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  • Action, Adventure
  • Dimps
  • Infogrames
  • Teen
  • December 5, 2002


Super Saiyan Ability (Goku Only)

Play through "The Namek Saga" at any level to unlock Super Saiyan ability (Goku only).

Radditz, Vegeta, And Nappa

Play through "The Saiyan Saga" at any level to unlock Radditz, Vegeta, and Nappa.

Back Flip Transformation Protection

To prevent having your transformation reversed when your about to fall on the ground press R1 and you will do a backflip and your transformation will not be reversed!!


Complete the "Vegeta's Attack" episode to unlock Zarbon.


Complete the "Aim For Perfect Form" episode to unlock Yamcha.


Complete the "Perfect Form Cell Complete" episode to unlock Trunks.

Super Vegeta

Complete the "Vegeta's Confidence" episode to unlock Super Vegeta.

Super Saiyan And Super Saiyan 2 Abilities (Teen Gohan Only)

Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level to unlock Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 abilities (Teen Gohan only).

Super Saiyan Ability (Vegeta Only)

Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level to unlock Super Saiyan ability (Vegeta only).


Win a World Match Tournament at the "Advanced" level to unlock Saiyaman


Win a World Match Tournament at the "Adept" level to unlock Hercule.

Freiza, Ginyu, And Recoome

Play through "The Namek Saga" at any level to unlock Freiza, Ginyu, and Recoome


Defeat Recoome with Vegeta.

Cell, Android #17, And Teen Gohan

Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level to unlock Cell, Android #17, and Teen Gohan.

Android #16

Complete the "Aim For Perfect Form" episode to unlock Android #16.

Burst Zone

To activate the Burst Zone in battle is for both you and your opponent to hard attack (square, triangle) each other at the same time. There you will see the background turn black and both fighters hitting each other. To win in the Burst Zone is to press any buttons repaetedly until everything turns back to normal and you simply hit your opponent, but is worth a lot of damage.

Breakthrough For Everyone

Once you have the breakthrogh capsule for everyone and you collect the dragonballs again, you can't call Shenron. The only good use of the dragonballs you last collected is for trading.

Different Title Screens

Everytime you wait for a demo and it's over, you should see a different title screen. There are different ones for each saga and one showing all the characters.

Win Easily In World Tourament

Get Gt. Saiyaman. start punching and kicking your opponent. then use justice punch. As soon as your opponent gets up use justice punch. Usualy it will kick your opponent out of the ring with no problem.

Easy Tournament Win

To do this you need to pick someone that knows the Kamehameha Wave. Then when the fight starts keep using the Kamehameha Wave (PPPPK) when your opponent isn't gaurding until you blow him/her out of the ring.

Breakthrough Hint

After collecting all the dragon balls you will get to choose a character to get breakthrough. Breakthrough is a capsule that allows a character to use all their attacks. When you have this choice pick the character that you think has the strongest attacks. If you are not happy with your choice just turn off your game and turn it back on because before the game gives you your choices it automatically saves.

Vageta Cheers After Beating Goku

Just simply defeat Goku with Vageta.

The Easiest Way To Transform

For the easiest transformations, enter the options screen. Select the controller option then move over to "Custom". Hold L1 and press Left or Right until you see P + K + G (the transformation buttons). You will now have L1 as a transformation button. Note: You can do the same thing with taunts; just press Left or Right or left until you find P K G E. To transform with any character easier, press L1 + X. Your character will instantly transform into a stronger character.

Easiest Tournement Wins Ever!

You need 4 things: Yamcha Wolf Fang Fist Viral Heart Disease Vaccine Costomize Yamcha with those things, than enter tournament mode. As quickly as you can, do the W.F.F., than keep pressing ENERGY until Yamcha stops his attack. Repeat this and you will wear him down. The disease is for if opponent does't get a ring out, he'll have very little health and one quick combo finishes him off.

Easy Way To Beat Advanced Tournament

An easy way to beat the advanced tournament is with Kid Gohan. Dash and then press R1 and he will do a sor of drill kick he recovers quickly from. Not only does it reach far but it knocks the enemy back a lot, doing this in succesion (like 3 times) will knock the enemy out of the ring!

Easy Way To Transform

At the same time, press R1 and R2 at the same to transform.

Easy Way To Unlock Hercule

An easy way to unlock Hercule, is to use the Viral Heart Disease Capsule on Adept mode, in the World Tournament. Now, if you use it alone you will lose health too. So, you have to go to Mr. Popo's Skill Shop on Edit Skills and buy the Vaccine. The Vaccine is in the Support section, so you will have to buy Support a few times. About the fourth time you buy Support, it is the Vaccine. The Vaccine allows you to keep your health when you have the Viral Heart Disease, But sorry for your opponent. Then attach the Vaccine to anyone you want and BE SURE NOT TO FORGET TO PUT THE DISEASE ON THE PERSON TOO!! Well, then you just go to the World Tournament on Adept mode. BE SURE TO PUT YOUR CHARACTER ON CUSTOM! Your opponent will keep on losing health. But, when they have about half of their health left on the red bar, the disease stops. So you will have to kill them the old fashion way. So have loads of fun!

Good Support

This is a rare item from support so it may cost about 8000$ zenni. Once you get the item your kai will not run out of it but you can't transform.

Health Hits

When in battle with Android 19, you know,(of course) that your health rapidly drops constantly until you get about 1/2 of you last health bar, then it stops. The thing is, when the Android hurts you, the damage done by the disease is added to the damage done to you. The best thing to do is to use a guerilla warfare like tactic and hit'n'run. Hope that this may help ya'!

Android 19

Until he gets to his last health bar, keep on punching, kicking, and using kemeyameya rapidly.

Analog Fun

While going thtough the people to change the capsules they have, if you move the anolog stick, the person or alien will rotate in that direction. This is entertaining if you are bored.

Radar Sweep

This does not help you get farther in the game, have some cool new power, or get new characters. It is just something to do to cure boredom. When the game is loading and the little radar-like thing is sweeping over the DBZ symbol, if you move the left analog stick, it sweeps with it! This is just an fun dumb thing to do while it is loading and you are bored.

Instance Tranmition

All you have to do is pick Freza or Gt. Sayiaman and press up and X the same time. You then will disappaer and reappear. Good for when you are in the edge.

Wol Fang Fist

Have you ever been Yamcha and tried to do the PPPPE move (Wolf Fang Fist)? Did it only do a measly punch? Well, if you do it right, it can do nearly double any Kamehameha Wave. After doing the Wolf Fang fist, repeatedly press E (O) and Yamcha will do a big combo. Not only does this hurt the opponent pretty bad, but while Yamcha is punching you gather more Ki!

Easy Way To Turn Super Saiyan

Get the Super Saiyan ability, then press R1 + R2 to transform. This can be used for anyone's type of transformation. Note: This can also be used to do the King Kai Fist and Unlock Potential.

Make Krillin Confess Love To Android 18

All you have to do is be Krillin in Duel mode, or World Tournement mode and chose Android 18 for your opponent. Then once you win, Krillin will yell out, "ANDROID 18, I LOVE YOUUUUU!!!". (Pretty funny huh?)

Get Namek About To Blow Up And Other Burnt Lands

Go to Namek or any other place exept the Hyperbolic Timechamber and The world Martial Arts Tournament with trunks and use burning attack, Goku and Cell with spirit bomb,Hercule with Presant for you, Vegeta with Big Bang attack, Teen Gohan with Super Kamehameha, and Piccolo with Hellzone Grenade.

Collected Dragonballs

If you collect all 7 Dragonballs the eternal dragon will grant you a wish to get 1 of 3 breakthroughs. If you don't like the ones they have, take out your memory card choose anyone of the 3. then the dragon will say you don't have a memory card in. Then he asks you if you want to save again, choose no. After that you will appear at the screen where the dragonballs are. You can repeat this as many times as you want until you get the breakthrough you want.

Easy Win

To get lots o' money and be able to win easier. (in torunament mode)All you have to do is equip Viral Heart disease and Vaccine and thats it.

Unlock Characters Second Time Around

Android 19
Android 18
Android 16

To unlock Mr.Satan you need to beat 'Adept' mode in World Match.

To unlock the Great Saiyaman, you need to beat 'Advanced' mode in World Match

Unlock Characters First Time Around

First time through:

Andriod 17
Teen Gohan

Knock Your Opponent Out Of The Ring With Ease

To knock your opponent out of the ring with sheer ease in World Match quickly do the kick combo at the start of the fight to knock him to an edge, then rush over to him while he is getting up hold in R1 when he gets up you will punch him out of the ring, he will be unable to block this.

Unlock Frieza, Ginyu, And Recoome

Freiza, Ginyu, and Recoome: Play through "The Namek Saga" at any level

Vegeta Move Special

Vegeta: Final Flash

Android 17's Move Special

Android 17: Power Strike

Practice Mode

Practice mode is used to help you get your skills better by practicing your moves, getting better at the game play, knowing your controls, and how to unlock moves by pressing various buttons a certain amount of times.

Super Vegeta

You can unlock Super Vegeta when you complete the "Vegeta's Confidence" episode.

Super Saiya-jin 1 And 2 (Gohan Only)

Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level

Get Zarbon

You can unlock Zarbon when you complete the "Vegeta's Attack" episode.

Super Saiyan Ability (Vegeta Only)

Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level.

Super Saiyan Ability (Goku Only)

Play through "The Namek Saga" at any level.

Advanced Tournament Capsule

Play in Adept mode and become number one. Go to Mister Popo. You will see a gray Capsule for 8000 Zenie. It is Advanced mode.

Adept Tournament Capsule

Play in Novice mode and become number one. Go to Mister Popo. You will see a gray Capsule for 8000 Zenie. It is Adept mode.

The Dragonballs

Within the game you can collect the seven Dragon Balls. In order to get them, you have to buy them at the Capsule Shop. However, they are very rare. They cost 8000 Zenie each and will only appear in a "Recommended" or "Gambled" Capsule. After collecting all seven, go to the Caps List option in the "Edit Skills" menu. Then go along to the second to last list. If all seven Dragon Balls are present, press X and you will be asked if you wish to summon Shenron. Select "Yes" and you will be given the option to "Breakthrough" three random characters. Breakthrough is a Capsule which will open all the Death Moves, Transformations, and Physical Moves of the character in possession. However, it takes up seven ability slots and cannot be equipped in conjunction with anything else. After choosing your character, the Dragon Balls will disappear and you will have to collect them all again.

Story Mode Replay

Once you have completed story mode once, you will notice that there are some people missing, except for Gohan as a super hero and Hercule who get unlocked in world championship mode. Go back to story mode and you will see what you have done instead of starting a new story. Some of the episodes will have "New" beside them. Go into those episodes to get new players and new player abilities, such as a Super Saiyan for Vegeta.

Tourtament Wins

When in Tournaments, instead of trying to kill the CPU opponents, just lure them close to the edge of the ring. Tap X + Down to move behind the opponent, then use a strong move to knock them out the ring.

Trozzle Endings

After you complete the story mode you will be able to go back and do new missions in the three different sagas to unlock characters and items. After you do the new missions for each saga (can be done randomly), another mission opens where the story from the cartoon and game is changed. In the Saiyan Saga, you play as Vegeta and take on the Z Fighters. After Vegeta defeats each of them he turns Super Saiyan. In the Namek Saga, you play as Frieza and once again take on the Z Fighters. Once they are defeated Freeza, will use the Dragonballs and ask to be invincible. His wish is granted and he destroys Namek and then goes after Earth. In the Android Saga, you play as Cell. After absorbing Android 17, Cell goes after Android 18. He will try to absorb her but Krillin will jump in the way and be absorbed instead. Cell will become a hilarious fusion between the two. He will then take on Yamcha. After the fight, Tien goes to blast him but Cell suddenly wakes up from a dream. He is in his Perfect form waiting for the Cell Games.

Unlock Yamcha

After you beat Story Mode go back to story mode. You will play through more stories. Eventually when you get to Android Saga, and play as Cell you have to fight vs. Yamcha & other characters. After you beat Yamcha you will unlock him.

Get Trunks

You can unlock trunks when you complete the "Perfect Form Cell Complete" episode

Teen Gohan

Select Kid Gohan then click square and then a box should pop up saying do you want teen Gohan.

Get Android 16

You can unlock #16 when you complete the "Aim For Perfect Form" Episode.

Special Move's Version 1

Gohan: Masenko
Teen Gohan: Super Kamehameha
Android 18: Energy Field
Hercule: Present For You
Nappa: Bomber DX
Goku: Spirit Bomb
Android 16: Hell Flash
Yamcha: Wolf Fang Blast
Zarbon: Super Beautiful Arrow

Special Moves Version 2

Android 17: Power Strike
Vegeta: Final Flash
Frieza: Death Ball
Android 19: Life Drain
Trunks: Burning Attack
Cell: Spirit Bomb
Piccolo: Special Beam Cannon
Recoome: Recoome Buster Bang
Tien: Domination Blast
Great Saiyman: Justice Kick

Special Move Last Version

Captain Ginyu: Body Change
Dodoria: Dodria Beam
Raditz: Exciting Year
Krillen: Destructo Disk

Ki Ball Tennis

This has no purpose other than a laugh, and will not unlock anything in the game. Enter practice mode (or two-player duel if you want to play with a friend) and choose your characters and stage. When the fight starts, put as much distance between you and your opponent as possible. If in practice mode, set the opponent's action to Deflect-Back at the pause menu. Once you are as far away as desired, launch an energy ball by pressing Circle. In practice mode, your opponent should knock it back at you. Just before the ball hits you, press guard (X) and if it timed correctly, it should be reflected back at the opponent. In a two player match, you can play it like a proper game. For example, flip a coin to see who serves (launches the energy blast). Set a score limit. If the Ki ball is knocked away, hits, or is hit by another Ki blast, whoever reflected the ball last gets the point.

Red Capsule

On world championship mode, if you win you get 10,000 Zenie and second place gets you 5,000 Zenie. This is useful because when you go to the shop and buy the Red Capsule, you will get some very good moves such as Super Saiyan Trunks, Kamahamaha for Krillen, and even Super Saiyan Level 2 for Gohan.

Alternate Endings

On world championship mode, if you win you get 10,000 Zenie and second place gets you 5,000 Zenie. This is useful because when you go to the shop and buy the Red Capsule, you will get some very good moves such as Super Saiyan Trunks, Kamahamaha for Krillen, and even Super Saiyan Level 2 for Gohan.

Namek Saga Episodes

2. Vegeta's Attack: You fight Zarbon as Vegeta
4. The Road to Super Saiyan: You fight Frieza as Vegeta.
5. Frieza or Vegeta?: You fight Frieza again but this time Frieza is in his Final form.
9. Raging Frieza: You fight Gohan or probably Krillin as Frieza.
10. True Ruler: You fight the Z fighters and see what would happen if Freiza ruled them all. 

Saiyan Saga Episodes

2. A Mutually Deadly Foe: You fight Radditz as Piccolo instead of Goku.
3 .Saiyan Attack: You fight Saibamen and Nappa as Piccolo.
7. Vegeta Saiyan Prince: You fight through Goku, Krillin, and Gohan as Vegeta and see what would happen if Vegeta defeated them all. 

Play As Mecha Frieza

After you beat Adv. Mode with any character go to the screen where you can buy capsules. The capsule to play as Mecha frieza should eventually show up there under "Recommended Capsule" and it is called Frieza's Spaceship(costs 12,000)When you get it equip it to Frieza.Then in battle when you die you will then get full health and become Mecha Frieza.

Dashing Deflect

This works with every character. If you are dashing toward your opponent at full speed and they fire a normal ki blast at you, your character will automatically swat it aside without slowing down or stopping.

Unlock "Legend of Hercule" Mode

Win the World Tournament in Adept Mode. Afterwards, go to the Skill Shop and purchase the "Advanced Tournament" (it's the Reccommended capsule). Then, buy the next Reccommended Capsule, which is the "Legend of Hercule" Mode. It is now available at the main menu.

Play As Cell

Defeat Cell in story mode to unlock Cell.

Breakthrough Capsule

Collect all seven dragon balls and wish for the breakthrough capsule, which unlocks all moves for a character.

Play As Vegeta

Defeat Vegeta in story mode to unlock him.

Play As Raditz

Defeat Raditz in story mode to unlock him.

Play As Nappa

Defeat Nappa in story mode to unlock him.

Play As Hercule

Successfully complete the world tournament in adept mode to unlock Hercule.

Play As Great Saiyaman

Successfully complete the world tournament in advanced mode to unlock Great Saiyaman.

Play As Frieza

Defeat Frieza in story mode to unlock him.

Play As Cell

Defeat Cell in story mode to unlock him.


Ginyu's Body Change

Forward+Square, Square, Square, Triangle, Circle (must have at least three bars of ki)

Vegeta's Big Bang Attack

Forward+Square, Square, Square, Triangle, Circle (must be SS)

Power Up

To get your Ki Guages up do the following.

1. Hold down x
2. While holding x press left 2 times, but on the 2nd time hold it down.
3. Keep it held down until it says 7 max (Hint:if you are a SS it doesn't go up 
all the way)

Unlock Movie Clips

To unlock movie clips u have to beat 'Legend of Hercule' in advance mode. Then press L1, R2, L2, R1, Circle, Circle, Circle, X, and select. If this doesn't work the first time, then do it again but put the X in front of the three circles.

Vegetas Gaulickt Cannon

Gaulickt Cannon (B)1 Ki Gauge Square, Right, Square, Square, Circle.

GT. Saiyaman's Justice Kick

Trianlge, Triangle, Right+Trianlge, Right+Trianlge, Circle.

Goku's Spirit Bomb

Right+Square, Square, Square, Triangle, Circle. Goku has to be on King Kia X2, or anything but the super sayian.

Gohan's Super Kamehameha

Triangle, Triangle, Right+Triangle, Triangle, Circle.

Goku's Wrap Kamehameha

Square, Square, Triangle, Triangle, Circle.

Final Flash

Play as Vegeta and press Square, Square, Triangle, Triangle, Circle to do the Final Flash.


Square, square, triangle, triangle, circle.

Burning Attack!

Play as Trunks and press Right, Square, Square, Square, Triangle, Circle.


Super Saiyan Ability (Vegeta Only):

Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level.

Play As Rocoom

Defeat him in story mode.

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