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Debut Manga: "Bloomers and the Monkey King"
Anime: "The Secret of the Dragon Balls"
Inventor Dr. Brief
Users Bulma
Master Roshi
Red Ribbon Army
Emperor Pilaf
World Tournament Announcer
Tien Shinhan
Future Trunks
Mr. Satan
Class Capsule

Capsules (カプセル), also known as Hoi-Poi Capsules and DynoCaps, were created by Dr. Brief of the Capsule Corporation, for the purpose of making objects compact and easy to transport.

Concept & Creation


Early concept of the Capsules shown in the one-shot The Adventures of Tongpoo

The concept of the Capsules were first shown in Akira Toriyama's one-shot The Adventures of Tongpoo, which was a precursor to the Dragon Ball series. The Capsules in The Adventures of Tongpoo work differently, they are small pill-like objects that had to be boiled in water to activate.


Throughout Dragon Ball, numerous objects, from airskis and hovercars, to entire homes, and even organic corpses and house plants, have been seen contained in capsules. The only things that have never been shown in capsules are living sapient organisms.


Bulma showing Goku some capsules

This single apparent limitation is explored in the Gameboy Advance video game Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, where an optional side-quest has Gohan tracking down a spy in Capsule Corporation, Newman, who was trying to find the formula that Dr. Brief was using to create these capsules for Pod Corporation, one of Capsule Corporation's major competitors. Also in this game, the Janitor of Capsule Corporation explains that he used to work as an inventor and once invented a capsule that went inside another capsule, and that the results were catastrophic. This info is also in its sequel Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, where an Orange Star High School teacher says at the end of his lesson that a capsule should never, ever been put inside another capsule.

Capsules are identified by various classes, one of which is known to be 'M'.[1][2] Highly experimental prototypes of capsule appear in The Legacy of Goku II, the Golden Capsules that take the user back to the World Map when used in a city or a wasteland (it does not work inside buildings or caves). In the game, Dr. Brief lost 25 of them while he was conducting an atmospheric experiment and asks the Z Fighters to retrieve all of them. Once done, he allows the Z Fighters to keep and use one of the Golden Capsules as many time as they want.



Capsules are distributed by vendors throughout the Earth, although the pricing varies depending on what it contains. It is possible to have an object adapted to turn into a capsule. Capsules are also featured in various Dragon Ball video games as a mean of customizing playable characters. Although capsules are made on Earth by Dr. Brief, in the 2010 Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans, Dr. Raichi uses one before Dr. Brief would have been born. It could, however, be possible that capsules were created using similar technology on other planet(s).


Capsule Corporation Capsules contain all kinds of products from hovercars to refrigerators.

Capsule Corporation's line of capsules



VTOL Plane


Refrigerator used by Future Trunks

  • 103 – Airplane
  • 115 – Airplane with the capabilities of having at least 4 passengers.
  • 116 – A hot air balloon shown on the cover to the chapter "Onward to Fry-Pan..."
  • 192 – Large airship with 8 seats and medium sized area used to transport Goku and the others who were killed or injured after the fight with Nappa and Vegeta.
  • 239 – Large plane used by Tien Shinhan to go to King Castle.
  • 240 – Large plane
  • 333 – 'Penguin 333' fridge. Seen in the Kame House in Gohan's Metamorphosis.
  • 339 – Airplane[5]
  • 341 – A flying vehicle owned by Bulma, and shown on a chapter cover.[6]
  • 576 – A VTOL Plane flown by Krillin, Yamcha, and Bulma.
  • 673 – A yellow van owned by Yamcha, and shown on a chapter cover.[7]
  • 991 – Airplane
  • 1138 - Capsule Corporation spaceship used by Goku. Number only shown in the toy version of the ship's capsule.
  • 2031 – Caps.Fridge[8]
  • 2150 – West City taxi
  • 2402 – Great Saiyaman Watch[9]


Below are products whose Capsule number is unknown.

Red Ribbon Army line of capsules

Below is the Red Ribbon Army's line of known capsules.



RRA capsule (close up)


Appearances in Video Games

Capsules appear in the Legacy of Goku RPG series as part of side quests. They are equipable items in the Budokai fighting game series and Dragon Ball Heroes, allowing its user to use different techniques and powers up. Special "Breakthrough Capsule" and "Memories of... Capsules" also appear in the Budokai games. A capsule is used to access to the menu in Dragon Ball: Origins 2.


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