Super Saiyan 3 is a unique form that often seems like an outlier in the Super Saiyan ranking system. Super Saiyan 3s take on a mythical form that requires tremendous dedication and more. Super Saiyan 3 seems almost alien to the Saiyan race because of its irregularities.
There are only three people who have obtained Super Saiyan 3 during the canon episodes of Dragon Ball. It stands out for being both exceptional and mediocre. From reading the list below, you'll understand why Super Saiyan 3 is an unusual form. There are at least 10 things fans need to know about Super Saiyan 3. Enjoy!
10 A Saiyan Must Master Super Saiyan 2 Before Turning Into Super Saiyan 3
Also known as an "Ascended Saiyan", Super Saiyan 2 pushes users past the power of a Super Saiyan. If it weren't already difficult enough to go Super Saiyan 2, one must master the form if they wish to achieve Super Saiyan 3.
Goku learned how to turn Super Saiyan 3 in heaven but was unable to control his power on Earth, which means he must have only transformed a few times before doing it in front of Majin Buu. Facing Majin Buu, Goku changed into the two forms in an instant, demonstrating Goku's Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 prowess.
9 The Form Has Its Weaknesses
Under normal conditions, the Super Saiyan 3 form is highly ineffective against powerful foes like Beerus and Majin Buu. Due to the physical toll it bestows to its user, a Super Saiyan 3 tires quickly and has trouble controlling his or her enormous power. While other Super Saiyan forms can be mastered to mitigate instability, Super Saiyan 3 is erratic under normal conditions. For these reasons, Goku prefers not to use Super Saiyan 3 unless he's out of options.
8 Raditz' Hair Grows Even Longer In The Super Saiyan 3 Form
If Raditz' hair wasn't already long enough, his hair grows even longer in the Super Saiyan 3 form. His hair is almost touching the ground, which couldn't make fighting easy. Raditz proved to be more powerful than both Piccolo and Goku when we first met him on Earth. Raditz has never gone Super Saiyan 3 because he's never attained the Super Saiyan 3 form. It is widely agreed, however, that Raditz' hair grows longer while Super Saiyan 3 and this is evidenced in Super Dragon Ball Heroes.
7 Goku Only Uses The Super Saiyan 3 Transformation In Rare Circumstances
We know from seeing Goku in various episodes that he doesn't like to transform into Super Saiyan 3. As someone who changes between Super Saiyan forms regularly, Goku probably doesn't care to master Super Saiyan 3; he could just as easily use Super Saiyan 2 and be faster.
It seems as if Super Saiyan 3 was a short-lived form with the introduction of Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan God Blue. Super Saiyan 3 is the most flawed form of all the Super Saiyans, yet Goku will still use it in rare circumstances like when he tried to stall for time against Majin Buu.
6 Goku Uses The Form Against Janemba In The Movie "Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn"
History shows that sometimes Dragon Ball movies are considered canon, but are often removed because they conflict with the television series. Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn is not canon either, but it's worth watching since Super Saiyan 3 makes an appearance.
Goku's mastery of Super Saiyan 3 was better than when he fought against Majin Buu. To take down Janemba it took the combination of fusion and Super Saiyan 3. You'll have to watch the action-packed movie to get the full story.
5 Akira Toriyama Often Forgets Things About The Super Saiyan 3 Form
For a while, Akira Toriyama thought that the Super Saiyan 3 form was Super Saiyan 2. It wouldn't be the first time Akira Toriyama forgot something about the Dragon Ball series. Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan are similar, but there is a distinct difference in hairstyle, Power Level, and aura. A Super Saiyan 2 is surrounded by electricity. On another note, Akira Toriyama forgot about the recurring character known as "Launch.' It's possible Toriyama doesn't watch his series.
4 Super Saiyan 3 Is 400x The Power Of A Saiyan's Base Power Level
We know that the Super Saiyan 3 form appears mighty and powerful, but did you know that Super Saiyan 3 is 400x the power of a base Saiyan's Power Level? This is an enormous number in the Dragon Ball universe.
"With great power comes great responsibility." Super Saiyan 3 users are almost always from the good side. How one controls their emotions, and their mindset plays a significant influence on ascending to the next level of Saiyan. As a form that is 400x a Saiyan's base Power Level, Super Saiyan 3 is one of the most powerful forms we've seen yet.
3 Goku Is The Only Saiyan With Pupils In The Super Saiyan 3 Form
Every character except Goku loses their pupils when they transform into Super Saiyan 3. Moreover, the color of his irises is bluer in this form. It is a small detail that might have gargantuan implications.
There are quite a few reasons to explain why Goku has pupils in the Super Saiyan 3 form. For starters, it's worth noting that Goku reached the form for the first time in the afterlife (heaven). Since he did it there, his pupils may have been affected. Also, as the earliest Super Saiyan 3 user, Goku may have reached a form above Super Saiyan 3 and not known it. This topic is debatable, but it might just be an irregularity in Dragon Ball's animation.
2 An Arcade Trading Card Game, Contains Super Saiyan 3 Forms For Future Trunks And More
Although it bears a similar title, Super Dragon Ball Heroes is a separate show from Dragon Ball Heroes. Both, however, aren't considered canon, but they should be because of how many awesome Super Saiyan 3s it introduced. Vegeta, Broly, Raditz, Nappa, Bardock, Cunber, and Gohanks (Gohan and Trunks fusion) are among the people who attained Super Saiyan 3 in Super Dragon Ball Heroes. As you would expect, each form looks totally awesome. Nappa's beard grows out while Super Saiyan, but he remains bald. This could mean he is genetically hairless and doesn't shave his head.
1 Super Saiyan 3 Full Power Doesn't Have Energy Drain Or Body Fatigue
First revealed in the episode of Super Dragon Ball Heroes titled "Goku Revived!! Strongest vs. Strongest Collide!," Super Saiyan 3 Full Power is a variation of Super Saiyan 3 that doesn't have the drawbacks of the original form. The removal of energy drain and body fatigue makes Super Saiyan 3 Full Power one of the most capable Super Saiyan forms. Unfortunately, Dragon Ball Heroes isn't considered canon, but it doesn't hurt to theorize about what could be one of the most powerful forms in Dragon Ball. The only known person to reach Super Saiyan 3 Full Power is Cunber, an ancient Saiyan.