For the loanerbot entered by the same team in Dutch Series 2, see Hard (Loanerbot).

Hard was a Belgian robot that competed in Series 7 of Robot Wars. Hard reached the second round of Series 7 and represented Belgium in The Third World Championship.

Hard was built by Team Compactory, with help from Team Mad Science and Team KODOX roboteer Mario "Maddox" de Jongh, who lived near two of the team members in Belgium.

"The big problem is to stay in the arena."
— Frank Van Rest

The team had planned to enter the second series of Dutch Robot Wars, but shortly before the filming, Hard broke down. So that the team could still participate, they were given a loanerbot from Mentorn, which was called Hard as well. This version had an axe weapon, and standard wheels that were more exposed than the wheels set up it had when it entered Series 7.


Hard Arena 2

Hard in the arena

Hard Arena

Side view of Hard

It was a small wedge-shaped robot with a full pressure flipping arm which could run either way up. It ran on a custom-built locomotive system, featuring wide wheels. Hard had four of these wheels in total, with two being on top of the robot, and two on the bottom, allowing the robot to be invertible. The robot had decent speed and manoeuvrability and was low to the ground, but the flipper was not very powerful and often struggled to flip over other robots, and the wheels were exposed. The main feature of Hard was its near impenetrable armour - it was 4mm RVS stainless steel.

Robot HistoryEdit

UK Series 7Edit

Hard vs Velocirippa

Hard flips Velocirippa

Hard vs Velocirippa

Hard shunts Velocirippa

T-Wrecks pitted

Hard backs T-Wrecks into the pit

Hard starred in its Heat K melee, getting under Velocirippa several times, but unable to get the dinosaur machine over due to the relatively low power of its flipper. It flipped Velocirippa against the arena wall twice, but was unable to flip it out. After a few minutes of relatively unsuccessful robot combat, Hard leaped at the opportunity when Velocirippa activated the pit. It managed to use its thick armour to stop the spinning attacks of T-Wrecks, and when the thwackbot became beached on Kat 3's wedge, Hard reversed into it and pitted T-Wrecks. Not long after this victory, Velocirippa broke down, and Hard seized its adversary and dumped it down the pit.

However, Round 2 was incredibly lackluster after this strong melee.

"One of the batteries in Hard died while we drove in the arena...It was already dead before Bulldog Breed even touched us."
— Frank Van Rest
Bulldog breed vs hard

Bulldog Breed's attempt to get Hard out of the arena

Hard Psycho

Hard is picked up by Mr. Psycho

Hard Drop Zone

Hard survives the Drop Zone

Hard started strongly, but the second flip from Bulldog Breed coincided with Hard's little power running dry, and the Belgian machine broke down straight away. Bulldog Breed tried vainly to finish Hard off by throwing it from the arena, but after it proved futile, Hard was counted out by Refbot. Mr. Psycho waited to pick up the beaten Hard and placed it on the floor flipper, where Hard bounced along the floor. Hard was picked up and placed on the Drop Zone, but to its credit, Hard did live up to its name, though, as even when hit by the washing machine and Mr. Psycho, it took no external damage at all.

Hard also represented Belgium in the Third World Championship. In its qualifier, it faced New Zealand's representative, Riptilion.

"Well he's so large that we think it might be quite difficult to flip him over...we're not even sure if he fits in the pit"
— Jan Huygh on Riptilion

Hard and Riptilion are trapped by Cassius Chrome

Hard was much stronger than its foe, flipping it up several times and keeping its wedge beneath the baseplate of Riptilion. It shunted it into the CPZ later, and after escaping Cassius Chrome, watched its New Zealand foe counted out and hurled by the floor flipper.


Hard is counted out by Refbot

However, just like in the UK Championship, Hard ran into a powerful weapon in Supernova. Its flipper was unable to gain purchase on either the Sri Lankan machine or the American Spartacus, and several powerful blows from Supernova's disc was enough to knock Hard out, before it suffered the familiar fate of the Drop Zone.


Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heats, Round 2
Heat K, Round 1 vs. Kat 3, T-Wrecks, Velocirippa Qualified
Heat K, Round 2 vs. Bulldog Breed (12) Lost
The Third World Championship
Representing Belgium, Eliminated in Heats
Qualifier vs. Riptilion (NZL) Won
Heat vs. Spartacus (USA), Supernova (SRI) Eliminated
  • Hard before entering Series 2 of Dutch Robot Wars.
  • The internals of the version of Hard that should've entered Dutch Series 2
  • Hard's locomotive system, made out of aluminium core, surrounded by rubber tubing.
  • The team with Hard before Series 7
  • The team work on Hard in the pits during Series 7
  • The insides of the Series 7 version of Hard
  • The team with their featherweight FeatherHard, runner-up in the 2006 UK Championships


  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

UK SeriesEdit

Series Hard 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 Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 2
The Third World Championship, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter

Dutch SeriesEdit

Series Hard Record
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Withdrew
Entered with Hard (Loanerbot)

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Hard continued to fight in the live event circuit all over Europe hosted by organizations like Roaming Robots & Dutch Robot Games. Its last appearance it made was the Fighting Robots UK Championships 2006 where it fell in the group stages against Terrorhurtz after having its gas pipe severed[1], and then subsequently was pitted in a grudge match with Velocirippa. Hard also fell in the first round of the International Championship hosted at the same event where its flipper broke off after being flipped repeatedly by Kronic. The team did however finish runner-up in the 2006 Featherweight UK Championships with their featherweight FeatherHard.

Since then, Hard has been sold to Team Compactory's friends, Team Alien Destructor.




  • Hard was the last robot to be hit with an item from the Drop Zone.

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