Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 Cheats and Hints for PS2

Unlock all Dragon Ball Z characters and more cheats for PlayStation 2

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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 is a fighting game based on the Dragon Ball Z anime franchise. Learn how play as every character, find every Dragon Ball, and more cheats for Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3.

These cheats are for the PlayStation 2 exclusive game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3.

How to Unlock Characters in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3

New fighters are unlocked by beating different game modes with different characters.

Character How to Unlock
Adult Gohan Complete Dragon Universe mode with Teen Gohan.
Android 16 Play Krillin's Dragon Universe mode a second time to find Android 16 north of the world tournament arena, then take him to Bulma in West City.
Android 17 Defeat Android 17 as Piccolo in Dragon Universe mode.
Android 18 Complete Dragon Universe mode as Krillin.
Bardock At the start of Dragon Universe mode, fly toward the question marks over Raditz's spaceship.
Brolly Complete Dragon Universe mode as Goku three times and defeat Brolly in battle.
Captain Ginyu Defeat Captain Ginyu as Goku in Dragon Universe mode.
Cell Defeat Cell as Teen Gohan in Dragon Universe mode.
Cell Jr. Defeat Piccolo when he breaks into the Dragon Arena.
Cooler Defeat Frieza, SS Vegeta, and then Cooler.
Dabura Defeat Dabura as Gohan in Dragon Universe mode.
Dr. Gero Defeat Dr. Gero as Yamcha in Dragon Universe mode.
Frieza Defeat Frieza as Goku in Dragon Universe mode.
Gogeta (SSJ2) Defeat Brolly in Dragon Universe mode, then defeat Gotenks at the World Tournament Arena.
Gogeta (SSJ4) Fight Goku instead of Kid Buu in Vegeta's Dragon Universe mode.
Goten Defeat Goten as Gohan in Dragon Universe mode.
Gotenks Purchase in the Capsule Shop.
Great Saiyaman Complete Dragon Universe mode as Gohan.
Hercule/Mr. Satan Help him out in the desert in Piccolo's Dragon Universe mode, then talk to Videl at Central City.
Kid Buu Defeat Kid Buu as Goku in Dragon Universe mode.
Kid Goku Go to Grandpa Gohan's house as Goku in Dragon Universe mode.
Kid Trunks Defeat Majin Buu as Vegeta in Dragon Universe mode.
Majin Buu Defeat Majin Buu as Goku in Dragon Universe mode.
Omega Shenron Visit Bulma in West City and defeat Gotenks.
Recoome Defeat Recoome as Goku in Dragon Universe mode.
Teen Gohan Complete Dragon Universe mode as Kid Gohan.
Saibaman Defeat Nappa in the Dragon Arena when he breaks in.
Goku (SS4) Find all dragon balls as Goku.
Vegeta (SS4) Find all dragon balls as Vegeta.
Goku (SSJ4) Play Dragon Universe mode a second time as Goku and defeat Kid Buu, then go to the questions marks near the small islands on the map.
Super Buu Defeat Super Buu as Goku in Dragon Universe mode.
Supreme Kai/Kaioshin Find him at the Plains before you go to the last battle in Gohan's Dragon Universe mode.
Trunks Complete Dragon Universe as Vegeta.
Young Trunks Defeat Majin Buu in Dragon Universe mode as Vegeta.
Kid Trunks Beat Namek with Vegeta.
Uub When fighting Kid Buu, use the Spirit Bomb technique when not a Super Saiyan as the finishing blow.
Vegeta Defeat Vegeta as Goku in Dragon Universe mode.
Vegito Defeat Super Buu in Buu's Body in Dragon Universe mode.
Videl Go to the Plains as Gohan in Dragon Universe mode.

Dragon Ball Locations

Find the Dragon Balls in Dragon Universe mode to wish for memories and rare items.

Dragon Ball Location
Dragon Ball #1 By the white plains around Red Ribbon Army Base in Saiyan Saga (Earth).
Dragon Ball #2 Between the upper two main islands in Saiyan Saga (Earth).
Dragon Ball #3 On the upper-right island in Frieza Saga (Namek).
Dragon Ball #4 On the left island near the map border in Frieza Saga (Namek), southwest of the upper-left island.
Dragon Ball #5 Where the compass is on the map in the water in Cell Games (Earth).
Dragon Ball #6 By the main island towards the middle by North City in Buu Saga (Earth).
Dragon Ball #7 On a sandbar near the martial arts tournament in Buu Saga (Earth).

In Kid Gohan's story mode, there are four Dragonballs on Earth and three Dragonballs on planet Namek. Some Dragonballs may be in the water.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 Unlockables

Some features must be purchased from the shop after you unlock them.

Unlockable How to Unlock
Baba Crystal Balls Movie 00 Unlock all Ultimate Move skills.
Baba Crystal Balls Movie 01 Purchase the Baba Crystal Balls Movie 00 from the Skills Shop.
Breakthrough (all characters) Purchase the Baba Crystal Balls Movie 01 from the Skills Shop.
Ultimate Skill Moves (all characters) Unlock all characters.
Dragon Arena Complete Dragon Universe mode with all 11 main characters.
Cell Games Tournament Defeat Cell when he appears in the Dragon Arena matches.

How to View Special Character Scenes in Versus Matches

Most characters have a special scene that plays out before certain matches. Pit the following characters against each other in Versus mode to view one of the special character scenes:

  • Goku vs. Vegeta
  • Goku vs. Frieza
  • Goku vs. Bardock
  • Goku vs. Brolly
  • Kid Goku vs. Tien
  • Trunks (Adult) vs. Vegeta
  • Kid Goku vs. Piccolo
  • Kid Gohan vs. Piccolo
  • Teen Gohan vs. Cell
  • Krillin vs. 18
  • Piccolo vs. 17
  • Uub vs. Kid Buu
  • Ginyu vs. Recoome
  • Vegeta vs. 18
  • Trunks vs. Cell
  • Majin Buu vs. Kid Buu
  • Kid Goku vs. Yamcha

How to Unlock Alternate Costumes

Press Left on the PS2 controller when choosing your fighter at the character select screen to switch into their alternate outfit.

How to Find Membership Cards

All three membership cards are located in Goku's Dragon Universe mode on an island just north of the large bridge. You must complete Dragon Universe three times to get them all.

Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2 Bonus Items

If you have a saved game from Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 on your memory card, you'll automatically unlock the Silver Membership Card, Babidi's Pot, and Bardock.

How to Get the Gogeta Capsule

Play Dragon Universe mode as Goku or Vegeta. Continue until you get an invitation from Goten and Trunks to fight in a fusion battle. Win the fusion battle to get the Gogeta capsule.

How to Get the SSJ4 Transformation Capsule for Vegeta

Go to West City as Vegeta to see Bulma on the Majin Buu map to receive the capsule that allows Vegeta to transform into his SSJ4 form.

How to Get Babidi's Pot

Complete the tutorial in Chapter 12 where you learn how to taunt enemies to get Badidi's Pot.