The fifth heat of Series 9 was first broadcast on April 2nd 2017. It was the fifth of five heats to determine the finalists of Series 9 of Robot Wars. It happened to feature the two finalists of the previous series - reigning champion Apollo, and runner-up Carbide. The original broadcast on BBC Two was watched by a total of 1.17 million - a number identical to Heat 4's overnight rating.

Competing robotsEdit


Attack Crusher
Armour Steel and HDPE
Weight 108kg
Speed 15mph
Drive 2x 24V 750w Motors.
Power Electric
Battery LiPo 22.2V
From: Ayreshire
Team: Jamie McHarg, Rachel Gibson, Calum Jones
Crackers 'n' Smash
Attack Clusterbot
Armour 5mm Hardened Steel, 5mm Aluminium
Weight 110kg
Speed 18.7mph
Drive 4WD, Brushless Drive
Power Electric
Battery LiPo 44.4V
From: Ripon
Team: Alex Botwright, Ian Botwright, David Weston, Keith Brown
Attack Flipper/Lifter
Armour 6mm Aluminium, 4mm Hardened Steel
Weight 101kg
Speed 12mph
Drive 4WD, Brushed Motors
Power Electric
Battery LiPo 22V
From: Derby
Team: Shane Lale, Peter Lale, Jackie Lale, Sophie Clarkson
Ms Nightshade
Ms Nightshade
Attack Spikes
Armour Mild Steel, Rubber Shock Absorber
Weight 96kg
Speed Untested
Drive 2 x Brushed Motors
Power Electric
Battery Lead Acid 12V
From: Brighton
Team: Katie Henderson, Jodie Nye
Attack Flipper
Armour 3.1mm of Hardened Steel
Weight 108kg
Speed 14mph
Drive 2WD Brushed Motors
Power Electric
Battery 22.2v LiPo
From: Glasgow
Team: David Shields, Nicolas Hough, Cameron Dale
Trolley Rage
Attack Axe
Armour 3mm Steel Plating
Weight 108kg
Speed 10mph
Drive 2 x 36v Motors
Power Electric
Battery 2 x Li ion 18V
From: Medway, Kent
Team: Professor Simeon Keates, Dr Raj Bhatti, Gareth Anstee, Lucian


Apollo S9
Attack Flipper
Armour Hardened Steel and HDPE
Weight 108kg
Speed 12mph
Drive 2 x 1.2Kw 24v Motors
Power Electric
Battery LiPo, 29V
From: Conwy, North Wales
Team: Dave Young, Marc Dermott
Carbide S9
Attack Spinner
Armour 5mm Military Grade Steel, 8mm Titanium
Weight 110kg
Speed 12mph
Drive 2 x 4.3Hp Motors
Power Electric
Battery Lithium-Polymer, 58.8V
From: Midlands
Team: Dave Moulds, Sam Smith

Round 1Edit

Apollo vs Coyote vs Ms Nightshade vs RustyEdit

Coyote vs ms nightshade

Coyote watches Ms Nightshade closely

Coyote gingerly approached Ms Nightshade as the battle begun. The tall purple robot started flailing its petals to attack the crusher. Apollo slipped under Rusty in the background, tossing it into the air, where it landed on its wheels, albeit with a loose front scoop. Apollo followed this up with another flip on Rusty, causing the rear armour plate to fall off Rusty, before moving in and flipping Ms Nightshade.

Rusty vs Apollo

Rusty's scoop is broken loose

"Oh, Ms Nightshade, they're in a bit of a flap - are they waving goodbye?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Ms Nightshade landed on its side, where the petals opened and bent. Apollo pushed Coyote towards the floor flipper and attempted to flip it, but didn't affect it much. Rusty tried to flip Apollo, but missed and turned itself over. Rusty became stuck on its back, and could not self-right for over ten seconds, immobilising it.

Apollo flips ms nightshade

Apollo throws Ms Nightshade

Apollo drove off and activated the Dial of Doom, which selected Rogue House Robot. Dead Metal was released, and moved in to attack the stricken Ms Nightshade, while Apollo finally flipped Coyote over. Rusty, which was still on its back, was a prime target for Apollo, which pushed it across the Arena, and attempted to flip it out.

Apollo vs rusty

Apollo flips Rusty across the arena

"The champions, here, are in devastating early form."
— Jonathan Pearce

Apollo moved to flip Coyote again, as Ms Nightshade was still being attacked by Dead Metal. Cease was called, and Rusty and Ms Nightshade were eliminated. Rusty had since come back to life, so Apollo threw it for fun.

Dara Ó Briain: "Tempted to have a leisure time go at the House Robot?"
Dave Young: "No, we've already had a go at Dead Metal"
— The Apollo team make their intentions known for the House Robots.

Qualified: Apollo & Coyote

Carbide vs Crackers 'n' Smash vs Meggamouse vs Trolley RageEdit

Carbide vs trolley rage

Carbide destroys Trolley Rage

Carbide spun the blade up to speed as Meggamouse charged at Crackers, bouncing the clusterbot away. Trolley Rage moved forwards slowly, and was batted away by an impact from Carbide's blade. Carbide spun around in the centre of the Arena, while all its opponents avoided it around the edge. Carbide singled out Smash, and moved in, hitting the clusterbot on the front, ripping the armour away. Meggamouse boxed Carbide in, causing it to attack Smash again. Meggamouse got caught in the spikes at the same moment as Carbide moved next to Charles, ripping away the top of the wedge and the wheels of the minibot. Trolley Rage moved in to attack Carbide, but it turned and hit Trolley Rage's front with the blade, ripping a chunk of armour away.

Carbide vs crackers

Crackers' flipper is removed by Carbide

"And that could have done enough damage, there, to end the dreams of Trolley Rage very early on."
— Jonathan Pearce

Carbide moved to the other end of the arena, chasing Smash, hitting the lighter robot more times. Smash's evasive tactics worked, but Carbide changed from attacking one of the clusterbots, to the other. The height of Crackers was just low enough that Carbide's blade cut just over the top of the green body. Carbide ripped the flipper clean off, sending a shower of sparks away.

Carbide destroys meggamouse's wheel

Carbide obliterates Meggamouse's wheel

Meggamouse activated the pit as Carbide once again attacked Smash, hitting the weapon mechanism twice more. Meggamouse missed a flip on Carbide, turning itself over with the power of the flip. Carbide and Crackers moved in to attack Meggamouse, and as Carbide's blade rebounded off Crackers, it hit Meggamouse, destroying one of its exposed wheels.

"Go on, back into your hole, Meggamouse - retreat!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Meggamouse has one of its wheels ripped off

As cease was called, Smash pitted the immobile Charles.

Qualified: Carbide & Crackers 'n' Smash


Apollo vs CarbideEdit

"In the arena, the only House Robot the Apollo boys haven't managed to flip, Sir Killalot!"
— Jonathan Pearce before the fight
Carbide vs apollo s9 h2h 1

Carbide bounces up

Carbide turned its blade away from Apollo to stop the defending champions from disrupting its spin-up time. Apollo charged in, slipping under Carbide, and taking a small glancing hit. Apollo pushed, and Carbide turned. Just as the blade came close, Apollo flipped, which tossed the white robot over. Apollo self-righted as Carbide approached, but Carbide had its blade up to speed. Apollo took two hits on the side, before Carbide moved to the front, as the blade slipped up the flipper and ripped a large piece of armour off Apollo.

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Apollo loses a large chunk of armour

Apollo kept the front of their robot pointing towards Carbide's blade, but the power of the spinner was too much, and after suffering a few more hits, Apollo stopped moving.

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Carbide attacks the immobile Apollo

"Smash it!"
— Sam Smith as Carbide gets ready to cause further damage to the immobile Apollo

Carbide kept smashing into the front and sides of Apollo, attacking the wheels. Just before Cease was called, Apollo started moving forwards, but a hit from Carbide turned it onto its back.

Winner: Carbide (3 points)

Coyote vs Crackers 'n' SmashEdit

Matilda attacks coyote

Coyote is attacked by Matilda

Crackers stayed away at the start as Smash moved in to attack Coyote. Coyote grabbed Smash and pushed it towards the Arena Wall. Coyote turned, still gripping Smash, and drove it into the grasp of Dead Metal. Crackers moved in to try and help Smash escape. Crackers 'n' Smash teamed up to push Coyote into the grip of Dead Metal, but Smash was grabbed instead.

Coyote vs crackers 'n' smash

Crackers and Smash both try to push Coyote

Rogue House Robot was activated, and Dead Metal once again picked on Smash, holding the clusterbot over the flame pit. Smash bounced over Crackers, which was quickly followed by Crackers sliding under Coyote. Smash activated the Dial of Doom, which selected Rogue House Robot again, allowing Matilda to attack Coyote with her flywheel.

"And here comes Matilda with a flywheel tail to have a go at Coyote. Can they withstand this sort of punishment?"
— Jonathan Pearce
Coyote vs crackers 'n' smash immobilisation

Coyote is left immobile

Crackers and Smash kept bumping into Coyote alternatively, smashing the larger robot around the centre of the Arena. Smash reversed Coyote across the Arena and into a corner, where it drove away, allowing Crackers to move in, but Smash's escape got it caught on the flame pit. However, Coyote had stopped moving, and as Crackers was still mobile, the clusterbot scored 3 points.

Winner: Crackers 'n' Smash (3 points)

Apollo vs CoyoteEdit

Apollo vs coyote

Coyote is tossed into the air

Having repaired a severely bent flipper, Apollo were cautious beforehand as to whether their weapon would close after firing. Coyote didn't move far off its mark when the battle started, so Apollo moved in and flipped Coyote into the CPZ. Sir Killalot pushed Coyote next to the Arena Wall while it tired to self-right. Apollo slipped under and attempted to send Coyote out of the arena, but only managed to right it instead. However, Coyote's top jaw snapped as a result of the attack.

"And Coyote is whimpering."
— Jonathan Pearce as Coyote suffers damage to its jaw
Apollo vs coyote oota

Coyote is thrown out of the Arena

Coyote was hobbled, and after another push by Sir Killalot, suffered another flip by Apollo. Coyote got stuck between Sir Killalot and Apollo, but Apollo missed a flip on its opponent, instead attempted to flip Sir Killalot. Eventually, Apollo flipped Coyote onto its side by the wall, before finally lifting it over the wall and out.

"Great win for Apollo - champions back in business!"
— Jonathan Pearce

After the battle, Apollo went for Sir Killalot, trying to flip the 750kg House Robot, but with some help from Dead Metal, Killalot stayed firmly on his tracks, and chased the humbled champion across the arena.

Winner: Apollo (3 points)

Carbide vs Crackers 'n' SmashEdit

Carbide vs crackers 'n' smash

Carbide cut into the now-weaponless Smash

Both clusterbots moved towards Carbide, with Smash, then Crackers taking a first hit. Carbide bounced off Smash, and ended up sitting on top of Crackers. The now well-armoured front of Smash bore the brunt of Carbide's blade, sending out a shower of sparks. Carbide stayed wedged on top of Crackers as Smash turned itself over on the floor flipper. Smash pushed Carbide off Crackers, and the larger robot turned to attack Crackers. Smash activated the pit as Carbide landed more hits on Crackers. Smash moved in to attack Carbide, but took an almighty hit from the blade, sending it careening across the Arena. Smash smashed into the arena wall, flew up into the air and landed hard, breaking a panel off the wall at the same time.

Carbide vs crackers 'n' smash arena wall destroyed

Smash by the broken arena wall

"The Carbide spinning blade is capable of thrashing these two little bots! How about that! They've caused massive problems to the arena wall as well, look!"
— Jonathan Pearce talks up the potency of Carbide's weapon just as the shattering blow to Smash occurs

Crackers was pushing into Carbide as Cease was called for safety reasons.

While the wall was fixed, the Crackers 'n' Smash team forfeited the match to save damage for their robots, awarding 3 points to Carbide.

Winner: Carbide (3 points)

Carbide vs CoyoteEdit

Carbide Coyote 2

The first hit from Carbide sends both machines flying aside

Coyote missed its initial charge, which just allowed Carbide to get up to speed. Both robots turned and drove towards each other again. Carbide hit one of Coyote's front blades, spinning the crusher away, and sending Carbide flying across the Arena. Carbide spun back up to speed and moved in on Coyote, hitting it again in the front. The battered Coyote was then picked up by Sir Killalot and dangled over the Flame Pit.

"Not just about bottle: about durability, about tactics - you've got your tactics wrong there though!"
— Jonathan Pearce commends Coyote's brave start before it finds itself next to Sir Killalot
Coyote Carbide

Coyote is left mutilated by Carbide

Carbide waited, spun the blade up to speed and charged at the stationary Coyote, ripping a wheel off. Carbide kept the blade up at speed, smashing into Coyote again and again, bending and twisting the chassis even more. Coyote was flipped by the floor flipper as Cease was called, and Carbide romped home to 9 points.

"Modern Art"
— Dave Moulds comments on the "beauty" of the twisted remains of Coyote

Winner: Carbide (3 points)

Apollo vs Crackers 'n' SmashEdit

Crackers 'n' Smash vs Apollo

Crackers wedges under Apollo

Smash stayed back to try and spin up its newly repaired weapon, but this did not work. Crackers moved at Apollo, but lost the battle of the ground clearances, to which Apollo didn't react in time. However, on the second attempt, Crackers slipped under Apollo, where it was pinned in place. Apollo escaped by using the flipper, and drove towards Smash, but couldn't get underneath the low robot to flip it. Crackers tried to push Apollo, and Apollo tried to flip Crackers, but neither attacks were successful.

Apollo vs Crackers

Apollo throws Crackers into Dead Metal

Smash was caught in the grasp of Dead Metal again. Apollo spent time lining up Crackers on the end of its flipper, before tossing the little green robot high in the air, where it landed on the disc of Dead Metal, and fell upside-down.

"And Crackers smashed by the lift straight into Dead Metal!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Apollo vs Smash

Smash is catapulted by Apollo

Apollo slipped under Smash, and threw it into the air as well, where it also landed upside-down. Apollo activated Rogue House Robot, where it was then chased by Sir Killalot, while Dead Metal attacked Smash. Crackers was immobile while inverted, but Smash was still able to run, and after another flip by Apollo, was righted. Just before Cease was called, Apollo threw Smash into the tall wall.

"We survive 3 minutes with Apollo!"
— The Crackers 'n' Smash team joyously realise they restricted Apollo to 2 rather than 3 points.

Winner: Apollo (2 points)

Final TableEdit

Robot Points
Carbide 9
Apollo 5
Crackers 'n' Smash 3
Coyote 0

Heat FinalEdit

Apollo vs CarbideEdit

Carbide vs Apollo HF1

Apollo's early attack

Apollo slid under Carbide instantly, but Carbide rode over and landed again. Carbide laid a few blows on the front of Apollo, before both stayed away from each other. Apollo charged back in, and Carbide rode up the front again, scoring more hits with the blade.

Carbide vs Apollo HF2

Carbide starts to land blows

Carbide spun slowly on the spot, keeping the blade pointed at Apollo as it moved in. After the fourth quick hit in succession, Carbide paused momentarily, but got going again, batting Apollo away with its blade.

"Listen, listen. Can you hear it - there's that death hum of Carbide!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Carbide vs Apollo HF3

The flurry of blows that immobilised Apollo

Apollo was limping slowly, and Carbide laid a strong hit on the side of Apollo, leaving a large scratch down it, before moving onto the flipper, staying still as the blade smacked into it constantly. Apollo ground to a halt, and Carbide was declared the winner. Sir Killalot finished the fight by lifting Apollo by the flipper.

Heat Winner: Carbide


  • This was the first heat of the UK Robot Wars to feature two Grand Finalists from the previous series in the same heat, featuring the Grand Champion and runner-up Apollo and Carbide respectively.
    • Both of these teams returned with only two members, having previously competed as three-part teams.
    • This was the first time since Heat A of US Season 2 in which the champion and runner-up of the preceding domestic championship fought each other in the same heat, and the first since Heat C of Dutch Series 2 where two previous-series Grand Finalists appeared in the same heat.
  • This was the fifth occurrence of a previous Grand Champion being knocked out in the heats, and the first occurrence of the defending champion falling in the heats, as Series 8 winner Apollo fell in the heat final. The others were Chaos 2 in Heat C of the 6th Wars, Panic Attack in Heat I of the 6th Wars and Heat M of the 7th Wars, Razer in the first Heat of Series 8 and Apollo again in Heat 1 of Series 10.
    • It was therefore the first and only time that a reigning champion lost within its heat.
  • Irrespective of whether Coyote is treated as a newcomer due to Jamie McHarg never captaining his own robot, this heat featured by far the most newcomers compared to the other four, with five/six new teams.
  • In terms of filming order, this was treated as the first heat of the series, suggesting that the decision to move it to the slot of Heat 5 was made at a later point.
  • Two robots from Glasgow Clyde College were at one stage intended to compete in this heat, with both even being in the line-up at the same time momentarily. Clyde Built filled in after one robot dropped out, but later withdrew itself after blowing a fuse, while Rusty also replaced Crackers 'n' Smash, which had moved into the next battle because of Point Blank's withdrawal.
    • Additionally, Crank-E was intended to fight in Carbide's Group Battle, but as it was not ready to fight, Trolley Rage was brought into its place. As a result, Trolley Rage fought using a disadvantageous setup designed to combat vertical spinners.
  • Glitterbomb was originally meant to fight in this heat, but was forced to pull out, with a vehicle breakdown that caused Team Glitterbomb to spend seven hours on the motorway the catalyst behind the team being unable to have Glitterbomb inside the weight limit by the time of its first safety check. As a result, Glitterbomb finished the series as an unused reserve.
  • This was the first and only heat of Robot Wars to not feature a veteran from the original run, as both Apollo and Carbide made their debuts in the previous series.
  • Crackers 'n' Smash became the first robot to fight despite being disqualified. As the Robot Wars rules required all competing robots to use their weapons in every fight, Team Carbide was altered by the judges that they would automatically get 3 points, although the match went ahead.
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