|This article is about a/an weapon in Kamen Rider Ex-Aid.|
The Transformation Pad Gashacon Bugvisor (変身パッドガシャコンバグヴァイザー Henshin Paddo Gashakon Baguvaizā) is a Game Pad/Shooter/Chainsaw Gauntlet wielded by Kamen Rider Genm. It has also been seen in the Genomes, Graphite, and Lovrica Bugster's possession who use it to transform into their Bugster forms. Graphite also used Gashacon Bugvisor to spread Bugster infections.
When attached to the Bugster Buckle, it becomes the Buggle Driver (バグルドライバー Baguru Doraibā) for Genm's use. A separate upgraded version of the Buggle Driver, the Buggle Driver II is used by Kamen Rider Poppy and Kamen Rider Cronus.
Unlike other Gashacon Weapons, the Bugvisor's casual form is the Pad Mode (パッドモード Paddo Mōdo). When the Gashacon Bugvisor is attached to its handle after pressing the A Button, it will transform its user into a Bugster. Its transformation command is "Baiyou" (培養 Baiyō, "Cultivate").
It can change between a beamgun and chainsaw by pressing the button on its upper left side, removing it from its handle, and reattaching it backwards. When combined with the Bugster Buckle, it can be used as a belt by Kamen Rider Genm to access Zombie Gamer Level X.
It is also able to use for data management for Bugsters and Gashats, as it is used to absorb Bugsters who are unstable or defeated, in order to ensure their survival. Though one of its more famous feats is reading the data of death to create the Dangerous Zombie Gashat.
But its most deadly feat is the ability to manually infect someone with the Bugster Virus itself. It can be used to infect a small community as well. This has proven to be more fatal than expected when Parado used the device to give Kuroto a heavy dose of Game Disease by using the Dangerous Zombie Gashat, ultimately killing the latter.
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When attached to the Bugster Buckle, the Gashacon Bugvisor becomes the Buggle Driver. Genm uses this mode to transform into Zombie Gamer Level X by attaching the Bugvisor to the Bugster Buckle, inserting the Dangerous Zombie Gashat into it, and pressing the small red button next to the Gashat slot.
Appearances: Ex-Aid Episodes 12-22, Chou Super Hero Taisen, Snipe: Episode ZERO
In its Buggle Driver usage, the Gashacon Bugvisor has two finishing attacks.
- Critical End (クリティカルエンド Kuritikaru Endo): To initiate this attack, Genm must press both buttons on the Bugle Driver, followed by the A button.
- Genm flies into the air, surrond enemy in a dusty field, spins backwards rapidly to become an effective saw, and flies into the target. Genm uses this version in episode 12 to defeat and kill Lazer.
- Genm directly performs a flying side kick. He uses this version in episode 18 to kill Motors Bugster Level 5 before absorbing its debris into the Bugvisor.
- Critical Dead (クリティカルデッド Kuritikaru Deddo): To initiate this attack, Genm must press both buttons on the Bugle Driver, followed by the B button.
- Genm creates a horde of shadow zombies that close in on the enemy, beginning to flash red. After they get close enough, they turn fully red and explode into bursts of dark energy, causing a massive explosion.
- A second version becomes possible after Dangerous Zombie's Level X upgrade, where a horde of clones of Genm Zombie Gamer Level X are summoned instead of the regular shadow zombies. Instead of exploding, they are seen to corrupt and break Ex-Aid's Gamer Driver before fading away.
- The Gashacon Bugvisor's Pad Mode and Chainsaw Mode could be a foreshadowing to its use as the Buggle Driver and the Dangerous Zombie Gashat respectively; both of them allow Genm to transform into Zombie Gamer Level X, and chainsaws are a staple of the zombie franchise.
- Fitting with the series' medical themes, the Bugvisor is based on syringe and a chainsaw used by surgeons for amputation.
- The Gashacon Bugvisor is the first item that is a controller device, handheld Monster transformation device, Rider transformation belt, and a weapon at the same time.
- Along with the Gashacon Bugvisor II, it is the only Gashacon Weapon not to have a corresponding Gashat.
- The Gashacon Bugvisor's design appears to be an homage to the Game Boy Advance.
- The Gashacon Bugvisor is the only weapon so far to not have a Critical Finish when a Rider Gashat is inserted in the slot.
- It is also the only weapon to not be summoned by a Rider and have its summoning sound play in the series. Instead, it is automatically being held by Genm Action Gamer Level 2 when Graphite is not using it.
- The Gashacon Bugvisor's unique Critical finishers are also different in the announcement, as the slotted Gashat's name is not announced.
- The way Genm did a Critical End while in Zombie Gamer Level X was similar with Go Shijima's Full Throttle finisher for his common forms (except for Chaser Mach and Mach Chaser).
- Interestingly enough, it's also similar to the Screw Attack upgrade from the Metroid series.
- However, as the series progresses, Genm's Critical End is now done similarly to Rider 1's Rider Kick for the sake of nostalgia.
- There were two types of Gashacon Bugvisor props used in the show, evident from the length of the chainsaw part.
- The Gashacon Bugvisor's ability to absorb Bugsters is a recurring running gag in the series, where Bugsters victim would rather want to get out from the gauntlet.