PulverizeR was a competitor robot in both series of Dutch Robot Wars. In the first series, it was known as Pullverizer. It was a wide, invertible, cylinder-shaped robot, with a very large vertical flywheel, often compared to British competitor S3. The flywheel was very efficient at disabling other robots, and powerful enough to flip them over as well.
The team were a spirited bunch, who came dressed as orange-jumpsuited convicts in Dutch Series 1, and as Elvis Presley in every appearance thereafter, much to the delight of the commentators. PulverizeR lost in the heat final of the first series of the Dutch Wars, but went on to win the second series.
PulverizeR had attempted to enter UK Series 7, but failed to qualify. In sympathy, Team KODOX wore PulverizeR t-shirts during their campaign for the title.
- "Due to transmitter problems PulverizeR didn't react the way it used to. My transmitter broke down, as later seemed. I was able to borrow another transmitter and reciever to use for the World Championship that same week"
- — Mischa de Graaf
In 2016, PulverizeR also applied and failed to qualify for the 2016 series of Robot Wars.
Dutch Series 1Edit
Pullverizer was impressive in its first battle, using its flywheel to immobilise RCC, in a short amount of time.
Pullverizer's second battle ended quickly as well; the first hit from its flywheel flipped Scraptosaur upside down, and Scraptosaur was unable to self-right. This allowed Pullverizer to progress to the Heat Final.
There, it faced Twisted Metal, which disabled one of Pullverizer's exposed wheels with its disc. Twisted Metal carried on attacking, warping Pullverizer's disc and severing one of its wheels. Pullverizer was immobilised, so the house robots put it onto the floor flipper, where it was flipped and eliminated from the competition.
After this loss, Pullverizer was offered the wildcard, which would have allowed it to progress to the Grand Final. However, Pullverizer had sustained too much damage against Twisted Metal, so the wildcard was instead given to Lizzard.
Dutch Series 2Edit
Once again, PulverizeR easily immobilised its first two opponents; in the first round it used its flywheel to flip Bluemax clean over, and in the second round it easily disabled Scarab's legs, rendering it immobile.
In the Heat Final, √3 triple-teamed PulverizeR, but PulverizeR's shape made it difficult for the triplets to do much more than lift it. PulverizeR eventually managed to flip over one third of √3, and strip a wheel off another. This meant that two thirds of √3 was immobile and the robot as a whole was out.
In the first round of the Grand Final, PulverizeR met Twister, who had been given a wild card spot. Both robots spun up their weapons, and Pulverizer used its speed to its advantage, getting around to the back of Twister and attacking it from there. PulverizeR hit the pit release, and then struck Twister hard enough to tip it over. Twister could not self right, and was helpless as PulverizeR pushed it into the pit.
In the semi-final, PulverizeR met Scrap-2-Saur for a second time. Unfortunately for Scrap-2-Saur, it had taken a lot of damage in its last fight, and was not working at one hundred percent. Pulverizer managed to flip Scrap-2-Saur onto its back, and it looked like the match would end in a similar fashion to their battle in Series 1, but Scrap-2-Saur managed to get itself back onto its wheels. Scrap-2-Saur made one last brave effort, pushing PulverizeR into Mr. Psycho, but its flipping arm was beginning to fall apart, and was immobile shortly thereafter.
In the final battle, PulverizeR faced Philipper 2. Philipper 2 flipped PulverizeR many times, with little effect because PulverizeR was invertible. PulverizeR managed to tear a panel off Philipper 2 before being flipped some more. PulverizeR managed to hit Philipper 2 once more and bend its flipper a little before time ran out. The jury ruled that PulverizeR was the winner of the match, and the second Dutch Robot Wars champion.
- "Without a little luck, no robot can win Robot Wars. I had the luck of driving with Philipper at a live event before, so I had a little experience. Showing aggression gets you three points, but causing damage gets you four. With that knowledge I got in to this fight, keeping the disc pointing at Philipper and driving backwards long enough to get it up to speed, then just let him come to me. And it worked out the way I thought it would; a Jury's decision on damage."
- — Mischa de Graaf
Extreme 2/German SeriesEdit
PulverizeR represented the Netherlands in the European Championship, as the Dutch champion. Its first match was against World Champions Razer, and its shape proved difficult for Razer to get a hold of. However, Razer did eventually manage to grip PulverizeR, and begin crumpling into its shell. PulverizeR then drove down the pit by mistake, and was eliminated from the Championship.
- "And the Dutch domestic champions fall into the pit, our very own "Heartbreak Hotel"!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
UK Series 7Edit
After failing to qualify for the main competition of Series 7 of the UK Wars, PulverizeR represented the Netherlands again in the Third World Championship. In its heat, it faced fellow Dutch Wars competitor Crushtacean, and the Swiss Snake Bite. Crushtacean immediately activated the pit release, and then began ramming and grabbing PulverizeR. Snake Bite, meanwhile, had not even moved since the match began, so it was counted out. Crushtacean continued to grapple with PulverizeR, and Snake Bite sprang back to life and joined the fray. The clock ran out, so the judges chose the winner, and they ruled in favour of Crushtacean.
|PULVERIZER - RESULTS|
|Heat B, Round 1||vs. RCC||Won|
|Heat B, Semi-Final||vs. Scraptosaur||Won|
|Heat B, Final||vs. Twisted Metal||Lost|
|Heat E, Round 1||vs. Bluemax||Won|
|Heat E, Semi-Final||vs. Scarab||Won|
|Heat E, Final||vs. √3||Won|
|Grand Final, Round 1||vs. Twister||Won|
|Grand Final, Semi-Final||vs. Scrap-2-Saur||Won|
|Grand Final||vs. Philipper 2||Won|
|Extreme Series 2|
Representing the Netherlands, Round 1
|NOTE: This competition was also broadcast during German Robot Wars|
|Round 1||vs. Razer (UK)||Lost|
|The Third World Championship|
Representing the Netherlands, Eliminated in Heats
|Heat||vs. Crushtacean (RSA), Snake Bite (SUI)||Eliminated|
- Dutch Wins: 8
- Dutch Losses: 1
- UK Wins: 0
- UK Losses: 2
- Series 1: Heat Final
- Series 2: Grand Champion
- Series 1-6: Did not enter
- Series 7: Failed to qualify, World Championship Round 1
- 2016 Series: Failed to qualify
- 2017 Series: Did not enter
Outside Robot WarsEdit
A third version of PulverizeR was created after Robot Wars, but it sees little usage. PulverizeR occasionally makes appearances at live events, but modern regulations on spinners usually make it unusable. Most notably, it competed in the 2005 European Championship, where it defeated Snake Bite and Hammerhead, finishing 4th overall. It also participated in the Fighting Robots UK Championships 2006 where it reached the semi-final stages beating UFO on the way before also finishing 4th overall.
- Along with Razer, Tornado and the middleweight Typhoon, PulverizeR is the only robot to have fought and defeated both a clusterbot (√3) and a walkerbot (Scarab).
- Like Tornado, PulverizeR's walkerbot victory was in the same series it won.
- PulverizeR fought both in the same episode, the only one of the four to do so.
- During the European Championship, the battle board after PulverizeR's defeat showed an Irish flag instead of a Dutch flag.