Yamcha the Desert Bandit
4 Star Dragon Ball Edit
SagaEmperor Pilaf Saga
Original AirdateMarch 26, 1986
Manga CounterpartSo Long, Oolong!, Yamcha and Pu'ar, One, Two, Yamcha-Cha!
Previous EpisodeOolong the Terrible
Next EpisodeKeep an Eye on the Dragon Balls

Yamcha the Desert Bandit (つよくて悪い砂漠のヤムチャ, Tsuyokote Warui Sabaku no Yamucha; lit. "The Strong Villain of the Desert, Yamcha") is the fifth episode of Dragon Ball and the fifth episode of the Emperor Pilaf Saga.



Bulma forces Oolong into joining them

Bulma, Goku and Oolong are in a boat passing through a river. Bulma decides that Oolong and his shape shifting ability can be very useful on 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, having 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 saying he stole 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 doesn't get stronger when he changes shape and says that it doesn’t matter anyways 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 goes crazy in need of the luxury of her capsules and 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. The two ride a flying bike, the Jet Squirrel, up to Goku and Oolong. The man introduces himself as Yamcha. Oolong then notices 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, begins to fight Goku using his sword and Goku fights back using his Power Pole. Realizing that Goku is powerful, Yamcha questions Goku of being the grandson of Gohan due to it being the only person who could have had that pole. Resuming their fight, Yamcha pulls out his powerful trick, the Wolf Fang Fist. Knocking Goku into several rocks, Oolong turns into a fly and tries to fly away. Puar becomes a fly swatter and knocks Oolong out of his form.


Yamcha defeated from his shyness of Bulma

Oolong was about to hand Yamcha a capsule to save himself, but Goku gets out of the rocks and yells at Yamcha. Yamcha decides to take down Goku with another wolf fang fist, but just before Yamcha gets to, Bulma starts to wake up and Yamcha spots her. Yamcha is stunned by her and falls over and rushes away. 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 EventsEdit

  • 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.

Voice castEdit

Character Japanese Voice Ocean Voice Blue Water Voice FUNimation Voice
Goku Masako Nozawa Saffron Henderson Zoe Slusar Stephanie Nadolny
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg Leda Davies Tiffany Vollmer
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Ted Cole Victor Atelevich Christopher R. Sabat
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Alec Willows Corby Proctor Brad Jackson
Puar Naoko Watanabe Kathy Morse Kris Simms Monika Antonelli
Narrator Joji Yanami Jim Conrad Steve Olsen Brice Armstrong


Goku vs. Yamcha







Visual EditsEdit


Original (Left) Edit (Right)

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

Scene RemovalsEdit


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.
  • 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.


  • This is the first time Oolong transforms into an object.
  • This is the first episode to feature a full length fight scene.
  • This is the first episode where a special attack was used: Yamcha's Wolf Fang Fist.
  • This is the first episode that both Yamcha and Puar appears in.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
The Secret of the Dragon Balls · The Emperor's Quest · The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi · Oolong the Terrible · Yamcha the Desert Bandit · Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls · The Ox King on Fire Mountain · The Kamehameha Wave · Boss Rabbit's Magic Touch · The Dragon Balls are Stolen! · The Penalty is Pinball · A Wish to the Eternal Dragon · The Legend of Goku

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