Thanks to a potential slip up by Bandai Namco during a live stream yesterday, we now know what collecting all the dragon balls does in Dragon Ball FighterZ.
The dragon balls are a major facet of the Dragon Ball series and due to their ability to summon the divine being Shenron to grant a wish, a good portion of the series’ events are centered around their acquisition. For example, Frieza is looking for the dragon balls on the Planet Namek in order to gain immortality, so Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan must join forces and find them before he does. Knowing that Vegeta is only interested in furthering his own goals, Krillin and Gohan (with Dende’s help) use the dragon balls they found, along with ones they stole from Frieza’s spaceship, use the balls to resurrect Piccolo and summon him to Namek.
Naturally, Dragon Ball-themed video games also feature the dragon balls in some manner and Dragon Ball FighterZ is no different, with the balls being collectible in battle. Fans have known about this fact for a month or two now, but it wasn’t until a stream hosted by Bandai Namco detailing the game’s gameplay that we got to see what they do.
In the middle of a fight between Nappa and Tien, the seventh dragon ball was acquired, prompting Shenron to show up and offer the recipient four wishes. The moment of his summoning was captured by Twitter user HiFight and turned into a GIF.
The first two are pretty explanatory, but the other two are a bit more cryptic in their description. Ultimate Power likely has to do with the player’s ki gauge, but it’s unclear whether this means that a character will instantly have the gauge maxed out or if they’ll have infinite ki for a brief period of time. Similarly, Immortality could mean that the character can’t be hurt (but perhaps still be susceptible to hitstun) or they flat out can’t die for a small period of time.
For all intents and purposes, these four boons have been granted by Shenron at some point in the series, so seeing them here makes sense. That said, Bandai Namco has yet to make a comment about them (the hosts apparently didn’t mean to reveal and haven’t made an official comment about it since), so it’s still up in the air if these effects are legit and will make it into the final game. If they do, however, you can be sure that Shenron’s appearance in any fight will be a game-changer.
Dragon Ball FighterZ will release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Jan. 26, 2018.
Check out the full stream below (The Dragon Ball FighterZ portion starts at 1:05:00):