While long fights in Dragon Ball are often performed to get stronger, characters in the series also train in order to master great and powerful techniques. Some of them can take months or even years to master.
Since there are so many difficult to master techniques in the series, we’ve come up with a list of the top ten most difficult techniques to master in Dragon Ball.
One of the staple moves found throughout the series, the Kamehameha is an extended version of the Ki blast. Developed originally by Master Roshi, Goku quickly learned the technique and even went on to make it his Signature move. It took Master Roshi 50 years to develop the technique and years more to perfect it. Throughout the series, many characters have managed to learn this move but only a select few have ever mastered it. Making it one of the hardest techniques to master.
One of the most important techniques used frequently throughout the series is the After-image technique. A move in which the user uses bursts of speeds to create after images. In result, the opponent is overwhelmed and left confused. Although the technique may sound very simple, in fact, it requires tremendous amounts of speed to pull off. A feat only few characters have managed in the franchise.
One of the most useful techniques to appear in the series is Instant transmission. A move that allows Goku to instantly move from one place to another by sensing Ki. Goku learned this technique from the alien Planet Yardrat after his deadly battle with Frieza. It took Goku almost a year to learn this technique which shows how difficult it is to master. Aside from that, Goku is the only character in the series to have mastered it, besides Cell, who stole the technique from Goku.
The fusion Dance is not very difficult to learn its essentially just a dance. What makes it difficult to pull off however is its precise movements and motion. One small mistake in form and the fusion can turn into an instant failure. The fusion Dance appears several times throughout Dragon Ball Z and even Dragon Ball Super. Each time it appeared mistakes were made while attempting to pull of the fusion, which shows the difficulty of the technique.
The kaioKen Technique is one of the most interesting techniques and possibly the smartest as well. Throughout the series, Goku uses this technique to get out of difficult situations. It acts as a double-edged Knife. Not only does it amplify Goku’s strength via multipliers it also works against him. The biggest flaw in the technique is the damage it does to the body in the process. The Technique is so dangerous that Goku didn’t even bother teaching it to the other Z-warriors. Not to mention it took Goku a Year to learn it from King Kai as well.
This list could never be completed without mentioning the Super Saiyan Transformation. The emotional and mental Suffering Goku and Vegeta went through to attain this form is on a completely other level. Throughout the Dragon Ball Z series, Goku and the other Z-warriors spent most of their time to perfecting this form. The Cell saga delved deeper into this matter, when Goku and Gohan spent a year in the hyperbolic time chamber and finally mastered the technique.
The evil containment wave first appeared in the original Dragon Ball when Master Roshi used it to contain demon king Piccolo. Back then only Master Roshi, Tien, and Kami knew how to use the technique. In Dragon Ball Super, both Goku and Trunks learned the technique while attempting to trap the evil Zamasu. The difficulty of the technique lies in the fact that the user has to convert his opponent into pure energy. Something that requires a lot of focus and years of training. The technique itself takes a huge toll on its user and in some cases even results in death.
Hit is one the most unique characters to appear in Dragon Ball Super. His Time Skip technique sets him apart from other characters in the series. Time-Skip is a technique where the user skips time for a tenth of a second, and in that limited time, they are able to move freely. It is a Technique that very few people can learn and master. Just think about it, why hadn’t Goku ever faced another Time Skip user? There exist only a few in the multiverses who have learned it, making it one of the most difficult techniques to master.
The Spirit Bomb, also known as The Genki-Dama is one of the most powerful techniques in Dragon Ball. Instead of using normal energy the Spirit Bomb actually uses life energy to power the bomb. Although the technique doesn’t have a very successful track record, it still remains one of the most difficult techniques to master. For one, it took Goku a year to learn it and on top of that, it is his Trump Card move. No other character in the series has ever been able to produce a spirit bomb of their own. This shows how hard it is to master the Genki-Dama.
Ultra-Instinct is undeniably the hardest technique to master in Dragon Ball Super. According to Whis learning Ultra-Instinct is incredibly hard, even for gods of destruction. It is a rare and highly advanced mental state which is notorious among the gods for being exceptionally difficult to master. So far only a few characters in the manga have been revealed to properly be able to use it. Although Goku was able to activate this state he could not do so on his own. Goku could only subconsciously activate this form after enduring prolonged stress against a stronger opponent and can only maintain it for a brief period of time before collapsing in exhaustion.