|“||Super Saiyan isn't your full power, is it? The power you used when you fought Boo...awaken that real you!||”|
—Piccolo to Gohan, Gohan and Piccolo: Teacher and Student's Training to the Limit!
|Games||Potential Release (潜在能力解放, Senzainōryoku Kaihō)
Old Kai's Unlock Ability
|Other||Releasing Untapped Potential|
|Manga Debut||Volume #41Chapter #496|
|Movie Debut||Movie 16|
|Game Debut||Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension|
|Parent||Super Saiyan 2|
The Ultimate state is a power up achieved by Son Gohan after Elder Kaiōshin unlocked his full potential. Despite appearing to be in his normal state, Gohan, in actuality, is using the power of Super Saiyan 2 without the burden the latter transformation places on his body. As a result, Gohan is able to achieve a power beyond Super Saiyan 2 and even Super Saiyan 3, ultimately being equal to a Super Saiyan Blue after constant training with Piccolo.
Appearance & Personality
Out of all the transformations in the series, the Ultimate state brings about the least amount of changes. In terms of appearance, Gohan doesn't alter drastically, something everyone who looks at him while in this state can notice. The only notable physical changes, besides a slight increase to his muscle mass, is slightly more upright and rigid hair, and a narrowing of Gohan's eyes.
Gohan's aura also retains its normal hue; instead of the traditional gold one would expect from a Super Saiyan, the Ultimate state grants Gohan a pure white — occasionally almost transparent — aura.
While in this state, Gohan exhibits the confidence and arrogance, as well as a seriousness, that typically comes with a new leap in power. When transformed, Gohan was self-assured in his ability to defeat the fused evil Majin Boo, declaring to the Majin that he hadn't arrived to fight Boo, but he had arrived to kill him. During the fight, Gohan showed a joy in taunting Majin Boo's own powerlessness, mocking the Majin's inability to land a blow on him, and it was only when the tables were turned that Gohan's confidence shattered. Piccolo, who had known Gohan since he was a child, could feel the difference in his attitude by simply the vibe Gohan was giving off when the Saiyan arrived to confront Majin Boo. The change itself was so drastic that Piccolo originally believed it wasn't Gohan, but someone entirely different.
|“||By looking at you, you haven't changed that much. You ain't even Super Saiyan, yet you've come to this extreme!"
"Hmph! It's not as though he has to transform. That Super-whatever-thing is depraved.
The Ultimate state is the culmination of Super Saiyan 2 for Gohan, and is essentially the state without placing limitations on Gohan's body. While utilizing the Ultimate state, Gohan possesses his full strength as a Super Saiyan 2 without the anger or the loss of energy typically required to sustain the form. Gohan is the only known user of this power up, provided by the Elder Kaiōshin's ritual, and the known results of the power up are based on Gohan's strength as a Super Saiyan 2. In the anime, upon powering up on the Kaiōshin Realm, Gohan's power was enough to cause the planet — stated to be a very durable planet, unlike standard ones found in the living world — to tremble, creating something akin to a miniature storm. Just releasing his ki was enough to shock Gokū, who was well above Gohan in terms of power before the transformation occurred.
In terms of outright strength, Gohan's Ultimate state appears to be vastly superior to the Super Saiyan 3 transformation, though by how much is unclear. Gohan effortlessly dominated Majin Boo, a creature that even Gotenks could only match when using his Super Saiyan 3 form, showing Ultimate Gohan's complete superiority over the final Super Saiyan form.
When Majin Boo would later go on to absorb Gotenks and combine his Super Saiyan 3 power with his own in battle, however, Gohan was completely dominated. In the anime, however, Gohan was able to briefly fight the transformed Majin until his powers began to wane. Additionally, it appears to lack any drawbacks entirely, as the state only draws out Gohan's own potential and nothing more. According to Piccolo, the Ultimate state changes the signature of Gohan's ki entirely; not even Piccolo recognized Gohan when he felt a new ki rushing towards the location of their battle with Majin Boo.
Gohan's superiority to the Super Saiyan 3 transformation would later be shown again during the Dragon Team's battle with Hakaishin Beerus. Out of all the fighters present, Gohan was among two — the other being Vegeta — who could make contact with Beerus in the battle, something that even Son Gokū in his Super Saiyan 3 state was unable to accomplish. However, he was no match for the deity and was quickly dispatched with a blow to the abdomen.
As it is Gohan's fully mastered Super Saiyan 2, Gohan is capable of powering up into this state from anyone of his previous states. Upon further training, Gohan's power within this form was as great as Super Saiyan Blue, overpowering his father using it who transformed to Super Saiyan Blue Kaiōken to beat Gohan in this state.
In the manga, Gohan's Ultimate state was ultimately equal to that of the fused warrior Kefla's, the two fighting to a standstill and ultimately ringing each other out.
- While transformed, Gohan has been given various names by both the fandom and the official media. The two most commonly accepted, however, are Mystic Gohan.
- The official name for Gohan while transformed in this state, is the Strongest Warrior (最強の戦士, Saikyō no Senshi), as stated by Daizenshū 2.
- Despite the fact that it was introduced as a power-up, Gohan treats this ability as a transformation. Daizenshū 2 initially stated that Gohan could transform into a Super Saiyan while utilizing the Ultimate state, but Daizenshū 3 and the Dragon Ball Super anime would contradict this.
- This 'form' is the only known transformation to have two different names within the same video game, as Dragon Ball XenoVerse refers to it as both Potential Released and Unlock Potential, depending on whether or not the form is being used by Gohan or the Future Warrior; it also provides different benefits for both characters.
- This form is not called "Gohan-type Super Saiyan".
- In Dragon Ball FighterZ, when Gohan uses this form, he says "with essence of the Super Saiyan".
- Dragon Ball Supplemental Daizenshū: TV Animation Part 3, page 92
- Dragon Ball XenoVerse
- Dragon Ball Z 3
- Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game
- Dragon Ball chapter 396 pp. 6
- Dragon Ball chapter 397, page 5
- Dragon Ball chapter 497, page 4
- Dragon Ball Supplemental Daizenshū: TV Animation Part 3, page 92
- Dragon Ball Z episode 262
- Dragon Ball chapters 497 - 498
- Dragon Ball chapters 500 - 501
- Dragon Ball Z episodes 265 - 266
- Dragon Ball Z: God and God
- Dragon Ball Super episode 88
- Dragon Ball Z Season Nine DVD booklet Character Bio
- Actual snapshot of the term in the character bio: