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This article is about the technique. For the video game, see Dragon Ball GT: Transformation.

Directory: TechniquesSupportive techniques

Frieza's base form and first two transformations.Vegeta transforms into a Great Ape.
Alternate name(s) Henshin
Debut Emperor Pilaf Saga
User(s) Many races
Class Support
Color(s) Various (depends on the user)

The Transform (変身, Henshin) supportive technique is the act of changing one's body into another form in order to tap into greater stores of energy and strength.

Freeza and Cooler each transform multiple times. In Freeza's first two transformations, his body simply changes size, shape, and appearance. His third transformation into his final form is a full metamorphosis, with his third form becoming like a shell or carapace and his final form exploding out of it.

None of Freeza's race are seen regressing back into earlier forms in either the Dragon Ball anime or manga. It is possible the transformation is one-way, though this is not likely since Freeza is spoken of having chosen his first (tiny) form in order to limit his immense power. In some video games, Freeza says things that might confirm this like, "It has been a long time since I had to take on this form".

Freeza is shown transforming through three different forms (2nd, 3rd, and 4th), while his brother, Cooler, transforms into a fifth. Their father, King Cold, only appears in a form similar to Freeza's second form.

Cell has this same ability due to having some of Freeza and King Cold's DNA within him. He cannot, however, simply transform as Freeza and Cooler can. He must first absorb the bio-matter of Android 17 and Android 18 to advance from his Imperfect form to his Semi Perfect form and Perfect form. He is returned to his Semi-Perfect form after Android 18 is removed from him by force, but thanks to his Saiyan and Namekian DNA coupled with a near-lethal injury, he is able to regenerate and advance into a Super Perfect form.

Zarbon is capable of transforming into a reptilian beast.

Garlic Jr. is capable of transform from small imp into a musclar brute.

Bojack and some of his Galaxy Soldiers are capable of transforming to increase their power as well.

Janemba is capable of transforming obese giant to a small sleek oni/demon.

Hirudegarn is also shown to be able to transform like insect (his final form being that of a demonic looking insect).

As "henshin" means "transformation", this technique can also refer to the Great Ape and Super Saiyan transformations of the Saiyans.

[edit] Character meaning

  • 変 (Hen) = Change
  • 身 (Shin) = Person