Ultimate Dragon Ball Fillers List Guide!

Goku started his journey as a young boy in the 1980s. He wanted to find the dragon balls, but he was more interested in becoming the best martial artist in the world.

Whether you like it or not, you can’t deny that Dragon Ball has pretty much set the standard for anime for many years.

It has become a mainstay of the anime industry, with a huge fan base around the world thanks to its memorable characters and exciting plots.

But starting the DB journey, which has more than 150 episodes, may seem scary. This guide is here to help!

From 1986 to 1989, there were 153 episodes of Dragon Ball. Out of these, 21 are fillers episode and 3 are only half fillers.

With only about 16% filler, it’s impressive that the Dragon Ball series has kept the non-canon content to a minimum.

Dragon Ball Filler List – What to Watch ? What to Skip ?

Let’s get to the guide of Dragon ball filler list shall we ?

  • Manga Canon Episodes: 1-28, 34-41, 43, 46-78, 84-126, 133-148
  • Mixed Canon/Filler Episodes: 29, 42, 44
  • Filler Episodes: 30-33, 45, 79-83, 127-132, 149-153

Note: Mixed Canon/Filler Episodes contain some part of additional content that doesn’t exist in the manga. On the other hand, manga canon episodes define the story that follows the original events of the manga. But to enjoy and understand the anime completely, you need to watch these Mixed Canon Episodes too.

Filler List According to Arcs

Emperor Pilaf Saga
Tournament Saga
Red Ribbon Army Saga29, 30-33, 42, 44-45
General Blue Saga
Commander Red Saga
Fortuneteller Baba Saga79-83
Tien Shinhan Saga
King Piccolo Saga
Piccolo Jr. Saga127-132, 149-153

Dragon Ball Filler Episodes To Skip

In the Dragon Ball Filler List that follows, I’ll tell you which episodes you have to watch and which ones you can skip.

The Movies and Ovas will also be put in order of when they happened, so you can watch Dragon Ball in order.

At the end of this list, I’ll tell you where in the manga, the anime ends or where to start reading the manga if you want to keep following the story.

#TitleTypeWatch It or Skip ItAir Date
ArcEmperor Pilaf Saga (Chapter 1-23)   
1The Secret of the Dragon BallsCanon 2/26/1986
2The Emperor’s QuestCanon 3/5/1986
3The Nimbus Cloud of RoshiCanon 3/12/1986
4Oolong the TerribleCanon 3/19/1986
5Yamcha the Desert BanditCanon 3/26/1986
6Keep an Eye on the Dragon BallsCanon 4/2/1986
7The Ox King on Fire MountainCanon 4/9/1986
8The Kamehameha WaveCanon 4/16/1986
9Boss Rabbit’s Magic TouchCanon 4/23/1986
10The Dragon Balls are Stolen!Canon 4/30/1986
11The Penalty is PinballCanon 5/7/1986
12A Wish to the Eternal DragonCanon 5/14/1986
13The Legend of GokuCanon 5/21/1986
ArcTournament Saga (Chapters 24-54)   
14Goku’s RivalCanon 5/28/1986
15Look Out for LaunchCanon 6/4/1986
16Find That Stone!Canon 6/11/1986
17Milk DeliveryCanon 6/18/1986
18The Turtle Hermit WayCanon 6/25/1986
19The Tournament BeginsCanon 7/2/1986
20Elimination RoundCanon 7/9/1986
21Smells Like TroubleCanon 7/16/1986
22Quarterfinals BeginCanon 7/23/1986
23Monster Beast GiranCanon 7/30/1986
24Krillin’s Frantic Attack!Canon 8/6/1986
25Danger From AboveCanon 8/13/1986
26The Grand FinalsCanon 8/20/1986
27Number One Under the Moon?Canon 8/27/1986
28The Final BlowCanon 9/3/1986
ArcRed Ribbon Army Saga (Chapters 54-69)   
29The Roaming LakePartial FillerWatch9/10/1986
30Pilaf and the Mystery ForceFillerSkip9/17/1986
31Wedding Plans?FillerSkip9/24/1986
32The Flying Fortress – Vanished!FillerSkip10/1/1986
33The Legend of a DragonFillerSkip10/8/1986
34Cruel General RedCanon 10/15/1986
35Cold ReceptionCanon 10/22/1986
36Major MetallitronCanon 10/29/1986
37Ninja Murasaki is Coming!Canon 11/5/1986
38Five MurasakisCanon 11/12/1986
39Mysterious Android No. 8Canon 11/19/1986
40Horrifying BuyonCanon 11/26/1986
41The Fall of Muscle TowerCanon 12/3/1986
42The Secret of Dr. FlappePartial FillerWatch12/10/1986
43A Trip to the CityCanon 12/17/1986
44Master Thief, HaskyPartial FillerWatch12/24/1986
45Danger in the AirFillerSkip1/7/1987
ArcGeneral Blue Saga (Chapters 70-83)   
46Bulma’s Bad DayCanon 1/14/1987
47Kame House – Found!Canon 1/21/1987
48Deep Blue SeaCanon 1/28/1987
49Roshi SurpriseCanon 2/4/1987
50The Trap is Sprung!Canon 2/11/1987
51Beware of RobotCanon 2/18/1987
52The Pirate TreasureCanon 2/25/1987
53Blue, Black and BlueCanon 3/4/1987
54Escape From Pirate CaveCanon 3/11/1987
55Penguin VillageCanon 3/18/1987
56Strange VisitorCanon 3/25/1987
57Arale vs. BlueCanon 4/8/1987
ArcCommander Red Saga (Chapters 84-96)   
58The Land of KorinCanon 4/15/1987
59The Notorious MercenaryCanon 4/22/1987
60Tao Attacks!Canon 4/29/1987
61Korin TowerCanon 5/6/1987
62Sacred WaterCanon 5/13/1987
63The Return of GokuCanon 5/20/1987
64The Last of Mercenary TaoCanon 5/27/1987
65Confront the Red Ribbon ArmyCanon 6/10/1987
66A Real BindCanon 6/17/1987
67The End of Commander RedCanon 6/24/1987
ArcFortuneteller Baba Saga (Chapters 97-112)   
68The Last Dragon BallCanon 7/1/1987
69Who is Fortuneteller Baba?Canon 7/8/1987
70We Are the Five WarriorsCanon 7/15/1987
71Deadly BattleCanon 7/22/1987
72Goku’s TurnCanon 7/29/1987
73The Devilmite BeamCanon 8/5/1987
74The Mysterious Fifth ManCanon 8/12/1987
75The Strong OnesCanon 8/19/1987
76True Colors of the Masked ManCanon 8/26/1987
77Pilaf’s TacticsCanon 9/2/1987
78The Eternal Dragon RisesCanon 9/9/1987
79Terror and PlagueFillerSkip9/16/1987
80Goku vs. Sky DragonFillerWatch9/23/1987
81Goku Goes to Demon LandFillerWatch9/30/1987
82The Rampage of InoShikaChoFillerWatch10/7/1987
83Which Way To Papaya Island?FillerWatch10/14/1987
ArcTien Shinhan Saga (Chapters 113-134)   
84Rivals and ArrivalsCanon 10/21/1987
85Preliminary PerilCanon 10/28/1987
86Then There Were EightCanon 11/4/1987
87Yamcha vs. TienCanon 11/11/1987
88Yamcha’s Big BreakCanon 11/18/1987
89Full-Moon VengeanceCanon 11/25/1987
90The Dodon WaveCanon 12/2/1987
91Counting Controversy!!Canon 12/9/1987
92Goku Enters the RingCanon 12/16/1987
93Tien Shinhan vs. Jackie ChunCanon 12/23/1987
94Stepping DownCanon 12/30/1987
95Goku vs. KrillinCanon 1/6/1988
96Tail’s TaleCanon 1/13/1988
97Final Match: Goku vs. TienCanon 1/20/1988
98Victory’s EdgeCanon 1/27/1988
99Tien’s InsurrectionCanon 2/3/1988
100The Spirit CannonCanon 2/10/1988
101The FallenCanon 2/17/1988
ArcKing Piccollo Saga (Chapters 135-161)   
102Enter King PiccoloCanon 2/24/1988
103Tambourine Attacks!Canon 3/2/1988
104Mark of the DemonCanon 3/9/1988
105Here Comes YajirobeCanon 3/16/1988
106Terrible TambourineCanon 3/23/1988
107Tien’s AtonementCanon 4/6/1988
108Goku’s RevengeCanon 4/13/1988
109Goku vs. King PiccoloCanon 4/20/1988
110Piccolo Closes InCanon 5/4/1988
111Roshi’s GambitCanon 5/11/1988
112King Piccolo’s WishCanon 5/18/1988
113Siege on Chow CastleCanon 5/25/1988
114Conquest and PowerCanon 6/1/1988
115Awaken DarknessCanon 6/8/1988
116A Taste of DestinyCanon 6/22/1988
117The Ultimate SacrificeCanon 6/29/1988
118Prelude to VengeanceCanon 7/6/1988
119Battle CryCanon 7/20/1988
120Goku Strikes BackCanon 7/27/1988
121The Biggest CrisisCanon 8/3/1988
122Final ShowdownCanon 8/10/1988
ArcPiccollo Jr. Saga (Chapters 162-194)   
123Lost and FoundCanon 8/17/1988
124Temple Above the CloudsCanon 8/24/1988
125Earth’s Guardian EmergesCanon 8/31/1988
126Eternal Dragon ResurrectedCanon 9/14/1988
127Quicker than LightningFillerSkip9/21/1988
128Secret of the WoodsFillerSkip9/28/1988
129The Time RoomFillerWatch10/12/1988
130Goku’s DollFillerSkip10/19/1988
131Walking Their Own WaysFillerSkip10/26/1988
132Hotter than LavaFillerSkip11/2/1988
133ChangesCanon 11/9/1988
134Preliminary PerilCanon 11/16/1988
135Battle of the EightCanon 11/23/1988
136Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary TaoCanon 11/30/1988
137Anonymous ProposalCanon 12/7/1988
138The Mysterious HeroCanon 12/14/1988
139RematchCanon 12/21/1988
140Goku Gains SpeedCanon 1/11/1989
141The Four Faces of TienCanon 1/18/1989
142Kami vs. PiccoloCanon 1/25/1989
143Battle for the FutureCanon 2/1/1989
144Super KamehamehaCanon 2/8/1989
145Junior No MoreCanon 2/15/1989
146Goku’s TrapCanon 2/22/1989
147Goku Hangs OnCanon 3/1/1989
148The VictorCanon 3/8/1989
149Dress in FlamesFillerWatch3/15/1989
150The Fire-EaterFillerWatch3/22/1989
151Outrageous OctagonFillerWatch4/5/1989
152Mystery of the Dark WorldFillerWatch4/12/1989
153The End, The BeginningFillerWatch4/19/1989

How much of Dragon Ball can you skip?

Most filler shows in anime that doesn’t make sense are a bother.

Still, they sometimes give away important plot points about the main story, and we don’t understand until later that we should have watched the episode.

There are about 24 filler episodes in the original Dragon Ball series, and you can skip 11 of them without missing anything important or 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)

Listed below in detail why you should watch these fillers.

Dragon Ball Filler Episodes That are Worth Your Time!

There are some of the best dragon ball filler episodes that you might consider watch afterwards from this dragon ball filler list.

So, Here are my top 10 picks from the filler episodes that you can enjoy after watching the series.

1. Pilaf and the Mystery Force (30)

Pilaf and the Mystery Force Dragon Ball Filler List

Goku is enjoying traveling the world on the flying nimbus–that is, until his dragon radar is stolen while he is swimming.

He must track down the thief and get it back so that he can find his grandfather’s dragon ball. Meanwhile, Emperor Pilaf is trying once again to assemble the dragon balls.

There is also a mysterious military force that is searching for the dragon balls.

2. Goku vs Sky Dragon (80)

Goku vs Sky Dragon (80)

On the advice of an old woman whom he helps, Goku goes to a small town looking to battle Master Chen, the strongest fighter in town.

Chen, however, has his own fight with Sky Dragon, a rival martial artist from the same town. In order to win the title of Master of Martial Arts, and save his struggling dojo, Chen must defeat Sky Dragon the next day in the King’s Match.

Unfortunately, Chen is in poor health and cannot fight, so Goku fights in his stead.

3. The Rampage of InoShikaCho (82)

The Rampage of InoShikaCho (82)

Goku meets a family who has fled its village, which is being rampaged by a monster called InoShikaCho.

Goku goes to the village to fight the beast, but two other mysterious fighters get there first and defeat it, for a fee.

Later, Goku learns that they are working together with InoShikaCho to scam villagers out of money, and he confronts them.

Meanwhile, Roshi continues to train Krillin and Yamcha, and he tells the story of InoShikaCho.

4. Secret of the Woods (128)

Secret of the Woods (128)

After recovering from being struck by lightning, Goku is sent to the woods to train. While there, he meets a family and stays with them.

He learns from the grandfather of a fighter named Yao Chun, and he heads to the mountains to fight him.

Meanwhile, Tien, Yamcha, and Krillin continue to train.

5. The Time Room (129)

The Time Room (129)

Goku travels back in time to train with Master Mutaito, and he learns about spirit energy.

While there, he meets a young Roshi, and he runs afoul of Shen.

Meanwhile, Tien, Yamcha, Krillin, and Chiaotzu decide to climb Korin Tower.

6. The Fire Eater (150)

The Fire Eater (150)

Goku and Chi-Chi visit the Kame House to find Roshi’s instructions for making the Bansho fan.

They see that they need a feather from a mystical bird called a fire-eater, so they go to Mt. Kiwi to retrieve one.

Once there, they are followed by Mai and Shuu, who are also looking for the bird.

7. Outrageous Octagon (151)

 Outrageous Octagon (151)

Goku and Chi-Chi reach the mountain that reportedly holds the Bansho fan, but a heavy snowstorm causes them to crash at the mountain’s base.

They meet an old woman who explains to them that no woman can climb the mountain without causing a storm. She also tells them that there is no fan on the mountain.

Goku scales it hoping to gather enough snow to put out the fire at the Ox King’s castle. While Goku is climbing the mountain, the old woman teaches Chi-Chi about being a good wife. Meanwhile, Goku is followed by Pilaf, who thinks the fan might be worth something.

8. Mystery of the Dark World (152)

Mystery of the Dark World (152)

The Bansho fan has no effect on the flames because the fire was forged in the Magical Furnace.

Goku and Chi-Chi must travel to the other side of the world to Mt. Five Elements, where they must venture through the Gate of the Five Elements into the Dark World.

There, they must find Tajoro, the keeper of the furnace, and convince her to help put out the flames.

9. The End, The Begining (153)

The End, The Begining (153)

Goku tries to convince Tajoro to extinguish the flame long enough to fix the leak that causes the Ox King’s castle to ignite, but she refuses.

This is because the flame is what creates the fog that shrouds Mt. Five Elements, and the fog is what allows spirits to pass between the spirit world and the world of the living–without it.

No spirit could ever visit the world of the living again, and all spirits already in the world of the living would be trapped forever. Therefore, they must find another way to put out the flame at the Ox King’s castle.

10. The Flying Fortress- Vanished! (32)

The Flying Fortress- Vanished! (32)

Pilaf leaves the village with the dragon ball. Colonel Silver follows him, but Pilaf shoots down Silver’s plane.

Goku returns to the ruined village with Chi Chi, and they learn what happened from the Ox King.

Goku leaves to find the dragon ball. He and Silver both track Pilaf to his underground desert fortress, where a battle ensues.

Should I skip Dragon Ball and go to Dragon Ball Z?

People who are new to the Dragon Ball world often ask this. As with many things, the answer relies on what you want from your anime journey.

You shouldn’t skip Dragon Ball and start with Dragon Ball Z because the first anime is important to the general story of Dragon Ball and is fun to watch.

But you can skip the anime if you’re more interested in stories for adults and fights that are bigger than life.

If you start with Z, there’s nothing to worry about. As the series goes on, it does a pretty good job of going over the most important parts of the background. You won’t need to know a lot about Goku’s childhood to understand his journey as an adult.

In the first Dragon Ball, we meet a younger, more innocent Goku and a lot of important characters who will play important parts in Dragon Ball Z.

Also, the original anime shows more about the universe’s core systems, like Ki, Dragon Balls, and the ideas behind martial arts.

So, you might not be completely lost in Dragon Ball Z if you don’t watch Dragon Ball, but you’ll get a much better sense of Goku’s journey from a young boy to an adult who protects the world if you watch the whole story from the beginning.

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Hiroshi Tanaka

Hey, I'm Hiroshi Tanaka from Tokyo! I've been hooked on Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto since I can remember. Growing up in the anime capital of the world, I've soaked in the essence of these series like a sponge. Now, I love sharing my passion and Japanese insights with fans worldwide. Let's dive into the anime magic together!

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