Zeutron Z2, known as Zillion Zeus (ジリオンゼウス, Jirion Zeusu) in Japan, is an Energy Layer released as part of the Burst System as well as the Dual Layer System. It debuted with the release of the B-59 Starter Zillion Zeus Infinity Weight on September 17th, 2016. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the Starter Pack Zeutron Z2 Infinity Weight.
Zeutron Z2 is a Stamina Type Energy Layer that bears a slight elliptical shape, two "Z"s on either side and two faces on either side, meant to represent its Japanese namesake: Zeus, the god of thunder in Greek Mythology. Unlike most Layers of the Dual Layer System, Zeutron Z2 features a gimmick; it features two metal balls on tracks akin to the GB145 Spin Track from Metal Fight Beyblade.
Due to centrifugal force, the metal balls move farther towards the edge of the Layer's tracks. In theory, this is meant to increase its Outward Weight Distribution and Flywheel Effect, which increases Stamina. However in practice, the weight of the distance traveled by the metal balls is too small to create a significant effect.
The six blades of its perimeter are placed symmetrically, four of which are sloped. This means that half of the time, the pointed front and back edges will make contact with the opponent's Layer. The relatively heavy weight of the large blades with the elliptical shape creates high Outward Weight Distribution which grants high Stamina retention and Burst Resistance, capable of compensating for the average teeth of the Takara Tomy release of Zillion Zeus. While this is somewhat reduced by the recoil inherent in elliptical shapes, the Layer's teeth are capable of compensating for this, and the recoil Zillion Zeus creates grants Attack potential, making it an excellent Layer for Balance Combinations.
However, the impact on the back edges has lead to numerous reported cases of breaks with no mold variations released to solve that problem. As such it is recommended to own multiple copies of this Layer and to be prepared to replace it.
Use in Balance Combinations
Zillion Zeus can be put to use in the Balance Combination Zillion Zeus Heavy/Gravity/Knuckle/Down/Spread Orbit/Trans. The Stamina of Zillion Zeus is bolstered by Heavy/Gravity/Knuckle/Down/Spread and Orbit/Trans. Heavy/Gravity adds KO Defense and bolsters Zillion Zeus' Attack potential. Knuckle/Down and Orbit bolsters Burst resistance. Trans can make the Combination switch between Stationary Stamina and Mobile Stamina/Attack.
Use in Attack Combinations
Zillion Zeus can be put to use in the Attack Combination Zillion Zeus Heavy/Gravity Accel/Zephyr. The elliptical shape of Zillion Zeus creates Attack potential that is bolstered by the heavy weight of Heavy/Gravity while Burst resistance is bolstered by the low friction of Accel/Zephyr which allows this Combination to either Burst or slow down its opponent.
Zillion Zeus' relatively high weight, high Outward Weight Distribution and recoil inducing shape made it an excellent choice for Balance Combinations. However like other "Jack-of-all-Trades" parts, Zillion Zeus does not perform as consistently as a dedicated Attack, Defense or Stamina Layer. Furthermore with the release of the SwitchStrike/God Layer System, Zillion Zeus has become too light to remain competitive.
As such, Zillion Zeus is recommended for collection purposes only.
Differences in the Hasbro Version
Hasbro's Zeutron Z2 is virtually unchanged from Takara Tomy's Zillion Zeus with the same high Stamina retention, which in the Hasbro-Only Format is one of the highest, elliptical shape, Attack potential and moderate Burst resistance. However, due to the softer plastic used, Zeutron Z2 does not break as easily as Zillion Zeus. These factors made Zeutron Z2 an excellent choice in the same Combinations used in the Takara Tomy version, but with the release of the SwitchStrike/God Layer System, Zeutron Z2 is now too light to remain competitive.
As such, Zeutron Z2 is also recommended for collection purposes only.
- B-59 Zillion Zeus Infinity Weight (purple and yellow)
- B-00 Zillion Zeus Infinity Weight (Saint Thunder Ver.) (translucent white)
- B-00 Zillion Zeus Magnum Variable (Gold God Ver.) (CoroCoro Exclusive) (black and gold)