How Goku mastered the technique KaioKen in Dragon Ball? Well, Today we will take a look at the Dragon Ball franchise and one of its most iconic abilities known as the Kaioken.
I’m going to be discussing exactly how far Goku’s ability can be taken. Now, the Kaio Ken was created by Kaiosama was otherwise known as King Kai the northern Lord of Worlds.
Being a master martial artist, King Kai likely created this technique to amplify his own power.
However, as we know he was never able to master this ability over the thousands of years that he was in that position.
King Kai took on a student one of which was King Yemma. The Divine being who judges the dead.
However, it wasn’t until Goku arrives on his mission to defeat the Saiyans. King Kai was able to successfully pass this ability on to another fighter.
As an addition to becoming more powerful and learning to use the Spirit Bomb.
Goku is able to learn and use the Kaioken technique. After Goku is revived from the battle with his brother Raditz. The Kaioken ability serves him well in his fight against the other Saiyans.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t able to secure the victory for Goku. During the next Arc after Goku healed up from his fight against the Saiyans.
He made his way to Planet Namek. During the trip, he trained his body under intense gravity. Which not only made it more powerful but able to use even higher degrees of the Kaio Ken with much less strain on his body.
KaioKen Vs The Ginyu Force
Goku then uses the Kaioken to take out the weaker members of The Ginyu Force, and then gain an advantage over Captain Ginyu. As well as allowing him to fear significantly better against the final form Frieza and his friends.
However, again the KaioKen would not allow Goku to secure the victory. Then after Goku achieves the Super Saiyan form.
The Kaioken technique was removed and forgotten and disappeared from the history of the dragon ball.
That was the case until one Dragon Ball super fight. Goku once again uses this ability against the legendary assassin Hit during the tournament of Destroyers.
However, this was no ordinary Kaio Ken. Goku used the Ability on top of his Super Saiyan Blue transformation.
Allowing him to far exceed his limit so that he could fight hit although the fight eventually ended in a sort of draw.
This was because Goku jumped out of the ring and eliminated himself. Now as we found out after this fight.
Goku contracted an illness known as delayed Energy Onset Disorder. Which made it difficult for him to control his ki.
This could only happen if he uses his ki recklessly. Goku could not use the KaioKen whenever he wanted to.
However, Goku would use this ability once more when the next Arc in the fight against Merged Zamasu.
Goku uses the Kaiken to temporarily knocking him down and breaking his halo. However, the most extensive use of the technique that we would see in Dragon Ball super.
Came during the final arc and more specifically in the tournament of power, as Goku used his Super Saiyan blue Kaioken against Jiren.
Goku even amping it up to 20 times but to no avail. He would also use it against Kefla but he was again outmatched.
The KaioKenTechnique In Dragon Ball Super
After receiving multiple power-boost, he would use the move again against Jiren. While teaming up with Vegeta. Vegeta was using his brand new Super Saiyan blue Evolution form.
However, once again the Kaio Ken fell short, as would not allow Goku to defeat the enemy. Rather Goku would need to use the higher ability of ultra instinct to get the job done.
That this is been the history so far of the Kaioken technique in Dragon Ball Z.
The Kaioken technique has been used in movies such as Cooler’s Revenge, Lord Slug as well as other spin-off stories such as Dragon Ball Heroes.
None of these are part of the main continuity and as a result, I chose to not include them in this post.
Now they could come a time in the future where Dragon Ball pulls a crisis on infinite Earths and every storyline.
This spin-off comes together with some massive event, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Let’s get into the Applications of the technique. The regular Kaioken multiplies the user base Power by two times.
Also Kaioken * 5 * 10 and * 20 * accordingly. Now there is some confusion over the normal Kaioken. Goku said both KaioKen and KaioKen times when fighting and facing Vegeta. However, I think this was simply a narrative choice.
Which was made by Toriyama because he was planning to have Goku use the Kaio Ken times 3 and 4? So he had to establish with the previous numbers that the audience knew.
However, as we saw in those instances the KaioKen has a severe drawback. That being that it damages your body while using it.
That’s why Goku didn’t simply use Kaioken times 10 to one-shot Vegeta back then. Doing it at that point no doubt would have killed Goku.
How Goku Mastered The KaioKen
Goku trained to increase his base power first. He was also able to increase the multiplier that his body can handle and additionally have a Kaioken do minimal to no damage with lower multipliers.
This is how he uses the Kaioken X 10 and x 20 against Frieza. However, it was at that point Goku achieves the Super Saiyan transformation. Which was a 50 times multiplier, Goku’s base form was also significantly less stressful on Goku’s body?
This is likely why Goku seems to have abandoned using the KaioKen and trying to increase its multiplier. After this point, he instead chose to focus on increasing his face power in achieving further Super Saiyan forms.
It would be like throwing his life away that’s why Super Saiyan blue focused on a calm mind and he was capable of using it with.
Aside from Goku, we never see anyone else use the Kaioken in Dragon Ball. What would happen if others did have access to this ability?