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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.


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Goku uses the Kaio-ken x2

At Kame House, Master Roshi, Bulma and the others attempt to watch the battle on Fortuneteller Baba's Crystal Ball, to little success. Baba angrily blames it on Bulma angrily smacking the ball around earlier, but Roshi counters that it may be the energy from Goku and Vegeta's battle disrupting the Earth's energy. Burma uses Raditz' scouter and indeed senses two huge power levels coming from the west. Chi-Chi is dismayed, believing this means that Krillin and Gohan are both dead.

Vegeta powers up as dark storm clouds gather overhead and rocks begin floating up into the air. Pillars collapse and Vegeta is surrounded by a bubble of pure, glowing energy. The ground shakes and the air is crackling with all the energy floating around. Goku is shocked by such amazing power and even seems to begin feeling worried.

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Goku attacks Vegeta


Vegeta, enraged that Goku was able to match him

Vegeta powers himself up and completely dominates Goku. Vegeta lands a good blow to Goku's jaw and sends him flying. Goku stops himself in midair, only to be sneak-attacked from behind by Vegeta's charged Ki Blast. Goku manages to dodge the blow, though it destroys his shirt. Vegeta mocks Goku, asking him if that was all he could do. As a last resort, Goku decides to push his limits by using the Kaio-Ken x3 despite King Kai having told him to never go past x2. The power amazes even Vegeta, and he is even more startled when Goku suddenly launches himself towards him with his fist balled and raised.

The power generated overloads Bulma's scouter and begins to worry King Kai. With newfound strength, Goku ferociously attacks Vegeta. Unable to counter the onslaught, Vegeta is quickly overwhelmed.

At Kame House, Fortuneteller Baba world hard t conjure up an image on her crystal ball. Although they have no way of telling how well the battle is going for Goku, everyone is exited that Goku's energy is so high, but Master Roshi fears that Goku is pushing himself beyond his limits.

Vegeta continues to take damage from Goku, and grows furious that he is being beaten by a lower class warrior. Goku's body begins to have trouble enduring the strain imposed by the Kaio-Ken x3, and he realizes that he has to defeat Vegeta quickly. Fueled with anger, Vegeta decides to destroy Goku, along with the rest of the planet, by unleashing the Galick Gun attack. Goku counters it with a Kaioken x3 powered Kamehameha, and when he decides it is not enough, raises himself to a Kaio-ken x4. Vegeta is hit point-blank by the beam and rocketed into the sky, leaving Goku exhausted from the surge of energy.

Yajirobe, who had been watching the entire battle in hiding, comes forth to congratulate Goku. A single pat on the back turns out to be more than Goku can handle, and he screams in pain. Upon hearing from Goku that Vegeta is still alive and will return soon, Yajirobe again retreats into hiding. Freeing himself from the crest of the Kamehameha, an outraged Vegeta decides to transform. After failing to find the moon, he returns to Goku and reveals another way to transform. Vegeta tells Goku the origin of the Blutz Waves, reflected from the moon, and how they cause a reaction in the Saiyans. When thrown into the sky, the Blutz Waves are activated, allowing Saiyans to transform. It all seems to confuse Goku, until Vegeta creates a small, artificial moon with his own energy. With his tail gone, Goku is unaffected, but as Vegeta stares at it, he completes his terrible transformation into a Great Ape.


  • 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 Mahchi 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.


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