Dragon Ball FighterZ Controls and Notation
Dragon Ball FighterZ is typically played with 6 buttons including 4 base attack buttons and 2 assist buttons. Combination of buttons can be bound to other buttons for easier access to some, but only the original six are necessary in order to play. The 4 base attack buttons are Light (L), Medium (M), Heavy (H), and Special (S). The 2 assist buttons are Assist 1 (A1) which refers to the 2nd character in your party, and Assist 2 (A2) which refers to the 3rd character in your party.
In addition to the attack and assist buttons, there is also the movement which is controlled typically by a stick or a D-Pad (or maybe even buttons if you use a hitbox). The movement is not dissimilar from your typical 2D fighting game, however the way movement is talked about in the community is not what you’d immediately expect if this may be your first fighting game of this kind. When discussing movements, it is common
to refer to them with numeric values for the sake of clarity and distinguishing from attacks.
This notation is known as ‘Numpad Notation’, and it is the easiest go-to way to discuss directions in DBFZ and similar games. The reason why it’s called Numpad Notation, is because the numbers that correlate with the movement resemble the way the numbers would be presented on a Numpad for a keyboard. Listed below are the correlated numbers for each movement, and a reference image that lists the numbers with words: