Dragon Ball Explained: What Is Gohan Beast? How did he transform?

Perhaps the most exciting thing about Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero was the film’s focus on Gohan and Piccolo – two of the franchise’s most beloved characters. Fans who have long clamored for the two to reach the level of series mainstays Goku and Vegeta may finally have their wish granted as Gohan Beast has been introduced to the series. How strong is it? How did Gohan achieve that? Why is it so different from Goku’s forms? The answers to all that and more are right below.

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What is Gohan Beast?

Gohan Beast is Gohan’s most powerful new form. Unlike the more straightforward Super Saiyan God forms, this one is based on Gohan’s more animalistic transformations that he had as a child. Early in the Saiyan Saga, Gohan’s power increased when he became angry, and his tail caused him to transform into a great ape while training under Piccolo. To reflect this history, Gohan Beast is more primal and wild in design.

According to series creator Akira Toriyama (and translated by Twitter user Todd Blankenship), the original design for Gohan Beast had paler skin and a scary face. Toriyama felt this didn’t feel like Gohan, opting for bigger and more upturned hair instead. Toriyama also said that he is not sure what kind of design he will make if he ever decides to give Gohan additional forms.

How did Gohan unlock Gohan Beast?

Gohan obtains the Gohan Beast when he sees Piccolo seemingly die in the battle against Cell Max. As with the aforementioned transformations that Gohan underwent, and in a very similar fashion to his Super Saiyan 2 power-up, Gohan’s power was triggered by traumatic anger. The sight of his revered mentor being killed by Cell Max triggered his new power, just as seeing Android 16’s death did earlier.

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How strong is Gohan Beast?

Considering that Gohan Beast takes a full-on hit from Cell Max and is completely untouched, it’s fair to say that this new form is immensely powerful. Gohan Beast proceeds to obliterate Cell Max’s core and destroy the energy ball he was forming, all using a huge Special Beam Cannon. While we currently can’t measure this form against Ultra Instinct or one of the Gods of Destruction, it certainly seems to put Gohan in a new league.

In the run-up to the film’s release, Toriyama said that Gohan “is stronger than anyone…or so it’s been said” and that he simply “hasn’t really been given a chance to shine” recently. These statements, combined with the feats seen in the film, likely cement Gohan as one of the strongest fighters in dragon ball right now.

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