For the robot similar in appearance and name see Green Wave.

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Icewave's Season 2 appearance.

Icewave is a heavyweight robot which competed in the first two seasons of ABC's BattleBots reboot. Its main feature was a 15-horsepower Firemans saw internal combustion engine (hence "Ice") housed on top of the robot which powered a 54-inch spinning steel bar that weighed 47 pounds. The blade's top speed at the tips has been calculated to be approximately 300 miles per hour. Icewave was a fan-favorite for its destructive design and intimidation factor, but it lost in an upset defeat to Ghost Raptor in the quarter-finals.

In season 2, Icewave did decently. Defeating SubZero in the first round despite its blade breaking down, but in the second round it lost to Nightmare due to radio interference despite doing very well in the first 15 seconds of the fight and started to move again after being counted out.

Icewave was built by Marc DeVidts, who also built Edge and Vault for previous BattleBots competitions. Icewave is not a new design for DeVidts either, as he competed with a middleweight version of the design back in the mid-2000s. This version of Icewave also competed in a few BattleBots-sanctioned events including the 2004 NPC Charity Open.

Robot History

2004 NPC Charity Open

Icewave NPC

Icewave as a Middleweight at the NPC Charity Open

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The aftermath of the fight against Major Punishment.

Icewave's first ever match was against Major Punishment. When the match began, Icewave spun up its weapon and made a few small contacts with Major Punishment before its own blade tore off one of the rubber shock absorbers inside the engine. As a result, Icewave became unstable, tearing its entire engine apart and flinging it across the arena. Major Punishment won by KO and Icewave fell to the loser's bracket, where it faced Blue Flame.

Before the match began, Icewave had its spinning blade removed due to damage sustained in the first match. Blue Flame won on a judge's decision and Icewave was eliminated from the tournament.

BattleBots at Java One

Icewave pushes Carbide under the pulverizer

Icewave shoves Carbide under the pulverizer.

Icewave's first fight at this event was against Carbide. This fight started with Icewave spinning up, and getting one good hit on Carbide. However this hit caused Icewave's engine to stall, and the fight was now a pushing match. Icewave then pushed Carbide under the pulverizers, the repeated pounding from the Pulverizers disabled Carbide's drivetrain, and it was counted out.

This put Icewave in the semifinals against The Mortician. Icewave won this fight, and was now in the finals against SubZero. This fight started with Icewave spinning up to speed before SubZero reversed its wedge into Icewave, and slammed it into the wall. This stopped Icewave's spinning bar, SubZero then turned around, and promptly flipped Icewave out of the arena, winning by knockout in a total of 12 seconds.

ABC Season 1

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Icewave's Season 1 appearance.

Icewave's first ever match was against Razorback. Despite early aggression from Razorback, Icewave was able to get its weapon up to speed and carved up Razorback, eventually knocking off the front wedge.
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Icewave tears the front wedge off of Razorback.

A few hits later, and Razorback's entire front apparatus was gone, along with its right front wheel. Soon after this, Icewave began to smoke heavily (this was due to a loose battery which had been damaged by the impact forces), but Razorback had stopped moving while parked on Icewave's wedge, and thus was counted out. Icewave was given the knockout victory and advanced to the round of 16, where it faced Chomp.
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Icewave destroying Chomp.

In its fight against Chomp, both robots avoided each other at first before Icewave made a tear in the front of Chomp's wedge. The next three attacks caused some damage to the left side of Chomp, loosening the armor on that side. Icewave's next attack torn front of the left chassis with a following attack hitting the rear of Chomp. The right side of Chomp was then hit and damaged by Icewave. The next three hits caused two of Chomp's wheels to fall out and Chomp was immobilized, Icewave winning by knockout in a minute. This win put Icewave to the quarterfinals, where it faced Ghost Raptor.

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Icewave gets flipped upside down

Before the match began, Team Raptor added an arm atop Ghost Raptor to keep Icewave's dangerous blade at bay, which they named the "De-Icer". Once the match started, the arm proved successful in keeping Icewave away. Ghost Raptor pushed Icewave. Icewave's blade eventually made contact with Ghost Raptor's wedge, but due to the angle of the wedge, the impact caused Icewave to flip upside down. With no means of self-righting, Icewave was counted out of the fight and Ghost Raptor won by KO in what was perhaps the biggest upset of the season.

HyperShock vs IceWave

Sparks fly as HyperShock's spinning drum and Icewave's spinning blade collide.

Icewave wasn't finished, however, as it went up against HyperShock in a grudge match. Despite getting its spinning blade jammed with HyperShock's spinning drum, Icewave managed to destroy HyperShock and won the match by KO.

ABC Season 2

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Icewave strikes SubZero with its spinning blade.

Icewave's first match in Season 2 was a rematch against SubZero. Icewave got its spinning blade going and SubZero went straight at Icewave, which it almost got flipped onto its back from the impact. After this, Icewave continued hitting SubZero with its spinning blade, damaging SubZero's front flipper to where it could no longer sit flat on the floor. At one point, Icewave left a huge gash into the right side of SubZero. Unfortunately, Icewave's blade stopped spinning toward the end of the match due to an electrical failure that prevented the engine from sparking so Icewave pushed SubZero around the BattleBox for the rest of the match. By this point, SubZero was doing very little against Icewave as it was no longer able to get underneath its opponent. Before the time ran out, Icewave pushed SubZero under the pulverizer, which got in a few blows before time ran out. In the end, Icewave won on a unanimous 3-0 judge's decision and advanced to the round of 32 where it faced the No. 25 seed Nightmare.


Icewave and Nightmare collide.

This match started out rather well for Icewave as it managed to tear off both of Nightmare's wheel guards and leave Nightmare bouncing around from a bent weapon shaft. However, Icewave quickly started to suffer from radio interference and stopped moving. Icewave was counted out, eliminating it from the tournament again, despite the fact that Icewave started moving again straight after being counted out.


  • Wins: 6
  • Losses: 5
Competition Wins Losses
2004 NPC Charity Open None Major Punishment

Blue Flame

BattleBots at Java One Carbide

The Mortician

ABC Season 1 Razorback


HyperShock (Grudge Match)

Ghost Raptor
ABC Season 2 SubZero Nightmare
  • The middleweight Icewave in 2006
  • The middleweight Icewave with a different top mounted engine
  • Icewave in 2005

Faruq Tauheed Introductions

"It's got an unquenchable thirst for destruction and only serves it one way, on the rocks! Here to pour on the pain, it's ICEWAVE!"

"Direct from Silicon Valley. Here to put the deep freeze on its opponents. ICEWAVE!"

"It may burn gas, but its one cold son of a bot! Here to leave the opponent frozen in fear, it's ICEWAVE!"

"To the extreme like a bot not a vandal. Light up the box and watch it chump like a candle. Ice, ice baby. It's ICEWAVE!"

"This tsunami will make you run to your mommy. It's a wave of destruction, ICEWAVE!"


  • In ABC Season 1, Icewave is the only bot seeded in the Top 4 that didn't reach the Top 4 in Season 1.
  • This also held true for Icewave in ABC Season 2 where it was seeded in Top 8 and did not reach Top 8.
  • Icewave's blade tips are painted to conceal them against the color of the arena floor, giving the opponent a false sense of how long the blade is. For Season 2, the blade tips were given an orange stripe in the middle of the grey tips although the stripe was not present during their fight with Nightmare.
  • The "wave" in Icewave's name is a tribute to Green Wave from which Marc took design inspiration while creating Icewave.
  • Icewave's spinning bar, at 54 inches (4.5 feet) long, tip to tip, is the largest weapon ever recorded in history of robot combat. By comparison, Ghost Raptor's bar was, according to Chuck Pitzer, 52 inches (4.3 feet) long and Nightmare's spinning disc was measured at 48 inches (4 feet), tip to tip.
  • Icewave uses 100 octane fuel for its engine
  • Unlike other overhead horizontal bar spinners (namely Hazard and Brutality), Icewave's blade is mounted slightly closer to the front of the robot rather than being mounted at the center of the bot.