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Babidi Saga is the thirteenth saga in the anime Dragon Ball Z. The manga volume that it is made up of is "Mark of the Warlock". It consists of twelve episodes which occur between the World Tournament Saga and the Majin Buu Saga. The saga follows the Z Fighters as they struggle to defeat their new enemy, Babidi, along with his henchmen. The saga also shows the conclusion to the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, which was only half finished by the end of the previous saga. This saga aired in Japan in 1994.


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Piccolo is turned to stone by Dabura's spit attack

The story continues from the World Tournament Saga. The Z Fighters are still searching for Spopovich and Yamu. They come across a spaceship and watch secretly as Spopovich and Yamu meet with Pui Pui, followed by the Demon King Dabura and the wizard Babidi. Babidi takes the energy the two fighters have brought to him and kills them. After sensing the hidden Z Fighters, Dabura and Babidi plan to lure the Z Fighters to drain them of their energy needed to revive a powerful foe shown sealed in a pink ball. Dabura engages the Z Fighters and easily kills Kibito in the process. After brief fighting Dabura manages to turn Krillin and Piccolo into stone with his spit. Supreme Kai tells the remaining Z Fighters that the only way have Piccolo and Krillin restored to normal is to have Dabura killed. Dabura finally retreats back to the spaceship leaving the remaining Z Fighters wondering what to do next.


Pui Pui before his battle with Vegeta

Supreme Kai explains that in order to return Krillin and Piccolo back to their normal state they must defeat Dabura. Supreme Kai, Gohan, Goku and Vegeta enter the ship in order to stop Babidi's plans and avenge their friends. Inside the spaceship Pui Pui explains that they must defeat 3 fighters to get to Babidi, and that he is the first. The Z Fighters agree and use the Rock, Paper, Scissors method to see who will fight Pui Pui, and Vegeta wins. Babidi teleports Pui Pui and Vegeta to Pui Pui's home planet (since the planet has a gravity of ten times the level on Earth), to give Pui Pui the advantage. However, Vegeta, being accustomed to training at at least 450 times normal gravity, easily kills Pui Pui with little effort.


Yakon is about to face off against Goku

On the next level of the ship, it is Goku's turn to fight a monster called Yakon. Babidi teleports them to Yakon's planet of darkness. Yakon is able to eat light energy, so when Goku turns Super Saiyan in order to see, Yakon eats his energy and becomes even more powerful. Goku uses this to his advantage, generating more power than Yakon can handle by transforming into his Super Saiyan 2 form. Yakon eats so much energy that, as a result, he explodes.


Dabura prepares to battle Gohan

Back at the World Tournament, over half the fighters are eliminated. Mr. Satan suggests a battle royale, so all 5 remaining fighters get in the ring at once: Mr. Satan, Android 18, Mighty Mask (Goten and Trunks), Killa, and Jewel. Killa and Jewel are defeated instantly, and the main struggle is between Mighty Mask and Android 18. However, Android 18 soon discovers that Mighty Mask is Goten and Trunks in disguise, and after Android 18 exposes the duo with an energy attack, they are disqualified. Goten and Trunks quickly leave. Only Android 18 and Mr. Satan are left, so Android 18 proposes Mr. Satan give her 20 million zeni (double the tournament prize money) and she will let him win, as she doesn't want all the fame. He agrees, and using his Miracle Special Ultra Super Megaton Punch he pretends to knock her out of the ring.


Vegeta in his Majin state

Meanwhile, on the third level of the ship it is Gohan's turn to fight Dabura as he is the third remaining warrior protecting Babidi. They are transported to a mountainous range and engage in battle. At first Gohan is a little rusty with his fighting skills, allowing Dabura to best him for a while until he transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 and becomes roughly equal with Dabura. Doubtful of Gohan's ability to beat Dabura, Vegeta argues with Goku that he wishes to fight Dabura himself. Dabura notices the argument and asks Babidi to teleport them back.

Back at the ship, Vegeta berates Gohan for not defeating Dabura and told him that he should've fought Dabura and Krillin and Piccolo would've been restored back to normal. Vegeta threatens to blow up the ship, but Goku stops him and tells Vegeta that they should move forward from this as Vegeta relucantly agrees. Meanwhile, Dabura and Babidi discuss that Vegeta does not have a pure heart and could be used to their advantage. Babidi uses his magic to try to take control of Vegeta and quite easily does, transforming him into Majin Vegeta, which improves his power and turns him against his friends. Babidi transports the Z Warriors (including Majin Vegeta) back to the World Tournament arena where there is still a celebration over Mr. Satan's apparent victory of the tournament. Majin Vegeta destroys portions of the stadium, killing people in the process to convince Goku to fight him. Everyone is horrified at this, especially Bulma, who faints in sorrow. Goku says that the Vegeta he knew would never do such a thing. When pressed by Supreme Kai to stop, Majin Vegeta reveals that Goku has surpassed Vegeta's ability and strength on many occasions and that he wants to regain his pride by beating Goku. When Goku pleads with Vegeta to stop what he is doing, Vegeta destroys another part of the stadium, which finally prompts Goku to agree to fight him.


Vegeta prepares to blast Goku with the Dark Impact energy wave

The two are then teleported to a desert plane at Goku's request, where they engage in battle. They seem evenly matched at first, but Goku hides his Super Saiyan 3 transformation. Majin Vegeta and Goku continue to battle while Gohan and Supreme Kai go off to fight Babidi. Majin Vegeta announces that he has not completely succumbed to Babidi's control; he only allowed Babidi to turn him evil by his own desire to return to his old ways because he is ashamed of himself for settling down and growing to love his new family, as well as being second to Goku in strength. Back at the spaceship, Gohan and Supreme Kai are about to fight Dabura and Babidi, but before they can, it is revealed that the machine has reached full power which in turn will open up the Sealed Ball. The story continues into the Majin Buu Saga.

Anime and Manga differences


Major characters

Supporting Characters

Battles featured

  • Dabura vs. Kibito, Krillin, Piccolo, Goku, and Vegeta
  • Vegeta vs. Pui Pui
  • Goku vs. Yakon
  • Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Yakon
  • Mighty Mask (Goten and Trunks) vs. Killa
  • Android 18 vs. Jewel
  • Android 18 vs. Mighty Mask (Goten and Trunks)
  • Android 18 vs. Mr. Satan
  • Gohan (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Dabura
  • Goku (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Majin Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2)


DBZ Season Eight Cover

FUNimation VHS/DVD Volumes

  • Babidi Saga - Descent (205-207)
  • Babidi Saga - Battle Royale (208-210)
  • Babidi Saga - The Dark Prince Returns (211-213)
  • Babidi Saga - Rivals (214-216)

Note: FUNimation released both edited and uncut VHS volumes, while the DVDs are uncut only.

FUNimation Remastered DVD Sets

FUNimation Dragon Box Sets

FUNimation Season Blu-ray Sets

Manga chapters

Chapter # Title
446 "Bobbidi the Warlock"
447 "The Evil Masters"
448 "The Descent"
449 "Stage One: Focus"
450 "Stage Two: Yakon"
451 "Yakon's Treat"
452 "Battle Royale"
453 "Mighty Mask Shows His Power!"
454 "We Have a Winner!"
455 "A Wicked Soul Revealed"
456 "Goku vs. Vegeta"
457 "Vegeta's Pride"
458 "Two Battles to the Death"
459 "Countdown"

Episode list

Dragon Ball Z (12 episodes)

Ep# Title
220 "The Wizard's Curse"
221 "King of the Demons"
222 "Vegeta Attacks"
223 "Next Up, Goku"
224 "Battle Supreme"
225 "Eighteen Unmasks"
226 "Pay to Win"
227 "Heart of a Villain"
228 "The Dark Prince Returns"
229 "Vegeta's Pride"
230 "The Long Awaited Fight"
231 "Magic Ball of Buu"

Dragon Ball Z Kai (8 episodes)

Ep# Title
108 "The Heinous Mage Babidi and King of the Underworld Dabra's Trap"
109 "Don't Underestimate a Super Saiyan! Vegeta and Goku's Full Throttle Power!"
110 "Who is the World's Greatest?! A Battle Royal Match to Decide!!"
111 "What Incredible Kids!! The Great Struggles of No. 18"
112 "The Star Performer Takes the Stage! Take Down the Demon King!!"
113 "A Wicked Heart is Revived Vegeta, the Prince of Destruction!"
114 "I'm the Strongest! The Clash of Goku vs Vegeta"
115 "The Countdown to Revival Crush Babidi’s Ambitions!"

Video Games

The events of this saga were covered in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury.



Babidi Saga
The Heinous Mage Babidi and King of the Underworld Dabra's Trap · Don't Underestimate a Super Saiyan! Vegeta and Goku's Full Throttle Power! · Who is the World's Greatest?! A Battle Royal Match to Decide!! · What Incredible Kids!! The Great Struggles of No. 18 · The Star Performer Takes the Stage! Take Down the Demon King!! · A Wicked Heart is Revived Vegeta, the Prince of Destruction! · I'm the Strongest! The Clash of Goku vs Vegeta · The Countdown to Revival Crush Babidi’s Ambitions!

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