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Dragon Ball Heroes (ドラゴンボール ヒーローズ, Doragon Bōru Hirozu) is a Japanese arcade game developed by Dimps, as the sixth Dragon Ball Z: Data Carddass game. Announced on October 21, 2010, and released on November 11, 2010, the game allows the usage of many characters from the Dragon Ball series, as well as characters new to the series.

The game has a portage for Nintendo 3DS called Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X, as well as a manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission and Dragon Ball Heroes: Charisma Mission.

Dragon Ball Heroes is an extremely popular arcade game, it is the number 1 digital card game in the market, running 5 years straight, and having distributed nearly 400 million cards. It made over 5 billion yen per year starting from 2011, surpassing the total of 40 billion yen. There are more than 3000 individual cards and 1.820.000 players. The 3DS versions of the game, Ultimate Mission 1 and 2 sold over 700k copies, in total.[1]

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On November 17th 2016, the game received an update. With the addition of enhanced graphics, 7 playable characters simultaneously (formerly 5), giant characters being playable without the need of their base/smaller form, and with the addition of support-type characters. This update was given the name of Super Dragon Ball Heroes.

Overview

Plot

Starting from the God Missions, Dragon Ball Heroes began implementing story arcs. So far, there have been two overarching original story arcs: the Dark Demon Realm Saga and the Assault on the Hell Gate Saga

Happening within and alongside the Dark Demon Realm Saga are the: God of Destruction Beerus Saga and the King Piccolo Saga. Happening alongside the Hell Gate Attack Saga is the Golden Frieza Saga.

Card sets

Main article: Dragon Ball Heroes/Cards There are general themes for each set of cards. The game offers missions to complete based on the themes from each set. Many of the characters have complete alternate skins determined by the character card used, for example Yamcha can appear with his teenage look or his Majin Buu Saga outfit.

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Inserting the Hero license (personal data card) in the machine

Typically each set introduces a new theme and includes cards from the previous theme; the first set of cards features the Red Ribbon Androids, while the second set features the Red Ribbon Androids and the Galaxy Soldiers, the third set features the Galaxy Soldiers and Majin Buu, the fourth set features Majin Buu and the Galactic Frieza Army, the fifth set features the Galactic Frieza Army and Lord Slug's clan, the sixth set features Lord Slug's clan and Super Buu, the seventh set features Super Buu and Broly, and the eighth set features Broly and Tapion. With the launch of the Galaxy Missions on March 22, 2012, the ninth set features characters from all previous sets and introduces Dragon Ball GT characters, the tenth and eleventh sets (GM2 and GM3) feature characters from the Baby Saga of GT and from the movie Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, the twelfth set (GM4) features characters from the Baby Saga and from the movie Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, the thirteenth set (GM5) features characters from The Tree of Might, from the TV special Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, and from the end of the Baby Saga, the fourteenth set (GM6) features the Galactic Frieza Army (with characters from the TV special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku included), the fifteenth set (GM7) features the Galactic Frieza Army and characters from the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the sixteenth set (GM8) features Garlic Jr. and his men from the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, the seventeenth set (GM9) features the Spice Boys and Super 17, the eighteenth set (GM10) features characters from the OVA Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans. With the launch of the Jaaku Missions on November 2013, the nineteenth set features characters from Dragon Ball, the Red Ribbon Army General Blue, and the Shadow Dragon Oceanus Shenron, the twentieth set (JM2) features the Shadow Dragon Haze Shenron and characters from Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, the twenty-first set (JM3) focuses on Majin Buu's birth (tying in with the airing of the Majin Buu arc of Dragon Ball Kai on Japanese TV), the twenty-second set (JM4) features the Neko Majins and Eis Shenron, the twenty-third set (JM5) features Dragon Ball Z movie villains controlled by Babidi's magic and Naturon Shenron, the twenty-fourth set (JM6) features characters from the movie Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest as well as Nuova Shenron and Xeno Trunks, the twenty-fifth set (JM7) features Super Saiyan 4 Broly and Rage Shenron as well as Super Pikkon, the twenty-sixth set (JM8) features the likes of Syn Shenron and Gogeta (in Golden Great Ape and Super Saiyan 4 forms). In March 2015, the God Mission series was launched, it features characters from Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!Dragon Ball Online, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super.

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The game board

Each set of cards, except the first, includes one or two secret cards. Those secret cards are Hatchiyack in the second set, Super Saiyan 3 Teen Trunks in the third set, Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta in the fourth set, Super Saiyan Bardock in the fifth set, Chilled in the sixth set, Bio-Broly and a transformation card for Super Saiyan Broly in the seventh set, Super Saiyan 3 Broly in the eighth set, Super Saiyan 3 GT Trunks in the ninth set (GM1), Baby in the tenth set (GM2), a transformation card for Baby in the eleventh set (GM3), Baby Janemba in the twelfth set (GM4; the first chapter of the Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission manga was published in V-Jump to introduce this character), Super Saiyan 4 Goku and a Dimensional Transfer card for Dr. Myuu to summon Golden Great Ape Baby Vegeta in the thirteenth set (GM5), a Great Ape-transformation card for Super Saiyan Bardock in the fourteenth set (GM6), Super Saiyan 3 GT Vegeta in the fifteenth set (GM7), King Piccolo and a Dimensional Transfer card for Super Saiyan God Goku to summon Beerus in the sixteenth set (GM8), Super 17 w/ Cell absorbed in the seventeenth set (GM9), Super Hatchiyack and Super Saiyan 3 Broly in the eighteenth set (GM10), Oceanus Shenron in her Shadow Dragon form in the nineteenth set (JM1), Kuriza and Super Saiyan 2 Bardock in the twentieth set (JM2), Buu w/ Kibito Kai absorbed and a Dimensional Transfer card for Super Saiyan 4 Goku to summon Black Smoke Shenron in the twenty-first set (JM3), Dimensional Transfer cards for Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta to summon Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Neko Majin Mix to summon Super Saiyan 3 Goku in the twenty-second set (JM4), Super Saiyan 3 Majin Broly and Buu w/ Babidi absorbed in the twenty-third set (JM5). Super Saiyan 4 Goku to summon Nuova Shenron and Giant Form Teen Piccolo, in the twenty-fourth set. A double transformation card for Broly and a double transformation card for GT Goku is within the twenty-fifth set (JM7). A transformation card of Syn Shenron into Omega Shenron and Super Saiyan 3 Broly into his green Oozaru form is within the twenty-seventh set (JM8). Masked Saiyan card and Revived Frieza to summon either Tagoma or Sorbet card is within the twenty-eighth set (GDM1). Great Ape Masked Saiyan and Mira card are within the twenty-ninth set (GDM2). Super Mira and Super Saiyan 3 Xeno Bardock are within the thirtieth set (GDM3). Xeno Dabura and Tarble are within the thirtienth-first set (GDM4). Super 17 with Android 18 absorbed and Darkness Towa are within the thirtieth-second set (GDM5). Super Saiyan 4 Full Power Broly and Baby Hatchiyack are within the thirtieth-third set (GDM6). Super Saiyan 3 Xeno Gotenks and Demigra are within in the thirtieth-fourth set (GDM7). Tapion (release of Hirudegarn) and Demon God Demigra are within the thirtieth-fifth set (GDM8). Demon God Demigra (Final Form) and Black Masked Saiyan are within the thrtieth-sixth set (GDM9). Demon God Demigra Makyouka Form and Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black are within the thirtieth-seventh set (GDM10). Super Saiyan 3 Raditz and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito are within the thirtieth-eighth set (SDBH1). Super Saiyan 3 Xeno Bardock and Cell-X are within the thirtieth-ninth set (SDBH2). Fused Zamasu, Demon God Xeno Buu with Demong God Xeno Dabura absorbed and Super Saiyan 3 Xeno Vegito are withing the fortieth set (SDBH3).

The player can use an avatar as playable character, for which they can determine the name. Different races are playable, each divided in three classes: Hero Type, Elite Type (unlocked at Level 8 or higher), and Berserker Type (unlocked at Level 12 or higher).

Trailers

Main article: Dragon Ball Heroes/Trailers

A series of short trailers featuring new animation have been released to promote the game. Each one offers a very short around 1 minute, standalone plot with Beat, the main promotional character, featured as a protagonist in these commercials.

Gameplay

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How to transform a character

Dragon Ball Heroes uses a turn based card battle system in five rounds or less, which offers 5 on 5 battles with only one health bar for a team of characters. The cards featuring characters from the Dragon Ball franchise are given specific powers and abilities that allow for unique and strategic combat experiences.

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The way to fuse

The player has to move the cards on the game board. Depending on the conditions of the match, up to five cards can be placed on the machine's game mat and are then moved on the playing field in an attempt to gain an advantage against the opponent. Characters further back on the field receive less damage than those in the front, but they also deal less damage as well. During both the attack and defense phases of battle, timing meters will appear on the screen and force the player into a mini-game to determine the amount of damage dealt. The goal is to press the button on the machine with precise timing to fill the timing meter gauge more than the opponent in order to gain the advantage in the exchange and perform either an effective attack or defense depending on the phase. Special attacks can only be performed if the advantage is gained during the attack phase. Special team attacks called Ultimate Units can also be performed.

During a battle, the player use cards which allow him to transform, fuse, enhance their special attack, throw a huge energy ball, do a Kamehameha, brainwash the opponent, do a double or triple team attack, aiming at opponent, do a Z attack or summon other characters (even the giants ones), or summon a supportive robot or other avatars to help by either offensive or defensive ways.

Characters

Playable characters

Support Characters

With the update to "Super Dragon Ball Heroes", support-type characters were included. While they do not attack as a regular playable character, they stand back providing different kinds of support.

Player avatars

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The 18 playable avatars, in their GM outfits

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A new playable race, Demon avatars

Other than Akina, all of the avatars can use Base, Class-up, Super Class-up, and God Class-up states. With the Saiyan's gaining the ability to use another of their race's forms with each class upgrade.

Non-playable enemies and forms (as of now)

Bosses

  • Amepai (a male Vegeta-type "Saiyan" based on the Sakiyomi JanBANG! character Yanagihara Tetsuya)
  • Zaripai (a male Nappa-type "Saiyan" based on the Sakiyomi JanBANG! character Hirai Yoshiyuki)
  • Great Ape Vegeta*
  • Perfect Cell*
  • Super Android 13*
  • Majin Vegeta*, Dabura* and Majin Buu*
  • Majin Buu*
  • Frieza*
  • Frieza*, Cooler* and King Cold*
  • Great Namek Lord Slug*
  • Super Buu (Gohan Absorbed)*
  • Kid Buu*
  • Legendary Super Saiyan Majin Broly*
  • Hirudegarn (Final Form)
  • Baby* and Meta Rilido*
  • Dr. Myuu* and Hyper Rilido*
  • Luud
  • Super Janemba*
  • Super Janemba*, Final Form Frieza*, Cooler*, Lord Slug* and Bojack (Transformed)*
  • Golden Great Ape Goku*
  • Super Saiyan 3 Gogeta
  • Baby Vegeta*
  • Janemba* and Baby*
  • Turles* and Kid Gohan*
  • Turles*, Daiz* and Amond*
  • Golden Great Ape Baby Vegeta*
  • Super Baby Vegeta 2*, Super Saiyan Infected Gohan*, Super Saiyan Infected Goten* and Super Saiyan Infected Trunks*
  • King Cold*, Mecha Frieza* and Meta Cooler*
  • Vegeta* and Super Saiyan 3 Broly*
  • Super Saiyan God Goku*
  • Super Saiyan God Goku*, Beerus* and Whis*
  • Beerus* and Whis*
  • Garlic Jr (Transformed)*, Sansho*, Ginger*, Spice* and Mustard*
  • Garlic Jr*, King Piccolo* and Lord Slug*
  • Super 17*, Perfect Cell*, Dr Gero* and Dr Myuu*
  • Super 17 (Cell Absorbed)*, Super Android 13*, Dr Gero* and Dr Myuu*
  • Hatchiyack*
  • Hatchiyack*, Super 17* and Super Baby Vegeta 2*
  • Black Smoke Shenron
  • Great Ape Kid Goku*
  • Master Roshi (Full Power)*, Kid Goku*, Pilaf Machine*
  • Meta-Cooler Core*
  • Kuriza*, Mecha Frieza*, Meta Cooler*, Chilled* and King Cold*
  • Haze Shenron*
  • Kid Buu (South Kai Absorbed)*, Kibito*, Supreme Kai* and Babidi*
  • Super Oceanus Shenron*
  • Super Saiyan 3 Adult Gotenks*, Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta* and Super Saiyan 4 Goku*
  • Eis Shenron*
  • Kid Buu* and Babidi*
  • Kid Goku*, Goku*, Super Saiyan 3 Gok*u, Super Saiyan God Goku* and Super Saiyan 4 Goku*
  • Broly (King of Destruction Super Saiyan 3)*
  • Naturon Shenron*
  • Dr. Wheelo
  • Kid Buu(Babidi Absorbed)*
  • King of Destruction Bojack*
  • King of Destruction Janemba*
  • King of Destruction Slug*
  • King of Destruction Turles*
  • Nuova Shenron*
  • Super Saiyan 4 Broly*
  • Great Ape Broly*
  • Rage Shenron*
  • Syn Shenron*
  • Omega Shenron*
  • Aka*
  • Golden Great Ape Goku*
  • Golden Great Ape Baby*
  • Great Ape King Vegeta*
  • Great Ape Masked Saiyan*
  • Revived Frizea*
  • Golden Frieza*
  • Super Saiyan God Goku* and Angered Beerus*
  • Super Mira*
  • Super Saiyan 2 Xeno Bardock and Xeno Trunks*
  • Towa*, General Bon*, Psidevilman*
  • Super Saiyan 3 Adult Gohan* and Piccolo*
  • Giant Form Slug*, Giant Form Ma Junior* and Giant Form King Piccolo*
  • Super Mira* and Towa*
  • Revived Frieza*
  • Golden Frieza* and Vegeta*
  • Runnaway Mira*
  • Darkness Towa*
  • Super Saiyan 4 Full Power Broly*
  • Darkness Towa*, Super Mira* and Xeno Dabura*
  • Hatchiyak* and Dr Lychee*
  • Hatchiyak* and Baby*
  • Angered Golden Frieza*
  • Baby* and Super Saiyan Trunks*
  • Chama* and Vados*
  • Whis* and Vados*
  • Demigra*, Putine* and Gravy*
  • Demon God Demigra* and Demigra*
  • Janemba*, Meta Cooler* and Turles*
  • Hirudegarn (First Form, Second Form)
  • Hirudegarn (King of Destruction)
  • Vados*
  • Beerus*, Whis*, Champa* and Vados*
  • Monkey D. Luffy
  • Gildo Tesoro
  • Demon God Demigra (Final Form)*
  • Demon God Demigra*, Gravy* and Putine*
  • Goku Black*
  • Saiuakkuman*, Psidevilman*, General Bon*, Shun Shun* and Haru Haru*
  • Dr. Gero (Enhanced Remodel)
  • Dark Demon God Buu (Janemba Absorbed)
  • Broly (Broly God)
* These characters are also playable in the game

Supporting characters

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V-Jump dino mascot

Giant Summons

  • Dr. Wheelo
  • Luud (Full Power)
  • Black Smoke Shenron
  • Hirudegarn
  • Frieza's spaceship
  • Janemba
  • Golden Great Ape Broly
  • Golden Great Ape Gogeta
  • Ma Junior
  • Great Ape Masked Saiyan
  • Great Ape Vegeta
  • Lord Slug
  • Golden Great Ape Baby
  • Golden Great Ape Goku
  • Great Ape Gohan
  • Great Ape Bardock
  • Great Ape King Vegeta
  • Hatchiyack
  • Meta Cooler Core

Wish-granting Dragons

Battle stages

Trivia

  • Dragon Ball Heroes has become a notorious game for introducing what-if characters. Since March 2011 with Future Trunks achieving the Super Saiyan 3 transformation, the game continues throughout the years to explore concepts, bringing new scenarios and stories never seen before.
  • The majority of the player avatars in Dragon Ball Heroes can be made in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, some appearing in promotional artwork and trailers.
  • The illustrations in the cards does not necessarily represent its character, such as Veku's cards depict him with a halo. However, he does not have it in-game.
  • One of Potential Unleashed Gohan's super attack is using the Z sword, however, it is impossible to have that according to the anime since Gohan got his hidden power unleashed by Old Kai but Old Kai is still in the Z sword.
    • However it is possible that the Z Sword was repaired after Old Kai was freed, which would allow him to use it in his Potential Unleashed form.
  • This is the first game of the series of Dragon Ball that has two characters from One Piece. Monkey D. Luffy appears as an ally in one mission but the player cannot control him as he does not have a card.
  • The game has featured special collaborations with the Xenoverse series and Dragon Ball Fusions, through the use of characters introduced from those games.

Gallery

Main article: Dragon Ball Heroes/Gallery

References

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