For the unrelated Series 3 robot, see Shell Shock (Series 3).
"A mean, green machine!"
Jonathan Pearce

Shell Shock was a circular robot that competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It did not last long in the Seventh Wars, as it became the first robot to be flipped out of the arena in Series 7, dispatched by newcomer M2.

The team also entered Series 4 with Fat Boy Tin.



The internals of Shell Shock, at the Series 6 qualifiers

It was designed to look like the shell of a snail, with an overhead axe possessing a "cute little face", as described by Jayne Middlemiss. This weapon was protected by the shell along with a small petrol-powered cutting disc at the front. Shell Shock also had two electric arms for self-righting that blended into the shell, though they failed to work when needed.


The name Shell Shock refers to the robot's snail shell-like appearance. It is possible that this robot received its name and design in honour of the live snail found inside its predecessor Fat Boy Tin after it was eliminated from the Fourth Wars, although this has not been evidenced.

The TeamEdit


The team in Series 7

Shell Shock was entered by a team based in Leighton Buzzard, in Bedfordshire. The team was comprised of a father-and-son collaboration, John Lewis and Richard Lewis.

The team had previous experience on Robot Wars, after entering the Fourth Wars with Fat Boy Tin.


Gyrobot Series 6 qualifier

Shell Shock in its Series 6 qualifier

Shell Shock first attempted to enter Robot Wars: The Sixth Wars, where it faced Gyrobot, Scrap Dragon and The Stag in its qualifier battle[1]. Not long after the battle had begun, Shell Shock broke down, and did not leave enough of an impression to be given a place in Series 6. Shell Shock would subsequently qualify for Series 7 under unknown circumstances.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 7Edit

Shell Shock's first and only appearance in the Robot Wars televised show was in the Seventh Wars. It participated in the first battle of Heat A, and was placed up against newcomers M2, previous Heat Finalists Vader and University Challenge champions Tiberius 3.

Tiberius vs Shell Shock

Shell Shock roasts on the flame jet

M2 and Shell Shock

M2 throws Shell Shock out of the arena

In the battle, Shell Shock played a fairly passive role, in comparison to M2, who flipped Vader around. Vader then hit Shell Shock and created a gash in the side armour. M2 flipped Shell Shock onto its side; it tried to self-right but its arm failed to work. M2 then steered Shell Shock around and charged it, flipping it onto its back by the arena wall. A quick follow up flip saw Shell Shock fly out of the arena. It was later followed by Vader, which was also flipped out by M2.

"Don't forget Robot Wars fans... if the judges say it's been immobilised too-long-it's-out-and-that-certainly-is-now - Shell Shock gone! The first machine, in Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars, out... of... the... arena, and shell-shocked!"
— Jonathan Pearce whilst Shell Shock was thrown out of the arena


Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat A, Round 1 vs. M2, Tiberius 3, Vader Eliminated


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Shell Shock S7

Official Series 7 photo

Series Shell Shock Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Entered with Fat Boy Tin
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Failed to qualify
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter


FBT Snail

The snail from inside Fat Boy Tin which may have inspired the design of Shell Shock

  • By broadcast order, Shell Shock was the first robot to be eliminated from the Seventh Wars.

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