- This article is about Operate. For its SlingShock counterpart, see Performance Tip - Operate-S.
Operate (オペレート, Operēto) is a Performance Tip released by Takara Tomy as part of the Burst System as well as the Cho-Z Layer System. It debuted in Japan with the release of the B-113 Booster Hell Salamander 12 Operate on May 26th, 2018.
Operate features an adjustable wide ball tip with two settings, Defense and Attack, which are switched by sliding the bottom portion of the tip, akin to a mix of the M145 Spin Track of Metal Fight Beyblade and Massive.
The Attack Setting has the ball tip off-center with the rest of the Beyblade, meant to create erratic and aggressive movements and even make the Beyblade hop, akin to Quake. The hopping gimmick is meant to create Layer-to-Disc contact and Burst the opponent, but while the effect is more prominent than in Quake, it is still inconsistent. Furthermore, the offset tip means that Operate's Attack Setting is incapable of maintaining a Banking Pattern and will instead move near the Tornado Ridge or stay in the center with very poor Stamina.
The Defense Setting has the ball tip center with the rest of the Beyblade, meant to create a steady spin in the center of the stadium. In theory, the wide ball tip would increase a Beyblade's Defense by having greater surface area and friction, however in practice, Operate's Defense Setting lags behind Defense and even Massive in almost every aspect. On prior ball Performance Tips such as Defense, tabs surrounded the ball to act as brakes by striking against the stadium floor at the cost of Stamina. Due to the lack of tabs, the Defense Setting's KO resistance lags behind Massive which also had poor KO resistance. This issue is exacerbated by the surface area of the the Defense Setting as it will create a semi-aggressive movement pattern early in battle, bringing a Beyblade closer to the Tornado Ridge. Due to the aforementioned poor KO resistance, this will make a Beyblade using Operate's Defense Setting highly susceptible to KOs.
While Operate is a versatile Tip in theory, in practice the lack of tabs on the ball tip makes the Defense Setting lag behind Massive, an already outclassed part, and the Attack Setting's inability to maintain a Banking Pattern makes it lag behind other standard flat tips such as Accel and Xtreme.
As such, Operate is recommended for collection purposes only.
- B-113 Hell Salamander 12 Operate
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