- This article is about the Takara Tomy release. For the Hasbro release, see Unicrest Ring Defense.
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Unicorn Ring Defense (ユニコーン・リング・ディフェンス, Yunikōn Ringu Difensu) is a Defense Type Beyblade released by Takara Tomy as part of the Burst System. It was released in Japan on November 14th, 2015 for 3240円 as part of the Beyblade Custom Set Defense & Stamina. It later evolves into Unlock Unicorn Down Needle.
Energy Layer - Unicorn
Main article: Energy Layer - Unicorn
Takara Tomy's Unicorn is primarily a circular Energy Layer, featuring ten small protrusions that point counter-clockwise. Eight of these protrusions make up the “manes” of the two unicorns depicted in the layer, leaving the other two as the “horns”. Because of its relatively large diameter and Outward Weight Distribution (OWD), Unicorn has Stamina capabilities rivaling those of Neptune. However, these traits also work against it by increasing the rotational recoil the Layer takes during collisions – as Unicorn’s teeth are shorter than average, it is relatively easy to Burst despite its unaggressive shape. Because of its tendency to Burst, Unicorn is directly outclassed by Neptune, which has a similar amount of Stamina while also offering a higher amount of Burst Defense.
Forge Disc - Ring
Main article: Forge Disc - Ring
As its name suggests, Ring is a Forge Disc with a smooth, solid ring that forms its perimeter. The ring is interrupted by 4 small designs that cause it to somewhat resemble a pipe. The ring is connected to the interior of the disk by two thin triangular structures, as well as the prongs that fit inside the Energy Layer. Ring's smooth perimeter provides the Beyblade with a small amount of Life-After-Death, allowing it to roll on the edge of the disc for a few extra rotations after falling over, making it useful for Stamina Combinations. Additionally, nearly all of Ring's weight is located on its perimeter, so it offers impressive Outward Weight Distribution (OWD) and increases the Beyblade's Stamina significantly thanks to the Flywheel Effect. However, this weight distribution also has its downsides.
As a Forge Disc with high Outward Weight Distribution (OWD) such as Ring, it's more difficult to slow down while spinning, when colliding with an opponent, a Beyblade using Ring will not lose very much Stamina from the force of the impact. This force must go somewhere, though, and is usually absorbed by the Energy Layer instead, making it more likely to skip its teeth and Burst. Because of this, Ring is generally not recommended over Forge Discs with similar Stamina but less of a tendency to Burst, such as Spread and Knuckle.
Performance Tip - Defense
Main article: Performance Tip - Defense (Burst)
Defense features a Ball tip and sits at a standard track height. A protective disk sits halfway down the Performance Tip, and the Ball tip has four support ridges. The center of the Performance Tip also contains a shield decal to symbolize itself.
When simply spinning by itself, Defense behaves as a normal Ball tip. When struck however, the tabs will force the Beyblade back into an upright position after being knocked off balance and act as brakes to prevent Knock-Outs by striking against the stadium floor at the cost of Stamina. While the ring may imply Defense potential akin to Metal Fight Beyblade's D125 track, it is positioned too low for any Burst System Beyblade to make contact with. However, the smooth perimeter of the ring does grant Life-After-Death potential.