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Punjar was a heavyweight robot built by Ramiro Mallari. It was originally a flat wedge shape and a spinning chain flail in its first appearance in Robot Wars 1996, as a heavyweight. After doing well there, this version was improved for the next heavyweight tournament by having a bigger scoop, but ended up being destroyed by Blendo in the 1997 Robot Wars Event. After the 1997 Robot Wars event, Punjar was rebuilt into the form that entered BattleBots. Punjar participated in the first five BattleBots competitions before retiring after Season 3.0 (Punjar was registered for 4.0, but dropped out before the event) . Mallari's great driving combined with Punjar's pushing power earned them a great number of victories along the way, and Punjar was ranked 4th when it retired.

Robot History[]

Long Beach 1999[]

Punjar vs. Namreko 3000

Punjar slams and topples Namreko 3000.

Punjar's first match was against Namreko 3000. Punjar won by KO and advanced to the next round, where it faced KillerHurtz.

Punjar vs. KillerHurtz

KillerHurtz won by crowd vote and Punjar was now in the loser's bracket, where it faced The Mauler.

Punjar vs. The Mauler

Punjar won by crowd vote and advanced to the next round, where it faced frenZy.

Punjar vs. frenZy

Punjar won by crowd vote and advanced to the next round, where it faced Ronin.

Punjar vs. Ronin

Punjar won on a judge's decision and advanced to the next round, where it faced Nightmare.

Punjar vs. Nightmare

Punjar sent Nightmare flying 6 feet through the air (because the disc was running backwards) during the fight. Because of this, Punjar won by crowd vote and advanced to the next round, where it faced Tazbot.

Punjar vs. Tazbot

Tazbot lifts Punjar.

Tazbot won on a judge's decision and Punjar was eliminated from the tournament.

Heavyweight Royal Rumble

Punjar wasn't finished, however, as it participated the gigabot royal rumble at the end of the tournament but lost out to Razer.

Las Vegas 1999[]

Punjar vs. Tatar (Forfeit)

Punjar was scheduled to fight Tatar first, but Tatar had technical issues and was forced to forfeit. Punjar won by default and advanced to the round of 16, where it faced Blendo in a rematch to Robot Wars 1997, where Punjar was famously one-shotted by the shell spinner.

Punjar vs. Blendo

Punjar and Blendo collide.

Punjar spent the match charging at Blendo, unfazed by the destructive power of the latter, sending it flying across the BattleBox. After continuing to attack Blendo, Punjar knocked it into the wall of the BattleBox, where Blendo spun back up on the entrance ramp.

Punjar slams into Blendo, sending the latter into the entrance ramp

Punjar slammed into it again, this time getting Blendo high-centered on the entrance ramp before it could spin back up.

Punjar rams into Blendo for the final time

Blendo was counted out, giving Punjar the win by KO. This put Punjar in the quarterfinals, where it faced KillerHurtz again.

Punjar vs. KillerHurtz (Quarterfinals)

KillerHurtz bounces off Punjar.

KillerHurtz drove straight at Punjar and fired its axe, but it bounced off Punjar's wedge and send careening away. Punjar attempted to get underneath KillerHurtz and push it, but KillerHurtz drove out of the way before being slammed against the arena wall. There, it managed to axe Punjar, but failed to cause any damage. Punjar managed to stay on top of the fight, pushing KillerHurtz around into walls and hazards, occasionally flipping it up. In the end, Punjar won on a unanimous 9-0 judge's decision and advanced to the semifinals, where it faced Voltarc.

Punjar vs. Voltarc (Semifinals)

Voltarc drags Punjar to the killsaws.

Both robots went straight at each other and Punjar pushed Voltarc against the spikestrip. Punjar then drove itself onto the wedge of Voltarc. Punjar was freed and Voltarc got caught on the arena spikes. Voltarc got underneath Punjar and dragged it towards the killsaws. Voltarc didn't let go of Punjar before the time ran out. Voltarc won on a unanimous 9-0 judge's decision and Punjar was eliminated from the tournament.

Season 1.0[]

Punjar vs. Mr. Bonestripper (Forfeit)

Punjar was scheduled to fight Mr. Bonestripper first, but Mr. Bonestripper had technical issues and was forced to forfeit. Punjar won by default and advanced to the round of 16, where it faced Kill-O-Amp.

Punjar vs. Kill-O-Amp

Punjar pushes Kill-O-Amp against the arena wall.

After getting underneath the rear of Kill-O-Amp and then pushed it against the arena wall, the match ended and Punjar won on a close 5-4 judge's decision. This win put Punjar to the heavyweight quarterfinals, where it faced Gammatron.

Punjar vs. Gammatron (Quarterfinals)

Punjar and Gammatron collide.

In the match, Gammatron got a few hits on Punjar with its axe, but Punjar mostly maneuvered Gammatron's blows and started pushing Gammatron against the arena walls and the killsaws. The match lasted the whole three minutes and it came to a judges decision. Punjar won on a 7-2 decision and advanced to the heavyweight semifinals, where it faced the defending champion Vlad the Impaler.

Punjar vs. Vlad the Impaler (Semifinals)

Vlad flips Punjar against the wall.

Both robots drove slowly and cautiously to each other, not landing any hits until the 20th second, where Vlad the Impaler attempted to ram Punjar, but lifted the forks too early to get underneath. Punjar then turned around and got Vlad in its scoop, which allowed it to push Vlad the Impaler across the arena. Vlad managed to escape before Punjar pushed it into an arena hazard, however, so the fight continued with no decisive hits. Both robots then attempted to charge at each other, but the killsaws were activated at just the right moment to send Vlad the Impaler flying backwards across the arena. Vlad then got stuck on a section of the BattleBox's floor, but managed to free itself and charged once more at Punjar, nearly getting underneath but Punjar slid out of the attack and pushed Vlad again. The fight looked one-sided at this moment, until Vlad the Impaler charged across the arena at top speed, got its left fork successfully underneath Punjar, and rammed it into the spikes, which got Punjar on top of Vlad the Impaler. Vlad then reversed Punjar into the pulverizer, which caused a few dents in Punjar's armor. Eventually, Punjar was let free, and drove itself over the killsaws. Vlad then got underneath Punjar again, and nearly flipped it onto its side. Vlad the Impaler continued ramming Punjar, and pushed it into the pulverizer once more, and then ran over the killsaws, which tore up some of Punjar's armor. Punjar returned the favor by pushing Vlad over the killsaws. One last ram across the arena impaled Punjar into the wall on its side, before the fight ended. Vlad won on a 8-1 judge's decision and Punjar was eliminated.

Heavyweight Royal Rumble

Punjar wasn't finished, however, as it participated the heavyweight royal rumble at the end of the tournament. It was one of few robots still moving in the end, but lost overall to BioHazard.

Season 2.0[]

Punjar vs. FrostBite

Punjar and FrostBite collide.

Punjar's first and only match in Season 2.0 was against FrostBite. Both robots met in the middle of the arena and it became a pushing match. After Punjar got caught on the killsaws, FrostBite went straight at Punjar, but gets caught up the sloped front of Punjar, who drives FrostBite into the arena wall. Frostbite escapes and pushes Punjar into the killsaws. The shoving match continues, and although both can push about equally, the speedier FrostBite gets more good shoves of Punjar into the killsaws and the pulverizer. The match ends with more shoving of both robots while time runs out. FrostBite won on a 30-15 judge's decision and Punjar was eliminated from the tournament.

Heavyweight Consolation Rumble

Punjar wasn't finished, however, as it participated the heavyweight consolation rumble at the end of the tournament. Punjar performed exceptionally well in this rumble, shoving Scrap Daddy HW into the spike strip, and attacking several other robots as it maneuvered around the arena. Most notably, around halfway through the rumble, Punjar charged Bigger Brother, and proceeded to shove all the way across the battle box at high speed, ramming the British bot into the lexan wall. Despite briefly being caught on the exit ramp towards the end of the rumble, Punjar managed to free itself and continue attacking until time ran out, In the end, Punjar and OverKill were declared the winners of the consolation rumble and both robots came back for the heavyweight royal rumble.

Heavyweight Royal Rumble

Punjar in the heavyweight royal rumble.

Punjar returned to compete in the heavyweight royal rumble, being introduced first. Despite getting flipped by BioHazard, it got back onto its feet and survived the rumble. Tazbot won the rumble overall and Punjar lost.

Season 3.0[]

Punjar vs. Sharkbyte

Sharkbyte pushes Punjar to the killsaws.

Due to previously competing in Season 2.0, Punjar was allowed to skip the preliminary rounds of Season 3.0, where it eventually fought Sharkbyte. In the match, Punjar suddenly stopped moving and Sharkbyte pushed it on the killsaws before it was counted out. Sharkbtye won by KO at 1:08 and Punjar was eliminated from the tournament.

Heavyweight Consolation Rumble

Punjar almost gets flipped by Little Sister.

Punjar wasn't finished, however, as it participated the heavyweight consolation rumble at the end of the tournament. Unfortunately about five seconds into the rumble, Punjar stopped moving immediately and was hit by Greenspan. It was later pushed against the spikestrip and was almost flipped by Little Sister at one point. In the end, Little Sister and Kill-O-Amp won the consolation rumble and Punjar retired after this.

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 11
  • Losses: 6
Competition Wins Losses
Long Beach 1999 Namreko 3000

The Mauler

frenZy

Ronin

Nightmare

KillerHurtz, Tazbot
Las Vegas 1999

Tatar (Forfeit)

Blendo

KillerHurtz

Voltarc
Season 1.0

Mr. Bonestripper (Forfeit)

Kill-O-Amp

Gammatron

Vlad the Impaler
Season 2.0 None FrostBite
Season 3.0 None Sharkbyte

Series Record[]

Long Beach: ?

Las Vegas: Semi-finals

Season 1.0: Semi-finals

Season 2.0: Round of 32

Season 3.0: Round of 32

Season 4.0: Withdrew

Season 5.0: Did Not Enter

Mark Beiro Introductions[]

"From San Francisco California, weighing in at 208 pounds with a number 9 ranking from creator Ramiro Mallari. Introducing PUNJAR!"

"Weighing in at 204 pounds. He's on a malicious mission to put every BattleBot out of commission. Welcome the rising star PUNJAR!"

"He pushes and shoves. He's the BattleBot that everybody loves. Its PUNJAR!"

“He May be lovable, but he makes other Battlebots shovable.....it’s, PUNJAR!” (Punjar vs Frostbite)

Merchandise[]

Any appearances by Punjar in merchandise are listed below:

See Also[]

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