Tombstone is a heavyweight robot built by Hardcore Robotics which competed in the 2009 BattleBots Professional Championship and all seasons of BattleBots reboot. It is a two-wheeled box-shaped robot armed with a large horizontally-spinning bar, in which there are about 65-75 lbs. Its name was earlier used by a superheavyweight built by the same team which competed between 2004 and 2005. The name comes from computer networking's term "tombstoning" meaning to kill it and have it stay dead. The current Tombstone is basically a near-copy of the team's flagship heavyweight Last Rites which competes on RoboGames. This was because of the name exclusivity contract between BattleBots and the competing robots which would render the team's leader Ray Billings unable to use the name "Last Rites" in RoboGames anymore. Last Rites' (and with it also Tombstone's) design was allegedly inspired by M.O.E.

Tombstone is widely renowned for the amount of destruction dealt to opposition by its now-trademark blade, making it a constant fan favorite. It has several different kinds of the blade to use depending on the opponent it faces. There are at least three different kinds of the blade, which are coloured differently and are varying in weight. Tombstone constantly performed solidly in competition. It took fourth place on debut at the 2009 BattleBots Professional Championship, then finished runner-up in Season 1 of BattleBots reboot, won Season 2, reached Round of 16 in Season 3 and the semi-finals in Season 4.

Robot History Edit

2009 ChampionshipEdit


In 2009

Tombstone's first match was against Shrike. Tombstone won the match and advanced to the next round, where it faced Vault. Tombstone won the match by KO. and advanced to the next round, where it faced VD6.0.

VD6.0 won the match by a devastating KO. With its fly wheel, Tombstone couldn't get close and Tombstone was now in the loser's bracket, where it faced Megabyte. Tombstone won the match and advanced to the next round, where it faced Root Canal. Root Canal won the match and Tombstone was eliminated from the tournament.

ABC Season 1Edit

Tombstone 2015

In Season 1

Tombstone was scheduled to fight beta first and had even had a cushion added to the front of it, but beta had technical issues and was forced to to forfeit. Tombstone won by default and went up against beta's replacement Counter Revolution in the round of 24.

Both machines spun their weapons up and Counter Revolution approached Tombstone. Tombstone then struck the front of Counter Revolution, severely damaging the body and immobilizing it. Tombstone struck Counter Revolution several more times, causing large amounts of damage before landing one last hit that launched Counter Revolution through the air and into the wall. Tombstone won the match by devastating KO in 37 seconds and advanced to the round of 16 with its No.1 seeding, where it faced the No.16 seed Radioactive.

At the start of the match, Radioactive mostly spun on the spot, while Tombstone taunted it by driving around without using its weapon. As soon as Tombstone started to use its weapon on Radioactive, major damage was sustained and Radioactive was counted out. Tombstone won by a quick and devastating KO at 1:09 and advanced to the quarterfinals, where it faced the No.9 seed Witch Doctor.

For this fight, Tombstone used a new black after using Last Rites' for the first two fights. Witch Doctor put up a very good show in the opening moments, overpowering Tombstone and flinging it into the air several times, also slamming it into the arena wall. Witch Doctor maintained its lead until Tombstone was able to disable Witch Doctor's disc. With no weapon, Tombstone was able to charge into Witch Doctor, and hit it so hard, Witch Doctor was overturned. Likewise, Tombstone was flung across the BattleBox, breaking its weapon in half in the process. Despite Tombstone being left with no offense, Witch Doctor was unable to right itself and it was being counted out. Tombstone won by KO at 1:01 and advanced to the semifinals, where it faced the No.4 seed Bronco.

In the beginning of the match, Bronco moved to the corner of the BattleBox and Tombstone started spinning its blade. Both robots slowly moved toward each other and Bronco flips Tombstone onto its back. Tombstone hits the front of Bronco and Bronco misses a flip. Bronco tried to get underneath the left side of the flipped Tombstone, but it misses and takes a hit from Tombstone's spinning blade. This hit damaged the left side of Bronco and it was now moving in circles. Tombstone started hitting the rear of Bronco and moves to the corner of the BattleBox. Tombstone hits the right side panel of Bronco and tears it off. After this, the severely damaged Bronco managed to get a small flip on the front of Tombstone. Bronco got another flip on Tombstone, but Bronco flipped itself onto its back from the impact. After seven attempts, Bronco managed to flip itself back onto its feet and takes a hit from Tombstone's spinning blade. This hit ripped the front right wheel off of Bronco and tossed it out of the BattleBox. Tombstone went straight at the immobile Bronco and the hit nearly flipped Bronco onto its back. Bronco kept using its flipping in order to get moving again, but it wasn't successful and Bronco flipped itself onto its back. As Bronco was being counted out, Tombstone started spinning its blade and Bronco flipped itself back onto its feet. When the count reached 0, Tombstone gave Bronco one more hit from its spinning blade and sent Bronco flying to the corner of the BattleBox. This hit also sent Tombstone flying across the BattleBox and its batteries came out from the impact. Tombstone won the match by KO at 2:26 and advanced to the finals, where it faced the No.3 seed Bite Force.

Bite Force had the early advantage, lifting Tombstone and Tombstone's batteries started smoking. However, Bite Force also had issues with Tombstone's blade and the driving of Ray Billings and started moving oddly. Time ran out and the battle went to the judges, who ruled in favor of Bite Force. Tombstone got the award of most destructive robot as it destroyed Counter Revolution, Radioactive, Witch Doctor and Bronco.

ABC Season 2Edit

Tombstone's first match in Season 2 was against Black Ice. Black Ice was able to deflect a couple of minor blows from Tombstone's spinning blade, but Tombstone managed to get one good pop into Black Ice and this hit did something to the electronics of Black Ice which simultaneously killed the left drive motor and stuck the right motor into a state of permanent forward. Black Ice was barely moving around the BattleBox and Tombstone pushed Black Ice into one of the corners of the BattleBox for an easy KO at 1:01. This win put Tombstone to the round of 32 with its No.1 seeding, where it faced the No.32 seed Escape Velocity.

Both robots circled each other for several seconds before Tombstone's blade made contact with one of the aluminum panels on Escape Velocity, tearing it off. Tombstone continued attacking and eventually Escape Velocity stopped moving as the impact had destroyed both the master power switch and the weapon switch, and tore a 2" gash in the side. Escape Velocity was counted out and Tombstone won by KO at 45 seconds. This win put Tombstone to the round of 16, where it faced Brutus.

For this fight, Tombstone went with lightweight blue tires and a heavier, thicker blade. When the match began, Tombstone was attacking and eventually tore off both of the added armor plates on Brutus. After another hit, Tombstone managed to disable Brutus' drive on one side, leaving Brutus to drive in circles. Tombstone continued attacking and one hit sent it flying but left the robot intact. Tombstone landed a final hit that flipped Brutus over and Brutus was unable to move. Brutus was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO at 59 seconds. This win put Tombstone to the quarterfinals again, where it faced the No.9 seed Beta.

For this match, Tombstone went with its blue blade. Although the team originally wanted to use the red bar for this match, it was too damaged from hitting the arena wall in the match against Black Ice, resulting in Ray choosing the blue one instead. As the match began, it was relatively even, though Tombstone had trouble dealing damage to Beta. Lots of sparks were being made and Tombstone suffered a hit to the top, which had been reinforced for this match. However, after being flipped by Beta, Tombstone managed to gain the upper hand by taking out the support for Beta's weapon, then damaged Beta's weapon itself. At this point, the clock had stopped prematurely, resulting in some confusion although the marshals were still able to keep time by other means. By the end of the match, Tombstone was up on top of Beta and neither bot was able to move. In part, due to the confusion caused by the clock, both drivers agreed to let the fight go to a judges' decision. The judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision for Tombstone, allowing it to advance to the semi-finals where it faced No.12 seed Yeti.

Initially, the match was fairly even, but Tombstone eventually tore off Yeti's front wheels, forcing the drum to bang the BattleBox floor and become virtually useless. However, the two collided in a huge collision that caused Tombstone's weapon chain to slacken and prevent the weapon from turning, but Tombstone managed to keep control. Yeti was pushed onto the screws by Tombstone before time ran out. The judges awarded Tombstone a 3-0 unanimous decision, eliminating Yeti from the tournament and allowing Tombstone to advance to the championship and face No.19 seed Bombshell.

Bombshell's goal was to break Ray's chains, but Bombshell was unable to mount an attack on Tombstone due to its blade being mounted too high to hit the weapon chain as intended. This left Bombshell very vulnerable and Tombstone continued to attack, tearing off wheels and eventually disabling Bombshell completely. Bombshell was counted out and Tombstone won by KO at 53 seconds to take the giant nut.

Discovery Season 3Edit

Tombstone's first match in the third season was against Minotaur, a fight desired by fans since ABC Season 2. When the match began, Tombstone and Minotaur started off slowly before Tombstone started dealing blows, one of which flipped Minotaur over before it quickly self-righted. Minotaur tried its best to get around Tombstone but only managed to take more damage as the initial impact between the two bots had caused damage to Minotaur's drum such that the weapon could no longer reach its maximum speed. Each impact Tombstone dished out caused Tombstone's frame to bend and eventually the frame was bent enough so that Tombstone's weapon struck the arena floor and tore a gash out of the floor. Both robots then collided with such force that Tombstone was sent backwards into the arena screws, then returned to the arena center. After a few more blows and more damage to the arena floor, Tombstone managed to disable Minotaur's drum. Eventually, Minotaur got hung up on one of the damaged areas of the arena and couldn't move. Minotaur was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO at 2:22 to advance to the next stage, where it fought Gigabyte.

When the match began, both robots got their weapons up to speed, but Tombstone's first hit on Gigabyte caused the attachment on top of Gigabyte to fly off, leaving the shell to remain attached only by gravity and the gyroscopic forces of the shell as it was spinning. Both robots collided again and this time, Tombstone caused Gigabyte's shell to fly off and bounce around a bit. However, Gigabyte was still functional and was forced to continue as tap outs weren't allowed. Eventually, Gigabyte stopped moving deliberately and Tombstone held back any further damage, taking the win by KO to advance to the next stage of the tournament.

Tombstone's next opponent was Whiplash. The fight was off to an okay start for Tombstone as they were sent flying from their attacks on Whiplash, but didn't take any damage as a result. Tombstone then tore off one of Whiplash's wheels and front scoops. Tombstone then found itself being shoved up against the arena barrier near the pulverizer where it couldn't move. Once released, Tombstone continued its assault, tearing off another tire. After one final hit, Whiplash was motionless up against the arena barrier as smoke began to pour out. Whiplash was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Next on the list for Tombstone was DUCK!. In response, Tombstone went with a shorter blade for more reliability and to reduce the stress to its frame. When the match began, Tombstone made contact with DUCK! and tore off one side of DUCK!'s lifting plow. Tombstone dished out another hit but this one only caused marks on the plow that remained on DUCK! Tombstone delivered another hit and tore off the other side of the plow, leaving on the middle with DUCK!'s face on it. By the fourth hit, Tombstone was tearing into DUCK!'s wheels but DUCK! pressed on. Tombstone continued to hit, though its impacts were reduced thanks to its blade being bent downward. Tombstone took off one of DUCK!'s wheels but DUCK! still had full mobility. Tombstone attacked again, this time tearing into another wheel. This left DUCK! having some drive issues but Tombstone stopped moving as it was suffering an internal short that was made worse by the bar spinning. Seconds went by and Tombstone spun down its bar before coming back to life just before DUCK! took a shot from the killsaws that disabled its last wheel. DUCK! was now unable to move and was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Up next for Tombstone was a rematch of the 2016 heavyweight championship against Bombshell. Things were pretty even to start as neither robot had the upper hand with the attacks, but Tombstone took a hit that caused the half-link in the chain that had been added due to the shortening of the body's length over the course of the event, leaving its weapon to spin down. This hit also disabled Bombshell's weapon, resulting in a pushing match. Tombstone was then flipped over near the pulverizer, but escaped. Tombstone then tried to head back to the corner for a better shot, but ran over its weapon chain that had come off and got high-centered. Tombstone was unable to free itself and was counted out, eliminating it from the tournament and ending its current championship reign.

Tombstone wasn't finished yet, however as it participated in an exhibition match against Tantrum. The match was off to a good start for Tombstone as their weapon bar was quick to get up to speed while their opponent only gingerly approached. Tombstone hit the side of Tantrum and tore off one of the front fists. Tantrum was still moving enough to avoid a count out so Tombstone struck it again, not causing any major damage. Tombstone moved in again and ripped off the other fist, this one embedding itself in the arena wall. Tantrum was no longer able to move and was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by a quick KO.

Discovery Season 4Edit

Tombstone's first match of 2019 was a rematch from 2009 against Donald Hutson and Lock-Jaw. For this match, Tombstone went with its trademark bar with steel teeth. When the match began, Tombstone was hitting only Lock-Jaw's rear defensive plate, causing it to go flying and leaving Lock-Jaw relatively unscathed. After the 2nd impact, Tombstone opted to show its backside to Lock-Jaw. When Lock-Jaw approached, Tombstone turned and took off Lock-Jaw's entire left drive wheels, immobilizing Lock-Jaw entirely. Lock-Jaw was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Next for Tombstone was Jamison Go and SawBlaze. Tombstone opted to reuse the silver bar with steel teeth from the Lock-Jaw fight. When the match began, Tombstone attacked SawBlaze but didn't cause any damage. Tombstone continued to attack and was eventually pushed around by SawBlaze, ending up getting freed by the pulverizer when the two bots came underneath. This allowed Tombstone to get back up to speed and it began tearing into SawBlaze's protective wedge. As the match went on, Tombstone tore more of SawBlaze's wedge off and now SawBlaze had a bent wheel, reducing its mobility by half. Tombstone then found itself balancing on one wheel before landing upright. With SawBlaze still somewhat mobile, Tombstone ripped off one of SawBlaze's wheels and SawBlaze was no longer moving. SawBlaze was counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO.

Tombstone's next match was against Rotator. In response, Ray Billings planned on going with his red blade, but ended up going with its traditional gray bar with steel teeth to have a longer reach and prevent Rotator's weapon from striking the weapon chain. When the match started, Tombstone was taking the worse of the impacts as every hit sent it flying but not causing much damage. However, Tombstone was becoming a bit unbalanced as the first impact had caused Tombstone to lose part of a tooth. This meant that the electronics were taking much more abuse than they were meant to. Smoke began to pour out of Tombstone and Tombstone spun down its weapon. Rotator had also lost the use of its weapon but Tombstone was now fighting to stay alive. Fire began to appear from Tombstone's rear as a result of the weapon power supply's main wires shredding their own insulation, causing a short circuit. As Tombstone moved around, the fire began to spread, eventually reaching Tombstone's drive system. Tombstone took a few more taps from Rotator before its drive system finally gave out from the heat. Tombstone was counted out with just 2 seconds left, giving Rotator the win by KO.

Tombstone was next placed against newcomer Gruff, which had been competing off and on outside of BattleBots. In response, Tombstone went with a brand new frame and its thick toothless black bar. As the match got underway, Tombstone was sent flying through the air, landing on the spot for the killsaws and causing damage to the cover. Tombstone recovered and attacked Gruff again, bending the forks. Tombstone was then sent flying, landing upside down in the process. Tombstone tried to cause damage, but its weapon was now too high to make much of an impact to even cause sparks. Tombstone continued attacking and eventually got back upright before being shoved under the pulverizer by Gruff. Tombstone began to dig into Gruff's side, tearing into the housing for the flamethrower. Tombstone then attacked Gruff again and got shoved onto the screws before escaping. Time ran out with Tombstone getting in one final hit and the judges gave it a unanimous 3-0 decision.

Looking for a 2nd title, Tombstone was now in the Top 16 where it faced newcomer from China, Quantum. In response, Tombstone was equipped with its S7 tool steel red blade that was initially chosen for its match against Rotator but later swapped for the traditional bar with teeth. Tombstone started off quickly by throwing Quantum on its back. When Quantum self-righted, Tombstone's weapon was underneath the bottom of Quantum's chassis and began to tear it apart. After a final hit to the back and ripping off a tire, Quantum was no longer moving and was counted out, giving Tombstone the win in 35 seconds by KO to advance to the quarterfinals.

Tombstone then entered the quarterfinals with a rematch from last season against Whiplash and Matt Vasquez. Ray continued using the red S7 tool steel blade and as the match got underway, Tombstone hit Whiplash hard, sending both robots flying and costing Whiplash one of its front scoops. Tombstone continued to attack and was sent flying but landed upright. As the match wore on, Tombstone ripped off Whiplash's other front scoop and one of its tires. Tombstone then damaged Whiplash's right rear wheel. Whiplash then had little mobility and took a final hit or two before being counted out, giving Tombstone the win by KO and a spot in the semifinals.

This win gave Tombstone a rematch from 2015 against Bite Force. In response, Tombstone went with a black S7 tool steel blade, which was lighter and thus could throw the most energy out. Unfortunately, Tombstone started off very badly as they were sent flying through the air with the first impact. By the 2nd impact, Tombstone's weapon bar lost a third of itself and cost Tombstone a wheel. Tombstone then violently shook itself around as they were pushed on to the screws before somehow getting free. Tombstone began smoking a bit and stopped moving before being counted out, giving Bite Force the win by KO. It was revealed afterwards that during the fight with Gruff, some minor cracks and chips were dealt to the blade, causing the fatigue and breakage for this fight.

Amazon Alexa BattleBots ChallengeEdit

Tombstone was selected as one of 10 robots to compete in a live stream event as Las Vegas, Nevada for a Giant Bolt trophy. Its first opponent at the event was a grudge match with Witch Doctor from 2015. For this fight, Tombstone went with a thicker version of its trademark spinning bar. When the match began, Tombstone collided with Witch Doctor, sending both robots flying. Tombstone and Witch Doctor recovered to take another hit, this time sending Tombstone into the arena barrier. This impact broke Witch Doctor's weapon as well but now Tombstone could only drive in circles near the arena barrier. Since its weapon was still going, Tombstone aimed for another hit and nearly went out of the arena but was unable to get out of the corner. Tombstone delivered a final hit, but it proved to be the fatal one as it pushed Witch Doctor into Tombstone's last working wheel, bending and disabling it, so it stopped moving as smoke began to pour out. Tombstone was counted out, giving Witch Doctor the win by KO. Unfortunately, because it lost, Tombstone was illegible to be selected by the audience to participate in the championship finals.

Results Edit

Series Round Opponent(s) Results
2009 BattleBots Pro Championships 1 Shrike Won
2 Vault Won
3 VD6.0 Lost

Bracket 1

Megabyte Won

Bracket 2

Root Canal Lost
ABC BattleBots 2015 Round of 24 Counter Revolution

(in place of Beta)

Round of 16 Radioactive Won
Quarter Final Witch Doctor Won
Semi-Final Bronco Won
Final Bite Force Lost
ABC BattleBots 2016 Qualifier Black Ice Won
Round of 32 Escape Velocity Won
Round of 16 Brutus Won
Quarter Final Beta Won
Semi-Final Yeti Won
Final Bombshell Won
Discovery BattleBots 2018 Regular Season Minotaur Lost

Wins/Losses Edit

  • Wins: 28
  • Losses: 7
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