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This article is about the Takara Tomy version. For the Hasbro version, see Energy Layer - Nightmare Luinor L3.

Nightmare Longinus (ナイトメアロンギヌス, Naitomea Ronginusu) is an Energy Layer released by Takara Tomy as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System. It debuted in Japan with the release of the B-97 Starter Nightmare Longinus Destroy on November 11th, 2017.

Description

A left-spin Attack Type God Layer that has a special dragon-shaped disc built into the layer and can give a heavy and thick attack to the opponent.
— Official Description

Takara Tomy's Nightmare Longinus is a wide left-spin Attack Type Layer. The Layer features four metal dragon heads, akin to its predecessor's two. Two of the dragon heads surround the center and two follow along the Layer's perimeter. The snouts of the dragons are molded into the shape of spear heads which are meant to represent the Layer's namesake, the Lance of Longinus from Christian folklore. The primary points of contact are two large wings that protrude from either side of the relatively round perimeter, creating high recoil akin to an elliptical design.

As part of the God Layer System, Nightmare Longinus features two gimmicks: the first is the dragon heads are made of metal, and the second is that the Layer has a Disc integrated into the Layer.

The heavy weight of the metal dragon heads generates high inertia which increases the Layer's Knock-Out and Burst potential, to prevent breaking the opponent's Layer however, contact with the dragon heads is prevented by the wide plastic base. Due to the left-spin nature of Nightmare Longinus, 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 rate of Bursts. However, the high recoil shape still creates strong Knock-Out potential in Opposite-Spin matches. It also allows for some degree of Spin-Equalization in Opposite-Spin matches, however not to the degree of Drain Fafnir. Nightmare Longinus features only two teeth of average length, while this may imply poor Burst Resistance, the heavy weight of the Layer compensates for this.

Nightmare Longinus' integrated Disc is comprised of a plastic base and the perimeter dragon heads that moves independently from the rest of the Layer. This combination makes Nightmare Longinus heavier than most Layer and Disc Combinations. Because of the built in Disc, Nightmare Longinus is incompatible with Discs as a whole, however the plastic base features notches that allows Disc Frames to be attached.

The perimeter dragon heads function as the prongs of normal Discs so they move behind the wings as the combination grows closer to Bursting, creating an effect akin to the Xcalibur line of Layers with their stock Discs; the closer to Bursting, the more weight is added to the points of contact creating stronger attacks.

Use in Attack/Spin-Equalization Combinations

Nightmare Longinus can be put to use in the Attack/Spin-Equalization Combination Nightmare Longinus Bump/Meteor/Star/Vortex Xtreme/Variable (Worn)/Jolt. The heavy weight of Nightmare Longinus Bump/Meteor/Star/Vortex creates high Burst and Knock-Out potential while Xtreme/Variable (Worn)/Jolt grants aggressive movement and speed even when moderate launched which further bolsters Burst Attack. While the use of high friction Tips can increase the Burst risk, the heavy weight of Nightmare Longinus can compensate.

Overall

Upon its release, Nightmare Longinus became one of the best Attack Type Layer options, remaining viable into the Cho-Z Layer System era. However, in the current metagame, Nightmare Longinus is too light to remain competitive, and has been outclassed by its successors such as Guilty.

As such, Nightmare Longinus is recommended for collection purposes only.

Nightmare Longinus' heavy weight and Knock-Out potential makes it one of the best Attack Type Layers for both Same-Spin and Opposite-Spin opponents. While its weak teeth can create Burst Risk, this can be compensated with Dash Drivers and proper launching technique.

As such, Nightmare Longinus is a must have for the Burst Limited Format.

Nightmare Longinus is not legal in the WBO's Burst Classic Format.

Products

Takara Tomy

Gallery

Takara Tomy

Trivia

References

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