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King Gurumes (グルメス大王 Gurumesu Daiō) is the main antagonist of Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies.


In his normal state, King Gurumes is a small, ugly bald headed man. In his mutated state, he is considerably larger than before, taking on more of a monstrous appearance rather than that of a man with purple skin and mismatched sized eyes.


King Gurumes is shown to be a poor king consumed by greed for the Blood Rubies and is willing to go to extremes to obtain a greater amount of them to fulfill his insatiable appetite.




King Gurumes, cursed by the Blood Rubies

Gurumes is the king of his own land, the Land of Gurumes. Shortly after discovering that the deposits beneath his country harbored priceless blood rubies, he begins mutating into an obese horror with a virtually unsatisfiable appetite. This leads to his actions becoming corrupt in nature, as he continues ordering excavation of the blood rubies in order to fund a plethora of the world's greatest cuisines in a desperate attempt to cure his essentially painful hunger. Eventually, Gurumes comes to the conclusion that only the eternal dragon Shenron has the power "to wish [his] hunger away".

Dragon Ball

Curse of the Blood Rubies

Main article: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies Gurumes has four Dragon Balls in his possession and his two most esteemed henchmen, Pasta and Bongo, confiscate Goku's Four-Star Dragon Ball from his home without his knowledge, leaving decent payment in its place. This causes Goku and Bulma, who is a passionate hunter of the artifacts, to seek out the two minions. During their adventure, Goku and Bulma make several acquaintances, among them Penny, a girl native to the Land of Gurumes who seeks the assistance of Master Roshi in overthrowing the selfish tyrant to rescue her decaying land.


Gurumes, after clobbering Goku during his rampage

At the climax of the film, Bulma throws the Dragon Balls into Gurumes' stomach. With the seven Dragon Balls now gathered inside Gurumes' stomach, Shenron is summoned, and the ray of light emitted by the Dragon Balls during the summoning process explodes through his mouth, destroying the upper floors of his castle. Penny requests that the Eternal Dragon restore her lands former peace and beauty, and thus Shenron removes the blood rubies from the deposits beneath the region (the dialogue between Penny and Shenron during the wish-granting sequence varies between the two versions of the film, but the result does not deviate between the two). It is also shown that Shenron's actions have re-granted Gurumes his human form, and ultimately his appetite is cured when Penny hands him a common apple, its simplicity shocking the king.


In his transformed state and after growing further in size, Gurumes is large and heavy enough to flatten Bongo just by stepping on him. When he fights Goku, his strength is great enough to put a lot of pressure on him and he was able to withstand a Kamehameha and receive little to no damage from it.


Monster Mutation

Main article: Blood Ruby


Gurumes transforms in front of Goku and the others

Gurumes' transformed state is a mutation caused by the Blood Rubies which turns him into a monster. The form increases his size and turns his skin purple. Gurumes battles Goku using the form.

Video Game Appearances

Gurumes in his transformed state is playable in Dragon Ball Heroes.

In Dokkan Battle, King Gurumes appears only as a boss.

Voice Actors


Curse of the Blood Rubies
  • King Gurumes (Transformed State) vs. Goku




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