How Much Does A Battlebot Cost

While there’s no set budget for designing a BattleBot, there is some unofficial consensus on a price. According to Design 1st, the unspoken budget for a BattleBot can generally cost $100 per pound. Robots can weigh up to 250 pounds for competition, meaning that building a robot can cost upwards of $25,000.

Can you use liquid nitrogen in Battlebots?

The following weapon types are not allowed under any circumstances: Fouling devices such as glue, nets, fishing line, ball bearings and such. Squirting liquids or liquefied gasses such as liquid Nitrogen. … Weapons that damage the other bot by destroying themselves.

Is Minotaur competing in battlebots 2020?

While there are teams competing from across the globe, unfortunately the pandemic has seen a number of teams from outside the U.S. unable to to enter this years tournament, with fan favorites Minotaur (Brazil), Quantum (U.K.) and DeathRoll (Australia) all absent.

BattleBots is exactly what it sounds like. Competitors in each match control their robot creations via remote control as they duke it out against each other in a series of three-minute matches. While in the arena, each robot must navigate around various traps while trying to disable the opposing robot.

Some Battlebots are very expensive. Hypershock, one of the more expensive bots, costs around $50,000. Part of the prize for winning Battlebots is $10,000, so one could assume that most bots cost around $10,000, to make it worth it to compete.

Most of these bots are not built out of items found in a scrap bin. They use very high end components or ones that have been custom built. A small example would be the switches most of us use to turn the weapon and drive on and off at the start and end of a fight. These are $97 each (and are actually made by Team Whyachi) you need at least 2 on the bot and couple of spares. So with a bit of shipping that is $400, just to safely turn it on and off. Some bots have many sets of these.

For the televised competition BattleBots, the budget for the top-end robots can go up to about $50,000. That’s the estimated cost to build HyperShock, including spare parts, which is one of the most expensive machines in the competition.

There is however a rough rule of thumb that I have heard a number of times that in my experience gets you into the right ball park, that is that a combat robot costs you ~$100 per pound. On Battlebots we compete with 250lb heavyweights which would put the cost around $25,000. There are some people who will be able to come in way below that, and others I know with much more.


How much does a typical BattleBot cost?

The general rule for Battlebot costing is $100 per pound, for a 250lbs robot this equals $25000. The total price range can be much higher depending on materials, components, prototyping facilities, custom fabrication, and shipping.

How much do BattleBots winners make?

Everything from exhibition matches to finals offer some cash between each game, and the further you make it, the more you earn. According to a Reddit thread, competitors get paid $500 for simply appearing in the arena. The grand winner of the tournament takes home a grand total of $25,000.

What is the most expensive robot on BattleBots?

DUCK! was milled from a single billet of 6061 aluminum, making it one of the most expensive robots in the field.

How much does the BattleBot tombstone cost?

For what it’s worth Tombstone was somewhere between 10 and 15 grand.

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