The first of his kind to revolt against Frieza, EX Bardock YEL won’t give up without a fight.
Unfortunately, his stats have not stood the test of time to maintain relevance. That isn’t to say he doesn’t have his uses, but they are pretty much limited to the bench or PVE friendship grinding.
Incredible Teachable Special Move
Even if he lacks PVP viability beyond the bench, his teachable Special Move makes EX Bardock YEL absolutely necessary to grind for friendship rank.
While this article explains exactly why his Special Move is so powerful, to summarize: the Damage is calculated by his Strike Attack--not Complex Damage--meaning that it isn’t lowered to an average between his Blast and Strike Attack stats while also gaining an immediate Buff to Special Move Damage.
The fact it’s teachable means HE Shallot LGT can put it to way more use.
Even by Extreme Fighter standards, EX Bardock YEL has not aged well and can’t even really hold up well against newer EX Fighters.
This doesn’t keep him from being put on the bench, but it does limit him to a non-combat support role for more powerful Fighters.
Yellow Color Counter
EX Bardock YEL has two Strike-centric stat Z-Ability Buffs right from the get-go, so he’s a perfect choice for the bench of a Melee Yellow Color Counter Team.
EX Bardock YEL is a resilient Melee Fighter with very high Strike Attack and needs to be optimized for that. This Equip continues to be the best option for any Strike-based Yellow Fighter.
Not only does it give him a Boost of up to 20% Strike Attack, but the Special Defense in slot 3 helps protect against the most popular Tag in the Meta right now. Saiyan countering continues to be relevant.
Yet another 20% Strike Attack Boost and a must-have, but the Ki Recovery Speed Boost from both of these on top of his Ki Recovery Speed Buffing Crisis Ability brings this stat to a whole ‘nother level.
EX Bardock YEL has a lot of utility, even if he won’t see a lot of Combat. His Special move makes him invaluable to farm for friendship and his Z-Ability makes him a staple for Yellow color counter Teams. In specific PVE battles, he’s still a strong choice for his Strike focused toolkit.