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Energy Layer - Hercules H4
Main article: Energy Layer - Hercules H4
Hercules H4 is a symmetrical Stamina Type Energy Layer that features two bows on either side of the Layer and a face surrounded by that of a lion's, representing the Layer's namesake; Heracles, a divine hero of Greek mythology. As part of the Cho-Z Layer System, Archer Hercules features metal in its design; in this case, the two bows are lined with metal. The inclusion of metal makes this Layer heavier than most SwitchStrike/God Layers. Hercules H4 also features a gimmick; the bows can extend outwards, akin to Shadow Orichalcum and Orichalcum.
Early in battle, due to centrifugal force, each bow will extend outward and create an elliptical shape, akin to Metal Fight Beyblade's Flash Metal Wheel, theoretically increasing Hercules H4's Outward Weight Distribution of the Layer and subsequent Stamina potential. When centrifugal force drops later in battle, the bows retract to create a rounder shape to potentially reduce recoil and improve Defense potential.
However, while this gimmick may imply high Stamina and Defense potential, two factors limit its effectiveness: First, the movement of the bows is minor and does not create a noticeable increase in Outward Weight Distribution. Second, even when the bows are retracted, Hercules H4 still has large gaps and a rough perimeter which creates the recoil its gimmick was trying to avoid.
Despite this, for the Takara Tomy release of Archer Hercules, its existing Outward Weight Distribution and teeth of medium/medium-tall length makes the Layer excel in Stamina Combinations, capable of winning against other Top-Tier Stamina and Defense Combinations. Furthermore, the Layer's teeth gives Archer Hercules high Burst Resistance.
Like many other Cho-Z Layers, Archer Hercules is unbalanced, which increases Burst risk and drains Stamina. However, these issues can be solved with the use of a Level Chip that fits underneath the Layer.
Forge Disc - 13
Main article: Forge Disc - 13
13, like most other odd numbered Core Discs, is asymmetrical and elliptical in shape in order to facilitate a Disc Frame. Each side features four protrusions with molding to create the shape of a "13" with one side featuring a greater number of molding lines, though too shallow to create any noticeable imbalance. While the aggressive design of the Disc may imply high Burst potential from Disc-to-Layer contact, due to the fact that most Burst Performance Tips are of the same or very similar heights, such contact is rare. Compared to other Core Discs, 13 is one of the lightest, even lighter than 6. This light weight severely hinders 13's Attack, Defense and Stamina potential and while the light weight would create high Burst resistance, the heavy weight of the SwitchStrike/God Layer System and the Cho-Z Layer System makes the use of lightweight Discs for Burst resistance obsolete.
Performance Tip - Eternal-S
Main article: Performance Tip - Eternal-S