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Xcalius, known in Japan as Xcalibur (エクスカリバー, Ekusukaribā), is an Energy Layer released as part of the Burst System. It debuted with the release of the B-23 Starter Xcalibur Force Xtreme on December 26th, 2015.
Xcalius is an Attack Type Layer based on the legendary sword Excalibur and features a large sword running down the length of the Layer, two bird heads along the sides and a large "X" in the center. This Layer contains one primary contact point, the tip of the sword which protrudes significantly from the bottom which makes this Layer excel at giving both Over Finishes and Burst Finishes. The original Japanese release of Xcalibur was the first Layer to have redesigned teeth in that they were made much wider to fix a problem with wear, said teeth are also very tall which allows the Layer to withstand its own recoil and avoid Burst Finishes. However, Xcalius' design makes it incredibly unbalanced which worsens its stamina and can break Banking Patterns.
Use in Attack Combinations
Xcalius can be put to use in the combination Xcalius Heavy/Gravity Xtreme. Xcalius works best when paired with a quick and aggressive tip like Xtreme and the heavy weight of Heavy/Gravity adds to the combination's momentum and striking power. Furthermore the high friction of Xtreme resists Banking Pattern loss from Xcalius' off balanced design.
With Xcalibur's strong teeth and aggressive shape this Layer has become top-tier for attack customizations and unlike other top-tier attack layers like Valkyrie, the redesigned teeth will not wear down with use. However, Xcalibur incurs self-Bursts much more easily than Valkyrie, the off balanced design reduces stamina and is liable to breaking banking patterns. Furthermore, with the release of the Switch-Strike/God Layer System, Xcalibur is too light to stay competitive.
As such, Takara Tomy's Xcalibur is recommended only for collection purposes.
Differences in the Hasbro Version
Hasbro's release of Xcalibur, known as Xcalius, is almost identical to Takara Tomy's release with strong slopes that grant the Layer high Burst resistance. With the weakened slopes of Hasbro's Valtryek, Xcalius had become a top tier part in Attack combinations. However, with the release of the Switch-Strike/God Layer System, specifically Legend Spryzen S3, Xcalius is now too light to remain competitive.
As such, Xcalius is now recommended for collection purposes only.
- B-23 Xcalibur Force Xtreme (Translucent Red/Gold)
- Xcalibur Force Xtreme (Gold Ver.) (Gold)
- Xcalibur Force Xtreme (Saint Knight Ver.) (Pearl)
- CoroCoro promotion (Translucent Black/Gold)
- BG-04 Random Layer Collection Vol. 4 - Xcalibur (Translucent Blue/Silver)
- While not listed as a Dual Layer, Xcalius is constructed in an identical fashion to a Dual Layer.
- The Translucent Blue/Silver version of Xcalius in the BG-04 Random Layer Collection is very fragile with numerous cases of the top portion of the sword breaking off.