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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

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