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Goku vs. Piccolo (龍虎相討つ! Ryūko Aiutsu!, lit. "The Dragon and Tiger Mutually Strike!") is the sixteenth volume to the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on February 10, 1989 in Japan and on August 3, 2004 for the English version. It concludes the Piccolo Jr. Saga. This is the final volume titled under "Dragon Ball" in North America. Every volume after this one is titled as Dragon Ball Z in the North American release.

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

The cover flap image

"Ta-daa! Would you believe it? I managed to get a whole 20-day vacation!! Awesome! Hey-hey!! And so forth. But just as I was getting carried away in my high spirits, I was laid up with a cold. A few days later, I somehow felt better and went out in the car, but just as I’d gotten back from finishing my errands, I caught my finger in the car door and put a crack in the bone. And while I was groaning in pain, my cold came back again. ……Dear God, thank you very much for my enjoyable vacation……."


Shen performs the Mafūba, but Piccolo returns the favor and instead traps him in a jar, which he swallows. Goku and Ma Junior begin their epic battle, and Goku manages to rescue God from inside Piccolo. Even with broken limbs and a hole in his chest, Goku declares that he will win.


Main characters

Supporting characters


Chapter # Title
181 "God's Miscalculation"
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  • Original Title: 神の誤算 Kami no Gosan, lit. "God's Miscalculation"
182 "The Fated Showdown!"
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  • Original Title: 因縁の対決!悟空対ピッコロ Innen no Taiketsu! Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro, lit. "The Fated Showdown! Son Goku vs Piccolo"
183 "Testing the Waters"
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  • Original Title: 小手調べ Kote Shirabe, lit. "A Light Warm-Up"
184 "The Real Fight"
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  • Original Title: 両者真剣勝負 Ryōsha Shinken Shōbu, lit. "Both Sides Go All-Out"
185 "The Super Kamehameha"
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  • Original Title: 超かめはめ波 Chōkamehameha, lit. "The Super Kamehameha"
186 "Panic at the Tenkaichi Budokai!"
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  • Original Title: 武道会場騒然!!, Budōkaijō Sōzen!!; lit. "Confusion at the Tournament Grounds!!"
187 "Piccolo's Super Giantification Spell"
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  • Original Title: ピッコロ大魔王超巨身術 Pikkoro Daimaō Chōkyoshinjutsu, lit. "Piccolo Daimaō’s Super Giant-Form Technique"
188 "Goku's Fight"
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  • Original Title: 孫悟空の試合 Son Gokū no Shiai, lit. "Son Goku's Match"
189 "The Demon King's Final Gamble"
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  • Original Title: 大魔王最後の賭け!! Daimaō Saigo no Kake!!, lit. "The Great Demon King's Final Gamble!!"
190 "Piccolo Destroys Everything!"
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  • Original Title: ふんばれ!!孫悟空, Funbare!! Son Gokū; lit. "Stand Firm, Son Goku!!"
191 "The 10 Count"
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  • Original Title: 10カウント Ten Kaunto, lit. "The Tem Count"
192 "The Last Gasp!"
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  • Original Title: 万事休す!! Banji Kyūsu!!, lit. "It's All Over!!"
193 "The Fate of the Strongest"
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  • Original Title: 天下一武道会の頂点!!, Tenkaichi Budōkai no Chōten!!, lit. "The Tenka'ichi Budōkai's Climax!!"
194 "The Gift of the Dragon Balls"
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  • Original Title: ドラゴンボールの贈りもの Doragon Booru no Okurimono, lit. "The Gift of the Dragon Balls"


  • Piccolo Jr. vs. Hero
  • Goku vs. Piccolo Jr.


  • Launch makes her final appearance in the manga in this volume.

Site Navigation

Volume 16: Goku vs. Piccolo
God's Miscalculation · The Fated Showdown! · Testing the Waters · The Real Fight · The Super Kamehameha · Panic at the Tenkaichi Budokai! · Piccolo's Super Giantification Spell · Goku's Fight · The Demon King's Final Gamble · Piccolo Destroys Everything! · The 10 Count · The Last Gasp! · The Fate of the Strongest · The Gift of the Dragon Balls