WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for "Bloodcurdling! The Explosive Birth of a New Super Warrior!" the 114th episode of Dragon Ball Super, which debuted Saturday on Adult Swim.
The stakes are raised yet again in the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super as it quickly becomes clear to Goku and the other fighters from across the Dragon Ball Multiverse that Universe 6 has more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Despite losing its champion Hit to Jiren earlier in the martial arts contest for the fate of the multiverse, Universe 6's strongest fighter makes her surprising debut, with Goku caught in her sights.
Picking up from the cliffhanger ending of the previous episode, Kale powers up once again to her formidable Legendary Super Saiyan form after witnessing Goku briefly transform into a Super Saiyan 3, but unable to maintain it due to his exhaustion from prolonged fighting against Jiren. Encouraged by her best friend and teammate Caulifa, Kale takes her form to previously unseen heights by powering up to Legendary Super Saiyan 2. While Frieza offers to help his outnumbered rival, Goku's Saiyan pride and warrior spirit has him turn Frieza down to resume the fight against the two Universe 6 Saiyans by himself.
Maintaining a Super Saiyan 2 form for the majority of the fight due to his own fatigue, Goku taps into a variety of techniques to remain one step ahead of his opponents, with varying degrees of success. With Kale now unleashing more power than ever, Goku uses his Instant Transmission technique to teleport around the arena, only to discover that Kale and Super Saiyan 2 Caulifa are still able to overpower him. Risking his own elimination, Goku powers up to Super Saiyan God in the face of their continued attacks.
After achieving Super Saiyan Blue, Goku had used the Super Saiyan God form sparingly in comparison to its more powerful counterpart. However, Beerus previously observed that the red-haired transformation significantly boosted Goku's speed while consuming considerably less energy than Super Saiyan Blue, albeit without the raw defensive and offensive power of the stronger form. Still weakened and facing two opponents at once, Super Saiyan God is the more logical transformation than Blue, with Goku easily outmatching Kale and Caulifa in his heightened state.
However, Universe 6 has one final surprise to spare itself from elimination. As Goku prepares to knock Kale and Caulifa out of the ring with a Kamehameha Wave, the two Universe 6 Saiyans reveal they have Potara earrings given to them by their universe's Supreme Kai. The mystical earrings, which allow the fighters to fuse together and form a more powerful, new warrior, were previously used by Goku and Vegeta during their fight against Zamasu to merge into the fight Vegito. The resulting Potara fusion between Kale and Caulifa results in a new Saiyan champion, who refers to herself as Kefla.
The Saiyans from Universe 6 participating in the Tournament of Power have offered fans not just a more extensive look into the extraterrestrial warrior culture but a lot of classic Dragon Ball tropes. Just as the various Super Saiyan forms and techniques have been showcased by the competing Saiyans of Universes 6 and 7, the Potara fusion is one of the tried-and-true last-ditch effort used by the protagonists to fight superior opponents. With Kale and Caulifa fusing together into Kefla, the tables have turned against Goku with the strategy used against him as a new fighter enters the Tournament intending to finish her fight with the Universe 7 champion once and for all.
Newly translated episodes of Dragon Ball Super air on Saturdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.