- "Teaching is performance! You need to inspire students, and they will perform for you! They need to buy into YOU as a person!"
- — Martin Mason on his outward personality while captaining Cat King
In its first battle of Season 1.5, Cat King was deemed immobile at the end of its rumble, but Zheng Shuang later selected it as the final member of her team. Cat King lost a wheel during its next rumble in the main competition after an attack from 008. Cat King redeemed this by throwing Great White out of the arena using its vertical spinner. In its final appearance, Cat King collected a win over Xiake, but the robot was still eliminated in this round, as Zheng Shuang was required to cull her team ahead of the Top 8. Partway through the competition, Zheng Shuang also drove Cat King in a head-to-head against Weber, driven by Zhang Yishan, but Cat King lost the Judges' decision.
Martin Mason returned for Season 2, proudly boasting about the improvements to Cat King, although it was knocked out by Iron Scrap when trying to join Tu Ziya's team. However, Martin Mason picked a fight with the impressive Medusa to demonstrate why it deserved a place on Emma Dumont's team, and with a quick knockout, Cat King secured its place on her team. It then collected a 2v2 victory over ORBY Blade and Rhino to earn a win for Emma Dumont, while defending its own place on the team, and helped to knock Tao Shen out of the competition when Cat King defeated Earth Shovel.
Cat King is a modular robot that runs on a four-wheel drive train. It has two different center weapon modules. The first is equipped with a solid front wedge, decorated with whiskers and a feline face, and the center of the wedge is a 40lb dual tooth spinning disc, operating vertically to throw robots over. Two skate wheels are placed above the spinner, so that Cat King can run inverted. This allows the robot to drive into an arena Grinder using its active weapon to self-right. Cat King's alternative module uses two protruding wedges at either side, with a black lifter in the center, which also allows Cat King to self-right. A mouse-themed minibot accompanied Cat King during practice for its Head-to-Head battle against Weber, serving as a test opponent for Zheng Shaung to dodge and attack.
- "We've added eight motors to the robot, there's two lifting arms with razor-sharp claws, so not only can we hit them with our giant spinning disc, we can also lift!"
- — Martin Mason confidently declares the upgrades to Cat King for Season 2
Cat King was rebuilt for Season 2 to use a total of eight motors for its weaponry. Rather than using an interchangeable spinning disc and lifter, Cat King in King of Bots II instead uses both weapons at the same time, with two thin lifting arms surrounding each side of the vertical spinner, which by default was now a lighter but thicker bar spinner instead of the conventional disc. These lifting arms could overturn other robots, but also most critically served as self-righting mechanisms. The robot's drive modules were still detachable from the robot, making repairs and replacements easier, at the cost of potentially crumbling as seen in Cat King's battle with Iron Scrap, or even breaking away entirely, as seen with other robots that Martin Mason worked on for BattleBots such as WAR Hawk and Mad-Catter.
This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)Edit
Greedy Snake rammed into Cat King, immediately putting it on the back foot. Cat King's spinning blade made contact with Greedy Snake's weapon, causing the Chinese robot to release its grip. At this stage, Spike Head immobilized itself by ramming into Greedy Snake, overturning itself. Cat King withstood a blow from Whirlwind, sparks being cast from its armor. Having already qualified, Greedy Snake continued its assault and drove straight under Cat King to drive it backwards, and Whirlwind also struck Cat King on its escape. Greedy Snake pushed Cat King back into the wall, and Cat King sustained another direct blow from Whirlwind, sending it straight back into Greedy Snake's grip.
While pushing it back, Greedy Snake clamped down on Cat King and lifted it up. Greedy Snake released its grip, dropping Cat King, which suffered from another Whirlwind attack. This time, Cat King retaliated, and used its vertical spinner to trade with Whirlwind's own spinner, throwing the Chinese robot onto its back. Whirlwind had no method of self-righting, and was eliminated. With only Cat King and Greedy Snake remaining, Cat King struck the weaponry of Greedy Snake, but the Chinese entry pushed the American robot into the Grinder.
Cat King had seemingly lost the use of its weapon at this stage. Pinned in the corner of the arena, Greedy Snake grabbed Cat King once again, and lifted it into the air. At this point of Episode 1, the battle was cut early, creating a cliffhanger which was resolved in the second episode. Cat King was subsequently thrown onto its back by Greedy Snake, and was immediately declared to have lost the battle despite still being able to drive upside down. Due to Cat King being ruled immobile, it could not be selected by a celebrity during battle.
Although Cat King was initially eliminated from the competition, the celebrities were required to choose from a final selection of robots which were not chosen at the end of their group battle, and Zheng Shuang made Cat King her final addition to her team of ten. Shaung then drafted in Cat King to battle the Scottish 008, the Chinese Red River Hong and the Russian Weber.
Cat King's wedge was immediately exploited by Weber, and the flipper threw Cat King over, causing it to rebound into a Grinder and land inverted. Cat King voluntarily drove back into the Grinder in an effort to self-right, but completed a full somersault and landed inverted again, also losing the use of its weapon. Cat King drove into the Grinder a few more times and was eventually able to use the Grinder to self-right.
This allowed Cat King to overturn Weber with a slam. While engaging Red River Hong, 008 hit Cat King from behind and caused Cat King to lost a drive belt as well as its left wheel. This rendered Cat King immobile on one side, albeit not immobile officially. Unable to leave its circumference, Cat King was briefly suspended by a ramrod, and was later slammed from behind by Red River Hong. Despite making no impact on the battle while inverted again, Cat King survived until a Judges' decision, but this was awarded to Weber.
Cat King remained on Zheng Shaung’s team for later rounds, eventually being chosen to fight Weber again for a head-to-head battle. This time, Shaung was given full control of the robot, while Team Bad Kitty decided to use Cat King’s lifter module for the first time. During practice, a mouse-themed minibot accompanied Cat King as a test opponent, which Shaung attempted to avoid as she accustomed herself with Cat King’s controls. Eventually, she succeeded in getting Cat King to ram and flip the minibot over; with the minibot stranded on its back, Cat King threw it back upright using its lifter.
In the opening moments of the battle, Cat King drove steadily towards Weber, dodging the Russian robot as it charged into the wall spikes. However, it reversed onto the lip of Weber’s flipper, avoiding a flip as Weber threw itself over instead. Cat King drove under Weber as it tried to self-right, and spent some time bumping into its opponent before driving into its side and lifting it. After momentarily driving around the arena, Cat King drove into the back of Weber, again lifting it. It dodged another charge from Weber, before the two competitors rammed head-on onto each other. Cat King remained tentative as Weber circled round it and got itself impaled on the wall spikes, and retreated towards the other side of the arena as Weber freed itself.
Immediately, Cat King rammed Weber into the wall spikes, using its lifter to clamp it in place. It reversed just as Weber threw itself free from the spikes, and was briefly thrown off-balance as the Russian machine rammed and tried to flip it again. Cat King missed another lift, and attempted to retreat before being cornered against the wall spikes and flipped over by Weber in the closing seconds. After time ran out, Cat King quickly self-righted and retreated, with both robots surviving to a Judges’ decision. Despite a strong performance, the decision ultimately went against Cat King and Zheng Shaung.
In the head-to-head round, Cat King was challenged by Wu Chun's Great White and Zhang Yishan's Vulcan, and Zheng Shuang chose for Cat King to battle Great White. Cat King was equipped with its vertical spinner again.
While both robots powered up their vertical spinners, Zheng Shuang immediately placed the fog in front of Great White's team, obscuring their vision. Cat King capitalized on this by charging straight into Great White's wedge, throwing the machine high into the air, and causing Great White to bounce into the arena wall. Cat King held Great White in the corner of the arena, and targeted the back end of the machine, throwing sparks. With a bigger attack, Cat King then rocketed Great White into the angled plexiglass wall.
Great White landed inverted, and its spinner made repeated hits on the floor until Great White was finally righted. Both robots met weapon-to-weapon, while Great White's minibot Remora repeatedly missed Cat King. Great White and Cat King hit each other face on twice, knocking both robots back equally, but the second contact caused Great White's weapon belt to slip. Immediately afterwards, Cat King drove under Great White, and threw it over the wall in the corner of the arena, for a victory by ring-out. Cat King celebrated by hitting Remora, and claimed its victory.
- "Cat King had shown its power, and we've shown every team what we're capable of. Now the other teams will be properly afraid of us, when it came their turn to face Cat King!"
- — Team Bad Kitty
In its next battle, Cat King faced the Chinese drum spinner of Xiake.
Both robots met in the center of the arena, and Xiake was immediately able to breach Cat King's wedge, repeatedly hitting it from below, throwing sparks and Cat King together. A big hit from Xiake launched Cat King over one meter into the air. Xiake maintained its assault, pursuing the fleeing Cat King from behind, and also struck its wedge in order to grind at the underside of Cat King.
- "Xiake, your robot is slow and lumbering! We will get around you, and destroy every piece of you!"
- — Team Bad Kitty
Pieces of Cat King were visibly strewn across the arena, after Xiake's grinding attack had created shrapnel. Cat King had lost full control of its wheels, and was largely turning in circles, although Xiake backed away to the center of the arena and briefly stopped moving, with its drum also disabled. Xiake revived, and drove straight under Cat King's wedge to toss the robot high into the air, again throwing more loose pieces from Cat King. However, Xiake's strong lead was suddenly threatened when Xiake attempted to drive Cat King into the wall, and instead lost mobility under the spikes lining the arena wall, seemingly pinned.
- "Count him out!"
- — Cat King's driver, to the referee, while Xiake was stuck
A total of twenty seconds passed, while Cat King's team encouraged the referee to count out Xiake while it was stuck. However, the referee did not count Xiake out of the battle, and the robot was turned off and on, as signaled by the LED's behind the robot's drum, which had started spinning again, and Xiake escaped, to the visible joy of the referee. Once Xiake re-entered the battle, it reasserted itself by driving under the side of Cat King to ram it into the wall housing the Grinder. Cat King's team were visibly upset, while Xiake rammed Cat King into the Grinder, completing seven rams before time expired on the battle.
- "I kept it going because in that match, because they were stuck. Twenty seconds! We have it on video, we can count it on the video!"
- — Team Bad Kitty on Xiake's immobility
The battle was sent to a Judges' decision, where Martin Mason asserted that Xiake had been immobile for twenty seconds during the battle without being counted out, and reminded the celebrities and Judges that a robot may only be immobile for ten seconds. Both the Judges and the celebrities reviewed the footage of the battle, and based on Xiake's twenty seconds of inactivity, the victory was awarded to Cat King, awarding Zheng Shuang's team with another three points. However, Zheng Shuang's other robots also won most of their fights in the round, and she was required to cut two robots from her team prior to the Top 8, deciding upon Cat King's elimination at this stage.
King of Bots II (Season 2)Edit
- "We've calibrated every millimeter of this robot! We will be victorious this time!! There will only be victory for Cat King!!! Only victory!!!!"
- — Martin Mason introduces himself to the celebrity captains
Cat King returned for Season 2 as an international entry, debuting in Episode 3 alongside eleven other international representatives. Cat King was the third of these robots to fight against a Chinese robot, and Martin Mason was extremely boisterous and comical in explaining why Cat King would be a suitable member for any of the celebrity teams, with success - almost all of the celebrities were hoping to recruit Cat King. Through a random draw, it was Tu Ziya who had the opportunity to add Cat King onto her team, but Team Bad Kitty would first need to defeat the powerful drum spinner of Iron Scrap to earn that position.
- "It'll be sad that his robot is in such terrible shape when we are done! We are not weak! We do not leave robots unscathed! I feel sorry for him to have so much work to do when this is over!"
- — Martin Mason talks big before the Iron Scrap fight
Both robots quickly accelerated their spinning weapons, and in the first six seconds, Iron Scrap crashed into the side of Cat King to break through its armor, and send it spinning into the corner of the arena. Cat King was slowed by this attack, and Iron Scrap willingly drove head-on into Cat King, slipping under its opponent's wedgelets, and overpowering Cat King's spinner to knock it backwards.
One minute into the fight, Cat King was already struggling to move, only remaining inside a limited area whilst Iron Scrap charged into the arena wall and damaged the spike strip. Using only one side of drive, Cat King attempted to pivot away, but exposed its backside to Iron Scrap in the process, which allowed Iron Scrap to directly strike one of Cat King's back wheels, not causing visible damage, but contributing to Cat King's impaired mobility.
Cat King still managed to coast into the center of the arena, but another weapon-to-weapon hit worked in Iron Scrap's favor, with Cat King being flung into the air, and back to where it came from. With a string of two attacks, Iron Scrap individually hit each wedgelet of Cat King, and with one more slam, Iron Scrap immobilized Cat King two minutes into the bout. Iron Scrap still launched another hit on the back of Cat King, which seemed to be collapsing centrally, and Cat King could only spin its blade and move its lifters until the referee counted it out. As a result, Cat King did not join Tu Ziya's team.
- "We think that Iron Scrap was one of the strongest robots in the field. We are PROUD to have had a chance to fight them!"
- — Martin Mason
Cat King was relegated to the redemption rounds, but Martin Mason was the first roboteer selected to take part in a fight here. As the first robot to be selected, Martin Mason was allowed to choose an opponent from any of the volunteering competitors in the redemption rounds. Martin Mason wished to impress the celebrities by defeating a powerful opponent, hoping to solidify its place in the competition, and Cat King fought the menacing bar spinner of Medusa.
- "We chose Medusa because we wanted a STRONG opponent. Defeating them, we knew would prove our strength, prove it to the celebrities, that we are worth of being on their team."
- — Martin Mason
After both robots quickly spun up their blades, Medusa made the more active charge, running head-first into Cat King for a collision which threw Medusa across the arena, also causing some damage to Cat King. Having bounced across the arena on its own blade, Medusa landed on top of the arena wall near the 'out of the arena' zone, with one tire suspended on the wall. With one lifting arm raised, and Emma Dumont pensive in fear, Cat King charged in to hit the stranded Medusa, throwing it into the air. Medusa landed with a crash, and although it was able to spin up its bar to dangerous speeds, the robot itself was mostly immobile, only twitching in place, and the referee counted Medusa out, awarding a quick win by knockout to Cat King, who then chose to join Emma Dumont's team.
- "One of you is worthy of my power! Who should have Cat King on their team? I choose Emma!!!"
- — Martin Mason while joining Emma Dumont's team
Some time after Cat King's victory, its place on Emma Dumont's team came under threat, as too many robots had joined the same team, and Dumont needed to remove two out of Cat King, Storm Cut, Doraemon and Excelsior. Martin Mason proudly declared his belief in Cat King and why it deserved to be on her team, and after Emma Dumont chose to keep Storm Cut, she then decided to keep Cat King, at the expense of Doraemon and Excelsior.
Moving into the next round, Cat King's place on the team was again in danger, as it or Storm Cut would be eliminated if Emma Dumont's team did not prevail over Di Yang's team over the course of three fights. Nevertheless, Cat King defended this position by teaming up with Spectre to defeat ORBY Blade and Rhino.
Immediately, Cat King targeted ORBY Blade and smacked the South Korean machine over for an immediate knockout. Cat King and Spectre were therefore able to team up on Rhino, and although Rhino landed good blows on Spectre, Cat King continued to ram and trap it. Spectre lured Rhino towards the nearby hammer, allowing Cat King to hit and lift Rhino with its own spinner. With Rhino perched on top of Cat King, Spectre sunk its teeth into Rhino, before pushing and dragging Rhino into the grinders, ORBY Blade and the spikes in quick succession. Cat King slammed into the helpless Rhino twice more, breaking Rhino's drive belts and flipping it over. With Rhino unable to self-right, Cat King and Spectre earned a win for Emma Dumont.
Under its new team management of Ye Hong Lie, Cat King represented its team in a head-to-head against Earth Shovel of Tao Shen's team.
|CAT KING - RESULTS|
|This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)|
|Preliminary Rumble||vs. Greedy Snake, Spike Head, Whirlwind||Not selected|
|NOTE: After the group battles had concluded, Cat King was selected by Zheng Shuang.|
|Main Rumble||vs. 008, Red River Hong, Weber||Lost|
(driven by Zheng Shaung)
|Head-to-Head||vs. Great White||Won|
|NOTE: After this round, Zheng Shuang was required to cull her team down to three robots, and eliminated Cat King at this stage.|
|King of Bots II (Season 2)|
Part of Ye Hong Li's team
|Challenger Round||vs. Iron Scrap||Lost|
|Redemption Round||vs. Medusa||Won|
|2v2 (with Spectre||vs. ORBY Blade & Rhino||Won|
|Head-to-Head||vs. Earth Shovel||Won|
- Wins: 5
- Losses: 3
NOTE: Cat King's preliminary rumble in Season 1.5 is not considered to be a win or a loss.
|Series||Cat King Series Record|
|Season 1||Did not enter|
|Season 1.5||Selected by celebrity, one win|
|Season 2||Part of team, three wins|
Outside King of BotsEdit
Cat King was designed by Team Food Fight, and the entire build process was live streamed on Twitch. This is one of the first and only heavyweights to have been designed in a public setting.
Outside of This is Fighting Robots, Cat King is known as Cataclysm, and entered RoboGames 2018 under the captaincy of Team Bad Kitty. The robot's weapon was instead a vertical bar spinner. It fought ShapeShifter in the first round, and ripped through its wedge using its bar spinner, then pinned ShapeShifter on the wall for a win by knockout. It fought Gruff in the second round, but lost the use of its weapon, and was immobilized by Gruff on two separate occasions. Although Gruff sportingly released Cataclysm, the Judges' decision went in favor of Gruff, placing Cataclysm in the losers' bracket, where it fought Khaos and removed its batteries with a powerful blow. It then qualified for the top eight after defeating Ragin Scotsman on a Judges' decision. Despite an initial lead, Cataclysm was defeated by Lucky after being stranded on the arena wall.
Team member Martin Mason had previously entered the second season of BattleBots on ABC with Bad Kitty in 2016, which also featured a small minibot and served as a predecessor to the cat-themed robots such as Cat King. Bad Kitty lost its only battle to Black Ice in a three-way rumble to enter the main bracket of the tournament, after being overturned near the wall of the BattleBox.
A separately built version of Cat King's core design also competed in the 2018 season of BattleBots under the ownership of Western Allied Robotics, where it would be known as WAR Hawk. This was a modified version of Cat King's vertical disk configuration which took advantage of the extra weight allowed by BattleBots and had a much more robust front wedge. Martin Mason and Emmanuel Carrillo were present as team members. In its first battle, it fought the full-body drum spinner of Axe Backwards and easily overpowered the fellow spinner, throwing it into the air and later removing its wheel, leading to a knockout victory for WAR Hawk. In a battle against a fellow vertical spinner, WAR Hawk was ultimately immobilized by Brutus. WAR Hawk's third battle was against Overhaul, and entered alongside a minibot named War Stop. Although WAR Hawk quickly lost the full use of one wheel, its destructive blows led to Overhaul briefly catching fire, and eventually losing mobility in the final seconds of the match, allowing WAR Hawk to win the Judges' decision. In its final qualifying match, WAR Hawk brought its win/loss ratio up to a positive 3-1 record, after defeating Free Shipping via Judges' decision. This 3-1 record was still not enough to directly earn a position in the Top 16, but WAR Hawk was able to defeat End Game and Brutus in a three-way vertical spinner rumble to earn the fifteenth seed within the post-season tournament. Here, it was drawn up against the second seed Bronco. Despite a promising start, WAR Hawk was eventually thrown into the BattleBox screws by Bronco and although it was freed, it lost mobility soon afterwards, eliminating it from the competition.
WAR Hawk returned for the 2019 season of BattleBots, with various interchangeable front ends and spinning weapons, and an upgraded WAR Stop minibot. Martin Mason and Emmanuel Carrillo were both sporadically members of the team. In its first battle, WAR Hawk faced the Dutch entry Petunia, and earned its first win of the season with a quick knockout. However, the flipper of Hydra split WAR Hawk into three separate pieces for a critical loss. This convinced the team to enter the Desperado bracket, where WAR Hawk defeated Ragnarök, but lost to Black Dragon in the semi-final. This put WAR Hawk back into the main season, where it was soundly beaten by Copperhead, ending its season at a 2-3 record.
Team Bad Kitty also separately competed in the same season of BattleBots with Mad-Catter, a robot armed with an axe and lifting forks. A reserve entry for the season, Mad-Catter was captained by Martin Mason, with Emmanuel Carrillo also present. Its first battle to be broadcast was against RailGun Max, where a powerful hit from the Chinese spinner split Mad-Catter into two halves, also flipping the larger module onto its side for a knockout. Nevertheless, Mad-Catter did collect two victories outside of the televised broadcast, including a win over BattleSaw.
Team Food Fight primarily competed in the insect weight classes, with Cat King being the team's first heavyweight project. Their lighter robots include:
- Plastic Fork Bot, an antweight armed with a broad, flat wedge, and an electric arm designed to hold robots in place.
- Pizza Slicer Bot, an antweight armed with a vertical bar spinner, which finished in third place at RoboGames in 2016.
- Pizza Cutter Bot, an antweight armed with a thin spinning drisc.
- The Big Smack, an antweight full body spinner, visually resembling a cheeseburger.
- Hotdog Roller, an invertible antweight armed with a wide drum spinner, initially planned to resemble a hotdog.
- Pizza King, the successor to Pizza Slicer Bot, also an antweight armed with a vertical bar spinner.
- Footlong, a fairyweight armed with a vertical bar spinner, using a prominent wedge.
- Double Stuff, an invertible antweight armed with a drisc thicker than that of Pizza Cutter Bot, which uses a brushless drive.
Team Food Fight competed at RoboGames in 2018 with a 60lb invertible robot Wurst Nightmare, armed with an 18lb drum spinner, which lost its opening battle to Asterion but defeated Dark Ripper, Cassowari and Cornholio, before falling to Tastes Like Burning in the top eight.
- Cat King was the first spinner to throw another robot out of the arena in This is Fighting Robots.