So if you’ve been blasting along through Dragon Ball FighterZ, you may, like me, have been wondering how to summon Shenron by using the Dragon Balls. After all, it’s a pretty significant event in the course of the series; episode upon episode is devoted solely to collecting each one, with hopes of earning a wish from a giant magic dragon who can make your wildest dreams come true. While he fades into obscurity as the events of Dragon Ball Z escalate, nonetheless this iconic character holds deep power over the universe, crossing over into a key and significant event in the battle sequences of Dragon Ball FighterZ.
At the bottom of each battle screen is a meter showing all seven Dragon Balls, which will fill up depending upon which moves you do. What fills the meter, and how do you call upon Shenron once they’ve all been completed? The Practice Mode and other training methods do not seem to fully reveal how to pull it off. But it’s not actually all that difficult—if you can get the prerequisites in order.
If you’ve failed to get all seven Dragon Balls so far, don’t be discouraged: it’s difficult, and not meant to be achieved through by accident. Each dragonball is earned by completing a combo, corresponding to the accumulated string of attacks. The first Dragon Ball is gained by completing a combo of 10-19 hits, the second, 20-29, and so on and so forth. The seventh Dragon Ball can only be earned through a 70+ combo.
You don’t need to collect the Dragon Balls in order, and it doesn’t matter which player gets to them first, so long as all seven are intact. Once all seven Dragon Balls have been collected, the meter at the bottom of your screen will show them fully highlighted. At that point, you can summon Shenron, but only if your Super meter is filled to a full seven bars. Then (and this is the most important part), perform a Light attack combo and Shenron will appear. Even if you did not complete any of the combos to summon Shenron, if the meter is full with all seven, Shenron will still grant you a wish, so keep an eye on the bottom of the screen and stay on top of your timing.
There are four wishes to choose from once Shenron appears.
Restore My Health: Restore your current character to full health.
Bring Back My Ally: Revive a lost team member with 50 percent health.
Give Me the Ultimate Power: Boost your Ki gauge to maximum (7 bars).
Make Me Immortal: Restore 5 percent of your health, and auto-restoration for your super meter.
Obviously you should choose what works for you based on what your needs are in battle at the time. Boosting the Ki gauge seems the least beneficial, while bringing back an ally or fully restoring health could dramatically change the course of events during a match. Whatever the case, collecting all the Dragon Balls and summoning Shenron is clearly meant to be a rare but supremely beneficial event, should you ever get to the point of performing it well enough to hone your reaction time and actually incorporate it into your strategy. If you can pull it off, cherish it—it’s as precious and rare as the event in the Dragon Ball series itself.
Holly Green is the assistant editor of Paste Games and a reporter and semiprofessional photographer. She is also the author of Fry Scores: An Unofficial Guide To Video Game Grub. You can find her work at Gamasutra, Polygon, Unwinnable and other videogame news publications.