AKA: Salamander (AR Stickers), Salamolyon (fairly rare misspelling, likely due to the dub's interesting pronunciation)
Hasbro Version of Salamalyon with poles moved from the Blade Base to the Attack Ring.
Attack Ring: Fire Cracker (Hasbro)
Oval-shaped AR with rounded sides, with large gaps and large head protrusions at either end.
Too recoil prone for Stamina or Defense due to its protrusions.
Hasbro's release of Fire Cracker has plastic in the gaps at either end of the bit chip to support the move of two small poles from the BB to the AR.
The poles are smaller and in a much less obnoxious position than the other ARs this was done to, both of which suffer for theirs through recoil or breakage.
The reinforcements to fill the gaps slightly reduce the offensive power of the Attack Ring, which is the only thing it is good for, and as such the Hasbro version is even less useful than the Takara version. It is however much sturdier as a result.
Rounded sides make it less consistent than Square Edge despite vaguely similar shapes.
Head protrusions which are some of the primary contact points are raised, which can make it more effective than many options against Circle Survivor Defense, but mean it struggles terribly with shorter opponents, being largely ineffectual against compacts. Overall, alternatives such as Square Edge are more consistent, and for raised contact points, Mountain Hammer is a safer bet.
Nonetheless an option on Attackers using SG (Bearing Version 2) setups, but generally Mountain Hammer is a more reliable choice. In addition these tend to be outclassed by more powerful Smash Attack combos anyway. In addition, the Takara version tends to be more effective as the lower aggression of the Hasbro version tends to be a negative. Nonetheless the two are fairly similar.
Overall not great, but with a few niche uses. It is nonetheless the worst of the "Hidden Spirit" ARs.
Weight Disk: Eight Wide
Weight (Hard Edge Mold): 12.7g
Weight (Soft Edge Mold): 12.2g
Very light weight
Two molds, one with sharper edges used exclusively by Takara, and one with softer edges used by both Hasbro and Takara (after production moved to China, presumably). The Hard Edge mold tends to be heavier on average but there is huge crossover between them and the difference can largely be considered negligible. The soft edge mold also often has bumps, generally smaller than those on Ten-Series Weight Disks, at one or both ends, which theoretically could make for poorer balance, though the impact is negligible.
Wide weight distribution, albeit less so than Ten Wide, Wide Defense and Wide Survivor.
Minor use with Attack AR's whose contact points are obscured by wider weight disks (eg Double Wing), though these limitations inherently render them inferior to many other options, and overall the lighter weight of Eight Wide leaves it outclassed.
Blade Base: Salamalyon Base (Hasbro)
Light base with built in Right SG (4 Layer System style).
Tip is a narrow flat tip (barely wider than the flat part of SG Semi-Flat Base).
Tip provides aggressive movement, but is hard to make flower pattern and doesn't handle recoil well.
Hasbro's release removed the poles from Salamalyon Base and moved them onto Fire Cracker instead.
While it has fewer scraping issues due to the removal of the poles and is therefore better than Takara's version due to allowing deeper banking for greater control, the LAD is still poor due to the bumpy shape.
The narrower tip combined with this poor LAD means that it is outclassed by even Flat Base, albeit not as severely as the Takara version.
With no useful parts, Salamalyon is not worth buying other than for collection, even with a somewhat interesting AR. It is a rare instance however of the Hasbro Hidden Spirits version not being significantly worse than the Takara version.
Salamalyon - Original Takara Release
Bakutenryu Donitrus - Dark Blue Recolor from late G-Revolution
Bakuten Henkei Gaia Dragoon - CoroCoro Limited Purple Salamalyon
Salamalyon 2 (Hasbro) - Orange recolour of Hasbro's Salamalyon