- Hold either left or right to walk forward/backward. This is the slowest form of movement, but also presents the least risk.
- To run forward, press (or ++) in quick succession when on the ground
- Backdash (Backstep)
- To perform a backdash, press quickly
- Air Option
- Air movement in Dragon Ball FighterZ (and most Arc System Works titles) work on a either/or system - you can either double jump or air dash, but not both. Doing either is called using an air option, and most characters only have one air option. Air options are regained once the character touches the ground, after Air Recovery or air blocking.
- Jump/Double Jump
- Press any of the upward directions to jump. All characters can also perform a double jump by jumping again while midair. Ground jumps have 4 frames of startup where you are still considered on the ground, are invincible to throws and Dragon Rush, can not block, and can cancel the jump startup into ground Special Attacks. .
- High Jump (Super Jump)
- To High Jump, start from , then quickly press any downward direction, then any upward direction. High Jumps have startup just like normal jumps. They are used to create vertical distance between you and your opponent as well as to run away; High Jump over the opponent, then air dash away! Note that you retain all air options after a High Jump. Additionally, your character will change directions to face the opponent if you jump over them. In Dragon Ball FighterZ, you also maintain partial control over your horizontal movement during a High Jump; Hold or to influence your direction as you fall. You can continue this influence after attacks or double jumps, but not during them.
- Short High Jump (Super Hop)
- To Short High Jump, start from , then quickly press any downward direction, then any upward direction, then hold any downward direction (for example: ). Short High Jump travels the height of a normal jump with the acceleration and character direction correction properties of a High Jump. Note you must hold the downward input until after the crest of the jump or it will revert to a normal High Jump fall speed. You may double jump after a Short High Jump, but you must re-input a downward direction after double jumping or your air momentum will revert to normal.
- Air Dash Forward/Backward
- While airborne, press (or ++) to perform an air dash forward, and to perform an air dash backward. Airdashes are used to cover large distances quickly, but they are vulnerable during startup.
- A common tactic is to perform an air dash immediately after jumping in order to cover distance quickly and avoid ground attacks; in fact, this tactic is so common that it has its own name: Instant Air Dash (IAD). IADs are performed by pressing (or ++) for a forward air dash and for a backward air dash. The idea is that the jump includes a directional input that also counts as an input for the air dash command.
- Super Dash
- Press + to perform a Super Dash. This is used as a way to deflect small Ki blasts from the enemy while approaching the opponent, and is often used mid-combo or to punish opponent's recklessly attacking from fullscreen.
- Super Dash can only be used once each time you are airborne, and is regained once the character recovered on the ground, after Air Recovery or air blocking. See here for more information.
- Jumps and High Jumps are not instantaneous - before going airborne, your character will enter a state called prejump, where you can not block, but are invincible to throws. If you are hit during prejump, you will enter standing hitstun.
- Characters have different amount of prejump frames, but the rule of thumb is that the heavier/slower your character is, the longer the prejump. Exact values for prejump can be found in each character's frame data.
- It is actually possible to cancel prejump into Specials and Supers, though for most characters is not used very often.
- Landing Recovery
- Some airborne moves have landing recovery like Goku's air Kamehameha. This is straightforward; upon landing you will enter a landing animation where you are completely vulnerable
- When landing from a jump, there is still a unique 3F landing recovery that disables certain actions for limited amounts of time.
- 1F after landing you can cancel into all actions except forward/backward walk, all jumps, and backdash
- 3F after landing all actions are possible
- Another quirk about landing in this game is that the frame before landing, you are considered grounded meaning you can be hit by ground Dragon Rush during the last frame of jumping and getting hit on the last frame will result in ground hitstun.
Ground and Air Recovery
- Ground Recovery (Ground Tech)
- When your character is knocked to the ground, holding forward or backward will cause your character to flash white and flip off the ground. This entire animation is invincible (?? frames), and can
- Hold Up instead to flip off the ground and recover in the air. This can be useful to opponent's okizeme by being airborne instead of grounded like usual.
- Hold Down instead to lay on the ground for longer than usual (?? frames). This can be used to throw off the opponent's okizeme timing.
- It's also possible to Hold Down to lay on the ground and then press up/back/forward to do a delayed version of the other recoveries.
- Air Recovery (Air Tech)
- After getting hit while airborne, hold // to recover in the air. Holding Forward/Back/Up/Down will influence what direction you will recover in. The recovery animation is 20F and fully invincible.
- Incoming after Snapback (Get Out of Here!)
Arc System Works games typically have a lot of types of cancels, but they mostly serve the same purpose: to let you freely create combos and blockstrings. Don't be too overwhelmed, these will come second nature to you after playing enough.
- Super Combo
- Each character has a combo that can be done by rapidly pressing the L or M button. More information can be found here.
- Special Cancel
- Most normal attacks can be canceled into special moves. This is generally used to extend or finish combos, but can have other applications as well.
- Super Cancel
- Most normals and specials can be canceled into super attacks. This is generally used to extend or finish combos, but can have other applications as well.
- Jump Cancel
- Some normal attacks can be canceled into a jump or high jump. This is used in combos as well as block strings and mix-up. Most attacks can only be jump canceled on hit.
- Vanish Cancel
- Press M+H to cancel almost any attack that does not whiff (in other words, any attack that touches the opponent) into a Vanish Attack. These cancels are very powerful for making new new combos, or making your attacks safe. More detailed information can be found here.
- Super Dash Cancel
- Press H+S to cancel a normal attack into a Super Dash. The current theory is that Super Dash qualifies as a Special, so any attack that is special cancelable can also be canceled into a Super Dash. More detailed information can be found here.
- Air Dash Cancel
- During Sparking, aerial normals can be canceled into a forward air dash, allowing you to create new combo or make new blockstrings.
- Sparking Cancel
- Just like Special Cancels and Super Cancels, you can cancel into a Sparking Burst.
- If used mid combo, this will pop the opponent high into the air, allowing you to extend your combo.
- Outside of combos, this can be used to make a Special relatively safe on block.
- Z Change Cancel
- Hold A1/A2 to Z Change or press +A1/A2 to Quick Z Change into a different character. This can be used mid-combo and is a great way to safely switch characters (assuming you can hit the opponent first!).
- This can also be used from a neutral state, if holding the assist button feels too awkward to use.
- Ultimate Z Change Cancel
- Much like Super Cancels, you can cancel an attack into the super of one of your teammates. Normally, this is performed by canceling the point character's super into the teammate's super, similar to other 3v3 fighting games. This is performed by pressing either A1/A2 or +A1/A2 during a Super Attack. However, in Dragon Ball FighterZ, it is possible to tag into a teammate's super mid-combo without performing a Super Attack with your own character by pressing either +A1/A2 or +A1/A2 after connecting with a normal or special. Not all supers are available through Ultimate Z Change, and each character has preset supers that will be used. Specifically, A1/A2 and +A1/A2 will use their preset Super Attack while +A1/A2 and +A1/A2 will use their preset Meteor Attack.
- Clashes happen when two opposing hitboxes touch each other. During a clash each character can cancel the attack into any other attack at no cost, but you must be fast to react to it. Thus when clashes happen either the players are unable to react to it because it is unexpected, or they understand how the attacks interact well enough to intentionally cause a clash to cancel out the opponent's attack, then retaliate with their own!
When you hold down an attack button, the game repeats the button input every frame for as long as the button is held down for up to 3 frames (speculated). This means that difficult links are easier to do by holding the button a little earlier than usual.
The technique is useful for punishing opponent's blocked attacks as quickly as possible.
Similarly, the same principle can be applied to runs/backsteps/airdashes!
If you input a run within 3F (speculated) of the end of an attack's recovery, then regardless of any directional inputs after that, you will begin dashing as soon as recovery ends. This can also be done any time while your character can not move, such as during blockstun, on wakeup, etc.
This technique is especially useful for runs because it gives your attacks more range for free; by buffering both an attack and a run, you will attack as soon as possible while sliding forward! This technique is useful for linking together combos as well as punishing things after blocking. In fact, some combos rely on this property to link a running 5L/M/H/S or else the combo wouldn't work.
Super Freeze Buffer
During attacks that freeze the screen briefly (such as Vanish Attacks and most Supers), you can input commands and they will be executed immediately after the super freeze ends. This means that provided you are not in the middle of an attack, it is trivially easy to react to these attacks from the opponent attacks with an attack of your own.
This buffer is often used to execute an invincible attack (such your own Super) or a Vanish Attack to avoid the opponent's attack! This is because supers usually have a bit of startup even AFTER the super freeze. If you can have an invincible attack out before the opponent's attack becomes active, then you can avoid the attack!
Super attacks list their startup values as: startup pre-freeze + startup post-freeze.
Meaning an attack with startup 5+5 has 5 frames of startup, then the super freeze, then hits the opponent after 5 more frames for a total of 10 frames of startup.
- Moves With No Startup After Super Flash
- Some moves are special: they have no additional startup after the super freeze. This means that super freeze buffer is useless against these supers because the attack will already be active immediately following the super freeze - you can think of the superfreeze as just a formality, the super has already become active.
- Sparking Blast is a prime example of this; you must already have some way to avoid the attack BEFORE the super flash or else it will be too late.