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PacifieR was a heavyweight robot which qualified for Series 9 of Robot Wars, but ultimately withdrew due to a minor short circuit problem. The team were best known for building the second Dutch champion, PulverizeR, and the design of PacifieR was later brought to life as the BattleBots competitor Petunia.

DesignEdit

PacifieR

PacifieR, with its claw fully open

PacifieR was a red, blue and black, two-wheel drive robot with a design bearing a close resemblance to that of PulverizeR. Instead of PulverizeR's flywheel, however, it was equipped with a large and powerful vertical hydraulic crusher as its main weapon, which also acted as a self-righting mechanism[1]. PacifieR was partially invertible, capable of driving on its back end, although its claw could be rendered ineffective when the robot was inverted, and it had to use its weapon to self-right when it was completely upside-down. Its crusher boasted 10 tonnes of crushing force at the tip (30 tonnes within the ram), and crushed into its own wedge for maximum damage output, at the expense of range. Its broad range was also highly resistant to horizontal spinners, due to its broad nature and HARDOX material.

EtymologyEdit

The name PacifieR is a reference to a baby's dummy, with the capital 'R' at the end of the name being a deliberate reference to the team's previous entry, PulverizeR.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 9Edit

Pacifier

PacifieR (behind Gabriel Stroud) makes a cameo in Heat 1

PacifieR was drawn into Heat 4, where it should have faced Pulsar, Ironside3 and Crushtacean in its opening melee. However, PacifieR suffered from a minor issue with its circuitry, making the robot unable to participate in the battle. PacifieR withdrew from the battle, where it was directly replaced by Apex. Although PacifieR joined the reserve list and its circuit was fixed only minutes after the issue occurred, PacifieR never made it to the arena.

PacifieR appeared in the background in Heat 1, on a workbench near the testing arena, while Sabretooth was testing its weapon.

Series RecordEdit

UK SeriesEdit

PacifieR Petunia

PacifieR (above) alongside successor Petunia (below)

Main Series PacifieR Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars The Third World Championship with PulverizeR
Failed to qualify for main competition with PulverizeR
Series 8 Not selected with PulverizeR
Series 9 Withdrew
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 European Championship with PulverizeR

Dutch SeriesEdit

Series PacifieR Series Record
Series 1 Entered with PulverizeR
Series 2 Entered with PulverizeR

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Petunia

Petunia at BattleBots in 2018

Petunia team

Petunia with its team at BattleBots in 2018

PacifieR never made a combat appearance outside of Robot Wars. However, for the 2018 season of BattleBots, aired on Discovery Channel and Science Channel, Team P.C.P. created a new robot using the PacifieR design, Petunia, a complete rebuild borrowing only the crushing arm from PacifieR. In its first battle, Petunia fought the two horizontal spinners of ROTATOR, and initially took damage, until ROTATOR lost the use of its weapons. After this, Petunia controlled ROTATOR around the arena, used its crusher, and held ROTATOR over the arena saws to earn a win via judges' decision. Petunia's next battle was a destructive loss to Monsoon, after the British bar spinner struck the back end of Petunia and caused the robot to catch fire. Petunia inflicted the same fate upon its next opponent, Captain Shrederator, piercing a vital component to set the robot ablaze. Petunia's fourth match was a critical battle in order to qualify for the Top 16, but after being immobilised by Yeti, its season campaign finished with a 2-2 record, and after choosing not to enter the Last Chance Rumble, Petunia did not qualify for the Top 16. Petunia also made an appearance in an untelevised Tag Team battle as part of the US vs The World special of the same season. It represented 'The World' alongside team member Predator, fighting against Bale Spear and Double Dutch, who both represented the United States. Petunia and Predator won the Judges' decision after Bale Spear became immobile, and Petunia controlled Double Dutch around the arena.

  • Petunia at BattleBots in 2019
  • The team's photo of Petunia in 2019
  • Team PCP at BattleBots in 2019
  • Mischa de Graaf at BattleBots in 2019

Petunia returned for the 2019 season of BattleBots, featuring a new shallower wedge and serrated crusher, with Jeroen van Lieverloo also joining the team. In its first battle of the Fight Night format, Petunia faced the vertical spinner of WAR Hawk.

TriviaEdit

  • If PacifieR had entered the arena, Team P.C.P. would have fought Crushtacean in two consecutive battles, after PulverizeR lost to it in the Third World Championship.
  • Team P.C.P. did not apply for Series 10 with PacifieR due to Mischa de Graaf being on vacation during the filming of Series 10.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnofficialRobotWars/permalink/577463345866768/

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