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Dragon Ball: 10 Things About Great Apes That Make No Sense

First introduced in the original Dragon Ball, the Oozaru form native to all Saiyans was a destructive– nearly uncontrollable– form that turned them into bloodthirsty Great Apes at the sight of the full moon. It was also a source of pain for Goku, who later in life discovered that he was the one who killed his grandfather while rampaging in this form as a child.

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While the Great Ape bears a few similarities to modern werewolf lore, it is just unique enough from its influence to stand out among the many, many other transformations shown in the Dragon Ball series, though not always because the form makes any sense.

10 Destroying The Moon

Part of the transformation process into a Great Ape form requires the subject to look directly at a full moon, triggering the chemical reaction that begins the transformation process from the tail. While cutting off the tail makes some sort of sense to revert a Great Ape back to a regular Saiyan, destroying the moon, which has been done multiple times, also seems to do the trick despite the fact that the moon's involvement has already come and gone by that point. That's also not taking into account the global ramifications for the moon suddenly disappearing.

9 Blutz Waves

During the Saiyan arc, Vegeta stats that the main catalyst for transforming into a Great Ape is blutz waves, rays of sunlight that change certain properties as they reflect off of the moon's surface. There is no reason given as to why regular sunlight doesn't sometimes inadvertently trigger a transformation, since blutz waves are technically a form of sunlight. This is one case where trying to explain something in too much detail raises more questions than actually answering them.

8 Differing States Of Control

During Vegeta's assault on Earth, he states multiple times that there is a clear divide between him and Goku, though most of it is nonsense associated with his ego and high born status as an Elite Saiyan. Unlike Goku and Gohan, Vegeta was in total control of his Great Ape form, though there is no reason given as to why aside from Vegeta's own inflated sense of himself.

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Even when it is established that Goku and Gohan are more powerful than Vegeta, as well as being capable of advancing far above his own power, neither of these protagonists have been able to control their Great Ape forms, even in the non-canon Dragon Ball GT.

7 Vegeta's Armor

One of the most recognizable outfits in the Dragon Ball series is the Saiyan armor, otherwise known as the armor of Frieza's army. During Vegeta's assault on Earth, it was shown to be able to stretch to incredible sizes while still retaining its shape in his Great Ape form, though later in the series it also shows that it isn't as pliable as it once was, even cracking and breaking when hit with ki blasts.

6 Super Saiyan

After the events of the Saiyan arc, Vegeta becomes laser-focused on the idea of Super Saiyans, legendary warriors who can make even the strongest of their race seem like low born cannon fodder in comparison. While pretty much every Super Saiyan form is based on the same kind of transformation, it begs the question as to why it is so radically different from the Great Ape form. It also doesn't make much sense that a race would have two very different forms of transformation biologically linked to their species with very different ways of activating said transformations.

5 Golden Great Ape

The Golden Great Ape, though not canon to the Dragon Ball universe, has the signature golden fur associated with the Super Saiyan transformation, as it is basically a Super Saiyan Great Ape– but there is one big difference that doesn't make sense in context. Aside from the golden hair synonymous with a Super Saiyan, their eyes also turn bright blue as opposed to their usual black color. With a Golden Great Ape, their eyes stay the bright red that is a part of their normal Great Ape forms, not changing color despite the added transformation.

4 Mouth Beams

For the most part, characters in Dragon Ball will use their hands to fire ki blasts, as it allows for more accurate shots and greater control of their power. There are exceptions to this, with Piccolo's eye lasers being a prominent one, but the mouth beams are one that come up a few times with villains of the series as well as the Great Ape forms.

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In particular, Gohan was shown using them repeatedly during one of his Great Ape rampages, even though he was barely able to control his ki in his base form at that point and had no control over his Great Ape form at all. This means that either Gohan's Great Ape form has more control over ki than his base did, or the animators just thought it looked cool.

3 Cell

As he is made of the DNA from many Saiyans, it stands to reason that Cell could have transformed into a Great Ape given the right conditions, particularly since he has a tail. As he had intimate knowledge of the Dragon Teams' techniques, it is likely that Cell could have made use of this transformation during the Cell arc, as he was capable of using Piccolo's regeneration technique despite only having the cells from one Namekian. Though this is unlikely to happen given Cell's obsession with his perfect form, it could have made for an interesting battle with the Ascended Saiyan form of Gohan.

2 Goku's Secret Transformations

Goku may have only been a child when he first transformed into a Great Ape, which explains why grandpa Gohan never told him about it, but that doesn't explain why Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong didn't tell him about it. By this point, he was much older, though still naive, and could have been able to understand what had happened. Instead, Goku doesn't find out until Dragon Ball Z, when he finally puts the pieces together and realizes that he was the one who killed his grandfather.

1 The Whole Transformation Process

During the Saiyan arc, Vegeta explains that the transformation process involves a Saiyan absorbing blutz waves through their eyes, which starts a chemical reaction in the tail and transforms them into a Great Ape. While this was designed to explain how Saiyan physiology works, it ends up raising more questions than it actually answers, particularly when Vegeta's fake moon technique comes into play. He had just said that blutz waves were formed by sunlight reflecting off of the moon, then says that the same result can be achieved by a reaction in the upper atmosphere instead. Then there is the fact that Gohan had previously transformed when a hologram of the moon was projected into the night sky while training with Piccolo, making the whole process nonsensical and inconsistent.

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Dragon Ball: 17 Things You Never Knew About The Great Apes

Dragon Ball is a series that continues to change and grow, as it still thrives thirty years after its inception. The evolution of the series has seen the show’s focus shift from comedy to action, to include an introduction of an entirely new cast, new planets, and new universes. Dragon Ball is a series that isn’t afraid to go all out and try something new, but an element that’s been present since the show’s earliest days is Goku’s Great Ape transformation.

The Great Ape makes his first appearance all the way back in the twelfth episode of Dragon Ball. Originally, the transformation was just a Jekyll/Hyde-like obstacle that Goku had to learn to live with. As the saga continued, though, Goku learnt that his Great Ape alter ego and its corresponding monkey tail were actually proof that he was from another planet.

The presence of the Great Apes fluctuates throughout Dragon Ball until they manages to vanish completely from the canon (unless you’re a Dragon Ball GT fan). In spite of how the series slowly ignores the Great Apes rather than have Goku learn how to harness the power and turn it into some new skill, its stamp is still present in the anime.

Don’t expect Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan to all turn into Great Apes to win Dragon Ball Super’s Tournament of Power, though. However, this doesn't mean that there isn't much to learn about the Great Apes.

Here are the 17 Things You Never Knew About Dragon Ball’s Great Apes.

16 The Original Super Saiyan Was A Great Ape With Gold Fur

Dragon Ball is a series that has grown so large and ballooned beyond Akira Toriyama’s initial expectations in such a way that it’s often interesting to re-examine the series’ earlier moments. Before every Saiyan in the series was a Super Saiyan, Vegeta tells some curious stories about the “original Super Saiyan.”

In one of Vegeta’s lengthier storytelling sessions, he gushes over the incredible power of the first Super Saiyan. What’s interesting here is that, in Vegeta’s story, all of the Saiyans are in their Great Ape form.

In order to differentiate the Super Saiyan, there’s a Great Ape who has golden fur and leads the pack. It’s unclear if these “original” Saiyans were able to transform out of their Great Ape forms, which means that this legend taps into Super Saiyan power while a Great Ape.

15 An Artificial Moon Will Also Bring Them To Life

One of the few rules of the Great Ape is that the transformation requires a full moon. While this might seem like a pretty firm order, there are actually some sneaky ways to get around this.

The Saiyans are shown to be a sophisticated race that are well beyond that of humans, but they’re lacking when it comes to their moon recognition skills. Apparently, if someone is able to create a moon-like object, that’s good enough to get the Great Ape fires started.

This is a strategy that Vegeta notoriously puts into play with a glowing ball of energy during his first battle against Goku. The same tactic is used by Turles in The Tree of Might in order to stir up Gohan. It’s even shown that a realistic enough projection of a moon will still work in a pinch, which Piccolo learns the hard way.

14 Goku Briefly Turns Into A Great Ape-Human Hybrid During Super Saiyan 3

The Great Ape ability of the Saiyans slowly gets phased out of Dragon Ball once characters figure out the much more powerful Super Saiyan transformation.

Even though the hairy creatures become absent in the series, they’re still a crucial part of the Saiyan’s heritage. Dragon Ball Z tries to remind their audience about this connection one last time during the tail end of the series when Goku turns Super Saiyan 3 for the first time.

Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 metamorphosis actually looks like it’s a somewhat painful process. As Goku undergoes this transformation, he briefly takes on Great Ape characteristics before achieving this new level of power.

It’s the last time that a Great Ape makes an appearance in the series, as it isn't even present when Gotenks reaches this level. It’s a touching reminder of Goku’s roots and how far he and the Saiyans have come.

13 They Can Breathe Fire

It’s not enough to already be a giant, ferocious gorilla beast, but the Great Apes also have some extremely powerful attacks at their disposal.

While Dragon Ball keeps the Great Apes relatively grounded and limits them to brute strength alone, Dragon Ball Z gets a little crazier and allows the creatures to shoot massive energy beams from their mouths. It’s a detail that suddenly brings the Great Apes closer to resembling Godzilla more than King Kong.

Dragon Ball GT ups the ante even further, though, by giving the Great Apes fire breath. The ability is first demonstrated by Baby Vegeta’s Golden Great Ape, and he doesn’t put it to waste.

Additionally, the Golden Great Apes seem to have some sort of Super Breath attack in its arsenal. Is fire on top of all of this really necessary?

12 There Is A Great Ape Costume So Everyone Can Experience The Magic

The Dragon Ball video games have become increasingly complex in their degrees of customization. The costumes and flair are now at unheard levels so that players can have the perfect experience.

As fun as it may be to fight other characters as a giant Great Ape, it’s easy to see how the form can be problematic. Fortunately, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 offers a friendly alternative that allows every character to let out their inner Great Ape with a handy costume.

The Great Ape Suit consists of four pieces, along with the Great Ape hat and tail accessory, which completes the ensemble. For what it's worth, the color of the ape suit does not change if the character goes Super Saiyan.

However, if they turn into a Super Saiyan 3, then the hat and tail accessory will effectively disappear in order to make way for the form's cumbersome hair.

11 Their Size Is Inconsistent

Sure this might be nitpicking, but it’s incredibly difficult to pinpoint how big the Great Apes are because various episodes give them radically different proportions.

The first time that a Great Ape is seen in Dragon Ball, Goku’s transformation is about the same size as Pilaf’s castle. As the Great Apes becomes more popular in Dragon Ball Z, though, their various appearances see their size range from 50 feet tall to even more gargantuan proportions. There’s a reason it’s called the "Great" Ape, after all.

The Budokai Tenkaichi video game series scales the size of the Great Apes down drastically to about 25-30 feet tall, yet they’re still the largest characters in the games.

Maybe one day there will be a Dragon Ball game where players can destroy civilizations as they control a massive Great Ape in their full-sized glory.

10 In The Arabic Dub, Saiyans "Summon" Their Great Apes Forward

There are bound to be a number of differences when an anime goes through the dubbing process, whether it comes down to localization or just simple turns of phrases.

Dragon Ball is a unique series that, due to its popularity, it’s one of the most widely dubbed anime on the market (there are even several different English dubs out there). Naturally, this means that some of the translations are going to be less accurate than others, but the Arabic dub really takes some liberties with Great Ape lore.

The Arabic Dragon Ball Z dub claims that Saiyans actually summon forward their Great Apes, like some form of hidden inner strength. It’s not an involuntarily action that renders them powerless and out of control, but rather just another skill at their disposal. It’s certainly an interesting interpretation of the material.

10. They Appear In Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump

Goku is quick to repay the favor and also checks in with the Dr. Slump crew every now and then. However, in the 1997 remake series of Dr. Slump, there’s actually a four-episode crossover saga where Goku spends some time in Penguin Village.

Goku’s encounter with Arale largely revolves around her obsession over monkeys. This makes a Great Ape transformation inevitable, which allows the unique cast of Dr. Slump to react to the creature in their own way.

The episodes mark a satisfying run for the series and it’s interesting to see that a Great Ape sequence is something they were eager to include in the crossover.

9 Saiyan Elite Can Control Their Great Apes

The Great Apes allow Saiyans to tap into a huge reservoir of power, but it’s thought to come at the cost of losing finer skills, like communication and intelligence. This makes the transformation more of a last ditch effort since it’s a power that comes at a real cost. However, not everyone has to pay this steep price.

Vegeta explains that the “Saiyan Elite” are so in tune with their power that they’re capable of controlling their forms, retaining their memories, and they can even speak while in Great Ape form.

This is behavior that’s consistent with Bardock and his Saiyan comrades (Fasha, Tora, Borgos, and Shugesh), so it seems to checks out. Furthermore, the Budokai Tenkaichi video games provide the same treatment towards the Great Ape versions of Raditz, Nappa, King Vegeta, and Turles, who are all elites in their own right.

8 They Are Werewolf Beasts In Dragon Ball Evolution 

Dragon Ball Evolution is pretty liberal with what mythology from the series that it chooses to include. However, for whatever reason the Great Ape aspect is something that they wanted to touch on.

Dragon Ball Evolution decides to turn the Great Ape (which they call by its original name, Oozaru) into an ugly werewolf reject. Goku still turns into a gorilla creature, but he doesn’t grow in size.

It’s just a person-sized monkey that still wears Goku’s clothes. It’s more Teen Wolf than it is King Kong. What’s even worse is that the film also makes Oozaru out to be an Evil God that works in tandem with Piccolo, which doesn’t make any sense.

7 They Can Still Fuse

The Dragon Ball video games made a lot of fans happy when Great Apes were suddenly playable characters. However, the challenge then becomes: after the initial thrill of fighting as a giant monkey wears off, where else is there to go? Dragon Ball Fusions is a game that is very much about answering that question and it definitely finds a way to make Great Apes feel fresh.

The whole point of Dragon Ball Fusions is to create absurd combinations of characters and push things as close to fan fiction as possible. It’s impressive to be able to fuse five characters together, but the game also lets players fuse together the Great Apes.

There’s not too much leeway in this department, but it’s just awesome that the game allows for such a thing. Plus, it’s hard to ignore the awesome visual of two Great Apes in a rehearsal for the fusion dance.

6 Universe 6 Has Evolved Past The Great Apes

Dragon Ball Super expands the show’s universe by, well, adding eleven more universes into the mix. The existence of new universes allows the show to return to a lot of old concepts and characters. For instance, Universe 6 introduces some new Saiyans into the mix, but don’t expect any of them to turn into Great Apes any time soon.

Cabba, Caulifla, and Kale from Universe 6 all are without tails as a result of their universe’s Saiyans evolving past them. This is a rather interesting development subce it paints the Great Ape transformation as something more primitive.

It’s not a mandatory apart of the Saiyan race and it’s actually something that can be weeded out through the years. Whether this is a good thing or not, it does make the Saiyans of Universe 6 seem different fromDragon Ball’s heroes.

5 There's A Golden Great Ape Form

Dragon Ball GT throws a lot of crazy ideas at the wall (Goku needs to actually fight against dragons from the Dragon Balls!?), but one concept that seems to have found an audience is the series’ radical take on the Great Apes.

Dragon Ball GT spends a lot of its time in outer space instead of on Earth. These intergalactic exploits eventually result in a bizarre situation where Goku views a “full Earth,” as opposed to a full moon. This subtle difference results in Goku turning into a Golden Great Ape as opposed to the standard kind.

The practicality of this Great Ape variant comes into question, but it appears to be a prerequisite stage that must be mastered before attaining Super Saiyan 4. Super Saiyan 4 also comes across as a controlled, fully realized version of the Golden Great Ape’s power. Plus, who doesn’t love a gold paint job?

4 17 Million Zeno Units Of Blutz Waves Are Required To Transform

Dragon Ball isn’t exactly a show that embraces science or attempts to explain the madness that happens in its universe. As a result, nobody really examines why a full moon can transform a Saiyan into a Great Ape, especially when the show is full of even crazier things.

In spite of this, Dragon Ball GT attempts to pull back the curtain a little bit and get into the nitty gritty of Saiyan genealogy.

Dragon Ball GT introduces the idea that it takes more than just a tail and moon to turn into a Great Ape. There are actually things called Blutz Waves that have a big role in the process.

A Saiyan requires 17 million zeno units of them in order to transform. Blutz Waves can be found in the light of the full moon, or really, the light that comes from any "full” planet. Blutz Waves can even be artificially manufactured with the right technology.

3 Saiyans Were Originally Great Apes Who Then Evolved

Dragon Ball is rather loose when it comes to information on the very first Saiyans. There have been flashbacks that go back a few generations that shed light on older customs, but there are still a lot of questions about early ancestors.

Dragon Ball portrays the Great Ape form as a sort of yin and yang balance for the Saiyans and there’s never been a reason to assume that things were ever different. The Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files resource book happens to share a few details that reframe this relationship, though.

GT Perfect Files speculates that Saiyans actually started as Great Apes and then slowly evolved into the more intelligent humanoid species that could then harness their own power.

It’s basically a variation on the evolution of man. It’s a theory that makes a lot of a sense, especially when Universe 6’s statements towards Saiyan evolution are considered.

2 There's A Legendary Great Ape Form

This is certainly one of the most rare versions of the Great Ape, but it’s also the most overpowered and extreme take on the beings. The Legendary Great Ape is a transformation that is exclusive to Broly, due to his fancy title of Legendary Super Saiyan.

Broly’s Legendary Super Saiyan status emits an electrifying green aura, which is essentially what goes on here, only in Great Ape form. It’s a giant, glowing Great Ape that succeeds in being even more terrifying than usual. Picture GT’s Golden Great Ape, but then turned up to 11.

It’s also worth noting that, much like how the Golden Great Ape form works, this Legendary Great Ape is a gateway transformation that’s necessary before Broly can turn into Legendary Super Saiyan 4. Thankfully, this exaggerated abomination is exclusive to Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Fusion.

1 The  Form Multiples A Saiyan's Strength By Ten

It stands to reason that transforming into a giant monkey is going to increase someone’s strength. The question then turns to how much stronger do they become, and is it ultimately worth it?

This fighter’s math comes into play when Great Ape Vegeta faces off against Goku who’s in Kaio-Ken mode. Both of these fighters have increased their strength, but who is strongest?

The rule of thumb within the Dragon Ball anime and manga is that the Great Ape transformation multiples a Saiyan’s strength tenfold. It’s unclear if their speed is also multiplied by ten, but Goku seems to think that it’s at least equal to where it begins.

However, there’s a little bit of controversy over the fact that the Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan Famicom video game says that the Great Ape just multiples a Saiyan’s strength by four.


These are all the gargantuan details that we could pull together on these big, hairy guys, but are there any others? Gaze into that full moon, ape out, and sound off in the comments!


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Great Ape
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Literal EnglishGreat Monkey
OtherGreat Ape
TypePhysical Transformation

The Great Ape (大猿, Ōzaru; lit, "Great Monkey") transformation is a transformation inborn to all Saiyans in the Saiyan race.


Whenever a Saiyan is exposed to the Blutz Waves of a full moon, or is able to use the Power Ball technique, the Blutz Waves are stored in their tail, allowing them to transform into the Great Ape state. In this form, they grow to about the size of a large skyscraper. Those Saiyans without their battle armor lose their clothes during this process.

In this form, the Saiyan's power level is increased by ten times and they gain dramatic increases in speed and strength. An untrained Saiyan will lose their consciousness in this form, making them nothing more than primal apes until they revert back. However, trained Saiyans can retain control of themselves in this form and even learn to speak through the Great Ape form.


If the moon used to initiate this transformation is destroyed or vanishes from the Saiyan's sight, the transformation regresses. Furthermore, if a Saiyan has his or her tail cut off while in this form, they will also lose their transformed state. Once back in their humanoid form, a Saiyan is left physically exhausted due to this transformation. Without practice, a Saiyan can actually lose consciousness after returning to normal.

Golden Great Ape

Main article: Super Saiyan

Those Super Saiyans that have their tails can also transform into Super Saiyan while in their Great Ape state. This state is known as the Golden Great Ape (黄金大猿, Ōgon Ōzaru; lit. "Golden Great Monkey"). This form simply applies the benefits of the Super Saiyan transformation to the Great Ape transformation, making the latter more powerful and more formidable to deal with in battle.

It seems that this particular form of Great Ape does not physically change in appearance when the user enters Super Saiyans 2 and 3, only the energy output and aura change. It is unknown why this occurs.


  • The transformation is similar to how werewolves transform at the full moon.
This article is about the original transformation. For the character portrayed in live-action by Justin Chatwin, see Oozaru (Dragon Ball Evolution).

Great Ape



Anime name

Giant Ape
Great Ape



Great Ape (,Ōzaru, lit. "Great Monkey") is a giant, anthropomorphic, monkey-like creature that the Saiyans of Universe 7 can transform into at the full moon to increase their already formidable strength tremendously. Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File speculates that Saiyans were originally Great Apes who gained intelligence and took on a humanoid form.[1]


Concept, name, and appearance

The transformation is similar to how werewolves transform at the full moon. Originally in the series, the Great Ape was a transformation for Goku, this character being a parody of a monkey-king, Sun Wukong, from the novel Journey to the West; despite this, many Chinese cultural adaptations of the novel did not involve the original Wukong having access to a giant transformation whatsoever, which supposedly makes this more of a Japanese/contemporary culture trait for him as seen in media such as the Hong Kong 1998 adaptation of Journey to the West and in one of Wukong's attacks in Warriors Orochi 2.

Later in the series, Great Ape is discovered to be a transformation that is accessible to the characters who possess Saiyan heritage.

The original Japanese name literally translates to "great ape", "giant ape", "king ape", or "large monkey". Funimation labels this form "Great Ape", but it is more monkey-like because of its tail.

Great Apes are similar to King Kong, a giant gorilla that first appeared in the 1933 U.S. film of the same name, but with a tail, a baboon-like head, and red eyes. Although its muscular build is similar to a gorilla, as the series progresses, the musculature design of the Great Ape form becomes more prominent and defined. Overall, the design of the form does not directly resemble any single species of existing primate.

Conditions for transformation

In order for the transformation to take place, the Saiyan needs to have a tail, as the glands responsible for initiating the transformation are located exclusively there. The Saiyan also needs to absorb at least 17 million zeno units of Blutz Waves through the eyes to initiate the transformation. Blutz Waves are found only in sunlight reflected by a moon. If there is no moon, a planetary body will reflect the same amount of rays. The easiest way to achieve this is to gaze at the full moon, making Saiyans similar to werewolves in this aspect. If any clouds covered the moon and/or a planetary body, it would block certain amounts of the radiation. Vegeta once made himself transform by firing Power Ball, which is a "fake moon" reflecting the requisite amount of Blutz Rays into the air, and then staring at it. A device onboard Saiyans' Attack Pods also project a hologram of a moon that was realistic enough to allow Blutz Waves to be reflected in the event of their landing on a planet that lacks a moon, as evidenced by an incident where Gohan went Great Ape while training for fighting the Saiyans prior to their invasion due to Goku's attack pod reactivating.

In the movie, Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Turles did the same thing to provoke a transformation in Gohan as a joke, for he knew he was powerful enough to handle him. According to Turles in the same film, the Power Ball's residual effect would keep Gohan (and any other transformed Saiyan) in their Great Ape form for a limited amount of time even if the Power Ball is destroyed (which Turles does). It can be assumed that, since it is so close to the planet, weather conditions do not affect the Power Ball's radiation output.

If a natural source of Blutz Waves (a full moon or planet) was destroyed or the tail is amputated, this would cause the Saiyan to instantly transform back to their humanoid form. In Dragon Ball Online, a Saiyan cannot be transformed to this form if the one is using a mask provided by the Time Breakers, since it blocks the Blutz Waves, no matter how much time one spends looking at the moon. However, in Dragon Ball Heroes it is shown that if the mask is broken then the Saiyan's ability to transform is also restored as shown when Time Breaker Bardock transforms after his mask is broken.

In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Paragus warns Beets against staring at Vampa's moon and points out to Beets who had never transformed that the form should only be used as a last resort indicating that experienced Saiyan warriors generally avoid transforming unless absolutely necessary especially if they lack complete control over it.

Characteristics of Saiyans in Great Ape form

A Great Ape's power level is equal to the Saiyan's power level prior to the transformation multiplied by ten (though in Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan it instead multiplies it by four). It is unclear whether the speed rises in proportion, but according to Goku, at the very least the Saiyan remains as fast as they were before the transformation. A Saiyan's tail will not grow back if they have surpassed the power of their Great Ape form in their base form.[2]

The color for the Great Ape's fur is usually brown and eyes are red as well. A Saiyan loses the ability to reason in this form, and will typically display berserk and destructive characteristics, even in the cases of protagonists. To quote Yamcha, "When Goku transforms like that, he loses all sense of himself. He's just a big hairy ape with a sweet tooth for ripping people's limbs off." However, they can still seem to regain some sense of friend and foe deep within their subconscious, as has been demonstrated when Goku was able to get Great Ape Gohan to attack Vegeta and Gohan recognizing the dragon Icarus. Krillin theorized that half-earthling Saiyans that have transformed retain their human mind, enabling their loved ones to break through to them. This is also shown in the Bardock special as the transformed Team Bardock were able to focus on attacking their Kanassan enemies while avoiding attacking each other despite displaying the same berserker mindset as Goku and Gohan did in the form.

Despite the lack of self-awareness, as Saiyans mature, they can potentially be taught how to rein in their instincts and retain normal cognitive functions as Great Apes. This was displayed by Vegeta, who unlike Goku and Gohan, did receive this training, and was even able to talk. However, in the video games, it is implied that only super elites like Vegeta and his father or elite Saiyans like Nappa are capable of retaining their reason in this form, while low-class Saiyans like Turles and Raditz are not. Saiyans who maintain their reason in this form are capable of utilizing its power to the fullest and as shown by Vegeta can even transform into their Golden Great Ape form from their Great Ape form which allows them to easily transform into Super Saiyan 4 as their ability to retain their reason transfers over to the Golden Great Ape form. Saiyans can still manipulate their energy in this state for feats like flight and shooting beams, most commonly from their mouth in a manner akin to (and possibly an intentional homage to) Godzilla's Atomic Breath.

As the transformation causes the Saiyan to grow to several times their original size, the Saiyans wear special armor which can stretch to fit the Great Ape form and shrink back to fit their normal form, Goku and Gohan don't have this, since they live on Earth, so the transformation rips their clothes apart, meaning they revert to their normal forms naked. The transformation process back to normal appears to be very exhausting as even Vegeta, a fully-trained and "Super Elite" Saiyan was left very winded from the experience, whereas Goku and Gohan were always rendered unconscious.


A Great Ape's size remains mostly inconsistent throughout the Dragon Ball franchise, ranging from at least 50 feet tall to titanic stature. When first shown in Dragon Ball, it was the size of a Toei Kaiju, easily dwarfing Pilaf's entire castle, though later depictions shrank its size. A generalization is that most average humanoid Saiyans can fit into the palm of a Great Ape's hand. As far as Goku's first (shown) transformation goes, he is much larger in the anime than he is in the manga. In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, the Great Ape's size was significantly cut down to likely 25–30 feet tall but they are still the largest characters in the game.


Dragon Ball

Goku first transforms when Emperor Pilaf seals him and his friends inside a chamber designed to amplify the sun's rays, effectively cooking them alive when the sun rose, but a full moon rose first so Goku proceeded to go on a rampage destroying Pilaf's Castle. While Yamcha and company decided it would be best to stay away from Goku until morning, Goku suddenly left the castle and attacked them. In the anime, Pilaf tries to fight Great Ape Goku before his plane crashes, but machine-gun fire only annoyed him, while a missile only knocked him out for a short time. Yamcha then decided to try and cut his tail, thinking the pain would cause him to faint. Fortunately, removing his tail causes him to change back to normal. Earlier, Goku also mentions before transforming that his Grandpa Gohan told him never to look at the full moon and that Gohan was killed by a monster that comes out at the full moon, implying that Goku had transformed at least two times.

Goku transforms again during the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament when his tail grows back, and once again the transformation saves him from being defeated. Although Yamcha is ready to try and cut his tail off again, Jackie Chun comes up with a more permanent solution and uses a Kamehameha to destroy the moon. Interestingly, Goku recovers from this de-transformation and is conscious again before the (delayed) 10 count finishes.

Although Goku never transforms again due to the lack of a moon, a Great Ape appears as a representation of his hidden power possibly symbolizing that he has become as strong as if he really was in his Great Ape form, most evident when he kills King Piccolo using his Penetrate! technique. It should be noted that the Great Ape was used to represent Goku's hidden potential that was unlocked when he drank the Ultra Divine Water, implying that by drinking it granted Goku to access the power of his Great Ape form while in his base form. By the time Goku is introduced as a young adult during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, his tail is absent. When asked about this, Goku claimed Kami once offered to restore the moon in exchange for his tail to be removed.

Dragon Ball Z

As Raditz tells Goku about the Saiyans' power, Bulma, Krillin, and Master Roshi remember Goku's Great Ape transformations. Gohan transforms when he is out in the wild. Once again, the transformation proves to be useful in a way as it gets Gohan down from a high peak he was stuck on. Piccolo then destroys the moon, and just in case, removes Gohan's tail. The power Piccolo saw Gohan display in his transformed state caused him to become frightened by the idea of how strong Nappa and Vegeta would be in that state. In the anime only, Gohan's tail grew back again, coincidentally during a time when Goku's space pod started projecting an image of the full moon in the night sky. Piccolo tries his best to stop him but is unable to match the Great Ape Gohan. He eventually finds the source of the moonlight and destroys it, reverting Gohan back to normal. He then removes Gohan's tail once again. Several homages to Goku's second transformation occur here, including Gohan transforming while being hit with an electrical attack. As King Kai tells Goku about the history of the Saiyans, a flashback shows that the Saiyans were able to completely destroy the Tuffles: By transforming into Great Apes due to a Full Moon that happens only once every seven years (eight in the dub versions), the Saiyan race was able to exterminate the Tuffles overnight.

After Goku's Kamehameha manages to overcome Vegeta's Galick Gun, Vegeta becomes furious and decides that he needs to transform to beat him. He soon takes note of the lack of a moon as he had planned the arrival to coincide with the full moon in case transformation was needed. Unfortunately, he reveals that he is able to create a Power Ball to simulate the full moon's light, though this drains his power significantly. He then promptly transforms, overwhelming Goku completely and nearly killing him. His transformation is halted by Yajirobe cutting off his tail. Vegeta's transformation into a Great Ape also causes Goku to finally realize the truth of his own Great Ape transformations in the past were responsible for the death of his Grandpa Gohan and for the damage at the World Martial Arts Tournament. When Vegeta's tail is cut off, Gohan learns about the process.

During the same battle, Gohan's tail grows back and he uses the Power Ball still in the sky to transform. While Vegeta was able to initially get away from Gohan due to his unfocused rage, Goku was able to help Gohan focus on fighting Vegeta. Vegeta does surprisingly well against the beast but is ultimately outmatched. He manages to cut Gohan's tail off with an energy disk, but then Gohan falls on him when transforming back, which (coupled with all of the other injuries) forced him to retreat.

When Dodoria tells Vegeta about how Frieza got concerned about the Saiyans and destroyed them, a flashback shows a group of Saiyans transforming into Great Apes after one of them creates a Power Ball and destroys an entire planet. When Goku confronts the Ginyu Force, Vegeta's explanation of the legend of the Super Saiyan is a lot more detailed in the anime as it shows the original Super Saiyan as a Great Ape with yellowish fur instead of the standard brown. When Vegeta's spirit tells Goku about the Saiyans' near extinction at Frieza's hands, Vegeta appears in his original form, child form, and Great Ape form. While technically not an appearance of a Great Ape per se, Krillin once commented on Future Trunks's Super Saiyan Third Grade form being similar to the Great Ape. Ironically, an actual Great Ape appeared in a montage told by Krillin mentioning his awe at the Saiyans' evolving powers. After this point, there are no Saiyans with tails remaining and the Great Apes are mostly ignored for the rest of the series. It makes one final appearance during Goku's Super Saiyan 3 transformation once again representing his hidden powers.

Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!

The special features a Great Ape during the opening animation, as it is an updated version of the original intro sequence. Also, Tarble has a tail but he does not transform in the special.

Dragon Ball GT

Main article: Golden Great Ape

In Dragon Ball GT, the design for the Great Ape form is slightly different than in the original, as it is more muscular and appears to have a large round belly. When even Super Saiyan 3 Goku proves to be no match for Baby Vegeta, Old Kai decides that the only way he will stand a chance is to regrow Goku's tail. When Goku is defeated once again, he once again transforms into a Great Ape after looking at the Full Earth but becomes Golden Great Ape this time. In this form, he seems to be able to overpower Baby Vegeta but is too primitive to focus on fighting him. Eventually, Pan is able to make Goku regain his composure and self-awareness long enough to undergo the transformation into a Super Saiyan 4.

No match for Super Saiyan 4 Goku, Bulma (under Baby's control) creates a Blutz Wave Generator to transform Baby Vegeta into a Great Ape too. The beam is proven successful when Baby Vegeta transforms into a Golden Great Ape instead, increasing his power drastically. He reveals he is able to control his form, even able to use ki based attacks. As the battle progresses, it becomes obvious that Baby Vegeta is slowly becoming more and more out of control. Eventually, Goku stops Baby Vegeta by blasting his tail off.

Remembering what the Blutz Wave machine did for Baby Vegeta, Bulma deduces that it can be used to help Vegeta reach Super Saiyan 4. The machine transforms Vegeta into a regular Great Ape. In this form, Vegeta feints an attack against Goku. Then, he transforms into the Golden Great Ape, and then into Super Saiyan 4.

Film Appearances

The special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku starts off with Bardock and his team (Tora, Borgos, Shugesh, and Fasha) destroying an entire civilization as Great Apes. The morning after, they have a conversation about how much they remember of the night prior and it is revealed that Bardock can apparently remember everything he does as a Great Ape, whether or not he has control of what he is doing is not said. Although technically they should be berserk, the entire team seems to be able to work together in Great Ape form and refrain from attacking each other (which could be a reference to the fact that Saiyans are trained to control their Great Ape forms, like Vegeta in the Vegeta Saga).

Goku transforms into a Great Ape near the end of Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle. Interestingly, even though the movie is set after Goku's first transformation, the scene plays out almost exactly like Goku's first transformation. Goku's transformation frees Yamcha and co from a dire situation, though, instead of destroying everything around him, he immediately chases after his friends. Yamcha once again grabs onto Goku's tail and although Goku isn't completely immobilized like last time, Puar is still able to cut Goku's tail off by transforming into scissors. A complete transformation and reversion sequence is lacking in this movie.

In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Gohan's tail grows in the middle of a battle with Turles. Deciding to have a little fun, Turles creates a Power Ball and makes Gohan look at it. Interestingly, he destroys the Power Ball while Gohan is transforming without having an effect on the transformation. Goku fights Gohan with little luck against the beast, but Icarus appears and is able to calm Gohan down. Turles, annoyed at what is happening, blasts away Icarus, causing Gohan to attack Turles. Turles is ready to take down Gohan with one attack, but Goku uses an energy disk to cut Gohan's tail off saving him from Turles' attack.

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, a flashback shows Great Ape Goku destroying Pilaf's Castle when Pilaf sees Goten's hair is similar to that of Goku. An evil Saiyan is shown in this state during the flashback of his battle with the original Super Saiyan God.

In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Paragus warns Beets against looking at the moon while searching for Broly on Vampa noting that a non-combatant like Beets would not be able to control himself. An experienced soldier and warrior, Paragus himself points out to Beets who had never transformed that Saiyans generally should only resort to the Great Ape transformation when backed into a corner. Upon finding Broly, Paragus realizes his son had looked at the moon and transformed after noticing his son's battle armor was stretched and torn in places and Broly's standard Great Ape form appears in a brief flashback of his first Great Ape transformation. During the time Broly and Paragus were stranded on Vampa, Paragus removed Broly's tail as a precaution due to Broly's inability to control himself. However, while fighting Super Saiyan God Vegeta, Broly transforms into his Wrath State which Paragus surmises is the result of Broly accessing the power of a Great Ape without transforming into one though he notes to Frieza it has a major drawback as Wrathful Broly loses control over himself.

Other Dragon Ball stories

In Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, the Saiyans transforming into Great Ape during the final stage of the Saiyan-Tuffle war is shown in Dr. Lychee's flashback. Dr. Raichi is also shown being originally killed by a kick from a Great Ape, though is later brought back by Hatchiyack as a Ghost Warrior.

Techniques and Special Abilities

In Dragon Ball, Great Apes were just large and powerful, without any special abilities; they just rampaged about destroying anything in their way. They did, however, share the same weakness as a regular Saiyan in that they can be rendered powerless if their tail was squeezed tightly enough.

In Dragon Ball Z, however, Great Apes became much more destructive with the ability to fire overwhelmingly powerful Ki blasts from their mouths. Additionally, Vegeta has shown that certain Saiyans of "Elite" status can control their Great Ape forms, even being able to speak while transformed. Vegeta's speed was not affected by the transformation and he could still fly, despite his massive size. It is also said that a Saiyan's power is multiplied tenfold when transformed into the Great Ape.

In Dragon Ball GT, Great Apes gain the ability to breathe fire, which is further shown when Baby Vegeta uses the ability as well as the same ki based attacks he could use while not transformed.

Appearances in other media

Dr. Slump remake

The remade Dr. Slump TV show features a crossover with Goku, during his time there, he transforms into a Great Ape and starts destroying Penguin Village, although Arale Norimaki does not find him threatening. Several attempts are made to bring him down, but it is only when Arale grabs onto his tail and throws him into an open area that Goku transforms back to his base form, presumably from exhaustion.

Live-action movies

The Great Ape transformation appears in the film Dragonball Evolution, where it is revised so that it is not a Saiyan transformation, but instead a god called Oozaru who works together with Piccolo to destroy the world before the latter is imprisoned. What happened to Oozaru after Piccolo's incarceration is never revealed. However, he somehow bonds with Goku and after his eighteenth birthday during an eclipse, Goku transforms into Oozaru. After transforming, he sides with Piccolo once again by attempting to destroy Goku's friends, but it is not until he begins to fight Roshi that Goku then manages to stop himself. Afterward, he transforms back to his regular form and accepts that Oozaru is within him and then proceeds to battle Piccolo. The transformation that causes Goku to morph into Oozaru is during a solar eclipse rather than staring into a full moon, and Goku does not need a Saiyan tail to transform. It should also be noted that he is smaller than the Great Ape being that Goku's clothes still fit on him.

Video Game Appearances

Goku transforms in cutscenes in Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden and in Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen. In Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan, Vegeta's Great Ape form is the final boss. Earlier in the game, Onion is able to transform into a Great Ape, which is a palette swap of Vegeta's form. Also, using a combination of "Tail" and "Moon" cards will allow Son Gohan to transform into a Great Ape, which gives a massive boost of power. Great Ape Gohan and Great Ape Vegeta appear in cutscenes in Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu.

In Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22, Kid Goku temporarily transforms into a Great Ape and thrash the opponent during his meteor attack. Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout features Baby Vegeta's Golden Great Ape as the final boss. He was taller than the screen, usually only visible from his waist down. His mouth blast, death ball, and other Ki attacks only hit if his opponent was in the air. This character was only playable with the use of an external cheat device.


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