DBZ: Kakarot – If Super DLC Is Next, What Happens To Gohan?

The first major DLC for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot features Beerus and and Super Saiyan God Goku. We know this because Bandai Namco showed official in-game footage of the two facing off. The very nature of the fight implies that the “Battle of the Gods” storyline will play out in some form. That in turn heavily implies that the Kakarot DLC plan is to get into the events of Dragon Ball Super. If that’s the case, then what will become of Gohan?

In case you finished Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot back in January, or didn’t even play it, the game finishes after the Buu Saga. It lets you play as Goku, of course, but also puts you in control of Piccolo, Trunks, Vegeta, Gotenks, and Gohan. That last one is significant, because Gohan is actually the strongest character in terms of raw power at the end of the Buu Saga. Thanks to a mystical ritual from the Elder Kai, he achieves a strength beyond any form of Super Saiyan. This is represented in-game by him having the highest level at the story’s end.

Still, there is a clear period of time during Super‘s storyline where Gohan is fighting at a lower level than he did against Majin Buu. It also just happens to be the exact interval that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is looking to adapt for DLC. So how will Gohan’s loss of strength be interpreted in the game?

The most likely answer is that Gohan will simply be ignored. The big focus of the announced DLC is Super Saiyan God, something only Goku and Vegeta can achieve. Furthermore, the Beerus content appears to only be a boss battle and not an entire story arc. This makes it easy for the developers to just lock the Beerus quests to Goku/Vegeta and not even touch Gohan.

There’s also the fact that Kakarot isn’t too concerned with alleged power levels. The player is often asked to use the scared, weaker child Gohan to annihilate Frieza’s minions during the Namek Saga. Later on, those same minions will appear as random field encounters with enough power to challenge Super Saiyan 2 Goku. The game’s emphasis appears to be placed on intense fights over respecting canon power levels, meaning Gohan’s weakening probably won’t be addressed.

The most Gohan fans are likely to see in any Kakarot DLC is a costume change. He’ll get his sweater vest and glasses combo, but his strength won’t be changed. Honestly, it’s probably for the best. Too many people rely on Gohan for post-game content to see him suddenly drop in power.

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