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

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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.

1. Quick Filler List & Streaming

Quick Filler List

Lightning-fast filler list guide for Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Z

Manga Canon

1-8, 19-99, 101, 103-107, 118-123, 126-168, 172-194, 200-201, 205-250, 252-273, 275-286, 289-291

Mixed Canon

11, 17-18, 20, 44, 204, 229, 251, 287

Filler Episodes

9-10, 12-16, 39-43, 100, 102, 108-117, 124-125, 170-171, 174, 195-199, 202-203, 274, 288

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2. Complete Episode List

#TitleTypeWatch?Air Date
1The New Threat Canon 04/26/1989
2Reunions Canon 05/09/1989
3Unlikely Alliance Canon 05/10/1989
4Piccolo’s Plan Canon 05/17/1989
5Gohan’s Rage Canon 05/24/1989
6No Time Like the Present Canon 06/07/1989
7Day 1 Canon 06/14/1989
8Gohan Goes Bananas! Canon 06/21/1989
9The Strangest Robot Filler 06/28/1989
10A New Friend Filler 07/05/1989
11Terror on Arlia Mixed 07/12/1989
12Global Training Filler 07/19/1989
13Goz and Mez Filler 07/26/1989
14Princess Snake Filler 08/02/1989
15Dueling Piccolos Filler 08/09/1989
16Plight of the Children Filler 08/16/1989
17Pendulum Room Peril Mixed 08/30/1989
18The End of Snake Way Mixed 09/06/1989
19Defying Gravity Canon 09/13/1989
20Goku’s Ancestors Mixed 09/20/1989
21Counting Down Canon 09/27/1989
22The Darkest Day Canon 10/11/1989
23Saibamen Attack! Canon 10/18/1989
24The Power of Nappa Canon 10/25/1989
25Sacrifice Canon 10/31/1989
26Nappa’s Rampage Canon 11/08/1989
27Nimbus Speed Canon 11/22/1989
28Goku’s Arrival Canon 11/29/1989
29Lesson Number One Canon 12/06/1989
30Goku vs. Vegeta Canon 12/13/1989
31Saiyan Sized Secret Canon 12/20/1989
32Spirit Bomb Away! Canon 01/17/1990
33Hero in the Shadows Canon 01/24/1990
34Krillin’s Offensive Canon 01/31/1990
35Mercy Canon 02/07/1990
36Picking Up the Pieces Canon 02/14/1990
37Plans for Departure Canon 02/21/1990
38Nursing Wounds Canon 02/28/1990
39Friends or Foes? Filler 03/07/1990
40Held Captive Filler 03/14/1990
41Look Out Below Filler 03/21/1990
42The Search Continues Filler 04/04/1990
43A Friendly Surprise Filler 04/11/1990
44Brood of Evil Mixed 04/18/1990
45Frieza Strikes! Canon 04/25/1990
46Defying Orders Canon 05/02/1990
47Namek’s Defense Canon 05/09/1990
48The Hunted Canon 05/16/1990
49The Prince Fights Back Canon 05/23/1990
50Unexpected Problem Canon 05/30/1990
51Vegeta has a Ball Canon 06/06/1990
52The Past and Future Canon 06/20/1990
53Zarbon’s Surprise Canon 06/27/1990
54Guru’s Gift Canon 07/04/1990
55Piccolo vs. Everyone Canon 07/18/1990
56Zarbon’s Mission Canon 08/01/1990
57Gohan, the Hunted Canon 08/08/1990
58Unknown Enemies Canon 08/22/1990
59Destination: Guru Canon 08/29/1990
60Bulma’s Big Day Canon 09/05/1990
61Hidden Power Canon 09/12/1990
62New Ally, New Problem Canon 09/19/1990
63Guldo’s Mind Binds Canon 09/26/1990
64Recoome Unleashed Canon 10/24/1990
65Let the Battle Begin Canon 10/31/1990
66Goku’s New Power Canon 11/07/1990
67A Legend Revealed Canon 11/14/1990
68Ginyu Assault Canon 11/21/1990
69Incredible Force! Canon 11/28/1990
70Frieza Approaches Canon 12/05/1990
71Goku is Ginyu and Ginyu is Goku Canon 12/12/1990
72Calling the Eternal Dragon Canon 12/19/1990
73Gohan-Defeat Your Dad! Canon 01/16/1991
74Captain Ginyu… The Frog Canon 01/23/1991
75Password is Porunga Canon 01/30/1991
76Piccolo’s Return Canon 02/06/1991
77The Fusion Canon 02/13/1991
78Fighting Power: One Million?? Canon 02/20/1991
79Gohan Attacks Canon 02/27/1991
80Piccolo the Super-Namek Canon 03/06/1991
81Deja vu Canon 03/13/1991
82Frieza’s Second Transformation Canon 03/20/1991
83Another Transformation? Canon 03/27/1991
84Dende’s Demise Canon 04/03/1991
85The Renewed Goku Canon 04/10/1991
86The End of Vegeta Canon 04/17/1991
87The Ultimate Battle Canon 04/24/1991
88Clash of the Super Powers Canon 05/01/1991
89Frieza’s Boast Canon 05/08/1991
90Bold and Fearless Canon 05/15/1991
91Embodiment of Fire Canon 05/22/1991
92Trump Card Canon 05/29/1991
93Keep the Chance Alive Canon 06/05/1991
94Power of the Spirit Canon 06/12/1991
95Transformed at Last Canon 06/19/1991
96Explosion of Anger Canon 06/26/1991
97Namek’s Destruction Canon 07/03/1991
98A Final Attack Canon 07/10/1991
99Approaching Destruction Canon 07/17/1991
100Gohan Returns Filler 07/24/1991
101The Last Wish Canon 07/31/1991
102Duel on a Vanishing Planet Filler 08/07/1991
103Pathos of Frieza Canon 08/14/1991
104Frieza Defeated!! Canon 08/21/1991
105Mighty Blast of Rage Canon 08/28/1991
106Namek’s Explosion… Goku’s End? Canon 09/04/1991
107Goku’s Alive!! Canon 09/11/1991
108The Heavens Tremble Filler 09/18/1991
109Black Fog of Terror Filler 09/25/1991
110Battle in Kami’s Lookout Filler 10/02/1991
111Fight With Piccolo Filler 10/09/1991
112Call For Restoration Filler 10/16/1991
113Suicidal Course Filler 10/23/1991
114Extreme Measures Filler 10/30/1991
115The World Awakens Filler 11/06/1991
116Brief Chance for Victory Filler 11/13/1991
117Krillin’s Proposal Filler 11/20/1991
118Frieza’s Counterattack Canon 11/27/1991
119The Mysterious Youth Canon 12/04/1991
120Another Super Saiyan? Canon 12/11/1991
121Welcome Back Goku Canon 12/18/1991
122Mystery Revealed Canon 01/15/1992
123Goku’s Special Technique Canon 01/22/1992
124Z Warriors Prepare Filler 01/29/1992
125Goku’s Ordeal Filler 02/05/1992
126The Androids Appear Canon 02/12/1992
127A Handy Trick Canon 02/19/1992
128Double Trouble for Goku Canon 02/26/1992
129Upgrade to Super Saiyan Canon 03/04/1992
130The Secret of Dr. Gero Canon 03/11/1992
131More Androids?! Canon 03/18/1992
132Follow Dr. Gero Canon 03/25/1992
133Nightmare Comes True Canon 04/01/1992
134Goku’s Assassin Canon 04/08/1992
135Deadly Beauty Canon 04/15/1992
136No Match for the Androids Canon 04/22/1992
137Last Ditch Effort Canon 04/29/1992
138Closing In Canon 05/06/1992
139Unwelcome Discovery Canon 05/13/1992
140Seized with Fear Canon 05/20/1992
141The Reunion Canon 05/27/1992
142Borrowed Powers Canon 06/03/1992
143His Name is Cell Canon 06/10/1992
144Piccolo’s Folly Canon 06/17/1992
145Laboratory Basement Canon 06/24/1992
146Our Hero Awakes Canon 07/01/1992
147Time Chamber Canon 07/08/1992
148The Monster Is Coming Canon 07/15/1992
149He’s Here Canon 07/22/1992
150Up to Piccolo Canon 07/29/1992
151Silent Warrior Canon 08/05/1992
152Say Goodbye, 17 Canon 08/12/1992
153Sacrifice (Perfect Cell Saga) Canon 08/19/1992
154Saiyans Emerge Canon 08/26/1992
155Super Vegeta Canon 09/02/1992
156Bow to the Prince Canon 09/09/1992
157Hour of Temptation Canon 09/16/1992
158Krillin’s Decision. Canon 09/23/1992
159The Last Defense Canon 09/30/1992
160Cell is Complete Canon 10/14/1992
161Vegeta Must Pay Canon 10/21/1992
162Trunks Ascends Canon 10/28/1992
163Saving Throw Canon 11/04/1992
164Ghosts from Tomorrow Canon 11/11/1992
165The Cell Games Canon 11/18/1992
166What is the Tournament? Canon 11/25/1992
167The Doomsday Broadcast Canon 12/02/1992
168Meet Me in the Ring Canon 12/09/1992
169No Worries Here Canon 12/16/1992
170A Girl Named Lime Filler 01/13/1993
171Memories of Gohan Filler 01/20/1993
172A New Guardian Canon 01/27/1993
173Dende’s Dragon Canon 02/03/1993
174The Puzzle of General Tao Filler 02/10/1993
175The Games Begin Canon 02/17/1993
176Losers Fight First Canon 03/03/1993
177Goku vs. Cell Canon 03/10/1993
178Cell’s Bag of Tricks Canon 03/17/1993
179No More Rules Canon 03/31/1993
180The Fight is Over Canon 04/07/1993
181Faith in a Boy Canon 04/14/1993
182Gohan’s Plea Canon 04/21/1993
183Android Explosion Canon 04/28/1993
184Cell Juniors Attack! Canon 05/05/1993
185Awakening Canon 05/12/1993
186The Unstoppable Gohan Canon 05/19/1993
187Cell’s Break Down Canon 05/26/1993
188A Hero’s Farewell Canon 06/02/1993
189Cell Returns! Canon 06/16/1993
190The Horror Won’t End Canon 06/23/1993
191Save the World Canon 06/30/1993
192Goku’s Decision Canon 07/07/1993
193One More Wish Canon 07/14/1993
194Free the Future Canon 07/21/1993
195Warriors of the Dead Filler 07/28/1993
196Tournament Begins Filler 08/11/1993
197Water Fight Filler 08/18/1993
198Final Round Filler 08/25/1993
199Goku vs. Pikkon Filler 09/01/1993
200Gohan Goes to High School Canon 09/08/1993
201I am Saiyaman! Canon 09/15/1993
202Gohan’s First Date Filler 09/29/1993
203Rescue Videl Filler 10/20/1993
204Blackmail Mixed 10/27/1993
205I’ll Fight Too! Canon 11/03/1993
206The Newest Super Saiyan Canon 11/10/1993
207Take Flight, Videl Canon 11/17/1993
208Gather for the Tournament Canon 11/24/1993
209Camera Shy Canon 12/08/1993
210The World Tournament Canon 12/15/1993
211Trunks vs. Goten Canon 12/22/1993
212Best of the Boys Canon 01/12/1994
213Big Trouble, Little Trunks Canon 01/19/1994
214Who Will Fight Who? Canon 01/26/1994
215Forfeit of Piccolo Canon 02/02/1994
216A Dark and Secret Power Canon 02/09/1994
217Videl Is Crushed Canon 02/16/1994
218Identities Revealed Canon 02/23/1994
219Energy Drain Canon 03/02/1994
220The Wizard’s Curse Canon 03/09/1994
221King of the Demons Canon 03/16/1994
222Vegeta Attacks Canon 03/23/1994
223Next Up, Goku Canon 04/13/1994
224Battle Supreme Canon 04/20/1994
225Eighteen Unmasks Canon 04/27/1994
226Pay to Win Canon 05/04/1994
227Heart of a Villain Canon 05/18/1994
228The Dark Prince Returns Canon 05/25/1994
229Vegeta’s Pride Mixed 06/15/1994
230The Long Awaited Fight Canon 06/22/1994
231Magic Ball of Buu Canon 06/29/1994
232Buu is Hatched Canon 07/06/1994
233The Losses Begin Canon 07/13/1994
234The Terror of Mr. Buu Canon 07/27/1994
235Meal Time Canon 08/03/1994
236The Warrior’s Decision Canon 08/17/1994
237Final Atonement Canon 08/24/1994
238Evil Lives On Canon 08/31/1994
239Find the Dragon Balls Canon 09/07/1994
240Revival Canon 09/21/1994
241Global Announcement Canon 09/28/1994
242Learn to Fuse! Canon 10/12/1994
243The Z Sword Canon 10/19/1994
244Race to Capsule Corp. Canon 11/02/1994
245Super Saiyan 3?! Canon 11/09/1994
246Buu’s Mutiny Canon 11/16/1994
247The Fusion Dance Canon 11/23/1994
248Goku’s Time is Up Canon 11/30/1994
249Return to Other World Canon 12/07/1994
250Out from the Broken Sword Canon 12/14/1994
251Gotenks Is Born Mixed 12/21/1994
252Unlikely Friendship Canon 01/11/1995
253I Kill No More Canon 01/25/1995
254The Evil of Men Canon 02/01/1995
255Buu Against Buu Canon 02/08/1995
256Empty Planet Canon 02/15/1995
257Time Struggle Canon 02/22/1995
258Super Moves of Gotenks Canon 03/01/1995
259Trapped In Forever Canon 03/08/1995
260Feeding Frenzy Canon 03/15/1995
261Gotenks Is Awesome! Canon 03/22/1995
262Unlucky Break Canon 04/26/1995
263A Whole New Gohan Canon 05/03/1995
264Search for Survivors Canon 05/17/1995
265Majin-Buu Transforms Canon 05/24/1995
266The Old Kai’s Weapon Canon 05/31/1995
267Ready to Fuse? Canon 06/07/1995
268Union of Rivals Canon 06/28/1995
269Meet Vegito Canon 07/05/1995
270Rip in the Universe Canon 07/12/1995
271Vegito… Downsized Canon 07/19/1995
272The Incredible Fighting Candy Canon 07/26/1995
273The Innards of Buu Canon 08/02/1995
274Mind Trap Filler 08/09/1995
275Deadly Vision Canon 08/16/1995
276Evil Kid Buu! Canon 08/23/1995
277End of Earth Canon 09/06/1995
278True Saiyans Fight Alone Canon 09/13/1995
279Battle for the Universe Begins Canon 09/20/1995
280Vegeta’s Respect Canon 10/18/1995
281Minute of Desperation Canon 11/01/1995
282Old Buu Emerges Canon 11/08/1995
283Earth Reborn Canon 11/15/1995
284Call to Action Canon 11/22/1995
285People of Earth Unite Canon 11/29/1995
286Spirit Bomb Triumphant Canon 12/13/1995
287Celebrations with Majin Buu Mixed 12/20/1995
288He’s Always Late Filler 01/10/1996
289Granddaughter Pan Canon 01/17/1996
290Buu’s Reincarnation Canon 01/24/1996
291Goku’s Next Journey Canon 01/31/1996

3. Which Dragon Ball Z fillers to 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.

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)

4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Dragon Ball Z fillers 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.

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 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 robs you of those incredible moments and leaves you inadequately prepared for the sequel, Dragon Ball Super.

5. Conclusion

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.

6. 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.