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Dragon Ball Super Ruined One Of Goku's Best Super Saiyan Moments

Goku's Super Saiyan 3 transformation in the Buu Saga was one of Goku's best moments, but it was unfortunately ruined by Dragon Ball Super.

Goku's Super Saiyan 3 transformation was Goku's best moment in the Buu Saga, but the event was ruined by how it was treated years later in Dragon Ball Super. In Dragon Ball canon, the Super Saiyan 3 form, which is characterized by the user losing their eyebrows and gaining significantly longer hair, is a powerful transformation that's only been accessed by Goku and Gotenks. It lets Goku uses every ounce of his strength and multiplies it by a great deal, but the drawback is that takes a toll on his body.

In Dragon Ball Z's Buu Saga, Goku intentionally held back his power when he fought Vegeta, and didn't show how strong he really was until he fought Majin Buu one-on-one. It was then that Goku transcended the power of a Super Saiyan and entered into Super Saiyan 3 for the first time. His new power pushed him to new levels that allowed him to temporarily overpower Majin Buu, who was easily the strongest opponent Goku had faced at that point. In fact, at Super Saiyan 3, Goku was even more powerful than Buu, and nearly as powerful at Kid Buu.

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Goku's initial transformation into his Super Saiyan 3 form was one of Goku's most memorable moments in the anime, and one of Goku's best abilities. The ease in which Super Saiyan 3 Goku dealt with Majin Buu was one of the most impressive displays of Goku's fighting ability. Also, for some unexplained reason, his Super Saiyan 3 form brought out a more serious aspect of his personality, which is something that is rarely seen from Goku. Unfortunately, as visually unique and powerful as Super Saiyan 3 was in Dragon Ball Z, it lost its allure in the next anime, Dragon Ball Super.

In Dragon Ball Super, Goku for the most part moved on from Super Saiyan 3 after the discovery of his Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue transformations. As is often the case with the Dragon Ball series, certain concepts are left behind as characters evolve and their powers increase, and this is exactly what happened to Super Saiyan 3: the form is now obsolete.

The Dragon Ball franchise has circumvented the issue of obsolescence in the past, and on multiple occasions the show found ways to keep Goku's signature powers relevant, even as the character developed new techniques. Goku still consistently uses his first Super Saiyan form, his Kamehemeha, the Kaio-Ken technique, Instant Transmission, and more.

Super Saiyan 3, on the other hand,  is barely utilized now in Dragon Ball Super. Goku uses Super Saiyan 3 only a few times in the sequel series, and each brief transformation has only minimal significance to the story. What was once Goku's most impressive ability in the Buu Saga isn't so special at all in Dragon Ball Super.

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Dragon Ball: 15 Things Fans Need To Know About Super Saiyan 3

Super Saiyan 3 is a unique form that often seems like an outlier in the Super Saiyan ranking system. Super Saiyan 3s take on a mythical form that requires tremendous dedication and more. Super Saiyan 3 seems almost alien to the Saiyan race because of its irregularities.

There are only three people who have obtained Super Saiyan 3 during the canon episodes of Dragon Ball. It stands out for being both exceptional and mediocre. From reading the list below, you'll understand why Super Saiyan 3 is an unusual form. There are a few things fans need to know about Super Saiyan 3. Enjoy!

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Updated by Michael Connor Smith on April 10th, 2020: Super Saiyan 3 is the last main form shown in the original Dragon Ball Z and left many fans wanting to know and see more about this mysterious form. Though it only appeared in a handful of fights, it quickly became a favorite among many fans.

This list was updated to include a few more facts about the Super Saiyan 3 form that wasn't present in the original. Though the form may have far less screentime than other forms, through Dragon Ball video games, manga, anime, and movies, there are a surprising amount of facts about SSJ3.

15 Original Design Concepts

The Super Saiyan 3 form underwent quite a few design variations before being first unveiled during the events of the Buu saga. The most interesting of these concepts would be the addition of a tail similar to Super Saiyan 4, and this is referenced in Goku's transformation in the anime where he is shown reverting back to his child state.

When its design neared completion, Toriyama originally drew the form with hair length similar to Super Saiyan 2 but slicked back to become more menacing before deciding on adding the Raditz-length hair-do. During this final stage of development, the decision to give the form a lack of eyebrows was thought to make the form more intimidating than previous Super Saiyan form as well as to help it better stand out from the rest.

14 10. A Saiyan Must Master Super Saiyan 2 Before Turning Into Super Saiyan 3

Also known as an "Ascended Saiyan", Super Saiyan 2 pushes users past the power of a Super Saiyan. If it weren't already difficult enough to go Super Saiyan 2, one must master the form if they wish to achieve Super Saiyan 3.

Goku learned how to turn Super Saiyan 3 in heaven but was unable to control his power on Earth, which means he must have only transformed a few times before doing it in front of Majin Buu. Facing Majin Buu, Goku changed into the two forms in an instant, demonstrating Goku's Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 prowess.

13 9. The Form Has Its Weaknesses

Under normal conditions, the Super Saiyan 3 form is highly ineffective against powerful foes like Beerus and Majin Buu. Due to the physical toll it bestows to its user, a Super Saiyan 3 tires quickly and has trouble controlling his or her enormous power. While other Super Saiyan forms can be mastered to mitigate instability, Super Saiyan 3 is erratic under normal conditions. For these reasons, Goku prefers not to use Super Saiyan 3 unless he's out of options.

12 Super Saiyan 3 Has No Canonical Victories

Super Saiyan 3 was shown off quite late into Dragon Ball Z's lifespan, coming in during the last major saga of the series and only making a few appearances in Dragon Ball Super. Because of this limited screen time, there are far fewer battles where Super Saiyan 3 is the star of the show, especially considering that its extreme energy consumption provides a strict time limit.

During the Buu Saga, Goku was never able to best any of Buu's forms with Super Saiyan 3, even though he came close on multiple occasions. In Dragon Ball Super, Beerus absolutely wiped the floor with SSJ3 Goku in the infamously poorly animated battle, and he only ever used the form again to show off his power. The only victories that this form has come in the form of movies and games, mainly against Hirudegarn in Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon.

11 Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta And Broly

Canonical Dragon Ball only features two lone Super Saiyan 3 users, being Goku and Gotenks, but various video game adaptations have brought us a ton of "what-if" scenarios for more long-haired action. In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, two fan-favorite characters receive Super Saiyan 3 transformations.

Broly's hair becomes a slightly darker green and makes him look even more intimidating than he already was. Fans have always wondered why Dragon Ball loves to skip out on Vegeta's transformations, as we've never seen him as a Super Saiyan 3 or a Super Saiyan God, and this is the closest we'll likely ever get.

10 8. Raditz' Hair Grows Even Longer In The Super Saiyan 3 Form

If Raditz' hair wasn't already long enough, his hair grows even longer in the Super Saiyan 3 form. His hair is almost touching the ground, which couldn't make fighting easy. Raditz proved to be more powerful than both Piccolo and Goku when we first met him on Earth. Raditz has never gone Super Saiyan 3 because he's never attained the Super Saiyan 3 form. It is widely agreed, however, that Raditz' hair grows longer while Super Saiyan 3 and this is evidenced in Super Dragon Ball Heroes.

9 7. Goku Only Uses The Super Saiyan 3 Transformation In Rare Circumstances

We know from seeing Goku in various episodes that he doesn't like to transform into Super Saiyan 3. As someone who changes between Super Saiyan forms regularly, Goku probably doesn't care to master Super Saiyan 3; he could just as easily use Super Saiyan 2 and be faster.

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It seems as if Super Saiyan 3 was a short-lived form with the introduction of Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan God Blue. Super Saiyan 3 is the most flawed form of all the Super Saiyans, yet Goku will still use it in rare circumstances like when he tried to stall for time against Majin Buu.

8 6. Goku Uses The Form Against Janemba In The Movie "Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn"

History shows that sometimes Dragon Ball movies are considered canon, but are often removed because they conflict with the television series. Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn is not canon either, but it's worth watching since Super Saiyan 3 makes an appearance.

Goku's mastery of Super Saiyan 3 was better than when he fought against Majin Buu. To take down Janemba it took the combination of fusion and Super Saiyan 3. You'll have to watch the action-packed movie to get the full story.

7 Dragon Ball SD Appearances

Dragon Ball SD, like many other "SD" manga, is a chibi version of the original story mainly geared towards younger readers. This shorter series spans original Dragon Ball up to later Dragon Ball Z and has even more of a humorous edge to it than the original series' did.

During a panel celebrating Saikyo Jump on its third anniversary, more than a few characters undergo a Super Saiyan 3 transformation. These characters include Master Roshi, Krillin, Puar, and Yamcha, in which they reveal the true power of the Kame House residents.

6 5. Akira Toriyama Often Forgets Things About The Super Saiyan 3 Form

For a while, Akira Toriyama thought that the Super Saiyan 3 form was Super Saiyan 2. It wouldn't be the first time Akira Toriyama forgot something about the Dragon Ball series. Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan are similar, but there is a distinct difference in hairstyle, Power Level, and aura. A Super Saiyan 2 is surrounded by electricity. On another note, Akira Toriyama forgot about the recurring character known as "Launch.' It's possible Toriyama doesn't watch his series.

5 Super Saiyan 3 Was Originally Going To Be Super Saiyan God

Before Super Saiyan God was decided to have its signature godly, red hair, it was going to be a more simplistic design using Super Saiyan 3. The only main difference with the form was going to be giving Goku a cape, which would have been quite the odd transformation.

The idea was scrapped as Super Saiyan 3 was an already underwhelming form to begin within the eyes of many fans, and something titled "Super Saiyan God" should have a distinct, unique look to accompany it.

4 4. Super Saiyan 3 Is 400x The Power Of A Saiyan's Base Power Level

We know that the Super Saiyan 3 form appears mighty and powerful, but did you know that Super Saiyan 3 is 400x the power of a base Saiyan's Power Level? This is an enormous number in the Dragon Ball universe.

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"With great power comes great responsibility." Super Saiyan 3 users are almost always from the good side. How one controls their emotions, and their mindset plays a significant influence on ascending to the next level of Saiyan. As a form that is 400x a Saiyan's base Power Level, Super Saiyan 3 is one of the most powerful forms we've seen yet.

3 3. Goku Is The Only Saiyan With Pupils In The Super Saiyan 3 Form

Every character except Goku loses their pupils when they transform into Super Saiyan 3. Moreover, the color of his irises is bluer in this form. It is a small detail that might have gargantuan implications.

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There are quite a few reasons to explain why Goku has pupils in the Super Saiyan 3 form. For starters, it's worth noting that Goku reached the form for the first time in the afterlife (heaven). Since he did it there, his pupils may have been affected. Also, as the earliest Super Saiyan 3 user, Goku may have reached a form above Super Saiyan 3 and not known it. This topic is debatable, but it might just be an irregularity in Dragon Ball's animation.

2 2. An Arcade Trading Card Game, Contains Super Saiyan 3 Forms For Future Trunks And More

Although it bears a similar title, Super Dragon Ball Heroes is a separate show from Dragon Ball Heroes. Both, however, aren't considered canon, but they should be because of how many awesome Super Saiyan 3s it introduced. Vegeta, Broly, Raditz, Nappa, Bardock, Cunber, and Gohanks (Gohan and Trunks fusion) are among the people who attained Super Saiyan 3 in Super Dragon Ball Heroes. As you would expect, each form looks totally awesome. Nappa's beard grows out while Super Saiyan, but he remains bald. This could mean he is genetically hairless and doesn't shave his head.

1 1. Super Saiyan 3 Full Power Doesn't Have Energy Drain Or Body Fatigue

First revealed in the episode of Super Dragon Ball Heroes titled "Goku Revived!! Strongest vs. Strongest Collide!," Super Saiyan 3 Full Power is a variation of Super Saiyan 3 that doesn't have the drawbacks of the original form. The removal of energy drain and body fatigue makes Super Saiyan 3 Full Power one of the most capable Super Saiyan forms. Unfortunately, Dragon Ball Heroes isn't considered canon, but it doesn't hurt to theorize about what could be one of the most powerful forms in Dragon Ball. The only known person to reach Super Saiyan 3 Full Power is Cunber, an ancient Saiyan.

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Dragon Ball Z: 10 Amazing Facts Most Fans Don't Know About Super Saiyan 3

Out of all of the entertaining shonen anime that have come out over the years, Dragon Ball Zis still one of the most satisfying. For decades the action series has been able to entertain and surprise audiences and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

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Dragon Ball Z has a lot to love, but the Super Saiyan transformations in the franchise have become one of the most celebrated aspects in the series. Super Saiyans get a lot of focus, but out of all of the various forms, Super Saiyan 3 remains one of the most elusive, with a lot about it still eluding fans.

10 It Initially Had A Tail

Dragon Ball is iconic for all of the character designs and transformation ideas that Akira Toriyama has helped design. It’s hard to imagine these characters looking different, but there are a number of Dragon Ball designs that changed a lot during production.

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Super Saiyan 3 is one such design that stayed fairly close to Toriyama’s original vision. That being said, he did plan for Super Saiyan 3 to involve the Saiyan re-growing their tail. The idea was scrapped, but it would eventually come into play with Super Saiyan 4.

9 The Transformation Itself Can Destroy The User

A dangerous element to new Super Saiyan transformations is that there’s a greater chance of the Saiyan’s massive energy devastating the planet in the process. The first time that Goku turns into Super Saiyan 3 it's such a surge of power that it nearly ruins him. It's a difficult transition that he struggles with.

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During subsequent transformations he's able to better control his body, but the effects on the planet are still catastrophic. Super Saiyan 3 triggers tidal waves, hurricanes, and natural disasters and even those outside of the Earth, like Supreme Kai and Gohan, could sense the dangerous energy.

8 There Are Slight Variations Of The Form

Super Saiyan 3 is such a powerhouse of a transformation that it's typically enough on its own. However, the Dragon Ball video games have tried to go in some different directions with Super Saiyan 3. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast introduces a Legendary Super Saiyan 3, which pulls inspiration from Broly, but pushes the rough form into even more muscular territory. The video games also toy around with achieving Super Saiyan 3 through artificial means. Xeno Bardock makes use of a Time Breaker Mask that gives him such a boost that he achieves Super Saiyan 3 through the means of Xeno-Evolution.

7 It's The Only Super Saiyan Stage That Can Be Skipped

Super Saiyan 3 is a flashy transformation that was used as one of the defining elements of the conclusion of Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super both introduce new forms of Super Saiyan that go beyond Super Saiyan 3. In both of these series Vegeta is able to turn into Super Saiyan 4 and Super Saiyan God, but he's never been shown to become a Super Saiyan 3 within the anime or manga. This is intriguing since it means that it's not an essential step and perhaps other stages can be skipped under the right circumstances.

6 It Can Trigger New And Powerful Attacks

The characters in Dragon Ball are all fortunate that they’re extremely physically strong, but they also have a wealth of energy attacks like the Kamehameha to deal with enemies. Super Saiyan transformations are a great equalizer, but when Goku becomes Super Saiyan 3, he gains access to a new and powerful ability, the Dragon Fist. Goku only uses this technique a couple times, with the most iconic taking place in the 13thDragon Ball Z movie. However, Goku only uses the destructive move when in Super Saiyan 3 form, which indicates that it’s specifically a byproduct of the transformation.

5 Having A Tail Increases The Transformation's Strength

Dragon Ball GT does some creative things with the Super Saiyan 3 transformation. Since Goku becomes a child again in GT, he can only maintain the Super Saiyan 3 transformation for a few seconds because his body is impaired. This is a big blow to him, but Old Kai devises a solution. After Old Kai restores Goku's tail, he's able to keep his Super Saiyan 3 transformation for a much longer period of time, which definitely confirms that a Saiyan’s tail makes a difference with the form's abilities. The tail even takes on a golden hue.

4 It Suffers From A Time Limit

Another issue that Dragon Ball has to regularly take into consideration is that incredible reservoirs of power can actually decrease suspense. Super Saiyan 3 was a game changer upon its debut, but a means of neutering it is introduced in Super Saiyan 3's time limit. Super Saiyan 3 applies such a strain on the Saiyan's body that it can only be maintained for a short period of time, like 30 minutes. However, using more strength and pushing it to its limit runs down that clock even faster. Despite improvements, Super Saiyan 3 is still tied to this deterrent.

3 It Technically Takes Years To Master

A running problem that Dragon Ball has to deal with is that when Super Saiyan transformations are initially achieved they require tremendous requirements, but then these fulfillments slacken. The same thing has happened to some degree with the Super Saiyan 3 transformation, but the first time it's achieved it's one of Goku's hardest challenges. During Goku's training in Other World he actually spends years on perfecting the mechanics around Super Saiyan 3. It's the hardest form to perfect. His knowledge of it makes Gotenks' transformation considerably easier as a result.

2 Super Saiyan 3 Focuses On Increased Ki Utilization

Something that makes Super Saiyan 3 such a unique transformation is in what traits of a Saiyan it focuses on. The previous Super Saiyan forms are interested in a boost of physical strength, which makes sense, but Super Saiyan 3 prioritizes the innate ki energy that's inside of Saiyans. Super Saiyan 3 is about maximizing the energy in a Saiyan, which means that their speed and endurance is pushed beyond normal limits, but due to how their energy is redistributed, they're weak in other areas and strained in ways that they normally wouldn't be.

1 It Foreshadows Super Saiyan 4

Super Saiyan 3 is still reserved for rare situations in Dragon Ball. The first time Goku transforms into this new form is one of Dragon Ball Z’s biggest moments. Not only are the results impressive, but the transformation itself features a strange moment. Goku briefly sees a vision of a Saiyan hybrid that’s caught between his humanoid and ape form. It’s a moment that’s supposed to reference the history of the Saiyans, but many have interpreted it as an early glimpse of what Super Saiyan 4 achieves.

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Dragon Ball: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Super Saiyan 3

The ability of the Saiyans to power up and get stronger in Dragon Ball had always been fascinating to the fans. Over the years, we've been treated to lots of incredible Saiyan transformations in the series, from Goku's Super Saiyan form against Freeza to Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 against Cell.

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Arguably, the most incredible of these Super Saiyan transformations is its third and final form, known as Super Saiyan 3. This form isn't known to many Saiyans, but it is one of the strongest power-ups that we've ever seen in the series. Here are 10 facts that you didn't know about the Super Saiyan 3 transformation.

10 The Super Saiyan Potential

Saiyans are known to have incredible potential and power that almost seems like it is limitless at times. When transforming into the Super Saiyan form, this power keeps on multiplying, and when a Saiyan masters Super Saiyan 3, they get to the absolute pinnacle of the Saiyan power.

According to what the series tells us, Super Saiyan 3 is what squeezes every bit of potential from the body of a Saiyan, making it the strongest known Saiyan transformation that we have seen to date.

9 Its Users

Although different Dragon Ball media, such as the games and the promotional anime, show multiple characters being able to use this transformation, Super Saiyan 3 can actually be used by just two known characters in Dragon Ball.

Goku is the first one who pulled this off after training in the Other World, and after him, Gotenks, the fusion of Goten and Trunks, was the second one who managed to gain this power. Of course, in Gotenks' case, Goku's guidance could also have played a role in them achieving this form.

8 Super Saiyan Mastery

Although Super Saiyan 3 is known to be the strongest of all the Super Saiyan forms, it doesn't change the fact that it is not the most convenient of states to enter.

According to Akira Toriyama, from Saikyō Jump's June 2014 interview, Super Saiyan 3 form is just a powered-up version of the regular Super Saiyan, and if trained hard enough, the regular Super Saiyan form can be used to reach a similar power level. What's more, all this is actually advantageous to the user as the regular Super Saiyan form isn't as taxing on the body as Super Saiyan 3.

7 How To Achieve It

The way to achieve Super Saiyan 3 has never been clearly mentioned to us in Dragon Ball. If achieving the form were all about power, Vegeta would've been able to utilize it as well. However, it seems as though there is something unnatural about the Super Saiyan 3 form. Goku could only gain this power when he died and trained in the Other World.

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On the other hand, neither Trunks not Goten were able to achieve this form on their own; however, once they fused together to form Gotenks, achieving this form became possible for them.

6 Energy Consumption

Super Saiyan 3 is, undoubtedly, an extremely powerful form that allows a Saiyan to fight at the highest possible power output. However, it is actually not an ideal state to enter at all. From what we know, Super Saiyan 3 is said to be a form that maximizes the ki output of a user, which is why the state appears to be so powerful.

However, in doing so, it also makes the user lose their ki far too rapidly and puts a tremendous amount of strain on the body. As such, this form can only be maintained for a short duration of time.

5 Double-edged Sword

As mentioned previously, Super Saiyan 3 is a form that drains the ki of a user at an incredibly fast speed and puts a tremendous amount of strain on their body, but that's certainly not all there is to its down-sides.

On top of everything, Super Saiyan 3's awakening is known to produce a violent blast of power, which is so dangerous that the person undergoing the transformation could potentially end up killing themselves. However, once successfully achieved, this form increases the user's power tremendously.

4 The Solution

Due to its down-sides, the Super Saiyan 3 state appears to be a double-edged sword. However, that's not to say that it can't be used efficiently. Goku, in particular, seems to have gotten around its side effects by only using this form for a short span to overwhelm his enemies.

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He did this against Future Trunks while sparring, and when used in this manner, it appears that the form can be put to very good use. The user also doesn't suffer the side effects that they usually do when used sporadically.

3 The Power Multiplier

The Super Saiyan 3 form is said to be able to multiply the power of a person who has achieved the Super Saiyan 2 state by at least 4 times. This implies that it is at least 8 times as strong as the regular Super Saiyan transformation.

The Super Saiyan state itself is a 50 times multiplier on the base state of a Saiyan, which means that a Super Saiyan 3 form makes a user 400 times as strong as they are in their base state.

2 The Initial Idea

Akira Toriyama is known to have drafted quite a number of designs for Super Saiyan 3 before actually settling for the one that we're so familiar with. In the original draft, Super Saiyan 3 appears to have had a tail. For some reason, the tail was completely omitted once the final version of this form was done by Toriyama.

At the same time, this tail was then used in the Super Saiyan 4 transformation, as seen in Dragon Ball GT. Why exactly Toriyama chose to not give Super Saiyan 3 a tail isn't known, but we hope to get an answer to that someday.

1  The Funimation Dub

According to the Funimation Dub of Dragon Ball Z, Goku states something interesting that suggests that Super Saiyan 3 drains a lot more energy in the living state than in the non-living state.

To be more precise, according to Goku, this form drains twice as much energy when alive as it does when he uses it when dead. This was stated after Goku's energy got depleted upon fighting Kid Buu in the Super Saiyan 3 state. While it could be true, there isn't much to back up this statement at all.

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This article is about the Super Saiyan 3 transformation. For the form referred to by some fans as "Ultra Super Saiyan", see Super Saiyan Third Grade.

Super Saiyan 3



Sūpā Saiya-jin Surī


      or       (Legendary version) or       (Dark Magic)

Super Saiyan 3 (サイヤ,Sūpā Saiya-jin Surī) is the third form of Super Saiyan and the successor to the secondtransformation. This form extracts every drop of potential from a Saiyan's blood. Goku was the first to achieve the form and was able to do so after several years of vigorous training in Other World. Gotenks later achieves this form through the power of Trunks and Goten's fusion and Goku's example.


Akira Toriyama stated in the Saikyō Jump's June 2014 interview that Super Saiyan 2 and 3 are nothing more than powered up variants of Super Saiyan and that mastering Super Saiyan could increase its power beyond that of Super Saiyan 2 and 3 while draining less energy.

This form of Super Saiyan is achievable by a Saiyan who has already obtained the Super Saiyan 2 form and then trains intensely. Notably, it appears that this form can only be achieved under out-of-the-norm circumstances, as Goku achieved the form while dead, and while Goten and Trunks could not attain the form, their fusion Gotenks was able to.

Where the fourth stage of Super Saiyan's purpose was 100% utilization of physical stamina, the purpose of the Super Saiyan 3 transformation is to increase the utilization of ki, and as a result, the transformation consumes far more energy than even Super Saiyan 2. This notably leads to extended levels of fatigue, even long after powering down. If the user has died and is not encumbered by a living body, this strain is reduced somewhat, and additional energy depletion is minimized (such as in Goku's case during his first fight with Majin Buu). The difference between Super Saiyan 3 and Super Saiyan 2, its predecessor, is immediately noticeable as speed, strength, and endurance are all pushed far beyond the normal limits. The sudden awakening of Super Saiyan 3 is such a violent explosion of power that the user could potentially obliterate themselves.[7] A Super Saiyan 3 can easily beat opponents that a Super Saiyan 2 couldn't handle.

The first time that Goku used this form on Earth, its power caused massive tidal waves and hurricanes, and nearly shook the planet apart. During subsequent transformations, Goku seemingly controlled it enough to prevent such dangerous side effects. In addition, this power could be sensed even as far as the distance between Earth and Sacred World of the Kai, something that not only shocked Shin, Kibito, and Gohan, but worried them as well.

However, with the enormous power, there are some very serious setbacks stemming from the rapid use of ki energy. When the temporally revived Goku showed Babidi and Majin Buu the form, he cut his remaining temporal revival energy in half, and in the anime, when he shows his power to the excited Trunks and Goten, his energy was completely dissipated, forcing him to return to the Other World. It was stated by Piccolo, however, that Dende's healing ability would've made Goku's revival energy return to normal. But Goku refutes this statement.

Likewise, when the now fully living Super Saiyan 3 Goku attempted to regain energy while Vegeta and Mr. Satan distracted Kid Buu, he was unable to do so, draining his power completely and leaving him in a weakened, normal state where he could not even control the Super Spirit Bomb. Goku acknowledged that he had little experience with the transformation, with his fight with Kid Buu being the first time he used it in a full fight with a living body. Performing it twice in a short time brought him to his knees and expended all of his remaining energy (in the manga, he does not revert to his original form until after Vegeta intervenes to buy him the minute that he needed, however). The fused Gotenks was not able to maintain the transformation for very long either, reverting to his base form after substantially less than thirty minutes transformed.

In Dragon Ball Super, these energy-sapping issues appear to be circumvented by Goku, through the utilization of Super Saiyan 3 in an extremely sporadic fashion for quick power boosts to overwhelm enemies (E.g. during his sparring bout with Future Trunks). Using the form in this way does not appear to have the same exhaustive effect on the user that it does have when used for prolonged periods of time.

The energy drain issues are exacerbated even further when Goku is turned back into a child in Dragon Ball GT, where he can only hold the transformation for a couple of seconds and struggles to utilize the power against Baby Vegeta. This limit was somewhat lifted after Goku's tail was restored with the help of Elder Kai, allowing him to sustain the form for a longer duration, though he was still no match for Super Baby Vegeta in this state.


The transformation causes some stark changes in physical appearance. The trademark characteristic of the transformation is the user's hair: the rigid hair of the Super Saiyan 2 state becomes flowing and smooth again, and grows down to or sometimes passes the user's waist (unless the user in question is bald, in which case the user is still bald). In the case of users who already had waist-length hair in base form, the hair also reaches below the feet. The hair color of Super Saiyan 3 is still golden blonde but takes on a darker and more yellow shade of gold compared to the previous Super Saiyan forms, which had a paler shade of gold when not surrounded by an aura. The eyebrows vanish completely, making the forehead and eye ridges appear larger and revealing a more prominent brow ridge; these traits do not apply to female Super Saiyan 3 in either Dragon Ball Heroes or Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. When used by an ancient evil Saiyan, like Cumber, this form does not appear to increase the length of the user's hair much.

A small increase in muscle mass is evident, and muscle tone is sharply defined. The user's voice also tends to get gruffer while in this form. Energy radiation is so great that the aura pulses at an extremely high frequency, almost to the point where it seems static; the sound of the aura is also pitched even higher than that of Super Saiyan 2, this feature is only present in the original manga and the Dragon Ball Z anime, however, in more recent media, such as commercials and Dragon Ball Super, the aura is now depicted more jagged much like the Super Saiyan 2 form, sometimes with an orange glow emanating from the aura (like the Japanese opening of Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters and Dragon Ball Super), and the aura instead sounded the same normal pitch as the previous Super Saiyan forms. The electrical discharge, like in the Super Saiyan 2 form, is again constant and may reach further outward from the body than before.

The Saiyan's voice may become slightly deeper, though this is obviously a feature only found in the anime. If the user of the Super Saiyan 3 form has a tail, it turns yellowish gold. There is no personality change, as no emotion is required to initiate the transformation (Goku acted stoic to intimidate Babidi and Majin Buu, and Gotenks acted as he normally would). Another notable change is that the user seems to "glow" while in this state, more so than before, where the skin and clothes color were lightened, but not as much as the color change of this form (this mostly applies to training gi; when Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 3, his training gi appears to be rather gold and blue instead of orange and blue, however, in most recent animations, and Dragon Ball Super, this glowing effect does not appear, when Goku is in Super Saiyan 3 without his aura in the series, particularly during his fight with Beerus, his skin and clothes do not glow, and always remain in their normal color as his base form).

In Xenoverse 2, it is revealed that if a Saiyan is bald, their hair will grow out when using the Super Saiyan 3 transformation. However, in Super Dragon Ball Heroes, humorously Nappa remains bald after transforming into his Super Saiyan 3 form and instead, his beard hair grows out. Presumably, these differences can be explained as being due to Nappa having gone bald due to his age which would prevent any hair from growing while transformed, while Saiyans in Xenoverse 2 may only have shaved heads allowing their Super Saiyan 3 hair to grow out.

Usage and power

"I'm sorry that took so much longer than the others...but I haven't had much occasion to practice this one. This is what I call a Super Saiyan 3. I'm ready - show me what you got."
— Goku to Majin Buu after transforming

The form uses a Saiyan's full potential with power extracted from every drop of their blood.[9] This form draws the hidden power of its user out to its limits, however, it is flawed in that it possesses huge energy consumption.[10] The Super Saiyan 3 form gives the user four times the strength of a Super Saiyan 2,[11] so it multiplies a Super Saiyan's power by eight times.

To transform into a Super Saiyan 3, the Saiyan must already possess the prior Super Saiyan form and must push as hard as they can to find the energy deep inside them, then tap into that energy, allowing them to undergo the transformation.[12]

Goku uses the Super Saiyan 3 transformation in a brief battle against Majin Buu in order to stall him long enough for Trunks to find the Dragon Radar. He was able to overtake the monster, almost matching him blow for blow. He eventually retreated from the fight, as he wanted Goten and Trunks to defeat Buu with their fusion technique, as he "wouldn't be around forever." Goku later stated he believed he could have killed Buu if he had actually tried, but held complete faith in Gotenks' ability to destroy him if they were to try the Fusion Dance.

This form was next seen used by Gotenks, the fusion between Goten and Trunks, the form, was first tested by the duo as Gotenks briefly before defusing (although we can only see them as brief silhouettes appearing and reappearing and surrounded by a large aura explosion), with Trunks calling it their "secret weapon" and "Ultra Super Saiyan", he stated that everyone would be stunned by their results, intending to use the form to surprise their opponent and everyone. Later, during his fight with the new, more powerful version of Majin Buu.

While in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Piccolo destroyed the only entrance in or out of the dimension, in hopes of trapping Super Buu inside, when he believed that Gotenks had lost and that the universe would be destroyed. Unfortunately, Super Buu was able to escape by ripping the dimensions open using intense sound waves from his own voice when he became angry at the thought of not having any more food to eat. Learning from the things that Goku taught him about being Super Saiyan 3, Gotenks transforms into Super Saiyan 3 and rips up a hole in a similar fashion, shocking Piccolo. Once outside, Gotenks battled Super Buu in earnest. The two appeared to be an even match, with Gotenks appearing to gain the upper hand before the transformation wore off.

The Super Saiyan 3 state was truly pushed to the breaking point in the final battle against Kid Buu. Despite using his full power as a Super Saiyan 3, Goku had difficulty competing with the seemingly endless power supply of the Majin. Though he appeared to have the advantage for most of the fight before the ki drain became evident, his attacks seemed to be useless against Buu, and the transformation eventually caused his collapse from exhaustion. He later revealed that he might have been able to destroy Kid Buu when at full power, but let the fight drag on to give Vegeta a shot. Vegeta then powered up to a Super Saiyan 2 in order to buy him the time that Goku needed to get back up to full strength, but the immense stress of trying to gather his power forced him to revert to his normal state before reaching his maximum potential, leaving him heavily drained and unable to transform. It took a Super Spirit Bomb gathered from all the energies of Earth, the Ogres in Yemma's office, and the Namekian villagers that resided with Moori on New Namek, to finish off Kid Buu, and the Super Saiyan 3 form is never seen in the main manga storyline again.

Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 3 form after having battled Beerus as Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 but none of them were causing an effect. Even though his power and speed were increased by a huge amount in this form, it was not enough to even match with Beerus' skills. Super Saiyan 3 was also soon defeated when Beerus gently touched Goku's shoulder, causing him to go unconscious for a brief moment. In the Super Manga, Gotenks transforms into a Super Saiyan 3 while battling Beerus but is beaten just as easily as he was in the anime. This form is surpassed afterward by the Super Saiyan God form, whom Goku utilizes against Beerus, followed by the Super Saiyan Blue form, achieved after gaining the power of Super Saiyan God, against the resurrected Frieza. It is from this moment on that Goku discontinued the usage of Super Saiyans 2 and 3 (Coincidentally, just like in GT), in favor of the more powerful god ki Super Saiyan Blue form, and during subsequent battles, Goku immediately goes regular Super Saiyan, or Blue, for tougher opponents, or initially Super Saiyan and then evolve directly to Super Saiyan Blue, avoiding the last two forms, due to already mastering the initial form, just like Goku switching from Super Saiyan straight to Super Saiyan 4 in GT, however, unlike GT, Goku does use the Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3 forms during battle, albeit extremely sporadically.

In the Dragon Ball Super anime, Gotenks does not use his Super Saiyan 3 form until the battle with Duplicate Vegeta, realizing that his regular form will not be sufficient to defeat him. After using several attacks, such as Grand Special Rolling Kick, Super Special Crash Hammer, and Finish Special Flash Strong Bomber, all proved to be futile. Duplicate Vegeta, only using his base form, then began to easily land a barrage of blows on Gotenks, defeating him with ease due to having power on par with Vegeta himself.

Goku reveals that he can still use the form during his sparring session against Future Trunks. In the anime, it's quick power boost was enough to allow Goku to defeat Future Trunks and shatter the barrier surrounding their battle. In the Super manga, Goku also assumes the form but is shocked to see Future Trunks, as a Super Saiyan 2, power himself up so much that his power matches Goku's as a Super Saiyan 3. In the anime, Goku once again uses this form while battling with the illusions of Nappa, Cell, Buu, and Frieza, but this transformation is shown briefly. As the illusions get larger in size, Goku does not put up a fight in his Super Saiyan 3 form, and soon reverts to his base form.

In the manga version of the Zeno Expo, Goku transforms into this state during the fight against Top to impress the Omni-Kings but Top quickly shuts him down in this form, forcing Goku to transform into Super Saiyan God. Goku later uses this form in order to battle Android 17 when recruiting him for the tournament.

In the anime, the form was mentioned during the Tournament of Power, as Goku said Caulifla might attain the form during their fight. Goku later briefly transforms into Super Saiyan 3 during his fight with both Caulifla and Kale. He then reverts to Super Saiyan 2, saying he hasn't recovered enough stamina to maintain the form.

In the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, when charging at Saganbo, Goku reverts to his Super Saiyan 3 form and is knocked down by the former prisoner.

In the Prison Planet Saga of Super Dragon Ball Heroes, in the anime, Cumber uses this form upon the appearance of Super Saiyan 4sXeno Goku and Xeno Vegeta, battling their fusion Xeno Vegito with it and just barely losing to him. In the manga, Cumber uses this form against Super Saiyan 4 Xeno Vegito and overwhelms him until Perfected Ultra Instinct Goku steps in, the two clash continue to clash until the Prison Planet is destroyed.

In the manga version of the Universal Conflict Saga, Cumber uses this form first to battle Top and Dyspo, before going on to fight toe-to-toe against Super Saiyan Blue Goku. Later, whilst weakened and injured, Cumber takes on this form in order to allow him to survive being hit by Golden Meta-Cooler's quadruple Golden Supernova. In the anime, Cumber uses this form to battle Meta-Cooler in his base and Golden forms and is defeated.

In Dragon Ball GT, Goku's small body caused him to have trouble using Super Saiyan 3. It could not handle the energy output of the transformation, and he could only hold the form for around one minute. When he attempted to fight Baby Vegeta, he was easily beaten down. After having his tail restored, he becomes able to freely use the transformation, but the gap between Baby Vegeta's Super form achieved after receiving all the energies of the half-Saiyans and the Earthlings that he possessed was far too big for him to even land any damage, and he reverted to his normal state, only to transform into a Golden Great Ape, and then into Super Saiyan 4, defeating Baby after a prolonged fight. It was after this fight that Goku discontinued the usage of Super Saiyan 3, as it was heavily outclassed by the raw power and minimal setbacks of Super Saiyan 4.

While possessed by Baby, Vegeta transforms into a form where his hair lengthens (albeit not as long as a typical Super Saiyan 3), he has a single prominent bang that curved across his face and loses his eyebrows: all of those traits of the Super Saiyan 3 form. This has caused the authors of the Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File to theorize that the additional power that Baby drew from his followers may have caused Vegeta to reach a mutated version of the state.

In the Dark Empire Saga of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission!, Trunks: Xeno uses Super Saiyan 3 in the final battle to take down a horde of Demon Realm Soldiers and Shinigami Soldiers.

In the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, the Saiyan Hero Beat manages to tap into Super Saiyan 3 power in-game during his battle with Black Smoke Shenron. He later achieves the form during his in-game battle with Oceanus Shenron.

In the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 The Manga, the Future Warrior is revealed to be capable of transforming into Super Saiyan 3 while on an Expert Mission fighting a Great Ape with a group of Time Patrollers.


  • Evil Saiyan-Super Saiyan 3: An Evil Saiyan is capable of taking on the Super Saiyan 3 state, retaining the unique characteristics of their Evil Saiyan state whilst transformed.
  • Super Saiyan Rosé 3 - Super Saiyan Rosé's equivalent to the Super Saiyan 3 transformation.
Game variations
  • Legendary Super Saiyan 3 - The Legendary Super Saiyan equivalent of Super Saiyan 3. Introduced in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast and appears in several video games.
  • Prince of Destruction Super Saiyan 3 (王子サイヤ,Hakai-oji Sūpā Saiya-jin Surī) - A variation of Vegeta's Super Saiyan 3 form which appears as Prince of Destruction Vegeta's Super Saiyan 3 form in Dragon Ball Heroes. This form features the addition of the Majin Mark.
  • Villainous Mode (Super Saiyan) - The final stage Villainous Mode form for Gotenks while under the control of Demigra's Dark Magic in Xenoverse which is basically a Dark Magic corrupted version of Gotenks' Super Saiyan 3 form.

Film Appearances

In Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Goku uses the Super Saiyan 3 transformation to defeat Janemba, only to have his foe transform into an even more powerful state, "Super" Janemba. Despite holding his own for a good while, Goku is eventually defeated when Super Janemba creates a sword from a discarded Ogre club and begins firing energy blades from it, an attack that Goku has no defense against. It takes the combined efforts of Goku and Vegeta, fused into Gogeta, to take down the demon.

In Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, Goku battles the evil monster Hirudegarn in his Super Saiyan 3 form. He is able to kill the monster by using his Dragon Fist technique. Goten and Trunks also fused into Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks during the fight with Hirudegarn and used his Continuous Die Die Missile attack on Hirudegarn's first stage, followed by a ki blast which seemed successful in destroying the monster. However, Hirudegarn was still alive and transformed into his second form and swatted Gotenks into the ground, hitting him so heavily that he defused and reverted to Goten and Trunks. Between the Buu Saga and the movie, it is worth noting that Goku's Super Saiyan 3 transformation appeared to have increased in power to the point that Gohan and Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks appeared to be weaker than him; Hirudegarn had no difficulty whatsoever in overpowering Gohan, but Super Saiyan 3 Goku was able to take multiple hits from the monster and continue fighting, albeit in bad condition.

"Now! Finally comes the one you've been waiting for! The legendary Super Saiyan 3."
— Goku showing off his Super Saiyan transformations to Beerus

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Goku battles Beerus the Destroyer in his Super Saiyan 3 form. During the subsequent fight, Goku is completely dominated by Beerus, who effortlessly blocks and dodges his attacks. Goku is even smashed hard into the ground by merely a flick of Beerus' finger. Goku continues to engage Beerus and unleashes a mighty punch that blows right through King Kai's Planet. However, it misses, and Beerus' incredible speed allows him to come up behind Goku and knock him unconscious with a chop to the neck

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"And this... is to go even further BEYOND!"
— Goku powering up to Super Saiyan 3

Super Saiyan 3?!


Japanese Name

アッとく!! サイヤ

Romaji name

At'to Odoroku Dai-Henshin!! Sūpā Saiya-jin Surī

Literal Name

An Astounding, Great Transformation!! Super Saiyan 3


Dragon Ball Z

Japanese airdate

November 9, 1994

English airdate

September 26, 2002

"Super Saiyan 3?!" (アッとく!! サイヤ,At'to Odoroku Dai-Henshin!! Sūpā Saiya-jin Surī, lit. "An Astounding, Great Transformation!! Super Saiyan 3") is the fourteenth episode of the Majin Buu Saga and the two hundred forty-fifth overall episode in the original dubbed and the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on November 9, 1994. Its original American airdate was September 26, 2002.


Babidi is uninterested in Goku's claim in that he is about to go beyond a Super Saiyan 2 and he orders Majin Buu to destroy Goku so they can continue to West City. Goku thinks to himself that it is hard to believe Majin Buu could be so powerful by the way he acted, but notes that Vegeta probably thought the same. At The Lookout, everyone is still watching the battle through Babidi's mind projection. Bulma comments that Trunks should be at Capsule Corporation by now, but Piccolo states that he is not there yet.

Trunks has stopped in mid-air. Goku wonders why Trunks has stopped and muses that he doesn't want to go beyond the second level if he doesn't have to. Meanwhile, Trunks senses an enormous power and wonders if he should help, but after Goku yells for him to stop goofing off and get the radar, Trunks continues his journey to Capsule Corp. Babidi wonders who Goku was talking to and what he is talking about with the "radar nonsense". Goku replies that it's not his problem and Babidi dismisses it as Goku hallucinating.

Goku returns to his normal state, prompting Majin Buu to ask whether or not they are still going to play. Goku reassures him that they will get to it once he has taught them a thing or two about Super Saiyans, though Babidi still seems uninterested. Before powering up, Goku explains that he is currently in his normal state. Then Goku powers up to a Super Saiyan and explains that he is currently a Super Saiyan. After that, he powers up to the next level. Goku explains that his current form is a Super Saiyan who has ascended past a Super Saiyan, dubbing the form "Super Saiyan 2" for the first time. Babidi brushes it off, claiming that Goku just changed his hair and he calls it a useless transformation.

Back at the Lookout, Piccolo wonders if Goku has really found way to surpass Super Saiyan 2. Krillin believes that Goku must be bluffing. Then Goku starts screaming as he raises his power level, explaining that this is to go even further beyond. At the Lookout, Piccolo, Goten, and Krillin can sense Goku's power level rising. At the Grand Kai's Planet, King Kai has been watching everything on Earth. He tells Goku to stop, protesting that Goku does this now he will drain away his time he has on Earth. Back at the battlefield, Majin Buu looks at Goku with awe while Babidi appears to be afraid.

At the Lookout, everything starts to shake. Piccolo wonders how Goku is generating that much power. Trunks once again stops and comments that Goku is generating more power than before, but wisely continues to Capsule Corp. so he won't get yelled at again. As Goku continues to power up, his immense power is affecting the climate around the world. The wind starts to blow heavily and the Earth is shaking as well. Goku begins to transform; his hair slowly beginning to grow longer. The immense power that he is generating slowly blows Babidi away from him. Back at Grand Kai's Planet, King Kai pleads for Goku to stop.

At a nearby city, the glass of office buildings and street signs start breaking. Televisions sets are exploding due to Goku's high energy output. From a mountain area, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu also notice Goku's power. Tien gasps that it feels like the planet is shaking apart and he protests that Goku will destroy the world if he doesn't stop. Back at the site of the World Martial Arts Tournament, Mr. Satan is busy dodging falling weights as the ground shakes.

With a mighty scream, Goku lets his power explode as he pushes his energy level to the maximum in a brilliant flash of light. Babidi has to shield his eyes to prevent himself from being blinded by the immense light, but when he uncovers his eyes, he gasps as he sees what Goku is now. Goku is no longer the man he was. His orange gi shimmers with a tremendous aura of power. His hair has grown all the way down to his waist, and his eyebrows are gone. Meanwhile, Piccolo, Goten, Krillin, and Trunks can sense the immense power that Goku was emitting. Babidi is still gasping as he starts to fear Goku. He apologizes for the time it took to reach this level and he introduces his current form: a Super Saiyan 3.

While Babidi is still in shock, Buu looks at Goku with amazement. At Kami's Lookout, Master Roshi comments on Super Saiyan 3, while on the Sacred World of the Kai, Gohan, Supreme Kai and Kibito are able to sense Goku's power. Kibito protests that it should be impossible to feel Goku's power from the Other World. Back at the battlefield, Babidi looks on with anger. As Majin Buu smiles, he says that he is not scared, and Goku's long hair makes him look funny. Babidi agrees with Majin Buu and comments that his current form is ridiculous and that Goku is in need of a haircut. However Goku welcomes the challenge. Babidi thinks that this battle is something that the whole planet should see. Thinking to himself, Goku urges Trunks to hurry.

Meanwhile, Trunks finally makes it to Capsule Corp. However, his grandma starts asking him if he wants anything to eat. Ignoring her questions, he asks Dr. Brief where the Dragon Radar is kept, but Dr. Brief does not remember where it was last kept at. Back at the battlefield, Goku starts to pummel Majin Buu with ease with Babidi looking on. While Goten comments that no one can beat his dad, Piccolo comments that the chances of Goku stopping Majin Buu by himself is still slim. Back on Earth, people are watching the battle with their minds. At this point, Goku throws Majin Buu into an office building, completely destroying it, but Majin Buu recovers and flies back towards Goku.

Majin Buu starts to fire multiple energy blasts at Goku, but Goku simply swats them away. The deflections leave Babidi dodging all of the blasts. Babidi tells Buu to finish off Goku and stop showing off. Majin Buu stretches his arm out and hits Goku in the face, but Goku is unharmed and the exchange just leaves the two combatants smiling at each other. Back on the Grand Kai's Planet, King Kai keeps pleading for Goku to stop or he will use up his remaining time on Earth and he will not be able to teach Goten and Trunks the Fusion Dance.

The battle intensifies as Majin Buu and Goku keep matching each other move for move. When they stop, Majin Buu comments that he is having fun, and Goku agrees. However, Babidi barks at Majin Buu to attack. When Majin Buu starts to become agitated, Babidi threatens to seal him away, but Majin Buu tells him to be quiet. While Babidi gripes about not being treated with respect, Goku notices that Trunks has not left Capsule Corp yet and tells him to hurry. However, Babidi notices that Goku is communicating with Trunks. Meanwhile, Trunks and Dr. Brief continue their search for the Dragon Radar.

Since Trunks has not left West City yet, Goku continues to stall for time by attacking Majin Buu some more. The episode ends as Goku continues to pummel Majin Buu while Trunks continues looking for the Dragon Radar.

Major Events

  • Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan 3 for the first time on-screen.


  • Goku (Super Saiyan 3) vs. Innocent Buu






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Differences from the manga

  • In the manga, when Goku turns into a Super Saiyan 3, his power is enough to shake the world. In the anime, there are extra shots showing the impact of his power up on the streets as glass shatters and electrical appliances explode.
  • Trunks running around Capsule Corporation, desperately trying to find the Dragon Radar, is exclusive to the anime.


  • When Bikini is talking to Trunks, she says that there is some vanilla ice cream in the freezer. When she says this, she pronounces it "Freeza", perhaps referencing one of the main villains.
  • The episode marks the first appearance of the Super Saiyan 3 form.
  • In the English dub, when Majin Buu is repeating Super Saiyan after Goku, he says "Super Saiya-jin?", the transliteration of Super Saiyan in the original Japanese version.
  • Trunks breaks the fourth wall at the end of the episode by asking the audience where the Dragon Radar is.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu in the Buu Saga. Chiaotzu is seen wearing a cape similar to Piccolo's and the one Gohan wore during the Cell Games Saga.
  • This is the first time that the Super Saiyan 2 form is referred to by its proper name.



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