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HammerRoyd was a middleweight robot built by students from the Oneida Technology Student Association which competed in the first BattleBots IQ competition in 2002.

It was a four-wheel drive, box-shaped robot armed with a hammer weapon consisting of a hardened steel spike attached to an aluminum shaft. HammerRoyd was quite fast, capable of reaching speeds of up to 16mph in part due to its belt drive system and a 12:7 gear ratio driving four CareFree wheels with its tires carved for additional traction.[1] It was armored in a mix of materials, including ⅛" aluminum and formed Lexan. The team spent about $2,500 on the construction of HammerRoyd.[2] It was also mentioned that up to thirty students ended up working on the build.[3]

HammerRoyd was plagued with reliability issues, which wound up costing the Oneida-based team in each of its matches.

Despite its lack of success, HammerRoyd featured on the cover of the third issue of the BattleBots Magazine, showcasing its fight against Green Wave. HammerRoyd also was one of five robots at the 2002 BattleBots IQ competition to receive an award for Outstanding Sportsmanship.

The team behind HammerRoyd would return for the Rochester Robot Rampage event in 2005 with another middleweight called Royd Rage, which failed to secure a win in either of its fights against Chopper and Bouncing Betty.

Robot History[]

BattleBots IQ 2002[]

HammerRoyd vs. Green Wave

Green Wave vs HammerRoyd

HammerRoyd gets pushed over the spikestrip by Green Wave.

Green Wave vs HammerRoyd 2

HammerRoyd takes a shot to the right side from Green Wave.

HammerRoyd's first fought Green Wave in Round 2 after receiving a bye through the first stage of the bracket. Green Wave lost this battle and fell into the loser's bracket.

HammerRoyd vs. Whambulance

HammerRoyd's second fight came against Whambulance, now in the loser's bracket. This battle had to be postponed as neither team was originally ready, with the HammerRoyd team threatened with the possibility of having to forfeit.[4]
"Hammeroid [sic] was still having problems and we weren't quite finished so both of us had to use our postponements. Although Hammeroid [sic] still wasn't ready after about an hour, the time came where the referees said they had 2 minutes to finish up or they would have to forfeit. They barely made it in time."
— Whambulance's team describe HammerRoyd's struggles ahead of the fight
However, it ultimately went ahead and the fight started with Whambulance spinning its disk up, however it promptly stopped. Whambulance then switched tactics, and repeatedly pushed and shoved HammerRoyd around. HammerRoyd was having problems of its own, however, as in the rush to get their robot ready, the HammerRoyd team did not sufficiently charge their batteries. This caused HammerRoyd's drive to stop working and it was counted out. After suffering a second loss in as many fights, HammerRoyd was eliminated from the bracket.

HammerRoyd vs. a-wreck-no-bot vs. Happy Scrappy Hero Pup vs. Angry Kitchen Appliance vs. Scorpion vs. Lethal Dosage vs. Gatorbot vs. Reaver

BattleBots IQ rumble 3

HammerRoyd fighting in a rumble during BattleBots IQ 2002

HammerRoyd returned for one of five consolation rumbles at the end of the tournament. However, it ultimately lost to Gatorbot and Reaver, who advanced to the Royal Rumble at HammerRoyd's expense.

Competitive Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Exhibition Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Total Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 3
Competition Wins Losses
BattleBots IQ 2002 None Green Wave
Gatorbot, Reaver
(Consolation Rumble)


BattleBots IQ 2002
Outstanding Sportsmanship Award
(shared with Accelerator,
Happy Scrappy Hero Pup, Metal Fury & Wee Willy Wedgy)