Beyblades have acted as one of the most quintessential toys for children far and wide. For kids everywhere, it was fun just to launch tops into it and wait to see which would duke it out until the very end. Needless to say, the best beyblades, as well as other things like video games, were a huge focal point for kids during the Summer months.

And while the Beyblades of yesteryear may have been somewhat simpler than today’s offerings, the tiny tops remain a classic toy room staple. They’ve got everything a good toy should have; they’re colorful, competitive, and cheap enough that almost every member of the household can have their own. Plus, the logistics of the game are simple enough for any young child to understand; you’re literally just launching tops into a box to see whose Beyblade lasts the longest. However, it's also compelling enough that older kids don’t get easily bored of gameplay.

Check out our list for some of the best beyblades on the market today for you, your kids, your kids’ kids, or anyone else who might want one.

This B-148 Pegasus top is a powerful stamina Beyblade crafted to outlast its enemies even when battles drag on past their typical duration. Unlike some of the Hasbro-ified tops on this list, the B-148 comes directly from Takara Tomy in Japan. Users have found Takara Tomy tops to be sturdier, better constructed, and, historically, vastly more successful in battle. The B-148 is balanced around a powerful core and keeps a nice speed going without losing too much power to friction or to rival tops— though when played against a powerful attack type it may not be able to hold out. The metallic tip is finely honed to provide precision balance and support the top’s weightier frame. The top also boasts strong defense mechanisms— it’s from the Beyblade Burst line so it can shatter in battle, but it’ll hold up its structural integrity and absorb most attacks from lightweight and speed tops with minimal detriment.

The Heaven Pegasus is outfitted with yellow wings that release after the top has been struck multiple times in order to aid in recovery and offense, but they seem to be more of an aesthetic choice than a practical one. Also, the B-148’s low driver sometimes allows it to be knocked out by tops it really should be able to hold its own against.

But if it’s a long-lasting top you’re looking for, the B-148 is a great option. Between its balance, strength, and capacity to absorb hits in a long-lasting battle, it’s an all around solid stamina top that can carry you to the finish line.

Key Features
  • Powerful stamina top
  • Yellow wings release after absorbing damage
  • Metallic highlights
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 2 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 3
  • Launcher Included?: No
  • Brand: Tamara Tomy
Pros
  • Well-balanced
  • Resistant to attacks
  • Equipped with prevision tip
Cons
  • Low-riding driver not always successful

The Master Diabolos is a new and improved version of Beyblade’s old Venom Diabolos, a top that has received criticism for its inferior stick driver and weakly-crafted components. But the Master Diabolos is vastly superior to its predecessor. It retains the Venom’s dual-layer capability but adds improved stamina, strength, and endurance, capable of easily booting tops out of the ring that the Venom could barely hold its own against.

The Master Diabolos is able to spin as either a right spinning top or a left spinning top, which will also change its orientation from defense to offensive. The chip itself is also both left and right spinning, and can be utilized for either orientation. There’s a small metal weight mounted within the Master Diabolos’ plastic base to help give the top a bit more heft. The changing orientation of the top will also affect the location of the weight, as it can be moved slightly up or slightly down. This will change the top’s center of gravity as it goes into battle.

An additional feature of the Master Diabolos Beyblade is its ability to switch gears mid-battle. It starts off as an attack top, with a high spin-rate on its driver, but as the battle drags on, it’ll switch it up and become more focused on sustaining momentum and outlasting the competition.

Like the Zillion Zeus, the Master Diabolos is also part of Beyblade’s starter line so itcomes with both a ripcord and a launcher and new Beybladers don’t have to worry about purchasing their own separately.

Key Features
  • Ability to switch modes mid battle
  • Dual-layer capability
  • Can switch between right and left spinning capacity
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 2.17 x 6.69 x 5.91 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 3
  • Launcher Included?: Yes
  • Brand: Takara Tomy
Pros
  • Comes with sturdy launcher
  • Great starter top
  • Well balanced between stamina and offense
Cons
  • Not a lot of metal incorporated

The Beyblade Burst Evolution Spryzen S2 is a solid starting top at a significantly lower price point than the majority of the Beyblades on this list. Unlike most Beyblades, which are offered by Takara Tomy, the Spryzen S2 is a Hasbro top, which means it’s not imported from Japan but available in toy stores in the United States. While Hasbro tops are often known for being of a lower quality than their Japanese counterparts, the Spryzen S2 is a well constructed attack top that should be a suitable alternative for beginning Beybladers.

The Spryzen S2 is a lightweight top intended for the offensive. This might seem contradictory at first, but the Spryzen’s lighter structure means that it’s capable of amassing a decent speed boost. This also means, if launched strategically, it can dart around the stadium and evade attacks from enemy tops, which will help it outlast them in the long term. Unfortunately, the top’s light weight also makes it more susceptible to knockouts, especially if it’s played against offensive, metal-oriented attack tops that can kick it out of the stadium.

The top is outfitted with a rubber spiked driver, which wears down over the course of time, making the top more aggressive the more you use it. It doesn’t have much metal on its base, which is part of why it remains in a lighter weight class, but it does have a decent quality metal ring at its center for the sake of balance.

Key Features
  • Offensive specs
  • Translucent green exoskeleton
  • Rubber-spiked driver
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 1.18 x 3.5 x 7.76 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 3
  • Launcher Included?: No
  • Brand: Hasbro
Pros
  • Digital code included
  • Clean lines
  • Solid price point
  • Speedy attack top
Cons
  • Minimal defense
  • Light weight class

The B-59 Beyblade Burst Stamina Starter Zillion Zeus is a great top for beginning Beybladers. It’s a stamina top, so you don’t have to worry as much about maneuvers or trying to attack your rival Beyblades; it’s designed to keep its head down and stick it out 'til the end of battle. It holds its own in battle without being overly offensive or glitzy and clocks fairly impressively without rival tops in the ring trying to knock it out. Moreover, it’s capable of holding out for over a hundred and twenty seconds of total spin time.

Drawing from old-school Beyblade design, the Zillion Zeus has metal balls installed in to help with the top’s stamina. But unlike older Beyblades, the balls are mounted prominently on the Beyblade’s top, contributing to its dark, edgy aesthetic look. When it spins at a higher velocity, the balls move to the outer edges of the top’s rim to help it continue to maintain its speed as the game wears on. As the Zeus starts to wind down, the balls move back to the center of the top to help it hold out in those crucial final moments. The driver also has a stationary metal ball inserted deep in the driver, intended to help with balance and weight distribution.

The Zillion Zeus is also part of Beyblade’s starter line, which means it comes with both a ripcord and a launcher. As such, new Beybladers don’t have to worry about purchasing their own separately.

Key Features
  • Comes with a ripcord and launcher
  • Excellent stamina stats
  • Doesn't have NFC chip
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 2 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 3 pieces
  • Launcher Included?: Yes
  • Brand: Takara Tomy
Pros
  • Great starter top
  • Metal installed within driver
  • Long lasting in battle
Cons
  • Not a particularly strong top

An older Beyblade, the Beyblade Burst B-103 Screw Trident has been around since 2018 but has solid specs and can still hold its own against the Beyblades of today. The external layer of fiery orange and bright yellow frame a well outfitted Beyblade with long-lasting power. The Screw Trident’s focus may be longevity, but it’s also equipped with mild attack stats, including a bump frame with over 14 ridges that can be utilized against rival Beyblades in battle.

And yet, despite the bump frame, at its core, the Screw Trident is a solid stamina top that will make a bee line right to the center of the stadium. It has a driver that’s significantly taller than the majority of Beyblade drivers, which allows it to harness lots of momentum, and a tip that's intended to reduce friction, as it’s coated in metal instead of rubber or plastic.

Unfortunately, when played against more severe attack types, the height of the Screw Trident’s driver can also work against it and make it more susceptible to being thrown off balance, so be sure to try to head straight for the center of the stadium and avoid major bounce attacks if at all possible.

This isn't to say that the Screw Trident wasn't designed to defend itself. Its top layer is equipped with shock absorption and intended to take the brunt of the damage from other tops. This helps divert attacks from the bottom half of the top so that the metal driver can just keep spinning away.

Key Features
  • Metal driver
  • Ridged bump frame
  • Outfitted with shock absorption
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 2 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 4
  • Launcher Included?: No
  • Brand: Takara Tomy
Pros
  • Stamina top with attack capabilities
  • Really tall driver
  • Defensive top layer
Cons
  • Older design (2018)

Since its launch in March 2018, the Burst Winning Valkyrie 12.V has earned a reputation as one of the most potent Beyblade starter tops on the market. The top packs a high offensive punch with absurd spin power and stamina, pairing the best of old-school Beyblade with some stylish aesthetic developments.

The Winning Valkyrie is fairly hefty, with a bulkier base and colorfully designed exoskeleton. It features three large wings, each of them with metal elements that make them heavier than standard-issue wings and increase their knockout potential. This also contributes to the top’s inertia, making it more likely to KO other tops with its high powered offensive capability.

Winning Valkyrie also features a Volcanic tip, one of the more aggressive, high-speed tips that can be found in Beyblade. It can reach speeds so high that it’d make sense to be concerned about the potential of self-knock-outs; however, the Valkyrie has a textured ring providing friction to keep the Volcanic from spinning out of control. This can vary, depending on the quality of Volcanic tip you purchase, but all tips should have a level of equilibrium— the slower they spin, the longer their stamina

The top also features Forge Disc 12, one of the lightest discs available for Beyblade. While it was a great achievement in its time, today’s Beyblade discs tend to be weightier, so be wary if you’re going up against newer tops that you may want to either trade out your disc or put another top in play.

Key Features
  • Metal elements in blades
  • Bargain top price
  • Strong offensive capacity
  • High-powered spin rate
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 3.1 x 2 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 4
  • Launcher Included?: Yes
  • Brand: Takara Tomy
Pros
  • Unique armored design
  • Speedy Volcanic performance tip
  • Aggressive core disc
Cons
  • Unbalanced design can contribute to burst risk

This Death Quetzalcoatl 125RDF top is a powerful metal balance Beyblade crafted with an even keel and an ability to succeed in both attack and defense mode. Its fusion capabilities make it the perfect Beyblade for when you’re not sure what type top you’ll be up against and you want to cover all your bases. Unlike some of the Hasbro-ified tops on this list, the B-148 comes directly from Takara Tomy in Japan. Users have found Takara Tomy tops to be sturdier, better constructed, and, historically, vastly more successful in battle. The 125RDF is balanced around a powerful, spiked core and keeps a nice speed going without losing too much power to friction or to rival tops— though when played against a powerful attack type it may not be able to hold out. The top boasts decent attack mechanisms— it can’t latch on to another Beyblade, but it can grind against its opponents with decent stamina— but its defense is where it truly shines. It’ll hold up its structural integrity and absorb most attacks from lightweight and speed tops with minimal detriment. Plus, its fusion design means that it has the stamina for long-lasting battles, even after fending off blows from enemy tops.

The Death Quetzalcoatl is designed to reflect the mythological beast creature Quetzalcoatl, whose face is emblazoned on the top’s core. Its yellow rim also reflects this, featuring a pattern of wings and talons that seem to continue the Mesoamerican aesthetic of the top’s origins.

Key Features
  • Fusion top
  • Mythological origins
  • 4D variation of Quetzalcoatl 90WF
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 2.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 3
  • Launcher Included?: Yes
  • Brand: Takara Tomy
Pros
  • Balanced design
  • Solid metal structure
  • Capable of succeeding against both attack and defense Beyblades
Cons
  • Doesn’t shine offensively
  • Can lose steam against tough opponents

One of the latest releases from Beyblade, the B-161 Booster Glide Ragnaruk vastly improves on prior versions of the Ragnaruk Beyblade. The new Ragnaruk Glide comes with far more pieces than most Beyblades, featuring four elements that can be mounted on the driver and varied for customization depending on user preference. Another great customizable feature for this Ragnaruk is its singular chassis, which means it can be paired with any disc, as users aren’t forced to deal with a disc that’s already been built in.

The Ragnaruk also has significantly more heft than its previous renditions, which helps it hold out against other, more aggressive tops. It’s also outfitted with an old school revolve driver, which is definitely not the latest and greatest of Beyblade technology, but it can be traded out and matched with another driver if that’s your preference.

The body of the Beyblade itself is a neon orange that stands out in the stadium and really makes a statement on its own, which is probably part of the reason the designers chose to make other portions of the top transparent or duller in coloring. It retains the matte coating of its predecessors while adding glossy highlights, like flames on the transparent border of the exoskeleton.

Other distinguishing features of the Ragnaruk include a Superking chip that is vastly thinner than previous renditions and teeth on the chassis that are significantly tighter than previous Ragnaruks, holding the layers together more closely.

Key Features
  • Tri-wing feature
  • Single chassis
  • Weighted wheel disk
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 1.57 x 2.36 x 2.36 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 5
  • Launcher Included?: No
  • Brand: Takara Tomy (Korean)
Pros
  • Solid stamina
  • More options for customization
  • Vastly better than prior Ragnaruk renditions
Cons
  • Poor offense

The B-59 Beyblade Burst Stamina Starter Zillion Zeus is a great top for beginning Beybladers. It’s a stamina top, so you don’t have to worry as much about maneuvers or trying to attack your rival Beyblades; it’s designed to keep its head down and stick it out 'til the end of battle, without being overly offensive or glitzy. The Zillion Zeus clocks fairly impressively without rival tops in the ring trying to knock it out— and it’s capable of holding out for over a hundred and twenty seconds of total spin time.

Drawing from old-school Beyblade design, the Zillion Zeus has metal balls installed to help with the top’s stamina. But unlike older Beyblades, the balls are mounted prominently on the Beyblade’s top, contributing to its dark, edgy aesthetic look. When it spins at a higher velocity, the balls move to the outer edges of the top’s rim to help it continue to maintain its speed as the game wears on. As the Zeus starts to wind down, the balls move back to the center of the top to help it hold out in those crucial final moments. The driver also has a stationary metal ball inserted deep in the driver, intended to help with balance and weight distribution.

The Zillion Zeus is also part of Beyblade’s starter line, which means it comes with both a ripcord and a launcher. As such, new Beybladers don’t have to worry about purchasing their own separately.

Key Features
  • Comes with a ripcord and launcher
  • Excellent stamina stats
  • Doesn't have NFC chip
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 2 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 3
  • Launcher Included?: Yes
  • Brand: Takara Tomy
Pros
  • Great starter top
  • Metal installed within driver
  • Long lasting in battle
Cons
  • Not a particularly strong top

Takara Tomy’s Burst B-142 Booster Judgement Joker is an absurdly powerful offensive top, capable of demolishing its opponents with its fearsome, attack-oriented design. Its structure is intended to be resistant to bursts, with multi-layered defense and the ability to dodge attacks— though some players have reported it tends to burst even with minimal impact. With a Judgement layer base and 00 disc, it provides a balanced offensive take on the classic Beyblade structure.

The top itself is fairly hefty to behold and outfitted with a balance weight to help keep it suspended. It's equipped with a trick driver, which has a free-spinning base and can be customized for battle in the mode of your choosing. The driver is also capable of shifting in the middle of battle if attacked by another top, allowing the top to evade attacks and remain on the defensive.

The dual rubber blades aren’t typical for older generation Beyblades, but have become more common for newer Beyblades-- and for good reason. They offer massive recoil capacity and knock out power.

A side note that the Joker’s massive offensive capacity can also be a slight hazard to players; if launched outside the stadium walls, it can cause some mild bruising if it comes in contact with a hand or leg. So be careful to limit your attacks to inside the stadium and ensure that the only damage the Joker inflicts is on the Beyblades of your enemies—not the limbs of your friends.

Key Features
  • Judgement base layer
  • Balancing weight
  • Rubber blades for attacking opponents
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 1.97 x 5.31 x 4.72 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 6
  • Launcher Included?: No
  • Brand: Takara Tomy
Pros
  • High offensive capacity
  • Rubber outfitting for offense
  • Trick driver capable of switching mid battle
Cons
  • Can cause damage if used outside stadium
  • Bursts easily

The Master Diabolos is a new and improved version of Beyblade’s old Venom Diabolos, a top that has received criticism for its inferior stick driver and weakly-crafted components. But the Master Diabolos is vastly superior to its predecessor. It retains the Venom’s dual-layer capability but adds improved stamina, strength, and endurance, capable of easily booting tops out of the ring that the Venom could barely hold its own against. Unfortunately, the version available currently isn’t a verified Takara Tomy, so it’s possible there will be some modifications from the original design. But aesthetically, things look sound— and sometimes, third party sellers recreate almost identical hardware, so it’s hard to know what exactly may have changed until you’ve purchased the Beyblade.

The Master Diabolos is able to spin as either a right spinning top or a left spinning top, which will also change its orientation from defense to offensive. The chip itself is also both left and right spinning, and can be utilized for either orientation.The changing orientation of the top will also affect the location of the weight, as it can be moved slightly up or slightly down, shifting the top’s center of gravity as it goes into battle.

An additional feature of the Master Diabolos Beyblade is its ability to switch gears mid-battle. It starts off as an attack top, with a high spin-rate on its driver, but as the battle drags on, it’ll switch it up and become more focused on sustaining momentum and outlasting the competition.

Key Features
  • Ability to switch modes mid battle
  • Can switch between right and left spinning capacity
  • Dual-layer capability
Specifications
  • Dimensions: Unknown (not listed)
  • Number of Pieces: 3
  • Launcher Included?: Yes
  • Brand: Third party (off-brand)
Pros
  • Comes with sturdy launcher
  • Great starter top
  • Well-balanced between stamina and offense
Cons
  • Not a verified Takara Tomy
  • Third party seller

The Beyblade Burst Turbo Slingshock hails from season 3 of the Beyblade collection and is outfitted for speed in battle. The top itself is aided by Forneus F4 D44 defenses, a sleek defense system meant to keep the Slingshock from getting knocked out by the competition without adding so much bulk that it could noticeably impact the friction levels of the top and cause it to fall early.

The Turbo is a member of the Beyblade Slingshock line intended to burst into pieces near the end of competition to provide a more dramatic finish if your top loses in battle. This feature is a great visual effect, but can be to your top’s detriment if it’s in battle with an earlier generation top that won’t burst into pieces after taking persistent damage. This is why Beyblade has outfitted this top with mode-switching capability, so you can unleash your top in Battle mode without worrying about it shattering on impact with its opponents.

While most Beyblades come with a basic, no-frills hand launcher, the Turbo Slingshock comes with a much sturdier, feature-heavy Riptide Blast launcher that clocks in at about three times the size of the basic hand launcher. In addition to dwarfing your average launcher, the Riptide Blast packs a heavier punch when it comes to speed, intensity, and the essential stat of top duration. The external features of the launcher include a power gauge that measures the strength of your launch and allows you to more carefully measure the intensity with which you sling your top into battle.

Key Features
  • Gauge on launcher for power
  • F4 D44 td11-s defense
  • Included digital code for virtual battles
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 1.9 x 7 x 8 inches
  • Number of Pieces: 4
  • Launcher Included?: Yes
  • Brand: Beyblade
Pros
  • Metallic exoskeleton
  • Dual mode capacity (battle and slingshock)
  • High ranking in speed
Cons
  • Less offensive than other Beyblades
  • Hasbro, not Takara Tomy

On the surface, Beyblades, based on anime and otherwise, might seem like an overly-simplistic concept— haven’t we been spinning tops since the caveman days?-- but their universality only lends to their appeal. Simple enough for young children to grasp but compelling enough for older children to still enjoy, they fuse strategy with the basic laws of physics to create a game that is both simple and enjoyable.

What to Consider When Buying a Beyblade

When it comes to purchasing a Beyblade, you might not think you’ve got a lot to think about-- it is a top, after all— but for a toy so small, there sure is lots to consider before you purchase.  On the basic cosmetic level, different Beyblades are going to harness different aesthetics, so try to get a sense of what you’re looking for. Some tops are colorful and flashy while others are thick and utilitarian. Knowing what to look for will make things easier when it comes time to narrow down your options and make your final selection. It'll also help to know what type of top you're looking for: whether it's an attack or stamina top.

There’s also equipment to consider. You can try to launch Beyblades onto cement or a rug, but it’s probably not going to get you very far, and in the long run, will almost certainly decrease the longevity of your top.

Instead, invest in a Beyblade stadium. This allows for smoother gameplay and also contains the carnage a bit so you don’t have rogue tops bouncing around your living space and inevitably striking someone’s foot in the process. Stadiums can also be helpful when it comes to storing the tops; if you have a stadium large enough to store all your tops and launchers, then clean-up becomes a much simpler task. It also helps keep some of the tinier Beyblade elements from getting lost in a toybox, never to see the light of day again.

Buying Launchers

You’ll also want to invest in a quality set of launchers. Spinning a top by hand might work if it’s the old-fashioned kind, but unlike your regular tops, Beyblades don’t come with a stem to spin them. Instead, you have to use their prongs to attach them to launchers and pull a ripcord to release them. While most Beyblades come with a small hand launcher, purchasing a more elaborate launcher can provide more speed and support to give your top an edge.

The variety in launchers adds to the element of competition and gives players a chance to insert an element of strategy into their game, experimenting with different angles, launch distances, and more.

FAQ

Q: Does it matter how many pieces my Beyblade has?

You don’t need to have a Beyblade with additional pieces in order for it to spin better, but each piece does contribute to a different effect for your top, depending on which type you have. The main pieces you’ll find in your Beyblade will be the energy layer base, the forge disc, and the performance tip.

The performance tip affects how your top interacts with the surface it’s on. The forge disc, which connects to the performance tip, affects the center of gravity of the top, and the energy layer base, which connects to the forge disc, affects how the top engages with an opponent when they collide in battle, and also determines the direction of speed. The GT layer, available with Hypersphere tops, can also help to determine whether the top spins to the left or the right.

Q: What are the different top types I could buy?

To expand your game play, you can choose from four different top types that are each made specially to hone in on one skill. If you prefer a fast moving top that can provide a powerful hit, the attack tops are a great choice. For longer spins, the stamina tops are your best bet in the stadium, and to withstand more difficult attacks, look for a defense top. Balance tops are also a great choice if you want a combination of skills, where your top will be able to attack as well as withstand others’ attacks, and stay balanced for a longer spin time.

Q: Does it matter which Beyblade I use with my launcher?

Generally, yes, it does matter which Beyblade you use with a launcher, and vice versa. Each generation of Beyblades come with their own set of launchers. To get the right amount of spin, speed, and power with your Beyblades, it’s best to use the coordinating launcher.

Since most Beyblades operate with a right spin, there are many right spin launchers, but there are also left spinning Beyblades, as well as left and right spinning Beyblades, and there are specific launchers for each of these as well. This also applies for any other accessories you might find; you should look for ones that are within the same generation, or correlate with the same type of spin.

Q: How can I tell if a Beyblade is left or right spin?

If you ever get the direction of a Beyblades’ spin mixed up, you can usually tell which way they should spin by the energy layer, which is the outer layer that makes contact with its opponents. Usually this layer points in one direction with a gradually increasing slope. If you spin it in the correct way it was designed, it should lead with the slope shape; instead, if you spin it in the wrong direction, it will lead with spikes, which might end up damaging your other Beyblades. The more steady it looks when it spins means that you’re probably spinning it in its correct direction.

Q: Can I switch around the pieces to create my own Beyblade?

Yes, you can switch, swap, and exchange pieces to create your own personal and unique Beyblade. By doing this, you can find out how different pieces affect your game play, and essentially create your own top that is better suited for the four attack types, and all the while, having a cool new design that nobody else has. Just be sure to keep track of which part belongs to which Beyblade in case you’d like to put it back to its original state.

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