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This article is about the Takara Tomy version. For the Hasbro version, see Energy Layer - Fafnir F3.

Drain Fafnir (ドレインファブニル, Dorēn Fabunīru) 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-79 Starter Drain Fafnir 8 Nothing on April 29th, 2017.

Description

A left-spin Stamina Type God Layer that absorbs the attack of a clockwise spinning opponent with a rubber blade and increases its rotational power.
— Official Description

Takara Tomy's Drain Fafnir is a round left-spin Stamina Type God Layer that features three dragon heads meant to represent this Layer's namesake: Fafnir, a dragon from Norse mythology. These dragon heads have clear plastic "horns" and rubber "F"s that sticks out slightly at two points along the perimeter. Three claws grasp the center God Chip. These molding details give Drain Fafnir a rough perimeter and a high Outward Weight Distribution (OWD) by concentrating the weight along the perimeter. Drain Fafnir features three teeth of medium-high length, akin to those found on Lost Longinus. As part of the God Layer System, Drain Fafnir features a gimmick: the rubber "F"s aid in the ability to Spin-Equalize with a right-spin opponent.

While the rough perimeter of Drain Fafnir may imply recoil, the left-spin nature of this Layer reduces recoil against a right-spin opponent. Even when against a left-spin opponent, the protrusions are too stubby to cause any noticeable recoil and Stamina loss. When spinning slower than a right-spin opponent, the rubber "F"s, "horns" and round shape of Drain Fafnir allows for Spin-Equalization, where the Layers of two opposite spinning Beyblades work akin to gears, increasing friction and equally distribute their spin.

When against a left-spin opponent, Drain Fafnir cannot Spin-Equalize; in these matchups the clear plastic "horn" of each dragon head receives the initial impact and the friction of the rubber "F"s act as brakes, stopping the opposing Layer and potentially Bursting them. However, if Drain Fafnir has less Burst Resistance than the left-spin opponent, the friction of the rubber "F"s can cause a Drain Fafnir combination to Self-Burst.

However, due to the low amount of exposed rubber, Drain Fafnir struggles to Spin-Equalize against Layers with smooth, round designs such as Blaze Ragnaruk and Maximum Garuda.

Use in Balance Combinations

Drain Fafnir can be put to use in the Spin-Equalization Balance Combination Drain Fafnir 0/00/7/10Cross/Expand/Proof Atomic'/Bearing'/Destroy'/Drift. The heavy weight of the Discs bolster Knock-Out Resistance and synergize with the Outward Weight Distribution (OWD) of Drain Fafnir to increase Stamina. The Drivers give the Precession needed to win by Out-Spin and the Knock-Out Resistance to stay within the stadium.

Overall

Although once a top pick for Stamina Combinations, Takara Tomy's Drain Fafnir has since been outclassed by releases in the Cho-Z Layer System and onward.

As such, Takara Tomy's Drain Fafnir is recommended for collection purposes only.

Takara Tomy's Drain Fafnir is a versatile left-spin Layer with high potential in Spin-Equalization Combinations due to its high Burst Resistance, Stamina, and Defense. While it may struggle against Layers such as Deep Chaos, Drain Fafnir's effectiveness against top-tier Attack Type Layers makes it a top-tier Layer for Defense and Stamina Combinations.

As such, Takara Tomy's Drain Fafnir is a must have for competitive bladers.

Takara Tomy's Drain Fafnir is not legal in the WBO's Burst Classic Format.

As such, Takara Tomy's Drain Fafnir is recommended for collection purposes only.

Products

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Gallery

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Trivia

  • Since Fang Fenrir and Drain Fafnir both use the letter F in their abbreviations and emblems, Drain Fafnir uses an inverted F for differentiation.
  • Drain Fafnir is one of the few Layers to not have its name changed in the Hasbro release, aside from the added F3 suffix.

References

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