Dragon Ball FighterZ Combos Guide

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Combos Guide
Strengthen your game with cool combos. The article explains the basic info (with examples), so you can learn how to build your own DBFZ combos

Landing long destructive combos in fighting games is so satisfying! Dragon Ball FighterZ opens excellent opportunities for this — thanks to auto combos, even beginners to the fighting genre can easily experience this joy. Still, auto combos are rather kids toys; they significantly limit your possibilities in fighting matches. When you step into the multiplayer fights and start facing more-less experienced opponents, only extended manual combos give you a chance to succeed.

So, let’s start learning those DBFZ combos! For sure, no guide can replace your fighting practice and brave experiments. Still, it’s nice to understand the combo principles in this game and have a solid basis for chaining various attacks and moves.

Auto Combos — a Beginner’s Joy

I would still prefer starting this Dragon Ball FighterZ guide by explaining auto combos. They give an awesome effect at starting stages for so many players, and it’s better to know them deeper than just “press this button repeatedly, and your character will do something cool.

  • L Auto Combo. You press the Light Attack button, and your character performs three unique attacks (first three pressings), launches the opponent (most fighters), and performs Super Dash with following Jumping Light, Medium, and Heavy attacks.
  • M Auto Combo. When you press the Medium Attack button three times, most characters perform their standing Medium Attack, crouching Medium, and a Special Move (with consuming one bar of Ki energy)
  • H Auto Combo. A typical auto combo for the Heavy Attack button is Super Dash, following the first Heavy hit, and then jumping Heavy attack.

The first two attacks of the L Auto Combo are pretty significant for manual combos, many of which start from the second hit 5LL. You can link Medium Attack into it.

For more details on controls in DBFZ and other basic info, check out our Dragon Ball FighterZ Beginner Guide.

The Simplest Chain 

If you are ready to move beyond the auto combos, the game itself will provide you with enough tips (tutorials of the story mode; combo challenge of the practice mode). One of them will be the general sequence for chaining normal attacks:

  • L > M > H (it can be then followed by S)

For most characters, you cannot change this direction and move from H to M and to L. It is possible to mix crouching and standing attacks. Heavy attacks often cause wall bouncing, so you can extend them with a Super Dash (H+S) and the repetition of the L>M>H pattern.

Unlike the Street Fighter combo system, Dragon Ball FighterZ doesn’t require being very precise in activating the next attack/move in such chains. The game recommends doing that when the current attack lands. In practice, you can often just press buttons one after another and enjoy the spectacular show.

DBFZ Combo Extensions

The simplest chain is good and everything, but have you ever watched professionals landing Dragon Ball FighterZ combos? They find an opening, and then the series of attacks seems to be endless.

The more hits you can deliver in your manual combo, the more damage it will deal to your opponent. The question is — how to extend a combo? Here we have a few tricks that allow you to connect chains of normal attacks, special moves, and super moves in DBFZ.

The very core of combos in fighting games is to not allow the opponent to recover and activate block, escape, or counterattack. Successful combos keep the victim busy, so your character can perform their next attack/move before getting any response. Combo extensions give precisely such a tool. 

There are a few extensions you can use. It would be better to understand their features, bring them into your practice mode lab, and use them to create your own most effective combos in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Jump Cancel (JC)

It’s a very useful thing to add to combos. Almost any normal attack in DBFZ can be canceled into a jump. That means you skip the recovery animation for your character and start the next action immediately (jump in this case or forward jump to keep closer to the opponent). Then, the jump itself can be canceled into a normal air attack, so you continue your combo. 

Of course, your attack should launch the opponent into the air to be followed by Jump Cancel. Crouching Medium + Medium — it’s a good choice for this:

2M > 5M > JC 

Also, the three first attacks of the L Auto Combo do the trick.

It is totally possible to use Jump Cancel twice in a combo. The second one can be performed in the air, for example, after 2H in the air that launches the opponent even higher.

Vanish

This is one of the unique mechanics in DBFZ. You press M+H, and your character “teleports” to appear behind the opponent and attack them. Most Vanish attacks launch the victim and make them bounce from the wall. You can use this time to get prepared for the next part of your combo and catch the opponent with a new series of attacks.

Vanish consumes one bar of Ki energy. Usually, you can activate it after Heavy Attacks or Special Moves. Some good follow-ups after Vanish are Super Dash and the simplest L > M > H chain, M with JC, Super Moves, or Z Assist / Tag.

Vanish allows players to add another wall bounce to their combos (normally, you can have only one after your Heavy or Special).

Smash

With Heavy attacks, your character implies Smash Effect: 

  • 5H launches the opponent horizontally;
  • 2H launches them vertically;
  • j.2H is a downward strike.

Smash prolongs the recovery period for the victim, so you have a chance to use Super Dash and then land the next attack. Some Special Moves in DBFZ also have the Smash effect.

The simplest way to get the thing in practice is to land the L auto combo — you’ll see Smash written on the screen.

Z Assists 

This great feature of 3v3 team fights can be used to deal extra damage and extend combos. You summon support from one of the inactive team members and use their power to let your current fighter prepare the next series of attacks.

Such a combo extension is not too straightforward. Its effectiveness strongly depends on your characters. their assists, and even opponents. Practice mode experiments are crucial for weaving Z Assists Into your DBFZ combos.

The same is true for tagging other characters and bringing them to fights to continue combos — new fighters appear with Super Dash.

Sliding

When you slam the opponent to the ground with some attacks, they slide for a while. This sliding period is perfect for activating a Super Move as a cool combo finisher.

How to Combo in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Everything in this guide so far looks a lot like Lego bricks that need to be placed into your personal construction — actual game combos. But how to connect them? Hot to move from theory to practice and start combo in DBFZ?

In general, there are three ways to do the magic:

  • Use someone’s pre-made combos;
  • Create combos in your lab of the practice mode;
  • Use the bricks of someone's combos to create yours in the lab.

Ok, it looks like the third way is the most efficient — you don’t copy something blindly, but also, you don’t spend too much time experimenting.

So, what about getting more substantial “bricks of someone’s combos?” (which are certainly just general examples and should be brought to fighting practice — you know, by you)

The basic manual combo flow is:

5L > 5M > 5H > Super Dash > 5L > 5M > 2H ...

You can use here Special to Super

5L > 5M > 5H > Super Dash > 5L > 5M > Special > Super

An example of using Jump Cancel is the following:

5L > 2M > 5M > JC > 5L > 5M

5L > 2L > 2M > 5M > JC > 5L > 5M

Extend this JC combo with 2H:

5L > 2L > 2M > 5M > JC > 5L > 5M > 2H > Super Dash > 5L > 5M > JC > 5L > 5M

You can finish this with the Smash effect + Super Move:

5L > 2L > 2M > 5M > JC > L > 5M > 2H > Super Dash > 5L > 5M > JC > 5L > 5M > 5H > Super (or Special)

Heavy after 2H can replace Super Dash — this technique will be performed automatically. For example, you can perform two circles of the basic combo before using the Jump Cancel:

5L > 5M > 2H > H (Super Dash) > 5L > 5M > JC > 5L > 5M > Super (or Special)

Vanish is an effective extension tool to use close to the end of your combos. For example, you can use it after j.236S for Goku Super Saiyan:

… j.236S > Vanish ...

Or you can use Vanis conversion after different sorts of combos:

… > Vanish > Dash 2M > 5M >...

It All Depends On Your DBFZ Characters

That’s it for the universal basis. Everything else concerning combos in DBFZ depends on the character you use, their teammates, and their assists.

Here is a table with a few combo examples for different fighters. They also can be used as those bricks for your combo practice.

For a deeper dive, don’t miss character guides created by professionals. DashFight has already published videos on Janemba by Nitro and Vegito by Tyrant.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Combo List

DBFZ Character Combo Input
Goku Super Saiyan 2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLS > j.236L

2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLS > j.236L

Dragon Rush > j.MLL2H > jc.LLS > j.236L
Vegeta Super Saiyan 2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 5M > 5H > delay SD > airdash j.M ▷ dash jump j.LL2H > jc.LLL
Goku 2M > 5M > jc > j.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > djc > j.LLL

5H > delay SD > airdash > airdash j.M ▷ dash jump > j.LL2H > djc > j.LLL

5H > delay SD > airdash j.L > delay j.S ▷ microdash 5L > 5LL > 5LLL > SD > j.ML2H > djc > j.LLL
Vegeta 2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LL2H > j.214L

236H > 236M > Vanish > 662M > 5M > jc.LL2H > jc.LL2H > j.214L

236H > 214M > 214S > 214L+M
Goku (SSGSS) 2M > 5M > jc > j.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > djc > j.LL > j.214M

SD > j.ML > djc > j.LL2H > j.236S

2M > 5M > jc > j.MLL > djc > j.MLL2H > j.236S
Vegeta (SSGSS) 2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLS > j.214L

5H > SD > j.5LM > j.236S > 214L+M (hold)
Goku Ultra Instinct 2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 5M > 5H > SD > delay j.ML2H > jc.LLL > j.214L

SD > j.LL2H > jc.LLL
GT Goku 2M > 5M > jc.MHS > SD > j.MLL > jc.LLL > j.214M

M > 5M > jc.MLL > jc.LLLS > SD > j.LLL > j.214M
Gogeta (SSGSS) 5L > 5LL > jc > j.DR

2M > 5M > jc > j.LLL > SD > j.LL > djc > j.LL2H

2L > 5L > 5LL > 5M > jc > j.LLL > SD > j.LL > djc > j.LL2H
Gogeta SS4 2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 6H-6H > 5H > SD > j.LL2H > jc.LMHS > 214L

214S > SD > j.LL2H > jc.LLL
Vegito 2M > 2L > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLS > j.214M

2M > 5M > sjc.MLLS > SD > delay j.LL2H > jc.LMLS > j.214M

SD > j.ML > jc.MLS > j.214M
Krillin 2M > 5M > jc.M(2)L2H > SD > j.M(2)L2H > jc.LL(2)S > j.236M

SD > j.M(2)L > jc.LL(2)S > j.236M
Yamcha 236L~H/236M~H, dash 2M > delay 5M > 236L~M > 214M

j.2H > 236H, dash 5L (whiff) > 5LLL > SD > j.MLL > jc.LLL > j.214M
Tien 2M > 5M > jc.M2H > SD > j.M2H > jc.L(2)L2H > j.236M

5H/2H > SD > j.M2H > jc.L(2)L2H > j.236M

2M > 236L~H~H > 2M > 5M > jc.L(2)L2H > jc.L(2)L2H > j.236M
Master Roshi 22S > 5LL > 5M > 2M > 3H > jc.LLS > SD > j.MLL > jc.LLS > j.2M

5M > 2M > 2H > 2SD > jc.MLL > jc.LMS > SD > j.LLS2M
Piccolo 2M > 5M > sjc.LM(2)L2H > SD > j.LL(2)2H > jc.LL(2) > j.214L

2M > 5M > 5H > delay SD > airdash j.M(1) > dash jump j.LL(2)2H > delay jc.LL(2) > j.214L
Teen Gohan 2M > 5M > jc > j.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 5M > sjc.LLS > j.2S > SD > j.LM > jc.LM > j.236H > 5L > 5M > sjc.LL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 5M > jc.M > jc.M > j.236H ▷ 2M > 5M > jc.M2H > jc.LLS > j.2S > SD > j.LLL
Adult Gohan 2M > 5M > 3H > sjc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 5M > 3H > jc.LM > delay jc.LL2H > SD > j.LLL

5H > delay SD > airdash j.M ▷ 3H > sjc.LL2H > jc.LLL
Trunks 2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > j.214L > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2H > SD > j.MLL2H > j.LLL
Gotenks 2M > 5M > jc > j.ML(3)2H > SD > j.ML(3)2H > sjc > j.L(3)LL

2H > SD > j.L(3)ML(1)2H > djc > j.L(3)LL

2M > 5M > hjc > j.L(2) > j.S[6] , j.L(1)L2H > SD > j.ML(3)2H > djc > j.L(3)LL
Videl 2M > 4MM > jc > j.LL2H > SD > j.M2H > jc > j.LML > j.236M

SD > j.MLL > jc > j.LLS > j.236M
Android 16 2H > SD > j.MLL > jc.LL[S](2) > j.214L

2M > 5M > jc.LMLH > SD > j.LL > jc.4LL > j.M[S](2) > j.214M
Android 17 5M > 2M > 3H > 5H > 236M~MMM~2S

2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

5M > 2M > 3H > 236L~MMM~H > 214M~MMM~2S
Android 18 2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLL

2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > j.214M > airdash > DR

236H > SD > j.ML2H > jc.LLL
Android 21 2M > 5M > jc.M(LL)2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LLS > Finisher

SD > j.LL > j.214H > 665L(whiff)LL > SD > j.LL2H > j.LLS > Finisher
Bardock 2M > 5M > jc.M(2)L2H > SD > j.M(2)L2H > jc.LL(2)L

2M > delay 5M > 5H > SD > j.LL(2)2H > jc.LL(2) > j.214L

2M > 5M > jc.M(2)L2H > forward jump SD > j.M(2)H
Beerus 2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.ML > jc.LLS > j.214M

2M > 5M > jc.M > j.214H > delay airdash j.M > land 5L > jc.LM > j.LLS > j.214M
Fused Zamasu 2M > 5M > jc > j.MLL > djc > j.LL[S] > j.236S

2M > 5M > 2H > SD > j.MLL > djc > j.LLS(1)2H
Frieza 2M > 5M > 2H > SD > j.MLL > jc > j.LL > j.2S2H

236H > 236H > Vanish > 662M > 5M > 2S > SD > j.ML > j.LL2S2H
Captain Ginyu 2M > 5M > jc > j.M2H > SD > j.ML(2)2H > jc > j.L(2)LL ▷ 5S/236S/214S

DR (hold) > j.ML(1)2H > j.L(2)LL
Nappa 5MM > 5S > delay 5H > SD > j.MLL > jc.LLL

5MM > 5S(1) > 2H > SD > j.MLL > jc.LLL
Cell 2M > 5M > jc.MLL > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.LLLS > j.236L

2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.LL > jc.MLLHS > j.236M

2M > 6H > 5H > delay SD > airdash j.M ▷ dash jump j.LM > jc.MLL > j.214L
Broly 5M > 2M > 5H > SD > j.ML > jc.ML > j.214M

5M > 2M > 5H > delay SD > delay j.M > delay j.L ▷ land ▷ jump j.LL > jc.MLH
DBS Broly 2M > 5M > jc.ML2H > SD > j.ML > jc.ML > j.236L

2M > 214S > SD > j.ML > jc.LL2H > j.S > j.236L

6H > 2H > 214M
Kefla DR > j.LL2H > jc.LLL

6H > 2H > SD > j.ML2H > jc.LLL

6H > 5H > SD > j.LL2H > jc.LL > j.236S
Super Baby 2 2H > SD > j.LLL > jc.LL2L

DR (hold) > j.LLL > jc.LL2L
Kid Buu 1M > 5M(2) > jc.M(1)LL2H > SD > j.LM(1)L2H > jc.LL(2)L

2H > SD > j.M(1)LL > delay forward jc.LL(2)L
Majin Buu 2M > 5M > 2S > 5L > jump > j.L > j.L > 214M > superdash > j.M > j.L > j.L > jump > j.L > j.L > j.L

2M > superdash > airdash M > dash jump > j.L > delay j.L > 214M > superdash > j.M > j.L > j.L > jump > j.L > j.L > j.L
Janemba 2M > 5M > j.M2H > SD > j.LL > jc.LML2H > j.S(4) > j.2M

2M > 5M > jc.M2H > j.2369S > j.LL > jc.LLS(4) > j.2M
Cooler 2M > 5M > jc > j.MLL2H > SD > j.ML > jc.LLS > j214M~M

5M > 2M > 6H > 5S > 5H > SD > j.MLL > jc.LLS > j.214M~M
Hit 5H/2H/DR > SD > delay j.LL2H > jc.LMLH

236L/M/H~H > 2L > 5M > 5H > 236L~L
Jiren 2M > 5M > jc.M(2)L > jc.LL(2)2S > SD > j.LL2H

2S > SD > j.M(2)L > jc.LL(2)L

2M > 5M > jc.M(2)L > j.236H ▷ 2M > 5M > jc.M(2)L > jc.LL(2)2S > SD > j.LL(2)2H
Goku Black 5M > 2M > 5S > 5H > SD > j.LL2H > jc.LL > Finisher

2M > 5M > jc.MLL2H > SD > j.MLL2H > jc.LL > Finisher
Swipe

One Step At a Time

Such an amount of information on combos in DBFZ might be disturbingly confusing: “I totally have no idea what are you talking about”; “I understand that expansions concept but can’t perform even Jump Cancel properly”; “I just want to have fun in the game, with no tiresome learning.

The key to not get overwhelmed and convert the theory into practice while still enjoying the process is to take one step at a time. The game is great, and using combos in it should only boost your excitement.

  1. First, take your time to understand the basics. It won’t be hard if you already have experience in the game.
  2. Then, start practicing small strings. You need to develop muscle memory for such things as 5L > 2M > 5M > JC > JM. Work on such stuff in the practice mode regularly. Remember to bring them into your arcade matches. Shine with the strings in multiplayer fights.
  3. Practice makes perfect! When you feel ready, extend the string to a simple combo. For example, use something from the list above and develop muscle memory in your lab.
  4. Experiment! Don’t get stuck to the basics. Unleash your internal power and combine everything you know and can into deadly DBFZ combos.

Combo Challenge of the practice mode could be very helpful in this process. The game gives exercises for each character and checks how you perform combos — from auto to pretty interesting manual ones. The secret here is repetition. If you managed to perform a string after 18 attempts, it doesn’t mean you’ve learned it. Do you remember that thing about muscle memory? Return to the combo challenge and repeat those you find useful for your playing style.

Hopefully, this guide boosts your practice, and after putting in some (exciting) effort, you will combo like a pro!

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