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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, 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.



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: Super Beerus Saga and the Demon 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.


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.


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).

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).


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.



The arcade's game board

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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How to transform a character

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.


The way to fuse

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.


In-game many characters possess transformations which increase their power, HP, guard, hero energy, power level, damage, opponent charge impact speed by a certain amount, sometimes the user special attack will also change after transformation. However the enemy side, (computer) sometimes have special transformation that are not applied on cards. For example, Xeno Bardock will get 15000 power increase when he turns Super Saiyan 3 for the computer card but only 4000 power increase for normal cards. In addition, some transformations are only used by enemies, such as Beerus turning into his angered state or fourth form revived Frieza transforming into Golden Frieza. The following is a general list of how much the power of a user increases via transformation. (There may be a different power increase for the same form, depending on the card or character)

Saiyan Transformation

*Xeno Bardock Super Saiyan transformation does not increase anything but reduce damage from enemy.*

Frieza's race Transformation

  • Second Form: +2000 HP
  • Third Form: +2500 HP or +3000 HP
  • Fourth Form: +3000 HP or +3500 HP or +4000 HP
  • Full Power: +1000 HP, power x3 (Fourth Form) or +2000 HP, power x3 (First Form) or +3000 HP, power x3 (First Form)
  • Final Form (Cooler): +3000 HP
  • Angered Emperor: +3000 HP, +5000 power
  • Ruthless Final Form (Frost) + 3000 HP and power x2

Shadow Dragons transformation

  • Dragon form (Oceanus Shenron): +1000 HP, +2000 power and guard
  • Dragon Ball absorbed (Syn Shenron): +2000 HP, power level x2

Other Character transformation

  • Potential Unleashed (Garlic Jr.): +2000 HP, 1.5x damage
  • Super Baby Vegeta 2: +4000 power and guard
  • Power up (Hatchiyack): +2000 HP
  • Secret power (Zarbon): x2 damage
  • Master Roshi seriousness: x3 power, power level x2
  • Super Mira (Mira): +5000 power and guard
  • Shenron Mode (Goku) + 5000 power and HP
  • Shenron Mode (Vegeta) + 7000 power and reduce charge impact speed
  • God of Destruction Rage:+5000 power and damage x2

Double Transformation

  • (GT Goku) Super Saiyan 3: +3000 guard, hero energy +1, Super Saiyan 4: +5000 guard, hero energy +3
  • (Broly) Super Saiyan 3: +3000 power, Super Saiyan 4: +7000 power
  • (Revival Frieza) Fourth form: +2000 HP, Golden Frieza: +3000 HP, hero energy +1


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

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.


The 18 playable avatars, in their GM outfits

Non-playable enemies and forms (as of now)


  • 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
  • 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 Goku, 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)
  • These characters are also playable in the game

Supporting characters


V-Jump dino mascot

Giant Summons

Wish-granting Dragons

Battle stages


  • Dragon Ball Heroes is the first video game to feature Kami, Grand Supreme Kai, Northern Supreme Kai, Western Supreme Kai, Southern Supreme Kai, Buu (w/ Southern Supreme Kai absorbed) (unless counting his appearance in Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout), Bibidi, Yamu, Pui Pui, Chilled, Toobi, Tora, Borgos, Shugesh, Kid Vegeta, Young Nappa, Jaco, Master Shen, Ginger, Nicky, Sansho, Spice, Vinegar, Mustard, Salt, Dr. Kochin, Bio-Men, Ebifurya, Kishime, Misokatsun, Amond, Cacao, Daiz, Rasin, Lakasei, Medamatcha, Wings, Angila, Zeeun, Cyclopain Guard, Dr. Raichi, Hatchiyack in his Giant and Super forms, Bido, Bujin, Kogu, Angol, Moah, Paragus, Bio-Broly, Kibito, Beerus, Whis, Revival Frieza (in first and fourth forms), the Neko Majins, Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy, Mutchy, Super Mega Cannon Sigma, General Rilldo, Dr. Myuu, Hell Fighter 17, GT Gohan, GT Goten, Adult Gotenks, GT Mr. Satan, Kid Pan, Oceanus Shenron, Haze Shenron, Naturon Shenron, Rage Shenron, Super Buu (Giant Form), Sorbet, Shisami, Tagoma Champa, Vados, Botamo, Maggeta, Hit, Frost, Cabba, Hoi, Minotia, Abo, Kado, Aka, Goku Black, Zamasu, Gowasu, the Babarians, Towa, Mira, Demigra, Demon God Demigra, Putine, Gravy, Supreme Kai of Time, General Bon, Shun Shun, Haru Haru, Psidevilman, Great Devilman as playable characters, as well as Black Smoke Shenron as an opponent.
  • Also, for the first time in a video game, Bardock can become Super Saiyan, GT Goku, GT Vegeta, Adult Gotenks, Bardock, Vegito, Xeno Bardock, Xeno Trunks and Gogeta can become Super Saiyan 2. Gogeta, GT Vegeta, Future Trunks, GT Trunks, Teen Trunks, Xeno Trunks, Future Gohan, Vegito, Majin Vegeta, Xeno Bardock, Adult Gohan and Raditz can become Super Saiyan 3, Broly and Gogeta can become Golden Great Ape, GT Gohan and Broly can become Super Saiyan 4, Frieza, Cooler, Slug, and Turles can be used as Ghost Warriors, Pikkon can be used in a Super form, Babidi can turn Super Garlic Jr., Ginger, Nicky, Sansho, Turles, Lord Slug, Commander Zeeun, Angila, Wings, Medamatcha, Super Android 13, Super Hatchiyack, Bojack, Super Janemba, Baby Janemba, and Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 3) and Hirudegarn, into Majins, Kid Buu can absorb Kibito Kai or Babidi, Goku can use his God form, Baby can infect Super Janemba and Hatchiyack, GT Trunks, GT Gohan, GT Goten, and GT Trunks can take on their Infected states, while Trunks could even become Super Baby Trunks, Super 17 can absorb Android 16, Android 18 or Super Perfect Cell, Xeno Future Trunks can fuse with Xeno Goten to become Xeno Gotenks, Xeno Future Trunks can fuse with Xeno Vegeta thanks to the Potara Earrings to become Vegeks, Goku Black can turn Super Saiyan Rose, Oceanus Shenron appears in a giant form, Goku and Vegeta can become Super Saiyan Blue, Goku can become Super Saiyan Blue: Kaio-ken, Mira can use his Out of Contol/Runaway Form and his Super form, Towa can become Darkness Towa and Demon god and Goku and Vegeta can go into Shenron Mode, Frizeza can be fused with a dark Dragon Ball.
  • The game is also the first to showcase the appearance of Adult GT Goku in Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3 forms, albeit only as card artwork.
  • The majority of the player avatars in Dragon Ball Heroes can be made in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, some appearing in promotional artwork and trailers.
  • Xeno Bardock and Bardock Super Saiyan 2 hair style differs from each other although they are the same person.
  • There are some cards that feature GT Vegeta without his jacket. Despite this, it isn't featured in the gameplay.
  • For most of GT Goten cards, he is featured with a green jumper but in the game he is featured in a white one.
  • Veku's cards depict him with a halo above his head. However, he doesn't have one in the actual gameplay unlike Pikkon
  • 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.
  • This is the first game of the series of Dragon Ball that actually have other anime characters not only as playable but also as the enemy.


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