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This article is about the sagas in the Dragon Ball franchise. For the video game, see Dragon Ball Z: Sagas.

This is a list of the sagas in the Dragon Ball series combined into groups of sagas involving a similar plotline and a prime antagonist.

Dragon Ball

Son Goku's Boyhood Group

Emperor Pilaf Saga

In search of the seven Dragon Balls, Bulma crosses paths with a young boy named Son Goku. Realizing Goku’s profound strength, she encourages him to join her in search of the remaining Dragon Balls, although they are not the only ones after them.

Manga Anime
Volumes 1-2
Number of Chapters 23 Number of Episodes 13


Tournament Saga

Training for Goku and Krillin begins under the teachings of Master Roshi in preparation for the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament where the greatest fighters in the world will compete. Unbeknownst to them, Master Roshi has also entered under the guise of Jackie Chun to ensure that neither is crowed the victor.

Manga Anime
Volumes 2-5
Number of Chapters 31 Number of Episodes 15


Red Ribbon Army Group

Red Ribbon Army Saga

The Red Ribbon Army is on the hunt for the Dragon Balls, and they’re using any means necessary to get their hands on them. Goku must take on the entire Red Ribbon Army to get his grandfather’s Four-Star Ball back.

Manga Anime
Volumes 5-6
Number of Chapters 16 Number of Episodes 17


General Blue Saga

While continuing the hunt for his grandfathers Dragon Ball, Goku now accompanied by his friends Bulma and Krillin, run into General Blue of the Red Ribbon Army who follows them in a hot pursuit to an underwater Pirate Cave.

Manga Anime
Volumes 6-7
Number of Chapters 14 Number of Episodes 12


Commander Red Saga

Goku crosses paths with a ruthless assassin named Mercenary Tao and suffers a devastating defeat. Surviving, Goku decides to climb Korin Tower in order to receive the Sacred Water necessary to gain the strength required to defeat Tao and avenge the father of his new friend Upa.

Manga Anime
Volumes 7-8
Number of Chapters 13 Number of Episodes 10


Fortuneteller Baba Saga

Unable to find the last Dragon Ball needed to revive Upa's father, Master Roshi suggests seeking out Fortuneteller Baba, who can divinate the locations of lost items. However Goku and his friends must first defeat her five mysterious warriors before she will help them.

Manga Anime
Volumes 9-10
Number of Chapters 16 Number of Episodes 16


Piccolo Group

Tien Shinhan Saga

Master Roshi’s students head off to compete in the next World Tournament, but a surprise awaits them. Master Roshi’s rival Master Shen has brought his students, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu to compete as well, and they’re out for blood.

Manga Anime
Volumes 10-12
Number of Chapters 22 Number of Episodes 18


King Piccolo Saga

Krillin is found dead after the World Martial Arts Tournament, and it soon becomes apparent that Piccolo, the Demon King, has once again returned with plans of world domination. As he searches for the Dragon Balls in order to regain his lost youth, his demon spawn set out to kill the Earths best fighters.

Manga Anime
Volumes 12-14
Number of Chapters 27 Number of Episodes 21


Piccolo Jr. Saga

After training at Kami's Temple, Goku must confront Piccolo once more. The 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament begins, and as predicted Piccolo arrives. Fighting his greatest battle yet, Goku must now defeat the reincarnation of Piccolo and save the world once again.

Manga Anime
Volumes 14-16
Number of Chapters 33 Number of Episodes 31

Dragon Ball Z

Saiyan Group

Raditz Saga

After five years of peace, Goku's life gets shaken up once again with the arrival of Raditz, declaring himself as Goku's older brother and a member of the almost extinct Saiyan race. Kidnapping Gohan, the four year old son of Goku and Chi-Chi, Goku must team up with his old arch nemesis Piccolo in order to get him back.

Manga Anime
Volumes 17-18
Number of Chapters 12 Number of Episodes 6


Vegeta Saga

Upon learning of Raditz' death, two more powerful Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa set their sights on using the Dragon Balls on Earth in order to gain eternal life. With Goku dead, the Earth’s warriors must train harder than ever before to prepare for the Saiyans’ arrival.

Manga Anime
Volumes 14-16
Number of Chapters 36 Number of Episodes 29


Frieza Group

Namek Saga

Following the battle with the Saiyans on Earth, Gohan, Krillin and Bulma head to Piccolo’s home planet, Namek, in search of new Dragon Balls to revive their fallen comrades. Unfortunately, the most dreaded villain in the universe, Frieza, is also searching for the Dragon Balls.

Manga Anime
Volumes 21-24
Number of Chapters 40 Number of Episodes 32


Captain Ginyu Saga

On Frieza's summons, the colourful and energetic Ginyu Force arrive on the planet Namek led by Captain Ginyu. Gohan and Krillin must join forces with Vegeta if they wish to take Frieza’s soldiers head on.

Manga Anime
Volumes 24-25
Number of Chapters 10 Number of Episodes 7


Frieza Saga

Having defeated the Ginyu Force, our heroes must recompose themselves, but it’s too late as Frieza has arrived with a vengeance. The true battle on Namek unfolds, but are our heroes a match for the all-powerful Frieza?

Manga Anime
Volumes 25-28
Number of Chapters 38 Number of Episodes 33


Frieza/Androids Group

Garlic Jr. Saga

The immortal Garlic Jr. has escaped from the Dead Zone and returned to take the thrown of Guardian for himself. He soon kidnaps Kami and Mr. Popo and unleashes the black water mist, turning the whole world into Demons. With Goku still absent, it is up to Gohan to save the people of Earth.

Anime
Number of Episodes
10


Trunks Saga

Trunks returns from the future to warn the Earth’s warriors that the Red Ribbon Army has returned, in the form of a pair of Androids. Dr. Gero has created the greatest killing machines known to man and their target is Son Goku.

Manga Anime
Volumes 28
Number of Chapters 7 Number of Episodes 8


Androids Group

Androids Saga

After training for three years in preparation for the Androids, Goku and his friends head out to finally face them. However, after Trunks returns to offer assistance, he reveals that the two Androids they've been fighting all this time are not the same as the ones that he knows from the future.

Manga Anime
Volumes 28-30
Number of Chapters 21 Number of Episodes 14


Imperfect Cell Saga

The artificial human Cell has appeared, and he will stop at nothing to achieve his perfect form. Meanwhile Goku awakens after recovering from his heart virus and decides to take his son into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to train but not before Vegeta has his opportunity first.

Manga Anime
Volumes 30-31
Number of Chapters 16 Number of Episodes 13


Perfect Cell Saga

After absorbing Androids 17 and 18, Cell reaches his perfect form. With Goku and Gohan still training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, it is up to Vegeta and Trunks to stop him.

Manga Anime
Volumes 32-33
Number of Chapters 15 Number of Episodes 13


Cell Games Saga

Cell holds a martial arts tournament to celebrate his new perfection. While preparing for the Cell Games, our heroes must attain new levels of Super Saiyan once again as failure to defeat Cell will result in the destruction of Earth.

Manga Anime
Volumes 33-35
Number of Chapters 33 Number of Episodes 29


Majin Buu Group

Other World Saga

After giving his life to save the Earth from Cell, Goku finds himself once again in the afterlife. He soon learns of a grand tournament being held by the Grand Kai and plans to participate. However another powerful fighter named Pikkon stands in the ways of Goku's victory.

Anime
Number of Episodes
5


Great Saiyaman Saga

Several years after the battle with Cell, a now 16 year-old Gohan enrolls in high school. To protect Satan City from evil, he takes on the persona of the Great Saiyaman. However after Goku announces he will be participating in the next World Martial Arts Tournament, Gohan must train to prepare himself for the Tournament.

Manga Anime
Volumes 36
Number of Chapters 11 Number of Episodes 10


World Tournament Saga

Goku has been granted a 24 hour release from Other World and competes in the latest World Martial Arts Tournament along with his friends and family. However all is not as simple as it seems, and the group soon find themselves wrapped up in more sinister circumstances.

Manga Anime
Volumes 36-37
Number of Chapters 14 Number of Episodes 10


Babidi Saga

The demon known as Buu was created five million years ago by the dark mage Bibidi. Now his son, Babidi, has appeared and plans to release Majin Buu again in hopes of conquering the Universe in his father’s name. The Supreme Kai must enlist the help of the Saiyans if they want to stop this new threat.

Manga Anime
Volumes 38
Number of Chapters 14 Number of Episodes 12


Majin Buu Saga

The demon Majin Buu has been freed from his confinement after millions of years and despite his childlike appearance and mentality, boasts more power than anything our heroes have ever had to handle before.

Manga Anime
Volumes 39-40
Number of Chapters 24 Number of Episodes 22


Fusion Saga

Majin Buu has reached an even greater level of power and bloodthirst. With Goku's time at an end, Vegeta dead and Gohan off world, the last chance for Earths survival is in the hands of the two young Saiyans Goten and Trunks and their ability to pull off the Fusion technique in time.

Manga Anime
Volumes 40-42
Number of Chapters 24 Number of Episodes 22


Kid Buu Saga

Majin Buu has returned to his original form and destroys Earth without hesitation. With Goku and Vegeta being the only surviving warriors left, the two must find a way to stop Buu or else the entire Universe will be in danger.

Manga Anime
Volumes 42
Number of Chapters 9 Number of Episodes 12


Ending Group

Gods of the Universe Saga

The world is put in jeopardy yet again, first with the arrival of the God of Destruction Beerus and then with the tyrannical Lord Frieza having been revived from the dead. Goku and Vegeta must learn to harness a new state of power called Super Saiyan God if they wish to defend their home world from this latest threat.

Manga Anime
Volumes
Number of Chapters 3 Number of Episodes 2


Peaceful World Saga

At last peace has returned to the world. Along with his granddaughter Pan, Goku and his friends enter into another World Martial Tournament. But Goku has an ulterior motive, to seek out a 10 year old boy who is said to be the reincarnation of Majin Buu.

Manga Anime
Volumes 42
Number of Chapters 3 Number of Episodes 4

Dragon Ball Super

Gods of the Universe Group

God of Destruction Beerus Saga

The God of Destruction Beerus, has awoken after a 39 year slumber. Having dreamt about “Super Saiyan God”, he seeks out this mysterious Saiyan. After visiting Goku, and eventually ending up on Earth, Goku must find a way to summon the power of “Super Saiyan God” before Beerus destroys the Earth.

Manga Anime
Volumes 1
Number of Chapters 4 Number of Episodes 14


Golden Frieza Saga

Frieza is revived with Earth’s Dragon Balls by his faithful subordinate Sorbet in order to restore the fear his army once commanded, but Frieza has only one thing on his mind, revenge. After training for four months, Frieza heads to Earth with a new transformation to confront Goku.

Anime
Number of Episodes
13


Zeno Group

Universe 6 Saga

The Gods of Destruction, Champa and Beerus have decided to hold a team battle featuring five powerful warriors from their respective universes, with the grand prize being Universe 7’s Earth, and all of the delicious food that comes with it.

Manga Anime
Volumes 1-2
Number of Chapters 9 Number of Episodes 14


Copy-Vegeta Saga

After Goten and Trunks take an accidental trip on Monakas truck to the planet Potaufeu, the two boys encounter a criminal gang in search of the mysterious Superhuman Water. When Vegeta heads off to find the pair, he runs into unexpected trouble when the water steals his powers and creates an exact duplicate of himself.

Anime
Number of Episodes
5


"Future" Trunks Saga

The future is in danger once more, driving humanity to the absolute brink. Future Trunks resists, but even the power of a Super Saiyan is no match for this mysterious man called “Black” who looks exactly like Goku. Trunks once again travels back to the past to enlist the help of Goku and Vegeta.

Manga Anime
Volumes 2-5
Number of Chapters 13 Number of Episodes 30


Universe Survival Saga

Having enjoyed watching the martial arts tournament between Universe 6 and 7 firsthand, the Zeno holds their very own between all 12 universes. With the warriors assembled, the Universe’s Greatest Martial Arts Tournament begins.

Manga Anime
Volumes 5-9
Number of Chapters 16 Number of Episodes 55


Universe 7 Group

Broly Saga

With the destruction of Planet Vegeta, three Saiyans were scattered throughout the universe. While two found a home on Earth, the third was raised with a burning desire for vengeance and developed an unbelievable power. Destinies collide as Goku and Vegeta find themselves up against a terrible, destructive force, Broly.

Manga Anime
Volumes 9
Number of Chapters 1 Number of Episodes 1


Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga

Goku and Vegeta join the Galactic Patrol as special members to capture Moro, an escaped prisoner who had been imprisoned for 10 million years. However, Moro wields powerful magic that allows him to steal other’s power and heads to Namek to use the Dragon Balls for his own sinister desires.

Manga
Volumes
9-
Number of Chapters
N/A

Dragon Ball GT

Grand Tour Group

Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

Five years have passed and all is peaceful around the world as Goku and Uub finish their training. However, this peace soon ends as Pilaf makes a terrifying wish, transforming Goku into a child. The rush is on to retrieve all seven Black Star Dragon Balls from around the Universe before the Earth and it’s inhabitants are destroyed.

Anime
Number of Episodes
16


Baby Saga

Goku and the others encounter Dr. Myuu and his greatest creation Baby. Being the lone survivor of the Tuffle race, Baby swears revenge on all Saiyans, no matter how innocent or guilty. As friends turn to foe, Goku must fight the ones he loves to destroy Baby and return the Earth to peace.

Anime
Number of Episodes
24


Super 17 Saga

In Hell, Dr. Gero and Dr. Myuu combine forces to create the ultimate Android, Super 17. Goku rushes to Hell to stop the evil duo, but in his haste he is trapped with some old foes. With Goku in Hell, the Earth’s forces must deal with Super 17’s assault. Goku must find a way out of Hell before all of Earth is lost.

Anime
Number of Episodes
7


Shadow Dragon Saga

With each wish of the Dragon Balls, a dark force has gathered within them. As a result of their misuse, the Shadow Dragons are born. Feeling responsible for this new threat, Goku sets off with Pan and Giru to confront the Shadow Dragons and regain the Dragon Balls.

Anime
Number of Episodes
17

Dragon Ball Heroes

Demon Realm Mission Group

Dark Demon Realm Saga

After defeating the evil Androids 17 and 18 along with Cell, Trunks has restored peace to his world. Just then the Supreme Kai of Time appears to give Trunks a telling off and so he decides to become a member of the Time Patrol to make up for his actions in tampering with time.

Manga
Volumes
1
Number of Chapters
1


Dark Empire Saga

Mechikabura, an old and powerful demon, sends out his elite henchmen in search of the Dark Dragon Balls so he can reclaim his youth. However these objects have traversed space and time and now Trunks joined by his allied Xeno counterparts must retrieve these Dark Dragon Balls before their enemy.

Manga
Volumes
1-2
Number of Chapters
9


Dark King Mechikabura Saga

Mechikabura has returned with his former youth now reclaimed. The Time Patrol must now reluctantly team up with Demigra and his allies and destroy the Hell Gates surrounding Mechikabura's palace before they can take him head on.

Manga
Volumes
3-
Number of Chapters
N/A


Cross Dimension Group

Prison Planet Saga

After Trunks abruptly vanishes. The mystery man named Fu suddenly appears, telling them that Trunks has been locked up on the “Prison Planet”, a mysterious facility in an unknown location between universes. Goku and Vegeta travel there to search for him only to find themselves locked in battle with the Evil Saiyan Cunber.

Manga Anime
Volumes 1
Number of Chapters 5 Number of Episodes 6


Universal Conflict Saga

A powerful new enemy has appeared, the Core Area Warriors. Their goal to overthrow the universes’ gods and destroy the Zeno. As conflict spreads throughout the universes, countless unprecedented battles unfold.

Manga Anime
Volumes 2-
Number of Chapters N/A Number of Episodes N/A

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