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Published March 24, 2018

Dragonball Fighter Z is the best Dragonball Z game to date. Dragonball Fighter Z has surpassed all the DBZ games before it and it has done so by introducing a lot of new elements to the game such as Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta. Also, the combo system that exists in the game may be one of the simplest and most complicated yet.

Dragonball Fighter Z is centered around the Dragonball Super anime series and the creators have done an excellent job bringing in some old as well as new characters such as my main man, Lord Beerus. Playing the game myself for the little while that I have been, I can say without a doubt that it starts out a little hard but get easier the more you play and understand it.

Dragonball Fighter Z


I’ve watched tens of thousands of videos on each character combos and I can say that I’m not up to mimicking any of the gamers performing those combos. Besides, you don’t have fun in a game mimicking someone else. Having said that, I’ve come up with my own tips for the game that I think would help you gamers out there who, like myself, is not really proficient in fighting games but love Dragonball Z.

Purchase Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta for cheap at the PlayStation Store

Dragonball Fighter Z

Now, the game has stringent standards about how to go about getting Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta such as completing the hard difficulty on the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and Gravity Spaceship courses; both have to be completed with an A plus ranking or better in the Arcade Mode.

Another way is to get a combo of 800,000 Zeni, 300,000 for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta and half a million Zeni (500,000) for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku. Ultimately I decided, “I’m not about to go through all of that”. If you want these two powerful characters, go to the Playstation Store and get them cheap for 2.99.

Dragonball Fighter Z

Not the way!

There’s no sense in half killing yourself or frustrating yourself trying to get your hands on these characters, if they’re meant to be in the game, and its pretty clear they are, then they should be easily accessible.

The Playstation Store is the place to get these guys, don’t do more than is required. Oh and in case I didn’t make this clear before, the two saiyans come as a pair not separately when you buy them in the Playstation Store.

Have fun with the combos, don’t overthink or overdo it

Interestingly enough, the combos are the bread and butter of this game not to mention combining your characters’ specials. However, one of the hardest things about the combos in this game is trying to keep up with everyone else. From what I’ve seen, the AI in the game is pulling off the same combos that you otherwise would if you were using them. Combos such as Square x 4 or Triangle x 4.

Simple, yes

I have button mashed, yes I admit this, I have button mashed where I was pulling off a combo of Square and Triangle together. I’ve done Square x 2 and Triangle x 2. Although they say that the game will punish gamers using “Auto combos”, I’ve gone with using them and made a few of my own. So I say, have fun with the combos; they don’t require you to do a lot to pull them off.

If you want to pull off a combo then throw in a special move like Square x 2 then roll quarter circle forward and R1; there’s your combo right there. The point is to have fun with it, don’t make it like you’re competing against other players because you’ll walk away from the game which you should not in either case.

Timing specials can be tricky but it’s not

Timing is everything in games and that includes fighting games like this one. When you’re using a super move such as the Extreme Speed Kamehameha, press and holding down either L1 or L2 will cause a corresponding character to do their super alongside yours.

And, if you’re quick enough to press the button that you didn’t press then you can quickly press that button to have your third character use their special.

Dragonball Fighter Z

An example of this is having Krillin use his Split Energy Wave (quarter circle back and 2 attack buttons), then press and hold L1 to use Kid Buu’s Human Extinction Attack (quarter circle forward and 2 attack buttons) then press and hold L2 have Majin Buu pull off his I Hate You (quarter circle forward and 2 attack buttons) You’ll not only reduce your opponent’s life meter, but you’ll edge them closer to death.

Timing the specials and super moves are not as hard as it seems; the key here is to press the next corresponding assist button IMMEDIATELY after your lead character pulls of their super or their special. Practice makes perfect, so practice this because you’ll need the damage output to knock your opponent of their game.

Try to memorize moves little by little, the more you remember the easier it’ll be to execute

Now upon looking at this, you think to yourself “it’s impossible to memorize all of those special moves and supers”; you are not unlike I was. However, I found that the easiest way to memorize special moves and/or supers is by concentrating on the moves that require the quarter circle forward/back motion.

Take Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta’s Big Bang Attack which is quarter circle forward and X, and Tien’s Telekinesis which is done using quarter circle forward and X.

Dragonball Fighter Z

If you remember nothing more than the quarter circle forward part of it, you’ll remember that both moves require that you press X after the quarter circle forward direction. At the end of the day, it is all about remembering the correlation between moves that have a common denominator such as quarter circle forward/back.

The moves and those like these will be easier to execute if you can remember which ones have that common denominator with the three characters you’re using.

Teleport move – Triangle + Circle

The teleport move has its uses and one of them is to avoid your enemies’ attacks or their special/supers. Incidentally, getting the timing down using the teleport or the Vanish as its popularly known can be tricky in itself but if you can master the timing then you can use it to throw your opponent off their game.

Dragonball Fighter Z

Beerus’ teleport

The teleport move can be lethal and can cause quite an upset with your opponents when you interrupt their strategy using it, don’t underuse or not abuse it when the opportunity arises; its good to use while your opponent is trying to execute their special or super.

Don’t rush to get to the Story Mode

I cannot stress this enough, don’t rush to get to the Story Mode. I say this because taking the time to learn a great deal about the game will only help you. As Damas, King of Spargus said once “Patience is a warrior’s greatest weapon”. A little patience and practice will take you a long way in this game.

Dragonball Fighter Z

Move slowly, tread lightly

I’m not saying you have to learn everything in the game before hitting the Story Mode or to ignore the Story Mode entirely. But what I am saying is to take the time and get your money’s worth by exploring and spending a little time on exploring other aspects of the game such as the Arcade mode or the Practice Mode or even the character combo mode.

I’ve had the game a little under 2 months and I still haven’t gone anywhere near the Story Mode; take your time!

Experiment with getting the Dragon Balls using simple moves or combos

Unlike many Dragonball Z games before it, Dragonball Fighter Z made getting the Dragon Balls easier than using Future Trunks to Dragon Rush through the buildings in his time while fighting Cell (Imperfect form) to get them in Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3. Using your characters’ specials and supers are the keys to getting the Dragon Balls in this game.

For example, Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 Meteor Smash (quarter circle back and R1, Lv. 3 energy bar) will net you a Dragon Ball or even Krillin’s Split Energy Wave (quarter circle back and R1) will net you a Dragon Ball. Don’t overcomplicate getting a dragon ball, its as simple as using any of the aforementioned moves or any other you have in mind like Beerus’ Ball (quarter circle forward and R1); it’ll net you a Dragon Ball as well.


While Dragonball Fighter Z might seem like its one of the toughest Dragon Ball Z games to date, it is actually simplicity in itself. Although the dragon balls might seem like they’re tough to get, they’re not.

Making use of the Teleport move will get you more into the game, memorizing your moves will make them easier to execute especially if you remember quarter circle forward/back, X etc. Again, don’t rush to Story Mode; you get more bang for your buck if you explore all aspects of the game.

Timing your specials and supers can have a big impact in battles not to mention simplifying your combos. Remember that Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta can be purchased at the PlayStation Store, you don’t have to run the in-game gauntlet to get them.

If you have any questions or comments about my post here then please feel free to send me a message, and I’ll respond as soon as possible.








  1. Arie Arie

    It has certainly been a while since I last played any of the DBZ games, but these are great tips that I will be sure to keep in mind when giving this game a try!

    I think when it comes to fighting games, it is always best to gain some experience with custom matches before jumping into the story mode, as it makes playing through the mode much easier.

    As for learning the moves, I appreciate how you mention not to stress too much over learning every move and rather have fun with testing different button combinations.

    I will be sure to look into getting this game at some point, as I am looking for more titles to tryout!

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Hey there Arie. First, thanks for reaching out to me and complimenting my post; you honor me. Second, I’ve never been good at fighting games especially of the DBZ variety but I wanted to get this because for one, Beerus kick ass! Second, I love learning especially the different button combinations and the finishers in the game are awesome and they are adding more and more characters to the roster, I just bought Broly and Bardock; before that, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta and Goku. No pressure, but if you’re looking to purchase the game then look no further than my website; when you’re ready though. But, you have to play this game, it’s great and there are even training challenges where you can practice what you learn and beat up dummies of your choosing to master certain moves as well.

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