- This article is about Variable'. For its normal counterpart, see Performance Tip - Variable.
Variable' (ヴァリアブルダッシュ, Variaburu Dasshu) is a Performance Tip released by Takara Tomy as part of the Burst System as well as the Gatinko Layer System. It debuted in Japan with the release of the B-00 Tokyo Dome Stamp Rally Prize, Grand Valkyrie Outer Variable' Ten, on August 11th and 12th, 2019. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the Pro Series Starter Pack, Venom Devolos Outer Variable'.
Variable' features a rubber tip, made up of two sets of rubber spikes, that begins at standard height. The spikes are meant to wear down and break off with use so unlike most other rubber tips, Variable' will become more aggressive instead of less aggressive over time.
When launched in mint condition the first set of six spikes will create a mildly aggressive pattern at speeds akin to Blow, albeit without the Stamina due to the greater friction the rubber has. Due to how tall the first six teeth are and the somewhat brittle nature of the rubber in the Takara Tomy release, the first set of teeth will break off relatively quickly.
When launched after the first set of teeth have given way to the second set of fourteen spikes, Variable''s speed increases remarkably, becoming as fast or even faster than Xtreme, due to the now increased surface area and diameter. However, that same speed and diameter increase makes Variable' incredibly difficult to control at this stage as banking is difficult to maintain, Self-Knock-Outs become common and its Stamina worsens. Due to the greater number of spikes and their shorter length, Variable' does not wear out as quickly at this stage. Of the stages, this stage of Variable' is considered the best.
When the second set of spikes break off, what's left is a solid base of rubber. At this point Variable''s speed increases further but the aforementioned control and Stamina issues become even worse, having trouble even staying on the Tornado Ridge of the stadium and losing spin too quickly to perform any meaningful attacks when it begins to slow down.
When this tip loses teeth, it does become shorter as a result, granting Attack combinations Destabilization potential. Furthermore, due to the wide base, Variable' has relatively high Life-After-Death when worn down, making it a somewhat safer choice against Spin-Equalization combinations.
Like other Dash Performance Tips, Variable' features a stronger spring lock, increasing the Performance Tip's Burst Resistance.
Use in Attack Combinations
Variable' can be put to use in the Attack Combination Winning ValkyrieSieg Xcalibur 0/2/4/5/7 Bump/Meteor/Vortex Variable' (Worn). The high speed of Variable' increases the Burst Attack potential of the Winning ValkyrieSieg Xcalibur Layer's recoil and the 0/2/4/5/7 Bump/Meteor/Vortex Disc and Frame's weight. However, this Combination is hard to control due to the worn Variable''s speed and wide diameter.
Despite being one of the fastest tips in the game, Variable''s lack of control and Stamina makes it outclassed in most cases by Xtreme'; which is able to better maintain a banking pattern while holding comparable speed, Hold; which is better able to stay within the Tornado Ridge and avoid Self-Knock-Outs while holding comparable speed, and Accel; which has far more control and Stamina. However, Attack combinations that do not necessarily need control can make great use of Variable''s high speed and strong Attack potential, as well as its Destabilization potential given by the lower height, and the Life-After-Death potential when worn. In addition, Variable''s high speed finds uses against other Attack combinations utilizing Xtreme'.
As of the Dynamite Battle Layer System, Variable' is too short to be used, as on average with battles, it will cause Low Mode supportive Forge Disc to scrape too much due to the low height, making for an overall poor performance. While it is possible to maybe win some rounds with a lucky knock-out, it is far too inconsistent in the current meta to be used and should only be used for collection purposes.
As such, Takara Tomy's Variable' is not a must have but is instead a welcome addition to a blader's collection.
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