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The Demon King Piccolo (ピッコロだいおうきょう Pikkoro Daimaō no Kyōfu!, lit. "The Terror of the Great Demon King Piccolo!") is the twelfth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. It was released on April 8, 1988 in Japan and on September 3, 2003 for the English version. It concludes the Tien Shinhan Saga and begins the King Piccolo Saga.


The Demon King Piccolo

When Kuririn is killed by a lizard-like monster, Goku goes in search of the culprit and finds his most terrifying enemy yet: the evil Demon King Piccolo! Freed after centuries of imprisonment, Piccolo sends waves of monsters on a mission to find the Dragon Balls and destroy any martial artists who might oppose him. With his flying cloud destroyed, Goku finds himself lost in the jungle where he meets an unlikely new ally. Meanwhile, Kame-Sen'nin prepares a last-ditch plan to defeat Piccolo… but at what cost?[1]


This section, or a part of it, has been transcluded from Return To The Tournament; any changes involving it should be made there instead. / 

Legend says whoever gathers the seven magical "Dragon Balls" will be granted any one wish. Son Goku, a young boy from the mountains, first heard the legend from a city girl named Bulma. After many adventures with Bulma, Goku decided he wanted to get stronger, and so he trained under Kame-Sen'nin, the great martial artist, even competing in the "Tenka'ichi Budôkai" (the "Strongest Under the Heavens" martial arts tournament). Three years ago, at the last "Tenka'ichi Budôkai", Goku narrowly lost to Kame-Sen'nin. But this time, Goku is face to face with Tenshinhanin the final round![1]

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama[]


A picture of Toriyama's pet cat, Koge

"This is our family cat, "Koge" (cat). You probably can’t tell what the heck is going on since she's so black, but here she is. We picked her up one night three years ago as a kitten, and she's a real sweetie and a total nudge. While she was giving birth, I really, really worried, and made a huge fuss. But there weren't any complications, and she had four healthy (and teeny-tiny) kittens. We were so happy. By the way, my wife was the one who named her."[1]



Info below is retrieved from Viz Media.[1]

  • Son Goku - Monkey-tailed young Goku has always been stronger than normal. His grandfather Gohan gave him the nyoibō, a magic staff and Kame-Sen'nin gave him the kinto'un, a magic flying cloud.
  • Yamcha - A student of Kame-Sen'nin and Bulma's on-off boyfriend. He was seriously injured by Tenshinhan and taken to hospital.
  • Bulma - A genius inventor, Bulma met Goku on her quest for the seven magical Dragon Balls.
  • Lunch - A strange woman whose personality changes whenever she sneezes.
  • Kuririn - Goku's former martial arts schoolmate under Kame-Sen'nin.
  • Pilaf and Co. - A little emperor who wants to get the Dragon Balls so he can wish to rule the world.
  • Tenshinhan - A student of Tsuru-Sen'nin, he can fly and is a very proud fighter.
  • Kame-Sen'nin (The "Turtle Hermit") - A lecherous but powerful old man martial artist master, his signature move is the kamehameha attack. His rival, Tsuru-Sen'nin (the "Crane Hermit") entered Tenshinhan and Chaozu into the tournament to see whose school of martial arts was better.
  • Chaozu - A student of Tsuru-Sen'nin, he can fly an use psychic powers.



Chapter # Title
133 "Desperation Move"
Desperation Move
  • Original Title: りょうしゃさいせんじゅつ!! Ryōsha Saigo no Senjutsu!!, lit. "The Pair's Final Tactics!!"
134 "Up in the Air"
Up in the Air
  • Original Title: どうたいかいしゅうりょ!そして⋯ Budō Taikai Shūryō! Soshite..., lit. "The Great Martial Arts Tournament Concludes! And Then..."
135 "The Death of Kuririn"
The Death of Kuririn
  • Original Title: クリリンのそしておそろしきいんぼう Kuririn no Shi Soshite Osoroshiki Inbō, lit. "Kuririn's Death, and a Terrible Conspiracy"
136 "Target: Tenka'ichi Budokai"
Target Tenka'ichi Budokai
  • Original Title: ピッコロだいおうきょうPikkoro Daimaō no Kyōfu!, lit. "The Terror of the Great Demon King Piccolo!"
137 "We Need You, Goku!"
We Need You Goku
  • Original Title: よみがえれそんくうYomigaere Son Gokū!, lit. "Come Back, Son Goku!"
138 "The Weirdo with the Ball"
The Weirdo with the Ball
  • Original Title: ボールをったみょうなやつ Bōru o Motta Myō na Yatsu, lit. "The Strange Guy With the Ball"
139 "Yajirobe's Prey"
Yajirobe's Prey
  • Original Title: ヤジロベーのもの Yajirobē no Emono, lit. "Yajirobe's Prey"
140 "The Martial Artist Hunters"
The Martial Artist Hunters
  • Original Title: タンバリンがやってくる! Tambarin ga Yatte Kuru!, lit. "Tambourine Draws Near!"
141 "Goku vs. Tambourine"
Goku vs. Tambourine
  • Original Title: そんくうばくはつ!! Son Gokū Bakuhatsu!!, lit. "Son Goku's Explosion!!"
142 "Piccolo Descends!"
Piccolo Descends
  • Original Title: ピッコロだいおうつ!!, Pikkoro Daimaō Oritatsu!!; lit. "The Great Demon King Piccolo Descends!!"
143 "Goku vs. The Demon King"
Goku vs. The Demon King
  • Original Title: そん くうたいピッコロだいおう Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro Daimaō, lit. "Son Goku vs The Great Demon King Piccolo"
144 "Goku... Loses?"
  • Original Title: そんくうかんぱい!! Son Gokū Kanpai!!, lit. "Son Goku Completely Defeated!!"


  • Goku vs. Tien Shinhan
  • Tambourine vs. Krillin
  • Yajirobe vs. Cymbal
  • Goku vs. Tambourine
  • Goku vs. King Piccolo


  • In the manga, 3 unnamed martial artists were killed while in the anime, they were "revealed" to be King Chappa, Pamput, and Bacterian.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Viz Media (October 7, 2003).

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