After covering several pre-release breakdowns for Broly, it’s time to shine the spotlight on the other DLC character just-arrived to Dragon Ball FighterZ: the father of Goku and Raditz, Bardock. As before with Broly, the likes of Maximilian, PND|Ketchup and Mustard, Hellpockets, Rhymestyle, and AfroSenju XL were able to travel to the Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Europe offices to capture some pre-release footage of this character, ahead of his official release today.
The most notable thing about Bardock at first glance is that aside from a regular, single-shot Ki Blast, the low-class Saiyan is purely focused on rushdown — with a variety of specials that move him forward, allowing him to quickly close in on foes and enter his ideal attack range.
Maximilian notes that he feels like an amalgamation of several characters currently on the roster, such as Super Saiyan Goku, Goku Black, Yamcha, Piccolo and Adult Gohan, as unlike Broly, “everything flows and just works.”
Rebellion Spear, like all of Bardock’s specials, can be done on both the ground and the air, with the Heavy/EX version having either a launching or knockdown follow-up with an additional button press depending on the version used — but it will not come out on block. Though Bardock does seem to get more aerial actions than most characters. The Raging Meteor provides Bardock with meterless hard knockdowns, and can also be performed whether you’re grounded or airborne. Tyrant Lancer is a Chargeable strike that provides a fullscreen wallbounce. The Light version also serves as his Assist.
Moving on to his three supers, Riot Javelin is standard projectile fare, but Saiyan Spirit uniquely stands out as “the Bionic Lancer of Dragon Ball FighterZ,” as it’s currently the only Level 1 with startup invincibility, giving Bardock an extremely cheap and dangerous reversal option that demands respect whenever his team has any Ki whatsoever. Revenge Assault is a standard cinematic Level 3, and like everything else, can be used grounded or airborne. For additional footage and impressions, see the videos below!
Bardock and Broly are available in Dragon Ball FighterZ tomorrow, and can be purchased, along with 6 additional DLC characters, as part of the FighterZ Pass (and are included in the FighterZ and Ultimate Editions) or can be bought individually.