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Tien Kikoho Kikouhou
Alternate names Chi Kung Blast
Energy Work Blast
Ki Blast Cannon
Tri-Beam Cannon
Spirit Cannon
Kiku Kanone (German dub)
Végső Erő (Hungarian dub)
Debut Manga: "Desperation Move"
Anime: "The Spirit Cannon"
Inventor Master Shen
Users Master Shen
Mutaito's disciples[1]
Tien Shinhan
Cell Juniors
Super Buu[3]
Class Energy Beam
Color       &       or       &      
Similar Burning Attack
Ki Blast Cannon
Kill Driver
Light Grenade
Neo Tri-Beam

Tri-Beam (気功砲, Kikōhō; lit. "Energy Control Cannon") is a life-risking attack used by Tien Shinhan, taught by The Crane Hermit.


Kikō (気功) is the Japanese translation of Qigong or Chi Kung, literally meaning "breath work" or "energy work", a traditional set of techniques for controlling breathing or circulating and cultivating chi (ki, energy) within the body, which is tied to a number of Chinese martial arts and medicinal beliefs.



Mutaito's disciples firing Tri-Beams at the Demon Clan

This technique is performed by gathering energy, forming a vaguely diamond-shape "window" with the hand by keeping the fingers on each hand together, overlapping the index finger on the one hand with the pinky of the other hand, and overlapping the thumbs. The object being focused on gets zoomed in on and visualized inside that diamond, then the user (namely Tien) shouts "Tri-Beam, ha!" while releasing the large yellow beam from the hands. Tien also has the ability to fire it with one hand as seen when he fires the Spirit Tri-Beam at Nappa after he loses his arm.


Tien using the Tri-Beam to protect Emperor Chiaotzu in Mystical Adventure

In addition to being able to kill the target, the Tri-Beam can also easily kill the user as it drains their life energy. The attack has a tendency to cast the entire environment around it in a deep orange glow. The attack formation itself places the hands in a seemingly awkward position; and it appears that later in the series, the finger tips are touching, and the thumbs are the only things that overlap.

Prior to the events of Dragon Ball, during the King Piccolo wars, the disciples of Master Mutaito use Tri-Beams against King Piccolo's Demon Clan. This is in vain, as they are all killed except for Master Shen and Master Roshi.[1]


A Cell Jr. using the Tri-Beam

Tien uses the attack during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament against Goku. Tien also uses the Tri-Beam in the movie Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure, to protect Emperor Chiaotzu from Master Shen. He later uses it against Yamcha at Kami's Lookout, against the illusion Saiyans in the Pendulum Room, and against Future Trunks during X.S. Cash's Intergalactic World Tournament in Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound. He also uses his Tri-Beam to destroy Super Buu's Finger Beam, thus protecting Mr. Satan and Dende when the Majin attacked them.[4]

Tien Shinhan

Tien charging the Tri-Beam against Future Trunks in Bojack Unbound

After training with Korin, Kami, and later King Kai, Tien perfects the attack as the "Neo Tri-Beam," which is essentially an "upgraded" form of the attack that allows him to control and enhance how much energy he puts behind it, inflicting even greater damage. This upgraded attack is powerful enough to hold even Semi-Perfect Cell at bay. The attack is extremely powerful, and despite the massive gap between Cell and Tien's powers, Cell was unable to break through the repeated blasts, though they did not inflict any real damage to him. Tien eventually collapsed from using the technique too much, but was saved from Cell by Goku.

During the Cell Games Saga, the Cell Juniors attack Super Saiyan 2 Gohan with it (while Cell himself has not been seen using it although he possesses data about Tien's techniques), but to no avail.


Tien prepares a Tri-Beam in Revival of "F"

During his battle against Frieza's army in Revival of "F", Tien uses his Tri-Beam.

Appearances in games


Tien using the Tri-Beam in Advanced Adventure

Tien Shinhan can use this technique in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, the Butōden series, the Budokai series, the Budokai Tenkaichi series, the Raging Blast games, Dragon Ball Heroes, and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. He can use a variation called Multi-Form Attack in the Gokuden series and Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans.


Tri-Beam Cannon in Dragon Ball Online

Super Buu can use the Tri-Beam in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, but only after absorbing Tien and Yamcha.

The Tri-Beam Cannon is a spiritual attack of the Crane Hermit skill tree in the computer game Dragon Ball Online; rather than EP, this skill requires the player to sacrifice their health instead.


  • Spirit Tri-Beam – A one handed version of the Tri-Beam which uses Tien's life force as a source of power. Used as a final resort against Nappa.
  • Neo Tri-Beam – A stronger version of the Tri-Beam, which can be used consecutively. Used against Cell so Android 18 could escape.
  • Multi-Form Attack – Tien uses the Multi-Form to split himself into four identical copies and then, at the same time, each copy fires a Tri-Beam. Used in the Gokuden RPG series and Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans.

Character meaning

  • 気 (Ki/Qi/Chi) = Spirit / soul / aura / air / spirit energy / spirit force.
  • 功 (Kõ/Gong/Kung) = Work / control / art / craft / ability / technique / power.
  • 砲 (Hõ/Pào/Dàpào) = Cannon / gun / launcher / blaster / buster.



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