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"It is born intelligent, man-machine one, there is no rival, it is the essence of human wisdom - the nucleus!"
King of Bots website (translated from Chinese)

原子核 (Romanized as yuán zǐ hé and translated as Nuclear Bomb) was a robot from Beijing, China, which competed in the first season of King of Bots. Entered by the Real Steel team – led by Wang Chao, CEO of the Beijing Tiejia Steel Fist Company - it lost its battle against Snake on a Judges’ decision. Regardless, Nuclear Bomb emerged victorious in a nine-robot rumble held at the end of the series, also winning an unaired Tag Team battle.

Design

Nucleus

Nuclear Bomb with Team Real Steel

Nuclear Bomb was an invertible, two-wheel drive robot with a two-tone white and black color scheme. Its main weapon was a set of hydraulic horizontal crushing claws at the front, which were intended to grab and crush through opponents. The robot also featured a 20mm titanium wedge at the rear, painted black, intended to be used for pushing and ramming. In addition to this weaponry, Nuclear Bomb was accompanied by a white drone, which was used to provide Team Real Steel with a top-down view of the arena during battles.

The main innovation of Nuclear Bomb was an electromagnetic system used inside the robot, to weigh the robot down when it is being pushed or lifted. This was used successfully to avoid being lifted effectively by Snake, and also prevented it form being pushed during the nine-robot rumble.

Robot History

Season 1

Snake vs Nuclear

Nuclear Bomb is grabbed and thrown over by Snake

Nuclear Bomb competed in Episode 1, where it fought fellow Chinese competitor Snake in the first round. The main robot immediately turned and reversed over a nearby floor flipper, where it lost mobility for several seconds as its accompanying drone hovered overhead. Nuclear Bomb remained immobile on the flipper until Snake pushed it off while trying to grab it, where it began moving again. However, it stopped driving again in the centre of the arena, with Snake trying to lift it from the side, but being unable to do so. Eventually, the two robots separated, with Nuclear Bomb still being unable to attack effectively before it was rammed, grabbed and thrown onto its back by Snake. Nuclear Bomb was pushed, grabbed and lifted again by Snake, this time being thrown back upright, before Snake rammed it into the wall spikes. It responded by bumping into Snake twice, which was unable to turn it over again before time ran out. With both robots still mobile, the battle went to a Judges’ decision, which ruled against Nuclear Bomb, eliminating it from the competition.

Nuclear Bomb also fought in two further battles at the end of the series. The first of which was an unaired Tag Team battle against the American Blue and British multibot The Grubs, where Nuclear Bomb was partnered with Residual Wind. During the battle, Nuclear Bomb's crushers were broken off by Blue, and Residual Wind was also damaged heavily. However, Blue inadvertently immobilized two segments of The Grubs, and as a result, both international robots were counted out, despite Blue still being mobile. Although the producers would later apologize to the international teams, the win by knockout was awarded to Nuclear Bomb and Residual Wind.

"We teamed up with the grubs and fought the carbide clone and the weird in effective horizontal crusher. We exploded the bar on the spinner and caved in their top. The crusher broke off the other bot pretty quickly. In the process we also accidentally squished a grub and pushed one into the screws. The grubs all died and they started counting us out for some reason? Said we lost in a KO despite the other two bots barely moving and Blue still working fine. Producers apologized after for counting us out."
— Team Bots FC on Reddit[1]

Still without its crushers, Nuclear Bomb also fought in a nine-robot rumble, aired during the Grand Final.

Results

NUCLEAR BOMB - RESULTS
Season 1
Main Championship
First Round
Round 1 vs. Snake Lost
Tag Team
Partnered with Residual Wind
Tag Team vs. Blue & The Grubs Won (unaired)
Rumble
Rumble vs. Blue, Crossfire, Dark Knight, Griffin, Ink Thorns, Steel Dragon, The Grubs, Tyrannosaurus Rex Won

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

NOTE: Nuclear Bomb's unaired Tag Team battle is excluded

Trivia

  • Despite losing its only battle in the main competition, Nuclear Bomb won both of its battles held as side events.

References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/battlebots/comments/81q85i/king_of_bots_final_episode_discussion_thread/dv7pslb/

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