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It's an ultimate technique that severs the consciousness from the body in order to allow the body to subconsciously move it to even attack and evade. It's called 'Ultra Instinct'.

Whis explaining the technique in "The Omen of Son Gokū's Awakening"

Kansei Migate
Ultra Instinct
身勝手の極意 Migatte no Goku'i
Literal English Secret of the Self-centered
English TV FUNi Autonomous Ultra Instinct
Other Perfect Instinct (完成身勝手, Kansei Migatte; Literally meaning "Completed Self-centered")[1]
Ultra Instinct: "Sign" (身勝手の極意 "“兆”"きざし, Migatte no Goku'i "Kizashi"; Literally meaning "Secret of the Self-centered: "Omen"")[2][3]
First Appearance
Manga Debut Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F" Chapter #2
Anime Debut DBS018
Movie Debut Movie #19
Game Debut Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle
Type Ability
Class Supplementary
Range User
Derived technique(s)

Ultra Instinct[4][5][6] is an ultimate technique that separates the consciousness from the body, allowing it to move and fight independent of a martial artist's thoughts and emotions.[7] It is an extraordinarily difficult technique to master, even for the Hakaishin. However, angels like Whis appear to have mastered it. As a result, it is known as the "state of the gods" (神の領域, kami no ryōiki).

This technique uniquely manifests as a transformation in Son Gokū and is his most powerful form, transcending Super Saiyan Blue. Despite this, Beerus and the other gods recognize the transformation's completed form, hinting that it might not be completely unique to Gokū.[8]


UI Son Goku

Gokū's complete Ultra Instinct.

Most users of Ultra Instinct, such as Whis, do not display a noticeable difference when using the technique. However, Son Gokū adopts a unique transformation when using it. An "omen" ("“兆”"きざし, kizashi)[2][7] of this technique awakening manifested with Gokū's eyes turning a bright silver with visible pupils. His hair remains black, but is raised ever-so-slightly, and he sports a crystalline aura with hues of blue and white.[9]

When the technique fully manifests, Gokū's eyes and hair become a distinctive silver coloration. His hair remains raised slightly and his aura remains crystalline—though, in addition to blues and whites, it now sports purple and red hues as well and is noticeably brighter.[10] In the manga, the Hakaishin Beerus notes that any god would recognize this form as the technique Ultra Instinct.[8] This seems to be the case in the anime as well, as Whis and Beerus both recognize it and the Hakaishin from each universe stand to acknowledge Gokū's achievement.[11]


Sadly, it seems that wasn't true Ultra Instinct. It's not a technique that's mastered so easily. Son Gokū merely found a chance to tap into it, but nothing more.

Whis, Dragon Ball Super chapter 39

Better Ultra Instinct

An omen of Ultra Instinct manifests in Gokū.

Gokū first displays an "omen" ("“兆”"きざし, kizashi)[2][7] of awakening Ultra Instinct after intaking the energy of the Seventh Universe Genki Dama. Afterwards, he could only readopt the transformation when his limits were similarly shattered, such as during his battle with Kefla and again when he had his rematch against Jiren. Upon awakening this state, multiple fighters noted that Gokū takes on the posture of Ultra Instinct.[7][11] He also generates an enormous amount of heat around his body, which takes the form of his sparkling aura.[5]

The power increase when this omen is far beyond that of Super Saiyan Blue— roughly equal to Kefla's Super Saiyan 2 state and allowing him to initially fight evenly with Jiren. Whis describes the power of this omen as the "limit-breaking power of the gods" (限界越えるネ申の力, genkai koeru kami no chikara). This is also accompanied by an intense growth rate; Gokū's strength evolves further and further the more he fights in this form. His ki in this form is described as both hot and frighteningly quiet.

Ultra Instinct

Gokū using Ultra Instinct in this state.

When displaying the omen of Ultra Instinct, Gokū is able to tap into a modicum of the technique's power.[12] This allows him to instinctively dodge the attacks of his opponents. However, as it is not true Ultra Instinct, his thoughts interfere with his ability to attack instinctively.[10][5] Furthermore, he is restricted by the limits of his own body, which essentially forbids him from dodging techniques that are too fast for him to react to; this was best displayed when he narrowly avoided Kefla's ultimate technique and also multiple times by Jiren, who was able to strike him while in this state.[13] He is also limited by his body's stamina and cannot maintain this state for long,[12] as the instinctual movements his body makes are egregiously taxing.[8]


Gokū briefly reattains Ultra Instinct.

While the significance of it is not understood, when Gokū fought Broly during the latter's arrival on Earth, he powered up to Super Saiyan Blue, and for a brief moment, reattained Ultra Instinct, before losing the form as quickly as it came.[14]


Whis Vs Saiyans

Whis uses Ultra Instinct against Gokū and Vegeta.

The body of any living being is accompanied by limitations. For one to fight — or to even perform basic actions — one must first process their actions and think with their brain. By doing this, it puts a limit on one's speed, and hampers their ability to fight effectively. The ultimate goal for a fighter is the Mastery of Self-Movement, the ability for each and every part of their body to act and think on its own; this allows for much greater reaction speed, as a fighter no longer needs to take the time to process their actions, and can simply do them. Whis has mastered this ability, though Beerus possesses a more rudimentary form, and has not mastered it.[15][16]

For those who have not mastered the technique, they are still more than capable of utilising it, as seen when Beerus faced off against the Hakaishin in the Zen Exhibition Match; he avoided a good majority of their techniques without even looking, though still managed to be caught as he had not mastered it completely.[15][16]

Whis, who has completely mastered the technique, was able to fend off two Saiyan Beyond Gods with no trouble, handling them as if they were children.[15] Gokū would later show off a mastered version of this technique as well, accompanied by a new form that incorporated this style on instinct.[17] Whis states that, if one were to master this technique, they could, in theory, avoid any threat. Recognizing whether someone is using Ultra Instinct seems to be rather difficult as it requires someone to know about Ultra Instinct and be familiar with a person's fighting style.[18]


Gokū after having completed Ultra Instinct.

Gokū achieved "perfect Ultra Instinct" (完全なる身勝手の極意, kanzen-naru Migatte no Goku'i; English TV "complete Ultra Instinct") by focusing completely on his fight with Jiren and building up heat within himself throughout the match.[11] He also abandoned the idea of allowing his emotions to rule over him, as they often did in his Super Saiyan transformations, and instead focused on making his heart calm and gentle.[8] Releasing the heat in a galaxy-like disc of energy, Gokū then absorbed it back within himself, allowing him to manifest the completed technique, which granted him a power that surpasses that of a Hakaishin.[19][20]

The power of Ultra Instinct is staggering, allowing him to easily outclass Jiren even once the alien increased his power to maximum. Ultra Instinct also allowed Gokū to both attack and defend against Jiren without thinking.[1] This allowed the Saiyan to avoid most of the Pride Trooper's attacks and deliver devastating counterattacks. His energy attacks, now dark blue in coloration, were also capable of completely canceling out Jiren's own.[19] Lastly, Gokū, while using Ultra Instinct, lacks the strange voice phenomenon he displayed when demonstrating only an omen of the technique.[19]

Strangely, whenever Gokū yells while displaying the omen of Ultra Instinct, his voice is accompanied by a double timbre; that of his own voice, and a deep, rumbling affair that most resembles the Great Monkey Transformation.[9][5]


…When Gokū's body just reacts, it takes quite a toll on him. He may have obtained Ultra Instinct, but Gokū hasn't trained enough to wield it properly.

—Whis explaining Ultra Instinct's drawbacks, Dragon Ball Super chapter 41

The largest drawback of Ultra Instinct is the difficulty in which the technique is to master. For instance, the Hakaishin Beerus spent millions of years in training and still has not mastered the technique. A significant part of this difficulty comes with the technique's massive stamina drain. For one who has not trained enough with Ultra Instinct, the forcible instinctive movements of the body in combat exact a terrible toll. As a result, novice users of Ultra Instinct cannot maintain it long.[8][19]

Like his Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan Blue transformations, Ultra Instinct was susceptible to Gokū's rage, allowing him yet another explosive increase in power and speed whenever Jiren angered the Saiyan. However, because this explosion of emotion disturbed the calmness of his heart that allowed him to obtain the technique in the first place, Gokū's ability to use Ultra Instinct expired rather painfully shortly thereafter.[19]

Finally, Gokū cannot use this technique at will; he told Vegeta at the end of the Tournament of Power that this form was the result of him being backed into a corner, and he currently cannot use it of his own accord.[21]

In Other Media

In Video Games


Incomplete Ultra Instinct in Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2.


Ultra Instinct in Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2.

Ultra Instinct Son Gokū appears in Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2, during a cutscene in the DLC Extra Pack 2 Infinite History story mode. If Gokū is the Future Warrior's master and they side with Fu, Gokū will adopt this form when Fu boost the Future Warrior so they can fight Gokū. The form, however, is not long-lived, as Gokū quickly transforms from Ultra Instinct into the completed state.

Creation and Conception

According to an interview, Akira Toriyama designed Ultra Instinct — including its name — as a power-up for Son Gokū that would be distinct from the Super Saiyan form. It was only decided after the flow of the Universe Survival Arc's story had been decided on.[22][1]


  • Ultra Instinct's usage in the Dragon Ball Super series greatly mirrors Super Saiyan God; the intake of a large amount of energy from other fighters, resulting in the shattering of Gokū's limits and raising him to a new state, only for the form to run out before he could defeat an enemy who surpassed his strength.
    • Similarly to Super Saiyan God, Ultra Instinct appears to have a time-limit and is also referred to as the state of the gods (神の領域, kami no ryōiki).
  • Gokū refers to the completed form as True Ultra Instinct (真身勝手の極意, Shin Migatte no Goku'i) in the extended minute long preview for DBS129.
  • While far from the same technique, Villainous Mode characters in Dragon Ball XenoVerse 2 are able to dodge melee strikes completely. No. 13 was given a similar technique, called Data Input, that mirrors this effect for a brief period.

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 V-Jump
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dragon Ball Heroes
  3. The Artisans Who Made the Universe Survival Arc of Dragon Ball Super, Now Reaching Its Climax
  4. Dragon Ball Super episode 115
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Dragon Ball Super episode 116
  6. Dragon Ball Super Blu Ray Box Set 10 Setting Art Book
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Dragon Ball Super chapter 40
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Dragon Ball Super chapter 41
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dragon Ball Super episode 110
  10. 10.0 10.1 Dragon Ball Super episode 129
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Dragon Ball Super episode 129
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ch39
  13. Dragon Ball Super episode 129 preview from
  14. Dragon Ball Super: Broly
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Dragon Ball Z: Revival of 'F'
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dragon Ball Super chapter 28, pp. 36-37
  17. Dragon Ball Super episode 110
  18. Dragon Ball Super chapter 27, pp. 37
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Dragon Ball Super episode 130
  20. Dragon Ball Report
  21. Dragon Ball Super episode 131
  22. Nakamura Ryota and Takami Akatsuki Interview
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