Hercules H4, known as Archer Hercules (アーチャーヘラクレス, Āchā Herakuresu) 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 B-115 Booster Archer Hercules 13 Eternal on June 23rd, 2018. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the SlingShock Starter Pack Hercules H4 13 Eternal-S.
Hercules H4 is a Stamina Type Energy Layer that features two bows on either side of the Layer and a face surrounded by that of a lion's, meant to represent the Layer's Japanese namesake; Heracles, divine hero of Greek mythology.
As part of the Cho-Z Layer System, Archer Hercules features metal in its design. In this case the two bows are lined with metal. The inclusion of metal makes this Layer heavier than most SwitchStrike/God Layers. Hercules H4 also features a gimmick; the metal bows can extend outwards, akin to Shadow Orichalcum and Orichalcum.
In theory, due to the centrifugal force of a Beyblade's spin, each bow will extend outward and creates an elliptical shape, akin to Metal Fight Beyblade's Flash Metal Wheel, increasing the Outward Weight Distribution of the Layer and subsequent Stamina potential. When spin speed drops later in battle, the bows retract to create a rounder shape to reduce recoil and improve Defense potential. However, two factors limit the gimmick's effectiveness: First, the movement of the bows is minor and does not create a noticeable increase in Outward Weight Distribution. Second, even when the bows are retracted, Hercules H4 still has large gaps and a rough perimeter which creates the recoil the gimmick was trying to avoid.
Despite this, Hercules H4's existing Outward Weight Distribution and teeth of medium/medium-tall length makes the Layer excel in Stamina Combinations, capable of defeating other Top-Tier Stamina and Defense Energy Layers. Furthermore, the Layer's teeth grant Archer Hercules high Burst resistance.
Like many other Cho-Z Layers, Archer Hercules is unbalanced, which increases Burst risk and drains Stamina. However, these issues can be solved with the use of a Level Chip that fits underneath the Layer.
Use in Stamina Combinations
Archer Hercules can be used in the Stamina Combination Archer Hercules 4/5/7 Atomic/Eternal. The high Stamina of Archer Hercules is bolstered by the Stamina of the 4/5/7 Disc and the Stamina and Life After Death of the Atomic/Eternal Tip while the combination is given KO resistance by the heavy weight of 4/5/7 and the ball tip of Atomic.
Archer Hercules boasts some of the greatest Stamina in the game at the time of writing, making it a Top-Tier Layer for Right Spin Stamina Combinations while also boasting excellent Burst resistance.
As such, Archer Hercules is a must have for competitive bladers.
- B-115 Archer Hercules 13 Eternal
- B-125 Random Booster Vol. 12 Dead Hades.11T.Z' - 03: Archer Hercules Heavy Friction
- B-00 Archer Hercules 10Cross Accel' (wbba. Store Exclusive)
- E4732 Hercules H4 13 Eternal-S