Hazard Kerbeus K4, known as Hazard Kerbeus (ハザードケルベウス, Hazādo Kerubeusu) in Japan, is an Energy Layer released as part of the Burst System as well as the Cho-Z Layer System. It debuted with the release of the BG-09 Random Layer Collection Vol. 9 in June 2018 and was later released in the B-121 Cho-Z Triple Booster Set on August 11th, 2018. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the SlingShock Starter Pack Hazard Kerbeus K4 7 Atomic-S.
Hazard Kerbeus is a Defense Type Energy Layer with two large blades and features three dog heads down the center, meant to represent the Layer's namesake, the mythological three headed hound Cerberus. As part of the Cho-Z Layer System, Hazard Kerbeus features metal in its design; in this case, the two blades are lined with metal in the shape of chains. The inclusion of metal makes the Layer heavier than most SwitchStrike/God Layers.
Hazard Kerbeus also features a gimmick; the two blades are capable of bending inwards to create "Bound Defense", akin to Jerk, Screw Trident, Deep Chaos, and the Layer's predecessor Guardian Kerbeus. Unlike its predecessor however, Hazard Kerbeus uses torsion springs with much greater flexibility.
Hazard Kerbeus features teeth of medium length, akin to Kaiser Kerbeus. While this along with the greater flexibility of the gimmick may imply high Burst resistance, in practice, the sharp protrusions from the muzzles of the dog heads creates points of heavy recoil. Furthermore, the short distance traveled by the blades makes the gimmick relatively ineffective. These factors create a Burst risk that the teeth of the Layer are unable to compensate for.
Like many other Cho-Z Layers, Hazard Kerbeus is unbalanced; which increases the risk of Bursts, makes it liable to break Banking Patterns and drains Stamina. However, these issues can be solved with the use of a Level Chip that fits underneath the Layer.
While Hazard Kerbeus features a much more effective Bound Defense gimmick than its predecessor, the recoil inducing shape of the dog heads makes the Layer outclassed by Archer Hercules and Revive Phoenix.
As such, Hazard Kerbeus is recommended for collection purposes only.
- B-121 Cho-Z Triple Booster Set - Hazard Kerbeus 7 Atomic
- BG-09 Random Layer Collection Vol. 9 - 05: Hazard Kerbeus
- B-130 Random Booster Vol. 13 Air Knight.12E.Et - 05: Hazard Kerbeus 4 Merge'