Thief Saramanda F230SF (シーフャーサラマンダF230SF, Shīfu Saramanda F230SF) is a Fire Element Attack Type Beyblade released by Takara Tomy in the Zero-G Random Booster Vol. 3 Bandid Genbull F230TB on October 20, 2012 in Japan.
Shogun Face Bolt - Saramanda
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This Shogun Face Bolt depicts a "Salamander", creatures that are typically portrayed in mythology as lizards with an association with fire. The design is that of a cartoonish salamander, with a grinning face and a body made of fire.
The BBG-02 Takara Tomy Booster release comes with a Metal Stone Face rather than the standard, plastic Stone Face. As with all Shogun Face Bolts, the Hasbro release of Salamander is cross-shaped rather than the round diamond shape of its Takara Tomy Stone Face counterpart.
Warrior Wheel - Saramanda
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The Salamander Warrior Wheel design consists of lines of scales and points coupled with some curves on the sides. There are also two other smoother areas to break the patterns of sharp scales.
Salamander has a decent weight, and is slightly imbalanced - when used as the top Warrior Wheel of a Synchrome Beyblade, Salamander can provide weight for Force Smashing combos. Salamander has minor Smash Attack, which contributes to a Smash Attack Synchrome Beyblade. Salamander also has average Defensive qualities and can be used in Defense Synchromes as the top Warrior Wheel when Leviathan is not available.
Salamander has little to no Force Smash, so with the exception of assisting in a Force Smash combo, Salamander performs the same on the bottom as it does on the top of a Synchrome.
Element Wheel - Thief
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Thief is a three-winged Element Wheel that has rightward facing feathers. The Fire Element symbol is displayed on the Element Wheel.
Spin Track - F230
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- Weight: 4.6 grams
This Track's gimmick is that it is completely free-spinning. It is implied in its marketing that it can make the Wheel it is attached to rotate in the opposite direction to the one it was launched in, simply after a hit with another Beyblade of the same original spin. However, in practice this would both be impossible, and, due to the fact the Beyblade would momentarily be stationary as it changed directions, result in an automatic loss.
F230's core section is larger than regular Tracks such as 145 and 230 to accommodate the free-spinning mechanism, while the end of the Track bears a much larger version of the irregular structure used for the base of most Bottoms. This change in size allows a Blader to grip and stabilize part of the Track in order to securely screw a Bottom onto F230's end, which would otherwise be complex because of its free-spinning nature.
The F230 Track, although shown to be outclassed by 230 in terms of conventional stamina customizations, has shown startling potential in the field of spin-equalization when used with large and circular Bottoms like CF/GCF that make it remain upright and roll. The free-spinning shaft of F230 allows the combination using it to continue rotating after it has fallen onto the wide ridge of CF/GCF, which keeps the Metal/Chrome Wheel from touching the ground as the upper section of the Beyblade spins, providing a very prominent display of LAD capabilities.
The F230CF/GCF setup has proven to contain some of, if not the, highest Life After Death of any Track-Bottom setup ever in the Metal Fight Beyblade series, and as such is extremely useful in spin-equalizing customizations in both BB-10 or Zero-G format.
IMPORTANT: Mold Variations
TAKARA-TOMY released this Track in two different Beyblades, one of which was Bandit Genbu F230TB (orange). The second version of the track was released with [[Thief Saramanda F230SF (brown) in the BBG-26 Random Booster vol. 3. Hasbro also released this Track in the Behemoth Golem Earth Synchrom 2-Pack, with Berserker Behemoth F230TB (red), and in the Bandit Genbu F230TB Starter (orange).
The brown and red F230 Tracks, along with Hasbro's orange F230 have shown problems with wear, and the free-spinning function of the track seems to be hindered, squeaking and scraping, as opposed to the smooth, consistent free-spinning function of the Takara Tomy orange F230, which works very well when applied to spin-equalization. The worse of the four molds is Hasbro's red F230, whose internal mechanism appears to grind against itself, which means it almost requires an outside force to spin.
Use in Spin-Equalization customization
The F230 track, for the reasons stated above, can be utilized in the following spin-equalizing customizations if it is the TAKARA-TOMY orange mold.
Genbull Dragooon F230CF/GCF
Duo Cygnus/Cancer F230CF/GCF
Genbull Genbull F230CF/GCF
Attack: 0 - Defense: 2 - Stamina: 11
Performance Tip - Semi-Flat
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Semi-Flat (SF) is a sharp tip with a flattened end. As a result, Semi-Flat displays a combination of Attack and Stamina qualities, moving in a semi-aggressive pattern. Because of this however, the two attributes are compromised, resulting in an average performance in both categories.
Semi-Flat produces a movement pattern that, while aggressive, is much slower than any flat Performance Tip. The increased friction with the stadium floor due to the wider tip both increases its Defense and Stamina in comparison to a bottom similar to Spike (S) or Eternal Spike (ES). However, it is in absolutely no competition with Performance Tips such as Wide Defense (WD) for Stamina or Rubber Spike (RS) for Defense.
Semi-Flat found a niche use in Destabilizer combinations, where a low Spin Track combined with Semi-Flat's balanced qualities allowed the Beyblade to destabilize the opposing Beyblade.