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Tombstone is a heavyweight (formally super heavyweight) robot built by Hardcore Robotics, which competed in the 2004 NPC Charity Open, 2009 BattleBots Professional Championship and every season of the BattleBots reboot since 2015.

With one of the most destructive weapons in the field, former champion Tombstone remains one of the most successful robots in the BattleBots reboot, winning many of its fights by KO. The robot's name came from computer networking's term "tombstoning" meaning to kill it and have it stay dead.

In ABC Season 1, Tombstone knocked out every opponent in his path to make it to the Finals, where it lost to Bite Force by judges' decision after losing its weapon due to overheated batteries.

Tombstone did incredibly well in ABC Season 2, defeating every opponent in his path to make it to the Finals again where it quickly dispatched of Bombshell to become the BattleBots champion and win the Giant Nut.

Tombstone was one of the few bots in Discovery Season 3 to finish the Fight Card rounds with a 4-0 record. However, in a rematch from the ABC Season 2 title fight, it fell in the Round of 16 to Bombshell after becoming stuck on its own weapon chain, costing Ray Billings and Tombstone the chance to defend its title.

In Discovery Season 4, Rotator surprisingly beat Tombstone by KO early in the competition, but Ray Billings' team was able to redeem itself and make another deep tournament run. However, in a rematch from the ABC Season 1 title fight, Bite Force was once again able to best Tombstone, eliminating it at the semi-final stage.

In Discovery Season 5, Tombstone shockingly went 1-2 in the qualifying rounds after losing to both End Game and Skorpios, but still made it into the Top 32 Championship Tournament. It met Black Dragon in the Round of 16 but after its weapon receiver became unplugged, it was reduced to a pushbot and lost the judges' decision. Tombstone redeemed itself by becoming the first Bounty Holder to defend their title by defeating bracket winner Gruff to earn a portion of the $25,000 prize.

Tombstone is confirmed to be participating in Season 6 to once again attempt to win a second Giant Nut.


Tombstone has always been a two-wheeled box-shaped robot armed with a large horizontally-spinning bar that weighs about 65-75lbs. Its offence is also its defence, as it took up the front of the robot so it was hard to get to the sides. Only two of the only parts from the 2004 design survived in 2015 from this model of Tombstone, which was the 250lbs version of Tombstone's black blade.

The second Tombstone was a new version of the team's flagship heavyweight, Last Rites, as Ray did not want to contractually tie up Last Rites to compete in BattleBots, so he built a new Last Rites specifically for the show. Its name was taken from the team's retired superheavyweight version. Last Rites to this day remains one of the most vicious robots on the robotic combat circuit and holds a spot in the Combat Robot Hall of Fame. Last Rites' design was inspired by M.O.E.'s but with Ray Billings wondering what it be like with just two wheels instead of four.

Tombstone's builder Ray Billings built a new version of Tombstone for the 2015 reboot of BattleBots on ABC where it finished as runner-up and earned the giant bolt for most destructive robot. Tombstone had at least three blades for the 2015 competition: the large silver one it used against its first two opponents, a black blade it used against its third opponent (originally used on the superheavyweight version) and the red blade it used against its last two opponents. It also had a top armor plate "cushion" added to absorb hammer attacks (labelled "Beta Blocker" after its intended target) but it did not get a chance to use it.

Returning for ABC Season 2, Tombstone had rubber shock insulators added to the tire mounts to help prevent it from being loosened after being slammed into an opposing Bots' wedge from weapon collisions. A new S7 red blade with edges cut at a 45 degrees had been brought to the tournament, the design of which is stated by Ray Billings on the team's website to chip faster than as liked (as what happened against Black Ice after the blade hit the arena wall too many times) but cuts into opponents better. The blue blade used in Season 2 was actually the same red blade used in its previous season, just repainted.

Tombstone had a problem entering Discovery Season 3, as its weapon was spinning at 400mph, to which at the time the tournament only allowed 250mph. Ray had to rework the machine to meet the new speed limit while also making the weapons heavier to deliver the hits he wanted.

Tombstone returned for Discovery Season 4 with a new black color scheme and top armor plate, bearing a sticker of the team's Grim Reaper logo worn on their shirts, and a sticker of the robot's name to replace the "Tombstone" lettering in the armor. The team brought five interchangeable blades and a total of three frames to the season. Ray actually made sure the frame was stronger for that year by making Tombstone 1" shorter in all dimensions, allowing for a stronger frame.

For Discovery Season 5, Tombstone remained visibly similar, using the same frames from Season 4, but with some damage repaired. The fire in Tombstone's fight against Rotator burnt the last of Tombstone's spare speed controllers, forcing it to upgrade to a new type of speed controllers for Season 5. Tombstone's traditional gray bar with steel teeth was rebuilt after being sheared off during its match with Rotator, and has a new black bar after that weapon broke against Bite Force. New AR weapon bars (particularly I-shaped and rectangular shaped) were crafted and trialled, the inner hubs were now black, and the team had the choice of 10 different weapons.

"What we've done is we've crossed out our side panels, we've machined and drilled and tapped all the inner rails for this frame; The frame is inside a fixture that I built to duplicate because we take three frames at a time to a competition, we want to make sure that if we have too much damage we just swap the frames out."
— Rick Russ from team Hardcore Robotics in Skorpios Builder Blog episode 4[1]

For Discovery Season 6, Ray Billings said that he'd be working on upgrading Tombstone further to be much more durable and have a weapon that won't break down as easily. Specifically, the frame was surprisingly small, 3" shorter than its previous frames. The whole robot also sits 1" lower to the arena floor, allowing Tombstone to avoid more hits whilst having the same weapon diameter. Originally the front frame had a lot of cross-bracing, but it was removed and thicker armor was integrated into the frame itself, so the torsional support for the nose of the frame would also be the armor pieces, not just the steel frame. Tombstone's new frame is very different from the previous frame in the fact that it has less pipes, only four of which stretch from the front of the bot all the way back. With fewer weld points and fewer failure points, Tombstone can be more durable in battle. Hardcore Robotics also worked on modifying the weapon motor for a faster spin-up time. In addition to this, the power system now had a lot more stored power in a smaller space, the testing of which was stated to have shown massive improvements.

Robot History

2004 NPC Charity Open

Tombstone vs. Zeus

The initial impact between Tombstone's blade and Zeus' plow.

Tombstone's NPC Charity Open appearance

After receiving a Bye, Tombstone fought against Zeus. At the start, Tombstone headed in as Zeus advanced plow first and the two connected blade-to-plow. Unfortunately its blade got disabled on impact, leaving Tombstone vulnerable to the attacks from Zeus' discs. Nevertheless, Tombstone kept coming in to try and stop the discs, even ramming Zeus into the wall at one point. Fortunately for Tombstone, Zeus' discs stopped working for unknown reasons, leading to a pushing match that allowed the quicker Tombstone to out-push and out-manoeuvre Zeus. Thanks to this, Tombstone won the judges' decision and advanced to the next round, where it faced Star Hawk 3.0.

Tombstone vs. Star Hawk

Tombstone bends and damages the weapon mount on Star Hawk.

At the start, both Tombstone and Star Hawk clashed blades, the first hit causing damage to Star Hawk's left armor plate and the second hit ripping off Star hawk's right armor plate. after a bit of manoeuvring around by both bots, Tombstone took a blow to the rear from Star Hawk's blade before immediately swinging around and striking back with the blade of its own, shaving sparks off of Star Hawk's left front armor plate and causing itself to fling across the arena next to the pulverizer. After Star Hawk backs up to face Tombstone's blade, Tombstone delivered a shot to the side of Star Hawk. after some more manoeuvring, Tombstone clashed with Star Hawk's blade yet again, damaging and bending the weapon mount on Star Hawk and then delivering a shot to the underside. After Star Hawk backed into a corner, Tombstone got rammed full speed into its blade by it, which seemingly reactivated Star Hawk's crooked blade. After this and a bit of manoeuvring, Tombstone grinds and tears into Star Hawk's right side. Tombstone then strikes the right rear of Star Hawk as it was re-positioning itself and then immediately delivers a shot to the left front. Tombstone then strikes a blow to the same area coming face to face before striking the right side of Star Hawk and then immediately connecting weapon-to-weapon, stopping both blades. Tombstone eventually spins its blade back up, though not up to full speed, and strikes the left side of Star Hawk, whose right front was crippled. Tombstone then strikes the right rear of Star Hawk as it was reversing, before striking the left side and right front, spinning it around. After striking a blow to Star hawk's left side, Tombstone moves in as Star Hawk stops in a corner facing a pulverizer before Star Hawk tapped out, giving Tombstone a win by TKO. This win advanced it into the third round, where it faced Mer Madd.

Tombstone vs. Mer Madd (Quarterfinals)

Tombstone dishes out the killing blow to Mer Madd.

At the start, Tombstone avoids Mer Madd's box rush and strikes the wedge, spinning it around and peeling up part of the wedge. As Mer Madd rams into the blade, Tombstone gives a shot to the side before it got rammed again and narrowly avoided getting flipped. Tombstone then continued to give shots to the left side before backing off to get its blade back to speed and striking the left front, tearing a piece off and throwing it across the box. Tombstone then delivered two more shots to Mer Madd's wedge, the second hit crippling the left side. Tombstone gave two more shots to the wedge, one tearing off another piece and the other causing the blade to get stuck in the peeled section momentarily. Tombstone spun the blade back up to speed and delivered a shot to the wedge as Mer Madd tried to ram Tombstone despite having only one side working. Tombstone then continued to give shots to the right side before getting its blade stopped once again by the peeled section on the wedge. Tombstone moved away momentarily to spin its blade back up, before striking the wedge of Mer Madd, disabling its drivetrain completely. Tombstone gave Mer Madd a tap to the rear before Mer Madd tapped out, giving Tombstone the win by KO and advancing it to the 4th round, where it faced The Judge for the first time.

Tombstone grinds into the right side of The Judge.

Tombstone vs. The Judge (Semifinals)

For this match, a thick lexan plate was added to the top of Tombstone to protect its vital internals from The Judge's powerful hammer. When the match began, Tombstone's blade got struck by The Judge's hammer, before Tombstone dished out shots to the wedge of The Judge, one hit causing The Judge to miss the hammer shot and spin itself around. Tombstone then charges in and takes a hammer shot from The Judge before striking the left side of it, sending huge sparks. After a bit of manoeuvring around, Tombstone got to the back of The Judge and delivers a shot to the right side as The Judge backs into the wall. Tombstone then charges in and takes a hammer shot, this time to the weapon frame, before getting under and delivering some shots to the left side. As tombstone moves across to the other side, it takes another hammer shot from The Judge, this time to the lexan plate, before delivering some more shots to The Judge's front. Tombstone then delivers some more shots to the front, while taking another hammer shot to the weapon frame. With The Judge on the wall after Tombstone swung around and dished out another shot to the right front, Tombstone charged in and ground away, shaving tons of sparks from The Judge's right side without retaliation from The Judge. Tombstone then delivered some more shots to the front of The Judge before it tried to retaliate with a hammer swing and miss. Tombstone then struck the left side of The Judge as it swung and missed once again, giving Tombstone the opportunity to strike The Judge in the rear end. As The Judge backed into the wall once again, Tombstone immediately took a hammer shot to the weapon frame before striking the left side as The Judge swings and misses again, allowing Tombstone to strike its rear end once more. With The Judge backing into the wall yet again, Tombstone delivers a shot to the front while taking a hammer shot to the lexan plate. With The Judge still on the wall, Tombstone came around and struck the right front and attempted to deliver a shot to the front when The Judge fired the hammer into the blade, causing it to spin around. After some more manoeuvring, along with Tombstone delivering a few more shots to the rear end as The Judge was mostly just moving back and forth, Tombstone delivered a shot to the front near the pulverizer. After some more manoeuvring, Tombstone gets its blade rammed into by The Judge moving in reverse, stopping the blade as it was no longer at full power. After getting the blade back to half-power speed, Tombstone gave a few taps on The Judge on the front and the left side, before taking a hammer shot to the weapon frame that gets it under The Judge and striking the right side. Tombstone took some more hammer shots and delivered some more weak shots to The Judge as the weapon continued to lose power. After grinding the right side of The Judge, the match made the distance. Tombstone won by judges' decision, but since the Judge won its fight in the loser's bracket final, Tombstone was forced to face it again.

Tombstone vs. The Judge (Finals)

Tombstone pins The Judge into the wall as it tries to reposition the hammer.

When the match began, Tombstone moved to a corner to let its blade spin up as The Judge charges in, before turning around and striking the left front. Tombstone then moves to the other side, avoiding a hammer shot, and gives a blow to the right front. After The Judge backed into the wall, Tombstone moved in and took a hammer shot to the weapon frame before immediately delivering a blow to the front while The Judge was in the air, causing it to spin around and face the wall. As The Judge attempted to push back with its rear end, Tombstone delivered a few shavings to the rear. When The Judge backed into the wall next to a pulverizer, Tombstone struck the front end and immediately took a hammer shot to the blade, which wound up flipping The Judge onto its back. As The Judge constantly tried to self right using its hammer, Tombstone delivered a shot to the hammer and the rear end, which sends The Judge into the wall, while seemingly disabling Tombstone's blade. Tombstone then pins The Judge into the wall as it tried to get its hammer back into firing position. This seemingly disabled the hammer, as The Judge was unable to fire it to self right afterwards. The Judge was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO and the Superheavyweight title.

Pro Championships 2009

Tombstone vs. Shrike

Tombstone during the 2009 event.

Tombstone's first match was against Shrike. Tombstone and Shrike both got up to speed, but Tombstone was able to inflict more damage by ripping off one of Shrike's arms, then rip a side of armor loose. These two hits seemed to kill Shrike and Tombstone won the match by a quick KO. Tombstone advanced to the next round, where it faced Vault.

Tombstone vs. Vault

Tombstone won the match by KO. It then advanced to the next round, where it faced VD6.0.

Tombstone vs. VD6.0

Tombstone fighting VD6.0

The fight started with Tombstone taking a hit from VD6.0's disc spinner. After some exchanges of hits, Tombstone took a hit to the back that damaged the weapon batteries and disabled Tombstone's weapon and also bent the armor panel. VD6.0 then hit Tombstone, flipping them, then they pushed Tombstone on to the screws where some of the electronics came loose and was counted out. This meant Tombstone was in the loser's bracket where it faced Megabyte.

Tombstone vs. Megabyte

Tombstone fighting Megabyte

This match consisted of Tombstone and Megabyte colliding weapon to weapon. However Megabyte eventually stopped moving. Tombstone won by KO and advanced to the next round, where it faced Root Canal.

Tombstone vs. Root Canal

During this match, Donald Hudson was showing signs of being wary of Tombstone's weapon. When the

Tombstone vs Root Canal at BattleBots 2009.

fight began, Root Canal charged at Tombstone, but Tombstone was able to avoid the hit, and Root Canal struck the screws. Tombstone started attacking Root Canals wedge, causing a bit of damage. However, Root Canal started going on the offensive, and pushed Tombstone under the pulverizer. Tombstone then experienced driving issues, and after repeatedly getting hit, flames emerged from the left drive motor. Tombstone was no longer moving so Ray Billings was forced to tap out, eliminating Tombstone from the tournament and placing third overall.

ABC Season 1

Tombstone vs Beta (Forfeit)

Tombstone was scheduled to fight Beta in its qualification match and had a special plate dubbed the "Beta Blocker" added to the top of it, but Beta had technical issues and was forced to to forfeit. Tombstone instead went up against Counter Revolution in the Round of 24.

Tombstone vs Counter Revolution

Tombstone destroying Counter Revolution.

Both machines spun their weapons up and Counter Revolution approached Tombstone. Tombstone then struck the front of Counter Revolution, severely damaging the body and immobilizing it. Tombstone struck Counter Revolution several more times, causing large amounts of damage before landing one last hit that launched Counter Revolution through the air and into the wall. Tombstone won the match by KO in 37 seconds and advanced to the Round of 16 with a No.1 seeding, where it faced the No.16 seed Radioactive.

Tombstone vs Radioactive

Tombstone destroying Radioactive.

At the start of the match, Radioactive mostly spun on the spot, while Tombstone taunted it by driving around without using its weapon. As soon as Tombstone started to use its weapon on Radioactive, major damage was sustained and Radioactive was counted out. Tombstone won by KO at 1:09 and advanced to the quarterfinals, where it faced the No.9 seed Witch Doctor.

Tombstone vs Witch Doctor

Tombstone's spinning blade snaps in half.

For this fight, Tombstone used a new black blade. Witch Doctor put up a very good show in the opening moments, overpowering Tombstone and flinging it into the air several times, also slamming it into the arena wall. Witch Doctor maintained its lead until Tombstone was able to disable Witch Doctor's disc. With no weapon, Tombstone was able to charge into Witch Doctor, and hit it so hard, Witch Doctor was overturned while Tombstone's weapon snapped in half and Tombstone was flung across the BattleBox. Despite Tombstone being left with no offense, Witch Doctor was unable to right itself and it was being counted out. Tombstone won by KO at 1:01 and advanced to the semifinals, where it faced the No.4 seed Bronco.

Tombstone vs Bronco

The first hit between both robots.

In the beginning of the match, Bronco moved to the corner of the BattleBox and Tombstone started spinning its blade. Both robots slowly moved toward each other and Bronco flips Tombstone onto its back. Tombstone hits the front of Bronco and Bronco misses a flip. Bronco tried to get underneath the left side of the flipped Tombstone, but it misses and takes a hit from Tombstone's spinning blade. This hit damaged the left side of Bronco and it was now moving in circles. Tombstone started hitting the rear of Bronco and moves to the corner of the BattleBox. Tombstone hit the right side panel of Bronco and tore it off. After this, the severely damaged Bronco managed to get a small flip on the front of Tombstone.

Tombstone rips off the front right wheel of Bronco.

Bronco got another flip on Tombstone, but Bronco flipped itself onto its back from the impact. After seven attempts, Bronco managed to flip itself back onto its feet and takes a hit from Tombstone's spinning blade. This hit ripped the front right wheel off of Bronco and tossed it out of the BattleBox. Tombstone went straight at the immobile Bronco and the hit nearly flipped Bronco onto its back. Bronco kept using its flipping in order to get moving again, but it wasn't successful and Bronco flipped itself onto its back. As Bronco was being counted out, Tombstone started spinning its blade and Bronco flipped itself back onto its feet. When the count reached 0, Tombstone gave Bronco one more hit from its spinning blade and sent Bronco flying to the corner of the BattleBox. This hit also sent Tombstone flying across the BattleBox and its batteries came out from the impact. Tombstone won the match by KO at 2:26 and advanced to the finals, where it faced the No.3 seed Bite Force.

Tombstone vs Bite Force

Tombstone being pushed by Bite Force in the championship final.

Bite Force took the initiative at the start of the match and used its wedge to bully tombstone around the box, successfully keeping squared up to the blade. About midway through the match, Tombstone's batteries went up in smoke, disabling its weapon in the process. Bite Force had however taken significant damage up to that point and had apparent mobility issues, but was still able to maintain the edge in the resulting shoving match. Time ran out and the battle went to the judges, who ruled unanimously in favor of Bite Force. Tombstone got the award of most destructive robot as it destroyed Counter Revolution, Radioactive, Witch Doctor and Bronco.

ABC Season 2

Tombstone vs. Black Ice

Tombstone hits Black Ice.

Tombstone's first match in Season 2 was against Black Ice. Black Ice was able to deflect a couple of minor blows from Tombstone's spinning blade, but Tombstone managed to get one good pop into Black Ice and this hit did something to the electronics of Black Ice which simultaneously killed the left drive motor and stuck the right motor into a state of permanent forward. Black Ice was barely moving around the BattleBox and Tombstone pushed Black Ice into one of the corners and on top of the bottom lip of the railing of the BattleBox for an easy KO at 1:01. However, Tombstone hit the wall a few times with its weapon, damaging it and being unable to use the red bar for the rest of the tournament. This win put Tombstone to the Round of 32 with its No.1 seeding, where it faced the No.32 seed Escape Velocity.

Tombstone vs. Escape Velocity

Tombstone attacks Escape Velocity.

Both robots circled each other for several seconds before Tombstone's blade made contact with one of the aluminum panels on Escape Velocity, tearing it off. Tombstone continued attacking and eventually Escape Velocity stopped moving as the impact had destroyed both the master power switch and the weapon switch, and tore a 2" gash in the side. Escape Velocity was counted out and Tombstone won by KO at 45 seconds. This win put Tombstone to the Round of 16, where it faced the No.16 seed Brutus.

Tombstone vs. Brutus

Sparks fly as the weapons meet.

For this fight, Tombstone went with lightweight blue tires and a heavier, thicker blade. When the match began, Tombstone was attacking and eventually tore off both of the added armor plates on Brutus. After another hit, Tombstone managed to disable Brutus' drive on one side, leaving Brutus to drive in circles. Tombstone continued attacking and one hit sent it flying but left the robot intact. Tombstone landed a final hit that flipped Brutus over and Brutus was unable to move. Brutus was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO at 59 seconds. This win put Tombstone to the quarterfinals again, where it faced the No.9 seed Beta.

Tombstone vs. Beta

Tombstone knocks Beta's hammer loose.

Tombstone is sent ricocheting off the wall.

For this match, Tombstone went with its blue blade. Although the team originally wanted to use the red bar for this match, it was too damaged from hitting the arena wall in the match against Black Ice, resulting in Ray choosing the blue one instead. As the match began, it was relatively even, though Tombstone had trouble dealing damage to Beta. Lots of sparks were being made and Tombstone suffered a hit to the top, which had been reinforced for this match. However, after being flipped by Beta, Tombstone managed to gain the upper hand by taking out the support for Beta's weapon, then damaged Beta's weapon itself. At this point, the clock had stopped prematurely, resulting in some confusion although the marshals were still able to keep time by other means. By the end of the match, Tombstone was up on top of Beta and neither bot was able to move. In part, due to the confusion caused by the clock, both drivers agreed to let the fight go to a judges' decision. The judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision for Tombstone, allowing it to advance to the semi-finals where it faced No.12 seed Yeti.

Tombstone vs. Yeti

The weapons grind to a halt as the robots watch Yeti's wheel.

Initially, the match was fairly even, but Tombstone eventually tore off Yeti's front wheels, forcing the drum to bang the BattleBox floor and become virtually useless. However, the two collided in a huge collision that caused Tombstone's weapon chain to slacken and prevent the weapon from turning, but Tombstone managed to keep control. Yeti was pushed onto the screws by Tombstone before time ran out. The judges awarded Tombstone a 3-0 unanimous decision, eliminating Yeti from the tournament and allowing Tombstone to advance to the championship and face No.19 seed Bombshell.

Tombstone vs. Bombshell

Tombstone assures victory.

Bombshell's goal was to break Ray's chains, but Bombshell was unable to mount an attack on Tombstone due to its blade being mounted too high to hit the

Tombstone debilitates Bombshell.

weapon chain as intended. This left Bombshell very vulnerable and Tombstone continued to attack, tearing off wheels and eventually disabling Bombshell completely. Bombshell was counted out and Tombstone won by KO at 53 seconds to take the giant nut.

Discovery Season 3

Tombstone vs. Minotaur

The two robots collide with each other.

Tombstone's first match in the third season was against Minotaur, a fight desired by fans since ABC Season 2. When the match began, Tombstone and Minotaur started off slowly before Tombstone started dealing blows, one of which flipped Minotaur over before it quickly self-righted.

Tombstone gets Minotaur high-centered onto the broken arena floor.

Minotaur tried its best to get around Tombstone but only managed to take more damage as the initial impact between the two bots had caused damage to Minotaur's drum such that the weapon could no longer reach its maximum speed. Each impact Tombstone dished out caused Tombstone's frame to bend and eventually the frame was bent enough so that Tombstone's weapon struck the arena floor and tore a gash out of the floor. Both robots then collided with such force that Tombstone was sent backwards into the arena screws, then returned to the arena center. After a few more blows and more damage to the arena floor, Tombstone managed to disable Minotaur's drum.  Eventually, Minotaur got hung up on one of the damaged areas of the arena and couldn't move. Minotaur was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO at 2:22 to advance to the next stage, where it fought Gigabyte.

Tombstone vs. Gigabyte

Tombstone rips the top attachment off of Gigabyte.

Tombstone rips the shell off of Gigabyte.

When the match began, both robots got their weapons up to speed, but Tombstone's first hit on Gigabyte caused the attachment on top of Gigabyte to fly off, leaving the shell to remain attached only by gravity and the gyroscopic forces of the shell as it was spinning. Both robots collided again and this time, Tombstone caused Gigabyte's shell to fly off and bounce around a bit. However, Gigabyte was still functional and was forced to continue as tap outs weren't allowed. Eventually, Gigabyte stopped moving deliberately and Tombstone held back any further damage, taking the win by KO to advance to the next stage of the tournament.

Tombstone vs. Whiplash

Tombstone's next opponent was Whiplash. The fight was off to an okay start for Tombstone as they were sent flying from their attacks on Whiplash, but didn't take any damage as a result. Tombstone then tore off one of Whiplash's wheels and front scoops. Tombstone then found itself being shoved up against the arena barrier near the pulverizer where it couldn't move. Once released, Tombstone continued its assault, tearing off another tire. After one final hit, Whiplash was motionless up against the arena barrier as smoke began to pour out. Whiplash was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Tombstone vs. DUCK!

Next on the list for Tombstone was DUCK!, a bot that had previously beaten Tombstone during RoboGames in 2017. In response, Tombstone went with a shorter blade for more reliability and to reduce the stress to its frame. When the match began, Tombstone made contact with DUCK! and tore off one side of DUCK!'s lifting plow. Tombstone dished out another hit but this one only caused marks on the plow that remained on DUCK! Tombstone delivered another hit and tore off the other side of the plow, leaving on the middle with DUCK!'s face on it. By the fourth hit, Tombstone was tearing into DUCK!'s wheels but DUCK! pressed on. Tombstone continued to hit, though its impacts were reduced thanks to its blade being bent downward. Tombstone took off one of DUCK!'s wheels but DUCK! still had full mobility. Tombstone attacked again, this time tearing into another wheel. This left DUCK! having some drive issues but Tombstone stopped moving as it was suffering an internal short that was made worse by the bar spinning. Seconds went by and Tombstone spun down its bar before coming back to life just before DUCK! took a shot from the killsaws that disabled its last wheel. DUCK! was now unable to move and was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Tombstone vs. Bombshell

Bombshell hits Tombstone

Up next for Tombstone was a rematch of the 2016 heavyweight championship against Bombshell. Things were pretty even to start as neither robot had the upper hand with the attacks, but Tombstone took a hit that caused the half-link in the chain that had been added due to the shortening of the body's length over the course of the event, leaving its weapon to spin down. This hit also disabled Bombshell's weapon, resulting in a pushing match. Tombstone was then flipped over near the pulverizer, but escaped. Tombstone then tried to head back to the corner for a better shot, but ran over its weapon chain that had come off and got high-centered. Tombstone was unable to free itself and was counted out, eliminating it from the tournament and ending its current championship reign.

Tombstone vs. Tantrum

Tombstone wasn't finished yet, however as it participated in an exhibition match against Tantrum. The match was off to a good start for Tombstone as their weapon bar was quick to get up to speed while their opponent only gingerly approached. Tombstone hit the side of Tantrum and tore off one of the front fists. Tantrum was still moving enough to avoid a count out so Tombstone struck it again, not causing any major damage. Tombstone moved in again and ripped off the other fist, this one embedding itself in the arena wall. Tantrum was no longer able to move and was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by a quick KO.

Discovery Season 4

Tombstone vs. Lock-Jaw

Tombstone's first match of 2019 was a rematch from 2009 against Donald Hutson and Lock-Jaw. For this match, Tombstone went with its trademark bar with steel teeth. When the match began, Tombstone was hitting only Lock-Jaw's rear defensive plate, causing it to go flying and leaving Lock-Jaw relatively unscathed. After the 2nd impact, Tombstone opted to show its backside to Lock-Jaw. When Lock-Jaw approached, Tombstone turned and took off Lock-Jaw's entire left drive wheels, immobilizing Lock-Jaw entirely. Lock-Jaw was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Tombstone vs. SawBlaze

Next for Tombstone was Jamison Go and SawBlaze. Tombstone opted to reuse the silver bar with steel teeth from the Lock-Jaw fight. When the match began, Tombstone attacked SawBlaze but didn't cause any damage. Tombstone continued to attack and was eventually pushed around by SawBlaze, ending up getting freed by the pulverizer when the two bots came underneath. This allowed Tombstone to get back up to speed and it began tearing into SawBlaze's protective wedge. As the match went on, Tombstone tore more of SawBlaze's wedge off and now SawBlaze had a bent wheel, reducing its mobility by half. Tombstone then found itself balancing on one wheel before landing upright. With SawBlaze still somewhat mobile, Tombstone ripped off one of SawBlaze's wheels and SawBlaze was no longer moving. SawBlaze was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Tombstone vs. Rotator

Tombstone hits Rotator.

Tombstone's next match was against Rotator. In response, Ray Billings planned on going with his red blade, but ended up going with its traditional gray bar with steel teeth to have a longer reach and prevent Rotator's weapon from striking the weapon chain. When the match started, Tombstone was taking the worse of the impacts as every hit sent it flying but not causing much damage. However, Tombstone was becoming a bit unbalanced as the first impact had caused Tombstone to lose part of a tooth. This meant that the electronics were taking much more abuse than they were meant to. Smoke began to pour out of Tombstone and Tombstone spun down its weapon. Rotator had also lost the use of its weapon, but Tombstone was now fighting to stay alive. Fire began to appear from Tombstone's rear as a result of the weapon power supply's main wires shredding their own insulation, causing a short circuit. As Tombstone moved around, the fire began to spread, eventually reaching Tombstone's drive system. Tombstone took a few more taps from Rotator before its drive system finally gave out from the heat. Tombstone was counted out with just 2 seconds left, giving Rotator the win by KO. Unfortunately, Crewbots put Tombstone on its back end and left it to burn itself out, which allowed the fire to spread quickly to the rest of its internals.

Tombstone vs. Gruff

Tombstone was next placed against newcomer Gruff, which had been competing off and on outside of BattleBots. In response, Tombstone went with a brand new frame and its thick toothless black bar. As the match got underway, Tombstone was sent flying through the air, landing on the spot for the killsaws and causing damage to the cover. Tombstone recovered and attacked Gruff again, bending the forks. Tombstone was then sent flying, landing upside down in the process. Tombstone tried to cause damage, but its weapon was now too high to make much of an impact to even cause sparks. Tombstone continued attacking and eventually got back upright before being shoved under the pulverizer by Gruff. Tombstone began to dig into Gruff's side, tearing into the housing for the flamethrower. Tombstone then attacked Gruff again and got shoved onto the screws before escaping. Time ran out with Tombstone getting in one final hit and the judges gave it a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Tombstone vs. Quantum

Looking for a second title, Tombstone was now in the Top 16 where it faced newcomer from Britain, Quantum.

Tombstone knocks Quantum over in the first two seconds

In response, Tombstone was equipped with its S7 tool steel red blade that was initially chosen for its match against Rotator, but was later swapped for the traditional bar with steel teeth. Tombstone started off quickly with the upper hand by throwing Quantum on its back with the first hit. As Quantum self-righted, Tombstone got its weapon underneath the bottom of Quantum's chassis, completely destroying its drive system and dislodging the bottom left tire. Quantum was no longer moving and was counted out, giving Tombstone the win in only 35 seconds by KO to advance to the quarterfinals.

Tombstone vs. Whiplash

Tombstone then entered the quarterfinals with a rematch from last season against Whiplash and Matt Vasquez. Ray continued using the red S7 tool steel blade from the previous match. As the match got underway, Tombstone immediately hit Whiplash hard, sending both robots flying and costing Whiplash one of its front scoops. Tombstone continued to attack and was sent flying, but landed upright. As the match wore on, Tombstone ripped off Whiplash's other front scoop and one of its tires. Tombstone then damaged Whiplash's right rear wheel. Whiplash then had little mobility and took a final hit or two before being counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO and a spot in the semi-finals.

Tombstone vs. Bite Force

Tombstone flailing about, its wheel and part of its bar torn off.

This win gave Tombstone a rematch from 2015 against Bite Force. In response, Tombstone went with a black S7 tool steel blade, which was lighter and thus could throw the most energy out. Unfortunately, Tombstone started off very badly as they were sent flying through the air with the first impact. By the second impact, Tombstone's weapon bar lost a third of itself and cost Tombstone a wheel. Tombstone then violently shook itself around as they were pushed on to the screws before somehow getting free. Tombstone began smoking a bit and stopped moving before being counted out, giving Bite Force the win by KO. It was revealed afterwards that during the fight with Gruff, some minor cracks and chips were dealt to the blade, causing the fatigue and breakage for this fight. This loss meant that Tombstone was eliminated from the tournament.

Amazon Alexa BattleBots Challenge

Tombstone vs. Witch Doctor

Tombstone was selected as one of 10 robots to compete in a live stream event as Las Vegas, Nevada for a Giant Bolt trophy. Its first opponent at the event was a grudge match with Witch Doctor from 2015. For this fight, Tombstone went with a thicker version of its trademark spinning bar. When the match began, Tombstone collided with Witch Doctor, sending both robots flying. Tombstone and Witch Doctor recovered to take another hit, this time sending Tombstone into the arena barrier. This impact broke Witch Doctor's weapon as well but now Tombstone could only drive in circles near the arena barrier. Since its weapon was still going, Tombstone aimed for another hit and nearly went out of the arena but was unable to get out of the corner. Tombstone delivered a final hit, but it proved to be the fatal one as it pushed Witch Doctor into Tombstone's last working wheel, bending and disabling it, so it stopped moving as smoke began to pour out. Tombstone was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO. Unfortunately, because it lost, Tombstone was ineligible to be selected by the audience to participate in the championship finals.

Discovery Season 5

Tombstone vs. End Game

Tombstone gets punted out of the arena by End Game.

To kick off the new season, Tombstone was given a match against End Game in the main event. In response, Ray Billings opted to deviate from his usual strategy and used an H13 tool steel weapon bar but started off okay by getting a hit on End Game's wedge, sending End Game flying. However, Tombstone then turned right in front of End Game, allowing End Game to hit the right wheel and send Tombstone into the screws, where its left wheel got stuck. This left Tombstone very vulnerable and when hit by End Game again, Tombstone was sent out of the arena, giving End Game an instant KO.

Tombstone vs. Slap Box

Tombstone rips off Slap Box's tires.

Tombstone's second match was against newcomer Slap Box. Before the match, Tombstone was equipped with an I-shaped bar similar to the one given to Perfect Phoenix. As the match got going, Tombstone quickly ripped off the left wedgelet of Slap Box, nearly going out of the arena in the process. Tombstone continued to attack and removed the second wedgelet as it was launched into the air. As Slap Box came around to the back, Tombstone got to the wheels and started ripping them off. When Slap Box was down to only a single wheel, Tombstone held back and waited for the count to begin. Slap Box was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO and its first win of the 2020 season.

Tombstone vs. Skorpios

Tombstone hits Skorpios and loses a wheel.

Tombstone's next fight was against Skorpios. Tombstone went with the same I-shaped bar used in its fight against Slap Box. This fight started with Tombstone landing numerous shots on the front wedge of Skorpios while also taking punishment in return. Tombstone eventually tore a chunk off of the top left side of Skorpios and then sending Skorpios flying across the BattleBox twice. Skorpios' wedge and left wheel were absolutely mangled from those two giant hits and they were barely hanging on. However, one side of Tombstone's drive stopped working as well. Despite being down half its drive, Tombstone kept its weapon going and fought back, causing the failed drive wheel to pull out of the robot and become fully exposed. Tombstone spun up again and started spinning in circles as it delivered yet another shot to Skorpios, losing its right wheel assembly completely. Tombstone then found itself driving in circles as it took even more punishment from Skorpios. The referees deemed Tombstone immobile and began the countout. Neither team was unable to hear this count as the speakers intended for communication during the pandemic were not working at the time. The count finished and Skorpios won by KO, putting Tombstone to 1-2.

Tombstone vs. Mad Catter

Mad Catter and Tombstone are sent flying across the BattleBox.

Tombstone managed to make it into the Top 32 seeded the No. 21 seed and faced the No. 12 seed Mad Catter. Tombstone was equipped with a newly machined short and black I-shaped weapon bar made out of AR500 steel. Tombstone started off well as they dodged Mad Catter's box rush before clipping the edge Mad Catter's wedge and sent it spinning. Both bots began circling each other once again, with Mad Catter's vertical disc barely clipping the corner Tombstone's right tire and making contact with Tombstone's blade instead, giving the impression that Mad Catter struck Tombstone's tire. Tombstone delivered a hit to Mad Catter's wedge again in the exchange. Tombstone then landed a third shot to the front of Mad Catter, disabling its opponents weapon. After Tombstone ripped a chunk off Mad Catter's right side wheel amour, both bots charged and the impact sent Tombstone flying across the BattleBox. By this point, Mad Catter was down to half its drive, but Tombstone continued to attack Mad Catter, ripping off its bottom left and top right wheel's armor whilst continuously sending itself face-first into the Screws, causing the hazard to lose a chunk of itself as a result. Eventually, Mad Catter began crawling forward before coming to a halt due to a pulled motor on one side and a broken chain on the other. Tombstone went for one last hit before Mad Catter was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Tombstone vs. Black Dragon

"...the failure here was really something that shouldn't have failed [...] the wire for the contactor pulled slightly, killing control for the weapon. There literally wasn't anything broken inside and once that wire was reconnected everything worked perfectly. Sometimes it's just not your match."
— Ray Billings on Reddit about Tombstone's weapon failure[2]

Tombstone is popped into the air by Black Dragon

Tombstone went on to face Black Dragon in the Round of 16. As the fight began, Tombstone advanced forwards whilst Black Dragon inched slowly out of its square. Tombstone approached Black Dragon, pulling off a fake-out spin before going on the attack and testing Black Dragon's wedge. Tombstone began grinding on Black Dragon's wedge as it was being pushed around, soon being forced to spin around and avoid being shoved to the wall, then taking a shot to its left tire from Black Dragon's egg beater. Tombstone began to back away whilst swinging its blade at Black Dragon's wedge.

Tombstone is slammed onto the Screws by Black Dragon

Both bots go towards each other and meet in a weapon-to-weapon collision which pops Tombstone several feet into the air. Tombstone then proceeded to land a counter-shot right to the left side of Black Dragon's wedge. Tombstone continued to press on, getting struck hard before turning around and being sent completely out of control by Black Dragon again, landing near the top-right corner of the Battlebox. Tombstone is charged again by Black Dragon, attempted to be carried around and boxed in. By this point, both robots lost their weapons due to Tombstone's wire for the weapon contractor coming loose, and Black Dragon suffering from an unknown cause, reducing the remaining two minutes to a pushing match. Black Dragon pushed Tombstone all around the BattleBox with its wedge until the end of the fight. Black Dragon won a unanimous judges decision and Tombstone was eliminated from the tournament once again.

BattleBots Bounty Hunters

Tombstone vs Gruff

As a BattleBots legend, Tombstone faced a rematch with Gruff, who had earned the right to face Tombstone in the Bounty Hunter finals. For the first time since the Season 2 final, Tombstone was equipped with the lighter blue bar. The match started out with glancing collisions between the two bots, with Tombstone managing to chip some pieces off Gruff and landing some shots to the sides of it. Tombstone was then slammed into the rails by Gruff, bending the bots long attachment in the exchange. After more hits to Gruff's wedge and sides, Tombstone landed a blow which bent Gruff's attachment at a wonky curved angle pointing to its right and rendering its keep away function completely useless. Tombstone struck Gruff again, the impact sending both bots reeling across the arena. Both bots continued to tussle near the screws, as Tombstone's weapon motor started emitting a bit of smoke. Tombstone then inflicted another serious shot that burst Gruff's fuel tank, disabling the flamethrower. Tombstone continued to land strikes to exposed areas of Gruff, even taking off a section of the back right wheel, until Gruff was no longer able to show controlled movement. Gruff was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO and becoming the first bot to protect his Bounty, along with earning a piece of the $25,000 in prize money.


  • Wins: 31
  • Losses: 10
Competition Wins Losses
2004 NPC Charity Open Bye


Star Hawk 3.0

Mer Madd

The Judge (X2)

Pro Championships 2009





Root Canal (Heavyweight)

ABC Season 1

Beta (Forfeit)

Counter Revolution


Witch Doctor


Bite Force
ABC Season 2 Black Ice

Escape Velocity





Discovery Season 3

Minotaur (Main Event)

Gigabyte (Main Event)

Whiplash (Main Event)

DUCK! (Undercard Match)

Tantrum (Exhibition Match)

Discovery Season 4

Lock-Jaw (Main Event/Undercard Match)

SawBlaze (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Gruff (Undercard Match)



Rotator (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Bite Force

Amazon Alexa BattleBots Challenge None Witch Doctor
Discovery Season 5 Slap Box (Undercard Match)

Mad Catter

End Game (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Skorpios (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Black Dragon

Bounty Hunters Gruff None
Discovery Season 6 TBA TBA

Faruq Tauheed Introductions

"Here to read your last rites, the one, the only, TOMBSTONE!"

"It doesn't enter the arena. Oh, no. It leads a funeral procession! Prepare to meet the grim reaper. It's TOMBSTONE!"

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"If it was a Christmas carol, it would be called "violent night." Here to put you to sleep, it's TOMBSTONE!"

"It spins faster than a cat-5 hurricane. The undisputed master of disaster, TOMBSTONE!"

"This driver should change his name to Ray Killings. Here comes the boom! It's TOMBSTONE!"

"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, you’re about to get crushed. Responsible for more hits than the CIA, it’s TOMBSTONE!"

"Bring the bride and the doom! It's your getting day! It's TOMBSTONE!"

"When you go against this bot, your epitaph will read "I tried and I died." Rest in pieces. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"It's a grim reaper with a micro chip on his shoulder. Back from the dead to take the throne, it's TOMBSTONE!"

"This bot is more deadly than botulism and Mota Controlla Ebola. On a roll and racking up a death toll, it's TOMBSTONE!"

"Please rise for the reigning king, the prince of pain, the duke of death. Hear ye, hear ye, his royal Dieness. The one, the only, TOMBSTONE!"

"Call the dog catcher 'cause this hound from hell needs a muzzle. If the devil had a pet, it's what he would cuddle. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"This legendary bot belongs on Mount Crushmore. It's bad enough to make you say Hoover DAYUM! It's a national treasure. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"Fee Fi Fo Fum! Face this bot and you'll be done. Bringing the pain, it's the giant of the game. You know his name. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"It came with one mission: to pillage and maim. The record of blemish, every result the same. No matter the bot, no matter how brave, you're gonna end up in your grave. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"When the reaper comes knocking at your door, it comes with a blade with spins galore. When you ask for whom the death tolls, it's this bot crushing more souls. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"This bot's been here so many times, I'm running out of rhymes. But my beard looks good. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"It's guilty of the seven deadly spins and it's about to unleash barmageddon. It's so evil it will never atone. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"This bots violence causes silence. It can't be mistaken, all your tanks and your bombs, and your bombs and your guns can't destroy this bot. Here to chop thee like a zomba-a-a oh-oh-oh. TOMBSTONE!"

"From the book of Battlebots, Chapter 25, Verse 17. And this bot will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to enter the BattleBox. And you will know its name when it lays down its vengeance upon thee! TOMBSTONE!"

"He's ranked #4 and he'll do a number on you. He's the prince of darkness, the 2016 champ, here to regain the throne. It's TOMBSTONE!"

"Make way for the four seed, the former champ is back. It's just straight up bad to the bone. It's the angel of death, it's TOMBSTONE!"

"Ray Billings scares everyone, even the brave. Then just like Carlton, he'll dance on your grave. It's not unusual, it's TOMBSTONE!"

"As you approach this tombstone, your heart starts to pound. You open your mouth, but you can't make a sound. Then you get closer, and closer, and get a clearer eye view, and read the inscription "here lies you." It's TOMBSTONE!"

"A tisket a tasket, he'll put you in a casket. One by one he has broken his foes, one question about that coffin: you want it open, or closed? It's TOMBSTONE!"


Any appearances by Tombstone in merchandise are listed below:

See Also

  • Tombstone (RoboGames)
  • Last Rites


  • Coincidentally, Tombstone beat Bronco in the ABC Reboot just as M.O.E., the inspiration for Tombstone, beat The Matador Season 4.0 and in the royal rumble.
  • Tombstone is the only BattleBots robot to win a championship as both a superheavyweight and heavyweight.
  • For unknown reasons, Tombstone's official image for ABC's Season 2 has the rear triangular section despite it not being present for any of its matches.
  • Tombstone was the only Season 1 finalist, and likewise the only robot to return from Season 1, to have made it beyond the Great Eight.
  • Tombstone is one of the few robots to significantly damage the BattleBox to be upgraded for future seasons with an AR500 floor.
  • Starting with its fight against Gigabyte in the 2018 season Tombstone was fitted with a Slam Cam, although the footage was not shown on TV it was put up on BattleBots YouTube channel.
  • Tombstone was one of only two robots to appear in the four finals of the reboot, the other being Bite Force.
    • Coincidentally, Tombstone and Bite Force have both not only fought each other, but have also fell in the first round of the top 16.
  • In the first three reboot series that Tombstone lost, Bite Force won the championship.
  • Tombstone was briefly featured on a Dude Perfect video to destroy Coby's robot in the finale for losing the final challenge.
  • The frame that Tombstone used in Discovery Season 3 was the same one they used in Season 2.
  • Both of Tombstone's matches with Witch Doctor involved the winner having a broken weapon.
    • Ironically enough, Tombstone and Witch Doctor were the only two robots who also held their bounties.
  • The damage Tombstone suffered to its wheels in the Amazon Alexa BattleBots Challenge is identical to the damage its superheavyweight counterpart suffered in years prior.
  • Tombstone is one of the two robots to break a BattleBots camera, the other is Nightmare in its fight with Junkyard Offspring.
  • Tombstone is the first spinner to successfully KO Gruff with the kinetic energy of its weapon instead of it getting stuck or its motors flaming out.
  • Tombstone has always been in the last fight of the first episode of the season in the Discovery seasons.
  • Tombstone is the first bot who won the Most Destructive Robot award to defeat a robot who previously won the award. It would be followed by Rotator and Valkyrie.
  • Tombstone has beaten every other bot in the modern era that has placed runner-up, but has lost to every other bot that has won the championship.