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Moori (ムーリ Mūri) is the elder of a Namekian village who becomes the grand elder of New Namek after Grand Elder Guru's death. He is also the brother of Tsuno, Nail, Dende, Cargo, and Esca.


Moori is a dark green Namekian, with a red vest, a white collar, white pants, and brown shoes.


Moori is determined and calculating, standing up and refusing to cooperate with Frieza and destroying the scouters, knowing it would likely lead to his death. Despite Vegeta having killed many Namekians in the past, Moori tells him that he holds no grudge or hatred towards him as such a thing only breeds more conflict.


Dragon Ball Z

Frieza Saga

Main articles: Namek Saga and Frieza Saga

Moori's first appearance

Moori was born on Namek as a son of Grand Elder Guru. He is very clever and, although Moori is not a warrior, he manages to destroy all of Frieza's scouters with his Finger Beams so that they cannot track any more Namekian villages.

This causes Frieza's collection of the Dragon Balls to be seriously delayed. When Frieza orders Dodoria to slay Moori, Moori told Dende and Cargo to run away. Just when Moori attempted to perform a move that would have avenged his slain Namekian brethren, a blast (either Frieza's Death Beam in the manga or Dodoria's Mouth Blast in the anime) was fired straight past Moori, slaying Cargo. Then, Dodoria sadistically carries out Frieza's order by breaking Moori's neck with his bare hands.

Moori with Dende and Cargo

Moori is included in the wish to Shenron to bring back those killed by Frieza and his men. After being resurrected, he is teleported to Earth thanks to the wish to Porunga to teleport everyone to Earth except for Goku and Frieza.

On Earth, as Elder Tsuno was not brought back by Shenron's wish since he and his village were wiped out by Vegeta who was already no longer under Frieza's commands at the time, Moori is named as the new Grand Elder by Guru before the latter dies for the second time. As the new Grand Elder, Moori says that the Dragon Balls will shine again.

The Dragon Team use Porunga's remaining wishes to bring back to life Krillin and Yamcha. During the time between the two restorations of the Namekian Dragon Balls, Moori and his people stay at Capsule Corporation, where Moori learns how to play golf thanks to Dr. Brief. 130 days later, the Z Fighters use two of Porunga's wishes to bring back Chiaotzu and Tien Shinhan, and Moori and his people use the third wish to teleport to a new planet similar to Namek.

Cell Saga

Main article: Cell Games Saga

"I do not know, my son. But from the sheer magnitude of this bio-energy, it may not only destroy Planet Earth but the entire universe as well!"
— "The Last Defense"

Moori meets Goku on New Namek

Three years later, Moori is seen on New Namek. When Goku is looking for a new Guardian of Earth to replace Kami, Moori suggests Dende. During the Cell Games, Moori and his fellow Namekians sense Cell's power all the way from Earth.

Majin Buu Saga

Main article: Kid Buu Saga

Moori as he appears during the Buu arc

Seven years later, Moori appears again when the Namekian Dragon Balls are needed to help Goku, Vegeta, Dende, Kibito Kai and Old Kai resolve the Majin Buu crisis. It's revealed that Moori has powered up Porunga by giving the Namekian Dragon the ability to bring multiple people back to life with one wish.

Dragon Ball Super

God of Destruction Beerus Saga

Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga In the manga, Moori is with King Kai on Snake Way for him to use their Dragon Balls to wish for his planet to be brought back. Porunga is summoned and King Kai plans to wish for a bigger planet with less gravity, a gorgeous house, and a race track. However, Goku shows up and wishes for his planet to be the same as it was previously because it's good for training. Moori gathers the Dragon Balls to take them back to his planet.[2]

Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga

Main article: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga

Moori is killed by Cranberry

Moori prays in front of a Dragon Ball along with two young Namekians, giving thanks to the gods protection that allows them to live in peace. However it is short lived as Goku and Vegeta arrive on the planet in time to confront the evil Moro who is after the planet's Dragon Balls for himself. On Goku's request, Moori has the Dragon Balls taken far away along with the other Namekians who flee the area. Moori stays during the battle between Moro and the Saiyans and after their defeat, aids them by taking them to a nearby home where he watches over them for the next three days.

When they awaken, Moori informs them that Moro is already in possession of three Dragon Balls, having raided their villages and slaughtered their people. Just then he senses another village under attack but says that he has hope as the strongest warriors from every village have combined into one powerful warrior and is headed there now to confront Moro. This hope too is also short lived as the warrior is killed instantly causing Moori to despair.

Moori returns Goku and Vegeta's clothing and before heading off, Vegeta asks Moori how he feels about him, having slaughtered many Namekians himself long ago. Moori says that while they will not forget such a thing, they believe that grudges and hatred only bring more conflict and that they only desire to live a life of peace. While Goku and Vegeta are away, Cranberry finds them and badly injures Moori before summoning Porunga. Noticing that Moori is still alive, he uses his Ray Gun to blast him which results in his death.

Despite his death, the Namekian Dragon Balls do not become inert like when Grand Elder Guru died as Moori had choose Esca to be his successor as Grand Elder, thus the Namekian Dragon Balls became tied to Esca.

As a result, Moori is later revived using the Namekian Dragon Balls following Moro's demise.

Granolah the Survivor Saga

Main article: Granolah the Survivor Saga Months after Moro's death, Moori teaches Esca and a group of Namekian children about the Dragon Balls. Moori explains that each set of Dragon Balls vary in number and size depending on who created them. He adds that on New Namek, each village elder watches over one of the Dragon Balls, but originally, the wishes were meant as rewards for brave warriors who sought out the Dragon Balls in times of great suffering. One child asks if other planets have their own set of Dragon Balls, and Moori claims it may be possible if other Namekians reside on there, like Dende on Earth. The child asks if their kind lives on any other planets. Moori believes it's possible, but he wouldn't know which planet they reside on. He explains that the Namekians were originally an interstellar race that migrated to Universe 7 from another realm entirely and some settled on other planets far from Planet Namek. Esca asks what happened to the other Namekians, but Moori replies that he doesn't know; they may still live or perhaps they were wiped out long ago.

Dragon Ball GT

Baby Saga

Moori asks Porunga to re-construct Earth after it was destroyed by the Black Star Dragon Ball's side-effect.

File appearances

The Return of Cooler

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler

Moori with other Namekians in an Ajisa field

Moori appears in which he is seen chained up along with his fellow Namekians by Cooler's Cyclopian Guards. When a Namekian warrior breaks free and attacks the robotic guards, Moori pleads for him to stop, but to no comply. Luckily, the Dragon Team arrive and Gohan saves the Namekian warrior and Moori and the Namekians are set free for the time being.

Other Dragon Ball stories

Dragon Ball Online

Moori in Dragon Ball Online

It has been 216 years since Moori's last appearance, and now he has gotten older and looks remarkably like Guru, even growing to a similar size.

As a result of the destruction of New Namek in Age 851, Moori and the surviving Namekians relocated to Earth. Upon learning of King Piccolo's surviving Mutated Namekian children from Piccolo, who was unable to deal with the situation on his own, Moori suggested that Piccolo and some of the Namekians capture them and keep them secure, which eventually lead to the creation of the Poko Priest class after some of Moori's fellow Dragon Clansmen managed to research these creatures and mastered the art of controlling them.


Statements by authors and guidebooks

The movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might states that Moori has a power level of 5,000.

Technique and Special Abilities

Moori destroys Frieza's soldiers' scouters

  • Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
  • Multiple Masenko – two-handed Finger Beam used to destroy the Scouters of the Frieza henchmen.
  • Magic Materialization – The Dragon Clan's ability to create objects from nothing. Since he is a prodigy from the Dragon Clans, he also has the ability to create Dragon Balls.[3] After Grand Elder Guru chose Moori as his successor, Moori life became tied to the Namekian Dragon Balls. During the Majin Buu conflict, it is revealed that Moori increased the power of the Namekian Dragon Balls, removing Porunga's restriction of only being able to revive a single person per wish, thus allowing him to resurrect multiple people. During the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, it is revealed that Moori chose Esca to be his successor and as a result the Namekian Dragon Balls did not become inert due to Moori's death.

Video Game Appearances

Voice Actors


Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Super
  • Moori vs. Cranberry


  • Moori's name pun is based on the Japanese word Katatsumuri, meaning "snail". The first part of the word is used for Katas' name pun.
  • In the Saban episode Escape from Dodoria, Krillin erroneously refers to Moori as Dende's father.


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