BattleBots on Discovery: Rules

Greetings Bot Builders. Below you will find the BattleBots Design and Tournament Rules and other helpful documents. 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?

While the 2020 season has yet to be officially announced, we are accepting applications. We suggest completing and submitting your application around Oct/Nov of 2019 (exact deadline will be made public at a later date).

You may apply here:
You will be taken offsite to our application portal.

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
  • Photo realistic 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

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Check out our Build page complete with resources and a handy downloadable PDF that explains the types of bots and teams we are looking for. Good luck!

Download our Rules and other helpful documents

BattleBots Design Rules

This document outlines the requirements for any Team that intends to build a combat robot and compete in the 2019 BattleBots Tournament.

Download here

Version 2019.0
Last updated 2/14/19

BattleBots Tournament Rules

This document defines and describes the 2019 BattleBots Tournament terminology, activities and procedures.

Download here

Version 2019.0
Last updated 2/14/19

BattleBots Judge’s Guide

This document is a guidebook on judging BattleBots matches in accordance with our rules.

Download here

Version 2019.1
Last updated 2/19/19

How to get on BattleBots

This document explains the attributes that your bot and your team will need to earn a place on the BattleBots television show.

Download here

Version 2019.1
Last updated 8/29/19