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This article is about Guard. For its HyperSphere counterpart, see Performance Tip - Guardian-H.

Guard (ガード, Gādo) is a Performance Tip released by Takara Tomy as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System and SwitchStrike System. It debuted in Japan with the release of the B-89 Booster, Blast Jinnius 5Glaive Guard, on August 11th, 2017. It later debuted in western countries with the release of Hasbro's SwitchStrike Starter Pack, Blast Jinnius J3 5Glaive Guard.

Description

A Defense Type Driver supported by a guard that is mounted around its tip that moves based on its tilted position.
— Official Description

Guard features a ball shaped tip surrounded by a downward facing dish that freely moves vertically. In theory the dish is meant to make contact with the stadium floor when the Beyblade is struck, forcing it back upright, acting as brakes to prevent a Knock-Out while the vertical movement of the dish is meant to prevent Stamina loss. In practice however, the vertical movement prevents the dish from Stabilizing a Combination on the shallow curvature of the stadium and because the dish does not spin freely, it causes the Beyblade to accelerate instead of stopping which worsens Destabilization further.

Unlike other ball based Performance Tips, Guard's tip does not features any tabs as their purpose had been integrated into the dish. However, the relatively smooth rim of the dish and its vertical movement nullifies most of its Knock-Out Resistance with greater Stamina loss and the small diameter of the tip does little to stop the Beyblade. While the smooth ball would imply greater Stamina than Defense, the aforementioned dish nullifies any Stamina benefit.

Overall

Guard is outclassed by many other Performance Tips such as Defense in terms of both Knock-Out Resistance and Stamina. While the Dish can create Life-After-Death potential, it is outclassed by Destroy and Atomic

As such, Guard is recommended for collection purposes only.

Products

Takara Tomy

Hasbro

Gallery

Takara Tomy

Hasbro


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