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?

NOTE: We are accepting applications for the 2023 season (World Championship VIII). If your application was declined for the 2022 season, please try again for the 2023 season. Bot builders wishing to apply for the 2023 season should endeavor to submit their applications by June, 2023 (official deadline TBD).

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. Building a robot is dangerous, time consuming and expensive, and you should only start construction if you are notified by BattleBots that your design submission has been accepted for entry, and you have completed other entry procedures that will be required by our broadcast partners. If you decide 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 2022 BattleBots Tournament.

Download here

Version 2022.0
Last updated 9/13/2022

BattleBots Tournament Rules

This document defines and describes the 2022 BattleBots Tournament terminology, activities and procedures.

Download here

Version 2022.1
Last updated 9/13/22

BattleBots Battery Rules

This document defines proper handling of batteries at a BattleBots Event.

Download here

Version 2020.0
Last updated 09/30/20

BattleBots Judge’s Guide

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

Download here

Version 2022.0
Last updated 9/13/22

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


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