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Yoshio Iwayama (岩山美男 Iwayama Yoshio) is one of the antagonists in Beyblade: Shogun Steel. A member of DNA, he is a Blader who holds the Defense Type Beyblade, Bandit Golem DF145BS and the partner of Kira Hayama.

Physical Appearance

With a large figure, Yoshio is very built, with extreme muscles, out of which the ones of his arms look very disproportionate in comparation with his much slimmer legs. He is the tallest member of his team. He has tanned skin and has semi-long curly green hair that is covered by his helmet and matches his thin green eyebrows above the small pink eyes.

He would usually be seen wearing a loose pilot's helmet and goggles, a ripped purple t-shirt, rosewood fingerless gloves that tuck into his gold wristbands with a lighter gold trims and tight-fitting brown trousers, held up by a brown belt and gray suspenders with matching gold buckles. He also wears knee-light light brown boots.


Yoshio Awayama Size

Yoshio is a skyscraper compared to Eight.

He is a ruthless person, showing no pity or consolations for any actions he commits to anyone. His first assault on the youth only proved it, much to their dismay. However he is open minded, Yoshio had an intent to pursue Kite Unabara through any possible ways; even going as far as challenging Eight who claimed to be Kite. He is very loyal to Kira being very protective of him and feeling upset when he fails.


Yoshio's past is unknown, but he and Kira were found by the Garcias and were trained to be the best bladers that DNA hard. After many traning seasons, he and Yoshio were free to use their power to scare other bladers. Kira ordered Yoshio to cause damage to other's beys which the big blader was happy to do.


Yoshio Awayama Beyshot

Yoshio, shining light on Eight with his Golem

At some point in Metal Bey City, Yoshio Iwayama uses his Beyblade, Bandit Golem DF145BS in attacking over dozens of young Beybladers where as a result, their face mark was tainted completely. Searching for Kite Unabara, little did he know that his younger brother, Eight overheard the youngsters upon a trip to the B-Pit. Soon enough though, Yoshio came across Eight, claiming to be Kite Unabara.

Finally figuring out who Kite is, he challenged the so-called "Kite" to a Beybattle to discover who's Bey is truly the Defensive type. Acknowledging this, Eight used Pirate Orochi 145D disguised as Guardian Leviathan 160SB, the true Bey of Kite. As they pitted their Beyblades to battle, Yoshio obtained second-thoughts about "Kite" and "Leviathan" was unable to protect itself from hits whatsoever. Zyro Kurogane and his friends suddenly swept the scene and found Eight; yelling out his name in delight.

Taking a moment to think, Yoshio realized that Eight impersonated Kite and without hesitation, ultimately defeated the "little boy" while Zyro and the rest were shocked.

The following day, Yoshio would have his match against Kite. Kite declared he would make Yoshio regret his earlier fight with Eight. Taking place at the Bey Park, Yoshio used a strategy where his Golem would ride close to the Stadium's gates and run towards Kite's Leviathan which could spring back and ram Golem with the pattern repeating. However, even though Kite revealed his true might through Leviathan in their last clash, Yoshio was still stronger and knocked-out Leviathan. Yet as a result, Leviathan sustained heavy damage to its Chrome Wheel which left it unable to battle.

Sometime later Yoshio went to a beypark where he was called to meet with Akuya Onizaki and his gang. He offered the Big Blader a place in his gang to which Yoshio refused. Angered by his defance Akuya challenged Yoshio to a battle to get him to listen which the Earth Blader accepted. during the fight Golem kept smashing into Gargoyle causing Akuya to call on his gang for help.

Though suited for the fight, they like Gargoyle, are still not a single match to withstand any of Golem's solid iron wall of defense. One by one, each HWS Bey is knocked out of the Stadium until only Gargoyle is left, with Akuya in deep fear.

After losing Akuya swore to get revenge on Yoshio before leaving. Zyro couldn't take it anymore and challenged Yoshio which the big blader excepted. The two square off with Samurai Ifrit W145CF attacking Golem hard. Yoshio seems suprised at Ifrit's power, but does not care as he excepts to win.



Special Moves

  • Destructor Hammer
  • Destroy Fist
  • Iron Axe Wall
  • Rising Gaia Hammer


Yoshio uses

Yoshio Awayama Gear

Yoshio preparing to launch

a black or dark-grey Shogun Ripcord Launcher with bronze prongs and a indigo ripcord.


Beyblade: Shogun Steel
Opponent Episode Result
Beypark Bladers ZG019 Win (offscreen)
Unknown Bladers ZG019 Win
Eight Unabara ZG019 Win
Beypark Blader ZG020 Win
Kite Unabara ZG020 Win
Akuya Onizaki and his gang ZG023 Win
Zyro Kurogane ZG023/ZG024 Lose
Tournament Blader ZG028 Win
Tournament Blader ZG028 Win
Akuya Onizaki ZG029-ZG030 Win
Tournament Bladers ZG030 Win
Shinobu Hiryūin ZG031 Lose
Kira Hayama ZG033 Lose
Beypark Bladers (Tag w/ DNA Bladers) ZG039 Win
Eight Unabara and Ren Kurenai (Tag w/ DNA Bladers) ZG039 No outcome
WBBA Guards (Tag w/ Baihu) ZG040 Win
Zyro Kurogane, Shinobu Hiryuin Eight Unabara, Kite Unabara, Ren Kurenai and Tornment Bladers (Tag w/ Baihu Spike, Genjuro, Arrow and DNA Bladers) ZG040 No outcome (were divided)
Zyro Kurogane ZG040 Lose
DNA Bladers ZG040 Win (flashback)
Zyro Kurogane, Shinobu Hiryuin, Eight Unabara, and Ren Kurenai (Tag w/ Arrow, Spike, Genjuro, and DNA Bladers) ZG042 No outcome
Zyro Kurogane and Shinobu Hiryūin ZG042 No Outcome (Interrupted by Sakyo)
Sakyo Kurayami (Synchrome Opponent) ZG042-ZG043 Lose
Shinobu Hiryūin ZG045 Not shown




  • Yoshio was the first DNA blader to appear on the show as well the first to battle against Zyro.
  • Yoshio can be translated as Japanese for "pretty man", which is ironic by his looks.
  • Iwayama can be translated as Japanese for "rock mountain" or "rocky mountain".
  • His synchrome partner is Kira. He was loyal to Kira when he got a new bey and the rest of DNA went against Kira. He was even willing to risk himself to save Kira from falling with Zero showing how tight there bond is
  • He is somewhat similar to Benkei when he was a member of the Face Hunters. Both were the second in command of there groups and were loyal to there leaders (Kyoya and Kira).
  • Yoshio has been shown to be the most physically strong character being that he is able to launch his bey with his fist without using a launcher as well as throwing both Kira and Zyro far away in order to save them.
  • He is the second person to launch his bey without using his launcher after Ryuga.
  • He is the largest character in Shogun Steel.
  • It is unknown how he knew Kite before meeting him, its possible that the Garcas told him about Kite.