Roktavor R3, known as Blaze Ragnaruk (ブレイズラグナルク, Bureizu Ragunaruku) in Japan, is an Energy Layer released as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System. It debuted with the release of the B-75 Booster Blaze Ragnaruk 4Cross Flugel on March 18th, 2017. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the SwitchStrike Starter Pack Roktavor R3 4Cross Flugel.
Roktavor R3 is a round Energy Layer designed for Stamina. Consisting of a small inner layer made of clear plastic and four wings, two of which are small and made of clear plastic and two of which are large are made of colored plastic. The large wings are molded to create the visage of heads to match the anime's rendition of the Layer's beast, a winged demon. The small clear wings are dubbed the "Stamina Wings" and make up the gimmick of this Layer.
In theory, the edges of the wings would extend from their hinges and increase a Beyblade's stamina by increasing the Layer's Outward Weight Distribution, however in practice the size of the wings are simply too small to cause any noticeable weight shift and thus serve no real purpose.
The compact placement of the wings creates a very round design where any protrusions and gaps from and between the wings are too shallow to create high recoil. The large size of the wings imply high Outward Weight Distribution and Stamina potential but in actuality, Roktavor R3's Stamina is only average. The Takara Tomy release, Blaze Ragnaruk, features four teeth of tall height giving this Layer high Burst resistance.
Use in Defense Combinations
Blaze Ragnaruk can be put to use in the Defense Combination Blaze Ragnaruk 2/4/5/7 Glaive/Cross Atomic/Orbit. Due to the high Burst resistance of Blaze Ragnaruk, it can use heavier Core Discs such as 2/4/5/7 without suffering from high Burst risk and the Glaive/Cross Disc Frame can add Life After Death. The free spinning ball of Atomic/Orbit aids Blaze Ragnaruk's Burst resistance and gives the combination Stamina.
Blaze Ragnaruk is a vast improvement over its predecessors Ragnaruk and Rising Ragnaruk due to changing from elliptical to round in shape and the much taller teeth. The Burst resistance of the Layer makes is a great choice for Defense Combinations with greater Stamina than other Layers such as Kreis Satan and its smooth perimeter makes it a consistent counter against Drain Fafnir. However, with the release of Alter Chronos, Blaze Ragnaruk has become outclassed.
As such, Blaze Ragnaruk is recommended for collection purposes only.
Differences in the Hasbro Version
Hasbro's Roktavor R3 is virtually unchanged from Takara Tomy's Blaze Ragnaruk with the same strong Burst resistance and round shape. However, as an early SwitchStrike release, Roktavor R3 does not have a strong weight advantage over previous Hasbro Layers such as Unicrest. Roktavor R3 also became outclassed with the release of Fafnir F3 and Garuda G3.
As such, Roktavor R3 is also recommended for collection purposes only.
- B-75 Blaze Ragnaruk 4Cross Flugel (orange)
- B-87 Random Booster Vol. 7 Maximum Garuda.8F.Fl - 04: Blaze Ragnaruk Nine Liner
- B-95 Random Booster Vol. 8 Shelter Regulus.5S.Tw - 04: Blaze Ragnaruk Triple Revolve
- B-00 Blaze Ragnaruk 4Star Blow (wbba. Store Exclusive)
- B-00 Premiere Set - Blaze Ragnaruk 4Cross Flugel (Premiere Set Ver.)
- B-00 Blaze Ragnaruk 4Cross Flugel (Premium Ver.)
- B-00 Blaze Ragnaruk (Rugby Top League Ver.)