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Wraith was a heavyweight robot which competed in the Series 8 pilot episode, although it withdrew prior to its first battle due to an internal fire.

John Freeman, Wraith's captain, had previously competed in Series 3 with Armour-Geddon.


Wraith was a tall box-kennel shape with slopes on top, painted black and covered with skull decals. The robot's weapon was an vertical crusher, armed with harpoons. The robot did not have a surface of its own to crush against, instead crushing against the surface of the arena. The robot lacked a self-righting mechanism.

Robot History[]

Series 8[]

Although Wraith was not selected for the main series of Robot Wars in Series 8, the team was invited to attend filming of the pilot episode on March 1st, giving it the opportunity to compete in front of a live audience as part of a camera test.

Wraith was due to fight fellow black-and-skulls design Reaper, and two Team MAD robots, Merlin and MONTE. However, when Wraith was powered up for the match, the robot burst into flames.

"Link was plugged in and followed by flame. A lot of flame."
Craig Croucher

Due to its internal fire, Wraith was forced to retire ahead of its first round melee, and was eliminated from the competition.


Series 8
Series 8 - Pilot Episode
Withdrew before Round 1
Pilot Episode, Group Battle vs. Merlin, MONTE, Reaper Eliminated
NOTE: Wraith withdrew before the battle begun, after catching fire backstage

Series Record[]

Series Wraith Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Entered with Armour-Geddon
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Pilot, withdrew before Round 1
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter


  • Had the pilot been aired, Wraith and John Freeman's previous machine Armour-Geddon would have marked the joint-longest break from televised Robot Wars, alongside The General. John Freeman was not, however, the captain of Armour-Geddon.
  • Wraith was the only robot in the reboot to withdraw from a competition and not see an immediate replacement.