This is robot fighting time! The robot combat show Battlebots returns to our screens for a new season of Discovery.
The fifth season of the program, in which homemade fighting machines duel each other in an arena, sixty teams from around the world compete to win the most coveted trophy in robot combat, the giant nut.
The show will be broadcast months after the usual summer break, as production in California has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Filming continued later in the year without a live audience and with various health and safety protocols in place.
Trey Roski, the creator of BattleBots, said in a press release: “We are delighted that despite COVID-19 we were able to film such an amazing new season for our millions of BattleBots fans around the world.
BattleBots 2020 return date, battle map
The new season of Battlebots will premiere on December 3 at 20:00 ET with a two-hour episode on Discovery Channel in the U.S., with subsequent episodes scheduled to air on Thursdays.
In the first episode of the new season, former Giant Nut winner Ray Billings and his robot Tombstone will compete against the New Zealand machine End Game. Other bots that will compete in the opening episode include SawBlaze, Whiplash, Lock-Jaw, Skorpios and Captain Shrederator.
The full battle map for the first episode is as follows:
Whiplash against SawBlaze
MadCatter vs. Fusion
Axe backwards against malice
Blood sport against scorpions
Captain Shrederator against Lock Jaw
Rusty against Sporkinok
Sharko vs. SMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Gravestone vs. endgame
Five robots to watch over
Although teams from around the world are competing against each other, unfortunately the pandemic has meant that a number of teams from outside the USA have been unable to participate in this year’s tournament, as the fan favorites Minotaur (Brazil), Quantum (UK) and DeathRoll (Australia) were all absent.
However, this season’s biggest COVID-19-related omission is reigning champion Paul Ventimiglia and his fearsome robot Bite Force. Although the three-time Giant Nut winner is not participating, there are many other brilliant machines on the starting line. Here are five to watch out for.
Ray Billings’ Tombstone is the only Giant Nut winner in the competition and the most feared machine in the competition. And with good reason – his huge horizontal bar often lets his opponents down.
Could there be a new winner of the giant nut in the 2020 season? If so, don’t be surprised if it is a Hydra. Last season, the hydraulic fin of Jake Ewert and Team Whyachi threw opponents into the stratosphere.
The fan favorite returns – as a walker! Zoe Stephenson has completely transformed the Hammerbot into a 500-pound beast that will probably pulverize everything in its path.
Spinners are usually king in the battlebot arena – but could a control bot triumph this year? This new machine from Craig Danby is both a lifter and a grapple that, if luck holds, could cause some confusion.
Joesph Fabiani is by far the longest robot in the competition. The bizarre-looking robot Joesph Fabiani will certainly confuse his opponents.