Nightbeat makes up for his small-even-for-a-Mini-Con stature with unmatched guts and a creative streak a mile wide. Despite being weaker than most Mini-Cons and not having any real manipulators to speak of, he's willing to take any risk there is.
As if his larger Autobot partner Side Swipe isn't impulsive enough, Nightbeat encourages him to go along with more crazy risks, with his dutiful partner, of course. The two are very much alike: act-first, think-later types who have big dreams of being mighty warriors for good, and they often find themselves together in bad situations. But none of this has fazed Nightbeat in the slightest... it only means he has to try even harder.
- Japanese name: Cha
Armada cartoon continuity
During Side Swipe's first tour on Earth, he chased the former Autobot Wheeljack in vehicle mode. Nightbeat leapt from Side Swipe's storage compartment in order to activate his partner's dragster mode, then returned to the compartment.
Dreamwave comics continuity
- Side Swipe with Nightbeat (Deluxe, 2003)
- Japanese ID number: MC-10
- Available only with the larger Side Swipe toy, Nightbeat transforms into a motorcycle of probably-made-up model. He is specially designed to fit inside the flip-up panel in the rear of Side Swipe's vehicle mode.