- This article is about the trading card game released in 2008. For the trading card game released in 2000, see Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
The game was previously released in other countries before making its debut in the United States. The game features exclusive artwork from all 3 series never before seen in the U.S. The game has similarities to the other CCG created by Bandai, the Naruto Collectible Card Game.
There are four series: Warriors Return, The Awakening, Destructive Fury, and Fusion in this order. A fifth series was due out October 16, 2009, but since it has been more than five years since this date without a fifth series, Bandai has almost certainly cancelled the line.
Card Types and Rarity
The game includes four different types of cards: warrior, technique, event, and wish. Warrior cards are the characters who fight in the game, such as Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Frieza, and Cell. The technique cards are various attacks that can be used against your opponent in battle, such as the Kamehameha and the Genki Dama (also referred to as the Spirit Bomb). Various events in the series are also used in the game to change the dynamics of a battle. The wish cards are cards based on wishes made in the series that can be used when the seven Dragon Balls are collected.
There are different types of cards by rarity: common, uncommon, rare, super rare, and starter-exclusive super rares. There are also gold cards and holographic cards in booster packs.
The game features 5 different styles of cards: Super, Earth, Alien, Unique (mostly Namekian), and Villain.
A Group that does not fit in to one or more of the above:
Warriors Return is the first set released of the game in the U.S. The set includes 113 cards and is based on only the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z series. There are 2 starter decks (Goku and Frieza) with 30 cards each including super rare cards not found in booster packs and one of four special wish cards. The 10-card booster pack includes 1 holographic foil card, 1 gold-stamped rare, 2 uncommon, 6 common and in every 1 in 8 packs, a super rare foil card replaces the holographic foil card.
The Awakening is the second set released in the U.S. It features 100 brand new cards that include more powerful versions of the characters from the first set (Super Saiyans - Powerful transformations). There is no starter decks in this set but will include the same 10-pack boosters with the same type of cards. It was released October 17, 2008
Destructive Fury contains more transformation conclusions, such as Cell and Mecha Frieza, and is the first set to feature cards from Dragon Ball GT. There are two starter decks: Great Saiyaman and Mecha Frieza.