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Kami's Lookout

Kami's Lookout is an ancient platform that is in geostationary orbit in the skies of Earth, and directly above Korin Tower in the Dragon Ball series; for some time, Korin Tower and the lookout were connected by the Power Pole. Events occurring on the Earth can be observed from here and can sense battles in the universe. After Kami merged with Piccolo, Dende took over, technically making it Dende's Lookout.[1] However, it is still referred to as Kami's Lookout or simply The Lookout.

History

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Kami's Lookout seen from above

Goku first reached Kami's Lookout to ask to revive Shenron after the defeat of King Piccolo. He stayed here for three years to train for the battle against Piccolo Jr. at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.

Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, and Yajirobe train at the Lookout to prepare for the Saiyans.

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Piccolo and Super Buu inside Kami's Lookout

After the battle on planet Namek, the Lookout becomes where the Z Fighters take refuge and where no villain can find them. The only villains to actually discover the lookout are Garlic Jr., Super Buu, and Emperor Pilaf (in Dragon Ball GT). The Lookout gets damaged during the fight with Garlic Jr. and the Spice Boys.

In the Fusion Saga, when Piccolo returns from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to see the Lookout damaged by Super Buu (after turning everyone there into chocolate and eating them), Piccolo says "Completely ruined... again!" Later, the Lookout was completely obliterated during the battle between Super Buu and Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks. When Earth was restored to its original state with the Namekian Dragon Balls, as with every other place, the Lookout was wished back with no damage at all.

Between the events of the Post-Buu Saga and Dragon Ball GT, Goku returns to the Lookout to train Uub.

Features of the Lookout

Pendulum Room

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The Pendulum Room

A room that exists as filler, this chamber is also known as Room of Time in both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Mr. Popo stated that the past, present, and future is operated and controlled in this room. The main function of the Pendulum Room is meant to send one or people's spirit through time to train. In the Dragon Ball filler episode "The Time Room", Goku was sent back in time to learn from Master Roshi's former sensei, Master Mutaito, about manipulating one's ki. In the Dragon Ball Z filler episode "Pendulum Room Peril", Tien Shinhan, Yamcha, Chiaotzu, and Krillin go to a similar (or possible the same) room where their spirits are taken back in time to fight two past Saiyans, Shorty and Scarface. These rooms didn't appear in the original manga.

Teleporter

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The Teleporter

In early Dragon Ball filler episodes "Quicker Than Lightning" and "Secret of the Woods", it is revealed that the Lookout has a teleporter or transporter machine that allows Kami or anyone to go wherever they want to on Earth. Kami is rarely shown using this, but the most notable case was in Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone during the initial struggle with Garlic Jr.

Hyperbolic Time Chamber

Main article: Hyperbolic Time Chamber

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Hyperbolic Time Chamber

A room featured prominently in Dragon Ball Z, it is in a different time dimension, where a day outside is a year inside (or just one minute outside is just over six hours inside). It is used by many major characters, and Gotenks fought Super Buu in it. Piccolo destroyed the door during this battle in an attempt to lock Buu inside forever, along with himself and Gotenks, so it is impossible to get in or out of it now (unless it had been revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls). However, Buu is able to escape by creating a portal by screaming at the top of his lungs, which Piccolo and Gotenks do after he escapes to let themselves out. Supposedly the room can only be used for up to 48 hours outside the chamber in one lifetime. If one were to break that rule, the doorway to the outside world would automatically vanish, thus trapping the trainee(s) inside for eternity. However, in Buu or Gotenks' case, they would simply bust out as they had done before, thus nullifying this effect. A popular misconception is that only two people can enter the room at a time. In actuality there is no limit to the number of people that can enter, but there is only enough food inside for two people. Goten, Trunks, Piccolo, and Super Buu were able to be inside all at once, albeit for a short time, so in their case, the shortage of food was no issue.

Inside the Lookout

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Inside the Lookout

While all of the above is on top of the lookout, there are two different things inside the lookout: in Dragon Ball Z, the very bottom of the lookout (where the Power Pole fits in) is connected to all the winds of the world. To get there, one must go through a sacred area known as the Shinsenkai (lit. "Realm of Gods and Sages") where all the past guardians of the Earth exist.

In Dragon Ball GT, it was just empty, allowing Goku and Uub to have their battle without harming the Earth.

Known residents

  • Mr. Popo (assistant to the guardian of Earth)
  • Unnamed Guardian of Earth (Kami's predecessor, before he died)
  • Nameless Namekian (apprentice Guardian, King Piccolo and Kami post-separation and pre-refusion)
  • Kami (Guardian of Earth, before fusing with Piccolo Jr.)
  • Garlic (former apprentice Guardian)
  • Goku (trains at the lookout for three years after the defeat of King Piccolo, then returns between the events of the post-Buu Saga and Dragon Ball GT to train Uub)
  • Krillin (trains at the lookout to prepare for the Saiyans)
  • Yamcha (trains at the lookout to prepare for the Saiyans)
  • Tien Shinhan (trains at the lookout to prepare for the Saiyans)
  • Chiaotzu (trains at the lookout to prepare for the Saiyans)
  • Yajirobe (trains at the Lookout to prepare for the Saiyans)
  • Garlic Jr. (takes over the lookout during the Garlic Jr. Saga)
  • Piccolo Jr. (he resumes residence there after fusing with Kami)
  • Dende (current Guardian of Earth)
  • Uub (trains here with Goku between the events of the Post-Buu Saga and Dragon Ball GT)

Video games

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Kami's Temple in Attack of the Saiyans

Kami's Lookout can be visited in Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden, Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku, the Legacy of Goku series, Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, and Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans.

Called Temple, the lookout is a playable arena in several fighting games, including Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budōkai, Dragon Ball Z Arcade, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22, Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension, Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (called Shrine), Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Super Dragon Ball Z, the Raging Blast series, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale, and Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.

It is seen in cutscenes in the Supersonic Warriors series and Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle.

Kami's Lookout is one of the ten locations in the board game The Heroic Dragon Ball Z Adventure Game.

Trivia

  • In the Piccolo Jr. Saga episode "Lost and Found", Goku was going to ride his Flying Nimbus up to Kami's Lookout to ask to revive Shenron, but Korin said the highest the Nimbus Cloud can go is up to Korin Tower. This is probably because Kami's Lookout is above the clouds and the Nimbus is a cloud.
  • During the Cell Saga, Bulma reaches the lookout by flying in an airplane. However, earlier, in Dragon Ball, it was said to be impossible to reach even to the top of Korin's Tower using any kind of vehicle including a rocket ship due to the fact that Kami would send back anything he did not approve of. During this period however, Piccolo had already fused with Kami and the Z Fighters were always welcomed at Kami's Lookout.
  • Ultimate Shenron's head is roughly the same size as the lookout.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, the lookout essentially replaces Kame House as the "base" for the characters.

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