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Everybody has heard characters in Dragonball Z mention their own or their opponent's power level. A person's power level is the composite reading of the overall kinetic energy inside their body multiplied by their possible ki amplification index. So basically, if a person has 10 units of kinetic energy inside their body, and their ability to manipulate ki is developed to the point of having a K.A.I. of 15, then their power level would be 150.

Please, do not send e-mails asking how to calculate your own power level! I get that question way too much. Yes, real people do have ki and yes we can manipulate it to an extent, but it in absolutely no way compares to anything you see in Dragonball. A real person's power level is called their Kinesthetic Potential Quotient, and it really can't get very high. Believe us, we tried it; we used the formula on Profuzz and determined that his K.P.Q. is only 6.13 - and he's a pretty tough guy, too. This leads us to believe that perhaps Dragonball isn't real...

These power levels are broken down chronologically into individual battles, followed by a list of final power levels from the end of Dragonball Z.

NOTE: Those levels which are bolded are definitely correct (i.e. stated by characters in the manga, series, or Daishenzus), those which are not bolded are arguable.




DRAGONBALL

QUEST FOR THE DRAGONBALLS

Goku:
10
Goku (Oozaru):
100

22ND TENKAICHI BUDOUKAI

Jackie Chun:
139
Goku:
180
Tien:
180
Tsuru-sennin:
120

23RD TENKAICHI BUDOUKAI

Goku:
260
Piccolo-Daimao:
260
DRAGONBALL Z

GOKU AND PICCOLO VS. RADDITZ

Gohan:
1 up to 1,370
Goku (with weighted gi):
334
Goku (w/out weighted gi):
416
Goku (Kame Hame Ha):
924
Piccolo (with weighted gi):
322
Piccolo (w/out weighted gi):
408
Piccolo (1st Makkankosappo):
1,330
Piccolo (2nd Makkankosappo):
1,440
Radditz:
1,200

POST-GOKU-PICCOLO-RADDITZ BATTLE

Krillin:
206
Piccolo:
329
Master Roshi:
139
Tien:
250
Turtle:
0.001
Yamcha:
177

Z WARRIORS VS. SAIBAMEN, NAPPA

Gohan:
981
Gohan (Masenko):
2,800
Krillin:
1,083
Piccolo:
1,220
Saibamen:
1,200 each
Yamcha:
1,480

GOKU VS. NAPPA, VEGETA

Gohan (Oozaru):
9,810
Goku (normal):
5,000
Goku (powered up):
8,000
Goku (Kaio Ken • 1):
12,000
Goku (Kaio Ken • 2):
16,000
Goku (Kaio Ken • 3):
24,000
Goku (Kaio Ken • 4):
32,000
Nappa:
4,000
Vegeta:
18,000
Vegeta (Oozaru):
180,000

GOHAN AND KRILLIN VS. FREEZA'S SOLDIERS

Gohan:
1,500
Freeza's Soldiers:
up to 500 each
Krillin:
1,500

VEGETA VS. KUI

Kui:
16,000
Vegeta:
24,000

DODORIA AND ZARBON VS. NAMEK WARRIORS

Dodoria:
20,000
Nameks:
3,000 each
Zarbon:
23,000

VEGETA VS. DODORIA

Dodoria:
20,000
Vegeta:
24,000

VEGETA VS. ZARBON - ROUND 1

Vegeta:
24,000
Zarbon (normal):
23,000
Zarbon (transformed):
28,000

VEGETA VS. ZARBON - ROUND 2

Vegeta:
32,000
Zarbon (normal):
23,000
Zarbon (transformed):
28,000

POST VEGETA-ZARBON BATTLE

Vegeta:
20,000

GOHAN, KRILLIN, AND VEGETA VS. GINYU FORCE

Gohan:
at least 10,000
Gohan (Masenko):
at least 20,000
Guldo:
12,000
Krillin:
at least 10,000
Recoome:
40,000
Vegeta (normal):
20,000
Vegeta (powered up):
up to 30,000

GOKU VS. GINYU FORCE

Burter:
42,000
Captain Ginyu:
120,000
Goku (supressed):
5,000
Goku (normal):
60,000
Goku (powered up):
180,000
Jeise:
45,000
Recoome:
40,000

GINYU IS GOKU, GOKU IS GINYU

Captain Ginyu (in Goku's body):
23,000
Gohan:
18,000
Jeise:
45,000
Krillin:
17,000
Vegeta:
55,000

NAIL VS. FREEZA

Nail:
42,000
Freeza (1st form):
530,000

VEGETA VS. FREEZA - ROUND 1

Freeza (1st form):
530,000
Freeza (2nd form):
1,000,000

PICCOLO VS. FREEZA

Piccolo:
450,000
Piccolo (merged with Nail):
850,000
Freeza: (2nd form):
1,000,000
Freeza: (3rd form):
2,000,000

VEGETA VS. FREEZA - ROUND 2

Freeza (4th form, 33% power):
4,000,000
Vegeta:
1,500,000

GOKU VS. FREEZA

Freeza (4th form, 33% power):
4,000,000
Freeza (4th form, 50% power):
6,000,000
Freeza (4th form, 70% power):
8,400,000
Freeza (4th form, 100% power):
12,000,000
Goku (normal):
300,000
Goku (Kaio Ken • 10):
3,000,000
Goku (Kaio Ken • 20):
6,000,000
Goku (SSJ):
15,000,000

TRUNKS VS. FREEZA BOT, KING COLD - RETURN OF GOKU

King Cold:
15,000,000
Freeza Bot:
13,000,000
Goku (SSJ):
25,000,000
Trunks (supressed):
5
Trunks (SSJ):
18,000,000


NOTE: No power levels are given in the mangas, anime, or Daizenshus beyond the Trunks vs. Freeza Bot and King Cold - Return of Goku incident. The reason Toriyama decided to phase the numerical power levels out of the story is because he felt that it would become to overblown and begin to seem corny. He felt that the mystique and awe of the Super Saiyajin and its higher forms, as well as that of the newer villains and oddball characters would have greater effect if there were no definite mathematical scale by which to rate everyone's fighting ability. This allowed the show to carry greater suspense during the big battles, and made it possible to introduce many new levels of power and different forms of characters without having to compare them all to each other and come up with a definite hierarchy of power among them.

However, we are going to go against Akira Toriyama's wishes, and venture to guess at the fantastically high power levels of the characters as they existed in the latter two thirds of Dragonball Z. ALL POWER LEVELS BEYOND THIS POINT ARE PURE SPECULATION.



ANDROID SAGA

Android 16:
45,000,000
Android 17:
35,000,000
Android 18:
35,000,000
Android 19:
8,000,000
Android 20:
4,000,000
Cell (1st form):
50,000,000
Cell (2nd form):
70,000,000
Cell (Perfect):
140,000,000
Gohan:
2,000,000
Goku (SSJ, healthy):
30,000,000
Goku (SSJ, ill):
10,000,000
Piccolo:
10,000,000
Piccolo (merged with Kami):
45,000,000
Trunks (SSJ):
25,000,000
Trunks (USSJ):
150,000,000
Vegeta (SSJ):
28,000,000
Vegeta (SSJ, after Room of Spirit and Time):
85,000,000

CELL GAME

Cell (Perfect):
140,000,000
Cell (Super Perfect):
325,000,000
Gohan (SSJ):
120,000,000
Gohan (SSJ 2):
350,000,000
Piccolo:
50,000,000
Trunks (SSJ):
100,000,000
Vegeta (SSJ):
95,000,000

BUU SAGA

Android 18:
60,000,000
Buu (normal):
400,000,000
Buu (absorbed SSJ 3 Gotenks & Piccolo):
600,000,000
Buu (absorbed Trunks, Goten & Piccolo):
450,000,000
Buu (absorbed Piccolo, Trunks, Goten & Gohan):
550,000,000
Buu (Kid):
500,000,000
Darbura:
250,000,000
Fat Buu:
350,000,000
Gohan (SSJ):
260,000,000
Gohan (Zet Sword):
360,000,000
Gohan (Mystic):
460,000,000
Goku (SSJ):
350,000,000
Goku (SSJ 3):
475,000,000
Goku (Chou Genki Dama):
575,000,000
Goten (normal):
35,000,000
Goten (SSJ):
105,000,000
Gotenks:
200,000,000
Gotenks (SSJ):
325,000,000
Gotenks (SSJ 3):
450,000,000
Kaioshin:
250,000,000
Kibit:
210,000,000
Piccolo:
180,000,000
Trunks (chibi):
40,000,000
Trunks (chibi, SSJ):
120,000,000
Vegeta (SSJ):
325,000,000
Vegeta (Majin):
350,000,000
Vegetto:
700,000,000