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Z Achilles A4 11 Xtend+, known as Z Achilles 11 Xtend+ (ゼットアキレス・イレブン・エクステンドプラス, Zetto Akiresu Irebun Ekusutendo Purasu) in Japan, is a Balance Type Beyblade that's a part of the Burst System as well as the Cho-Z Layer System. It's owned by Aiger Akabane. While this combo was never officially released, you can purchase different releases to make this combo.

Energy Layer - Z Achilles A4

Main article: Energy Layer - Z Achilles A4
Z Achilles A4 is a Balance Type Energy Layer that features four large blades that create a high recoil, rectangular shape, two of which are long and are molded into the shape of swords, and two of which are short and somewhat resemble a shield. In the center is a shield with an armored face above it looking sideways, meant to represent its namesake; Achilles, a hero in Greek Mythology. As part of the Cho-Z Layer System, Z Achilles features metal in its design; in this case, concentrated on the sword and shield designs. This makes it heavier than most SwitchStrike/God Layers.

The inclusion of metal improves Attack potential by increasing the weight of the Layer, granting higher inertia that increases both KO and Burst Attack as well as increasing the Layer's Burst Resistance, as the high inertia resists teeth skipping, a property that compliments the tall teeth of the Takara Tomy release of Z Achilles. The Layer's Attack potential is further improved as the metal is placed near the point of impact. Due to these factors and the shape of the blades, Z Achilles performs well in Attack Combinations.

Like many other Cho-Z Layers, Z Achilles is unbalanced which increases the risk of Bursts, is liable to break Banking Patterns and drains Stamina. However, these issues can be solved with the use of a Level Chip that fits underneath the Layer.

However, the two blades situated on top and below the Layer are liable to denting and even chipping due to how far they protrude. While not enough to completely break Z Achilles A4, if one is fearful of possible performance changes or simply dislikes the damaged appearance, they may want to own multiple copies of this Layer.

Forge Disc - 11

Main article: Forge Disc - 11
11, unlike most other odd numbered Core Discs, is symmetrical and elliptical in shape in order to facilitate a Frame. Each side features one large protrusion to create the visage of an "11" with one protrusion featuring a large "1" shaped indent to create an unbalanced design, however the shallow depth of the indent creates no noticeable effect. Compared to other Core Discs, 11 is one of the lightest, even lighter than most non-Core Discs. This light weight severely hinders 11's Attack, Defense and Stamina potential and while the light weight would create high Burst resistance, the heavy weight of the SwitchStrike/God Layer System and the Cho-Z Layer System makes the use of lightweight Discs for Burst resistance obsolete.

Performance Tip - Xtend+

Main article: Performance Tip - Xtend+

Xtend+ is an add-on to the Xtend Performance Tip. Unlike its predecessor, Xtend+ does not feature a manual height change gimmick but instead features an adjustable tip at a standard height with three settings; Attack, Defense and Stamina, akin to X Drive from Metal Fight Beyblade.

The Attack Setting features a wide, hollow flat tip, wider than Assault and akin to Zephyr at the standard height of most Performance Tips. Due to the surface area of this setting, Xtend+ will create a highly aggressive movement pattern with speeds greater than Assault. However, the wide diameter of the tip makes it difficult to maintain a banking pattern and creates relatively low stamina, making the setting ill-suited for both traditional Attack and Tornado Stalling combinations.

The Defense Setting features a low angle, stepped cone tip, akin to X Drive's Stern Semi Defense at the standard height of most Performance Tips. Due to the stepped cone, when an Xtend+ combination is struck and reaches higher on the Stadium's slope, the flat edge of the tip will create a second point of contact, briefly increasing friction and aggression to both slow down the combination and counter attack. However, due to the edge of the tip being made of plastic rather than rubber like in Unite and smooth rather than tabbed like in Defense, the effect of the second point of contact is minimal, creating poor Knock-Out resistance.

The Stamina Setting features a low angle cone tip, akin to Trans' Stamina Setting at a lower height than most Performance Tips. Due to the low friction, Xtend+ creates acceptable stamina. Of the three settings, Stamina has the best performance.

In all three settings, the tip's low angled base and wide diameter grant Xtend+ high Life-After-Death potential, comparable to Eternal, Atomic and Bearing.

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Trivia

  • Like its previous form Z Achilles A4 11 Xtend, this Beyblade is named after Achilles, a Greek hero who fought in the Trojan War and was the greatest warrior and central character in Homer's Iliad.
  • Due to this Beyblade getting an upgrade to its Driver, it still utilizes the same avatar, this is because it’s the Energy Layer that determine the avatar’s appearance.
  • The Xtend+ Chip was designed by Raul and was given to Aiger with a new launcher model.
  • Before Z Achilles’ Energy Layer shatters, its avatar shouts Aiger's name.

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