Beyblade is a popular game among kids. The rush of launching these super cool tops on the field and watching them collide against each other in sparks is exciting, to say the least. And the collecting aspect of this game makes it desirable to not only kids but also some adults.
Despite being a game aimed at kids, there is a surprising amount of technology behind each beyblade. It might not be apparent at first glance, but as you dig deeper, you will quickly find that you have a high degree of modification options available.
If you like the thought of collecting things, you will surely find beyblades worth collecting. There are many units with different colors and styles that each have a different effect and reaction. Combining one part with another gives you a completely different and unique beyblade that is only yours.
In this article, we will not only take a look at how to assemble and launch a beyblade but also the different aspects of what makes this toy so exceptionally admired by people of all ages.
What is Beyblade and How Do You Play It?
Beyblade is a type of spinning toy from japan that is appealing to the people because of its customization options. It was first developed in July of 1999 by a company called Takara and manufactured by Tomy.
What made people flock towards this game is the aspect of making their own beyblades and battling with other players.
Soon it got picked up by other companies as the popularity of this product spread worldwide. Tv Shows and cartoons based on this toy became popular among kids, and newer audiences started adapting it.
To play this game, you need two beyblades for two players, a beyblade stadium, and a launcher for each of the players. The stadium is where the main battle happens.
As of today, you can find different shapes of stadiums that give you different experiences while battling.
In the following section, we will give you a basic overview of how to play beyblade.
- Two players set their beyblades with the launchers and stand at opposite sides of the stadium.
- On the count of three, both players pull on the ripcord, yelling “let it rip.”
- The match ends when one of the beyblade stops spinning, knocked down, or out of the arena.
The win condition ideally is to get to three points before your opponent. If you can knock out your opponent, push it out of bounds, or it merely stops spinning, you get one point.
However, if you can successfully burst it, which means if you can break it apart with your beyblade, you get two points.
Different Parts And Types of a Beyblade
As we mentioned, a beyblade consists of some smaller sections. These are what allows one beyblade to perform differently from the other. You can customize your Bey by attaching one section to the other, to give you different effects.
In this section of the article, we will focus on these elements to give you a clear idea of what each of the sections does. The three primary sections of a beyblade are the Energy Layer, the Forge Disc, and the Performance tip.
The energy layer is the uppermost part of a beyblade. It is what gives the beyblade its unique look and style. With different color and design options, you can change up how it reacts with an opponent after colliding. This layer is responsible for the offensive capability of your Bey.
The second layer of a beyblade, also known as Forge disc, is responsible for the center of gravity in the unit. It is usually silver in color and has the most weight out of any other parts.
Depending on how heavy it is, you will have different effects in the battle both in terms of stable movement and collision.
The bottom layer of the beyblade is known as a performance tip, and it is responsible for the overall movement pattern of your unit. It dictates whether your top moves around searching for targets or stays in one place, prioritizing stability and endurance.
Apart from these three layers, you also need to think about the combat category of your beyblade. There are four combat categories for each of the parts that we will discuss in the following section.
Attack type beyblades prioritize over hunting down the opponent than playing it safe. These units move around the stadium quickly and focus on power. However, they are prone to getting knocked out, especially if you mess up your launch.
Stamina type beyblades focus on endurance and try to outlast the opponent. They work well against defense types but can suffer against the power of attack type tops. However, if left untouched, they can out spin almost any other type of beys.
As the name suggests, defense type beyblades focus on defense rather than offense. These units can take a hit and brush it off while maintaining their stable positioning in a battle.
Combining the best of all three categories, you get the balance type beyblade. These units are capable of moving around the stadium with strength and warding off opponents hit to some degree. Though they do not excel at any one point, they offer a good balance of any playstyle.
How to Assemble a Beyblade?
Since these tops are made keeping kids in mind, assembly is quite simple and straightforward. Let us take a detailed look at how you can assemble a beyblade by yourself within a few minutes.
- Take out your new beyblade set. Put all the pieces on a clean flat surface and make sure you have all the parts.
- You should have a set of stickers included with your box. Take it out and put stickers in the attack ring to jack up its style.
- Take a closer look at the three sections of the beyblade. All you need to do is put the forged disc below the energy layer and drive the extended shaft of the performance tip through the middle of it.
- First, place your energy layer upside down on the flat surface.
- Make sure the blades of the energy layer are aligned with that of the forged disc and lay it upside down on the energy layer.
- Take the performance tip and push the extended shaft through the center hole up to the energy layer.
- Twist the performance tip slightly while keeping it pushed against the top disc clockwise, and your beyblade will be locked in place.
Sometimes, you might find that your beyblade does not assemble that quickly. You may also see a tool that resembles a small wrench attached to your set. In that case, your assembly steps are a bit different. However, you should not worry too much since most of the steps are quite similar.
You will notice that you will get an additional element with your package along with the three sections and the wrench. It would look like a small hat that goes above the energy ring. This item serves like a screw that holds the pieces of the beyblade together while giving it balance and stability.
When you have aligned all the pieces, all you need to do is place it on the hole of the energy disc. Take the included wrench and tighten the part slowly until you feel resistance. Do not push too hard, or it might break.
If everything is attached properly, you should now be able to take your whip out your launcher and start battling with your newly assembled beyblade.
How to Launch a Beyblade?
To an amateur or those unfamiliar with the game, it might seem pure luck at first. However, having a clear strategy and technique is quite crucial for a game like this.
A pro player will easily defeat his opponents even with a weaker beyblade simply because of his approach. Your style of launching is crucial if you want to win consistently.
Before we head into it, a little insight on launchers would help you out greatly. There are a few different types of launchers available on the market, each with its own distinct strengths and weaknesses.
In most cases, a launcher would come with a plastic ripcord. However, some launchers even use strings for more significant force.
Whether you are using a ripcord or string launcher, the principle is the same. For ripcords, you need to reattach it every time you have to launch a beyblade. But for string launchers, you eliminate this hassle. Furthermore, ripcords tend to wear out over time.
You first have to attach the beyblade to the launcher using the grips. When you pull on the ripcord or the string, the top is released and will go towards where you are aiming. Depending on the pressure you give when pulling the ripcord, you will get varying results.
This is where techniques come into play. There are many launching techniques for different strategies. There is no definitive answer to which launching technique is the best. But one form of launching with certain types of tops will give you better results against the specific beyblade of your opponent.
Different Techniques of Launching a Beyblade
In the following portion of the article, we will discuss a few launching techniques that you can adapt to your playstyle, to ensure victory against your opponents. The five most common launching styles are
In this type of launch, your launcher is aligned parallelly to the floor. Most beginners use this type of launch without really understanding the idea behind it. They use high-speed tips, and most of the time, they get eliminated within a few seconds of launch.
If you are going for this type of launch, avoid using high-speed tips since it would make your top circle the edges of the stadium. If your opponent is going with a strong defense type Bey, you will lose your momentum, and your hits will not affect him at all.
In this type of launching, you will position your launcher parallel to the angle of the stadium. It is not that difficult to pull-off and is quite useful to new players since it allows you to play a bit more aggressively. If you are going with defense type Beys, it might be a good launch for you.
Since your launch matches the angle of the stadium, your Bey will quickly circle towards the center of the stadium. It will be in a position to stand its ground and wave off any potential attacks while maintaining a consistent spin. Stamina types also benefit from this launch.
This launching style is aimed towards more experienced players. The trick is to push your launcher slightly as you pull on the ripcord while angling it as if you are making a banking shot. As a result, you will get increased power and spin from your top.
Attack type beyblades benefit greatly from this type of launch. Since the idea of attack types is to constantly move around and hit the opponent, the extra spin and power really come in handy. If your top is well-built, you might even be able to burst your opponent with this launch.
Do not let the name fool you. If done at the right time, this launch is enough to end the game with a knockout. It often serves as a counter to attack type beyblades.
You get good defense and a strong positioning with this type of launch. Against aggressive opponents, it is a strong and effective way to win the game.
When pulling the ripcord, you go slower than usual. The launching angle is similar to that of a parallel shot, which means you are aligned with the ground.
However, because of the slower pull, your top will spin erratically. If attack type Beys get too close, it can get knocked out because of this movement.
The final launch style we will take a look at is the unbalanced launch. This type of launching is effective no matter which Bey you are using.
To pull it off, you need to angle the launcher at a fifty-degree angle towards the ground. The energy layer of your Bey would be almost touching the floor.
With this type of launch, you get the most momentum out of your Bey. For attack types, it allows you to move around the stadium easily, and dish out punishment with strong hits. For defense types, you get a stronger spin and balance, that lets you take successive hits from opponent without falling.
This launch is best for beyblades that have a high recoil layer. If pulled-off perfectly, it allows you to smash into your opponent, bursting or knocking it off in an instant. Even if you miss the momentum, your Bey will hit the wall and bounce back on the opponent with high power.
The move is perfect for both attack and stamina type Beys as it allows you to play aggressively. Defense types do not benefit much from it. So, it is best to identify your playstyle before you go with this type of launch.
General Tips for Improving in Beyblade
When you start out playing, you cannot hope to be the best. You will lose the majority of your game, and it might get frustrating pretty soon. However, if you stick with it, we can guarantee that you will get better and be able to win more and more games.
Here are a few tips to help you improve your skills in a beyblade game.
Know your Bey
The single most useful tip that we can give you is to test out as many Beys as you can in your free time. Each Bey is unique and has different strengths and weaknesses. You need to know what the strong point of your unit is while trying to overcome the weaknesses.
Additionally, you should spend some time testing out different angles and directions. You might find your particular unit works best at a certain angle.
IF that is the case, you need to think about how you can utilize it to its fullest potential while figuring out how to tackle your opponents' counterattacks.
Practice your launches
We have already discussed different launch techniques in the previous section of the article. If you want to improve your gameplay, you need to practice these techniques as well as figure out which goes best with your playstyle. You do not need to follow all our launch techniques and can even invent your own as you go.
With practice, you will be able to control your launches better. You will be able to generate more power and spin when you need to and also launch the Bey with lower force when you need it. In almost all cases, if your launch is perfect, you have an improved chance of winning.
Break-in your gear
When you buy a new beyblade launcher, you will notice that it feels rough and tight. Give it some time and play around with it, and it will eventually feel smoother. The same goes for your ripcord and the components of the beyblade.
Do not take your newly purchased beyblade set to a serious battle if you want to win. Otherwise, you might see that your launch is not giving you the correct result. It does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with your product; it just needs some breaking-in to work perfectly.
Change up your strategies
You cannot go into a serious beyblade battle without a few tricks up your sleeve. Your strategy is everything with this game, and for the best chance of winning, you need to have many techniques ready to throw to your opponent. It is quite similar to chess in this regard.
You need to be able to react to your opponents' moves and launches with your own. Be prepared to counter his techniques with your own techniques.
Granted, you do require a lot of experience to pull it off perfectly. If you start analyzing different playstyles early, you will be on your way to becoming a beyblade champion in no time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Beyblade for kids?
Well, yes and no. It was originally made, keeping kids in mind. However, it was quickly picked up by many adults because of the high degree of customization and collection options. Many adults like to play this game in their free time, and there is no harm in that.
Q. What do you need to play Beyblade?
A game of beyblade requires two players, along with their respective Beys and launchers. Additionally, you would also need a beyblade stadium. If you do not have a stadium, you could even play on the floor, with a border made of rope or any other materials.
Q. Is a heavy forge disc better than a lighter one?
The effectiveness of a beyblade depends on the combination of all three parts, not only on the forge disc. As such, with a heavy forge disc, you would get more stability, and the opponent will have a harder time knocking you out. But your top will also be more susceptible to bursting during a game.
As you can see, there is a lot more to beyblade than what meets the eye at first. There is a certain degree of skill involved, and your skills in modification really comes in handy with this game. If you can think on your feet, and can learn from your mistakes, then this might be the perfect game for you.
We hope you found our extensive article on how to assemble and launch a beyblade informative and helpful. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, our guide should be able to help you get better at the game in no time.