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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot – Everything we know so far

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Kid Buu punching Goku

Ah, yes. It’s time once again for our favorite ridiculously overpowered Earth defenders to show up in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. We’ll get into everything we know so far, plus some new screenshots of the game that were released by Bandai Namco today, October 21, 2019.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Saiyan Goku
I’m pretty sure this was a middle finger…

What is Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot about?

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is a third-person action-RPG set on Earth that will let us play through the entire DBZ saga You’ll be able to walk, fly, run, and fight all around West City and surrounding areas as you relive all of the epic DBZ moments. There will be a plethora of fights and story arcs to play through, as well as fun sidequests, like eating, fishing and driving. Basically, you’ll get to relive all of the aspects of the series, not just the fighting portions.

Story Arcs

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gohan dress as Kai
Gohan—getting that Saiyan exercise.

From all of our intensive web sleuthing, we’ve determined that you’ll be playing through the entire Dragon Ball Z saga. This will include such notable events like the Freiza, Cell, Androids, and Majin Buu sagas. There are a ton of sidequests to explore plus planned DLC expansions via an optional Season Pass. We’ll post more exact info about the DLC once we have it, but according to the official Bandai Namco site, you’ll get:

“Two episodes with brand new stories and a +1 Cooking Item, that will give you Ki Attack and HP Bonus. The DLC will also have a new story arc…

It seems like we’re going to get a ton of content in the base game, plus we’ll be able to further expand that with the Season Pass.

Gameplay

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot community board
Complete quests to unlock special dialogue sequences.

The fight sequences in DBZ: Kakarot look incredibly fun and action-packed. Everything I’ve seen points to a deep but easy to use combat system. Also, and I’m not exactly sure, but the game looks to running on an adapted version of the same Xenoverse game engine. Targetting enemies will work similarly, so those familiar with the Xenoverse games should feel right at home.

There are also several RPG mechanics to be explored, the lastest revealed being a Community Board and Training Grounds. According to Bandai Namco EU:

Community Board

  • When completing quests for certain characters, or passing distinct points in the storyline, you will earn Soul Emblems (each representing a character from the Dragon Ball universe)
  • After assigning these Soul Emblems on your Community Board – you’ll be able to activate them in combination with each other, to earn special bonuses and power-ups
  • Combining different characters with each other also unlocks exclusive dialogue between those characters

Training Grounds

  • Training Grounds are found across different areas and enable you to fight against Z Warriors or enemies you’ve fought in the past – or against yourself
  • By clearing the training you will learn new Super Attacks, or power up existing Super Attacks (such as turning your regular Kamehameha into Super Kamehameha)

Screenshots

The following screenshots were originally released at Bandai Namco EU on October 21, 2019.

  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Kid Buu
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Saiyan Goku
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Goku Vegeta
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Kid Buu fight
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Kid Buu attack
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Goku kamehameha
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Goku and Piccolo
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Kid Buu punching Goku
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Goku dodging Kid Buu attack
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gohan attack
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot soul emblems
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot community board
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Goku attack
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gohan dress as Kai

Trailer (Tokyo Game Show)

Official trailer from Tokyo Game Show 2019 courtesy of Bandai Namco

Release date

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will release on January 17, 2020, on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

The Collector’s Edition of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot includes an exclusive diorama figure of Goki and Gohan.

There are several different versions of the game being released, but only one I’m really excited about.

  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - Standard Edition
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - Deluxe Edition
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - Ultimate Edition
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - Collector's Edition

They’ll all include the base game, and if you preorder any of these, you’ll get some pretty sweet bonuses, too.

Pre-order Bonuses

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot pre-order bonuses
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot pre-order bonuses include early access to Bonyu’s training.
  • “A Competitive Party with Friends” sub-quest
  • Early access to Bonyu’s training—FYI, Bonyu is a new character designed by Akira Toriyama
  • +1 cooking item that gives you bonuses to melee attack and HP

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Estevan Zamora
An entrepreneur, photographer, and writer. He likes capturing beautiful images, scrubbing it up in various competitive FPS games, and browsing reddit like it's about to shut down.

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