How Goku’s Second Ultra Instinct Was Triggered


Everybody witnessed yet another miraculous feat from Son Goku in the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super. Not only is he able to dodge attacks from Kefla, but he also sent some of those ki blasts flying away just by slapping them. Ultra  Instinct does really make Goku a being that is a class of his own.

It was mentioned by Whis before that Goku will not be able to use the Ultra Instinct again, at least in the Tournament of Power. But how the freaking Dende did Goku achieved the Ultra Instinct the second time? And more so, how did Goku trigger the Ultra Instinct form without the use of his trademark Spirit Bomb?

Because of thinking about this mystery, I formed a theory that I think is the most believable explanation on what is the trigger for the second Ultra Instinct. Whis, Beerus and even the Grand Priest are not sure on why a mortal like Goku can achieve such feat in such a short time. And another thing to note is that Goku is actually very tired, it seems like adrenaline rush is what keeps him pushing on.


The second Ultra Instinct might have been easier to understand if the reason is the plot, but we’ll avoid that. Let’s dig into the rich history of Dragon Ball and revive one of the earliest concepts of the series. I say that this second Ultra Instinct is from the benefit of the Zenkai Boost.

Zenkai Boost is a Saiyan trait that makes them stronger. It is triggered when a Saiyan was put into a near-death experience and survives it. In this case, Goku survived that Genki Dama and Jiren’s finishing blast. The person who helped Goku complete the process of Zenkai Boost was surprisingly Frieza. When Frieza healed Goku through Ki transfer, Goku’s replenished body remembered the near-death experience. And because of this, his power level increased massively.

That is the reason why Goku’s Super Saiyan 2 was able to beat Caulifla’s Super Saiyan 2. And Goku was able to fight against Kale even in Super Saiyan God because his power was actually greater than before. And because of his limit being broken again, the power boost from the Zenkai skyrocketed.

In short, Goku became powerful enough to sustain his Ultra Instinct state. He doesn’t need a Spirit Bomb anymore to become the catalyst of Ultra Instinct. And with this said, a full-rested Goku in Super Saiyan Blue might actually be able to defeat Kefla. We can’t really ignore the fact that Goku was still injured and tired.



With the current state of Dragon Ball Super, we are still in the Tournament of Power Arc which has been confirmed to continue until March 2018! Goku fighting against the powers of both Caulifla and Kale combined as their fused character, Kefla! With Goku struggling to fight against this foe using Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue, his only hope is Ultra Instinct. With that said, check out the schedule for upcoming Dragon Ball Super episodes!

Dragon Ball Super November 2017 Schedule

  • November 05, 2017
    Dragon Ball Super Episode 114 – Intimidating Passion! The Birth of a New Super Warrior!!
    Vegeta continues his battle with Toppo, while Caulifla is able to help Kale regain control of her Berserker form. Caulifla and Kale battle Goku together and are able to hold him off. Meanwhile, Frieza is confronted by Katopesla, but they are interrupted by Goku’s battle with Caulifla and Kale. Frieza wants to fight Caulifla and Kale, but Goku insists that he will fight them himself. Frieza backs down and watches the fight. The three Saiyans resume their battle. After unsuccessfully attempting to use Instant Transmission as a strategy, Goku powers up to his Super Saiyan God form and easily overpowers the two of them. As Goku prepares to eliminate Caulifla and Kale with a powerful Kamehameha, it is revealed that the girls were given a pair of Potara earrings by Universe 6’s Supreme Kai Fuwa. They use the earrings and fuse to become a single being with immense power, who takes the name Kefla.


  • November 12, 2017
    Dragon Ball Super Episode 115 – Goku vs Kefla! Super Saiyan Blue Defeated?!
    Fighting Universe 7’s Goku, Universe 6’s Caulifla and Kale use the Potara Earrings – which the Kai’s use – to merge together. Facing Goku as Kefla, they overwhelm him with their superpower. Witnessing this, the other universes wonder if they too should use Potara to merge and begin forming plans…


  • November 19, 2017……