- "The robot everyone loves to hate- Mortis, one of the most expensive and most competitive robots ever. It has a lifting arm as well as that powerful axe, let's see if all that money will pay off"
- — Jonathan Pearce's in-game commentary
Mortis was a heavyweight robot that competed in the UK series of Robot Wars. Mortis competed in the first four series, and achieved two heat finals, a heat semi final and a rather controversial semi final. Mortis was a very expensive robot, and the game reflected this; Mortis was the most expensive robot in Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction, costing 40,000 credits (two to three times that of other competitor robots). This was Mortis' first appearance in video games, as it also appeared in Robot Wars: Advanced Destruction.
Appearence and Armament
As in real life, Mortis is a greyish, vaguely box-shaped tracked robot with a large tanto axe and lifting arm. Due to the higher graphical potential of the PC over the Game Boy Advance, Mortis is more detailed than its previous appearance in Robot Wars: Advanced Destruction. Mortis' stats are impeccable, and as a result, for any tournament it takes part in it will be seeded first.
Mortis works quite well as a pushing robot, but its axe is also useful for causing damage, but more effective is to push opponents into the various traps around the arena, or lure them into the hazards. The lifting arm is also useful, but it is difficult to get the killer flip on an opponent. However, luck will also have to be on the player's side, as Mortis can break down quite regularly, as a sign of its poor reliability record in real life.
Mortis is quite hard to push around, but the kevlar armour is vulnerable to flame. As a result, pushing Mortis into flame pits will damage it. Watch out for the axe, which is capable of causing considerable damage due to the high rate of fire. For some reason, however, Mortis will never use the lifting arm in an offensive role, even if the axe is broken, only using it to self right, so there's no real need to worry about using a srimech. However, the player may have the fortune of Mortis suddenly breaking down during the fight, as Mortis does break down in the game on a fairly regular basis.
Differences from Real Life
- In the game, Mortis is slightly shorter.
- The axe fires slightly slower in the game.
- The lifting arm fires faster in the game.
- The armour is much weaker than in real life.
- Mortis is eligible for the Hamburg Heavyweight tournament, despite the regulation that axes are the only weapon allowed in that contest.