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Attila the Drum was a competitor robot in Series 4 of Robot Wars. Although it controversially lost in the first round of the main competition, it performed surprisingly well in the Southern Annihilator, placing a creditable third. The team also participated in Series 7 with Jackson Wallop.

Its name is a pun on Attila the Hun- a savage war hero, leader of the Hunnic Empire from 434 to 453, and one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires.


"A mace and pickaxe means there's nothing "humdrum" about Attila! A kevlar shell protects the 24 volt motors, the drum runs both sides up even if it's flipped over, and the beat's up-tempo, speeds reaching 15 mph!"
Jonathan Pearce introduces Attila the Drum
Attila the Drum (Pickaxe)

Attila the Drum with the pickaxe

It was a large barrel robot made of kevlar with a heavy chain flail as its primary weapon, which was interchangeable with an axe and could reach 15 mph. Attila the Drum was an axlebot, and could swing overhead to power its axe, and spin on the spot like a thwackbot to use its flail. However, its wheels and weaponry were flammable

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 4Edit

King b3 vs attila the drum

King B3 slams the Drum into the side grinders

Attila the Drum made its appearance in Heat A of the Fourth Wars, but was fortunate enough not to be drawn up against the reigning champions Chaos 2, as it was placed up against fellow newcomers Medusa 2000 and the number 17 seeds King B3. In the battle, King B3 smashed into Medusa 2000 while Attila the Drum span madly. King B3 backed away and charged again at Medusa 2000 but drove straight over the wedge at the front. Attila the Drum moved slowly towards the two and tried to build up an attack, meanwhile King B3 then turned to Attila and slammed it into the arena wall. While the pair tussled, Medusa started moving again after a long period of stillness. King B3 pushed Attila the Drum across the arena into the other side wall before Sergeant Bash set the fur on the wheels of the drum alight.

"The tyres have caught on fire! Will it a be a tyre-funeral pyre for Attila?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Attila the Drum returned to the centre of the arena where Medusa 2000 was still looking ponderous. It finally did get back in the action with a few attacks on Attila the Drum, but cease was called soon after, for the battle to go to a judges' decision. The Judges went against Attila the Drum, in what was a very unpopular decision with the crowd, who started booing loudly.


Attila the Drum takes on the Pinball

Attila the Drum also participated in the Pinball Warrior Tournament during the Fourth Wars. However, it finished in joint last place, 15th out of 16 participants, along with Spikasaurus, as it scored only 40 points.

Attila also fought in the Southern Annihilator, which took place during the Christmas Season of the Fourth Wars. It went up against Razer, Spawn of Scutter, Vercingetorix, Onslaught and Behemoth. In the first round, it tried to hit Spawn of Scutter and Onslaught, but caused no meaningful damage. Nonetheless, Vercingetorix was immobilised. Attila spent the rest of the battle avoiding Razer's attacks.

Spawn Of Scutter lost power from its receiver in Round two, and Behemoth withdrew from Round three because of damage sustained from Razer in Round two.

Attila the drum vs razer

Attila the Drum strikes Razer

Attila spun around in Round four, not causing much damage, until it was pushed into a CPZ by Razer, seized by Sir Killalot, and then lost the battle on a judges' decision, leaving Razer and Onslaught to advance through to the Annihilator final.

Despite losing its only battle in the main competition of Series 4, Attila the Drum was still nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Award for the series, but lost out to Semi-Finalist Tornado.


Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat A, Eliminator vs. Medusa 2000, King B3 (17) Eliminated
Pinball Warrior Tournament
Equal Fifteenth (with Spikasaurus)
Pinball 40pts 15th
Southern Annihilator
Round 1 vs. Behemoth, Onslaught, Razer,
Spawn of Scutter, Vercingetorix
Round 2 vs. Behemoth, Onslaught, Razer, Spawn of Scutter Qualified
Round 3 vs. Behemoth, Onslaught, Razer Qualified (by default)
Round 4 vs. Onslaught, Razer Eliminated


  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 2

The third round of the Southern Annihilator, where Behemoth forfeited, is omitted from the Wins tally.

Series RecordEdit

  • Attila the Drum in the arena with the mace
  • Team Battlebot in the Pinball tournament
  • The team in the Southern Annihilator
  • The insides of Attila the Drum
Series Attila the Drum Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Entered with Jackson Wallop
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter


  • Tony Knapp was not present for the team's appearance in the Southern Annihilator, with his place being taken by Helen Thorpe, though the Team Members on the statboard were not changed.
  • For the Pinball Warrior Tournament, the team dressed like Mongol warlords, to match their robot, but these were not seen in the main competition or the Southern Annihilator.



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