A Bit Beast (Japanese: 聖獣 Holy Beast, Seijuu) is a powerful animal spirit that can inhabit a Beyblade. Bit Beasts are different in size and shape and have different attacks.
They provide the said Beyblade with a "spirit" and a "sentient being" within it, making it more than just a regular spinning top. They appear mainly in the original series; consisting of Beyblade, Beyblade: V-Force, and Beyblade: G-Revolution.
The four most well known Bit Beasts in the series are Dragoon, Dranzer, Draciel, and Driger.
The bit beasts went through a series of development stages and were originally much different to what many fans came to know.
In the original Jisedai Bēgoma Battle Beyblade video game released in 1999, bit-beast first appeared. Several even would evolve and change. Each bit beast had its own unique attack and would affect the way the player fought in the arena. This game shows many early beyblade ideas in prototype form. While certain concepts survived to the main series, none of the bit beasts seen survived. A few, however, did appear on some of the very early beyblades released in Japan.
In Beyblade Fighting Tournament (2000) they were more closer to the final bit beast styles as seen in the series. They were divided into a series ("Kid", "Night", "Dark", "Master", etc) and would appear as one of 4 archetypes (Dranzer, Driger, Draceil or Dragoon). At the start of the game, the player entered a code. If the code was correct, they would have one of the 4 archetypes. Each series was released in the games shop. Over the course of the game, stronger bits would be released of their selected choice as they won each tournament. At first, this kind of introduction to bit beasts is briefly touched upon in the manga, with the bladers bits upgrading and changing in the very early chapters on a few occasions.
When the Bakuten Shoot Beyblade video game (2001) was released, the manga had already began production. The TV series was also released by the time the game had came out. Bit beasts were more closely related to their status as seen in the anime and later manga. The focus this time was just on Daichi's bit-beast. Since Daichi had no canon bit at this point, he was given a substitution. He started out as a Kid Dragoon and over the course of the game would upgrade as he won tournaments up to the American tournament, as this was how far the manga had reached. At this point, he had a cyborg-looking Dragoon. This Dragoon also appeared in Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002 Team Battle! Kiryū no Akira Daichi / Takao Hen, although that was the last appearance as Strata Dragon debuted at this point.
Other bit beasts were introduced which gave uniqueness to the bladers within the series. However, by the end of the original Beyblade series, the pictures of the bit beasts were changed to just symbols representing the beasts. While the anime ended before the manga reached this point, even the main characters were seen with this style of bit on their Beyblades by the end of the manga. This tradition carries on even with the new beyblades.
Bit Beasts may not only be sealed inside a Beyblade. Dizzi for example, is trapped within Kenny's laptop. Dizzi, however, was a character invented for the English dub that doesn't appear in the Japanese version. Dragoon was originally inside a sword before entering Tyson's Beyblade and becoming his Bit-Beast. Draciel was also trapped within a locket.
Bit Beasts seem to be sentient. In the dubbed version of the original Beyblade series, Dizzi often talks, giving the Bladebreakers advice. Dragoon has also been shown to be able to talk. There are many characters who have Bit Beasts, and sometimes there seems to be a bond between the Bit-Beast and it's owner. It seems that some Bit Beasts do care about their masters, such as during Tyson's first battle with Enrique when Amphilyon tried to attack Tyson, and Dragoon got in the way. This was also shown during Ray's battle against Bryan in the World Finals, when Driger put his existence on line to save Ray who had been badly injured by Falborg's attacks.
See: List of Bit-Beasts
In Other Languages
- Danish: Bit Dyr (Bit-Animal (s) )
- Italian: Bit Power
- Brazilian Portuguese: Feras bit
- In the Japanese version, all bit-beasts are referred to by a genderless term, which in translation often comes out as just "it". They were officially genderless. However, overseas translations have often assigned gendered pronouns to the Bit Beasts, such as Dragoon being referred to with male pronouns like "he".
- The four sacred Bit-Beasts (of the Bladebreakers) all have their names starting with Dr- (Dragoon, Dranzer, Draciel, Driger)
- All the Bit-Beasts on the White Tigers team start their names with Gal- (Galeon, Galux, Galzzly, and Galman)
- All the Bit-Beasts on the All Starz team start their names with Try- (Trygle, Trypio, Tryhorn, and Trygator)
- All the Bit-Beasts on the Majestics team end their names with -lyon. (Griffolyon, Salamalyon, Amphilyon, and Unicolyon)
- All the Bit-Beasts on the Demolition Boys team end their name with -borg. (Wolborg, Seaborg, Falborg, and Wyborg)
- Excluding the cyber bit-beasts since they are all man-made, 3 of the 4 of the sacred bit beasts have an alternate version to them. Black Dranzer, Metal Driger, and Strata Dragoon.
- Strange visions of Bit Beast like characters appear in the Metal Saga, Beyblade Burst, and BeyWheelz during battles, but aren't acknowledged by the characters or referred to as Bit Beasts. These appearances are mainly to enhance the battle scenes.