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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 for CAD$17.99 in Canada, USD$12.99 in the United States, and AUD$24.99 in Australia.

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, the brightest star in the Leo Constellation, Regulus. 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 Attack Mode and Defense Mode, akin to the Variares Metal Wheel from Metal Fight Beyblade.

Due to centrifugal force, the lion heads and claws will extend outward to increase the gaps in the Layer and when spin speed drops later in battle, the heads and claws will retract. In theory this is meant to increase Burst Attack potential early in battle and reduce Stamina draining recoil to win by Out Spin 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 the recoil the gimmick was trying to avoid. Shelter Regulus' performance is further hampered by the weak teeth of the Japanese release which, when combined with the recoil inducing square shape, cause Shelter Regulus Combinations to Burst easily.

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, as its name implies, is a Disc Frame that has a star-like shape. Its design consists of eight protrusions; five of which are placed in a star-like formation, and the other three are placed in between them. The underside of the Disc Frame features ten protrusions; eight of which are seen on the frontside, and the other two are placed near the sockets needed to apply Star onto a Core Disc.

While Star is too small to come into contact with the opponent's Layer, its thick design makes it heavier than most Disc Frames, providing use in Attack Combinations, though not to the degree of other Disc Frames such as Meteor and Bump. However, unlike the aforementioned Disc Frames, Star's rather smooth underside provides Life After Death, though not to the degree of Glaive and Cross. Nonetheless, Star has use in both Attack Combinations and Spin Equalization Combinations.

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.

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  • Regulus' name, both Japanese and English, is based off of the star, Regulus, also known as Alpha Leonis, the brightest star 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
  • In addition to this, Regulus' SwitchStrike gimmicks were absent in the app.

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