[hide]*1 History and Usage
The technique is performed by the user placing their hands close to the center of their face with the fingers spread toward their eyes. The user then calls out 'Solar Flare!' and a blinding blue light fires out that blinds everything watching except the user, since they are projecting the light. Due to the fact this is simply a flash of light, it will work regardless of any gap in power between the user and the target. This technique is defensive rather than offensive, and is mainly used as way to gain the upper hand or in order to make hasty retreat. Because of the nature of the attack, it has almost always been extremely effective. The technique is rendered useless if opponent is wearing sunglasses or if they close their eyes. The technique was first used by Tien Shinhan during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament (the Solar Flare is one of Tien's signature moves) and later on by Goku, Krillin, Cell, May and Steve.
During the 23nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku used it on Tien Shinhan himself who was splitted into 4 bodies. During the fight on Namek, Krillin used the Solar Flare to blind Dodoria who was chasing him, after he and Gohan had rescued Dende. Krillin performed his a little differently when he used it on Dodoria. However, it still produced the desired result. Krillin later used it again against Second Form Frieza
Steve first used the Solar flare during his battle against Ra and is used throughout the series in almost every battle by him and May.
The only character known for a fact to be immune to the solar flare is Omega Shenron.
In various Dragon Ball Z video games, the Solar Flare can be used to daze or stun enemies and opponents.
In Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku, this technique was used to temporareily stun nearby enemies. In the Budokai Tenkaichi series it is a Blast 1 technique that causes an opponent to lose their lock-on. It is more useful in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 than in Budokai Tenkaichi 2. In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Krillin can use an offensive version of the attack called Sun Spot which causes damage to the opponent instead of blinding them. In Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, both Krillin and Tien have the Solar Flare as a stun technique. In Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, Tien, Krillin and Imperfect Cell had Solar flare as one of their attacks.
In Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, there are two versions of the standard Solar Flare. Tien's version (the original version) afflicts darkness condition (which decreases a enemies accuracy). Krillin's version allows the party to escape from battle (similar to the tactic Krillin used to escape Dodoria). Their is also a S-Combo called Heavenly Sunlight that is a combo attack where Tien and Krillin both unleash a Solar Flare at the same time damaging and blinding enemies. Tien also has an ultimate skill called Final Solar Flare which blinds and damages enemies (this technique is also part of the Demon-Wolf-Crane S-Combo).
There are a few enemies who use an "imitation Solar Flare" which works like Tien's standard Solar Flare (they are: Betrayer, Expelled Pupil, and Pupil).
- The technique's English name, Solar Flare, ties in with the Japanese name's (Taiyōken which means "Fist of the Sun") original meaning and hints to its disruptive nature (radiation emitted by "Real" Solar Flare's is known to affect Earth's ionosphere and disrupt long-range radio communications) as a flash of light that blinds the opponent.
- In the US version of Budokai Tenkaichi 3, "Goku (GT)" (when using the technique) calls the techniques by its original name, Taiyōken instead of its "English Dub" name, Solar Flare, even though he is being voiced by Funimation voice actor Stephanie Nadolny (who voices Goku as a child). "Goku (GT)" is the only character (in the game's "English Dub"), to say Taiyōken when using the attack, while all other characters who use it shout Solar Flare when using the technique. (Note: This only applies to the game's english dialogue.)
- Interestingly, despite the simplicity of the attack and its "old" nature (like most other techniques from the original Dragon Ball that fade into obscurity except the Kamehameha), it is still deemed extremely effective against some of the most powerful foes ever encountered by the Z Fighters. All of which except Syn Shenron is shown to be affected by this ability.
- This technique is useless when the opponent or people near him uses sunglasses. This is evident in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament when Tien uses the technique against Jackie Chun, affecting him, while Master Shen and the tournament commentator seem unaffected by the flash. In the finals of the same tournament, Goku borrows Master Roshi's sunglasses to prevent Tien's Solar Flare and he is even capable of hitting Tien during the execution of the technique. This is also proven in the 23rd tournement when Goku uses the technique during his fight with Tien, which effects everyone but Master Roshi and the announcer.
- In the original manga, each person who uses Solar flare uses it only twice:
- In the 22nd World Tournament, Tien uses it once agaist Master Roshi (as Jackie Chun) in the semifinals, and then on Goku in the finals.
- In the next Tournament, Goku uses it on Tien in the semifinals and then on Great Ape Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga while collecting energy for the spirit bomb.
- Krillin uses it on Dodoria on Namek to escape with Gohan and Dende, and on Frieza's second form.
- Finally, Cell uses it simultaneously on Piccolo, Future Trunks, and Krillin. In his next form, he uses it on Trunks and Krillin again, also affecting Androids 16 and 18.