Akira's beloved Toriyama Dragon Ball has introduced a whole host of Super Saiyan transformations as his characters face increasingly powerful opponents in the various anime series that expand the franchise beyond the stories of the main Toriyama manga.

The continuation of the non-canon anime Dragon Ball GT introduced the concept of Super Saiyan 4. However, the recent anime / manga series Dragon Ball Super, overseen by Toriyama himself, began by introducing a new form known as Super Saiyan God before introducing transformations. even more powerful. Now, let's take a closer look at both of these transformations to see which form is really stronger than another.

What is the Super Saiyan God?

At the start of Dragon Ball Super, after the god of destruction Beerus easily surpasses Super Saiyan 3 Goku, the longtime protagonist struggles to reach higher form to save Earth. He learns that if five other Saiyans channel their energy into him, he can unlock a mythic form known as Super Saiyan God. After receiving this energy from Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks, Goten and his unborn granddaughter Pan, Goku gets the transformation.

Super Saiyan God decreases Goku's muscle mass from Super Saiyan 3 to his normal physique as his hair turns bright red and no longer stands on end as he gains a fiery aura. In this form, Goku's speed and reflexes are greatly enhanced and he is able to tiptoe against Beerus orbiting above the Earth for a while, impressing the God of Destruction enough to spare Earth and agree to train him. Later in the series, it is revealed that Vegeta obtained this form while training under Beerus and his mentor Whis, forgoing the ritual that Goku used to unlock the form the first time around.

What is Super Saiyan 4?

Towards the end of the first main story arc in GT, Goku had his tail regrown after physically reverting to being a child, with the help of the Supreme Kai and Elder Kai. Despite this, he was still unable to defeat Tuffle's villain Baby, who had possessed Vegeta's body and recreated his homeworld near Earth. As Goku lay defeated, the sight of his house caused him to transform into a giant golden monkey before Pan calmed him, harnessing his immense power and transforming himself into a Super Saiyan 4 for the first time.

In this form, Goku has been brought back to the physical age of an adult, with most of his body covered in bright red fur while his hair has grown longer and retained its natural color. Goku used this form to defeat Baby and save Vegeta, and was later able to transform at will while battling other opponents. Vegeta too would have reached this form after being immersed in waves that simulated the effects of the moon. When they merged with Goku, the two formed the composite warrior Gogeta who also appeared as Super Saiyan 4 for the final battle against Omega Shenron.

Which Super Saiyan transformation is stronger?

For all intents and purposes, Super Saiyan 4 is an extension of Super Saiyan 3, albeit with a more animalistic aspect, as it harnesses the powers of the great golden ape in a humanoid form. Goku and Vegeta are able to fight opponents at a higher level, but Goku has repeatedly faced problems with power consumption, prematurely reverting to his infant form due to the energy demands of the merger in Gogeta and struggling to overwhelm Super Android 17 in a separate meeting. The Super Saiyan 4 debut also required Goku to receive a power boost from Gohan, Trunks, Goten and Pan to simply defeat Baby, questioning his supremacy.

Though the Super Saiyan God puts a strain on the body as well, with Goku unable to maintain it throughout his fight against Beerus, the increased speed and combat reflexes make him able to fight on an equal footing against the of the same, as the name of the form suggests. . While even more powerful transformations were introduced later in Super, the manga still depicted Vegeta using the form to take advantage of the Super Saiyan God's enhanced speed before transforming into Super Saiyan Blue to deliver devastating blows.