- This article is about the Hasbro release. For the Takara Tomy release, see Unlock Unicorn Down Needle.
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Unicrest U2 Down Needle is a Defense Type Beyblade released by Hasbro as part of the Burst System as well as the Dual Layer System. It was released in western countries as a part of the Doomscizor D2 & Unicrest U2 Dual Pack for CAD$19.99 in Canada, USD$14.99 in the United States, and AUD$24.99 in Australia.
Energy Layer - Unicrest U2
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Forge Disc - Down
Main article: Forge Disc - Down
Down features a dropping shape akin to Armed and Vertical with thin bands that connect the interior of the Disc with the weighted nubs along the bottom portion. Like all other Forge Discs, it features two tabs with stylized 'D's that protrude from the top to fit into the slots of an Energy Layer.
Down's design is meant to lower the center of gravity on a Beyblade, doing so increases a Beyblade's Stability and reduces the risk of floor scrapes. In addition, the wide shape of Down focuses much of its weight around the perimeter, giving this Disc excellent Stamina properties and giving Attack Combinations greater aggressive movements with its Flywheel Effect.
However, Down has two features that give both advantages and disadvantages: The first is weight, Down's average weight means that its Knock-Out Defense is sub-par compared to more popular choices such as Heavy or Gravity, but at the same time gives more Burst Defense than the aforementioned Discs. The second is height and shape, while excellent for Stability and Stamina, the weighted nubs create a rough perimeter and the low positioning makes it easy for said nubs to contact the stadium floor late in battle when spin velocity is low, rendering any Life-After-Death null. However, the low center of gravity helps resist listing and Destabilization to prevent such contact.
Performance Tip - Needle
Main article: Performance Tip - Needle
Needle features a ball shaped tip at standard height covered with small studs and has four small tabs surrounding the center of the tip like Defense. The studded design is meant to increase friction with the stadium floor and the small tabs are meant to act as brakes by striking against the stadium floor, both to prevent Knock-Outs.
When in mint condition and launched with significant power, Needle moves around the stadium akin to an Attack Type for a short period of time before it moves and settles to the center of the stadium, like the Jog Ball Performance Tip from Metal Fight Beyblade. When the tip settles in the center of the stadium it will spin on very few of the studs and conserve Stamina, acting similarly to the stud of Fusion. When struck by an opposing Beyblade, more studs and the four tabs will come into contact with the curvature of the stadium floor, increasing friction and Knock-Out Defense at the cost of Stamina loss.
When worn however, the studs of the tip flatten down and create a smooth surface, creating a performance akin to Defense with greater Stamina and less initial roaming.
Depending on the launch strength, the initial movement can be used to avoid attacks from Beyblades in a banking pattern or it can bring the Beyblade too close to the edge and be vulnerable to Knock-Outs.