Years before Super Saiyan Blue or Ultra Instinct existed, Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 was the coolest transformation we could think of. It was undoubtedly the longest transformation comprising of quite a few minutes of intense screaming, and yet it didn’t bore us. We all eagerly waited for Prince Vegeta to attain the Super Saiyan 3, but it felt like waiting for a ship in the airport. We never got to see Vegeta Super Saiyan 3, neither do we expect to see it any time in the future.
In the ongoing Dragon Ball Super series, Vegeta has come up with overpowered transformations like Super Saiyan Blue and Ultra Ego. Such accomplishments make us wonder if Vegeta can resort to the power of Super Saiyan 3 when he wishes. Is it something that Vegeta just can’t pull off? Or he prefers not to by choice? If yes, why so? We bring you all the facts and speculations of Vegeta’s SSJ3 transformation.
Can Vegeta Go Super Saiyan 3 in Dragon Ball Super?
Yes, there’s no doubt that he can go Super Saiyan 3 in Dragon Ball Super if he wishes to. Come on; he is almost on par with the Gods of the Universe. Going Super Saiyan 3 shouldn’t be any big deal point. At this point, Super Saiyan 3 isn’t even a go-to transformation for facing potent opponents like Jiren. In simple words, he has reached a point where unlocking Super Saiyan 3 doesn’t matter to him anymore.
Remember how we always wondered if Vegeta is unable to go Super Saiyan God (Red) mode, only to see his pulling that well pretty casually in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film. I think Super Saiyan 3 is one of Vegeta’s rarely used power-ups.
By now, we must already know the drawbacks of Super Saiyan 3. It takes up a hell of a lot of energy to maintain this form. Goku has always suffered from the backlash of using Super Saiyan 3 times and times again. Moreover, Super Saiyan 3 is more suited for close combat fights, than Goku prefers. For someone like Vegeta, who depends a lot on his series of Ki blasts, he can’t risk running out of his energy reserve. Who needs a Super Saiyan 3 when you can just blow up the entire area with Final Flash?
Another thing, Vegeta prefers not to hold back against his opponents. He directly resorts to his most overpowered transformation. On the other hand, Goku starts sparing with his base form and then gradually climbing to the other transformations. So, Vegeta hardly showoffs all of his forms, and that’s a very logical approach too. Why prolong a fight when you can end it in a single blow?
Will We See Vegeta Super Saiyan 3 in Dragon Ball Super?
No, there’s a very slim or negligible possibility of seeing Vegeta in the Super Saiyan 3 form. As you can see, Super Saiyan 3 is hard to draw and even harder to animate. It takes a lot of time and effort to choreograph a Super Saiyan 3 fight since the structure is completely different from all other forms. All these factors often result in a sharp drop in the production quality, like what happened in the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods film. So, the best option is not to go for Super Saiyan 3 if not absolutely necessary.
Moreover, the author is focussing on keeping Vegeta’s powers unique to Goku. For example, Goku is given with Ultra Instinct and Vegeta with the Ultra Ego. These two techniques may have the ‘Ultras” in common but are completely different in terms of their approach. In case you are too desperate to see Vegeta Super Saiyan 3, you can always watch non-cannon alternatives like Dragon Ball Heroes. There we got to see a lot of other Dragon Ball Z features that the cannon audience have only dreamt of seeing.