When you think of great character introductions in Dragon Ball Z, you think of Future Trunks slicing up Frieza or Beerus one punching SSJ3 Goku.
But Pikkon destroying Super Perfect Cell with 2 punches just after Cell defeated Goku was pretty stunning as well. What kind of monster is this green dude, and just how strong is Pikkon?
Pikkon beat up Super Perfect Cell but lost to Super Saiyan 2 Goku in the Other World Tournament, so has a power level somewhere between Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3.
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Pikkon did Cell, Frieza and King Cold in the same night!
There’s no quicker way to give a new character street cred than having them destroy some of the most feared villains in the universe. It’s also an excellent way for us to see how strong the new character is.
He defeated Frieza and King Cold very easily, so we know he’s at least Super Saiyan Level.
He also beat Super Perfect Cell in 2 punches, so he must be at least Super Saiyan 2.
Goku somehow learnt Super Saiyan 2
Although it doesn’t really make sense, but it’s non-canonical so we’ll let it slide, Goku seemed to instantly learn Super Saiyan 2 after being killed by Cell.
So when Goku fought Pikkon in the Other World Tournament, he was going toe-to-toe with a Super Saiyan 2.
But he ultimately lost this fight, so maybe he isn’t that much stronger than an SSJ2.
Was Pikkon stronger than Goku?
Sure, Pikkon lost the fight. But it wasn’t a real fight. It was a tournament fight where whoever touched outside of the ring lost the fight.
This format greatly favoured Goku as he fought in a lot of tournaments like this on Earth. Check out his first tournament fight on youtube about a fun character named Pamput.
So it’s very possible Pikkon was stronger than Goku at this time, but due to Goku’s smarter tactics lost the fight.
Whether Pikkon would have lost in a fight to the death is a different matter.
So maybe Pikkon was closer to Super Saiyan 3 in power but didn’t have the speed or tactics to make Goku pay.
How Strong is Pikkon? – Final Thoughts
I feel like I should do another disclaimer that Pikkon isn’t canon, and that means Goku learning Super Saiyan 2 that quickly isn’t canonical either.
And a lot of the other stuff is, of course, all headcanon, and this is headcanon based on non-canon information, so free to ignore this whole paragraph, and hell, even this whole article! #PIKKON ISN’T REAL but you can read more about Pikkon’s Canon status in our article about Pikkon’s Canon Status.