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"If you want the Dragon Balls, Piccolo, you'll have to come down here!"
Master Roshi daring King Piccolo to face him.

Piccolo Closes In (がんばれっ!孫悟空!! Ganbare! Son Goku!!) is the ninth episode of the King Piccolo Saga and the one hundred tenth episode in the Dragon Ball series. The episode first aired on May 4, 1988.



King Piccolo fires the Makosen to finish off Goku

After a few more hits, King Piccolo critically wounds Goku with one of his most powerful beams and takes his Dragon Ball. King Piccolo makes his way to get the rest of the Dragon Balls. In his state, Goku requests Yajirobe to take him to Korin Tower.

Meanwhile, Chiaotzu finds the fifth Dragon Ball. Master Roshi decides that they should head towards King Piccolo, to get the other two balls. Yajirobe tells Goku the story of King Piccolo. Roshi takes to the ground and hides the Dragon Balls he collected. King Piccolo swallows his two Dragon Balls, thwarting Roshi's plan to steal them. To prevent Tien Shinhan from fighting, Roshi paralyzes him. King Piccolo jumps down Pilaf's Airship to face Roshi.


  • This episode had the lowest rating for the Dragon Ball anime series on Fuji TV, with 13.7% rating share.


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