First Dragon Ball FighterZ balance patch announced; Will change system mechanics and at least 14 characters

By on April 27, 2018 at 9:00 am
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A new age is about to begin for Dragon Ball FighterZ!

While many fans were basking in the divine glory of Fused Zamasu’s gameplay trailer, there was another surprising-yet-welcome announcement made by the Dragon Ball FighterZ developers: the game will be receiving its first post-launch balance patch sometime soon, with the goal seeming to be to increase the number of characters seen in tournament play.

Announced during a stream on, it was noted that the patch will be making various adjustments to the title’s system mechanics and game modes, as well as altering at least 14 FighterZ currently in the roster. The list of characters who will be impacted includes:

  • Vegeta (Super Saiyan)
  • Frieza
  • Krillin
  • Piccolo
  • Android 16
  • Android 18
  • Vegeta (SSGSS)
  • Nappa
  • Captain Ginyu
  • Adult Gohan
  • Kid Buu
  • Beerus
  • Android 21
  • Broly

Defttentacle provided a full translation of the graphic over on /r/dragonballfighterz, that reads as follows:

“UPDATE NEWS! Soon, we will release adjustments and modifications to the game system, modes, and character abilities.

The word “Etc.” was also listed underneath these character images, so there is a possibility for other characters to be changed as well.

In terms of confirmed changes on the stream, Vegeta’s assist will be adjusted just “a little bit”, to not be as oppressive on block.

Frieza was also mentioned, confirmed to be buffed.

The directors said that they want to preserve characters unique traits and abilities, while making adjustments to add variety of competitively played characters.”

It was also specifically noted that, in addition to buffs for Frieza and a slight nerf to Super Vegeta’s Air Consecutive Energy Blast Assist to make it slightly weaker when blocked, that Adult Gohan and Android 16 will both be felling the blunter side of the nerf bat. Jiyuna also notes that the undeniably top player in the game today, Cyclops Osaka’s GO1, feels the current mechanics are “incredibly good,” and is concerned about what the team may change. You can see the image announcing the patch that was released below.


No release date has been set for this update, but it will most likely hit alongside the arrival of Fused Zamasu, (and perhaps the rumored SSGSS Vegito.) What are your hopes for the first big update to DBFZ? Leave your thoughts and hopes for the forthcoming update in the comments section below.

Sources: /r/dragonballfighterz; jiyunaJP (Twitter);

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