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Last Rites

Last Rites is bar spinner from Team Hardcore Robotics. It was the 2008 and 2012 ComBots Champion, and is one of the "Big Three" in US combat robotics, alongside Sewer Snake and Original Sin [1]. Last Rites first competed at the 2005 ComBots Cup where it went 2-2.

Team Hardcore Robotics competed in BattleBots 2015-2020 with Tombstone, a similar version to Last Rites. It had outstanding success, as it was the Season 1 runner-up, Season 2 champion, and Season 4 semi-finalist.


Design and Build[]

Last Rite's frame is made from 1 inch Chrome Moly Tubing chromium-molybdenum alloy tubing used where light strong structural tubing is needed for example aircraft [2]. The completed frame is around 18% of the total weight of the robot, and needs to be replaced roughly every 2 events.  The robot is driven by two NPC T-64s DC electric motors at 33v and the weapon motor is an ME0708 (also known as the Etek-R) running at 58V.  Last Rights has a range of weapon bars of various lengths (and therefore different tip speeds), weights, and densities. 

Event History[]

ComBots Cup I[]

Last Rites sends pieces of Body Slam flying everywhere

Last Rites first faced Sewer Snake.This match started with Last Rite spinning up to full speed. Sewer Snake then immediately charged at Last Rites, causing sparks to fly, and Last Rites to fly through the air and land upside down. Now with Last Rites up to speed again Sewer Snake slammed into it, causing parts to come out of Last Rites, and Last Rites tapped out. This put Last Rites in the loser’s bracket where it faced Pump. However Pump had issues and was forced to forfeit. Last Rites then advanced to the next round where it faced Body Slam. This fight started with Last Rites spinning up to speed and making contact to Body Slam’s wedge, sending pieces flying everywhere. Pieces of Body Slam's lifter were everywhere on the floor. Last Rites blade eventually stopped spinning. However as Body Slam drove Last Rites into the wall the lifter was too badly damaged to do anything to Last Rites and drove to the wall where on half of its drive failed. Last Rites blade then started working again and hit Body Slam, completely destroying the robot causing them to tap out. Last Rites won by knockout. Last Rites would then lose to Brutality.

RoboGames 2006[]

Last Rites first fight was against Devil's Plunger, Devils Plunger underneath Last Rites with the wedge and rammed him into the wall despite losing a tire in the process. Last Rites was immobile however and was counted out. This put Last Rites into the losers bracket against SJ. Last Rites took a bunch of shots from SJ's wedge and got slammed into the corner of the arena. Last Rites stopped moving and was counted out. That eliminate Last Rites from the tournament.

ComBots Cup II[]

Last Rites went up against a wedge bot LNW in it's first fight. LNW sent Last Rites flying across the arena with that wedge many times. However Last Rites eventually managed to hit LNW on the side which immobilized it. LNW tapped out and Last Rites won. Brutality was Last Rites next opponent. Brutality hit Last Rites with it's blade a couple times causing Last Rites to go unbalanced. Last Rites was now upside down where the 2 spinners could now collide. Last Rites hit the arena wall a couple times before tearing off half of Brutalities blade. Brutality sent itself flying in the air and they tapped out. However they later announced Brutality the winner because Last Rites wasn't moving at all after that hit because of an internal failure. Brutality was still moving so he was declared the winner. This put Last Rites into the losers bracket where it faced SJ. Not much is known about this fight except that SJ won which eliminated Last Rites from the tournament.

RoboGames 2007[]

Last Rites had much more success the following year at Robogames 2007 beating Eugene, Brutality, Sir Loin, and returning champion Original Sin, before losing in the finals to Sewer Snake. [3] Eugene was KO'd in 27 seconds after taking a huge hit to the side that knocked something loose. [4] than Last Rites was against Brutality- armed with a flamethrower and a wedge (and no spinning bar) Brutality charged at Last Rites who launched Brutality across the arena a few times and damaging the top armor. However Brutality retaliated and managed to pull off one of Last Rites tires. However with 1 wheel left Last Rites managed to crawl towards Brutality and tear off a big chunk of it's top armor. Brutality tapped out and Last Rights was the winner [5]. Sir Loin was Last Rites next opponent. Sir Loin was KO'd in around 15 seconds after these 2 bots had one of the biggest weapon to weapon collisions that destroyed both weapons and the arena. However Last Rites was the one still moving so it got the win [6]. Original Sin was next, after tearing off two of Original Sin's Tires within the first few seconds and a third within 20 seconds Original Sin survived a total of 80 seconds and put up a decent fight. However the last tire was eventually torn off and Original Sin tapped out [7]. In the final Sewer Snake removed two of their six wheels to make weight available for a heavier scoop. During the fight Sewer Snake upended Last Rites and wheel and motor unit detached from Last Rites. Struggling with mobility Last Rites Survived 1 minute 10 seconds before Sewer Snake pinned them on the arena wall [8].

ComBots Cup III[]

RoboGames 2008[]

RoboGames 2009[]

ComBots Cup IV[]

RoboGames 2010[]

ComBots Cup V[]

RoboGames 2011[]

ComBots Cup VI[]

RoboGames 2012[]

ComBots Cup VII[]

RoboGames 2013[]

RoboGames 2015[]

RoboGames 2016[]

Last Rites first fight at this event was against a lifting wedge called Foxic. Last Rites hit Foxics front plow several times and Foxic never got a good lift. Foxic eventually stopped moving and was counted out.

Last Rites was then put against the deadly drum spinner of Touro Maximus (minotaur)

After the first few weapon to weapon collisions Touro Maximus sent a chunk of Last Rites blade flying into the lexan which caused Last Rites to be unbalanced. Last Rites spinner than stopped working and Touro Maximus hit Last Rites a couple times dealing more damage. However one of those hits caused Touro Maximus to stop moving and they were counted out. Last Rites was the winner.

Last Rites moved on to face the 4 wheeled wedge Ragin Scotsman

Last Rites took a couple nice hits from Ragin Scotsmans big wedge before Last Rites ripped off 3 tires. Ragin Scotsman was struggling to move after that. Ragin Scotsman still managed to get underneath Last Rites a few more times before Last Rites ripped off the final tire and advanced.

Last Rites was now up against it's arch nemesis Original SIn who attached a big yellow plow to absorb the blows from Last Rites

Original Sin charged right at Last Rites and removed one of Last Rites wheels immediately. That sent Last Rites into a corner of the arena. Original Sin than charged at Last Rites again which sent Last Rites flying into another side of the arena which completely immobilized it. Last Rites was counted out and Original Sin won.

This put Last Rites into the losers bracket where it faced Touro Maximus again

The 2 robots collided a few times and Touro Maximus's drum went up in smoke and was no longer working. Last Rites hit Touro Maximus hard a couple times with it's blade. However Last Rites lost 1 side of drive and he was near the arena wall. Touro Maximus went in and rammed Last Rites blade against the wall which went Last Rites spinning away. That appeared to have damaged Last Rites internally as it struggled to move. Last Rites than stopped moving and a beaten up Touro Maximus took the win. Last Rites was eliminated from the tournament.

RoboGames 2017[]

After getting a bye in the first round, Last Rites first fight in RoboGames 2017 was against Sabre-X, this match started with Sabre-X going in wedge first, but moving sluggishly. Last Rites took advantage of this, and ripped off one of Sabre-X's wheelguards as well as a wheel. Last Rites then delivered one more hit to Sabre-X which quit moving,and was counted out.

This put Last Rites in the quarterfinals where it faced Whoops!.

The match started off decently for Last Rites as it attacked Whoops!'s Plow for a bit, before being pushed into the wall bar first by Whoops! After Whoops! backed off, Last Rites chased after him, hitting him a couple of times, but the only real damage caused was the paint being chipped. After a little bit of moving around for a good hit, Last Rites finally went in and hit Whoops! making Whoops! pop into the air a bit. Whoops! came back though, and pushed Last Rites into the wall once again, this time stopping the blade entirely. After getting away from the wall momentarily, Last Rites turned and was able to get past the plow and hit both of Whoops!'s right wheels. After spinning, Whoops! ran into the bar, sending Last Rites flipping wildly for a while, before eventually landing. After 2 more small hits, Last Rites would hit Whoops! plow, sending them both spinning.

Combat Record[]

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 49
  • Losses: 31
Competition Wins Losses
ComBots Cup I Pump (forfeit)

Body Slam

Sewer Snake

Brutality

RoboGames 2006 None Devil's Plunger

SJ

ComBots Cup II LNW Brutality

SJ

RoboGames 2007 Eugene

Brutality

Sir Loin

Original Sin

Sewer Snake
ComBots Cup III Original Sin

Vlad The Impaler II

SJ

Sewer Snake
RoboGames 2008 Sir Loin (x2)

Eugene

Sewer Snake (forfeit)

Original Sin (x2)
RoboGames 2009 VD6

Sewer Snake

Original Sin

Original Sin (x2)
ComBots Cup IV Brutality

Avalanche

Sewer Snake

Original Sin
RoboGames 2010 SJ

Vlad The Impaler II (forfeit)

Original Sin

Touro Maximus

Sewer Snake

ComBots Cup V Pine Box

Breaker Box (forfeit)

Sewer Snake

Original Sin

Sewer Snake

RoboGames 2011 Mini Fridge

Original Sin (x2)

Touro Maximus

Breaker Box

Breaker Box

Sewer Snake

ComBots Cup VI Black Widow! Original Sin

Vlad The Impaler II

RoboGames 2012 Huntsman

Mosquito

Sewer Snake

Original Sin

Electric Boogaloo

ComBots Cup VII Blizzard

Sewer Snake

Electric Boogaloo

Original Sin

Original Sin
RoboGames 2013 Son of Ziggy

Vlad The Impaler II

The Great Pumpkin

Original Sin

Sewer Snake

RoboGames 2015 Megalodon

Prometheus

Ragin Scotsman

Polar Vortex

Original Sin (x2)
RoboGames 2016 Foxic

Touro Maximus

Ragin Scotsman

Original Sin

Touro Maximus

RoboGames 2017

bye

Sabre-X

Megalodon

Whoops!

Crash n' Burn

RoboGames Record[]

RoboGames 2006 - Losers Bracket, Round 1RoboGames 2007 -SilverComBots Cup III - GoldRoboGames 2008 - SilverRoboGames 2009 - SilverComBots Cup IV - SilverRoboGames 2010 - BronzeRoboGames 2011 - SilverRoboGames 2012 - BronzeComBots Cup VII - GoldRoboGames 2013 - BronzeRoboGames 2015 - BronzeRobogames 2016 - Losers Bracket, Round 2Robogames 2017 Losers Bracket, Round 2

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