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This article is about the episode. For the technique with the same name, see Nappa's Rampage (Technique).

"Nappa's Rampage" (ひたすらって3かんだんがんこうきんうん Hitasura Matte Sanjikan! Dangan Hikō no Kinto'un, lit. "An Intense 3-Hour Delay! The Kinto-Un Bullet-Express") is the 20th episode of the Vegeta Saga in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired in Japan on November 8, 1989. Its original American airdate was July 27, 2005.


Reporters chased by Nappa

Nappa chafes with boredom during the three-hour wait, and Vegeta tells that he wants to personally teach Goku a lesson for defying them and Raditz. Gohan is feeling guilty because of his own cowardliness and apologizes to Piccolo. Still upset, Piccolo turns right back and orders Gohan to go home. Gohan begins to do so, but Nappa's bullying prompts him to stay; Gohan angrily tells Nappa that he does not scare him anymore and he will not run away.

Nappa destroying ships

A news crew approaches to film the battle, but Nappa catches them and decides to take them out with Vegeta's permission, the only condition being that Nappa not waste enough energy that he ends up sweating. Nappa follows the crew's truck all the way to the news campsite, and obliterates everyone present, rendering those at Kame House unable to watch the fight any longer. At sea, Nappa spots the naval and air forces, and takes them out with little effort while enjoying himself greatly, although he admits that he may have come close to breaking a sweat from the last bit, and hopes Vegeta didn't notice the close-call. Goku, meanwhile, finally arrives at the Check-In Station.

Goku catches Senzu Beans while flying near Korin Tower

Nappa flies around the Earth and blows up another city, killing countless people for mere pleasure until the three hours are finally up. Nappa rejoins Vegeta at the battlefield and removes his damaged Battle Armor. Piccolo makes a plan with Krillin and Gohan to grab Nappa's tail and render him powerless, as Goku did with Raditz.

Kami meets Goku at the Check-In Station and teleports him back to Earth, where he receives two Senzu Beans from Korin and speeds towards the battlefield on the Flying Nimbus to conserve energy.

Major Events

  • Goku finally returns to Earth.


  • Nappa vs. Earth's Military





Differences from the manga

  • Master Roshi and the others at Kame House following the TV coverage of the battle is exclusive to the anime.
  • Nappa having some "fun" where he terrorises the humans and wreaks destruction against a fleet of Battleships is exclusive to the anime.


  • In the Japanese dub when Gohan insults Nappa, instead of saying he smells (mentioned in the other dubs) Gohan's goes more towards Nappa's mother "Your momma's belly-button sticks out!" insulting the Saiyan even more so. This is also the first and last time, Nappa's mother or either of his parents were ever mentioned in the series.
    • In the Ocean dub however Nappa's mother was mentioned by Krillin in comedic sense after Goku defeated him.


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