As part of the pair of Saiyan warriors from Universe 6, Kale and her companion Caulifla are the latest Saiyan characters to be added to the long-running Dragon Ball franchise. The two fighters take on Goku and his friends during the final major story arc of Dragon Ball Super and prove to be formidable opponents more than holding their own in the Tournament of Power.
A strong fighter even before fusing with her friend Caulifla to become the significantly more powerful Kefla, Kale's initial appearance hides reserves of immense potential, making her one of the most interesting additions to the franchise. Here's an overview of the character and just how strong Kale is as seen in Dragon Ball Super.
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HOW DRAGON BALL INTRODUCED KALE
When Kale and Caulifla are introduced as fighters representing Universe 6 during the Tournament of Power, Kale is seen as the more meek and timid of the two, usually deferring to Kaulifla. Slender and socially awkward, the Saiyan is overly shy when first meeting Goku and Vegeta, even going as far to tell Caulifla not to taunt her opponents as the tournament begins.
As the fight commences, Kale has to be rescued by Kaulifla who encourages her friend to rest and to attack Goku in a bid to boost her confidence but is unable to transform into a Super Saiyan under the pressure. As Kaulifla engages Goku instead, Kale is warned to stay back and let her friend handle Goku only to be overpowered. Enraged, Kale shows her true potential as she finally launches her assault on the older Saiyan from Universe 7.
HOW STRONG IS KALE?
Upon transforming into a Super Saiyan, Kale becomes visibly taller and stronger while her shy demeanor gives way to a much more confident persona. Upon growing even angrier, Kale is able to transform into a Legendary Super Saiyan form, resembling the fan-favorite character Broly when in a similar state. This berserker form significantly augments Kale's powers but consumes all sense of rationality making her increasingly reckless in battle. This enraged state allows Kale to now pummel Goku, even with the Universe 7 fighter at Super Saiyan 2.
As the fight progresses, Kale demonstrates the ability to calm down and harness her full potential, in control of her rage and strength. This allows her to transform into a Super Saiyan 2, with her blows creating disruptions in the fabric of space-time, a feat not even Android 17 could accomplish. In this form, Kale is able to hold her own against a Super Saiyan God Goku. Outmatched, Kale then reveals she and Caulifla can fuse through use of the Potara earrings which joins the two together in the powerful fighter Kefla.
KALE IN THE TOURNAMENT OF POWER
After her initial skirmish with Goku, withstanding Goku's power boost to Super Saiyan Blue in her Legendary Super Saiyan form, Kale and Caulifla turn their attention to the Pride Troopers from Universe 11, eliminating many of them from the tournament. As she watches Goku battle Jiren, Kale realizes that she actually had a lot of fun fighting and resolves to become stronger than Goku with Caulifla following the tournament.
In her rematch with Goku while Jiren breaks from the main event to meditate, Kale begins using her full potential causing even the normally stoic Jiren to notice her energy levels. Fighting alongside Caulifla, the two Universe 6 Saiyans are nearly overwhelmed by Super Saiyan God Goku forcing the two to fuse into Kefla who is ultimately eliminated from the tournament by Goku using his unmastered Ultra Instinct form, causing the fusion to end.
While Kale is outmatched by Goku during the Tournament of Power, the martial arts contest reveals her as the strongest single fighter from Universe 6 and capable of feats not even some of the strongest fighters from other universes can accomplish. With her latent powers revealed over the course of the tournament, Kale and Caulifla both vow to grow stronger than Goku in an eventual rematch, hinting at even new levels of strength for the formerly timid Saiyan warrior in the future.
Dragon Ball Super Volume 7 is available on Blu-ray now.