Things only threaten to get worse for the Saiyan Prince from there. Piccolo and Tien, unfortunately, have an easy trail to follow. She gives Gohan, Goku, Trunks, and Vegeta a set of Saiyan armour. He wants to fully test his new powers and decides to do so in an event that Earth hasn't seen in years. The creature, of course, 'insists' and the fight is soon on. Meanwhile, on Master Roshi's island, Chi-Chi is relieved that the heart disease antidote has worked and that Goku is awake. Cell can feel Piccolo's energy, and knows he must be fighting one of the Androids, he charges towards them, in the hope that he will become complete.
Everyone is horrified — everyone except Vegeta. Knowing the fight is at a stalemate Cell uses a desperate attempt to absorb Android 16 into his being, but due to the way Android 16 was built Cell is unable to complete the Androids demise. They are also unaware of how wrong things have gone on Earth. As he transforms into his perfect form, everyone can sense the raw power he now has. As the battle rages on, it is easily noticeable that Android 16 is just as strong as Cell.
Vegeta wants to handle Cell personally, and the vile android welcomes the challenge. Now that it is just Cell and the Androids, will he be able to absorb them to become complete, or is the strength of the mechanical trio enough to stop Cell from absorbing 17 and 18? The Androids do not even know who Cell is, so Piccolo tells Android 17 that Cell was spawned from Dr. Their future begins to become a matter for discussion between them, as memories come to the surface. At long last, Gohan makes the Super Saiyan transformation, and he's not finished yet. Both also notice the striking similarities between them. Vegeta begins laughing but his celebration is quickly cut short when he learns that Cell possesses Piccolo's regenerative ability.
Popo's sadness — Piccolo and Kami reunite. Meanwhile, Goku and Gohan continue their own training. Old fears fade, as — much to Mr. Gero's wrecked laboratory, they bust into the basement — finding baby Cell and a lot more. There are numerous islands in the area and Cell is too impatient to perform a simple search. Cell escapes and the three Z Fighters fail to stop him. Being next, obviously, isn't on his agenda.
Meanwhile, Krillin and the defeated Vegeta have to beware the ensuing fallout. Gero's masterpiece formed from the cells of the strongest warriors ever to walk the earth, including the Saiyans, Piccolo, and Frieza. Meanwhile, the androids face an unexpected and unforseen issue, Goku's not home. He will instead force his prey out into the open. Earth is on the line, and both Krillin and Vegeta could inadvertently bring about its end. Vegeta then leaves to find and destroy Cell, while Trunks closely follows.
Cell is out to crush Trunks completely, but the teenaged Saiyan puts up quite a fight. Just as Earth's safety seems definite, however, he realizes something long known about Vegeta. Krillin faces Cell alone — barely managing to save some innocent people and himself. Cell tries to counter-attack but falls short to 16's Inferno Flash. He even rips off one of Piccolo's arms — crippling him temporarily. All he is interested in fighting is Vegeta, who feels the exact same way.
. Cell delights in toying with him now — even revealing certain secrets about his origins. He has no time to adjust, though. Trunks has other problems, as he fears his attempt to save the world only made things worse. Android 16 is no match for the second form of Cell, and is mortally wounded. With Vegeta's mind set on reaching the same seemingly unreachable goal, Goku takes him, Trunks and Gohan to the mysterious hyperbolic time chamber, a room where one year in there, is equivalent to that of a day in the real world.
The other Z Fighters will certainly be surprised, too. It looks like the second time capsule's pilot left behind some kind of shell. Round two begins and things start out smoothly enough for Vegeta. Is there anyone left who can stop Cell from achieving perfection? Knowing he doesn't stand a chance with only one arm, Piccolo surrenders, but asks the creature to tell him who he is as a last request. Cell, annoyed, quickly and easily kills Piccolo and throws his body into the ocean. But before they could do so, Cell sneaks up behind 17 and quickly absorbs him.
Cell is horrified, while Trunks — aware of what Vegeta went through during training — is impressed. Though doing better than even he imagined, Trunks is still out of his league. As it happens, he is very much aware of what has been happening since the Android 19 debacle. The emerging being looks like Piccolo and is called the same, but is noticeably different. He could possibly take them, but he has no time for this. Cell continues creating a swath of death and destruction.
Meanwhile, the Z Fighters have certainly been busy trying to save Earth, but Bulma has hardly been idle. Soon, blasts rain down from the sky —destroying various islands and killing many innocent bystanders. Finding 18 isn't the problem — activating the device is. Back on Earth, Cell has finally absorbed 18. Krillin, Trunks and Bulma study the latest find and don't like what they learn.