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…Powerful and intimidating, Lancelot is truly a force to be reckoned with… – in-game description


Introduction

The Lancelot is a heavy robot with a heavy and 2 medium hardpoints. It was released in version 1.8.

Abilities

This robot comes equipped with several special abilities, which makes it an extremely powerful robot in battle. Its Rush ability can be activated to quickly close in on opponents or for retreat, and its fixed physical shields can block all energy projectiles if facing the right direction.

Similar to the Raijin, a Lancelot’s shield is actually composed of several (three, in case of a Lancelot) separate pieces which can each be blown off separately. The Lancelot also has the Rush ability, increasing its movement speed by 50% for a period of 10 seconds.

Strategy

The Lancelot has similar firepower to a Rhino, with similar health and speed (when in Rush). Unlike the Rhino, the Lancelot has a shield active at all times. Unlike its counterpart shield bots, the Lancelot simply has to face the direction of fire to block the damage instead of having to deactivate the shield in order to move freely, which is the case with other shield bots. As a result, many top players consider the Lancelot to be on par with these robots. However, the Rhino is better at capturing beacons, due to it having access to its speed boost at all times, and the Raijin has superior defense.

This robot can be countered by the Rhino depending on the setups of the two robots, for instance a "Death Button" (Orkans and Pinatas) Rhino facing off against a "Tarancilot" (Ancile and Tarans) Lancelot, the Rhino can use its Assault mode ability to not only block the shots from the Tarans, but also use the ability's speed boost to charge inside the Lancelot's Ancile shield and deal direct damage to the robot, usually resulting in the Lancelot's demise.

Due to the three-piece physical shield, it is extremely vulnerable to splash damage. A single rocket can potentially deal 4 × normal damage if the splash damage hits all three shields and the main robot. Please note that this still only does the regular rocket damage to the main health of the robot, but it means you can destroy the physical shields much faster with splash damage than against a single physical shield bot such as the Galahad.

Despite its intimidating appearance, Lancelot’s size is its main flaw. Its extremely wide and large surface area makes it easy for homing missiles to land a hit. Aphids can be extremely effective against Lancelot when not in Rush Mode, as its slow speed makes it too slow to run away from hit and run robots. Even Spirals are effective to an extent. Although wall-hugging is usually a good counter to homing missiles, Lancelot’s surface area still acts as a net, catching most missiles and bullets such as from a Thunder, because of its wide AOE (area of effect) at ranges 100 meters or more. Splash damage weapons such as the Tulumbases are also very effective at hitting such a large target. Due to these, Lancelot must make full use of its Rush Mode, moving between cover and escaping harm’s way.

Lancelots are most commonly seen from Gold League and above, and remain common all the way until and including Champion League, where they are still common (but less so than before) despite the meta changing.

Possible Setups

These are effective setups for the Lancelot:

Note: When "Opt." is next to a slot type, it refers to one of the multiple options that can be used in combination with the other weapon(s) slot type(s).

Each slot type is filled with only one particular weapon. For example, if a robot has 3 light all three of those slots are filled with Pinatas, as mixing weapons of the same slot type is not advisable.

Close Range (350m or less)

Slot Types 

Medium Slot

(Opt. 1) 

Medium Slot

(Opt. 2) 

Heavy Slot 

#Slots 

x2 x2  x1

Name 

Setup 1 

Taran2
Orkan3
Ancile2
Ancilot:
Tarancilot (Opt. 1)
Orkancilot (Opt. 2)

Setup 2 

Storm2
Orkan3
Thunder2
Shotgun (Opt. 1)
Setup 3 
Taran2
23F2D047-1657-4DEA-8102-899C3E88D05D
Plasma Death Button

Setup 4 

Taran2
Orkan3
Ember2



Mid-Range (500-600m)

Slot Types 

Medium Slot

(Opt. 1) 

Medium Slot

(Opt. 2) 

Medium Slot

(Opt. 3) 

Heavy Slot 

#Slots 

x2 x2  x2 x1

Setup 1 

Scourge
Ion3
Shocktrain4
Zeus3

Setup 2 

Scourge
Ion3
Dragoon3


Long Range (800-1,100m)

Slot Types 

Medium Slot 

Heavy Slot 

#Slots 

x2 x1 Name ↓ 

Setup 1 

MolotT2
Tempest4
Gunship


Overview

The Lancelot is best used as a close-range brawler, and is extremely effective in that role. The use of the Ancile shield grants it extra protection against rockets (which it is vulnerable to) whilst its 3 physical shields grant it frontal protection from plasma weapons. Although it still performs relatively well as a mid-long range setup, it is significantly less effective in that role, which is why there are less recommended setups.

Update History

Update 2.9.0

  • New skin

Update 2.4.0

  • New skins

Trivia

  • Lancelot, Galahad and Gareth have been officially dubbed The Knights of Camelot.
  • Unofficially, they are known as the BritBots.
  • Due to its large size, Lancelot has been unofficially dubbed “Chubby” or “Chubs” by Youtuber Adrian Chong, and subsequently, by the entire community.
  • The Lancelot is one of six robots to have a built-in physical shield, the other five being the Rhino, Raijin, Galahad, Bulgasari, and Gareth.
  • The Lancelot is one of the two robots with a built-in physical shield that is not affected by an ability. The other is the Bulgasari.
  • Contrary to popular belief, only one of the three shields will protect the Lancelot in most cases, as it is located at the centre of the bot - where weapons hit it.
  • Because of its huge size, the Lancelot is surprisingly vulnerable to enemy Punishers and Thunders, as these have a wide cone of fire that hits the bot in its unprotected areas.
  • A Lancelot equipped with an Ancile shield is sometimes called an Ancilot.
  • A Lancelot equipped with 2 Tarans and an Ancile is sometimes called a Tarancilot.
  • A Lancelot equipped with 2 Orkans and an Ancile is sometimes called an Orkancilot.
  • When rushing, this robot performs an animation on the back, with two thrusters firing at the rear of this robot.
  • This robot is tied with the Rhino for being the slowest heavy robot when not rushing, but it can use its Rush ability to increase its speed to 50 kph for a limited time, allowing it to become the second fastest Heavy robot.
  • This bot has three separate shields, so it is recommended to shoot only one shield to break it fast as possible and damage the robot.
  • Most likely named after Sir Lancelot (Sir Lancelot du Lac), one of the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend.
Sir-Lancelot-Adam-Ardrey-Sir-William-Marshal-Middle-Ages-Greatest-Knight-King-Henry-Richard-John

Possible protagonist for Lancelot








Upgrades

Level Cost (Ag) Health Shield Speed (km/h) Time
1 5,000 Au 86,000 52,000 x3 23
2 20,000 Ag 92,000 55,000 x3 24 5 minutes
3 50,000 98,000 59,000 x3 25 1 hour
4 100,000 104,000 62,000 x3 26 4 hours
5 200,000 111,000 67,000 x3 26 10 hours
6 500,000 118,000 71,000 x3 27 20 hours
7 1,000,000 125,000 75,000 x3 28 1 day 8 hours 46 minutes 40 seconds
8 2,000,000 133,000 80,000 x3 29 1 day 22 hours
9 5,000,000 141,000 85,000 x3 30 2 days 9 hours
10 7,000,000 150,000 90,000 x3 30 2 days 21 hours
11 15,000,000 160,000 96,000 x3 30 4 days 14 hours
12 24,000,000 170,000 102,000 x3 30 5 days 10 hours
Totals 54,800,700 +84,000 +50,000 x3 +7 19 days 23 hours 27 minutes 40 seconds