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Dragoon G is an Attack Type Beyblade and the first entry in the Engine Gear System toyline. It is a Left Spin Beyblade and sixth model in the "Dragoon" series following the A-69 Dragoon V2. It utilizes the Type 1 Engine Gear System (Instant Release) which equips a Left-Spin Engine Gear Core with an Instant Release Blade Base for an immediate short-term, speed burst upon landing following Launch.
The original Starter Set, released by Takara Tomy in December 2002, included a blue Neo Reverse Shooter, yellow Dragon Winder and white Turbo Winder. Hasbro would release a starter pack featuring this Beyblade internationally during 2004.
Bit Chip: Dragoon
This Bit Chip is white and includes an optional sticker. It is the anime depiction of its Bit-Beast, Dragoon over a simplistic yellow and green background with white katakana for Dragoon, "ドラグーン".
Attack Ring: Eight Spiker
Main article: Attack Ring - Eight Spiker
- Weight: 5 grams
Eight Spikes takes the form of four dragon heads followed by slightly smaller fins, for a total of eight contact points. Each one of its eight well-spaced, well-shaped contact points is further enhanced by small spikes, adding Spike Attack to its already prodigious Smash Attack. Despite its hyper-aggressive profile, Eight Spiker is low on Recoil, and is capable of exceptionally clean knock outs at any stage of a battle.
It is therefore one of the best left spin Smash Attack ARs. However, being effective in left spin only comes at a cost: it is unable to make use of Grip Base, the fastest low-height base. Additionally, its lack of any Upper Attack slopes means that it has more trouble outspinning opponents when using bases such as SG Metal Flat 2. Nonetheless, it is an excellent Smash Attack AR, commonly considered the best Left-Spin Smash AR, and is, at the very least, a strong contender for this title.
Use in Smash Attack Customization
- AR: Eight Spiker (Dragoon G)
- WD: Wide Defense
- SG: Neo Left SG (Normal Core) (Dragoon V2)
- SP: Fin Tectors (Draciel V2)
- BB: Customize Grip Base (Dragoon V2)
In this custom, Eight Spiker's consistently powerful Smash Attack is enhanced in a couple ways: by the outwardly focused weight of Wide Defense–which increases movement speed–and by the additional lower Smash Attack provided by the Fin Tectors, which is useful given the slightly tall nature of Customize Grip Base.
Weight Disk: Ten Wide
Main article: Weight Disk - Ten Wide
- Weight: 14 Grams
Engine Gear: Metal Semi-Flat
Main article: Engine Gear - Metal Semi-Flat
Dragoon G is equipped with a Left Engine Gear which has a Metal Semi-Flat tip. Despite the name, however, the tip is flat, only having slight rounding of the edges. This provides aggressive movement and decent Survival. The Engine Gear itself provides a burst of speed (the timing of which depends on the base it is used with). However, the tip isn't fully able to make use of this, and often, the most noticeable effect of activation is self-KO.
Furthermore, it is too tall to hit many opponents, and is limited to Engine-Gear compatible bases, all of which are impractical and/or bulky. Overall, this part has no competitive use.
Blade Base: First Clutch
Main article: Blade Base - First Clutch
The Instant Release Base is a type of Blade Base compatible with the Engine Gear System. These Blade Bases were designed to work in conjunction with Engine Gears by activating their motors fully and immediately upon Launch. The first Instant Release Base was released on December 2002 in the A-89 Dragoon G starter pack.
An Instant Release Base activates an Engine Gear core immediately at the start of battle.
Types of Instant Release Bases
- Dragoon G Version: An Instant Release Base equipped with eight (8) blades for increased attack power.
- Driger G Version: An Instant Release Base designed for increased defensive power with a circular design that repels enemy attacks with relative ease.
- Dragoon GT Version: An Instant Release Base equipped with four (4) large blades for increased attack power and effectiveness low-profile enemies.
- Zeus Version: An Instant Release Base designed with an open-flow design and a defensive rim with eight (8) nodules. This makes it lightweight and durability while being of fending off the advancing assaults from enemy Beys.
- Dragoon G - A-103 Engine Gear Try Set Metallic Blue Ver.
- Dragoon G - Fire Red Ver. (Toys 'R' Us Japan Exclusive)
- Dragoon G - Gold, Silver and Bronze Tournament Prize Versions.
- Dragoon G - JT Campaign Silver Ver.
- Dragoon G - Hasbro Metallic Dark Blue Ver. (comes with Left Customize Engine Gear and Metal Semi-Flat CEW)
Names In Other Language
- Japanese: First Clutch Base (ファーストクラッチベース)
- Bronze Ver. - Released as a Japanese BBA G1 prize.
- Blue Ver. - Released as part of the A-103 Beyblade Engine Gear Try Set.
- Fire Blood Version ファイアーブラッドバージョン: Released as an exclusive recolor in Toys R Us stores in Japan. This variant is red in color.
- JT Original Ver. - Released as a JT Campaign prize.
- Hasbro Recolor - Released in a dark blue coloring as part of Hasbro's re-release campaign.
Dragoon G - Original Version
Dragoon G - A-103 Engine Gear Try Set Metallic Blue Version
Dragoon G - Fire Red Version (Toys 'R' Us Japan Exclusive)
Dragoon G - Hasbro Metallic Dark Blue Version
- Dragoon G is the only Beyblade with a red Engine Gear.