The legendary Super Saiyan, protector of Earth, and one of the strongest characters in anime Son Goku has a lot of different powers and abilities. While most people with a cursory knowledge of the extended Dragon Ball Universe know about his various transformations and his iconic Kamehameha Wave, he has a few lesser known techniques in his repertoire as well. These 7 subtler powers don’t appear often in Dragon Ball, but when Goku does use them, they give him the edge he needs to eke out a victory against some impossibly powerful foes.
Following the ritual that allowed Goku to undergo the Super Saiyan God transformation, he gained the ability to regenerate. By sending his newly obtained godly Ki into his wounds, Goku is able to heal them almost instantly. While the extent of this power isn’t fully known at this time, it’s certainly a handy ability considering how often gets beaten up.
When Goku travels to Namek, he hones his fighting abilities. During his time training with the mighty King Kai, he learns Telepathy. Along with broadcasting his thoughts into other’s minds without a single word spoken out loud, he can also read the minds of others. He can read minds by placing the palm of his hand on their heads. Telepathy is a powerful ability in the Dragon Ball series that has helped the Z-fighters on numerous occasions.
Mimicry is a powerful ability. It allows fighters to copy another fighter’s moves after seeing it once. Goku uses the move in a light-hearted way by copying Master Roshi’s peace sign. He would later use Mimicry for more serious purposes. Goku displayed this ability for fighting purposes after meeting Master Roshi.
He was able to pick up the Kamehameha wave by just witnessing it once being performed by Master Roshi. Goku would later use this move at both the 21st and 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. During the 22nd Tournament, he also uses Mimicry to learn Hasshu-ken or the Eight-Arm Fist.
Increased Lung Capacity
Goku’s Saiyan heritage gives him an extremely powerful lung capacity, and he uses this to do things far beyond the limits of an average human. Besides summoning his lung power to perform the Mid-Air Stop– an alternative to flight which allows the user to suspend himself in mid-air long enough to dodge an attack.
Goku was also able to battles Beerus in the stratosphere, thanks to his lungs, and while he can’t survive long without air, he was able to fight at full power against the God of Destruction for a short time.
Dende uses the healing technique at several points throughout Dragon Ball Z, and whether by mimicking Dende or simply by bestowing his own energy, in his Super Saiyan form, Goku has been known to heal and even resurrect other characters.
The most notable example of this is when Goku shares his energy with Frieza, who had been facing death after getting split in two by his own Death Saucer.
In the Dragon Ball Super manga, which depicts events differently than the anime, Goku is able to use the incredibly powerful Hakai technique. This technique is the signature technique of Gods of Destruction and completely obliterates any person or thing.
Goku uses the almost unstoppable technique against Fused Zamasu, as the evil god was able to regenerate from or shrug off all of Goku’s more conventional attacks. It’s hard to say at this point if Goku will ever perform this devastating technique in the anime, but with stronger foes appearing in each story arc he may soon have no choice but to use it.
In the film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Goku manipulates his Ki while in his Super Saiyan God transformation to constrain the titular Broly and have a brief chat with him. This technique is known as the God Bind and is one of Goku’s few restraining techniques that doesn’t put his life in immediate danger.
It’s also likely that Goku is only able to utilize this technique while in his Super Saiyan Red and Blue forms, as those center on efficiently controlling and utilizing his Ki.
Invisible Eye Blast
Goku can blow something up just by looking at it! Goku’s energy is so powerful that he’s able to focus on an object and create an explosion centering on it. He first uses this technique on Namek to bury Vegeta, and later to defend himself from Frieza’s version of the technique.
This power isn’t all that useful in battle and hardly strong enough to do more than superficial damage against an opponent, but it’s still one of Goku’s coolest powers.