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Man-Eating Gourd[1]
Kanji 人食いひょうたん
Rōmaji Hito Kui Hyōtan
Literal English Man-Eating Gourd
FUNimation Gourd of Mist
Anime Debut DB079

The Man-Eating Gourd (人食いひょうたん, Hito Kui Hyōtan; FUNimation "Gourd of Mist") is an anime-only, mystical item that appeared under the ownership of the thug, Kinkaku.



The mist of the gourd traps Gokū.

The Man-Eating Gourd releases a mist that sucks in a target into the gourd, and will dissolve them down to the bone, turning them into sake, which can be consumed. The process takes a few hours, and can be prevented if the victim is released quickly, as was the case with Gokū. Kinkaku and Ginkaku used this to intimidate the people of Chao’s village.[1] The item very likely has the ability to give the drinker of the sake the strength of the target who has become sake, as, before using it, Kinkaku claimed that Gokū's strength would become his own.[2]


  • While the title of the episode refers to the item as the Man-Eating Gourd, Daizenshū 7 simply refers to the item as a gourd (ひょうたん, hyōtan).
  • The Man-Eating Gourd is based on a tool from the Chinese novel, Journey to the West; specifically, the Crimson Gourd (紅葫蘆, Benihisago), one of the five treasured tools. The item was used by the demon brothers, the Great King Kinkaku (金角大王, Kinkaku-daiō) and Great King Ginkaku (銀角大王, Ginkaku-daiō); specifically, it has the ability to suck in their opponents, melting them once they are trapped within.
  • In the dub, instead of sake, the gourd turns the people trapped within into water.
    • Similarly, the dub refers to the gourd as the "Gourd of Mist", likely due to the harsher Japanese name, "man-eating gourd".


  1. 1.0 1.1 Daizenshū 7
  2. Dragon Ball episode 79