"Welcome to the planet of darkness. You're scratching your head, aren't you? You can't see me but I can see you."
Yakon is a voracious monster with an apparently insatiable appetite, as he greets the Z Fighters by asking which one he should eat first, despite the fact that he had already devoured two messengers Babidi sent him only minutes before.
Dragon Ball Z
Main article: Babidi Saga
Yakon is first seen when Babidi sends two of his minions to fetch him so he can battle Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and Shin after Pui Pui is killed by Vegeta, but Yakon eats the minions that Babidi sends. Babidi then informs Yakon himself, and he lumbers off to stage two. Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and Shin encounter Yakon on the second level of Babidi's spaceship during their descent to stop the awakening of Majin Buu.
After being introduced to Yakon, Goku squares off against him. Goku at first glance believes Yakon to be slow in speed, however, Yakon surprises Goku by swiping at him with his huge claw, with Goku barely dodging the attack. Babidi transports them to Yakon's planet of darkness in order to give the beast an advantage. Yakon comments that he can see Goku even in the darkness, only to be surprised when Goku effortlessly dodges his attacks and lands a blow of his own. Goku informs Yakon that eyesight is not necessary in order for him to feel his opponent's movements, as he can feel his Ki. However, he does have another means to see his opponent. Goku then surprises Yakon (along with an onlooking Babidi and Dabura) by transforming into a Super Saiyan, lighting up the area in the process.
With his Super Saiyan energy emitting a tremendous amount of light, Goku informs Yakon that their dark environment no longer matters. However, Yakon surprises Goku furthermore by sucking up his light (a delicacy to Yakon), reverting Goku to his normal state. Upon discovering that Yakon literally eats light, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan yet again. Delighted by the fact that he has another meal, Yakon begins sucking up the light. Using Yakon's greed to his advantage, Goku counters by powering up to an enormous extent (involuntary showing Vegeta a glimpse of his Super Saiyan 2 power). Yakon is completely oblivious to Goku's plan and continues to consume Goku's light energy so much that he begins to inflate. With Goku providing him with so much light, Yakon violently explodes.
Dragon Ball GT
Super 17 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga
Yakon later makes a cameo appearance in the Super 17 Saga of Dragon Ball GT when the barrier between Hell and Earth was breached. He caught Goten off guard, but was dispatched by a Ki Blast from Trunks.
According to Babidi, Yakon's power level is 800 kili (a unit of measurement that is different from power levels displayed on the conventional scouters). As stated by Babidi, this is a level much weaker than Super Saiyan Goku's power level of 3,000 kili. According to Shin, he is one of the most feared creatures in the universe, and is one of the most powerful beings in his quadrant of the universe. He is portrayed as one of his strongest followers (and was possibly intended to be placed on level 3 of Babidi's spaceship, as Dabura claims that sending Yakon to level 2 is too drastic an action).
- Flight - The ability to fly through the use of Ki. Yakon is briefly shown levitating while fighting Goku on the Planet of Darkness. Yakon is also shown flying out of Hell in Dragon Ball GT.
- Claw Extension – Yakon's protruding claws extend outwards from his wrists and he slashes at his opponent with them.
- Light Eating – Yakon's light absorbing technique where the opponent is drained of their aura and energy due to Yakon's ravenous vacuum of eating light.
- Light Absorber – Yakon concentrates his absorbed energy and fires it from his mouth in the form of a powerful energy wave. Used in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury and Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.
- Prehensile Feet – Ankoku-seijins have the ability to hang from the tops of caves, similar to bats.
- Night Vision - Due to living on a planet shrouded in darkness, Anoku-seijins have the ability to see in the dark. At the same time, their eyes are not at all sensitive to light.
- Tail Attack – Yakon uses his tail to strike his opponent. Used against Goku in the anime.
- Yakon Is Next! – A rush attack used by Yakon after being summoned by Babidi in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
Video Game Appearances
Yakon is a support-type character in Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors. He is a boss in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury; he displays high defense, and has the ability to form mini duplicates of himself and fire an extremely potent energy beam from his mouth.
Because of his abilities, in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, the Yakon capsule drains another player's ki faster if they are in a transformed state. In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, the Yakon capsule brings an opponent's base ki to 0 if they use a transformation in-game.
Yakon appears in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 during one of Babidi's Blast 2 attacks, Yakon Is Next!, in which Babidi summons him and he attacks the opponent by striking them with his sharp claws. Yakon is seen as an assist character in Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact.
While he has appeared in many Dragon Ball based video games, his only playable appearance in a game was in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.
- Japanese: Yoshiyuki Kono
- Latin American dub: Mario Sauret
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Felipe Di Nardo (slow speed)
- Portuguese dub: Ricardo Spínola
- Dragon Ball Z
- Yakon vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 2)
- Dragon Ball GT
- Yakon's eye color changes, most likely due to changes in light. When he is first seen when he eats the two Majin Soldiers in his dark room, his eyes glow yellow. After that, his eyes are a pale yellowish-white with pupils, although the pupils change in color. When he steps into the light of Babidi's spaceship, they are black. In darkness, when Babidi's spaceship was changed to the Dark Star, they are red. When Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan, in the light of the aura, his pupils are green.
- Yakon is one of two characters Goku kills in Dragon Ball Z, besides Kid Buu. Both are villains in the Buu saga.
- Yakon is the first character to be killed by Goku in Dragon Ball Z. In fact, it could be argued that Goku did not intentionally kill Yakon at all, but rather, allowed Yakon to kill himself unintentionally by eating far too much of Goku's energy. This does not include all the beings killed by Goku in Dragon Ball, as there were many; from Giant Fish to King Piccolo.
- Yakon and Pui Pui kept the Majin crest when they died, while Vegeta and Dabura lost theirs when they died (Babidi could have brainwashed him and Pui Pui again in Hell, as when Pui Pui dies again in GT he loses the Majin crest).
- In the original DVD release by FUNimation, Yakon's voice has a voice filter in order to make it sound more monstrous. The remastered version took out the filter and left the voice completely unaltered.
- Yakon bears resemblance to the Rancor from the Star Wars series, which was very likely an inspiration for the character, as Akira Toriyama is a fan of Star Wars.
- The appearance of the Hunters from the Resident Evil series is similar to that of Yakon. The only difference is that Yakon has spikes sprouting out of his back and wrists along with the Majin symbol on his chest.
- He is, so far, the only one of Babidi's slaves to not appear in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Yakon's name may possibly come from the magic spell "tekumaku-mayakon" used in the late '60s anime .