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The Lord Of Worlds (そんとピッコロだいおう Son Gohan to Pikkoro Daimaō, lit. "Son Gohan and Demon King Piccolo") is the eighteenth volume of the original Dragon Ball manga series. It was released on July 10, 1989 in Japan, and in March, 2003 for the English version. It is released in North America as Dragon Ball Z volume two, with the chapter count restarting back to one. It concludes the Raditz Saga and the marks the beginning of the Vegeta Saga.

Volume introduction by Akira Toriyama

The cover flap image

"I've said this many times before, but anyway, I don't like the cold, and I really hate winter, so much so that I'd like to hibernate like a bear. I often get invited to go skiing and such, and it's not like I couldn't, but I just have no desire to go out of my way to go someplace that's even colder. But as much as I hate winter, I really love the hot summer, and get really excited for it. That's why, even in my comics, it's almost always summery. Summer is the greatest! If only there weren't any mosquitoes…"


Gohan begins his year of training with Piccolo, while the Z-Warriors begin training with God. Goku reaches the end of Serpent Road and begins his training with Kaiō. Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, and the Z Warriors defeat the Saibamen. Goku begins his journey back to Earth.


Main characters

Supporting characters


Chapter # Title
(DBZ 11)
"A Warrior in Hell"
A Warrior in Hell.jpg
(DBZ 12)
"Gohan and Piccolo"
Gohan and Piccolo.jpg
(DBZ 13)
"Son Gohan, the Inconsolable"
Son Gohan, the Inconsolable.jpg
(DBZ 14)
"Deeds Done by the Full Moon"
Deeds Done by the Full Moon.jpg
(DBZ 15)
"Goku and Gohan's Training Begins!!"
Goku and Gohan's Training Begins.jpg
(DBZ 16)
"Masters and Students"
Masters and Students.jpg
(DBZ 17)
"The Hardest Time of His Death"
The Hardest Time of His Death.jpg
(DBZ 18)
"Closer... Closer..."
Closer... Closer....jpg
(DBZ 19)
"The Day of the Saiyans"
The Day of the Saiyans.jpg
(DBZ 20)
"Let the Games Begin!"
Let the Games Begin!.jpg
(DBZ 21)
"One Down..."
One Down....jpg
(DBZ 22)
"Heroes in Terror"
Heroes in Terror.jpg


  • Piccolo, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, & Gohan vs. Saibamen
  • Tien Shinhan vs. Nappa

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Volume 18: The Lord Of Worlds
A Warrior in Hell · Gohan and Piccolo · Son Gohan, the Inconsolable · Deeds Done by the Full Moon · Goku and Gohan's Training Begins!! · Masters and Students · The Hardest Time of His Death · Closer... Closer... · The Day of the Saiyans · Let the Games Begin! · One Down... · Heroes in Terror