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|Genre(s)||Fighting, Music, RPG|
Draglade (カスタムビートバトル ドラグレイド Kasutamu Bīto Batoru Doragureido?, Custom Beat Battle Draglade) is a fighting video game with music video game and role-playing game elements for the Nintendo DS developed by Dimps and published in Japan by Banpresto and Bandai Namco Games. It was then later published in the US by Atlus.
The fighting system is different from other fighting games in that there are not a lot of directional inputs needed for moves. Instead, special moves are set by collecting "Bullets" and then activating them with the DS's touch screen.
The story of Draglade takes place in a post-modern setting where the world's primary source of power is a form of energy called "Matter." A piece of technology called a G-Con is capable of absorbing Matter and transforming it into a physical object. A weapon conjured by this means is called a Glade, which can emit a distinct sound when colliding with other objects. During the era that the events of Draglade take place, fighting using Glades is the world's most popular sport, called "Grapping." The story follows four characters on their own individual quests become professional Grappers.
Glade Type: Sword Glade
Hibito is a fiery youth who has idolized Grappers ever since he was saved by one as a young child from a wild variant. Against his grandfather's wishes, he journeys around the continent to take the Grap Exams and become a Major Grapper. He makes many fire-related puns.
Glade Type: Fist Glade
Once known as the "Shadow Fist", Guy used to belong to a corrupt Grapper gang called the "Black Fang". Like the others, he abused the power of Dark Glades, but he eventually came to his senses and abandoned the dark power, severely hampering himself. He now takes the Grap Exams in order to train himself up to be able to fight and defeat the Black Fang.
Glade Type: Double-Sided Spear Glade
Kyle's a pirate, son of the pirate Orca, who owns a large vessel known as the "Blue Whale". Orca has been tricked into working up a large debt, and Kyle ventures to become a Major Grapper so he can enter a Majors-only tournament with a cash-reward big enough to pay it off.
Glade Type: Hammer Glade
A kind young boy from Dolittle village, a place where the residents possess the unique ability to speak with animals (A reference to Doctor Dolittle). Daichi is one of two young people selected to take an important journey to help animals the world over, but only one can be selected. In order to prepare himself for the decisive match, he decides to train by taking the grap exam.
Glade Type: Rapier Glade
A young man that Hibito meets on his journey. Yuki at first is kind and helpful, but eventually it is revealed that he is not confident in his own abilities. He is unfortunately led astray by the temptation of Dark Matter. But after his 2nd battle against Hibito, he realized the truth and destroyed the dark G-con.
Glade Type: Shadow Claw Glade
A well known member of the "Black Fang" organization Guy used to be part of. In fact, he and Guy were considered two of the strongest grappers in the gang, and were rarely apart. He is commanded to find Guy and eliminate him for leaving, but instead he makes several attempts to persuade Guy back into the organization, claiming he misses "the good old days".
Glade Type: Bow Glade
Shelly is a girl who seeks revenge for her brother, who wished to be a Major Grapper, but had his dreams destroyed when the "Black Fang" hurt him so badly he could never Grap again. She finds Guy and wishes to battle him to avenge her brother against the "Black Fang". She soon realizes that Guy may have changed his ways.
Glade Type: Fan Glade
Asuka is from the same village as Daichi and can thus also talk to animals. She was the second name chosen to represent her village, she aims to become a Major Grapper so she can prove she is most worthy to represent her village, she does not believe Daichi can handle the responsibility because he is too slow and kind.
Element Color: Black
Glade Type: Dual Glade
Zeke is a mysterious dark warrior that all the heroes encounter, he has great power and skill. He works for Mad Company, but is not truly interested in their goals. Once he has done what he was paid to do, he simply leaves.
Glade Type: Sword Glade
He was a legendary grapper that Hibito idolized. And he seemed like he was important when he met Hibito. It has said that the Hero of Light wields the blade to repel evil and summon clones of him. Not much was known about him ever since, but he does appear in the sequel.
Glade Type: Dark Draglade
The CEO of the Mad Company and the game's main villain. He started Mad Company to study and work with Dark Matter, in hopes of creating the ultimate glade, the Dark Draglade. When the glade was completed, he activated its power, going insane in the process. After the player beats him once, he tries to get more power from the Dark Matter and became a giant monster, though he is returned to normal after the player character beats him a second time. Ultimately, he dies after his defeat by the effect of the Dark Matter.
Glade Type: Golem
A young girl and boss of the DoraDora Dan. She appears in everyone's story but plays a much bigger role in Kyle's. When meeting her for the first time, she sends her servants to take out your character. Her company has made gun-type G- Cons which shoots out a golem type glade. Besides Kyle's story she cannot be fought because she has forgotten her G-Con. She hates being called a child or baby and claims she is mature.
A sequel was released in Japan called Custom Beat Battle: Draglade 2 in 2008.