Tartarus was a robot that competed in the second Dutch series and the seventh UK series, having lost in round one both times.

Martin Scholten, the builder of Tartarus, was unable to attend filming of Series 7 so Bryan Cutler, the captain of Reaper NP2, and Michael Hanser, the captain of Sniper who lost in the qualifiers, entered the robot in his place. The team jokingly claimed that Scholten was a top secret agent who was currently on a secret mission.

Versions of TartarusEdit

Both versions of Tartarus were designed to resemble a dragon, though during Series 7, Jonathan Pearce described it as being "part bird, part dragon, part frog but most of all robot".

Tartarus (Dutch Series 2)Edit


Tartarus from the Dutch series

The original version of Tartarus featured a crushing head, a lifting arm at the rear, and an arm with a small set of pincers at the front. It featured some holes in its armour to reduce weight.

Tartarus (Series 7)Edit

For Series 7, the crusher was replaced with a hydraulic claw while the flipper and pincer arms were removed altogether. The head could be "bowed" down to increase the attack range of the weapon, but this feature was never seen in battle. The robot itself has a very low and unimpressive speed and also lacks a self-righting mechanism to which veterans Behemoth exploited.

Robot HistoryEdit

Dutch Series 2Edit


Tartarus is pushed onto the flame pit as Refbot counts it out


Tartarus is pitted by Shunt

Tartarus first participated in Heat B of Dutch Series 2, and faced Trazmaniac in the first round. In the battle, Tartarus kept its sides pointed at Trazmaniac in order to deflect its opponent's spinning drum. However, Trazmaniac soon got around to its front and charged at it, immobilising Tartarus upon impact. Tartarus was subsequently counted out by the Refbot, and then dumped into the pit by Shunt, eliminating it from the second Dutch series.

UK Series 7Edit

Behemoth Tartarus

Tartarus is toppled straight away by Behemoth

Tartarus Refbot

Tartarus lays immobile as Refbot counts it out

Tartarus participated in Heat L of the Seventh Wars. In its first round battle, it was drawn up against UFO, Crushtacean and the tenth seed Behemoth. Five seconds into the battle, Tatarus was attacked and flipped over into Shunt's CPZ by Behemoth, where it was left unable to self-right and pinned against the wall by Shunt. Eventually, Refbot came in and counted Tartarus out, just as Crushtacean was flipped out of the arena by Behemoth. After being counted out, Dead Metal came in and attacked Tartarus, causing more damage to its shell. 'Cease' was called, and Tartarus was eliminated from the Seventh Wars along with Crushtacean.


Dutch Series
Series 2
Dutch Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat B, Round 1 vs. Trazmaniac Lost
UK Series
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat L, Round 1 vs. Behemoth (10), Crushtacean, UFO Eliminated


  • UK Wins: 0
  • UK Losses: 1
  • Dutch Wins: 0
  • Dutch Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

  • Tartarus being made
  • Tartarus without its shell in Series 7
  • Tartarus on display at the Dutch Robot Games

UK SeriesEdit

Series Tartarus Series 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 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Dutch SeriesEdit

Series Tartarus Series Record
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Heat, Round 1


  • Tartarus was the only competitor to compete in the main competition in two different countries, and fall in Round 1 in both.

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