- This article is about Needle-S. For its normal counterpart, see Performance Tip - Needle.
Needle-S is a Performance Tip released by Hasbro as part of the Burst System as well as the SlingShock System. It debuted in western countries with the release of the Thorns-X Minoboros M4 & Roktavor R4 Dual Pack.
Needle-S is a Performance Tip that features a ball tip with numerous studs on the ball tip, along with four tabs that surround the ball tip. As a part of the SlingShock System, Needle-S features a mode-change gimmick, able to switch from "Battle Ring Mode", to "SlingShock Mode".
In "Battle Ring Mode", the studs on the ball are meant to increase friction with the stadium floor, while the four tabs are meant to act as breaks against KOs at the cost of Stamina by striking against the stadium floor when the Needle-S Combination is struck. However, due to how tall the tabs are, the studded ball tip is unable to make contact with the stadium floor, and instead performs as if it was already in "SlingShock Mode". As such, Battle Ring Mode fails to function.
In "SlingShock Mode", the tip's height is increased, hiding the studded ball tip and has the four tabs make contact with the stadium floor. This gives the Needle-S Combination a huge boost of speed that was already present in its Battle Ring Mode. The only difference between the two modes is that SlingShock Mode has an aforementioned increase in height. which is detrimental, as it makes the Needle-S Combination vulnerable to being destabilized.
Due to its dysfunctional Battle Ring Mode and destabilization-inducing SlingShock Mode, Needle-S is completely useless in competitive play.
As such, Needle-S is recommended for collection purposes only.
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