The Ultimate Guide to Dominating Dragon Ball Legends PVP

Dragon Ball Legends has been released in the US across all major iOS for a few months now, and one of the best aspects of the game is its PVP feature. While PVP in Dragon Ball Legends is highly entertaining, it can also be very frustrating. Today, we are going to break down the 11 best-kept secrets that only high-level DB Legends players know.

As of August 30th, 2018, Dragon Ball Legends has released characters in an order very close to chronological in terms of the Dragon Ball Universes. From Hero to Sparking rarity, we are currently having characters released from the Cell Saga, minus Youth Gohan in his Super Saiyan 2 form. Dragon Ball Legends fans speculate that is one of the next big banners.

This post is going to be geared towards helping players understand the basics of PVP down to some advanced techniques being used in Dragon Ball Legends PVP.

Know your Counters for PVP Success

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For starters, Dragon Ball Legends uses a color system identical to Dokkan Battle. The only difference is that colors are referred to strictly by their color in DB Legends, versus Red > Strength, Blue > Agility, Purple > Intelligence, etc. In Dragon Ball Legends, the countering by type works the same.

Red counters yellow, yellow counters purple, purple counters green, green counter blue, blue counters red. With this knowledge, it is best to keep full level / full soul boosted characters of each color. This way, when you are in PVP, you are not stuck trying to run a team of all yellow characters versus someone with a max level Sparking Red Super Saiyan Goku or Sparking Red Super Saiyan Vegeta.

Vanishing Step

In Dragon Ball Legends, there is a way to dodge an attack using what was referred to as “Zanzoken” in the original Dragon Ball days. The Vanishing Step simply takes your character from within attacking range, during an enemy attack, to being right next to the opponent. Players can swipe while being attacked either to the right or to the left, and the step will players your active character next to the opponent.

The Vanishing Step can be tricky, however. In Dragon Ball Legends PVP, the lag that is seen in most matches can cause for some issues with players. For example, if you throw out an attack and your opponent uses a Vanishing Step, there are some instances where you can Vanishing Step their attack. This will put you in an advantageous position, forcing them to either absorb your attacks or use a Cover (more to come on this).

Where this can be frustrating for players is when you fall victim to the lag. There are many times when you will be playing PVP and are trying to rely on this trick but cannot. We will discuss the use of this technique next, which we call Baiting.

Pro Tip: Immediately following your Vanishing Step, watch for your opponent to swipe. While their character is in the middle of the animation for a swipe that is not a Vanishing Step but an attempt to do so, attack. This attack can not be avoided if timed properly.

Baiting the Vanishing Step in PVP Battles

In Dragon Ball Legends PVP, many times you can utilize a trick calling Baiting to get your opponent right where you want them. What you try to do is throw a basic attack, such as a ki blast ( a single tap on the screen from medium or long range ). Once you throw this attack, your opponent may (you hope) try to use a Vanishing Step to avoid that attack. Once they do, depending on lag, you can in most cases counter their attack with a Vanishing Step of your own.

This allows you to get the opponent to waste their Vanishing Step on a basic attack, which requires no ki, and save all of your ki for your Arts cards. Learning about the baiting technique should help you to keep an eye out for when you opponent tries to use baiting on you, so keep your eyes peeled in those heated PVP battles.

Advanced tricks to know about baiting:

  • Strike Arts cards can be canceled to perform a Vanishing Step
  • It is easier to Vanishing Step after your opponent does a Vanishing Step to avoid your Strike Arts
  • If you use a Blast Arts card, you may not be able to Vanishing Step your opponents attack they use after a Vanishing Step

Pro Tip: Many players use the single ki blast to try and bait in PVP. If you time it correctly, your Arts card attack can be used while your opponent tries to throw a single ki blast. If you perform this successfully, their attempt to bait your Vanishing Step will cost them some health.

Combo Attacks

Arts Cards are those cards near the bottom of the interface in Dragon Ball Legends. With these, you use Ki to unleash attacks such as ki blasts (yellow blast card), strike attacks(red fist card), special moves like Kamehameha(blue large blast card), and power-ups (green ninja star card).

Character types will be identified as melee, ranged, support, defense, etc. The longer your combo attack is the less damage that is dealt. Keep this in mind if you are playing as a melee character and want to take advantage of those strike cards.

Also, utilizing the appropriate card can make all the difference between success and failure when playing PVP. For instance, if you have a special move card (blue arts card), you may not want to just use that card out of nowhere, as it is extremely easy to Vanish Step and can leave you wide open.

Try setting up this attack with one or two other Arts cards. Knowing that Ki blasts typically cost 30 ki, Strike arts usually cost 20 ki, and special moves are usually 50 ki helps as well, allowing you to know that a very easy combo to land will be: ki blast > strike > special move.

Cover Change

A cover change is when you are in the middle of your opponent’s combo attack and you select a different character to be played. This is most useful when the character of your being attacked is weak against the opponent. For example, your character is element type blue being attacked by a green element character. In this instance, it would be beneficial to use a purple character to cover change.

For the same reason, you should be mindful during your combo attacks. Your opponent can easily cover change, so you should keep an eye on this while you are attacking. Dragon Ball Legends will allow you to pre-select as many cards as can be played during a combo, which may seem very convenient but should not always be used. If you pre-select your combo attack instead of watching the opponent while selecting one card at a time, you might be stuck doing little damage to a type-advantage element opponent.

Rising Rush in PVP

Dragon Ball Legends has a feature very similar to the Dokkan Attack in Dokkan Battle. It’s called Rising Rush, and is obtained by playing arts cards that have a Dragon Ball placed on them. Once a player obtains 7 of these Dragon Balls in battle, they can unleash a Rising Rush.

The Rising Rush is a four-step attack, in which both players get to choose a card for a rock-paper-scissors type ending. At the end of the Rising Rush, the cards selected are displayed. If both players choose the same card, the final (and most devastating) attack is evaded and the player on the bad-side of the Rising Rush gets their chance to attack.

If players select different cards from one another, then the attacking player gets to land the final attack of the Rising Rush. Let’s break down the Rising Rush briefly so that you understand how it works during Dragon Ball Legends PVP.

The Rising Rush, as mentioned already, is a four-part battle. Once a Rising Rush is initiated, the attacker will have four cards to choose from. These cards are based on which cards have been drawn prior to the start of the Rising Rush. This means that the attacking player could have more than one of any arts card. The cards left after making the selection will determine which types of attacks will be performed.

The defending player is given one of each of the four most common arts cards to choose from: Special Move(blue), Throw(green), Strike(red) and Blast(yellow). While technically there’s a one-in-four chance of selecting the right card from the opponent, it should be noted that there are more strike and blast cards given out in a PVP battle than the Throw or Special Move cards.

Needless to say, the Rising Rush can very easily determine the outcome of battles in Dragon Ball Legends PVP. It is highly recommended that players try and use this on the most problematic character that the opponent has, but this can be challenging in many PVP battles.

Now let’s dig into some more advanced techniques…

The Swipe-and-Attack

During a battle in PVP, you may notice that some players do a side step after some attacks. This swipe-and-attack technique allows players to recover a little ki, vanishing meter, and draw cards. All this, while still being apart of the same locked-in combo attack. This special technique, which is a little tricky to master, allows players to pull off 5-arts card combos, Vanishing Step right after they are finished with their combination, build up that Rising Rush and more.

The swipe-and-attack is used while chaining together Strike arts cards in your combination. Here’s how you do it: when you are performing a strike-arts, wait until the animation for the attack is almost finished and swipe on the screen as if you are trying to Vanishing Step. At the end of the attack, your character will perform a strafe in the direction of your swipe while the opponent is still flying backward.

While your character is strafing, select your next arts card to attack with. If you have two or three strike arts cards this is especially beneficial. Increased damage for a long string of attacks, the ability to draw extra cards to use, build back up your Vanishing Step meter and so much more.

Watch These Tricks Used in Dragon Ball Legends PVP

All of the tricks and techniques mentioned are learned from experience and from other high-level players. Check out how I incorporate them in this actual battle recorded in a Dragon Ball Legends PVP match! As always, please feel free to comment and ask questions in the comments section below.

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