- This article is about the Takara Tomy version. For the Hasbro version, see Energy Layer - Nepstrius N2.
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Nova Neptune (ノヴァネプチューン, Noba Nepuchūn) is an Energy Layer released by Takara Tomy as part of the Burst System as well as the Dual Layer System. It debuted in Japan with the release of the B-57 Triple Booster Set on August 6th, 2016.
Takara Tomy's Nova Neptune, like its predecessor Neptune, is a Balance Type Energy Layer that has an overall round shape. Its design consists of six sloped wave-like blades; three of which are large and are made of clear plastic, and the other three are smaller and are made of colored plastic. Unlike Neptune; in which two sideways heads on either side are featured in the center, the center of Nova Neptune features two downward profile faces on either side; with one of them wearing a crown, representing the Layer's namesake; Neptune, the god of the sea in Roman Mythology.
Unlike its predecessor Neptune, Nova Neptune has some recoil due to the shape of its sloped blades. As such, it does not have as much Defense capabilities as Neptune. While it is decent in terms of Stamina, other Layers such as Dark Deathscyther are better options. Furthermore, Nova Neptune also has sub-par Attack, making it outclassed and ill-suited for Attack Combinations as well.
Nova Neptune's four teeth further aggravate this issue; three of which are short in length, and only the second-to-last tooth is medium in length. This creates a high Burst risk that can be greatly reduced through the use of Performance Tips with a strong spring such as Zephyr' or Destroy'. Despite the release of these Performance Tips, due to Nova Neptune's weak performance, it is rendered outclassed by its predecessor Neptune.
Takara Tomy's Nova Neptune is directly outclassed by its predecessor, and its somewhat poor performance makes it ill-suited for most types of Combinations. However, with the release of Performance Tips with stronger springs, Nova Neptune's issue of weak teeth is solved to a degree. While it is too light to be competitive in the current metagame, it does have potential in the Burst Classic Format.
As such, Takara Tomy's Nova Neptune is recommended for collection purposes only in the Burst Standard Format, but is a welcome addition in the Burst Classic Format.
- B-57 Triple Booster Set - Nova Neptune Vertical Trans
- BG-05 Random Layer Collection Vol. 5 - 04: Nova Neptune
- B-67 Random Booster Vol. 5 Gigant Gaia.Q.F - 02: Nova Neptune Quarter Needle
- B-67 Random Booster Vol. 5 Gigant Gaia.Q.F - 05: Nova Neptune Jerk Impact