Rolling blackout 5.0

Rolling Blackout in Season 5.0.

Rolling Blackout was a lightweight robot which competed in the final three seasons of BattleBots. It was armed with a lifting arm (a lifting plate in Season 4.0). It performed decently in competition, reaching the round of 64 in Season 4.0. The Blackout was a completely scratch built design, with two custom four HP brushless DC motors powering the drive system and one custom 2 HP brushless motor operating the lifting arm. With a closed loop servo system borrowed from a missile development program and 2 hand built 48 Volt NiCad battery packs, Blackout had the potential to be the fastest Battlebot to compete. Due to unforeseen issues with the current limit scheme employed, Blackout was forced to compete at approximately half speed and with a dodgy lifting arm mechanism, ultimately losing after being flipped over by a Kill Saw, with its maimed competitor slowly dragging itself away in a large circular route.

Robot history

Season 3.0

Rollong Blackout was supposed to fight pursuer, However, Rolling Blackout had technical issues and was forced to forfeit.

Season 4.0

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Rolling Blackout in Season 4.0.

Rolling Blackout's first opponent this season was Cleprechaun. Cleprechaun's first blade hit on Rolling Blackout bent the blade so that it was hitting some part of Cleprechaun's exterior, slowing itself down. The damage to Rolling Blackout looked minimal. Rolling Blackout pushed and shoved the now-harmless Cleprechaun around and into walls for the remainder of the match. Eventually Cleprechaun adopted a tried-and-true "run away" strategy, and managed to avoid further shoving by Rolling Blackout. But Rolling Blackout still won 27-18.

Rolling Blackout's next opponent was 100% Y.A.W.N. Y.A.W.N. still had trouble moving, so Rolling Blackout drove over to it and shoved it into the spike strip. Y.A.W.N. stopped moving entirely, and so Rolling Blackout eliminated Y.A.W.N. from the competition with a knockout victory.

Rolling Blackout then had Junkyard Dog to fight next. Rolling Blackout was only going approximately half speed and caught itself on the killsaws, flipping it onto its back. Rolling Blackout was being counted out and Junkyard Dog won by TKO. This eliminated Rolling Blackout from the tournament.

Season 5.0


  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 3
Wins Losses
Season 3.0 None Pursuer (Forfeit)
Season 4.0


100% Y.A.W.N.

Junkyard Dog 2.0
Season 5.0 None Little Piece of Hate
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