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Not to be confused with fictional competitor Plague from the Robot Wars video games.

"We have got to be the most insane people entering in robot wars, series 4 ... our current robot is PLAGUE this little spawn of satans mother-in-law is a heavy weight contender, and its a bit good too"
— Team R.A.T. introduce PLAGUE on their website

PLAGUE was a heavyweight robot built with the intention of applying for Series 4 of Robot Wars. It is currently unknown whether the team attempted to qualify for any other series.

Design[]

PLAGUE's mild steel chassis

PLAGUE was a wedge shaped robot armed with a front-hinged arm, which could function either as a flipper or an axe, according to the team's website, as well as a rear-mounted angle grinder which could allegedly hit 5000rpm. The team also boasted that the arm could lift up to two tonnes.[1]

"we know that it can kill, ( we where thowing {sic} 2Xbreeze-blocks with it half way across my garden"
— Team R.A.T. talk highly of their main weapon

PLAGUE's front-hinged flipping arm module

When affixed with the 40mm steel axe head, the team claim the weapon was powerful enough to punch holes through 3mm aluminium and 2.5mm stainless steel, the latter of which made up the robot's armour. The team also mention several alternative weapon pods, so it is possible that PLAGUE may have had even more configurations planned prior to entering Series 4.

"There is also the option of different wepon {sic} pods to go on it. which is nice!"
— The team confirm PLAGUE's modular weaponry

The robot's chassis was constructed from mild steel square bar welded together. PLAGUE was estimated to have cost approximately £2500 in total.

Series Record[]

Series PLAGUE Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Outside Robot Wars[]

In 2021, PLAGUE was placed up on sale on Ebay, with listings to buy the robot having ended.[2]

Trivia[]

"Creation of the website after looking round loads of other Robot Wars sites. Is our robot the only Plague? No, we are not the only Plague. It turns out that Team R.A.T. got there very much first, so we're changing our name."
— Andrew Marchant on abandoning the name Plague in favour of Tornado[3]
  • It is known that future Robot Wars champion Tornado was originally going to be named "Plague", but abandoned this name to avoid sharing the name with Team R.A.T's "PLAGUE" which had been built first.

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