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In the original Dragon Ball series, Master Roshi (Kame-sennin) realizes that Goku turned into a rampaging ape due to the effects of the full moon, and comes up with a characteristically Dragon Ball solution—just blow the stupid thing up! After all, who needs it?

After this, the moon is restored by the Dragon Balls, if I recall correctly. Later, Piccolo blows it up again to stop Gohan's rampage during their training.

Piccolo blowing up the moon

It's become sort of a stereotype of Dragon Ball that people are constantly blowing up the moon, and that sometimes when they do it, the moon has already been blown up and yet mysteriously reappears just to be blown up again. My question is, just how many times was the moon blown up? And how many of those instances were plot holes, if any?

This forum thread makes some unsourced claims about the answer to this question. I wasn't exactly filled with confidence in its accuracy, though.

Answers covering any of the available material (the manga, the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime, the movies, and the Dragon Ball GT anime) are appreciated.

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The moon was destroyed twice and recreated twice.

The first time, it was destroyed by Jackie Chun, by using a MAX Power Kamehameha in the 21st Tenkaichi Tournament.

It was later recreated during Goku's training with Kami, after Kami removed Goku's tail. This was revealed during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.

It was then destroyed by Piccolo during his training with Gohan.

From Dragon Ball Wikia

After this, the Earth's moon was never shown again until the Trunks Saga.

Now moving on to the questions from the forum:

that one guy(his name escapes me at the moment) who looked like Goku blew it up in DBZ the movie the Tree of Might

The "one guy" mentioned here is Turles. And what he blew up was not the moon, but a Power Ball. He had created the Power Ball to make Gohan transform into his Great Ape form. He then destroys the Power Ball to prevent himself from turning into a Great Ape, as he claims that he would lose his wits if he does.

and didnt it get destroyed in DBGT when Baby come to earth?

Highly unlikely, because I recall in the fight between Goku and Baby on New Planet, Goku transforms into the Golden Great Ape due the reflection of the Earth and

the people present for the battle questioned where the moon was, including a brainwashed Bulma and Baby himself, giving an elusion to the moon whereabouts.

source: Dragon Ball Wikia

But from the Wikia itself,

In Dragon Ball Z episode 118, "Frieza's Counterattack", the moon can be seen while the Earth is briefly shown from King Cold's spaceship. The moon also appears in the sky in one scene of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon. It is possible the moon was restored when it became clear that there would no longer be threats from evil Saiyans/Great Apes

This reminds me of Dragon Ball GT's inconsistencies. Nevertheless, the official number of times it was destroyed was 2.

  • So essentially, after Piccolo blew it up, it was gone, until it was recreated at some unspecified time as we see later when Freeza and King Cold come to Earth. – Torisuda May 30 '15 at 3:34
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    Since the second re-creation is never shown onscreen, that's probably why there's so much confusion about just how many times it was actually destroyed and whether it had been recreated each time it was destroyed. In any case, +1 for a thorough and well-sourced answer. – Torisuda May 30 '15 at 4:32
  • GT is since the release of Revival of F deprecated. It isn't canon anymore so you can ignore anything relating to GT story wise – Wouter Jun 18 '15 at 14:41
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If I'm not mistaken, twice.

As like you said, after the first time, the Dragon Balls were used to restore it. After the second time, I remember a time where Goku's spaceship (in which he came to earth) projected the moon so Gohan(?) could transform again, after which it was destroyed by Piccolo.

That's the reason why Vegeta had to use a special technique to transform into a Great Ape in his fight with Goku.

Finally, in GT, they had to use the earth as a "moon" during the fight with Baby, and a Blutz waves machine during the fight with Shenron.

I can't remember any other time the moon was involved. So I think it was destroyed twice.

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