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BEYBLADE BURST™ tops are spinning battle tops (also called Beys). These tops include a dynamic “burst” feature designed to bring more excitement to the battle experience. Battling can trigger the spinning tops to burst into pieces (burst rates vary). Tops include 3 layers that can be customized for battle...
"Beyblade Burst™" is the third generation [Notes 1] of Beyblade products produced by Takara Tomy, which was officially released on July 18th of 2015 in Japan. This product line introduces the innovative and dynamic “Burst System™" [Notes 2] which is a feature equipped in every Beyblade top of this generation, which causes them to burst into pieces during battle. Hasbro began worldwide distribution of Beyblade Burst™ products in September of 2016 under the name Beyblade Burst™ Performance Top System™ brand.
What is the Beyblade Burst™ Performance Top System™?
Takara Tomy's Burst System™, and by extension, Hasbro's Beyblade Burst™ Performance Top System™, is the structure archetype for third-generation Beyblade tops and utilizes a three-component modular system that players (called Bladers) can use to customize their Beys. This aside, the signature gimmick of the Burst System™ is the innovative “Burst” feature which adds a new layer of strategy to gameplay. Alongside the traditional “Spin Finish” and “Over Finish”, with the “Burst” feature, Beyblade Burst™ tops will burst into pieces if enough damage is sustained during a battle, resulting in a “Burst Finish”.
Performance Top System™ Components
Each Beyblade Burst™ top is composed of 3 central parts, each playing a distinct role in how the top will perform.
The ENERGY LAYER™ represents an ancient fighting spirit and acts as the main point of contact between two tops in combat. Each ENERGY LAYER™ affects how the BEYBLADE BURST™ top engages with an opponent when they collide in battle.
The FORGE DISC™ is a die-cast metal ring that sits between the ENERGY LAYER™ and PERFORMANCE TIP™. Each disc varies in weight and shape to affect the center of gravity and weight of the top, causing different reactions in battle.
The PERFORMACE TIP™ serves as the base of every BEYBLADE BURST™ top and influences how your BEYBLADE BURST™ top maneuvers around the BEYBLADE BURST Beystadium™.
Beyblade Burst Product Series
Announced in April 2015, Takara Tomy revealed their third-generation Beyblades to Japanese consumers. In promotional material, Takara Tomy would outline the details of their new product and their new Burst System
The second series of Beyblade Burst tops launched in Japan in April 2016 by Takara Tomy and introduced Bladers to the "Dual Layer Series"[Notes 3]. This product line featured Energy Layers utilizing the "Dual Layer System" [Notes 4], which revised, composite design, using a two-tier, gestalt structure comprising a Layer Core and Over Layer. The Layer Core is the central component of the Dual Layer that acts as a base for the Over Layer, and usually facilitates major combat functions. This component also features the effigy of the Beyblade's Avatar. Conversely, the Over Layer is the clear-material component(s) of the Dual Layer that covers the Layer Core and assists in shock absorption during collisions. This component also features the initials of the Dual Layer (engraved in its center). Most Over Layers are designed for added shock absorption and to complement the Layer Core.
The term"Triple Layer" [Notes 5] is used to describe any Energy Layer within the Dual Layer Series that utilized a three-tier structure. This applies almost exclusively to the Xeno Xcalibur and Lost Longinus Energy Layers. The hallmark feature of this design is the inclusion of an additional layer part(s) atop the Over Layer. Both Energy Layers have features unique from each other, with Xeno Xcalibur possessing a sword-shaped "Sword Layer" [Notes 6] and Lost Longinus possessing "Metal Dragon Layer Parts [Notes 7].
The third series of Beyblade Burst tops, known as the "God Layer Series"[Notes 8] in Japan, officially launched in Japan by Takara Tomy on March 18, 2017 with the B-73 Starter: God Valkyrie.6V.Rb pack.
This series of Beyblade tops utilize the God Layer System[Notes 9], which feature advanced Energy Layers, each equipped with a unique, mechanical feature called a God Ability[Notes 10] that that affects the way the Beyblade top behaves in battle.
Also introduced with the God Layer Series are customizable, two-part Forge Discs.
|RING-COMPATIBLE FORGE DISC|
FORGE DISCS™ designed specifically to support interchangeable RINGS™ that augment their combat capabilities.
RINGS™ are accessories that provide extra combat capability when equipped to compatible FORGE DISCS™.
The Forge Disc component[Notes 11] functions similarly to a single-piece Forge Discs and come in a variety of weights, designs, and shapes, but with a distinct design quality that enables them to equip Rings[Notes 12]. Rings provide an added layer of capability to a Forge Disc that is normally unavailable to them, which can drastically alters how the Beyblade top behaves in battle. These type of Forge Discs are given the Frame Compatibility[Notes 13] label (denoted by the small, blue box beside the image of the Disc description at the rear of the product package) and are compatible with other Discs.
The God Layer Series also introduced circular tokens called a God Chip[Notes 14] that rest at the center of the God Layer. These God Chips provided aesthetics to the Beyblade, but offered no practical value. Many players would discover through examination, that these parts could be removed with little effort. In time, Takara Tomy would produce a variety of God Chip called the Metal God Chip[Notes 15], which provided more value in competitive play because of their increased weight.
The fourth series of Beyblade Burst tops, known as the "Cho-Z Layer Series[Notes 16] in Japan, introduced the "Cho-Z Layer System"[Notes 17] and were officially launched in Japan by Takara Tomy on March 17, 2018 with the B-104 Starter: Winning Valkyrie.12.Vl, B-105 Starter: Z-Achillies.11.Xt and B-106 Booster: Emperor Forneus.0.Yr packs.
Called Turbo Beys[Notes 18] in various media, these Beyblade Burst tops feature Energy Layers with die-cast metal parts, resulting in more intense, higher-impact battles. Similar to the previous series, each "Cho-Z Layer"[Notes 19] is equipped with a signature action, gimmick or property called a "Cho-Z Ability"[Notes 20] that changes the performance of a Beyblade during battle.
The series also continues the use of Two-Part Forge Discs with new Ring-Compatible Forge Discs and Rings into the product line that are backward-compatible with previous Two-Part Forge Discs.
Similar to the God Chips of the God Layer Series, Cho-Z Layers have a signature customization option in form of a hoop-shaped accessory called a "Level Chips"[Notes 21]; an item that would be absent from Hasbro's SlingShock product line. Level Chips fit beneath the 'face' of a Cho-Z Layer, improving various facilities of the Energy Layer such as stability, locking mechanism, even weight when equipped. Level Chips also plays a special role in official wbba. competitions and are usually exclusively obtainable at official wbba. events. Though, they can be acquired through alternative means (i.e. CoroCoro promotional).
In an attempt to differentiate it's products from it's Takara-Tomy counterpart, Hasbro released their SlingShock product line. Beyblade tops in this toyline featured parts that carried many of the same, basic design elements found with Beyblade tops in Takara Tomy's Cho-Z Layer System product line. However, Hasbro, as a development strategy, would make several changes to substitute the zinc-alloy material (the hallmark of Takara-Tomy's Cho-Z Layers) for plastic in the manufacture of their Energy Layers. This series marked the shift in marketing and development of their brand to the development of more Beystadium and Performance Tip-oriented products with the main feature of this series being mode-changing Performance Tips that were designed to be compatible with specialized Beystadiums.
Japan's fourth series of Beyblade Burst tops were released in March 2019, starting with B-133 DX Starter: Ace Dragon.St.Ch Zan, introducing the "Gatinko Layer System"[Notes 22], stylized as GaTinko LAYER SYSTEM. In place of a single-piece Energy Layer, the Gatinko Layers are comprised of three pieces:
|GT CHIP [Notes 23]|
GT Chips determine whether the top spins to the left or spins to the right.
|WEIGHT [Notes 24]|
Only available with Takara Tomy™ Gatinko Layer Series tops, Weights affects the center of gravity and weight of the Energy Layer, causing different reactions in battle.
|ENERGY LAYER BASE [Notes 25]|
Affects how the top engages with an opponent when they collide in battle and also helps determine spin direction.
Called Gamma Beys[Notes 26] in various mediums, the Gatinko Layer System offers Bladers the option of customizing their Beys in greater depth than in previous series. With a few exceptions, Bladers will notice that Gatinko Layers do not possess specialized, die-cast metal parts that were the signature feature of the Cho-Z Layer Series. Bladers may also note the considerable size of a typical Gatinko Layer which can have 10% to 30% bigger than Energy Layers from the previous series.
On the marketing side, the Gatinko Layer Series does continue the tradition of signature abilities for each Beys, in this series called a "Gatinko Ability" [Notes 27]; most of which highlighting the special qualities of their gimmicks. The Beyblade Burst™ Hypersphere™ series, introduce by Hasbro, features Hypersphere™ Performance Tips designed to climb the vertical walls of Hypersphere™ Beystadiums™ and battle on the brink. Get the drop on your opponents with Hypersphere tech! Battle in a Hypersphere Beystadium and drop into battle for more epic burst moments. Beyblade Burst Rise™ Hypersphere™ tops come with a removable GT Chip in the Energy Layer. Interchangeable with other right-spin GT Chip-compatible tops.
SuperKing Beys: The SuperKing Layer System!!
The SuperKing Layer System[Notes 28] is the fifth product line in the Beyblade Burst™ franchise produced by TakaraTomy and introduces new Beyblade Burst™ tops with customizable Energy Layers. Called Called SuperKing Beys [Notes 29] in various media, Bladers can customize the Energy Layers of their SuperKing Beys, similar to Energy Layers from the Takara Tomy Gatinko Layer Series and Hasbro Hypersphere tops. However, SuperKing Layers are composed of a different system of parts than what were used in the previous series:
|SUPERKING CHIP [Notes 30]|
Locks all components of the SuperKing Layer together. Contains a Chip Core [Notes 31], which comes in regular and metal core varieties.
|RING [Notes 32]|
Provides the weaponry and determines the battle style of the SuperKing Layer.
|CHASSIS [Notes 33]|
Provides the base upon which the other SuperKing Layer components assemble upon. The Chassis also determines Spin Direction and controls the weight and center-of-gravity of the SuperKing Layer.
SuperKing Layers appear to be really simple to customize and offer a level of modification that no other kind of Energy Layer can match!
News of this new (and presumably final) product line was teased in late February of 2020 by Japanese media sources. Similar to the GT Layer System, this latest parts system features a new Customizable Energy Layers with a revised customization mechanic than the previous Beyblade Burst parts system.
The SuperKing Layer System also continues the trend of named special features for their Beys, in this series called a "SuperKing Ability"[Notes 34]
- ↑ Kanji: 第３世代; Kana: だいさんせだい; Hepburn: Daisan Sedai
- ↑ Japanese: バーストシステム; Hepburn: Bāsuto Shisutemu
- ↑ Japanese: デュアルレイヤーシリーズ; Hepburn: Deyuaru Reiyā Shirīzu
- ↑ Japanese: デュアルレイヤーシステム; Hepburn: Deyuaru Reiyā Shisutemu
- ↑ Japanese: トリプルレイヤー; Hepburn: Toripuru Reiyā; English: Triple Layer
- ↑ Japanese: ソードレイヤー; Hepburn: Sōdo Reiyā; English: Sword Layer
- ↑ Japanese: 鋼鉄の龍レイヤーパーツ; Hepburn: Metaru Doragon Reiyā Pātsu; English: Metal Dragon Layer Parts
- ↑ Japanese: ゴッドレイヤーシリーズ; Hepburn: Goddo Reiyā Shirīzu
- ↑ Japanese: 神レイヤーシステム; Hepburn: Goddo Reiyā Shisutemu
- ↑ Japanese: 神能力; Hepburn: Goddo Abiriti
- ↑ Japanese: コアディスク; Hepburn: Koa Disuku; English: Core Disc
- ↑ Japanese: フレーム; Hepburn: Furēmu; English: Frame
- ↑ Japanese: フレーム対応; Hepburn: Furēmu Taiō
- ↑ Japanese: ゴッドチップ; Hepburn: Goddo Chippu
- ↑ Japanese: メタルゴッドチップ; Hepburn: Metaru Goddo Chippu
- ↑ Japanese: 超Ƶレイヤーシリーズ; Hepburn: Chōzetsu Reiyā Shirīzu; English: Chozetsu Layer Series
- ↑ Japanese: 超Ƶレイヤーシステム; Hepburn: Chouzetsu Reiyā Shisutemu; English: Chozetsu Layer System
- ↑ Japanese: 超Ƶベイ; Hepburn: Chōzetsu Bei; English: Chozetsu Bey
- ↑ Japanese: 超Ƶレイヤー; Hepburn: Chouzetsu Reiyā; English: Chozetsu Layer
- ↑ Japanese: 超Ƶアビリティ; Hepburn: Chōzetsu Abiriti; English: Chozetsu Ability
- ↑ Japanese: レベルチップ; Hepburn: Reberu Chippu
- ↑ Japanese: ガチンコレイヤーシステム; Hepburn: Gachinko Reiyā Shisutemu
- ↑ Japanese: ガチンコチップ; Hepburn: Gachinko Chippu; English: Gatinko Chip
- ↑ Japanese: ウエイト; Hepburn: Ueito
- ↑ Japanese: ベース; Hepburn: Bēsu; English: Base
- ↑ Japanese:GTベイ; Hepburn: Gachinko Bei; English: Gatinko Bey
- ↑ Japanese: GTアビリティ; Hepburn: Gachinko Abiriti
- ↑ Japanese: 超王レイヤーシステム; Hepburn: Supākingu Reiyā Shisutemu
- ↑ Japanese: 超王ベイ; Hepburn: Supākingu Bei; English: Sparking Bey
- ↑ Japanese: スパーキングチップ; Hepburn: Supākingu Chippu
- ↑ Japanese: チップコア; Hepburn: Chippu Koa
- ↑ Japanese: リング; Hepburn: Ringu
- ↑ Japanese: シャーシ; Hepburn: Shāshi
- ↑ Japanese: 超王アビリティ; Hepburn: Supākingu Abiriti
- ↑ タカラトミー TAKARATOMY Official YouTube Channel (August 9, 2017). ベイブレードバーストTVCM 「ゴッドレイヤーシリーズ 改造＆大会編」 (Japanese) (Streamed Video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2020-05-30.
- ↑ The term "Evolution Ability" is used and printed on product packaging for Funskool products.
- ↑ *The actual script for the kanji "神能力" reads "Shinnōryoku" meaning "Divine Ability".
- ↑ Beyblade Burst Evolution Ultimate Tournament Collection (Hasbro Product Page).. Details found in product description.
- ↑ タカラトミー TAKARATOMY Official YouTube Channel (March 27, 2018). 超Zレイヤーシリーズ登場編 30秒 (Japanese) (Streamed Video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2020-05-30.
- ↑ Morita, Hiro (August 28, 2018). "Chapter 46: Introducing The Invincible Pair, Aiger & Z Achilles!!". ベイブレード バースト [Beyblade Burst] (in Japanese) (1st ed.). Volume 10. CoroCoro Comics. pp. 75–80. ISBN 978-4-09-142730-4.