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What order to watch Dragon Ball? [Guide + Episode List]

We know that for newcomers, Dragon Ball can seem to be a bit messy as there are so many episodes.

Dragon Ball Intro

Watching this fabulous saga in the wrong order could have a somewhat negative effect on your experience, or even leave you unsatisfied, but above all to miss essential parts necessary for a proper understanding!

In the Dragon Ball world, there are few Saiyan as famous and admired as Son Goku, be sure!
Before moving on to the viewing order, we have to show our respect to the creator of Dragon Ball, appoint Akira Toriyama!

Akira Toriyama was born in April 1955 in the Nagoya circle of Japan.
In 1974, he entered the higher school of the industrial prefecture to study advertising design. In 1977, he left this branch to devote himself to comics. Shortly afterward, he joined Shueisha, Japan’s largest current publisher, as a “mangaka” (cartoonist) and published his first work as a professional. Then followed a long path to release the first publication of Dragon Ball in 1984.

While Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball manga is unique and linear, its animated adaptation is divided into four series:

Dragon Ball, which faithfully follows the first 17 volumes of the manga with kid Son Goku

Dragon Ball Z, which follows with adult Son Goku up to volume 42, with more unpublished episodes;

Dragon Ball GT, a “filler” saga (unpublished) that follows DBZ but not present in the manga;

Dragon Ball Kai, reassembly of the original DBZ anime in HD, 16:9 format and shorter.

Here is a guide to the animated episodes of these different series, with the titles!

Dragon Ball Episode List

dragon ball watching guide

Emperor Pilaf Saga (1986)

  1. The Secret of the Dragonballs
  2. The Emperor’s Quest
  3. The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi
  4. Oolong the Terrible
  5. Yamcha the Desert Bandit
  6. Keep an Eye on the Dragonballs
  7. The Ox-King on Fire Mountain
  8. The Kamehameha Wave
  9. Boss Rabbit’s Magic Touch
  10. The Dragonballs are Stolen
  11. The Penalty is Pinball
  12. A Wish to the Eternal Dragon
  13. The Legend of Goku

World Tournament Saga (1986):

  1. Look Out for Launch
  2. Find That Stone!
  3. Milk Delivery
  4. The Turtle Hermit Way
  5. The Tournament Begins
  6. Elimination Round
  7. Smells Like Trouble
  8. Quarterfinals Begin
  9. Monster Beast Giran
  10. Krillin’s Frantic Attack
  11. Danger From Above
  12. The Grand Finals
  13. Number One Under the Moon?
  14. The Final Blow

​Red Ribbon Army Saga (1986-1987):

  1. The Roaming Lake
  2. Pilaf and the Mystery Force
  3. Wedding Plans?
  4. The Flying Fortress — Vanished!
  5. The Legend of a Dragon
  6. Cruel General Red
  7. Cold Reception
  8. Major Metallitron
  9. Ninja Murasaki is Coming
  10. Five Murasakis
  11. Mysterious Android No. 8
  12. Horrifying Buyon
  13. The Fall of Muscle Tower
  14. The Secret of Dr. Flappe
  15. A Trip to the City
  16. Master Thief, Hasky
  17. Danger in the Air

​General Blue Saga (1987):

  1. Bulma’s Bad Day
  2. Kame House Found!
  3. Deep Blue Sea
  4. Roshi Surprise
  5. The Trap is Sprung
  6. Beware of Robot
  7. The Pirate Treasure
  8. Blue, Black, and Blue
  9. Escape From Pirate Cave
  10. Penguin Village
  11. Stange Visitor
  12. Arale vs. Blue

​Commander Red Saga (1987):

  1. The Land of Korin
  2. The Notorious Mercenary
  3. Tao Attacks!
  4. Korin Tower
  5. Sacred Water
  6. The Return of Goku
  7. The Last of Mercenary Tao
  8. Confront the Red Ribbon Army
  9. A Real Bind
  10. The End of Commander Red

​Fortuneteller Baba Saga (1987):

  1. The Last Dragon Ball
  2. Who is Fortuneteller Baba?
  3. We are the Five Warriors
  4. Deadly Battle
  5. Goku’s Turn
  6. The Devilmite Beam
  7. The Mysterious Fifth Man
  8. The Strong Ones
  9. True Colors of the Masked Man
  10. Pilaf’s Tactics
  11. The Eternal Dragon Rises
  12. Terror and Plague
  13. Goku vs. Sky Dragon
  14. Goku Goes to Demon Land
  15. The Rampage of Inoshikacho
  16. Which Way to Papaya Island

​Tien Shinhan Saga (1987-1988):

  1. Rivals and Arrivals
  2. Preliminary Peril
  3. Then There Were Eight
  4. Yamcha vs. Tien
  5. Yamcha’s Big Break
  6. Full-Moon Vengeance
  7. The Dodon Wave
  8. Counting Controversy
  9. Goku Enters the Ring
  10. Tien Shinhan vs. Jackie Chun
  11. Stepping Down
  12. Goku vs. Krillin
  13. Tail’s Tale
  14. Final Match: Goku vs. Tien
  15. Victory’s Edge/ Battle Power
  16. Tien’s Insurrection
  17. The Spirit Cannon
  18. The Fallen

​King Piccolo Saga (1988):

  1. Enter King Piccolo
  2. Tambourine Attacks
  3. Mark of the Demon
  4. Here Comes Yajirobe
  5. Terrible Tambourine
  6. Tien’s Atonement
  7. Goku’s Revenge
  8. Goku vs. King Piccolo
  9. Piccolo Closes In
  10. Roshi’s Gambit
  11. King Piccolo’s Wish
  12. Siege in Chow Castle
  13. Conquest and Power
  14. Awaken Darkness
  15. A Taste of Destiny
  16. The Ultimate Sacrifice
  17. Prelude to Vengeance
  18. Battle Cry
  19. Goku Strikes Back
  20. The Biggest Crisis
  21. Final Showdown

​Piccolo Jr. Saga (1988-1989):

  1. Lost and Found
  2. Temple Above the Clouds
  3. Earth’s Guardian Emerges
  4. Eternal Dragon Resurrected
  5. Quicker Than Lightning
  6. Secret in the Woods
  7. The Time Room
  8. Goku’s Doll
  9. Walking Their Own Ways
  10. Hotter than Lava
  11. Changes
  12. Preliminary Peril
  13. Battle of the Eight
  14. Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao
  15. Anonymous Proposal
  16. The Mysterious Hero
  17. Rematch
  18. Goku Gains Speed
  19. The Four Faces of Tien
  20. Kami vs. Piccolo
  21. Battle for the Future
  22. Super Kamehameha
  23. Junior No More
  24. Goku’s Trap
  25. Goku Hangs On
  26. The Victor
  27. Dress in Flames
  28. The Fire-Eater
  29. Outrageous Octagon
  30. Mystery of the Dark World
  31. The End, the Beginning

Congratulations Saiyan!

You’ve successfully watched all the Dragon Ball episodes, we hope you enjoyed it!

You are now ready to watch Dragon Ball Z!

Be sure to check our Dragon Ball Z watching guide (soon)

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