Dragon Ball has given Son Goku all kinds of power-ups, but they aren't all created equal. Super Saiyan had its own kinks to work through, and Super Saiyan God only added to them. Now, Goku has Ultra Instinct to deal with, and the series is laying out why it's so hard to use.
Recently, Dragon Ball Super put out its latest chapter, and it saw Goku take Ultra Instinct to the next level. The fighter unlocked the power in full, giving him a silver makeover along the way. However, Whis made sure Krillin and everyone knew Ultra Instinct doesn't give anyone a guaranteed win.
"When Goku's body just reacts, it takes quite a toll on his," Whis says, revealing the form's energy toll.
"He may have achieved Ultra Instinct, but Goku hasn't trained enough to wield it properly."
As for Goku, he does his best to play off the form's expense. Jiren tries to get the Saiyan riled up at one point, but Goku jokes with the Pride Trooper about how easy maintaining Ultra Instinct is.
"All I've done is get rid of unnecessary emotions. Right now, my heart's as calm as the gentle streams of Mount Paozu."
Unfortunately for Goku, his bravado doesn't last long enough. Just like Whis said, Ultra Instinct is just as physically demanding as it is mentally. Not only does Goku have to keep a tight lid on his emotions, but he has to do so unconsciously while keeping his body agile to attack or block. Whis is the first to wonder whether Goku's Ultra Instinct will be able to overcome Jiren's immense stamina, and the answer is no. The Saiyan falls out of Ultra Instinct long before Jiren hits rock bottom, so Goku has to distract the Pride Trooper long enough to regain his strength for an Ultra Instinct comeback.
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly will hit Japanese theaters in December, and is expected to arrive in the U.S. on January 16, 2019. Dragon Ball Super is currently airing its English dub on Adult Swim during the Toonami programming block Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m. ET. 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 Funimation, VRV and Crunchyroll.