Diablo Desert is near Fire Mountain and is also where Pilaf's Castle and the village controlled by Monster Carrot are located. One unique feature from the rest of the Dragon World is that many big mushroom trees grow in the desert.
In the episode "Yamcha the Desert Bandit", Yamcha ambushes Goku and Oolong here but he is scared off by Bulma. In the next episode Oolong has a capsule trailer set up in the desert to camp in. Yamcha destroys it the next morning and follows them out of the desert for the rest of their journey.
Diablo Desert is later seen in Dragon Ball Z when Chi-Chi and Ox-King travel through it to go to Kame House, and ask Master Roshi and Krillin about Gohan (who is training with Piccolo at Break Wasteland for the battle against the Saiyans). After the events of the Kid Buu Saga, Yamcha returns to Diablo Desert to live his old life again here, though presumably not becoming a bandit again. He was last seen fixing a car out in the desert with Puar in a scene in the last episode of Dragon Ball GT.
In Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, it is shown to be surrounded by a giant stone wall. Dragon Ball: The Path to Power shows that there is an oasis in the Diablo Desert with lots of flowers. One of the Dragon Balls was located there.
- Yamcha/Future Yamcha
- Puar/Future Puar
- Monster Carrot – In his hideout (also takes over Yamcha's home in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans)
- Rabbit Gang – In Monster Carrot's hideout
- Pilaf Gang
- Pharaoh Totenhotep
- Dark Vassals - Underneath Pilaf's Castle
- Ginyu Force
- Fish Snakes
- Giant Centipedes
- Leopard Men
- Sabertooth Tigers
Video Game Appearances
In Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo, the Diablo Desert is the third stage. Yamcha steals the Dragon Balls Goku has. Goku goes through various caves and collects the Dragon Balls he lost back. Once he does, at the end, he fights Yamcha. In Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, the desert (named Wilderness) was a battle arena where Goku fights Yamcha.
It is featured in a couple of stages in Dragon Ball: Origins, as it is the main setting of Chapter 3. Enemies such as Leopard Men and Giant Centipedes are here. In the bonus level 3-5, Goku, Bulma and Oolong get lost in desert and must find their way out. In the bonus level 3-6, Yamcha returns to the desert in order to get some of his belongings before going training under Master Roshi; Goku fights Yamcha once more there.
In Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, this desertic area is called Mt. Paozu while the mountain region is called East Mt. Paozu. Enemies encountered in the desert are Wolf, Thief Fox, Bandit, Wolfman, and the Rabbit Mob. Yamcha was training in the river between the desert and East Mt. Paozu right before the arrival of the Saiyans on Earth.
In Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, bandits attack the Diablo Desert Express, a train that travels through Diablo Desert. The Kyodai Pyramid is also shown to be in Diablo Desert. Enemies encountered in the desert in this game are Mercenaries, Tanks, Destroyers, and Mummies.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 and Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, Diablo Desert appears as a stage, simply known as Desert. The stage features the desert's unique rock formations and giant mushrooms, along with Oolong's House-Wagon, with Yamcha's Hideout visible in the background. A noon, evening and night version of the desert is unlockable in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
Diablo Desert was planned to appear in Dragon Ball Online (and is referred to as A Certain Barren Plain in-game), but the map was never made open to the public before the game shut down and is only viewable through hacking. Pilaf's Flying Base is present in the area. Additionally it is revealed that Piccolo discovered some of his mutated brethren survived the King Piccolo Wars and bred in the wilds of Earth incubating their eggs in places such as Pilaf's Castle in Diablo Desert.
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Diablo Desert is located in the Southeast Mountains Area of Earth which also contains the East District of Mount Paozu and Orange City/Satan City. Yamcha's hideout can also be found in the desert. When Gohan attempts to abandon Piccolo's training and go home, he enters the Southeast Mountains Area from Diablo Desert and can visit Yamcha's old hideout. The hideout serves as a landmark in the desert. Additionally at certain points, Puar can be found at the hideout and even goes there to mourn Yamcha's death after the Saiyan Saga. Also during a certain point the Saiyan Saga and Intermission following the Saiyan Saga, Gohan can find Nam just outside the desert who reveals he heard Yamcha lived in the area but is having trouble finding the home referring to the desert hideout. Nam came to the region in hope of being able to spar with his old acquaintance from the World Martial Arts Tournament as he hopes to enter the next tournament and seeks to train with Yamcha, as he is a veteran of three tournaments (21st, 22nd, & 23rd). In addition to Yamcha's Hideout, the desert is also home to an oasis and the location of a Dinosaur Habitat where characters can do some Dinosaur hunting. Deep in the desert there is an area with Mineral Deposits. Some of the structures resembling the one Yamcha's Hideout is built into contain objects and items of interest. Additionally the World Tournament Announcer can be found surveying the stone structures found in the region as part of his search for strong materials to make tiles with for the World Tournament Arena (which had been previously destroyed by Piccolo). After being resurrected by Gohan, Burter, Guldo, Jeice, and Recoome of the Ginyu Force find themselves at the oasis inside Diablo Desert.
During the Cell Saga Intermission after Gohan gives Dende the Rainbow Crystal he needs to increase the power of the Earth Dragon Balls so they are closer in strength to the Namekian Dragon Balls, Gohan can speak to Dende to trigger Gods Sub Story: "Hyperbolic Time Chamber Renovations" where Dende reveals he is working on upgrading the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to accommodate more than two people (this explaining how Goten, Trunks, Piccolo, and Super Buu could enter the chamber during the game's Majin Buu Saga). However he requires several materials including the minerals Green Crystal and Red Crystal, as well as Phantom Sand. Dende reveals Phantom Sand can be found inside Diablo Desert in the area southeast of Yamcha's Hideout. Unfortunately collecting the Phantom Sand awakens some Rogue Robots though Gohan (and his allies if any are in his party) manages to destroy them.
"An event item. Used to power up the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Sand that's housed in the hourglass found inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber."
— Phantom Sand item description in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
The description of Phantom Sand reveals that it is actually the same sand, that is housed inside the hourglasses of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. This shows that Diablo Desert is the apparent source of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber's Phantom Sand.
During the -Trunks- The Warrior of Hope DLC, the abandoned Future Yamcha's Hideout can be found inside Diablo Desert, as Future Puar lives with Future Master Roshi Future Oolong, and Future Turtle inside Future Master Roshi's Submarine. After Future Trunks defeats the Androids and Future Cell, the hideout remains abandoned as Future Puar lives with Future Master Roshi at Kame House. In addition to Future Yamcha's Hideout, Diablo Desert is home to Dinosaur Habitats where Future Trunks can hunt Dinosaurs for their meat, fangs, and horns.
- In "Boss Rabbit's Magic Touch", Oolong mentions that Bulma would not let them stop at the last town, meaning that another town other than Monster Carrot's Village exists in the Diablo Desert.
- Diablo Desert is unnamed in the original manga and Japanese version of the Dragon Ball anime, only being named in the 1995 dub of the series and Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury.