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Goku vs. Vegeta (てんちょうけっせん!! Tenkawakeme no Chō-Kessen!!, lit. "A Fateful Super Decisive Battle!!") is the twentieth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. It was released on January 10, 1990 in Japan, and in March, 2003 for the English version. It has been released in North America as Dragon Ball Z volume four, with the chapter count restarting back to one.


Goku vs. Vegeta

With the mighty Kaiô-ken amplifying his strength, Goku fights Vegeta in a desperate battle to save the world—only to find that the elite Saiyan warrior is even stronger than his new techniques! In desperation, Goku calls upon the Genki-dama, the "spirit ball," drawing power from the Earth, its people, plants, and animals. But alone, even Goku is not enough. The last worn-out survivors, Gohan, Kuririn, and Yajirobe, must rush back into the fray to beat the unbeatable Vegeta…as their enraged foe vows to not only wipe out the human race, but destroy the planet Earth itself![1]


This section, or a part of it, has been transcluded from Earth vs. the Saiyans; any changes involving it should be made there instead. / 

Goku was Earth's greatest hero, until he died fighting his own brother, Raditz, a member of the warlike alien race called the Saiyans. Goku's friends intended to use the seven magical Dragon Balls to bring Goku back to life…but, knowing that two even stronger Saiyans would arrive on Earth in one year, Goku chose to remain in the afterlife where he could train under the great martial arts teacher Kaiô-sama. But the Saiyans arrived a day early, and by the time Goku returned to Earth, his friends Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chaozu and Piccolo had already been killed by the invaders. Goku defeated Nappa, one of the Saiyans, but now he must use his new techniques against Nappa's commander Vegeta…a warrior so deadly and ruthless he killed Nappa for daring to lose![1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

The cover flap image

"If I want something I have this habit of drawing it until I get whatever it is or I lose interest. When I was a kid I really wanted a horse, so every day I would draw horses. Eventually, I gave up on getting a horse, and I drew monkeys every day. After that I drew bicycles. I just kept drawing the things I wanted. As a result, even though I misbehaved, at least I could draw well. That habit eventually grew into a job and I still continue to draw today."[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Son Goku - The greatest martial artist on Earth, he owes his strength to the fact he is one of the alien Saiyans. How far can he go with the secrets of Kaiô-sama training?
  • Kaiô-sama - Also known as the "Lord of the Worlds", he is one of the deities of the Dragon Ball universe. He lives in the Other World at the end of the Serpent Road.
  • Bulma - Goku's oldest friend. Bulma is a scientific genius. She met Goku while on a quest for the seven magical Dragon Balls, which, when gathered together, can grant any wish.
  • Son Gohan - Goku's four year-old son, a half-human, half-Saiyan with hidden reserves of strength. He was trained by Goku's former enemy Piccolo.
  • Kuririn - Goku's former martial arts schoolmate.
  • Yajirobe - A rough-talking, solitary swordsman, never seen without katana sword and yukata robes. Yajirobe is one of Goku's old friends but he's not exactly heroic.
  • Vegeta - The prince of Planet Vegeta, home-world of the Saiyans. He claims to be the strongest fighter in the universe. He originally came to Earth to find the Dragon Balls and wish for immortality, but now he has a special score to settle with Goku…
  • Kame-Sen'nin - Kame-Sen'nin, also known as the "Turtle Hermit" or Muten-Rôshi (the "Invincible Old Master"), helped train Goku and Kuririn in the martial arts. By now, his disciples have surpassed him.



Chapter # Title
(DBZ 35)
"The Decisive Battle at Last!"
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The battle continues with Vegeta charging up wiping out of area surrounding him before ramming Goku with numerous attacks while Goku struggles to Dodge.  Goku then uses to dodge with Kaio-ken times 2 to dodge but it's not enough so Goku decides to use Kaio-ken times 3.
(DBZ 36)
"Too Much Power?"
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As Yaojorobi watches the fight from the sidelines Goku proceeds against King Kai's orders to go Kaio-ken times 3 despite it going to break his body.  The increase of power actually frightens Vegeta as Goku proceeds to attack and deal heavy blows to the prince of all Saiyans as Goku dodges all blows dealt by Vegeta before Goku punches Vegeta in the gut causing him to cough blood though Vegeta refuses to go down.
(DBZ 37)
"Battle in the Red Zone!!"
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Vegeta goes berserk refusing to be put down by a Low-Class Saiyan all while Goku is starting to break after using too much power.  Vegeta blasts into the air planning on wiping Goku and the earth with a single Galick Gun blast so Goku decides to use Kaio-ken times 3 Kamehameha.  There are blasts collide and it seems that Vegeta is going to overcome Goku but Goku goes Kaio-ken times 4 which is enough to cancel out Vegeta's attack and seemingly wipe him out.
(DBZ 38)
"The Moon"
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Despite all the power Goku thought out is still standing though unknowing to him Vegeta was able to dodge the blast before he could die.  Enraged he tries to get revenge by becoming a Great Ape but he can't find it so he searches the entire planet until dawn before encountering Goku revealing his ace on the whole.  Vegeta reveals he can create the same energy the moon emits which allows Saiyans to become Great Apes and so he does become a Great Ape much to the horror of everyone.
(DBZ 39)
"The Energy Sphere"
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As Krillin and Gohan are rushing back to Kame House they since Vegeta's increased Ki and rush back to help Goku out.  Meanwhile back at the decisive battle, Vegeta reveals he can still keep his personality as a Great Ape.  It’s also heard Goku discovers that it was him who killed his grandpa when he was younger.  Vegeta attacks and despite Goku's best efforts Vegeta's increased size and Goku's injuries he proceeds to be beaten though is able to escape by going Kaio-ken and Solar flare distracting Vegeta allowing him to use his final ace up his sleeve, the Spirit Bomb
(DBZ 40)
"All That Power..."
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As Vegeta recovers Goku begins to gather the energy from the earth, unfortunately, it isn't fast enough as Vegeta blasts Goku with his Lazer blast catching him off guard and with Goku having most of his Ki for the Spirit Bomb leaves him open for Vegeta's attacks as he proceeds to break his legs but before he could impale him with his fingers Goku blasts Vegeta in the right eye blinding him.  This simply pisses Vegeta off. as he proceeds to crush Goku in his hands.
(DBZ 41)
"The Last Heartbeat"
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Goku is left helpless to Vegeta as he begins to crush every bone in his body all while Yaojarobi gathers the courage to help out.  However just as all hope runs out Krillin and Gohan arrive, as Yaojorobi and they split up Gohan distracting Vegeta while Killing tries to slice him in half though Vegeta is able to dodge.  Before Vegeta could decapitate Goku Yaojarobi appears and cuts Vegeta's tail off causing the great ape Vegeta to turn back to normal freeing Goku.
(DBZ 42)
"Least Resistance"
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Despite being injured, blinded and with no tail, Vegeta is just as powerful and angry as ever rushing over to Gohan and proceeding to beat him up and kicking Krillin through multiple stone pillars when he tries to intervene.  He then breaks all of Goku's ribs and kicks him numerous times enraging Gohan and causing him to gain a brief upper hand as the two fight seemingly on par.  While that’s going on Krillin badly injured makes his way back to Goku as Goku plans on giving him the Spirit Bomb.
(DBZ 43)
"One More... the Sphere!"
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Goku raising his hand passes the Spirit Bomb off to Krillin in the form of a giant energy sphere all the while Vegeta gains the upper hand in his fight with Gohan he proceeds to shoot numerous energy blasts at the young one causing him to knock his head on a boulder seemingly beating him.  Vegeta rushes over to kill him all while Krillin is about to catch Vegeta off guard with the Spirit Bomb but Yaojorobi gives Krillin away allowing Vegeta to dodge.
(DBZ 44)
"The Hopes of a Planet"
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This causes the blast to directly fire at Gohan though Goku telepathically tells Gohan as long as he has no evil Ki he'll be able to bounce it back which he does.  Vegeta is seemingly incinerated by the incredibly powerful Spirit bomb.  With that, the heroes begin to celebrate and recoup their losses only for Vegeta to crash next to them, still alive and standing smacking Krillin away and planning on destroying the entire planet when he's fully recovered and all the heroes dead.
(DBZ 45)
"The Worn-Out Warriors"
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Vegeta done with all the fighting blows everyone away with a single blast leaving everyone down and unable to fight.  However, Vegeta is just as worn out and is ready to call it quits before noticing Gohan has regrown his tail and with the energy sphere still in the air he proceeds to Kill Gohan before he can transform but before he can Yaojorobi the only one still standing comes in and slices Vegeta in the back bringing him to the ground through it's short-lived and Vegeta proceeds to beat him up.  Vegeta rushes back to kill Gohan but before he can Gohan looks at the sphere and turns into a Great Ape.
(DBZ 46)
"Monkey in the Moon"
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Despite Vegeta's best efforts to kill Gohan while transforming and removing his tail while he transforms its to not prevail as a fully transformed Gohan as he throws a boulder at Vegeta which he dodges and then throws an energy disk-like Krillins at Gohan as he's about to crush him in the air.  However Vegeta's attack is able to cut Gohan’s tail off leaving the victory for Vegeta, but it's short-lived as while transforming back Gohan lands on top of Vegeta finally defeating him.  But Vegeta doesn't let this defeat stay as he plans on escaping calling his pod from the remains of Metro City.


  • Goku vs. Vegeta (Base/Great Ape)
  • Gohan, Krillin and Yajirobe vs. Vegeta (Great Ape)
  • Gohan vs. Vegeta
  • Goku, Krillin, & Gohan vs. Vegeta
  • Yajirobe vs. Vegeta
  • Gohan (Great Ape) vs. Vegeta


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (May 6, 2003).

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