Albeit sporting a newly redesigned Faction symbol, Pyrus remains relatively unchanged from the legacy Pyrus featured in the original Bakugan Battle Brawlers series. It is stylized as the Faction of fire and aggression, reflected in both the anime and TCG gameplay, and Bakugan belonging to the group strike either relentlessly or with an arsenal of flame based attacks.
Color Scheme and Design
Loyal to their affinity for heat and fire, Pyrus Bakugan in ball form are primarily red in coloration, with orange secondary highlights. Similar to Darkus, their tertiary color is green, although the shade featured on Pyrus Bakugan is farther away from lime and comparably more saturated. In their significantly larger, monster forms, Bakugan of the Pyrus Faction can contain areas of yellow, as well as occasional white portions and black details under their armor that is almost universally shared with other Battle Planet Bakugan. Black is also represented as a quaternary color on Pyrus Bakugan in sphere form beginning from the Geogan Rising set of products.
The Pyrus faction symbol has been redesigned, and is printed on all Pyrus Bakugan starting from the Armored Alliance card expansions onwards, as well as being depicted behind the text box on cards. It appears as a pointed upwards spiral that resembles a helix or an elaborate blade.
Pyrus is used by one of the main protagonists of the Battle Planet, Armored Alliance, and Geogan Rising anime, Dan Kouzo. Pyrus is not exclusively used as a Faction of the protagonists, as there are antagonists that utilize it as well, such as Duran Dane and McQ.
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As the most aggressive Faction in the Bakugan reboot, Pyrus is geared towards the offensive and seeks to overwhelm the opponent with damage. As such, it has an unrivaled amount of action cards that can increase their Damage Rating. Pyrus Bakugan typically have lower B-Power and higher attack on average, but this can be supplemented with cards that allow the Victor to be decided by damage rather than B-Power, such as Might of Cyndeous or Mac. Pyrus' exclusive Tag-Word Ability is Fury, which allows members to receive additional bonuses if the effect resolves when the player has no cards in their hand. Unique to Pyrus, their combat keyword is DoubleStrike, which allows them to inflict double damage. Pyrus is the only Faction that doesn't share their strike keyword with another Faction, although occasionally Aurelus Bakugan utilize it as well.
Other staple mechanics of the Pyrus Faction include the ability to deal instant damage without winning a brawl, temporary Energy generation, and Drawing cards at the expense of discarding the same amount. Quickfire, Song of Fire, and Sifting Ashes are all examples of cards that capitalize on these effects. Pyrus is also a natural counter to the strategies of Ventus and Haos, and is the primary faction with access to cards that destroy energy and negate the effects of BakuCores, respectively. Pyrus is capable of directly uncharging or preventing enemy energy cards from recharging at the end of a turn utilizing cards such as Energy Drain, further obstructing common Ventus tactics. Some specific techniques that are exclusive to Pyrus are the ability to draw a card from the top of the player's deck and play it for free if it isn't a Flip Card, and forcing all players to discard their hand and draw an equal amount of cards from their deck, such as with Pyrusauna or Inferno Cannon.
Pyrus is primarily paired with Haos and Darkus on Dual Faction Cards and Faction exclusive BakuCore bonuses; conversely, Pyrus Flip Cards usually defend against damage from Aquos and Ventus. These paired Factions share exclusive Tag-Word Abilities: Empower for Pyrus and Haos, and Rapid Fire for Pyrus and Darkus. Empower provides bonuses if an additional three Energy is paid while playing a card with the effect, whereas Rapid Fire allows the player to play a second Rapid Fire card for free if they've already used one in a turn.
As of the Secrets of the Geogan card expansion, Dual Faction Cards have also been implemented for Aquos and Ventus, with two new keywords to coincide with them: Inspire for Pyrus and Aquos, and Stoke for Pyrus and Ventus. Inspire rewards players with bonuses if they play a card with it if they've drawn more than one card in a turn, whereas Stoke allows them to copy a Stoke ability's effect for the cost of two Energy.
- Pyrus' functionality in the reboot TCG shares many parallels with Red mana in Magic: The Gathering. In addition to an identical color motif, both have aggressive play styles, and both favor mechanics involving instant damage, temporary resource generation, and "looting" - the act of drawing and discarding cards.
- Pyrus Bakugan in their ball forms are frequently depicted as sporting yellow highlights as their secondary color in box artwork and promotional material, contrary to them actually being orange.
Like its legacy predecessor, Pyrus is derived from πῦρ, the Ancient Greek word for fire. Modern iterations of the word with the same origins include pyro and pyre.