DragonBall Z: Budokai 3
Guide to Unlocking Characters.
This guide is intended to help people find a comprehensive place to get their
questions answered about the multitude of characters there are to unlock in
DragonBall Z: Budokai 3. It is a compendium of the information given by the
helpful folks on the GameFAQs DBZ:B3 Message board and what I have found
playing the game myself.
Before anyone flames me or this guide, I will say that the methods listed here
are how I got items, so they do work, but if there are any mistakes and/or
suggestions, please e-mail me at Blitzfox@hotmail.com
Version Update 1.0-1.1
Fixed a typo about Goku's SSJ4 capsule.
Updated notes on getting Uub and Metal Cooler.
Fixed a missing detail that kept many folks from battling Omega Shenron.
My thanks to all those who emailed me with information regarding such.
Version Update 1.1-1.2
It has been confirmed that Uub's DU mode is not required for Omega Shenron,
and the problem most people were having was merely the lack of Goku's SSJ4
1.) DU Storyline.
All of the following characters are unlocked by naturally playing through the
Dragon Universe mode with various characters, on the first play through for
each story. For the most part, they are considered standard characters. They
are listed Alphabetically. Some are unlocked upon completing the DU mode for a
character, others by winning specific matches.
Android 17: Defeat Android 17 in Piccolo's DU Storyline.
Android 18: Complete Krillin's DU Storyline.
Captain Ginyu: Defeat Captain Ginyu in Goku's DU Storyline.
Cell: Complete Teen Gohan's DU Storyline.
Dabura: Defeat Dabura in Gohan's (Adult) DU Storyline.
Dr. Gero: Defeat Dr. Gero in Yamcha's DU Storyline.
Frieza: Defeat Frieza in Goku's DU Storyline.
Gohan (Adult): Complete Teen Gohan's DU Storyline.
Goten: Defeat Goten in Gohan's (Adult) DU Storyline.
Great Saiyaman: Complete Gohan's (Adult) DU Storyline.
Kid Buu: Defeat Kid Buu in Goku's DU Storyline.
Kid Trunks: Defeat Majin Buu in Vegeta's DU Storyline.
Majin Buu: Defeat Majin Buu in Goku's DU Storyline.
Recoome: Defeat Recoome in Goku's DU Storyline.
Super Buu: Defeat Super Buu in Goku's DU Storyline.
Teen Gohan: Complete Kid Gohan's DU Storyline.
Trunks: Complete Vegeta's DU Storyline.
Vegeta: Defeat Vegeta in Goku's DU Storyline.
2.) Secret Characters
I refer to these characters as secret characters, due to the fact that they are
not unlocked by simply playing straight through the battles within the game.
They also tend to be the harder characters to unlock, and some of them are
among the strongest characters in the game.
- Android 16 -
This peace-loving android can be unlocked only by playing through Krillian's DU
mode a second time. During the Namek Saga there will be a point where two red
markers will be available on your map, and you must head to the easternmost
marker to initiate a conversation with a frog containing Captain Ginyu's
consciousness. After the scene, proceed through the DU as normal, and you will
reach the Android Saga as a new feature to playing Krillin's DU a second time.
During this Saga, if you search the chain of islands on the southern portion of
the map, you will find a 'plains' area. Here, Krillin and Trunks will find a
damaged android 16. After the scene, head to West City, where Bulma will
repair Android 16, and he will become playable.
- Bardok -
Goku's father can be unlocked one of two ways. He will be automatically
unlocked if you have a DragonBall Z: Budokai 2 save file on your memory card.
Otherwise, as soon as you begin Goku's DU a second time, search the northern
mountains for Raditz' Spaceship/pod. When you find it, enter it, and you
will receive Bardok.
- Broly -
The massive and powerful legendary super saiyan is one of the more elusive
characters to unlock, but it is not difficult to do so. In order to unlock
Broly, you must play through Goku's DU Story a second time after having
completed it once before. The next step is to reach the Majin Saga,
specifically the point where Goku is looking for someone to fuse with via the
Potara earrings. This segment occurs right after the scene where Gohan is
absorbed by Super Buu. First, look in the immediate area surrounding where
Goku starts this stage. A ??? nearby should start a conversation with Hercule.
Once that scene ends, head towards the red dot on your map, but do not begin
the battle with Super Buu yet. Near the battle with Buu, will be another ???
mark what will show a scene with Tien. Once that is finished, search the
surrounding area for a location that reads 'Mountains'.
If you have found the correct location, a dialogue with kabitoshin will ensue,
where he discusses a greater evil being on the earth, and how he is intimidated
by the fact. Once this dialogue has ended, feel free to fight Super Buu. Once
you defeat Super Buu within Buu's body, there will be a new dialogue where
Vegeta will hold off Buu so that Goku can investigate the new force. A new red
marker will appear on the map, where Broly will be waiting. Defeat him, and
Broly will be unlocked for all modes, including DU.
Note: Broly can be faught by Vegeta on a second play through of Vegeta's DU
mode. Head to the island covered in snow before fusing with Goku to battle
Super Buu, and you will have an automatic dialogue with Kabitoshin about Broly.
After the dialogue, battle Buu as normal, and you will eventually face Broly.
Using Vegeta will not unlock Brolly, but it is necessary to fight him for some
of Vegeta's rare capsules.
Note2: Broly can also be faught by Gohan (Adult) as happens in the actual movie
and in the Broly's DU mode, during a second playthrough of Gohan's (Adult) DU
mode, but this will not unlock Broly.
- Cell Jr. -
Cell Jr. is unlocked in Dragon Arena mode. You must be fighting with a level
20-40 character, and should be battling opponents well above your level, 30+ or
so. If you continue to do this, eventually Piccolo will break in and challenge
you. When you defeat him, Cell Jr. will be unlocked.
- Cooler -
Frieza's Brother also tends to give gamers a bit of trouble to unlock. The
most important note in unlocking Cooler is to complete Vegeta's DU, as well as
Goku's DU. Play through Goku's DU a second time. After your battle with
Frieza, there will be three red dots on your map of Namek. Proceed to the red
dot directly below where you faced Frieza, and you will have to battle Super
Saiyan Vegeta. Once you defeat Vegeta, head towards the red dot near the
middle of the screen. This dot will initiate Cooler's appearance, and upon
defeating him, Cooler will be unlocked.
Note: While Cooler can be battled in various ways with various characters in DU
mode, he can only be unlocked through the process listed above.
- Hercule -
During Piccolo's DU, search the desert south of Kami's lookout near Baba's
palace after the event at central city, but before fighting Buu. Once you find
Hercule you will then want to talk to Videl in central city, which will unlock
- Kid Goku -
Goku's Childhood self can be unlocked one of two ways. The first is to
complete Broly's DU. Kid Goku can also be unlocked if you visit Grandpa
Gohan's house during Goku's DU, if you visit it after fighting Raditz, but
before fighting Nappa. Grandpa Gohan's house is located on the right side of
the map along the coast, near the middle of the west coast. It is an old
oriental style building located among many rock pillars, and is not hard to
- Omega Shenron -
To face off with Omega Shenron, you will need to be playing through Goku's DU
mode on a second time or more. In order to battle Omega Shenron, you need to
have collected Goku's SSJ4 Capsule. With this prerequisite set, fulfill the
requirements for fighting Broly as listed above. Once you have beaten Broly,
ignore the red dot on your map and proceed to West City where Goku will have a
dialogue with Bulma about the Dragon Radar. Proceed to the red dot on your map
now, and defeat Gotenks using the Gogeta fusion. Once you have done so, a new
red dot will light up on your map, where you will find Omega Shenron. SSJ4
Vegeta will arrive, and he will fuse with Goku to form SSJ4 Gogeta and you will
battle Omega Shenron in this form. Defeat Omega Shenron in an incredibly easy
battle, thanks to the power of SSJ4 Gogeta, and you will unlock Omega Shenron,
as well as Goku's SSJ4 Gogeta capsule.
Note: Some players claim that collecting the DragonBalls is not required for
this series of events.
- Saibaman -
You can unlock the Saibamen for various modes by competing in the Dragon Arena
mode. Your character should be level 10-20 and facing opponents at least twice
your level. Nappa will eventually break in, and when he is defeated, you will
unlock the Saibamen.
- Supreme Kai -
Supreme Kai can be unlocked during Gohan's (Adult) DU mode on a second play
through, by searching the map and viewing the two Videl events and beating
Goten. After both of those are complete, head to Kami's lookout and beat
Piccolo. When the Debura marker appears, head to the mountains on the northeast
coast of the main continent to have a discussion with Vegeta. Afterwards
proceed to defeat Debura. Gohan should now decide to pursue Vegeta instead of
Buu. Defeat Vegeta, then head to the dot on your map, but before you face Buu,
scan the immediate area. There is a 'plains' location which is easier to find
by using the Ki-search (R1) near central city, where you will find Supreme Kai
and he will be unlocked for you after the scene with Gohan.
- Uub -
In order to unlock the reborn Kid Buu, Uub, you must defeat Kid Buu in a
special way. In Goku's DU, you must have Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, and
Spirit Bomb equipped in Goku's ability tray while fighting Kid Buu. If you
meet these requirements, you will be able to perform the Super Spirit Bomb
You must defeat Kid Buu with the Super Spirit Bomb in order to continue the DU
and obtain Uub. There are a few requirements in this regard.
1. Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, and Spirit Bomb equipped in Goku's ability
2. You cannot use the Super Spirit Bomb while transformed into a Super Saiyan.
Goku's ultimate attack is different if you are Super Saiyan. The attack must
be performed while Goku is at his normal state or in Kaioken.
3. You must win the power struggle during the Super Spirit Bomb animation.
This can be very difficult to achieve based on the computer's result.
If you fulfill all of these requirements, the DU will continue, and you will
have a red dot on the map at the World Martial Arts Tournament. Go there, and
you will fight against Uub. Defeat him, and he is unlocked in all modes,
My thanks goes out to all the nice folks who emailed me and confirmed that Buu
does not have to be killed by the Super Spirit Bomb, he only needs to be hit
with it, and lose the attack struggle.
Note: The Uub that is unlocked is Uub as he is presented in DragonBall Z, not
Dragonball GT, and he is therefore untrained and does not have the same moves
he uses in GT, nor is he wearing a martial arts Gi.
- Videl -
Hercule's daughter can be unlocked only while in Gohan's DU. Before your
battle with Dabura, search fields east of Goku's house for one event with
Videl, then search the island chain in the lower right portion of the map. You
should find a spot that will initiate a second conversation with Videl about
how she's being trained, and afterwards, she will be unlocked.
3.) Rare Transformations.
Due to the number of requests, I've listed a few of the hard to find
- Gotenks -
This must be bought from Launch's capsule shop.
(Alternate methods welcome.)
- Gogeta -
After fighting Broly (Instructions listed above) during Goku's DU or Vegeta's
DU on a second play through, you will eventually battle against Gotenks at the
tournament grounds, and upon defeating him you will unlock Gogeta for the
Note: Gogeta is SSJ2 naturally in this fusion. He cannot further transform to a
higher or lower state.
- SSJ4 Goku -
To find the Capsule for this transformation, you must be playing in Goku's DU
mode, and have defeated Kid Buu using the Super Spirit Bomb, (Same as you would
in unlocking Uub. Detailed instructions above.) After the battle with Buu,
search the islands east of the World Martial Arts Tournament. You should find a
??? mark on one of the islands, which will initiate an odd scene with Goku and
give you Goku's SSJ4 Capsule.
The Capsule for SSJ4 Goku can also be collected on the same island as listed
above, prior to the fight with Broly. search the islands east of the World
Martial Arts Tournament. You should find a ??? mark on one of the islands,
which will initiate an odd scene with Goku and give you Goku's SSJ4 Capsule.
- SSJ4 Vegeta / SSJ4 Gogeta (Vegeta) -
To find the Capsule for SSJ4 Vegeta, you must be playing in Vegeta's DU mode a
second time. You must fulfill the conditions to battle Broly (Instructions on
how to find Broly listed above.) but after leaving Buu's body do not
immediately go to the Broly fight. Instead, travel to the islands in the bottom
right corner of the map and when you pass over the right one, Vegeta will
automatically land and complain about Goku giving out orders. Now fight and
defeat Broly, and after the fight ignore the red dot and instead, head to
Baba's palace and search the vicinity for an even called 'plains' where you
will meet Bulma. Head to West City and activate the event there. You should get
SSJ4 for Vegeta. Now, head to the islands where the red dot is located and
battle SSJ4 Goku. When you defeat him, you will get the SSJ4 Gogeta capsule for
- Kabitoshin -
To unlock this potara fusion, you must play though Gohan's (Adult) DU a second
time. Follow the events to unlock Supreme Kai (Listed above in secret
characters) and then fight and defeat Kid Buu with Gohan. Once you do, do not
head to Broly's red dot right away. Instead, go to Central City, and then fly
directly west to the coastline. You should find a small island covered in
forest, where there is a 'forest' event. Activate the event, and you will get
the Kabitoshin capsule.
- Metal Cooler -
To unlock Cooler's metallic self, you will need to be playing through Goku's DU
a second time. During the Namek Saka, right after you fight Frieza, three red
dots will appear on the map. Go to the one on the center island and battle
Cooler and defeat him. Another event will appear in the same spot, and Cooler
will now be metallic. The capsule that enables his metallic form can be found
just north of Cooler's ship, before fighting him as Metal Cooler and after
talking to him as Metal Cooler.
This guide is primarily to help people with questions as to unlocking the
secret characters within the game, as there were so many requests for it on the
message board. Perhaps in another version I will include more info on the
This guide is Copyright 2004 Justin Kriebel (Azurefox)
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And lastly, thanks to all the people on the Budokai 3 Message Board who helped
make this possible, and this is for all of you kind people on the board who had
to answer the 'How do I get Uub?' question hundreds of times.
Comments go to Blitzfox@hotmail.com