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Taste of Defeat is the 5th episode of Bakugan: New Vestroia. It aired on June 6, 2009.


With the Vexos losing one by one to the Bakugan Battle Brawlers Resistance, Gus Grav called them all together thanking them for showing up. Lync Volan asks him to cut to the chaise and Mylene Farrow says that Gus must have a good reason. Gus tells them that they all (expect for Spectra) have failed their mission in taking down the Bralwers. This shocks Mylene and Lync and angers Shadow Prove, who calls Gus a freak. Spectra Phantom adds that the Vexos can't lose again to the Brawlers. Lync and Shadow start to argue which gets broken up by Spectra and Mylene. Spectra lets Gus go to fight the Resistance. So, Gus decided to take matters in his own hands, and confront the Resistance to bring pride back to the Vexos. Meanwhile, the Resistance made a stop en route to Alpha City, where Mira Fermin gave Dan Kuso a Bakugan Trap called Scorpion, to help him in his battles. She says that not much is known about the Bakugan Trap, except that they are incapable or unwilling to communicate. Excited, Dan took off to get in some training with Scorpion. Just then Gus showed up (without revealing his identity) and started to mess with Dan's head asking what he will gain from saving the Bakugan, leaving Dan with the question of who he was. He later reports to Spectra telling him Dan is nothing but a child. Spectra tells him not to underestimate him for Dan could be a strong foe. He returned later asking Dan what the answer is to his earlier question, and it was revealed that he is the number two brawler among the Vexos. Feeling confident, Dan decides to take him on, but was soon overwhelmed with the power of Gus' Bakugan Subterra Premo Vulcan and lost. Spectra congratulates Gus on his victory much to the jealousy of the others Vexos. Dan however does not seem upset saying next time he will beat Gus.

Major events[]

  • Gus calls the Vexos saying the Bralwers must be beaten
  • Mira gives Dan a Bakugan Trap called Scorpion.
  • Dan meats Gus without the later showing Dan who he is
  • Gus reveals his past and how he joined Spectra Phantom
  • Dan battles Gus, the Vexos’ Subterra brawler, and loses.

Featured Brawls[]

Spectra Phantom vs Gus Grav= Spectra wins (flashback)

Dan Kuso vs Gus Grav[]

Round 1[]

  • Dan Life Force: 500 Points (100%)
  • Gus Life Force: 500 Points (100%)


Dan throws his Gate Card and Drago. (Power: 400 Gs)
  Gus throws out Vulcan. (Power: 500 Gs)

Dan opens his Gate Card (Pyrus Reactor) to increase Drago's power.(Drago: 400 - 600 Gs)

Dan then follows it up with a Double Ability: Fire Tornado and Burning Dragon. (Drago: 600 - 700 - 900 Gs) (Premo Vulcan: 500 - 400 Gs)

Gus counters it with the ability Heavy Aegis. (Premo Vulcan: 400 - 500 - 700 Gs) (Drago: 900 - 700 - 600 Gs)

Gus activates the ability Titan Knuckle. (Premo Vulcan: 700 - 900 Gs) (Drago: 600 - 400 Gs)

Dan throws out his Bakugan Trap Scorpion. (Power: 350 Gs)

Drago's and Scorpion's Power Levels are combined. (Total: 750 Gs)

Dan activates the abilities Burning Dragon and Satellite Boost. (Drago and Scorpion: 750 Gs - 1050 Gs)

Gus activates the ability Pyrus Durance. (Drago and Scorpion: 1050 Gs - 750 Gs)

Drago and Scorpion get knocked out

Dan Life Force: 350 Points (70%)

Gus wins this round

Round 2[]

  • Dan Life Force: 350 Points (70%)
  • Gus Life Force: 500 Points (100%)


Gus throws his Gate Card and Premo Vulcan. (Power: 500 Gs)

Dan throws out Drago (Power: 400 Gs) and Scorpion (Power: 350 Gs).

Gus opens his Gate Card (Subterra Reactor) (Premo Vulcan: 500 Gs - 900 Gs) and throws out Hexados (Power: 350 Gs).

Gus activates the ability Ray Drill. (Hexados: 350 Gs - 550 Gs)

Dan counters by activating the ability Reflection Boost. (Hexados: 550 Gs - 250 Gs)

Through an unknown reason, Hexados gains 200 Gs (I bet it was Eraser) (Hexados: 250 - 450 Gs). Scorpion gets wiped out by Hexados' underground laser attack.

Dan Life Force: 250 Points (50%)

Dan activates the Triple ability Burning Dragon plus Burning Tornado plus Fusion Ability Pyrus Slayer (Drago: 400 Gs - 600 Gs - 1000 Gs - 1100 Gs ~ Vulcan and Hexados: 1350 Gs - 1150 Gs - 1050 Gs). Hexados gets wiped out by Drago's Fireball attack.

Gus Life Gauge: 200 Points (40%)

Gus activates the ability Viblow, transferring 200 Gs from Drago to Premo Vulcan (Premo Vulcan: 600 - 800 Gs ~ Drago: 1100 - 900 Gs).

Gus activates the ability Drill Impact (Screw Impact) (Premo Vulcan: 800 - 1000 Gs ~ Drago: 900 - 700 Gs).

Drago gets knocked out

Dan Life Gauge: 0 Points (0%)

Gus Grav wins the Brawl.

Bakugan Debuts[]

Bakugan Seen[]

Bakugan Trap Debuts[]

Bakugan Trap Seen[]

Characters Seen[]

Deleted Scenes[]

  • The part where Drago gets smashed onto the pillars by Premo Vulcan's Titan Knuckle, getting smashed at the end is cut in the English dub due to the scene being deemed too violent for kids.

Difference between the Japanese and English dub[]

  • During Spectra's flashback battle against Gus, there are female fans who cheer for Spectra, there cheers are cut in the dub.
  • When Vulcan uses Fiblow aganst Drago, Marucho and Barons bodys start to shake. This is cut in the dub.


  • This is Dan's first loss in New Vestroia.
  • Gus reveals how he joined Spectra.
  • This episode foreshadows Dan losing Drago in the future which happened in Show Me the Power!.
  • This is the only time Gus beat Dan.
  • In the Japanize preview of This episode, Dan assumed Gus was Mira's older brother.
  • The title for this episode is based on how Dan suffered a humiliating loss to Gus by the very end of the episode.
  • This is the first time Dan lost a battle since his fight with Masquerade in Show Down during Bakugan Battle Brawlers.