A Complete and Updated Filler Guide of Dragon Ball Z

If you’ve ventured into the sprawling universe of Akira Toriyama’s DBZ, you’re in for a very long yet extremely exciting ride with a blend of martial arts, captivating storytelling, and vibrant characters.

Yet, as any seasoned DBZ fan can attest, navigating through the 291 episodes can sometimes feel as complex as mastering a Kamehameha wave. And among these episodes, there are several fillers you might be able to skip to breeze through the main story.

That’s where this guide comes in!

Running from 1989 to 1996, the Dragon Ball Z anime spans 291 episodes. Among these, the anime has 34 filler episodes and 5 partial fillers. Impressively, Dragon Ball anime has kept the non-canon content to a minimum with just about 13% filler percentage.

Quick Filler List & Streaming

Story ArcFiller Episodes
Saiyan Saga9-10, 11, 12-18, 20
Namek and Frieza SagasNone
Garlic Jr., Trunks, and Android Sagas100, 102, 108-117, 124-125
Imperfect Cell and Perfect Cell SagasNone
Cell Games Saga170-171, 174
Other World, Great Saiyaman and World Tournament Sagas195-199, 202-204
Babidi and Majin Buu Sagas229
Fusion and Kid Buu Sagas251, 274, 287-288
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Episode List

#TitleType (?)Watch It or Skip ItAir Date
ArcSaiyan Saga (Chapter 195 – 241)
1The New ThreatCanon4/26/1989
3Unlikely AllianceCanon5/10/1989
4Piccolo’s PlanCanon5/17/1989
5Gohan’s RageCanon5/24/1989
6No Time Like the PresentCanon6/7/1989
7Day 1Canon6/14/1989
8Gohan Goes Bananas!Canon6/21/1989
9The Strangest RobotFillerSkip It6/28/1989
10A New FriendFillerSkip It7/5/1989
11Terror on ArliaPartial FillerWatch It7/12/1989
12Global TrainingFillerSkip It7/19/1989
13Goz and MezFillerSkip It7/26/1989
14Princess SnakeFillerSkip It8/2/1989
15Dueling PiccolosFillerWatch It8/9/1989
16Plight of the ChildrenFillerSkip It8/16/1989
17Pendulum Room PerilPartial FillerSkip It8/30/1989
18The End of Snake WayPartial FillerWatch It9/6/1989
19Defying GravityCanon9/13/1989
20Goku’s AncestorsPartial FillerWatch It9/20/1989
21Counting DownCanon9/27/1989
22The Darkest DayCanon10/11/1989
23Saibamen Attack!Canon10/18/1989
24The Power of NappaCanon10/25/1989
26Nappa’s RampageCanon11/8/1989
27Nimbus SpeedCanon11/22/1989
28Goku’s ArrivalCanon11/29/1989
29Lesson Number OneCanon12/6/1989
30Goku vs. VegetaCanon12/13/1989
31Saiyan Sized SecretCanon12/20/1989
32Spirit Bomb Away!Canon1/17/1990
33Hero in the ShadowsCanon1/24/1990
34Krillin’s OffensiveCanon1/31/1990
ArcFrieza Saga (Chapter 242 – 329)
36Picking Up the PiecesCanon2/14/1990
37Plans for DepartureCanon2/21/1990
38Nursing WoundsCanon2/28/1990
39Friends or Foes?FillerSkip It3/7/1990
40Held CaptiveFillerWatch It3/14/1990
41Friends or Foes?FillerWatch It3/21/1990
42The Search ContinuesFillerWatch It4/4/1990
43A Friendly SurpriseFillerWatch It4/11/1990
44Brood of EvilPartial FillerWatch It4/18/1990
45Frieza Strikes!Canon4/25/1990
46Defying OrdersCanon5/2/1990
47Namek’s DefenseCanon5/9/1990
48The HuntedCanon5/16/1990
49The Prince Fights BackCanon5/23/1990
50Unexpected ProblemCanon5/30/1990
51Vegeta has a BallCanon6/6/1990
52The Past and FutureCanon6/20/1990
53Zarbon’s SurpriseCanon6/27/1990
54Guru’s GiftCanon7/4/1990
55Piccolo vs. EveryoneCanon7/18/1990
56Zarbon’s MissionCanon8/1/1990
57Gohan, the HuntedCanon8/8/1990
58Unknown EnemiesCanon8/22/1990
59Destination: GuruCanon8/29/1990
60Bulma’s Big DayCanon9/5/1990
61Hidden PowerCanon9/12/1990
62New Ally, New ProblemCanon9/19/1990
63Guldo’s Mind BindsCanon9/26/1990
64Recoome UnleashedCanon10/24/1990
65Let the Battle BeginCanon10/31/1990
66Goku’s New PowerCanon11/7/1990
67A Legend RevealedCanon11/14/1990
68Ginyu AssaultCanon11/21/1990
69Incredible Force!Canon11/28/1990
70Frieza ApproachesCanon12/5/1990
71Goku is Ginyu and Ginyu is GokuCanon12/12/1990
72Calling the Eternal DragonCanon12/19/1990
73Gohan-Defeat Your Dad!Canon1/16/1991
74Captain Ginyu… The FrogCanon1/23/1991
75Password is PorungaCanon1/30/1991
76Piccolo’s ReturnCanon2/6/1991
77The FusionCanon2/13/1991
78Fighting Power: One Million??Canon2/20/1991
79Gohan AttacksCanon2/27/1991
80Piccolo the Super-NamekCanon3/6/1991
81Deja vuCanon3/13/1991
82Frieza’s Second TransformationCanon3/20/1991
83Another Transformation?Canon3/27/1991
84Dende’s DemiseCanon4/3/1991
85The Renewed GokuCanon4/10/1991
86The End of VegetaCanon4/17/1991
87The Ultimate BattleCanon4/24/1991
88Clash of the Super PowersCanon5/1/1991
89Frieza’s BoastCanon5/8/1991
90Bold and FearlessCanon5/15/1991
91Embodiment of FireCanon5/22/1991
92Trump CardCanon5/29/1991
93Keep the Chance AliveCanon6/5/1991
94Power of the SpiritCanon6/12/1991
95Transformed at LastCanon6/19/1991
96Explosion of AngerCanon6/26/1991
97Namek’s DestructionCanon7/3/1991
98A Final AttackCanon7/10/1991
99Approaching DestructionCanon7/17/1991
100Gohan ReturnsFillerWatch It7/24/1991
101The Last WishCanon7/31/1991
102Duel on a Vanishing PlanetFillerWatch It8/7/1991
103Pathos of FriezaCanon8/14/1991
104Frieza Defeated!!Canon8/21/1991
105Mighty Blast of RageCanon8/28/1991
106Namek’s Explosion… Goku’s End?Canon9/4/1991
107Goku’s Alive!!Canon9/11/1991
108The Heavens TrembleFillerWatch It9/18/1991
109Black Fog of TerrorFillerWatch It9/25/1991
110Battle in Kami’s LookoutFillerWatch It10/2/1991
111Fight With PiccoloFillerWatch It10/9/1991
112Call For RestorationFillerWatch It10/16/1991
113Suicidal CourseFillerWatch It10/23/1991
114Extreme MeasuresFillerWatch It10/30/1991
115The World AwakensFillerWatch It11/6/1991
116Brief Chance for VictoryFillerWatch It11/13/1991
117Krillin’s ProposalFillerSkip It11/20/1991
ArcCell Saga (Chapter 330 – 420)
118Frieza’s CounterattackCanon11/27/1991
119The Mysterious YouthCanon12/4/1991
120Another Super Saiyan?Canon12/11/1991
121Welcome Back GokuCanon12/18/1991
122Mystery RevealedCanon1/15/1992
123Goku’s Special TechniqueCanon1/22/1992
124Z Warriors PrepareFillerWatch It1/29/1992
125Goku’s OrdealFillerSkip It2/5/1992
126The Androids AppearCanon2/12/1992
127A Handy TrickCanon2/19/1992
128Double Trouble for GokuCanon2/26/1992
129Upgrade to Super SaiyanCanon3/4/1992
130The Secret of Dr. GeroCanon3/11/1992
131More Androids?!Canon3/18/1992
132Follow Dr. GeroCanon3/25/1992
133Nightmare Comes TrueCanon4/1/1992
134Goku’s AssassinCanon4/8/1992
135Deadly BeautyCanon4/15/1992
136No Match for the AndroidsCanon4/22/1992
137Last Ditch EffortCanon4/29/1992
138Closing InCanon5/6/1992
139Unwelcome DiscoveryCanon5/13/1992
140Seized with FearCanon5/20/1992
141The ReunionCanon5/27/1992
142Borrowed PowersCanon6/3/1992
143His Name is CellCanon6/10/1992
144Piccolo’s FollyCanon6/17/1992
145Laboratory BasementCanon6/24/1992
146Our Hero AwakesCanon7/1/1992
147Time ChamberCanon7/8/1992
148The Monster Is ComingCanon7/15/1992
149He’s HereCanon7/22/1992
150Up to PiccoloCanon7/29/1992
151Silent WarriorCanon8/5/1992
152Say Goodbye, 17Canon8/12/1992
154Saiyans EmergeCanon8/26/1992
155Super VegetaCanon9/2/1992
156Bow to the PrinceCanon9/9/1992
157Hour of TemptationCanon9/16/1992
158Krillin’s Decision.Canon9/23/1992
159The Last DefenseCanon9/30/1992
160Cell is CompleteCanon10/14/1992
161Vegeta Must PayCanon10/21/1992
162Trunks AscendsCanon10/28/1992
163Saving ThrowCanon11/4/1992
164Ghosts from TomorrowCanon11/11/1992
165The Cell GamesCanon11/18/1992
166What is the Tournament?Canon11/25/1992
167The Doomsday BroadcastCanon12/2/1992
168Meet Me in the RingCanon12/9/1992
169No Worries HereCanon12/16/1992
170A Girl Named LimeFillerWatch It1/13/1993
171Memories of GohanFillerSkip It1/20/1993
172A New GuardianCanon1/27/1993
173Dende’s DragonCanon2/3/1993
174The Puzzle of General TaoFillerSkip It2/10/1993
175The Games BeginCanon2/17/1993
176Losers Fight FirstCanon3/3/1993
177Goku vs. CellCanon3/10/1993
178Cell’s Bag of TricksCanon3/17/1993
179No More RulesCanon3/31/1993
180The Fight is OverCanon4/7/1993
181Faith in a BoyCanon4/14/1993
182Gohan’s PleaCanon4/21/1993
183Android ExplosionCanon4/28/1993
184Cell Juniors Attack!Canon5/5/1993
186The Unstoppable GohanCanon5/19/1993
187Cell’s Break DownCanon5/26/1993
188A Hero’s FarewellCanon6/2/1993
189Cell Returns!Canon6/16/1993
190The Horror Won’t EndCanon6/23/1993
191Save the WorldCanon6/30/1993
192Goku’s DecisionCanon7/7/1993
193One More WishCanon7/14/1993
194Free the FutureCanon7/21/1993
ArcMajin Buu Saga (Chapter 421 – 519)
195Warriors of the DeadFillerWatch It7/28/1993
196Tournament BeginsFillerWatch It8/11/1993
197Water FightFillerWatch It8/18/1993
198Final RoundFillerWatch It8/25/1993
199Goku vs. PikkonFillerWatch It9/1/1993
200Gohan Goes to High SchoolCanon9/8/1993
201I am Saiyaman!Canon9/15/1993
202Gohan’s First DateFillerSkip It9/29/1993
203Rescue VidelFillerWatch It10/20/1993
204BlackmailPartial FillerSkip It10/27/1993
205I’ll Fight Too!Canon11/3/1993
206The Newest Super SaiyanCanon11/10/1993
207Take Flight, VidelCanon11/17/1993
208Gather for the TournamentCanon11/24/1993
209Camera ShyCanon12/8/1993
210The World TournamentCanon12/15/1993
211Trunks vs. GotenCanon12/22/1993
212Best of the BoysCanon1/12/1994
213Big Trouble, Little TrunksCanon1/19/1994
214Who Will Fight Who?Canon1/26/1994
215Forfeit of PiccoloCanon2/2/1994
216A Dark and Secret PowerCanon2/9/1994
217Videl Is CrushedCanon2/16/1994
218Identities RevealedCanon2/23/1994
219Energy DrainCanon3/2/1994
220The Wizard’s CurseCanon3/9/1994
221King of the DemonsCanon3/16/1994
222Vegeta AttacksCanon3/23/1994
223Next Up, GokuCanon4/13/1994
224Battle SupremeCanon4/20/1994
225Eighteen UnmasksCanon4/27/1994
226Pay to WinCanon5/4/1994
227Heart of a VillainCanon5/18/1994
228The Dark Prince ReturnsCanon5/25/1994
229Vegeta’s PridePartial FillerWatch It6/15/1994
230The Long Awaited FightCanon6/22/1994
231Magic Ball of BuuCanon6/29/1994
232Buu is HatchedCanon7/6/1994
233The Losses BeginCanon7/13/1994
234The Terror of Mr. BuuCanon7/27/1994
235Meal TimeCanon8/3/1994
236The Warrior’s DecisionCanon8/17/1994
237Final AtonementCanon8/24/1994
238Evil Lives OnCanon8/31/1994
239Find the Dragon BallsCanon9/7/1994
241Global AnnouncementCanon9/28/1994
242Learn to Fuse!Canon10/12/1994
243The Z SwordCanon10/19/1994
244Race to Capsule Corp.Canon11/2/1994
245Super Saiyan 3?!Canon11/9/1994
246Buu’s MutinyCanon11/16/1994
247The Fusion DanceCanon11/23/1994
248Goku’s Time is UpCanon11/30/1994
249Return to Other WorldCanon12/7/1994
250Out from the Broken SwordCanon12/14/1994
251Gotenks Is BornPartial FillerWatch It12/21/1994
252Unlikely FriendshipCanon1/11/1995
253I Kill No MoreCanon1/25/1995
254The Evil of MenCanon2/1/1995
255Buu Against BuuCanon2/8/1995
256Empty PlanetCanon2/15/1995
257Time StruggleCanon2/22/1995
258Super Moves of GotenksCanon3/1/1995
259Trapped In ForeverCanon3/8/1995
260Feeding FrenzyCanon3/15/1995
261Gotenks Is Awesome!Canon3/22/1995
262Unlucky BreakCanon4/26/1995
263A Whole New GohanCanon5/3/1995
264Search for SurvivorsCanon5/17/1995
265Majin-Buu TransformsCanon5/24/1995
266The Old Kai’s WeaponCanon5/31/1995
267Ready to Fuse?Canon6/7/1995
268Union of RivalsCanon6/28/1995
269Meet VegitoCanon7/5/1995
270Rip in the UniverseCanon7/12/1995
271Vegito… DownsizedCanon7/19/1995
272The Incredible Fighting CandyCanon7/26/1995
273The Innards of BuuCanon8/2/1995
274Mind TrapFillerWatch It8/9/1995
275Deadly VisionCanon8/16/1995
276Evil Kid Buu!Canon8/23/1995
277End of EarthCanon9/6/1995
278True Saiyans Fight AloneCanon9/13/1995
279Battle for the Universe BeginsCanon9/20/1995
280Vegeta’s RespectCanon10/18/1995
281Minute of DesperationCanon11/1/1995
282Old Buu EmergesCanon11/8/1995
283Earth RebornCanon11/15/1995
284Call to ActionCanon11/22/1995
285People of Earth UniteCanon11/29/1995
286Spirit Bomb TriumphantCanon12/13/1995
287Celebrations with Majin BuuPartial FillerWatch It12/20/1995
288He’s Always LateFillerSkip It1/10/1996
289Granddaughter PanCanon1/17/1996
290Buu’s ReincarnationCanon1/24/1996
291Goku’s Next JourneyCanon1/31/1996

Which Dragon Ball Z fillers can you skip?

Remember, the whole point of fillers is that they’re not vital to the main storyline. They’re the side quests of the anime world – fun diversions, but not strictly necessary to understand the plot. So, the question arises – is it okay to skip Dragon Ball Z fillers?

If you’re all about Goku’s epic battles, Vegeta’s pride, Gohan’s growth, and the thrilling storyline that takes place in DBZ, then by all means, feel free to skip these episodes.

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Ideally, you can skip many of the fillers in Dragon Ball Z as they’re neither important to the storyline nor as fun and engaging as the original Dragon Ball anime fillers. Here’s a list of fillers you can skip without thinking twice:

  • The Strangest Robot (Episode 9)
  • A New Friend (Episode 10)
  • Global Training (Episode 12)
  • Goz And Mez (Episode 13)
  • Princess Snake (Episode 14)
  • Plight Of The Children (Episode 16)
  • Pendulum Room Peril (Episode 17)
  • Friends Or Foes? (Episode 39)
  • Bulma’s Big Day (Episode 60)
  • Krillin’s Proposal (Episode 117)
  • Goku’s Ordeal (Episode 125)
  • Memories Of Gohan (Episode 171)
  • Gohan’s First Date (Episode 202)
  • The Puzzle Of Tao (Episode 174)
  • Blackmail (Episode 204)
  • The Evil Of Men (Episode 254)
  • He’s Always Late (Episode 288)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Are the fillers in Dragon Ball Z worth watching?

Well, “worth” is a highly subjective term, but I do have an opinion on this matter.

Technically speaking, it’s worth giving the DBZ fillers a chance. They offer additional depth to characters and often present entertaining side stories that break from the intense pace of the main arc. So, if you’re not strictly time-bound, these fillers are worth a watch!

Moreover, some of these filler episodes have become fan favorites. Who could forget Goku and Piccolo’s hilarious attempts at getting their driver’s licenses? Or the otherworldly tournament that pits Goku and Pikkon against warriors from other quadrants of the universe? While not contributing directly to the main story, these episodes add memorable moments to the series that have charmed fans for years.

However, if you prefer sticking strictly to the main storyline, want to save time, or simply find the shift in pace or tone during these fillers jarring, skipping them might be a better option.

2. Can I skip DBZ and watch DBS?

Ah, the classic “skip ahead” dilemma!

While you can jump into Dragon Ball Super without watching DBZ, it’s highly recommended not to do that. Dragon Ball Z is the most crucial piece of the Dragon Ball saga, laying the foundation for many characters, relationships, and crucial plot points extensively referred to in DBS.

Watching DBS without watching DBZ is akin to starting a book from the middle – you can still understand what’s happening, but you miss out on the depth and context that makes the story truly resonate.

Additionally, DBZ is cherished for its epic sagas and iconic battles that have shaped the face of shounen anime. Skipping it not only robs you of those incredible moments but also leaves you inadequately prepared for the narrative and emotional leaps of Dragon Ball Super.

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As always, the Dragon Ball franchise has done its best to keep the filler percentage small. And the ones that exist are mostly fun to watch, especially the Other World Saga before Majin Buu Saga.

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 39 total filler episodes, Dragon Ball Z 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 Z

Dragon Ball Z is the sequel series to the original Dragon Ball anime and manga by Akira Toriyama. It focuses on Goku’s adventures as an adult.

Goku faces Vegeta, Frieza, and other stronger adversaries like Cell and Majin Boo in this series to protect the Earth from the destruction caused by them.

Dragon Ball Z was initially an anime and was later adapted into a manga due to its growing popularity.

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