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Dragoon or Dragooon (ドラグーン, Doragūn) is a Warrior Wheel released by Takara Tomy as part of the Synchrome System. It debuted in Japan with the release of the BBG-16 Starter Dark Knight Dragooon LW160BSF on July 21, 2012, and in Western countries with the release of the SS-16 Starter Pack Ronin Dragoon LW160BSF in August 2013.

Description

Weight: 30.90 grams Full Width: 47.30 mm Maximum Height: 6.34 mm Minimum Height: 3.1 mm

Dragoon is the only Left Spin Warrior Wheel, and can only spin left when used as the top Warrior Wheel in Synchrome. The Dragoon Warrior Wheel features three dragon heads, resembling the design motif of L-Drago, its predecessor. Two heads circle half of its circumference laterally, while one head is flat on top, offering slopes upwards by its lower jaw and teeth. Two webbed wings cover the rest of the design, with claws encircling the hole where the orb from the Element Wheel is inserted.

Dragoon is a top tier Synchrome System part, finding use in Attack/Balance/Defense/Stamina Type combinations. When used in a Synchrome combination as the top Warrior Wheel, Dragoon can deliver strong attacks, although the protrusions are small compared to other Warrior Wheels, and thus outclassed in sheer Attack power by other Warrior Wheels. However, Dragoon's Left-Spin capability gives it an advantage over other more powerful Right-Spin Warrior Wheels because it is not affected by "Zero-G Attacks", which attempt to sway the stadium in the opposite (Left-Spin) direction.

Its slopes can be used to attack opposing Beys and knock them away when used with low Spin Tracks, but this has not proven to be a reliable characteristic. Because of its heavy weight, it can handle recoil well when in Synchrome combinations with rounder, smoother or heavier Warrior Wheels, giving it use in Defense Type customs. Although its poor balance makes Dragoon seemingly a poor choice in Stamina Type combinations, the Left-Spin allows for Spin Steal, which can be used in Zombie Stamina-Type combos.

IMPORTANT: Mold Variation

It should be noted that there are currently two molds of the Dragoon Warrior Wheel, which causes a slight difference in the part's weight that is physically visible underneath one of the dragon heads. The mold variation seems to have been distributed exclusively from TAKARA-TOMY, as Dragooons from both Hasbro and Sonokong have been found to be the heavier mold. In one mold, there are two indentations underneath the head, but in the other mold, there are no indentations, leaving the underside of the head completely filled in and therefore heavier. This mold variation does cause a difference of weight of about 1 gram, with lighter Dragooons weighing about 29 grams and heavier ones weighing 30-31 grams. Despite this, the mold variation doesn't affect performance significantly.

Products

Takara Tomy

Hasbro

Gallery

Trivia

  • Hasbro lists Dragoon's stats as 7 Attack, 0 Defense, and 0 Stamina. The original Takara Tomy stats are 6 Attack, 0.5 Defense, and 0.5 Stamina.

References