Published by Bandai Namco Entertainment and developed by the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue maestros at Arc System Works, 2.5D fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ takes the characters from Akira Toriyama’s landmark classic comic book Dragon Ball and it’s animated adaptations and puts them into the best fighting game they’ve ever been in.
The game is three DLC seasons in, and we realise that some versions of Goku must be better than others, so we’ve decided to rank the fighters of DBFZ into tiers and tell you why we think they belong there.
Inside of each tier we’ve just listed the characters alphabetically, as we don’t think the tiers have much weight to them if we’re also ranking characters by minute amounts within them. Without any further fanfare, here is our Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list.
- Goku (Ultra Instinct)
- Goku (Dragon Ball GT)
- Gohan (Adult)
- Gohan (Teen)
- Android 21
S Tier characters of our Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list are the best of the best, even if some of them take work to learn.
You can take control of the middle of the stage with Bardock and dominate at any range. He’s probably the best character in the whole game, and it helps that he is easy to learn. UI Goku is a master of defense (as you’d expect from someone using Ultra Instinct) while his GT counterpart has a tiny hitbox, quick attacks and top level assist abilities.
Both versions of Gohan are great. Teen Gohan is a pure powerhouse at close range and can close gaps with ease, while Adult Gohan will take a bit of effort to learn how to play as he ‘levels up’ during a match thanks to his Potential Unleashed ability. The villainous Android 21 requires you to understand every character in the game at least a bit due to Steal Ability, which is a huge ask for a player, but if you can play her she’ll be hard to beat.
- Kid Buu
- Super Baby 2
- Vegeta (Base Form)
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan)
A Tier characters will do well in most situations, they’re just not quite on the S-Tier level.
Cell is good at mix-up attacks and if you can take control during the early game he’s unlikely to lose it. Kid Buu is great at pressuring his opponents, but he frankly doesn’t do much damage. A well played Base Vegeta is great at making openings, while Super Vegeta is pretty much good at everything. As a jack of all trades and a master of none, he’ll likely be outclassed by people who excel at doing one thing really well. Fusions Kefla and Gotenks are a bit quirky, but they’re good at fighting people from far away.
- Goku Black
- Goku (Super Saiyan Blue)
- Goku (Super Saiyan)
- Master Roshi
- Vegeto (Super Saiyan Blue)
B Tier characters can succeed, but they’ll have to work harder than others.
The Zamasu possessed Goku Black has a basic move set, but he does good damage and is easy to learn. Super Goku is also a beginner character that is fine, but he doesn’t particularly excel. He has like one good combo and can’t set much else up. Blue Goku is quick but you’ll have to master his tight combo times to really feel his full potential. Blue Vegeto is slow, but flashy and powerful. His massive damage can be annoying, but he is fairly easy to punish. Trunks is quick and closes most gaps well.
It’s not all Saiyan characters in B-Tier, though. Roshi does different kinds of hops instead of a super dash, which makes him play differently to everyone else. He’s good at catching people off guard and then keeping them in frame-traps, and his eight-direction Reverse Kamehameha is really weird. The Champion of Earth’s daughter Videl hasn’t really got high attack or defense ability, but she is the queen of mix-ups. She isn’t picked very often, so use that unfamiliarity to your advantage.
- Android 16
- Gogeta (Super Saiyan Blue)
- Goku (Base Form)
- Majin Buu
- Zamasu (Fused)
C Tier characters are fun to play, but they simply aren’t in the same league as the tiers above. They’re usable, but expect to put time into practicing them.
Android 16 is a powerful grappler, but he’s quite an advanced character to learn. Piccolo is tricky, and needs to burn meters to be effective. Broly is like a combination of the two, with a hit box that is way too big. Base Goku has excellent super attacks and assists, but needs the right team mates to succeed properly.
Blue Gogeta is a tricky warrior, with an invincible airbourne attack and teleport mix-ups. Be careful with him in the neutral area, because he’s best when the pressure is put on the opponent.
Janemba has some distinct advantages, like being able to destroy projectiles with his sword and a strong neutral (middle) game. Don’t be overconfident with him as he’s also quite simple to learn, which can lead to others finding him predictable.
Hit can do very little in the air, so you’ll want to keep his opponents on the ground. Tien is one of the most simple characters to learn in Dragon Ball FighterZ and he’s actually quite powerful as far as his offensive ability goes. He would be in a higher tier if not for his pretty atrocious defense. Half-Kaioshin and Half-Saiyan potara abomination Fused Zamasu can fly freely, which helps him put the pressure on foes with some excellent combos.
- Android 18
- Broly (Dragon Ball Super)
- Captain Ginyu
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue)
The characters of D Tier will struggle in a competitive setting compared to others on the Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list.
Android 18 is great at initiating with her mix-ups, but she doesn’t do enough damage even when compared to someone like Videl. Super Broly has a great energy attack game but it’s just too easy to punish him because of his large size. Ginyu can be really good, if you’re a Ginyu expert, but don’t think taking the time to learn him is worth it when you could just learn Android 21 instead. Cooler has great defense and normal attacks but he doesn’t have the speed we’d like him to have.
Freiza has great energy attacks, so at range he can be fearsome … but any player who has played against Frieza more than once knows to just get up in his face and make him basically powerless. Blue Vegeta has some offensive skills but you should just use Teen Gohan instead. Yamcha is quick, but his normal attack range is just too short.
- Android 17 (Dragon Ball Super)
- Gogeta (Super Saiyan 4)
The characters of E Tier just aren’t that great.
Jiren is like a far worse version of UI Goku. Beerus takes too much set up for too little reward. Nappa is simply too slow. Android 17 is very cool, but can basically never stop moving or he’ll just die. Gogeta has similarly poor recovery, which stops him being competitive. Krillin is basically only worth putting on a team with Android 18 so you can see some custom animations, which is a shame because as a character I really like him.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a complicated game with a lot of moving parts. The competitive metagame and character viability moves up and down regularly. We intend to keep this list up to date as roster changes and balance patches happen. Do you think we got it right? Let us know in the comments below. If you liked this list, you might also like this one we did for Tekken 7.