Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series is full of various Saiyan transformations that make the protagonists of the series more powerful. Now, while we are used to having a lot of these transformations, the fact is that Toriyama keeps creating additional ones practically every month. The recently introduced Ultra Ego transformation for Vegeta is one such example and in this article, we are going to compare it to Goku’s already known Ultra Instinct transformation to tell you which transformation is the stronger one.
Ultra Ego and Ultra Instinct are two sides of the same coin, which is why they are very similar in terms of strength. Still, Ultra Instinct seems to be a tad stronger because it doesn’t drain so much energy from the user, i.e., it doesn’t rely on pure destructive energy but rather on actual skills and powers. This is why Ultra Instinct should be more beneficial in the longer run.
The rest of the article is going to be divided into three sections. Namely, since the techniques are not directly comparable (especially since Ultra Ego is relatively new and still a big mystery), we think it would be best to simply describe them and their variations first, and then compare them in a separate section. This is why we have opted for such an approach, as we think it is going to be the most beneficial one.
What is Ultra Ego in Dragon Ball?
The Ultra Ego is a mystical transfiguration that one will achieve when training with the Gods of Destruction under their tutelage and instructions. Therefore, those disciplines could be considered as the opposite of the Perfected Ultra Instinct of the Angels.
To access this destructive transformation, the user must acquire the right mindset to be able to use the power of Destruction correctly, drawing energy exclusively from pure instinct as an unlimited engine. Unlike the Perfected Ultra Instinct, which is based on freeing the user’s mind, the Ultra Ego is the complete opposite, based on absolute focus on battle and the desire for destruction.
In turn, while the Perfected Ultra Instinct allows for unconscious moves capable of dodging any attack, the Ultra Ego benefits from being attacked, increasing the user’s power as more damage is taken and the fervor of combat increases.
When the user is in full use of this state, he acquires an overwhelming strength that is little compared to his usual state, managing to condense and use his Destruction Energy to its maximum performance. The Ultra Ego is powerful enough that Granolah, the self-proclaimed supreme warrior of Universe 7 at the time, takes precautions to get away from Vegeta when he begins to unleash his full power.
What is Ultra Instinct in Dragon Ball?
The Ultra Instinct is a divine state acquired by Son Goku. This is Son Goku’s most powerful state known to date. It’s possible that the white hair is due to Akira Toriyama planning white hair instead of Super Saiyan Blue’s blue hair. Toriyama was eventually forced to change the color to blue so as not to clash with a future enemy. It’s obvious that this enemy Toriyama was talking about was fused Zamasu, which hadn’t been revealed yet at the time of the interview. The Ultra Instinct was created between 2015 and 2017, by Akira Toriyama.
As the highest known power of the Autonomous Ultra Instinct, this is Son Goku’s most powerful transformation in history, surpassing any power he had before, including his previous Ultra Instinct Sign state.
Upon entering this state, all of Goku’s abilities and skills (physical strength, speed, senses, reflexes, defense, resistance, dexterity, among others) suddenly explode and the mortal reaches a level that even the gods cannot reach, surpassing the Gods of Destruction, and according to the Japanese magazine Animedia, the God of Destruction of Universe 7 Beerus, in the anime, acknowledges that he believes that Goku in this state might be superior to him in power.
Just as Universe 11’s Pride Soldier, Jiren, and himself can do while using the Ultra Instinct Sign, Son Goku transformed into this divine state is capable of shaking, in his physical sense, the Kingdom of Nothingness, a great dimension consisting of an endless void where there is nothing and the concept of space-time does not exist and therefore does not apply, in its entirety.
In turn, the Saiyan in this transformation not only exceeds the speed of sound and light, but also transcends the laws and the very concept of space and time as a whole, as well as their control.
Son Goku, by using this transformation, fights much better and is superior to Jiren the Gray, with whom he perfectly managed to have a fight after he managed to increase his power to the maximum level, not only totally surpassing his strength, but also being able to completely counter Jiren’s Superheated Magnetron ki, to the point where he not only held it in his hand, but disintegrated it with nothing more than a flick of his fingers.
However, Jiren was certainly able to catch up, albeit without completely surpassing him, and apparently have some advantage over Goku during certain moments, after remembering the traumas and bad memories of his dark past, which caused him to awaken a hidden potential beyond his abilities. limits and activate the Heat of the ultimate warrior, with which he was able to give Goku some fight for almost a full minute.
After deflecting Jiren’s Power Slam when he attacked his friends, Goku’s fury and courage further increased his power and speed in this form. From then on, he was able to defeat Jiren decisively, landing solid blows, effectively evading and countering all of Jiren’s attacks, such as his multiple physical, ranged, and quick-hit offensive techniques and abilities, leaving him totally weakened with a Kamehameha Selfish God who brought the Pride Soldier to the brink of defeat, were it not for the intense wear and tear caused by the Selfish Doctrine to Goku’s body, leaving him at the mercy of Jiren.
Ultra Ego vs. Ultra Instinct: Which transformation is stronger?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two powers and analyze how all these facts can be compared and utilized in a direct clash between the two. Let us continue.
From what we understand, Ultra Ego and Ultra Instinct are two sides of the same coin. Whereas Ultra Instinct uses the powers of the Angels, Ultra Ego is based on pure destructive power. The strength levels seem to be the same – we did not find any difference in that category. The augmentations that the characters go through are also pretty much the same in terms of different physical and technical terms.
So, which transformation is stronger? Well, Ultra Ego has the weakness of draining the user’s power more and making them less in control of themselves. On the other hand, Ultra Instinct is a true augmentation in every sense of the word; and while it does have side effects as well, they are not as debilitating as the ones of the Ultra Ego transformation.
This is why we think that Ultra Instinct is the stronger technique in the long(er) run.