The King Piccolo Saga is the penultimate saga from the anime Dragon Ball. The manga volumes that it is made up of are "The Demon King Piccolo", "Piccolo Conquers The World", and the first part of "Heaven And Earth". It occurs after the Tien Shinhan Saga and precedes the Piccolo Jr. Saga. It includes the first death of a major character, Goku's first encounter with the Samurai warrior Yajirobe, the battles of Goku, Tien Shinhan, and Yajirobe against King Piccolo's sons, Goku's quest to find the Ultra Divine Water, his final battle with King Piccolo, and the birth of Piccolo Jr.
In this saga, Krillin is killed by Tambourine, and Shenron, Master Roshi and Chiaotzu are killed by King Piccolo. King Piccolo is destroyed by Goku when he uses his Penetrate! technique to punch a huge hole through King Piccolo's chest. This act is followed by King Piccolo spitting out an egg, from which is born a being called Piccolo Jr., who becomes a key character in Dragon Ball Z.
The King Piccolo threat
Goku, Krillin, Tien Shinhan and all the others go to dinner to celebrate their World Martial Arts Tournament victory (held during the Tien Shinhan Saga). Goku then realizes that he forgot his Dragon Ball and his Power Pole at the Stadium, so Krillin goes back to retrieve them. Sometime after he leaves, Goku senses that something is wrong and quickly rushes to find him. He finds Krillin's dead body and the World Tournament Announcer at his side.
The trembling referee explains that a hideous monster (later found to be Tambourine) killed Krillin and then flew off. He says that the monster also took a list of all the fighters in the tournament and Goku's Dragon Ball. Goku's friends soon follow him and also find Krillin's body. Enraged and grief-stricken, Goku grabs his Power Pole, takes the Dragon Radar from Bulma, and dashes off in pursuit of the killer despite Master Roshi's orders to stop, using the Dragon Radar in conjunction with his stolen Dragon Ball to track the killer down. Oolong finds a piece of paper with the killer's symbol on it nearby, and a horrified Roshi recognizes this symbol and Krillin's death as the work of the evil King Piccolo.
Master Roshi tells the others of a time when the world was suddenly over-run with hideous and seemingly invincible monsters, that made their way through civilizations, destroying all in their path. Eventually the creatures arrived at Mutaito's dojo, where in battle the entire school fought the monsters. However, only a few of the monsters are killed while only two pupils made it through, Master Roshi and Master Shen. Master Roshi explains the monsters prepared a joint mouth blast and fired it at the two, but they concentrated their energy into a shield and fired the attack back, destroying them.
Following this, King Piccolo appeared before them and sends them flying into part of the Dojo with a single blast to the ground in front of them. Master Mutaito soon stepped in, but King Piccolo made short work of him, humiliating him in front of his students and leaving him for dead. After being nursed back to health, Mutaito left them both; while Shen eventually lost faith, Roshi did not. As King Piccolo's rampage continued, Master Roshi found refuge in the nearby mountains, where years later Mutaito returned to him, with an electric rice cooker.
Mutaito had trained hard and eventually used the suicidal Evil Containment Wave (Mafuba) technique to trap King Piccolo in a jar. After personally disposing of the jar by throwing it into the ocean, Master Roshi founded the Turtle School based on Mutaito's teachings. Over time, civilization was rebuilt, and humanity forgot about King Piccolo's rampage.
However, Emperor Pilaf released King Piccolo after finding the jar and asking the Namekian villain to help him get the Dragon Balls, but King Piccolo had his own plans and instructed Tambourine to kill every fighter from the two previous tournaments, viewing them as potential threats.
Goku finally tracks down Tambourine and engages him in combat, but, as Goku is still weak from his fight with Tien, Tambourine easily outmatches him and destroys the Flying Nimbus, proceeding to beat Goku senseless and drop him to the ground, presuming him to be dead. Goku awakens battered and hungry in the middle of a forest, and soon stumbles upon a giant fish cooking over an open fire. Soon after he is confronted by Yajirobe, after which he is accused of eating Yajirobe's fish. They then have a quick fight in which they are evenly matched, with Goku surprised that Yajirobe is tough enough to take his punches and Yajirobe likewise surprised at how fast and strong Goku is. Meanwhile, Tambourine kills Bacterian, Nam, King Chappa, Pamput, Man-Wolf, Giran and other fighters.
King Piccolo then creates another son named Cymbal whose purpose is to find the Dragon Balls. Yajirobe has one, and this leads Cymbal to attack him. Yajirobe kills him, and, due to his hunger, eats him, saying he is excellent meat. Tambourine, who was getting ready to finish off Yamcha in a filler segment exclusive to the anime, is then ordered by King Piccolo to attack them in revenge for Cymbal's death, but at this point Goku is at full strength and kills him easily with his Kamehameha, completely incinerating him in the process. Yajirobe is then angry because he wanted to eat another creature that size.
Meanwhile, Master Roshi, Chiaotzu and Tien track down the Dragon Balls. King Piccolo reveals to Emperor Pilaf that he wants to use the Dragon Shenron to become young, and then proceed to conquer the Earth, "promising" Emperor Pilaf a fifth of his gain. Angry because of the death of his sons, King Piccolo goes to fight Goku himself, while Roshi and company find the Three-Star Dragon Ball in a cave, and head to where Goku and King Piccolo are fighting. Despite his age, King Piccolo has the upper hand, and soon Goku is defeated with ease. King Piccolo finds that Goku's heart has stopped and assumes him to be dead. He then takes the Dragon Ball from Goku's unmoving body and departs. However, after Piccolo leaves, Yajirobe (who had been hiding nearby) discovers that Goku's heart only stopped momentarily, and that the young warrior still lives.
Master Roshi lures King Piccolo with two Dragon Balls and confronts him, but is easily knocked around; knowing that he is no match for King Piccolo, Master Roshi merely stands still and takes King Piccolo's attacks. King Piccolo does not recognize Roshi until he mentions Mutaito; after which, he grows fearful, realizing what Roshi is here to do. After using a capsule to conjure an electric rice cooker, Master Roshi performs the Evil Containment Wave and nearly succeeds at trapping King Piccolo again, but misses the jar's opening at the last second. Before he dies from using the move, Master Roshi assures King Piccolo that he hasn't won yet and someone will succeed where he failed. With nobody left to stop him (Tien can't do anything because Master Roshi paralyzed him earlier with a knock-out potion, Chiaotzu is too weak, and Goku is too injured), King Piccolo summons the Shenron. Chiaotzu tries to stop him by wishing for his destruction, but is killed by King Piccolo's blast before he could finish his sentence. King Piccolo makes his wish to be young again, which results in his power rising to an incredible level.
King Piccolo's siege
King Piccolo became the Young King Piccolo, and as a sample of his newly replenished power, he kills Shenron, which causes the Dragon Balls to revert to regular stones. The Dragon Balls no longer exist, and so none of the recently deceased people (namely Krillin, Master Roshi, and Chiaotzu) can be resurrected.
Goku asks Yajirobe to carry him to Korin Tower in order to get Senzu Beans. Luckily Yajirobe has his own car, in a capsule. Goku tries to climb, but because of his current condition, he asks Yajirobe to carry him, and they proceed up the tower. The now-rejuvenated King Piccolo is preoccupied with beginning his conquest of the world and begins by overthrowing King Furry and taking his title, supposedly making King Piccolo the king of Earth, but not before turning back on his promise to Emperor Pilaf and kicking him out of his airship.
Meanwhile, Tien went far away to train in use of the Evil Containment Wave Technique in order to trap King Piccolo. Goku finally reaches the top of the Korin Tower thanks to Yajirobe, and hears shocking news from Korin: Goku now is stronger than he and he therefore can't help him except by giving him Senzu Beans. However, he does mention the Ultra Divine Water, (not regular water, like the last time, see Commander Red Saga).
Yajirobe, and later Goku, enter a pot and travel on an icy road to a cave, fighting some monsters that resemble statues (but actually move and fight and aren't very nice). Also they find an illusions of Kame House and all of Goku's friends, that try to trick them, but Goku doesn't fall for the trickery. Finally, they meet the Guardian of the Ultra Divine Water: the Darkness herself and she allows Goku to drink the water: however, she tells Goku that if he doesn't possess some strength he will die by drinking it. Goku takes the chance, drinks it, and it works: after a night of suffering through pain caused by the water, he becomes stronger than King Piccolo.
King Piccolo is enjoying himself as he declares the new laws for the kingdom, including everyone should steal, no police activity, and no one can utter the words "peace" and "justice" or King Piccolo would become quite angry. He also creates a lottery to determine which province will be attacked next: the first province will be where Bulma's parents are living, but as luck would have it, Tien has just mastered the Evil Containment Wave and is on his way to battle Young King Piccolo and Goku (who was given a new Flying Nimbus by Korin) flies as fast as he can to challenge Piccolo to a rematch.
Tien reaches the palace first, and battles another child of King Piccolo: Drum. Drum is as strong as he is fat, and defeats Tien easily. Desperate, Tien performs the Evil Containment Wave on King Piccolo, but Drum jumps in the way and is caught. Before he can be sealed, King Piccolo destroys the electric rice cooker, sparing Tien's life and saving Drum from imprisonment (this is only in the anime; in the manga, Tien immediately attempts to perform the Evil Containment Wave on King Piccolo, but notices that the rice cooker he had intended to use is cracked, meaning King Piccolo could escape once trapped and with no other options, Tien challenges King Piccolo and fights Drum). At that moment, Goku arrives, and Tien is relieved to see that Goku is still alive. Goku notices that King Piccolo has regained his youth and full power, which King Piccolo confirms before ordering Drum to attack Goku. Tien warns Goku to run, but Goku simply kicks Drum in the face so hard that his eyeballs pop out, killing him.
Final match: Goku vs. King Piccolo
Tien stares in awe, shocked at how Goku has become so strong since the last time he saw him, as he killed Drum with one kick. King Piccolo tells Goku he doesn't have time for him again because he is on his way to West City, and that he will have to make his demonstration quick.
King Piccolo aggressively charges at Goku preparing a chop attack, but Goku raises his arm and blocks it. Shocked, King Piccolo sends a powerful punch at his face, but even quicker Goku grabs his arm and throws him into one of the castle grounds' buildings.
King Piccolo rises from the ruins of the building and fires several energy blasts at him, at one point Goku jumps over Drum's body, causing it to be blown to pieces. King Piccolo then resorts to an aerial attack, flying high up into the clouds he quickly flies back at Goku and fires an even stronger Makosen than the last time he used it on him. Goku quickly dodges it and King Piccolo sees the same opening from their first fight, and fires the even stronger blast at him, but this time Goku blocks it and then lands, completely unharmed.
Tien is even more amazed at how Goku has blocked all of Piccolo's attacks. Goku tells King Piccolo that he is going to make him pay. At that moment Goku seemingly disappears then reappears in front of King Piccolo, sending a powerful punch to his face. The powerful punch sends King Piccolo flying in Piano's direction, crushing Piano with the fall. An enraged King Piccolo gets up and rushes at Goku, at first Goku is able to avoid King Piccolo's attacks, but then King Piccolo manages to hit Goku. Goku recovers remarkably quickly and charges back with a powerful barrage of punches and kicks, seemingly finishing the Demon King. King Piccolo is unhurt, however, and tells Goku that despite the fact that it will shorten his lifespan, he will power up to his full strength.
King Piccolo begins powering up, the ground begins shaking and breaking apart, and Tien begins to have a hard time keeping his balance, but Goku stands unaffected. Piano's body is sunk into the rubble and soon King Piccolo begins seemingly glowing. King Piccolo then finishes powering up and attacks Goku, sending a powerful punch to his body that sends him to the ground so hard that it creates a large impact crater. Both King Piccolo and Tien think Goku is dead, and Tien prepares to fight, but then they hear a voice ring out: "Ka...me...ha...me...HA!!" Goku is alive, and he shoots a Kamehameha at King Piccolo. King Piccolo notices and prepares to block it, but Goku was now able to use a homing version of the Kamehameha and Young King Piccolo was hit by the homing blast. Subsequently, Goku and King Piccolo continue combat.
Meanwhile, a stunned King Furry was watching the fight, and wanted to stay and watch King Piccolo be defeated, but one of his guards convinces him they must reach higher ground while they still have the chance. King Piccolo is knocked into another building, he gets up and throws a piece of it at Goku, and Goku blocks it, King Piccolo then used his eye-laser to burn Goku's knee, but Goku replies he only needs one knee to finish him. King Piccolo laughs, and then prepares another chop attack, but Goku gets his Power Pole and orders it to extend, sending him flying towards Piccolo, Goku then uses his good knee to knee King Piccolo in the face.
On the television, people say there is a huge battle in the ruins of the King's Castle between King Piccolo and "a very bald young man, and a small boy". Bulma wonders if Goku is alive, but Yamcha assumes he is dead. Bulma then points out how Fortuneteller Baba once told them Goku would someday become a great hero. The two are convinced it is Goku and that he will save the world from Piccolo.
King Piccolo is enraged at Goku's attack and states the Power Pole is only a crutch. King Piccolo then proceeds to increase his size, making himself even more massive than before, and neither Goku or Tien know what is happening. King Piccolo starts firing large powerful finger blasts which Goku blocks with energy attacks of his own. He eventually fires at Goku's Power Pole, removing it from the fight, then fires his Explosive Demon Wave which creates an explosion of near-nuclear effect. The TV loses signal while King Furry and his two guards narrowly escape King Piccolo's blast.
King Piccolo is shocked to find that Goku survived the attack; Tien had flown him up into the air to escape the blast. Goku says he can manage without Tien (who is now completely drained of all his energy). King Piccolo powers-up again for a slightly weaker Explosive Wave, and Goku tries to stop him with a punch, but the punch isn't strong enough to knock Piccolo out because Goku was unable to build up enough momentum with only one leg. King Piccolo completes the blast, hitting Goku and sending Tien flying several feet away.
King Piccolo, now exhausted, believes he has destroyed Goku when then he hears his voice from within the massive crater. The Flying Nimbus brings Goku back up and he prepares to attack again, King Piccolo appears too exhausted to continue, but he quickly runs out of range and picks up Tien by his head and begins squeezing it, demanding if Goku does not surrender to him he will crush Tien's skull. Tien pleas with Goku to forget about him and make sure he destroys King Piccolo, while King Piccolo tightened his grip on Tien's head.
Meanwhile, Yamcha, Bulma, and Launch land and explore the ruins of the city to make their way to the source of the blast. Elsewhere Yajirobe has decided to come see Goku fight, but then begins to have second thoughts seeing the giant crater. Yajirobe then begins to debate with himself whether or not to go back after remembering Goku promised him a free dinner for taking him to the Tower.
Goku finally says he will do whatever King Piccolo wants. King Piccolo tells him not to move, and picks up a rock, and with his powerful breath propels it at Goku, hitting his arm and breaking it. Goku holds his arm in pain and tells Tien to forgive him but he can't let King Piccolo get away with what he's done. King Piccolo asks him if he cares for Tien's life and Goku says he will just have to revive him with the Dragon Balls. Hearing this, King Piccolo laughs at him and says he's already killed Shenron, shocking and angering Goku. With no other way to save Tien, Goku stands still, and King Piccolo picks up another rock and propels it at Goku's good knee, breaking it.
Satisfied Goku is helpless, King Piccolo drops Tien and states he will finish him later and kill Goku now. King Piccolo rises high up into the sky again and begins charging at Goku at top speed. With his right arm unharmed, Goku blasts a large one handed Kamehameha that propels him back at King Piccolo at supersonic speed.
Goku prepares to put all of his strength into one single punch, but King Piccolo prepares to block it. Goku shouts "It's time for your terror to end!" and launches the punch, suddenly the image of the Great Ape appears with Goku as he flies towards King Piccolo. A loud explosion rings out and Tien looks up; Goku has punched a hole clean through King Piccolo's chest. As Goku sobs with victory, King Piccolo can only hover, dying, shocked he has been killed by someone, but states Goku's only won for now. King Piccolo then spits out his last egg which contains Piccolo Jr., an offspring designed to carry all of his father's strength all the way from birth. King Piccolo swears vengeance upon Goku and explodes. The shockwave of the explosion sends Goku flying fast to the ground below, but just before he lands Yajirobe shows up and catches him. Before they part ways, Tien says he's going back to the Kame House to tell the others, while Yajirobe prepares to drive Goku back to Korin Tower.
Anime and Manga Differences
- In the manga, Korin gives Goku the Ultra Divine Water straight away in Korin Tower. In the anime, Goku and Yajirobe are whisked off on a separate adventure in order to find it, coming across various obstacles and illusions along the way.
- Tambourine vs. Krillin
- Goku vs. Tambourine
- Goku vs. Yajirobe
- Yajirobe vs. Cymbal
- Tambourine vs. King Chappa (anime only)
- Tambourine vs Pamput (anime only)
- Tambourine vs. Bacterian (anime only)
- Tambourine vs. Giran
- Tambourine vs. Yamcha (anime only)
- Goku vs. Tambourine
- Goku vs. King Piccolo
- Roshi vs. King Piccolo
- Goku and Yajirobe vs. Ice Monster (anime only)
- Goku vs. Cloned Master Roshi (anime only)
- Tien vs. Drum
- Goku vs. Drum
- Goku vs. King Piccolo
Funimation Saga Sets
- King Piccolo Saga, Part One (102-111)
- King Piccolo Saga, Part Two (112-122)
FUNimation Remastered DVD Sets
- Dragon Ball Season Four (93-122) (only episodes 102-122 are part of the King Piccolo Saga)
|135||"The Death of Kuririn"|
|136||"Target: Tenka'ichi Budokai"|
|137||"We Need You, Goku!"|
|138||"The Weirdo with the Ball"|
|140||"The Martial Artist Hunters"|
|141||"Goku vs. Tambourine"|
|143||"Goku vs. The Demon King"|
|145||"The Muten-Rōshi's Decision"|
|147||"The Demon King of Old... Restored!"|
|148||"Go Ask Karin!"|
|151||"The Superest Super Water!!!"|
|154||"Tenshinhan vs. Drum"|
|155||"Guess Who's Back?"|
|157||"The Immortal Battle"|
|158||"Goku's Greatest Crisis!"|
|159||"The Blasted Earth"|
|160||"Goku's Final Gamble"|
|161||"The Fist of Son Goku"|
|102||"Enter King Piccolo"|
|Krillin is dead! As Goku sets out on a quest for revenge, his friends attempt to learn the identity of Krillin's killer. All clues lead to Master Roshi's past and an evil that could destroy the world!|
|King Piccolo has begun his sinister plot to restore his power and take over the world. All he needs are the seven Dragon Balls and all of the Martial Arts Society members - dead.|
|104||"Mark of the Demon"|
|The evil King Piccolo has sent his henchman, Tambourine to kill all the warriors that could foil his plan. Goku, in an effort to avenge Krillin's death, is defeated by Tambourine and left stranded. He runs into a strange mountain man - but is he friend or foe?|
|105||"Here Comes Yajirobe"|
|Lost in the wilderness, Goku fights for his honor after a mountain boy accuse him of stealing his fish. Meanwhile, Master Roshi and company desperately search for a means of stopping King Piccolo from obtaining the Dragon Balls and annihilating the Martial Arts Society!|
|Tambourine continues his seek-and-slaughter campaign of martial artists as he sets his sight on victim eight: Yamcha! Master Roshi takes Tien and Chiaotzu on a cross-country race for the Dragon Balls, as they try to stay ahead of the competition, King Piccolo and his dastardly horde. Meanwhile, Goku attempts to persuade mountain-boy Yajirobe to hand over his Dragon Ball to help save Krillin!|
|Tambourine closes in on Goku and Yajirobe as the two warriors engage in a cross-country chase - of each other. Meanwhile, to obtain a Dragon Ball Tien must first atone for the brutality of his past.|
|The final showdown between Goku and Tambourine is here! As Goku fights to avenge Krillin's death, Master Roshi, Tien, and Chiaotzu continue their race against King Piccolo for the Dragon Balls. However, King Piccolo is out to get those responsible for Cymbal's demise, and the trail leads him to Goku!|
|109||"Goku vs. King Piccolo"|
|Goku must stand alone as he faces the wrath of King Piccolo. Without aid, and protecting the One-Star Dragon Ball, Goku defends his life as the dastardly alien seeks revenge for the deaths of Cymbal and Tambourine, two of his prized soldiers. Master Roshi finds himself between a rock and a hard place as he quests for the Three-Star ball.|
|110||"Piccolo Closes In"|
|Exhausted, bruised, and alone, Goku makes a final stand against the seemingly indestructible King Piccolo. As Master Roshi and others continue their pursuit of the Dragon Balls, it becomes clear that the trail leads to the dark forces of King Piccolo and judgment day for our heroes.|
|Global destruction is one wish away if King Piccolo succeeds in calling fourth the Eternal Dragon. Master Roshi answers the call for a hero by placing himself between the creature and the remaining Dragon Balls. However, in his attempt to save the world, he may pay the ultimate price.|
|112||"King Piccolo's Wish"|
|King Piccolo has called forth the Eternal Dragon. Master Roshi is down, Tien can't get up and Chiaotzu is scared stiff. With no one to oppose him, King Piccolo prepares to make a wish, which if granted, could become the world's greatest nightmare!|
|113||"Siege on Chow Castle"|
|The invasion has begun! A youthful King Piccolo sets out to vanquish the world, sector by sector, and he's starting out with the peaceful inhabitants of King Furry's realm! Meanwhile, Goku hopes to regain his strength by visiting Master Korin's Tower, if he can climb it, exhausted and frail.|
|114||"Conquest and Power"|
|Goku's reunion with Master Korin is filled with hope and disappointment as the hero receives shocking news! Meanwhile, King Piccolo attempts to force King Furry's obedience through a horrific display of brutality towards his kingdom and subjects as Tien prepares for the long journey to learn the secret of the Evil Containment Wave.|
|Something stirs in the cold, deep black below. Moans bellow from a hallow cavern beneath the ice. The Dark is alive! And it calls for Goku, as he sets out on a dangerous quest to find the Ultra Divine Water. One sip could mean amazing power - or painful death!|
|116||"A Taste of Destiny"|
|Goku and Yajirobe seek the Ultra Divine Water, a mystical beverage that will grant either great power or death. But surprise follows surprise as Goku finally finds Darkness, the keeper of the Ultra Divine Water. After Goku proves himself worthy, Darkness allows him to drink the perilous potion. But will he be empowered or perished?|
|117||"The Ultimate Sacrifice"|
|Tien masters the Evil Containment Wave, deciding to use it against the evil King Piccolo. One problem: if used against an opponent the Wave will kill its user! Meanwhile, Goku and Yajirobe return to Korin's Tower where Goku discovers his new powers and is given another Nimbus cloud. Can Goku reach King Piccolo before Tien sacrifices himself?|
|118||"Prelude to Vengeance"|
|King Piccolo has declared annihilation of the world, one sector at a time. First up, the Western City, home of Bulma's parents. Tien, having mastered the Evil Containment Wave, prepares to fight King Piccolo, but a new menace threatens all. Goku race to offer aid, but will it be too late?|
|There's a new beast in town and his name is Drum. Tien must go through him before he can fight King Piccolo. The problem is, Drum moves faster than Tien's eyes - all three of them! Goku is on his way, but will he arrive in time to save the day?|
|120||"Goku Strikes Back"|
|Goku is back to face King Piccolo, and not a moment too soon! As Tien and the rest of the resistance endure their most desperate hour, only Goku stands between King Piccolo and the destruction of Western City. It's more than just a rematch, it's the battle to save the world!|
|121||"The Biggest Crisis"|
|King Piccolo puts all of West City on edge when he invades the King's castle, but Goku is not about to let him take over without a fight. While Tien watches from the sidelines, the young warrior takes it on the chin and refuses to go down. It's a fierce battle but even Goku has his limits. How much can he take?|
|The fierce battle between Goku and King Piccolo continues, but King Piccolo gains the advantage when he breaks Goku down limb by limb. To make matters worse, Tien is used as a pawn in the battle. Goku is forced to make an awful choice. Will he surrender to King Piccolo and save his friend or choose to fight and risk his own life?|
- This is the only time in the manga where a villain is successful in using the Dragon Balls and having a wish granted.
- It is the first saga where an otherworldy monster is the villain.
- This is the first major saga in the Dragon Ball universe in which the comedic, slapstick elements from earlier sagas are largely abandoned in favor of a more serious tone. They would not return on a large scale until late in Dragon Ball Z, in the Majin Buu Saga.