Little did Master Roshi know when he devised the Kamehameha wave that his technique would be used appreciated by the gods someday. Thanks to Goku for becoming the new master of the Kame style and taking the age-old technique to a whole new dimension. From fighting his master in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament to knocking Kefla off in the Tournament of Power, the Kamehameha has always been Goku’s signature technique to finish off his opponents.
On the other hand, the Final Flash wasn’t always Vegeta’s go-to technique. He initially started with his Gallick gun but later realized that focusing his ki over a longer period of time can deal greater damage. His first Final Flash was directed towards Perfect Cell, and it destroyed almost half of his body. Now, the obvious question is, which is a more reliable technique, Kamehameha or Final Flash? We have brought you a detailed comparison between them.
The Origin of The Two Techniques
The two techniques may look similar, but they have completely different origin stories. It took Master Roshi almost 50 years of relentless practice to master the Kamehameha wave. In the Dragon Ball series, the first Kamehameha came from the hands of the master himself. He used the wave to extinguish the flames burning down Ox-King’s castle. The wave extinguished the flames but ended up destroying the entire area. That’s how strong the technique was even in the early days of Dragon Ball. Goku replicated the technique almost instantly. His first Kamehameha was directed towards Bulma’s car and did little damage to it.
Meanwhile, Vegeta achieved his final flash a lot later in the Cell Saga of the Dragon Ball Z series. He perfected it after months of training in the hyperbolic time chamber. Although Cell was significantly more powerful, the Final Flash left him in an awful state. Thanks to his regeneration ability, Cell survived that fight. Now that we know that the two techniques have their own back stories let’s jump into Kamehameha vs Final Flash comparison.
FUN FACT:Akira Toriyama struggled a lot in coming up with a name for this Kame attack. That’s when his wife suggested the name, Kamehameha, inspired by the name of the popular Hawaiian King. She thought that the name would be easy to remember.
Kamehameha involves focusing the latent energy of the body in the palms and releasing it in the form of a wave. It goes without saying that Vegeta took some inspiration from his archrival’s signature technique. Here, Vegeta spreads his arms to gather as much Ki possible and brings them together to form a fatal attack that destroys anything and everything in its way.
After years of watching the Dragon Ball franchise, I have noticed that the Kamehameha technique isn’t always used for killing. Goku used it to injure his opponents or to push them away from the ring. However, other techniques like the Destructo disc and Special Beam Cannon were meant to kill the opponent. Similarly, Final Flash was another such brutal technique that was created to destroy its target without fail. Obviously, Vegeta can alter its intensity depending upon the amount of energy he puts into it.
Kamehameha vs Final Flash, Which one is more Reliable?
I would have rooted for Kamehameha if it was Dragon Ball Z. But in Dragon Ball Super, Kamehameha and Final Flash are equally destructive. Over the years, Vegeta has improved this technique and has polished it to a point where it can match Goku’s Kamehameha. Now, one may argue bringing forward Final Flash’s ineffectiveness against Jiren. We must not forget that not even a Spirit Bomb could scratch Jiren, so it’s only natural for Jiren not to be harmed by the likes of Kamehameha and Final Flash.
Coming to reliability, I think Kamehameha is a better option. I doubt if there are many fighters like Jiren and Cell who would be arrogant enough to face Vegeta’s Final Flash head-on. Vegeta needs to be static to gather all the energy requires, which is a huge limitation. I am pretty sure that he can’t dodge around attacks while pulling off a Final Flash. Meanwhile, Kamehameha is a lot more flexible technique. Goku can easily dodge around or even use instant transmission while attacking with a Kamehameha. In the Tournament of power, we saw how Goku dodged Kefla’s attacks, and yet he managed to knock Kefla out with a Kamehameha. Due to the mobility advantage, Kamehameha becomes a lot more versatile and reliable technique compared to Final Flash.