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"They think they have a kater's nine lives, but Kater Killers eat leaves, and this could leave early!"
— Jonathan Pearce's predictions for Kater Killer in Series 4

Kater Killer was a tracked box-wedge shaped robot which was entered by Team KaterKiller in Series 3 and 4 of Robot Wars. Kater Killer lost in the first round of both series it fought in, and also competed in the Sumo Basho competition, finishing in 6th place. Kater Killer's name is derived from 'caterpillar', after its caterpillar tracks, combined with a cat theme, used more strongly in the robot's successor, Kat 3.

Versions of Kater KillerEdit

Kater Killer (Series 3)Edit

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Series 3 Kater Killer

The first version of the robot, which featured reverse-angled caterpillar tracks took 3 months to build and was quite lightweight as it was made from aluminium, being seven kilograms below the maximum weight allowance. This version of Kater Killer was powered by fan belts from an old truck and had a painted shell, and it was armed with thick spikes beneath the tracks, as well as a pneumatic spike that shot from the robot's mouth.

"The paintwork was done by my girlfriend last night."
— Keith Williams

Kater Killer (Series 4)Edit

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Team KaterKiller in Series 4

The robot largely resembled Series 2 Competitor Robo Doc in its second appearance, with clear macrolane armour - the same kind used to protect the audience from flying debris - and a heavier chassis. The teethed metal tracks were replaced with rubber ones. Kater Killer's new weaponry consisted of a spiked lifting arm at the front, capable of lifting 130 stone and powered by two 7500 Newton electric rams, along with a set of small spikes at the back, where it also had a fake cat's tail attached for comedic value. Throughout much of Series 4, the tail could also be seen hanging off the back of House Robot Sir Killalot. It lost to Charybdis in the Series 4 qualifiers, but was given a discretionary place to qualify.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 3Edit

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Kater Killer and Napalm try to ram each other

Kater Killer Napalm 1

Kater Killer narrowly avoids the Pit

In Round 1 of the Third Wars, Kater Killer was up against previous Semi-Finalists Napalm. Both robots looked rather sluggish as Napalm rammed Kater Killer. Napalm then managed to reverse into Kater Killer and pushed it around the arena and almost into the pit, but Kater Killer steered away just in time. The rest of the battle was mainly both robots trying to push each other around. In the end, the Judges decided that Napalm was the winner, eliminating Kater Killer from the competition.

Series 4Edit

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Tornado shunts Kater Killer into Gemini

The new version of Kater Killer was put up against the 8th seeds Gemini and newcomers Tornado in Round 1 of Series 4, where it was overshadowed by the former and not acknowledged for appearing in the previous series. Kater Killer was immediately slammed into the arena wall by Tornado, but escaped Sir Killalot. Tornado attacked again, while Gemini flipped Kater Killer over, and it could not use its lifting arm to self right.

"Has the lifting arm, can it self right? I don't think so."
— Jonathan Pearce

Shortly afterwards it was righted by Tornado, but the lifting arm was jammed and the robot was completely immobile. Tornado was later pitted, and the Kater Killer team began to celebrate, but by then it was too late for Kater Killer, as it had been immobile for too long.

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Shunt about to push Kater Killer off

Kater Killer later entered the Sumo Basho tournament. Kater Killer's tracks should have been an advantage, but it exposed its side, easily allowing Shunt to push one track off of the platform. It was fortunate for Kater Killer that Shunt took his time in adjusting his position before finally pushing it off. Overall, Kater Killer lasted 14.03 seconds, giving it a respectable 6th place.

ResultsEdit

KATER KILLER - RESULTS
Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat G, Round 1 vs. Napalm Lost
Series 4
The Fourth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat F, Eliminator vs. Gemini (8), Tornado Eliminated
Sumo Basho
6th
Sumo 14.03 seconds 6th

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 2

Series RecordEdit

Main Series Kater Killer Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Heat, Round 1
The Fourth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Fifth Wars Entered with Kat 3
The Sixth Wars Entered with Kat 3
The Seventh Wars Entered with Kat 3
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Kat 3

TriviaEdit

  • All of the teams Kater Killer fought against were a former or future Semi-Finalist, Tornado being the only one to reach the Grand Final.

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