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Come if you wanna! I'll take you on! Gather the strongest guys you can and come at me! I'll beat every last one of them!
~ Goku to all the Gods of Destruction


Son Goku is the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball metaseries.

He is a Saiyan sent to Earth as a baby by his father Bardock to escape the destruction of the planet Vegeta and the Saiyan race. Adopted by Grandpa Gohan, he became a kind-hearted boy after he bumped his head, starting his great adventures from Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z. After defeating Kid Buu, Goku works as a radish farmer before learning of the existence of the phenomenally powerful God of Destruction Beerus and seeks to fight and surpass him. In the process, he is introduced to the universes that exist beyond his own, and the amazing warriors that they contain.

Powers and Stats

Tier: 3-A | 3-A | 3-A | Low 2-C | 3-A, Low 2-C as Super Saiyan Blue | At least Low 2-C

Name: Son Goku, Kakarot

Origin: Dragon Ball

Gender: Male

Age: 42 (physically 35) to 44 (physically 40)

Classification: Saiyan God

Powers and Abilities:

Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Master Martial Artist, Ki Manipulation (Can be used defensively and offensively, to strengthen his skin or to fire ki blasts, which he can control telekinetically to home in on targets, and form defensive barriers that render absorption ineffective), Ki Sensing (Can locate others by reading their ki, detect malicious intent, differences in power levels, and beings in different dimensions), Supernatural Willpower (Able to endure poison that takes immense will and spirit to survive), Enhanced Senses (Even without ki training, Goku has exceptional senses that allow him to locate small distant objects by tracking their smell, see clearly over long distances, and track the movements of others even in pitch black conditions by feeling vibrations in the air), Analytical Prediction, Occasional Limited Breaking the Fourth Wall, Shockwaves Generation (Can create powerful shockwaves via Kiai), Information Analysis (Capable of analyzing his opponent's fighting styles, habits and techniques - allowing him to adapt, predict and react accordingly), Acrobatics, Flight, Pressure Point Strikes, Afterimage Creation, Power Mimicry (Can easily replicate other Ki-based techniques after seeing them once), Light Manipulation (Can create flashes of light Via Solar flare to blind opponents and Super Saiyan forms can glow in pitch-black conditions), Telepathy (Can telepathically communicate with others and read minds), Teleportation, Dimensional Travel, BFR, Accelerated Development (Training; Physical Stats, Abilities), Reactive Power Level (As a Saiyan, Goku grows stronger every time he fights and can become stronger in the midst of combat, vastly increasing in strength whenever he is mortally injured), Statistics Amplification (Goku can greatly enhance his capabilities with Kaio-ken, potentially by up to twenty times), Rage Power (Can temporarily boost his power when angry, overwhelming both Black and Future Zamasu for a while), Transformation (Can transform into a Super Saiyan, increasing his capabilities drastically), Energy/Ki Absorption (Can absorb Ki. Absorbed God Ki into his base and later in the ToP saga he absorbed the Spirit Bomb's energy and used it as a temporary energy battery to fight), Heat Manipulation (His power, along with Beerus', was stated to scorch the air by Piccolo and overheated Bulma's ship. Contributed half of the energy that created the Beerus Ball), Adapted to Gravity via the Gravity Machine, Fusionism (Via Fusion Dance), High Pain Tolerance, Limited Instinctive Reaction (Instinctively avoided Beerus who was about to attack, surprising Beerus. Instinctively avoided Bulma's attack), Can possibly create dimensional rifts and even destroy space-time and pocket dimensions with his energy (Scales above SSJ3 Gotenks). Resistance to Poison Manipulation (Survived after drinking the Water of the Gods), Paralysis Inducement, Harsh Temperatures (Survived and trained extensively for at least a year within the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which has temperatures that range from -40°F to 248°F), Extreme Heat (Endured the heat of the Beerus Ball, which was stated to be capable of evaporating anything in its vicinity. Survived re-entry into Earth's atmosphere while unconscious. Flew through lava as a Super Saiyan Blue in the Broly Saga), Cold, Radiation (Fought in the upper atmosphere where radiation levels are exceedingly high)

All previous abilities, Enhanced Ki Sensing (Can sense God Ki), Regeneration (Mid-Low; as shown here). Resistance to Extrasensory Perception (Cannot be sensed by beings lesser than a God),

All previous abilities from Base, now with Enhanced Ki Sensing (After his training with Whis, he can now sense God Ki in his base form), more Transformation (Can transform into a Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue, increasing his capabilities astronomically)

All previous abilities

All previous abilities, greater Instinctive Reaction, Limited Power Nullification (Nullified Jiren's ki blast),

Attack Potency: Universe level (As a Super Saiyan God, fought with a suppressed Beerus, and their clash both shook and was about to destroy the universe from its edge. Absorbed Super Saiyan God's power and became even stronger. Managed to overcome Beerus' energy nullification as a Super Saiyan, which easily nullified energy capable of destroying the universe. Destroyed a superior amount of energy that was going to destroy the universe with a single punch in his base form.) | Universe level (Significantly grew in power during his training. Unlocked Super Saiyan Blue and was later capable of enhancing his strength even further by stacking Kaio-ken x10 on top of Super Saiyan Blue) | Universe level (Comparable to Vegeta who at this time managed to dominate Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black after training extensively. Stalemated a stronger Hit with just Super Saiyan Blue, without using Kaio-ken. Also capable of maintaining Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken x20) | Universe level, Universe level+ (In Ultra Instinct -Sign-, he traded blows with a heavily suppressed Jiren, and shook the whole World of Void with his Ki alone. While Jiren was holding back, he was repeatedly described as the strongest enemy that Universe 7 had ever faced, and thus superior to Infinite Zamasu) | Universe level, Universe level+ as a Super Saiyan Blue (After breaking his limits by achieving Ultra Instinct -Sign- a second time, and after defeating Anilaza, he managed to fight against Jiren, who was finally showing a hint of his full power) | At least Universe level+ (Fought on an equal footing with a fully-powered Jiren in Ultra Instinct -Sign- who was stated by Vegeta to “step over the state of the Gods”. Later dominated Jiren in Perfected Ultra Instinct, and still fought Jiren evenly after Jiren broke his limits, and managed to defeat him after becoming enraged)

Speed: Massively FTL+ (Comparable to the speed of the explosion from the ki sphere which SSG Goku and Beerus created in their final clash, which threatened to engulf the entire universe in mere moments) | Massively FTL+ (At least 196 quadrillion c, likely far higher) | Massively FTL+ | Massively FTL+ | Massively FTL+ (At least 196 quadrillion c, likely at least 39.2 sextillion c) | Massively FTL+ (Far faster than before, kept pace with full power Jiren, After achieving the true Ultra Instinct, he was shown to be able to blitz a full powered Jiren and kept up with his limit broken state)

Lifting Strength: At least Class M, likely far higher (Lifted this much)

Striking Strength: Universal | Universal | Universal | Universal+ | Universal, Universal+ as a Super Saiyan Blue | At least Universal+

Durability: Universe level | Universe level | Universe level | Universe level+ | Universe level, Universe level+ as a Super Saiyan Blue | At least Universe level+

Stamina: Superhuman (Goku can train for days with minimal rest and can fight through his long, arduous fights with the likes of Vegeta and Frieza, continuing to fight against Vegeta even after overexerting himself with Kaio-ken x4, and ultimately outlasting the latter even after being effortlessly beaten around, pushing himself to his limits with Kaio-ken, and exhausting himself with his Spirit Bomb. When he was younger, he managed to pull through and defeat Piccolo even after all of his limbs were broken and he was mortally injured. Additionally, as of Battle of Gods, he has finally gotten past Super Saiyan 3's energy problem, allowing him to use it much more easily and for longer periods. Later in Resurrection of F, he was able to endure having a hole in his chest after getting shot by Sorbet. In the Future Trunksarc, he was stabbed in his lung and had a huge hole in his chest by Black but completely ignored the pain and continued to fight both Black and Future Zamasu. In the Tournament of Power Goku was able to fight through nearly the entire duration of the tournament despite repeatedly breaking through his limits and nearly dying multiple times, ultimately pushing himself to fight and eliminate Jiren alongside Freeza even though he could barely move moments before. Can engage in combat in low oxygen environments)

Range: Standard melee range, Universal & Interdimensional with ki blasts (Affected Hit's pocket dimension, destroying it), shockwave attacks (The shockwaves generated by him and Beerus's punches traveled across the entire universe, even reaching other dimensions such as the Kaioshin Realm), teleportation (Can teleport across the universe, or to other dimension such as the Kai Realm, the Afterlife, etc...)

Standard Equipment: None | The Zen'ō button

Intelligence: Average normally, Genius in combat (Although he lacks knowledge when it comes to things that aren't related to fighting, Goku is a master of prodigal skill when it comes to martial arts, with years of experience fighting against powerful opponents with a plethora of abilities. His skill when it comes to combat and the usage of ki allows him to replicate other ki-based techniques after seeing them once, and he was the first to realize how much energy the Super Saiyan transformations unnecessarily drained. Despite this drawback, he was the first to master the Super Saiyan state, making it highly efficient. He is a genius in combat and is capable of devising new applications of his techniques on the fly, such as using Kamehameha with his feet. Capable of analyzing and copying Beerus' fighting style, allowing him to match Beerus' attacks and cancel out the shockwaves that threatened the universe. Later in Super, before adapting to Hit's time stop, he was able to predict the movements he'd make in the 0.1 seconds of frozen time and react properly. Immediately figured out to use a ki blast to restart his heart when it was "crushed" by Hit's ki blast. Additionally, Goku has become the first mortal to master Ultra Instinct, a technique that even the Gods find difficult to learn, relying purely on his muscle memory and something "beyond" instinct to fight, no longer needing to consciously think to do so while being more serious in this form)

Weaknesses: Goku seeks strong opponents and will, therefore, allowing his opponents to reach their full power for the sake of a good fight. Kaio-ken strains his body, causing him intense pain and exhaustion if he overuses it. He often drops his guard and leaves openings for his opponents whenever he gets distracted, lowering his durability. His Spirit Bomb requires a long charge up period, during which time he is vulnerable. He cannot survive in the vacuum of space and needs to locate a ki signature to teleport using Instant Transmission, initially he couldn't transform into a Super Saiyan God without the ritual, however this is no longer a problem after training with Whis | The Mafuba requires a suitable container to seal the target into | Ultra Instinct -Sign- is initially only temporary, and he cannot willingly enter the state, only entering it in response to being pushed to his limits. Once Goku exits the form, he is left exhausted. Goku's Ultra Instinct was initially imperfect, so it was harder for him to use it offensively, as he still held himself back by thinking out the best method of attack instead of intuiting what to do. In prolonged encounters, Goku's mastered Ultra Instinct form can spontaneously deactivate, draining Goku of most of his power

Notable Attacks / Techniques:

Ki: The fighting power and life force of a martial artist, a tangible energy derived from the user's vigor, courage, and mind. It can be used in several ways, such as to surpass the limits of one's body to greatly increase in strength, and it can be fired as blasts of energy or used to create defensive barriers. Along with his Saiyan blood, Ki acts as the source of Goku's incredible power and abilities. Goku's prodigal skill in combat and the use of ki allows him to replicate the ki techniques of others after seeing them only once. After becoming a Super Saiyan God, Goku gained divine ki, which can only be sensed by other gods.

  • Kamehameha: Goku's famous signature technique, which he learned after witnessing Master Roshi use it to extinguish the flames on Fire Mountain, successfully replicating it not long later on his first try. As his signature technique, it is something that Goku has used on many occasions, and he has created several variations throughout his fighting experience, such as firing it from his feet, using it to propel himself into the air, and bending it mid-flight to catch opponents by surprise. Perhaps the most useful variation is the Instant Kamehameha, in which Goku uses Instant Transmission to teleport just before firing the attack, appearing right in front of his opponents and giving them no time to dodge. As of the Tournament of Power, Goku has once again used this technique in a new way, as a barrier against other attacks.
  • Instant Transmission: A teleportation technique that Goku learned between the Frieza and Cell Sagas on the planet Yardrat, which allows him to lock onto the ki signatures of others and teleport to their locations. Its use takes some concentration, which is aided by Goku putting his index and middle fingers to his forehead (He has also shown to teleport without placing his fingers), and he needs a ki signature to teleport to, otherwise, he cannot perform the technique. It can be used to teleport others as well, as long as they are in physical contact with Goku.
  • Kaio-ken: A technique developed by King Kai and taught to Goku during his time training on his planet. It greatly increases Goku's ki for just a moment, boosting his strength and speed significantly for that time. However, this heavily strains his body, and if he overuses it, it will leave him in intense pain all over his body, leaving him incapable of moving without causing himself further pain. Initially, the strongest Kaio-ken Goku can utilize is x4, but by the time of the Frieza Saga, he has mastered its use, allowing him to push it to his maximum of x20. After mastering Super Saiyan Blue, which required perfect ki control and a calm mind, Goku became capable of using Kaio-ken alongside this transformation, first pushing it to x10, and then x20.
  • Spirit Bomb: Goku's ultimate attack, taught to him by King Kai, performed by gathering a vast amount of energy from all the lifeforms in his surroundings to create a massive, incredibly destructive sphere of ki. To use it, one must have a pure heart so Goku is the perfect individual for the technique due to his obliviously innocent nature. While it is incredibly powerful and can prove capable of destroying an opponent when used with sufficient power, it takes a very long time to charge and is therefore very difficult to use, though the charge time can be sped up by gathering energy from those who willingly and knowingly provide it.
  • Kiai: The ability to project an invisible burst of force with ki, which Goku can perform with his hands and even with a glare.
  • Kienzan: Krillin's signature technique, which Goku presumably copied from him. Raising his hand above his head, Goku creates a razor-sharp disc of ki with incredible cutting power and then throws it at his opponent. During the Tournament of Power, Goku utilizes a variation on the technique, the Kienzan Hexa Blade, a Kienzan that splits into five different blades, each under Goku's control and attacking his opponent from different angles. It should be noted that the Kienzan can cut through opponents that are several times stronger and more durable.
  • Solar Flare: One of Tien Shinhan's signature techniques, which Goku copied from him during their match in the World Tournament. Bringing his hands up to his face, Goku can create a bright flash of light that can blind opponents.
  • Telepathy: Goku can telepathically communicate with others, presumably learned from King Kai during his time in the afterlife, and during the Frieza Saga, he shows the ability to read Krillin's mind by putting his hand to his forehead.

Mafuba: Also known as the Evil Containment Wave, the Mafuba is a mystic sealing technique designed to seal evil away by sucking them into a special container with a "demon seal" ofuda on it. Goku learned this technique from Roshi, and attempted to use it to seal Future Zamasu, but used the wrong tag, allowing him to break free.

Martial Arts: Goku is a master martial artist who has learned from many of his universe's greatest teachers, from his adoptive grandfather, Grandpa Gohan, Master Roshi, Korin, Kami, King Kai, and even Whis.

  • Crazy Fist: A technique meant to distract and confuse an opponent, in which Goku acts like a wild, frenzied dog or monkey before striking his opponent while they're caught off guard.
  • Dragonthrow: Goku's signature grapple, in which he grabs his opponent by the arm, tail, or antenna, and then spins them around before throwing them away.
  • Eight-Arm Fist: A technique used to counter Tien Shinhan's Four Witches Technique and copied from King Chappa, in which Goku moves his arms so fast that he appears to have eight of them.
  • Rock, Scissors, 'N' Paper: Goku's initial signature technique, taught to him by his grandfather. After yelling "Jan Ken", Goku then follows up with either a strong punch (rock), a poke to the eyes (scissors), or an open palm strike (paper).

Saiyan Physiology: The physiology of a Saiyan, an aggressive warrior race of conquerors. Saiyans have the natural ability to control ki and to fly, likely the origin of Goku's incredible skill when it comes to the usage and control of ki. Additionally, while his lifespan is comparable to that of a human, Goku will remain at his peak strength for much longer. One of the most powerful abilities of a Saiyan is their ability to grow stronger and stronger through combat, allowing Goku to constantly push his limits during a fight and rise to higher and higher peaks in power. This ability grants a substantial boost in power when Goku is badly injured, allowing him to reach a whole new level of power once he recovers.

  • Super Saiyan: The famous, legendary transformation of a Saiyan that allows them to greatly surpass their limits and reach the fabled state that is Super Saiyan. Goku was the first Super Saiyan to appear in Dragon Ball, achieving the state after Frieza survived his most powerful attack, killed his best friend, and was about to kill him and his son. These transformations can be reached through extensive training, but are more often unlocked in moments of intense emotional turmoil and need, and due to the natural aggressiveness of Saiyans, they cause the user to become more aggressive and malicious, though Goku has managed to make these things effectively a non-issue through training. While immensely powerful, Super Saiyan transformations drain a lot of energy, and the first was very inefficient before Goku mastered the state and became a "Full Power Super Saiyan", allowing him to maintain the form effectively indefinitely without issue. While the original Super Saiyan state is eclipsed in power by Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3, the higher forms become increasingly inefficient.
  • Super Saiyan God: A divine transformation that far surpasses the regular numbered Super Saiyan transformations, achieved through a ritual involving six righteous Saiyans, or through rigorous divine training. Goku reached this form with the help of his family and friends so that he could oppose the God of Destruction Beerus and stop him from destroying Earth. In this form, Goku gains divine ki and cannot be sensed by mortals, as well as the ability to absorb and nullify energy and ki-based techniques. After achieving this form, Goku can transform into it whenever he wishes and retains some of the divine power even in his base state.
    • Super Saiyan Blue: A form reached through the combination of Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan, greatly surpassing the power of a Super Saiyan God. Unlike other Super Saiyan transformations, this transformation requires a perfectly calm mind and flawless ki control, allowing it to be used alongside Kaio-ken for various transformations.

Ultra Instinct -Sign-: Also known as the Mastery of Self-Movement, Ultra Instinct -Sign- is a rare and fabled technique that Goku initially learned of from Whis, revolving around subconsciously avoiding attacks and disregarding his normal capacity to react. This allows him to effectively multitask, thinking up strategies while his body fights for him, fully maximizing his offensive and defensive capabilities, and as he doesn't need to think to fight, it also makes illusory techniques useless. Much faster opponents would still be able to bypass these defenses. Goku reaches this state in his Ultra Instinct -Sign- transformation, achieved after he was pushed to his absolute limits. He hasn't mastered the state, however, and cannot enter it willingly - instead, it activates when Goku is pushed to his limits. It is also harder for him to use this version of Ultra Instinct offensively, as he still has to think about the best method of attack, instead of simply intuiting it. This transformation is only temporary, and it has a great strain on Goku's body.

Perfected Ultra Instinct: The problems exemplified with Ultra Instinct -Sign-, mainly that of not being able to fully utilize attack and defense, were a key factor in preventing Goku from fighting on an equal playing field with Jiren. However, by giving into the pure impulse and the heat which previously was his limit, Goku was able to fully break through his limits and reach past the state of the gods, something that not even Beerus has been able to do. In so doing, Goku reached the true Ultra Instinct form, with his hair and eyebrows matching his intense silver stare, and a great stream of white-purple energy erupting from his body. In this form, where he has mastered both instinctual attack and defense, he was easily able to blitz and injure Jiren, as well as nullify a full-powered strike meant to incapacitate him.

Key: Battle of Gods Saga/Resurrection of F Saga | Universe 6 Saga | Future Trunks Saga/Universe Survival Saga (Pre-Ultra Instinct -Sign-) | Ultra Instinct -Sign- | Post-second Ultra Instinct -Sign-/Broly Saga | Third Ultra Instinct -Sign- | Perfected Ultra Instinct


Notable Victories:

Viewtiful Joe (Viewtiful Joe) Joe's Profile (Both were 3-A, and speed was equalized)

Copy-Vegeta (Dragon Ball) Copy-Vegeta's Profile (Super Saiyan Blue Copy-Vegeta and Universe 6 Saga Goku were used)

Baby (Dragon Ball) Baby's Profile (Goku started in SSJ1, Goku was injured, and speed was equalized)

Galactus (Fortnite) (Fortnite) Galactus' Profile (Both were Low 2-C, SSB Goku was used, speed was equalized)

Scarlet Witch (MCU) (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Scarlet Witch's Profile (Battle of Gods Saga Goku and Post-Endgame Scarlet Witch were used, both were bloodlusted, and speed was equalized)

Frieza (Dragon Ball) Frieza's Profile (Golden Frieza and Resurrection of F Goku were used)

Simon the Digger (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) Simon's Profile (Battle of Gods Saga Goku and Episodes 17-26 Simon were used, Goku started in his Super Saiyan form and Simon had the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann, Speed was equalized and the battle took place around Earth)

Notable Losses:

Lightning Farron (Final Fantasy XIII) Lightning's Profile (Both at Low 2-C and speed equalized)

Cat Noir (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir) Cat Noir's Profile (Ultra Instinct Goku and Cat Blanc were used, and speed was equalized)

Egg Salamander (Game Sonic Continuity) Egg Salamander's Profile (Ultra Instinct Goku was used, Goku was bloodlusted, both started 100 feet away, and speed was equalized)

Purpleguy (FNAF World) Purple guy's Profile (MUI Goku was used and Speed was equalized)

Inconclusive Matches:

Thanos (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Thanos' Profile (Base Goku and Complete Infinity Gauntlet Thanos were used, speed was equalized)

Sakuya Izayoi (Touhou Project) Sakuya's Profile (Third Ultra Instinct -Sign- Goku was used)


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