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The story is set in the age 1000, 216 years after Goku went to train with Uub at the end of Dragonball Z. Over this time many unforeseen changes have occurred in the universe. The Earth is now home to three new races: the Majin, the Namekians, and the Yardratians. The Majin are known to be the children of Majin Buu while the Namekians were forced to, once again, flee from their home planet due to unknown circumstances and take refuge on the Earth. Parts of the Earth have been terraformed to resemble that of Namek to make the Namekians feel more at home.
Two conflicts fuel the story. The first is with an organization known as the RP Red Pants army which seems to be a recreation of the Red Ribbon Army and the second is a mysterious force known only as the Dark Eye. The Dark Eye's motives are currently unknown, but what is known is that they're attempting to go back through the history of the Earth and alter all of the major events involving Goku and the other Z Warriors.
The Dark Eye's meddling with time has caused a number of time leaks to open up all over the planet Earth. The character you play as is from an unknown Age that was unwillingly pulled into one of these time leaks and ends up in the Age 761 at the Kame House where you witness an encounter between Trunks and the Dark Eye. Trunks then takes you to the Age 1000 where you and he together try to preserve the Earth's history either by way of going through the time leaks or with the use of his Time Machine.
Dragon Ball Online provides examples of:
- Alternate Timeline
- Bad Future
- Bad Present
- Cast From Hit Points: Two of most powerful attacks in the game, appropriately belonging to the Crane Hermit master class, are cast from LP instead of EP. The Martial Artist class has access to a similarly-powerful attack that likewise costs LP.
- Casual Time Travel
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: You, the "hero" of the game, as well as the chief villains.
- The Future
- The Gump: You, the hero.
- In the Past Everyone Will Be Famous: Understandably, considering that you bump into characters from the series.
- Kid From the Future: Time Patrol Trunks and the player character.
- "Mister Sandman" Sequence
- Rubber Band History
- Super Mode: It's based on Dragon Ball, so this is kind of a given. In addition to every race being able to use the Kaio-Ken technique, each race has its own unique Super Form that can be unlocked via a wish from the Dragon Balls.
- Timeline-Altering MacGuffin: The Big Bads recruit past villains and give them upgrades.
- Time Machine: Trunk's upgraded Time Machine
- Time Master: Miira and Towa are masters of time.
- Time Police: Time Patrol Trunks and you the player.
- Time Travel: Of course.
- Wayback Trip
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- ↑ The Crane Hermit moveset is pulled primarily from Tien, known for self-harmful attacks in the anime/manga