Embrace the power of true perfection with Maximilian’s Dragon Ball FighterZ character breakdown for Perfect Cell

By on September 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm
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Maximilian is back with more of his character breakdowns for the cast of Dragon Ball FighterZ, this time moving on to the first member of the game’s villainous trio, Perfect Cell. Noting that while Android 16 currently stands as his favorite character in the game, Max feels that Perfect Cell is the character he’s likely best with, due to a combination of “really good normals, really good approaching advancing attacks, supers that lead from almost any situation that you can think of to do them from, and EX special moves that bring you back down to parts of the screen where your other team members can act from. He’s just multi-utility, really damn good, a great comeback character.”

Not at all surprising, given that Dr. Gero’s greatest creation contains the combined DNA of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Frieza, King Cold, Nappa, Krillin and Gohan, along with countless lifeforms. He also has absorbed the bodies of Androids 17 and 18 into himself, allowing him to utilize any of their techniques he wishes, making him the ultimate fighting machine.

Cell’s normals are some of the longest in the game, with his crouching medium being an M. Bison-esque slide he’s possessed throughout multiple Dragon Ball games, while his special skill, the step-in low kick, allows him to move forward during combos to tack on a few more hits and a bit more damage. His Hell Strike immediately teleports him behind his foes, allowing Cell to connect with a swiping strike, which is great for closing out rounds. It can also be canceled into Vanish for a bar, allowing the perfect specimen to confound his challengers with multiple teleports for even more perfectly deceptive mix-ups.

For his Ki Blasts, Cell points downward, blasting at his opponent’s feet, while his aerial Ki attack sees him toss a slashing blast, which looks similar to Rugal’s Genocide Cutter. Cell’s specials include his Telekinesis Crush (which Max sadly got no footage of), which is a full-screen unblockable command grab utilizing QCB+S. The Rolling Crush lunges Cell forward if grounded, or he dives forward if airborne. This causes a hard knockdown, and is super, special and Vanish-cancelable. His aptly-named Perfect Attack is a flip-kick that, when EXed, knocks the opponent to the ground regardless of screen location, where Cell finishes them with a backbreaker — even if already KOed. Since this move is super-cancelable, it is perfect for DHC opportunities — especially if Cell is paired with Teen Gohan, whose supers can only be executed when he is in a grounded state. Perfect Cell’s Kamehameha can only be done on the ground, unlike the Saiyans, but if you hold up or down, Cell will either aim upwards as an anti-air, or at a down-forward angle off of an automatic jump.

Cell only has two super special moves, the Level 1 Energy Field and the Level 3 Solar Kamehameha. The Energy Field covers a massive circular radius around him, and is excellent for waking up, tacking on extra damage, or DHCing him out or into the battle. The Solar Kamehameha can only be used on the ground, but covers a wide screen space and does good damage (even at the end of combos) and can easily be connected off of heavy Perfect Attack for the hefty cost of 4 bars. You can see the full video below, with links to his previous breakdowns.

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

Source: Maximilian Dood

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