Lifters were more designed to lift a robot off from the ground than turn them over. Often, robots armed with lifters would use them to get under a robot and push it around. The most notable of these is Series 2 champion Panic Attack, who defeated many robots by lifting them up and dropping them in the pit. Other notable robots include Panzer Mk 2 and S.M.I.D.S.Y.. The most powerful lifter is almost certainly Series 2 superheavyweight champion Kick Robut.
- A lifter is not restricted to one specific shape or size, and can be in the form of a bar, forks, or even a true flipper-esque plate. The main distinction of a lifter is that during the attack, an enemy robot remains on the lifter until it is released, falls off or is successfully rolled onto its side or back. This is contrasting flippers, which aim to propel another robot and allow gravity and torque to flip the robot over.
Advantages and DisadvantagesEdit
- Lifting weapons could be used as effective weapons for invertible robots, such as Suicidal Tendencies, Storm 2 and S.M.I.D.S.Y.
- Strengths of lifters were that they were effective weapons in early series, before the invention of the srimech. Panic Attack's road to victory in the Second Wars, as well as its run in Series 3, were the best examples of this.
- Lifting weapons usually had sharp ends, allowing them to double as ramming spears or ramming blades. King B Powerworks and Dreadnaut took advantage of this in victories over Kronic 2 and Psychokiller, respectively.
- Lifters were often used in conjunction with axes as they could easily be placed next to each other. Mortis was the first robot to employ the combination.
- Lifters were not usually large enough or powerful enough to self-right or flip a robot from the arena. Robots such as Panic Attack added additional srimechs, but these required additional power systems, which could cost the robot in weight or power to their weapon. As shown in Panic Attack's various losses to Firestorm, these srimechs did not always work either.
- Lifters were often slower than flipping weapons, and as a result, in later series, did not manage to flip over quick moving opponents. This is evidenced in the decline of Panic Attack, who, whilst able to eliminate Edge Hog, was overpowered by Terrorhurtz, Tough As Nails, Dantomkia and Kronic 2.
- Often they or their mechanics were vulnerable. This was evidenced when The Steel Avenger and Barber-Ous immobilised Panic Attack's forks, or when the dangerously spinning Warhog buckled Dreadnaut's lifting forks. Comengetorix's lifter was also cut off by Killalot.
List of Robots with LiftersEdit
Robots are listed alphabetically. Robots that aren't heavyweight are listed with a green background.
|Robot||Series Appearences with Lifters||Notes|
|A-Kill||Series 6||Lifter was "powerful enough to lift a rice pudding", as described by the team.|
|Arnold A. Terminegger||Series 4, Extreme 1||Was combined with an overhead weapon, but in a scissor-esque motion, not like the Mortis combination.|
|Aggrobot||Series 6-7, Extreme 1||A bar would push down on the ground Aggrobot's wedge would act as the lifter, similar to Medusa 2000.|
|Ansgar's Revenge||Series 6, German Series|
|Arena Killer/Absolut Krankhaft||Dutch Series 1, German Series|
|Beast of Bodmin||Series 3||Not seen against any opponents.|
|Berserk 2||Series 3-4|
|The Big Cheese||Series 3||Able to hoist Sergeant Bash into the air almost without overbalancing.|
|Centurion||Series 3||Replaced with a flipper in Series 4.|
|Comengetorix||Series 6, Extreme 1|
|The Creature||Series 4||Lifting tusks highly resembled Matilda's.|
|Cygnus X-1||Series 7|
|Derek||Series 5||Added apparatus to help the lifter be used to self-right the robot.|
|Diotoir||Series 3-4, Extreme 2||Had a spring-loaded lifter in Series 3-4, replaced with a lifting scoop. Extreme 2 had Diotoir come out of retirement, featuring a lifting plate.|
|Dreadnaut||Series 1-4||Never shown successfully lifting an opponent in 4 series of competing.|
|Evil Weevil||Series 3-4||Closely related to Panic Attack, the most notable lifter robot.|
|Falcon||US Season 1-2|
|Flybot||Extreme 2||Lifter was powerful enough to tip itself over and make it fall into the pit.|
|Forklift||Series 2||First 'forklift' style lifter robot.|
|G.B.H. 2||Series 6||Only the rear of the two lifting weapons was a lifter.|
|General Carnage||Series 3||Featured a claw on the end|
|Gladiator||Series 7, Extreme 2|
|Griffon||Series 2-3||The first robot to flip over Sergeant Bash|
|Havoc||Series 2||Interchangeable with the mace weapon also used.|
|Indefatigable||Series 4||Designed like a forklift.|
|Judge Shred||Series 3||Lifting arms featured pincers on the end.|
|Kick Robut||Series 2||Most powerful lifter.|
|King Buxton||Series 2-5, 7, Extreme 1|
|Kater Killer||Series 4|
|Major Tom||Series 4||Featured a lifting plate, before taking on a flywheel weapon.|
|Manic Mutant||Series 3|
|Mantis||Series 7||Lifter acted as clamp for crushing claw.|
|Medusa 2000||Series 4||Unusual lifter. The bottom part of the lifter lifted the robot itself from the ground, raising the robot under the wedge up.|
|Metalis||Series 7||Base was spread around the perimeter of the machine, excluding the rear.|
|Millennium Bug||Series 4||A walkerbot.|
|Mortis||Series 3-4||First robot to combine an axe with a flipping arm.|
|The Morgue||Series 4||Replaced with a proper flipper afterwards.|
|The Mule||Series 2||Won award for Best Engineering.|
|Mute||Series 7, Extreme 2||Only the rear of the two lifting weapons was a lifter.|
|NEATer Machine||Series 7, Dutch Series 2|
|Overkill GTI||Series 4||Two lifters on the front wedge.|
|Panic Attack||Series 2-7, Extreme 1-2||Most notable lifter, Series 2 Grand Champion. Came closest to lifting an opponent (Saw Point) out of the arena.|
|Panzer Mk 2||US Season 1||US Champion in Season 1.|
|Pika||Dutch Series 2|
|Rampage 2||Series 7|
|The Predator||Series 4|
|Probophobia||US Series 2||Lifting spikes could work over 360 degrees.|
|Reaper NP2||The Third World Championship|
|Red Dragon||Series 3|
|Robo Doc||Series 2|
|Robopig||Series 3||Used mostly for whacking, rather than lifting.|
|Schumey Too||Series 3|
|Shadow of Napalm||Series 4|
|Shogun||Series 1||First robot with a lifter.|
|S.M.I.D.S.Y.||Series 3-7, Extreme 1-2||First three appearances doubled as jaws.|
|The Steel Avenger||Series 5, 7, Extreme 1-2|
|Steg-O-Saw-Us||Series 3||Series 3 Grand Finalist, but the lifting tail was almost never used.|
|Storm 2||Series 7||Only added lifter for Series 7 after being forced to by producers. It main weapon was still its enormous pushing power.|
|Suicidal Tendencies 2||Series 4|
|Sumpthing||Series 4, 6, Extreme 2||Always in the shadow of the axe weapon|
|Tetanus||Series 5-6, Extreme 2|
|Texas Tornado||US Series 2|
|√3||Dutch Series 2||Only ODT-0.33 was not equipped with a lifter.|
|Velocirippa||Series 7||Replacing the ineffective spikes from previous wars.|
|Wild Thing||Series 4-5, Extreme 1||Doubled with the spinning disc in Series 5.|
|Whipper||Series 7||Enabled the robot to self-right.|
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