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"Eruption is designed around the weapon - it's all about the flipper!"
— Michael Oates

Eruption is a heavyweight robot which competed in Series 8, 9 and 10 of Robot Wars. Eruption entered the show with much experience from live events, where it has enjoyed huge success as a double FRA UK Heavyweight champion. Although it defeated eventual champion Apollo during the heats of Series 8, it ultimately did not score enough points to reach the heat final, suffering losses to Storm 2 and PP3D, but remained undefeated in three whiteboard fights.

Eruption returned in Series 9 and reached the Grand Final by defeating its past foe PP3D, then Ironside3 and Aftershock, but placed second in the UK Championship after being immobilised in the Grand Final by Carbide. As the incumbent runner-up, it fought in Series 10, but an unfortunate draw led to third consecutive loss to Carbide at only the Heat Final stage.

Eruption was known for its powerful flipper, capable of throwing opponents out of the arena. In the space of two episodes it flipped four robots out of the arena (doing so to Cherub on two occasions). As of Series 10, Eruption's number of out of the arena flips is eclipsed only by Dantomkia. In addition to its flipping prowess, Eruption's second out of the arena flip on Cherub is ranked as the third shortest battle in Robot Wars history.

DesignEdit

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Eruption with the Claw of Doom in Series 8

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Eruption as it appeared in Series 9 with the Drum of Death

Eruption was a two-wheel drive, wedge-shaped robot painted black, yellow and red, armed with a full-pressure flipper and featuring two red LED 'eyes' behind the wedge. It used its steeply-backed wedge to enable the robot to recoil backwards when flipping, which also allowed it to self-right easier. A pair of long plates, called 'flyers', lined Eruption's back end for stability when flipping, and red anti-spinner plates were welded onto the sides to offer it extra protection against spinning weapons. The robot's armour consisted of 4mm HARDOX wear-resistant steel shell, with 10mm high-density polyethylene impact absorbers on top, and an extra layer of 3.2mm wear-resistant steel on its front. Eruption used a custom built control circuit to fire the flipper, which allowed the team to alter the amount of CO2 it used for each flip, in the hope that it will never run out of CO2 mid-battle.

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Team Eruption with their robot in Series 8

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Eruption's turntable shot in Series 9

In addition to its flipper, Eruption also featured interchangeable weapons which could be mounted on top of it. The 'Claw of Doom' was a small pneumatic gripping claw, which could pin opponents onto the flipper and leave them on top of the wedge as Eruption drove towards an arena wall or the Pit. The team called this weapon combination a 'flipper and gripper'. The second weapon, the 'Drum of Death', was introduced in Series 9. It comprised three parallel discs capable of damaging 4mm HARDOX which the team hopes can damage the leading edge of opponents, enabling Eruption to more easily breach ground clearances.[1]

"Fun fact: The claw actually has a whole second pneumatics system at 150psi, so it would actually be able to grab hold of another robot given the opportunity. Obviously we all know it's not the most effective weapons choice, but as long as it adds something interesting to the show then it's a success as far as we're concerned!"
— Michael Oates on the Unofficial Robot Wars Facebook Group
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Eruption with its spinning weaponry in Series 9

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A front view of Eruption in Series 10

In Series 9, flame graphics were also added to Eruption's flipper and sides, as well as a new logo suggesting a volcano-inspired theme. Throughout both series it competed in, Eruption's add-on weapons, anti-spinner plates, 'flyers' and decorative spikes could be configured in several ways to suit certain opponents or removed from the robot entirely. The latter configuration proved to be the team's preference, as they only used Eruption's additional weaponry in two of its ten battles in Series 9. For Series 10, Eruption gained new, black protective HDPE panels on either side of its wedge, each sporting the robot's logo and are meant to absorb hits from vertical spinners. The anti-spinner pods seen in Series 9 also returned. Eruption's side armour panels had been unequally weighted in order to counter the clockwise nature of Carbide's bar spinner.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 8Edit

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Eruption launches Sabretooth

Eruption made its Robot Wars debut in Heat 4 of Series 8. In the first round, it was drawn against veterans Storm 2, Sabretooth and Terror Turtle. Eruption dominated the battle, avoiding the drum spinner of Sabretooth, before flipping it. Sabretooth landed on its wheels, but Eruption's second flip overturned the robot, which had already broken its srimech. Eruption then pushed Terror Turtle into a CPZ and held it there with assistance from Storm 2, also immobilising its clusterbot The Hatchling by wedging it onto the arena wall. Off-screen, Eruption flipped Terror Turtle several times, and also flipped Storm 2.
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Flipping Terror Turtle out of the arena

After bringing Terror Turtle towards the arena trench, Eruption launched it out of the arena, becoming the first robot to do so in the new arena.
"Our aim is always to throw them out of the arena, so we're really happy that we got to do that. That's always the prized moment."
— Michael Oates
Storm2 vs Eruption

Eruption cannot breach the ground clearance of Storm 2

Eruption and Storm 2 had both qualified for the next round, and then fought head-to-head in the second round. Both robots met in the centre of the arena, but unfortunately for Eruption, Storm 2 had the lower ground clearance. Eruption was unable to get underneath its opponent, and was pushed around the arena, including the floor flipper which threw Eruption. When Eruption self-righted, it somersaulted into the pit release button, activating the pit. Eruption narrowly avoided the clutches of Sir Killalot, and continued to run into Storm 2, but simply rode on top of the precision-milled wedge. Eruption eventually managed to flip Storm 2, though the flip was so powerful that Storm 2
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Eruption flips Storm 2 in the late stages

turned right-side up before landing, and pinned Eruption against the arena trench. However, in the final twenty seconds of the match, Storm 2 broke down, and Eruption flipped it twice, and celebrated in the centre of the arena, although this was condensed in the edited battle.

The battle was sent to the Judges, and although one Judge voted in favour of Eruption, the split decision was ultimately in Storm 2's favour.

"If we got another flip in, I think we might've had it!"
— Adrian Oates
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Eruption is hit hard by PP3D

Eruption was then drawn against PP3D. The team planned ahead that they needed to defeat PP3D via KO, feeling confident that they could defeat Apollo in their next match. Team Eruption hoped to escape this battle with as little damage as possible in order to be capable of defeating Apollo afterwards. If Eruption lost this fight, it would be eliminated from the competition.

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Eruption sustains more damage

PP3D vs Eruption

An immobile pair of robots

Eruption kept close to PP3D throughout the opening stages, but could not get underneath the undercutter blade, and was sent recoiling away repeatedly. Eruption pressed the pit release, but its next contact with PP3D ripped away one of its anti-spinner plates, and immobilised Eruption's drive on one side. However, this impact had also immobilised half of PP3D's drive as well, and neither robot could make contact with the other. Eruption started to smoke, burning out a motor as it drove in circles, and fired its flipper in an attempt to display mobility, turning itself over and self-righting. However, it was in vain, and the Judges called a winner based on the first minute of the battle, which went in favour of PP3D.

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Eruption throws Apollo high

Eruption was eliminated from the competition at this stage, but regardless it fought Apollo. For the battle, Eruption removed its claw and decals, and entered the arena much like its live events appearance, as the team did not have time to bolt the weaponry back on after replacing its motor. Eruption fought wisely in this match, driving onto Apollo to lure it into flipping, and then attacking after Apollo missed. It did not fire its flipper until an opportunity was found, missing on its first effort, but launching the white flipper on the second and third flips. When Apollo retaliated with a flip, Eruption span on the surface of its flipper.

"Oh look at the pirouette by Eruption!"
Jonathan Pearce
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Eruption pirouettes on its nose

Eruption threw Apollo towards the arena trench, which caused Apollo's flipper to jam open, and Apollo had also lost drive at this stage. Eruption attempted to throw Apollo out of the arena to the demands of the crowd, as the latter was counted out. Eruption was declared the winner as it threw Apollo towards Dead Metal, even though Apollo started moving again afterwards.

Angela Scanlon: "Eruption! What a way to go, where was that guy in the previous fights?"
Michael Oates: "It was there, it just couldn't get under the opponent!"
— Too late for Eruption

Because Eruption had defeated Apollo via KO, it earned three points, which put it ahead of PP3D in the league table, though this was still not enough for Eruption to qualify for the Heat Final.

Eruption vs Infernal Contraption

Eruption's whiteboard match with Infernal Contraption

Invited to remain on-set for the duration of filming, Eruption fought in three untelevised whiteboard matches, to entertain the crowd. The first of these battles was a victory against Infernal Contraption. Eruption got underneath the axlebot and repeatedly threw it into the plexiglass. However, Eruption's wedge consisted of the hastily welded piece of RAEX it used against Apollo, which became stuck on the flame pit, and was dented by Infernal Contraption. Once freed, Eruption threw Infernal Contraption into the air more times, knocking out its weapon link, and eventually its drive link, immobilising it. A clip of the battle was shown in the opening sequence of the series.

The second whiteboard match saw Eruption take on Grand Finalist Shockwave, which the two teams agreed to due to their friendship. Eruption's wedge was lower than Shockwave's and it got underneath to throw Shockwave around the arena. In return, it was barged into the side wall of the arena. However, after Eruption flipped Shockwave a few more times, Shockwave lost a drive chain to a wheel, partially down to earlier damage from Carbide. Team Shock encouraged Team Eruption to keep attacking, so Eruption threw Shockwave out of the arena, the second time it had done so in this arena, winning the battle.

Eruption then fought Behemoth in its third and final whiteboard match, with the house robot being Shunt, with the arena spikes also being operated by an audience member. However, both Eruption and Behemoth kept away from the house robot and hazards, as both were due to appear in an upcoming live event. Eruption's ground clearance was superior, and it repeatedly got underneath Behemoth and threw it around the arena. It was flipped a few times in response by Behemoth. However, as the robots were mostly fighting near the flame pit, Eruption managed to flip Behemoth into the corner, and due to the fact that Behemoth had lost one of its srimechs, it could not self-right. However, Eruption kept on flipping, eventually ending the match with both robots still active. A large cheer went for up Eruption, but no winner was declared.

"Had this been a competition fight we would have left them, but this was just for fun and to put on a show, so we flipped Behemoth again and the fight continued!"
— Team Eruption

Series 9 Edit

"The team say this year, their plan is to flip robots out of the arena, and with a robot that can flip over 1,000kg, that's a real possibility!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Eruption returned in Heat 2 of Series 9. In its first-round battle, it was drawn against Belgian robot Cobra, 'egg beater' spinner Hobgoblin, and series veteran Behemoth, which the team fought in their last battle in the Robot Wars arena. It entered the battle with its brand new 'Drum of Death'.

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Eruption turns Hobgoblin over

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Eruption bosses Cobra around the arena

After starting the battle by free-roaming the arena, Eruption instantly took Hobgoblin out of the competition by flipping over, as that robot had no self-righting mechanism. Eruption was then turned over by Behemoth, but it self-righted and turned Cobra over, leading to a further sequence of flips from Eruption itself and the floor flipper. After lightly flicking Behemoth up, Eruption trapped Cobra over the floor spikes, flipped it, and dodged an attack from Behemoth. It was becoming clear that Eruption and Behemoth had seemingly allied, as Eruption continued to target Cobra and flip it, with little involvement from Behemoth, barring two late flips where Behemoth and Eruption turned each other over. Time expired, and the battle was sent to a Judges' decision, but Eruption safely qualified alongside Behemoth.

"We saw Hobgoblin had a really really nasty spinner on it, so we wanted to take that out, so we just turned that over, and there was just three of us left"
— Michael Oates
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Eruption throws Behemoth in the corner

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Eruption somersaults Behemoth out

In the start of the Head-to-Head round, Eruption faced Behemoth individually, so the team swapped Eruption's flipper for one with a wedge blade that is lower to the ground, and removed their additional weapons, using only the flipper. Behemoth landed the first attack, turning Eruption over, but on the second attempt, Eruption self-righted. Eruption's flipper was still failing to breach the front ground clearance of Behemoth as it rode up their scoop, being turned over once again. However, Eruption dominated the fight from this moment onwards, as it pinned Behemoth in the corner of the arena, out of the team's view, and launched it skyward. When both robots eventually left the corner, Behemoth made a crucial error, and fired its scoop without Eruption on top of it, and Eruption used this window to sneak under Behemoth, and somersault it out of the arena.

"Sensational stuff! That just lifted 108 and a half kilos there!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Eruption launches Cherub up...

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...and out of the arena

Already on three points, Eruption was then lined up to earn more points easily, as Cherub entered the arena with a broken drive train, leaving it unable to move freely in its battle with Eruption. The team equipped the gripping claw to Eruption, which would prove to be the last time they used a secondary weapon in the series. After 'activate' sounded, Eruption drove straight under Cherub and blasted it towards the arena wall. Knowing that its opponent was immobile, Eruption took its time to line up a second flip, making use of the gripper to hold it in place, and threw it upwards. Cherub happened to be exposing its raised ground clearance to Eruption, so Michael Oates turned Cherub around in front of the arena wall, and on the third flip, barrelled it into the trench.

"Two fights in a row now, and that's what Eruption's built to do, so to see it all go perfectly, to exactly what you envisage in your head in the arena, that's a really good feeling!"
— Michael Oates

With six points, Eruption had already safely qualified for the Heat Final, but it first had to face PP3D for the second series in a row, and limit the damage that Eruption would take before its subsequent battle. In order to tackle PP3D safely, Eruption applied extra 9mm HARDOX to the front of its flipper, added thicker side panels, and used no interchangeable weapons on its flipper.

"If you want to set up a backstory or something, that is probably what you'd call our 'arch-enemy', as it took us out last time, and it's a devastating robot!"
— Michael Oates on PP3D
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Eruption charges head-first into PP3D

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Eruption achieves vengeance

Confident in the extra armour added to Eruption, the team charged head-first into PP3D's disc, and knocked it upwards. Several follow-up charges seemingly took PP3D out of the running straight away, as it could only turn on one wheel, and PP3D Robotics turned off their weapon shortly afterwards. After flipping itself over, Eruption more carefully pushed PP3D onto the floor flipper, but this surprisingly allowed PP3D to run freely when inverted. However, Eruption easily exploited the new ground clearance of PP3D, and drove it straight towards the arena wall, and Team Eruption achieved vengeance for their past loss by flipping PP3D over the arena wall.

"Three flips in a row, three cheers for Eruption!"
— Jonathan Pearce
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Eruption wins in just over six seconds

With three flips out of the arena and nine points, Eruption qualified for the Heat Final unchallenged, where it would face the now fully functional Cherub, once again electing not to use any interchangeable weapons. Cherub's repaired drive ironically led to an even quicker defeat, as it rode straight up Eruption's flipper, and in just 6.5 seconds, a huge flip from Eruption threw Cherub out of the arena once again, putting a dominant Eruption into the Grand Final. This also marked the second-fastest battle in Robot Wars, and the fastest in the rebooted series' run.

Angela Scanlon: "Have you got somewhere to go? You're in an awful hurry, and it gets progressively quicker every time!"
Michael Oates: "It's a dangerous arena, and if you stay in there too long you can get pushed into House Robots, into hazards, so the best way to get through the competition is to win your fights as quickly as you can!"
— Team Eruption on their six and a half-second battle
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Eruption takes damage from Aftershock's landing

A dominant Eruption entered the Grand Final to face another undefeated robot in Aftershock, and the reigning champion Apollo. However, Eruption was intentionally passive in this Group Battle, avoiding conflict. Its first involvement in the battle occurred when Apollo threw Aftershock directly onto Eruption's flipper, warping it out of alignment. Eruption continued its avoidance until it collided with a broken panel in the arena floor, requiring 'cease' to be called before Eruption drove under the wedged Apollo. After the arena was repaired, Eruption restarted the battle from a neutral position, but there was no further need for its involvement, as Aftershock immobilised Apollo with its next attack. The victorious Eruption cruised around the arena until the battle concluded.

Dara Ó Briain: "...You were in attendance there! Relatively little to do! At what point were you supposed to join in?"
Michael Oates: "Melees are about surviving, really! We saw that they were quite keen to go for each other, and we let them do it!"
— Michael Oates on Eruption's lack of involvement
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The damage to Eruption's flipper

Eruption's flipper had sustained damage from Aftershock's landing, but the team repaired this in time for the first of its three head-to-head battles. The first of these matches was against Ironside3. Although Team Eruption were fearful of the damaging bar spinner, they were aware that Ironside3 had to remove its self-righting mechanism, and were keen to win the battle without causing major damage to their opponent for tactical reasons.

"As contradictory as it sounds, we don't want to cause much damage to Ironside, because we're also quite scared about Aftershock and Carbide, so if we can keep them spinning, they've then got to go in with the other two. If they can be spinning and deliver a big hit to them, that could help us out. So you've got to be really tactical at this stage and consider what your best chances are to take out all your opponents, even in the fights you're not in."
— Michael Oates
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Eruption launches Ironside3

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Eruption's shape turns Ironside3 over

Eruption entered the arena with its anti-spinner plates, and used them to cushion the first blow from Ironside3, affording Eruption the chance to drive underneath it. However, Eruption's first flip missed, throwing the robot over. It self-righted quickly, and this time drove under Ironside3 to launch it high into the air, and charged it with a follow-up hit in the CPZ. Eruption's flipper was buckled but it deflected damage from Ironside3, and chased it into another CPZ, where Ironside3's bar struck Eruption and turned itself over. While Eruption fired its flipper, Ironside3 laid immobile, no longer possessing a self-righting mechanism, so the winner celebrated by spinning in the centre of the arena. Eruption had opened its second round campaign with a win by KO, earning it three points, although there was damage to repair.

"As the flipper's gone up and thrown him into the air, the spinner has caught the side of the flipper and completely bent it over, out of shape."
— Michael Oates
Eruption vs Carbide H2H

Eruption deflects Carbide

Carbide vs Eruption H2H

Eruption sustains the killer blow

Eruption's flipper was fixed, but it next had to face the reigning runner-up, Carbide. Eruption's extra panels were initially effective, allowing Eruption to charge into Carbide twice, sending it reeling into the air, but Carbide's attack on Eruption's wedge caused gas to immediately start venting from the flipper. Eruption's back end was struck by Carbide's bar spinner, immobilising it, and Eruption suffered another damaging blow when the countdown clock started. Eruption flipped itself over and self-righted onto the top of Carbide, taking more damage while the countdown expired. At the end of ten seconds, Eruption lost the battle to Carbide.

"8mm hardened steel, and Carbide's cut straight through it! I didn't think that was possible!"
— Adrian Oates

Although Eruption sustained significant damage from Carbide, it was repaired in time for its last head-to-head of the stage, after sacrificing its broken anti-spinner panel. In order to qualify for the final battle, Eruption had to defeat Aftershock or hold it off until a Judges' decision, otherwise it would be left in the position of a three-way points tie.

Michael Oates: "We've worked out the points and because we beat Ironside in our head-to-head, if we win, or just take it to a Judges' decision, we should get through to the final."
Dara Ó Briain: "You could literally just do laps!"
Michael Oates: "We could do, but I think they'd probably catch us though, at some point! Three minutes is a long time in that arena!"
— Team Eruption still aim for victory
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Eruption's opening attack on Aftershock

Eruption slowly approached Aftershock in the battle and breached its ground clearance. It manoeuvred its way to the back of Aftershock and threw it into the Arena Tyre, activating Rogue House Robot, also forcing Aftershock to self-right. However, the force of Aftershock's disc hitting the floor once again damaged the arena, causing the fight to be halted. Once again, Eruption and Aftershock were returned to a neutral position so the fight could be restarted.

Michael Oates: "They killed the floor again?"
Adrian Oates: "Oh Will!"
— Team Eruption notice the damaged floor
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Eruption survives a blow from Aftershock

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Eruption flips Aftershock over

The restarted match opened with the same tactics from both robots, although this time Eruption did not slip underneath, and the arena spike turned it over. Eruption sustained a blow while self-righting, but then pinned Aftershock in with Dead Metal. When Aftershock broke free, Eruption was smashed by the spinner, but then it slid underneath Aftershock to barrel it across the arena. Both robots traded blows, with Aftershock landing a light hit, and Eruption flipping Aftershock onto its back. When Aftershock finally recovered, it launched a series of attacks, so Eruption pressed the Arena Tyre to open the pit. However, at this point, Aftershock suddenly lost mobility, so Eruption instantaneously earned three points for a knockout.

"I think that was the best fight of the series!"
— Dara Ó Briain

With a total of six points, Eruption had earned its place in the final battle of the series, where once again it would meet Carbide, the only robot to have defeated Eruption in the series. Angela Scanlon declared that a victory for Eruption would be the biggest upset in Robot Wars history.

"Ever since I was two years old, and we used to sit down as father and son, we used to watch Robot Wars together. Since then it has consumed our entire life for the past twelve years, and so for me... ...it's my dream come true to come this far in Robot Wars."
— Michael Oates
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Eruption loses one half of its drive

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Eruption manages to flip Carbide

Eruption vs Carbide GRAND FINAL 2

Defeat draws near

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Eruption is left in a dismal state

Eruption challenged Carbide head-on, but it could not slip under the bar spinner, and was repeatedly knocked aside, showering sparks. Eruption attemted to flip Carbide twice, but missed on both occasions, throwing itself over. Before this, Carbide had struck the vulnerable side of Eruption, causing it to lose mobility on one side. Eruption's self-righting positioned behind Carbide to try and attack, but the ascendant Carbide smashed Eruption away and onto the floor flipper, which lifted Eruption up. Carbide's assault continued, but Eruption launched its own attack, managing to flip Carbide into the air. After this, the paralysed Eruption had to absorb more blows from the deadly spinner and could not respond, sustaining significant damage to the flipper and armour. Gas vented, wiring hung loose, and after another slam, Eruption was finally immobilised. It still fired its flipper to show signs of life, but this only led Carbide to land further attacks. Eruption was counted out and 'cease' was called on its campaign for the title. Sir Killalot closed in to pick up Eruption, but the new champion Carbide defended it by challenging the House Robots. Nevertheless, Eruption finished in second place overall.

Erupted

The ruins of the Robot Wars runner-up

Dara Ó Briain: "It was a much better fight than I think even you were expecting!"
Michael Oates: "Yeah, well we limped Eruption into the final really. It's fought four big spinners in a row now, back-to-back, and we were expecting about ten seconds and something to go wrong, but we kept on going, and we lasted almost two minutes with Carbide which was pretty good, really!"
— Team Eruption, satisfied with their performance

Series 10Edit

"This may be an obvious robot worth looking out for as it was last series Runner-Up but it is undeniably an extremely well built wedge flipper robot, fast and highly manoeuvrable. It is a favourite of mine to do well mainly because of the driving skills of Team Captain Michael. He’s a smart fighter and highly strategic and I am very interested to see what Michael and Dad, Adrian have up their sleeves this series."
— Professor Noel Sharkey

Eruption competed in Heat 2 of Series 10, where it immediately faced a tough draw in its Group Battle, once again facing Aftershock in a rematch from the Grand Final head-to-heads of Series 9, as well as the clusterbot Crackers 'n' Smash. Michael Oates revealed to Dara Ó Briain that he had to postpone his university exams to compete in the series. Dara Ó Briain predicted that Eruption would win its Group Battle, while Angela Scanlon favoured Aftershock's chances.

Dara Ó Briain: "You're supposed to be joining the bingo society or the French history society, or something, or doing other stuff! When's that going to start?"
Michael Oates: "Yeah, but this is more fun though, isn't it!"
Dara Ó Briain: "Do you approve of this, by the way, this bunking away to do this?"
Adrian Oates: "Well, he's worked very hard beforehand, so I'm trusting him!"
Michael Oates: "This is Robot Wars, isn't it! Who wouldn't want to be here, it's amazing!"
— Team Eruption on their sacifices to compete
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Eruption throws the off-guard Aftershock out of the arena

Eruption started the battle passively, only challenging Smash when it was met face-on, but during the course of the battle, Aftershock damaged the arena flipper, creating confusion amongst the roboteers as to whether or not the battle could safely continue. Michael Oates took advantage of this situation, knowing that the battle had not been ceased, and Eruption forced the unaware Aftershock towards the arena wall, and blasted it out of the arena with its first flip of the match.

"Look at the power of Eruption! Michael kept his cool, kept his focus. He saw the perfect opportunity, and he took it. That will cause an upset, I'm sure!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Eruption vs Crackers

Eruption flips Crackers out of the arena...

Eruption vs Smash

...and follows this up by ejecting Smash

Now faced only with Crackers 'n' Smash, Eruption drove Crackers towards an empty CPZ and tossed it upwards twice in succession. In the centre of the arena, Eruption was nudged backwards by Crackers, so the powerful flipper responded by pushing Crackers onto the flame pit, then lined it up against the arena wall, and threw it into the trench. Keen to throw a third robot out of the arena, Eruption quickly pursued the remaining competitor Smash, exposed the ground clearance of the inverted machine, and blasted it out of the arena, causing it to hit the bullet-proof glass entry doors.

"Hat trick! Complete whitewash, brilliant, Eruption!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Although controversy had broken out in the control booth due to the confusion regarding Team Conker's advice that the competing robots should stop moving, Eruption had safely qualified for the next round of the competition, and Adrian Oates defended his son's driving tactics. Angela Scanlon suggested that Team Shock may have felt betrayed, due to their friendship with Team Eruption.

"I mean, best mates! They have, apparently, a little pact where they get rid of the opponents before each other, and it looked like he picked off Aftershock before Crackers 'n' Smash, so maybe the pact has bruised hearts, as well as bruised robots!"
— Angela Scanlon on the friendship of Team Eruption and Team Shock

In the next round, Eruption fought fellow FRA UK Champion Big Nipper, which had applied its vertical disc to attack Eruption with. Both teams understood the importance of having a lower ground clearance, and sharpened the wedges of their robots.

"One of the most interesting things about Robots Wars is - it is a ground war, and often what counts is how low to the ground you can go. You can see both these ones, both Big Nipper there and Eruption have sharpened the very fronts of their robot in order to get under each other. They're right next door to each other, playing the same game at the same time, trying to get their robot as squat as possible!"
— Dara Ó Briain
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Eruption's first flip on Big Nipper

Despite the time spent sharpening the front wedge of Eruption, Michael Oates avoided a head-on clash, instead sneaking around the back of Big Nipper to flip it onto the arena spikes. Eruption pushed the self-righting machine towards the wall within a CPZ, and threw Big Nipper against the plexiglass. It pursued Big Nipper across the arena, luring it into the CPZ of Matilda, which flipped Big Nipper on behalf of Eruption. The new arena hazard Fog of War was activated by Big Nipper, but Eruption simply held its position until the CO2 passed, and directed Big Nipper back into Matilda's CPZ. Eruption sustained damage in a slam from Big Nipper, but as Eruption had already bent the front wedges of Big Nipper, it had the superior ground clearance when the two charged into each other, and Eruption threw Big Nipper back.

"This is a terrific battle! It's not 'wham, bam, slam', not all the time, there's an edge to it."
— Jonathan Pearce on the tactical battle
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Eruption continues to flip Big Nipper

Although Eruption briefly drove over the flame pit, it chased Big Nipper from behind, maintaining aggression while launching a small flip. Eruption's next flip was more significant, thrusting Big Nipper into an empty CPZ, before flipping itself over. Self-righting, Eruption flipped Big Nipper onto the pit, once again in the centre of the arena, and then onto the floor flipper in separate attacks. As time was starting to expire on the match, Eruption strongly flipped Big Nipper into the Arena Tyre, where Matilda pressured it until 'cease' was called. Eruption flipped Big Nipper one last time slightly after the battle ended, and the match was to be decided by the Judges.

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar: "Damage was similar on both, I would say, as neither of them sustained massive damage, but aggression definitely--"
Dr Lucy Rogers: "And control."
Professor Noel Sharkey: "Control was the main thing there, as Nipper, Big Nipper, just could not turn there."
— The Judges discuss the battle

The Judges' decision was unanimously awarded to Eruption, allowing it to progress to the Heat Final, where it would once again face Carbide, in a rematch of the previous series' Grand Final - only the winner would directly qualify for Series 10's Grand Final. Eruption was applied with its thickened armour panels designed to resist Carbide.

"If it all goes right for us, we get our chance to revenge from the last series, which is gonna be really great. I think they're feeling a bit less confident, they're panicking a little bit. We've got to try and exploit that."
— Michael Oates
Eruption vs Carbide S10

The first hit on Eruption, disabling its drive

Carbide vs Eruption S10

Eruption's wheel guard is targeted by Carbide

Eruption quickly drove around the back of Carbide, and edged it forwards, but made contact with the bar spinner, and was sent spinning away. This first hit rendered Eruption incapable of driving in a straight line, and much like the Series 9 Grand Final, Eruption was left to defend it self by pointing its wedge at Carbide, but the reigning champion landed a series of blows to Eruption's flipper. Carbide was fearful of Eruption's proximity to the arena wall, but waited for the chance to inflict more damage to the handicapped Eruption. Eventually, Eruption left itself vulnerable by exposing its side to Carbide, and the side panel protecting Eruption's damaged wheel was ripped away, immobilising the robot entirely. Eruption was left idle as it was counted out, and the reigning runner-up fell in the Heat Final to its 'arch-nemesis'.

"The only way Eruption could have beaten them is if [Carbide] came to the side, but that didn't happen."
— Jonathan Pearce

Regardless, Eruption had qualified for the 10 Robot Rumble, where it faced Apollo, Concussion, Big Nipper, Iron-Awe 6, Sabretooth, Terrorhurtz, Track-tion, and two other robots in one last-man-standing battle.

ResultsEdit

ERUPTION - RESULTS
Series 8
Series 8 - UK Championship
Round 2, Third Place
Heat 4, Group Battle vs. Sabretooth, Storm 2, Terror Turtle Qualified
Heat 4, Head-to-Heads vs. Storm 2 Lost (0 points)
Heat 4, Head-to-Heads vs. PP3D Lost (0 points)
Heat 4, Head-to-Heads vs. Apollo Won via KO (3 points)
Whiteboard Matches
Head-to-Head vs. Infernal Contraption Won
Head-to-Head vs. Shockwave Won
Head-to-Head vs. Behemoth No winner declared
Series 9
Series 9 - UK Championship
Runner-up
Heat 2, Group Battle vs. Behemoth, Cobra, Hobgoblin Qualified
Heat 2, Head-to-Heads vs. Behemoth Won via KO (3 points)
Heat 2, Head-to-Heads vs. Cherub Won via KO (3 points)
Heat 2, Head-to-Heads vs. PP3D Won via KO (3 points)
Heat 2, Heat Final vs. Cherub Won
Grand Final, Group Battle vs. Aftershock, Apollo Qualified
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. Ironside3 Won via KO (3 points)
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. Carbide Lost (0 points)
Grand Final, Head-to-Heads vs. Aftershock Won via KO (3 points)
Grand Final vs. Carbide Lost
Series 10
Series 10 - UK Championship
Heat Final
Heat 2, Group Battle vs. Aftershock, Crackers 'n' Smash Won
Heat 2, Semi-Final vs. Big Nipper Won
Heat 2, Final vs. Carbide Lost
10 Robot Rumble vs. Apollo, Big Nipper, Concussion, Iron-Awe 6, Sabretooth, Terrorhurtz, Track-tion, Unknown Unknown

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 12
  • Losses: 5

NOTE: Whiteboard matches are not included

Series RecordEdit

  • Team Eruption in Series 9
  • Eruption with its team in Series 10
Series Eruption Record
Series 1-7 Did not enter
Series 8 Heat Round 2, Third Place
Series 9 Runner-up
Series 10 Heat Final

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Prior to Roaming Robots' acquisition of the Robot Wars brand, Eruption participated in the 2012 Winter Roaming Robots tour, where it finished second overall, behind Ripper.

  • Explosion in 2013
  • Invasion
  • Annihilation
  • Combustion, the team's fourth featherweight

In 2013, the same year where Eruption won the Robot Wars live title, Eruption also won the FRA UK Heavyweight Championship, hosted by Robots Live!, defeating Manta in the final round. It successfully defended its title in the 2014 UK Championships in Stevenage, before finishing runner-up in the 2015 championship to TR2 at the same venue. Eruption did not return for the 2016 FRA UK Heavyweight Championships, as they were held on the same weekend that Michael Oates was moving into university.[2]

In addition to the FRA UK Championships, Eruption also makes frequent appearances at regular Robots Live! events. Its 2016 campaign ended with a third place finish at their 2016 Reading event, as well as winning a Challenge Nut battle against Manta at the same event[3]. In 2017, Eruption won the Burgess Hill event over Meggamouse.

Manta vs Eruption

Eruption is flipped by Manta in Maidstone

Eruption competed at the first Extreme Robots event, which was held in Manchester in April 2017. It was extremely successful, winning every battle it took part in apart from its last, where untested wheels let it down against Ripper. Among its wins, it defeated Iron-Awe 6 and TR3 in head-to-head combat, and threw HIGH-5 out of the arena. It was similarly successful in Guildford, winning one particular melee by throwing Suspension out of the arena, immobilising Harpy, and then dominating Behemoth. In the final fight of the event, it threw Manta out of the arena, having defeated it in an earlier fight when Manta drove into the pit. At Colchester in the same year, Eruption went totally undefeated. It was generally successful in Gloucester, winning a head-to-head battle against Manta by self-righting out of the pit and then seeing Manta drive itself in, although Eruption was completely immobilised by Two-Headed Death Flamingo in another battle. In Maidstone, Eruption defeated three robots in one battle by overturning Weird mAlice, throwing Trolley Rage out of the arena, then trapping Gabriel under the floor flipper. It also fought Manta on two further occasions.

Explosion 2016

Explosion, Team Eruption's featherweight champion, in 2016

Team Eruption have also competed in live events with several featherweights. Their most successful robot in this category is Explosion, a high-pressure flipper which initially featured a design similar to that of Eruption. Like its heavyweight counterpart, Explosion has achieved several victories in live events, winning the FRA Featherweight Championship in 2013 in its original form. A second version - with a wider flipper - won the 2015 Featherweight World Championship, as well as the 2016 and 2017 FRA Featherweight International Championships, defeating Django and 722 in the final rounds of each respective year.[4]

Other featherweight robots built by the team include:

  • Invasion, a four-wheel drive pushing robot which was built in 2006.
  • Annihilation, a second rammer, painted blue with a two-wheel drive system.
  • Combustion, a two-wheel drive robot armed with a vertical spinning disc.

Robot Wars Live EventsEdit

Eruption

Eruption's profile at Robot Wars live events

Prior to its appearance on television, Eruption has seen much success at Robot Wars live events, and other live robotic events, winning several shows, throwing many competitors out of the arena, and twice earning the title of Fighting Robots Association (FRA) UK champion.

Eruption first appeared at Robot Wars live events in 2013, winning its debut event at Portsmouth and going on to attend several more events throughout the year. In doing so, it became the first ever Robot Wars live events champion at Newport, after defeating Behemoth in the final round. Eruption would go on to attend several more Robot Wars live events between 2014 and 2016.

In 2015, Eruption also fought at the Robot Wars World Championships, held in Colchester. Eruption performed well in the first round, where Tomahawk broke down, allowing Eruption to throw Behemoth out of the arena. Eruption qualified alongside Cherub, which Eruption also flipped out of the arena in the same battle. In the second round, Eruption faced TR2 and Thor. Eruption immobilised TR2, flipping it over while it was low on gas, so could not self-right. Despite this, Eruption lost the Judges’ decision to Thor, having sustained too many axe blows. Eruption was given a second chance to qualify, through a battle against Tiberius and Tough as Nails. Eruption immobilised Tiberius in the opening seconds, stranding it on the arena wall. Eruption then fought Tough as Nails head-to-head, with Tough as Nails gaining the upper hand, grabbing Eruption from behind while it was self-righting. Later into the battle, Eruption pitted Tough as Nails, although the Dutch robot was able to drive back out. Surprisingly, the defeated Tiberius proved to be Eruption's undoing, as once Tiberius was freed, it gained revenge by pushing Eruption into the pit, eliminating it.

Eruption had a succesful year in 2016, the final year of Robot Wars live events. It won the first event of the year in Manchester, defeating Ripper on a Judges' decision despite losing to it twice in succession in the first show. It also won the Colchester event, defeating Manta to take home an Extreme Robots trophy. In its final appearance at the events, it fought Manta and The Saint in Gloucester.

Trivia Edit

  • Eruption's repeated out-of-the-arena flips have earned the robot many records:
    • It has matched Atomic's record for the most out-of-the-arena flips in consecutive fights.
    • It was the first competitor robot in the rebooted show to flip another competitor out of the arena, doing so to Terror Turtle in its first round battle. While King B Remix had been flipped out in a previous episode, it was done so by House Robot Matilda, and was chronologically filmed afterwards.
    • By flipping Cherub out of the arena in both the Head-to-Heads and the Heat Final, Eruption became the first robot to flip the same robot out of the arena multiple times.
    • Eruption's Series 9 Heat Final against Cherub marked the shortest battle in the rebooted series to date, at just 6.5 seconds, and it is the second-fastest battle in Robot Wars overall.
    • Eruption is now the highest-performing robot to flip another robot out of the arena without having been flipped outside itself in televised combat, besting a fourteen-year-old record held by both Atomic and Thermidor 2.
    • Eruption is one of only four robots (alongside General Carnage 2, Behemoth and Big Nipper) to flip a robot out of the arena in a series where they did not reach the Heat Final.
    • Eruption is the only robot to throw each individual segment of a clusterbot out of the arena in one battle.
    • By extension, if each flip on Crackers 'n' Smash is counted separately, Eruption is the only robot to throw three opponents ouf of the arena in one battle.
  • As the 2013 and 2014 FRA UK Heavyweight Champion, Eruption is one of five robots to have won the UK Championship twice. The others are Chaos 2 in Series 3-4 of the original Robot Wars, and Terrorhurtz, Iron-Awe 5 and Big Nipper, also in FRA-sanctioned heavyweight competitions.
    • Only Eruption and Chaos 2 have won their titles back-to-back in their successive competitions.
    • While no robot has yet to claim three championship titles, Eruption and Terrorhurtz have come the closest. However, Eruption is the only one that got close to three consecutive titles.
  • Eruption is one of only three FRA UK Heavyweight Champions to have qualified from a heat and reached a Robot Wars Grand Final, the others being Terrorhurtz and TR2.
  • Eruption's participation in Series 8 was first revealed through two teaser trailers released on June 25th, where Eruption can be seen flipping Sabretooth and Storm 2.
  • Eruption was one of eight robots whose silhouette was used as a placeholder when demonstrating the Series 9 episode format. During this demonstration, Eruption qualified alongside Terror Turtle and PP3D (despite it not being possible for three robots to qualify from a four-way melee). It then lost to Kan-Opener on a judges decision, tied with Terror Turtle (each team receiving two points) and then defeated PP3D by knockout to meet Terror Turtle in the heat final.
  • Team Eruption brought a total of four flippers to the filming of Series 10, providing three spare weapons.
  • In 2013, Eruption received an Honorable Mention in The Combat Robot Hall of Fame, in recognition of its popularity and combat record in live events held up to the year of its selection. Team Invade's featherweight, Explosion, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame during the same year.[5]

HonoursEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. https://www.facebook.com/EruptionRobot/photos/a.1516278488673800.1073741828.1505115533123429/1657248161243498/?type=3&theater
  2. Comment on the Eruption Reddit AMA, 15th March 2017
  3. https://www.facebook.com/EruptionRobot/photos/a.1516278488673800.1073741828.1505115533123429/1565864627048519/?type=3&theater
  4. https://www.facebook.com/EruptionRobot/photos/a.1534128606888788.1073741829.1505115533123429/1732457900389190/?type=3&theater
  5. http://runamok.tech/hall_of_fame.html

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