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Dragon Ball Chapter 87

"Karin Tower"
Kanji カリン塔
Rōmaji Karin Tō
Viz The Great Climb
Chapter Info
Author(s) Akira Toriyama
Volume Volume 8
Previous Chapter 86
Next Chapter 88
Arc Red Ribbon Army Arc
Japanese August 12, 1986
Anime Adaptation
Corresponding episode(s) DB060 & DB061
Character debut(s)
None in this chapter
Technique debut(s)
None in this chapter
Tool debut(s)
None in this chapter

"Karin Tower" (カリン塔, Karin Tō; Viz "The Great Climb") is the eighty-seventh chapter of Part I of the Dragon Ball manga.


As Taopaipai seemingly kills Gokū and retrieves the Dragon Balls, an angry Upa decides to throw a stone at the assassin, only for it to be reciprocated back and knock the child out. Taopaipai, much to the surprise of Commander Red who was detecting his movements, went to the city to attain new clothes in order to replace his damaged ones from his encounter with Gokū.

As the tailor tells the assassin that the new clothes should be done in a week, an unsatisfied Taopaipai threatens the tailor to do it in three days, and notifies Red he'll return in that period of time. A frustrated Red informs Taopaipai that he only detects three Dragon Balls in the assassin's possession rather than four, and Taopaipai tells him that he'll recover remaining ball before he returns.

After Upa buries his father, and attempts to do the same to Gokū, the young boy wakes up and it is revealed that the four star Dragon Ball Gokū carried protected him from dying at the hands of Taopaipai. As Gokū thinks that he was saved by his grandfather, Upa laments the loss of his father, leading Gokū to decide to gather all seven Dragon Balls once again in order to revive Upa's father.

While Upa is surprised at the possibility, he also tells Gokū that Taopaipai took away the Dragon Balls in his possession, much to the frustration of Gokū for meeting a foe with such unprecedented strength. Upa then suggests that Gokū climb to the top of the Karin Tower to drink the holy water and gain exponential strength. Through the night and into the next morning, Gokū eventually reaches the top of the tower.

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