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Cobalt is a robot built by Team Carbide from the United Kingdom which competed in the second season of ABC's BattleBots reboot. It was armed with a unique looking and single bladed spinning blade. It performed decently as it reached the round of 32 in its debut season.

The robot was built by Dave Moulds who was a team member for beta in Season 1 of ABC's BattleBots. Team member Sam Smith also was the original builder of Tiberius, which competed in BattleBots as Photon Storm.

Around the same time that Team Carbide developed Cobalt for BattleBots, the same team also made a heavyweight for Series 8, 9, and 10 of Robot Wars, Carbide, which did well in in all three competitions. Both Cobalt and Carbide are extremely similar in shape and design, but Carbide used a simple spinning bar and both robots feature different internals. Carbide uses a black and green color scheme, over the white and blue used by Cobalt.

Cobalt did not compete in Season 3 of Discovery's BattleBots reboot due to King of Bots, an event in China, taking place at the same time as BattleBots.

Robot History

ABC Season 2

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Cobalt fighting Overhaul.

Cobalt's first ever match in BattleBots was against Overhaul. In the beginning of the match, Cobalt started spinning its blade and Overhaul moved toward the drivers booth. Overhaul was able to consistently deflect most of Cobalt’s hits and Cobalt started smoking. Despite this, Cobalt's blade was still moving and gave Overhaul one more hit. This hit disabled Cobalt's spinning blade and Overhaul lost drive on one side. Cobalt was able to escape and Overhaul was now being counted out. Although the motor was still spinning the blade, the team wouldn't trust it for another fight. So they decided to modify the chassis to take a bigger motor they could get delivered overnight. In spite of this, Cobalt won the match by KO at 1:26 and advanced to the round of 32 with its No.14 seeding, where it faced the No.19 seed Bombshell.

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Cobalt's wheels being shredded by Bombshell.

The match started out fairly evenly as Cobalt approached Bombshell while facing backwards and withstood the first attack. However, after a few more attacks, one of Cobalt's tires was torn off, leaving the robot to vibrate a bit as it moved around. A few seconds later, Cobalt's remaining tire was torn off, leaving it unable to move. Cobalt was counted out and Bombshell won by KO at 1:45. This meant that Cobalt was eliminated from the tournament.


  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1
Competition Wins Losses
ABC Season 2 Overhaul Bombshell

Faruq Tauheed Introductions

"Roses are red, this bot is blue. Poems are dumb. Now, you're gonna die. It's COBALT!"

"Made in the UK, pound for pound, it's the deadliest bot in the 'Box. It's the banger, you're the mash. It's COBALT!"

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