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Witch Doctor is a heavyweight (formerly middleweight) robot which has competed in every season of the BattleBots reboot. It was built by Busted Nuts Robotics, who entered the original middleweight Witch Doctor into BattleBots IQ events.

Co-captains Andrea and Mike Gellatly both found their feet in BattleBots during its untelevised events. Andrea Gellatly (then Suarez) first competed in 2004 with a robot called The Kerminator as part of Team Mean and Green, before entering a shell spinner named Category 5. From there, the middleweight Witch Doctor was designed and fought in three BattleBots IQ events, winning the Best Engineered and Coolest Robot awards as well as finishing first overall in the 2011 competition. Witch Doctor then briefly fought in RoboGames. The original middleweight was built by Adam Bercu, who fought in the 2007 event with middleweight Coincidence[1] before later branching off to form part of Overhaul and pilot his own 250lb BattleBots competitor, Brutus.

In all of its televised BattleBots seasons, Witch Doctor featured a potent vertical spinning disc which was capable of causing major damage to opponents. It often featured small front wedges which could be replaced with a large steel plow to combat spinners. It was also accompanied by a 30lb "minibot" named Shaman in early seasons of the show. Shaman was a wedge robot designed to get behind the opponent and distract their drivers so Witch Doctor could go in for the kill. Shaman was not unarmed, as it was also equipped with a flamethrower to toast the underside of opponents it can get underneath. In its debut season, Witch Doctor received a wildcard after losing to Bronco, but despite picking up a win against veteran builder Christian Carlberg, was eliminated from the tournament by Tombstone.

Shaman during the 2016 season.

For ABC Season 2, Witch Doctor was completely redesigned with a new double-sided spinning disc and a self-righting mechanism. Shaman also underwent a new design, now sporting with two flamethrowers instead of one and using green fire rather than its traditional colors. It started well in the 2016 season, but bowed out in a surprise defeat to Red Devil.

Shaman CAD in May 2018[2]

For Discovery Season 3, Witch Doctor was again redesigned, with the 47lb weapon now sporting two teeth instead of one, and was able to hit speeds of 4000rpm (200mph). Despite initial CAD renders showcasing an upgraded Shaman, the minibot was ultimately retired in order to save weight on the main bot, which was redistributed to its ribcage armor and upgrades to its self-righter. This proved to be effective as Witch Doctor made the Top 16 before bowing out to eventual runner-up Minotaur. Witch Doctor was also the main focus of the second episode of BattleBots Resurrection, where issues with their motors smoking during fights and compromising the bot's reliability were explained in further detail. Witch Doctor returned for Discovery Season 4 with an updated design with cracks across the rib cage, a new flamethrower and custom rubber tires. Although Shaman still remained absent, the team added a little purple homage to the minibot on the self-righting arm. This version of Witch Doctor also featured a larger primary weapon for improved reach, bends in the wedge which protected the front wheels. This proved to be the most successful Witch Doctor build to date, defeating all of its opponents before falling just short in the Championship decider to Bite Force.

Witch Doctor again came back for Discovery Season 5 and appeared largely unchanged. Like Bombshell and Minotaur, Witch Doctor had a very rough run as last season's runner-up, going 1-2 in the qualifying rounds, but still made it into the Championship Tournament where it defeated Skorpios in the Round of 32 before losing a rematch to SawBlaze in the Round of 16. Witch Doctor redeemed itself for failing to make it to the Championship Finals again by becoming the second Legend to defend their Bounty by defeating BattleBots: Bounty Hunters bracket winner SubZero to earn a portion of the $25,000 prize.

For Discovery Season 6, the team stated that Witch Doctor has been redesigned from the ground up, while still retaining the look it has been known for since Discovery Season 3. Many of the upgrades revolved around weapon reliability, including the chassis being elongated slightly to accommodate a new motor assembly. Witch Doctor now utilized dual motors for its weapon for additional redundancy, and its belts had been repositioned to the outside of the discs. The team also added "bunny ears" which allows Witch Doctor to drive better and keep the weapon spinning while upside-down, and a modified self-righting mechanism which now has a near-180 degree range of motion. Witch Doctor's weapon is made from AR500 steel to prevent the discs from breaking, which cost the team in two of its fights last season. Witch Doctor opened its season with a win over Hal Rucker and DUCK! before suffering a loss by knockout to reigning champions End Game. After beating fellow fan favorite Rusty in the final episode of Fight Night battles, Witch Doctor's 2-1 record was enough to grant it the No.24 seed in the Round of 32. Following the shock withdrawal of Glitch, Mammoth was drafted in to be Witch Doctor's Round of 32 opponent, and the Gellatlys put it to the sword to again make the Top 16. After knocking out Copperhead and defeating Minotaur in highly controversial circumstances, Witch Doctor got revenge on SawBlaze but lost in the title decider to Tantrum.

Having beaten SubZero in BattleBots: Bounty Hunters to defend its title, Witch Doctor will later look to defend its title for a second time in BattleBots: Champions.

The team also developed a YouTube series called Witch Doctor Junior, an educational program showcasing how to build and maintain combat robots on a smaller scale, and looks to encourage young people into the world of engineering.[3] Andrea Gellatly also published a BattleBots-themed alphabet book, called B is for BattleBots, with illustration from Caleb Kempson. Proceeds went towards supporting the Witch Doctor Junior program. Andrea and Mike Gellatly co-hosted Tale of the Tape After Show alongside HyperShock's Will Bales, discussing each episode after it airs and often bringing roboteers onto the show as special guests. However, this was discontinued after the 2020 season due to the time and effort required from both teams.

Robot History[]

BattleBots IQ 2010[]

Witch Doctor vs. PanDEMONium

Witch Doctor overturns the shell spinner almost immediately.

Witch Doctor fought University of Miami representative PanDEMONium. As the shell spinner attempted to spin up, Witch Doctor charged across the arena and punted PanDEMONium into the arena wall. After several glancing hits upon landing, PanDEMONium was upside down and Witch Doctor took a comfortable win by knockout.

Witch Doctor vs. Bear Tooth

Witch Doctor leaves Bear Tooth's frame warped.

Witch Doctor faced Bear Tooth, who appeared stuck on the arena wall in the opening seconds as Witch Doctor slowly approached. Bear Tooth was freed and Witch Doctor delivered a hit which tore parts away from its opponent. With a side panel dangling loose, Bear Tooth opted to behave as a sit and spin bot, but Witch Doctor sent it flying into the air and across the arena. Bear Tooth suddenly stopped moving and was deemed immobile, giving Witch Doctor the victory.

Witch Doctor vs. Fuchsia Fusion

Witch Doctor backs off as Fuschia Fusion is counted out.

Next up for Witch Doctor was Fuschia Fusion, who spun in its starting square as Witch Doctor approached. The two bots went weapon to weapon before a big hit sent Fuschia Fusion flying across the arena, landing upside down. Although Witch Doctor lost its front wedge, Fuschia Fusion was unable to self-right and Witch Doctor took the win.

BattleBots IQ 2011[]

Witch Doctor vs. PanDEMONium

Witch Doctor faces PanDEMONium as it recovers from a big impact.

Witch Doctor took on PanDEMONium for a second time in the 2011 event. As the fight began, PanDEMONium was quicker to spin up than in the 2010 event and dealt a few hits to Witch Doctor's front wedge. Sparks flew as the two bots continued to exchange glancing blows before Witch Doctor violently launched PanDEMONium high into the air. PanDEMONium landed on its wheels, but Witch Doctor landed another hit before the fight was temporarily paused after a false tap-out. The battle resumed and PanDEMONium was able to grind its shell against the underside of Witch Doctor before throwing PanDEMONium across the arena several more times. One last hit was enough to flip PanDEMONium over as Witch Doctor again won by knockout.

Witch Doctor vs. Grasshopper

Witch Doctor tears a panel from Grasshopper.

Witch Doctor faced a two-wheel drive middleweight called Grasshopper in the 2011 competition and was quickly on the aggressive, tearing a panel away from its opponent and twisting its chassis. Soon after, Grasshopper was immobile and Witch Doctor took the win.

Witch Doctor vs. Blue Flame

The collision which overturned Witch Doctor.

Witch Doctor advanced to face undercutter Blue Flame, built by Victor Soto. Early on, Witch Doctor became caught on a floor seam, which appeared to have affected its driving. Blue Flame took advantage of this and hit Witch Doctor, damaging the wheels on that side. After Witch Doctor hit another floor seam, Blue Flame dished out one more hit to the wedge which sent Witch Doctor gyro-dancing out of control and onto its back near the wall, where its drum drove the robot the width of the arena before coming to a stop on the opposite wall. With Witch Doctor upside down on the wall with no way of self-righting, it tapped out, giving Blue Flame the win by TKO.

Witch Doctor vs. Blue Flame

Witch Doctor and Blue Flame go weapon to weapon.

In the finals, Witch Doctor faced Blue Flame in a rematch. As the match began, both robots met at the center of the arena and clashed weapons. Sparks flew off of Witch Doctor's wedge as Blue Flame made contact, but it otherwise was not causing much damage. Blue Flame soon was kicked away in a weapon-to-weapon collision and kicked in the air before it could spin back up, flipping it upside down. After taking a shot from Witch Doctor again, Blue Flame tried to move away to get its weapon up to speed, before turning around and colliding weapon to weapon again. Blue Flame soon ran into a wall, stopping its own blade, when Witch Doctor came in and dished out shots to the front and the right wheel guard before Blue Flame got its blade back up to speed. However, Blue Flame made the mistake of swinging into the wall with the blade, leaving it vulnerable to a Witch Doctor attack. Blue Flame was first kicked in the air with a hit to the rear, then a weapon-to-weapon hit sent it flying and bouncing into a corner, leaving it with a still working but broken bar. Due to its weapon breaking in half, Blue Flame tapped out, giving Witch Doctor the win by TKO as well as the championship.

Witch Doctor vs. Fluffy DeLarge

Witch Doctor and Fluffy DeLarge face off.

Fluffy DeLarge leaves Witch Doctor stranded.

Witch Doctor also took on Fluffy DeLarge in a grudge match. The two bots went weapon to weapon early on, which resulted in Witch Doctor being flipped over. Witch Doctor attempted to run itself into the wall to right itself, but sparks flew as Fluffy DeLarge went in for several more glancing glows. Fluffy DeLarge then threw Witch Doctor into the air with its primary weapon, causing Witch Doctor to become stuck against the arena wall. Fluffy DeLarge took the win by knockout.

ABC Season 1[]

Witch Doctor vs. Bronco

Witch Doctor gets flipped by Bronco.

Witch Doctor's first match as a 250lb heavyweight came against Bronco. Right off the bat, Bronco got off to a quick start scoring a flip on Witch Doctor, but it quickly righted itself. Shaman then got underneath Bronco and began using its flamethrower. Bronco used its flipper to escape but then drove itself into the wall, where its flipper got stuck underneath. While they could've waited for the bot to be counted out by the referee, they instead used this opportunity to strike. Shaman sprayed fire on Bronco just as Witch Doctor struck it with its blade. This proved to be fatal, as Bronco was set free and quickly flipped Witch Doctor again, shoving onto the screws just when it righted itself, and was stuck on the wall with no means of getting off. Left out of the TV broadcast was a miscommunication whereby a rule was passed to Witch Doctor's team that allowed them back into the fight if they had been on top of the arena barrier. However, when Trey Roski and one of their team members went into the arena to free Witch Doctor, they were told that the rule only applied if the robot was caught on top of the screws within the first minute. The match resumed, but with the main robot out of action, Witch Doctor was counted out.

Witch Doctor was awarded one of four wildcards, allowing them to advance to the Round of 16, where they faced OverDrive.

Witch Doctor vs. OverDrive

Witch Doctor hits the left side of OverDrive.

With an immediate chance at redemption, they were eager to take out their opponent as quick as possible. OverDrive charged at them head-on, slamming into Shaman before getting a hit on Witch Doctor. After a brief game of cat-and-mouse, OverDrive ran into the wall, allowing Witch Doctor to strike. After another chase, Witch Doctor hit OverDrive again, and then a third hit flipped OverDrive upside-down. Struggling to right-itself, OverDrive ran itself into the wall. Witch Doctor struck it again, flipping over but taking out one of its wheels. With the loss of its mobility, OverDrive was rendered useless and Witch Doctor easily took the win by knock-out. This win allowed them to advance into the quarter-finals, where they faced Tombstone.

Witch Doctor vs. Tombstone

Witch Doctor hits Tombstone.

Witch Doctor and Tombstone collide.

Before the match began, Shaman had technical issues from the last match against OverDrive and wasn't able to continue. This left Witch Doctor alone and a wedge plate was added to the front to prevent damage from Tombstone. 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 wall. Witch Doctor maintained its lead until it got yet another stroke of bad luck. The repeated collisions with Tombstone took its toll on the weapon rail, jamming the weapon and preventing it from spinning. With no weapon, Tombstone was able to charge into Witch Doctor, and hit it so hard, Witch Doctor was overturned. Likewise, Tombstone was flung across the BattleBox, breaking its weapon in half in the process. Despite Tombstone being left with no offense, Witch Doctor was unable to right itself, meaning it was defeated via knockout for the second time in the competition.

Witch Doctor vs. Nightmare vs. Overhaul

Witch Doctor gets lifted by Overhaul during the rumble.

Witch Doctor returned for a three robot rumble, where they faced Nightmare and Overhaul at the end of the tournament. Witch Doctor began strong as Shaman spewed fire at its two opponents. However, Overhaul managed to lift Witch Doctor onto its wedge plate where it was stranded. Shaman tried to help Witch Doctor flip back on its wheels but was unsuccessful. As per rumble rules, Witch Doctor was not counted out, but Overhaul and Nightmare ignored the immobile bot for the rest of the rumble. In the end, Nightmare took the rumble win.

ABC Season 2[]

Witch Doctor vs. ROTATOR

Witch Doctor rips off one of ROTATOR's wheels.

Witch Doctor's first match in the 2016 season was against newcomer ROTATOR. Shaman was omitted in this match to free up weight for their stronger front plow. The team replaced the front tires with two courtesy of Team HyperShock as their robot's scoop was scraping the ground during testing. In the opening moments, both robots started spinning their weapons but due to ROTATOR's wheel rims not properly gripping its tires, ROTATOR approached much more slowly. Witch Doctor gave ROTATOR a small hit from its spinning disc. After another small hit from its spinning drum, Witch Doctor went straight at the left side of ROTATOR and ripped a tire off. ROTATOR could not move properly and Witch Doctor moves to the center of the BattleBox. ROTATOR could only move in circles and was counted out and Witch Doctor won the match by a quick KO after just 27 seconds. This win put Witch Doctor to the Round of 32 with a No.3 seeding, where it faced the No.30 seed Red Devil.

Witch Doctor vs. Red Devil

For this battle, Witch Doctor underestimated Red Devil, who had come off a close win against walker bot Wrecks. It had its front plow removed, allowing Shaman to participate. However, this proved to be a costly mistake as Red Devil was able to grab hold of Witch Doctor just beside the drum and use its saw whilst dragging Witch Doctor to the pulverizer.

Red Devil grabs a hold of Witch Doctor as Shaman shoots fire in front of them.

During the struggle, Witch Doctor's batteries were damaged and smoke began to pour out, getting thicker and thicker over time. Witch Doctor was then overturned by Red Devil whilst its self-righting mechanism was inoperable as the sprocket that the chain powering it went around had shattered. Witch Doctor, spewing thick smoke, was counted out and the No.30 seed Red Devil won by a shocking and impressive KO at 1:27. This shocking loss meant that Witch Doctor was eliminated from the competition again.

Witch Doctor vs. Wrecks vs. Bite Force

Witch Doctor turns Shaman into a fireball.

Witch Doctor out of the arena.

Witch Doctor later participated in a three-way rumble with Wrecks and Bite Force. In the opening moments, Witch Doctor was taking damage from Bite Force. The 2015 season champion knocked Witch Doctor upside down and straight into Wrecks' spinning disc, which tore off part of its front scoop. Witch Doctor continued to take damage, eventually losing its self-righting arm and causing massive damage to Shaman, which resulted in a fireball. Regardless, it continued to attack, only to be sandwiched between Bite Force and Wrecks, whom together tossed Witch Doctor out of the arena. Although Shaman was still mobile, Bite Force then hit Shaman again, ripping off its wedge and remaining wheel, knocking Shaman out completely. Witch Doctor lost the rumble and Bite Force won overall.

Discovery Season 3[]

Witch Doctor vs. Yeti

Witch Doctor and Yeti collide.

Witch Doctor tosses Yeti into the air.

The immobilized Witch Doctor is pushed under the pulverizer.

Witch Doctor's first opponent was Yeti. When the match began, things were about even between the two bots as there were hits but neither of them proving to be that damaging. However, Witch Doctor found itself being pushed into the screws, and lost a tire as a result. As the match went on, Witch Doctor retaliated by damaging Yeti's lifting forks such that the forks were bent out of alignment and one of the front prongs was torn off. Witch Doctor stayed face-to-face with its opponent, who clambered on top of it and tore one of the ribcage armor pieces loose. Witch Doctor continued to take hits and lost the same armor piece that was loosened earlier. Worse still, it found itself in the corner under the pulverizer and Yeti attacked it once more, causing Witch Doctor to stop moving. Smoke started pouring out from Witch Doctor due to its drive motors overheating and Witch Doctor was counted out, giving Yeti the win by KO.

Witch Doctor vs. Blacksmith

Witch Doctor peels back Blacksmith's armor.

Witch Doctor trapped in the screw.

Witch Doctor's next opponent was Blacksmith. When the match began, Witch Doctor found itself being shoved into the wall by Blacksmith's front-mounted forks. Witch Doctor got away and started to get some hits on its opponent. Witch Doctor was seemingly taking control of the fight and continued to attack Blacksmith, whose hammer seemed to lose functionality. Witch Doctor continued to battle and lost its right rear tire. After some more maneuvering, Witch Doctor was fully on top of Blacksmith and was shoved up on top of the arena screws such that one tire was in between it and the arena barrier. Witch Doctor was being counted out but using its self-righting mechanism, managed to escape at the last possible second. However, by this point there was only six seconds left on the clock, leaving little chance to make any further attacks. Time ran out and the judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision in favor of Witch Doctor.

Witch Doctor vs. Ultimo Destructo

Witch Doctor destroys Ultimo Destructo.

Up next for Witch Doctor was Ultimo Destructo. In response, With Doctor removed the lip on the front of the scoop to have the weapon be Ultimo Destructo's first point of contact. The match was off to a great start for Witch Doctor as they evaded Ultimo's flipper and got underneath to cause damage. After another hit or two, it became clear that Ultimo couldn't move anymore as they'd lost wheels and their entire chassis had been jarred loose. Ultimo Destructo was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO.

Witch Doctor vs. Overhaul

Witch Doctor dismembers Overhaul's right-armor plating.

Witch Doctor lands a blow to the underbelly of Overhaul.

Witch Doctor was then drawn against Overhaul, an old foe that flipped Witch Doctor over and rendered it immobile in the post-tournament rumble of 2015. If Witch Doctor was too enter the top 16 bracket, it would need to surpass Overhaul, but unlike last time, this time Witch Doctor had means of self-righting. The match began and was underway, with both bots launching themselves at each other. Overhaul's lifter made contact with Witch Doctor's frontal wedge and attempted to lift it, but it was unsuccessful. Witch Doctor instantly gave chase to Overhaul, but there was a sudden jolt as a Hell raiser jutted out from the BattleBox and desisted Witch Doctor, giving Overhaul an opening and allowing it to close in on Witch Doctor. But once again, Overhaul couldn't lift Witch Doctor. Witch Doctor, on the aggressive side, maneuvered to the right-hand side of Overhaul. Without warning, shrapnel was sent tumbling throughout the field as the armor of Overhaul was ripped of from its hinges. Witch Doctor had been quick to already dismantle Overhaul, who was on its side, flipped onto its back, and slammed onto the screws. Overhaul quickly self-righted, but was almost instantly on its back again, before self-righting again. Overhaul was weakened, but nevertheless, it pressed on while Witch Doctor's drum spinner continued to spin with increasing power. Overhaul kept its distance, but couldn't keep Witch Doctor at bay forever. Soon enough, sparks began to fly, as Overhaul was thrown through the air, before being shoved around the arena by its relentless opponent. Overhaul was then left motionless in a corner of the arena right next to the pulverizer with its lifting arm pointed towards the roof of the arena. The countdown began and Overhaul was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO. Witch Doctor did enough to enter the Top 16 and found itself facing Minotaur.

Witch Doctor vs. Minotaur

Witch Doctor and Minotaur go weapon to weapon.

In response, Witch Doctor opted to use a front plate which allowed their weapon to be Minotaur's first point of contact. However, Witch Doctor suffered drive issues almost immediately as one of their front wheels was bent inwards. As the match progressed, Witch Doctor lost the wheel that gave it drive issues and was able to continue fighting properly. However, when they next collided with Minotaur, they lost the other front wheel but still had a good deal of mobility left and a working weapon. Witch Doctor was then attacked by Minotaur and shoved into the corner where they lost one of the rear tires. After losing the final tire and getting flipped, Witch Doctor self-righted and caught fire. With all their wheels gone, Witch Doctor was counted out, eliminating them from the tournament.

Discovery Season 4[]

Witch Doctor vs. Shatter!

Witch Doctor and Shatter! come to blows.

Witch Doctor's first match of 2019 was against newcomer Shatter!. In response, Witch Doctor added more armor under the rib-cage to hopefully prevent or minimize damage from Shatter!'s weapon. When the match began, Witch Doctor was aggressive, tearing off chunks of Shatter's armor away. As the match progressed, Witch Doctor took advantage of a missed attack from their opponent and tore off their hammer head. Despite starting strong, Witch Doctor started to lose drive on one side and eventually its weapon. Making matters worse, as Witch Doctor pressed on, the smoke turned to fire and Witch Doctor seemed like it was going to get knocked out. With 10 seconds left, Witch Doctor managed to get some mobility left and the fight went the distance. The judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to Witch Doctor.

Witch Doctor vs. Captain Shrederator

Captain Shrederator gets kicked into the air by Witch Doctor.

Next for Witch Doctor was a match against Brian Nave and Captain Shrederator. For this fight, Witch Doctor removed their flamethrower to beef up their defenses against Captain Shrederator. When the match got underway, Witch Doctor took hits from Captain Shrederator but also sent Captain Shrederator flying into each side of the arena. Captain Shrederator began to have balance issues so Witch Doctor went in again, sending Captain Shrederator flying once more. Captain Shrederator stayed upright, but its weapon was slow to get going again. This allowed Witch Doctor to hit it near the screws and flip it over. With Captain Shrederator unable to do anything else but spin its body, Witch Doctor took it to the pulverizer before Captain Shrederator was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO.

Witch Doctor vs. Whiplash

Whiplash presses Witch Doctor against the BattleBox.

Witch Doctor was then placed against former semi-finalist, Matt Vasquez and Whiplash. Witch Doctor opted to use their flat front plates so that the weapon would be the first point of contact. This proved to work well as Witch Doctor began throwing Whiplash through the air multiple times, bending the left front plate of Whiplash in the process. Witch Doctor continued to attack, causing Whiplash to lose its right front tire. Witch Doctor then got Whiplash onto the screws where Whiplash was briefly stuck. Once Whiplash got down, Witch Doctor pushed it into the other set of screws on that side of the arena, but Whiplash escaped again. Witch Doctor was then flipped over, but quickly self-righted before Whiplash could take advantage. Witch Doctor managed to take out the spinner on Whiplash's lifting arm before being lifted into the air, causing Whiplash to lose the chain to its lifting arm too. Witch Doctor soon had smoke pouring out and was forced to spin down its weapon. This resulted in a pushing match that somewhat favored Witch Doctor, but time ran out soon after. The judges awarded Witch Doctor a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Witch Doctor vs. Gigabyte

Witch Doctor sends Gigabyte flying.

Witch Doctor looked to continue their winning streak by taking on Gigabyte. Witch Doctor started the fight by quickly reaching Gigabyte and throwing them into the air. Witch Doctor stayed on its opponent, tossing them over repeatedly but Gigabyte was equally quick to right itself. After about nine of these powerful hits, Witch Doctor's drum shutdown, but it was clear Gigabyte's weapon wasn't working from the big tear on one side and the huge impacts. It became a pushing match, but Witch Doctor was able to push Gigabyte under the pulverizer, removing the hazard's protective cover in the process. Gigabyte had also lost a wheel during this final exchange and was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO and was the second bot to go unbeaten.

Witch Doctor vs. Blacksmith

Witch Doctor throws Blacksmith across the BattleBox.

With their recent success over Gigabyte, Witch Doctor was now in the Top 16 as the No.2 seed. Their first match in the regular format was a rematch with Al Kindle and the No.15 seed, Blacksmith. Witch Doctor had swapped out a weapon motor for one that could take the required power needed and thus not smoke. The match was going well for Witch Doctor as they were throwing Blacksmith through the air repeatedly but Blacksmith was able to take the punishment without taking much damage in return. Witch Doctor continued to control the fight, eventually getting Blacksmith up on the screws but Blacksmith was able to escape with smoke starting to pour out. Witch Doctor brought the fight near the pulverizer, throwing Blacksmith over but Blacksmith self-righted and was now on fire. Witch Doctor attacked a few more times until Blacksmith stopped moving and was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO and a place in the quarter-finals.

Witch Doctor vs. SawBlaze

Witch Doctor watches on as SawBlaze struggles to right itself.

Now in the final eight, Witch Doctor faced off against Jamison Go and the No.7 seed, SawBlaze. Witch Doctor started off fairly well, bending up the middle fork on SawBlaze's front. Witch Doctor was then shoved into the arena barrier, but managed to cause damage to SawBlaze's weapon arm before getting free. Witch Doctor then threw SawBlaze into the air but SawBlaze recovered. Witch Doctor then threw SawBlaze onto its back but SawBlaze self-righted again. After being shoved into the arena barrier again, Witch Doctor threw SawBlaze up on its nose where it was unable to escape as smoke began pouring out SawBlaze was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO and a spot in the semi-finals.

Witch Doctor vs. DeathRoll

Witch Doctor and DeathRoll collide.

Now, Witch Doctor was against veteran DeathRoll from Australia, which had been on a winning streak since the event began. When the match began, Witch Doctor attacked DeathRoll, not causing any real damage. However, by the second or third hit, Witch Doctor had taken out DeathRoll's weapon due to a loose wire and continued its assault on their opponent. Even without a weapon, Witch Doctor still faced charges from its opponent so they flipped DeathRoll over and DeathRoll self-righted. As the match came down to the final 30 seconds, Witch Doctor stopped moving. Luckily, it managed to regain enough mobility to make it to the end of the fight. The judges awarded a 2-1 split decision to Witch Doctor, advancing it to the finals.

Witch Doctor vs. Bite Force

Bite Force overturns Witch Doctor.

Witch Doctor is immobile and counted out.

In the championship bout, Witch Doctor was facing two-time champion Bite Force. As the match got underway, Witch Doctor was doing very well, tearing off Bite Force's front wedgelets and overall giving Bite Force a pretty hard time. However, as the match wore on, Witch Doctor's weapon stopped working, leaving them almost defenseless. Making matters worse, they also were losing drive on one side, allowing their opponent to attack in retaliation. Witch Doctor could do little else by this point and eventually got flipped over but self-righted. After being flipped again, Witch Doctor was now up against the arena barrier where it was unable to right itself and was counted out, giving Bite Force the win by KO and a third Giant Nut.  

re:MARS all:STARS BattleBots Challenge (2019)[]

Witch Doctor vs. Tombstone

Witch Doctor's unique look for the Amazon event.

Witch Doctor leaves Tombstone for dead.

Witch Doctor was selected as one of ten robots to compete for the Giant Bolt trophy in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of special livestreamed event. For this, it sported a unique wedge with "Don't Fear the Reaper" written across the front. Up first was Tombstone, driven by Ray Billings' son Justin for this competition. When the match began, Witch Doctor collided with Tombstone, sending both robots in opposite directions. Both robots recovered and took another collision, leaving Witch Doctor to lose part of its weapon and sending Tombstone into the arena barrier. This time however, Tombstone was only turning in circles but its weapon was still at top speed so it turned to face Witch Doctor again and was nearly sent out of the arena. After one more collision, Tombstone was no longer moving and started smoking. Tombstone was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO. Witch Doctor was selected by the audience to compete with Bronco for the Championship bout.

Witch Doctor vs. Bronco

Witch Doctor bullies Bronco for the bulk of the fight.

As the final got underway, Witch Doctor started the stronger as Bronco turned right into their weapon and lost a tire. Witch Doctor took advantage of Bronco's failed attempt to flip by it by tearing off another tire. Witch Doctor struck Bronco again and this time, Bronco's flipper tip had been bent up, rendering its primary weapon useless. Witch Doctor then tore off a third wheel and left Bronco dead near the screws. Bronco was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO, the Giant Bolt trophy and the title as re:MARS Amazon BattleBots Challenge champion.

Discovery Season 5[]

Witch Doctor vs. Hydra

Both bots attack.

Witch Doctor is sent high into the air by Hydra.

Witch Doctor's first fight in Season 5 was a main event with Hydra. When the match started, Witch Doctor got flipped by Hydra on first contact. After a few more flips, Witch Doctor managed to hit Hydra on the right side and fling it. After this, Hydra landed an absolutely massive flip on Witch Doctor. When it landed, one of Witch Doctor's discs broke which left the weapon off-balanced, likely being reason why Witch Doctor started billowing smoke. Despite this, they did managed to do a bit more damage with their broken weapon, but Witch Doctor got flipped by Hydra and was stuck behind the screws. Like with Witch Doctor's previous bout against Blacksmith in 2018, the screws reversed, saving Witch Doctor. Suddenly, Hydra couldn't move while they were in the blue square due to overheated speed controllers, and was starting to get counted out. Jack realized this and stopped moving in order to let them cool, and was able to get the bot running again with a few seconds left on the countdown. The time ran out shortly after and Witch Doctor lost by a 2-1 split decision, kicking off its runner-up season on a bad note like those before.

Witch Doctor vs. Kraken

Witch Doctor attacks the mouth of Kraken.

Witch Doctor was now up against Matt Spurk and Kraken. Witch Doctor started off very poorly as their weapon lost a tooth almost immediately as they were grappled and dragged across the arena. This left Witch Doctor with major control problems and pretty much no offense as well. Witch Doctor continued to fight and was grappled again before being released. After a 3rd grapple, Witch Doctor got in some hits but only caused cosmetic damage to Kraken at best. Time ran out and the judges awarded Kraken a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Witch Doctor vs. SlamMow!

Witch Doctor eats away at the side of SlamMow!.

Now facing the possibility of going 0-3 and not making it into the Championship Tournament, Witch Doctor needed to defeat his final Fight Night opponent, SlamMow!, to have any chance of making it into the Round of 32. As a result, Witch Doctor was now armed with twin discs made from AR400 steel but started off somewhat poorly as they were unable to mount an attack and ended up being pushed into the arena barrier. After a big head-on collusion, Witch Doctor started to gain the upper hand as they damaged SlamMow!'s right clamping arm. SlamMow! then tried to clamp down on Witch Doctor's weapon but Witch Doctor completely disabled it instead. Witch Doctor then started to get to SlamMow!'s sides, ripping open the right wheel guard before taking off a wheel completely. With around a minute left, Witch Doctor went in for another attack but hit the arena barrier instead. However, SlamMow! was only driving in circles so Witch Doctor backed off. SlamMow! was counted out, giving Witch Doctor its first win by KO.

Witch Doctor vs. Skorpios

Witch Doctor and Skorpios go head-to-head.

Despite its 1-2 record, Witch Doctor managed to make it into the Top 32 seeded the No.23 seed and went up against the No.10 seed Skorpios. Witch Doctor started off well as they threw Skorpios into the air before nearly being pushed into the screws. Witch Doctor escaped and looked for an opening, eventually striking and disabling Skorpios' hammer saw. Witch Doctor continued to fight, unwilling to be bullied by their opponent and sent Skorpios flying again before attacking their right wheel. After taking a shot from the pulverizer intended for Skorpios, Witch Doctor sent its opponent flying twice more before time ran out. The judges awarded Witch Doctor a unanimous decision and a spot in the Top 16.

Witch Doctor vs. SawBlaze

Witch Doctor attacks SawBlaze head on.

Next up for Witch Doctor was Jamison Go and SawBlaze, who they had already beaten in the previous season. SawBlaze started on the offensive, pinning Witch Doctor against the wall and landing a hit which cracked the rib cage. Witch Doctor retaliated, landing a few shots of its own to upend its opponent. SawBlaze used its three forks to great effect however, sliding underneath Witch Doctor's front to negate their vertical spinner and lift the front wheels off the floor. SawBlaze had the flamethrower activated by this point and landed another hit on the top of the rib cage. Witch Doctor retaliated by popping Jamieson Go's bot into the air, but SawBlaze again recovered to drive Witch Doctor across the box and tear a panel away. Now stuck under the pulverizer, SawBlaze capitalised on the fact Witch Doctor could not spin up, and landed a hit directly on their weapon. Witch Doctor retreated to the center of the box, now missing a front wedge. SawBlaze was not unscathed either however, with its middle prong bent upwards from Witch Doctor's attacks. As the fight entered its final minute, SawBlaze landed several more shots to Witch Doctor's top and smoke began to pour from it. SawBlaze reversed into Witch Doctor, landing a weapon-to-weapon uppercut and jamming the two bots together momentarily. Witch Doctor was now immobile, and was officially counted out with just a second left on the clock. This brought an end to Witch Doctor's Giant Nut hopes, and SawBlaze moved on.

BattleBots: Bounty Hunters (2020)[]

Witch Doctor vs. SubZero

Witch Doctor leaves SubZero in a sorry state.

Witch Doctor also had its own BattleBots: Bounty Hunters episode, where eight robots competed for a chance to face the Gellatlys for a piece of the $25,000 up for grabs. SubZero had managed to win three consecutive fights, and earned the right to face Witch Doctor. The fight started with SubZero receiving some minor shots from the drum of Witch Doctor, before a shot to the side turned it over. Witch Doctor was able to drive underneath SubZero, slicing through its baseplate in the proces. Though SubZero was able to self-right, Witch Doctor delivered a similar attack, damaging its opponent's right front tire. SubZero was now struggling to drive properly, and Witch Doctor's next attack tore a whole section of the front of SubZero clean away. This impact also knocked Spitfire out, and SubZero began to smoke. With under a minute gone, SubZero was counted out and Witch Doctor was declared the winner.

Discovery Season 6[]

Witch Doctor vs. DUCK!

Witch Doctor and DUCK! tussle in the BattleBox.

Witch Doctor's first fight of the 2021 season was against the redesigned DUCK!. As the fight began, they were allowed to get up to speed as DUCK! was tentative out of its square. Witch Doctor threw across the BattleBox in the opening moments and broke off one of their two hinged forks. However, as DUCK! tanked the assault, a front-on hit from Witch Doctor seemingly disabled their primary weapon. From that moment, DUCK! attacked with less fear, shoving Witch Doctor into the Upper Deck and attempting to get its lifting beak into play. Witch Doctor proved to have the superior drive power, bullying DUCK! into the Upper Deck as well, then landing several pulverizer shots on top of Hal Rucker’s bot. With both bots mobile at the end of the fight, the judges ruled in favor of Witch Doctor.
Post-fight, Andrea Gellatly revealed that she purposely turned off Witch Doctor's weapon upon realizing it was slowing down, in order to prevent the motors smoking and giving a visual indicator to the judges that the bot had been hurt. Witch Doctor had also been running on only one weapon motor for the entire match.

Witch Doctor vs. End Game

Witch Doctor is thrown across the BattleBox by the defending champions.

Witch Doctor is left for dead.

Witch Doctor's second fight was a Main Event against reigning BattleBots champions End Game. The team ensured both weapon motors were now functional, which was not the case in their victory over DUCK!. The fight began with End Game pointing its weapon towards Witch Doctor as Witch Doctor was circling the champ, looking for an angle to attack. Both bots then attacked each other several times, causing sparks. Witch Doctor was able to bend up two of End Game's forks, but End Game wasn't deterred, continuing to keep its weapon pointed towards Witch Doctor. End Game then popped Witch Doctor in the air. Witch Doctor returned the favor by getting a pop on the champ. End Game then attacked the side of Witch Doctor. Both bots were hesitant on making their next move. End Game was then able to deliver a massive hit that not only sent Witch Doctor into the corner, but also removed Witch Doctor's left plow. Witch Doctor was able to self-right itself but End Game delivered another massive hit that sent Witch Doctor several feet in the air. End Game took Witch Doctor for a ride into the screws but Witch Doctor once again self-righted itself. End Game once again put Witch Doctor on its back and took it into the corner of the Upper Deck. End Game attacked Witch Doctor several more times to make sure it couldn't self-right itself again. Unable to self-right itself again, Witch Doctor was counted out, giving End Game the win by knockout and pegging Witch Doctor back to a 1-1 record.

Witch Doctor vs. Rusty

Witch Doctor takes down Rusty.

Witch Doctor needed a win to secure a place in the Top 32, and its third opponent came in the form of Dave Eaton's Rusty. For this fight, Team Witch Doctor decorated an upside-down bucket with "Rust in Pieces" across the front to resemble the bowl used to form part of Rusty's head. The robot itself sported a brand new frame after End Game retired it in their previous battle. Rusty scuttled around as Witch Doctor circled it in the opening moments. Witch Doctor then delivered an uppercut to the front of Rusty, knocking it upside-down, but it was able to self-right. Witch Doctor approached Rusty again and split the loaned steel plow through the middle, before attacking the vulnerable left-side tracks and knocking Rusty on its side. This time, it was stuck and a count began on Rusty, who fell to 0-2 for the competition.

Witch Doctor vs. Glitch (Withdrawal)

Witch Doctor's 2-1 finish was enough for the No.24 seed as it faced the 3-0 rookie team Glitch in the Top 32, looking to end their undefeated streak. However, it was revealed that Glitch was suffering with issues concerning their main weapon. This led to the fight being pushed back in the filming schedule, but the team were unable to fix the problem in the allotted time. As a result, Glitch was forced to withdraw from the tournament.

Witch Doctor vs. Mammoth

Witch Doctor removes a tire from Mammoth.

In light of this, Mammoth was drafted back into the competition to replace Glitch. However, Team Witch Doctor had not prepared for this opponent and in the opening seconds, targeted the left side to topple Mammoth over. Though able to right itself, Mammoth had lost a weapon chain and its left wheel appeared locked. Witch Doctor closed in for another attack and tore the right tire clean off, leaving Mammoth unable to move. Mammoth was counted out and Witch Doctor progressed to the Round of 16.

Witch Doctor vs. Copperhead

Witch Doctor looks on as Copperhead is eliminated.

Now in the last sixteen, Witch Doctor met the No.8 seed Copperhead. Both robots veered to the sides of the BattleBox to spin up before turning to collide. Witch Doctor came out of this initial exchange worse as it was sent into a backflip by Copperhead's drum. As it stuck the landing, Witch Doctor landed on top of one of Copperhead's snake minibots, disabling it completely. Copperhead chased Witch Doctor around the arena as Mike Gellatly attempted to drive into space, but was knocked over by its opponent's weapon. Witch Doctor doubled down on this attack and threw Copperhead across the center of the BattleBox before dealing smaller hits near the blue square's screws. After one more hit to the rear, a piece of Witch Doctor's disc had chipped away, but Copperhead suddenly stopped moving. Though its drum continued to spin, Copperhead had lost drive and was counted out, meaning Witch Doctor continued its run for the Giant Nut.

Witch Doctor vs. Minotaur

Minotaur equipped with its forks.

Witch Doctor sends Minotaur onto the Upper Deck.

Minotaur loses a wheel as it clambers off the Upper Deck.

The fight is paused.

Now in the quarter-finals, Witch Doctor's next opponent was the No. 16 seed and fellow former runner-up Minotaur in a rematch from the 2018 season Round of 16. For this fight, Minotaur was fitted with twin AR450 steel forks to try and feed Witch Doctor into its drum. Both robots spun up as they exited their starting squares and Minotaur delivered the first hit of the fight to Witch Doctor's side, costing it some of its sketal armor. Witch Doctor responded by going weapon to weapon, throwing Minotaur onto its back. After a second hit from the Gellatlys' bot, Minotaur was right-side up again. After buffeting one another, Minotaur then flung its opponent high into the air and it landed weapon-first into the floor and upside down. Witch Doctor bounced onto its wheels again but was thrown into the short corner after some aggressive driving from Daniel Freitas. Minotaur pinned it against the wall for several seconds, but its drum was not spinning to cause any real damage. Witch Doctor then chased Minotaur down again, but the Brazilian bot spun to face it and threw Witch Doctor again, costing it the left-side of their front plow. Undetered by the damage, Mike Gellatly played matador for a moment before a blow from Minotaur overturned his bot once more. Witch Doctor self-righted quickly, but the gyroscopic forced of Minotaur's drum caused it to swerve onto the screws of the Upper Deck and eventually on top of the BattleBox hazard with help from its opponent. Minotaur was quick to react, but was only moving in arcs and its drum was no longer spinning. It eventually slid off the side of the Upper Deck, Minotaur's left-side wheel had suffered major damage and fell out of the robot. However, Witch Doctor had deflected off Minotaur and bit into the Upper Deck, where it was no longer able to escape. Both robots were incapacitated and the fight was temporarily halted.

Witch Doctor jammed into the side of the Upper Deck.

"It's a joke... it's a joke!"
— Daniel Freitas reacts to the referees' decision to call for time out.

The crew unstick Witch Doctor.

This came much to the frustration of Team RioBotz, who had powered their drum up again and appeared ready to arc into Witch Doctor and attack their exposed rear wheels. Referee John Remar officially called for an unstick on Witch Doctor, and Trey Roski entered the BattleBox as it was deemed safe to do so. Roski successfully unstuck Witch Doctor and the fight resumed from there both robots left off.

Mike Gellatly immediately backed Witch Doctor away from the Upper Deck and into the center of the BattleBox to spin up and check on Minotaur's mobility in the short corner. With just one wheel remaining, Minotaur was able to gyro away into the red square with its primary weapon up to speed. Referee John Remar was unconvinced by Minotaur's movement, much to the annoyance of the Minotaur captain.

"It's showing control... Yeah, we are going for it, they are avoiding."
— Carlos Junior of Minotaur states his case to the referee.

Witch Doctor refuses to engage with Minotaur.

In the meantime, Witch Doctor remained distant with driver Mike Gellatly anticipating an official countout, knowing that any attack would reset the judgement of when Minotaur would be deemed immobile from.
"Are they gonna count them out or not?!"
— Mike Gellatly questions the reluctance to begin an official count on Minotaur.
"We've got control. We're doing what you want... We've got control, we've got control! We have done this so many times."
— Carlos Junior continues his protest.

Carlos Junior pleads his case to John Remar.

As a result, Witch Doctor circled Minotaur, who had by this point escaped to the center of the BattleBox with its drum spinning, flipping itself over and back with the gyroscopic forces of its own weapon. Mike Gellatly expressed his frustration over the lack of a count as Andrea discouraged him from engaging with Minotaur. For much of the final ninety seconds of the fight, Witch Doctor circled its injured opponent anticipating the referees to communicate an official immobilization or lack of to both teams. With four seconds to go, Witch Doctor did land a single hit to Minotaur's front and time expired on the battle. As Team Witch Doctor spoke amongst themselves, driver Daniel Freitas stated he had total control of his robot and worked the crowd.
"They know they lost, that's why they're acting like this."
— Andrea Gellatly reassures her husband as Team RioBotz initiate a Minotaur chant.

The judges' scorecards.

The judges ruled unanimously in favor of Witch Doctor, though all three scored the fight 6-5. meaning it was incredibly close in spite of this mutual agreement. The live audience could be heard booing the decision, with hecklers making themselves known throughout Andrea Gellatly's post-fight interview. Irrespective of this, Witch Doctor advanced to the semi-finals and Minotaur was eliminated at this stage.

This proved to be one of the most controversial fights in BattleBots history, with criticism of the enforcement of unsticking and a lack of translational movement from builders and fans alike. Many drew inconsistencies between the previous episode's Round of 16 clash between Cobalt and Whiplash where the latter became stuck on the Upper Deck, but was not freed, and the subsequent judges' decision went against the Vazquez family. Others criticized Witch Doctor driver Mike Gellatly for refusing to engage after the restart, though this was the result of miscommunication as to whether Minotaur's movement was considered sufficient to satisfy the judges in the remaining 90 seconds of the fight. In a tweet posted during the episode's initial airing, BattleBots clarified their current rules regarding unsticks and stated they would reconsider rules on "controlled movement" ahead of Discovery Season 7.[4]

Witch Doctor vs. SawBlaze

Witch Doctor snipes a wheel early on.

Witch Doctor sends SawBlaze to the pulverizer after ripping the wheel off.

Fire erupts within SawBlaze.

After a highly controversial win in their previous fight, Witch Doctor now faced Jamison Go and SawBlaze for the third consecutive season in the knockout rounds. Both robots had won a fight each with a place in the 2021 season semi-finals on the line. For this fight, the team boldly debuted a new weapon - a 45lb steel single-toothed disc. As Witch Doctor arced around its opponent, SawBlaze caught a seam in the floor as it tried to charge forwards. Jamison Go's bot was able to slide its right-side fork under Witch Doctor, but it drove away unharmed. However, as Witch Doctor spun around, a rare driving error from Jamison Go allowed Witch Doctor to slice the left-side tire of SawBlaze. This was followed up by a second hit which flipped it over. Despite using its hammer saw mechanism to right itself, Mike Gellatly took full advantage and snapped the wheel clean off, severely hampering its opponent's mobility. As it tried to escape, the pulverizer landed a blow on SawBlaze and Witch Doctor came in again, pushing against the side of its fork before punting its detached wheel away. The saw was not spinning at this stage and as SawBlaze looked to arc towards the Gellatlys' robot, turned into Witch Doctor's single disc and suffered damage to its remaining tire. Chunks of foam spread across the BattleBox floor as Witch Doctor slammed SawBlaze into the arena wall, sending it flying half the length of the arena. Jamison Go tried to get its flamethrower into play, but Witch Doctor assault continued, throwing SawBlaze over and buckling its forks. SawBlaze eventually burst into flames as it lay immobile in the middle of the floor and was counted out by the referees. Witch Doctor advanced to its second title fight in its last three seasons.

Witch Doctor vs. Tantrum

Tantrum buckles Witch Doctor's baseplate early on.

Witch Doctor lands on top of Tantrum's punching drum.

Tantrum watches on as Witch Doctor struggles to move.

Witch Doctor is counted out with seconds to spare.

Witch Doctor faced Tantrum for the 2021 season title. As the single disc was so effective in their previous win, Witch Doctor went into this battle unchanged. The Championship decider began with both robots attempting to circle the other, as had been Tantrum's tactic in their previous fights. Tantrum then turned into Witch Doctor and slid its forks underneath their front, but hardly engaging with their drum. Mike Gellatly turned to face Tantrum, who raised its fists in response. However, Witch Doctor was partially high-centered on part of their own baseplate, which had peeled downwards after this seemingly minor exchange. Unaware of the damage, Tantrum driver Dillon Carey took advantage and got to the rear of Witch Doctor, shoving it into the housing for the screws and balancing its opponent on its side. Witch Doctor recovered, landing on Tantrum's drum which saw sparks fly. Tantrum retreated as it became more clear that Witch Doctor's entire right side was off the BattleBox floor, before coming back in to attack. Tantrum was able to land several punches which broke parts of their skeletal armor before attacking the underbelly of Witch Doctor again. A chain then fell out of Witch Doctor, whose left-front wheel had now also been chewed up. Still wary of the 2018 season runner-up's primary weapon, Tantrum attempted to swing around to the sides of its opponent again, but got around to the back and punched the rear armor of Witch Doctor. Tantrum then used its momentum to ram it into the screws, which upended Witch Doctor momentarily. The Gellatlys self-righted, but found themselves back in the red starting square once more. Tantrum pinned its opponent against the wall and tried to bring its drum into play, but it appeared to be no longer spinning on its mechanism. As Witch Doctor tried to escape the wall, referee John Remar threatened to count them out if they could not show translational movement. With thirty seconds to go, Tantrum shoved Witch Doctor to the corner as it could only drive in arcs. Witch Doctor was counted out and was confirmed 2021 season runner-up as Seems Reasonable Robotics were crowned winners of the Giant Nut.

BattleBots: Sin City Slugfest[]

Witch Doctor vs. TBD

Witch Doctor returned to defend its Bounty Hunters title in Sin City Slugfest and qualify for the Golden Bolt tournament. Standing in its way was the winner of its episode's bracket.


BattleBots IQ 2010
BattleBots IQ 2010 Championship
Winners Bracket vs. PanDEMONium Won
Winners Bracket vs. Bear Tooth Won
Winners Bracket vs. Fuschia Fusion Won
BattleBots IQ 2011
BattleBots IQ 2011 Championship
Winners Bracket vs. PanDEMONium Won
Winners Bracket vs. Grasshopper Won
Winners Bracket vs. Blue Flame Lost
NOTE: Despite losing this match, Witch Doctor moved onto the final in unknown circumstances
Final vs. Blue Flame Won
BattleBots IQ 2011 Exhibition Matches
Grudge Match vs. Fluffy DeLarge Lost
ABC Season 1
2015 Championship
9th seed
Round of 24 vs. Bronco Lost (KO)
NOTE: Witch Doctor received a wildcard and moved on to the next round.
Round of 16 vs. OverDrive (8) Won (KO)
Round of 8 vs. Tombstone (1) Lost (KO)
Exhibition Matches
Rumble vs. Overhaul, Nightmare Lost (KO)
ABC Season 2
2016 Championship
3rd seed
Round of 48 vs. ROTATOR Won (KO)
Round of 32 vs. Red Devil (29) Lost (KO)
Exhibition Matches
Rumble vs. Bite Force, Wrecks Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 3
Fight Nights
Fight Night Main Event vs. Yeti Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. Blacksmith Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Ultimo Destructo Won (KO)
Fight Night vs. Overhaul Won (KO)
Top 16
13th Seed
Round of 16 vs. Minotaur (4) Lost (KO)
Discovery Season 4
Fight Nights
Fight Night vs. Shatter! Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Captain Shrederator Won (KO)
Fight Night Main Event vs. Whiplash Won (JD)
Fight Night vs. Gigabyte Won (KO)
Top 16
2nd Seed
Round of 16 vs. Blacksmith (15) Won (KO)
Round of 8 vs. SawBlaze (7) Won (KO)
Semi-Final vs. DeathRoll (6) Won (Split JD)
Final vs. Bite Force (1) Lost (KO)
re:MARS all:STARS BattleBots Challenge (2019)
re:MARS Match vs. Tombstone Won (KO)
re:MARS Final vs. Bronco Won (KO)
Discovery Season 5
Fight Nights
Fight Night Main Event vs. Hydra Lost (Split JD)
Fight Night Main Event vs. Kraken Lost (JD)
Fight Night vs. SlamMow! Won (KO)
Top 32
23rd Seed
Round of 32 vs. Skorpios (10) Won (JD)
Round of 16 vs. SawBlaze (7) Lost (KO)
Bounty Hunters
Bounty Hunters - Witch Doctor Episode
Bounty Holder
Bounty Match vs. SubZero Won (KO)
Discovery Season 6
Fight Nights
Fight Night vs. DUCK! Won (JD)
Fight Night Main Event vs. End Game Lost (KO)
Fight Night vs. Rusty Won (KO)
Top 32
24th Seed
Round of 32 vs. Mammoth (9) Won (KO)
NOTE: Witch Doctor was originally drawn against Glitch, the ninth seed. Upon Glitch's withdrawal, Mammoth directly replaced it as the new ninth seed.
Round of 16 vs. Copperhead (8) Won (KO)
Round of 8 vs. Minotaur (16) Won (JD)
Semi-Final vs. SawBlaze (4) Won (KO)
Final vs. Tantrum (11) Lost (KO)
BattleBots: Champions
Sin City Slugfest


  • TV Wins: 23
  • TV Losses: 13
  • IQ Wins: 6
  • IQ Losses: 2
  • Total Wins: 29
  • Total Losses: 15
Competition Wins Losses
BattleBots IQ 2010 PanDEMONium

Bear Tooth

Fuschia Fusion

BattleBots IQ 2011 PanDEMONium


Blue Flame

Blue Flame

Fluffy DeLarge

ABC Season 1 OverDrive Bronco


Nightmare (Exhibition Rumble)

ABC Season 2 ROTATOR Red Devil

Bite Force (Exhibition Rumble)

Discovery Season 3 Blacksmith (Undercard Match)

Ultimo Destructo (Undercard Match)

Overhaul (Undercard Match)

Yeti (Main Event/Undercard Match)


Discovery Season 4 Shatter! (Undercard Match)

Captain Shrederator (Undercard Match)

Whiplash (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Gigabyte (Undercard Match)




Bite Force
re:MARS all:STARS BattleBots Challenge (2019) Tombstone


Discovery Season 5 SlamMow! (Undercard Match)


Hydra (Main Event/Undercard Match)

Kraken (Main Event/Undercard Match)


BattleBots: Bounty Hunters SubZero None
Discovery Season 6 DUCK! (Undercard Match)

Rusty (Undercard Match)

Glitch (Withdrawal)





End Game (Main Event/Undercard Match)


BattleBots: Champions TBD TBD

Faruq Tauheed Introductions[]

"It do that voodoo that you do so well. Prepare to be spellbound by WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Glippity glappity, glippity goo! It just put a voodoo curse on you! It's the magical WITCH DOCTOR!"

"When it's through with you, you're gonna need a check-up from the neck-up. Here to cause some serious psychological damage, it's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Glippity glappity, glippity goo! The voodoo child is back for Season 2! It’s WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Glippity glappity, glippity goo! I've got a case of deja-voodoo! She's got a prescription for demolition! Its WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Glippity glappity, glippity glee! The voodoo princess is back for Number 3. It sacrificed its young and now she's down to one. It's WITCH DOCTOR!".

"On Mardi Gras, this ragin' Cajun bot doesn't throw beads, it throws beatings. It's about to be Fat Bruiseday, WITCH DOCTOR!"

"She doesn't use Tarot cards or a crystal ball. This witch uses a spell to maul. It's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"*spooky voice* Break out your cauldron for a special potion. An eye of bot or pinch of steel. Rubber from a burned up wheel. It's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"This nasty fighter would survive being burned at the stake. Now she comes here to make your bots break. She's ready to screw you with voodoo. It's WITCH DOCTOR!" 

"This bot will send you to the morgue. You can run, but you can't formaldehyde. First it decimates, then it cremates. Victory isn't given, you have to urn it. WITCH DOCTOR!"  

"Ooh eeh ooh-ah-ah, ting tang walla-walla bing bang! You're dead! WITCH DOCTOR!"  

"If you're having bot problems, I feel bad for you son. I've got ninety-nine problems now this witch is one, which takes us to a hundred. It's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"If it were a TV host, it would be RuBrawl. It's the queen here to cut you to pieces. The hexing, perplexing, the bad juju concoctor. Say byyyye to WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Bippity boppity boo, it's the voodoo child at Seed #2. Think she can't win? Just watch her! WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Wooo... it's #2. The queen of bad juju. First it smoked Blacksmith, now it's coming after youyou. The high priestess of voodoo, it's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"You can't slamma this bad mama jama. She sent Blacksmith and SawBlaze home in a hearse. But this is going to be worse, because on you, she put a curse. You can ask her, but she won't tell, how do you do the voodoo that you do so well? It's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Abracadabra, Alakazam, this bot's the jam! Seven times she was tested, seven times she prevailed. Just one victim left 'til the unholy grail. Here to seize the crown and take Bite Force down, its WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Fire burn, and cauldron bubble, Witch Doctor's here and you're in trouble. 'Cause when you meet this doctor eye-to-eye, life's a witch, and then you die. It's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"It wasn’t Dr. Kevorkian and it wasn’t Dr. Seuss. When you ask me who the killer is, you have to tell the truth. It wasn’t Dr. Zhivago or Dr. Frasier Krane?. When they ask which doctor killed you, say “Yep, mm-hmm, that’s the name!” It’s WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Here comes a dark wizard who can’t be ignored. She'll slitherin-to the BattleBox and leave the other bots Gryffin-sore. She's stronger than strong. She's tougher than Tufflepuff. She'll put you in your Grave-nclaw. Okay, okay, no more puns. That's enough! It's the Harry Potter of slaughter, WITCH DOCTOR!"

"There's a witch in our pits but this won't go down like Salem because anybody who tries to mess with her, she'll full on a-sail 'em. She's not riding a broom but she's reigning down doom. Real magic is no joke. There's gonna be a witch burning tonight but this time, it's you that's going up in smoke. It's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"From Miami, Florida, I don't care if you have an HMO or a PPO. This doctor will leave you TKO'd. Give it up for WITCH DOCTOR!"

"From Miami, Florida, sending you to the pharmacy for a 30 day refill of haunted squirrel paws, it's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"This doctor is a PSP which means Primary Scare Physician. It wants you in the mortuary. That's his one and only mission. It's a Hippocratic hypocrite. Your symptoms won't get better. The only ER you're going to is from really dead to more deader. It's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"This mistress of the dark arts get cocked in a potion as she rolled through the tournament and caused a commotion. The dark witch took pieces as she reduced victims to husk. She started with a broth brewed from Mammoth tusk. She tasted and thought "Not bad but it needs more bite", so she stole Copperhead's venom after she took his life. Now the cauldron was bubbling with concoctions bizarre. So she spiced it up right with some horn of Minotaur and needed a little more heat to truly amaze. So she cooked it over the flaming corpse of SawBlaze. The only thing missing is a little more meat. Perhaps the fingers of Tantrum, yes, that would be sweet. Then she'll drink it and transform magic like you've never seen as the wicked Witch Doctor becomes the BattleBots queen. It's WITCH DOCTOR!"

"Like Elphaba, or Ursula, or Sabrina Spellman, this crazy voodoo conjurer will send you straight to hell, man. Many seasons, many fights, it's earned legend status. With brutal blade and a skeleton frame, she's a deadly apparatus. And when it puts a hex on you and leaves you in a ditch, with your dying breath, you'll realize you messed with the wrong witch. It's WITCH DOCTOR!"


Any appearances by Witch Doctor in merchandise are listed below:


  • Both times Witch Doctor faced Tombstone, the winner ended up with a broken weapon.
  • Witch Doctor was the first Hexbug RC toy to be re-released in Rivals packs with an updated version of the robot.
  • Outside of BattleBots, Andrea Gellatly designed a custom Mystery Machine themed car from Scooby-Doo to compete in Power Racing Series.
    • This is where Team Witch Doctor would meet Rick Pease, who later became a member of their team for BattleBots.
  • Witch Doctor was the second BattleBots legend to defend its Bounty, along with Tombstone.
  • Witch Doctor was the first robot to beat Whiplash by a judges' decision.
  • Witch Doctor's knockout win over ROTATOR was the fastest win of the 2016 season.
  • Witch Doctor is the only robot in the reboot era of BattleBots to finish two seasons as the runner-up.
  • Outside of BattleBots, Andrea Gellatly wrote a book called "B is for Battlebots", an educational ABCs book that features fights from seasons 3 and 4.