Advance Striker

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Advance Striker
Number: MA-12
System: HMS
Type: Attack

Bit Protector (BP):

This is the second generation bit protector released; it is tighter that the initial bit protectors allowing for a better fit.

Attack Ring (AR): Advance Attacker

  • Weight: 21 grams

The attack ring of this beyblade is Advance Attacker, its gimmick is a reversible Metal Frame. The Metal Frame separates from the ABS Caul so it can be flipped to provide Upper Attack ability or Force Smash attack ability. It is also characterized by being symmetrical, so the attack in left spin or right spin is the same. This versatility allows Advance Striker to be the best option for Upper Attack in left spin. In right spin however it is outclassed Circle Upper (Death Gargoyle MS) and Samurai Upper (Samurai Changer MS). Even though they both possess a 20 degree slope, the length of Advance Attacker's is only 1.5 cm compared to the 2.5 cm. of Samurai and Circle Upper. This difference of 1 cm. makes a noticeable difference to the amount of lift capable. The Force Smash feature is very useful if paired with an effective RC since 20 degree slopes make it one of the most pronounced force smash attack rings available. Uncustomized its potential remains untapped since Metal Flat Core is too short to utilize it.

The ABS Caul is a fairly conservative shape, it is nearly a full circle with three small triangular protrusions, and most of the contact is made by the metal frame. Other than some wear on the protrusions the rest of the ABS Caul will receive next to no damage. Its circular shape also allows for better balance.

Another feature of this AR is its size/weight ratio; weighing in at 21 grams Advance Attacker falls in the category for second heaviest attack ring. This weight combined by its small shape allows it to be a good choice for compact customizations. The only AR to weigh more and be as small is Jiraiya Blade (Jiraiya MS); but the difficulty obtaining that blade leaves this as a more viable option for most bladers. Other AR’s like Metal Ape’s (Magical Ape MS) are more compact, but weigh less.

Use in Upper Attack Customization

Advance Attacker can be used effectively in Upper Attack customs in both left and right spin.

Use in Force Smash Customization

With a taller RC, the Force Smash mode of Advance Attacker is perfect for Force Smash customs.

Weight Disk (WD): Circle Heavy

  • Weight: 16 grams

Running Core (RC): Metal Flat Core

  • Weight: 3 grams

Metal Flat core was supposed to be an upgrade to Gaia Dragoon MS' Flat core, and in general it is. It has superior speed, survival and durability than its predecessor. The metal tip allows for extremely high speeds matching that of Metal Change Core (Death Gargoyle MS) and falling behind only to Grip Flat Core Dragoon MS) and Grip Flat Core Ultimate Mode Dragoon MS UV), and because it is metal, it won't be worn down through use in battle.

This RC also has the benefit for being extremely short. It is the third shortest RC bested only by Grip Flat Core and Grip Flat Core Ultimate Mode. This height makes is a good option for employing upper attack combos and compact attackers. By using the Sliding Shoot technique this can be an effective attack RC; without it though it is very uncontrollable and wild in the stadium. This RC is difficult to control in a stadium without a Tornado Ridge.

Use in Upper Attack Customization

The high movement speed of Metal Flat Core makes it a great choice for attack customs when Dragoon MS UV's RC is not a viable option.

Use in (Smash Attack) Customization

Because the tip of Metal Flat Core is metal, its survival capability is much higher than that of Grip Flat Core and other similar RC's. This, along with the compact nature of Metal Spring and Circle Heavy make this high spin-rate Smash Attack custom something that can be used to counter the generic Grip Flat Core (Ultimate Mode) customs that are so commonly seen in tournaments.



Advance Striker as a whole is a very well designed and constructed beyblade. Its attack ring does has effective upper attack in right spin, but it is outclassed by the two popular game breakers in the format (Circle Upper, Samurai Upper). This disparity prevents it from being used in most competitive play as an Upper Attack AR unless playing within Restricted HMS tournament Rules. Its real strength lies in its force smash ability and left spin upper attack; two attack attack style far less populated. Force smash AR's are few and far between, and the game breakers are only effective upper attackers in right spin.

The RC Metal Flat core is a very useful part to own. The low height, high speed and excellent durability make it a very good option for all attack combos. Its features lend itself well to Smash Attack customizations in a field overpopulated with Upper Attack Combos. Overall this is a good buy for HMS, and serious players+attack beyblade fans should have one in their collection.