|"Let’s say I got a taste of something called Super Saiyan God, and now I’ve learned to tap into that power on my own."
— Goku explaining how he achieved the form to Frieza - Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
Super Saiyan Blue (超サイヤ人ブルー, Sūpā Saiya-jin Burū), also 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) is a transformation that uses the power of Super Saiyan God with the Super Saiyan form. This form can be accessed by absorbing the powers of god and combining it with Super Saiyan or through vigorous ki control training as seen with Vegeta in Super. This form exceedingly surpasses its predecessor, Super Saiyan God.
Goku Black's version of the form is called Super Saiyan Rosé, which possesses a different hair color due to his status as a god.
Concept and creation
For the film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Akira Toriyama further expanded on the concept of the “Super Saiyan God” transformation featured in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods by combining its power into that of a Super Saiyan. As the author explained it, and as Goku similarly mentions in the movie, the form is the result of a Saiyan with the power of Super Saiyan God further transforming into a Super Saiyan.
In relation to Goku, Toriyama says on Goku he made his hair light blue to express how “by overcoming a certain limit he has become both strong and tranquil, able to keep his composure in a fight”. And in regards to Vegeta he adds that he gave Vegeta black clothes because he figured that maybe Bulma had modified his combat uniform to add some slight improvements. On that note, it was constructed by the Capsule Corporation development branch under Bulma’s instructions. In an interview with Toyotarō, Akira Toriyama reveals that he was thinking about having the form be white, but then it would have color-clashed with the “next enemy”, so he figured he should save it for another occasion.
"So what is this? Super Saiyan with blue hair dye?" — Frieza commenting on the appearance of the form
This form is nearly identical to the first Super Saiyan form, the only main differences being that the hair and irises are now light blue in color. Unlike the previous godly form, the Saiyans physical form remains the same.
In Goku's case only, a large forward-curling bang appears to be protruding upwards from the main bangs, from either the left or right side. Super Saiyan Blue boasts a vibrant, fiery, electric blue aura, as opposed to the blazing orange aura from Super Saiyan God. The aura surrounding the Super Saiyan Blue form also appears to be glittering somewhat, with small sparkling particles of energy travelling upwards within the flames, with occasional surges of electricity. If one inspects closely, a very subtle yellow glow can be seen on the outside of the aura as well. It isn't directly stated why this is present, but it could be remnants of the original Super Saiyan transformation. This dual coloured aura resembles that of Trunks's Super Saiyan Rage form.
Usage and power
In Goku's words, this form is what happens when a "Saiyan with the power of a Super Saiyan God further transforms himself into a Super Saiyan". The form can be obtained by a Saiyan who has become a Super Saiyan God and then retained the power, then by strengthening their Super Saiyan form (which kept the power of Super Saiyan God) they can evolve it into the Super Saiyan Blue form, and in turn re-obtain access to their original Super Saiyan form - without the power of Super Saiyan God.
This form does not turn users into a true god, unlike the Super Saiyan God form, which does so temporarily, but nonetheless provides them with the ki of a god. The form pushes the user's power, strength, and speed to unimaginable heights beyond those of previous Super Saiyan Levels, as well as a calm mind that make it and its ki easier to control compared to the other Saiyan forms such as Super Saiyan 3 or Super Saiyan God. It is stated by both Goku and Vegeta that a calm mind and focus are required to use this form properly. The form's godly ki renders the Saiyan's own ki insensible by non-godly mortals via ki sense. Only mortals that possess a godly level of strength can sense its ki, such as Future Trunks in his Super Saiyan Rage, since the forms can take on beings with godly status. Despite the form's huge upgrade in power from the original Super Saiyan God, neither Goku nor Vegeta could challenge Beerus alone. This form is not powerful enough to defeat Golden Frieza at full power either, but due to Goku and Vegeta's experience with the form, Super Saiyan Blue was able to outlast Golden Frieza thanks to its efficient ki output compared to his unmastered transformations. Because of this form's perfect innate ki control and the calm mind required to attain it, this form can be combined with the Kaio-ken to create the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken in the anime.
Despite its benefits, however, while not as noticeable or potent as the Super Saiyan 3 and Golden Frieza forms, it takes a lot of stamina access, causing Super Saiyan Blue to need to be mastered via intense training or long time experience, as Goku and Vegeta have. The form's stamina flaw is elaborated on in the Dragon Ball Super manga: If the form is subsequently used multiple times in a row, on the second consecutive usage the form's abilities will all drop by over 90% from their full power, explaining how Vegeta was unable to overwhelm Hit like Goku could, due to Vegeta already using the form against Cabba. Additionally, at less than 10% capacity, it is noted to be is less than that of a Super Saiyan God. This flaw is not noted or as severe in the Super anime, with the amount of stamina lost not being specified. Goku did admit that that Super Saiyan Blue required too much energy to start the battle. Later on in the manga, during the final fight against Black and Future Zamasu, Vegeta showed that this flaw can be bypassed by learning to perfectly switch back and forth between Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue in an instant, moving around as a Super Saiyan God and attacking and defending as a Super Saiyan Blue - allowing for much more powerful and more concentrated attacks. During the Zen Exhibition Match Goku is implied to have fully mastered Super Saiyan Blue, as he is able to repeatedly use the form without any signs of loss in stamina, able to pressure Toppo, a much stronger opponent than the previous one.
In the anime, Vegeta is shown using this transformation again against Future Trunks, as he laughed when Trunks asked Vegeta if he would transform into a Super Saiyan 3. Trunks remarked that Vegeta and Goku should easily be able to beat Goku Black. As their battle continued, Vegeta was able to easily defeat Trunks. However, the aforementioned fight against Black turned out more difficult than expected. Vegeta and in the anime only Goku use this form while battling Goku Black, before and after he transforms into Super Saiyan Rosé. Despite their efforts, in the anime Black's improved base form (which previously fought on par with Goku's Super Saiyan 2) was easily able to withstand most of the attacks Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta dealt, and in the manga Super Saiyan Goku Black manages to match Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta thanks to being healed by Future Zamasu and receiving a power up, and Black's transformation into Super Saiyan Rosé only made the situation more critical. In the anime, after training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and going back to the Future, Vegeta was shown to have increased his power enough that in his Super Saiyan Blue form he managed overpower and pummel Goku Black, who was in the Super Saiyan Rosé state at the time even blocking Black's Fierce God Slicer with his bare fist.
In the Super manga, by the final fight against Goku Black and Future Zamasu, Vegeta revealed the ability to utilize Super Saiyan Blue's immense power boost in short, instant bursts as he attacks. It is noted by Goku that in order to counteract the form's stamina drawback, Vegeta learned to transform into Blue for brief moments multiple times without his stamina dropping at all, something that allowed him to overwhelm Black.
Goku Black first showcases his equivalent of the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Blue form during his battle with Vegeta in the future, however due to his divine status, his version dons a bright pink and purple colour scheme. He dubs the form Super Saiyan Rosé.
In this form, Vegito Blue, Vegito is able to outmatch the Light of Justice-powered Fusion Zamasu, also gaining a slight upper hand in their fight. However, before Vegito could perform the finishing blow, this form proved to be too powerful, and also strenuous, to be maintained and ultimately defused sooner than the estimated time. Due to Vegito using the Final Kamehameha against Fusion Zamasu, both Goku and Vegeta cannot transform into Super Saiyan Blue due to the technique's massive energy output, so Future Trunks had to transform instead, since he still had enough energy.
Goku utilizes this form again immediately when he begins his battle against Arale Norimaki, which also impresses the Android. Goku and Vegeta used this form again during Universe 6 and Universe 7's baseball match, and later when Goku fights Hit, who attempts to assassinate him, and proved to be quite a match for this form, thanks to fighting at his very best using killing techniques, with Goku unable to hit the assassin at all, because he was hiding in his Time Storage parallel world while he attacks the Saiyan using his deady Invisible ki blasts, and attacking him by surprise once briefly bursting out of his Time Storage parallel world, the fight ultimately ended in a stalemate when Super Saiyan Blue Goku unleashes a massive aura burst, and then destroys Hit's Time Storage world without the need to use Kaio-Ken, then launches a full-power God Kamehameha at Hit, with the assassin trying to hold his own against Goku's massive assault, and Vegeta during his training with Whis on Beerus' planet in preparation for the multi-universal tournament.
Goku once again transforms during his match against the giant Bergamo during the Zen Exhibition Match, to the shock and awe of all the deities seeing him transform, with Khai feeling and stating the form's godly pressure, and Roh labeling Goku's power in this form as "power rivaling that of gods", Future Zen-Oh called Goku amazing upon seeing him transform, with the present Zen-Oh telling him that it is called Super Saiyan Blue (he apparently recognized and oversaw Goku's usage and naming of the form back at the Universe 6 and 7 tournament from a distance), stating that it is not enough and that Bergamo needs extra power, Goku powers up to the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken state, which gave him a massive power boost, and defeats the wolf after a brief beam struggle between his Wolfgang Penetrator and a 10x God Kamehameha.
Later, during his battle against the Freedom Warrior Toppo, Goku transformed once again into a Super Saiyan Blue to escape the Pride Trooper's crushing hold, and then proceeds to briefly outmatch him using his form's godly speed, but Toppo defends himself and puts up quite a better fight against Goku's godly ki surrounded form, both fighters clashing at intense speed, sending shockwaves that destroy anything around the battlefield, with Goku getting a slight advantage in the fight, later, he unleashes a God Kamehameha at the Pride Trooper, while he retaliated with his Justice Flash technique, Goku then uses his Instant Transmission and gets closer to Toppo, firing the Kamehameha afterwards, Toppo blocks it, causing a massive explosion, but the Pride Trooper sturdily survived, with the cost of a hole on the shoulder part of his suit, much to his anger, an enraged Toppo unleashes his aura, and Goku uses the Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken technique once more, and the two warriors attempt to "pass their limits", before they do so, the fight was stopped by the Great Priest, and Goku reverts to his base form shortly after. Later, an irritated Vegeta later goes Super Saiyan Blue twice upon hearing Mr. Satan and Yamcha clumsily cuddling Bulla, which causes her to cry, much to the others' confusion. Later that day, Goku transforms into Super Saiyan Blue during his sparring session with Krillin at the top of Satan Building in an effort to test his true might, with Krillin feeling Goku's godly pressure, and Android 18 and Gohan noticing a large gap in their powers. Krillin charges his Kamehameha while Goku charges his sightly larger God Kamehameha, both fighters fire their beams, and a Beam Struggle is initiated, while Android 18, Marron, and Gohan watch, as Goku slowly gains the upper hand during the beam clash. Struggling, Krillin tries to hold out his own with his own beam until the struggle is stopped when Android 18 rushes in and kicks Goku's God Kamehameha away. Krillin is knocked aback, twitching as if it is like an electric shock, when both husband and wife decided to fight as a team against him, but to their surprise, Goku reverts to his base form, exclaiming that the match is enough and that he learned a lot from them. Goku will use this form against Android 17 in their sparring session.
"That's right. All those years wasting away in Hell, and you had no idea, did you? I've been a Super Saiyan for years. And now, I too have unlocked the power of a god." — Vegeta showing Frieza his transformation just before fighting him
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, after Goku achieves the Super Saiyan God form and absorbs its power, and Goku and Vegeta train with Whis and master their ki control, they can use this new transformation. Goku uses this transformation against Golden Frieza. He is unable to defeat the tyrant until Frieza loses stamina, but Sorbet uses his Bad Ring Laser and mortally wounds Goku.
Vegeta steps in to fight Frieza and demonstrates also being able to use this transformation, which frustrates the tyrant, after the fight he loses his Golden form. Even though he won, Vegeta takes too long to deliver the final blow, and Frieza uses this opportunity to destroy the Earth, killing everyone except those who were next to Whis. After that, Whis redoes time to three minutes prior and Super Saiyan Blue Goku kills Frieza with a Kamehameha before he could destroy the planet again.
Video game appearances
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse (DLC)
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Ball Fusions
- Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle
- IC Carddass Dragon Ball
- Akira Toriyama named the form "Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan" in his character designs for Goku and Vegeta. This name was used in media for a short while before being shortened in-universe to "Super Saiyan Blue".