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"Well, don't get the wrong idea. I don't care one bit about this planet or its filthy people. But without it, there'd be no one to KILL!"
Cell after using his Super Kamehameha wave.

"Cell's Bag of Tricks" (きゅうちょくげき!!セルのとくだいカメハメ Chikyū Chokugeki!! Seru no Tokudai Kamehameha, lit. "A Direct Hit to the Earth!! Cell's Huge Kamehameha") is the thirteenth episode of the Cell Games Saga and the one hundred seventy-eighth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on March 17, 1993. Its original American airdate was November 30, 2000.


Goku battling Perfect Cell

Goku and Cell decide that their "warm-up" is over and decide to battle it out for real this time. Goku begins to power up. Goku's max is reached, and a Super Explosive Wave that sends Mr. Satan and the gang flying backwards is given off. The Dragon Team are in awe, except for Gohan, who has seen it before. Mr. Satan, his students and the Z TV crew are dumbfounded. Even Vegeta is shocked at Goku's true power. Goku not only has the typical Super Saiyan aura, but his body flashes energy as well. Cell then powers up in a similar fashion ending with similar results. Cell says Goku can start the match off by making the first move. Goku punches Cell in the gut and kicks him in the jaw. They then begin to fight with their full power each landing as good as they get. They stop fighting and return to the ring. Cell makes use of Tien Shinhan's split-form technique and splits into four Cells. Goku easily fights off all four in hand-to-hand combat. Android 16 announces that Goku is stronger than all four Cells together. This is because the split-form technique makes Cell weaker. The Cells then use Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon on Goku, who avoids it easily. Goku lures the Cells into the air and pounds them back to the arena floor, causing them to become one again.

Perfect Cell about to use the Super Kamehameha against Goku

Cell then uses Frieza's Death Saucer technique to chase Goku around. Goku is too fast and even with 2 disks after him is able to avoid them, though it appears as if they do go through him. Cell then uses Goku's Kamehameha with all his power. The blast is more than enough to destroy the Earth. Goku lures the blast into space and uses the Instant Transmission to avoid the blast. Cell doesn't understand how he did, so Goku tells him. Cell then increases his speed to the point where Goku can't see him. The episode ends when Cell reappears standing behind Goku.

Major Events

  • Goku uses the full extent of his power and engages Cell in a more intense battle.


  • Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Cell (Perfect)







  • Super Explosive Wave - Used by when powering up at the start of the episode.
  • Multi-Form - Used by Cell. However, the clones are knocked down by Goku.
  • Special Beam Cannon - Used by the four Cells against Goku, but the Saiyan easily dodges the blasts.
  • Death Saucer - Used by Cell, but Goku manages to avoid the two disks.
  • Afterimage - Used by Goku to avoid Cell's Death Saucers.
  • Super Kamehameha - Used by Cell against Goku, but the Saiyan manages to divert the attack into space.
  • Instant Transmission - Used by Goku to avoid Cell's Super Kamehameha at the last second.

Bruce Faulconer tracks

Differences from the manga

  • Due to Caroni, Pirozhki and Miss Piiza being created for the anime, all scenes involving them are exclusive to the anime.
  • Cell using the Multi-Form, Special Beam Cannon and Death Saucer techniques against Goku are exclusive to the anime.
  • King Kai commenting on the fight between Goku and Cell is exclusive to the anime.


Goku uses a Super Explosive Wave

  • When Goku is powering up at the start of the episode, he clenches his fists and raises his arms up to make a great explosion of power. This shot is recycled from the first opening of the Japanese version "Cha-La Head-Cha-La", except that Goku is in Super Saiyan instead of his base form and the blast is colored red instead of blue.
  • The method in which Goku evades the Kienzan Discs was similar to when Frieza attempted to use them, differing only in that Goku left an extra afterimage after Cell's counter.


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