The 6 Best ‘DBZ’ Anime Showdowns in ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’

Carl Waldron
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Dragon Ball FighterZ is a fantastic fighting game. With Arc System Works‘ extremely accessible fighting engine, anyone can pick it up and enjoy it. If you are a fan of Dragon Ball Z, you are rewarded for your deep knowledge of some of the anime’s most famous battles. If you select or defeat specific fighters on specific stages, you are treated to dramatic intros and dramatic finishes.

These action sequences are pulled right from the Dragon Ball Z anime, allowing you to recreate some of the more iconic moments from the popular show.

We thought it’d be fun to delve a bit deeper into the history of these encounters, and Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s interpretations.

Yamcha Falls to Nappa and the Saibamen

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RIP Yamcha.

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Yamcha is a beast of a character, a fantastic fighter and a handful to deal with. During Dragon Ball Z, not so much. Throughout the Vegeta Saga, Nappa’s Saibamen prove too much for the Wolf Fang Fist enthusiast. With a Saibaman’s last act, it grasped Yamcha and detonates itself, killing both fighters in the process.

To recreate this (are you a Saibaman?) in Dragon Ball FighterZ, defeat Yamcha using Nappa on the Rocky Fields stage. As a bonus, if you defeat Nappa using Yamcha on the Rocky Fields stage, Yamcha gets his sweet revenge. He fires the kamikaze Saibaman into Nappa before he explodes, taking the two evil aliens out.

Trunks Obliterates Frieza

Trunks gives Frieza the old chop, chop.

Frieza was the boogyman (alien?) of earlier Dragon Ball Z sagas. His defeat at the hands of a pretty upset Super Saiyan Goku left him all kinds of dead and upset. Frieza returned during the Trunks Saga with all-new metal parts and a chip on his shoulder. However, Future Trunks made quick work of the purple-headed menace, slashing him to bits and vaporizing his remains.

Now you can vaporize his remains too. Playing as Trunks, defeat Frieza on the Rocky Fields stage. No more Frieza!

Goku Destroys Buu With the Spirit Bomb

Kid Buu failing to catch the Spirit Bomb.
Kid Buu failing to catch the Spirit Bomb.

The Kid Buu Saga closed out the Dragon Ball Z anime with a bang. The tantrum-throwing, embodiment of all anger and evil known as Kid Buu met his match at the hands of the entire world, if we want to get technical. With Goku as their weapon, the citizens of a whole planet feed a Spirit Ball large enough to dispatch the pink demon once and for all.

To see this legendary ending in Dragon Ball FighterZ, lend your energy to Goku as well and defeat Kid Buu on the Sacred World of the Kai stage.

Gohan Single-Handedly Defeats Cell

See, Gohan is using a single hand. Get it?

Gohan had the honor of being the first Saiyan to achieve Super Saiyan 2 during the Cell Games. After witnessing the death of gentle giant Android 16, Gohan transformed and proceeded to whoop the green tail of the perfect Cell. After a long-fought battle, and a pretty severe arm injury, Gohan was able to defeat Cell with a one-handed Kamehameha.

Lend teen Gohan a hand and defeat Cell on the Cell Games Arena stage to see this dramatic finish.

Gohan Turns Super Saiyan 2

Teen Gohan ascends to Super Saiyan 2.

Sadly, Gohan’s ascension to Super Saiyan 2 was bittersweet given he had to watch Android 16 die to complete his transformation. On the plus side, he became super strong in the process which is all that Saiyans seem to care about throughout Dragon Ball Z.

To witness this transformation in Dragon Ball FighterZ, select Gohan and Cell as starters on the Cell Games Arena stage.

Goku Turns Super Saiyan for the First Time

Goku, the original Super Saiyan.

One of the most famous moments in Dragon Ball Z anime history was the first time Goku ascended to Super Saiyan status. After watching Frieza annihilate his best friend, Krillin, Goku was overcome with grief and sorrow. His heightened emotional state triggered his transformation into the legendary Super Saiyan.

To watch this all unfold in the game, select Goku and Frieza as starters on the Namek stage.

We also have a video with all of these encounters, which you can watch here.

Carl Waldron
Host of the Super. Black. Podcast. Dad of my daughter. Gamer and Budding writer.
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