Unicrest U2, known as Unlock Unicorn (アンロックユニコーン, Anrokku Yunikōn) in Japan, is an Energy Layer released as part of the Burst System, as well as the Dual Layer System. It debuted with the release of the B-56 Booster Unlock Unicorn Down Needle on August 6th, 2016.
Unicrest U2 is a round Energy Layer designed for defense that features ten blades, nine of which are made up of clear plastic and make the "mane" and one which is made of colored plastic and makes "the horn" of this Layer's namesake, the mythical Unicorn, featured in the center.
The clear blades of the "mane" are smooth, compact and placed in a manner that deflects oncoming attacks, creating a low recoil design, while the single "horn" is shaped differently to create this Layer's gimmick; counter attack. Since the horn is much thinner and rests at a much higher angle than the rest of the blades, it creates a sizable gap that is, in theory, meant to provide Smash Attack to Burst the opponent and/or drain their stamina. However, in practice the angle and direction of the horn is ill-suited for such a purpose and instead creates a point of recoil, that is more recoil heavy when off balance, that drains Unicrest U2's stamina.
This problem is further exacerbated by the teeth featured in the Takara Tomy release, which are very short and weak. While they can withstand the low recoil provided by the mane, the recoil provided by the gap makes Unlock Unicorn very prone to Bursts.
While the weight distribution of Unlock Unicorn does lend itself well to stamina purposes, this does little to compensate for the recoil and teeth issues.
While Unlock Unicorn does have some capabilities for stamina, it is still outclassed by other Energy Layers such as Deathscyther and Dark Deathscyther, plus the recoil of the self-destructive counter attack gimmick and the weak teeth of the Takara Tomy release render this Layer outclassed for competitive use.
Unlock Unicorn is thus suitable for collection purposes only.
Differences in the Hasbro Version
The Hasbro release of Unicrest U2 features strong slopes that grant the Layer high burst resistance. The weakness of the Horn still applies but the threat is significantly reduced due to the aforementioned slopes. However, the Hasbro release of Unicrest U2 has significantly less stamina, now only on par with Kerbeus K2. Due to the reduced stamina and the recoil inducing horn, Unicrest U2 is outclassed by Unicrest.
Overall, while not the best, Unicrest U2 is a welcome addition to any blader's collection.
Use in Defense Combinations
Unicrest U2 can be put to use in the Defense Combination Unicrest U2 2/4/7 Cross/Glaive Atomic/Orbit/Needle. The low recoil shape and strong slopes of Unicrest U2 aids in the Knock-Out resistance of the Disc, Frame and Tip while compensating for the Burst risk of using heavy Discs.
- B-56 Unlock Unicorn Down Needle (white)
- B-67 Random Booster Vol. 5 Gigant Gaia .Q.F - 03: Unlock Unicorn Quarter Accel (translucent red)
- B-67 Random Booster Vol. 5 Gigant Gaia .Q.F - 06: Unlock Unicorn Upper Trans (translucent black)
- BG-05 Random Layer Collection Vol. 5 - Unlock Unicorn (translucent light blue)
- C2282 Unicrest U2 Down Needle
- C0598 Doomscizor D2 & Unicrest U2 Dual Pack
- E1068 Orpheus O2 & Unicrest U2 Dual Pack
- The anime portrayal of Unicrest U2 features a much longer and sharper horn point than the actual Energy Layer.