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This article is about the planet. For the planet's native populace , see Namekian. For the language spoken by that race, see Namekian language. For the eleventh original Dragon Ball Z anime volume, see Namek (volume).
LocationUniverse 7
Ruler Grand Elder Guru
Strongest Warrior Nail
Inhabitants Namekians
Smaller Locations Grand Elder's house
Maima Region
Moori's village
Tsuno's village
Orbital Period 130 days[1]
Distance to Earth 17~18 light years
Date of DestructionAge 762

Namek (ナメック星, Namekku-sei) is a planet in a ternary star system[2] located at coordinates 9045XY within the Universe 7.[3] It is the home planet of the Nameless Namekian, and Dende, along with other Namekians.

The planet was destroyed by the wrath of Frieza on December 24th, Age 762. The Namekian people were relocated to New Namek after being refugees on Earth for roughly a year.


The planet had a population of about 100 Namekians at the time of the Vegeta Saga[3] in November of Age 762. It is also home to a host of ambient life, such as fish, frogs, slugs and dinosaurs.


The surface of Planet Namek

Namek has three suns, so it is never night time. Despite this, depictions of the planet show there to be a dark side. It is possible that the planet is tidally locked to the star group, resulting in the lack of a day/night cycle, with the Nameks living on the daylight side of the planet. A Namekian year is much shorter than an earth year, at 130 days long, as shown when the Namekians are reviving Z Fighters who died fighting Nappa. As measured by Bulma on arrival, the Namekian atmosphere does partly consist of oxygen. The Namekians could use this for their respiration process.


Climate shift


Violent storms ravage Namek in Age 261

Planet Namek once was a beautiful meadow covered by Ajisa. In Age 261, a horrible climate shift wiped out all the Namekians except Guru and a few Powered-Up Namekians who were exiled before. One unnamed Namekian, the child of Katas, a gifted child of the Dragon Clan, was sent off to Earth as a child to ensure his survival.[4] Guru believed himself to be the last Namek alive until he heard that the son of Katas had made it to Earth safely. Fortunately, he was able to re-populate the planet, since Nameks reproduce asexually, giving birth to 109 Namekians. Guru's children began re-building the planet, especially the lush vegetation that had been destroyed in the storms.

Invasion of Frieza

Main article: Battle on Planet Namek


The village of the Three-Star Dragon Ball, destroyed by Frieza

During the Namek Saga Planet Namek was terrorized by Frieza and his henchmen, Dodoria and Zarbon. The planet was ultimately destroyed by Frieza as a last-ditch effort to kill Goku in their battle during the Frieza Saga, as he was able to survive without oxygen in space.


One of the many caves on Namek

All Namekians killed by Frieza and his henchmen, which did not include the deaths caused by Vegeta, were brought back to life and transported to Earth. The Namekians lived on Earth for roughly 260 days before being resettled on New Namek. Namek's destruction was later referenced by Dore of Cooler's Armored Squadron, when wondering why Piccolo was not on his home planet where he belongs before Neiz reminds him of his home planet's fate.[5]


  • Maima Region: The place where Frieza's spaceship touched down on Planet Namek. Vegeta and Goku were healed here by medical machines aboard the ship. In the Viz translation, this place is called the Shell Region.
  • Moori's village: The village governed by Moori, and Dende's home town. With a total population of 11, it is a village with a comparatively small number of people. All of the villagers were wiped out by for resisting Frieza, except Dende, who was saved by Gohan and Krillin.
  • Grand Elder's house: A house is built upon a high rock on Planet Namek. It is where the Namekian Elder lives. Frieza's scouter indicated it as being in Point 8829401 of Planet Namek. Krillin visited here in order to obtain a Namekian Dragon Ball, and he later brought Gohan here in order to have Grand Elder Guru draw out his dormant power. Frieza visited here to get information on the method of summoning Porunga.
  • Tsuno's village: The village governed by Tsuno. Its total population was 20 people. The village was destroyed by Vegeta.

Known residents

Video games

Zenkai Namek Royale Dragon Ball

Namek in Zenkai Battle Royale

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Namek in J-Stars Victory Vs


  • Akira Toriyama was infamous for never wanting to draw scenes in big cities, as natural, rural settings were easier to draw, and for not wanting to draw scenes set in the night. Creating the planet Namek got rid of both of these problems for him, he was able to set scenes in a rural world where there was no night.
  • A large number of Dragon Ball Z episodes are set on Namek (44-107). This drew criticism, giving rise to the popular internet meme, "Are They Still on Namek?"



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  • Namek distance?

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    • I'm no rocket scientist, but I think there's a different way to calculate the distance between Earth and Namek. This will use the ani...
    • The attack ball takes one week to arrive in Namek instead of one month, you could calculate from that.

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