Dragon Ball Chapter 159

"A Grand Battle in the Wasteland!!"
Kanji 荒野の大格闘!!
Rōmaji Kōya no Daikakutō!!
Viz The Blasted Earth
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 14
Previous Chapter 158
Next Chapter 160
Arc Piccolo Daimaō Arc
Japanese January 26, 1988
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB121 & DB122
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"A Grand Battle in the Wasteland!!" (荒野の大格闘!!, Kōya no Daikakutō!!; Viz "The Blasted Earth") is the one hundred fifty-ninth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


In the distance, the Dragon Team's living members see a cloud of smoke from the ensuing explosion caused by Piccolo. In the wake of the destroyed city, Piccolo is confident that Son Gokū was killed, only to have his hopes dashed by sensing the young boy's ki. Tenshinhan used the Air Dance Technique to save Gokū, much to Piccolo's ire.

Flying, however, depleted the last of Tenshinhan's power, and the man fell to the ground exhausted. While Piccolo is certain that Gokū merely delayed his death, the boy informs the Great Demon King that the stunt he just pulled also severely depleted his energy, and he won't be able to attack Gokū like that again. Agreeing that his ki is low, Piccolo still believes he can kill Gokū easily. As Piccolo begins to power up, Gokū rushes in to take advantage of his lowered guard. However, his attack isn't strong enough with the force of only a single leg behind it, and Piccolo releases a large scale Kikōha that created a large crater.

Gokū, however, calls on Kintoun, picking him up from the crater and dropping him back onto the battlefield, albeit damaged. Piccolo expresses his disbelief that a human could resist his power, and Gokū says that, since he has a tail, he just might not be human. With both of them drained, Gokū wants to continue the match. However, Piccolo, in desperation, grabs the unconscious Tenshinhan and uses him as leverage against Gokū.


  • This is the first time in the manga where the possibility of Son Gokū being more than human was acknowledged by the boy himself. These suspicions would later be proven correct by the arrival of his older brother, Raditz, and the revelation that Gokū was, in fact, a Saiyan.