Season 2 rules

Greetings Bot Builders. Season 2 is on and we couldn’t be more excited. Below you will find the Season 2 Design Rules. The Season 2 entry period is now closed, but if you are considering designing a robot for Season 3 (if ABC gives us the green-light) you may download and study the Season 2 rules to better understand what you can and can not design. Of course there will be modifications to the Season 3 rules, but the majority of regulations should stay the same. If you have any question 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.

Season 2 entry

The Season 2 entry period is closed, however we have decided to leave our application system up and running for builders interested in designing a robot for Season 3 (if ABC gives us the green-light). If this is you, click over to the Online Application System and start working on your entry. We’ll review all new applications once the Season 3 details have been announced.

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 2016 BattleBots Tournament.

Download here

Version 2006.2
Last updated 12/2/15

BattleBots Tournament Rules

This document defines and describes the 2016 BattleBots Tournament terminology, activities and procedures. It also specifies the required actions and responsibilities of Teams participating in the Tournament.

Download here

Version 2016.Rev-1.2

Minor Participation Rules

This document outlines the rules regarding minors (persons under the age of 18) participating in the 2016 BattleBots Tournament.

Available upon request

Version 2006.1