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This article is about the fifth episode. For the home video, see Yamcha the Desert Bandit (volume).

"Continuing their journey on foot, Bulma, Oolong and Goku press on into the uncharted, unexplored and uncool."

"Yamcha the Desert Bandit" (つよくてわるばくのヤムチャ Tsuyokute Warui Sabaku no Yamucha, lit. "The Strong Villain of the Desert, Yamucha") is the fifth episode of Dragon Ball and the fifth episode of the Emperor Pilaf Saga. This episode first aired in Japan on March 26, 1986. Its original American air date was October 7, 1995.



Bulma forces Oolong into joining them

Bulma, Goku, and Oolong are in a boat passing through a river. Bulma decides that Oolong and his shapeshifting ability can be very useful in their quest. Oolong then changes into a fish and jumps out of the boat when he hears that the next place they are going to is Fire Mountain. Goku goes after him but before he can catch him, Bulma lures Oolong back into the boat with a pair of her panties (money in the Ocean Group Dub). Back on the boat, Bulma hands Oolong a "vitamin" and she says he should take it because it is good for him. The boat then runs out of gas, but Bulma makes Oolong turn into a paddle so they can get to the shore.


Bulma goes crazy not having the luxury of her capsules

On shore, Bulma finds out her DynoCaps are missing and yells at Oolong, accusing him of stealing them. Oolong sneaks off and Bulma makes the "piggy" sound which makes Oolong have to go to the bathroom. Then Bulma tells Oolong that the "vitamin" she gave him was really a pill that makes him go to the bathroom whenever someone makes the "piggy" sound. Bulma has Oolong change into the motorbike, but when Bulma gets on the bike, she falls because Oolong does not get stronger when he changes shape and says that it does not matter anyway because he can only hold a shape for five minutes.


Yamcha and Goku's weapons clash

As time passes, they are now walking in Diablo Desert. Bulma eventually throws a temper tantrum because she cannot stand walking in the desert, remarking that she is used to the luxury of her capsules, and she eventually passes out in the heat. Far into the distance, a blue cat is spying with a telescope on a rock telling a man that victims are present and the man says that it's been a while since their last prey. The two ride a flying bike, the Jet Squirrel, up to Goku and Oolong. The man introduces himself as Yamcha, the Desert Bandit, and orders the two that if they want to escape this desert, they'll have to give them money or capsules. Oolong then recognizes the cat as Puar, who went to Shapeshifting Academy with him, and Puar remembers Oolong as a bully.


Goku and Yamcha fight

Yamcha, wanting to rob them and challenges them to a fight, begins to fight Goku with his sword and Goku fights back using his Power Pole. Realizing that Goku is powerful, Yamcha asks Goku if he is the grandson of Gohan because he is the only person who could have had that pole. Resuming their fight, Yamcha utilizes his powerful attack, the Wolf Fang Fist, knocking Goku into several rocks. Horrified that his friend was defeated, Oolong turns into a fly and tries to fly away, but Puar turns into a flyswatter and knocks Oolong out of his form, stopping him.


Yamcha defeated because of his fear of women

Oolong was about to hand Yamcha a capsule to save himself, but Goku emerges from the rubble and yells at Yamcha. Yamcha decides to take down Goku with another Wolf Fang Fist, but just before Yamcha gets to take down Goku once again, Bulma starts to wake up and Yamcha spots her. Yamcha is stunned by her and falls over and rushes away saying that they will be back. Bulma gets a quick glance of Yamcha and falls in love with him. While back at his hideout, Yamcha reminds Puar of his fear of women and that he will get Goku back.

Major Events[]

  • Oolong is revealed to have joined the group.
  • Bulma loses her DynoCaps.
  • Goku, Oolong, and Bulma meet Yamcha and Puar.
  • Oolong was revealed to have gone to Shapeshifting Academy with Puar.
  • Goku fights Yamcha, but the desert bandit runs away when he sees Bulma.


  • Goku vs. Yamcha
  • Puar vs. Oolong







  • Fish - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Paddle - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Motorbike - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Panties - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Fly - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Flyswatter - Used by Puar via Shapeshifting.

Differences from the Manga[]

  • In the manga, when Oolong hears about the Ox-King he quickly bails out of the boat telling Bulma that they don't know what he's like. In the anime, Oolong has a vision of the Ox-King and tells Goku and Bulma of the rumors he's heard about him before he escapes.
  • In the anime, Goku enters the lake to search for Oolong. In the manga, Bulma stops him before he enters the lake by calling out "Piggy" to lure out Oolong. Due to this change, Goku is unclothed when Bulma enacts her plan the former version.
  • In the manga, Goku smacks Yamcha into the top of a manga panel which causes him to smash into the desert ground (as by the standards of gag manga logic). This is not replicated in the anime as there is clearly no panel to do this. Instead Yamcha is smacked into a rock formation and is propelled diagonally into the desert floor.


Visual edits[]


Original (Left) Edit (Right)

  • The scene where Bulma lured Oolong as a fish with underwear was changed to dollar bills in the Ocean Group dub. However, the Blue Water dub retained the scene.

Scene removals[]


A scene deleted from the Ocean Group Dub of Oolong turning into a pair of panties

  • Goku touching Oolong's crotch to check to see if he is male or female was cut from the Ocean Group and Blue Water dub. Instead, an edited scene is shown where Goku tells Oolong that he is a barbecue, so Oolong gets mad and yells at him not to call him that before nearly pushing Goku off the boat.
  • The scene where Oolong turns into panties in front of an angry Bulma was removed from the Ocean Group dub. However, the Blue Water dub version retained the scene.
  • The scenes of Oolong's diarrhea in the bush and coming out with toilet paper were cut from the Ocean Group dub.
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Goku with blue sleeves

  • After Yamcha finishes the Wolf Fang Fist, Goku has blue sleeves.


  • Yamcha and Puar make their debut in this episode.
  • Grandpa Gohan is named for the first time in the Japanese version of this episode. The English dubs have him named as early as "The Secret of the Dragon Balls".
  • This is the first episode to feature a full-length fight scene.
  • This is the first episode where a special attack is used: Yamcha's Wolf Fang Fist.
  • After Oolong uses the restroom, Goku's eyes are colored in like Krillin's.
  • This is the first episode where the Dragon Balls are not shown. They are mentioned, however, keeping the streak of them being seen or mentioned in an episode to five episodes in a row.
  • This is the last episode to have been dubbed in English by Harmony Gold, though they have also produced an edit of the first and third Dragon Ball movies; they even made a Spanish dub, loosely based around the five-episode English version.


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