- "This is a cardboard robot! You are putting a cardboard robot in the arena with some of the fiercest fighting machines I've seen in my life!"
- — Jayne Middlemiss
Araknia was a robot clad in carbon fibre and fibreglass, which "might as well be cardboard" according to the team captain. It was a large heptagonal robot designed to look like a spider rather than the option of a rat because it was the only thing that the team captain Geoff Graham could think of and make look 'sensible'. Its weapon was a spinning blade with rare earth magnets almost identical to the one on its brother robot Riptilion. Araknia's armour of choice allowed it to be easily dominated by Hellbent in its first round.
As well as fighting with Araknia in Series 7, the Terror-Dactyls fought in Series 6 and Extreme 2, as well as representing New Zealand in the Third World Championship, with Riptilion.
In the Series 7 qualifiers, Araknia was measured as 5 centimetres over the width limit, so part of it had to be cut off with a hacksaw. It then fought Typhoon 2, Big Nipper and Ewe 2 for a place in series 7. Araknia became immoblised during the fight, but received a discretionary place in the main competition.
Hellbent leaped on the attack, easily putting its axe through Araknia. It then charged and hurled Araknia over without any effort. It was left on its back, where it spun round in circles, and its top armour plate and several other pieces came off. Araknia was harassed by Hellbent once more before being dragged aside and having its electronics set on fire over the flame pit. Araknia was counted out and eliminated along with I Bot One Beta.
|ARAKNIA - RESULTS|
|The Seventh Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat G, Round 1||vs. Mean Streak, I Bot One Beta, Hellbent||Eliminated|
- Wins: 0
- Losses: 1
- Series 1-5: Did not enter
- Series 6: Entered with Riptilion
- Series 7: Heat, Round 1
- At 77 kg, Araknia was the lightest robot to enter the main competition of the Seventh Wars.
- The Terror-Dactyls are the only New Zealander team to enter Robot Wars.