Welcome to the world of Dragon Ball Z! In the Dragon Ball Z
card game, you’ll construct your own customized deck
and battle it out with an opponent to determine the fate
of the galaxy.
There are seven different card types to consider when
building a deck. Main Personality cards and Mastery cards
will begin the game in play. From there, your Life Deck
will consist of 60 different Physical Combat cards, Energy
Combat cards, Event cards, Setup cards, Drill cards, Ally
cards, and Dragon Balls. With these, you’ll inﬂict damage on
your opponent, collect Dragon Balls, and level up your Main
Personality. When your opponent’s deck runs out of cards,
you win the game! You can also win by collecting all seven
Dragon Balls, or reaching 5 Anger on your highest Main
your character on the battleﬁeld. A Main Personality set
comprises four Levels, each one with its own Power Up
Rating (“PUR”) and Power. Main Personalities also have 11
Power Stages. You’ll keep track of your current Power Stage
by moving up and down your Power Levels with a Scouter or
using the back of a card. You can reach higher Levels of your
Main Personality by raising your Anger, which you’ll learn
Main Personality cards that are blue are Heroes, while red
denotes a Villain.
Mastery - your Mastery card represents your ﬁghting style.
There are six Style types in the game: Black, Blue, Orange,
Red, Namekian and Saiyan.
Black: The manipulation style. Black uses disruptive effects to
control your opponent’s options, as well as deal damage from
a variety of attack types.
Blue: The reversal style. Blue cards will often prevent damage
or use your opponent’s own cards against them.
dominance by accumulating cards in play while unleashing
powerful energy attacks.
Red: The aggressive style. Red cards emphasize advancing
your Main Personality and often reward you for being on higher
Namekian: The regenerative style. Namekian decks pay special
attention to cards that have been discarded from the deck. This
style can only be used by Nameks or those trained by Nameks
(Piccolo, Gohan, Nail, Dende, etc).
out attacking and brute force. This style can only be used by
Saiyans (Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Nappa, Raditz, Trunks, etc).
PERSONALITY LEVEL INDICATOR
CARD RARITY INDICATOR
POWER UP RATING
Orange, Red, Namekian, or Saiyan as the ﬁrst word in the title.
Your Main Personality and Mastery begin the game in play and
shape the entire theme of your deck. Mixing and matching
different Main Personalities with different Masteries can yield
powerful results. Choose wisely! From there, your deck will be
comprised of the following types of cards.
Physical Combat cards are strikes, holds,
and other types of attacks and blocks that
will be used to battle with your opponent.
Energy Combat cards are also used for
attacking and blocking. Beams, blasts and
other ranged moves are represented on
can swing the entire game in your favor.
The following types of cards can be put into play only on your
turn during the Planning Step, which will be explained in a bit.
and are constantly active once they
are on the table. Whenever your Main
Personality advances or lowers a level, all
of your Drills are discarded. Only one of
each Styled Drill may be in play at a time,
but there is no limit on Freestyle Drills.
Setups are cards that you’ll put into play
and save for later. You won’t get to use
any effects of a Setup until it is activated.
Ally cards represent other characters
who can come to your aid. They have a
PUR, Alignment, Trait, Power Stages, and
a Power just like your Main Personality.
Allies have special rules for what they can
do during Combat.
objects that will grant the wish of anyone
who can collect them all. When you place
a Dragon Ball into play, you must
immediately use its effects. Whenever
you discard or destroy a Dragon Ball,
place it on the bottom of your deck.
Anger is the mechanism you’ll use to level up. You begin
the game with zero Anger, and you can keep track of it with
things like dice or tokens. Card effects will let you gain Anger
throughout the game, but your opponent may play things that
lower your Anger as well. Whenever your Anger reaches ﬁve,
advance your Main Personality to the next Level at ten Power
Stages above zero. Your Anger is then set back to zero, all of
your Drills are discarded, and you may use the new Power of
your Main Personality this turn.
Note: Your Anger cannot go below zero, and you do not
lose a Level as a result of your Anger being lowered. If an
effect grants more Anger than necessary to level up, it does
not carry over to the next Level. If your Main Personality is
advanced or lowered to any Level by an effect, your Anger
remains the same. If you are lowered a Level, set your Main
Personality to ﬁve Power Stages above zero.
MAKING A DECK
Your deck must contain a Main Personality set (Levels 1-4, all
of the same character), a Mastery, and exactly 60 other cards.
You may include only one copy of any given Dragon Ball or Ally.
You can play up to three copies of any other card, unless
noted otherwise on the card itself. All of your Styled cards
must match the Style of your Mastery. You may also include
any Freestyle cards. Some Freestyle cards are Named,
meaning they have a character’s name in the title. Any Named
cards you include must match the name of your Main
Personality. Any cards tied to an Alignment must match the
Alignment of your Main Personality (this includes Allies).
When you ﬁrst start out, use a Starter Deck in order to get a
grasp of how things work. From there, add cards from Booster
Packs in order to design your own personalized creation!
Throughout the game, you’ll have cards in your hand and life
deck, cards in play on the table, and cards that have been
discarded or removed from the game.
and techniques, as well as how much vitality you have left.
You’ll draw cards from it to perform attacks, and take damage
by discarding cards from it to the Discard Pile.
during the course of gameplay. During Combat, you’ll play
cards from your hand, use their effects, and then discard them.
In Play - some cards stay in play and remain on the table. Your
Main Personality and Mastery will always be in play on the
table, while other cards like Setups or Allies will come and go.
Discard Pile - cards that are discarded after being played or
used are placed face up in the Discard Pile. Sometimes your
opponent will Destroy cards that you have in play, which
sends them to the Discard Pile. When you take damage, you’ll
send cards from the top of your Life Deck to the Discard Pile.
inspect either Discard Pile at any time.
the game by placing it face up in the Banished Zone.
You might play cards that Banish themselves after use, or your
opponent may use various effects that Banish your cards in
play. If a Dragon Ball is discarded or destroyed and it matches
a Dragon Ball already in play, it is Banished. Cards in the
Banished Zone must stay in order. Both players may inspect
either Banished Zone at any time.
Once you and an opponent both have a deck, you’re ready to
play! Begin the game with your Mastery in play, as well as
your Main Personality set on Level 1 at ﬁve Power Stages
above zero. After shufﬂing your deck and deciding who goes
ﬁrst, the initial turn begins. Each turn consists of the
1. Draw Step
At the beginning of your turn, draw three cards from the top of
your Life Deck.
2. Planning Step
At this time, you may play any Allies, Setups, Drills, or Dragon
Balls by placing them face up on your side of the table. Then,
your Main Personality and any Allies gain power stages equal
to the amount listed for their Power Up Rating.
Note: Allies come into play at three Power Stages above zero.
Drills generally have
effects that are always active, but
remember that Setups need to be activated during combat in
order to use their abilities. Also recall that any time you play a
Dragon Ball, you must immediately use all of its effects. You
cannot play a Dragon Ball if it matches one that is already on
3. Combat Step (Optional)
You may now decide to declare combat against your opponent.
You’ll ﬁnd out the details of the Combat Step a bit later.
4. Discard Step
Both players have a maximum hand size of one card at the end
of each turn. You and your opponent discard cards from your
hand until you each have one or zero held cards.
If you did not declare combat this turn, you may Rejuvenate
the top card of your discard pile. Whenever a card or effect
tells you to Rejuvenate a card, it is placed face down on the
bottom of your Life Deck.
After you have ﬁnished these steps, your turn is over. Your
opponent then takes the next turn and moves through the
same steps. Continue alternating turns until the game ends.
There are three ways to win the game:
Survival Victory - if your opponent’s Life Deck has no cards left
in it, you win the game.
Anger while your Main Personality is on Level 4, you win
Balls, you win the game.
The Combat Step is the heart of the game, and most of the
excitement during a match occurs here.
When you declare combat, use any “when entering combat”
effects you have (such as from your Mastery, Main Personality,
Power, Drills, etc). Next, your opponent uses any “when
entering combat” effects and then draws three cards.
The Combat Step involves alternating Actions between
players. You make an Action such as playing an attack or using
an effect, which your opponent may defend. Your opponent
then makes an Action, which you may defend. Then you make
the next Action, and so on, until both players pass.
The player who declared combat makes the ﬁrst Action. Here
are the types of Actions you can make:
» Playing an card. Attacks will usually be Physical
hand, or the Power of your Main Personality. Whenever
you play an attack, your opponent may attempt to defend
with a card that matches the attack type (physical/
energy) of the card.
» Using a Power. The Powers of Main Personalities, Allies,
Power of an Event, play it from your hand and then discard
it. To use the Power of a Setup in play, activate it and then
» Passing. If you don’t want to play or use anything, you
Actions to make. When both players pass consecutively,
the Combat Step ends.
Cards have different icons that tell you when they can be used.
- a card that performs an attack
- a defensive card that can be used against attacks
- a continuous effect that is constantly active while the
card is in play
- an effect that may be used immediately, whenever
Whenever you play an , your opponent may defend it
with use of one card by playing it from his hand or using
something in play (such as a Power or Setup). Cards used
defensively do things like reduce the damage of an attack,
or stop all damage completely. When a card Stops an attack,
the attack does not hit and deals no damage. The effects of
and cards always take place immediately when they
are played. Some cards have effects which work only after an
unstopped attack deals damage.
There are two types of attacks - Energy Attacks and Physical
Attacks. Energy Attacks generally deal damage directly to
the opponent’s Life Deck by discarding cards from it, while
Physical Attacks usually lower your opponent’s Power Stages.
Most Energy Attacks cost Power Stages to perform. To pay
for an Energy Attack, lower your Main Personality the required
number of Power Stages. If you do not have enough stages
to pay for an attack, you are unable to play it. Many Energy
Attacks deal damage in the form of Life Cards. To take Life
Cards of damage, discard cards one at a time from the top of
your Life Deck to your Discard Pile.
damage based on your Power Level. To calculate the damage
of a Physical Attack, reference the Attack Table (“AT”).
Find your Power Level in one of the A-F Attacker rows and
compare it to the Power Level of your opponent’s Main
Personality in the A-F Defender columns. For example, Vegeta
performs a Physical Attack against Goku. Vegeta’s current
Power Level is 90,000, placing him in the C bracket. Goku’s
Power Level of 7,000 puts him in the B bracket, so the attack
does two Power Stages of damage. Goku’s Scouter would be
moved down two Power Stages.
Whenever you take Power Stages of damage at a Power
Level of zero, the remaining stages are taken as Life Cards of
damage from the top of your Life Deck. For example, Goku
deals ﬁve Power Stages of damage to Vegeta. Vegeta is at
two Power Stages above zero. He lowers his Scouter to zero,
and then takes three Life Cards of damage by discarding the
top three cards of his Life Deck.
Attacks may have some or all of their damage prevented or
reduced. An attack can be stopped, which causes it to do no
damage. Attacks that are not stopped deal damage and perform
any “Hit” effects. If your attack dealt enough damage, you may
then use a critical damage effect.
Whenever your opponent discards ﬁve or more Life Cards of
damage from an unstopped attack, you may choose to do one
of the following:
» Capture a Dragon Ball. Gain control of a Dragon Ball your
your side of the table. When you Capture a Dragon Ball, you
may choose to immediately use its effects.
» Discard one of your opponent’s Allies in play.
» Lower your opponent’s Anger by one.
There are two things you should watch for when discarding
cards for damage. Since Dragon Balls are placed at the bottom
of your Life Deck whenever discarded, they do not count
toward damage and require a replacement discard. If you
are taking damage and can only discard Dragon Balls, your
opponent wins by Survival Victory.
Some cards have Endurance. Whenever you discard a card with
Endurance while taking damage, you may Banish it in order to
prevent some or all of the remaining damage. For example, you
are hit by an Energy Attack dealing six Life Cards of damage.
You discard the ﬁrst card from the top of your Life Deck to
the discard pile, then the second, then the third - which has
Endurance 2. You choose to Banish that card, preventing two
cards of the remaining damage from this attack. You then ﬁnish
taking damage for the attack by discarding one more card.
DE F E NDE R
Allies may have damage redirected to them. Whenever your
Main Personality would lose Power Stages due to damage
from an attack, you may have an Ally lose those stages instead.
Allies can also perform Actions whenever your Main
Personality is no more than one Power Stage above zero.
When an Ally performs an Action, it acts just like your
Main Personality. This means you can do things like use
the Power of an Ally, use the Power Level of an Ally when
referencing the Attack Table, pay the costs of an Energy
Attack by lowering the stages of an Ally, and so on. Constant
) powers on Allies are in effect even when your Main
Now you know everything you need to play your ﬁrst match
of the Dragon Ball Z card game. However, this is just your ﬁrst
step on the path to becoming a true master! Stick to using a
Starter Deck at ﬁrst, and then expand on your strategies by
adding new cards from Booster Packs. As you hone your skills
and perfect your deck, you’ll discover countless interactions
between all the different cards available to you. It’s a game of
limitless possibilities! Crafting your deck, collecting new cards,
playing new opponents with different strategies, discovering
new combos...all this and more awaits you in the world of the
DBZ card game.
activating a Setup, or performing an attack
Main Personalities and Allies are Villains
and when you reach ﬁve Anger you advance a Level and reset
your Anger to zero
Banish - when a card is Banished, it is removed from the game
by placing it in the Banished Zone
play and optionally use its effects
being discarded from an attack
its title (Black, Blue, Orange, Red, Namekian, or Saiyan)
must match the name of your Main Personality to use them
pass if you have no Actions to make
Main Personalities, Masteries and Allies can only be used
once per turn regardless of things such as advancing/lowering
a Level or leaving/reentering player.
your damage for Physical Attacks via the Attack Table, gain and
lose stages by moving your Scouter up and down
Power Up Rating (PUR) - the amount of stages your Main
Personality or Ally gains during the Planning Step
of your Life Deck.
many Power Stages above zero you are
hitting and block all damage from it
or Saiyan in the title
(such as Hero or Villain) that are required or referenced for
various card effects
Lead Game Developer: Aik Tongtharadol
Game Developers and Playtesters: Joey DiCarlo,
Dominick DiCarlo, David Fashbinder, Nick Glaser,
Joel Glasser, Sean Poestkoke, Garrett Wilkinson,
George Wilkinson, Richie Williams
Graphic Design: Brandon Lesley, Lupe Partida
Rulebook Design: Philip Elliot
Rulebook Copy: Richie Williams
Dragon Ball Z
Original Game Design and Developers:
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Thanks to all the Dragon Ball Z fans and players
Cards have different icons that tell you when they can be used.
- a defensive card that can be used against attacks
- an effect that may be used immediately, whenever appropriate
- a continuous effect that is constantly active while the card is in play
1) Draw Step – Draw three cards.
2) Planning Step – Play any Allies, Setups, Drills or Dragon Balls
and then power up each of your personalities.
3) Combat Step (optional) – Your opponent draws three cards
and then you both alternate actions.
4) Discard Step – Both players discard down to one card in hand.
5) Rejuvenation Step – If you did not enter the Combat Step,
rejuvenate the top card of your discard pile.
Your opponent now begins the next turn.