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The third episode of King of Bots Season 2 aired on 21st July 2019. It saw the debut of twelve international competitors, vying to replace Chinese machines on existing celebrity teams.

The end of the episode also featured Robo Genius, an educational segment exploring different aspects of robot building and combat.

Competing robots

International robots

Chinese robots

Setup

With all six celebrities filling their teams with three Chinese robots each, this episode introduced twelve robots from outside China, who were all competing for places on the teams. After each international team was selected, they would press a button to be randomly drawn against any of the robots which had already earned a place on a celebrity team. The international robot would then challenge the Chinese robot in a head-to-head battle, to steal their place on the team. If the international robot lost, the Chinese machine would retain its place on the team. A total of twelve battles then took place, dramatically changing the lineup of each celebrity team.

Battles

Spectre (GBR) vs White Tiger Guardian (CHN)

Winner: Spectre

Megabyte (USA) vs Medusa (CHN)

Winner: Megabyte

Cat King (USA) vs Iron Scrap (CHN)

Winner: Iron Scrap

Yesaji (IND) vs Emerald (CHN)

Winner: Emerald

Monster (GHA) vs Earth Shovel (CHN)

Winner: Earth Shovel

Tánshè (GBR) vs Reaper (CHN)

Winner: Tánshè

Vulcan (GBR) vs Xiake (CHN)

Winner: Vulcan

Excelsior (USA) vs Deep-Sea Shark (CHN)

Excelsior vs Deep-Sea Shark

The two robots come together

Deep-Sea Shark vs Excelsior

Deep-Sea Shark's killer blow on Excelsior

Excelsior immobile

Excelsior is counted out

Deep-Sea Shark spun its blade up to speed, and Excelsior was cautious of this, attempting to point its front wedge at Deep-Sea Shark without directly approaching it. This allowed Excelsior to avoid Deep-Sea Shark's first attack, also swinging its decorative tail at Deep-Sea Shark, but it was then forced to flee and create space. Deep-Sea Shark was unfazed, and chased Excelsior down, delivering a frontal blow which threw Excelsior into the air. A drive belt slipped from Excelsior's wheel as a result of this hit, and with only forty seconds passed in the match, Excelsior then ground to a complete halt. Although it fired its flipper to show signs of movement, Excelsior was counted out, and Deep-Sea Shark easily collected its second victory, retaining its place on Di Yang's team.

Winner: Deep-Sea Shark

Switch (GBR) vs Cracked Sword (CHN)

The final four battles of the episode were broadcast only as part of a montage, with many attacks from each battle potentially missing from the edited-down fights.

Switch vs Cracked Sword

Switch loses its hammer head during a swing at Cracked Sword

Cracked Sword vs Switch

Switch charges into Cracked Sword, but misses its swing

Switch exhibited superior driving at the start of the battle, manoeuvring its way around to the back of Cracked Sword to pop it into the air. Switch then launched the most critical attack of the match by firing its hammer into the bar spinner of Cracked Sword - this succeeded in stopping the bar spinner of Cracked Sword, but Switch's hammer head was also torn away in the process. Nevertheless, Switch charged into Cracked Sword twice, missing its weapon swings on both occasions, although the second charge still disoriented Cracked Sword, and also kicked Switch's loose hammer head across the arena. Switch then drove Cracked Sword into the spikes lining the arena wall, loosening one of its exposed tires.

Switch vs Cracked

Switch pins Cracked Sword against the spikes

Switch Cracked Sword

Switch pounds the weapon frame of Cracked Sword

Cracked Sword KO

Cracked Sword is counted out

Another charge saw Switch wedge under the weapon frame of Cracked Sword to suspend it above the floor, but Switch still could not land any successful weapon blows until Cracked Sword backed into the arena wall, where Switch pinned it in place and took several swings using its bare weapon shaft, hitting the exposed bars of Cracked Sword's weapon frame. After the two robots separated, Switch carried Cracked Sword across the arena, and eventually, Cracked Sword lost mobility altogether. Switch therefore won the battle by knockout, and claimed the place on Zhu Zheng Ting's team that Cracked Sword formerly occupied.

Winner: Switch

Big Carioca (BRA) vs Storm Slasher (CHN)

Big Carioca vs Storm Slasher

Big Carioca throws Storm Slasher over

Storm Slasher vs Big Carioca

Big Carioca launches Storm Slasher into the air

Both robots spun their weapons up to full speed, but it was Big Carioca that drew first blood, bringing its bar spinner under the blade of Storm Slasher to launch it upwards, and briefly onto its back, although Storm Slasher quickly fell back onto its wheels, after hitting the weapon housing of Big Carioca with the face of its now-motionless weapon while airborne. Big Carioca had completely bent Storm Slasher's blade out of shape with this attack, and when the two robots came together again, Big Carioca threw sparks off the wedge of Storm Slasher, which suddenly started to smoke copiously. Big Carioca did not let up, and connected another blow with the motionless bar spinner of Storm Slasher to launch it into the air and towards the Grinders, although Storm Slasher landed on its wheels.

Carioca vs Storm Slasher

Big Carioca hits the rear wheel of Storm Slasher

Storm Slasher vs Carioca

Storm Slasher starts venting smoke again and loses mobility

The robots returned to the center of the arena, and Big Carioca landed a blow on one of Storm Slasher's rear wheels, which was enough to disable its drive on one side, also further bending the bar spinner of Storm Slasher. While Storm Slasher pivoted on one wheel, it vented more smoke, and came to a complete standstill. Big Carioca therefore won the battle by knockout, and joined Tao Shen's team at Storm Slasher's expense.

Winner: Big Carioca

ORBY Blade (KOR) vs Red River Bull (CHN)

ORBY Blade vs Red River Bull 1

Red River Bull charges into ORBY Blade's spinner

ORBY Blade vs Red River Bull 2

ORBY Blade delivers its first direct attack

At the start of the battle, Red River Bull was keen to stop ORBY Blade from spinning its bar up to full speed, and collided with it in the opening seconds to temporarily stop the blade, albeit not for long. ORBY Blade quickly responded, and swung its bar spinner into the side of Red River Bull, causing notable damage despite also bending its own side armor in the process. Whilst ORBY Wedge circled around the arena, ORBY Blade brought its spinning bar into the drum of Red River Bull, which was spinning for the first time in the competition, throwing more sparks. ORBY Blade was reaching dangerous speeds on its weapon, and Red River Bull attempted to ram it from behind, but missed. Although Red River Bull slammed into the side of ORBY Blade, it did not make contact with its weapon, unlike the next attack from ORBY Blade.

ORBY Blade vs Red River Bull 3

The huge blow from ORBY Blade which disabled both machines

ORBY Blade vs Red River Bull 4

ORBY Blade is flung high into the air, while Red River Bull careens away

Swinging its bar spinner into Red River Bull, ORBY Blade delivered a huge slam, which tore open the side armor of Red River Bull, and ripped a wheel and motor out of it entirely, but in the process, ORBY Blade was flung across the arena, hitting the Grinder which threw ORBY Blade into the air. ORBY Blade landed inverted, and could not self-right, nor were its wheels turning, leaving ORBY Wedge only to nudge its teammate. However, Red River Bull had also been immobilized by the same attack; although some of its wheels were still turning, including the axle which housed the wheel that had been ripped from Red River Bull, the robot could not gain significant purchase on the arena floor, and both robots were counted out by the referees.

ORBY Blade vs Red River Bull 5

ORBY Blade is left inverted and motionless

ORBY Blade vs Red River Bull 6

Red River Bull is also immobilized, with a wheel hanging loose

With the battle officially considered to be a double-knockout, the Judges were required to declare a winner based on the events of the battle leading up to the double KO, and ORBY Blade was unanimously declared the winner, having caused more damage during the battle, allowing it to take Red River Bull's place on Di Yang's team.

Winner: ORBY Blade

Rhino (GBR) vs Mist Lion (CHN)

Rhino vs Mist Lion

Rhino grinds at Mist Lion's wedgelet

Mist Lion vs Rhino

Rhino moves Mist Lion up the Grinder

Mist Lion stuck

Mist Lion is stuck on the Grinder mount

Rhino and Mist Lion collided head-to-head, with Mist Lion initially bringing Rhino off the floor with a powerful slam. Both robots then aimed their vertical spinners at each other, and Rhino ground away at Mist Lion's wedgelet, throwing sparks. At the end of this exchange, Rhino managed to wedge under the side of Mist Lion, and deliver a series of vertical spinner blows while driving it into the Grinder. The rotating Grinder absorbed Mist Lion, and pulled it up, which Rhino capitalized upon, delivering a light blow with its spinner to throw Mist Lion atop the Grinder, where it perfectly landed on a flat mount next to the arena hazard. With all of Mist Lion's wheels cleared from the arena floor, it could not escape, and the referee counted it out, awarding Rhino the win by knockout. As a result, Rhino joined Di Yang's team, at Mist Lion's expense.

Winner: Rhino

Celebrity Teams

Celebrity Robots
Emma Dumont Spectre, Megabyte, Drift
Zhu Zheng Ting Switch, Black Rabbit, Tánshè
Tao Shen Big Carioca, Earth Shovel, Pixel Hunter
Di Yang Rhino, ORBY Blade, Saber
Huang Jian Xiang Vulcan, Deep-Sea Shark, Flaming Wheel
Tu Ziya Iron Scrap, Emerald, Earth Mover

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