In the beginning, the excitement was spurred in part by the license; after all, Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama’s manga-turned-anime, is one of the most well-recognized media properties on the planet. The brand itself was enough to get fans of the popular Dragon Ball Xenoverse games breathing hot and heavy in anticipation for new earth-shattering action.
Yet, there was another reason why Dragon Ball FighterZ’s hype continued to grow as the game crept toward a January 2018 launch. The 3 vs. 3 competitive fighting game was developed by Arc System Works, a squad known for excellent anime-style fighters, such as Blazblue and Guilty Gear. So, not only was the game destined to look good (as all Arc System Works fighters do), it was destined to play well, too. And it has. Dragon Ball FighterZ has some familiar Arc System Works flair, but it also deftly incorporates many fighting staples made popular by the manga and anime.
These two factors have created a Dragon Ball FighterZ community of casual and core fighting game fans who want to achieve one thing: a level of gameplay competency. What the means to the individual player—simple neighborhood bragging rights or esports spoils—varies from person to person, but getting good is the goal.
With that in mind, I present six Dragon Ball FighterZ tips that will up your game. None are particularly difficult to pull off, but you’ll want to learn them in order to level-up your proficiency with Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, and the rest of the the cast.