Hunter (ハンター, Hantā) is a Performance Tip released as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System. It debuted with the release of the B-85 Booster Killer Deathscyther 2Vortex Hunter on July 1st, 2017.
Hunter features a flat rubber tip with a circular depression in the center, akin to Xtreme, that sits at the standard height.
The surface area to friction ratio of Hunter creates a moderately aggressive, easy to control in a Banking Shoot, movement pattern. In terms of speed, Hunter is faster than Accel and Zephyr but slower than Xtreme, Hold and a worn Variable. Hunter's speed allows for strong attacks and its high friction creates less chances of losing the Banking Pattern in battle which would make it an excellent choice for Attack combinations.
However, Hunter has four major weaknesses. First, the high friction of the rubber means that Hunter has incredibly low stamina, which when combined with the light weight of the Burst System compared to previous Systems means that there is less inertia, exacerbating the stamina issue further. Second, the high friction means that Hunter resists changes to the Beyblade's spin from contact with the opponent, thus more force is taken by the teeth in Takara Tomy Layers or the slopes in Hasbro Layers, increasing the chances of self-Bursts. Third, Hunter will wear down with use, decreasing its aggression with little to no improvement to the tip's stamina, meaning that multiple copies much be purchased in order to replace worn ones. Finally, even in mint condition, the small surface area means that Hunter will settle to the center incredibly quickly, too quickly for attack combinations. While Hunter features high Knock-Out resistance when settled, higher than Defense or Bite, its Stamina is too low for it to be viable.
Hunter features great control but is plagued by low stamina and higher Burst risks. Other Performance Tips are able to match or overtake Hunter's best traits while also improving on its weaknesses; Xtreme gives greater speed with comparable control and Accel gives comparable control with greater stamina.
Coupled with the overall low aggression, Hunter is suitable for collection purposes only.
Differences in the Hasbro Version
Hasbro’s release of Hunter features much softer rubber which increases the speed and aggression of the Tip and solves the weakness of settling towards the center the Takara Tomy release suffered. While Xtreme is still stronger for Burst Attack, if one struggles to control Xtreme’s greater aggression, Hunter makes for an excellent alternative.
As such, Hunter is a welcome addition to any blader’s collection.
- B-85 Killer Deathscyther 2Vortex Hunter (translucent purple, sky blue rubber)
- B-95 Random Booster Vol. 8 Shelter Regulus .5S.Tw - 08: Driger Slash 4Vortex Hunter
- B-101 Random Booster Vol. 9 Beat Kukulcan .7U.Hn - 01: Beat Kukulcan 7Under Hunter