To start the new year off right, Bandai Namco is spirit-bombing us with a new Dragon Ball game from Arc System Works that’s gathering momentum and hype before it lands on January 26.
If you’ve never played an Arc System Works-developed fighter before and you’re planning on picking up Dragon Ball FighterZ, well, you’re in for a treat. For years, the studio has created excellent anime fighters like Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and the Guilty Gear series, which are above and beyond other anime fighters.
With the game just on the horizon, I thought I’d take a look at some characters that could potentially join the roster post-launch (and ones I really want to see in the game). Currently, there are eight additional characters promised to join the already amazing list of brawlers, each to be included in the game’s fighter pass. Let’s get to speculating.
Mr. Satan, also known as Hercule Satan in the western version of Dragon Ball Z, is perhaps the most outlandish character in all of Dragon Ball–which is saying something, considering its casts of characters consist on an alien named after a pickle and fat pink blob that throws tantrums and eats people.
Mr. Satan is a chauvinistic, ego-centric millionaire who, granted, fairly (even with dirty tactics) won the title of World Martial Arts Champion in tournaments against normal humans before the crazy muscle aliens like Goku and Vegeta all show up. Despite knowing his clear disadvantage to the rest of Dragon Ball‘s crazy fighters and being a total fraud, Mr. Satan fools the population of the Earth into believing he’s acting as Earth’s Protector, often swooping in last moment and stealing Goku and the gang’s thunder.
In terms of play-style, Mr. Satan could play totally different to anyone on the current roster and utilise a similar move set to the one he processed in Budokai video game series, like his Hikou, which grants him flight with a jetpack; his signature Satan Punch, which is a normal punch, followed by him screaming “Satan Punch!”; Miracle Knee, a blow delivered with his knee after he pretends to have a stomachache; or even his infamous Hercule Special, a move that has him knock over his opponent before setting up a camera and stomping on them as they lay on the ground, keeping a picture as a proof of his “heroic” victory.
Mr. Satan would add a certain humour to a game that maybe takes itself a little too seriously for a universe that’s full of muscled monsters named after vegetables, so I feel he’s a perfect fit. Also, he has a sick handle bar moustache, and I’m all about those in my games.
Okay, I love Jiren a lot. From his visual design to his stoic attitude and his mysterious origins, Jiren is an overall badass and so far, the most powerful opponent any one from Dragon Ball has seen. Known in the show and manga as Jiren the Gray, he’s a fighter from Universe 11 and a member of the Pride Troopers, a group of aliens who fight for justice and explore the galaxy, eliminating any evil threats that would look to harm the innocent. This is what differentiates Jiren from all other antagonists in Dragon Ball, and unlike the vast majority who wish to blow up everything and acquire absolute power, Jiren isn’t really all that bad. Currently, his motivations to win and prevail for justice are unknown, but Goku and Vegeta are still battling against Jiren and his Pride Trooper buddies in the current animated series Dragon Ball Super, which is probably why he isn’t in the launch roster for Dragon Ball FighterZ and also why we don’t know a whole lot about him.
His addition to Dragon Ball FighterZ in probably imminent, and if I was to take a guess at how he could play, I’d say he could have a gimmick similar to that of Captain Ginyu, with the ability to summon additional members of the Pride Troopers to help him out in combat. Jiren has shown plenty of skills to hold his own though, with his invisible strikes, energy barriers, and finishing ability Power Impact, a small Ki blast that turns into a giant infernal ball of destruction followed by him striking a sweet pose. Sounds like a perfect level-3 super to me.
Though the Dragon Ball movies that feature Broly suck (hey, c’mon admit it, they’re not great), Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan still stands out amongst the plethora of Saiyans Goku has had to punch in the face. Broly is a giant of a Saiyan, dwarfing all others in his race not just in size, but also in destructive power and thirst for vengeance. Broly was left to die as an infant with his father after the Saiyan King realised how powerful baby Broly was, but he managed to survive and for years harnessed his energy and power, finally fighting Goku some time later.
His immense size and presence is exactly why I think he would make a great addition to the Dragon Ball roster, filling the roll of a juggernaut/command grab character with slow but hard-hitting normal attacks. Broly also has an impeccable level-3 finisher in his ultimate ability called the Eraser Cannon, which, well, erases everything in its path.
Caulifla and Kale (Kefla)
With Dragon Ball Super, fans were finally treated with the addition of female Super Saiyans, a sight previously unseen in the legendary series. Caulifla possesses the power of a level-2 Super Saiyan, whilst Kale has slightly more troublesome form, turning into the berserker raging Legendary Saiyan form similar to Broly.
Unfortunately, these two female Saiyan warriors haven’t had an extraordinary amount of development or screen time, so their move sets and identities in battle are still somewhat shady, but perhaps as a singular fighting unit, these Saiyans could make a great character. Using something called Potaro fusion in the show, Caulifla and Kale combine to create Kefla, an incredibly powerful being that even gives Super Saiyan God Goku a run for his money.
This pervy old man may look harmless, but he’s anything but frail. He’s a martial arts master that’s responsible for the training of multiple Z fighters, including Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha. He hasn’t lost his touch in his old age either, recently fighting in the universe tournament in Dragon Ball Super, even shocking a God of Destruction Beerus with his skills.
Master Roshi would be perfect to join the fighters in the upcoming game, utilising the Kamehameha energy blast, his trusty nimbus (a flying cloud that he is able to ride), and his ability to transform his body from old man to hulky beast in mere seconds. I can certainly see him filling an incredibly quirky niche and fighting style in the Dragon Ball FighterZ roster.
This character is a bit of a shake up from what many fans want to see in the game, but I think he would be so fun to play that I just couldn’t keep him off the list.
This overly malicious and arrogant jelly monster of a man is a member of team Universe 3 in the tournament of power, and utilises his strange but effective genetic to take on different forms, such as morphing his hand into a ginormous fist, a pair of garden shears, or just giving himself ridiculously huge muscles because, well, this is Dragon Ball and muscles are required.
Though he hasn’t had a ton of screen time, we have seen him hold his own against Super Saiyan Goku and take on the Pride Troopers. I think it would be super neat to see him join the roster and fight in a style akin to Venom from the Marvel v Capcom games or Zato-1 from Guilty Gear, another Arc System Works game.
This guy, who just happens to be named after a radish, is Goku’s blood brother and the first villain in Dragon Ball Z. He seeks out Goku in order to recruit him after finding out of his existence, but ends up battling his brother and his weird friends, getting killed by Piccolo’s Special Beam Cannon.
Like his fighting style in the show, Raditz could be designed as a counter attack-based character, relying on punishing whiffs and missed opportunities. He could also have a amazing critical art with his level-3 super, shifting into his great ape form before causing ridiculous amounts of damage.
Rounding out the not-so-happy Saiyan family is Bardok, the biological father to both Goku and Raditz. Bardok is an honorable Saiyan warrior, who shows more compassion than most–which is what lead to his decision to send an infant Goku to Earth before their home planet was destroyed (yes, its totally the same story as Superman). He then went ahead and got himself blown up by Frieza, and since then, his death in the show has appeared in several more episodes and even shown up in several other Dragon Ball games. I think he’d make a fantastic rush-down character using his Final Revenger to close the gap before blasting his opponent to smithereens.
Which characters do you want to see in Dragon Ball FighterZ?