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Ninja Salamander SW145SD
Face Bolt (Beybattle Top): Slamander (サラマンダー)
Weight: 5.5 grams
Ninja Salamander uses a Metal Stone Face, rather than a regular one. In Zero-G, Metal Stone Faces are the equivalent of Metal Faces from the HWS. While the Metal Stone Face depicts the mythical Salamander, of which Ninja Salamander is based on, the design has a cartoonish depiction of the salamander, with its head grinning and glaring to the right, with fiery eyes. It shows its lizard-like body ending in its tail curving behind it. The salamander has small arms and legs, with fire-like details; while the salamander itself is engulfed in flames. The design overall, is black with orange fumes and a lime-green outline. It appears as a sticker on the Metal Stone Face. It resembles the original Striker (Unicorno) motif.
Warrior Wheel: Salamander (サラマンダー)
Weight: 30.6 grams
Salamander has a silver body that is appears quite large, thick, and detailed. There are designs of scales all around the Chrome Wheel; the scales of which give the Wheel a reptillian-like appearance and feel. There is also a design of a mythical salamander's neck, connecting two heads of the salamander. The salamander heads feature snouts with a beak-like jaws and a design protruding from the back of their heads. While what can also be seen, is the salamander's tail which goes over Salamander on its exterior. The tail is quite reptilian as well, featuring various scales and spikes on it and such. One last detail of Salamander is that various fire details can be seen at the the lower part of this Chrome Wheel. This Chrome Wheel has high Attack power as well as a good balance of defense and stamina. It looks similar to the L-Drago Destroy wheel.
Adds an ultra-barrage attack in scales arranged on the whole body.
Element Wheel: Ninja
Weight: 5.4 grams
Ninja is a semi-translucent bright orange that has various curves and slanted protrusions all around it. It features holes appearing around the Crystal Wheel with a protrusion sticking up from Ninja. The design offers little to no defense prowess but offers many edges for barrage attacking.
Spin Track: Switch 145 (SW145)
Weight: 4.2 grams
Switch 145 has three wings which can be removed and "switched" to have either defensive or offensive properties. It is switched by removing the Performance Tip and pulling the wings down. Attack is the side with the triangle shaped stickers while Defense is the other side. Although having a defense mode, this piece has too much recoil to be added to defense combos, but it has a use with high attackers, as if used correctly, it can be useful. One Attack customization this Track can be used in is MF Lightning L-Drago (Upper Mode) SW145LRF.
Performance Tip: Semi Defense (SD)
Weight: 0.5 grams
Semi Defense is not able to wobble as much as Defense, so for Defensive purposes, Defense should still be chosen over Semi Defense if you are trying to add some Stamina to your Defense custom. With that said, Wide Defense would be a better choice than Defense for that situation, and also arguably for Stamina as well because with the even wider Tip. However, Eternal Wide Defense, has more Stamina than Wide Defense. With Wide Defense, it is allowed to circle the stadium in some situations when it is on a larger angle towards the end of a battle, thus out spinning Defense or Semi Defense based opponents. However, sometimes this does not happen, and Semi Defense easily knocks over the wobbling Wide Defense custom before it topples over itself.
It really comes down to personal preference when deciding whether to use Semi Defense or Wide Defense, because they are so closely matched. For pure Stamina it impossible to tell which would win a given match, but Wide Defense would prepare you for more situations by being able to take hits better than Semi Defense. Test both and decide for yourself which one works best for what you are trying to do. It depends on whether you are willing to sacrifice some Defense but for no more Stamina. In Zero-G stadiums however, the small surface area makes it less likely to get ride out of a stadium.
This is the first Zero-G Bey to include a Metal Stone Face.
Hasbro has renamed this top "Ninja Salamander" instead of Shinobi Saramanda, for its "Shogun Steel" line as because "Shinobi" is a Japanese name for ninja and as because Salamander makes sense to in the US.
In the Zero-G Attack Stadium, in Chrome Up mode, Shinobi Saramanda has an average solo spin time of 1 minute 10 seconds. In Crystal Up mode, it has an average solo spin time of 1 minute. Saramanda Saramanda has an average solo spin time of 1 minute 05 seconds
In the Super Vortex Stadium, in Chrome Up mode, Shinobi Saramanda has an average solo spin time of 1 minute 15 seconds
In the Wide Square Stadium, in Chrome Up mode. Shinobi Saramanda has an average solo spin time of 58 seconds
In the BB-10 stadium, in Chrome Up mode, Shinobi Saramanda has an average solo spin time of 1 minute
Ninja Salamander is based on the mythical creature, the Salamander. The mythical Salamander were amphibians (as are the norm) that of which, were very much in appearance to normal salamanders, yet being associated with fire. With this, they were known as "fire elementals". As such, the Beyblade itself pays homage to the salamander with its Stone Face motif and also with its Warrior Wheel. The Salamander Warrior Wheel features various scales on it, yet salamanders, both real and mythical, do not have scales.
In its Japanese name, "Shinobi" (忍び) is another name for a ninja. Shinobi's were agents or rather, mercenaries from feudal Japan which used warfare, not of the norm. Such as espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and assassination. Their ways of combat were opposite of the samurai, who were strict of honor and combat. This can be seen as a "rivalry" of some sort between the Bey's owners; Zyro Kurogane (Samurai Ifrit W145CF) and Shinobu Hiryūin (Ninja Salamander SW145SD), and possibly the Beys themselves.