Ultimate Shenron (究極神龍 Kyūkyoku Shenron, lit. "Ultimate Divine Dragon" or "Ultimate God Dragon") is a character in the Dragon Ball franchise. He is the third out of five eternal dragons introduced in Dragon Ball. Like Shenron and Porunga, Ultimate Shenron can only be summoned by using a particular collection of Dragon Balls, the Black Star Dragon Balls in this case.
While Shenron and Porunga are both shown to be comparable in size to a large skyscraper, Ultimate Shenron is shown to be larger than both of these eternal dragons combined. While coiling, Shenron has been shown as being roughly the size of Kami's Lookout. Ultimate Shenron on the other hand is so large that his head alone is roughly the size of the lookout. Also, while Shenron has his "whiskers" on the upper part of his mouth, Ultimate Shenron has them on the lower part of its jaw. Ultimate Shenron's skin color is blood red rather than green and also had gold horns. Interestingly enough, he lacks the red eyes that the other eternal dragons have, and instead has yellow or blue-green ones. Ultimate Shenron's eyes are blue in the opening for Dragon Ball GT, the episode "The Game After Life", and the Hero Mode of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.
Dragon Ball GT
Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
In Dragon Ball GT, Ultimate Shenron is used to cause Goku's body to physically regress to childhood, in a wish accidentally made by Emperor Pilaf (though Pilaf was originally going to wish to take over the world).
Main article: Baby Saga
He is later summoned by Baby, and instructed to restore Planet Vegeta (which Baby renamed to New Planet Plant) and relocate it to Earth's solar system. Due to Baby using the Dragon Balls to make the wish, the one-year countdown from Pilaf's wish did not stop.
After Piccolo sacrificed his own life by remaining behind on the dying Earth, the Black Star Dragon Balls turned to stone permanently and Ultimate Shenron was never shown again.
Like the original incarnation of Shenron, Ultimate Shenron is only capable of granting a single wish. However, his capabilities greatly outclass those of the other eternal dragons. For instance, death wishes do not exceed Ultimate Shenron's power. After a wish has been granted by the dragon, the Black Star Dragon Balls are catapulted throughout the galaxy rather than their respective planet, and a one-year countdown is issued for the host planet's destruction, which can only be undone if the Dragon Balls are returned to that planet within this time.
In the "Hero Mode" of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, despite having been weakened by Piccolo and after being corrupted by negative energy, Ultimate Shenron possesses power above even Omega Shenron.
Techniques and special abilities
- Flight – The ability to fly.
- Bite – One of his attacks in Ultimate Tenkaichi.
- Mouth Energy Wave – One of his attacks in Ultimate Tenkaichi.
- Dragon Thunderclap – One of his attacks in Ultimate Tenkaichi. He performs it like Rage Shenron.
- Wish Granting – The ability to grant a single wish to whomever finds the Black Star Dragon Balls and summons him.
- Resurrection – Ultimate Shenron can grant wishes to bring people back to life. He does so at the conclusion of the Hero Mode in Ultimate Tenkaichi, when the hero asks him to bring all those killed back to life.
- Dragon Ball GT
- Emperor Pilaf accidentally wished for Goku to be turned back into a child.
- Baby wished for Planet Vegeta to be brought back into existence in Earth's Solar System.
- Ultimate Tenkaichi
- Omega Shenron wished to make Earth a living Hell.
- Ultimate Tenkaichi hero wished to revive everyone killed by Omega Shenron's chaos.
Video game appearances
Ultimate Shenron appears in the story mode of Dragon Ball GT: Transformation, and can be summoned in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Dragon Ball Heroes. The wishes he can grant in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 are: Chi-Chi as a playable character, 50,000 zeni, Penguin Village as a Battle Stage, and King Castle as a Battle Stage.
In the Hero Mode of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Omega Shenron makes the wish to Ultimate Shenron to make Earth a living Hell. Once the Hero finds Ultimate Shenron on Kami's Lookout, the eternal dragon has been controlled by Omega Shenron's negative energy and attacks the Ultimate Tenkaichi hero while the hero was trying to make a wish. However, while being controlled by the negative energy, Ultimate Shenron begs the Hero to bring him back to normal and to stop his controlled attacks. Once defeated, the Hero asks for Ultimate Shenron to restore Earth as to how it was before Omega Shenron made his wish. However, Ultimate Shenron explains that he cannot grant this wish due to the negative energy being much stronger than the Dragon's creator, Kami. Ultimate Shenron instead grants the Hero's new wish to bring back all those who were killed by the chaos Omega Shenron created.
Even though Ultimate Shenron is the eternal Dragon for the Black Star Dragon Balls, their effect of causing the planet they were used on to self-destruct after one year is absent in Ultimate Tenkaichi. This meant to be removing the side-effect for good.
- Japanese dub: Kenji Utsumi
- FUNimation dub: Christopher Sabat
- Blue Water dub: Dave Pettitt
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Renato Master
- He seems smaller in Ultimate Tenkaichi than in other appearances.
- He is the only Shenron to have granted a wish made by another Shenron.
- To date, he is the second largest eternal dragon in the Dragon Ball Franchise, second only to Super Shenron.