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Complete Dragon Ball Original Filler List Guide – Skip Episodes Like a Pro

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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.

1. Quick Filler List & Streaming

Quick Filler List

Lightning-fast filler list guide for Dragon Ball.

Dragon Ball

Manga Canon

1-28, 34-41, 43, 46-78, 84-126, 133, 135-148

Mixed Canon

29, 42, 44

Filler Episodes

30-33, 45, 79-83, 127-132, 149-153

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2. Complete Episode List

# Title Type Watch? Air Date
1 The Secret of the Dragon Balls Canon 02/26/1986
2 The Emperor’s Quest Canon 03/05/1986
3 The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi Canon 03/12/1986
4 Oolong the Terrible Canon 03/19/1986
5 Yamcha the Desert Bandit Canon 03/26/1986
6 Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls Canon 04/02/1986
7 The Ox King on Fire Mountain Canon 04/09/1986
8 The Kamehameha Wave Canon 04/16/1986
9 Boss Rabbit’s Magic Touch Canon 04/23/1986
10 The Dragon Balls are Stolen! Canon 04/30/1986
11 The Penalty is Pinball Canon 05/07/1986
12 A Wish to the Eternal Dragon Canon 05/14/1986
13 The Legend of Goku Canon 05/21/1986
14 Goku’s Rival Canon 05/28/1986
15 Look Out for Launch Canon 06/04/1986
16 Find That Stone! Canon 06/11/1986
17 Milk Delivery Canon 06/18/1986
18 The Turtle Hermit Way Canon 06/25/1986
19 The Tournament Begins Canon 07/02/1986
20 Elimination Round Canon 07/09/1986
21 Smells Like Trouble Canon 07/16/1986
22 Quarterfinals Begin Canon 07/23/1986
23 Monster Beast Giran Canon 07/30/1986
24 Krillin’s Frantic Attack! Canon 08/06/1986
25 Danger From Above Canon 08/13/1986
26 The Grand Finals Canon 08/20/1986
27 Number One Under the Moon? Canon 08/27/1986
28 The Final Blow Canon 09/03/1986
29 The Roaming Lake Mixed 09/10/1986
30 Pilaf and the Mystery Force Filler 09/17/1986
31 Wedding Plans? Filler 09/24/1986
32 The Flying Fortress – Vanished! Filler 10/01/1986
33 The Legend of a Dragon Filler 10/08/1986
34 Cruel General Red Canon 10/15/1986
35 Cold Reception Canon 10/22/1986
36 Major Metallitron Canon 10/29/1986
37 Ninja Murasaki is Coming! Canon 11/05/1986
38 Five Murasakis Canon 11/12/1986
39 Mysterious Android No. 8 Canon 11/19/1986
40 Horrifying Buyon Canon 11/26/1986
41 The Fall of Muscle Tower Canon 12/03/1986
42 The Secret of Dr. Flappe Mixed 12/10/1986
43 A Trip to the City Canon 12/17/1986
44 Master Thief, Hasky Mixed 12/24/1986
45 Danger in the Air Filler 01/07/1987
46 Bulma’s Bad Day Canon 01/14/1987
47 Kame House – Found! Canon 01/21/1987
48 Deep Blue Sea Canon 01/28/1987
49 Roshi Surprise Canon 02/04/1987
50 The Trap is Sprung! Canon 02/11/1987
51 Beware of Robot Canon 02/18/1987
52 The Pirate Treasure Canon 02/25/1987
53 Blue, Black and Blue Canon 03/04/1987
54 Escape From Pirate Cave Canon 03/11/1987
55 Penguin Village Canon 03/18/1987
56 Strange Visitor Canon 03/25/1987
57 Arale vs. Blue Canon 04/08/1987
58 The Land of Korin Canon 04/15/1987
59 The Notorious Mercenary Canon 04/22/1987
60 Tao Attacks! Canon 04/29/1987
61 Korin Tower Canon 05/06/1987
62 Sacred Water Canon 05/13/1987
63 The Return of Goku Canon 05/20/1987
64 The Last of Mercenary Tao Canon 05/27/1987
65 Confront the Red Ribbon Army Canon 06/10/1987
66 A Real Bind Canon 06/17/1987
67 The End of Commander Red Canon 06/24/1987
68 The Last Dragon Ball Canon 07/01/1987
69 Who is Fortuneteller Baba? Canon 07/08/1987
70 We Are the Five Warriors Canon 07/15/1987
71 Deadly Battle Canon 07/22/1987
72 Goku’s Turn Canon 07/29/1987
73 The Devilmite Beam Canon 08/05/1987
74 The Mysterious Fifth Man Canon 08/12/1987
75 The Strong Ones Canon 08/19/1987
76 True Colors of the Masked Man Canon 08/26/1987
77 Pilaf’s Tactics Canon 09/02/1987
78 The Eternal Dragon Rises Canon 09/09/1987
79 Terror and Plague Filler 09/16/1987
80 Goku vs. Sky Dragon Filler 09/23/1987
81 Goku Goes to Demon Land Filler 09/30/1987
82 The Rampage of InoShikaCho Filler 10/07/1987
83 Which Way To Papaya Island? Filler 10/14/1987
84 Rivals and Arrivals Canon 10/21/1987
85 Preliminary Peril Canon 10/28/1987
86 Then There Were Eight Canon 11/04/1987
87 Yamcha vs. Tien Canon 11/11/1987
88 Yamcha’s Big Break Canon 11/18/1987
89 Full-Moon Vengeance Canon 11/25/1987
90 The Dodon Wave Canon 12/02/1987
91 Counting Controversy!! Canon 12/09/1987
92 Goku Enters the Ring Canon 12/16/1987
93 Tien Shinhan vs. Jackie Chun Canon 12/23/1987
94 Stepping Down Canon 12/30/1987
95 Goku vs. Krillin Canon 01/06/1988
96 Tail’s Tale Canon 01/13/1988
97 Final Match: Goku vs. Tien Canon 01/20/1988
98 Victory’s Edge Canon 01/27/1988
99 Tien’s Insurrection Canon 02/03/1988
100 The Spirit Cannon Canon 02/10/1988
101 The Fallen Canon 02/17/1988
102 Enter King Piccolo Canon 02/24/1988
103 Tambourine Attacks! Canon 03/02/1988
104 Mark of the Demon Canon 03/09/1988
105 Here Comes Yajirobe Canon 03/16/1988
106 Terrible Tambourine Canon 03/23/1988
107 Tien’s Atonement Canon 04/06/1988
108 Goku’s Revenge Canon 04/13/1988
109 Goku vs. King Piccolo Canon 04/20/1988
110 Piccolo Closes In Canon 05/04/1988
111 Roshi’s Gambit Canon 05/11/1988
112 King Piccolo’s Wish Canon 05/18/1988
113 Siege on Chow Castle Canon 05/25/1988
114 Conquest and Power Canon 06/01/1988
115 Awaken Darkness Canon 06/08/1988
116 A Taste of Destiny Canon 06/22/1988
117 The Ultimate Sacrifice Canon 06/29/1988
118 Prelude to Vengeance Canon 07/06/1988
119 Battle Cry Canon 07/20/1988
120 Goku Strikes Back Canon 07/27/1988
121 The Biggest Crisis Canon 08/03/1988
122 Final Showdown Canon 08/10/1988
123 Lost and Found Canon 08/17/1988
124 Temple Above the Clouds Canon 08/24/1988
125 Earth’s Guardian Emerges Canon 08/31/1988
126 Eternal Dragon Resurrected Canon 09/14/1988
127 Quicker than Lightning Filler 09/21/1988
128 Secret of the Woods Filler 09/28/1988
129 The Time Room Filler 10/12/1988
130 Goku’s Doll Filler 10/19/1988
131 Walking Their Own Ways Filler 10/26/1988
132 Hotter than Lava Filler 11/02/1988
133 Changes Canon 11/09/1988
135 Battle of the Eight Canon 11/23/1988
136 Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao Canon 11/30/1988
137 Anonymous Proposal Canon 12/07/1988
138 The Mysterious Hero Canon 12/14/1988
139 Rematch Canon 12/21/1988
140 Goku Gains Speed Canon 01/11/1989
141 The Four Faces of Tien Canon 01/18/1989
142 Kami vs. Piccolo Canon 01/25/1989
143 Battle for the Future Canon 02/01/1989
144 Super Kamehameha Canon 02/08/1989
145 Junior No More Canon 02/15/1989
146 Goku’s Trap Canon 02/22/1989
147 Goku Hangs On Canon 03/01/1989
148 The Victor Canon 03/08/1989
149 Dress in Flames Filler 03/15/1989
150 The Fire-Eater Filler 03/22/1989
151 Outrageous Octagon Filler 04/05/1989
152 Mystery of the Dark World Filler 04/12/1989
153 The End, The Beginning Filler 04/19/1989

3. How much of Dragon Ball can you skip?

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)

4. 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.

5. Conclusion

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.

6. About Dragon Ball (Original)

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.