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Namazu

Namazu (stylised as N A M A Z U on the battle boards) was a walkerbot that competed in the second series of Dutch Robot Wars. It was a domed robot with a wedge at the front, to facilitate the use of its weapon, a vertical crushing arm. It was reasonably fast for a true walkerbot, but proved unreliable. This led to its demise in the first round against Blackdevil Warzone.

The robot got its name from Japanese mythology, where a "namazu" is believed to be a giant catfish that lives underground and causes earthquakes. This name proved befitting, as Namazu shook the floor panels as it walked. The robot was designed to look like a deep-sea monster.

After Namazu, the team planned to build another walking robot named TKT (Tamon, Kashima, Taishaku), which was to be a clusterbot of three walking robots. The name was also chosen as it was made in co-operation with the company TNT (Technology Newtork Twente). At least one of the robots was to use a flywheel as a weapon, using an original construction. However, it is not known if TKT was completed.

Robot History Edit

Blackdevil Warzone slammed into Namazu with its spinning drum at the start, and also attacked Namazu from the side and rear, which did surprisingly little damage to the walkerbot's armour. Namazu became immobilized on one side, the imbalance causing it to shred the arena floor beneath its legs. Because of this lack of traction, it became immobilised, and was counted out by the Refbot. Growler seized Namazu and held it over the flame pit, before spinning it around and allowing it to be hammered by Mr. Psycho. Growler then dropped Namazu into the pit of oblivion.

Results Edit

Series Event Round Opponent(s) Results
Dutch Robot Wars

Series 2

Heat A Eliminator Blackdevil Warzone Lost

Wins/Losses Edit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

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