Dark Grey "Dark Series" Beyblade, from Random Booster 8. All Dark Series Beyblades have the same AR, SG, SP and BB. See the Related Beyblades section for other Beyblades in the series.
Attack Ring: Dark Wing
Weight: 6.4g total
Three sided AR with Core AR and similarly shaped Sub AR.
Core AR: Dark Wing
Compatible with most SARs, the primary choices being Dark Wing Sub AR, Ark Pyramid Sub AR and War Lion Sub AR. Most Sub ARs that don't protrude far past the WD will also work acceptably, but as the AR comes with an effective Sub AR on its own there is little reason to use anything else unless this is missing.
Dark Wing Sub AR and Ark Pyramid SAR align better, however War Lion Sub AR avoids getting in the way by not protruding past the Weight Disk, which helps with certain match ups. All are roughly equally effective.
Left Spin is not useful due to excessive recoil and lack of offensive power.
Has very thick contact points that are very slightly too outwardly angled, producing a lot of power but also significant rotational recoil, even for a Hyper Aggro AR.
As such, when facing heavy, low recoil opponents, it benefits greatly from a Heavy Metal Core, and even then struggles more than some other powerful Smash ARs with longevity.
Elevation of contact points make it somewhat more effective against Circle Survivor Defense than other options, though it has a somewhat harder time with shorter opponents.
Overall it is still competitive due to its impressive power against most opponents.
Sub AR: Dark Wing Sub AR
As one of only two three-sided Sub AR's (the other being Ark Pyramid Sub AR), the main use aside from with its own Attack Ring is when using three-sided AR's on SG Wing Base, though this is a rather outclassed setup due to the Base itself, due to the poor LAD even with the best SP, and even in this case Ark Pyramid Sub AR is generally the better choice.
Weight Disk: Ten Balance
Decent weight, with a compact yet edge-focussed distribution which makes for good all-around performance.
Thanks to the additional weight, the weight distribution provides a good mix of RPM maintenance/grinding and overall survival ability.
Generally outclassed by Wide Defense unless a more compact weight distribution is required. This is most noticeable in Compacts and Semi-Flat Base Stamina, where the compact weight distribution helps their stability and grinding ability while providing a little extra survival over mode compact options. However for compacts, the greater weight of Ten Heavy is generally preferred.
Overall a good part.
SonoKong G-Blade Mold (as opposed to their earlier mold) is generally very similar to the regular mold, meaning it can be used interchangeably.
Spin Gear: Neo Right Spin Gear (Metal Weight Version)
Spin Gear Shells: Neo Right Spin Gear Shells
Weight: 1.15g ea (total 2.3g)
Generally preferred to regular Right shells due to being compatible with all SG-Compatible bases, in particular for being compatible with Neo SG Cores and the Heavy Metal Core.
This means they are a necessity for Compacts, Weight Based Defense, Force Smash, Traditional Upper Attack and Driger V2 Combinations, at least aside from the rare occasions Left Spin is desired for one of these types, in which case Neo Left Shells are preferred.
Overall a crucial competitive part, but thankfully exceedingly common.
Spin Gear Core: Metal Weight Core
Only compatible with Neo Shells.
Has a cylindrical metal part in the centre to add weight
Slightly lighter than Magnecores, which limits its usefulness, even for Attack Types where the small difference between it and other cores in terms of weight means it generally fails to find a niche, or at least fails to stand out as significantly better in most cases.
This does not mean it is outclassed for all setups, however, odds are it provides the right mix of recoil control and speed for some setups, it is just that the difference it would be best by would inevitably be quite small.
Does still work well for Attack Types in general, despite usually being outperformed by other options the difference is quite minimal.
Support Parts: Survivor Ring
Round, single part SP with three small fins which provide contact points in Left Spin and are generally defensive in right
In right spin, the fins produce a modicum of attack without suffering the severe recoil that renders aggressive SP useless.
Also adds weight to the outside of the Beyblade, increasing flywheel effect
This makes it an excellent Attack SP, particularly for 3-sided Attack Rings, most notably Triple Tiger, as the contact points of both can be aligned perfectly.
It is also an effective Survival SP in left spin, however Defense Ring has better LAD and is therefore a superior part for this type, as well as being preferred for Defense as a result of its more compact weight distribution and lower recoil.
Blade Base: Customize Sharp Base
Very tall, sharp-tipped, SP-compatible base
Gaps in the base to create a more edge-focussed weight distribution, similar to Metal Sting Base, though this is largely ineffectual.
Incredibly unstable, rendering it entirely useless, especially as there is a much better sharp-tipped, SP-compatible Base in Customize Metal Sharp Base.
Not a useful part
Survivor Ring is an excellent part and Dark Wing is also nice, however the price and rarity of any given Dark Series blade compared to Beyblades like Voltaic Ape (which has a similarly powerful Attack Ring and an arguably more versatile SP in Defense Ring, not to mention one of the few Sharp-tipped Bases that is vaguely useful) mean the Dark Series Blades are not a top priority for Competitive Bladers.
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