Goku got a lot of transformations and most of them were memorable , especially his first ever transformation as a Super Saiyan. But as I said, he got a LOT of transformation, and not all his transformations have a lasting effect. Even Akira Toriyama himself forgets about Goku’s transformations sometimes. The Tournament of Power is trying to resurrect old Super Saiyan forms and it seems like we will seen one that we almost never see.
The preview for Dragon Ball Super episode 13 has shown Goku and Caulifla in their Super Saiyan 2 forms and fighting. I don’t really think that Caulifla will let Goku away, as Universe 6 is in a very desperate situation. She and Kale will try to eliminate Goku while he’s still recovering. On the other hand, Goku is planning to gain his energy back while fighting against Caulifla. I don’t know how the heck will he do that, but well…
In the preview, Goku said that he will show Caulifla how to transform into Super Saiyan 3. Except from Goku and the fusion character Gotenks, no one from the existing Saiyans can transform into Super Saiyan 3. Super Saiyan 3 was Goku’s most rarely used form, even the Super Saiyan 2 is seen more than this form.
In this form, the user’s strength and speed is buffed in so many levels. It is characterized by the user gaining a massive hair growth in the expense of their eyebrows. But even though it is aesthetically cool and buffs the user, why Goku rarely uses this form?
The reason is because of this form’s stamina drain. It might not be as powerful than the Super Saiyan God, but it drains more stamina than SSG. SSG also gives Goku the speed boost which is not offered by this form. While this form is cool-looking and gives Goku a cool hay of golden hair, the usage of this form is irrational especially in the Tournament of Power. But I’ll bet that Saitama will agree to avoid every sale he could find if it can give him SSJ3 hair.
For teaching this form, we might see it briefly during the Tournament of Power. Caulifla and Kale seem to be capable of learning this form from Goku. Goku, as a good person, will try to teach the U6 Saiyans how to transform into Super Saiyan 3. We will see next episode if Caulifla will be able to achieve this form. And if she did, Universe 6 might still have the chance to win this Tournament.
The Worst Thing About Super Saiyan Transformation In Dragon Ball Super
There is no doubt that Super Saiyan transformations are cool and it is actually more preferred by fans rather than Gohan’s mystic form. Not only because Mystic Form doesn’t have any aesthetic quality, but Super Saiyan transformations are explosive and dramatic most of the time.
SS transformations seem to have more impact on the show than most of the transformations. But these superb SS transformations are not recommended by Old Kai because there is a drawback for its usage. In fact, we actually see this drawback every single time a powerful Super Saiyan transformation appears.
Old Kai’s explanation
Old Kai unlocked Gohan’s mystic form when Buu became unstoppable and only Gohan was the expected one to beat him. The first time that Gohan transformed into this Mystic Form, he outclassed Buu and was able to deliver huge blows. Overall, the first usage of Mystic Form was very cool, that Gohan was the strongest unfused character at that time.
Old Kai’s explanation about this form is that a Super Saiyan transformation is just a quick power-up that puts the user in a stronger state. Think of it as a sugar rush, it makes someone more productive in a short period of time but it will tire that person more easily. And after that moment of pure power, the user becomes so tired that he will just become useless without a Senzu Bean. This is the biggest drawback of every Super Saiyan form, it burns the user’s stamina real quick, that when the transformation wears out, it was all but useless.
Super Saiyan transformation is useless against Jiren
As seen on episode 109, Super Saiyan transformation is useless against Jiren. Why? While Goku’s stamina is depleting to keep up with Jiren in Super Saiyan Blue, the Pride Trooper is