"So this is Super Saiyan God? Seriously, this is quite extraordinary. It's an extraordinary power, Beerus-sama!"
|Super Saiyan God|
|Rōmaji||Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo|
|Other||God of the Saiyans (サイヤ人の神, Saiya-jin no Kami)
Super Saiyan Red (超サイヤ人レッド, Sūpā Saiya-jin Reddo)
|Manga Debut||Dragon Ball Super Chapter #4|
|Anime Debut||Dragon Ball Super Episode #9|
|Movie Debut||Dragon Ball Z: God and God|
|Game Debut||Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z|
The Super Saiyan God is a heightened transformation ability unique to the members of the Saiyan race.
Like the traditional Super Saiyan transformation, the Super Saiyan God originated as a tale told in Saiyan mythology about the god of the Saiyan race. According to Shenron, a Super Saiyan God once appeared on planet Vegeta in response to the growth of the evil Saiyans. He was gifted his power from that of five righteous Saiyans, but was unable to stop the evil Saiyans due to losing his power before the job had been finished.
Shortly before the start of the series, the Oracle Fish predicted that an arch-rival would appear to challenge Beerus, the Hakaishin. Beerus suspected that this arch-rival would be a Super Saiyan God, which was later confirmed when Gokū transformed into one on Earth.
The Super Saiyan God transformation, much like its Super Saiyan cousin, is not a dramatic one. In fact, the Saiyan takes on a form almost identical to that of their base state, with a few noticeable changes. The Saiyan's hair turns a deep red coloration, as do their eyes. In terms of musculature, the Saiyan seems to visibly shrink, despite the vast increase to their power. Additionally, the Saiyan is granted a flame-like aura, right down to its coloration.
- "The seer's prophecy confirms my premonition. An arch-rival of mine will reveal himself soon… and he shall be a Super Saiyan God!"
Transformation into a Super Saiyan God can only be achieved when five righteous Saiyans pool their power into a single member of their race. In actuality, it's not the 'energy' that five Saiyans pour into another; simply channeling their ki into another Saiyan will not result in the creation of a 'god'. Instead, it requires their 'heart', fitting with the need for 'righteous' Saiyans. That Saiyan then gains a tremendous power increase, allowing them to enter the realm of gods — meaning that only other gods can sense their ki — as well as fight on par with them. However, in the manga, there is more than one way to achieve this form. While Gokū utilize the power of five righteous Saiyans, infusing it into his own righteous heart, Vegeta revealed that he can become a Super Saiyan God at will. He obtained this form sometime after his training with Whis, and thus, after he obtained godly ki.
This transformation grants the user "regeneration" powers, though the extend of this ability is unknown. Another added bonus for a user of Super Saiyan God and god ki in general is that they can survive in space without a space suit, as shown through Goku's battle with Beerus. While this transformation does place the user on the level of the gods, the power they wield in this state is dependent on their combat strength being transformed.
Notably, when Gokū first transformed, he had issues controlling his power while in this state; he was prone to bursts of physical power, and outright stated that his body didn't feel like his own body anymore. Beerus himself remarked that Gokū was only able to control a portion of the power Super Saiyan God offered at first, something Gokū confirmed. The longer he fought, however, the more adjusted Gokū became to the Super Saiyan God power. This form is far more powerful than the Super Saiyan 3 transformation. This is seen when Gokū, who was easily defeated as a Super Saiyan 3 by Beerus, is able to fight evenly with the Hakaishin and even press him in some instances. The increase in power is so great, that when a Super Saiyan God clashes with another godly being, their clashes begin to affect the very fabric of the universe, and can result in the destruction of everything, with only four punches needed to completely destroy the universe.
See also: Saiyan Beyond God
However, if the Saiyan becomes accustomed to the energy while still in their Super Saiyan God state, the power of the transformation will remain with them even after the transformation itself has expired. Gokū was able to accomplish this feat, and learned to master the godly power granted to him from his brief period as a Super Saiyan God. The result of mastering the power of the Super Saiyan God explosively augments the Saiyan's base form, to the point that Gokū was able to easily overwhelm Freeza in his true form, despite the tyrant having grown exponentially more powerful than he was during the fight on Namek. By imbuing the fully-mastered godly ki into the Super Saiyan transformation, this results in a Super Saiyan Blue.[Note 1]
It is possible, however, to readopt the form after losing the effects. During his battle with Beerus, Gokū transformed into a Super Saiyan God long enough to dispell Beerus' Beerus Ball. Additionally, in the manga, while fighting Hit, Gokū transformed into a Super Saiyan God freely. Unlike when the form is first used, a Saiyan who can transform into a Super Saiyan God at will appears to lack the time-limit that plagued the form when Gokū first used it against Beerus, as Vegeta and Gokū are seen using the forms in battles without worrying about such a limitation.
Super Saiyan Blue
Main article: Super Saiyan Blue
Super Saiyan Blue (超サイヤ人ブルー, Sūpā Saiya-jin Burū), formerly known as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (超サイヤ人ゴッド超サイヤ人, Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo Sūpā Saiya-jin; Viz "God of the Saiyans Super Saiyan") is the result of using godly ki while transforming into a Super Saiyan. The result is a transformation that is even more powerful that the Super Saiyan God. It is characterized by the blue hair and eyes that it gives the Saiyan. It was obtained by Gokū and Vegeta during their training with Whis.
Super Saiyan Rosé
Main article: Super Saiyan Rosé
Super Saiyan Rosé (超サイヤ人ロゼ, Sūpā Saiya-jin Roze) is the counterpart of Super Saiyan Blue: another result of using using godly ki while transforming into a Super Saiyan. The result is a transformation that is even more powerful that the Super Saiyan God. It is characterized by the pink hair and grey eyes that it gives the Saiyan. This is the form that a true god adopts when they surpass the Super Saiyan God, rather than Super Saiyan Blue.
In Other Media
In Dragon Ball Heroes, the state of having mastered the power of Super Saiyan God in the Saiyan's base form is known as a "Saiyan beyond God" (
Additionally, the Saiyan avatars are given the ability to take on this form through the God Class-Up. In these video games, the tail does not alter coloration, while the hair and eyes become the normal red of the Super Saiyan God form. Beat is shown freely transforming into the Super Saiyan God state during one of the animated openings for the game, implying he obtained the transformation, or godly ki, some time before the trailer.[Note 2]
The Super Saiyan God is a usable transformation in the following video games:
|Game name||Japanese release||English release|
|Dragon Ball Heroes||20 November 2010||None|
|Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale||4 February 2011||None|
|Dragon Ball XenoVerse||5 February 2015||24 February 2015|
Creation and Conception
According to Tadayoshi Yamamuro, the character designer for Dragon Ball Z: God and God, the Super Saiyan God transformation originally had a hairstyle more similar to that of a Super Saiyan 3 and was drawn with a cloak. Akira Toriyama drew an entirely different design, so the two exchanged ideas back and forth until a final design was chosen. Particularly, Toriyama insisted that the transformation not be overly muscular. He wanted it to resemble Gokū's base state, and stated that he took inspiration from the Super Saiyan form, and simply trimmed the design down to its bare minimum.
In a later interview, Toriyama continues to stress that he didn't want Gokū to continue getting more "macho". He also didn't want the transformation to be as flashy as some of Gokū's others. He stated that the only reason he even changed Gokū's hair and eyes to a red color was so that viewers would understand that a transformation was taking place.
- "Soup Yasai Jinkot" (スープ・ヤサイ・ジンコット; Viz "Soup D'Saian Gahd"), a soup dish made from unknown race is a play on "Super Saiyan God," which is why it prompts Beerus to remember the figure from his dream. The word "soup" (スープ) sounds like "sūpā." The word "saiya" (from the race name, Saiya-jin) is an anagram of yasai (meaning "vegetable," normally written 野菜, but here written in katakana as ヤサイ). "Jinkot" is a meaningless, imaginary word, but clearly recalls the "jin" in Saiya-jin, while "kot" sounds similar to "god."
- Toriyama stated that Gokū no longer needed to transform into a Super Saiyan God, as he had absorbed the power of the form. The manga of Dragon Ball Super would abandon this notion, however, and allow Gokū and Vegeta to freely transform into God, and treat it as an accessible transformation preceding Blue.
- ↑ Vegeta, however, was able to obtain godly ki and fully master it from his training with Whis, and also gained the ability to become a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan without ever becoming a Super Saiyan God.
- ↑ Gokū was able to freely transform into "God" after mastering godly ki, implying Beat would have had to meet similar circumstances.
- ↑ Chōzenshū 4, page 156
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super: Super Start Guide, page 25
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butōden
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Dragon Ball Z: God and God
- ↑ V Jump May 2013, page 32
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 4, page 2
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 13, page 14
- ↑ Dragon Ball Minus
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Dragon Ball Super episode 9
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 11
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episodes 10-14
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Akira Toriyama-sensei Godly Interview
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 12
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Dragon Ball Super episode 13
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Anime Comics—Akira Toriyama-sensei Godly Interview
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 13
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 56
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 20
- ↑ Dragon Ball Heroes Trailer
- ↑ Tadayoshi Yamamuro - OKStars Interview, Vol. 249: Animation Supervisor
- ↑ Super Long Interview!! Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 1