Cho-Z Achilles is an Energy Layer released by Hasbro as part of the Burst System as well as the Pro Series System. It debuted in western countries with the release of the Pro Series Starter Pack Cho-Z Achilles 00 Dimension.
Hasbro's Cho-Z Achilles is virtually unchanged from Takara Tomy's Cho-Z Achilles. but manufactured with weaker materials.
Hasbro's Pro Series Cho-Z Achilles is a Balance Type Energy Layer. The center features a shield and an armored face facing forward, unlike its predecessor where the face was seen from a side profile, meant to represent the Layer's namesake, the Greek hero Achilles. The perimeter is made up of four large blades as the primary points of contact, two of which are molded in the shape of swords, granting the Layer high Knock-Out and Burst Attack potential. As part of the Pro Series Cho-Z Layer System, Cho-Z Achilles features metal in its design; in this case, concentrated on the sword blades. Cho-Z Achilles also features a gimmick; the Layer features an anti-Bursting mechanism called the "Cho-Z Awakening System".
At high spin velocity, the centrifugal force activates a bistable mechanism, revealing sub wings called the "Turbo Blades" and in turn extending tabs called "Burst Stoppers" in the grooves meant to fit the prongs of the Disc. The Burst Stoppers then obstruct the Disc, hindering the last click and preventing the Cho-Z Achilles Combination from Bursting. Due to the bistable mechanism the wings and tabs do not retract when spin speeds are low and must be manually pushed in after every match to allow the gimmick to work as intended.
Only two of Cho-Z Achilles' "Turbo Blades" will move the tabs, as well as the remaining two "Turbo Blades". However, due to the bistable mechanism, Cho-Z Achilles requires rather extreme spin speeds for the gimmick to activate which may be difficult for younger bladers.
The Layer's size and the inclusion of metal makes Cho-Z Achilles heavier than most God Layers, improving Attack Potential by increasing the weight of the Layer, granting higher inertia that increases both Knock-Out and Burst Attack and increasing the Layer's Burst Resistance as the high inertia resists teeth skipping, a property that compliments the tall teeth of Cho-Z Achilles. Due to these factors and the shape of the blades, Cho-Z Achilles performs well in Attack Combinations. Furthermore, due to the small size of the "Turbo Blades" and how recessed they are normally, Cho-Z Achilles shows identical Attack potential whether or not the gimmick is activated, unlike Cho-Z Valtryek.
However, Cho-Z Achilles' points of contact will wear down fairly quickly with use, drastically reducing the Layer's Attack potential. Due to this, it is recommended to have multiple copies of this Layer and to be prepared to replace it.
Unlike Cho-Z Layers and like other Layers with the "Cho-Z" prefix, Cho-Z Achilles is incompatible with a Level Chip.
Its heavy weight, strong teeth and working gimmick make Hasbro's Cho-Z Achilles one of the best Layer choices for Right-Spin Attack at the time of its release. Furthermore, due to the small size of the "Turbo Blades", Cho-Z Achilles is much easier to use and thus more consistent than Cho-Z Valtryek. However, Cho-Z Achilles has since been outclassed by Layers released in the Dynamite Battle Layer System.
As such, Hasbro's Pro Series Cho-Z Achilles is not a must have but is instead a welcome addition to a blader's collection.
- The F2292 release of this Energy Layer in the Elite Champions Pro Set is identical to the Rare Color Ver. of the Takara Tomy B-129 Starter release.