Dragon Ball FighterZ: All The Easter Eggs And Anime References
By Kallie Plagge on
Next Time On Dragon Ball Z
For Dragon Ball fans, there's a lot to get excited about in Dragon Ball FighterZ. Arc System Works' 2.5D fighter both captures the spirit of the series as well as actual scenes from Dragon Ball Z and more--provided you get the matchups and settings just right. If you're hoping to relive the first time Gohan goes Super Saiyan 2 or when Goku kills Kid Buu for good, we've got you covered.
Dragon Ball FighterZ includes "Dramatic Scenes" taken from the anime if certain conditions are met. Dramatic Intros play when you and your opponent lead with the correct characters on the appropriate stage, while triggering Dramatic Finishes is a bit more complicated and requires you to end the match with a neutral heavy attack. Click ahead to see what iconic battles you can recreate in-game, how to unlock them, and more references. (Spoilers for Dragon Ball Z, Battle of the Gods, and Dragon Ball Super follow.) You can watch the Dramatic cutscenes in action in our game vs. anime comparison.
For more on how to play the game, check out our Dragon Ball FighterZ beginner's guide to help you grasp the fundamentals. You can also check out the video version with the best tips to know before starting. And for specifics on how to unlock some of the game's secret characters, check out our guide detailing how to unlock Android 21, SSGSS Goku, and SSGSS Vegeta.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is out now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more on what to expect, see our Dragon Ball FighterZ review in progress, and be sure to check out our roundup of important details, guides, and gameplay for everything else you need to know.
Teen Gohan vs. Cell
With Teen Gohan against Cell, you can get both a Dramatic Intro and Finish. Android 16 can't be on either team. Lead with Teen Gohan and Cell on the Cell Games Arena; before the match Android 16's head will speak to Gohan, just like the scene in Dragon Ball Z (when Gohan goes SSJ2 for the first time). For the Finish, Goku can't be on either team. Land the KO on Cell as Gohan to watch Gohan make his dad proud.
Goku vs. Frieza
This is another matchup that will get you both a Dramatic Intro and Finish. Krillin can't be on either team. Lead with Goku and Frieza on Planet Namek to see Frieza kill Krillin before the fight. While fighting, make sure Frieza is the last character on the opponent's team, then KO him with a neutral heavy attack as Goku. (Note that the stage must be destroyed.) Just like in Dragon Ball Z, Goku will take Frieza out with his one-handed Kamehameha.
Nappa vs. Yamcha
Land the KO (using a neutral heavy attack) on Yamcha as Nappa on the Rocky Field stage to trigger this Dramatic Finish, in which a Saibaman kills Yamcha. RIP.
Yamcha vs. Nappa
If you instead KO Nappa as Yamcha on the Rocky Field stage, you'll get to see Yamcha get his (definitely not canon) revenge.
Krillin vs. Nappa
To watch Krillin kill the Saibamen in this Dramatic Intro, lead with Krillin against Nappa on the Rocky Field stage--preferably after the Nappa vs. Yamcha fight, for realism's sake.
Trunks vs. Frieza
As Trunks on the Rocky Field stage, finish the match with a heavy attack KO on Frieza. You'll be treated to the scene where Trunks goes Super Saiyan against Frieza for the first time and slices him up.
Goku vs. Kid Buu
Finish the match as Goku against Kid Buu to watch Goku kill him for good! Goku even expresses that he hopes Buu will come back as a better person. (Buu is later reincarnated as Uub, Goku's martial arts student, who would certainly make a good DLC fighter.)
Beerus vs. Goku
As Beerus, defeat Goku on the Space stage to see the final battle from the film Battle of the Gods, where Goku loses. (This scene also occurs in Dragon Ball Super, but the Dramatic Finish is based on the Battle of the Gods version.)
Beerus vs. Goku Black
On any stage, defeat Goku Black as Beerus for a Dragon Ball Super reference. Goku Black must be below 10% health, and you have to use Beerus' level three super. Goku Black vanishes, and Beerus refers to him as Zamasu--Goku Black's true identity.
Gotenks With Piccolo
As Gotenks, do your level three super. If Piccolo is your party, he will "set" the opponent so Gotenks can spike them. (Without Piccolo, Gotenks spikes the opponent on his own.)
Android 18 With Krillin
When Android 18 does her super, Android 17 usually shows up. But when you have Krillin on your team, he'll show up instead! That's a good husband.