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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

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