Dragon Ball Super: Vegeta Discovers an Alternative to Ultra Instinct

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Dragon Ball Super Chapter 68, by Akira Toriyama, Toyotarou, Caleb Cook and Brandon Bovia, available now in English from Viz Media.

As Dragon Ball Super has progressed, Goku has become increasingly powerful, with him most recently mastering Ultra Instinct. However, while he's historically been just one step behind his rival, Vegeta hasn't yet caught up with Goku in this regard, and there's a good chance he never will. Whis, when explaining the technique earlier in the series, noted that Vegeta's penchant for overthinking would make it hard for him to ever master Ultra Instinct. Now, though, that might not matter, as Dragon Ball Super Chapter 68 reveals an alternative to Ultra Instinct.

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After learning Ultra Instinct from Merus and using the technique to defeat Moro in the manga's previous arc, Dragon Ball Super Chapter 68 sees Goku testing his abilities against Whis. However, Whis proves more than a match for the Saiyan and explains there are several different levels of Ultra Instinct, and the hero will have to develop his own style if he wants to become more powerful.

Vegeta and Beerus watch as the brawl progresses, with the Saiyan Prince saying that he doesn't intend to learn Ultra Instinct. Beerus then tells Vegeta, "Ultra Instinct ain't the only technique of the gods." This surprises Vegeta, and Beerus tells him that Ultra Instinct is more meant for Angels, remarking, "Didja really think us Gods of Destruction would run around using a move where you gotta keep your heart all calm and tranquil?"

From there, Vegeta insists Beerus tell him more, but the God of Destruction refuses, explaining that he's not a trainer. Beerus then starts to walk away, though before he gets too far he makes clear that he wants Vegeta to follow him. This indicates Beerus will teach Vegeta the technique in some subtle way.

Just how Vegeta was going to compete with Goku in regards to learning Ultra Instinct was a big question mark for Dragon Ball Super. Learning the technique would have required Vegeta's entire personality to change, which wouldn't have necessarily fit the series. However, by learning whatever technique Beerus and the other Gods of Destruction use, Vegeta is developing in a whole new way that might just finally pull him out of Goku's shadow and towards his destiny.

Dragon Ball Super Chapter 69 releases Feb. 19.

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