Gather your energy with Maximilian’s character breakdown of Goku in Dragon Ball FighterZ

By on September 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

With the Gamescom build’s new challengers completed, Maximilian made the journey down to the Bandai Namco Entertainment America offices to continue his Dragon Ball FighterZ character breakdowns for the initial six characters.  Being the poster boy for the entire Dragon Ball series, where better to start than with Goku?

Unsurprisingly, Max feels that Goku is the “Shoto” of DBFZ, similarly to other simple-to-use, well-rounded fighting game protagonists such as Ryu, Ragna The Bloodedge, Sol Badguy and Yu Narukami, just to name a few. He even notes in regards to his moves that “it all looks really good and it looks absolutely awesome when you do so.”

He has decent range on his normals that make for easy combos, as well as a Hurricane Kick in the form of his Rapid Kick Rush. This flurry of kicks possesses great utility, by providing Goku with powerful corner carry and wallbounces to extend combos. His Dragon Flash Fist is a rush punch that looks similar to Azrael’s Gustav Buster from BlazBlue, that gives him access to a hard knockdown, or a teleport that brings him immediately back down in front of the opponent. Goku can combo into his Kamehamehas from his basic Ki blasts, and they can be angled in multiple directions, either diagonally up if grounded, or straight forward if airborne, by holding up or down.

Though he has a limited pool of specials, Max feels that Goku’s Supers are what make him truly unique. The Super Kamehameha can be angled similar to its normal counterpart, while the Instant Transmission Kamehameha will see the Saiyan teleport behind his opponents before throwing the energy in an upward arc, making it a perfect ender for air combos if you can spare the meter.

Finally, his Level 3 Meteor Smash sees Goku transform into Super Saiyan 3 before immediately teleporting behind his foe for a huge Kamehameha. It’s a great punishing tool but has enough startup to be reactable, with limited tracking as of the Gamescom build so aim carefully.

You can find Max’s previous character breakdowns below:

Dragon Ball FighterZ will be released in February 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One andPC.

Source: Maximilian Dood

Oklahoma-based freelance journalist who enjoys fighting games of all sorts. When he's not grinding out setups, he enjoys watching anime and wrestling.