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Kerbeus K2, known as Kaiser Kerbeus (カイザーケルベウス, Kaizā Kerubeusu) in Japan, is an Energy Layer released as part of the Burst System as well as the Dual Layer System. It debuted with the release of the B-37 Booster Kaiser Kerbeus Limited Press on April 2nd, 2016. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the Starter Pack Kerbeus K2 Limited Press.

Description

Kerbeus K2, like its predecessor Kerbeus, is a round and thin Energy Layer designed for Defense. As such, its design consists of a six-bladed top-layer made of clear plastic; that each have a large gap in between, and a round bottom-layer made of colored plastic that's molded into the shape of chains; with each "link" of the chain-like layer slightly protruding outwards. In the center of the Layer are three dogs heads with flames near each head, representing the Layer's original namesake; Kerberos, the three-headed guard dog of the Underworld featured in Greek mythology.

At first glance, the design of Kerbeus K2, while round, appears to imply high recoil. However in reality, due to how thin the Layer is, both the clear and colored plastic layers come into contact with the opponent's Layer at the same time and cover each other's gaps in the process, and as such, is capable of reducing recoil and potential subsequent Stamina loss. For the Takara Tomy release of Kaiser Kerbeus, its strong teeth made it excel in Defense Combinations when in certain conditions. However, while this may imply high Defense potential, there are two major weaknesses:

First, when the Kerbeus K2 Combination is knocked off balance, only the six-bladed top-layer will come into contact with the opponent. As such, due to the aforementioned large gaps in between each blade, this increases the risk of the Kerbeus K2 Combination Bursting. As such, it is critical to pair up Kerbeus K2 will a Performance Tip with great stability.

Finally, the weight distribution of the Layer ends up creating poor Stamina, making Kerbeus K2 Combinations liable to being Out Spun.

Overall

Kaiser Kerbeus was a great and commonly available Energy Layer for Defense, however with the release of the SwitchStrike/God Layer System, Kaiser Kerbeus is now too light to be competitive.

As such, Kaiser Kerbeus is recommended for collection purposes only.

Differences in the Hasbro Version

Hasbro's Kerbeus K2 is virtually unchanged from Takara Tomy's Kaiser Kerbeus with the same low recoil and poor Stamina. However, Kerbeus K2's Burst resistance is much higher than its Takara Tomy counterpart's which made it one of the strongest Layers for Defense Combinations in the Hasbro metagame. However, with the release of the SwitchStrike/God Layer System, Kerbeus K2 is now too light to remain competitive.

As such, Kerbeus K2 is also recommended for collection purposes only.

Products

Takara Tomy

Hasbro

Gallery

Takara Tomy

Hasbro

Trivia

References

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