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As Dragon Ball progresses, the strongest Saiyan never stays the same. New Saiyan transformations continue to emerge and keep fans on their toes.

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Dragon Ball Super has done an excellent job at keeping Goku's story exciting by introducing new loveable friends, new powerful foes, and a crop of new Saiyans to the once-endangered race. Dragon Ball Super finally makes Broly a canon character as well as bringing in Saiyans from a completely different universe. Some of these Saiyans are unimaginably powerful and create new possibilities for stories.

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As the Dragon Ball series progresses, the hierarchy of strength continually shifts. New Saiyan transformations emerge left and right, keeping fans on their toes. The most powerful Saiyan in one episode or chapter may be surpassed shortly after by another. Seeing Saiyans continue to surpass their limits is what makes Dragon Ball so fun.

Updated on November 21, 2022, by Michael Colwander: Between Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero and the continuation of the Dragon Ball Super manga following the Granolah arc, the answer to the question, "Who is the strongest Saiyan?" continues to yield new and exciting answers. Goku and Vegeta just keeep getting more competition.


Pan is Gohan and Videl's daughter, making her related to both Goku and Mr. Satan. With those genes, it's easy to see why Pan has the immense level of potential she has. Fans saw a sliver of that potential as she managed to destroy the Pilaf Gang's machinery and save Pilaf's Gang while flying through space during one of Dragon Ball Super's slice-of-life episodes.

In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Pan has taken an interest in training with Piccolo. However, Pan is still incredibly young, so she has little understanding of how to utilize her powers and potential, including the ability to fly. That said, she's already stronger than Gohan was at her age.


Paragus was a grizzled old Saiyan who took refuge on Planet Vampa with his son, Broly. During Broly's childhood, Saiyan scientists noticed Broly's incredible potential. King Vegeta decided to send Broly to an uninhabitable planet, threatened by what Broly could be capable of. Paragus fled Planet Vegeta to raise Broly on Planet Vampa and plot his revenge on King Vegeta.

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Paragus isn't as strong compared to other Saiyans in Dragon Ball Super. In fact, he was unaware Saiyans were genuinely capable of transforming into a Super Saiyan. However, Paragus trained Broly and managed to keep Broly's strength under control. Of course, this training and method of control did lead Broly to experience immense trauma.


Bardock was the famed father of Goku. Previously only seen in Dragon Ball specials and briefly in the manga, Bardock has seen an increased role in Dragon Ball Super despite his death at the hands of Frieza decades earlier. Prior to the destruction of Planet Vegeta, Bardock was tasked with conquering Planet Cereal along with other Saiyans.

Bardock developed a soft spot for a young Cerealian boy named Granolah and his mother, so much so that he protected Granolah from Gas – who later became the primary villain for the Granolah the Survivor saga. How Bardock defeated Gas decades prior became a focal point in Goku and Vegeta's fight against the newly wished "strongest in the universe" Gas.


Goten is Goku and Chi-Chi's second son and was born shortly after Goku's sacrifice during the Cell Games. Contrary to her raising of Gohan, Chi-Chi actually trained Goten at an early age. In the process, she accidentally triggered Goten's first Super Saiyan transformation.

Because iron sharpens iron, Goten often trains with Trunks, who also can transform into a Super Saiyan. Goten and Trunks are inseparable, leaving Goten with little means to pave his own path in Dragon Ball. Goten and Trunks played a large role during the Buu saga, but neither has made any meaningful impact or progress throughout Dragon Ball Super – other than finally aging in Super Hero.

Trunks is Vegeta and Bulma's son. Trunks is bolder and more arrogant than the childish and carefree Goten. During Dragon Ball Super, Trunks even had an opportunity to motivate his dejected future counterpart in a brief sparring match. Beyond that, Trunks has seen little action in Dragon Ball Super, just like Goten.

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Trunks has long been established as being stronger than Goten. Their fight during the 25th Tenkaichi Budokai was the first piece of evidence. Goku also told Trunks to tone down his power so he and Goten were at equal strength to make fusion work.

Gotenks is noteworthy for being the first Saiyan fusion in Dragon Ball. Goku learned how to fuse in the afterlife, and decided to teach the ability to Goten and Trunks. Goku believed it would give the Z-Fighters the necessary edge to stop Buu. Fusion was a success and Gotenks was born. Unfortunately, Gotenks' immense power is countered by his immature and arrogant personality.

Gotenks can transform into a Super Saiyan 3, but Goten and Trunks' recent lack of training has made him extremely weak compared to even base form Vegeta – as seen in the Copy-Vegeta arc. Goten and Trunks fuses into Gotenks in Super Hero, but messed up the fusion. It's tough to know how powerful Gotenks truly is lately. The next Dragon Ball Super manga arc begins in December 2022 and will involve Goten and Trunks, so maybe Gotenks will reappear as well.

Cabba was the first Universe 6 Saiyan introduced in Dragon Ball Super. This slender Saiyan represents a race of Saiyans who evolved and progressed much differently than Universe 7's Saiyans, resulting in a higher power floor in comparison. Like Paragus, Cabba had no knowledge of the Super Saiyan transformation.

It was never a part of the Universe 6 Saiyan lore. During the Tournament of Destroyers, Vegeta managed to teach Cabba how to transform. Cabba picked up on the Super Saiyan transformation quickly and was able to teach Caulifla how to transform through less emotional means. During the Tournament of Power, Cabba reached Super Saiyan 2 to stave off elimination, but it wasn't enough to overcome Frieza.

Caulifla is one of the newer Saiyans fans and wastes no time showing everyone how powerful she truly is. Caulifla is overconfident, brash, and was always viewed highly in Sadala for her latent potential. Despite her intimidating demeanor, Caulifla shares similar traits to Goku in that she only wants to fight, grow stronger, and protect those she cares about – notably her best friend Kale.

Caulifla is a very quick learner, having obtained the Super Saiyan transformation thanks to the guidance of Cabba, becoming the first known female Super Saiyan. She later learns Super Saiyan 2 from Goku after witnessing him transform only once. Fans last saw Caulifla eager to learn Super Saiyan 3. Given her current progress, there's little reason to doubt she'll obtain this form before she appears again.

Kale has subtly become the female version of Broly for her own universe. Despite her timid personality and lack of any real interest in fighting, she has the ability to transform into a Legendary Super Saiyan, just like Broly.

Kale initially struggles to control her power in this form, leaving destruction in her wake. Throughout the Tournament of Power, Kale does manage to slowly regain control and establish her powerful Super Saiyan 2 equivalent. If she's able to reach Super Saiyan 3 alongside Caulifla, few Saiyans may be able to match her strength.

While Goku Black wasn't a true Saiyan, he did have the body of a Saiyan. Goku Black is the body swap of Goku and Zamasu, courtesy of Zamasu's wish on the Super Dragon Balls. This allows Goku Black to access true God ki and powers, giving him the highest potential ceiling. Despite not understanding anything about Saiyans, or mortals in general, Goku Black is able to reach unfathomable levels of power as he gets used to Goku's body.

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Goku Black's strength culminates with the terrifying, yet elegant, Super Saiyan Rosé transformation. Goku Black was able to maintain the upper hand on Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks. However, he himself was not strong enough to overcome the three Saiyans and needed the help of another iteration of Zamasu. The two Zamasus fused, but were eventually defeated by Future Trunks and his Spirit Sword.

Future Trunks has shown his incredible power on many occasions in the main timeline. Once Trunks reached his iconic Super Saiyan Rage form, he was able to finally put an end to the wrath of Fused Zamasu. It's hard to know whether or not Trunks continues to train – especially since he and Mai seem to have settled down – but Future Trunks is one of the more powerful Saiyans in Dragon Ball Super.

Caulifla and Kale are incredibly strong on their own. Combined? They're one of the strongest fighters in the Tournament of Power, which says a lot.

On the verge of elimination, Caulifla and Kate use the Potara earrings to form Kefla. Kefla's strength outclassed Goku regardless of the forms he used. It took until Goku was able to tap into Ultra Instinct a second time before he was able to get the upper hand on Kefla, ultimately eliminating her and the Universe 6 duo. Had it not been for Ultra Instinct, Kefla would've eliminated Goku and almost everyone else.

Vegeta has come a long way since his early days in Dragon Ball Z, not only in terms of his character but also power. Before Goku learned his new and exciting Ultra Instinct technique, Vegeta was arguably more powerful as he unlocked his Super Saiyan Blue Evolved form prior to Goku perfecting Ultra Instinct.

Vegeta later began training specifically with Beerus after realizing Ultra Instinct wasn't for him. Through his training with Beerus, Vegeta learned to use the power of destruction by reaching his Ultra Ego form. Ultra Ego is much more physical and offensive than Ultra Instinct. Sadly, Ultra Ego didn't see as much action as fans had hoped during the Granolah the Survivor saga.

Despite being the outright star of Dragon Ball, Goku is not the strongest Saiyan out there – there are even a few other mortals that are more powerful than he is. Still, Goku should be feared by anyone he considers a threat. Goku has developed a consistent string of new transformations with his latest being Ultra Instinct, a non-Saiyan transformation.

After the Tournament of Power, Goku sought to better hone his Ultra Instinct abilities. Now able to transform at will, Goku wants to find the best way to apply this godly technique to his current fighting style. Toward the end of the Granolah the Survivor saga, Goku zeroed in on utilizing his Ultra Instinct -Sign- form to mix some aspects of UI with his emotion and desire to win.

After becoming an official part of Dragon Ball canon, Broly quickly cemented himself as one of the strongest Saiyans in Dragon Ball Super. Broly had no trouble handling Goku and Vegeta, and that's only after just transforming into a Super Saiyan for the first time, making Broly easily the strongest Super Saiyan. It took Goku and Vegeta fusing to finally be able to defeat Broly.

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Since their fight with Broly, fans have seen Goku and Vegeta reach all-new levels of power. In Super Hero, Broly is still learning to control his Legendary Super Saiyan abilities. Maybe that day will come in the next Dragon Ball film. Someone has to defeat Black Frieza, after all.

Gohan was quite a formidable opponent in his youth, but by Dragon Ball Super, he had all but hung up his Gi to pursue his studies. After a resurrected Frieza destroyed Earth, Gohan realized he needed to at least keep up with his training. Gohan began training with Piccolo again. This allowed Gohan to nearly reach the end of the Tournament of Power.

After numerous teases throughout the Dragon Ball series, Gohan's potential was finally unleashed during Super Hero with his Beast transformation. Gohan's Ultimate form was already incredibly powerful, but a new transformation on top of it makes Gohan the most powerful Saiyan in Dragon Ball. At least, as far as individual Saiyans are concerned.

Taking two of the most powerful individual Saiyans and merging them into an unstoppable warrior feels unfair. Goku and Vegeta have fused a total of three times in canon, and five if counting Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn and Dragon Ball GT. By using the Potara earring, Goku and Vegeta make Vegito. By doing the fusion dance, they make Gogeta.

Both fusions have been confirmed to be equal in strength. The differences only lie in how the fusion is formed. Vegito was able to make a mockery out of Super Buu and hang with the godly Fused Zamasu. Gogeta was able to easily defeat Broly. There's no doubt Vegito and Gogeta are the strongest Saiyans in Dragon Ball. Especially considering what Goku and Vegeta are capable of now.

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Twenty years ago, the Super Saiyan form was the cream of the crop. Today, it barely scratches the surface of a Saiyan"s power level.


Though Goku was the first one to reach the highest Super Saiyan levels in Dragon Ball, many other Saiyans (and Saiyan-like beings) have reached higher and more powerful levels throughout the series' storied history. There was a time when the always lovable Goku ascending to the level of Super Saiyan was a spectacle for Dragon Ball Z viewers. Now over multiple decades later, Super Saiyan has evolved beyond anything fans expected; with two different timelines, there are two vastly different lineages for the Super Saiyan transformations.

Nearly all Super Saiyan forms are superlative increases to raw power and combat ability. More often than not, the real reveal of these levels of Super Saiyan lies in the new look, and where these godly abilities take the respective Saiyan, particularly in storylines involving Goku's most powerful enemies. It's best that casual fans and even longtime viewers have a refresher course on which level of Super Saiyan fits in terms of strength. Some dangerous and powerful Super Saiyan forms might even surprise audiences in terms of where they land on the list.


During Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, one of many Dragon Ball movies made over the years. The eponymous villain shows up on Earth looking for trouble. He's quickly confronted by the Z fighters, who are easily dispatched. Even Goku has a hard time with Slug until he manages this power boost. In the weakest of the Super Saiyan levels, Goku's hair didn't turn yellow, but his pupils disappeared and his aura gained a gold tinge. He also received a huge power boost, although he wasn't able to maintain it for very long. Technically, Goku was the only one who reached this benchmark, though Vegeta has shown off a technique that is similar.


Every Dragon Ball fan remembers watching Goku transform into a Super Saiyan for the first time. A Saiyan is able to achieve this state through a combination of intense training and an extreme emotional reaction. For Goku, it was watching his best friend be destroyed. For Vegeta, it was the anger that both Goku and Trunks had beaten him to it. In the first of the true Super Saiyan forms, the Saiyan's hair stands up straight and turns completely yellow. The Saiyan also displays a golden aura, which Akira Toriyama designed to make Goku easier to animate. Super Saiyan laid the foundations for many of the best Dragon Ball movies.


Ascended Super Saiyan, is extremely similar to the base Super Saiyan form. The primary differences are that the muscles grow a little bigger and the hair gets a little bit longer and wilder. Once the Super Saiyan transformation is achieved, a Saiyan can reach this upgrade through immense training. Vegeta, Trunks, and Goku were all able to reach this form through extended periods in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Vegeta was able to overpower Semi-Perfect Cell while using this technique.


Out of the different Super Saiyan levels, Ultra is a bit of a wild card. Also known as the Ultra Super Saiyan or the Super Saiyan 1.5, the Super Saiyan Third Grade Transformation is the last one between the original form and Super Saiyan 2. It is similar to Ascended Super Saiyan with a few key differences. Similarly, a Saiyan's power level increases immensely, their muscles grow huge, and their already spiky hair grows even bigger and shoots out in all directions. Unlike the previous transformation, speed is greatly reduced due to the mass increase. Goku, Vegeta, and Cell all immediately recognized the downside of this technique. It took Trunks a little longer.

After Goku reached Ultra Super Saiyan, he came to an important conclusion: the original Super Saiyan form is the most practical thus Super Saiyan Full Power was established. It consumes less energy than either of the two superior forms and there is less rage involved, keeping the user more level-headed. Goku decided that he and Gohan would remain in Super Saiyan form permanently right up until the battle with Cell. This way, their bodies would become accustomed to the power and it wouldn't drain them. They would also be able to control their rage.

The Cell saga was full of all kinds of new Super Saiyan levels. None of them made the kind of impact that this one made, though. Gohan never wanted to fight; he was pushed to his limits by his father and then forced to watch his friends tortured, all so that Cell could witness his ultimate power. In this form, Gohan's initially short hair spiked and grew much longer. His aura maintained a small amount of lightning around it, and his strength and speed significantly increased. He became confident to a fault, which allowed Cell to briefly gain the upper hand. Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks have all reached this level, as well as Kale and Caulifla more recently.

Like Ascended Super Saiyan and its upgrade, the Saiyan's muscles grow much larger. However, in this form, their speed is not at all affected - arguably the first of the Super Saiyan levels to be truly terrifying. Their hair also gains a green tinge as opposed to the original yellow, and their eyes become white without pupils. At first, the only Saiyan to reach this level was Broly, one of Goku's strongest foes. The transformation was recently made canon when the timid Universe 6 Saiyan Kale achieved the Legendary Super Saiyan form. It is difficult to control but possesses a raw power that is stronger than Super Saiyan II.

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Similar to Broly's Super Saiyan state, the Berserker Super Saiyan or Super Saiyan Berserk unlocked the deep potential of the Universe 6 warrior Kale. After getting the Legendary form's signature muscle mass increase and white eyes, a golden green glint shines in Kale's aura and hair - but also at the cost of losing control to sheer rage. Nearly overpowering Goku's Super Saiyan Blue and also displaying its sheer force in the Tournament of Power, Berserker Super Saiyan is Kale at her deadliest - but also to herself and her allies. Berserk is definitely one of the more dangerous Super Saiyan levels.

So far only two Saiyans have achieved the Super Saiyan III form. The first was obviously Goku. He used it against Buu, in what came off as a lecture on Super Saiyan transformations. The second was Gotenks, who just kind of figured it out on the fly. This form is drastically different from the first few. For one, the Saiyan's blond hair grows huge and falls behind their back. They also lose their eyebrows entirely, which makes for a more menacing look. The downside is that it requires a huge amount of energy and therefore can't be maintained for very long.

All Saiyans are born with monkey-like tails. When they look at the moon while their tails are still attached, they transform into a giant ape known as Oozaru. When a Saiyan who has achieved the Super Saiyan transformation turns into Oozaru, they reach the Golden Great Ape form. The form resembles Oozaru in every way except that the fur is gold instead of brown. It is also obviously much stronger, surpassing even the power of a Super Saiyan III. With Dragon Ball GT and its many episodes wiped from canon, the most transformative of the Super Saiyan levels no longer exists.

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Super Saiyan IV was the final Super Saiyan transformation before Dragon Ball GT was erased and Dragon Ball Super took its place. It is achieved when a Saiyan manages to gain full mental control while in the Golden Great Ape form. In keeping with the simian theme, the Saiyan also grows red fur all around their body except for the chest. The Saiyan also gains a red outline around their eyes. Goku and Vegeta both reached it in Dragon Ball GT, and their fused form Gogeta was also able to achieve the transformation.

Just when Dragon Ball couldn't get any more confusing, Dragon Ball Super went and introduced Super Saiyan Rage. It takes Super Saiyan II's power and multiplies it. The Saiyan's hair grows slightly longer and they gain a blue tinge within their golden aura. In this form, Trunks was able to go toe to toe with Goku Black in his Super Saiyan Rose form. Much like Goku's spirit bomb technique, Trunks was able to gather energy from the remaining humans in his time in order to defeat Future Zamasu.

The mostly aptly named of the Super Saiyan levels, Goku was able to reach God through a ritual involving five other Saiyans who were pure of heart. In this form, his hair returns to its normal form. Instead of being pure black, his hair and eyes gain a red tinge. In this form, a Saiyan has access to God Ki and their anatomy is irrevocably altered. While it was never shown on screen, Vegeta was also able to reach this level through intense training with Beerus and Whis. While he wasn't able to defeat Beerus, Goku was able to go toe to toe with the God of Destruction while in his Super Saiyan God form.

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What happens when a Super Saiyan God turns into a Super Saiyan? It results in a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, or as its most known, Super Saiyan Blue. To prevent further confusion among the Super Saiyan levels, this form resembles Super Saiyan entirely except for the fact that all the gold is replaced with blue. Goku and Vegeta are both able to achieve this form, and while its power is extremely draining on a Saiyan's body, they've both trained enough that they were able to outclass Frieza in his newly attained Golden Frieza form. Their fusion transformation Vegito can also use the technique.

Upon meeting Zamasu, the first thing Goku obviously does is challenge the unstable being. Upon defeat, Zamasu sets his sights on Goku's body and strength. To that end, he steals Goku's body from another timeline and teams up with his future self for all kinds of destructive mischief. This form is exactly the same as Super Saiyan Blue, except for the fact that Zamasu is an actual God, not just a Saiyan who managed to gain access to God Ki. Because of this, instead of Goku Black's hair and aura turning blue, it turns pink.

When an evil God who's achieved Super Saiyan Rose fuses with his future evil God-self who hasn't, he gets the purest version of Super Saiyan God to ever be bent on universal destruction. Zamasu is, in theory, the only person able to achieve this transformation. In his Super Saiyan White form, Zamasu maintained his own skin tone and facial features with Goku's build and, more importantly, his hair. However, because he reached a new level of power, and also because Zamasu's hair color is white, the hair in this form is also white, a key difference from other levels of Super Saiyan.

This form isn't limited to Saiyans, but it's worth mentioning because Goku's version of it is unique. Ultra Instinct is the greatest of techniques even though it has its flaws. Once a warrior achieves it, getting it back is no easy feat. In this form, Goku doesn't even have to think. He is calm and in perfect harmony with his mind and his muscles.

This is an ability Goku has been trying to master since all the way back when he trained with Mr. Popo and Kami in order to defeat Piccolo. He first used the technique in Dragon Ball Super's Tournament of Power against Jiren, though he was only able to maintain it momentarily. It also manifested against Kefla. Much more visually muted compared to other Super Saiyan levels, Goku's hair is slightly elevated and his aura appears as a grey bubbly tinge around him.

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This is the newest and most powerful form a Saiyan has ever been shown to achieve and is a fitting way to close out the Dragon Ball Super series. In this form, Goku's hair and eyes are completely grey. His power is level gains a huge boost, though it is extremely damaging to his body. If he maintains the form for too long, his body could literally explode. The Autonomous Ultra Instinct possesses a power level even higher than Dragon Ball Super's Gods of Destruction. Whis and his sister are able to reach this form, as is Jiren, though Beerus is still working towards it. However, this form still doesn't put Goku's power level above Jiren's.