What episode does the Tournament of Power start?

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The Tournament of Power’s one of the highest stakes battles in all of Dragon Ball. It’s also one of the battles that take up the most episodes despite only lasting 48 minutes in-universe, similar to when Frieza said Namek would be destroyed in 5 minutes but survived for about 9 more episodes! So we look at what episode does the Tournament of Power start?

The Tournament of Power starts in Episode 97, named Survive! The Tournament of Power Begins at Last! and was first aired in Japanese in 2017 and English in 2019.

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What episode does the Tournament of Power saga start?

The Tournament of Power is part of the wider ‘Universe Survival Arc‘, which starts episode 77.

But it takes 20 episodes for the Tournament to be set up, so the actual kick-off time for the Tournament is episode 97.

How many episodes is the Tournament of Power?

The Tournament of Power starts episode 97 and finally ends with Android 17 winning in episode 131, meaning that the 48-minute Tournament takes place over 35 episodes.

That averages around 82 seconds of Tournament per 20 minutes episode. But we don’t watch Dragon Ball for the realism, do we?

What is the Tournament of Power?

Due to the enjoyment of the first Tournament between Universe 7 and Universe 6, the Zenos wanted another tournament, but this time between all of the Universes.

We have Goku to thank for giving the Zenos the idea due to his desire to want to fight the strongest fighters in all the Universes to test his Super Saiyan Blue.

However, Goku didn’t know that the losers of the Tournaments would be wiped from existence!

So a total of 12 universes submitted ten warriors each in a 48-minute battle royale, with the winner getting a wish from the Super Dragon Balls and the losers being erased by the Zenos.

Which warriors took part in the Tournament of Power?

Each universe was allowed ten fighters to compete. Our universe, Universe 7, fielded Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Master Roshi, Tien Shinhan, Android 18, Android 17 and Frieza.

Some notable fighters from other universes include Jiren, Kale, Frost, Toppo, Cabba and Hit.