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WAR Hawk is a heavyweight robot built by Western Allied Robotics, which competed in Discovery Seasons 3 and 4 of the BattleBots reboot.

It is a four-wheel drive robot armed with a powerful vertical spinner and adorned with Native American artwork. WAR Hawk was armed with a selection of different weapon modules, similar to 2016 season runner-up Bombshell. WAR Hawk was equipped with a solid front wedge, which would feed opponents into its large, dual-toothed spinning disc. In order to run inverted and still use its weapon, two skate wheels were attached to "ears" protruding above the primary weapon. The "WAR" in its name was an acronym for the team name "Western Allied Robotics".

A closer look at WAR Stop.

The team also had a minibot called WAR Stop, which became infamous for its speed and durability during the show. The robot was driven by Rob Farrow, who previously competed in the original BattleBots run with lightweight semi-finalist Death By Monkeys.

WAR Hawk returned for Discovery Season 4 a substantially more durable robot. Due to the fact they only had a five week deadline prior to their debut season, they were unable to armor it as well as they would have liked. The new armor now covered the motor and drive chains, the wedge was repainted and it had custom wheels. For weaponry, WAR Hawk could now switch between its disc or a new vertical bar spinner. WAR Stop also returned, now sporting a phoenix on its wedge. Despite being a more complete bot, the second version of WAR Hawk proved to be less reliable than its previous iteration, notably being split into thirds at the hands of Jake Ewert and Hydra due to defective rubber isolators.

An unfinished WAR Hawk in May 2021.

WAR Hawk was originally accepted to compete in the 2020 season prior to its postponement. However, they withdrew from the final roster for unknown reasons. The team posted updates on the bot in the months that followed, teasing a potential return for Discovery Season 6. WAR Hawk's weapons now weighed 30 and 40lbs respectively, and could spin at the BattleBots tip speed limit of 250mph thanks to the four Maytech 6880 brushless motors powering it. Despite applying, they were not selected for the season and ultimately would not compete for a second successive year.

WAR Hawk's 2020 season reveal to Facebook Supporters.

Driver of WAR Stop, Kevin Milczewski, competed with Claw Viper in future seasons, whereas Martin Mason became the talisman for Mad Catter. Emmanuel Carrillo also split off to enter Big Dill and assist with driving part of multibot Jäger.

Robot History[]

Discovery Season 3[]

WAR Hawk vs Axe Backwards


WAR Hawk tears an axe off Axe Backwards.

WAR Hawk tosses Axe Backwards into the air.

WAR Hawk's BattleBots debut came against the returning Axe Backwards. WAR Hawk began strongly, causing sparks to fly as its vertical spinner made contact with the drum of its opponent. Soon after, WAR Hawk attacked Axe Backwards from the side and jarred loose one of the two wheels. Axe Backwards continued, so WAR Hawk continued its assault, eventually tearing off the loose wheel and one of their two rear axes. As the match reached the halfway point, it was evident that Axe Backwards was left without much drive power, so it was counted out, giving WAR Hawk a debut win by KO.

WAR Hawk vs Brutus

WAR Hawk tosses Brutus at the beginning of the match.

Brutus throws WAR hawk high into the air.

Next up for WAR Hawk was Brutus, so WAR Hawk added a front extension in hopes of having the lower front to get under its opponent. When the match began, WAR Hawk got the better of the first collision, sending Brutus upside down. However, this impact left WAR Hawk struggling to drive on one side due to one of its removable links falling out. Brutus was still able to drive and did its best to try and right itself but WAR Hawk still had a working weapon while Brutus did not so WAR Hawk struck it again. Brutus got back over using the arena wall but still didn't have a working weapon so it couldn't really capitalize on WAR Hawk's drive issues. WAR Hawk couldn't do much at all and took a big hit from its opponent, who just got its weapon working again. This proved to be fatal as WAR Hawk wasn't moving as a result of another of its removable links falling out and started to be counted out. With seconds left in the count out, WAR Hawk showed some movement but it wasn't enough to stop the count out, giving Brutus the win by KO.

WAR Hawk vs Overhaul

WAR Hawk hits Overhaul.

WAR Hawk gets flipped by Overhaul.

WAR Hawk's minibot WAR Stop pushing Overhaul.

WAR Hawk's third opponent was Overhaul. For this fight, the team brought their minibot WAR Stop into the BattleBox. Things were off to a good start for WAR Hawk when the match got underway as they dislodged extra armor Overhaul added for the fight. However, this did little to the actual chassis so WAR Hawk delivered another hit. This proved to be somewhat costly as WAR Hawk was having drive issues, allowing Overhaul to have some control. WAR Hawk took a shot from the killsaws while it was parked there, but was still able to spin its weapon and cause damage. As the damage mounted, WAR Hawk was still gaining some control and eventually a fire broke out from within Overhaul with 15 seconds left. Time ran out and the judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to WAR Hawk.

WAR Hawk vs Free Shipping

WAR Hawk tosses Free Shipping into the air.

WAR Hawk hits Free Shipping from the left side.

WAR Hawk next found itself against Gary Gin and Free Shipping. The match was off to a poor start as WAR Hawk was unable to get their weapon into Free Shipping. As the match continued, WAR Hawk bent the front forks of Free Shipping, then threw it onto its back. However, Free Shipping was quick to self-right so WAR Hawk delivered another hit that left the forks dangling by one connection to the body. WAR Hawk continued its assault, taking flames all the while but flipped Free Shipping again, this time on its side, where Free Shipping struggled to right itself. Free Shipping finally got back over thanks to some help from the killsaws and took more damage from WAR Hawk. WAR Hawk then flipped it over again and this time the robots got too close to the BattleBots sign on the side of the arena and knocked it off the wall. WAR Hawk delivered another hit that broke the sign into pieces but also left Free Shipping upside down and shooting flames on itself. By this point, WAR Hawk's weapon stopped working and time ran out soon after. The judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to WAR Hawk.

WAR Hawk vs Brutus vs End Game

WAR Hawk flips End Game onto its front.

WAR Hawk pushes Brutus against the arena wall.

WAR Hawk then had one last chance to make the Top 16 and earn the No.15 seed by facing End Game and Brutus in a rumble. WAR Hawk held back a bit while End Game tore off Brutus' front wedge. WAR Hawk then took advantage of End Game's driving error and threw them onto their weapon where they couldn't self-right up against the arena screws. With Brutus' defenses and offenses already down, WAR Hawk then put Brutus up against the arena barrier in the same fashion. WAR Hawk was the only mobile robot left and was declared the winner by KO.

WAR Hawk vs Bronco

WAR Hawk hits Bronco from its right side with its spinning disc.

WAR Hawk gets flipped by Bronco.

Bronco flipping one of WAR Hawk's minibots while WAR Hawk was stuck on the screws.

WAR Hawk's next fight would be up against the No.2 seed and former semi-finalist, Bronco. When the match began, both robots were cautious to approach for several seconds until Bronco turned to the side and took a hit from WAR Hawk. Bronco continued to fight and after lots of maneuvering, tossed WAR Hawk onto its back. WAR Hawk used the arena to self-right and Bronco took another hit from it. Bronco then got WAR Hawk onto the screws, which ground away at WAR Hawk until they got free. However, by this point, WAR Hawk had no mobility left and while WAR Hawk was being counted out, Bronco went after one of the minibots and threw it into the air. This loss eliminated WAR Hawk from the tournament.

Discovery Season 4[]

WAR Hawk vs. Petunia

WAR Hawk slams Petunia into the arena barrier.

WAR Hawk went into the 2019 season with a match against Petunia. For this fight, WAR Hawk went with a more flat wedge set-up with wedgelets at the front in hopes of getting under Petunia. When the match began, WAR Hawk was hesitant to attack, possibly fearing Petunia's weapon and/or its front wedge. However, WAR Hawk soon went on the attack, throwing Petunia into the arena barrier. However, Petunia landed upright so WAR Hawk threw Petunia onto its head. Unwilling to wait for Petunia to right itself, WAR Hawk sent Petunia flying once more, this time landing on its back under the pulverizer. WAR Hawk then stayed back to see if Petunia would continue fighting but Petunia was unable to get much going and eventually stopped moving. Petunia was counted out, giving WAR Hawk the win by KO.

WAR Hawk vs Hydra

WAR Hawk gets to the side of Hydra.

One of WAR Hawk's separated drive pods.

WAR Hawk's next match was against newcomer Hydra and was accompanied by its minibot WAR Stop once again. When the match began, WAR Hawk was able to get its weapon up to speed and take advantage of Hydra's failed attack by shoving them around and causing sparks with its weapon. WAR Hawk continued attacking but was not able to cause any real damage and was thrown into the air by Hydra. WAR Hawk landed upright, but then found itself upended again near the pulverizer Hydra continued its assault and the knockout flip came soon after, as it separated WAR Hawk's drive pods from its weapon. WAR Hawk was now completely immobile and was counted out, giving Hydra the win by KO.

WAR Hawk vs Ragnarök

WAR Hawk is sent into the screws.

Although WAR Hawk was 1-1, it fought in the Desperado Tournament for a spot in the Top 16 bracket and the Giant Bolt trophy. As a result, it was given the No.2 seed and placed against Tim Rackley and the No.7 seed, Ragnarök. As a result, WAR Hawk opted for a front shield with wedgelets to get under Ragnarök and toss them into the air and thicker plastic top armor to protect its electronics. However, when the match began, WAR Hawk struggled to drive well as they were suffering from radio issues. This allowed their opponent to try and get an attack in, but they missed. WAR Hawk attacked the front of Ragnarök, causing plenty of sparks, but no real damage. WAR Hawk then took a light hit from Ragnarök before going back on the attack again. WAR Hawk then got shoved into the arena barrier and took another hit from its opponent's axe. However, WAR Hawk delivered some big hits to the front side that sent Ragnarök flying each time. The final hit to the front bent a section of Ragnarök's wedge sticking straight out and they were no longer moving as their safety link fell out. Ragnarök was counted out, giving WAR Hawk the win by KO.

WAR Hawk vs Black Dragon

Black Dragon throws WAR Hawk onto the screws.

This win put WAR Hawk through to the semi-finals, where they met No.3 seed, Black Dragon. WAR Hawk went back to its traditional wedge with their floating wedgelets up front to try and win the battle of ground clearance. Unfortunately, the match didn't go as planned as WAR Hawk was only able to get moving out of its square before it stopped moving completely. With its weapon also disabled, WAR Hawk had nothing to respond with as they were thrown onto the screws where they couldn't get down. WAR Hawk was operational, but since it was stuck on the screws, WAR Hawk was counted out, giving Black Dragon the win by a quick and easy KO.

WAR Hawk vs Copperhead

WAR Hawk and Copperhead come together.

WAR Hawk's final opponent in the regular season was against Copperhead. As a result, WAR Hawk went with a flat front and front wedgelets. Its driver opted for a regular joystick controller to hopefully prevent radio interference issues. As the match got underway, WAR Hawk wasn't doing well as they were thrown into the air by Copperhead. WAR Hawk then took another hit that bent up one of their front wedgelets. After another few impacts, WAR Hawk lost one of its front wedgelets and was then thrown onto the screws. Unfortunately, even with the screws' help, WAR Hawk wasn't able to get down and was counted out, giving Copperhead the win by KO.

WAR Hawk vs Wan Hoo

WAR Hawk and Wan Hoo meet in the BattleBox.

WAR Hawk also fought Wan Hoo from China in an exhibition match and opted to include WAR Stop and its flat front attachment. Unfortunately, WAR Hawk didn't start off well as their weapon wasn't spinning anywhere near top speed and their front plow was doing nothing to prevent them from getting lifted by their opponent. This left WAR Hawk with little offense and defense against Wan Hoo and they ended up eventually getting thrown into the air. WAR Hawk was then shoved into the screws before both robots lost their weapons. However, this wasn't advantageous for WAR Hawk as they had no means to get under Wan Hoo and took a shot from the killsaws before time ran out. The judges went in favor of Wan Hoo but it is unknown whether it was a split or unanimous decision.

Results[]

WAR HAWK - RESULTS
Discovery Season 3
Fight Nights
3-1, won Play-in
Fight Night vs. Axe Backwards Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Brutus Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. Overhaul Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Free Shipping Won (JD)
Play-in Rumble vs. Brutus, End Game Won (KO)
Top 16
15th seed
Round of 16 vs. Bronco Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 4
Fight Nights
1-2 in Fight Nights, 1-1 in Desperado
Fight Night vs. Petunia Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Hydra Lost (KO)
Desperado Round 1 vs. Ragnarök Won (KO)
Desperado Round 2 vs. Black Dragon Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. Copperhead Lost (KO)
Exhibition Matches
Exhibition Match vs. Wan Hoo Lost (JD)

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 6
  • Losses: 6
Competition Wins Losses
Discovery Season 3 Axe Backwards (Undercard Match)
Overhaul (Undercard Match)
Free Shipping (Undercard Match)
End Game and Brutus (Play-In Rumble)
Brutus (Undercard Match)
Bronco
Discovery Season 4 Petunia (Undercard Match)
Ragnarök (Desperado Tournament)
Hydra (Undercard Match)
Black Dragon (Desperado Tournament)
Copperhead (Undercard Match)
Wan Hoo (Unaired Match)

Faruq Tauheed Introductions[]

"More magical than a warlock. Keeps you out like a door lock. Walks over you like the boardwalk. Alright, that's enough talk, it's WAR HAWK!"

"From the Emerald City, this bot will leave you sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Tanks and Meg Dyan. It's WAR HAWK!"

"Most birds have the power of flight but this one has the power to fight. It'll put you to the test and kick you out of the nest. It's WAR HAWK!"

"With wings stretched wide, it's time to hide. When it soars from the sky, you just might die. *imitates hawk sound* It's WAR HAWK!"

"Soaring into the box for war, this bird is looking to even the score. *bird noises* It's WAR HAWK!"

"Flying in from Seattle, trying to knock Bronco off his saddle, *bird noises* It's WAR HAWK!"

"This bird of prey will make you pay. Not like pay on a first date. Pay like you know it's going to destroy you! You get it. It's WAR HAWK!"

"Tweet tweet tweet, a little birdie told me you're going to get murdered! If you think you're going to survive, then you're just plain cuckoo. It's WAR HAWK!"

"This bird flies solo because it just don't give a flock. When it comes a knocking, you'll be squawking bwaaak bwak bwak bwak bwaak. It's WAR HAWK!"

"It's the god slaying, waste laying, no more playing. You better start praying, it's WAR HAWK!"

"This bot is on a Galaxy Quest to instill fear. It will destroy your beryllium sphere. By Grabthar's hammer, this bot is a slammer. Never give up, never surrender. It's WAR HAWK!"

"Owl tell you about the bot that rules the skies. Spots its prey from miles away with its eagle's eye. Crash, boom, bang. This is what it sounds like when doves die. Prepare to squawk *bird noises*, it's WAR HAWK!"

Trivia[]

  • WAR Hawk is one of four robots to reach the Top 16 in the reboot's third season to not have any of its fights featured as a main event, with the others being Son of Whyachi and Monsoon.

See Also[]

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