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Lifting scoops are a type of lifting weapon found in both runs of Robot Wars. They are similar to lifters in that they are designed to lift and tip robots over rather than throw them over or across great distances. The first robots to feature these weapons were House Robot Shunt and Series 1 competitor Barry, while the most notable and successful scoop-wielding robots include long-time UK Series veteran and Series 10 Grand Finalist Behemoth, Series 2 Semi-Finalist G.B.H., Series 8 Grand Finalist Shockwave and US Season 2 champion Panzer Mk 4.

DefinitionEdit

Shunt king buxton

Shunt lifts King Buxton with his scoop

  • A lifting scoop differs from a static scoop in that it is designed to move through a pneumatic, hydraulic, electric or even a spring-loaded mechanism. Many static scoops existed as auxiliary or even primary weapons (such as the one used by Scutter's Revenge) but did not possess lifting capacity. Therefore, they are classified as Ramming blades.
  • They are designed to lift or tip opponents over in the same way as lifters, rather than launching or throwing them over like flippers. However, some scoop-wielding robots are powerful enough to flip opponents completely over, such as Barbaric Response, the Series 5 version of Diotoir and the Series 8-10 version of Behemoth.

Advantages and DisadvantagesEdit

Advantages

Behemoth vs general carnage

Behemoth overturns General Carnage

Panzer Mk 4 vs Tricerabot 3.0

Panzer Mk 4 lifts Tricerabot 3.0 during the US Season 2 final

Behemoth vs stinger

Behemoth's scoop and axe demonstrate their synergy on Stinger

  • Because of their large surface area and usually shovel-like design, scoops are easily able to lift and tip over other robots. Behemoth's performances, especially in Series 3 and 4, are indicative of this.
  • By being able to lift opponents off the entire floor, they could simultaneously remove the robot's resistance to being pushed by removing one or more of its wheels/tracks off the arena floor, especially through side-on attacks. Shunt was able to demonstrate this capability multiple times, especially in the Sumo Basho side competition held during Series 4, as did Behemoth, Diotoir, Panzer Mk 4 and Shockwave on various occasions.
  • Scoops can offer an effective weapons synergy in tandem with overhead weapons such as axes and hammers, or even Vertical crushers. Shunt famously used his scoop to free his axe on numerous occasions, while Behemoth once used its axe and scoop to simultaneously catch, lift and carry Stinger around the arena during their Extreme 1 Challenge Belt battle.
  • Even when they are not used to lift opponents, scoops are ideal pushing weapons due to their shovel-like blades and ability to breach even low ground clearances. Shunt, Behemoth, Panzer Mk 4 and Diotoir all demonstrated this quality on various occasions.
  • When lowered, lifting scoops offer the robot a great deal of protection against front-on collisions with spike or spinning weapons. Behemoth was especially notable in that it was able to deflect blows from Hypno-Disc and PP3D's flywheels using its bucket and angled scoops respectively, contributing towards its victories against both machines.

Disadvantages

VengeanceFirestormDiotoir

Diotoir lies on its side and in flames after getting flipped by Firestorm 3

Razer behemoth

Razer crumples Behemoth's scoop in the Extreme 1 All-Stars

  • Being generally smaller than other lifting or flipping weapons, lifting scoops are not usually effective as self-righting mechanisms compared to other types. Only a handful of scoop-wielding robots have a self-righting capability; either through the weapon itself (Barbaric Response, the Series 8-10 version of Behemoth), or additional mechanisms (e.g. Behemoth's side arms).
  • They have a very narrow attack range, requiring the scoop to get fully underneath opponents from the front in order for them to work effectively. Behemoth's loss against Crushtacean in Series 5 partially resulted from it being unable to attack the latter from the front without being turned onto its back.
  • They are vulnerable to being damaged by overhead weapons or sustained attacks from spinning weapons. Behemoth's bucket scoop, for example, was damaged by Razer's crusher, Shunt's axe and the spinning weapons of Disc-O-Inferno and Carbide at various points throughout its appearances. Meanwhile, in Series 8, Shockwave's HDPE scoop was gradually destroyed by Thor's axe after it was used to absorb the latter's axe blows during their Head to Head battle.

List of Robots with Lifting ScoopsEdit

Anty B 2

Anty B

Barbaric Response

Barbaric Response

Barry

Barry, the joint pioneer of lifting scoops

Behemoth S10

Behemoth as it appeared in Series 10

Diotoir (no background)

Diotoir, as it appeared in Series 5

Panzer Mk 4

Panzer Mk 4

Shockwave

Shockwave

2016Shunt

Shunt in Series 8

SuicidalTendenciesS5

Suicidal Tendencies, as it appeared in Series 5

Track-tion wedge

Track-tion with the lifting wedge lent by Team Immersion

Photo 2017-02-22 17-28-31

Wyrm

X-Terminator

X-Terminator in Series 6

Robots are listed alphabetically. Robots which are not heavyweight competitors are listed with a green background. House Robots are listed with a yellow background.

Robot Series Appearances with Scoops Notes
Anty B Extreme 1-2 Extreme 2 Antweight champion. Essentially an antweight version of Behemoth.
Barbaric Response Series 6-7, Extreme 2 Weapon was described as a 'body flipper' and could act as a srimech.
Barry Series 1 Pioneer of the weapon, along with House Robot Shunt. Scoop was pneumatically-powered and suspended from the chassis with springs.
Behemoth Series 2-10, Extreme 1-2 Most notable and possibly successful robot armed with a lifting scoop. Only scoop-wielding robot to hoist opponents out of the arena. Combined with an axe between Series 5-7. Capable of acting as a srimech in Series 8-10. The original scoop was made interchangeable with a set of grabbing arms and two anti-spinner ploughs in Series 9-10. Series 10 Third Place finisher and First World Championship runner-up.
Corporal Punishment Series 2-3 Only robot made by Adam Clark to compete in more than one UK series.
Coyote Series 10 Used an interchangeable lifting shovel in addition to the lifting jaws first used in Series 9.
Diotoir Series 5, Extreme 1-2 Powered by a spring-loaded mechanism, replaced an earlier lifting arm. Extreme 1 Tag Team Terror champion along with Pussycat.
Foxic Series 8-9 The Series 8 version had a wedge-like scoop which could either be attached to the end of a lifting arm, or mounted separately. A thicker wedge-like scoop was made as one of three attachments for the Series 9 version's lifting arm - along with a lifting 'head' and a set of hooks - but was never seen on television.
G.B.H. Series 2, 6 Series 2 Semi-Finalist.
Immortalis Series 5
Kill Dozer Series 2
Leighviathan Series 2
Lightning Tracks US Season 2
Malfunktion Series 3 Robotic Soccer competition only.
Onslaught Series 2-5 Series 4 Southern Annihilator runner-up.
Panzer Mk 4 US Season 2 US Season 2 Champion.
Piece De Resistance Series 2
Plunderbird 2 Series 2 Most successful Plunderbird model. Series 2 Semi-Finalist.
Pressure Extreme 2 Featured front and rear lifting scoops, two of five C02 powered weapons.
Rampage 2 Series 7
Shapeshifter Dutch Series 2
Shark Attack Series 3
Shockwave Series 8 Features interchangeable scoops, and 360 degrees of lifting range. Series 8 Grand Finalist.
Shunt Series 1-10, Extreme 1-2, US Seasons 1-2, Nickelodeon, Dutch Series 1-2, German Series Scoop was a secondary weapon in addition to his axe and front plough. Capable of lifting up to 350kg in the rebooted series.
Six Pac Series 3 Pinball competition only.
Storm Force Series 5
Suicidal Tendencies Series 5, Extreme 1 Combined with a vertical crusher.
Track-tion Series 10 Was lent a wedge by Team Immersion to protect the robot against spinning weapons; the wedge was attached to the actuator for its usual crusher weapon, enabling it to function as a lifting scoop.
Velocirippa Series 7, Extreme 2
Wolverine Series 5
Wyrm Series 9 HARDOX lifting plate doubled as a 'spinner killer' wedge and fired forwards to function in a similar way to a front-hinged flipper. Weapon often referred to as a 'Sewer Snake' lifter due to its similarities to the weapon used by the highly successful American robot.
X-Terminator Series 3-6, Extreme 1-2 Series 4 Semi-Finalist, used in tandem with a pneumatic axe (Series 3-6, Extreme 1-2) or flipping arm (Series 4 only). The scoop underwent several design changes throughout X-Terminator's appearances, and would later become a static weapon for its Series 7 incarnation.
Zeus Series 3