Cross Ride is an official term that refers to the act of riding a grade 3 unit on top of another grade 3 unit referenced in the new vanguard unit's text. All cross ride units share similar characteristics: they have 11000 base Power and gain 2000 Power (during both you and your opponent's turn) if their previous incarnation is present in the soul. Recently, with the release of Booster Set 9: Clash of the Knights & Dragons, newer crossride units do not lose 2000 Power should a non-clan be there. Instead, a new keyword, Lord replaces it.
Cross Riding is not always necessary to gain the full mileage from these units. They still gain their +2000 Power bonus if the previous version is put into the soul in another way.
Booster Set 12: Binding Force of the Black Rings introduced the concept of having a Cross Ride unit for a Break Ride unit, the first of this was Eradicator, Vowing Saber Dragon "Reverse". Cross Rides that function in this manner have been called "Crossbreak Ride" by the anime and fans, although they do not yet have this name officially.
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- Cross Ride is a term originally used in the anime, with no mention in canon TCG material. However, since then, it has been introduced as a term in the official rulebook.
- The first two Cross Ride units, Dragonic Overlord the End and Phantom Blaster Overlord are currently the only Cross Rides that can use Persona Blast, and the only Cross Rides that don't have a Limit Break skill.
- The boss cards in Season 2 of the Cardfight!! Vanguard anime, namely Blazing Lion, Platina Ezel, Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion "THE BLOOD" and Blue Storm Supreme Dragon, Glory Maelstrom are the only Cross Rides who possesses a skill called Ultimate Break (denoted by the symbol LB5).
- Narukami is the first clan to feature three different Cross Rides. Also the first Cross Break Ride.
- Super Dimensional Robo, Daiyusha and Beast Deity, Ethics Buster are the units that have two Cross Ride forms. Interestingly, they are both part of the Star Gate nation along with Link Joker, which provided them with their "Reverse" Cross Ride Forms.
- Originally, Cross Ride units were very rare and given to very few clans, their 13000 Power base was also considered an "unfair advantage" by some players. With the release of newer support, the 13000 Power base has become less "unfair", and Cross Rides have become more and more common, some clans even have multiple Cross Rides now.
- This was especially crippling when the only two Cross Ride units at the time were Dragonic Overlord the End and Phantom Blaster Overlord. The Limit Break metagame was mostly seen as a way to help slow down those units. When the Break Ride metagame was instituted, it became very managable (espeically after more Cross Rides were introduced)