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Insert Hasbro Name, known as Geist Fafnir 8' Absorb (ガイストファブニル・エイトダッシュ・アブソーブ, Gaisuto Fabunīru Eito Dasshu Abusōbu) in Japan, is a Stamina Type Beyblade released as part of the Burst System as well as the Cho-Z Layer System. It was released as a Starter in Japan on September 22nd, 2018 for 1566円.
Energy Layer - Geist Fafnir
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Geist Fafnir, like its predecessor Drain Fafnir, is a Stamina Type Energy Layer that features a triangular perimeter and three side profile dragon heads with an "F" along each head, meant to represent this Layer's namesake; Fafnir the Nordic Dragon of Greed. As part of the Cho-Z Layer System, Geist Fafnir features metal in its design; in this case, interspersed between the dragon heads. The inclusion of metal makes this Layer heavier than most SwitchStrike/God Layers. Aside from being a Left-Spin Layer, Geist Fafnir also features two gimmicks: The first is that the "F"s are made of rubber, akin to both its predecessor and the L-Drago II Clear Wheel from Metal Fight Beyblade, which aids in this Layer's ability to Spin Equalize with a Right-Spin opponent. The second is that the Layer can cushion impacts with its wings.
While the triangular shape and rough perimeter of Geist Fafnir may imply recoil, the Left-Spin nature of this Layer reduces recoil against a Right-Spin opponent. When spinning slower than a Right-Spin opponent, the rubber "F"s of Geist Fafnir allows for Spin Equalization, where the Layers of two opposite spinning Beyblades work akin to gears and equally distribute their spin, by acting as a cushion against impact, increasing friction between them Layers and acting as a "hook" for the other Beyblade to catch into and propel Geist Fafnir faster and thus further reducing recoil to increase the rate of contact. Due to the greater exposed surface area of the rubber, the effect is more prominent than in Drain Fafnir, though the greater weight makes the effect far less pronounced against lightweight opponents.
However, when against a Left-Spin opponent, Geist Fafnir cannot Spin Equalize and thus the rubber will instead act as brakes. If the opponent has less Burst Resistance than Geist Fafnir, then the friction can potentially Burst the opponent. However, if the opponent has greater Burst Resistance than Geist Fafnir, the friction of the rubber can cause a Geist Fafnir Combination to Self-Burst or severely lose Stamina.
The bottom row of the dragon heads' teeth and the wings are attached via an axle. Upon impact, the wings will move until the bottom row of teeth make contact with the top row, which creates a rounder shape that is meant to cushion impacts and further reduce recoil. In practice, while this gimmick does work as intended, it is somewhat ineffective, as the already triangular and somewhat aggressive design of the Layer can still create recoil that can threaten to Burst or KO a Geist Fafnir Combination in battle, even when against Right-Spin opponents, but mainly unbalanced ones like Buster Xcalibur.
Forge Disc - 8'
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Performance Tip - Absorb
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Absorb features a spring-loaded sharp tip of a small diameter surrounded by a free-spinning ring, akin to a combination of Revolve and Nothing. The sharp tip of Absorb provides low friction with the stadium floor, resulting in high Stamina and Burst Defense properties. The wide diameter of the ring gives Absorb high precession time and Spin-Equalization potential in opposite spin match-ups. Compared to similar Performance Tips, Absorb's precession time is equal to Revolve's but lower than Eternal's.
The spring-loaded tip has two purposes, the first is to prevent harsh impacts against the stadium floor from launch, preventing accidental Self-Knock-Outs from bouncing. The second is that when the tip is fully depressed, the center sharp tip is retracted and the ring is locked in place, creating a hollow flat tip with aggressive movement akin to Zephyr. However, without a mechanism to keep the spring compressed, this aggressive movement only happens briefly upon first landing.
- Like its predecessor Fafnir F3 8 Nothing, Geist Fafnir's name is based off of Fafnir, a son of the dwarf king Hreidmar, in Norse mythology. Fafnir was cursed by Andvari's ring and gold, turning him into a dragon, which is enforced by Fafnir's dragon avatar.
- The word 'Geist' in its name is the German word for "ghost" or "spirit".
- In the Turbo anime, Geist Fafnir possesses a gold Level Chip.