Goku is a simple man. When he is faced with adversary, he sticks to what he knows and what he knows is tenacity and resolute strength, so when he finds himself against the mysterious assassin Hit and his Time Skip, Goku powers up his Super Saiyan Blue form with his tried and true Kaioken. True to the anime, this amalgam of his newest and oldest power ups comes with a toll. SP SSB Goku YEL becomes an absolute force on the battlefield while his Transformation is up, but quickly becomes stagnant, even a liability once it is over.
"Hit Him Really Really Hard.....Together?"
Being a Goku variant, SP SSB Goku YEL naturally has access to a plethora of Team and Equipment options. Son Family welcomes the addition of a new Yellow Fighter, as well as God Ki and Saiyan. SP SSB Goku YEL pairs well with his Blue counterpart, SP SSB Goku BLU quite well. Both Fighters are capable of instantly restoring their Vanish Gauge and dealing dangerous amounts of Damage. SP SSB Goku YEL also forms quite the duo with his rival Fighter he was released with, SP Hit YEL.
"Now I'll Show You Kaioken!"
When SP SSB Goku YEL Transforms into his Kaioken form, his stacking Buffs become nearly uncountable. He is truly a tour de force, building Strike, Ki Recovery, and Damage Reduction Buffs passively, and that's not even mentioning his powerful Extra Card, which restores Ki and powers up his Special Attack, reminiscent of both SP SSB Goku BLU and SP Gogeta BLU. While Transformed, SP SSB Goku YEL can put a dent in nearly any opposing Fighter who does not directly wall him like SP Vegito RED.
Twice As Bright, Half As Long
As devastating as his Offensive potential is while he is Transformed, he quickly becomes a liability once his Transformation is spent. He raises his own Cost of both Strike and Blast Arts Cards after Kaioken ends, which does not bode well for the future of SP SSB Goku YEL, as Fighters with innate drawbacks tend to fall out of the Meta quickly -- namely SP SS Goku YEL, SP Majin Vegeta RED, and SP Super Trunks GRN.
On top of that, his Transformation does not last very long at all, and he requires near perfect conditions to maximize his Special Move Damage within a short window of opportunity.
SP SSB Goku YEL seems to shine the most when paired with SP SSB Goku BLUas their kits are complimentary. Both Fighters can instantly restore their Vanish Gauges and gain Offensive and Defensive Buffs throughout the battle. On this Team, he operates as a finisher, saving his Kaioken for the latter part of the battle to minimize the post-Transformation downsides.
SP SSB Goku YEL is far less powerful than the optimal YEL Son Family option, that being SP SSJ Gohan YEL, the cyan Saiyan possesses some traits that can justify his usage over his son. For one, SP SSB Goku YEL’s Z-ability’s significant Buff to Strike Damage increases his viability on Saiyan-based Son Family variants, synergizing well with heavy hitters like SP Goku GRN and SP Angry Goku BLU.
Due to Son Family’s late-game focused playstyle, players using SP SSB Goku YEL on the Tag are incentivized to activate the Kaioken as early as possible, letting him deal heavy damage early in the match and enable Son Family’s roster of Crisis Fighters when he inevitably powers down.
Transform into "Super Saiyan God SS Kaioken". Transformation lasts for 30 timer counts. Cancels own Attribute Downgrades. Requirements: 10 timer counts must elapse.
This is my secret weapon!
Draw a Special Arts Card next. Gain Attribute Upgrade "-50% to enemy's 'Sustained Damage CUT' effects" for 20 timer counts. Restores own Vanishing Gauge by 100%. Requirements: 5 timer counts must elapse.
The following effects occur when this character enters the battlefield: +20% to damage inflicted for 15 timer counts. -5 to own Strike & Blast Arts cost for 10 timer counts. Increases Arts Card Draw Speed by 1 level for 10 timer counts.
Let's see if you can keep up with my speed.
+15% to Strike damage inflicted for 20 timer counts every time own attack is evaded with a Vanishing Step. +15% to Strike damage inflicted for 20 timer counts when this character evades enemy attack with a Vanishing Step.
The following effects occur until transformation ends: +25% to Strike damage inflicted (cannot be cancelled). Reduces damage received by 20% (cannot be cancelled). +30% to own Ki Recovery (cannot be cancelled).
Let's end this!
Draw a Special Move Arts Card next when transformation has 20 timer counts remaining. Also enhances the next Special Move Arts used until transformation ends: +30% to Special Move damage inflicted (cannot be cancelled). -20 to own Special Move Arts cost (cannot be cancelled). The following effect occurs when transformation ends: +15 to own Strike & Blast Arts cost for 20 timer counts (cannot be cancelled).
Deals major Impact damage. Inflicts enemy with Attribute Downgrade "+20% to Strike Damage Received" for 15 timer counts on hit.
[Before using Special Arts] Deals massive Impact damage. Inflicts enemy with Attribute Downgrade "+20% to Strike Damage Received" for 15 timer counts on hit. [After using Special Arts] Deals massive Impact damage. +20% to Special Move damage inflicted for 5 timer counts upon activation. Inflicts enemy with Attribute Downgrade "+20% to Strike Damage Received" for 15 timer counts on hit. Destroys all enemy cards on hit.
Unlock Ki: Form of Attack
Restores own Ki by 30. +20% to damage inflicted for 15 timer counts.
Restores own Ki by 40. The following effects occur until transformation ends: +20% to Strike damage inflicted (activates once & cannot be cancelled). +30% to damage inflicted (activates once & cannot be cancelled). Special Move Arts Card changes into "Next-Level Strike".
He’s incredibly powerful after activating his Main Ability, and accentuates it with his Extra Move
His Transformation only lasts 30 timer counts, and he’s very vulnerable when it expires.
SP SSBKK Goku YEL is an underrated Fighter, but still must be used wisely. He’s exceptional when switched in and after Transforming, but his Transformation is very short. After it expires, his Strike & Blast Arts cost increases by 15 for 20 timer counts, and his base stats in his original form are very low as well.