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Telepathy (テレパシー Terepashī) is a way to communicate with others using one's mind. Users can also read the minds of the ones they communicate with, similar to telepathic eavesdropping. Several of characters have demonstrated this ability throughout the Dragon Ball series.



King Piccolo using telepathy

Telepathy was first used in the series when Master Roshi reads the mind of Nam during the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, thus learning of Nam's desperate search for water. It is used by members of Master Shen's Crane School to communicate with each other during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, and then by King Piccolo to communicate with his offspring.

Guru Telepatically Talking To King Kai

Grand Elder Guru telepathically talking to King Kai

King Kai is possibly one of the most famous users of this technique, as he is able to speak with people all across the universe and countless people at one time, something the Supreme Kais thought was impossible. It can be assumed that he taught it to Goku while he trained with him in Other World, as Goku uses this to stop Krillin from finishing Vegeta after their battle on Earth. Piccolo uses telepathy several times to communicate with Gohan. It was also used by Shin to read the mind of Piccolo while the two were facing each other at the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament.

The ability to communicate telepathically does not seem to be hindered by time dilation, as Piccolo is able to talk to Goten and Trunks while they are in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber during the Fusion Saga, despite him being outside of it.


  • Master Roshi – First person to use the technique in the series, with his ability rivaling even that of Master Shen's. Admitted to using it on Nam to read his mind and discover his village's predicament during the 21st World Tournament.
  • Master Shen – Uses it to talk to Tien and Chiaotzu during the 22nd and to telepathically taunt Tien during the 23rd World Tournament.
  • Tien Shinhan – Used to talk to Master Shen and Chiaotzu during the 22nd World Tournament.
  • Chiaotzu – Used to talk to Tien and Master Shen during the 22nd World Tournament.
  • Korin – Uses Mind Reading (Heart the Read)[1] to read Goku's mind when Goku first reaches the top of Korin Tower.
  • King Piccolo – Uses it to contact Tambourine and Cymbal.
  • Piccolo – Talks to Gohan several times. Most famously when he was attacked by Android 20, and when he was about to sacrifice himself to save the Earth in Dragon Ball GT. In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Piccolo uses it to read Bulma's mind from afar to learn about the situation while recovering aboard her ship being saved by Goku and Krillin. Krillin attributes his skill with the technique due to his fusion with Kami, stating that Kami was an old hat when it came to reading minds.[2]
  • King Kai – Uses it to talk to Goku and his friends, to warn them about trouble. People can also touch his back and communicate with any desired person.
Goku reading krillins mind

Goku reads Krillin's mind

  • Goku – Uses it to command Great Ape Gohan to attack Vegeta and to stop Krillin from killing Vegeta as he is about to escape. Goku also uses his ability to read Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek. During his fight with Frieza, Goku's use of telepathy was to speak directly to Dende when Bulma summoned Shenron to inform him of the situation.
  • Vegeta – Uses it to communicate orders to Nappa while visiting Arlia, to read Majin Buu's memories while inside Super Buu's head, and later to stop Goku from using a Self Destruction technique on Omega Shenron. He also used it as a Great Ape before transforming into a Super Saiyan 4.
  • Grand Elder Guru – Uses Mind Reading to read Krillin's mind.
Slug reads bulma's mind

Lord Slug using telepathy to read Bulma's mind



  1. 1.0 1.1 Daizenshuu 7, 1996
  2. Dragon Ball FighterZ, Krillin: "Y'see, Piccolo used to be Kami. Reading minds is just old hat to him."