BattleBots on Discovery: Rules

Greetings Bot Builders. The next season of BattleBots is a go and we couldn’t be more excited. Below you will find the NEW Design Rules and the current version of the Tournament Rules (to be updated shortley). If you have any questions please email us at rules(at)

Note: Rule documents may be updated at any time, please check back here often to keep track of updates.

How do I enter?

The next season of BattleBots is going to happen VERY QUICKLY. In fact, the dates we are working with currently are: March 31-April 15 2018, shooting in Long Beach, CA. Because of this short timeframe, we have already picked the majority of robots for the series (Your old favorites and some exciting, new bots). However, there are still some slots left.

If (and only if) you are capable of having a robot ready by early March, and you and your team are available for the two week + shooting schedule in late March, early April, then you may go ahead and submit an application using our online registration system here:

Please note that we’re asking applicants to design a robot, not build a robot. As building a robot is dangerous, time consuming and expensive, you should only start building if you are notified by BattleBots that your design submission has been accepted, and you have completed other entry procedures that will be required by our broadcast partners. If you decided to build before this, you do so at your own risk.

BattleBots Inc. and its affiliates reserve the right to reject any application for any reason and without explanation.

Design applications will include the following materials:

  • Technical details of your robot design
  • Technical drawing of your robot design
  • Exterior renderings of your robot design
  • Biographical information
  • A Team video

Go to for the full details.

We look forward to your participation!

BattleBots Rules

BattleBots Design Rules

This document outlines the requirements for any Team that intends to build a combat robot and compete in the 2018 BattleBots Tournament.

Download here

Version 2018.0
Last updated 3/19/18

BattleBots Tournament Rules

This document defines and describes the 2018 BattleBots Tournament terminology, activities and procedures.

Download here

Version 2018.Rev 1.0