A Complete Filler Guide to the Original Dragon Ball Anime

Goku began his journey in the 1980s as a young boy on the quest to find dragon balls, but more importantly, become the strongest martial artist in the world.

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that Dragon Ball has practically defined the anime genre for multiple generations. It has become a staple in the anime industry, earning a massive global fanbase with its unforgettable characters and thrilling storylines.

However, embarking on the DB journey with over 150 episodes may seem daunting. That’s where this guide comes in!

Running from 1986 to 1989, the Dragon Ball anime spans 153 episodes. Among these, the anime has 21 filler episodes and 3 partial fillers. Impressively, Dragon Ball anime has kept the non-canon content to a minimum with just about 16% filler percentage.

Quick Filler List & Streaming

Emperor Pilaf Saga
Tournament Saga
Red Ribbon Army Saga29, 30-33, 42, 44-45
General Blue Saga
Commander Red Saga
Fortuneteller Baba Saga79-83
Tien Shinhan Saga
King Piccolo Saga
Piccolo Jr. Saga127-132, 149-153
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Episode List

#TitleTypeWatch It or Skip ItAir Date
ArcEmperor Pilaf Saga (Chapter 1-23)   
1The Secret of the Dragon BallsCanon 2/26/1986
2The Emperor’s QuestCanon 3/5/1986
3The Nimbus Cloud of RoshiCanon 3/12/1986
4Oolong the TerribleCanon 3/19/1986
5Yamcha the Desert BanditCanon 3/26/1986
6Keep an Eye on the Dragon BallsCanon 4/2/1986
7The Ox King on Fire MountainCanon 4/9/1986
8The Kamehameha WaveCanon 4/16/1986
9Boss Rabbit’s Magic TouchCanon 4/23/1986
10The Dragon Balls are Stolen!Canon 4/30/1986
11The Penalty is PinballCanon 5/7/1986
12A Wish to the Eternal DragonCanon 5/14/1986
13The Legend of GokuCanon 5/21/1986
ArcTournament Saga (Chapters 24-54)   
14Goku’s RivalCanon 5/28/1986
15Look Out for LaunchCanon 6/4/1986
16Find That Stone!Canon 6/11/1986
17Milk DeliveryCanon 6/18/1986
18The Turtle Hermit WayCanon 6/25/1986
19The Tournament BeginsCanon 7/2/1986
20Elimination RoundCanon 7/9/1986
21Smells Like TroubleCanon 7/16/1986
22Quarterfinals BeginCanon 7/23/1986
23Monster Beast GiranCanon 7/30/1986
24Krillin’s Frantic Attack!Canon 8/6/1986
25Danger From AboveCanon 8/13/1986
26The Grand FinalsCanon 8/20/1986
27Number One Under the Moon?Canon 8/27/1986
28The Final BlowCanon 9/3/1986
ArcRed Ribbon Army Saga (Chapters 54-69)   
29The Roaming LakePartial FillerWatch9/10/1986
30Pilaf and the Mystery ForceFillerSkip9/17/1986
31Wedding Plans?FillerSkip9/24/1986
32The Flying Fortress – Vanished!FillerSkip10/1/1986
33The Legend of a DragonFillerSkip10/8/1986
34Cruel General RedCanon 10/15/1986
35Cold ReceptionCanon 10/22/1986
36Major MetallitronCanon 10/29/1986
37Ninja Murasaki is Coming!Canon 11/5/1986
38Five MurasakisCanon 11/12/1986
39Mysterious Android No. 8Canon 11/19/1986
40Horrifying BuyonCanon 11/26/1986
41The Fall of Muscle TowerCanon 12/3/1986
42The Secret of Dr. FlappePartial FillerWatch12/10/1986
43A Trip to the CityCanon 12/17/1986
44Master Thief, HaskyPartial FillerWatch12/24/1986
45Danger in the AirFillerSkip1/7/1987
ArcGeneral Blue Saga (Chapters 70-83)   
46Bulma’s Bad DayCanon 1/14/1987
47Kame House – Found!Canon 1/21/1987
48Deep Blue SeaCanon 1/28/1987
49Roshi SurpriseCanon 2/4/1987
50The Trap is Sprung!Canon 2/11/1987
51Beware of RobotCanon 2/18/1987
52The Pirate TreasureCanon 2/25/1987
53Blue, Black and BlueCanon 3/4/1987
54Escape From Pirate CaveCanon 3/11/1987
55Penguin VillageCanon 3/18/1987
56Strange VisitorCanon 3/25/1987
57Arale vs. BlueCanon 4/8/1987
ArcCommander Red Saga (Chapters 84-96)   
58The Land of KorinCanon 4/15/1987
59The Notorious MercenaryCanon 4/22/1987
60Tao Attacks!Canon 4/29/1987
61Korin TowerCanon 5/6/1987
62Sacred WaterCanon 5/13/1987
63The Return of GokuCanon 5/20/1987
64The Last of Mercenary TaoCanon 5/27/1987
65Confront the Red Ribbon ArmyCanon 6/10/1987
66A Real BindCanon 6/17/1987
67The End of Commander RedCanon 6/24/1987
ArcFortuneteller Baba Saga (Chapters 97-112)   
68The Last Dragon BallCanon 7/1/1987
69Who is Fortuneteller Baba?Canon 7/8/1987
70We Are the Five WarriorsCanon 7/15/1987
71Deadly BattleCanon 7/22/1987
72Goku’s TurnCanon 7/29/1987
73The Devilmite BeamCanon 8/5/1987
74The Mysterious Fifth ManCanon 8/12/1987
75The Strong OnesCanon 8/19/1987
76True Colors of the Masked ManCanon 8/26/1987
77Pilaf’s TacticsCanon 9/2/1987
78The Eternal Dragon RisesCanon 9/9/1987
79Terror and PlagueFillerSkip9/16/1987
80Goku vs. Sky DragonFillerWatch9/23/1987
81Goku Goes to Demon LandFillerWatch9/30/1987
82The Rampage of InoShikaChoFillerWatch10/7/1987
83Which Way To Papaya Island?FillerWatch10/14/1987
ArcTien Shinhan Saga (Chapters 113-134)   
84Rivals and ArrivalsCanon 10/21/1987
85Preliminary PerilCanon 10/28/1987
86Then There Were EightCanon 11/4/1987
87Yamcha vs. TienCanon 11/11/1987
88Yamcha’s Big BreakCanon 11/18/1987
89Full-Moon VengeanceCanon 11/25/1987
90The Dodon WaveCanon 12/2/1987
91Counting Controversy!!Canon 12/9/1987
92Goku Enters the RingCanon 12/16/1987
93Tien Shinhan vs. Jackie ChunCanon 12/23/1987
94Stepping DownCanon 12/30/1987
95Goku vs. KrillinCanon 1/6/1988
96Tail’s TaleCanon 1/13/1988
97Final Match: Goku vs. TienCanon 1/20/1988
98Victory’s EdgeCanon 1/27/1988
99Tien’s InsurrectionCanon 2/3/1988
100The Spirit CannonCanon 2/10/1988
101The FallenCanon 2/17/1988
ArcKing Piccollo Saga (Chapters 135-161)   
102Enter King PiccoloCanon 2/24/1988
103Tambourine Attacks!Canon 3/2/1988
104Mark of the DemonCanon 3/9/1988
105Here Comes YajirobeCanon 3/16/1988
106Terrible TambourineCanon 3/23/1988
107Tien’s AtonementCanon 4/6/1988
108Goku’s RevengeCanon 4/13/1988
109Goku vs. King PiccoloCanon 4/20/1988
110Piccolo Closes InCanon 5/4/1988
111Roshi’s GambitCanon 5/11/1988
112King Piccolo’s WishCanon 5/18/1988
113Siege on Chow CastleCanon 5/25/1988
114Conquest and PowerCanon 6/1/1988
115Awaken DarknessCanon 6/8/1988
116A Taste of DestinyCanon 6/22/1988
117The Ultimate SacrificeCanon 6/29/1988
118Prelude to VengeanceCanon 7/6/1988
119Battle CryCanon 7/20/1988
120Goku Strikes BackCanon 7/27/1988
121The Biggest CrisisCanon 8/3/1988
122Final ShowdownCanon 8/10/1988
ArcPiccollo Jr. Saga (Chapters 162-194)   
123Lost and FoundCanon 8/17/1988
124Temple Above the CloudsCanon 8/24/1988
125Earth’s Guardian EmergesCanon 8/31/1988
126Eternal Dragon ResurrectedCanon 9/14/1988
127Quicker than LightningFillerSkip9/21/1988
128Secret of the WoodsFillerSkip9/28/1988
129The Time RoomFillerWatch10/12/1988
130Goku’s DollFillerSkip10/19/1988
131Walking Their Own WaysFillerSkip10/26/1988
132Hotter than LavaFillerSkip11/2/1988
133ChangesCanon 11/9/1988
134Preliminary PerilCanon 11/16/1988
135Battle of the EightCanon 11/23/1988
136Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary TaoCanon 11/30/1988
137Anonymous ProposalCanon 12/7/1988
138The Mysterious HeroCanon 12/14/1988
139RematchCanon 12/21/1988
140Goku Gains SpeedCanon 1/11/1989
141The Four Faces of TienCanon 1/18/1989
142Kami vs. PiccoloCanon 1/25/1989
143Battle for the FutureCanon 2/1/1989
144Super KamehamehaCanon 2/8/1989
145Junior No MoreCanon 2/15/1989
146Goku’s TrapCanon 2/22/1989
147Goku Hangs OnCanon 3/1/1989
148The VictorCanon 3/8/1989
149Dress in FlamesFillerWatch3/15/1989
150The Fire-EaterFillerWatch3/22/1989
151Outrageous OctagonFillerWatch4/5/1989
152Mystery of the Dark WorldFillerWatch4/12/1989
153The End, The BeginningFillerWatch4/19/1989

How much of Dragon Ball can you skip?

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Filler episodes are mostly a nuisance in anime that doesn’t make sense. Nevertheless, they sometimes reveal crucial plot points regarding the main storyline, and it is only later that we realize we made a mistake by not watching the episode.

In the original Dragon Ball anime, there are about 24 fillers, and you can safely skip 11 of them without missing anything important or losing out on any potential fun.

  1. Pilaf and the Mystery Force (episode 30)
  2. Wedding Plans? (episode 31)
  3. The Flying Fortress – Vanished (episode 32)
  4. The Legend of a Dragon (episode 33)
  5. Danger in the Air (episode 45)
  6. Which Way to Papaya Island? (episode 79)
  7. Quicker than Lightning (episode 127)
  8. The Secret of the Woods (episode 128)
  9. Goku’s Doll (episode 130)
  10. Hotter than Lava (episode 131)
  11. Dress in Flames (episode 132)

Should I skip Dragon Ball and go to Dragon Ball Z?

This question is common among newcomers to the Dragon Ball universe. As with many things, the answer depends on what you’re looking for in your anime journey.

Ideally, you shouldn’t skip Dragon Ball and start with Dragon Ball Z because the original anime is fundamentally important to the overall DB lore and fun to watch. However, you can skip the anime if you’re primarily interested in adult-focused storylines and larger-than-life battles.

There’s nothing to worry about if you start with Z. The series does a fairly solid job of recapping the most essential backstory elements as it progresses. You’ll certainly get the heart of Goku’s adult journey without needing the detailed context of his youth.

The original Dragon Ball introduces us to a younger, more innocent Goku and many core characters playing crucial roles in Dragon Ball Z. Furthermore, the original anime gives a deeper understanding of the universe’s underlying systems, such as Ki, Dragon Balls, and martial arts philosophies.

So, while skipping Dragon Ball might not leave you utterly lost in Dragon Ball Z, the overall experience of witnessing Goku’s journey from an innocent boy to a universe-defending adult becomes more impactful and rewarding when you see the entire story unfold from the very beginning.


At best, the filler episodes are superfluous, but fans and viewers should consider the other aspects of releasing such fillers. These episodes are an inevitable part of watching an anime.

With only 24 total filler episodes, Dragon Ball completely adheres to the original work of Toriyama and has given us a franchise that this world is thankful for.

To watch filler is a personal preference, and it is entirely up to you whether you want to fully skip the episodes or simply sit back and enjoy the entire show.

About Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama’s brainchild, came into existence in 1984. It has spawned several manga, anime, films, and other media adaptations.

The initial series follows Son Goku and his adventures when he was a child. It is here that we are first introduced to Goku as he meets Bulma, Yamcha, and others.

He trains in martial arts and participates in the World Martial Arts Championship for the first time in this series.

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3 replies on “A Complete Filler Guide to the Original Dragon Ball Anime”

C’est sûr qu’on peut passer les épisodes 30, 31 , 32, 33 ?
Il me semble que dans ses épisodes là quelqu’un récupère une Dragon Ball

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