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"This is a cardboard robot! You are putting a cardboard robot in the arena with some of the fiercest fighting machines I've seen in my lifetime!"
— Jayne Middlemiss

Araknia was a robot that competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. It lost its first round battle after having its armour destroyed by Hellbent, and did not appear again.

The Terror-Dactyls also fought with Riptilion in Series 6 and Extreme 2, which also represented New Zealand in The Third World Championship instead of Araknia. Riptilion also failed to win any of its battles.

DesignEdit

"Axes will go through that [the armour] with ease, but it does have a "spinner-ripper" with rare earth magnets and a disc shaped ripper, 2 750 watt motors for the wheels, too."
Jonathan Pearce sums up Araknia
ArakniaTeam

The Terror-Dactyls in the pits with Araknia

Araknia was an invertible, heptagonal-shaped robot with a paint scheme depicting a spider, which captain Geoff Graham chose over a rat as the only theme he could paint on and 'make look sensible'. Its armour consisted of carbon-fibre and fibreglass, which Graham joked "might as well be cardboard", while its weapon was a spinning bar blade with rare earth magnets attached to its ends. This weapon, however, was ineffective, and the carbon-fibre armour proved fragile and flammable in its only appearance.

QualificationEdit

In the Series 7 qualifiers, Araknia was found to be 5 centimetres over the width limit, forcing the Terror-Dactyls to cut part of it off with a hacksaw. It fought Big Nipper, Ewe 2 and eventual champion Typhoon 2 in its qualifier battle. Araknia became immoblised during the fight, but received a discretionary place in the main competition.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 7Edit

"No "Incy Wincy" Spidey, this!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Hellbent enters the Arena
Hellbent attacks Araknia

Hellbent axes Araknia

Araknia's first and only battle saw them fight three newcomers; Hellbent, Mean Streak and German entry I Bot One Beta. Hellbent immediately attacked Araknia, easily putting its axe through its armour. It then charged and hurled Araknia over without any effort.

"Araknia, the cardboard machine. Cardboard, in the warzone, don't they ever learn? Light and flipped by Hellbent, and now you can see the weakness of the Araknia armament, not cardboard but as you heard from the team, Geoff Graham said "it might as well be"!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Hellbent Araknia 1

Araknia loses its top armour

It was left on its back, where it spun round in circles, and its top armour plate and several other pieces came off.

"I think the spider is about to be dragged into a lair of Hellbent's making!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Araknia was harassed by Hellbent once more before being dragged aside and having its electronics set on fire over the flame pit. Araknia was counted out by the Refbot and eliminated along with I Bot One Beta.

ResultsEdit

ARAKNIA - RESULTS
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat G, Round 1 vs. Hellbent, I Bot One Beta, Mean Streak Eliminated

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Araknia Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Entered with Riptilion
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Riptilion

TriviaEdit

  • At 77kg, Araknia was the lightest robot to enter the main competition of the Seventh Wars.
    • However, this means that out of all the robots to be the lightest within their respective series, Araknia was the heaviest.
  • The Terror-Dactyls are the only New Zealander team to enter Robot Wars.

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