The Earth Dragon Balls (地球のドラゴンボール Chikyū no Doragon Bōru, lit. "Dragon Ball from the Earth") are wish orbs created by the Guardian of the Earth, Kami and were later re-created by Dende. These balls are mainly used on Earth and were the first type of Dragon Balls used in the Dragon Ball series. As the titular objects of the series and objects of great desire for both heroic and villainous purposes, Earth's Dragon Balls have been a driving force behind many major events in the series. They have often proven invaluable in repairing the damage done by the various villains fought by the Dragon Team.
Like most other types of Dragon Balls, there are seven in existence. When all are gathered, they summon an Eternal Dragon named Shenron, who can grant any wish that doesn't exceed his powers. Once used and Shenron fulfils the user's wish, the Earth Dragon Balls are turned into stone and then scattered to different random locations on Earth, rendering them useless for 365 days before they can be used again.
The limitations of Shenron's power are tied directly to the power and abilities of his creator (Kami, and later Dende). Amongst the rules that have been observed to restrict wishes granted by Shenron are that he cannot:
- Revive a person that he has revived once before.
- Revive a person that has died more than one Earth year ago.1
- Kill a person whose power exceeds that of his creator.
- Grant the precise same wish twice.
- Revive a person who has died of natural causes, including disease and old age.
- Create true love, or force a person to fall in love.
- Make a person substantially stronger than their current limits.
- Transform a Biotechnological Type Android back into an ordinary human being.
He will, in general, grant wishes regardless of the morality of the wish or its consequences. However, wishes can be denied at Shenron's discretion, usually due to foreseen limitations of the wish like locating an object in another universe. For example, Shenron may warn against a wish to revive a person which would put them in a position that would cause them to immediately die again. As in the case of Frieza's revival, he may still grant the wish if the wish-maker confirms that they are accepting of these consequences. Shenron can suggest the summoner to make a new wish in place of the wish he cannot grant.
Before, Shenron was only able to grant the user one wish per summoning, but after Dende re-creates him and the Earth Dragon Balls, Dende upgrades Shenron to grant the user a maximum of three wishes (two if multiple people are revived with one of the wishes).
1 This limitation can be bypassed to bring the person back to life in the exact state that they died, rather than with a whole, undamaged body, as in the case of Frieza's revival.
Cracked Dragon Balls
In Dragon Ball GT, when they have accumulated too much Minus Energy, the Earth Dragon Balls become the Cracked Dragon Balls, dark blue in color with black stars. Instead of Shenron, they will summon Black Smoke Shenron - who will not grant wishes but rather unleash the seven Shadow Dragons.
- Copy Dragon Ball - A weaker copy of the Earth Dragon Balls created by Mr. Popo which appear in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. Mr. Popo informs the surviving Dragon Team members (Goku, Gohan, & Krillin) that he created this set via Mimicry after watching Kami (either during Earth Dragon Balls original creation and/or when they were restored after King Piccolo killed Shenron). Unlike the original Earth Dragon Balls, the Shenron produced by the Copy Dragon Balls lack the ability to resurrect the dead, however they are powerful enough to summon the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly (or create a convincing copy of him) that can be fought by the Dragon Team (including the deceased Dragon Team members temporarily revived by Fortuneteller Baba) as a secret boss.
At some point, somebody found all seven balls and wished to become a king.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga At the beginning of the series, Bulma is on a quest to find the Dragon Balls with the help of her personal radar. This is what leads her to meet Goku, who has been holding the Four-Star Dragon Ball as the sole heirloom of his Grandpa Gohan, even going so far as to refer to the ball itself as his grandfather. Their quest to gather the balls leads them to gather Oolong, Yamcha and Puar as enemies, then allies. On a quest to get the Dragon Ball from the Ox-King's castle on Fire Mountain, Master Roshi demonstrates the iconic Kamehameha for the first time in an attempt to put out the flames surrounding the castle. On their way to retrieve the final ball, the gang are captured by Pilaf, who was holding it. When Emperor Pilaf is about to make his wish to take over the world, Oolong jumps in and wishes for a pair of comfortable underwear.
Red Ribbon Army Saga
Main article: Red Ribbon Army Saga After Oolong's wish, the Dragon Balls scattered, to the dismay of Goku, who wanted to keep hold of the Four-Star ball. He asks to borrow Bulma's radar to find it. Unbeknownst to him, the Red Ribbon Army are also trying to gather the balls and have developed a global Dragon Radar with similar capabilities to Bulma's but with inferior accuracy and much larger, unable to be carried by a single soldier.
Fortuneteller Baba Saga
Main article: Fortuneteller Baba Saga During Fortuneteller Baba Saga, Upa used the Dragon Balls to revive his dead father Bora to be alive after Goku located the final Dragon Ball by defeating Fortuneteller Baba's warriors.
King Piccolo Saga
Main article: King Piccolo Saga During King Piccolo Saga, King Piccolo wished for his youth and his full power to be restored from his first war on Earth, although Chiaotzu almost successfully wishes for King Piccolo's death instead, before he is killed by Piccolo. After his wish, Piccolo destroys Shenron to prevent anyone else using the Dragon Balls to challenge his rule. This renders them temporarily unusable.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga After the deaths of Krillin, Chiaotzu and Master Roshi, as well as many more innocent lives, at the hands of King Piccolo, Goku travels to Kami's Lookout after being told of the Dragon Balls' creator by Master Korin. Kami tells that he created the Dragon Balls in order to bring hope and aspiration to humanity, and that they are not simple tools for Goku to abuse, imploring him to take better care of his friends in future. With Goku's assurance, he restores Shenron to life. Bulma and the others quickly notice that the Dragon Balls have become active again and use them to revive all of King Piccolo's innocent victims, including the three dead heroes.
Dragon Ball Z
Main articles: Raditz Saga and Vegeta Saga At the beginning of the series, Gohan is seen wearing the Four Star Dragon Ball on a hat. This hat was given to him by Goku as a memento of his namesake Grandpa Gohan, who Goku fondly associates the Four Star ball with. After Goku and Raditz are both killed, the remaining Z Fighters resolve to gather the Dragon Balls in order to revive Goku. Whilst they are eventually successfully used for this purpose, knowledge of the Dragon Balls is also transmitted to Nappa and Vegeta via Raditz' Scouter, causing them to come to Earth to attempt to gain immortality. When the Saiyans arrive, they reveal that Piccolo is not from Earth, but is instead an alien race called a Namekian, opening up the possibility of more Dragon Balls existing than just Earth's for the first time. During the battle with the Saiyans, Piccolo is killed, causing Kami, and therefore the Dragon Balls, to cease to be.
Main article: Frieza Saga Earth's Dragon Balls are mostly absent from this saga due to Piccolo's death against Nappa. This absence, meaning that those lost in the battle against the Saiyans could not be revived, is why Krillin suggests that the heroes try to find Piccolo's homeworld in the hopes that they also had Dragon Balls. After Piccolo is revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls, so is Kami, and so the Dragon Balls become usable once more. They are used during Goku's battle with Frieza in order to revive everyone that was killed by Frieza and his army.
Future Trunks' timeline is ravaged by the appearance of the Androids and the death of Future Piccolo at their hands means that there is no way to return any of their victims to life or undo any of their destruction. The Dragon Team did resolve to gather the Dragon Balls during their rampage, but Future Bulma discovered that the Future Pilaf Gang had already done so, making a wish for youth (which transforms them into toddlers) moments before the death of Future Piccolo, turning the Dragon Balls to stone forever in Future Trunks' timeline.
After Piccolo and Kami merge in the main timeline, the Dragon Balls cease to be once more. After the emergence of Cell and the terror that he wreaks on the Earth, the need for access to the Dragon Balls to repair the damage causes Goku to decide to recreate them. He travels to New Namek to ask if one of the surviving Namekian refugees would be willing to fill Kami's vacant position as Earth's Guardian, and also recreate the Dragon Balls. Dende claims that creating entirely new balls would take a long time, but because a statue of Shenron exists unbroken at the Lookout to act as a template, Dende is able to create new balls out of the old earth dragon balls with Shenron as their dragon straight away. Due to his exceptional magical talent, Dende is able to give Shenron three wishes instead of one, but only two if multiple people are revived with a wish. These are used after Cell's defeat to restore his victims to life. The second wish was intended to travel to Namek to revive Goku, who, having been revived by Shenron once before, did not return to life. However, after Goku's decision to remain in Other World, Krillin used the wish to remove the bombs from inside Androids 17 and 18.
Main articles: Majin Buu Saga and Kid Buu Saga Bulma and the others use the Dragon Balls after Majin Vegeta kills hundreds of spectators at the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, unaware of the release of Majin Buu. Goku, knowing that the Dragon Balls will be needed to reverse any further damage Buu does to the Earth, rushes to stop her but is unable to prevent her using the first wish to revive Vegeta's victims. Goku asks Shenron to save the remaining wish, causing the balls to turn to stone for only 4 months instead of a full year. After Buu begins destroying cities at Babidi's command to lure Piccolo, Goten and Trunks out of hiding, they are quickly led to West City, where Capsule Corporation and the Dragon Radar are. Realizing the risk of being unable to construct another radar and losing easy access to the Dragon Balls, Bulma sends Trunks to retrieve the radar whilst Goku stalls Buu and Babidi.
After Buu's Human Extinction Attack, the majority of Earth's defenders being turned into candy, and the loss of most life on Earth, Piccolo, Trunks, and Goten assume that Dende has also been killed when they escape the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, leaving no way to revive Buu's victims. However, Gohan is able to sense Dende's energy when he returns from training on the Sacred World of the Kai. Earth's Dragon Balls are later presumably destroyed when Kid Buu destroys Earth with his Planet Burst, and return once Earth is restored by the Namekian Dragon Balls. They are used after Buu's defeat to erase memory of Buu from all Earthlings except Goku and his friends and family, allowing Good Buu to live a peaceful life on Earth.
Gods of the Universe Saga
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Dragon Ball Super
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga At some point before the start of the series, the Pilaf Gang manage to gather the Dragon Balls and wish for youth, but are transformed into children due to not being specific enough. They resolve to gather the Balls again in order to become rich and restore their bodies to adulthood. Bulma gathers the Dragon Balls at some point before her birthday party. Goten and Trunks discover a secret compartment containing them on Bulma's cruise ship in a room containing prizes for the bingo draw. They deactivate the security field Bulma set up around the balls. The Pilaf Gang are alerted to them by their Dragon Radar and travel to Bulma's ship, where they are helped on board and given food by Goten and Trunks, unaware that they planned to steal the balls. They are scared by Goten due to his resemblance to Goku, and so give up on the plan and attend Bulma's birthday party instead.
After Beerus arrives to crash the party and threatens to destroy Earth unless the Super Saiyan God appears to challenge him, Goku pleads with him to be allowed to use the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron and find out more about the legend. After Shenron is summoned, he is fearful of the Destroyer God, and respectfully grants a wish to explain the Super Saiyan God ritual. As a result, Vegeta, Trunks, Goten, Gohan, and the unborn Pan (through her mother Videl) empower Goku to a new godly state and he fights Beerus. Although he is unable to defeat Beerus in combat, his tenacity and continual growth through the course of their fight pique Beerus' interest enough that he decides to spare Goku and the Earth, in order to continue visiting to sample its food.
Golden Frieza Saga
Main article: Golden Frieza Saga The Frieza Force, greatly diminished in power and influence in the years following the deaths of Frieza and King Cold at the hands of Future Trunks, as well as the total annihilation of its most elite fighters, the Ginyu Force, Zarbon and Dodoria, have left the once-mighty galactic empire a mere shadow of its former self. The new leader of the force, Sorbet, decides that despite his cruel tendencies, without the fear that Frieza's power inspired in his empire, it is doomed to crumble. He travels to Earth along with Tagoma and Shisami and happen upon the Pilaf Gang, who have once again been trying to gather the Dragon Balls. They are forced to allow Frieza's minions to revive him. Shenron initially warns them against their wish to revive Frieza, as his death was much longer than a year ago, meaning that his body could not be fully revived. Sorbet insists that the wish be granted, and so the pieces of Frieza, precisely as they were sliced by Future Trunks just before he incinerated them, are restored. Shenron tells them that they have two remaining wishes. Sorbet contemplates reviving King Cold, but Mai and Shu quickly rush in and wish for one million Zeni and the world's tastiest icecream. Sorbet, aware that Frieza needs immediate medical attention, spares their lives and quickly departs to their ship as the Dragon Balls scatter. Due to the advances in medical technology since the battle on Namek, Frieza is reconstructed and fully healed.
Universe 6 Saga
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"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga In the anime, Bulma summons Shenron in an attempt to acquire an element she needs to finish the Time Machine she had constructed using her late Future counterpart's notes. Unfortunately for her Goku attempts to use the opportunity to wish King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory back to life. After Bulma manages to stop Master Roshi and several others from making frivolous wishes, Gohan reveals that his daughter is ill and Earth-based medical treatments aren't working due to her Saiyan heritage. Seeing Gohan's wish as a reasonable one, Bulma and Goku allow Gohan to wish Pan would be cured which Shenron is able to grant. Goku manages to convince Bulma to let him wish back King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory in exchange for getting the element she needs from Earth's core. Unfortunately for Bulma, Beerus and Whis grow suspicious and interrupt Goku. Discovering Bulma had constructed Time Machine despite being warned of the dangers during the conflict with Goku Black and Future Zamasu, Beerus and Whis confront Bulma, though fortunately for her he elects to let her live and destroy the Time Machine along Future Bulma's research notes to drive home the message that he will not tolerate the development of anymore Time Machines. Goku attempts to make his wish, but unfortunately it is revealed that there is a time limit to how long Shenron can be summoned and as it had been exceeded, Shenron leaves before Goku can make the wish to the ire of King Kai.
Dragon Ball GT
Super 17 Saga
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Shadow Dragon Saga
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A Hero's Legacy
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Curse of the Blood Rubies
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The World's Strongest
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The Tree of Might
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Broly - Second Coming
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Wrath of the Dragon
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Battle of Gods
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Main article: Dragon Ball Super: Broly Frieza has Kikono send two weak soldiers to steal Bulma's Dragon Radar in order to collect the Dragon Balls so Frieza can wish to be 5cm taller as he had given up on attaining immortality due to the time he spent in Earth's Hell and any more would be too noticable as he wants others to think he's still growing and wants to be taller in his Final/Golden Forms which he reveals when he rejects Kikono's suggestion he regress to his taller second form.
It is revealed that Bulma had managed to collect all but one of the Earth Dragon Balls as she planned to make herself five years younger as anymore would be too noticable.
Alerted to the break in by Trunks while relaxing on her private island with Beerus, Whis, Bulla, Vegeta, and Goku, Bulma reveals the final Dragon Ball is located on the Ice Continent which is why she saved it for last. After acquiring supplies and warm clothing, they race to the Ice Continent where they confront the the pair. However Frieza's Spaceship arrives with Frieza and his Honor Guard. Accompanying Frieza are the Saiyan survivors Paragus and his son Broly who had become stranded on Vampa where Broly had been exiled by King Vegeta five years prior to Goku's unauthorized departure from Planet Vegeta in a Attack Ball stolen by his parents as Bardock had suspected Frieza's planned Genocide of the Saiyans due to his orders for all Saiyans to return to Planet Vegeta (orders which Vegeta had ignored sparring himself, Raditz, Nappa, and two other Saiyans who presumably perished before Raditz traveled to Earth in Age 761 due to him mistakingly believing his parents had sent Kakarot to Earth to conquer it, after being informed of Kakarot's whereabouts by Gine) and Frieza's henchmen asking around about the Super Saiyan legend.
Frieza uses his Psycho-Capture to take the Earth Dragon Balls from his underlings before having them transported to his ship for safe keeping.
Broly proves to be a powerful opponent who is able to access the power of a Great Ape in his base form via his Wrathful state, though it causes him to lose control of himself much like a Great Ape. Broly continues to grow stronger as he fights both Goku and Vegeta who are pushed to utilize Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue.
Upon realizing Broly was reaching his limits, Frieza decides to kill Paragus in order to trigger Broly's transformation into a Super Saiyan. Using Persuasion to convince Broly that Paragus had been slain by a stray blast, results in Broly's intense feelings of sorrow which is the emotional upheaval he needed to ascend to his Super Saiyan form. Due to his mutant Legendary Saiyan status, Broly's newfound power is too great forcing Goku and Vegeta to leave the battlefield vis Instant Transmission, teleporting to the nearby Piccolo so he can assist Goku in teaching the Fusion Dance to Vegeta recognizing it as the only way to defeat Broly who in his blind rage attacks Frieza after Goku and Vegeta flee, forcing the tyrant to take on his True Golden Frieza form. True Golden Frieza manages to hold off Broly for an hour as Goku and Vegeta work on performing the Fusion Dance properly, succeeding in fusing into Gogeta on their third attempt. Finding Golden Frieza defeated and Whis using his mastery of Autonomous Ultra Instinct to dodge Broly's attacks before Gogeta taps in. Cheelai and Lemo who had found Broly and Paragus on Vampa and befriended Broly who they discovered was actually a gentle soul forced to become a warrior by his revenge obsessed father, realize that Broly is in danger of being killed by Gogeta, decide to betray Frieza by stealing the Dragon Balls and Cheelai forces Kikono to show them how to summon Shenron. Cheelai then wishes for Broly to be transported back to Vampa as Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta prepares to finish him off. After Shenron grants her wish he leaves and Gogeta stops Frieza from killing Cheelai and Lemo as they flee from the Frieza Force in order to join Broly on Vampa so he can protect them from Frieza's wrath. Goku later visits Vampa to offer to help train Broly to learn to control his power as well as giving them and his companions some supplies.
Video Game Appearances
The Dragon Balls appear in nearly all the franchise's video games.
In Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, Mr. Popo creates his own set of Dragon Balls after Goku's resurrection and Kami's death. This version of Shenron isn't as powerful and cannot be used to wish back deceased characters, but has the advantage of being able to be reused constantly after being regathered and they are also capable of summoning someone as powerful as Legendary Super Saiyan Broly to Earth (or at the very least create a convincing copy of him, as he can be defeated by the Z Fighters despite the fact that the game occurs before the Namek Saga and it would be very unlikely that the Z Fighters would be capable of defeating the real Legendary Super Saiyan at that point).
In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, which takes place in Future Trunks' Alternate Timeline, Future Janemba takes the Dragon Balls and after he is defeated, Future Babidi steals them. While Vegito fights against Future Super Buu, Future Babidi invokes Shenron. While he was doing his wish, he is cut off by Future Mr. Satan who wishes to become the most popular person in the universe.
In Dragon Ball Online, it is revealed that in Age 787 Dende deactivated the Dragon Balls of Earth due to Old Kai's warnings and the Earth being at peace (thus preventing the Dragon Ball from being overused and thus the appearance of the Shadow Dragons in Age 790 never occurs as it did in the GT Timeline). Eventually in Age 999 Dende reactivates the Earth's Dragon Balls after Time Patrol Trunks warns him about the threat posed by Mira, in the hopes that a savior would appear. However this time Dende creates multiple sets of Dragon Balls, weaker than the originals, hoping that the young warriors will benefit from competing over them. The presence of multiple sets allows for warriors of diverse skill levels to have a realistic hope of gathering all seven. Afraid of them being exploited, Dende limits their power, restricting the wishes that can be made. One of these sets is apparently provided to Chronoa and the Time Patrol.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Future Trunks asks Shenron for a strong ally with enough power to defeat time itself. By this wish, Shenron summons the Future Warrior. In center of Toki Toki City's Plaza of Time there is a Dragon Ball Altar where the Dragon Balls collected by Time Patrollers are kept and where Shenron is summoned when all seven are collected. A female Time Patroller named Amura stands next to the Altar and makes various comments about making wishes Shenron such as wondering if Shenron would get mad if she wished for 100 wishes or wishing for Shenron to be her friend. Dragon Balls can be obtained during Parallel quests, if obtained the player will receive a message saying "Key Item obtained" and must complete the quest to collect the Dragon Ball. There is also an obtainable color customizable outfit for Earthlings and Saiyans called the 4-Star Dragon Ball Costume which is a luxurious Gi with a design based on the 4-Star Dragon Ball and features a fake 4-Star Dragon Ball incorporated into the upper body portion of the outfit.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Turles attempts to use the Namekian Dragon Balls to wish for Immortality, but is stopped by his cohort Lord Slug who also desires immortality so he can rule the universe. Before they can fight over who will get to make a wish, the Future Warrior appears and they form a temporary truce to deal with the Patroller but are ultimately defeated by the Warrior and Future Trunks. Interestingly in Parallel Quest 44: "Dragon Balls of the Future", the Dragon Balls mysteriously reactivate in a parallel version Future Trunks' timeline despite Future Kami's death, forcing Future Trunks to keep them from Future 17, Future 18, and reactivated Future 16. Exactly how they were able to reactivate in Trunks' timeline without Kami is never explained, though presumably it may have something to do with the time fragment that particular parallel timeline is found in. In The Emperor's Return Saga, it is revealed that Towa altered the history of Age 779 so that Dragon Balls second wish (which had been taken by the Pilaf Gang in the original history) was used to revive Cooler who was than transformed into Metal Cooler, thus Metal Cooler participates in his brother's training and takes part in Frieza's revenge against Goku and the Z Fighters in Age 779.
"Oh, didn't I tell you? Those Dragon Balls were made by Dende, the Kami of Earth. Although there are multiple sets, their power is weaker than the others. They were made as some sort of training reward, but it's ended up just creating a way for endless wishes..."
— Chronoa explaining the Dragon Balls' presence in Conton City in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
In Xenoverse 2, Dragon Balls are collected in much the same way as they were in Xenoverse by defeating Time Patroller NPCs in battle, though this is made slightly more easier as Time Patrollers often appear in teams of three when encountered in Parallel Quests. The Future Warrior may also occasionally receive a Dragon Ball as login in bonus, though if they have already obtained all seven when they receive the bonus they will receive a Hercule Badge instead. The Warrior can also obtain Dragon Balls from defeating Time Patroller NPCs encountered in Conton City, though unlike those encountered in Parallel Quests, they are guaranteed to drop a Dragon Ball provided the Future Warrior hasn't collected all seven. However these NPCs can only be fought once per character file, though it is possible to create a save file and defeat one then delete said save file to get another Dragon Ball from the same NPC which can be used as an easy way to obtain Dragon Balls as the inventory is shared across character files. Also in Conton City one can see a giant Shenron-like dragon that floats in the sky north of Conton City. It is later revealed that this dragon was the dragon statue found on the Dragon Ball Pedestal in Xenoverse which Chronoa had animated after hearing rumors doubting the power of gods like herself and Elder Kai, however it grew so large it turn Toki Toki City into ruins, forcing them to build Conton City over the ruins and the seemingly alive dragon statue was relocated north of the city. The Dragon Ball Pedestal was eventually restored with a new dragon statue. During their investigation of the Guru's House time rift anomaly where they aid Nail in protecting the Namekian Dragon Balls from the Frieza Force. If Future Warrior meets Grand Elder Guru after having their potential unlocked (Attribute Level Cap unlocked), who will teach the Warrior how to increase the power of the Dragon Balls in Conton City, unlocking extra wish options the next time they use the Dragon Balls and each subsequent after that. Chronoa also explains to the 2nd Future Warrior that the Dragon Balls in Conton City are one of multiple sets created by Dende, though the ones used in Toki Toki City and Conton City are weaker than the others. She explains they were originally meant to be a training reward but ended up creating a way for endless wishes due to the nature of Conton City as a place where multiple timelines intersect (allowing Dragon Balls to be used multiple times by the Time Patrol without a waiting period of them being inactive). Though they are weaker, they still possess enough power to grant Future Trunks' wish to summon a warrior strong enough to defend history as shown by the Future Warrior in Xenoverse. Due to how they are obtained in the Xenoverse series, it is unclear how or where they scatter though since they are obtained mainly from Time Patrollers they presumably scatter around Toki Toki City/Conton City as it is unlikely that Chronoa would allow them to scatter through time due to the danger. Chronoa referring to them as a source of unlimited wishes implies that there is no danger of them cracking from a buildup of negative energy (indicating they can contain it more effectively or do not produce enough negative energy to crack them due to being weaker than the Earth's Dragon Balls), as Chronoa and the Time Patrol are fully aware that overusing the Dragon Balls resulted in the birth of the Shadow Dragons in the GT Timeline and would likely curb their usage if there was a danger of them producing Shadow Dragons. Alternatively Chronoa's power over time may allow her to effect the Dragon Balls in such a way that the negative energy dissipates far more quickly than the Earth's Dragon Balls. As these Dragon Balls do not seem to go into a period of dormancy where they turn to stone, it is possible that they do not produce negative energy as part of the reason the Dragon Balls become inert after being used is to give time for the negative energy to dissipate.
The 4-Star Dragon Ball Costume from Xenoverse returns as an obtainable outfit. Additionally Gohan's Four-Star Dragon Ball Hat also appears as an obtainable accessory as well.
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Gohan receives his Four-Star Dragon Ball Hat from his parents shortly before he and Goku go to Kame House for Goku's reunion with Bulma, Krillin, and Master Roshi, which is ironically fortunate as the ball later allows Goku and Piccolo to track down Raditz when he kidnaps Gohan (the anime filler involving the Sabertooth Cat and river rescue does not take place in Kakarot. The Dragon Balls are used during the first two Sagas as they were in the main series.
"The Dragon Balls are mystical orbs that can grant anything the heart desires. When you've collected all seven of them, you'll be able to make a wish from the Dragon Balls menu. You can wish for rare items or a large sum of Z-Orbs, or even revive and power up enemies you've already defeated. However, the timing at which wishes can be granted changes throughout the story. There will be limitations on wishes in the main story, but those limitations won't be present during intermissions; you'll be able to make as many wishes as you want. However, making a wish will cause the Dragon Balls to become temporarily unavailable. They will be available again after twenty minutes of real-world time."
— Making Wishes with the Dragon Balls Tutorial in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
During the Frieza Saga Intermission, after the Namekians have relocated to New Namek, Bulma contacts Gohan and tells him the Earth Dragon Balls have recharged and that he should try collecting them. This introduces the Dragon Ball collection and Making Wishes to Shenron. Interestingly, the Dragon Balls can be used to revive bosses defeated in the main story such as Raditz, Nappa, Dodoria, Zarbon, and the Ginyu Force minus their still living Captain which will allow the player to partake in a Sub Story featuring which ever villain that has been revived.
During the Android Terror Arrives Episode 8, Main Story: "Kami's Successor", Goku decides to seek out a new Namekian Guardian to replace Kami. After recruiting Dende, he will restore the Earth Dragon Balls. If they are still within the Z Fighters' Event items inventory then Goku won't have to collect them, but if they are not then he will have to collect them, before continue on to the Cell Games. After the Cell Games, Shenron is summoned like in the main series, though after reviving those killed on Earth by Cell (as King Kai and Bubbles remain deceased, as Gregory does not appear at all in Kakarot) Dende and Shenron inform everyone that Goku cannot be revived as he had already been revived previously and Goku connects them from Other World telling them not to bother with trying to resurrect him. Krillin asks Shenron if he can turn the Androids back into Earthlings, but he cannot, so Krillin wishes for the bombs to be removed from Android 17 & 18. The Dragon Balls scatter afterwards, though they will eventually be restored during the Cell Saga Intermission.
As with the previous intermission, the Dragon Balls can be collected and used multiple times throughout the intermission period before triggering the timeskip to the first episode of the Majin Buu Saga.
"An event item. Used to enhance Shenron. A rare crystal that increases Shenron's power. Found in the depths of a sunken ship for reasons yet unknown..."
— Rainbow Crystal Item Info description in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
During the Cell Saga Intermission, after Gohan spars with Vegeta in the Training Room as part of his post Cell Games training, Dende requests he visit him at The Lookout. At The Lookout, Dende explains he needs Gohan's help in finding a rare Rainbow Crystal though he has no idea where Gohan should even start looking. Mr. Popo suggests Gohan seek the assistance of Fortuneteller Baba and gives him a Bag of Gold Dust to pay for her services. Dende points out she's currently in West City. In West City, Gohan finds Fortuneteller Baba who already knows why he is there due to her power of Divination and after asking for her fee, she uses her crystal ball, which reveals that there is a Rainbow Crystal in a sunken ship, south of Kame House. Fortuneteller Baba reveals that the ship was once stocked with the crystals he seeks before it was consigned to the briny deep. Gohan goes to the location of the sunken ship, where he finds the Rainbow Crystal that Dende requires.
"Earth's Dragon Balls aren't operating at their full potential. This will even the gap between them and their Namekian counterparts."
— Dende explains how he plans to use the Rainbow Crystal to power up the Earth Dragon Balls in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
After returning to The Lookout, Gohan gives the crystal to Dende who uses it to power up Shenron, Dende explains that the Earth Dragon Balls aren't operating at their full potential and reveals that with the Rainbow Crystal, Dende can even the gap in power between the Earth Dragon Balls and their Namekian counterparts. After Dende is finished, he suggests Gohan try using the Dragon Balls, noting he should be able to make some better wishes than before. This also unlocks Shenron's Soul Emblem. This also allows the current party to be edited (though only Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu are available) allowing them to take part in various Sub Stories, some of which become available only after resurrecting specific characters.
Location of the Earth Dragon Balls
This chart documents the locations of the Earth's Dragon Balls in the different sagas of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Super as well as the wishes granted in those sagas and the name of the Shadow Dragons each wish spawned.
|#||Emperor Pilaf Saga||Red Ribbon Army Saga||King Piccolo Saga||Vegeta Saga||Frieza Saga||Cell Games Saga||Majin Buu Saga||God of Destruction Beerus Saga||Golden Frieza Saga||Universe 6 Saga||"Future" Trunks Saga||Shadow Dragon Saga|
|Brought to Pilaf's Castle from a dungeon||City Street||Yajirobe's Prairie||Yunzabit Heights||Unknown||Wasteland||Thieves Den||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||On Syn Shenron|
|Capsule Corporation (Warehouse)||Muscle Tower||Ice Cave||Devil's Toilet||Unknown||Savanna||Diablo Desert Express||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||On Haze Shenron|
|Kame House||Pirate Cave||Prairie||Muscle Tower (at Goku's house in DBZ)||Unknown||Beach||Pilaf's Castle||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||On Eis Shenron|
|Grandpa Gohan's house||Sacred Land of Korin||Stolen by Tambourine after the 22nd World Tournament||On Gohan's hat||Unknown||Vodka's fortress||Small Island (swallowed by a dinosaur)||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||On Nuova Shenron|
|North Valley||Area covered by the Brown Squad||Village of the Man injured by Tien||Pirate Cave||Unknown||Mountain||Mega-Fortress XJ-5||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||On Rage Shenron|
|Aru Village||Colonel Silver's Camp||Crow Cavern||Desert (at Goku's house in DBZ)||Unknown||Rocky area||Fukurou Forest||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||On Oceanus Shenron|
|Fire Mountain||Lake near the Peck Peck Tribe Jungle||Mercenary Clan's ship||Pilaf's Castle||Unknown||Vodka's fortress (found on the Tropical Islands)||Kyodai Pyramid||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||On Naturon Shenron|
|Master Roshi||Mr. Popo||Yamcha & Krillin||Yamcha & Goku||Pilaf Gang, Goku||Sorbet, Shu, & Mai||Beerus||Gohan||Goku|
|Wish made:||Panties||Bora revived||Eternal youth for King Piccolo + Used again the same year to revive those killed by King Piccolo and his sons||Goku revived||Those killed by Frieza and his henchmen revived||Those killed by Cell revived + Android Bombs removed||Those killed since the 25th World Tournament revived + Erased all the memories of Majin Buu except for the Z Fighters and friends||Youth for the Pilaf Gang + Knowledge of the Super Saiyan God||Frieza's resurrection + one million zeni + Ice cream||Shenron to "scram"||Cure Pan's fever||Undo all the damage on Earth since the arrival of Super 17|
|Dragon spawned:||Oceanus Shenron||Haze Shenron||Nuova Shenron||Rage Shenron||Syn Shenron||Naturon Shenron & Eis Shenron|
Known Wishes Granted
Emperor Pilaf Saga
Fortuneteller Baba Saga
King Piccolo Saga
Piccolo Jr. Saga
- Reviving everyone killed by King Piccolo and his children. (Spawned Eis Shenron in the anime)
Dragon Ball Z
- Mr. Popo wishes for all those killed by Frieza and his henchmen in Namek brought back to life, but the tribe killed by Vegeta were not brought back as Vegeta did not count as one of Frieza's henchmen at that time. This is the only wish that Shenron was unsure of his ability to grant. (Granted by Shenron; Spawned Syn Shenron)
Cell Games Saga
- A wish to revive all people killed by Cell and the other androids and second wish for the self-destruct bombs in Android 17 and Android 18 to be removed. (Granted by Shenron)
Majin Buu Saga
- Bulma wished that everyone who died since the morning of the World Martial Arts Tournament be brought back to life. (Granted by Shenron; Spawned Naturon Shenron)
- The remaining wish was saved up, giving them four months until they were able to make their second wish.
- A wish for all memories of Majin Buu's havoc on Earth to be erased, except from the Z Fighters, and the other supporting characters. (Granted by Shenron, made using the remaining wish saved up from the last summoning; spawned Eis Shenron acorrding to Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File).
Dragon Ball Super
- Pilaf wishes for youth for himself and for his gang. (Granted by Shenron, presumably around the time of the Android conflict before Piccolo's fusion with Kami)
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
- Goku wishes for the knowledge of the Super Saiyan God. (Granted by Shenron)
Golden Frieza Saga
- Sorbet wishes Mecha Frieza back from Hell. (Granted by Shenron)
- Shu wishes for a million Zeni. (Granted by Shenron; prevents Sorbet from resurrectiny King Cold)
- Mai wishes for the best ice cream in the world. (Granted by Shenron; prevents Sorbet from resurrecting King Cold)
Universe 6 Saga
- Beerus wishes for Shenron to go away. (Granted by Shenron)
"Future" Trunks Saga
- Gohan wishes for Pan's fever to be cured. (Granted by Shenron)
- Future Pilaf wishes for youth for himself and for his gang. (Granted by Future Shenron, set during the Android conflict)
Dragon Ball GT
Shadow Dragon Saga
- A wish to revive all the people who were killed during the Super 17 and Shadow Dragon Sagas. (Granted by Shenron)
- Shenron was able to revive people who had been wished back to life using the Earth Dragon Balls before because the wish was a special wish granted to Goku and the Z Fighters by Shenron without being summoned by the Dragon Balls, before he parted from the Earth.
Dragon Ball Movies
Dragon Ball Movie 1: Curse of the Blood Rubies
- Penny's wish for the end of the rubies.
Dragon Ball Movie 3: Mystical Adventure
- Goku wishes for Bora to be revived.
Dragon Ball Tenth Anniversary Special:
- Goku wishes for Shenron to rebuild Android 8 and remove the bomb inside him.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 1: Dead Zone
- Garlic Jr.'s wish for immortality.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 2: The World's Strongest
- Dr. Kochin wishes for Dr. Wheelo to be released from his icy prison.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 3: The Tree of Might
- Bulma, Gohan and Krillin wish to restore the forest.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 4: Lord Slug
- Lord Slug wishes for his youth to be restored.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 10: Broly - Second Coming
- Goten wishes that his father were there, and an image of Goku appears; though this creates an interesting plot hole. First, Shenron does not appear when Goten tries to summon him; second the sky is not even dark when the wish is made. Also at this point, Dende had powered up Shenron to grant three wishes, though when the Dragon Balls read Goten thoughts about wishing Goku was there to help them, the Dragon Balls still scatter at the end of the movie.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 12: Fusion Reborn
- Shenron appears, but no wish is made, leading to a somewhat comedic ending, with Shenron saying "Is somebody going to make a wish or what?"
Dragon Ball Z Movie 13: Wrath of the Dragon
- Hoi wishes to unlock a box he found. (Tapion was in it).
- As they say their goodbyes to Tapion, Goku and friends mention that they will summon the dragon again to wish all the people back to life who died during the battle against Hirudegarn (this part of the conversation is mentioned in the Japanese version).
Dragon Ball Z Movie 14: Battle of Gods
- The Pilaf Gang wished for their youth prior to the events of the movie.
- Beerus demands Shenron to tell the Saiyans how to make a Super Saiyan God, allowing the Saiyans to learn how the form is attained, ultimately leading to Goku achieving the form.
Dragon Ball Z Movie 15: Resurrection ‘F’
- Frieza Force's Sorbet and his body guard, Tagoma, wish to revive the galactic tyrant Frieza so he can restore the Frieza Force's evil empire, the single most evil wish ever made with the Earth's Dragon Balls. Frieza is revived as he was just before his death via the finishing blast of Future Trunks' Shining Sword Attack, as Mecha Frieza and in pieces. Sorbet and Tagoma collect all of the pieces of Frieza and put the organic parts in a healing chamber; Frieza's body is regenerated and he reverts himself back into his first form, thus setting in motion the events of the film.
- Shu wishes for one million zeni.
- Bulma says she'll gather the Dragon Balls to revive North City since Frieza destroyed it.
Dragon Ball Super Movie 1: Broly
- Dragon Ball Super Bonus Story (The Winning Universe is Decided!)
- Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, 2009
- Dragon Ball episode 1, "The Secret of the Dragon Balls"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 173, "Dende's Dragon"
- Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, 2004
- Dragon Ball Z episode 174, "The Puzzle of General Tao"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 239, "Find the Dragon Balls"
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, 2003
- Mentioned by Bulma in Dragon Ball chapter 1, "Bloomers and the Monkey King"
- Dragon Ball episode 1, "The Secret of the Dragon Balls"