|Original run||September 1, 2023 - January 8, 2024  (Netflix)|
September 23, 2023 (Disney XD)
|Preceded by||Bakugan: Legends (Generation 2)|
Bakugan (爆丸?), also known as Bakugan 3.0 or Bakugan: Revolution, is the first season of the third generation of the Bakugan franchise. This season dramatically restructures the Bakugan brand, replacing and changing significant features of the toys, products, and overall gameplay.
Products relating to the franchise rework of Bakugan were first seen in public at the Brazilian toy event Abrin 2023. Products began to release in the United Kingdom and other countries during the early part of 2023.
On June 14th, the official Bakugan social media pages updated their imagery to reflect the third generation , and promotional videos were uploaded during the rest of June and July to tease the new show's characters and themes.
On July 21st Bakugan continued its relationship with the Roblox franchise by announcing an "All-Star Tower Defense" mode featuring Bakugan characters. The summary for this mode reveal an August 4th premiere date for the third Generation Bakugan show.
- Main article: How to Play Bakugan (Generation 3)
Bakugan introduces entirely new gameplay for the franchise. This version of the game no longer uses the TCG format of the previous generation, moving towards a game that utilizes a split-card system.
The main tagline of the new season is "Combine and Brawl". Bakugan released during the third Generation are exclusively designed to facilitate being separated into halves (Bakugan Top and Bakugan Bottom), similar to the BakuTech Bind System. Additionally, a new deluxe Bakugan (similar to Bakugan Ultra from Generation 2) known as Special Attack Bakugan is introduced. Special Attack Bakugan have the ability to spin via a Bakugan Ripcord or Ripcard, they also come with the plastic circular Power Rings, an additional customization piece that can be attached on the Bottom piece of a Special Attack Bakugan.
Diamond Bakugan make a return in Generation 3, alongside the introduction of two new rarities: Galactic and Infinity. Galactic Bakugan come in a translucent purple plastic; Infinity Bakugan (yet to be released) are supposed to be gold and also have a "real gold Flywheel" according to the Bakugan Collector Sheet.
Clans and Colors
Bakugan no longer uses the Faction system from Generation 2, instead adding a new set of symbols, called Clans, which generally various species or designs of Bakugan. Each Bakugan is assigned a Clan, which does not change no matter the color or special type.
|Aquatic Clan||The Aquatic Clan encompasses aquatic Bakugan.|
|Avian Clan||The Avian Clan encompasses flying or otherwise airborne Bakugan.|
|Dino Clan||The Dino Clan encompasses prehistoric Bakugan.|
|Dragon Clan||The Dragon Clan encompasses draconic Bakugan.|
|Insect Clan||The Insect Clan encompasses bug-like Bakugan.|
|Mammal Clan||The Mammal Clan encompasses mammalian Bakugan.|
|Misfit Clan||The Misfit Clan encompasses Bakugan or Brawlers who do not fit into any of the other Clans. This symbol appears on cards as a secondary Clan symbol, denoting that the Bakugan belongs to the Misfit Clan.|
In addition, the "color" of a Bakugan no longer has any connection to a particular Clan, differing the system from the previous two Generations.
|Red||Red, Dark Red, Orange, and Yellow.||Every Red Bruiser uses the color scheme of Brown, Tan, Orange, and Yellow. Despite this unique color scheme it uses the same character card border as other Red Bakugan. Every Red Flame has an Orange toy, but nonetheless is considered as a Red Bakugan, and uses the same border.|
|Blue||Blue, Teal, Light-Blue, and White.|
|Green||Lime, Dark Green, Yellow, and Pale-Lime.||Core Green Smoke uses the color scheme of Lime, Red and Orange. Despite this unique color scheme it uses the same character card border as other Green Bakugan.|
|White||White, Dark-Azure, Light-Gray, and Light-Blue.|
|Black/Purple||Black, Dark-Purple, Yellow, and Silver||This Color has been inconsistently referred to as both Black and Purple. It appears to be represented by a Purple circle on Brawler Cards but by a Black box on the checklist.
Black/Purple Bakugan are the only non-Titanium Bakugan to use silver paint.
There are Translucent Bakugan known as B.A.M. Boost Bakugan that have color based on their respective clan. Their Character Card has their Clan Symbol on a blue circle with an outline based on the Clans color. Notably one of the Clans, the Insect Clan has a yellow color which is different from the five primary colors. There is no official ruling at the moment on what the B.A.M. Boost colors correspond too.
Cards and Gameplay
The third Generation introduced three types of cards to replace the card types from Generation 2:
- CC - Character Cards: they are the larger, "top" half of the cards which are the Bakugan themselves
- SA - Special Attack Cards: the smaller lower half of the cards
- BC - Brawler Cards: cards with characters that provide bonuses
Bakugan also introduced several sets of Gate Cards, corresponding to the various Clans:
- AQU - water inspired Gate Cards
- AVI - avian inspired Gate Cards
- DRA - dragon inspired Gate Cards
- DIN - dinosaur inspired Gate Cards
- INS - insect inspired Gate Cards
- MAM - mammalian inspired Gate Cards
In keeping with the split theme, Bakugan also introduces Special Attack Bakugan that have halves that can sperate and combine with other respective Bakugan halves, similar to Generation 1's BakuTech Bind System.
Most, if not all, of the physical aspect of the franchise have been redesigned from previous iterations.
Known products are:
- Special Attack Bakugan - contains one Special Attack Bakugan
- Bakugan Street Brawl - contains one Bakugan bottom half and two top halves
- Bakugan Battle Arena - A new arena that is very useful to use the spinning Special Attack Bakugan on.
- Bakugan Training Set -
- Bakugan Clash Pack -
- Bakugan Ultimate Pack - Amazon Exclusive 6-pack
- Bakugan Starter Pack - contains one Special Attack Bakugan, two standard Bakugan, and unknown accompanying products
- Bakugan Battle Pack - contains two Special Attack Bakugan, three standard Bakugan, and unknown accompanying products
- Baku-Tin - plastic tin containing one Special Attack Bakugan and a small lid that can function as a playspace
- Mythic Pack - plastic packs containing a single translucent Bakugan
A listing on B&M's website for assorted Bakugan Core Balls, seemingly for Generation 3, also mentioned a Netflix show.
On June 14th, 2023, the official Bakugan social media pages updated their imagery to reflect the third generation. One of these images was a shot of Dragonoid from the presumed upcoming accompanying show.
On June 16th, 2023, the official Bakugan YouTube channel uploaded a teaser for a third Generation Bakugan show.
An announcement for Spin Master collaboration with Roblox provided an August 4th premiere date for the show.
The first half of the new Bakugan show will debut on Netflix on September 1, 2023, while the second half debuts on January 8, 2024.
- According to JoystickJesse's interview with George Olarte, Bakugan's lead art director for brand design, there was a possibility that the new generation would be nicknamed "Bakugan Revolution".