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Yamcha is a former desert bandit, who used to rob passing travelers. He was reformed after meeting Goku, Bulma, and Oolong, and has remained a staunch ally ever since.Know more

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The chart shows this character's most frequent matchups, and also the most favorable ones based on win rate.

Yamcha matchup chart

Win rate

CharacterWin rateTotal usage
Nappa33 %6
Super Saiyan Blue Goku25 %4
Broly25 %4
Tien33 %3
Goku33 %3

Character abilities

  • Power: 6

  • Speed: 9

  • Range: 5

  • Technique: 7

  • Energy: 6

  • Accessibility: 7

More about Yamcha:



Yamcha is one of the central characters of the original Dragon Ball manga. Initially, he’s a desert bandit who makes a living by robbing the travelers that have the misfortune of passing through his domain. One day, he met Goku, Bulma, and Oolong, and ambushed them in hopes of getting their valuables. He fought and injured Goku, but retreated after seeing Bulma. In the following days, he and his shapeshifting feline companion Puar tail and harass the group.

The tides turn when Bulma is turned into a carrot by Monster Carrot. Yamcha decides to intervene to help the group. Later, when Goku is turned into a Great Ape, he has to step up again to see everyone to safety. He and Puar work together to cut Goku’s tail and return him to his normal state. After this incident, Yamcha grows closer to the group and especially Bulma, and remains their faithful ally far into the future.

While later Yamcha is becoming increasingly outclassed by both his allies and enemies, he doesn’t let this fact bring him down. Forever a defender of Earth, he’s always ready to offer a helping hand to those in need.


Pros & Cons

Yamcha is an extremely offensive character that, weirdly enough for the class, lacks in the damage department somewhat. Nonetheless, his rushdown is fearsome indeed, as he has great crossups and pressure. His weaknesses can be somewhat mitigated by the usage of meters, making him even more potent when he has momentum going. The most notable thing about Yamcha, however, is his incredible set of assists. All this combined makes him a highly dependable anchor character for any team.


8-Way directional Inputs:

  • 1 Down Back

  • 2 Down

  • 3 Down Forward

  • 4 Back

  • 5 Standing

  • 6 Forward

  • j Jumps

  • 7 Up Back

  • 8 Up

  • 9 Up Forward

6 Attack Notations:

  • L Light

  • M Medium

  • H Heavy

  • D Special

  • A1 Z Assist 1

  • A2 Z Assist 2

Basic Attacks

  • 5L - Great range and speed, nice starter.

    • 5LL - Vacuums both on block and hit.

    • 5LLL - Mainly a filler, sees some use in the corner combos.

  • 5M - A mixup tool after your opponent is conditioned.

  • 5H - Great baiting tool with +4 on hit.

  • 5S - Can be used as a disengage tool, highly mashable in neutral. Whiffs on some crouches.

  • 2L - Good for contesting pressure.

  • 2M - Mainly a filler.

  • 2H - Very unsafe, makes Yamcha susceptible to anti-air punish.

  • 2S - Almost identical to 5S. The leap is high, so can be continued into j.S.

  • 6M - Awful overhead.

  • j.L - Combo filler.

  • j.M - Buffer dash 5L into it on hit.

  • j.H - Yamcha’s best jump button as his hurtbox is weird.

  • j.S - Just like 5S but in the air.

  • j.2H - Knocks airborne opponents down, but is minus both on hit and block.

Special Attacks

  • 236L/M - Wolf Fang Fist

  • Wolf Fang Fist > L/M - Pack Attack

  • Wolf Fang Fist > 6L/M or Pack Attack > L/M - Finisher

  • Wolf Fang Fist > H - Flash

  • Wolf Fang Fist > S - Whiskers

  • Wolf Fang Fist > 4S - Tail

  • 236H - Neo Wolf Fang Fist

  • 214L/M/H - Wolf Fang Fist: Gale Claws

  • 236S - Kamehameha

Z Assists

  1. Wolf Fang Fist

  2. Kamehameha

  3. Wolf Fang Fist: Pack Attack

Super Moves

  • 236L+M or 236H+S - Spirit Ball

  • 214L+M or 214H+S - Ultimate Wolf Fang Fist

Key Information

First Manga Appearance: DB Vol. 1. “Yamcha and Pu'ar" January 12, 1985.

First Anime Appearance: Emperor Pilaf Saga, Episode 5: "Yamcha the Desert Bandit" March 26, 1986.

First Game Appearance: Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo November 27, 1986.

Dragon Ball Fighter Z introduction: Original release, January 26, 2018.

Availability: Base game.

Dragon Team