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Shadow Orichalcum (シャドウ・オリハルコン, Shadō Oriharukon), stylized as Shadow Ωrichalcum, 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-00 CoroCoro Exclusive Booster Shadow Orichalcum Aero Bite in August 2017.

Description

Takara Tomy's Shadow Orichalcum features a round design with a face on either side and orbs on either side, meant to represent this Layer's namesake, the historical metal Orichalcum. As part of the God Layer System, Shadow Orichalcum features a gimmick; the underside of the Layer features claws that grip onto the Driver.

Due to the centrifugal force of a Beyblade's spin, each half of the Layer will extend outward and in turn bring two grooved claws on the underside of the Layer inwards to grip onto the Driver and revealing gold coloration for identification. In theory this is meant to increase the Burst Resistance of a Shadow Orichalcum Combination early in battle where spin speeds and thus Burst risks are highest. In practice, the grooved claws increase the friction between the Layer and Driver and thus the gimmick works as intended.

However, two factors limit the gimmick's effectiveness; first, the action of each half of the Layer extending outwards creates an elliptical shape. This elliptical shape creates high amounts of recoil and increases Burst risk and can create a Knock-Out (KO) risk depending on the Driver used. Second, Shadow Orichalcum features four teeth of only medium length and thus the Layer must depend on its gimmick to not Burst with the aforementioned elliptical shape.

Overall

Takara Tomy's Shadow Orichalcum features a working gimmick and a very round design. However, the elliptical shape created by the gimmick and the somewhat weak teeth mitigates the effectiveness of the gimmick.

As such, Takara Tomy's Shadow Orichalcum is not a must have but is instead a welcome addition to any blader's collection.

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