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Balkesh B3 2Bump Atomic, known as Arc Bahamut 2Bump Atomic (アークバハムート・ツーバンプ・アトミック, Akū Bahamūto Tsū Banpu Atomikku) in Japan, is a Defense Type Beyblade released as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System. It was released in Japan on November 11th, 2017 for 4968円 as part of the God Customize Set and was later released in western countries as a SwitchStrike Starter Pack.

Energy Layer - Balkesh B3

Main article: Energy Layer - Balkesh B3
Balkesh B3 is a Left-Spin Defense Type Energy Layer that features six clockwise blades that have six gaps in between them, akin to a reversed, six-bladed Cognite C3, and a dragon head below the God Chip, matching the anime's rendition of the Layer's beast; a dragon. It is named after Bahamut, the giant fish of Islamic mythology. As part of the SwitchStrike/God Layer System, Balkesh B3 features a gimmick; the Layer features a movable sub-layer.

In theory, the sub-layer of Balkesh B3 is meant to connect with the prongs of a Forge Disc so that as the Balkesh B3 Combination grows three-quarters of the way to Bursting, the sub-layer moves in order to fill in the six gaps in between the blades and reduce recoil. In practice however, the decrease in gap depth is too minuscule to impact performance in any significant manner.

The Left-Spin nature of Balkesh B3 also reduces recoil against Right-Spin opponents due to the Layers act akin to gears when colliding at similar speeds, which heavily reduces the rate of Bursts, despite for the Takara Tomy release of Arc Bahamut having three teeth of very short length. Furthermore, due to how weak the teeth are, Arc Bahamut-based Combinations are capable of re-tightening themselves against Opposite-Spin opponents if paired with a Performance Tip with a weak spring lock such as Bearing. As such, this Layer features excellent Defense in Opposite-Spin matches. Even in Same-Spin matches, the weight of the Layer and the shape of the blades can create tournament acceptable Burst Resistance against opponents such as Nightmare Longinus, so long as Arc Bahamut is paired with a Performance Tip with strong Burst Resistance.

Forge Disc - 2

Main article: Forge Disc - 2
2, like other even numbered Core Discs, is symmetrical and elliptical in shape in order to facilitate a Disc Frame. Each side features one protrusion with "2" shaped molding on either side of the protrusion. 2 has a standard weight distribution and an average weight among Core Discs, these features allow it to act as a "Jack-of-All-Trades", capable of performing well in any type of Combination. While other Core Discs such as 4 and 7 can work better for Attack, Defense and Stamina, 2 works as an excellent alternative if those Core Discs are unavailable.

Disc Frame - Bump

Main article: Disc Frame - Bump
Bump is a round Disc Frame with numerous protrusions to give it a rough perimeter. While too small to come into contact with the opponent's Layer, Bump is one of the thickest and thus heaviest Frames in the game, heavier than Meteor, which grants high Attack potential when paired with Core Discs such as 7. While the round shape may imply high Life After Death, the rough perimeter makes it outclassed for Defense and Stamina by Glaive and Cross.

Performance Tip - Atomic

Main article: Performance Tip - Atomic
Atomic is a Performance Tip that features a free-rotating ball tip, akin to its predecessor Orbit, surrounded by a four-tabbed, free-spinning ring. Unlike Orbit, the ball of Atomic is approximately 3.4 times larger in volume or 1.3 times wider in diameter. In theory, the wider tip would increase a Beyblade's KO Defense by having greater surface area and friction. However, in practice, the free-rotating nature of the ball reduces most of the KO Defense given by the surface area of the ball. Like all other ball-based Performance Tips, the tabs around Atomic are meant to act as brakes against KOs at the cost of Stamina by striking against the stadium floor. However, the larger diameter makes such contact rare. If hard launched, the greater surface area creates a semi-aggressive movement pattern early in the battle, bringing the Beyblade close to the Tornado Ridge.

While these features may imply that an Atomic Combination would be easy to KO, in reality the heavy weight of SwitchStrike/God Layers, Cho-Z Layers, Forge Discs and Atomic's own weight compensates for the rotating ball. Furthermore, the free-rotating ball increases the Burst Resistance of a Defense Combination. However, for the Takara Tomy release of Atomic, its spring lock is noticeably weaker than Orbit's, making Atomic lag behind its predecessor in terms of Burst Resistance.

In addition to the Defense properties, Atomic features high Stamina and Spin Equalization potential, as well as the free- rotating nature of the ball reduces friction with the stadium floor, as the wide ball tip will keep a Combination stable and thus prevents scraping, and the free-spinning ring increases procession time and Life After Death.

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  • Balkesh's Japanese name, Arc Bahamut, is based from the Bahamut, a gigantic fish or whale that lies deep below, underpinning the support structure that holds up the Earth in Arabic folklore.
  • However, Balkesh's avatar appears as a six-winged dragon, which the Bahamut was mostly referred to in popular culture.
  • Balkesh B3 2Bump Atomic is the second Beyblade to be based off of Bahamut, the first Bey being Gladiator Bahamoote SP230GF.

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