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Thorns-X Minoboros M4 0 Needle-S is a Defense Type Beyblade released by Hasbro as part of the Burst System as well as the SlingShock System. It was released in western countries as a part of the Thorns-X Minoboros M4 & Roktavor R4 Dual Pack for CAD$19.99 in Canada, USD$14.99 in the United States, and AUD$29.99 in Australia.
Energy Layer - Thorns-X Minoboros M4
Main article: Energy Layer - Thorns-X Minoboros M4
Despite the added "Thorns-X" prefix and "M4" suffix, Hasbro's Thorns-X Minoboros M4 is simply a recolored Minoboros M2. As such, one should refer to the Minoboros M2 page for information on performance.
Forge Disc - 0
Main article: Forge Disc - 0
0 is a symmetrical Forge Disc that's elliptical in shape in order to facilitate a Disc Frame. Each side features one protrusion, each wide and smooth enough to almost make the Forge Disc perfectly circular if not for the notches needed to add a Disc Frame and a molded "0" on each side. The protrusions extend further and are thicker than most other Forge Discs which makes 0 the heaviest Forge Disc at the time of writing and implies high Outward Weight Distribution (OWD) and Stamina potential. In reality however, more weight is focused towards the center, which creates Centralized Weight Distribution (CWD) that reduces its Stamina to that of 2's. As such, 0 is outclassed by 7 for Stamina Combinations but 0's greater weight makes it ideal for Attack and Defense Combinations. Furthermore, the round shape of 0 creates high Life-After-Death, even without the use of Disc Frames such as Cross. While the weight can increase the risk of Bursts, the weight of most SwitchStrike/God Layers and Cho-Z Layers can compensate.
Performance Tip - Needle-S
Main article: Performance Tip - Needle-S
Needle-S is a Performance Tip that features a ball tip with numerous studs on the ball tip, along with four tabs that surround the ball tip. As a part of the SlingShock System, Needle-S features a mode-change gimmick, able to switch from "Battle Ring Mode", to "SlingShock Mode".
In "Battle Ring Mode", the studs on the ball are meant to increase friction with the stadium floor, while the four tabs are meant to act as breaks against KOs at the cost of Stamina by striking against the stadium floor when the Needle-S Combination is struck. However, due to how tall the tabs are, the studded ball tip is unable to make contact with the stadium floor, and instead performs as if it was already in "SlingShock Mode". As such, Battle Ring Mode fails to function.
In "SlingShock Mode", the tip's height is increased, hiding the studded ball tip and has the four tabs make contact with the stadium floor. This gives the Needle-S Combination a huge boost of speed that was already present in its Battle Ring Mode. The only difference between the two modes is that SlingShock Mode has an aforementioned increase in height. which is detrimental, as it makes the Needle-S Combination vulnerable to being destabilized.