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Goku vs. Vegeta... A Saiyan Duel!

Saiyan duel
English titleGoku vs. Vegeta... A Saiyan Duel!
Z Ball
SagaVegeta Saga
Edited episode number (position in saga)23 (23)
Corresponding uncut episode(s)
English airdateMay 3, 1997
Previous episodeGoku Strikes Back
Next episodeVegeta... Saiyan Style!

Goku vs. Vegeta... A Saiyan Duel! is the twenty-third episode of the Saiyan Saga and the twenty third overall episode of the Saban dub of the Dragon Ball Z series.


Goku Kaio-ken x2

Goku uses the Kaio-ken x2

At Kame House, Fortuneteller Baba attempts to get her Crystal Ball working, but fails. After a brief argument between Bulma and Fortuneteller Baba, Master Roshi explains that the reason the ball is not working is because of the vast amount of energy the two warriors are emitting. Bulma uses the scouter to see if they are fighting or not. Vegeta powers up in the air, getting ready to attack. Goku says he does not like the feel of this. Vegeta charges and beats Goku up bad.

Goku KaiokenTimes2

Goku attacks Vegeta

Goku uses Kaio-ken x2, narrowly escaping an attack from Vegeta. Goku says he has to use a Kaio-ken x3. Watching from the ground, a hidden Yajirobe says to himself that Goku is crazy. When Goku worries about his body not being able to take the triple Kaio-ken, Vegeta mocks him. Goku uses the Kaio-ken Attack, which works and does damage to Vegeta. Meanwhile, at Kame House, the scouter that Bulma is using to monitor the fight explodes. King Kai is upset with Goku for using a triple Kaio-ken attack.


Vegeta, enraged that Goku was able to match him

Goku throws Vegeta into a small mountain. Vegeta roars and blows the rock up. He charges at Goku, but Goku gets the better of him. Goku is worn out. At the island Fortuneteller Baba is still trying incantations to get the ball to work. Chi-Chi and Ox-King are worrying about Gohan. Master Roshi says that the two are fighting furiously but Goku seems to be losing because of the amount of energy he just used up. Goku somehow finds the strength to hit Vegeta some more. Vegeta gets to his feet but falls down.

Vegeta is going insane because of the frustration he is going through. Vegeta is getting ready for his most powerful attack yet. He says is just going to blow the entire Earth up with his Galick Gun technique. Goku is not ready because he still has not recovered from the last attack. Goku uses the Kaio-ken attack x3 again and gets ready to use a Kaio-ken Kamehameha to counter-attack the Galick Gun. Vegeta launches his attack. Goku launches his. The attacks are found to be evenly matched. The Crystal Ball back at Kame House is glowing with electricity. The two warriors struggle for a while until Goku decides to use the Kaio-ken attack x4. King Kai yells Goku's name. Goku screams in agony. His Kamehameha attack overpowers Vegeta and hits him hard. Yajirobe thinks that Goku won and runs out to congratulate him.

Vegeta comes back out of the attack and Yajirobe makes a b-line for a hiding place. Vegeta flies back to Goku. The two talk a bit and Vegeta explains his next technique. It was made by Goku's father. It simulates perfect moonlight. Since the original moon was blown up by Piccolo, Vegeta launches the attack and a light explodes in the sky.


  • A scene with Launch in a bar was cut. Every scene and mention of Launch was cut from the Saban dub.


Master Roshi: (Referring to Goku's unstable power level) You know, a candle flickers violently just before it burns out.
Chichi: (Now more worried than ever) You're saying Goku's in trouble?!
Master Roshi: (Sarcastically) No, I'm talking about candles... (Now serious) OF COURSE he's in trouble!
Vegeta: (Furious that he's being overpowered by Goku) How can this be?! I don't understand! I'm a Super-Elite! THAT DOES IT! THAT'S IT! THIS PLANET IS HISTORY! HEAR ME, KAKAROT?! YOU'RE FINISHED!!!
Goku: (Struggling to regain his strength) Uh-oh... this isn't good... I still haven't recovered from the last attack...
Vegeta: (Losing it completely) I don't need this stinkin' planet! I'll just use my Galick Gun and BLOW THE WHOLE THING UP!!! (Laughs maniacally) KAKAROT! DODGE THIS NEXT ATTACK IF YOU CAN! BUT EVEN IF I MISS YOU, THIS WHOLE PLANET'S GOING UP IN SMOOOOKE! (Powers up)
Goku: That's not fair!
(Vegeta launches into the air)
Vegeta: (Still laughing maniacally) Say goodbye to your planet, Kakarot! (Gets into position to fire the Galick Gun)
Goku: (To himself) Great. What now? I'm not ready!
(Vegeta charges his attack)
Goku: (Becoming desperate) I.. I don't have any choice! It's now or never! (Struggles to charge his Kaio-ken) TRIPLE KAIO-KEN ATTACK! (Gets into position for a Kamehameha) Now! Kamehameha! (Begins charging his attack) Kaaaa... Meeeee...
(Terrain crumbles all around him as he and Vegeta charge up their attacks)
Goku: ...Haaaaa... Meeee...
Vegeta: LET'S SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT, KAKAROT! GALICK GUN... FIRE! (Fires his Galick Gun)
Yajirobe: (Having witnessed the whole thing from afar, cowers in panic) Oh no! If I knew this was going to happen, I would have eaten more jelly donuts!
Goku: HAAAAAAAAA! (Fires his Kamehameha)
(Both beams collide in a struggle against one another)
Vegeta: (Shocked) It can't be! His beam is as strong as my Galick Gun!
(Both warriors struggle against each others' might)
Goku: (Struggling) Kaio-ken Attack... TIMES 4!!!
King Kai: (From his planet, in panic) NO! GOKU!
(Goku's Kamehameha finally overpowers Vegeta's Galick Gun)
Vegeta: (Losing control) Aaaah! NOOOOO!
(The Kamehameha beam engulfs Vegeta as it fires into the sky)
Goku: (Collapses, pants heavily, weakened) Oh man... That smarts...



Character Name Voice actor
Goku Ian James Corlett
Vegeta Brian Drummond
Yajirobe Brian Drummond
Chi-Chi Laara Sadiq
Master Roshi Ian James Corlett
Fortuneteller Baba Ellen Kennedy
Ox-King Dave 'Squatch' Ward
Bulma Lalainia Lindbjerg
Oolong Alec Willows
Gohan Saffron Henderson
Krillin Terry Klassen
King Kai Don Brown
Bubbles Doug Parker
Narrator Doc Harris


Background music and theme song by: Shuki Levy, Kussa Mahehi and Ron Wasserman.


  • This episode contains the infamous claim from FUNimation that Goku's father was a scientist, although Vegeta may have simply meant that Bardock was an average fighter but had a brilliant scientific mind.


External links

Vegeta Saga (Uncut Episodes)
The New Threat · Reunions · Unlikely Alliance · Piccolo's Plan · Gohan's Rage · No Time Like the Present · Day 1 · Gohan Goes Bananas! · The Strangest Robot · A New Friend · Terror on Arlia · Global Training · Goz and Mez · Princess Snake · Dueling Piccolos · Plight of the Children · Pendulum Room Peril · The End of Snake Way · Defying Gravity · Goku's Ancestors · Counting Down · The Darkest Day · Saibamen Attack! · The Power of Nappa · Sacrifice · Nappa's Rampage · Nimbus Speed · Goku's Arrival · Lesson Number One · Goku vs. Vegeta · Saiyan Sized Secret · Spirit Bomb Away! · Hero in the Shadows · Krillin's Offensive · Mercy
Saiyan Saga (Edited Episodes)
The Arrival of Raditz · The World's Strongest Team · Gohan's Hidden Powers · Goku's Unusual Journey · Gohan's Metamorphosis · Gohan Makes a Friend · Trouble on Arlia · Home for Infinite Losers · Princess Snake's Hospitality · Escape from Piccolo · Showdown in the Past · The End of Snake Way · A Fight Against Gravity... Catch Bubbles! · The Legend of the Saiyans · A Black Day for Planet Earth · The Battle Begins... Goku Where are You? · The Saibamen Strike · Nappa... the Invincible? · Tien Goes All Out!! · Time's Up! · The Return of Goku · Goku Strikes Back · Goku vs. Vegeta... A Saiyan Duel! · Vegeta... Saiyan Style! · Stop Vegeta Now! · The Battle Ends
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Brief summaryYajirobe secretly looks on as [[VegetaYajirobe secretly looks on as Vegeta and Goku continue their battle. Despite Vegeta's apparent superiority, Goku pushes his new powers to the limit and is able to thwart the Saiyan prince's attempts at victory. Yajirobe congratulates Goku, but returns to hiding once Goku reveals that Vegeta still has not been defeated. Deeply frustrated, Vegeta resorts to creating a Power Ball so he can transform into a Great Ape and defeat Goku (who no longer has the ability to transform since his tail was removed). At Kame House, Fortuneteller Baba tries to tune her crystal ball in to the battle once again, but when she's unsuccessful, Bulma uses Raditz' scouter to watch the battle. The scouter soon short-circuits in response to the colossal energies being generated by the fighters, however. being generated by the fighters, however.
Corresponding uncut episode30 + and 31 +
English airdate3 May 1997 +
English titleGoku vs. Vegeta... A Saiyan Duel! +
Episode number23 +
In anime series2 +
Series versionedited +

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