Akira Toriyama’s cult classic manga Dragon Ball has some of the best and most powerful characters (and fighters) in the world of anime and manga. Son Goku is usually our go-to character when these comparisons are concerned and that will be the case in this article as well. But, Goku has fought some very powerful characters over the years and one of them is Whis, an angelic being who is the assistant of Beerus, and also a mentor figure to Goku himself. Let us see which one of them would win.
At this moment, Whis is definitely more powerful than Goku. Although Goku has learned the Perfected Ultra Instinct, he still cannot control it that well, whereas Whis is one of the most powerful users of that technique in the whole series, possibly being second only to his father, the Grand Minister. Goku’s current level is somewhere close to Beerus’ and we know that Whis is significantly stronger than Beerus.
The rest of the article is going to be all about comparing the two selected characters from Dragon Ball. You’re going to find out who Whis and Goku are, as well as what their exact powers and abilities are. In the end, based on what we have presented earlier, we’re going to give our final verdict on who is stronger.
Whis and his powers
Whis is one of the sons of the Grand Minister, younger brother of Vados, Korn, and Kus. He is the guide angel in charge of assisting and serving as a teacher to the God of Destruction of Universe 7, Beerus. He had his first appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and is a recurring character in the Dragon Ball Super anime and manga.
As Beerus’ martial arts teacher, Whis is extremely powerful. His power level is significantly higher than Beerus’ power level, making him the strongest being in Universe 7, as stated by Beerus himself in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. His power proved great enough to easily take out Beerus in a raging rampage with a single neck gash, while Super Saiyan God Goku barely matched Beerus using less than 70% of his full power.
During the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ movie, Whis was portrayed as being so fast (and based on his explanation after training with Goku and Vegeta) that he could react and fight faster than his adversaries’ synapses could not reach their brains, ordering the rest of the body to respond to its movements.
He is also shown to be powerful enough to face and play with Goku and Vegeta casually and effortlessly during their training, showing the ability to casually dodge all of their blows with his hands behind his back. He could even do it with single-finger punches, and all of the Goku and Vegeta punches to each side with one hand each.
In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Whis plays with the enemy against Super Saiyan Broly and easily dodges all of Broly’s attacks without moving fast and just performing normal moves, even if Broly tries to surprise Whis.
In Dragon Ball Super, Whis says he’s the fastest in the universe since he was shown and confirmed to have moved casually through nebulae (like the time when he got lunch from the 65th Nebula) and big parts of the universe as well. After Beerus’ fight with Goku in space, Beerus reveals that Whis is his teacher and stronger than him.
When Goku began training under Whis while helping Vegeta change Beerus’ sheets, Goku teleported one of Beerus’ hourglasses to Whis before it could explode. Though caught off guard, Whis emerged virtually unfazed from the massive explosion, merely laughing at the event. During the Tournament of Power, Super Saiyan Blue Goku was still much weaker than Whis, who easily dodged and blocked Goku’s punches with just one finger.
He might as well push Goku back, pinning the Saiyan in a grip that Goku can only escape by biting Whis, which Whis still gracefully lands after Goku’s unorthodox attack. Also, although the training battle took place in Vegeta’s gravity chamber, Whis was completely unaffected by the change in gravity.
As Vados, Whis’ older sister, explains to Goku and Vegeta that she is stronger than Whis, Whis contradicts her and tells her that it’s been a millennium since they trained together, implying that her older sister at that time was stronger than him.
In the present, Whis is convinced that they are equals, even though Vados was convinced that she could prove she was even stronger than him. As demonstrated in the recent Battle of the Gods between Beerus and Champa, Whis is powerful enough to take out Beerus with a single punch to the neck.
During the final fight between Goku and Moro, Whis proved able to stop Moro’s punch with a single finger without looking or forcing while merging with the earth that even Goku, in his Perfected Ultra Instinct state, was harassed. Training with Goku in his Ultra Instinct state, Whis manages to easily defeat his clones and predict Goku’s moves, in part because Goku mimics the angel’s style. Whis can also track and evade all of Goku’s attacks, with the Saiyan unable to land any decisive blows.
Whis admits that his power pales compared to that of his father, the Grand Minister. He is also heavily outclassed by Zeno and Future Zeno, so he should always treat them respectfully.
Perfect Ultra Instinct Goku and his powers
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.
Whis vs. Goku: Who would win?
This one ended up being quite simple, in the end, as both the manga and the anime series confirm that Whis is significantly stronger than Goku. Whis is an Angel and is thus one of the strongest characters in the whole series, ranking just under the Grand Minister and Zeno. On the other hand, Goku is still not on that level, although he has the potential to do so.
Toriyama himself said that, when scaled, Beerus would have a power level of 10, whereas Whis would be a 15. Now, while unlocking the Perfected Ultra Instinct, Goku is said to have reached Beerus’ level, which means that he is a 9 or a 10 on the power scale, which is still not enough to actually defeat Whis. Whis simply has so much power and has mastered the Perfected Ultra Instinct much better than Goku.
The Perfected Ultra Instinct becomes more powerful the more a user has mastered it. In that aspect, Whis seems to be the second-best user, behind only his father, the Grand Minister, whereas Goku is just a beginner. Also, if you remember, Goku is currently being trained by Whis to become even stronger and the two have sparred on several occasions; Goku was unable to defeat Whis on any occasion.
And this is why the outcome of this duel is so clear and why Whis is the clear winner here.