Beyblade Burst Starting Guide and Advanced Tips

If you are already familiar with Beyblade Burst basics, you way want to look at :

  • Our Key Concepts article to help you understand how to assemble combinations and improve your tactics
  • Our Advanced Techniques article to help you improve your skills and understanding of the game
  • Our Beyblade Burst Sub-Systems article if you don’t know where or how to start your collection

The Basics

Beyblade Burst is the third generation of Beyblade. Created in 2015 by Hiro Morita, this third Beyblade saga came with a whole new universe, characters, and beys. Reading the manga and watching the anime is a part of what makes Beyblade Burst so special as a game, since a lot of beys characteristics or game mechanics are explained by the characters as the story goes on.
When it comes to the game itself, Beyblade Burst introduced a new mechanic : the beys now have a “Burst” system, meaning that any bey from this generation can explode after a significant impact, with its different parts being scattered around the arena.

It’s also fair to say that this generation puts an emphasis on style, aesthetics and gimmicks. Gimmicks are one of the reasons why kids can love Beyblade : if a bey has a special move or a unique characteristic in the manga/anime, Takara Tomy will replicate it in real life. For example, if a bey has an energy barrier in the anime, the toy will have rubber parts that extend under the effect of centrifugal force, creating the illusion that there’s indeed a barrier surrounding the bey. To be honest, some gimmicks are like key attributes, while some others don’t have much of an impact on the game.
It’s also worth noting that all the parts from the Takara Tomy toys are identical to those seen in the show, and their attention to details is absolutely stunning.

Overall, Beyblade is fairly easy to play, but it also has depth, which is why it’s easy to be confused when beginning, or simply missing out on nice features the game has to offer.
Our website is designed to help you start your journey in Beyblade : this page will give you access to everything you need to know to begin and improve your skills. Then, our Wiki will give you an overall description and analysis of every Beyblade Burst tops and their components with two things in mind :

  1. If you play with your friends and/or your family, we’ll give you tips so you can keep your beys balanced in terms of performance level. This will help you keep the game fun ; if one of your beys is overpowered, it will win every time and ruin the game. You may be a young player, or an adult playing with kids who want to play with the anime’s tops. Right out of the box, some are pretty powerful while some others will struggle to win a single round. Our articles will help you to identify which parts can make the difference without changing the layer (the top’s upper part) and the unique behavior of the anime’s top.
  2. Tips on competitive parts : if you search for a specific bey or component on our Wiki pages, we will tell you which parts can be competitive if you plan on joining tournaments.

Beyblade Burst : The Rules

In the basic, non-competitive rules, the first player to score 3 points will be the winner. There are three ways to score :
Survivor finish : if your opponent’s bey stops spinning before yours, it’s a survivor finish and you score 1 point.
Ring out finish : if you knock your opponent’s bey in one of the stadium’s pockets, or out of the arena, it’s a Ring out (or K.O.) and you score 1 point. If you knock your bey out of the arena without making contact with your opponent’s top, then it’s a Self K.O.
Burst Finish : If you manage to burst your opponent’s bey it’s a burst finish, and you score 2 points.

If you and your opponent stop spinning at the same time, get K.O.’d at the same time, or burst at the same time, it’s a tie and no points are allowed. If you and your opponent have 3 ties in a row (usually because both tops will stop spinning at the same time), you can decide to call the game a draw, or you can also keep playing until one of the players score and declare him the winner.

The most important thing is to have fun and to keep the game fun, so do not hesitate to bend the rules to your liking. You can change the points required to win, making the battles shorter or longer. If you play in the large Takara Tomy stadium (the Beystadium DB Standard Type), you may find that K.O.’s are harder to achieve since there are only two pockets in this stadium ; then you can decide to allow 2 points for a K.O. (Ring out), it’s up to you and the people you’re playing with.

If you plan on joining a tournament, please note that the rules will change depending on the league or the organizer. Also, you may be required to have 3 or up to 5 different beys, each bey having different components.

The Beyblade Burst Components

A bey is made of 3 main parts : a layer, a forge disc, and a performance tip (usually called driver). As Beyblade Burst evolved, the layer became more complex, having up to 3 different parts starting in the Gatinko/Rise system (Season 4 of the anime) until the end of the Beyblade Burst generation with the Burst Ultimate/Quad Strike system. You’ll be able to see the details of those components in our Wiki pages.

Once all the components of a bey are assembled, we have a combination, or combo. It leads to a fascinating and crucial part of the hobby : customization. While children may need a little help at first, both kids and adults can enjoy this.

The Layer : It’s the upper part of the bey, very important since it’s this component that makes contact with your opponent’s layer. The shape, the weight, the materials of the layer all affect how the bey will perform and behave, how hard it will hit, etc…

Winning Valkyrie Layer
Here is a layer (“Winning Valkyrie” by Takara Tomy)

The Forge Disc : This part is made of die-cast metal, and sits right under the layer. When choosing a forge disc to create a combo, a Beyblade player will look at its weight and shape : those will affect the weight, balance and movements of a bey. The forge disc can help a bey to sit in the center of the arena, or on the opposite allowing more movement and aggressive patterns.

"12" Forge Disc
Here is a forge disc (“12” by Takara Tomy)

The Performance Tip (or Driver) : This part is the base of your bey, sitting right under the forge disc. It affects the behavioral pattern of your bey, since it’s this component that makes contact with the stadium’s floor. The driver also changes the height of a combination. This component is critical when making or modifying a combo.

"Volcanic" Driver
Here is a driver (“Volcanic” by Takara Tomy)

If you combine the three components pictured above, you’ll get the “Winning Valkyrie 12 Volcanic” combo.

The different types of Beyblade Burst Tops

Attack Type : These tops have agressive shapes and movement, their aim is to burst or K.O. their opponent in a pocket of the stadium. They have less stamina than other types, but are extremely fun to play and watch. Those tops are also the most difficult to use, they require a lot of practice to master : you will need to keep control of the bey’s movement while still launching at a decent strength, and -as we’ll explain later in our Advanced Tips– at the right angle. With practice and experience, your attack beys will deliver big hits to your opponents and become very rewarding to use, creating the most spectacular battles.

Stamina Type : Stamina beys will focus on staying right in the center of the stadium and try to out-spin all their opponents, aiming for a Survivor Finish. They are easy to use, but some may require strength while other may require just a bit of control.
Some stamina beys on the other hand require a weak launch power in order to succeed. We’ll get back to this later since it can be confusing (see “Some Key Concepts” below), but those beys are mainly left spinning, and are designed to “Steal”, “Absorb”, or “Equalize” their opponent’s spin. For example, an adult can launch a right spin bey at full force and still lose against a six-years old launching a “Spin stealing” bey with his hand. The most iconic “absorbing” bey in Beyblade Burst is probably Fafnir.
The weakness of stamina beys is their burst resistance : while they can spin for a very long time, they have poor burst resistance (meaning they are easy to burst) and can be K.O.’d by Attack type tops.

Defense Type : A Defense type bey is designed to cope with the damage inflicted by Attack types. They often move around in circles, so they have a chance to dodge their opponent’s attacks, and they have increased burst resistance (meaning they are harder to burst). Defense beys have average stamina, so they will struggle against Stamina type tops but they can out-spin Attack type beys.

Balance type : This type of bey is harder to describe since they vary quite a bit. Balance type tops do not have any real strengths or weaknesses. In Beyblade Burst, a lot of Balance beys have a dual spin system, meaning you can choose to use them as right spin or left spin, making them a very interesting choice to counter their opponent. In order to make them even more effective as “counter” tops, it’s not uncommon to see different modes on Balance beys ; one part or more will allow you to switch from an “attack” mode to a “defense” or “stamina” mode.

So we have 4 different types of tops, working just like a rock/paper/scissors system :
Attack is stronger than Stamina
Stamina is stronger than Defense
Defense is stronger than Attack

Balance will try to act as a counter to any of the other types, by switching spin direction and mode.

Now that you are already familiar with the Beyblade Burst basics, you way want to look at :

  • Our Beyblade Burst Sub-Systems article if you don’t know where or how to start your collection
  • Our Key Concepts article to help you understand how to assemble combinations and improve your tactics
  • Our Advanced Techniques article to help you improve your skills and understanding of the game

Have fun !

Our wiki pages will highlight competitive parts, but never forget that the most important thing is to have fun. Restricting yourself to the competitive meta can be great for a while, but you will restrict yourself to the use of a very limited amount of parts. Players who go to tournaments on a regular basis do not necessarily care about the meta that much, a lot them bring original combos designed to create intense battles. They know the meta for sure, but it doesn’t mean they always stick to it.

If you are mostly playing with friends and family, use our wiki pages and the resources you can get to have a better knowledge of the different components, and then experiment to keep the game balanced, fair and fun. This is a great part of the hobby, even young children can have fun while creating combinations of their own. With that being said, we hope this article and our website as a whole will help you ease your way into the limitless universe of Beyblade, and we hope you will enjoy this brilliant game. With everything it has to offer, you can share great moments and memories with your friends and family. Have fun !