The World Championship Qualifiers were a series of battles throughout the Heats of The Seventh Wars, to decide which robots would compete in The Third World Championship. The battles were aired as the Special Events of Heats A, D, G, J, L, N and O.

Some of the battles were held between two robots from different nations, whilst others were between two or three robots from the same country. These battles were held as special events during Heats across the Seventh Wars.

The five robots that automatically qualified were: Tornado (European Champion), PulverizeR (Dutch Champion), Typhoon 2 (Seventh Wars Grand Champion), Storm 2 (Seventh Wars runner-up and highest-placed robot from England) and Rawbot (which was given an automatic place in the championship as Zeus had to pull out after breaking down before the qualifier).

Competing robotsEdit

Ansgar 3
Ansgar 3
Weight 200kg
Dimensions 0.24m x 1.20m x 0.87m
Power 12HP electric motor
Weapons Rotating blades
Strengths Weight & armour
Weaknesses Manoeuvrability
From: Germany
Team Members: Joachim Thomsen, Sascha Thomsen & Sünje Thomsen
Crushtacean front
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.40m x 0.85m x 1.30m
Power 800W electric motor
Weapons 2 Crushing claws
Strengths Indestructible
Weaknesses Poor driver
From: South Africa
Team Members: Ian Visser, Dominic Visser & Michaela Visser
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.21m x 1.00m x 0.89m
Power Electric Motors
Weapons Rotating Drum & Lifting Arm
Strengths Rotating Steel Drum
Weaknesses Wheels Use Drive Chain
From: United States of America
Team Members: Joe Murawski
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.43m x 1.20m x 0.75m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Flipper
Strengths Strong construction
Weaknesses Weak armour
From: The Netherlands
Team Members: WJ Dijkstra, Alex Ruschen & Jeroen van Lieverloo
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.34m x 0.60m x 0.85m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Flipper
Strengths Armour
Weaknesses Unprotected wheels
From: Belgium
Team Members: Geert Kevaerts, Jan Huyan & Frank van Rist
I Bot One Beta
I Bot One Beta
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.26m x 1.05m x 0.76m
Power Electric motors
Weapons 2 Spinning discs
Strengths Well armoured
Weaknesses Inexperienced
From: Germany
Team Members: Bjorn Rust & Kai Koppersberg
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From: Austria
Team Members: Helmut Heigl, Katarina Heigl & Sebastian Heigl
Reaper np2
Reaper NP2
Weight 97kg
Dimensions 0.41m x 1.09m x 0.92m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Lifter & crusher
Strengths Plenty of power
Weaknesses Slow weapons
From: Germany
Team Members: Bryan Cutler & Michael Hanser
Weight 89kg
Dimensions 0.26m x 1.20m x 1.20m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Vertical milling wheel
Strengths Tough & nimble
Weaknesses No srimech
From: New Zealand
Team Members: Geoff Graham, Robert Read & Peter Platt
Scraptosaur Heat O
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.55m x 1.10m x 0.82m
Power 1 x 3000W electric motor
Weapons CO2 flipper
Strengths Fast & tough
Weaknesses Limited CO2 supply
From: The Netherlands
Team Members: Marien van der Meer & Mario de Jongh
Snake Bite S7
Snake Bite
Statistics not displayed
From: Switzerland
Team Members: Paul Koch & Marco Streich
Spartacus 2 in S7
Spartacus 2
Weight 92kg
Dimensions 0.95m x 1.09m x 0.82m
Power 2 x 650W Electric Motors
Weapons Hydraulic Claw
Strengths Weaponry
Weaknesses Speed
From: United States of America
Team Members: Jim Rowland & Dom Neeley
Weight 95kg
Dimensions 0.26m x 1.02m x 0.68m
Power 750W electric motor
Weapons Spinning disc
Strengths Fast with powerful weapon
Weaknesses Thin armour
From: Sri Lanka
Team Members: Suren Balendran, Nishani Balendran & Thuvaaragen Balendran
Terror Turtle S7
Terror Turtle
Weight 96kg
Dimensions 0.40m x 1.10m x 0.94m
Power 675W electric motor
Weapons Spinning disc
Strengths Nasty disc & being a turtle
Weaknesses Big wheels & it's a turtle
From: Canada
Team Members: John Frizell, JJ Frizell & Zacky Frizell
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.27m x 1.15m x 0.93m
Power 3 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Spinning disc
Strengths Runs both ways up
Weaknesses Front heavy
From: Republic of Ireland
Team Members: Benny Karstel & Andrew Karstel
Tough As Nails
Tough as Nails
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.37m x 1.25m x 1.15m
Power 2 x 1600W electric motors
Weapons Horizontal crushers
Strengths Strong armour
Weaknesses Electrical problems
From: The Netherlands
Team Members: Jeroen van der Loo, Stefan J. Raaijmakers & Niels R. Schotten

World Championship QualifiersEdit

Mechaniac (AUT) vs Supernova (SRI)Edit

Mechaniac vs Supernova

Mehaniac flips Supernova

Mechaniac Killalot

Mechaniac is held up by Sir Killalot

Supernova vs Mechaniac

Supernova removes the back panel of Mechaniac

Mechaniac hangs

Sir Killalot spears Mechaniac

The robots came together and Mechaniac attempted to flip Supernova but only managed to lift it slightly off the ground. Mechaniac then drove straight into the CPZ, where it was picked up by Sir Killalot and carried across the arena. Sir Killalot lowered Mechaniac onto the ground and Supernova charged at it with the spinning disc which bounced off the shell and sent Supernova flying. Supernova attacked Mechaniac, before the Sri Lankan representative was flipped by Mechaniac's flipper. Supernova then attacked Mechaniac again and sent the back panel flying off the machine, leaving the mechanics exposed.

"And now the very guts of Mechaniac have been laid bare."
— Jonathan Pearce

Repeated attacks from Supernova dislodged Mechaniac's batteries and left it immobile. Cassius Chrome then punched Mechaniac's batteries which then shorted out the electronics and started an internal fire. There was no life left in Mechaniac and it was counted out by the Refbot.


The destroyed Mechaniac is counted out

"Marks out of ten for flying, eight. Marks out of ten for competitiveness... minus six."
Jonathan Pearce after Mechaniac was tossed by the floor flipper

After being thrown by the floor flipper, Sir Killalot speared Mechaniac's open back end with his lance, shorting the electronics out again. Sir Killalot dropped Mechaniac in the pit, leaving Supernova the winner and the first robot to qualify for the World Championship.

Winner: Supernova

Spartacus (USA) vs Flippa (USA)Edit

Jayne Middlemiss: "So, it's got some aggression in it?"
Joe Murawski: "Yes it does."
Jayne Middlemiss: "It's got power?"
Joe Murawski: "Yes it does"
— Ironic conversation before the fight.
Spartacus vs. Flippa floor flipper

Flippa struggles for movement on the Floor Flipper


Spartacus pits the stationary Flippa

Flippa started the fight with very limited movement in and around the Floor Flipper, so Spartacus was able to grab it and push it around the arena at its own pace. Spartacus then bumped Flippa into Refbot's front plough, before turning around. After this, Spartacus backed into the pit release button and then dropped its opponent into the Pit of Oblivion.

"I think this is tactical. Flippa is using the "I'll let you pull me around a bit tactic, and then dump me in the pit tactic". And, that's the end...Flippa was outstanding, I thought, I don't know about you. Well done Spartacus, anyway. That was truly one of the most memorable performances I've ever seen from a robot in Robot Wars"
— Sarcasm from Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Spartacus

Crushtacean (RSA) vs Topbot (IRE)Edit


Topbot takes a lump out of the arena wall

Topbot tried to spin its disc up to speed, but Crushtacean was too fast and came towards it. Crushtacean quickly grabbed hold of Topbot and pushed it into the CPZ, but it escaped. Topbot attacked the side of Crushtacean with its spinning disc but it did no damage. Topbot then drove into the arena wall, taking chunks out of it, and Crushtacean grabbed hold of it again and pushed it around the arena. Crushtacean then pushed Topbot into the pit release button.

Crushtacean vs Topbot

Crushtacean pits Topbot

"They've nudged it [the pit release button], they've bent, they've broken it. Broken our tyre. Topbot, get down the pit for doing that."
— Jonathan Pearce as Topbot is pitted.

The Irish representative was then shoved down the pit, handing the place in the World Championship to Crushtacean.

Winner: Crushtacean

Riptilion (NZL) vs Hard (BEL)Edit

"Well he's [Riptilion] so large that we think it might be quite difficult to flip him over"
— Jan Huyan before the fight
Hard vs Riptilion

Riptilion is flicked up by Hard

Riptilion obliterates Hard's armour

Riptilion's damage to Hard

After a few attempts, Hard got underneath Riptilion and tried to flip it over but it didn't quite manage to flip it all the way over. In response, Riptilion's blade created a rip in Hard's side armour. Hard continued to get underneath Riptilion and pushed it around the arena, trying again unsuccessfully to flip it. Hard gradually pushed Riptilion into the CPZ where it was attacked by Cassius Chrome and Growler.


Hard and Riptilion are trapped by Cassius Chrome

Growler vs Riptilion

Riptilion is bitten by Growler

"They could've done with a maori chant or two out there..."
— Jonathan Pearce as Riptilion is counted out

After these attacks, Riptilion appeared to be immobilised, was counted out by the Refbot, all while still being attacked by Hard. Growler bit Riptilion by the front weapon, and placed it on the floor flipper, where it was tossed, and attacked again by Hard before 'cease' was called.

Winner: Hard

Ansgar 3 (GER) vs I Bot One Beta (GER) vs Reaper NP2 (GER)Edit

I Bot One Beta Ansgar 1

I Bot One Beta is knocked into submission

Reaper NP2 attacked Ansgar 3 but did no damage, before Ansgar 3 came back and attacked Reaper NP2 with its spinning blade, immobilising it.

"I think Reaper's been stopped dead in the water"
— Jonathan Pearce noting the immobile Reaper NP2

Reaper NP2 joins I Bot One Beta in the Pit of Oblivion

The Refbot then counted Reaper NP2 out, before it was thrown by the floor flipper. After landing, it had its crumpled shell dented by Shunt. Ansgar 3 then pressed the pit release button and attacked I Bot One Beta, leaving the octagonal robot only able to go round in circles. Another attack from its spinning blade left I Bot One Beta immobilised as well before being nudged into the pit of oblivion along with Reaper NP2 who was pushed in by Shunt.

Winner: Ansgar 3

Terror Turtle (CAN) vs Snake Bite (SUI)Edit

Terror Turtle damages Snake Bite

Terror Turtle hits the rear of Snake Bite


Snake Bite crumples the shell of Terror Turtle

The battle started very slowly with both robots pursuing each other. Snake Bite attempted to catch Terror Turtle but the turtle outmanoeuvered it. Both robots then turned away from each other until Shunt almost axed Terror Turtle as the Canadian robot had strayed into his CPZ. Snake Bite was having problems catching Terror Turtle as it drove up Snake Bite's wedge, but it escaped the crusher. Snake Bite suffered a blow from Terror Turtle's disc which made a small slice in the rear armor and almost cut through Snake Bite's hydraulic cables. Terror Turtle then drove into the wedge of Snake Bite and was pierced with ease by the Swiss robot's crushing weapon.

"Oh, Terror Turtle's driven straight into the crushing beak of Snake Bite, and there, you can see the damage..."
— Jonathan Pearce

Snake Bite continued to pierce the shell of Terror Turtle and the turtle's shell was starting to fill with holes as if it were made from tin foil.

Snake Bite Terror Turtle 2

Snake Bite drags Terror Turtle towards the Pit Release (note the damage inflicted to Snake Bite by Terror Turtle)

Snake Bite Terror Turtle pitting

Snake Bite releases Terror Turtle to defeat

"Crumpled... Canadian... catastrophe"
— Jonathan Pearce as Snake Bite heavily damages Terror Turtle's armour

Snake Bite crushed its opponent once more before finally pushing the pit release button. The Swiss robot was hesitant at first, but eventually plucked up the courage, dropping the Canadian robot into the pit of oblivion.

Winner: Snake Bite

Gravity (NED) vs Scraptosaur (NED) vs Tough as Nails (NED)Edit

Tough as Nails Scraptosaur pit

Tough as Nails pits Scraptosaur

Tough as Nails immediately employed its usual tactic of pressing the pit release button. It then grabbed Scraptosaur with its claws and quickly pushed Scraptosaur straight into the pit of oblivion, taking the Dutch Grand Finalist's hopes with it.

"Now there is a form line here, Scraptosaur actually beat Gravity in the Dutch Robot Wars, but goes out of the World Championship eliminator straight away!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Scraptosaur is pitted instantaneously
Gravity vs Tough as Nails

Gravity throws Tough as Nails back


Tough as Nails books its place in the World Championship

Tough as Nails then chased Gravity around the arena and grabbed it, but Gravity escaped and flipped Tough as Nails once. This was no problem for the invertible Tough as Nails though and it grabbed Gravity again and pushed it into the pit with Scraptosaur.

"...and then this freak [Tough as Nails] comes in and puts us in the pit!"
— WJ Dijkstra after the fight

Winner: Tough as Nails

Trivia Edit

  • An error occurred during the Dutch qualifier - Jonathan Pearce stated that Gravity had defeated the 13th seed 13 Black. 13 Black was actually seeded 7th.
  • Including the Qualifiers, a record 13 nations were represented in the Third World Championship.
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