three robots in the arena

Watch online as robots attack competitors and inflict maximum damage in Robot Wars.

30 teams and their ferocious fighting machines battle it out in the state-of-the-art, bullet-proof fighting arena.  Season 3 of Robot Wars starts on Sunday 18 March at 20:50 on BBC Brit (DStv Channel 120), and streaming live on DStv Now.

Here’s a handy guide to understanding the show:

The Grand Final begins with the Ten Robot Rumble – a 10 way, no time limit, last robot standing, fight to the death. The winner joins the winners of the previous episodes.

There are two group battles, lasting up to three minutes with three robots in each battle. The two winners progress to the Semi-Finals.

The four losing robots get another chance, each taking on a robot from the opposing group battle, in Robot Redemption.

In the Semi-Finals, the two winners go through to the Heat Final.

The two losing robots fight for 3rd place and a spot in the Ten Robot Rumble.

In the Heat Final, the two winning Semi-Finalists battle it out and the winner is guaranteed a place in the Grand Final, while the runner-up takes a spot in the Ten Robot Rumble.

How do you win Robot Wars?

In each round the Robots engage in a timed battle, with the winners decided by knockout or judges decision.

Ways to win by knockout:

The Trench: flipping an opponent out of the arena into the surrounding trench

Pit of Oblivion: Maneuvering opponent into the ‘Pit’ hazard inside the arena

Immobilising: immobilizing opponent for 10 seconds through extensive damage or opponent breaks down and cannot continue

Judges decision based on:

Damage: Causing clear damage to opponent visually and internally

Aggression: Consistently taking the battle to opponents

Control: Good driving skills and weapon accuracy


Dara O Briain

Angela Scanlan

Jonathan Pearce – battle commentary


Professor Noel Sharkey – Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at Sheffield University. Holds doctorates in Psychology and Science.

Dr Lucy Rogers – Mechanical Engineer, business and technology communications specialist and author of It’s Only Rocket Science.

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar – world-renowned roboticist, passionate about engaging the next generation of engineers.


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