Ah, remember the good old days of character unlocking? They’re back!
With Dragon Ball FighterZ release on the horizon, there are still plenty of questions waiting to be answered about its content and how to access it. We now know that there are three unlockable characters in the title and they can be made playable through a variety of methods. Some are as easy as buying the game the day it comes out and others require a good amount of skill and patience.
Just two guys and we’re having a good time.
Those who pre-ordered Dragon Ball FighterZ will have instant access to Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, (SSGSS for short, Super Saiyan Blue and SSB for extra short.) through an unlock code packaged with their “Day One Edition” of the game. Those not on the pre-order boat will have a little bit of a challenge ahead of them to add the two azure Saiyans to their team.
There are two in-game unlocking methods for the dynamic duo. You can either grind for the characters by saving up Zeni, the in-game currency, or by complete specific game modes under certain circumstances.
If you want to grind for the characters, you will need to earn 300,000 Zeni to unlock SSGSS Vegeta and 500,000 Zeni to add SSGSS Goku to your roster. You don’t need to purchase the characters either, just have that amount of Zeni total. So you can spend your Zeni and still have it go towards these goals.
Alternatively, completing the Extreme Gravity Spaceship Course on hard with an A-Rank will grant access to SSGSS Vegeta and finishing the Hyperbolic Time Chamber Course on hard with an A-Rank to unlock SSGSS Goku. Take note that in order to gain access to the harder difficulties of these game modes you will need to beat them on the normal difficulty first.
Make way for the leading lady to join the ranks of Dragon Ball legends
Android 21’s unlocking method is a lot more straightforward because there is currently only one way to play as the character worldwide. Players in Japan have the opportunity to purchase a guidebook for the game that comes bundled with an instant access code to Android 21.
Folks elsewhere will need to complete the Story Mode to add the cunning android to their roster. According to Game Informer, the story mode can run anywhere between 15-20 hours if you are going for a comprehensive playthrough. It is possible to complete the game mode in around 5 hours if you plan on just dragon rushing through it to unlock the character.
It is great to see Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s approach to character unlocks and pre-order bonuses. While pre-ordering the game certainly decreases the time needed to unlock the blue Super Saiyan Gods, it is not necessary to use the characters. Those who didn’t pre-order aren’t punished for purchasing the game after day one and can obtain them through regular play, not additional pay. This information coupled with the friendly loot system makes FighterZ a strong contender for responsible content distribution in an era that has certainly seen its missteps.
[UPDATE: This has also turned up on the Xbox One Store, and this on the PlayStation Store; if you purchased the Ultimate Edition of the game it looks like you’ll have the ability to unlock Android 21 immediately though these codes, no Story Mode playthrough required. Thanks to Paul for the heads-up tip.]