Galaxy Zeutron Z4, known as Galaxy Zeus (ギャラクシーゼウス, Gyarakushī Zeusu) in Japan, is an Energy Layer released as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System. It debuted with the release of the B-90 3on3 Battle Booster Set on August 11th, 2017. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the Gold-X Betromoth B4 & Galaxy Zeutron Z4 Dual Pack.
Galaxy Zeutron Z4 is a Stamina Type Energy Layer that features four large blades, producing an overall rounded square design. As part of the God Layer System, Galaxy Zeus features a gimmick; it features four metal balls on tracks, like the two metal balls of its predecessor, Zeutron Z2.
In theory the metal balls would move outward due to centrifugal force and increase Outward Weight Distribution, Stamina and Stability. In practice, due to the increased number and thus weight of the balls and how much closer the tracks are to the edge of the Layer compared to its predecessor, Galaxy Zeus' gimmick works as intended, giving Combinations long spin times.
While the Japanese release of Galaxy Zeus has teeth of only average length and a recoil inducing square shape akin to Wyvron W2, the Layer's metal balls and large blades gave the Layer a relatively high weight of 12.8 grams which heavily bolstered its Burst resistance. As a result, Galaxy Zeus had great Defense and Attack potential along with its Stamina, making it a once Top-Tier Layer for Balance Combinations.
Use in Balance Combinations
Galaxy Zeus can be put to use in the Balance Combination (Metal God Chip) Galaxy Zeus 2/4/5/7 Cross/Glaive Atomic/Orbit. The free-rotating ball of Atomic/Orbit bolsters the Stamina and Burst Resistance of Galaxy Zeus, the heavy weight of 2/4/5/7 further bolsters Stamina and aids in KO Defense while the other parts can compensate for the Burst risk of using heavy Discs, and Cross/Glaive adds Life After Death, giving the Combination greater chances of Out Spinning the opponent. This Combination is capable of Out Spinning Attack and Defense Combinations with its Stamina, Burst Resistance, and KO Defense, and can potentially Burst Combinations with its recoil-inducing rounded square shape. However, this Combination must be moderate launched to be successful.
With Galaxy Zeus' heavyweight design, high Stamina and Burst Attack potential, it was once a Top-Tier Layer for Balance Combinations. However, like other "Jack-of-all-Trades" parts, Galaxy Zeus doesn't perform as consistently as a dedicated Attack, Defense or Stamina Layer such as Legend Spriggan/Sieg Xcalibur, Alter Chronos/Drain Fafnir or Guardian Kerbeus/Deep Chaos respectively. Furthermore, with the release of Cho-Z Layer System, Galaxy Zeus is now too light to remain competitive.
As such, Galaxy Zeus is not a must have but is instead a welcome addition to any blader's collection.
Differences in the Hasbro Version
Hasbro's Galaxy Zeutron Z4, unlike Takara Tomy's Galaxy Zeus, does not feature the metal ball gimmick, severely reducing the Layer's Stamina potential and weight. Furthermore, with the release of Takara Tomy's Cho-Z Layer System and previous Hasbro releases containing metal such as Xcalius X3 and Luinor L3, Galaxy Zeutron Z4 is too light to be competitive.
As such, Galaxy Zeutron Z4 is recommended for collection purposes only.
- B-90 3on3 Battle Booster Set - Galaxy Zeus 4Meteor Planet
- BG-09 Random Layer Collection Vol. 9 - 03: Galaxy Zeus
- E4746 Gold-X Betromoth B4 & Galaxy Zeutron Z4 Dual Pack - Galaxy Zeutron Z4 4 Liner-S
- E6780 Element-X Pack - Mountain-X Galaxy Zeutron Z4 12 Defense-S