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HINTS AND PLAYING TIPS

UNLOCKING HINTS
Radditz, Vegeta, and Nappa:
Play through "The Saiyan Saga" at any level
Freiza, Ginyu, and Recoome: Play through "The Namek Saga" at any level.
Cell, Android #17, and Teen Gohan: Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level.
Super Saiyan ability (Goku only): Play through "The Namek Saga" at any level.
Super Saiyan ability (Vegeta only): Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level.
Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 abilities (Teen Gohan only): Play through "The Androids Saga" at any level.
Mr. Satan (Hercule): Win a World Match Tournament at the "Adept" level.
Saiyaman (Gohan's alter ego): Win a World Match Tournament at the "Advanced" level.
Android #16: You can unlock Android #16 when you complete the "Aim For Perfect Form" episode.
Dodoria: Defeat Recoome with Vegeta.
Freiza, Ginyu, and Recoome: Play through "The Namek Saga" at any level.
Mr. Satan (Hercule): Win a World Match Tournament at the "Adept" level.
Radditz, Vegeta, and Nappa: Play through "The Saiyan Saga" at any level
Super Vegeta: You can unlock Super Vegeta when you complete the "Vegeta's Confidence" episode.
Trunks: You can unlock trunks when you complete the "Perfect Form Cell Complete" episode.
Yamcha: You can unlock Yamcha when you complete the "Aim For Perfect Form" episode.
Zarbon: You can unlock Zarbon when you complete the "Vegeta's Attack" episode.

EPISODES
These episodes can be unlocked when you complete Story Mode at any level.
Saiyan Saga episodes:
2. A Mutually Deadly Foe: You fight Radditz as Piccolo instead of Goku. You will shoot out the Special Beam Cannon. To win, rotate one of the Analog-sticks clockwise. To do this easily, put the palm of your hand on both Analog-sticks and rotate them clockwise.
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.
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 aganin 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.
Androids episodes:
2. Super Saiyan Vegeta: You fight Andriod #19 as Vegeta.
5. Vegeta's Confidence: You fight Cell as Super Vegeta.
6. Perfect Form Cell Complete: You fight Cell at Perfect Form as Super Vegeta.
11.Aim for Perfect Form: You fight Android #16 as Cell.
12. A Cold-Blooded Assassin: You fight Yamcha as a retarded looking Krillin/Cell thing.

DESTROYING ARENAS

One:
If you enter any battlefield with walls that touch against the field, push your opponent against the wall and do an Elbow Smash (Toward + Toward Hold + Punch) or some other hard hitting attack. Your opponent will be smashed into the wall, dealing the damage of the attack as well as an added bonus. This can also be done for higher walls and moves that will knock somebody outside of the ring.
Two: To make an arena a smoldering crater, select a character with an Ultimate Move (for example Goku's Spirit Bomb or Trunks' Burning attack). Then, use the Ultimate Move. Note: You cannot destroy the World Tournament, Hyperbolic Time Chamber, or Kami's Lookout (when you are actually on the Lookout) arenas.
Three: Go to versus or practice mode and choose a character that has an Ultimate Attack, such as Trunks or Frieza. Use it on a character and after the blast you should see that Planet Namek is almost about to blow up with lightning and tornadoes.
Four: Use a powerful energy attack to turn any battle into a desert wasteland. The following attacks can do this: Perfect Cell's Spirit Bomb, Trunks' Burning Attack, Android #16's Hell Flash. Deathball and other attacks should also have the same effect.

TOURNAMENT WINS

One:
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.
Two: The best way to take out an opponent in tournament mode. is to do your P(4), E attack several times, until you knock them out. Another way to win is to get near the end of the ring, and when they approach you, press Down + X until you switch sides with them. You can then knock them out of the ring with a strong attack, such as a kick combo.
Three: At the start of the match, press P(3), K. This will knock your opponent into the air. Tap Forward(2) to fly up there, then press P to bash them down. If they do not fall out of the ring at first, bash them again.
Four: Select any character (for example, Goku). Lure the opponent to the edge, get behind him, and try to knock him into the air. Before he falls, hit a Kamehameha and if you are in the correct position, it will knock him out.
Five: To pick up a cheap win, play as Kid Gohan or Krillin. When you get matches with Recoome and other larger characters, most of their punches and kicks will not hit you.

Keep and reuse the seven Dragon Balls

This trick requires three memory cards.
1. Save the original game on the memory card A, then save it again on memory card B or copy it from the PlayStation2 browser.
2. Create a new game and save it on memory card C.
3. Go to "Trade Skills" under "Edit Skills" with memory cards B and C and in the PlayStation2. Trade the Dragon Balls from memory card B to memory card C.
4. Remove memory card B and replace it with memory card A. Go to the "Skills List", find the Dragon Balls, and use them on the desired character.
5. Return to "Trade Skills" and trade the Dragon Balls from the memory card C to memory card A.
6. Repeat steps 1, 3, 4, and 5 until you have all breakthroughs for every character.
Alternately, use the following steps, which only require two memory cards.
1. Get all Dragon Balls on memory card A, then save.
2. Save it also on memory card B.
3. Use the Dragon Balls on memory card A on a character.
4. Trade Dragon Balls from memory card B to memory card A.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have all attacks for all the characters

EASY WIN

One:
To easily defeat an opponent, go to "Edit Skills" and give your character a Viral Heart Disease Capsule and a Vaccine Capsule. The Vaccine Capsule negates the effects of the Viral Heart Disease Capsule on your player, and only your opponent will get their life drained.
Two: Fight through the story mode and/or the tournament mode until you can get the Senzu Bean, Viral Heart Disease, Vaccine, and Kamehameha skills. Equip all four skills on Goku, Gohan, or Krillin. When you now fight in a duel, allow your opponent to knock your health down to zero. By this time, the Viral Heart Disease should have depleted his health down to half of the last bar. The Senzu Bean will replenish all of your health and energy. Finish off your opponent with a four-punch combo and a Kamehameha.
Three: Go into the options menu and set "Difficulty" to "Very Easy", "Com" to "Very Weak", equip the Vaccine, Viral Heart Disease, and a Senzu Bean, Set the time limit to 30 seconds.. When the match starts, dodge for the first fifteen seconds. The last fifteen seconds should deplete your opponent's health. When the clock reaches zero, if you have not been knocked out of the ring, you will be declared the winner.
Four: This trick do the maximum amount of damage and requires a controller with an auto-fire feature and Gero's Perpetual Energy R&D. This can be with any character. Equip Gero's Perpetual Energy R&D, then go to practice. Knock the CPU down. While the CPU is down, set Circle to auto-fire for the Ki Blast Wave. It will do damage over 10,000 and combos over 100.

EASY TRANSFORMATIONS

One:
For easier 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.
Two: To transform with any character easier, press L1 + X. Your character will instantly transform into a stronger character.
Three: Select "Controller" at the options screen and press X. Then, press Right until you get to "Custom". Then, hold L1 and press Left(2). P + K + G should be displayed. Begin game play, then press L1 and you should transform into your next stage.

RECOMMENDED MOVES

Goku:

King Kai Fist x2
Kamehameha
Warp Kamehameha
Senzu Bean
Senzu Bean (takes up 2 slots)
Viral Heart Disease
Vaccine
To perform the most powerful attack in the game all you have to do is edit Goku with:
King Kai Fist x2
King Kai Fist x5
King Kai Fist x10
Spirit Bomb
Spirit Bomb
Saiyan Spirit
Super Kami Water
After you charge up to King Kai Fist x10, your attack will increase to 190%. Then, do the Spirit bomb and you will do 2280 damage.
Goku or Vegeta:
Spirit Bomb
Spirit Bomb
Saiyin Spirit
Super Kami Water
Potential
King Kai Fist x2
Wait until Potential gives you the full 30% to your power and it should be about 200% or 210%. Then, use the Spirit Bomb and it will do 2520 damage. Do the same with Vegeta, but with Big Bang and Super Saiyan.
Trunks:
The strongest possible move in the game will take away 2999 points of damage. Each character starts off with 3000 points of life. In order to do this give Trunks:
Super Saiyan
Burning Attack
Burning Attack
Super Kami Water
Potential
Mixed Blood Power
Once in a fight, use his Burning Attack. It will leave your opponent with 1 point of life. Just one more hit and they are done.

GENERAL HINTS AND PLAYING TIPS
Control loading screen:
Use the Left Analog-stick to manually move the green radar that passes over the "Dragon Ball Z" logo at the bottom right of the screen. Press L3 to have it resume its normal scanning motion.
Alternate appearance: Press Square or Circle at the character selection screen. Your character may have different clothes or colors. Try this with Trunks and make him go Super Saiyan.
View alternate costumes: Press R1 and R2 at the Capsule change screen to view the character's alternate costumes. Press L1 and L2 to zoom in and out. Use the Left Analog-stick to rotate the characters.
Alternate background: When you start the game and "Press Start" appears, remain idle and a FMV sequence will start. When the title screen appears, the background will be different. There are three or four different backgrounds.
Alternate levels: Press Square instead of X when selecting the Cell, Valley, and other levels for a different appearance.
Alternate 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.
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.
Taunts: Taunting (press P + K + G + E) will lower your opponent's Ki gauge by 1.
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.
Attack boost: Add a Senzu Bean with Sayian Heritage. Your attack will be boosted after the Senzu Bean is used. A normal bean takes up 3.
Allow two player custom skill level on one memory card: At the character selection screen in duel mode, have player one choose a character first. Then, choose the custom skill setting. Then, take the memory card in slot one and move it to memory card slot two. Player two can now choose a custom skill setting without having two memory cards.
Yamcha: Easy tournament win: To easily win a tournament, select Yamcha as your fighter. As soon as the battle begins, use the Wolf's Fang Fist (making sure the opponent does not block the four punches; if so do not use the move and just block until a chance is given). The seventh hit will knock your opponent into the air and the final attack should hit the opponent out of the ring. If the opponent does not go out, knock him back near the edge then use the Wolf's Fang Fist (once again making sure that they do not block the four punches).
Real voice after transformation: A character's voice will remain the same, even after transformations. Do a special attack to hear their real voice, such as Perfect Cell's Spirit Bomb.
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. Note: Go to Mr.Popo's shop and buy the Gero's Deflect-Back R&D (which will enable you to deflect Ki balls by holding X). If your friend does the same thing, you can play Ki tennis all you want.
The Dragon Balls: Within the game you can collect the seven Dragon Balls. In order to get them, you have to buy them at Mr. Popo's 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.
Get Dragon Balls quicker: Go to the Skill Shop and go down to the "Recommended" section. It will tell you what item it is. If it is not a Dragon Ball, exit and re-enter the shop again. The Recommended item will have changed. Keep repeating this until you see a Dragon Ball in the Recommended section. Make sure you have enough money, as each Dragon Ball costs 8,000 Zenie.
Frieza's Space Ship Capsule: Get 12,000 Zenie go to "Recommended" in Mr. Popo's shop. When you see Frieza's Space Ship. pay the 12,000 Zenie. This Capsule takes three spaces in Frieza's slot. When you die, Frieza's Space Ship appears and restores everything. It also transforms you into Cyber Frieza.
The Legend Of Hercule (Mr. Satan) Capsule: Unlock Hercule and go to the Mr. Popo's shop. Buy the "Advanced Tournament" Capsule and the one that appears next is "The Legend Of Hercule". It is a new fighting mode, where you recreate the events that the public believed happened during the "Cell Games Saga".
Super Trunks 2 Capsule: There is a capsule to get Super Trunks 2. It is stronger then Super Trunks and is very helpful when fighting in the tournaments. You can purchase this from Mr. Popo. The "Recommended" capsule section is the best place to find it. Exit in and out of the purchase screen and the recommended capsule should eventually appear as Super Trunks 2.
Adept Tournament Capsule: Play in Novice mode and become number one. Go to Mr. Popo's shop. You will see a gray Capsule for 8000 Zenie. It is Adept mode.
Advanced Tournament Capsule: Play in Adept mode and become number one. Go to Mr. Popo's shop. You will see a gray Capsule for 8000 Zenie. It is Advanced mode.
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.
Burst Zone: When fighters simultaneously connect with an Energy Punch, you enter Burst Zone. You will know when this is happening by the speed at which both warriors are attacking and blocking. Rotate the Left Analog-stick as quickly as possible. If you are the fastest, you will deliver a powerful knock-back attack on your opponent upon exiting the Burst Zone.
Restore life: To get life without going into the rejuvenation chamber on Namek, go up closely to the chamber without going in. You should see your life bar fill.
Powering up: Hold X and tap Back(2), and hold Back after you tap it again.
Hidden area: You can destroy Kami's lookout with Goku's Spirit Bomb or Hercules' Present For You. After you destroy it, you will fight in an area with a lot of dirt and a few mountains.
Hidden area (2): On the island stage, hit your opponent into the rocks once or twice. They will shatter and you will fall into a cave-like stage with waterfalls in the background.
Field transformation: When playing as Trunks in practice mode, go to the grass land and use his burning attack. You will fight in a hole that Trunks made with his attack and the trees will be burned to a crisp.

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