Budokai transformations, fusions, and absorptions
have been some of the most disturbing, insane,
and fun new stages introduced to the DragonBall
world in quite some time. Some of them are based on pre-existing
forms (such as "Super" Buu and his absorptions),
others are based on theoretical fusions (such as Yamcha
+ Tenshinhan), while others are created for the sole purpose
of making the players laugh their rear end off!
the first Budokai game really only introduced
one new transformation (albeit the strangest one of the
lot!), the second game really upped the ante with new
fusion characters, Buu absorbing people left and right,
and even a fusion based off a mere thought
Goku had in the original manga!
that the transformations listed on this page are solely
the ones that do not appear in the regular
series (with the exception of Buu's absorptions and Goku's aforementioned imaginings). Characters
like Gotenks and Vegetto will be listed in the traditional
1: Un-named Cell absorption (Cell + Kuririn)
going along in typical story mode, you reach a
scenario in which Cell has absorbed #17 and approaches
#18, ready to complete his "perfect"
form. However, you begin to realize this may be
a "What If?" scenario when Kuririn enters
the scene, challenging Cell (Kuririn is already
madly in love with #18, it seems, and is ready
to give his life). When Cell's tail rushes forward
to stab and absorb #18, Kuririn jumps in, pushes
#18 out of the way... and receives the tail attack!
Cell watches on in horror as Kuririn is brought
up through his tail and into his main body, prompting
a flash of light and a strange transformation...
into a weak, orange colored, Cell Jr.-type creature!
Cell's power so dramatically decreased, Yamcha
and Tenshinhan enter the battle, ready to topple
the new foe. This new stage of Cell somehow
manages to push back Yamcha, though, in a very close battle.
Claiming that is wasn't fair for Yamcha to be sent
alone, the tiny Cell turns around to see Tenshinhan
in the sky, who unleashes a massive Kikô-hô
at him! The screen suddenly flashes over to Perfect
Cell, standing in his newly created Tenka-ichi
Budôkai ring, waking up from a nightmare.
Cell remarks to himself that the end to the ten day wait
before the "Cell Games" just can't come soon enough...
2: Unnamed Buu absorptions
seen in the DragonBall manga (as well as the DragonBall Z TV series),
Majin Buu (especially the form fans call "Super Buu") absorbs characters
left and right, changing his physical appearance
each time. In Budokai 2, "Super Buu"
has a capsule called "Absorption" that
allows you to randomly absorb another character
(other than your opponent) during battle. Buu will
fly up into the sky, find a character (or characters)
watching the battle, and cover them with a part
of his own body. Buu can absorb six different characters:
Tenshinhan & Yamcha (at the same
time), Gohan, SSJ3 Gotenks,
and Vegeta. Buu takes on physical
characteristics of each character he absorbs (in
the case of Gohan and SSJ3 Gotenks, he gets the same outfit
as seen in the actual series).
Buu attempts to absorb Tenshinhan and Yamcha, Tenshinhan
sees the body part approaching, and in utter fear,
tries to warn Yamcha (who's far too distracted watching
the battle to notice). Once Buu absorbs the two,
he takes on more of Tenshinhan's characteristics
(such as the green sash-type upper-clothing, and
the white baggy pants). Buu seems almost upset at
this absorption, and especially in shock at his
lack of power! Buu's special attack in this form
is Yamcha's Sôkidan energy ball.
simply realizes it too late; he turns around to
find Buu's detached body part hovering above him.
Buu has absorbed him! Just as in the regular series,
Buu appears with Gohan's orange gi for
his upper body, but retains the traditional "Majin"
white baggy pants. Buu's power is far greater than
before in this form, thanks to Gohan's so-called "Mystic"
power-up. The special attack in this form is the
Vegeta watches the ongoing battle, he turns around
to see a detached part of Buu's body hovering above
him. Vegeta shrugs and turns away, either thinking
little of it, or simply not caring. When Vegeta is
absorbed, Buu takes on quite a few of his characteristics.
His voice becomes gruffer (in the English version), and he has a very cocky
attitude! His upper clothing is Vegeta's blue fighting
outfit. The special attack in this form is the Final
turns around in horror to also see a detached body
part of Buu's hovering above him. As he struggles
to get free, he is ultimately brought back to Buu
and completely absorbed. In his form, Buu takes
on Freeza's "high class" and condescending attitude.
He also has purple areas of skin that form on his
antenna and shoulders. Buu's voice becomes slightly
raspier (in the English version, anyway), as well. The special attack
in this form is the Death Ball.
one of the strangest looking absorptions of Buu's
is when he collects Cell into himself. In his form,
Buu's voice becomes much more commanding in nature,
and very sure of himself. While Buu does not gain
any new clothes, he does obtain some of Cell's actual
body features, such as the long, dark marks under
his eyes and speckles all across his body. The special
attack in this form is... yes... the Genki-Dama!
Buu's last absorption is yet another one from the
actual series. While SSJ3 Gotenks is busy covering
his ears (for some strange reason), Buu lets his
detached body part sneak up behind Gotenks and completely
cover him. In this form, Buu's antenna grows down
his back, and he wears the traditional fusion vest.
He retains the white baggy pants. The special attack
in this form is the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack
(with a cute Buu ghost!).
APPEARANCE + IMAGES
Z: BUDOKAI 2
(NOTE: Some forms, +Gohan and +Gotenks,
come from the original series)
after having absorbed Yamcha & Tenshinhan
- Buu, after
having absorbed Gohan
- Buu, after
having absorbed Vegeta
after having absorbed Vegeta, performing the
- Buu, after
having absorbed Freeza
after having absorbed Freeza, performing the
- Buu, after
having absorbed Cell
- Buu, after
having absorbed Cell (close-up)
after having absorbed Cell, performing the Genki-Dama
- Buu, after
having absorbed SSJ3 Gotenks
2: Majin Freeza & Majin Cell
the "Dragon World" mode of Budokai
2, Freeza and Cell seem to just come back time
and time again, always to the annoyance
of Goku (and the player!).
stage five, Babidi revives Freeza and Cell as "Majin"
beings in order to stop Goku and the other heroes
from proceeding and stopping Majin Buu! After Babidi
is killed, Freeza and Cell continue returning, but
have no idea they were ever under Babidi's control...
APPEARANCE + IMAGES
Z: BUDOKAI 2
Non-playable, only appear on "Dragon
World" fifth map / stage
Freeza challenges Goku!
2: Yamhan ("Tiencha" in English
only completely new "fusion" character in
the game is a traditional fusion-dance formation
from two of the longest-established (yet most under-utilized) DragonBall
characters: Yamcha and Tenshinhan. These two human
characters got a good share of the shaft over
the years, and it was extremely interesting (and
great!) to see the programmers put so much love
into these fan-favorites. In the middle of a battle,
either Yamcha or Tenshinhan will step aside and
call the other one in. The two perform the
fusion dance, and remaining is a single warrior...
uses a combination of moves from both Tenshinhan
and Yamcha, the most interesting probably being
the "Dodohameha" (a "Kamehameha"
and "Dodonpa" combination, fired with
both index fingers). Yamhan also uses the Rôga-Haikyû-Ken
("Wolf Fang Volleyball Fist"), a combination attack
that results in the opponent being knocked up
into the air and spiked volleyball-style (à la
Tenshinhan's Haikyû-Ken), with the lupine flourish
of Yamcha's Rôga-Fûfû-Ken.
Note that if the fusion is performed wrong (that
is, if the correct buttons are not pressed in the
correct order), a skinny, deformed Yamhan will
be created, unable to perform any ki
2: Gotan ("Gokule" in English version)
Goku returns to life and Earth, he finds Gohan
to be the only remaining (worthwhile) fighter to fuse with.
Gohan is ultimately absorbed by Buu, however,
leaving Goku with either... Mr. Satan or Dende to choose from?!
Goku thinks it over (even forming a mental image!), going back
and forth between people to fuse with... Would it even be worth
it? Would he obtain any kind
of strength increase at all (it might even drop!)? Goku curses his luck,
but realizes that it's sink-or-swim... so he calls out to Mr. Satan.
He is about to throw the Potara earring...
but what's this?! Vegeta's ki! Goku rushes
off to Vegeta, and ends up forming Vegetto.
what if things had gone differently? What if Vegeta
had not arrived? Goku was just about
to fuse with Mr. Satan! Well, the developers behind
Budokai 2 decided to find out! Once you
obtain the "Breakthrough" capsule for
either Goku or Mr. Satan, you can select the "Fusion
(Gokule)" skill. ("Gokule"
is, of course, a combination of "Goku"
and "Hercule," Mr.
Satan's name in the English version of the game. However,
we'll use "Gotan" here,
since it's what this fusion is called in the Japanese version, which also uses "Mr. Satan.")
on which outfit you choose, Gotan will actually
have two completely different physical forms (rather
than a different outfit, as seen with all other
characters in the game). The first, primary form
is the same one that Goku formed a mental image
of in the actual series; a short, stubby Goku
body with Goku's face and gi, but with Mr.
Satan's boots and hairstyle (including chest hair). In the alternate form,
the body, face and clothes are all Mr. Satan's, but
the character is taller and has an angular Goku hairstyle.
Both forms have the same special attacks. Gotan can perform a
Super Genki-Dama, as well as a variety
of "trick" blasts.
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