Ninja Salamander SW145SD or Shinobi Saramanda SW145SD (シノビサラマンダSW145SD, Shinobi Saramanda SW145SD) is a Fire Element Balance Type Beyblade that appears in the anime and manga series Beyblade: Shogun Steel. It is owned by Shinobu Hiryūin. It was released as a Booster (BBG-02) on March 31, 2012 in Japan, and later in western countries as a Starter Pack (SS-02) in May 2013.
Shogun Face Bolt - Salamander
Main article: Shogun Face Bolt - Salamander
This Shogun Face Bolt depicts a "Salamander", creatures that are typically portrayed in mythology as lizards with an association with fire. The design is that of a cartoonish salamander, with a grinning face and a body made of fire.
The BBG-02 Takara Tomy Booster release comes with a Metal Stone Face rather than the standard, plastic Stone Face. As with all Shogun Face Bolts, the Hasbro release of Salamander is cross-shaped rather than the round diamond shape of its Takara Tomy Stone Face counterpart.
Warrior Wheel - Salamander
Main article: Warrior Wheel - Salamander
The Salamander Warrior Wheel design consists of lines of scales and points coupled with some curves on the sides. There are also two other smoother areas to break the patterns of sharp scales.
Salamander has a decent weight, and is slightly imbalanced - when used as the top Warrior Wheel of a Synchrome Beyblade, Salamander can provide weight for Force Smashing combos. Salamander has minor Smash Attack, which contributes to a Smash Attack Synchrome Beyblade. Salamander also has average Defensive qualities and can be used in Defense Synchromes as the top Warrior Wheel when Leviathan is not available.
Salamander has little to no Force Smash, so with the exception of assisting in a Force Smash combo, Salamander performs the same on the bottom as it does on the top of a Synchrome.
Element Wheel - Ninja
Main article: Element Wheel - Ninja
Ninja is a flat Element Wheel with various curves and slanted protrusions. Ninja is intended to compliment the Salamander Warrior Wheel. In Crystal Up Mode, Ninja reveals a lot more relief, with long, angled curves that cover the more scaly part of Salamander, and a few circular shapes generally follow the Warrior Wheel's structure quite well. The mode change allows the Element Wheel to absorb the shocks, and changes its performance significantly.
Spin Track - Switch 145
Main article: Spin Track - Switch 145
SW145 has three 'wings'. The gimmick of this Track is the ability to change from Attack to Defense by taking off the wings, and then putting them on the opposite way. The purpose of this is the ability to adapt to opponent Beys. In Attack mode, which is denoted by six grey claw-like stickers on the underside, the pointed ends of the Track are used for Smash Attack; meanwhile in Defense mode, shown by three triangular blue stickers, the edges are more rounded, in order to deflect opponent Beys. The modes are reversed for Left-Spin Beys. Testing has shown that SW145 is quite useful at attacking lower opponents in a similar fashion to H145 and R145. It is however outclassed for Defense purposes by GB145, BD145, and 230 due to the recoil it produces.
Performance Tip - Semi-Defense
Main article: Performance Tip - Semi-Defense
Just as the Semi-Flat Bottom has a sharper tip than Flat, so too does Semi-Defense when compared to Defense. Before the release of SD, D was the absolute best Stamina Bottom available, but SD quickly took over the top spot, as is evidenced by the following tests:
SD is not able to wobble as much as D, so for defensive purposes, D should still be chosen over SD if you are trying to add some Stamina to your Defense custom. That being said, WD would be a better choice than D for that situation, and also arguably for Stamina as well because with the even wider tip. With it, it is allowed to circle the stadium in some situations when it is on a larger angle towards the end of a battle, thus outspinning D or SD based opponents. However, sometimes this does not happen, and SD easily knocks over the wobbling WD custom before it topples over itself.
It really comes down to personal preference when deciding whether to use SD or WD because they are so closely matched. For pure Stamina, it is impossible to tell which would win a given match, but WD would prepare you for more situations by being able to take hits better than SD. Test both and decide for yourself which one works best for what you are trying to do.
- Ninja Salamander SW145SD - Included in the Hasbro Ifrit Salamander Fire Synchrome 2-Pack
- This is the first Zero-G Bey to include a Metal Stone Face.
- This is the third Beyblade to use the SW145SD combo, the first being Poison Serpent SW145SD, and second being Nightmare Rex SW145SD.