Throughout the game, you must guide Goku on his adventure. The game is played out across multiple modes. The three primary modes are Adventure mode, Combat mode, and Map mode. In Combat mode, as well as Map mode, the player must select cards from among the five that are in the player's "hand", shown at the bottom of the screen. The cards in your hand don't matter as much in Adventure mode, unless a combat encounter takes place.
Goku has a number of hit points. If these hit points are ever reduced to zero, either through combat or an adventure event, the player's game is over. Goku can increase his total number of hit points by increasing his level of experience. Players must successfully train or defeat an opponent in combat to obtain experience points. New levels are attained once the player achieves a certain number of experience points. New techniques become available during combat when new levels are reached. See the chart below for information about hit points and experience required per level.
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