We know that Son Goku, the protagonist of Akira Toriyama’s cult classic manga Dragon Ball, is one of the strongest characters in the history of fiction. The guy has grown a lot since his debut and the manga has devotedly followed his evolution from a whimsical child to one of the universe’s strongest warriors. But, even Goku is not invincible and there have been instances where he would lose in a fight. In this article, we are going to determine whether the Super Saiyan warrior could defeat the ancient wizard Moro in a fight.
Goku is able to defeat Moro, as was shown in the Dragon Ball manga. Moro was able to defeat Goku the first time they fought and although it did seem as he would succeed in doing it twice, Goku, thanks to Vegeta’s help, managed to recover and shatter Moro’s crystal, there by defeating him and killing him for good.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article is going to be divided into three sections, with the first two introducing the characters, their powers, and their abilities. In the end, we’re going to give our final verdict and explanation on why Goku was ultimately able to defeat Moro in a direct fight.
Son Goku and his powers
Son Goku is the main protagonist of the manga Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Super, and their animated adaptations, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z / Dragon Ball Kai, then Dragon Ball Super, as well as the alternate animated sequel to the first two series, Dragon Ball GT.
Son Goku is a born martial arts expert and fan, managing to read the movements of his opponents and get used to their attacks and speed. Usually in combat, Goku reserves large amounts of strength and restrains himself to the point of seemingly decreasing his ki level to absurdly low points in order to save energy.
However, he also demonstrated the ability to unleash all his power at just the right time as he launches a physical attack. As a Saiyan, Goku is able to use the Saiyan Power, which allows him to surpass his strength whenever he takes large amounts of damage or fatal injuries. Goku being an alien also has enhanced senses of smell, taste and sight, which further increases his combat senses.
Son Goku is one of the strongest characters in the series; he rivals Vegeta for the position of Warrior Z and the most powerful warrior of Universe 7. At birth, his power was two units.
Upon arriving on Planet Earth at the age of three, Grandpa Gohan realizes that he is incredibly strong and that it would have been dangerous for him if he were not an expert in martial arts. Thus, he was in charge of molding and training him in martial arts.
Moro and his powers
Molo is an extremely powerful genocidal evil sorcerer and wizard who threatened to eradicate all life forms in Universe 7 over ten million years ago until he was defeated by the Kaioshin deities and imprisoned in the prison of Molo’s headquarters. the Galactic Police, which is the Galactic Patrol today.
The mage has a fairly high power level, but his magical strength is even higher. Molo was able to stay ahead in a battle against the Great Kaioshin of Universe 7, who had all of his divine power, and the Southern Kaioshin, only being defeated when the Great Kaioshin sacrificed the most part of his divine power to seal Molo’s magic.
His high level of strength has made it impossible for any member of the Galactic Patrol, including the super elite Merus, in the last ten million years to execute him. Even Son Goku was surprised after feeling his ki. However, Goku and Merus fear his magical powers more than his fighting strength. Having regained some of the authentic magic from him, Molo proved to be strong enough to kill the Messiah of Namek without even looking at him.
However, Molo finds himself at a certain disadvantage when fighting against Boo Gordo, who has regained his memories and the latent potential of the Great Kaioshin of Universe 7. Although he is able to stab Boo without him being able to react in time, as well as Withstanding relatively some of the offense, Majin-Boo gradually gets the better of him, largely due to Boo being immune to his magic and ability to regenerate.
Boo Gordo notes that power-wise Molo is “weak” compared to him. However, once Molo restores all of his magical power, he is able to best Universe 7’s Great Kaio-shin, his greatest threat, without receiving a scratch.
Goku Vs. Moru: Who Wins?
We could, actually, give you a proper analysis of the things we have written above but that wouldn’t really do the trick when compared with what we have decided to go with. Namely, as Goku and Moro have, indeed, fought in the manga, we thought that it would be better for us to just recap these battles and show you how Moro won the first time and how Goku managed to win the second time.
With the seal holding his magic broken after 10 million years, Moro secretly promises the other prisoners to release them and was able to escape from the galactic prison by taking Cranberry with him, worrying Merus about the fate of the Universe without the Grand Kai Shin to seal the magic of the criminal. He fought several opponents during his return, but his fights against Goku are what interests us at this point.
Their first fight was a failure for Goku. Moro watches as Saganbo overwhelms the Z-Fighters, until Son Goku arrives. Son Goku, in Super Saiyan Blue, yells at Moro to stop this and attempts to attack him, though Moro easily blocks his attack. As Goku now prepares to face Moro, he uses the Firstfruits of the Transcendent Reflex, shocking Moro who realizes it is a divine technique.
As the two enemies get into a fighting stance, Moro finds himself hit with punches thrown from an off position. Annoyed, he attempts to counter her attacks with a series of energy blasts. When Goku closes in, Moro is at a disadvantage with his agility and attempts to use his magic to immobilize him, as well as an illusion to try to trick him, but both fail.
After blocking Goku’s Kame Hame Ha, the two enemies continue a close combat in the sky, with Goku seemingly having the upper hand. Moro tries to absorb Goku’s energy, but Goku proves able to avoid it, and after a series of attacks, manages to knock Moro out. The latter realizes that Goku is trying to end the battle quickly, and tells him that he made a big mistake thinking he found a way around his energy absorption.
Telling Goku that he is crazy to underestimate him, Moro further strengthens himself using the energy he had obtained from absorbing the energy of countless worlds and lives. Moro fires a blast at Goku and after deflecting him, Moro grabs him from behind, wraps his arms around the Saiyan’s torso and hugs him, causing Goku to regress to his base state.
Moro squeezes Goku’s head and throws him on a rock. Moro deduces why Goku seemed so eager to get it over with and why he didn’t use this state against Saganbo, it’s because the Saiyan can’t maintain the Firstfruits of the Transcendental Reflex over the long term. On the other hand, after Goku got back on his feet and regained his form, he indicates that if Moro waited for his condition to dissipate, it was because he was not confident in his fight against him.
The two enemies decide to fight at full strength, with Goku once again awakening to the Firstfruits of the Transcendental Reflex, the two opponents seem to be evenly matched until Goku knocks down Moro.
After getting back up, Moro admits he was too careful and won’t lose to Goku, if that’s the true extent of his power. As Goku begins to lose speed after reaching his limit, Moro takes a clear advantage in battle, even after one last desperate attack, Moro defeats Goku, who regresses to his base state.
Upon Moro’s return, Goku’s new state seems to disturb him, and he tries to launch an energy blast at him, but is stopped. Moro tries to hit Goku, but his attacks are all blocked or dodged. Moro uses all of his power, but is unable to make up the power gap. Moro is knocked into a rock by Goku. Disabled and unable to move, Moro begs Goku for his life, which Goku accepts. But it was a trick.
The fight resumes and continues in the sky. Goku points out to him that he is facing the same situation as Saganbo, then asks him to give up Merus’ powers before his body explodes. Moro refuses to part with it, saying a planet-eater has no limits. As Goku prepared the final blow, Moro takes possession of Earth, pulls out a giant head behind Goku, and spits an attack from his mouth, which Goku dodges, still shocked at what he sees.
Moro announces that his body is now one with the Earth, and that he no longer has any limits. Moro begins to absorb the energy of all living beings on the planet, boasting that the planet’s energy is now his own, and pulls several hands out of the Earth in all directions trying to attack Goku. As he continues to grow, Moro grows in size, continually covering the orb on his forehead (which is the source of his power).
Vegeta arrives and uses Forced Spirit Splitting by punching the ground to defeat Moro of the Earth energies, which deflates him and thus gives Goku a chance of victory, although this opportunity is short because Moro will continuously absorb Vegeta’s energy. Goku rushes straight at Moro’s orb, avoiding Moro’s arms as they try to grab him.
Moro charges his multiple hands at Goku, who manages to punch them through to pass, but ends up being pinned down by Moro’s hands in his tracks and drains his energy enough to regress him to his base state. All hope seemed vain but a huge sphere of divine power appears, similar to the Genki Dama, and is transmitted to Vegeta, who transmits it to Goku and the latter reactivates the Transcendental Reflex, creating at the same time an even larger body, only composed of energy.
The energy body manages to overpower Moro and grab him to pin him down; Goku’s real body comes out of the giant Goku’s forehead and breaks the orb on Moro’s forehead. Moro is then shattered, before his remains are blown away in a massive explosion.
As you can see, these battles were the best way to give you the answer to our question, i.e., the best way to explain why Goku is stronger than Moro. Our analysis wouldn’t have been as effective – it would’ve been shorter and less meaningful, which is why we opted for this approach in this article.