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This is a list of notable techniques used by Goku which have appeared in the Dragon Ball manga, the anime series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, and various video games spun off by the series. Being of Saiyan heritage, Goku is remarkably strong, and his strength increases substantially from training throughout the series. Goku's strength also boosted significantly after he heals from severe injuries, appearing as though his body compensates for where it was lacking in defense.

It is uncertain how powerful Goku is by the end of Dragon Ball Z, and the fact that he is able to transform in order to potentially perform greater feats makes predicting his limits even more difficult. Goku is seen using certain weights throughout the series, although how much power that he had to exert in order to lift them is not made clear.

Techniques appearing in the manga and anime

Energy-based attacks

  • Destructo Disk - The user holds their hand into the air, conducting ki in the form of a razor-sharp disc.
  • Renzoku Kikou Dan - Goku releases a rapid barrage of energy blasts at his opponents, causing a massive accumulation of damage.
  • Solar Flare - The user spreads and places their fingers on their foreheads, discharging a blinding flash of light.

Martial techniques

  • After Image Technique - This technique is a short burst of extremely high speed, moving faster than the opponent can sense. This has the side effect of leaving a momentary "after image", until the opponent's senses adapt and realize their target has moved.
  • Hasshu-ken - A technique, used to counter Tien Shinhan's Four Witches Technique, in which Goku moves his two arms so fast that they each appear to be in four places at once, effectively giving him eight arms to use in combat.
  • Rock, Scissors 'N' Paper - An attack in which Goku delivers either a strong punch, a poke in the eyes, or an open palm strike.
  • Mad Dog Fist - This attack is used by Goku who acts like a dog, barking and jumping around to scare his opponent. He then jumps behind and kicks his surprised opponent.
  • Saru-ken - This is a distraction move designed to confuse and taunt the opponent. Goku uses this in reaction to Jackie Chun's (Master Roshi's alter-ego) use of the Drunken Fist.
  • Full nelson - Executed by performing half nelsons with both arms, though Goku only used this once against Raditz.

Speed and movement techniques

Even though it is not exactly certain how fast Goku can travel, on several occasions, it has been suggested that Goku by the end of Dragon Ball Z, could move faster then the speed of light, as Piccolo claimed that Raditz could move faster than the speed of light, and Raditz was not nearly as powerful as Goku at the end of Z. However, one must note this was merely stated in the Saban dubbed episodes, and itself is flawed considering that in the same dub, it is mentioned the Z Fighters themselves watch the light from someone's aura to see where they are during quite fast-paced battles. Vegito was suggested to have the ability to move faster than light speed, considering that he told Super Buu that he had to feel the movement of his ki because he wouldn't be able to see him with his eyes.

Some people argue that Goku was indeed faster than light speed by the end of Dragon Ball Z if not by some time earlier in the series, but could also move instantaneously while using the Instant Transmission.

  • Flight - The user uses their ki to give them the ability to levitate.
  • Instant Transmission - The user places their index and middle finger on their forehead, sensing a location that they teleport to.
  • Kaio-ken - Goku forms a red ki aura around his body, enhancing his strength and speed, the highest level of this attack used is x20. Goku doesn't use it much after becoming Super Saiyan, so it is unknown if he can currently increase it more. However, Goku has combined Kaio-ken with his Super Saiyan transformation on one occasion. This was done in his fight against Pikkon.

Other appearing techniques

  • Dragon Fist - Goku delivers a punch that causes an explosion, summoning a golden dragon to either wrap around the enemy and disintegrate with him, or devour them. This technique was first used in Wrath of the Dragon.
  • Fusion Dance - The two users, when sharing the same power level, perform a simultaneous and parallel dance, ending with the contact of the users' index fingers, fusing them for half an hour. Should the dance fail, the users take on a disfigured form with low physical and ki abilities. Goku performs this technique twice with Vegeta. In the Fusion Reborn and in Dragon Ball GT while in their normal and Super Saiyan 4 forms.
  • Meteor Combination - Goku delivers several rapid punches and kicks before punching the enemy's stomach, stunning them as Goku jumps into the air where he blasts the enemy with a Kamehameha. This technique is used in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and during the fight with Piccolo.
  • Telepathy - A technique that Goku taught himself.

Transformations

Techniques appearing in video games

Budokai Tenkaichi series

Special Attacks

Rushing Techniques

  • Auto-Counter, used by Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Auto-Heavy Counter, used by Goku (Mid) and Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End)
  • Auto-Ki Blast Cannon Counter, used by Goku (Early) and Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End)
  • Blaster Wave, used by Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Great Ape
  • Flying Kick, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Ground Slash, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Heavy Finish, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Kiai Cannon, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Lift Strike, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Rolling Hammer, used by Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Great Ape

Signature Techniques

  • Burst Smash, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Counter - High Speed Rush Movement, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Counter - Z Counter, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Dragon Smash, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Giant Throw, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • High Speed Rush Movement, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Hyper Smash, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Lightning Attack, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Sonic Sway, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Sonic Sway Attack, used by Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Step-In Auto-Counter, used by Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Step-In Auto-Heavy Counter, used by Goku (Mid)
  • Step-In Flying Kick, used by Goku (GT)
  • Step-In Ground Slash, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Step-In Heavy, used by Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT)
  • Step-In Kiai Cannon, used by Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (End) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Step-In Lift Strike, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Step-In Rolling Hammer, used by Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End)
  • Step-In Sway, used by Goku (Early), Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End) and Kid Goku
  • Super Movement, used by Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Sway Ground Slash, used by Goku (End) and Kid Goku
  • Sway Heavy, used by Goku (Early), Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End) and Kid Goku
  • Sway Lift Strike, used by Goku (End) and Kid Goku
  • Vanishing attack, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Z Counter, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape

Combos

  • Aerial Barrage, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Air Combo 1, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Air Combo 2, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Air Combo 3, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Air Combo 4, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Auto-Smash Counter, used by Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Blast Combo 1, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Blast Combo 2, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Blast Combo 3, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Blast Combo 4, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Blast Combo 5, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape.
  • Blast Combo 6, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Blast Combo 7, used by Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Blast Combo 8, used by Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Great Ape
  • Blast Combo 9, used by Great Ape
  • Blaster Wave Combo, used by Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Great Ape
  • Burst Meteo, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku,
  • Delta Storm, used by Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Dragon Tornado, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Heavy Crush, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Kiai Cannon Smash, used by Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan Goku (GT)
  • Power Press, used by Great Ape
  • Raging Impact, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Rolling Hurricane, used by Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Rush Finish, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Kid Goku and Great Ape
  • Rush In, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Rush In Attack, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Sonic Impact, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Spiral Slash, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku
  • Tri-Attack, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid) and Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT)
  • Violent Rush, used by Goku (Early), Goku (Mid), Super Saiyan Goku (Mid), Goku (End), Super Saiyan Goku (End), Super Saiyan 2 Goku (End), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (End), Goku (GT), Super Saiyan Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 3 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT) and Kid Goku

Transformations

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