DeathRoll is a robot from Australia that competed in the second season of ABC's BattleBots reboot, as well as the fourth season on Discovery and Science. It was designed to look like a crocodile and featured a vertical spinning blade in its "mouth" and a rear "tail" that could act as a lifter or a self-righter. It lost its first fight to Captain Shrederator.
DeathRoll still makes frequent appearances in Australia, acting as a house robot in RoboWars events.
DeathRoll didn't compete in Season 3, but Steven Martin made a shark version of the bot called Great White that competed in China in KOB with greater success, while team members Miles Blow and Jules Putt entered Fango, which had no success.
For Season 4, DeathRoll gained a more compact build, a bigger flywheel, red teeth, and a new self-righting arm. The arm itself is placed inside the body and is based on a man's arm bitten off with a knife in the hand, although it righted itself more times with its disc than the arm itself. These improvements and look make it look similar to its KOB counterpart and made DeathRoll much more successful, earning them three KO's and a judges decision in the opening stages of the tournament, becoming the first robot to be undefeated in the fight cards before losing out to Witch Doctor in the semi-finals.
DeathRoll has been selected to be competing for Season 5.
ABC Season 2
DeathRoll's first match was against Captain Shrederator. The match started in Captain Shrederator's favor, with it ripping pieces off the side of DeathRoll. DeathRoll continued to fight and Captain Shrederator eventually tore off DeathRoll's tail and head. Captain Shrederator continued to attack and tore off one of DeathRoll's wheels. DeathRoll eventually stopped moving and was sent flying by Captain Shrederator, only to land on a piece of its severed head. DeathRoll was counted out giving Captain Shrederator the win by KO at 2:04. DeathRoll unfortunately was not chosen to be a wildcard meaning it was eliminated from the tournament.
DeathRoll also competed in a rumble against Skorpios and Bucktooth Burl . The match was fairly even at first, with DeathRoll reversing towards its opponents in order to let its main weapon spin up, taking a couple of minor hits from Bucktooth Burl, the tire of which was cut into by Skorpios. The latter then caught DeathRoll's tail, cutting through the cables which articulated it. Skorpios continued to pursue DeathRoll before Bucktooth Burl charged in, getting caught under Skorpios' saw blade, allowing DeathRoll to hit Skorpios with its disc twice. Bucktooth Burl was brushed aside in this attack and stopped so Skorpios got behind it and cut into its lid, pushing it towards DeathRoll's spinning weapon which Bucktooth Burl narrowly avoided, having regained control. It then lightly caught DeathRoll's side again and all three robots met up in a corner. The Canadian robot charged at DeathRoll, catching it broadside before Skorpios slammed it, ripping off the head. Another charge from Bucktooth Burl sent DeathRoll ricocheting into the wall, where it became high centered and was counted out. Skorpios later returned, pushing the front of DeathRoll, seemingly trying to free it but to no avail, as Bucktooth Burl then rammed it at high speed with its drum, causing the Australian robot to flip onto its side. An eventual judges' decision gave the overall win to Skorpios.
Discovery Season 4DeathRoll's first match was against End Game. The match started poorly, as End Game was all over it and was sending it flopping around the box like a dead fish. End Game landed a hit that sent a piece of debris into the lights, causing debris and broken glass to rain down on both bots. DeathRoll managed to back End Game into a corner and flipped it over, sending itself bouncing away in the process. DeathRoll came back over with its weapon at full speed, waiting to see if End Game would self right, but it didn't. End Game was counted out, giving DeathRoll the win by KO.
Next for DeathRoll was Craig Danby and Foxtrot. When the match began, DeathRoll was fairly even with Foxtrot, causing no damage but not taking damage either. However, after another impact, DeathRoll stopped moving. Luckily, DeathRoll got going again before a countdown was needed and attacked Foxtrot again, taking a chip off its front right wheel guard and this time, disabling Foxtrot. Foxtrot never got going again and was counted out, giving DeathRoll the win by a quick and easy KO.
DeathRoll then found itself against newcomer Quantum but went in pretty much unchanged. As the match got underway, DeathRoll began to attack, causing damage to Quantum's front wedge and bending in one of Quantum's weapon teeth. This didn't entirely hinder Quantum as DeathRoll found itself in the grip of Quantum's weapon, losing a weapon belt in the process. Luckily, DeathRoll had two weapon belts and kept its weapon going, causing more damage to Quantum. DeathRoll kept going, proceeding to toss Quantum twice, once towards the wall, the second towards the screws. DeathRoll scurried back on over, causing more damage and popping Quantum into the air again. Sparks were flown as DeathRoll attacked both sides of Quantum as it turned to avoid damage, managing to break Quantum's right drive chain and armor, and denting the left armor in. DeathRoll went back to front since Quantum's wedge was up, preventing Quantum from getting another bite in. This hit caused the right back wheel to come off and destroy Quantum's left drive chain as well, leaving Quantum with no mobility. Quantum was counted out, giving DeathRoll the win by KO.
DeathRoll was now in its first Main Event match against Rotator, which had just taken down the feared Tombstone in its last match. When the match started, DeathRoll immediately had control, sending Rotator flying through the air repeatedly, sending parts flying. DeathRoll then ripped off part of Rotator's weapon, leaving Rotator off-balance. DeathRoll continued its assault, flipping Rotator at times and causing more damage. Rotator kept coming despite all the damage it was taking and managed to last to a judges decision. The judges awarded DeathRoll a unanimous 3-0 decision.
Hoping to continue its winning streak, DeathRoll was now in the Top 16 where it faced Greg Gibson and Yeti. DeathRoll started off well by throwing Yeti over and taking advantage of Yeti's gyroscopic forces, throwing it back over whenever the Alaskan bot righted itself. DeathRoll continued to attack, eventually taking off Yeti's right front wheel, ripping up the left side armor, and eventually, Yeti stopped moving. Yeti was counted out, giving DeathRoll the win by KO and a spot in the quarterfinals.
Using the last of their spares, DeathRoll faced Minotaur. DeathRoll started to repeatedly attack Minotaur's weapon, sending Minotaur's weapon belt flying in one exchange. Minotaur then started to mount a counterattack, sending DeathRoll flying with every hit. However, this proved to be too much for Minotaur's drum, as it stopped working. DeathRoll continued to attack Minotaur, while Minotaur tried to push DeathRoll around. At one point, Minotaur's drum started up again and it hit DeathRoll near a pulverizer, which made DeathRoll start flopping around. Eventually, it righted itself and hit Minotaur a few more times near the edge of the BattleBox, which eventually left Minotaur high-centered and unable to move. DeathRoll backed off, giving it the win by KO and a spot in the semifinals.
In the semifinals, DeathRoll faced off against Witch Doctor. DeathRoll had a pretty even start as they were trading blows with Witch Doctor but not taking much damage in return. However, after a few hits, DeathRoll's weapon stopped working due to a severed wire, leaving them pretty much defenseless to Witch Doctor's attacks. DeathRoll continued to fight, even as it was flipped over and thrown through the air repeatedly. DeathRoll then got a lucky break in the last 30 seconds as Witch Doctor had stopped moving. However, Witch Doctor got going again before it could be counted out and the fight lasted the full 3 minutes. Unfortunately, the judges awarded Witch Doctor a 2-1 split decision to advance to the finals, eliminating DeathRoll from the tournament.
- Wins: 6
- Losses: 3
|ABC Season 2||None||Captain Shrederator
Skorpios (Exhibition Rumble)
|Discovery Season 4||
End Game (Undercard Match)
Foxtrot (Undercard Match)
Quantum (Undercard Match)
Rotator (Main Event/Undercard Match)
Faruq Tauheed Introductions
"From Australia, prepare to get dis-koalafied. See you later alligator! It’s DEATHROLL!"
"All the way from Australia, this bot settles everything outback. Holy Crocomole, it's DEATHROLL!"
"This bot hails from a city named Toowoomba, but don't get it confused. This thing ain't a Roomba, but losing to it does suck. It's DEATHROLL!"
"From Australia, bringing its Great Barrier Teeth. Ha ha ha, that's not a bot, THIS is a bot. Say g'day to DEATHROLL!"
"Back from Australia, here to impale ya. It's not a dingo who got your baby, it's a croc. You Vege-might make it alive, you Vege-might not. The ancient killing, crocodilian, DEATHROLL!"
"From Australia, it's the killer crocodile, but it's not Dundee and it's about to put the dung in your dungarees. Are you ready to take this fight Outback? Ohhh snap, it's DEATHROLL!"
- DeathRoll's disc is very similar to the shape of their country, Australia.