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Kerbeus K2 Down Orbit, known as Kaiser Kerbeus Down Orbit (カイザーケルベウス・ダウン・オービット, Kaizā Kerubeusu Daun Ōbitto) in Japan, is a Defense Type Beyblade released as part of the Burst System as well as the Dual Layer System. It was released in Japan on November 12th, 2016 for 3780円 as part of the Beyblade Super Custom Set Speed Ver..
Energy Layer - Kerbeus K2
Main article: Energy Layer - Kerbeus K2
Kerbeus K2, like its predecessor Kerbeus, is a round and thin Energy Layer designed for Defense. As such, its design consists of a six-bladed top-layer made of clear plastic; that each have a large gap in between, and a round bottom-layer made of colored plastic that's molded into the shape of chains; with each "link" of the chain-like layer slightly protruding outwards. In the center of the Layer are three dogs heads with flames near each head, representing the Layer's original namesake; Kerberos, the three-headed guard dog of the Underworld featured in Greek mythology.
At first glance, the design of Kerbeus K2, while round, appears to imply high recoil. However in reality, due to how thin the Layer is, both the clear and colored plastic layers come into contact with the opponent's Layer at the same time and cover each other's gaps in the process, and as such, is capable of reducing recoil and potential subsequent Stamina loss. For the Takara Tomy release of Kaiser Kerbeus, its strong teeth made it excel in Defense Combinations when in certain conditions. However, while this may imply high Defense potential, there are two major weaknesses:
First, when the Kerbeus K2 Combination is knocked off balance, only the six-bladed top-layer will come into contact with the opponent. As such, due to the aforementioned large gaps in between each blade, this increases the risk of the Kerbeus K2 Combination Bursting. As such, it is critical to pair up Kerbeus K2 will a Performance Tip with great stability.
Finally, the weight distribution of the Layer ends up creating poor Stamina, making Kerbeus K2 Combinations liable to being Out Spun.
Forge Disc - Down
Main article: Forge Disc - Down
Down features a dropping shape akin to Armed and Vertical with thin bands that connect the interior of the Disc with the weighted nubs along the bottom portion. Like all other Forge Discs, it features two tabs with stylized 'D's that protrude from the top to fit into the slots of an Energy Layer.
Down's design is meant to lower the center of gravity on a Beyblade, doing so increases a Beyblade's stability and reduces the risk of floor scrapes. In addition, the wide shape of Down focuses much of its weight around the perimeter, giving this Disc excellent Stamina properties and giving Attack Combinations greater aggressive movements with its Flywheel Effect.
However, Down has two features that give both advantages and disadvantages: The first is weight, Down's average weight means that its KO Defense is sub-par compared to more popular choices such as Heavy or Gravity, but at the same time gives more Burst Defense than the aforementioned Discs. The second is height and shape, while excellent for stability and Stamina, the weighted nubs create a rough perimeter and the low positioning makes it easy for said nubs to contact the stadium floor late in battle when spin velocity is low, rendering any Life After Death null. However, the low center of gravity helps resist listing and Destabilization to prevent such contact.
Performance Tip - Orbit
Main article: Performance Tip - Orbit
Orbit features a free rotating plastic ball tip with a diameter equal to Massive, surrounded by a three tabbed ring. In theory, the wider tip would increase a Beyblade's KO Defense by having greater surface area and friction, however, in practice the free rotating nature of the ball reduces most of the KO resistance given by the surface area of the ball. Like other ball based Defense Performance Tips, the tabs around Orbit are meant to act as brakes against KOs at the cost of Stamina by striking against the stadium floor, however, the large diameter makes such contact rare. If hard launched, Orbit creates an aggressive movement pattern early in the battle, bringing the Beyblade to the Tornado Ridge.
While these features may imply that Orbit-based Combinations would be easy to KO, in reality the heavy weight of SwitchStrike/God Layers and Core Discs compensate for the rotating ball. Furthermore, the free rotating tip increases the Burst resistance of an Orbit-based Combination and Orbit consistently has a stronger spring lock than Atomic which further improves Burst resistance.
In addition to the Defense properties, Orbit also features high Stamina as the free rotating nature reduces friction with the stadium floor, the wide ball tip keeps a Combination stable and thus prevents scraping.