The ability to launch a Bakugan using a Ripcord (as well as the Ripcard) is only compatible a Special Attack Bakugan Bottom piece. You can still customize the Bakugan Top piece freely whether it is the Bakugan Top piece of a Core or Special Attack Bakugan. Additionally, a Power Ring is also not required to be attached to the Bakugan either.
There are two types of Ripcords, the Bakugan Ripcord and XL Bakugan Ripcord). A Ripcord with a similar size to the standard Bakugan Ripcord is also part of the Ripcard, but it is attached to the device.
A Ripcord is available in all Bakugan products that contain a Special Attack Bakugan. The XL version is included with most cases except for the 2-Packs (Street Brawl, Expert Pack), which has the regular sized version instead. The color of the Ripcord usually matches the Special Attack Bakugan, but there are other colors:
- The Blue colored XL Ripcord appear to be included with Galactic Bakugan and the single pack for the Brown-colored Street Brawl Bruiser. A regular sized version can be found in the Expert Pack with Special Attack Titanium Dragonoid and Hammerhead.
- The Yellow XL Ripcord can be found in the Diamond Ventri single pack. The regular sized version can be found in some Expert Packs.
- A Light Red XL version can be found in the Bakugan Street Brawl Clash Pack.
- The concept of a Bakugan that can be launched from a ripcord existed in Generation 1, known as a Flywheel Bakugan or BakuZoom Bakugan.