Luinor L4, known as Bloody Longinus (ブラッディロンギヌス, Buraddi Ronginusu) 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-110 Starter Bloody Longinus 13 Jolt on April 28th, 2018. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the SlingShock Starter Pack Luinor L4 13 Jolt-S.
Luinor L4 is a wide Energy Layer designed for Left-Spin Attack that features five dragon heads, representing the anime's rendition of this Layer's beast; a dragon, with one in the center of the Layer and four that line each of the wings that make up the points of contact, creating a diamond and thus aggressive and high recoil design. The snouts of the dragons and the tip of each wing are molded into the shape of spear heads which are meant to represent this Layer's Japanese namesake, the Roman Soldier Longinus of Christian Mythology who stabbed Christ with a lance.
As part of the Cho-Z Layer System and like previous Luinor/Longinus Layers, Bloody Longinus features metal in its design; in this case, each of the outer dragon heads are made of metal. The inclusion of metal makes Bloody Longinus heavier than most SwitchStrike/God Layers.
The heavy weight of Bloody Longinus' metal dragon heads generate high inertia which increases the Layer's KO and Burst potential. However, the Left-Spin nature of Luinor L4 means that it and a Right-Spin opponent's Layer will spin together like gears if they are of similar spin speed, which heavily reduces recoil and the rate of Bursts. However, the high recoil diamond shape can still create strong KO potential, though not to the degree of Luinor L3, in Opposite-Spin battles and makes Luinor L4 outclass its predecessor in Burst Attack potential in Left-Spin vs. Left-Spin battles. Furthermore, Luinor L4 is very wide in shape, which increases its Attack range and allows greater room for error in Banking Patterns. While the opposite spin allows for some degree of Spin Equalization, it is not to the degree of Drain Fafnir, Geist Fafnir, and Spriggan Requiem.
The Takara Tomy release of Bloody Longinus features three teeth of medium-high length that are capable of withstanding the recoil this Layer produces, even against another Left-Spin opponent, as the heavy weight further increases Burst Resistance as the Layer's higher inertia can better resist teeth skipping.
Like many other Cho-Z Layers, Bloody Longinus is unbalanced which increases the risk of Bursts, is 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.
Use in Attack Combinations
Bloody Longinus can be put to use in the Attack Combination Bloody Longinus 0/2/4/5/7 Bump/Meteor Jolt/Xtreme/Variable (Worn). The heavy weight of Bloody Longinus 0/2/4/5/7 Bump/Meteor creates high Burst and KO potential while Jolt/Xtreme/Variable (Worn) grants aggressive movement and speed even when moderate launched which further bolsters Burst Attack. While the use of high friction Tips and heavy Discs can increase Burst risk, the heavy weight and strong teeth of Bloody Longinus can compensate.
Bloody Longinus' heavy weight, KO and Burst potential makes it one of the best Attack Layers for Left-Spin vs. Left-Spin matches in the meta game, at the time of writing, and its ability to accommodate Discs and Frames gives it greater versatility and greater overall Combination weight than its predecessor Nightmare Longinus, although its shape does make it lag behind its predecessor in Opposite-Spin matches.
As such, Bloody Longinus is not a must have but is instead a welcome addition to a blader's collection.
Differences in the Hasbro Version
Unlike Takara Tomy's Bloody Longinus and previous Luinor Energy Layers, Hasbro's Luinor L4 does not feature metal in its design, making it lighter than most SwitchStrike Energy Layers. As a result of this, Luinor L4 lags behind Luinor L3 and even Luinor L2 in Attack Potential and Burst Resistance; only slightly stronger than the Burst Resistance of the Ultimate Tournament Collection recolor of Luinor L3. Due to these drawbacks, there is little reason to purchase Luinor L4 over Luinor L3.
As such, Luinor L4 is recommended for collection purposes only.
- B-110 Bloody Longinus 13 Jolt
- B-00 Bloody Longinus 13 Jolt (Gold Dragon Ver.)
- B-00 Bloody Longinus (Crimson Dragon Ver.)
- B-118 Random Booster Vol. 11 Vise Leopard.12L.Ds - 08: Bloody Longinus 8Vortex Defense
- B-128 Cho-Z Customize Set - Bloody Longinus 1'Dagger Cycle
- E4730 Luinor L4 13 Jolt-S