'Dragon Ball's Spirit Bomb is Coming to Splatoon

Splatoon 2 completely dominates online play for many Nintendo Switch players, and a lot of that dedication comes from the bevy of support and new updates Nintendo has released for the game so far.

But the latest update takes a cue from anime by bringing in its own version of Dragon Ball's famous Spirit Bomb attack.

Nintendo announced that a new Special Weapon would be coming to Splatoon 2 called the "Booyah Bomb," and fans immediately noticed the similarities to the famous Dragon Ball technique. It appears that once a player uses this weapon, they can use the (usually meaningless) "Booyah!" taunt to charge it faster and their teammates can get small bonuses to their special meter while shouting "Booyah!" as well.

Along with the pose for the weapon resembling Goku's famous stance, the idea behind the Booyah Bomb (as well as its namesake) draws from Dragon Ball's Spirit Bomb. In the series, Goku uses this technique by gathering the energy of all living things on the planet and harnesses their power into a giant ball. The variations on this technique are many and have either been used to boost Goku's Super Saiyan strength, deliver a powerful punch, or blast an enemy as intended, but for all intents and purposes, it's a devastating technique brought through teamwork.

It's hilarious to see Nintendo bringing this anime flavored sense of teamwork into this already jam-packed title, and now fans are joking that Goku's just a few inches closer now to maybe showing up in Super Smash Bros. someday.


Splatoon is currently available for Nintendo Switch. If you're inclined to check out Dragon Ball Super, the series currently airs its English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m. It is also available to stream on Funimation and Amazon Video. The Japanese language release of the series is complete, and available to stream on FunimationNOW, VRV, and Crunchyroll.

If you want to catch up with the English dub, the first 65 episodes of Dragon Ball Super are now available to stream on FunimationNOW, VRV, and available to purchase on Amazon Video as well. The 65 episodes span the full range of what has aired in the North America and covers the "Battle of Gods" arc, "Revival of F" arc, the "Universe 6" arc, and bringing the series right up to the climax of the "Future Trunks" arc. The series is also currently airing reruns weeknights on Adult Swim.