Eternal Wide Defense or EWD is a Performance Tip released by Takara Tomy and Hasbro. It debuted in Japan with the release of the BB-100 Starter Random Booster Vol. 6 Killer Beafowl on December 28, 2010, and in western countries with the release of the Evil Befall UW145EWD Starter Pack in November 2011.
Eternal Wide Defense is part of a series of existing Bottoms prefixed with Eternal, featuring bearing-based tips. EWD, as its name suggests, is a bearing-implemented version of Wide Defense (WD). It features a similar wide shape, but the pointy tip of the Bottom is replaced by a free-spinning sharp piece. This rotates freely, and increases the balance and spin-retention of the Bottom. Unlike Eternal Sharp (ES), the Bottom does not suffer from balance issues because of its wide shape, which allows it many of the same survival capabilities as WD at low spin velocities. Friction on this part seems to be a problem for it. As EWD wears down, it loses a lot of its stamina capabilities and wearing down affects its performance a lot. Since it is only one bearing, there is still a considerable amount of friction between the bearing and the tip, and paired together, the effects are hardly negligible in comparison to WD. WD usually overshadows EWD because of more availability due to a more widespread release, and EWD has more cons than pros when compared. The grinding between the bearing and the tip often can lead to both increased stamina and decreased stamina if too much grinding is produced. This Bottom is also more useful in mid-height customizations, whereas WD is prefered for low combos and SD and D on higher ones. As such, mid-height Beyblades are generally not prefered in battles due to their average performance and their imbalance caused by a slightly off center of gravity. However, EWD has found a very special place in Spin Stealing combinations, providing the few more rotations to a Beyblade needed to outspin an opponent in the last few seconds of a match. It therefore goes beyond WD in that domain, but the friction between its components can still render the BeyBattle a draw instead of surviving the opposing Beyblade. Furthermore, like with every Bottom of the D series, EWD remains rather easy to knock out with any proper Attack combination.
Around the time of its release, EWD was paired with Meteo L-Drago and Change Height 120 (CH120) for a powerful Spin Stealing customization, however, with the appearance of the 4D System and then the Synchrome System, Meteo L-Drago's light weight was inefficient to keep winning against new top-tier combos. It has although found use in the innovative Zero-G metagame.
|Weight:||1.2 grams||Full Height:||8.37 mm||Height w/o base:||7.73 mm||Height of fixed tip:||6.54 mm||Full width:||15.74 mm||Width w/o base:||14.48 mm||Width of tip hole:||6.2 mm||Free Tip Angle:||35°||Overall Angle:||15°|
Wearing of EWD
EWD Bottoms in general are vulnerable to wearing that renders them illegal and alters their performance, transforming them into more aggressive tips, however Hasbro has been found to release even more fragile EWDs. These widespread versions wear down and become rounder considerably more quickly than both Takara Tomy's and SonoKong's releases. It is therefore preferable to purchase more of the latter companies' Killer Beafowl UW145EWD or Nightmare Rex UW145EWD to ensure a longer, legal performance.
Use in Stamina customization
EWD's Spin-Stealing abilities convey to the combination Duo Cancer/Cygnus/Aquario SA165/W145EWD the extra spin required to outlast other Beyblades in Zero-G Stadiums.
- BB-100 Random Booster Vol. 6 Killer Beafowl - Killer Beafowl
- BB-117 Strongest Blader Set - Nightmare Rex UW145EWD
- BB-100 Evil Befall UW145EWD
- BB-100 Team Star Breaker Set - Evil Befall UW145EWD
- BB-100B Befall the Ripper 2-Pack - Evil Befall UW145EWD (Spark FX)