Bandai Namco recently hosted a livestream event for its upcoming anime fighter, Dragon Ball FighterZ. The stream was intended to show off recent character announcements, accompanied by a new trailer. But perhaps inadvertently, the players on stream revealed a mechanic that was, up to this point, unexplained. Now, we know the function of the series’ namesake, the Dragon Balls.
In the original series, the Dragon Balls come in a group of seven. Finding each one is a nearly impossible feat, but once they come together a wish-granting dragon can be summoned. This central narrative element has taken several forms in games throughout the years, and in Dragon Ball FighterZ, you seem to be able to collect them through the course of a match.
Once you get all seven, which the livestreaming player managed to do, the Eternal Dragon comes out and presents a few options. Roughly translated from Japanese, the options are “full HP recovery,” “revive teammate,” “give ultimate power,” and “give immortality.” What these all mean (aside from the obvious) and what their impact on competitive play remains to be seen.