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Monsoon's Discovery Season 3 appearance.

Monsoon is a heavyweight robot built by Team Monsoon for the third season of the BattleBots reboot on Discovery and Science, a collaboration between former Robot Wars roboteers Tom Brewster (Tauron), Tim Rackley and Sam Griffin (Concussion), and Sarah Asplin (The Alien)[1]. Monsoon is a black and blue robot armed with an asymmetrical vertical bar spinner.

Like its sister robot Tauron, Monsoon is invertible, and its weapon mount is designed to pivot so that it's identical whichever way up it is, and its feeder spikes will be on the ground even if Monsoon is flipped.

In his build log, Tom Brewster confirmed that Monsoon is pretty much his design that would have fought as Tauron Mk3 if Robot Wars had been renewed for another season, but with a different color scheme and "Monsoon" lettering in the armor.

Robot History

Discovery Season 3

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Monsoon tosses Red Devil into the air in the opening seconds.

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Monsoon destroys Red Devil's saw.

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Both weaponless robots pushing each other in the second half of the match.

Monsoon's first opponent was against veteran Red Devil. When the match began, things were going well for Monsoon as its attacks tossed Red Devil into the air and eventually took off Red Devil's saw blade. However, the impacts took its toll on Monsoon too as its weapon eventually stopped working. This was a result of the weapon spinning the wrong way once Monsoon was flipped and eating a piece of Red Devil, which jammed the weapon[2]. This reduced the match to a pushing match. Monsoon continued to attack as smoke began pouring out from the weapon as it was attempting to spin and managed to prevent much of Red Devil's control by raising its chassis upwards each time Red Devil wanted control. Time ran out just after Red Devil took a shot from the killsaws and the judges awarded a 2-1 split decision for Monsoon.  

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Monsoon breaks Petunia's hydraulics.

Monsoon next found itself up against Petunia, whom was fresh off a win against Rotator. The match started out well for Monsoon as they landed a hit on Petunia's backside, causing hydraulic fluid used to power Petunia's weapon to leak out. Petunia kept going so Monsoon hit hard enough to spin it 360 degrees, only to land upright. Even so, Petunia kept coming so Monsoon dealt it another blow and smoke began pouring out of its opponent. However, this also stopped Monsoon's weapon. Both robots continued to
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Petunia burning, Monsoon not moving.

maneuver around until Petunia got high-centered on the arena floor while Monsoon lost traction due to the amount of hydraulic fluid on the arena floor and couldn't move[3]. By the time Monsoon was able to move again it  could only get traction on one side, but by then Petunia had burst into flames and still couldn't move. Petunia was counted out and Monsoon won by KO.

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The first hit between Monsoon and Son of Whyachi

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Monsoon has its front left armour panel ripped off

Up next for Monsoon was former champion Son of Whyachi. When the match began, things started off okay for Monsoon as they weren't taking any major damage from their opponent. However, that quickly changed as Moonsoon took a hit from Son of Whyachi that flipped it over but Monsoon quickly self-righted. Monsoon then took more hits from Son of Whyachi, the latter of which sent both robots flying in opposite corners. Monsoon retaliated by landing a hit on Son of Whyachi's hammers that sent its opponent flying but landing upright. This hit took out Monsoon's weapon as it was now bent out of shape and the brackets supporting it had broken, leaving it virtually defenceless to its opponent's attacks. Making matters worse, the next attack took off one of its two front a
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The aftermath of the fight

rmor panels before Monsoon took the final blow from Son of Whyachi that ruptured its battery and started to fill the arena with smoke. Monsoon was still capable of some movement but its driver opted to just not move as it was unlilkely that the movement would've been enough to continue the bout. Monsoon was counted out, giving Son of Whyachi the KO. Monsoon had a 360 camera attached for this fight but it got thrown off to the edge of the box by an early hit, however it carried on filming and Battlebots posted the BotCam clip on YouTube.[4]

Monsoon's next opponent was Axe Backwards, which was still striving for a win thus far. This match was off to an agressive start as Monsoon delivered two big hits on Axe Backwards' wheels. Axe Backwards had lost all driving ability but its drum was still working. Axe Backwards was counted out and Monsoon showed no interest in taking a hit to the still-spinning drum of its opponent and took the win by KO.

A short clip of Monsoon in the arena with Sawblaze was shown during the USA vs The World Tournament.



 

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 1
Competition Wins Losses
Discovery Season 3

Red Devil (Undercard Match)

Petunia (Undercard Match)

Axe Backwards (Undercard Match)

Son of Whyachi (Undercard Match)



 

Faruq Tauheed Introductions

"This high-pressure fighter is gonna make it rain.The forecast, rowdy and a one hundred percent chance of pain. Seek shelter, it's MONSOON!"

"Coming across the pond like James Bond, ready to send you to double-o-heaven, and leave you shaken, not stirred, it's MONSOON"

"Hi. It's Faruq, your friendly weatherman here, and I'd just like to say...GET INSIDE YOUR DAMN HOUSE! HERE COMES A MONSOON!"

"It's a British invasion. I am the walrus. I am the A-man and this is the robot MONSOON!"


 

References

  1. https://battlebots.com/robot/monsoon-s3/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/MonsoonBattlebot/posts/610209999358302
  3. https://www.facebook.com/MonsoonBattlebot/posts/629755347403767
  4. https://youtu.be/GfbW-_TfVss

See Also