Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is a fighting game developed by Dimps released for the GameCube in 2003.


The objective of each battle is to deplete your opponent's health bar. Battles take place on a 2.5D plane, where characters may move around. To unleash super attacks, characters must use up a certain number of Ki bars on the Ki gauge. Characters can also transform, where they gain super attacks and increased strength.


Each character can be optionally customized by using a 7-slot skill tray; players may choose up to 7 skills and assign them to the fighter of their choice. Some skills can take up multiple slots. Skills may be purchased from Mr. Popo in the Edit Skills mode using the prize money from the World Tournament mode.

There are three types of skills:

  • Special Moves, which include skills such as the Kamehameha and the ability to become Super Saiyan.
  • Physical, which includes such skills as Zanku Fist.
  • Equipment, which includes skills such as the Senzu Bean.

One can also purchase Dragon Balls, and when all of them are collected, Oolong appears and summons Shenron, giving the player a choice of three Breakthrough Capsules; these allow a player to use all of a character's moves and abilities at once at the cost of every slot in the skill tray.


  • Android 16
  • Android 17
  • Android 18
  • Android 19
  • Captain Ginyu
  • Cell
  • Dodoria
  • Frieza
  • Goku
  • Great Saiyaman
  • Hercule
  • Kid Gohan
  • Krillin
  • Nappa
  • Piccolo
  • Raditz
  • Recoom
  • Teen Gohan
  • Tien
  • Trunks
  • Vegeta
  • Yamcha
  • Zarbon



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