Barghest is a featherweight robot entered into the UK King of Bots Featherweight Championship by team captain Christopher Lobley. It was successful in its qualification melees, and reached the Top 20, before withdrawing prior to the knockout rounds.


Barghest pits

Barghest backstage, with lifter equipped

Barghest is one of the largest featherweights in King of Bots, with many gaps in its large frame to conserve weight. The robot uses a low-profile design, keeping its ground clearance as close to the floor as possible while also making the robot harder to hit. Barghest combines its two primary weapons to function as a 'control-bot', using a broad electrically powered lifting arm in conjunction with a vertical grabbing arm to hold opponents in the air, and take them to hazards such as the pit. The robot is quick on its two-wheel drive, and its broad front end stops the robot from overbalancing while lifting.

Barghest watercut

Barghest's watercut parts, including its anti-spinner wedge

Barghest's default setup of a low-profile wedge with electric lifter can be substituted for a grabber-only setup, allowing the robot to equip a thick HARDOX wedge, painted gold, designed to resist horizontal spinners. Its two wheels were exposed at the rear, although this also allows Barghest to reverse off wedges.

Robot History

King of Bots UK 2018


King of Bots UK 2018 (Insomnia 64)
Main Championship
Rumble vs. Aegis Mk1, Cobalt Won (3 Points)
Rumble vs. Conker 3, Legion Runner-up (1 Point)
NOTE: Although Barghest qualified for the Top 20, it withdrew due to time restraints

Outside King of Bots


Barghest when it was first created

Barghest was first built in 2017, with assistance from Adam Hamilton. It used a different colour-scheme, but was otherwise largely the same machine.


  • When Barghest withdrew from the knockout rounds, it was replaced by the subsequent runner-up, Calabash Bros.
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