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"I'll get you for this Zarbon! After I get those Dragon Balls you're going down! mark...my words! and when I'm done... I'll take down even Frieza himself!!!"
— Vegeta

"The Eldest Namek" is the fifteenth episode of the Namek Saga and the forty-first episode of the original Saban dub for the Dragon Ball Z series. It aired in first-run syndication on November 1, 1997.


Vegeta emerges from the water, after nearly getting killed in his battle with Zarbon

Dende takes Krillin to see the eldest Namek. The ancient Namekian leader uses his special power to increase Krillin's potential. Now Krillin will have to prevent the seventh and last Namekian Dragon Ball from falling into Frieza's hands. Meanwhile, one of Frieza's henchmen finds the village Vegeta had attacked, and returns to Frieza's ship to report.


  • Grand Elder Guru's imminent death is danced around many times in this episode (phrases such as "His time is near," "He's leaving," and "I won't be around much longer" are used.)
  • As Orlen flies over the Namek village, numerous dead lying Namekian bodies were edited out.
  • When Orlen zaps a Namekian, smoke is removed, perhaps to indicate that the Namekian is still alive.


  • Although it was Appule who was sent out along with Zarbon several episodes prior, it is a different henchman who finds the village. While this may at first seem like a coloring error, the actual Appule reappears back at Frieza's ship in the next episode, and from here on out, unlike in the manga, Frieza has many more spare henchmen.

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