The robot was built by Greg Gibson, who also competed in Season 5.0 of Comedy Central BattleBots with middleweight Blue Steel and superheavyweight Little Pink Butterfly of Doom as part of Team Lunch Money. However, both robots lost their first matches in their respective campaigns. Though it has evolved through several iterations over the years, Yeti has always been armed with a drum spinner and an optional set of lifting forks at the front.
Yeti was originally an alternate in its debut season, but was allowed in due to the drop-outs which occurred during filming for ABC Season 2. It was armed with its trademark 4000rpm spinning drum and lifting forks, which were blue and white in color. It featured 13" diameter front wheels, as well as 10" wheels at the rear. Yeti made the semi-finals of the competition before being defeated by Tombstone via judges' decision.
For Discovery Season 3, Yeti had been totally rebuilt, as proven during an Episode 2 segment showing the 2018 build of Yeti overturning the older design. This included but was not limited to a new set of forks, additional drum options and a wedge for facing horizontal spinners. Yeti primarily opted for its 50lb drum which spun at 100mph, including in its first Fight Night win over fan favorite Witch Doctor. Aesthetically, Yeti also had new top panel art and larger front wheels to clamber over opponents. Joe Sena joined the team, who had previously competed as part of Wrecks in both ABC seasons of BattleBots. Yeti went 3-1 in the Fight Card rounds, only losing a Main Event to Icewave, but fell short of the previous year by losing to Whiplash in the Top 16.
For Discovery Season 4, Yeti received another new frame, after the last one kept warping during its fights. However, the drum weapon was narrower and its weapon chain was more exposed. Yeti once again did well in Season 4 where it once again went 3-1 in the Fight Card rounds, only losing a Main Event to the reigning champion Bite Force, and won its play-in match against DUCK! to earn a spot in the Round of 16 where it got destroyed by DeathRoll.
Yeti did not return for Discovery Season 5 as Greg Gibson and his family moved to California to start a new job, and were not in a position to upgrade the robot.
Ahead of Discovery Season 6, Greg Gibson enlisted the help of legendary BattleBots veteran Christian Carlberg, who became the co-captain of the team. Christian Carlberg had previously competed in the modern era with OverDrive and Mecha Rampage, as well as becoming a staple of Comedy Central BattleBots with robots such as Minion and OverKill. For the 2021 season, Yeti was redesigned from the ground up but kept the same principles which Yeti became known for in previous seasons. The biggest upgrade concerned Yeti's weapon motor, which now had variable speeds to allow for more control when driving the bot with its weapon on. Other upgrades included longer forks which could now retract into slots in the top panel, a more compact chassis, slightly smaller wheels and the option to swap the aforementioned forks out for a steep wedge configuration, allowing the 40lb drum to be the first point of contact against opponents. Yeti began its season with a brutal loss to MadCatter, but redeemed itself after beating Pain Train by knockout and then chalking a Main Event win over Skorpios. However, Yeti's run was cut short in the Top 32 by Cobalt.
ABC Season 2
Yeti vs. Lock-JawYeti's first BattleBots fight was against Donald Hutson and Lock-Jaw. Yeti started strong with some good hits on Lock-Jaw and flipped it multiple times with its spinning drum. These hits did some damage to one of the front wheels of Lock-Jaw, but it was still moving. Toward the end of the first minute, Lock-Jaw stopped Yeti's drum for the first time and got its jaws onto Yeti's spinning drum. Yeti damaged Lock-Jaw's primary weapon with its spinning drum and tried to escape with its lifting forks, but its rear got caught onto Lock-Jaw's jaws and pushed it under the pulverizer. When Yeti managed to escape, it didn't take long before Lock-Jaw had clamped its drum again, and this time took Yeti to the screws. Most of the second minute of the fight was spent trying to escape from Lock-Jaw's jaws. In the final minute of the match, one of Lock-Jaw's drive pods started pouring out smoke and sparks. The wheel that Yeti had made contact with on the first hit of the match was finally stalled, limiting its driving ability. Yeti got the last few hits in with its spinning drum and went straight into Lock-Jaw's jaws before the time ran out. Yeti won on a unanimous 3-0 judges' decision and advanced to the Round of 32 with its No.12 seeding, where it faced the No.21 seed Lucky.
Yeti vs. LuckyFor this match Lucky added some wheel guards over the front wheels. The match started out fairly evenly with no major damage being done to either robot. Eventually, Yeti lost one of its rear tires before disabling and removing Lucky's flipper. Both robots continued to move around before Yeti delivered a final blow that knocked out Lucky. Lucky was counted out and Yeti won by KO at 2:44. This win put Yeti to the Round of 16, where it faced the No.28 seed Mega Tento.
Yeti vs. Mega Tento
In the beginning of the match, Yeti started to attack and eventually damaged Mega Tento's right wheel. Mega Tento was then pushed on top of the screws and became unable to move. Mega Tento was counted and Yeti finished off the destroyed wheel. Yeti won by a quick KO at 44 seconds and advanced to the quarter-finals, where it faced the No.13 seed Chomp, who were fresh off of dethroning the reigning champion Bite Force.
Yeti vs. Chomp
Before the match began, Greg Gibson had decided to remove the lifting forks and added multiple titanium panels to the top of the machine to protect the electronics, which were directly under the armor. In this match, Yeti was in control and attacked Chomp repeatedly, eventually tearing off one of the wings that helps Chomp self-right with its arm. Chomp eventually ended up on its side where it couldn't right itself and was counted out, giving Yeti the win by KO. This allowed Yeti to advance in to the semi-finals, where it faced the No.1 seed Tombstone, a robot that Yeti was designed to face.
Yeti vs. Tombstone
In the pits before the fight, Greg had to find out what was causing Yeti to smoke during the battle with Chomp, only to find out there was a roll of electric tape thrown in the machine in their haste. Luckily, it didn't cause too many problems. Not long after the fight had begun, Tombstone had managed to tear Yeti's exposed wheels away, causing the drum to hit the BattleBox floor and rendering it useless. However, a big impact disabled Tombstone's weapon, resulting in a pushing match between the two bots. Yeti found itself being pushed around by Tombstone, as Ray Billings' machine could still drive effectively. Yeti was bullied for a large portion of the fight and in the end, the judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to Tombstone, eliminating Yeti from the tournament. The team later explained in a Reddit AMA that the one working weapon motor heated up enough to desolder wires from the brushes as it tried to spin the drum, and this caused the weapon to die completely. A pinion seized to one of the gears in the lifter's planetary gearbox, jamming the lifting forks as well.
Discovery Season 3
Yeti vs. Witch DoctorYeti found itself up against Witch Doctor in its first fight. The match was fairly even to start until Yeti managed to push Witch Doctor into the screws, which tore off one of Witch Doctor's tires. As a result, Yeti took hits from Witch Doctor and lost part of its lifting forks while the rest of the assembly was bent backward and unable to be used for the rest of the fight. However, Yeti fought back and started to get the better exchanges in collisions by tearing loose, then later tearing off the extra rib-cage armor Witch Doctor added for the fight. As the match progressed, Yeti continued to attack, tearing off a tire from Witch Doctor and eventually leaving Witch Doctor unable to move under the pulverizer. Witch Doctor was counted out, giving Yeti the win by KO.
Yeti vs. IcewaveYeti's next opponent was Icewave. In response, Yeti replaced its front lifting forks with a solid blue wedge to try and deflect Icewave's attacks and perhaps flip it over.When the match began, it was rather even, though Icewave was first to get an attack. After another hit, Yeti took a hard hit from Icewave that sent Icewave flying but landing upright.Unfortunately, this knocked out Yeti as it could no longer drive or move due to an intermittent power failure regarding one of the wires plugged into the receiver. Yeti was counted out and Icewave won by KO.
Yeti vs. BombshellYeti next found itself up against former runner-up Bombshell. When the match began, Yeti took the worst of the first hit. Yeti pressed on and the gyroscopic forces were leaving both robots to pivot on one side or the other. Yeti got underneath Bombshell using Bombshell's gyroscopic forces and pushed it into the screws. Yeti then took another hit from Bombshell andits front lifting forks were now bent and practically useless. After the next collision, Yeti's weapon chain fell off, leaving it almost defenseless against its opponent. Even so, Yeti wasn't backing down and one of Bombshell's wheels were loose, leaving it to wobble a bit as the robot progressed. As the fight was winding down, now it was Bombshell showing technical problems as it was now smoking and catching fire. Time ran out and the judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision for Yeti.
Yeti vs. PetuniaYeti was next drawn against Petunia and went with its usual lifter and drum configuration, though the drum was a more powerful one than it normally used. The match got underway and Yeti went on the attack, throwing Petunia over but Petunia was quick to right itself. Yeti continued to attack, refusing to let up and threw Petunia completely on its beak before launching it back upright. Petunia began to suffer from mobility problems as the fight continued and was reduced to driving in circles. Yeti didn't let up and hit Petunia again, causing it to land near the screws and stop moving shortly thereafter. Petunia was counted out, giving Yeti the win by KO.
Yeti vs. WhiplashThe selection committee determined that Yeti did enough to enter the Top 16 and Yeti was put up against Whiplash. For this fight, Yeti opted to remove one of its two lifting forks and add in its bigger drum to hopefully cause damage and/or KO its opponent. When the match began, things were pretty even as both robots decided to face weapon-to-weapon where little damage was caused. However, as the match progressed, Yeti found itself being lifted and pushed around, nearly landing upside down each time. Yeti pressed on, going with another weapon-to-weapon attack with its opponent, then took a big hit from its opponent that caused smoke to pour out and its weapon to spin down. Even so, Yeti pressed on but now had no major means of attack and took damage to its wheels. Yeti was lifted up and taken to the killsaws but didn't suffer any major damage. In the final fifteen seconds of the fight, Whiplash's drive motors started smoking, and it stopped moving but there wasn't enough time for a count out so the fight went to the judges, whom awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to Whiplash, eliminating Yeti from the tournament.
Discovery Season 4
Yeti vs. Bite ForceFirst up for Yeti in the 2019 season was a match against the reigning champ Bite Force. For this fight, Yeti went with the thinner 30lb drum to get those lifting forks involved. When the match began, Yeti was showing some control over Bite Force as it pushed them into the arena barrier. However, Yeti then took a big hit from its opponent that sent it flying though the air. Yeti was unphased and attack again, this time losing the chain to its lifting forks and any control the forks would have. Yeti pressed on and managed to get one of its forks caught in Bite Force, resulting in the two robots struggling to break free. Luckily both robots separate before the match needed to be paused and Yeti took damage to one of its wheels. Even so, Yeti continued to fight and seemed to be somewhat getting the upper hand as Bite Force was losing drive on one side. After Yeti was thrown in the air and flipped by Bite Force again, Yeti tried to flip itself back over, as one of its forks was stuck under Yeti, lifting all but one wheel off the ground, and preventing Yeti from taking advantage of Bite Force's lack of mobility. Yeti was unable to do so before the time runs out. The judges awarded Bite Force a unanimous 3-0 decision.
Yeti vs. Free ShippingYeti's next opponent was Free Shipping. Yeti opted to go with its heavier drum and no forks to cause as much damage as possible, especially with the additional motor that was added for more power to the drum. As the match got underway, Yeti found it difficult to cause much damage to Free Shipping. Even so, Yeti pressed on and was occasionally shoved around a bit. Yeti was also suffering gyroscopic forces and struggled to drive properly at times. However, Yeti eventually got on top of Free Shipping and began to tear into the casing for Free Shipping's flamethrower. Free Shipping was unphased and continued to attack so Yeti ripped off the rest of the flamethrower casing and bent the lifting arm, but also losing a wheel. Yeti ripped one of Free Shipping's front tires off in the dying stages before it ran into two sets of killsaws within the final ten seconds. Both robots made it to the end of the match and the judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to Yeti.
Yeti vs. Rainbow
Next for Yeti was a match against the Russian newcomers of Team Unicorn and Rainbow. When the match began, Yeti had no trouble getting to Rainbow, whom was retreating as their weapon wasn't working. Yeti hit Rainbow hard one time, breaking armor and flipping them over near the pulverizer. Rainbow was no longer moving and smoking heavily as it was counted out, giving Yeti the win by a very quick KO.
Yeti vs. TantrumUp next for Yeti in the 2019 season was Tantrum. Yeti opted for a more restrained approach for this fight in that it wasn't going for the aggressive destruction it was typically known for. The match started off pretty evenly for Yeti as they were attacking Tantrum but Tantrum was withstanding the impacts being thrown at it. Additionally, Yeti found it difficult to get under Tantrum's low wedgelets and was risking contact with Tantrum's weapon. After a big impact with the pulverizer, Tantrum was struggling to move and its bottom plate was mangled. Tantrum was counted out, giving Yeti the win by KO.
Yeti vs. DUCK!Yeti was next against DUCK! for a spot in the Top 16 and started off evenly by attacking DUCK!'s lifting plow but not causing much damage. Yeti was then quickly flipped and struggled to right itself with its drum's gyroscopic forces. Yeti played more carefully, attacking only at times but DUCK! was also struggling with its lifting plow and wasn't really doing much offensively at all. Yeti continued its more laid back assault, causing little damage to DUCK! but still sending it through the air at times. Time ran out with both robots still mobile and the judges awarded Yeti a unanimous 3-0 decision and a spot in the Top 16.
Yeti vs. DeathRollYeti's next match came against the undefeated DeathRoll. The team opted for Yeti's 50lb drum with the intention of causing maximum damage to the Australian representative. As the match began, Yeti quickly found itself on the receiving end of DeathRoll's attacks. It struggled to remain upright due to its drum's gyroscopic forces, which were made worse by the weight of the weapon. DeathRoll took advantage of this and Yeti lost a wheel as a result. As the fight continued, DeathRoll remained on top and eventualy, Yeti found itself immobile near the screws. Yeti was counted out, giving DeathRoll the win by KO and a spot in the quarter-finals.
Discovery Season 6
Yeti vs. MadCatterAfter a season away from BattleBots, Yeti returned for the 2021 season, and its first opponent was MadCatter. The fight began with both bots charging at one another, before they spun around to face each other again. With its forks raised, Yeti attempted to clamber on top of MadCatter and from above, but found itself popped into the air by its opponent's vertical spinner. Yeti was hit again, this time overturned, before it used its forks to right itself. However, it landed on top of MadCatter again and soon found itself at the mercy of Martin Mason's bot. MadCatter went weapon-to-weapon and flipped Yeti again, before landing a brutal shot which sent Greg Gibson's bot twisting through the air. Soon after, MadCatter was able to rip off one of its wheels and deform the drive shaft on that side. Unable to move as freely as before, Yeti turned into the path of MadCatter's vertical spinner and lost its entire back panel. With its electronics vulnerable to another hit, MadCatter opted to stay away as Yeti was put out of its misery and counted out. MadCatter celebrated as it handed Yeti a loss on its return to BattleBots.
Yeti vs. Pain TrainYeti's second opponent was Evan Arias and Pain Train. As Yeti positioned itself, Pain Train flew out of its starting square and hit the arena barreir. Pain Train landed a few early shots to the side of Yeti, but was unable to tear off either of the tires. It then left itself vulnerable to Yeti's drum as Greg Gibson got around to the side of Pain Train, grinding at its armor before getting underneath. Yeti continued to evade Pain Train before opting to go weapon-to-weapon, which saw Yeti popped up several times from Pain Train's heavier drum. Yeti then landed a blow which unbalanced Pain Train and flipped it over, detaching its top panel for the second consecutive fight. From then, Yeti honed in on the side of Pain Train and tore away its wheelguard, exposing its right-side tire. Yeti was then able to eat away at its exposed tire, before slamming into the side of Pain Train. Two final hits from Yeti caused Pain Train's weapon to fall out on one side, tore out a brushless motor and left another dangling outside the bot. A count began on Pain Train, and Yeti scored its first win of the season, rising to 1-1.
Yeti vs. SkorpiosLast up for Yeti in the Fight Night rounds was a Main Event against fellow 1-1 bot Skorpios. In this fight, Yeti purposely started with its forks down to get underneath the front plate of its opponent, though these served as keep-away sticks in the opening moments. Yeti was consistently able to counter Skorpios' hammersaw and threw last year's Bounty winners around the arena even despite losing a weapon belt. At one stage, a piece of debris smashed one of the lights, raining broken glass onto the BattleBox floor. Skorpios had suffered damage to one of its wheels, but landed several glancing hits on a front wheel of Yeti to return the favor. Now smoking, Skorpios ran away to recalibrate before spinning its saw up and dealt a blow to the top of Greg Gibson's bot, though this did not cause much damage. Yeti returned to shove Skorpios under the pulverizer before using its drum to throw it near the arena barrier. Once both bots returned to the middle of the BattleBox, Yeti again punted Skorpios, this time forcing them upside down and caught in the screws. However, as Zach Lytle's bot freed itself, it became clear that Yeti's drum was no longer working and its front-left tire had been severely damaged. It remained aggressive and led with its forks, keeping the Skorpios weapon away from Yeti's box-like chassis and even attempting to lift their opponent. In the closing moments, Skorpios threw itself at Yeti in an attempt to leave the lasting impression on the judges, pinning it against the Upper Deck momentarily and landing a glancing hit to their top panel. Skorpios drove Yeti around for the final seconds as the Main Event went the distance. After a live view at the drivers' reactions to the battle, the result was announced and Yeti won by split decision, putting them to a 2-1 Fight Night record.
Yeti vs. CobaltEntering the Top 32 as the No.19 seed, Yeti faced No.14 seed Cobalt in the first round of the tournament. Yeti was quickest out of its square as it led with its forks and spun up to speed. Cobalt was already spinning by this point too as they met head-on. Yeti's forks prevented either weapon from engaging, but Cobalt was able to nearly shove Yeti into the Upper Deck in the opening seconds. As Cobalt turned around, Yeti stood up on its forks in order to raise its drum, but saw the tip of its left fork curled upwards in doing so. Cobalt was then driven by Yeti into the wall, and lifted off the floor as it turned to escape. Yeti took advantage, getting around to its side and landing the first big hit of the fight with its drum. Cobalt landed upside down, though bounced back onto its wheels and recovered well. It spun to Yeti's side as it tried to attack the exposed wheels, though drove into one of the paddles of the BattleBox. Both robots drove to the center of the arena as Yeti drove up the front of Cobalt and straight into their primary weapon. Greg Gibson's bot was thrown upwards and landed inverted. Though it could drive that way, Yeti was able to use its forks to quickly self-right. However, neither was flush to the ground at this stage and Cobalt again punted its opponent high into the air. Yeti twisted and turned, and one of its rear wheels appeared to have locked up upon landing. Furthermore, Yeti's right-side armor panel had begun to peel away as it desperately tried to recover. It was no longer able to drive, and Yeti was counted out, falling at the Round of 32 stage.
|YETI - RESULTS|
|ABC Season 2|
|Round of 48||vs. Lock-Jaw||Won (JD)|
|Round of 32||vs. Lucky (21)||Won (KO)|
|Round of 16||vs. Mega Tento (28)||Won (KO)|
|Round of 8||vs. Chomp (13)||Won (KO)|
|Semi-Final||vs. Tombstone (1)||Lost (JD)|
|Discovery Season 3|
|Fight Night Main Event||vs. Witch Doctor||Won (KO)|
|Fight Night Main Event||vs. Icewave||Lost (KO)|
|Fight Night||vs. Bombshell||Won (JD)|
|Fight Night||vs. Petunia||Won (KO)|
|Round of 16||vs. Whiplash (10)||Lost (JD)|
|Discovery Season 4|
|Fight Night Main Event||vs. Bite Force||Lost (JD)|
|Fight Night||vs. Free Shipping||Won (JD)|
|Fight Night||vs. Rainbow||Won (KO)|
|Fight Night||vs. Tantrum||Won (KO)|
|Play-in||vs. DUCK!||Won (JD)|
|Round of 16||vs. DeathRoll (6)||Lost (KO)|
|Discovery Season 6|
|Fight Night||vs. MadCatter||Lost (KO)|
|Fight Night||vs. Pain Train||Won (KO)|
|Fight Night Main Event||vs. Skorpios||Won (Split JD)|
|Round of 32||vs. Cobalt (14)||Lost (KO)|
- Wins: 13
- Losses: 7
|ABC Season 2||Lock-Jaw||Tombstone|
|Discovery Season 3||
Witch Doctor (Main Event/Undercard Match)
Bombshell (Undercard Match)
Petunia (Undercard Match)
Icewave (Main Event/Undercard Match)
|Discovery Season 4||
Free Shipping (Undercard Match)
Rainbow (Undercard Match)
Tantrum (Undercard Match)
|Bite Force (Main Event/Undercard Match)|
|Discovery Season 6||Pain Train (Undercard Match)
Skorpios (Main Event/Undercard Match)
|MadCatter (Undercard Match)|
Faruq Tauheed Introductions
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- Yeti is one of the first bots in modern BattleBots that achieved a legit one-hit KO over its opponent.
- Yeti's rear wheels in its debut season were actually spares from Inertia Labs' Bronco.