blue form when necessary. Later on in the manga, during the final fight against Black and Future Zamasu, Vegeta showed that this flaw can be bypassed by learning to perfectly switch back and forth between Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue in an instant, moving around as a Super Saiyan God and attacking and defending as a Super Saiyan Blue - allowing for much more powerful and more concentrated attacks. In addition, similar to Super Saiyan 4, the strain regarding ki becomes significant when utilizing the form in a fusion, whether by Potara earrings or presumably via Fusion Dance. This was especially demonstrated with Vegito's fight with Fused Zamasu, where the transformation ended prematurely.
In the anime, Vegeta is shown using this transformation again against Future Trunks, as he laughed when Trunks asked Vegeta if he would transform into a Super Saiyan 3. Trunks remarked that Vegeta and Goku should easily be able to beat Goku Black. As their battle continued, Vegeta was able to easily defeat Trunks. However, the aforementioned fight against Black turned out more difficult than expected. Vegeta and in the anime only Goku use this form while battling Goku Black, before and after he transforms into Super Saiyan Rosé. Despite their efforts, in the anime Black's improved base form (which previously fought on par with Goku's Super Saiyan 2) was easily able to withstand most of the attacks Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta dealt, and in the manga Super Saiyan Goku Black manages to match Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta thanks to being healed by Future Zamasu and receiving a power up, and Black's transformation into Super Saiyan Rosé only made the situation more critical. In the anime, after training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and going back to the Future, Vegeta was shown to have increased his power through anger enough that in his Super Saiyan Blue form he managed to overpower and pummel Goku Black, who was in the Super Saiyan Rosé state at the time even blocking Black's Fierce God Slicer with his bare fist.
In the Super manga, by the final fight against Goku Black and Future Zamasu, Vegeta revealed the ability to utilize Super Saiyan Blue's immense power boost in short, instant bursts as he attacks. It is noted by Goku that in order to counteract the form's stamina drawback, Vegeta learned to transform into Blue for brief moments multiple times without his stamina dropping at all, something that allowed him to overwhelm Black.
Goku Black first showcases his equivalent of the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Blue form during his battle with Vegeta in the future, however due to his divine status, his version dons a bright pink and purple colour scheme. He dubs the form Super Saiyan Rosé.
In this form, Vegito is able to outmatch Fusion Zamasu,also gaining a slight upper hand in their fight in the anime, and easily overwhelming him in the manga. However, before Vegito could perform the finishing blow, this form proved to be too powerful, and also strenuous, to be maintained and ultimately defused sooner than the estimated time. Due to Vegito using the Final Kamehameha against Fusion Zamasu, both Goku and Vegeta cannot transform into Super Saiyan Blue due to the technique's massive energy output, so Future Trunks had to transform instead, since he still had enough energy.
Goku utilizes this form again immediately when he begins his battle against Arale Norimaki, which also impresses the Android. Goku and Vegeta used this form again during Universe 6 and Universe 7's baseball match, and later when Goku fights Hit, who attempts to assassinate him and proved to be quite a match for this form - thanks to fighting at his very best using killing techniques, and with Goku unable to hit the assassin at all, because he was hiding in his Time Storage parallel world while he attacks the Saiyan using his deady Invisible ki blasts, and attacking him by surprise once briefly bursting out of his Time Storage parallel world - the fight ultimately ended in a stalemate when Super Saiyan Blue Goku unleashes a massive aura burst, and then destroys Hit's Time Storage world without the need to use Kaio-Ken, then launches a full-power God Kamehameha at Hit, with the assassin trying to hold his own against Goku's massive assault. Vegeta also used it during his training with Whis on Beerus' planet in preparation for the multi-universal tournament.
Goku once again transforms during his match against the giant Bergamo during the Zen Exhibition Match, to the shock and awe of all the deities seeing him transform, with Khai feeling and stating the form's godly pressure, and Roh labeling Goku's power in this form as "power rivaling that of gods", Future Zen-Oh called Goku amazing upon seeing him transform, with the present Zen-Oh telling him that it is called Super Saiyan Blue (he apparently recognized and oversaw Goku's usage and naming of the form back at the Universe 6 and 7 tournament from a distance), stating that it is not enough and that Bergamo needs extra power, Goku powers up to the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken state, which gave him a massive power boost, and defeats the wolf after a brief beam struggle between his Wolfgang Penetrator and a 10x God Kamehameha. Toppo later notes that even though Goku used the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken during his fight with Bergamo, he was hiding his full power - which he used in Super Saiyan Blue against Toppo.
Later, during his battle against the Warrior of Justice Toppo, Goku transformed once again into a Super Saiyan Blue to escape the Pride Trooper's crushing hold, and then proceeds to briefly outmatch him using his form's godly speed, but Toppo defends himself and puts up quite a better fight against Goku's godly ki surrounded form, both fighters clashing at intense speed, sending shockwaves that destroy anything around the battlefield, with Goku getting a slight advantage in the fight, later, he unleashes a God Kamehameha at the Pride Trooper, while he retaliated with his Justice Flash technique, Goku then uses his Instant Transmission and gets closer to Toppo, firing the Kamehameha afterwards, Toppo blocks it, causing a massive explosion, but the Pride Trooper sturdily survived, with the cost of a hole on the shoulder part of his suit, much to his anger, an enraged Toppo unleashes his aura, and Goku uses the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken technique once more, saying he will surpass his limit, the fight was stopped by the Great Priest, and Goku reverts to his base form shortly after. Later, an irritated Vegeta later goes Super Saiyan Blue twice upon hearing Mr. Satan and Yamcha clumsily cuddling Bulla, which causes her to cry, much to the others' confusion. Later that day, Goku transforms into Super Saiyan Blue during his sparring session with Krillin at the top of Satan Building in an effort to test his true might, with Krillin feeling Goku's godly pressure, and Android 18 and Gohan noticing a large gap in their powers. Krillin charges his Kamehameha while Goku charges his sightly larger God Kamehameha, both fighters fire their beams, and a beam struggle is initiated, while Android 18, Marron, and Gohan watch, as Goku slowly gains the upper hand during the beam clash. Struggling, Krillin tries to hold out his own with his own beam until the struggle is stopped when Android 18 rushes in and kicks Goku's God Kamehameha away. Krillin is knocked aback, twitching as if it is like an electric shock, when both husband and wife decided to fight as a team against him, but to their surprise, Goku reverts to his base form, exclaiming that the match is enough and that he learned a lot from them. Goku then used this form against Android 17 in their sparring session, having no choice because of his newfound strength. After his attempt to test him with a Kamehameha, he started to trade blows with him until splashing into the water below, in which Android 17 stops the fight, not wanting to destroy the environment.
Later, Super Saiyan Blue Goku charged an all-out fist-to-fist clash against the improved Golden Frieza (who deems himself the "true Golden Frieza"), both at full power, once their punches made contact with each other, deeply hitting both their faces, they proved to be exactly on par with each other as both fighters were knocked out simultaneously after they briefly slipped past each other.
During the Tournament of Power, Goku turned into a Super Saiyan Blue to free himself from Nink's grip lock, easily freeing himself. When the Trio De Dangers charged their Triangle Dangers Beam, both Goku and Vegeta turned Super Saiyan Blue and overpowered the beam with a Final Kamehameha, knocking the Trio out of the arena in the process.
Later, Caulifla demanded Goku to show her how to become this form, only for Goku to tell her that she is not ready, as Goku is more experienced than her. Soon after, Goku turned Super Saiyan Blue to fight Kale who was in her "true form", an uncontrolled state of Super Saiyan. Goku then used his God Kamehameha against Kale but had no effect on her, walking through it. This form proved to be comparable to Kale's in durability, even after being grabbed in the mouth, thrown aside, and crushed by a slab of Kachi Katchin, Goku showed no signs of considerable damage.
In the manga, the Super Saiyan Blue form's full power only manifests for a short while (in the initial moments of the form's usage during battle) and then immediately drops to the Super Saiyan Blue form's normal levels of power. However, the true full power of the Blue form is explosively more powerful than the ordinary regulated power of the form, and so both Goku and Vegeta strived to find a way to utilize it at all times.
Vegeta was the first shown to utilize the full power for extended periods of time, by training to remove the stamina flaw of Super Saiyan Blue he could utilize a trick which involved switching between Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue in an instant in order to release the full explosive power of Super Saiyan Blue in these instants.
However, Goku had actually gone beyond this and completed Super Saiyan Blue, allowing him to utilize its full maximum power, if he was given time to focus to seal its overflowing power within himself.
Despite this improved control of Super Saiyan Blue, it is still not quite perfected, gaining some new flaws. Upon transforming, the user needs to take time to perform it as it requires immense levels of concentration and focus to both perform and maintain. Another problem that if the user's focus slips even for a moment, considerable amounts of energy can seep out of the body. This leads to potentially the worst flaw: as the energy seeps out, it will actually cause harm and excruciating pain to the body at the point of release and, according to Vegeta, can lead to the body being overwhelmed and exploding if he is not careful.
With the full power of Super Saiyan Blue Goku was able to perform numerous impressive feats, including breaking full power Hit's Time-Skip, and matching the incredibly powerful Fused Zamasu in combat - while previously at the normal level of the form's power, both Goku and Vegeta were easily beaten down by Fused Zamasu. With this form's full power, Vegeta was capable of easily beating back Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black, whereas with only the ordinary power of this form, he was easily beaten by Black. However during Frieza's revenge, even the full power of Super Saiyan Blue was no match for a non-fully powered Golden Frieza.
Super Saiyan Blue's full potential only manifesting early in its usage does not exist in the anime, instead, it remains at the normal level of power, and the user must either manually charge his ki or experience a huge boost in power through rage to maximize the form's full power.
In the anime, Goku and Vegeta managed to power up the Super Saiyan Blue form through rage. Goku attained this state after learning that Goku Black had killed Chi-Chi and Goten after stealing his body. This allowed Goku to overwhelm Black and Future Zamasu simultaneously until his anger passed, allowing Black to engrave this anger into his own power, combined by his severe injuries, gradually increasing his might and allowing him to counterattack against Goku. Later, Vegeta utilized the power of rage (at Goku Black harming Future Trunks) to improve his Super Saiyan Blue form's strength while in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, this allowed Vegeta to overwhelm Goku Black, although the latter used the same technique (anger against his weakened state and the inability to compete against a mortal like Vegeta) to further his power create a scythe from his Fierce God Slicer technique.
This exists in the manga as well as during the final ordeal with Fused Zamasu, Vegeta greatly powered up in anger after he witnessed Future Trunks and Future Mai apparently dead on the ground. With this power, Vegeta is able to blow both Goku Black and Future Zamasu (who had morphed into Infinite Zamasu) into pieces with a new technique, Gamma Burst Flash, but to no avail, since the mad Supreme Kai still regenerated after taking all that damage.
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, after Goku achieves the Super Saiyan God form and absorbs its power, and Goku and Vegeta train with Whis and master their ki control, they can use this new transformation. Goku uses this transformation against Golden Frieza. He is unable to defeat the tyrant until Frieza loses stamina, but Sorbet uses his Bad Ring Laser and mortally wounds Goku.
Vegeta steps in to fight Frieza and demonstrates also being able to use this transformation, which frustrates the tyrant, after the fight he loses his Golden form. Even though he won, Vegeta takes too long to deliver the final blow, and Frieza uses this opportunity to destroy the Earth, killing everyone except those who were next to Whis. After that, Whis redoes time to three minutes prior and Super Saiyan Blue Goku kills Frieza with a Kamehameha before he could destroy the planet again.
In Dragon Ball Z: Super Tenkaichi Budokai, when Broly shows up in his own God form after Goku once more, Goku transforms into Super Saiyan Blue in order to compete with Broly's might, as Goku's normal state was completely overwhelmed by Broly God. Vegeta transforms into Super Saiyan Blue as well and joins Goku in the fight however, the duo in their Blue state was still barely a match, even taking out Vegeta when he jumped in the way of a blast to protect Bulma. However, when Broly was going to finish off Goku, he fused with the audience in response, creating a fusion more powerful than Broly himself. This fusion as a Super Saiyan Blue easily annihilated Broly with a God Kamehameha.
Video game appearances
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse (DLC)
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Fusions
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- IC Carddass Dragon Ball
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Akira Toriyama named the form "Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan" in his character designs for Goku and Vegeta. The name Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan is always used out-of-universe, while in-universe it was shortened to "Super Saiyan Blue" for convenience.
- Coincidently, back in 2005, Namco Bandai game "Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection" had an item for a character Jin Kazama, called "Supercharged", which by the time was supposed to resemble normal Super Saiyan hair, but was colored blue instead. The main coincidence, is what that accessory had the same hue and shade of blue as the current Super Saiyan Blue.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Fusions: Goku Black and Zamasu bonus story
- ↑ Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- ↑ "Beerus and Champa", 2015
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 25 summary, 2015
- ↑ http://www.kanzenshuu.com/translations/dragon-ball-super-manga-vol-1-tori-toyo-interview-web-version/
- ↑ Form The Universe 7 Representing Team! Who Are the Strongest Ten?!
- ↑ Clash! Freeza vs. Son Goku! This is the Fruit of My Training!
- ↑ Dragon Ball Volume ‘F’
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super: "Will it be Goku?! or Zamas?!"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2017