Gigabyte is a heavyweight robot built by the Robotic Death Company which competed in all three seasons of the BattleBots reboot on Discovery and Science. It is a full-body spinner similar to its brother, Megabyte, but more powerful. It also has a self-righting bar to both right itself and tell the drivers which direction it is going. It also has a rainbow color scheme, so that when it spins, it creates a colored mess. Gigabyte didn't do so well, getting two wins and three losses.
Gigabyte returned for Season 4, having the green paint removed, bi-directional teeth, a rounded self-righting staff and a lexan cover to protect the electronics. It performed slightly better, gaining two impressive victories over Chronos and Minotaur, but also losing twice, one being the result of bad driving, and the other being a spectacular one-sided beating against a bot perfectly designed to counter it.
For Season 5, Gigabyte's shell made black with flames as opposed to the usual tri-colored spinner, probably to avoid constantly repainting it as well as having different teeth on the lid of the shell and a slightly different self-righting staff. This version of Gigabyte proved to be his most successful yet, going 2-1 in the regular season and won his Round of 32 match against Malice, advancing to the Round of 16 for the first time in his BattleBots career. Although it lost out to Hydra, its new shell proved to be surprisingly durable for a whole three minutes. Gigabyte also did incredibly well in the Son of Whyachi Bounty Hunters bracket, defeating three opponents to earn the right to fight SOW, which it defeated to earn a portion of the $25,000 prize.
Discovery Season 3
Gigabyte vs. Tombstone
Gigabyte's first opponent was against the reigning champion Tombstone. For this match, the team opted to not have the self-righting pole that was also used for direction, intending to have Tombstone ride up the spinning shell and take control of the fight. When the match began however, things didn't go well at all for Gigabyte as the initial impact between both bots caused the attachment for the pole that was manufactured in China to snap off, which left the spinning shell without anything solid holding it in place. Making matters worse, the second hit took off the shell itself, exposing the robot's insides. The robot was still functional, but the team wanted to tap out to avoid further damage. However, this was against tournament rules so they were forced to keep going. After a bit more movement, Gigabyte deliberately stopped moving to avoid further damage and was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO. After the fight, the team discovered that the part was made of cast aluminum as opposed to the steel they requested.
Gigabyte vs. Double Dutch
Up next for Gigabyte was the Desperado Tournament to compete for a spot in the top 16 where it fought Double Dutch. The match was off to a great start as Gigabyte's first hit tore off a rear wheel from Double Dutch. Gigabyte continued to attack, tearing off Double Dutch's other rear wheel. Since Double Dutch was still able to move, Gigabyte pressed on, causing more damage, eventually tearing off both of Double Dutch's bar spinners. After a few more maneuvering and attacks, Gigabyte left Double Dutch down to driving in circles on one partial wheel. Double Dutch was counted out and Gigabyte advanced to the next round.
In the next round of the tournament, Gigabyte took on Lucky and went with a shorter self-righting pole to fix the one that was damaged against
Gigabyte vs. Lucky
Double Dutch. When the match began, Gigabyte was launched into the air, but landed upright. Gigabyte got back up to speed and delivered another hit, bouncing off the arena walls. Gigabyte retreated to the center of the arena to spin back up and attacked Lucky again, which caused it to fly into the air once more as it was tossed by its opponent. After being tossed again near the
screws, Gigabyte lost its self-righting pole and tried to self-right using its spinning shell's momentum. Unfortunately, they were unable to and were counted out, giving Lucky the win by KO.
Gigabyte vs. Brutus
The next match up for Gigabyte was Brutus. When the match got underway, Gigabyte was not doing well as each collision sent it flying either into the air or into the arena battier, which stopped its weapon. Luckily, they stayed upright, but eventually lost power to the spinning shell. At this point, its opponent got its weapon going and Gigabyte started to take some hits, though the damage was minor. Gigabyte got a lucky break though as Brutus unwittingly drove up the shell and flipped itself over where it struggled to drive even in circles. Gigabyte backed off and Brutus was counted out, giving Gigabyte the win by KO.
Last Chance Rumble
Gigabyte's next participation of 2018 was in the Last Chance Rumble with DUCK!, Valkyrie, Bombshell, Red Devil and Lucky to try and claim the 16th seed and enter the top 16 bracket. Gigabyte was doing okay to start as they were taking hits, but not suffering much damage, despite hitting the arena barrier. Gigabyte continued to fight and kept its shell up to speed, but then it reversed itself into the arena barrier. Gigabyte then found itself unable to move near the arena barrier with its shell now at top speed. Valkyrie and DUCK! did approach it, but ended up pulling away. The rumble went the distance and the judges awarded Bombshell the 16th seed and a place in the top 16 bracket.
Gigabyte vs. DUCK!The last battle for Gigabyte was in a sort-of grudge match against DUCK!, to settle a score from the Last Chance Rumble. When the match began, things were looking well for Gigabyte as they were delivering hits to DUCK! and sending them through the air while sending itself into the arena wall at times. However, DUCK! wasn't giving up and wasn't suffering much damage either so Gigabyte also continued to fight. Gigabyte delivered a final blow to DUCK! that again didn't deal much damage but by now, DUCK had lost use of its left front wheel. Still, this wasn't enough to affect DUCK!'s mobility much and they were still on the attack. Unfortunately, Gigabyte ended up hitting the casing for the screws hard enough to disable its drive system. Gigabyte was spinning at high speed but was counted out, giving DUCK! the win by KO.
Discovery Season 4
Gigabyte vs. Chronos
Gigabyte's first ever match of 2019 was against newcomer that competed in China, Chronos. Things didn't start off well for either robot as both were having balance issues while they attempted to spin up. Luckily, both robots recovered and Gigabyte went in for the first hit. Gigabyte then went in for a second hit and both robots were sent flying in opposite directions. The third hit proved to have the same result as the second. However, the fourth hit caused Chronos to stop moving and the robot's spinning shell eventually spun down. Chronos was unable to get going again and was counted out, giving Gigabyte the win by KO.
Gigabyte vs. Minotaur
Gigabyte's next match was against former runner-up, Minotaur. Gigabyte went with their toughest and heaviest shell for this fight, intending to absorb Minotaur's hits and keep spinning. When the match began, Gigabyte was doing mostly that as they were colliding with Minotaur without taking much damage and were able to spin back up each time. Additionally, Minotaur was having trouble keeping its weapon at top speed and this allowed Gigabyte to stay on top of Minotaur and keep their weapon from being dangerous. During some point, Gigabyte lost one of its teeth, but it didn't stop chipping the front of Minotaur. However, Minotaur soon got its weapon going again and Gigabyte soon lost the use of their spinning shell. The match went the distance but the judges awarded Gigabyte a unanimous 3-0 decision.
Gigabyte vs. HUGE
Gigabyte next went up against Jonathan Schultz and HUGE. Gigabyte didn't have a good start as they drove too close to the wall and bounced off it and into another, then getting flung towards the center of the arena. Gigabyte took hits from HUGE, the first not doing anything as it came back to attack, only to run into the wall again. The second and third hits however caused smoke to pour out and leave them without a weapon. Gigabyte still kept fighting and tried to push HUGE around, but HUGE's overall size and awkward design made that difficult. Gigabyte kept taking shots, losing parts of its directional staff and its polycarb top on top of the shell. Still, Gigabyte managed to flip HUGE over and was taking off the rubber bits that were helping with HUGE's traction. Gigabyte pushed HUGE onto the screws, leaving HUGE to get stuck before it got free. However, the repeated impacts were taking their toll on Gigabyte as they were soon unable to move. Luckily, they made it to a judges decision, which ruled unanimously 3-0 in favor of HUGE, ending Gigabyte's win streak.
Gigabyte vs. Witch Doctor
Gigabyte was now up against Andrea Galletey and Witch Doctor, but when the fight began, there was little Gigabyte could do before Witch Doctor threw them high into the air. Gigabyte recovered and attacked again, getting thrown once more. After the third hit, Gigabyte lost its protective cover and was no longer spinning. Gigabyte was then thrown onto the screws, but managed to get off. Unfortunately, the repeated impacts had left a huge gash in its shell, but Witch Doctor's weapon began smoking so it was mostly a pushing match. However, Gigabyte was no longer moving and under the arena pulverizer as a wheel fell out, so it was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO.
Gigabyte vs. Son of Whyachi (Forfeit)
Gigabyte was originally scheduled to fight Son of Whyachi for a chance to lock its place in the Top 16, but it had to drop out due to the damage sustained against Witch Doctor, and was replaced by Copperhead.
Discovery Season 5
Gigabyte vs. Copperhead
Gigabyte's first match of 2020 was against Copperhead. The fight started badly for Gigabyte as they lost the shaft from last season that held the self-righting pole correctly, causing Gigabyte to lose its self-righting pole. However, both Copperhead and Gigabyte had traction problems from the impact as both bots meet at the corner with Gigabyte unable to escape due to the traction problems and some bad driving. After a few seconds of quiet driving, Gigabyte took a massive hit that sent its shell into the ceiling of the arena, bringing down a light while sending the main body upside down where it could no longer drive. Gigabyte was counted out giving Copperhead the win by a horrific KO. Recently confirmed by the team, the shaft was the same one previously damaged by Witch Doctor last season.
Gigabyte vs. Extinguisher
Gigabyte next went up against Extinguisher and was able to avoid a box rush from its opponent. Gigabyte hit Extinguisher again, sending them flying and landing upiside down. Extinguisher recovered so Gigabyte came in and twisted Extinguisher's weapon arm before sending them flying and disabling half their opponent's drive. This impact also bent up the left corner of Extinguisher's wedge. All Extinguisher could do afterward is drive in circles as it was counted out, giving Gigabyte the win by KO.
Gigabyte vs. Claw Viper
Gigabyte was now 1-1 and needed a 2nd win to have any chance at being in the Top 32 bracket. Thus, they were given newcomer Claw Viper, whom had already survived HiJinx. Gigabyte had a poor start as they ended up flying straight up as a result of hitting Claw Viper's anti-spinner wedge. However, Gigabyte fought back and began to attack the side of its opponent, eventually leaving Claw Viper with little movement. By the 3rd hit, Gigabyte had left Claw Viper down a wheel and without working drive. Claw Viper was counted out, giving Gigabyte the win by KO.
Gigabyte vs. Malice
Gigabyte made it into the Round of 32 as the No.17 seed and took on Bunny Sauriol and Malice. Gigabyte was pretty even with Malice to start as their hits weren't causing Malice any major issues. However, Gigabyte was slowly wearing down Malice and began to attack when Malice lost drive on one side, delivering a hit to one of the wheels. With Malice up against the screws, Gigabyte attacked again and was sent flying as a result. Malice was still driving in circles after this hit, and was counted out, giving Gigabyte a spot in the Top 16 and the win by KO.
Gigabyte vs. HydraGigabyte's next opponent was the No.1 seed Hydra. For this fight, Hydra added a front wedge to deflect the spinning shell. Gigabyte spun up to full speed and gave a glancing blow to Hydra's wedge. Hydra attacked it head on, thrusting Gigabyte into the air. Upon landing, Gigabyte ricocheted into the wall in front of Chris and Kenny. Gigabyte took several more flipping attacks from Hydra throughout the remainder of the fight, with Gigabyte only landing one more hit on the side of Hydra's wedge. Despite Hydra's persistence, Gigabyte's spinner kept working the entire battle, and it went to the judges. Hydra won by unanimous decision however, putting an end to Gigabyte's season.
Gigabyte vs. GRABOT
In addition to the Season 5 main competition, Gigabyte also took part in the Son of Whyachi Bounty Hunters bracket. Its first opponent was newcomer GRABOT. Fortunately for Gigabyte, its opponent struggled to move for much of the fight. Gigabyte took advantage by violently tearing off GRABOT's wedge, throwing it across the arena in the direction of Lisa Winter. GRABOT wasn't moving after this and was counted out, giving Gigabyte the win by KO and a spot in the next round.
Gigabyte vs. Big Dill
Next up for Gigabyte was rookie lifter Big Dill. For this match, Big Dill swapped out its traditional lifting forks for a lifting spatula. At the start, Big Dill successfully box rushed Gigabyte, preventing it from spinning, but after this, it wasn't driving quite right for a bit and took a glancing blow of its wedge from Gigabyte. Big Dill continued to feed Gigabyte its wedge, only causing minor sparks on the next two hits, but the third hit shot both robots to different corners. After both drove back to the center, the little glancing exchanges came back before another big shot spun Gigabyte into the wall and to the screws. Another bit of positioning ensued, followed by two more nicking hits, but a third one had obviously left some damage on Big Dills front and the lifting arm was out of a support, but could still work. Some more little nicks and wall slamming ensued, with two ride-ups from the shell spinner very nearly tearing Big Dill's arm off. Gigabyte charged in, ripping another white piece off of Big Dill's supports and received more shots to the front. Big Dill took another hard shot to the front as Big Dill lost its left side of drive, the captain signaling it was almost apart, hinting at the split chassis system nearly breaking. With Big Dill unable to move cleanly with smoke leaking out, it was counted out and gave Gigabyte the win.
Gigabyte vs. Copperhead
Gigabyte's next opponent was Copperhead, who had previously deshelled them in the main competition and was looking to do the double. The fight started with Copperhead landing a hit on Gigabyte before it could spin up to full speed, sending it across the box and overturning it in the process. Gigabyte was able to use its self-righting pole to great effect, as Copperhead appeared to struggle driving with the weapon spun up. Both machines were up to speed and Copperhead gave a few tentative hits, before a large impact sent both robots flying to either side of the arena. Gigabyte ricocheted to the corner and spun back up, while Copperhead stumbled back towards the shell spinner. Another big impact from Copperhead saw Gigabyte deflect into the middle of the box, but Copperhead appeared to be struggling. Gigabyte evaded any further impacts and several glancing blows were enough to immobilise Copperhead, which was then counted out.
Gigabyte vs. Son of Whyachi
In beating Copperhead, Gigabyte had won the right to face Son of Whyachi, which also serves as a rematch from when Hydra defeated Gigabyte in the Round of 16 during the main competition. The fight commenced with both robots spinning up to speed at different sides of the box. Son of Whyachi reversed into Gigabyte's shell, popping up in the air and then catching Gigabyte. This impact sent both robots flying to opposite ends of the arena, with Gigabyte losing its self-righting pole in the process. Spun up again, Son of Whyachi reversed into Gigabyte once more, and ricocheted off the arena wall this time, bringing its weapon to a halt. On the next impact, Son of Whyachi popped into the air but landed on top of Gigabyte this time, unbalancing the robot and flipping it over. Son of Whyachi's body spun violently as Gigabyte continued to attack, sending the bounty holder into the corner of the box. Having stopped moving, Jake Ewert could be heard encouraging Gigabyte to hit them again, and they obliged. Sparks flew as Gigabyte landed a handful more glancing shots, and Son of Whyachi was eventually counted out, giving Gigabyte the win by KO.
- Wins: 11
- Losses: 7
|Discovery Season 3||
Double Dutch (Desperado Tournament)
Brutus (Undercard Match)
Tombstone (Main Event/Undercard Match)
Lucky (Desperado Tournament)
Bombshell (Last Chance Rumble)*
DUCK! (Untelevised Match)
|Discovery Season 4||
Chronos (Undercard Match)
Minotaur (Undercard Match)
HUGE (Undercard Match)
Witch Doctor (Undercard Match)
Son of Whyachi (Forfeit)**
|Discovery Season 5||Extinguisher (Undercard Match)
Claw Viper (Undercard Match)
|Copperhead (Undercard Match)|
Son of Whyachi
*The Last Chance Rumble does not contribute to Gigabyte's win/loss record
**Gigabyte having to drop out of the play-ins also does not contribute to its overall record
Faruq Tauheed Introductions
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- For the third season's main event trailer for the fourth episode, both channels used the wrong footage of the fight with Tombstone. They used the 2009 fight, which Tombstone won and kept saying Megabyte beat them, which was actually their superheavyweight counterparts in the mid 2000's.
- In every odd numbered season it competed in, Gigabyte lost its first fight by having its shell ripped off.