In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Goku isn’t going to grow in the normal ways. Rather, he’ll grow stronger through all sorts of activities. The more people do, the more they’ll see that reflected in him. In a new video from Bandai Namco, it goes over how battling, checking a community board, eating, exploring, and training can all make Goku even better.
Some of these things involve typical methods of growth. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will let Goku grow via battles. He’ll earn experience from fighting enemies, as this has action-RPG elements. So when Goku gets enough experience to, say, reach level three, he’ll get a boost to his health, ki, melee attack, ki attack, melee defense, and ki defense stats.
There are also alternative means of building up Goku and his allies. There can be active meal effects, which apply to characters and their supports. You could get a temporary buff and a permanent increase. For example, the Lean Dino Meat shown had a +1 HP status boost. Goku can cook at campfires, visit chefs in towns to have them cook with your ingredients, or stop by to see Chichi for a meal. For example, a Whole Roast on the Bone meal will give a +50 HP and +1 Melee ATK status boost and a +2% Melee ATK meal effect, which would last for three minutes.
Other elements come up in the video too. You could search areas for different-colored Z Orbs for Super Attacks. You turn in Orbs at Skill Trees to acquire these new abilities. The tree lets you earn new ones and level them up, though some will have an icon noting you need to go to a Training Grounds area to bolster them. D Medals let people take part in Training against Z Warriors.
Community Boards will also let people improve. One such board substory shown was A Father’s Dignity, which has Mr. Satan needing help dealing with a dinosaur. Since he can’t, he wants Gohan to help. People who complete it get one Super Awesome Book for Grown-Ups, three D Medals, ten Fancy Urns, 249,984 experience points, and Mr. Satan’s Soul Emblem. Placing Soul Emblems on one of seven Community Boards increases the skills for it and makes Goku more powerful.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will come to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Japan on January 16, 2020 and on both consoles and the PC outside Japan on January 17, 2020. Previous trailers showed off Gotenks and Majin Buu, the game’s opening set to “Cha-La Head Cha-La,” and one even had Dragon Ball Z narrator Kyle Hebert narrating it.