is a character from the anime and manga, Dragon Ball Z. Yakon's home planet is called Dark Star.



Yakon as he is about to face off against Goku

Yakon is from a land shrouded in darkness, giving him the ability to see in the dark. He is a monster controlled by Babidi, and is portrayed as one of his strongest followers (and was possibly intended to be placed on level three of Babidi's Spaceship, as Dabura claims that sending Yakon to level two is too drastic an action). He is a voracious monster with an apparently insatiable appetite, as he greets the Z Fighters by asking which one he should eat first, despite the fact that he had devoured two messengers Babidi sent him only minutes before. His power level is said to be at 800 Kili (a unit of measurement that is different from power levels displayed on the conventional scouters). As stated by Babidi, this is a level much weaker than Goku's power level of 3,000 Kili (as a Super Saiyan). Yakon sports a large, retractable claw in each of his forearms. According to the Supreme Kai, he is one of the most feared creatures in the universe and is one of the most powerful beings in his quadrant of the universe.


Dragon Ball Z

Yakon is first seen in the Babidi Saga when Babidi sends two of his minions to fetch him so he can battle Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and the Supreme Kai, but Yakon eats the minions that Babidi sends. Babidi then informs Yakon himself, and he lumbers off to stage two. Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and the Supreme Kai encounter Yakon on the second level of Babidi's spaceship during their descent to stop the awakening of Majin Buu.


Yakon eating Goku's light energy

After Vegeta eliminates Pui Pui, Goku squares off against Yakon. Babidi transports them to Yakon's planet of darkness in order to give the beast an advantage. Yakon comments that he can see Goku even in the darkness, only to be surprised when Goku effortlessly dodges his attacks and lands a blow of his own. Goku informs Yakon that eyesight isn't necessary in order for him to feel his opponent's movements. However, he does have another means to see his opponent. Goku then surprises Yakon (along with an onlooking Babidi and Dabura) by transforming into a Full-Power Super Saiyan, lighting up the area in the process.

Yakon eating light energy

With his Super Saiyan energy emitting a tremendous amount of light, Goku informs Yakon that their dark environment no longer matters. However, Yakon surprises Goku furthermore by sucking up his light (a delicacy to Yakon), reverting Goku to his normal state. Upon discovering that Yakon literally eats light, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan yet again. Delighted by the fact that he has another meal, Yakon begins sucking up the light. Using Yakon's greed to his advantage, Goku counters Yakon by powering up to an enormous extent (apparently showing Vegeta a glimpse of his Super Saiyan 2 powers, which leads him to conclude that Goku, too, has assumed the transformation in the 7-year period after the Cell Games as he did) and providing him with so much light that Yakon explodes as a result.

Dragon Ball GT


Yakon as he appears in Dragon Ball GT

Yakon later makes a cameo appearance in the Super 17 Saga of Dragon Ball GT when the barrier between Hell and Earth was breached. He caught Goten off guard, but was dispatched by Trunks.

Voice Actors

  • Japanese Dub: Yoshiyuki Kono
  • Ocean Group Dub: Michael Kopsa
  • FUNimation Dub: Paul LeBlanc
  • Latin American Dub: Mario Sauret
  • Brazilian Dub: Jonas Mello

Video Game Appearances

In Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, Yakon displays high defense, but also the ability to form mini duplicates of himself and fire an extremely potent energy beam from his mouth.

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    Yakon in Budokai Tenkaichi 3

    Because of his abilities, in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, the Yakon capsule brings an opponent's base ki to 0 if they use a transformation in-game.
  • He appears in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 as one of Babidi's Blast 2 attacks called 'Yakon is Next!' in which Babidi summons him and he attacks the opponent by striking them with his sharp claws.


  • Yakon is the first character in Dragon Ball Z to be killed by Goku. In fact, it could be argued that Goku didn't intentionally kill Yakon at all, but rather allowed Yakon to kill himself unintentionally by eating far too much of Goku's energy. This trivia of course doesn't include all the people Goku killed in Dragon Ball as there were many, from talking fish to Red Ribbon soldiers and King Piccolo.
  • Yakon kept the M crest when he died, while Vegeta and Dabura lost theirs when they died.
  • According to Babidi, his power level is 800 kili, little more than a fourth of Full-Power Super Saiyan Goku's 3,000.
  • The appearance of the Hunters from the Resident Evil series is similar to that of Yakon. The only difference is that Yakon has spikes sprouting out of his back and wrists along with the Majin symbol on his chest.