Driger Slash (ドライガースラッシュ, Doraigā Surasshu) is an Energy Layer released as part of Beyblade's 15th Anniversary for the Burst System. It debuted with the release of the B-61 Random Booster Vol. 4 Quad Quetzalcoatl.J.P on October 22nd, 2016. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the Driger S & Dragoon Fighter Dual Pack.
Driger Slash is an adaptation of the Tiger Defenser Attack Ring and Driger Bit Chip from the original Plastic Generation meant for the Burst System. As such, it features an overall elliptical shape with two tiger heads with large wings that form the main points of contact, and an image of the Bit Beast Driger in the center. The only differences between the Energy Layer and the original Attack Ring is that the Layer is much thicker overall, the wings are slightly more compact making the Layer somewhat smaller, the wings don't have Upper Attack slopes and the "Bit Chip" is irremovable. For the Takara Tomy release of Driger Slash, it features four teeth, the first tooth is medium in length, and the next three are tall in length, which are so tall that there have been reports of the Layer "sticking" in between clicks, like Mad Minoboros.
While the elliptical shape and large wings of Driger Slash may imply heavy recoil and thus high Burst Attack potential, in practice, the points of contact are actually compact due to their acute angle and thus reduce this Layer's recoil to below that of Victory Valkyrie's. Furthermore, the Burst Resistance of its teeth is mitigated by the Layer's light weight and low inertia caused by its hollow construction. While Driger S can has potential in Anti-Attack Combinations against Valkyrie and Xcalius by catching their points of contact and Bursting them against its own Burst Resistance, it is a niche use, which is no longer viable in the current metagame.
While Driger Slash's strong teeth made it the most viable of the four original re-releases, it still has the same problem of light weight and low inertia from its hollow design. Furthermore, with the release of Cho-Z Layers such as Hell Salamander and Revive Phoenix, Driger Slash is severely far too light to be competitive.
As such, Driger Slash is recommended for collection purposes only.
Differences in the Hasbro Version
Hasbro's Driger Slash is virtually unchanged from Takara Tomy's Driger Slash, with the same low inertia and strong Burst Resistance. With the release of SwitchStrike Layers such as Luinor L3 and Spryzen Requiem S3, Hasbro's Driger Slash is also severely too light to be competitive.
As such, Hasbro's Driger Slash is also recommended for collection purposes only.
- B-61 Random Booster Vol. 4 Quad Quetzalcoatl.J.P - 08: Driger Slash Heavy Fusion (grey)
- B-95 Random Booster Vol. 8 Shelter Regulus.5S.Tw - 08: Driger Slash 4Vortex Hunter
- B-00 Driger Slash (Clear Ver.) (Beyblade Bar Exclusive) (clear)
- B-00 Driger Slash Heavy Fusion (Darkness Ver.) (CoroCoro Exclusive) (black)
- BG-07 Random Layer Collection Vol. 7 - 01: Driger Slash