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The Qualifier Begins (開幕! バトルトーナメント!, Opening! Battle Tournament!) is the fourth episode of Beyblade: 2000.


The Beyblade Regional Qualifying Tournament is underway, as Tyson, Max, Ray and even Kenny are entered to see if they manage to be crowned champions. The crowd cheers and Kenny is first into battle, but, without a bit-beast to boost his power, he falls to Kai.

The tension builds as Tyson takes on the Blade Sharks in the following round. His biggest competitor is Carlos, who doesn't seem to spare team mates. Tyson takes issue with Carlos' ways and the two talk about their opposing views. In the end, Tyson does a good job at outperforming Carlos in battle and wins match, leaving Carlos with a lesson.


With hosts AJ Topper and Brad Best, the Beyblade Main Event live at Seaside Dome in Bey City is underway. It is the Beyblade regional qualifying tournament where many Beybladers are going to compete to become the representatives for the Beyblade Battle Tournament. Brad Best and AJ Topper hand over the microphone to DJ Jazzman, the Beyblade announcer and referee. The event is almost ready as DJ Jazzman announces that the A Block will battle first. Many Beybladers will circle the Beystadium and launch their Beyblades all at once into the same Stadium; the last one standing gets to move on to the next round. Suddenly, Tyson Granger is late for the tournament and rushes past DJ Jazzman and Mr. Dickenson.

Inside Tyson meets up with Kenny in the C Block waiting room. The Chief tells Tyson not to worry since most of the Beybladers in here are just rookies. Just then, it is announced Max Tate has won the B Block and will move on in the competition. Max enters the room as Tyson and Kenny congratulate him. The Chief reveals he is signed-up for the C Block which amazes Max. The announcers later call up all entrants in the C Block to head over to the Beystadium to conduct the round. Tyson and Max wish The Chief good luck in his Beybattle.

Kenny finds himself near a giant Beystadium alongside many others. With the sound of "Let It Rip!", everybody's Blades are shot into the Stadium. Tyson and Max spectate, hoping The Chief will pull out on top. Despite this, Tyson notices that Kai Hiwatari's Blade, Dranzer S is in the same arena with Kenny. Now the two are worried for Kenny even more, especially since Dizzi is not in battle, instead in Kenny's laptop, however Tyson is hopeful Kenny and Dizzi have something planned.

Meanwhile, Kai is taking out the competition with ease for Dranzer S knocks out the other Blades right when it touches them. It gets to the point where The Chief and Kai are the last Beybladers left and it will decide who wins and who loses. Kenny is using Dizzi as a Beyblade with a spring mechanism that lets it hop over the Stadium surface which Max finds cool but Tyson is embarrassed. Kai knows Kenny is underestimating him and tells him that he will not win. Kai commands his Blade to circle the Stadium and then head for Dizzi. Kenny realizes he is about to lose and only a lucky jump will save him but as it turns out, Dranzer S strikes Dizzi, throwing it off the Stadium and breaking the spring with it too. Kai will now move on to the next round.

Mad, Tyson runs out of the room and heads into the arena. He is shocked to find out that Kai's Dranzer S is still spinning when the battle is over. A disappointed Kenny is staring at the ground in the face of defeat before Kai leaves the arena, crossing paths with Tyson. Infuriated, Tyson yells to get Kai's attention, demanding them to fight right now. However, when Tyson tries to punch Kai, Kenny stops him to prevent him from being disqualified by tournament officials. The Chief pleads that Kai beat him fair and square and now it is up to Tyson to go up against him and win in the next round. Tyson agrees to this.

Block D is beginning and it will have Tyson competing in it. Kenny is sure that with Tyson's training and his mastered power of Dragoon, this round will be easy for him. Tyson prepares his Dragoon S Blade, and the battle starts, ripping it into the Stadium. His skills show because Tyson and Dragoon S are wiping out their opponents left-and-right. After most Beybladers are defeated and less remain, the hosts move the battle into "Stage 2". In this stage, the Classic Bowl has been reformatted into the Obstacle Dish. As its name suggests, this is a maze-like Beystadium with obstacles ranging from large, cubic blocks to points protruding into the Stadium. As Brad Best states, the Beybladers will need more than skill to win this.

Tyson sees that other than him, four others remain and they are members of the Blade Sharks, including Carlos with a repaired Blade. The battle begins and the five shoot their Beyblades. Tyson is careful in maneuvering the maze but it becomes a problem when three Blade Sharks members team-up against Tyson and use their "Triangle Attack" to conduct electricity to attack Tyson's Blade. Tyson cleverly keeps Dragoon S in safe fields, using the obstacles to keep his blade going and defeat two of the Blade Sharks. But suddenly, Carlos commands his Blade to attack those of his teammates, or former teammates. Carlos' Blade has destroyed one of theirs to pieces and when they ask why, Carlos reveals that he is tired of having someone (Kai) tell him what to do and is now going at it alone. He is using the "every man for himself" tactic of survival of the fittest and has done this to destroy the weaker Blades so he can move on the stronger ones.

Tyson is unhappy with Carlos' motives as that is not what a Beyblader should do, but Carlos tells him to stop preaching so they can get on with the Beybattle. While Carlos is ready to launch, Tyson is thinking and decides to go with a different launch this time around: shooting with the Launcher facing up. Pulling out the Ripcord, his Dragoon S goes flying out and landing in the Stadium. While Carlos thinks that Tyson is just trying to be a show off, he finds out he's wrong when Tyson's Blade disappears. Even the announcers are surprised as they try to see where Dragoon S has gone. Tyson has his Blade reappear and disappear again when Carlos' Blade gets close. Max cheers on Tyson, knowing that he has Carlos on the run. As Carlos starts panicking and wondering where the Blade went, Tyson brings back Dragoon S and it is aiming for Carlos' Blade. Defenseless, Dragoon S clashes with it head-on and sends it out, disassembling in the process. Tyson is the winner and the crowd cheers for him. Although Carlos is disappointed to have lost, Tyson goes out of his way to retrieve his Blade, put it back together and hand it back to him. Tyson tells him that is his Blade and shows him Dragoon S too, suggesting that is what his Blade could be like if he repairs it.

Carlos is left speechless with Tyson's sportsmanship and it is something Mr. Dickenson admires in him. He then turns his attention to a new Beyblader, his name is Ray Kon. He has high hopes for Ray doing well and Ray assures him he has nothing to worry about because he knows what he is doing.

Major Events[]

  • The Beyblade Main Event regional qualifying tournament begins.
  • Max enters and wins the B Block.
  • Kenny enters but loses the C Block to Kai.
  • Tyson and Blade Sharks members enter the D Block, with Tyson winning.
  • Ray makes his first appearance and is the winner of the A Block.



Featured Beybattles[]


See here for a complete gallery of Episode 04.

English Language Adaptation[]

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The following are some of the changes made to this episode in the English language adaptation of the series originally in Japanese.

  • AJ Topper and Brad Best, who provide color commentary for tournament battles and are introduced on this episode of the English dub, don't exist in the original Japanese version.
  • In the Japanese version, chairman Daitenji (Mr. Dickenson) says that he knows Takao (Tyson) "a little," signalling it (how little) with his fingers, while in the English version, using the same hand gesture, he says that he has met Tyson (before), no longer with a logical connection with the gesture anyway still being used.
  • In the English version, Kai was announced made as the defending champion in the tournament, unlike in the original Japanese version.
  • In the English version, the tournament blocks B and C were changed to C and D, and the Japanese block D isn't mentioned, despite Ray appearing to compete in it at the end.
  • Only in the English version does Kenny state that Kai has previously eliminated half of the competitors present in the entrant waiting room.
  • In the English version, Carlos isn't revealed to be illegally hiding a blade inside of his beyblade, much unlike in the original Japanese version, where such is the central part of the story.


  • In the English version, AJ Topper and Brad Best, commenting on the C Block, reference the 2001 American film The Fast and the Furious, saying that "everyone came out fast and furious."
  • In the English version, AJ Topper, commenting on stage two of the D Block, remarks "Welcome to the jungle, Brad". Welcome to the Jungle is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses.
  • In the European Portuguese version, when introducing the second phase of the D Block, AJ Topper speaks of the obstacle Baystadium, but calling it "Backstadium" instead.
  • After Carlos is defeated and falls to his knees, he keeps moving his mouth for a while as if he were speaking, although he isn't heard.
  • At the end of the episode, Ray's cloth keeping his hair together is briefly colored black instead of white. The error happens a few times throughout the season.
Beyblade's episode 4 black colored cloth error

The black colored cloth error at the end of the episode