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 Overview

Biography

Film Appearances

Other Dragon Ball Manga

Video Game Stories

Power

Manga and Anime

Since his early appearance in Dragon Ball, Yamcha is shown to be a skilled martial artist. In the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, his power level is calculated as 177 by the scouter used Bulma. After training at Kami's Lookout for a year, his power level is 1,480. At that time, even though he is proven to be stronger than a Saibaman, he could not save himself from the suicidal Saiyaman Bomb attack which killed him. Afterwards in the Other World, Yamcha trains under King Kai and in the anime, when joining forces with Tien and Chiaotzu, together they are shown strong enough to give a hard time to Piccolo. In the anime, in a sparring session on King Kai's planet, he defeats Recoome whose power level is at least 40,000.

After three years of intense training on Earth, Yamcha has presumably gotten stronger in the Androids and Cell era, as Android 20 thought he was Goku when he first detected his power - though at this point Gero thought Goku had reached his peak in the Saiyan Saga.

By the time of of the Majin Buu Saga, Yamcha's power had likely dropped considerably from it's peak, as he had given up on martial arts after the Cell Games.

In several anime only portions of the Fusion Saga, while Vegito is turned into candy by Super Buu, King Kai suggests to send Krillin and Yamcha to fight him instead of Goku and Vegeta, implying they're his next best fighters. After dying again in the Kid Buu Saga, Yamcha is shown training on Grand Kai's planet where he is able to take out both Olibu and aWinged Gorilla fighter with ease, but could not defeat Krillin. He, along with Krillin were also strong enough to stay on their feet against Kid Buu after being hit by one of his attacks, the two also lasted longer than all of the other dead fighters. This is all however, anime only.

Having not kept up with his training, Yamcha had likely gotten weaker by the time of the Battle of Gods Saga. He can be seen however, preparing to face Beerus along with everyone else once Goku has been defeated.

Films

In the Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might movie pamphlet, Yamcha's power level is 1,900.

By the time of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, it would appear that Yamcha has slacked off on his training and along with Chiaotzu doesn't participate in the Z Fighters' battle against Frieza's army of 1,000 soldiers because it is deemed too dangerous for them by former rival and long time friend Tien. Ironically however, this temporarily lead to both Yamcha and Chiaotzus death's at the hands of Frieza, before Whis turns back time.

Video games

In Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, Yamcha's power level is 600,000 during the Androids Saga.

In the story of the game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, after encountering Broly, Yamcha states that a single one of Broly's ki blasts would be enough to finish both him and Tien.

Power Levels

Techniques

  • Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
  • Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
  • Ki Sense – The ability to sense ki energy, which Yamcha learned while training on Kami's Lookout.
  • Kamehameha – Yamcha is able to pull off the basic Kamehameha attack, as well as some variations. One such variation is specific to Yamcha alone: in Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale, Yamcha uses a special reverse Kamehameha, which looks like a regular Kamehameha, but can get him out of tight spots.
    • Team Work Kamehameha – A double Kamehameha attack used by Yamcha and Krillin in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
    • Super Kamehameha – Used as his super attack in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.
  • Wolf Fang Fist – Yamcha's trademark attack. It is a very fast series of powerful punches, swipes, and kicks. Before the attack, a wolf's howl can be heard, along with an aura around Yamcha. This attack is Yamcha's signature attack in the Raging Blast Series.
    • Blinding Wolf Fang Fist – A one-hit variant of the Wolf Fang Fist.
    • Wolf Klaw - A single technique where Yamcha leaps forward, and slashes the air with invisible claws. Named in Dragon Ball: Origins 2s.
    • Tiger Jackhammer Fist – Yamcha punches his opponent repeatedly before finishing with a kick. Named in the Budokai series.
    • Neo Wolf Fang Fist – An upgraded version of the Wolf Fang Fist. Also called Wolf Fang Blowing Wind, or Wolf Fang Whirlwind Claw.
    • Wolf Hurricane – A weaker version of the Wolf Fang Fist used in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. Yamcha can combine it with Krillin's and Tien's rush attacks to form the Earthling Strike.
    • Wolf Slice Fist – Yamcha kicks the opponent up in the air, and then he kicks and punches them down again. Used in the Budokai series.
  • Spirit Ball – One of Yamcha's signature moves. He produces a concentrated ball of energy from his palm, and is able to precisely control its directional pattern using two fingers to guide it.
    • Extra Large Spirit Ball – A much more powerful version of the Spirit Ball, and is even bigger than Yamcha himself.
  • Wolf Fang Blast – Yamcha uppercuts his opponent up in the air, then he flies up and knock them down to the ground again. Yamcha then fires a barrage of ki blasts on the opponent, only to finish the attack with a large ball of ki. Used only in the Budokai series.
  • Afterimage Technique – One of Yamcha's Blast 1's in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It allows him to dodge any sort of incoming attack (except normal ki blasts), with blinding speed.
  • Power up to the Very Limit – One of Yamcha's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It instantly put him in MAX power mode, along with adding all stat bonuses.
  • All-Out – Increases Attack power while depleting ki at the same time. Used in the Raging Blast series.
  • Appeal – A supportive technique used by Yamcha in Zenkai Battle Royale. As is typical of Yamcha, who is easily affected by others, he can use his appeal (with the start button) to increase his special abilities. But if you think Yamcha is weak, you can perform the same action with the Appeal Counter so he gets a taste of his own medicine.
  • Kaio-ken – Yamcha can use the Kaio-ken technique in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
  • Fusion Dance – Yamcha is able to use the fusion dance with Tien Shinhan to form Tiencha, only in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2.
  • Fake Death - A technique where the user collapses to the ground in a pose identical to the one Yamcha took after he was killed by the Saibaman Bomb and plays dead in order to deceive the opponent. Used by Yamcha as a Super Skill in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
  • Ki Blast Thrust - A ki-enhanced punch attack used by Yamcha to defeat Recoome onKing Kai's planet in Transformed at Last. It was named in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse where it appears as one of Yamcha's Super Skills.

Weapons

  • Azure Dragon Sword – A sword Yamcha uses to fight with on rare occasions.
  • Nunchucks – Used in Curse of the Blood Rubies. Yamcha is also seen briefly holding them in the anime episode "Final Showdown" as well as its manga counterpart.
  • Machine Gun – Yamcha is seen holding a submachine gun similar to a Russian PPSh-41 the morning following his first meeting with Goku and his friends.
  • Panzer Faust – Yamcha's Rocket Launcher, which he uses to destroy Oolong's House-Wagon.

Forms and Transformations

Fusions

Tiencha

Tiencha is the fusion of Yamcha and his ally Tien Shinhan. He only appears in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2.

Yamcule

Yamcule is a hypothetical fusion of Yamcha and Mr. Satan. It is a "Fusion Frenzy" card in the Dragon Ball Collectible card game, however, the card itself does not depict the fused character, instead showing the two fusing characters beside each other.

Appearances in Other Media

Reception

Voice actors and actresses

Battles

Dragon Ball
  • Yamcha and Puar vs. Goku and Oolong
  • Yamcha, Goku, Oolong, and Puar vs. Monster Carrot and Rabbit Mob
  • Yamcha and Puar vs. Goku (Great Ape)
  • Yamcha vs. Jackie Chun
  • Yamcha vs. See-Through the Invisible Man
  • Yamcha vs. Bandages the Mummy
  • Yamcha vs. Tien Shinhan
  • Yamcha vs. Tambourine
  • Yamcha vs. Hero
Dragon Ball Z
  • Yamcha vs. Chiaotzu and Yajirobe
  • Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Krillin, and Chiaotzu vs. Scarface and Shorty (Anime only)
  • Yamcha vs. Saibaman
  • Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu vs. Piccolo (Anime only)
  • Yamcha vs. Recoome
  • Yamcha vs. Android 20
  • Yamcha vs. Cell Juniors
  • Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Krillin, Piccolo, Vegeta (2nd Grade Super Saiyan), and Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Cell(Super Perfect) (Anime only)
  • Yamcha vs. Olibu and Gorilla (Anime only)
  • Yamcha vs. Krillin (Anime only)
  • Yamcha, Krillin, Pikkon, and Olibu vs. Kid Buu (Anime only)
Movies
  • Yamcha vs. Bora
  • Yamcha vs. Igor
  • Yamcha vs. Cacao
  • Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, Krillin, and Piccolo vs. Turles
  • Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Gohan (Super Saiyan) vs. Bujin, Bido, and Zangya

List of Characters Killed by Yamcha

Trivia

  • In Dragon Ball Forever's poll of the top 20 best characters, Yamcha was voted number 15 by Japanese fans. This is above Tien Shinhan, Bulma, and Yajirobe.
  • In every World Martial Arts Tournament Yamcha has been in, he has always lost in a quarter-final match (in the 21st he was defeated by Jackie Chun, in the 22nd he lost to Tien, and in the 23rd he was defeated by Hero who was actually Kami).
  • In the anime, Yamcha is the first Z Fighter seen with a full-time paying job. Yamcha can be seen playing for a baseball team called the "Taitans". "TAITAN" (タイタン) is the Japanese spelling of "Titan", which is also the name ofseveral sports teams.
  • In "The Androids Appear", Android 19's scanner reads that Yamcha's address is NB: 8250012B, his height is 183 cm, his weight is 68 kg, special ability is the Rouga Whowhoken, and that he is a Class B warrior. These statistics are also used in the Dragon Ball: Bouken Special.
  • In his appearance in Dragon Ball GT, Yamcha is about 57 years old. Despite this he shows no real age difference aside from another hairstyle change.
  • Yamcha is the only character to be voiced by their FUNimation Entertainment voice actor Christopher Sabat in all four Dragon Ball movies.
  • Yamcha has his own theme song sung by his voice actor Tōru Furuya. It is titled Wolf Hurricane and sings about his desert life and loneliness.
  • In Attack of the Saiyans, Yamcha and Puar mention having bandit friends back at their hideout in Diablo Desert.
  • Abel, the protagonist of the 1989 Dragon Quest OVA Dragon Warrior: Legend of the Hero Abel who was also designed by Akira Toriyama, also looks similar to Yamcha and even shares the same Japanese voice actor.
  • Yamcha has been stated to be a good cook by Akira Toriyama.

Gallery 

Final Yamcha

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