Dragon Ball Heroes (ドラゴンボール ヒーローズ) 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 the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission and Dragon Ball Heroes: Charisma Mission.
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.
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 Planet Trade Organization, the fifth set features the Planet Trade Organization 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 Planet Trade Organization (with characters from the TV special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku included), the fifteenth set (GM7) features the Planet Trade Organization 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 is launched, the God Mission will feature characters from Dragon Ball Online, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, and Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F".
Each set of cards, except the first, includes one or two secret ULTIMATE-RARE cards. Those ULTIMATE-RARE 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).
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).
A series of short trailers featuring new animation have been released to promote the game. Each one offers a very short, standalone plot with the main promotional character featured as a protagonist in these commercials.
- Sets 1-8 promo (7 trailers)
The first trailer for Dragon Ball Heroes shows a human boy running to the nearest arcade game and inserting a Capsule Corporation card into it, soon he gets sucked into the game. Upon arriving, to the protagonist's surprise, he has become a Dragon Ball character, having grown a Saiyan tail and getting a fighting outfit. Here, he meets Future Trunks, Super Saiyan Goku, and two other mysterious characters also with Saiyan tails (the Saiyan "Elite" and the Saiyan "Berserker"), who are all busy fighting Perfect Cell and his Cell Juniors. Goku does battle with Cell, but gets blasted away, so the boy cautiously attacks Cell, but is thrown aside. Then, Goku and the boy join forces and launch a Kamehameha at the over-confident Cell.
In the second trailer, the boy and a Majin "Hero" help Future Trunks during his battle against Majin Buu. It begins in a city where Majin Buu finds the Four-Star Dragon Ball and turns the city's population into candy. He tries to eat them, but is stopped by the boy and Future Trunks. When Buu gets angry, a part of him comes to life on its own and forms the Majin "Hero", who tries to stop Buu. Buu attacks the group and Future Trunks tries to blast him with a Buster Cannon, only to just get knocked back and have Buu land on his companions from the sky. Buu begins to eat the candies from earlier, which angers Future Trunks who powers up to a new level and transforms into a Super Saiyan 3. Ready to end the battle, Future Trunks steps between Buu and the Majin "Hero", and uses his sword to send the Majin skyward. Up above, the boy powers up an attack in one hand while holding the Four-Star Dragon Ball in the other and from below, Future Trunks powers up a Heat Dome Attack before launching their attacks at Buu at the same time.
The third trailer has Super Saiyan Goku doing battle with Frieza, as Frieza's spaceship hovers in the sky behind them. The boy and a similar looking Female Heroine arrive using Time Machines (similar to the one used by Future Trunks), and ignore the battle to infiltrate Frieza's ship. They two make their way through the ship's corridors and defeat all of Frieza's soldiers remaining inside the ship. Once they arrive at the control room, they attempt to destroy it, but are interrupted by Frieza who just smashed in the ceiling. Frieza takes aim at the children, but is faced with Goku once again when he steps between them. The kids get back up and take out the two soldiers that were in the control room, before charging the angered Frieza himself along with their Super Saiyan savior.
The fourth trailer takes placed on an unnamed planet that is home to purple mushroom-headed aliens. One of the mushroom kids throws a rock at the Frieza's race Hero Froze, having confused him with the tyrant Frieza himself. The "Hero" ignores this and continues walking as the screen changes to Lord Slug and his minions. They begin to attack the planet and its people, with Slug going as far as transforming into his Great Namek form and trashing the city. Goku and the boy arrive, and begin to combat the threat, with Goku taking care of Angila on his way to fight the giant and the boy defeating Medamatcha. Wings defeats a mushroom father, and starts attacking the mushroom kid who threw the rock earlier when the Freeza's race "Hero" steps in and dispatches of Wings and the soldiers. Goku and the boy team up to blind Slug with Ki Blasts, and the member of Frieza's race brings Slug to his knees with a Death Wave.
As part of a promotional tie-in with V-Jump, Frieza's ancestor Chilled and his henchman Toobi can be fought in a special mission that mirrors the plot of the spin-off manga Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock. In this manga, Bardock survives Frieza's attack on Planet Vegeta and gets thrown into the past on Planet Plant, where he fights Chilled and becomes a Super Saiyan.
The fifth trailer features the characters facing off against Super Buu (w/ Gohan absorbed). Goku and Vegeta are forced to resort to fusing with the Potara in order to stand a chance against the pink demon. The two Saiyan warriors are forcibly drawn towards each other, and after a brief flash of light, Vegito is born and immediately turns Super Saiyan, ready to go head to head with Super Buu.
In the sixth trailer, the boy and Goku confront the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly. Broly only focuses on Goku and, after a few minor clashes, he manages to grab Goku's head and slam him into the side of a building. The boy, seeing Goku trapped, tries to attack Broly but is swatted aside. Broly pummels Goku and manages to knock him out of his Super Saiyan transformation. As the boy attempts to return to the battle, Goku yells at him, telling him to stay back. Unable to stand watching the beating, the young hero becomes enraged and becomes a Super Saiyan. The newly transformed Super Saiyan charges Broly, but he is unable to land an effective blow. He is easily swatted aside again and sent hurling towards the ground by a Ki Blast. With Broly distracted, Goku teleports to the ground below and catches the child before the impact. Goku puts the child back down on his feet and they both power up as Super Saiyans, and they charge at Broly. The three Saiyans clash, and the landscape is blown away by a huge series of explosions.
- Galaxy Mission promo (9 trailers)
The eighth trailer, which is the first Galaxy Mission trailer, shows the young boy in the real world, running up to the arcade game. A robot similar to Giru appears in front of the machine and goes on the boy's shoulder. After sticking his Hero license (data card) into the game's slot, the boy is teleported into the Grand Tour spaceship where GT Goku, Pan, and Trunks are and appears with new avatar clothes. The ship then takes off form Capsule Corporation and crash-lands on Planet Luud. There, Dr. Myuu and Hyper Meta-Rilldo wait with one of the Black Star Dragon Balls. Then, the gang confronts the giant Luud. The Hero transforms into a Super Saiyan and he, Goku, Trunks charge and fire Kamehamehas to finish the giant Machine Mutant.
In the tenth trailer, which is the third Galaxy Mission trailer, the boy, the robot, Pan, Trunks, and Goku come back to Earth and confront Baby infected Gohan and Goten, as well as Baby Vegeta. Pan goes up to greet her father and uncle, but soon Goten attacks Pan. The robot transforms into his defense mode and blocks incoming ki attacks from Gohan and Goten. Baby Vegeta appears soon after, and Goku and Trunks fight Goten and Gohan. The Saiyan Hero blasts Baby Vegeta, he is shocked that he missed. Baby Vegeta knees the Hero in the gut, punches Goku in the face, and kicks Trunks. The Saiyan Hero, Goku and Trunks then transform into Super Saiyans and continue their battle against Baby Vegeta and his men.
The eleventh trailer is divided in two parts. In the first part, roots of the Tree of Might have invaded a city on the coast. While flying above the city, Goku, Gohan, the robot in attack mode, and the Saiyan Heroine meet Turles in mid-air. Turles snaps his fingers, and the Turles Crusher Corps. appears behind him. Gohan battles Rasin and Lakasei, the girl fights with Daiz, the robot battles Cacao, and Goku fights with Amond. When Goku blasts Cacao away, Turles appears in front of him, holding Gohan by the head, making him look at his Power Ball and transform into a Great Ape. The second part shows GT Goku fighting with Baby Vegeta. Baby Vegeta blocks all his punches, headbutts him, and kicks him to the ground. While lying on the ground, Goku looks at the Earth and begins to transform into a Golden Great Ape. The end of the trailer shows the Saiyan Heroine and the Saiyan Hero both turning Super Saiyan to face, respectively, the Great Ape and the Golden Great Ape.
The twelfth trailer, which is the fifth Galaxy Mission trailer, shows the Hero trasported to New Planet Plant during the battle between Super Saiyan Goku and Super Baby Vegeta 2. The Baby infected Trunks confront the Hero with the Baby infected Goten, Gohan, and Videl. They fire energy blasts at him, but the Hero emerges from the smoke as a Super Saiyan and defeats them. Injured during the battle, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan 3 and attacks Super Baby Vegeta 2. Soon, the Super Saiyan Hero arrives to help Goku but Super Baby Vegeta 2 punches him to the ground. Goku fires Full Power Energy Blast Volley at Super Baby Vegeta 2, who then transfroms into a Golden Great Ape. Great Ape Baby tries to step on the Hero, but Super Saiyan 3 Goku stops his foot, transforms into a Super Saiyan 4, and beats him back. The trailer ends when Super Saiyan 4 Goku and the Super Saiyan Hero rush towards Great Ape Baby.
The thirteenth trailer, which is the sixth Galaxy Mission trailer, shows the Hero approaching Frieza's spaceship while Frieza's soldiers emerge from it. Bardock flies to the soldiers while they fire energy blasts at him and he defeats them one after another, which angers Frieza. Goku, the Heroine, and the robot in attack mode join the Hero, and the Heroine then flies and attacks the soldiers, soon followed by Goku. She defeats a few before one of the soldiers hits her with an energy wave. Goku catches her while she falls down, and then Dodoria appears on their way. The robot fires his missiles at Dodoria, which allows Goku and the Heroine to flee. When the smoke clears, the Hero appears in front of Dodoria and turns Super Saiyan. He dodges all of Dodoria's attacks, and then kicks Dodoria away. Zarbon then appears and kicks the Hero from behind. The Hero angrily attacks Zarbon, and then fires an energy blast at him. Meanwhile, Bardock faces Frieza who prepares a Supernova to destroy Planet Vegeta. Bardock charges a Riot Javelin, and Goku asks the Hero to help Bardock. The Hero charges a Kamehameha and fires it at Frieza's Supernova with Bardock's Riot Javelin.
In the fourteenth trailer (GM8 trailer), Goku, Beat and Tsumuri arrive at Garlic Jr.'s fortress and face Garlic Jr. and his men, who have kidnapped kid Gohan. Soon, Garlic Jr. turns into his Super form and a lot of the other movie villains join the battle: Great Namek Lord Slug, Turles, Super Android 13, Bojack, Cooler, and Legendary Super Saiyan Broly. While Beerus watches from above the fortress, Goku and Beat turn into Super Saiyans, and them and Tsumuri then rush towards their opponents.
The fifteenth trailer (GM9 trailer) features the Hell Fighter 17 and Android 17 opening a portal between Hell and Earth, and fusing into Super 17. Frieza, Cell, and General Rilldo escape and join in the fight against Beat, Super Saiyan 3 GT Vegeta and GT Goku. When Super 17 prepares to attack the heroes again, a Time Machine appears with Super Saiyan 3 Future Gohan and Super Saiyan 3 Future Trunks who arrive to help the heroes. However, everyone stops in their tracks when they realize the Android avatars floating above the battlefield.
In the sixteenth trailer (GM10 trailer), the Saiyan Hero joins Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta, Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Future Trunks, Super Saiyan 2 Teen Gohan on the Dark Planet. Dr. Gero, Dr. Raichi, and Dr. Myuu send Ghost Warrior versions of Turles, Cell, Super 17, Frieza, and Cooler after them. After the Ghost Warriors and the evil scientists are defeated, the super computer Hatchiyack absorbs power of hate, materializes into a powerful warrior, and attacks the heroes. Soon, Hatchiyack grows into his giant form and fires a Revenger Cannon at the heroes.
- Jaaku Mission promo (8 trailers)
In the seventeenth trailer (JM1 trailer), Black Smoke Shenron appears in the Dragon Ball Hero universe. In the real world, the boy and three other kids are running to the arcade and then transported into the game's universe. There, they appear as the Saiyan Hero, the Majin Hero, the Frieza's race Berserker, and the Android Elite. Just as they move to help Goten and Trunks against Black Smoke Shenron, the giant dragon splits into individual Shadow Dragons. Oceanus Shenron appears, blocks their attack with her Invisible Forcefield, and sends them away using her Air Shattering Energy Balls. Goten and Trunks then fuse into Gotenks and attacks the Shadow Dragon of Water and Wind again, but Oceanus Shenron blocks all the energy blasts and counterattacks with her Whirlwind Spin. Super Saiyan 4 Goku soon joins the battle along with the Android Berserker, the Namekian Berserker, the Majin Berserker, and the Saiyan Heroine. Gotenks turns Super Saiyan and he, Super Saiyan 4 Goku, and the many playable avatars then charge towards Oceanus Shenron.
The eighteenth trailer (JM2 trailer) features Beat and Note following the smoke that will become Haze Shenron, when they notice the Big Gete Star's arrival on Earth. Frieza and King Cold are atop the machine and command the Cyclopian Guards to attack. When it looks like the robots are going to get overpowered by the two kids in their base form, Frieza calls for an army of Meta-Coolers. Super Saiyan 3 Adult Gotenks arrives and destroys the remaining Cyclopian Guards. His attack, while wiping out the robots, reveals Meta-Cooler Core inside the spaceship. Before anyone can make a move though, Haze Shenron appears and spreads his poison towards the fighters on the Big Gete Star.
The nineteenth trailer (JM3 trailer) features Vegeta, Goku and the Southern Supreme Kai facing Kid Buu, soon joined by the Saiyan Heroine and Hero, while the Black Smoke Shenron watches over the battle. The Saiyans go Super Saiyan, and they and the Southern Supreme Kai attack Buu one after another. Buu regenerates from their attacks and absorbs the Southern Supreme Kai, thus transforming into his buff form. He becomes even more difficult to deal with and takes the Saiyan Heroine out of the battle. The Saiyan Hero transforms into Super Saiyan 3, and he stalls Buu long enough for Goku and Vegeta to use the Potara Fusion. The two Z Fighters form Vegito, who appears as a Super Saiyan 3, and he and the Saiyan Hero then charge towards Buu.
In the twentieth trailer (JM4 trailer), the Saiyan Hero and the Saiyan Heroine arrive at a World Martial Arts Tournament where are the Z Fighters (including GT Goku, GT Vegeta, GT Gohan, GT Trunks, GT Goten, Chi-Chi, Bulma, Videl, Pan, Piccolo, Krillin, Android 18, Mr. Satan, Master Roshi, Yamcha, and Oolong), Master Shen and his Crane School (Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu), the Android Hero with Red Ribbon Androids (Android 16, Android 15, Android 14, and Android 13), and Babidi's forces (Yamu, Spopovich, Dabura, Pui Pui, and Babidi). GT Vegeta, the Saiyan Hero, and GT Trunks face the Saiyan Heroine, GT Goten and GT Goku, the Crane School faces the Androids, and Babidi's forces faces Satan's team (Mr. Satan, Mr. Buu, Pan, Android 18, and Krillin) when Black Smoke Shenron appears and releases Eis Shenron. Eis Shenron fires a Ki Blast down to the ring. The Z Fighters able to fly dodge, but not Oolong, Roshi, and Bulma. When Vegeta sees that Eis Shenron's blast injured Bulma, he gets angry and becomes a Super Saiyan 4. Super Saiyan 4 Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Adult Gotenks, as well as the Super Saiyan 3 Hero and Heroine then come to assist Vegeta.
In the twenty first trailer (JM5 trailer), the Saiyan Hero, the Saiyan Heroine, and Vegito arrive at the location of Babidi's spaceship, where they find Super Buu arguing with Babidi. When he sees the heroes, Babidi summons the Kings of Destruction, who easily defeat the heroes. The heroes are then absorbed by Super Buu. Inside Buu, Super Buu appears in as a giant compared to the heroes. Just then, the only two heroes still conscious of themselves, Goku and Vegeta, who have split from Vegito, use the Fusion Dance to form Super Saiyan 2 Gogeta, just after Super Buu destroys their Potara Earrings and starts to attack them.
In the twenty second trailer (JM6 trailer), GT Kid Goku, GT Vegeta, GT Gohan, Beat, and Note all chase after the Four Star Shadow Dragon; Nouva Shenron across the sky of planet Earth, until Nouva Shenron suddenly, disappears much to the surprise of the heroes, right before, a Time Machine belonging to Time Patrol Trunks arrives in front of them, and upon the member of the Time Patrol greets them, Time Patrol Trunks leads the heroes to the Tsumisumbri Mountains. In where they meet Dr. Kochin teaming up with Dr. Myuu, Dr. Gero, Dr. Raichi, Naturon Shenron, and Nouva Shenron in order to help free Dr. Wheelo from the latter's icy prison. The Mad Scientists then send the Bio Warriors: Ebifurya, Misokatsun, and Kishime to distract the Saiyans, as Piccolo soon arrives on the scene, but it shown that he is also being controlled by Dr. Kochin, due to Piccolo knocking Gohan into the water right away. Goku takes on Piccolo, Vegeta blocks a punch from Ebifurya, Note battles against Misokatsun, and while Kishime keeps both Time Patrol Trunks and presumably Beat busy, a shadowy silhouette of Naturon Shenron appears off in the distance. The Shadow Dragon's eyes glow as Nouva Shenron remerges in his true form to melt away the icy mountain that was keeping Dr. Wheelo trapped previously in via from one of his fire-based Ki Blasts, and in unison, Goku and Vegeta unleash their Super Saiyan 4 forms to combat their new deadly foes.
In the twenty-third animated trailer of Dragon Ball Heroes for the Jaaku Mission 7 expansion within the arcade game (JM7 trailer), Black Smoke Shenron is shown prior to the Evil Dragon summoning Super Saiyan 3 Broly on top of the Eternal Dragon's snout, just as the Super Saiyan 3 grins insidiously as Super Saiyan 4 Goku (GT), Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta (GT), Super Saiyan Beat, and Super Saiyan Note arrive, with the latter two immediately powering up to their Super Saiyan 3 transformations, and Black Smoke Shenron then uses his mystical powers in order to evolve (the now airborne) Super Saiyan 3 Broly into a Super Saiyan 4. During the unholy transformation, the Legendary Super Saiyan opens his eyes to reveal them full of the eerie glowing crimson red color, before changing to his actual eye color of his current state and Black Smoke Shenron grins bestially as well. Soon the pitch black smoke veiling Broly is dispersed to reveal his version of the Super Saiyan 4 form, prior towards him blasting Super Saiyan 4 Goku several miles through the Earth, knocking Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta away with an elbow, before also swatting down both of the Super Saiyan 3 Saiyan Avatars; Beat and Note into the ground at the same time, and Super Saiyan 4 Broly goes on to try in killing Super Saiyan 4 Goku while the latter is still down. Fortunately, Super Pikkon arrives in the nick of time to stop Super Saiyan 4 Broly from delivering the final blow to Super Saiyan 4 Goku and all of the rest of the heroes get back up and attack Super Saiyan 4 Broly together alongside Super Pikkon.
In the short twenty-fourth animated trailer of Dragon Ball Heroes for the Jaaku Mission 8 expansion within the arcade game (JM8 trailer), Black Smoke Shenron and all the Shadow Dragons appear with Syn Shenron leading on the attack against the heroes. Soon Syn Shenron stops playing around and powers up, forcing both Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta to fuse into Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta.
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.
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 can use cards which allow him to transform, fuse, summon one of the bosses of the game (Dimensional Transfer cards, which include Super Saiyan 3 Broly, Kid Buu, Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan God Goku, Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Nuova Shenron the giant characters Great Ape Vegeta, Great Namek Lord Slug, Meta-Cooler Core, Giant Hatchiyack, Hirudegarn, Luud, Black Smoke Shenron, Dr. Wheelo, as well as Frieza's spaceship), or summon a supportive robot or other avatars to help.
- Kid Goku (Base, Great Ape)
- Goku (Base, Kaio-ken, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3, Super Saiyan God)
- GT Goku (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3, Golden Great Ape, Super Saiyan 4)
- Kid Vegeta
- Vegeta (Base, Great Ape, Super Saiyan, Power Stressed, Super Saiyan 2, Majin, Super Saiyan 3, Majin Super Saiyan 3)
- GT Vegeta (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3, Super Saiyan 4)
- Gogeta (Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3, Golden Great Ape, Super Saiyan 4)
- Vegito (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3)
- Kid Gohan (Base, Great Ape)
- Teen Gohan (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2)
- Adult Gohan (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Ultimate, Ultimate (Z Sword))
- Great Saiyaman
- GT Gohan (Base, Super Saiyan, Infected)
- Future Gohan (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3)
- King Piccolo
- Ma Junior (Base, Giant form)
- Piccolo (Base, Mind Controlled, fused with Nail, combined with Kami)
- Master Roshi (Base, Max Power)
- Jackie Chun
- Kid Krillin
- Tien Shinhan
- Teen Trunks (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3)
- Future Trunks (Base, Super Saiyan, Power Stressed, Super Saiyan 3)
- Xeno Trunks
- Kid Trunks (Base, Super Saiyan)
- GT Trunks (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3, Infected)
- Goten (Base, Super Saiyan)
- GT Goten (Base, Super Saiyan, Infected)
- Mighty Mask (Base, Super Saiyan)
- Fat Gotenks
- Gotenks (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3)
- Adult Gotenks (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3)
- Grand Supreme Kai
- Northern Supreme Kai
- Eastern Supreme Kai
- Western Supreme Kai
- Southern Supreme Kai
- Kibito Kai
- Kid Pan
- King Vegeta (Base, Great Ape)
- Bardock (Base, Super Saiyan, Great Ape, Super Saiyan 2, Evil Bardock)
- Ninja Murasaki
- Pirate Robot
- General Blue
- Mercenary Tao
- Cyborg Tao
- Master Shen
- Pilaf Machine (Fusion)
- Ginger (Base, Majin)
- Nicky (Base, Majin)
- Sansho (Base, Majin)
- Garlic Jr. (Base, Transformed., King of Destruction)
- Young Nappa
- Zarbon (Base, Monster Form)
- Captain Ginyu
- Frieza (1st Form, 2nd Form, 3rd Form, Final Form, 100% Full Power)
- Mecha Frieza
- King Cold
- Dr. Kochin
- Turles (Base, King of Destruction)
- Wings (Base, Majin)
- Angila (Base, Majin)
- Medamatcha (Base, Majin)
- Commander Zeeun (Base, Majin)
- Lord Slug (Base, Giant, King of Destruction)
- Cooler (Base, Final Form)
- Meta-Cooler (Base, Meta-Cooler Core)
- Cyclopian Guard
- Dr. Gero
- Android 19
- Android 18
- Android 17
- Android 16
- Android 15
- Android 14
- Android 13 (Base, Fusion, King of Destruction)
- Cell (First Form, Android 17 absorbed, Perfect Form, Power Stressed, Super Perfect Form)
- Cell Jr.
- Broly (Base, Super Saiyan, Legendary Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 3, King of Destruction Legendary Super Saiyan, King of Destruction Super Saiyan 3, Golden Great Ape, Super Saiyan 4)
- Bio-Broly (Bio-Warrior, Giant Form)
- Dr. Raichi (Base, Majin)
- Hatchiyack (Base, Giant Form, Powered Up Form, King of Destruction)
- Kogu (Base, Majin)
- Bido (Base, Majin)
- Bujin (Base, Majin)
- Zangya (Base, Majin)
- Bojack (Base, Full Power, King of Destruction)
- Pikkon (Base, Super)
- Mr. Satan
- GT Mr. Satan
- Great Saiyaman 2
- Pui Pui
- Mr. Buu
- Evil Buu
- Super Buu (Base, Gotenks absorbed, Piccolo absorbed, Gohan absorbed, Super form)
- Kid Buu (Base, Southern Supreme Kai absorbed, Grand Supreme Kai absorbed, Kibito Kai absorbed, Babidi absorbed)
- Super Janemba (Base, King of Destruction)
- Teen Uub (Base, Majuub)
- Neko Majin Mix
- Neko Majin Z (Base, Super Neko Majin)
- Neko Majin Mike
- Kuriza (Base, Final Form)
- Super Mega Cannon Sigma
- General Rilldo (Base, Hyper Meta-Rilldo, Meta-Rilldo)
- Dr. Myuu
- Baby (Base, Baby Vegeta, Super Baby Vegeta, Super Baby Vegeta 2, Golden Great Ape, Baby Janemba, King of Destruction Baby Janemba)
- Hell Fighter 17
- Super 17 (Base, Android absorbed, Cell absorbed)
- Oceanus Shenron (Princess Oto, Dragon Form)
- Haze Shenron
- Eis Shenron
- Naturon Shenron (Base, Pan absorbed)
- Nuova Shenron
- Rage Shenron (Base, Giant Form)
- Syn Shenron (Base, Omega Shenron)
- Saiyan "Hero" (called Beat in Hero Road mode) (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3)
- Saiyan "Heroine" (called Note in Hero Road mode) (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3)
- Female Saiyan "Elite" (a girl who looks like Android 18 in GT, but with black hair) (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3)
- Female Saiyan "Berserker" (a girl with Battle Armor) (Base, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3)
- Akina (a Female "Heroine" based on the famous model Akina Minami)
- Majin "Hero" (called Kabra (カブラ) in Hero Road mode)
- Frieza Clan "Hero" (called Froze in Hero Road mode)
- Namekian "Hero" (called Tsumuri (ツムリ) in Hero Road mode) (Base, fused with Piccolo)
- Android "Hero" (a male Android who looks like a younger version of Super 17)
- Amepai (a male Nappa-type "Saiyan" based on the Sakiyomi JanBANG! character Yanagihara Tetsuya)
- Zaripai (a male Vegeta-type "Saiyan" based on the Sakiyomi JanBANG! character Hirai Yoshiyuki)
- Great Ape Vegeta*
- Great Ape Gohan*
- Great Namek Lord Slug*
- Hirudegarn (Final Form)
- Luud (Full Power)
- Golden Great Ape Goku*
- Golden Great Ape Baby Vegeta*
- Black Smoke Shenron
- Meta-Cooler Core*
- Super Oceanus Shenron
- Hirudegarn (King of Destruction)
- Giant Buu*
- Giant Bio-Broly*
- Golden Great Ape Broly*
- Super Haze Shenron
- Super Eis Shenron
- Super Nuova Shenron
- * These characters are also playable in the game
- Hero Robot
- Defense Form
- Attack Form
- Defense Form
- Attack Form
- V-Jump dino mascot
- Arale Norimaki & Gatchan
- Muscle Tower
- Garlic Jr.'s fortress
- Rocky Area (day, night)
- Planet Namek
- Tree of Might
- Urban Area
- Ruined City
- World Martial Arts Tournament
- Inside Buu
- Sacred World of the Kais
- Beerus' temple
- New Planet Plant
- Amusement Park
- Dragon Ball Heroes is the first video game to feature 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, 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, Dr. Raichi, Hatchiyack in his Giant and Super forms, Bido, Bujin, Kogu, Angol, Moah, Paragus, Bio-Broly, Kibito, Beerus, Whis, the Neko Majins, Super Mega Cannon Sigma, General Rilldo, Dr. Myuu, Hell Fighter 17, GT Goten, Adult Gotenks, GT Mr. Satan, Kid Pan, Oceanus Shenron, Haze Shenron, Naturon Shenron, Rage Shenron, and Super Buu (Giant Form) as playable characters, as well as Black Smoke Shenron as an opponent.
- Also, for the first time in a video game, GT Gohan can be used in his base form, Bardock and GT Gohan can become Super Saiyan, GT Goku, GT Vegeta, Adult Gotenks, Bardock, Vegito, and Gogeta can become Super Saiyan 2, Gogeta, GT Vegeta, Future Trunks, GT Trunks, Teen Trunks, Future Gohan, Vegito, and Majin Vegeta can become Super Saiyan 3, Broly can become Golden Great Ape and 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, and Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 3) into Majins, Kid Buu can absorb Kibito Kai or Babidi, Baby can infect Super Janemba, GT Gohan, GT Goten, and GT Trunks can take on their Infected states, Super 17 can absorb Android 16 or Cell, and Oceanus Shenron appears in a giant form.
- The game also 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.