- This article is about the Takara Tomy version. For the Hasbro version, see Energy Layer - Khalzar K3.
Beat Kukulcan (ビートククルカン, Bīto Kukurukan) is an Energy Layer released by Takara Tomy as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System. It debuted in Japan with the release of the B-101 Random Booster Vol. 9 Beat Kukulcan.7U.Hn on December 28th, 2017.
Takara Tomy's Beat Kukulcan features a vague tear drop shaped design with two large wings and two points of recoil on either side, akin to Quad Quetzalcoatl, with a serpent/bird's head molded on the bottom of the Layer, meant to represent this Layer's namesake; Kukulkan, the feathered serpent of Mayan mythology. As part of the God Layer System, Beat Kukulcan features a gimmick; the points of recoil can extend.
Like Arc Bahamut, Beat Kukulcan features a sub-layer that connects with the prongs of a Disc so as the Beat Kukulcan Combination grows halfway to Bursting, the sub-layer moves and releases locks on the contact points, allowing Centrifugal Force to extend them outward and increase Attack potential.
The two points of contact are ridged which creates a surface that grips into the gaps and grooves of the opponent's Layer creating high Burst Attack potential while minimizing recoil. The Attack potential is bolstered by the heavy weight from the thickness of the Layer which increases the inertia and the strong teeth which reduces the risk of Self-Bursts. However, this method of Attack reduces the effectiveness of the gimmick as the contact points do not depend on protruding from the Layer and the attack method requires mobile tips, preventing the Layer from being used effectively on Stationary Attack Combinations.
Use in Attack Combinations
Beat Kukulcan can be put to use in the Mobile Attack Combination Beat Kukulcan 0/2/4/5/7 Bump/Meteor Xtreme/Destroy. The Burst Attack potential is bolstered by the heavy weight of 0/2/4/5/7 Bump/Meteor, the speed of Xtreme/Destroy and the high friction of Xtreme specifically. The heavy weight and strong teeth of Beat Kukulcan can compensate for the increased Burst risk of heavy Discs and high friction tips and the free-spinning plate of Destroy can allow the Combination to potentially Out-Spin the opponent if a Burst is not achieved.
Takara Tomy's Beat Kukulcan features heavy weight and high Burst Attack with less recoil compared to other Attack Layers such as Sieg Xcalibur. While the gimmick has little effect on overall performance, the grip based Attack makes Beat Kukulcan a consistent counter against Maximum Garuda and a top-tier Attack Layer overall.
As such, Takara Tomy's Beat Kukulcan is not a must have but is instead a welcome addition to a blader's collection.
- B-101 Random Booster Vol. 9 Beat Kukulcan.7U.Hn - 01: Beat Kukulcan 7Under Hunter
- B-125 Random Booster Vol. 12 Dead Hades.11T.Z' - 08: Beat Kukulcan 13Dagger Yard