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Alternate names Kamehameha Wave
Turtle Destruction Wave
Turtle Devastation Wave
Kamehame Wave (Philippines)
Kamehameha Zraka (Croatia)
Onda Energetica (Energetic Wave - Italy)
Vague déferlante (France)
Schockwelle (original German dub)
Onda Vital (Vital Wave - Spain)
Debut Manga: "Kame Kame Kame Kame Kame Chameleon"
Anime: "The Kamehameha Wave"
Inventor Master Roshi
Users Master Roshi
Grandpa Gohan
Future Gohan
Tien Shinhan
Majin Buu
Evil Buu
Super Buu
Kid Buu
Naturon Shenron (W/ Pan absorbed)
Baby (while possessing Goten or Gohan)
BardockYour Mom[2]
Cell Juniors
Class Energy Wave
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Similar techniques Masenko
Galick Gun
Final Flash
Full Power Energy Wave

"Wait, I've heard of this technique. Right now he's gathering all of the latent energy in his body, then he's going to release it all at once, but I've.. I've never seen it in action before."
Yamcha, in "The Kamehameha Wave"

Kamehameha (かめはめ波; lit. "Turtle Devastation Wave" or "Turtle Destruction Wave") is the first energy attack shown in the Dragon Ball series. It is first seen in "Kame Kame Kame Kame Kame Chameleon" (in Dragon Ball volume 2, Wish Upon A Dragon) and in "The Kamehameha Wave" (the episode 8 of the Dragon Ball anime). The Kamehameha is the most widely used finishing attack in the Dragon Ball series, and is Goku's signature attack. It is also a signature attack of the students of the Turtle School.


Akira Toriyama actually tried a number of poses when he was alone, and chose which was the coolest. After much contemplation, he could not decide on a name for his "Kame" attack, so he asked his wife who came up with the name.[4] She told Akira that it would be easy to remember the name of the attack if he uses the name of the cultural Hawaiian king named Kamehameha. Akira agreed, and the Kamehameha was born.



Gohan Kamehameha

Goku using the Kamehameha

The Kamehameha was invented by Master Roshi by practicing fifty years spanning pre-Dragon Ball. By drawing his latent ki into the palms of his hands, Master Roshi was able to expel an explosive beam of ki energy. Goku learned it after witnessing Master Roshi unleashing the blast to extinguish the flames at Ox-King's home on Fire Mountain. To Roshi's surprise, Goku successfully performed the technique on his first attempt, although it was only strong enough to destroy the car that Yamcha gave to Bulma. It was also learned by Krillin and Yamcha who used it during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament against Chiaotzu and Tien Shinhan, respectively. After they learned the attack, they taught it to others, and the attack became a very popular one to use during battle. Cell is also capable of using it due to the cells of all these people within his design. Majin Buu learned the technique after seeing Goku perform it during the Majin Buu Saga.


The Kamehameha is formed when cupped ha xDnds are drawn to the user's side and the ki is concentrated into a single point between the cupped hands (and the hands must be really close). The hands are then thrust forward to shoot out a streaming, powerful beam of energy. The blast can also be used, generally under extenuating circumstances, with just one arm or even the feet. In most variants, the user utters the word "Ka-me-ha-me-HA!!!" as he/she charges and releases the attack. Master Roshi's Kamehameha is called the Original Kamehameha in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series, and requires some time to charge.

Appearance and PersonalizationEdit


Yamcha's Kamehameha

El Kamehameha tiene varios colores diferentes en el anime, películas, videojuegos y manga. El poder y la concentración de los diferentes tipos de Kamehameha también varían en gran medida. Blanco-azul es su norma y color original. Cuando Goku es en su Super Saiyan 4 transformación, su 10x Kamehameha es de color rojo, Gohan 's eléctrico Kamehameha en su forma más extrema, es de color amarillo. En algunos juegos y episodios de Dragon Ball Z , el color del color de Kamehameha de Goku es de color amarillo en lugar del color azul primario, y Super Saiyan de Vegetto final Kamehameha es de color amarillo o amarillo de oro, mientras que sigue siendo azul cuando Vegetto es en su forma básica. Majuub 's chocolate Kamehameha tiene un color rosa (pero era azul en su debut). Diversas formas de Majin Buu también pueden usar el Súper Kamehameha , que también tiene un color rosa o el color azul inicial.ha also vary greatly. Whitish-blue is its standard and original color. When amehameha


Goku charges an upside down Kamehameha

Because the Kamehameha Wave has expanded to the arsenal of heroes, allies, and even villains, it has been personalized by few; something mostly done by characters who did not graduate Roshi's Turtle School (like Tien Shinhan for example). In their battle against Bio-Broly, both Trunks and Goten use the attack; however, Trunks extended both arms to sides and began charging the attack, and after saying the incantation, he threw his hands forth and fired a blue energy blast with Goten's Kamehameha. During the Namek Saga, Krillin also used a different stance on different occasions, normally alongside Gohan's Masenko; with one hand behind the other, Krillin would say the incantation and unleash the Kamehameha Wave. Based on these personalized variations and others, it is possible that the incantation is the only preparation required to produce the wave.


The Kamehameha has many variations:

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Master Roshi using the Maximum Power Kamehameha

  • The Original Kamehameha: The first Kamehameha used in the series and the original technique developed and honed by Master Roshi, it involves wide sweeping arm movements before cupping the hands together.
  • Maximum Power Kamehameha: The Kamehameha Wave released at full-blast by Master Roshi in his MAX Power state.
  • Jet Kamehameha: This is usually a Kamehameha fired at the ground, propelling the user through the air in a jet-like manner in the opposite-direction. The technique is mainly used as a way to change directions quickly (in order to counter or to set-up an attack), remain airborne longer (for non-fliers), or to fly through the air quickly (again non-fliers). It is used by Goku mostly during the early World Martial Arts Tournament (mainly as a way to stay airborne due to his inability to fly and various other battles during his youth; most notably the final battle with King Piccolo). Goten also uses a modified version in the form of hand-stand during his Junior Division Finals match with Trunks.
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Goku uses the Feet Kamehameha to attack Piccolo Jr.


Goku uses the Twin Dragon Shot during the Frieza Saga

  • Kaio-ken Kamehameha: This is a Kamehameha supplemented by the Kaio-ken, making it more powerful. Its power is multiplied based on how much balls u have being used, from two to twentyfold. It was first seen in the Saiyan Saga against Vegeta's Galick Gun attack.
  • Multiple Kamehameha: This is when two or more fighters fire multiple Kamehamehas (one per fighter) simultaneously at a single point (usually an enemy), this usually causes their separate Kamehamehas to merge into one giant Kamehameha Wave blast. It is seen mainly in the Dragon Ball Z movies and in Dragon Ball GT. It is notably used in Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly by Goten, Trunks, and Krillin to defeat Bio-Broly. (note: this attack has several variations.)
  • Master-Student Kamehameha: This is a "Multiple Kamehameha" attack performed by Master Roshi together with (former) pupils, Goku and Krillin. Only featured once in the feature movie Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest.
  • Double Kamehameha: A Kamehameha released simultaneously from both hands.
  • Twin Dragon Shot: A Kamehameha in two energy spheres, allowing guidance by user's arm movements. Goku uses this attack against Frieza.
  • Angry Kamehameha: A "Kamehameha" attack in name alone; Super Saiyan Goku's Ultimate Blast. Draws inspiration from the finishing blow Goku dealt to Frieza. Goku uses only one hand for the attack.
  • Flying Kamehameha: This is when the user performs the Kamehameha while flying through the air. Used by Full-Power Super Saiyan Goku during the battle with Perfect Cell.
  • Instant Kamehameha: A Super Kamehameha Wave released at point-blank range, after using the Instant Transmission as a feint before closing the gap between them. Also known as Warp Kamehameha or Instant Transmission Kamehameha.
  • Standing Kamehameha: This is when the user, instead of using the hand movements, just stands powering up for the attack and then launches it. It was used by Super Saiyan 2 Gohan during his battle with Perfect Cell.
  • Earth-Destroying Kamehameha: A much more powerful version of the Super Kamehameha that is enormous in size. It was used by Perfect Cell but was countered by Gohan's Standing Kamehameha.
  • Solar Kamehameha: The strongest Kamehameha Cell mustered and said to have the power to destroy the entire solar system. But it was countered by Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha.
  • Gigantic Omega: A green Kamehameha that is Super Saiyan 3 Broly's ultimate attack in Dragon Ball Heroes.

Gohan fires the Father-Son Kamehameha, with assistance from the spirit of his father, Goku

  • Father-Son Kamehameha: This is where someone who is dead assists someone alive with a Kamehameha. Goku helps out Gohan against Cell, and he also helps out Gohan and Goten against Broly in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming.
  • Ultimate Kamehameha: A Kamehameha combination used by Goku and Gohan in several video games.
  • Bros. Kamehameha: Gohan and Goten combine their Kamehameha attacks into one large Kamehameha blast. The attack appeared briefly in Broly - Second Coming before being replaced by the Family Kamehameha (due to Goku returning back to life to help his sons in the Kamehameha duel against Broly).
  • Family Kamehameha: This is a Multiple Kamehameha that is used against Broly in Broly - Second Coming by Goku, Gohan, and Goten (though it's possible Goku's help may have been an illusion created by the Dragon Balls.
  • Kamekameha: A mispronounced version of the attack. The attack is successful in creating a Ki Blast (when released it also creates a sphere around the user), but it goes anywhere because Goten was unable to control it since he had not yet learned how to direct an energy blast. Accidentally "invented" by Goten in battle against Trunks in the World Martial Arts Tournament's Junior Division Finals.
  • Super Kamekameha: A powered up version of the Kamekameha that is Goten's ultimate attack in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 and Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.
  • Electric Kamehameha: The user fires a Kamehameha so powerful that it changes to a golden-yellow color. It was used by Gohan in his Super Saiyan 2 form to try and destroy the Sealed Ball containing Majin Buu, to no effect. He used it again in his Ultimate form during his battle against Super Buu.
  • Flame Kamehameha – Trunks' own unique version of Kamehameha in the Legacy of Goku series. He fires a Kamehameha-like wave composed of fire, and flails it around like a whip.
  • Friend Kamehameha: This Kamehameha attack was first used in Dragon Ball Z: Bio Broly by Goten and Trunks. They used this attack in an effort to destroy Bio-Broly before he was released from the Bio-Chamber.
  • Dodohameha: Used by Tiencha in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2. It is a mix of the Kamehameha and Dodon Ray.
  • Final Kamehameha: A combination of Vegeta's Final Flash and Goku's Super Kamehameha, but its enormous power exceeds them both. Super Vegito uses it as an ultimate attack along with "Spirit Sword". In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, it combines the style of Final Flash and shooting style of Super Kamehameha. In the anime, Vegito fires a powerful ball of energy that creates a large explosion upon hitting its target. Name origin: Final Flash and Super Kamehameha.
  • Continuous Kamehameha: A rapid-fire version of the Kamehameha, notably used by Goku during his battle against Kid Buu.

Super Saiyan 4 Goku uses the 10x Kamehameha

  • Shesoroso: Using the Dragon Balls, Goku charges a Kamehameha with the power of Shenron and sends it flying at his opponent.
  • 10x Kamehameha: The name given to the amplified, red-colored Super Kamehameha used by Goku while in his Super Saiyan 4 form. Along with its astounding destructive power, the attack has a delayed effect if the initial blast should fail, wherein the target will be blasted by residual effects left over by the beam. While not as overwhelming as the initial blast, the after-effect can catch foes off guard.
  • 10x Dragon Kamehameha: A combination of the 10x Kamehameha and the Dragon Fist used by Goku in his Super Saiyan 4 form. Goku fires the 10x Kamehameha and flies through it to attack the opponent with the Dragon Fist. Goku used it during his battle against Omega Shenron.
  • 5x Kamehameha: Has the same aura color as the 10x Kamehameha, but a much smaller wave. Used by Goku in Super Saiyan form in Dragon Ball GT: Transformation.
  • Chocolate Kamehameha: This attack combines the power of Chocolate Beam and Kamehameha Wave. It was used by Majuub during his battle against Super Baby Vegeta.
  • Grandfather-Granddaughter Kamehameha: Goku and Pan combine their Kamehameha attacks into a giant Kamehameha wave. They used the attack to kill Haze Shenron.
  • Bluff Kamehameha: In this variation, the user fires confetti and streamers instead of an energy blast. It is used by Gogeta in his Super Saiyan 4 transformation against Omega Shenron.
  • Big Bang Kamehameha: A combination of Vegeta's Big Bang Attack and Goku's Super Kamehameha. Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta used it to try and finish off Omega Shenron in Dragon Ball GT. Name origin: "Big Bang Attack" and "Super Kamehameha".
  • Concentrated Kamehameha: A skill part of the the Martial Artist skill tree in the computer game Dragon Ball Online. Because the class is close-ranged and primarily physical (reminiscent to Goku and Yamcha from the early Dragonball arcs), the technique has a short distance of precisely 6 meters. However, while the skill lacks range, it attacks within a 3x4 meter radius of the user. The beam is pronounced with width.
  • Focused Kamehameha: An upgraded Concentrated Kamehameha. The Focused Kamehameha is a part of the Sword Master skill tree, and while it does not the 3x4 meter radius effect, it is more powerful and capable of reaching an opponent within 16 meters. Compared to the Concentrated Kamehameha, the beam's energy is more pronounced.

Imitation Kamehameha in Dragon Ball Online

  • Imitation Kamehameha: A skill part of the Wonder Majin skill tree in the computer game Dragon Ball Online. Its area of effect is listed as "3x8 meter radius infront of and including single target". The beam is depicted as a thinner wave and has the distance of 18 meters. Its name is probably based off Majin Buu's knowledge of the technique.

The Kamehameha, as seen in the live-action film adaptation Dragonball: Evolution

  • Evolution Kamehameha: This technique is taken from the movie Dragonball Evolution. It is quite similar to the Kamehameha used in the anime and manga, however with very few differences depending on the user: Roshi has to channel ki from his chest to his arms before he releases it through his hands while Goku has to channel ki outside of him forming an aura as he crosses his arms in an X shape while the rest of the technique is simlar to how Goku usually uses it. Also, unlike the anime, it has more uses than the typical Kamehameha, it can light torches as well as be used as a defribrilator (the latter demonstrated by Roshi saving Goku from near death after Mai shoots him.) Roshi also states that it is the fifth and most advanced level of airbending. Along with saying that the more concentration put into it will make the Kamehameha stronger (such as when Goku combined his normal form with Oozaru form into the attack and formed the Kamehameha into a traditional beam rather than a small flow of energy).



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