DB12 is a British featherweight robot which competed in the 2018 King of Bots UK International Championships. Built by Ed Wallace of Team Asgard, it initially reached the Top 20 of the main competition after winning its first qualification battle via knockout, throwing Vega out of the arena in the process, and second in its other two to Rocket, after getting thrown out itself by the latter. Subsequently, DB12 lost to Barróg in the Knockout round, but redeemed itself by winning its Losers' Melee, only to lose to Barróg again in the Round of 12.

A victory in its second Losers’ Melee allowed DB12 to re-enter the championship a second time; in the Quarter-Finals, it avenged its previous losses to Barróg by flipping and eliminating the Irish machine within seconds. In the Semi-Finals, DB12 faced Chinese competitor Calabash Bros, but lost via knockout after the 2018 Wuhan champion ripped its removable link out and pitted it. Therefore, DB12 was relegated to the playoff, and finished the 2018 UK International Championships fourth overall, after being thrown out of the arena by Rocket a third time.

In addition to the main championship, DB12 also took part in the eighteen-way Gladiator battle. Despite starting strongly by throwing Neon out of the arena, it would lose the battle after temporarily losing drive following an attack by Barróg, and driving itself into the pit a few seconds later.


DB12 arena side Q1

Side view of DB12, showing the two-toothed vertical flywheel

DB12 is a red, box-wedge shaped robot armed with a front-mounted, two-toothed vertical flywheel. The flywheel, painted gold, was capable of spinning at up to 4,000rpm, and enabled the robot to cause significant damage to opponents as well as to flip them over or, occasionally, out of the arena. DB12 employed an unusual six-wheel drive system, where two pairs of wheels could be mounted on either the front or rear axles along with a single pair at either end. Four small wedgelets were welded to the front of the robot's body, in order to breach ground clearances and draw other robots into its flywheel.


King of Bots UK 2018 (Insomnia 63)
Main Championship
Fourth Place
Rumble vs. Vega, Meow Won via knockout (4 points)
Rumble vs. Enigma, Rocket Lost (2 points)
Rumble vs. Rocket, The Mighty Unicorn Lost (2 points)
Knockout vs. Barróg Lost
Losers’ Melee vs. Utopia, Saber-X, Hell's Angel, Furious George Won
Round of 12 vs. Barróg Lost
Losers’ Melee vs. Blunt Force Trauma Remix, Aegis Won
Quarter-Final vs. Barróg Won
Semi-Final vs. Calabash Bros Lost
Playoff vs. Rocket Lost
Gladiator vs. Crabsolutely Clawful, Take Cover, Impact, Aegis, Barróg, Meow, Orpheus, Neon, Mini ACE, BANE, Binky, The Claw, Hedgebot, Sabre20, Satanix, Luna-Tic, Raving Luna-Tic Lost


  • Wins: 4
  • Losses: 7
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