ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dragon Ball Z: Top 5 Chargeable Attacks

Updated on May 23, 2017
 Vegeta and Goku
Vegeta and Goku

Dragon Ball Z

In case you missed out on this classic anime, Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) features warriors who battle utilizing an energy force called "ki" to perform numerous attacks. Fights are furious brawls that often end with a powerful ki beam struggle.

Heroes and villains wield their unique energy attacks; some can be charged, which provides a far stronger blast. Charging a move requires a warrior to remain still as they focus on summoning energy for their technique. Also, yelling. Lots and lots of yelling. But that's the fun of DBZ; a bunch of unnecessary grunts to accompany amazing offensive assaults. And today, we'll countdown some of the most notable charge moves seen in this beloved series!

Caution, spoilers ahead.

Frieza powers up a Death Ball
Frieza powers up a Death Ball

5. Death Ball

User: Frieza

Death Ball is an orb of energy that grows larger the more ki is pumped into it. Frieza's impressive power level allows him to infuse the ball with enough energy to destroy an entire planet. For such a destructive force, Frieza only needs a second or two to charge the move, and it makes a great last resort.: If he destroys a planet, he also destroys its atmosphere. Frieza can survive in the vacuum of space; most other fighters cannot.

Death Ball's ability to obliterate planets when charged definitely make it a serious threat, and to make matters worse, variants of the move called Black Hole Death Ball and Supernova exist.

Goku fires a Kamehameha wave
Goku fires a Kamehameha wave

4. Kamehameha

User: Goku

Goku's signature blue energy beam is shared with other characters like Gohan, Krillin, and Roshi. Kamehameha has some nice advantages. It's a variable move; you can fire it uncharged and it'll still pose a decent threat to foes. Still, when a user is able to charge the attack, even for less than a minute, the move grows vastly in power.

For example, a charged Kamehameha allowed Goku to destroy Cell's body, despite the latter having a clear advantage in strength during their fight. Kamehameha beams may not be specific to one fighter, but they're forces to be reckoned with.

Piccolo shoots a Special Beam Cannon
Piccolo shoots a Special Beam Cannon

3. Special Beam Cannon

User: Piccolo

Yep, it's a pretty sill name, but a fearsome technique. Special Beam Cannon can be fired without charging, but its power is drastically weakened. When infused with energy for at least five minutes, the user can unleash a spiraling beam capable of defeating someone three times as strong as them. Additionally, the attack can pierce through multiple fighters, and may be used with a single arm; useful when an upper appendage has been blasted off (a common occurrence in DBZ).

The green Namekian Piccolo developed this attack and successfully destroyed an enemy far stronger than himself with it. Due to its lengthy charge time, it works best when another fighter can keep the opponent busy.

Vegeta unleashes Final Flash
Vegeta unleashes Final Flash

2. Final Flash

User: Vegeta

Final Flash fires an enormous burst of yellow energy, capable of traveling through space to destroy distant stars. Who can forget the iconic scene where Vegeta obliterated Cell (a much stronger warrior) by charging this attack for several minutes? Watch the whole scene here to see the buildup and charge time, or skip to about 4 minutes in to witness the actual activation.

Like Special Beam Cannon, Final Flash may be fired uncharged, but its power is drastically weakened. Taunt your adversary into allowing you to power up this move, and the rest of your battle should be smooth sailing.. as long as your energy burst connects.

Honorable Mentions

Technique
User
Effect
Galick Gun
Vegeta
Releases a powerful purple beam of energy.
Tri-Beam
Tien
Drains user's life force to brandish a mighty ki blast.
Unforgivable
Cell
Self-destructs user after one minute of charging.
More formidable charge attacks in Dragon Ball Z
Goku charging a Spirit Bomb.
Goku charging a Spirit Bomb.

1. Spirit Bomb

User: Goku

First place goes to the mighty Spirit Bomb, a technique King Kai taught to Goku early in the series. This move involves a user slowly summoning a huge amount of energy shaped into a large blue sphere, provided by nearby lifeforms. When sufficiently charged, the attack grows to the size of an entire continent and vanquishes enemies far stronger than the user

The main disadvantage is an incredibly long charge time; Goku usually needs his friends to hold off his enemy for many precious minutes while he amasses ki. Interestingly, the Spirit Bomb can only be used by those pure of heart; in fact, Goku can't fire it when using his Super Saiyan form, as the brutal transformation corrupts the soul. The Spirit Bomb can also be reflected by pure hearts; only evildoers need fear its awesome power. For its incredible strength and benevolent nature, the Spirit Bomb is the ultimate chargeable move in Dragon Ball Z.

Which attack would you use?

See results

Future of Dragon Ball

Even though DBZ's anime run has long since ended, the show's popularity continues today, and the series continues to see new releases. For example, check out Dragon Ball Super to continue the Z Warrior adventures. But for now, let me know which of today's techniques you favor, and I'll see you at our next countdown!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)