Dragon Ball has been a well-loved series throughout the ages, the original show first hitting Japanese television in 1986. Since then, several sequels and movies have focused on the Dragon Ball universe. It seems as the years go by, the producers of the series just keep expanding the Universe so that Goku and Vegeta will have more fighters to face.
New and stronger fighters mean that Vegeta and Goku will have to get stronger and achieve levels beyond a Super Saiyan. The two pure-bred Saiyans of earth have their work cut out for them with other Saiyans around in Dragon Ball Super and in the new films.
Currently, by the end of Dragon Ball Super, 17 different Super Saiyan levels have been revealed. I’ll go through all of them, from the weakest to the strongest.
17. Pseudo Super Saiyan
This form appears in Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug and cannot be accessed willingly. If a Saiyan is nearly killed, their body will briefly manifest their Super Saiyan Powers. It seems in this form, Goku was not himself and acted purely out of rage to overpower the Great Namakian Slug.
King Kai made a mistake by identifying this as the true Super Saiyan form since it appeared to match the Legend revolving around the Super Saiyan.
16. Super Saiyan
Only Hybrid Saiyans with a large amount of S-Cells will be able to utilize it. Saiyan half breeds are also shown to be capable of accessing this power when they have their dormant Saiyan Powers unlocked.
According to Legend, a Super Saiyan has achieved a power level that was so overwhelming that it had to be maintained in a transformed state. Frieza feared this power and decided to annihilate the Saiyan Race to control its growth.
Any Saiyan can become a Super Saiyan once they produce enough S-Cells. Saiyans with gentle spirits have more S-cells that get triggered once they have intense feelings of anger or sadness. These feelings allow them to turn into a Super Saiyan. An experienced Super Saiyan can trigger the activation at will.
Gohan, Goten, and Trunks inherited Goku and Vegeta’s S-cells, allowing their transformation easier than their parents. Goku achieved this form after witnessing the death of his best friend, Krillin. Meanwhile, Caulifla, a female Saiyan from Universe 6, is also shown to have this ability.
15. Super Saiyan Second Grade
This is the first branch of the advanced Super Saiyan form shown in the series. It looks similar to the standard Super Saiyan form, with slight differences. Despite building more muscles, a Saiyan will still be able to move around easily. This form was achieved by future Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta when they went to train at the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
14. Super Saiyan Third Grade
Sometimes this form is also called Super Saiyan 1.5. Unlike its previous form that doesn’t cause the Saiyan to be impaired due to increased muscle mass, this one does cause trouble. Even if all stats are supposedly increased with this state, they get negated because the body is too heavy. This form also rapidly depletes the user’s power.
Though this form is said to be stronger than Super Saiyan 2, due to it being harder to use and sustain, I consider it the weaker Super Saiyan level.
13. Super Saiyan Full Power
Is the mastered form of the first Super Saiyan form, instead of causing emotional and physical strain on the user, Goku and Gohan have been shown to be able to maintain this form for long periods of time, and even can go about their everyday life if they want.
In this state, the user can modify their power levels. However, it is still significantly elevated compared to their base state. This requires lesser ki consumption, and users are even shown to sleep with ease in this state.
12. Super Saiyan 2
This form is the direct successor of the first Super Saiyan form. While there isn’t much difference in appearance, it accordingly has far greater power outputs, speed, strength, and energy. Gohan was the first to achieve this form during the Cell Games.
11. Legendary Super Saiyan
A nod to its name, this form only comes once every thousand years, along with the Saiyan who could achieve it. In ancient Saiyan folklore, the Legendary Super Saiyan is a being of unimaginable power.
So far, the only ones who have been shown to achieve this state are Broly and Kale. This is supposedly weaker than Super Saiyan 3, but Kale was shown to overpower Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 and Super Saiyan Blue in Dragon Ball Super.
10. Super Saiyan 3
This is the successor of the second transformation of Super Saiyan that was achieved by Goku during his training in Other World. Meanwhile, the fusion of Trunks and Goten, Gotenks also achieved this form by using Goku as their example.
The ki consumption of this transformation is so great that it can only be unlocked by out-of-the-norm type of circumstances. In this case, Goku first got this form when he was dead, while Gotenks needed to be fused. So Goten and Trunks separately cannot maintain this form.
9. Golden Great Ape
The Saiyan form of the regular Great Ape. Goku unlocked this before he could transform into a Super Saiyan 4. According to Vegeta, this is the form that the legends in Saiyan Folklore speak of.
8. Super Saiyan 4
Super Saiyan 4 made its first appearance in Dragon Ball GT and was achieved by Vegeta and Goku. In addition, this form is also available to them when they fuse. This form gives the Saiyan user the strength and speed of a Golden Great Ape but allows the user to retain a calm mind.
7. Super Saiyan Rage
Trunks created this form when he felt intense rage towards Goku Black and Future Zamasu. In a way, this is Trunks’ version of Super Saiyan 3. It looks similar to his Super Saiyan 2 form, only he is surrounded by a blue aura, similar to Super Saiyan Blue.
6. Super Saiyan God
This special Saiyan transformation grants the user god-like ki and power. It’s said to surpass the levels of Super Saiyan 3. This form can only be obtained through a ritual involving six righteous Saiyans or through special training.
5. Super Saiyan Blue
This form combines the first Super Saiyan form with the power of the Super Saiyan God Form. According to Goku, this is what happens when a Saiyan with the power of a Super Saiyan God decides to transform himself into a Super Saiyan. A user also doesn’t experience fast ki consumption or leaks in this form.
4. Super Saiyan Rose
This is considered another divine form of a Super Saiyan, but it was only obtained by Goku Black. This is basically Goku’s Black version of Super Saiyan Blue. Future Zamasu says that the form is pink because a deity has surpassed a Super Saiyan God. Meanwhile, Blue connotes that a mortal has surpassed a Super Saiyan God.
3. Super Saiyan White
It is said to be the final natural evolution of the Super Saiyan God state. This form is considered the purest form of a Super Saiyan, putting users above the level of a god. This state is considered on the level of an angel.
2. Ultra Instinct Sign
This is an incomplete form that can only be used for a short time. The form breaks the user’s “self-limiting shells,” allowing the user access to untouched potential.
1. Autonomous Ultra Instinct
This is the perfected form of Ultra Instinct and was later given the same name. Accordingly, Angels such as Whis are constantly in this state but can turn it on and off if they will it.
According to the Dragonball Wikia, Goku in this form was already advertised to be stronger than the God of Destruction, Beerus. However, the form depletes large amounts of stamina.