Over the years, Dragon Ball’s star protagonist, Goku, has seen some wild transformations. These transformations have increased his power far beyond the expected, usually accompanied by a slick new hairdo. However, ever since the Tournament of Power, Goku has been able to access the power of Ultra Instinct again. It may seem like a frustrating wait for some fans, but the struggle with this new power is exactly why Ultra Instinct is the Perfect Form for Goku!
Catalyst For Goku’s New Power
Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super have routinely used intense emotional states as the catalyst for Goku’s transformations. It was Freeza brutally murdering Krillin that sent Goku into the rage that first unlocked his Super Saiyan transformation. Continuing the tradition in Dragon Ball Super, Goku’s latest form is by far his most powerful to date. Goku stumbles into Ultra Instinct out of necessity during his Tournament of Power battles. Goku’s struggle and work to achieve a new power have got fans thinking.
Key To Access New Power
The Dragon Ball Super anime unveil that Ultra Instinct is a power that must be tapped into by doing the exact opposite of what unlocks Super Saiyan.
Galactic Patrol Elite agent Merus told Goku:
“Rage, grief, joy — those strong emotions can translate to prodigious power…. Just like your Super Saiyan transformation. But the technique you’re after is the opposite… It will activate when you achieve self-control in the face of a jarring shock to your emotions. Such is Ultra Instinct.”
Ultra Instinct is a state achievable through a level of serenity and control. A full-fledged release of conscious thought and emotional attachment that brings a fighter to a higher plane of perception and reaction. Goku can not re-access it because he’s simply too hung up mentally and emotionally to reach that place. This seems to intrigue a lot of fans, who assumed that being a hard-headed guy who just likes to fight was a defining characteristic of Goku’s character.