Android 17 is one of the most active Universe 7 members since the beginning of Tournament of Power. He has been appearing on several rough times to smoothen out the rough patches for U7. His sticky electric barrier has proven to be an effective protective and offensive asset. But how capable really is Android 17?
It was previously assumed that Android 17 is near SSB level. He fought with SSB Goku equally during their first actual match. Sure there is still Super Saiyan Blue Kaioken, which means that Android 17is actually far from reaching Goku’s real power. But being on Blue tier means you’re already at a Godly level.
However, the Dragon Ball Super manga seems to deviate away from this conclusion. In the manga, the Universal Survival saga is just starting and Goku is doing his recruitment job. He successfully recruited Krillin and Android 18, who was interestingly watching Satan’s movie about his supposedly battle against Cell. Just like in anime, Goku started finding Android 17 with the help of Dende and Kami’s Lookout Mobile.
In the manga, during Android 17 and Goku’s fight, it was revealed that Goku doesn’t need to turn SSB to get Android 17’s attention. In fact, the highest transformation that he performed is Super Saiyan 3. There are two things that we can get from this manga deviation. The first one is that Android 17 will get a huge nerf in the manga.
Of course, there will be a lot of changes if that happens. The most noticeable for me is his fight against Ribrianne. Since he might be nerfed, his fight with Ribrianne will be a lot harder. Things will really change in the duration of Tournament of Power if he will get the nerfing that I see. The second one is that Android 17 will reveal his true power later in the manga.
This one is preferable, because it will give a surprise element not only to the enemies, but for his allies as well. I can see Vegeta trying to consider fighting poachers if it can make him reach higher in SSB level.