Saiyan (4e Race)

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Saiyan[edit]

"You may have invaded my mind and my body, but there’s one thing a Saiyan always keeps! His pride!!!"

Racial Traits
Average Height: 5'-5'11"
Average Weight: 120 - 210 lbs
Ability Scores: +2 Constitution, +2 Strength or Dexterity.
Size: Medium
Speed: 6 Flight 7 (Altitude 1; level 11 Altitude 4; level 21 Altitude 10) squares
Vision: Low-Light
Languages: Common, choice of one other
Skill Bonuses: +2 Acrobatics, +2 Endurance
Saiyan Tail: Long enough to be wrapped around one's waist. It cannot lift anything over 10 pounds, and is susceptible to pain. Grows back after 1d4 weeks of being severed. A fully grown tail grants access to the Oozaru Transformation.
Zenkai: +2 to Fortitude, Reflex, and Will defenses until end of next turn when recovering from bloodied state.
Saiyan Heritage: You gain access to the Saiyan Heritage daily power.


Play a saiyan if you want...

  • to be part of a race that gains strength from defeat.
  • to have racial transformations.
  • To be a member of a race that favors the Warrior, Monk, or Saiyan Warrior class (Saiyan Warrior class to be developed).

Physical Qualities[edit]

Saiyans are outwardly very similar to that of Humans, with the exception of their monkey-like tails. They are commonly seen to have black spikey hair and eyes (although the anime has occasionally shown brown, blue and blonde hair and purple eyes). Naturally growing stronger as they mature, they commonly gain a very muscular and well-defined built. In addition, they seem to possess large hearts, as evidenced by Bio-Broly after he was drenched in the Culture Fluid.

Vegeta states that the hair of a pure-blooded Saiyan does not deviate from its appearance from the day the Saiyan is born. This is somewhat contradicted by a young Vegeta shown with strands of hair hanging in front of his forehead, but later has his characteristic widow's peak. This is not the case with hybrid-Saiyans who are shown to have several different lengths and styles for their hair throughout the series.

Facial hair of pure-blooded Saiyan males can grow. Some examples are Nappa, Vegeta, and Paragus who have all been seen with mustaches, while King Vegeta himself had a beard. While Saiyans can grow beards it apparently takes them a long time, as seen when Goku and Vegeta spent three years in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, yet only grew enough facial hair to cover their faces. Given that Saiyans have evolved to have a slowed aging process upon reaching physical maturity in order to fight longer, this is most likely why it takes so long for Saiyans to develop facial hair.

Saiyans also all appear to have dark eyes, though half-breeds do not always share this trait as Vegeta's son, Trunks, and daughter, Bulla, inherited blue irises.

Saiyans, at least as adults, are resistant to extreme temperatures, far more so than humans, as evidenced by Bardock going into outer space to face Frieza for the last time, Broly surviving being frozen in a glacier, and Goku training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and facing Lord Slug and his minions when they used a machine to cause the Earth's climate to get very, very cold. This resistance to cold is likely either a trait gained over time from evolution in harsh climates or due to the energy consumption of Saiyans increasing their ambient body temperature far above a human's, even in a resting state. Even in a functional, calm state, Goku has shown to be unaffected by glacial temperatures on Earth.

Playing a Saiyan[edit]

Saiyans tend to share common personality traits, even at young ages. Being war-like people, they share an innate enjoyment for conflict and fighting, choosing violence over peace with other races. Even Goku retained his love to fight after his amnesia, but satisfied that love through competitive sport, rather than barbaric slaughter. Saiyans are typically very aggressive and hard-headed, with short explosive tempers. Saiyans appear inclined to be arrogant at times, leading them to allow enemies to gain advantages in battle just for fun. It appears they have a tendency to let their emotions get the better of them when roused in stimulating situations (as demonstrated by Vegeta, Goku, Nappa, and Bardock), resulting in them at times making rash decisions. Normally, Saiyans do not have much of a notion of romance or marriage, and apart from the royal family of Vegeta, they are not particular about blood-relationships. They appear to lack sympathetic emotions as though by choice rather than by nature, as shown by their relative lack of fear of death and uncaring attitude towards family members (example being Raditz's brutal beating of his long-lost brother Goku, and Vegeta's seeming indifference to his father's death). Clearly, neither Vegeta nor Nappa showed any signs of sympathy for their fallen comrade Raditz when he was killed. They merely laughed and stated that he was only a "weakling", although Nappa did suggest bringing Raditz back to life with the Dragon Balls. Vegeta and Nappa themselves had a good degree of camaraderie between them, but Vegeta did not hesitate to kill Nappa later on when he displayed weakness after being crippled by Goku. Most Saiyans also possess a keen fighting sense and understanding of battle, which allows them to acquire many new skills, such as overcoming the weakness of their tails, learning to detect ki, and achieving new fighting forms and transformations.

Bardock appears to be the exception to the uncaring attitude of Saiyans: he shows some care for his wife Gine and his youngest son Kakarot in Dragon Ball Minus, and he is shocked and saddened at seeing his crew, with his best friend Tora among them, slaughtered by Dodoria in the television special Bardock - The Father of Goku. This also shows that perhaps the uncaring attitude of Saiyans is a choice, rather than natural. Bardock's last words while facing Frieza are "This is for all the people we killed in your name" (he only states this in the Funimation dub, it is never present in the Japanese version), he also states that he was not all evil (also Funimation dub only). After the destruction of Planet Vegeta, Bardock talks to Goku from the other side, saying "I wish I could have held you in my own two arms" (also Funimation dub only). Even Vegeta himself later has been shown to express emotion, such as when he was dying from his wounds inflicted by Frieza, when Future Trunks was killed by Cell, and when he sacrifices himself to destroy Majin Buu. He later develops a loving relationship with his wife Bulma and has shown genuine affection and care for his children, Trunks and Bulla. Also, Vegeta's brother Tarble lacks the characteristic aggression of Saiyans, which also served as the reason why King Vegeta sent him to another planet. Goku's mother Gine is also noted to lack the characteristic aggression of the Saiyans which apparently made her unfit for life in the army as she often had to be saved by Bardock on missions. Eventually she decided to leave the army and went to work in the meat processing industry and became Bardock's wife developing a genuine loving relationship with him. The existence of the original Super Saiyan God who got his power from five other pure hearted Saiyans in the past also implies that the barbaric and uncaring attitude had been a choice at some point in their history, rather than being an inborn character to all Saiyans.

The Saiyans also seem to believe that death is preferable compared to living with the shame of losing against someone inferior to them in level, which is especially evident with Vegeta and his primary motivation for his rivalry with Goku. However, while he still believes fighting to death is an honorable act of a Saiyan, Vegeta is able to use his rivalry with Goku as a motivation to test his limits and allow them to develop a unique friendship.

In Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta reveals that Saiyan females have strong willed personalities and such characteristics were sought out as mates for male Saiyans, which causes Piccolo to surmise that this is why Saiyan males like Goku and Vegeta chose strong willed human females like Chi-Chi and Bulma as their respective wives.

Cabba, a Saiyan from Universe 6, explains to Vegeta that the Saiyans from his universe are not as brutal as compared to their Universe 7 counterparts. The Saiyans from Universe 6 are not planet sharks and they are employed to stop evil beings. To which, most Saiyans of Universe 6 appear to have a more calm and kind nature compared to the majority of their Universe 7 counterparts, regarding the Saiyans with a rare aggressive attitude as "punks". However, they are still a warrior race regardless.

Saiyan Utility Powers[edit]

Oozaru Transformation Saiyan Racial Power
Your skin erupts fur as your physiology morphs into that of an ape. Your grow to Gargantuan size and lose access to the Saiyan Heritage daily power while in this form.
Daily Star.gif Saiyan
Immediate Reaction Personal
Trigger: You gaze upon a full moon or other planetary body that reflects a suns light.
Effect: Until the end of the night, you become Gargantuan. The saiyan must make a Wisdom save DC 17 or go Berserk. If Berserk all creatures are considered enemies. You become a Saiyan Great Ape.


Saiyan Heritage Saiyan Racial Power
"Your power surges. Your strength grows. Your hair turns gold and lifts towards the sky. You have become the legendary super saiyan."
Daily Star.gif Saiyan
Minor Action Personal
Effect: "You become a super saiyan until end of encounter. You gain an increase to attack and damage rolls depending what level of saiyan you go. You may use a minor action to change between the various levels. If knocked unconscious or put into a dying state the transformation ends. To use a form for the first time you must be bloodied by a Solo or Brute creature after reaching the required level. When obtaining a new form this way you may use this daily immediately if you could normally. Using the daily this way does not expend it.

level 5: Super Saiyan 1 - +2 to attack and damage rolls for Melee abilities"

level 10: Super Saiyan 2 - +4 to attack and damage rolls for Melee abilities"

level 15: Super Saiyan 3 - +6 to attack and damage rolls for Melee abilities"

level 20: Super Saiyan God - +8 to attack and damage rolls for Melee abilities"

level 25: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan - +10 to attack and damage rolls for Melee abilities"

level 30: Ultra Instinct - +12 to attack and damage rolls for Melee abilities"



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