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Graham Warner: "It looks better than the other robots. It kicks butt better than the other robots. And we're better than the Plunderbirds"
Luke Jackman: "And we're hard!"
— Spawn of Scutter's introduction in Heat L

Spawn of Scutter was Team Scutterbots' second entry into Robot Wars, and exclusively competed in the Fourth Wars. It reached the Semi-Finals in the main series, as well as finishing second in the Pinball Warrior Tournament and tenth in the Sumo Basho side competition. Spawn of Scutter also took part in the Southern Annihilator, but was eliminated in the second round.


"Has a pneumatic flipping, piercing spike. Can run upside down on its four wheels from a sack barrow; and two start motors from a saloon car, should ensure, Scutter, doesn't splutter!"
— Jonathan Pearce introduces Spawn of Scutter

Spawn of Scutter from the front

Spawn of Scutter was a completely new design compared to its predecessor, taking the form of a blue, invertible box-shaped robot with four wheels sourced from a sack barrow. While retaining the V6 saloon car starter motors used by Scutter's Revenge, it featured a lighter chassis made out of anodised 25mm aluminium box section, which had a distinctive gold colour.

Spawn of Scutter from the rear

The internals of Spawn of Scutter

The robot's outer shell featured a pair of front and rear wedges, the rear wedge being hinged so that if the robot was turned over, it could reset as a wedge rather than being left at gaping ground clearances which Tornado suffered from. The front wedge - replacing the static scoop formerly used by Scutter's Revenge - featured the face of an angry warthog and concealed a powerful pneumatic spike located at the top, which formed Spawn of Scutter's primary weapon. The spike would fire at 120mph with half a ton of pressure, and was designed and positioned in such a way that it was capable of flipping other robots over if they were positioned carefully on the wedge.

"It's our unicorn!"
— Darren Hayden-Ball on Spawn of Scutter's spike weapon

The Team[]

Main article: Team Scutterbots

Team Scutterbots with Spawn of Scutter

Spawn of Scutter was entered by Team Scutterbots, veterans of the wars and previous semi-finalists from Series 3 with Scutter's Revenge. Darren Ball was now the team captain and retained his role as driver of the robot whilst Graham Warner operated Spawn of Scutter's spike weapon. New member Luke Jackman replaced Oluremi Idris as the third teammate. For Series 4, Team Scutterbots adopted a new style, this comprising of baseball caps, sunglasses and specially branded t-shirts sporting the slogan "Spawn, Resistance is Futile".

Robot History[]

Series 4[]

Spawn of Scutter was seeded tenth for the Fourth Wars, in recognition of its predecessor's performance in Series 3. In its first round melee, Spawn of Scutter was drawn against Banshee and newcomers Knightmare

Spawn of Scutter topples Banshee

Spawn of Scutter immediately charged into Banshee as it got its weapon up to speed. Spawn of Scutter eventually got underneath Banshee and flung it across the arena with its spike, with Banshee spinning and flipping violently onto its side. The immobile Banshee was attacked by the House Robots, with Shunt decapitating it with his axe and throwing its head onto the Flame Pit. Banshee was flipped by the Floor Flipper, and Spawn of Scutter went through to the next round along with Knightmare.

In the second round, Team Scutterbots faced their future Tag Team partners and their robot Vercingetorix.

Spawn of Scutter shoves Vercingetorix into the wall

It immediately used its superior traction to push Vercingetorix around the arena, over the flame jets and up against the wall, eventually pushing it into Sir Killalot. Despite sustaining an axe blow from Vercingetorix, Spawn of Scutter repeatedly pushed and dragged its opponent around once again, pushing it into Sir Killalot again and eventually ramming Vercingetorix against the wall. Vercingetorix appeared to be immobilised on one side after Sir Killalot's attacks, and Vercingetorix was punished by the House Robots and flipped over by the Floor Flipper, trying to self-right as Dead Metal cut into its front wedge.

This put Spawn of Scutter through to the Heat Final, where it fought Knightmare again, which had defeated the seeded Plunderbird 4 to qualify.

Spawn of Scutter rams Knightmare

This battle ended fairly quickly, as Spawn of Scutter shoved Knightmare into Shunt's CPZ, firing it into the wall with its spike. Knightmare was immobilised as a result of this attack, and sustained more damage from Shunt before it was thrown by the Floor Flipper, attacked by the other House Robots and dumped in the pit. However, Spawn of Scutter was not without its own issues, as it started to vent smoke and came to a complete standstill in the arena. Spawn of Scutter proceeded to the Semi-Finals, albeit with repairs to make.

"You know, in a previous life I was rather fond of "Scutters"..."
— Craig Charles upon Spawn of Scutter's victory

Spawn of Scutter's run ended when it fought Series 2 champions and fourth seed Panic Attack in the first round.

Panic Attack lifts and carries Spawn of Scutter

Panic Attack wedges Spawn of Scutter against the wall

Spawn of Scutter drove straight up Panic Attack's forks, where it was lifted twice and carried into Shunt. It escaped from the CPZ, but was again lifted by Panic Attack, and flipped over against the side wall by the Welsh machine's charge. Spawn of Scutter was left wedged against the wall, and with Refbot not coming in to free it, was attacked by the House Robots and pitted, eliminating it from the competition.

Spawn of Scutter during its Pinball Warrior run

Spawn of Scutter also took part in many of the side events taking place during the Fourth Wars. It finished a close second in the Pinball Warrior Tournament with a score of 245 points, and lead the standings for many heats until the clusterbot Gemini won after finishing ten points ahead.

Spawn of Scutter nudged towards the edge of the Sumo ring

In the Sumo Basho side competition, Spawn of Scutter was the first robot to make its run, and finished tenth overall after being pushed off the platform by Shunt after just 8.03 seconds.

Spawn of Scutter also competed in the Southern Annihilator, alongside Behemoth, Razer, Vercingetorix, Attila the Drum and Onslaught.

Behemoth lifts Vercingetorix as Spawn of Scutter fires its spike

In the first round, Spawn of Scutter stayed out of most of the action before pushing Behemoth and Attila the Drum around the arena. After being lifted by Behemoth a couple of times, Spawn of Scutter got underneath Onslaught as it tried to lift Behemoth, and flipped it over with its spike, with Onslaught self-righting in response. It proceeded to join Behemoth and Onslaught in attacking the immobilised Vercingetorix, which was eliminated following damage sustained from Razer.

Spawn of Scutter and Razer are lifted together by Onslaught

Spawn of Scutter overturns Razer with its spike

Spawn of Scutter is pierced by Razer

In the second round, Spawn of Scutter started more aggressively, trying to get under Razer and being lifted by Onslaught. However, Razer eventually grabbed it and pierced through its armour, while both robots were lifted simultaneously by the considerably smaller Onslaught. Behemoth came in to help Onslaught overturn Spawn of Scutter and Razer over the Flame Pit, pinning them there for several seconds before both machines separated, although still stuck together. Spawn of Scutter was freed as Razer tried to self-right, and tried to help Behemoth and Onslaught keep Razer upside-down before nudging the World Champion back onto its wheels. It used its spike to topple Razer over again as it was pushed by Behemoth, before re-righting it again. After crushing one of Behemoth's sides and immobilising it, Razer pierced through Spawn of Scutter's armour again, and the blue machine appeared to have lost mobility altogether as the battle went to a judges' decision. The judges eliminated Spawn of Scutter from the Southern Annihilator, with Team Scutterbots revealing in the pits afterwards that it had lost either power or reception from its receiver just before Razer's final attack.


Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
10th Seed, Semi-Final Round 1
Heat L, Eliminator vs. Banshee, Knightmare Qualified
Heat L, Semi-Final vs. Vercingetorix Won
Heat L, Final vs. Knightmare Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Panic Attack (4) Lost
Pinball Warrior Tournament
Pinball 245 pts 2nd
Sumo Basho
Sumo 8.03 seconds 10th
Southern Annihilator
Fifth Place
Round 1 vs. Attila the Drum, Behemoth, Onslaught, Razer, Vercingetorix Qualified
Round 2 vs. Attila the Drum, Behemoth, Onslaught, Razer Eliminated


  • Wins: 4
  • Losses: 2

Series Record[]

Main Series Spawn of Scutter Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Entered with Scutter's Revenge
The Fourth Wars Semi-Finals, Round 1
The Fifth Wars Entered with Spawn Again
The Sixth Wars Entered with Spawn Again
The Seventh Wars Entered with Spawn Again
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Spawn Again
Series 2 Entered with Spawn Again

Outside Robot Wars[]

Spawn of Scutter was retired after its sole appearance in the UK Championship and many of its components were salvaged and put into its successor Spawn Again[1].


  • In an agenda distributed to The Steering Committee, Spawn of Scutter was the only semi-finalist from Series 3 besides the retired Beast of Bodmin not to be included as a provisional seed. It was also not listed in discretionary seeds. Following the withdrawal of Pitbull, a top 16 seed opened up and Spawn of Scutter was ultimately given the spot. It can be speculated that the 10th seed was originally Pitbull's seed and that Spawn of Scutter was either a late qualifier or an accidental omission, and took the spot.
  • Spawn of Scutter is one of only seven robots to attain a score of over 200 points in a Pinball tournament. Others to have achieved this are Gemini, Killerhurtz, Roadblock, Panic Attack, King B3 and Razer.
  • Spawn of Scutter was the only Semi-Finalist in Series 4 to compete in the UK Championship, the Series 4 Pinball Warrior Tournament, the Series 4 Sumo Basho and one of the two Series 4 Annihilators.
  • The original Robot Wars Magazine incorrectly stated that Spawn of Scutter had defeated Gravedigger on its way to the Semi-Finals, despite the picture in the magazine clearly showing them fighting Vercingetorix. In fact, Team Scutterbots and Gravedigger never fought each other on Robot Wars, although both teams were in the same heat in the following series.
  • Of the robots to fall at the same stage in the Third Wars, Spawn of Scutter was the highest seeded robot, seeded only one spot below the robot to defeat it in the previous war (101).


  1. Private correspondence between RobotManiac and Darren Hayden-Ball