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Regulus R3 5Star Tower, known as Shelter Regulus 5Star Tower (シェルターレグルス・ファイブスター・タワー, Sherutaā Regurusu Faibu Sutā Tawā) in Japan, is a Balance Type Beyblade released as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System. It was released in Japan on October 21st, 2017 for 972円 as the prize Beyblade in Random Booster Vol. 8 Shelter Regulus.5S.Tw and was later released in western countries as a SwitchStrike Starter Pack.
Energy Layer - Regulus R3
Main article: Energy Layer - Regulus R3
Regulus R3 is a Balance Type Energy Layer that features two lion heads and two lion claws on each side meant to represent this Layer’s namesake; Regulus, the brightest star in the Leo Constellation. As part of the SwitchStrike/God Layer System, Regulus R3 features a gimmick; the lion heads and claws can extend and retract in battle to create an automatic "Attack Mode" and "Defense Mode", akin to a reversed Variares Metal Wheel from Metal Fight Beyblade.
Due to centrifugal force, the lion heads and claws will extend outward to create more gaps in the Layer and when centrifugal force drops later in battle, the heads and claws will retract, decreasing the gaps in the Layer. In theory, this is meant to increase Burst Attack potential early in battle and reduce Stamina by reducing recoil to potentially Out Spin the opponent if a Burst is not achieved. However in practice, the change in recoil is minuscule at best with no observable change in performance, furthermore, Regulus R3's perimeter is square, even in "Defense Mode", which creates detrimental recoil its gimmick was trying to avoid.
For the Takara Tomy release of Shelter Regulus, its performance is further hampered by its weak teeth which, when combined with the recoil inducing square shape, causes Shelter Regulus Combinations to Burst far too easily in battle. As such, if one prefers to use Shelter Regulus, it is critical to pair it up with a Performance Tip with a strong spring lock such as Eternal, Destroy', or Xtreme'.
Forge Disc - 5
Main article: Forge Disc - 5
5, like other odd numbered Core Discs, is asymmetrical and elliptical in shape in order to facilitate a Disc Frame. One side features two protrusions and the other features three, all molded in the shape of "5"s and the center features two small holes on either side. While the asymmetrical design may imply imbalance, the smaller size of two of the protrusions on the three lobed side ensures that the Disk is balanced. 5's overall shape resembles a reversed 4 and acts almost identically with the same high Stamina potential, KO resistance and Life After Death when paired with Disc Frames such as Glaive or Cross. While 7 has greater Stamina, 5 is still comparable.
Disc Frame - Star
Main article: Disc Frame - Star
Star, like its name suggests, is a star shaped frame with a protrusion at each corner. While too small to come into contact with the opponent's Layer, Star is one of the thickest and thus heaviest Disc Frames which grants high Attack potential when paired with Core Discs such as 7. Furthermore, Star's underside perimeter is smoother than Meteor's, which aids in Life After Death.
Performance Tip - Tower
Main article: Performance Tip - Tower
Tower is a Performance Tip with a plastic semi-flat tip and a wide base that features an automatic height-change gimmick.
Early in battle, the centrifugal force pulls two tabs outward which in turn forces the tip inward to the standard height. The semi-flat tip creates a somewhat aggressive movement that has trouble reaching the Tornado Ridge but has greater Stamina than standard plastic flat tips such as Accel. However, the short distance between the stadium floor and the wide base creates a scrape risk.
Later in battle, the lowered centrifugal force allows the tabs to retract and allows the tip to rise up. In theory this is meant to increase contact between the Tower Combination’s Disc and Frame and the Opponent’s Layer. Such contact would prevent the Tower Combination from Bursting and instead cause the opponent to Burst. In practice however, the height of most Layers and the minimal change in height means that there will be contact with the Layers regardless. Furthermore the change in height will mean that the Tower Combination’s Layer will be struck from an upwards angle, causing severe Destabilization which is exacerbated by the instability present in the gimmick creating a top-heavy design which increases Burst risk and drains Stamina.
- Regulus' name, both Japanese and English, is based off of the star, Regulus, also known as Alpha Leonis, of the Leo constellation.
- This is enforced by Regulus' avatar: a lion.
- In the Beyblade Burst Hasbro app (along with a variety of other balance types), Regulus R3 5Star Tower was incorrectly labeled as an Attack Type