A-123 Gaia Dragoon MS

Initial Release: Summer 2003, Starter A-123 (Purple)

Additional Releases: Hasbro's Strata Dragoon MS Starter (Purple), Sonokong's Double Power Plus Set (Starter Purple), A-130 Double Shooter Set (Yellow), 5 Saint Beasts Booster (Proto-Grey), Lucky Box/Fukobako 2004 (Black), Tournament Limited Recolours (White, Silver, Gold, Blue), Event Limited (White), W Master Campaign Limited (Silver, Pearl-White)

Bit Protector - "Small Type"

Should be noted that BP Size Type on initial release is not consistent for every cycle of production or re-release. Being reproduced the following year could mean a different BP Size Type for a given Beyblade.

Attack Ring

Metal Saucer, ~15g.

  • Shares the same Metal Frame with Advance Averazer's Advance Balancer.

  • Metal Frame shaped like a gear, with various symmetrical teeth.

  • Like most early HMS releases, suffers from light weight, making it easy to push around when using heavier ARs.

  • Only real use classically was for spin-stealing customizations in opposite-spin matchups. On paper a geared design would be well-suited to slowly siphon spin from the opponent, but Metal Saucer is quite light and produces too much recoil to be a worthwhile choice over other legitimate Stamina AR choices.

  • Terribly prone to being knocked out, has ample recoil making it fairly ineffective in its proposed niche.

  • Recoil present does not translate into meaningful Smash Attack on rubber RCs enough to warrant its use on an Attack customization, either. Other Attack AR choices are much better.

  • Little redeeming qualities in any of the Beyblade typings, but best bet for its use is in a stamina-oriented combo

Best Potential Combo:

AR: Metal Saucer (Opposite-Spin)

WD: Circle Wide

RC: Bearing Core

Game Plan: Metal Saucer on a stamina-oriented setup relies on a bit of luck and a specific launch technique to win. Weak-launching (deliberately launching the Beyblade with little force relative to your opponent) the above combo in hopes that it is able to equalize its RPM with the opponent and score a victory via out-spin is your best bet. You should also be mindful of what spin-direction your opponent's Beyblade is in, as weak-launching is an opposite-spin specific technique that falls flat when both Beyblade's are spinning in the same direction.

Weight Disk

Circle Heavy

Running Core

Flat Core, ~1.5g.

  • Completely flat plastic tip. Very basic design and iconic to first series releases.

  • Capable of aggressive patterns, best suited as an Attack-oriented RC, as it does not have enough endurance in a Stamina setup.

  • Slightly taller than ideal height for Attack types and lacks meaningful grip to any stadium, making it inferior to any other rubber-based or metal-based RCs.

  • Slightly more survivability than aforementioned RCs, but not so much as to lend itself to a particular niche counter setup.

  • Could see some use as a dedicated tornado staller, but given how aggressive even "passive" HMS combos are, this isn't a safe bet, nor a very entertaining playstyle.

Best Potential Combo:

AR: Samurai Upper (Right-Spin)

WD: CWD God Ring

RC: Flat Core

Game Plan: Launch aggressively as to allow for the RC to make rounds across the stadium's Tornado Ridge, giving you a chance to either score a fortunate knock out or avoid contact with opponent completely, and hope for an out-spin victory. It should be noted that depending on the stadium you use, the force put into the launch varies. For stadiums with less pronounced or slippery Tornado Ridges (BB-10 Attack Type, B-09 Burst Standard), consider practicing beforehand to make sure you aren't using so much force in your launch that the Flat Core RC skips the ridge and knocks itself out.