WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers from the Granolah arc of the Dragon Ball Super Manga. Read ahead at your own discretion!
Ultra Instinct Goku – the talk of the town since the Tournament of Power. The Godly silver glow accompanied by seamless movements made the Angel’s specialty one of the best, if not the best, forms/techniques in Dragon Ball.
Philosophically speaking, it’s the pinnacle of existence for all living creatures within and outside the multiverse.
It’s not just about the body working on its own; it’s also about the kind of consciousness that comes with it, which is very similar to the consciousness of a being who has attained Nirvana. You can say it’s Toriyama’s version of –
Episode 110 of Dragon Ball Super literally wrecked the internet, crashing streaming services and making anxious fans wait for a solid hour or two.
When Ultra Instinct Goku was introduced it left fans and Gods speechless. It continues to be a spectacle even today. And it inspired a gazillion amount of memes and fans to annoyingly say “can he beat Goku though?” or ” Can He beat Ultra Instinct Goku though? “
The silver-haired form is the most recognized transformation amongst the Gods (at least in the Manga).
Since then, the pure Saiyan from Earth has made considerable progress in polishing the Divine technique with the help of his masters, Merus and Whis but, he still faces trouble in wielding it as good as them.
So what should he do next?
Will There will be a new version of Ultra Instinct Goku?
Indeed. Whis instructed Goku twice to dig deep in order to find a version of Ultra Instinct suitable for HIS instincts.
The fundamental concept of Ultra Instinct would remain the same, namely, clearing your mind and heart of superfluous thoughts and emotions and allowing your body to function without interference from both mind and heart. And Goku’s objective (as indicated by Whis) is to remain in the state regardless of which form he is in.
Whis gives a clue on how to achieve that by telling Goku to do some soul-searching. At that time, Monaito wondered whether the recording in Bardock’s scouter would tell them Gas’ weakness.
Gas was also asking Goku who he was but didn’t give a proper answer. Adding all this tells me that Bardock’s mindset in Chapter 83 plays a key role in helping Goku to find his drive to battle.
Goku’s a Saiyan raised on Earth, no doubt. But he doesn’t know what his place within the Saiyan race is, especially within his family.
Goku, in the Frieza Saga, announced that he’s the legendary Super Saiyan pure of heart and awakened by rage. However, Merus clearly states that Goku is looking for something that is just the opposite.
So… back to the drawing board once again.
Interestingly, did you notice the word “Instinct” is thrown around a lot in this arc?
- “Power solely derived from instinct is unbounded”
- The Heeters’ primal instinctual forms
- Bardock’s pure instinct of winning and not fleeing from a battle
Beerus brought up the topic of Saiyans and their destructive ways for Vegeta to find his own unique version of Ultra Ego. Similarly, the story hints at Goku to look into his own instincts to fuel his own version of Ultra Instinct.
Thus delighting us fans by unlocking a new form of Ultra Instinct Goku
Instinct is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as follows:
The way people or animals naturally react or behave, without having to think or learn about it
Following your instincts and wielding Ultra Instinct go hand in hand (both require thought reduction). So what are Goku’s instincts?
What is Son Goku to Toriyama-sensei?
Toriyama: At any rate, I wanted him to have the sense of being that rare guy who seeks only “to become stronger than before”, so much so that it feels like “there’s no one as pure as this person”. And while he does end up saving everyone as a result of that, he himself at least has a very pure sincerity about “wanting to become stronger”. What I wanted to depict the most was the sense that he might not be a good guy at all, although he does do good things as a result.Akira Toriyama & Masako Nozawa Special Talk
Goku usually doesn’t think much while fighting (well, at least during sparring matches and not a fight to the death). He usually acts on impulse (as Toriyama said in that quote), but right now, he’s forcing hard to copy Whis’ way of thinking and emotional reduction. As Whis said, the Ultra Instinct state should come out naturally at any time. He follows his instincts so Goku should follow his.
Loving to fight and self-protection is something the Saiyans have a knack for. Goku didn’t know whether it was something new or even past Saiyans had those urges. So now Goku wouldn’t feel alienated.
Using Bardock’s firm resolve and focus as an example, Goku must learn how to separate emotion from thoughts and focus only on his pure instincts wherein it becomes natural to stay detached like the Angels. Combining his nature with Ultra Instinct is the next step to perfection and giving us fans a brand new Ultra Instinct Goku.
Basically, the outcome should be similar to what Goku and Gohan achieved in the Cell Games Saga. They managed to remain in their Super Saiyan forms 24/7, hardly losing any stamina.
But the question is, will there ever be a perfected Ultra Instinct Goku?
Will The New Form Of Ultra Instinct Goku be stronger than the Angels?
No. At least not anytime soon.
The Angels are born with such a high level of transcendence that for them, Merus is like a spoiled brat. An amateur who let the dualities like justice and injustice interfere with his thoughts and emotions. And Goku isn’t even on his level yet (UI-wise).
Goku says he needs to transform in order to enter the transcendent state. But as implied in the Cell Games Saga, a transformation is required when you cannot remain in a particular state naturally.
“Getting rid of that instability, that restless feeling” = SSJ 24/7
“Getting rid of unnecessary emotions and thoughts” = Ultra Instinct 24/7
And unlike Super Saiyan, training to control the mind and heart takes years (even lifetimes). So Goku might pull off another transformation (Angels’ UI + his instincts) but that would again be a temporary route. Ultimately, he needs to remain in the Ultra Instinct state 24/7.
Consciously putting effort to reduce thoughts and emotions while remaining stoic in the Silver-haired form takes away focus and stamina. So relying on his natural instincts would ultimately rectify that problem.
Interestingly, Victory Uchida (the Manga’s editor) was surprised by the change in Goku’s appearance in the T.O.P. He thought only his movement would alter and wondered “why the silver hair?” So it’s possible that he proposed the idea of keeping Goku’s looks the same. But only time will tell…
As predicted earlier, the entire biological structures of Goku and Whis are different. Angels are a completely different life form, capable of doing things Mortals can’t even begin to imagine.
Ultra Instinct is a specialty of the Angels. A non-Angel, may never be able to completely master it. The mortal body has its own limitations that Angels do not have.
Therefore, Goku’s mortality will drag him down. Unless he decides to join the hierarchy of the Gods and become an Angel someday. But I don’t see that happening in the future. Read this article to find out why.
So what do you think of the possibility of new version of Ultra Instinct Goku? Will the change in mindset unleash a new transformation or physically remain as he is? Let us know in the comments below!