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Help Wanted | 0. HISTORY -5/3/09: I'm starting to write it now. How exciting. -5/14/09: Submitted the original version. -5/15/09: Accepted! Yay! -5/16/09: Minor changes, and added the list of sites with my permission to use this FAQ. 1. TERMINOLOGY When describing the attributes of different bots, there are several terms I'll be using. Here's a brief description of them: -Bot Stats Turbo Length: The relative amount of time a bot can sustain a turbo boost before overheating. Turbo Power: How effective the turbo is. Speed: um... speed. Acceleration: How well a bot is at starting from a standstill. Width: How wide a bot is. This mainly affects how well a bot can do tree runs, but also can affect how good a bot is at bot smashes (see below). Grip: How well the bot grips the ground. This affects its handling. -Stars (For these, I'll only go over the areas where bots differ in strength) Air: Stars awarded for length of time spent in the air. Maximum is 5 per cycle, but there can be more stars if you are in the air for long enough. Air spins: Stars awarded for amount of spins in the air. Per cycle: 1 spin: 1 star 2 spins: 3 stars 3+ spins: 5 stars Drift: Stars awarded for amount of time spent drifting. Maximum is 5. Bot Smashes: Awarded for how hard and fast you smash into another bot. Maximum is 5. Tree Runs: Awarded for going through trees without hitting them. Maximum is 5, but you can often string together multiple tree runs. Red Bar: A bar that you swing around ten times, which gives you a big boost if done correctly. Maximum is 10. -Paint Jobs Each bot comes with two unique paint jobs. One of these will be unlocked from the start, and is usually connected with what color the real animal is (for example, the Ladybug is red). The other one is a special design paint job that is usually crazy. The Ladybug has little hearts instead of white dots, for example. These are very tough to unlock, and take a long time to do so. Otherwise, each of the bots has other, non unique colors that either is unlocked from the start, or must be bought. These colors are: Midnight Blue Lemon Yellow Berry Red Forest Green (price: 1,000 stars) Sunset Orange (price: 1,000 stars) Electric Blue (price: 2,500 stars) Speed Green (price: 2,500 stars) Plum Crazy (price: 2,500 stars) Vicious Violet (price: 5,000 stars) Shadow Black (price: 10,000 stars) As of this writing, I haven't bought color for every bot yet, because it costs too much. So, I'll use our model, Vanna White- err, the Frog, to show these colors. Also, for each bot, I'll post its starting and special paint jobs. Once I do get every paint job, I'll post them all. If there is any specific paint job you want to see, or if you want a better picture (because the bots spin around on the select screen, it was hard to get a clear picture), e-mail me at the address at the bottom of the page. Midnight Blue: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogMidnightBlue.jpg Lemon Yellow: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogLemonYellow.jpg Berry Red: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogBerryRed.jpg Forest Green: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogForestGreen.jpg Sunset Orange: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogSunsetOrange.jpg Electric Blue: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogElectricBlue.jpg Speed Green: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogSpeedGreen.jpg Plum Crazy: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogPlumCrazy.jpg Vicious Violet: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogViciousViolet.jpg Shadow Black: http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogShadowBlack.jpg Note that the paint jobs do not transfer over to other bots. For example, if I buy the forest green paint for the Frog, I'll have to buy it again if I want it for the Beetle. 2. OVERVIEW OF BOT TYPES There are three basic types of bots in the game: Light, Medium, and Heavy. All of them have basic pros and cons attached to them. -Light Lightweight bots are generally good in the air, so they'll get a lot of stars that way. They also do the red bar much faster then other bots. They usually have good handling, too. However, they usually aren't all that fast on the ground. Also, because of their weight, they'll be thrown around a lot in bot smashes. -Medium Mediumweight bots are generally balanced. They're usually pretty good in the air, have average speed, are somewhat fast on red bars, and don't get thrown around a ton in bot smashes. -Heavy Heavyweight bots are generally pretty fast, and crush other in bot smashes (not literally). On the other side, they are generally bad in the air, so they can't get many stars off the ground. They also are very slow at the red bar, taking almost twice as long as the lightweight bots do. 3. Bots! FROG Weight Class: Medium Grip: Medium Starting Paint Job: Frog Yellow http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogYellow.jpg Special Paint Job: Magic Act http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/FrogMagicAct.jpg Turbo Length: 3.5, 11/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.5, 6/20 overall Speed: 6/7 for weight class, 16/20 overall Acceleration: 1/7 for weight class Width: 6/7 for weight class, 15/20 overall The Frog is the first bot on the select screen. It's kind of like the Standard Kart from the Mario Kart series. It's intended to be an all around type of bot, one that's good at everything but not really great at anything. For the most part, this is true. First of all, the Frog has pretty good overall turbo stats. The turbo length is near the middle of the pack, but it has one of the better turbo powers. This makes for a decent combo that can work in most situations. However, it's one of the slowest bots available. It's dead last for the medium weight bots, and is 16th out of 20 overall. This is somewhat offset by the above average turbo stats and excellent acceleration, but it isn't completely. This is one of the Frog's biggest downfalls. It's also okay at getting air spins. It does take a bit longer then usual to do red bars, but it isn't that bad. The Frog is also pretty wide. It's the fifth widest medium weight bot, and is 15th out of 20 overall. This makes it an okay bot for bot smashes, but also makes it hard to do tree runs. This can be a big problem on stages with many trees in a small area. The Frog's biggest advantage is also possibly its biggest problem. The Frog is one of, if not the, best at getting drift stars. The drifts seem to last forever, and are easy to start. On the flipside, this also means it is bad at making sharp turns. This means that on certain stages, it is largely ineffective, unless you start your turns very early. One that comes to mind is Gold Scotland, especially with the tight left turn onto the bridge thing towards the end. MY RATING: 7.5/10 --- BEETLE Weight Class: Medium Grip: Medium Starting Paint Job: Beetle Black http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/BeetleBlack.jpg Special Paint Job: Armor http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/BeetleArmor.jpg Turbo Length: 4.5, t. 2/20 overall Turbo Power: 2.0, t. 18/20 overall Speed: 5/7 for weight class, 13/20 overall Acceleration: 3/7 for weight class Width: 2/7 for weight class, 5/20 overall Up next, we have the Beetle. Not to be confused with the Volkswagen Beetle, this bot is another somewhat all around bot. It is more eccentric in some stats then the Frog, but overall it's a pretty average bot. The Beetle has one of the best turbo lengths in the game. However, it is balanced out by an equally bad turbo power. This means that while you can turbo for a long time, it won't make much of a difference overall. The Beetle also has below average speed, ranking 13th overall, and 5th in its weight class. Its acceleration is third in its weight class, which is decent. The Beetle is about average for air spins. It doesn't spin terribly fast, but it's good enough, and probably won't cost you a 3x air spin. It's also average at red bars. It does seem slightly faster then the Frog, but it won't make much of a difference. The Beetle has pretty decent handling, so it's good on courses that have sharp turns. The Beetle's best asset is its width. It is one of the more narrow bots in the game, being about half the width of the widest bot in the game. This, combined with its handling, makes it one of the very best bots at tree runs. You'll want to get a lot of stars this way when using the Beetle. However, this is one of the only areas where it excels. It's really an average bot overall. MY RATING: 7/10 --- LADYBUG Weight Class: Light Grip: Medium Starting Paint Job: Ladybug Red http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/LadybugRed.jpg Special Paint Job: Hearts http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/LadybugHearts.jpg Turbo Length: 4.0, t. 7/20 overall Turbo Power: 2.5, 17/20 overall Speed: 7/7 for weight class, 20/20 overall Acceleration: 5/7 for weight class Width: 2/7 for weight class, 2/20 overall The Ladybug is not really my favorite bot. It has only one real advantage to using it, but has several disadvantages to it. It just isn't balanced out. The Ladybug has an above average turbo length. It is 4.0 out of 5, making it 7th overall. However, the Ladybug has just a 2.5 turbo power, which is one of the worst in the game. It's just like the Beetle, only worse, because the turbo doesn't last as long. To make matters worse, it is also the flat out slowest bot in the game. Add these factors together, and you get a bot that struggles to be in first nearly every time. Its acceleration isn't great either. The Ladybug is at least good at air spins. It is fairly fast at them, and will get 3x spins pretty commonly. It's okay at the red bar too, but it seems to be one of the slowest for the lightweight bots. Like the Beetle, the Ladybug has good handling too. It isn't amazing, but at least it helps lighten the speed issue. If there's one thing the Ladybug is good at, it's tree runs. The Ladybug is the second narrowest bot out of all, and isn't too far away from first. Combined with its handling, the Ladybug is one of the better bots in the game for tree runs. This doesn't effectively counteract its shortcomings however, and shouldn't be used very often. MY RATING: 6/10 --- BAT Weight Class: Light Grip: High Starting Paint Job: Bat Purple http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/BatPurple.jpg Special Paint Job: Dracula http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/BatVampire.jpg Turbo Length: 4.0, t. 7/20 overall Turbo Power: 4.5, t. 2/20 overall Speed: 4/7 for weight class, 14/20 overall Acceleration: 4/7 for weight class Width: 7/7 for weight class, 19/20 overall The Bat is a good bot. The Bat bot is a good bot. The Bot that is a Bat is a good Bat Bot. Anyway, yeah. It's really good. There's a reason that you see it on Wi-Fi so much. The Bat has a good turbo length. It's seventh best overall, with a 4.0 (unlike my GPA). Normally, when a bot has one good turbo stat, the other is not so good. However, here the turbo power is even better than the turbo length, with a 4.5. This makes the Bat hands down the best bot at turbo. Its normal speed is surprisingly not so great, with it being 14th in the game. Its acceleration is pretty average, but you should use a long turbo boost at the beginning to get ahead of the pack. The Bat gets a lot of air, too. It's one of the very best at air spins, and you can even sometimes get two 3x air spins on the same jump. The Bat also is fast at the red bar, but seems slightly slower then some other lightweight bots. It isn't a big deal, though. The Bat, in addition to everything else, has some of the best handling around. This gives it improved performance on many of the tracks, as if it wasn't good enough. Of course, the Bat has to be bad at something. That something is tree runs. Because of its wingspan, the Bat is the second widest bot in the game. It's very hard to get tree runs with it, so you should stay on the road as much as you can. The wings do make it good at the butterfly rescues, though. Overall, the Bat is one of the best all around bots, and I have to recommend it. MY RATING: 9/10 --- TURTLE Weight Class: Heavy Grip: Low Starting Paint Job: Turtle Blue http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/TurtleBlue.jpg Special Paint Job: Cowboy http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/TurtleCowboy.jpg Turbo Length: 5.0, t. 1/20 overall Turbo Power: 1.5, 20/20 overall Speed: 6/6 for weight class, 15/20 overall Acceleration: 3/6 for weight class Width: 4/6 for weight class, 14/20 overall The Turtle. Oh god, the Turtle. This is, in my opinion, the absolute worst bot in the game. It does a lot wrong, little right, and overall just plain stinks. The Turtle does have the very best turbo length in the game, a perfect 5 out of 5. However, the positives of this bot end here. It has the worst turbo power in the game, at just a 1.5. It's like the Ladybug again, but even worse because the turbo does so little. So go ahead, use turbo all you want, just don't expect it to do anything. It's also one of the slower bots, clocking in at 15th out of 20. Its acceleration is around the middle of the pack, though. The Turtle gets very little air. It is also horrendous at air spins. I'd have to say that it's the very worst in the game. It takes a million years to complete one spin, and an additional million to start another one. In addition, it takes another eternity to do the red bar. To top it off, it also has very bad handling. It isn't like the frog, where you can at least get lots of drifts. No, it's so bad that it's hard to take even not so sharp turns. Ugh. Do you want more Turtle suckage? (No, not in that way.) Well, here's some. It's wide. Yeah, it can't even do tree runs well. And here's more. It's notably bad at butterfly rescues. It doesn't stay in the air too long, and it's not easy to control. Overall, the Turtle just plain sucks. Stick to other heavyweight bots. MY RATING: 3/10 --- GRASSHOPPER Weight Class: Heavy Grip: Low Starting Paint Job: Grasshopper Green http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/GrasshopperGreen.jpg Special Paint Job: Cow http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/GrasshopperCow.jpg Turbo Length: 3.0, t. 14/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.0, t. 11/20 overall Speed: 1/6 for weight class, 3/20 overall Acceleration: 2/6 for weight class Width: 6/6 for weight class, 20/20 overall I like the Grasshopper. It's pretty fast, accelerates well, and has decent handling. It's not perfect, but it's a decent bot for most courses. The Grasshopper has okay turbo stats. Its turbo length is 3.0/5, which puts it in 14th overall. It also has a turbo power of 3.0, which is eleventh best. However, the Grasshopper does have the third best speed in the game. The combination of these three factors makes it one of the faster bots on the track, usually. It even has good acceleration, which can give you an edge if you crash. The Grasshopper gets decent air. It stays up for a while, and is a bit above average at air spins. It's nothing amazing, but it's good enough. It also has good handling. Unfortunately, it does take a pretty long time to do the red bar. It's not quite as bad as the Turtle, but you'll often find yourself dropping a place or two on the red bar. By far, the Grasshopper's biggest weakness is its width. It just isn't that great at tree runs. It's the widest bot in the entire game. It's really annoying when the very edge of the bot slams into a tree, but here it's practically the whole thing. It is somewhat balanced out by the good handling, but it's still an issue. This is its only real weakness however, and I would lean towards recommending it. MY RATING: 7.5/10 --- The rest of the bots in the game must be either unlocked or purchased. MOUSE Weight Class: Light Grip: Medium Starting Paint Job: Mouse Gray http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/MouseGray.jpg Special Paint Job: Ballerina http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/MouseBallerina.jpg How to Unlock: Pay 2,500 Stars Turbo Length: 2.0, 19/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.0, t. 11/20 overall Speed: 3/7 for weight class, 12/20 overall Acceleration: 7/7 for weight class Width: 3/7 for weight class, 4/20 overall The Mouse isn't all that great. Sure, it does have some advantages, but they don't make up for the many problems with the Mouse. It isn't the worst, but it certainly isn't the best. The Mouse has terrible turbo length. At just 2.0, it's the second worst in the game. The Mouse's turbo power, a 3.0, is average, but it won't last for long. Its speed is also slightly below average, as it's the 12th best. The Mouse's acceleration is one of the worst in the game, as it's last in its weight class. The Mouse really shines in the air. It can hang in the air for a long time, and is really good at air spins. I'd say it's in the top 5 in that category. The handling for the Mouse is also pretty good, giving you a chance on courses with lots of tight turns. It's also very fast at the red bar, slightly faster then the Bat. The Mouse also is very narrow. It's the fourth narrowest bot in the game. It isn't as narrow as some of the other lightweight bots like the Ladybug, but it still does well in that area. Go for lots of tree runs with the Mouse. The biggest real problem with the Mouse is just its overall speed and turbo. It's just not that good. At least with the Turtle, it lasts for a long time. Here, it's just blah. Overall, I don't really like the Mouse. It's okay, but you'll need to get lots of stars from places other then the first place bonuses. MY RATING: 7/10 --- MANTIS Weight Class: Heavy Grip: High Starting Paint Job: Mantis Green http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/MantisGreen.jpg Special Paint Job: Space Mantis http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/MantisSpaceMantis.jpg How to Unlock: Pay 2,500 Stars Turbo Length: 3.0, t. 14/20 overall Turbo Power: 4.0, t. 4/20 overall Speed: 1/6 for weight class, 2/20 overall Acceleration: 1/6 for weight class Width: 4/6 for weight class, 13/20 overall The Mantis isn't a terrible bot. It certainly isn't the best, but it can win you a few races. And while it does have one big problem, the other advantages it has more then make up for it, in my opinion. The Mantis has some of the best all around speed in the game. Its turbo length is a 3.0, which isn't too great. It isn't horrible, though. However, its turbo power is a 4.0, which is one of the best in the game. To top it off, it has the second best normal speed in the game. These all come together to make a very fast bot. Even more, it has a very good acceleration stat, too. The Mantis is fairly forgettable in the air. It isn't bad, but isn't great. Its air spins are also average. It's decent at the red bar, faster then most of the heavyweight bots. It obviously isn't as fast as the lightweight bots, but it's still a bit above average. It isn't too great at tree runs, though. Now, for the real problem with the Mantis: It has dreadful handling. It's one of, if not the, worst bots in that category. Also, it's not like the Frog, where you can rack up drift stars. It just can't take many big turns at all. It's probably worse than the Turtle in that regard. However, if you can manage to get past this, it's a pretty good bot. Not the best, but not bad either. MY RATING: 7.5/10 --- HUMMINGBIRD Weight Class: Light Grip: High Starting Paint Job: Hummingbird Violet http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/HummingbirdViolet.jpg Special Paint Job: Pilot http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/HummingbirdPilot.jpg How to Unlock: Pay 2,500 Stars Turbo Length: 2.5, t. 17/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.5, t. 6/20 overall Speed: 5/7 for weight class, 18/20 overall Acceleration: 1/7 for weight class Width: 4/7 for weight class, 7/20 overall The Hummingbird is a pretty good bot, in my opinion. While it does have some weaknesses, there are other positives that balance them out. The Hummingbird is pretty slow. It has one of the worst turbo lengths, at a 2.5. The turbo power, a 3.5, is pretty good, but not amazing. Unfortunately, the speed for the hummingbird is also ranked 17th, so it really won't finish in first place (time wise) in a lot of races. It's like the Mouse in that regard, except not quite as bad. This is because it has very good acceleration, the best of the lightweights. That's saying a lot. The Hummingbird does the red bar pretty well. It's not as quick as the Mouse, but it will still gain you a place or two pretty often. It's still one of the better in that area. It's also good at tree runs, partly due to its width, which is the seventh best. This might not seem like the most positive review in the world, but now it'll get much more so. The Hummingbird absolutely owns the air. It gets air like there's no tomorrow. It's also amazing at air spins. The Hummingbird is hands down the best bot in the air. It also has some amazing handling. Again, it's one of the best in the game for that. So, even though the Hummingbird is pretty slow, unlike the Mouse, it is completely made up for in other regards. That's why I think the Hummingbird is so good. MY RATING: 8/10 --- CENTIPEDE Weight Class: Heavy Grip: Medium Starting Paint Job: Centipede Yellow http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/CentipedeYellow.jpg Special Paint Job: Dragon http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/CentipedeDragon.jpg How to Unlock: Pay 5,000 Stars Turbo Length: 4.0, t. 7/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.5, t. 6/20 overall Speed: 4/6 for weight class, 6/20 overall Acceleration: 5/6 for weight class Width: 3/6 for weight class, 12/20 overall The Centipede is another bot that I like. There's a lot going for it, and it doesn't have too many major weaknesses. It's another good choice for a bot. The Centipede is pretty fast. It has a good turbo length, at 4.0 out of 5. The turbo power is a 3.5, which is sixth best. This makes it one of the more balanced bots for turbos. It's also the sixth fastest bot in the game. All of this means that you'll often blaze by the competition with the Centipede. The acceleration isn't that good, but it's still okay. The Centipede is okay in the air. It stays in the air for an average amount of time, and it does air spins at an average speed. Unfortunately, the Centipede is slow on the red bar. It takes about as long as the Turtle does, so you'll often have to play catch up after the bars. It's not great at tree runs either, but it's passable. The Centipede's biggest problem, and also a big asset, is its handling. It's really not that great, and it can't corner well. Luckily, like the Frog, this means that you'll get lots of drift stars. It's not quite as good as the Frog here though, so don't expect those kinds of star amounts. Overall though, it's a pretty good bot. I'd recommend it. MY RATING: 8/10 --- SPIDER Weight Class: Medium Grip: High Starting Paint Job: Spider Purple http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/SpiderPurple.jpg Special Paint Job: Punk Rocker http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/SpiderPunkRocker.jpg How to Unlock: Pay 5,000 stars Turbo Length: 3.0, t. 14/20 overall Turbo Power: 4.5, t. 2/20 overall Speed: 1/7 for weight class, 1/20 overall Acceleration: 4/7 for weight class Width: 5/7 for weight class, 17/20 overall I love the Spider. It's great at almost everything, but it isn't really terrible at anything. This makes the Spider a force to be reckoned with. I wouldn't want to face one of these guys. The Spider doesn't have that great turbo length. It's a 3.0, which makes it ranked 14th in the game. However, it has a great turbo power of 4.5, which is the second best in the game. On top of that, it has the flat out fastest speed out of every bot. This bot can, and often will, leave its competition in the dust. Its acceleration is average, but overall the Spider is a speed demon. The Spider is decent in the air. It's better then most other Mediumweight bots, and it's pretty good at getting air spins, too. It's not the greatest at it, but it's probably in the top eight or so in that category. It's pretty average at red bars, but it still does seem to be faster then some other Mediumweight bots. The Spider handles fairly well. It's better at taking tight turns then the Frog, but not enough so as to get a large amount of drift stars. However, the Spider is pretty bad at tree runs, since it is one of the widest bots in the game. It's made somewhat better with the decent handling, but it is the Spider's only real bad point. The Spider is arguably the best bot in the game, and it's recommended for pretty much every course in the game. MY RATING: 9/10 --- CRAB Weight Class: Heavy Grip: High Starting Paint Job: Crab Red http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/CrabRed.jpg Special Paint Job: Boxer http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/CrabBoxer.jpg How to Unlock: Pay 10,000 Stars Turbo Length: 4.5, t. 3/20 overall Turbo Power: 2.0, t. 18/20 overall Speed: 3/6 for weight class, 4/20 overall Acceleration: 6/6 for weight class Width: 1/6 for weight class, 6/20 overall The Crab is an okay bot. It is pretty average in most areas, but it doesn't really add up to anything special. It's not really a bot that you'll want to use too often. The Crab has pretty good speed. It has some great turbo length. It's 4.5, which is the third best in the game. However, again like the Beetle, the Crab only has a 2.0 turbo power, which is very bad. In fact, the entire Crab is kind of like a heavyweight version of the Beetle. For speed, the Crab is really good. It's fourth best in the game. Acceleration wise, the Crab just fails. Fails worse than Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. Well, maybe not that bad. The Crab isn't too amazing in the air, however. It is pretty good at air spins. It's very fast for a heavyweight. However, the Crab doesn't stay in the air for that long. It's definitely in the bottom half of the spectrum there. It is also pretty bad at red bars. It's not the worst heavyweight at them, but it definitely takes a longer time then most other bots do. You can drop a few places on them. It's decent at tree runs. By far, the biggest problem with the Crab is its handling. It just isn't that good. Again, it's not the worst for handling, but it isn't at all good. The biggest problem with the handling is its drifting. Or should I say, its lack of drifting. It is by far the worst overall bot for drifting. It's nearly impossible to get off a Super Drift. The Crab would have been a better bot, but its inability to get drifts makes it much worse. MY RATING: 7/10 --- SCORPION Weight Class: Light Grip: High Starting Paint Job: Scorpion Navy http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/ScorpionNavy.jpg Special Paint Job: Wizard http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/ScorpionWizard.jpg How to Unlock: Super Excite, reach lifetime star requirement, pay 10,000 Stars Turbo Length: 1.0, 20/20 overall Turbo Power: 5.0, 1/20 overall Speed: 1/7 for weight class, 10/20 overall Acceleration: 3/7 for weight class Width: 1/7 for weight class, 1/20 overall The Scorpion is almost the exact opposite of the Turtle. That is a very good thing. It won't always get a ton of stars, but it's still a pretty good bot. The Scorpion has very diverse stats for speed. The turbo length is a measly 1.0, which is the absolute worst in the game. At the same time, the turbo power is a massive 5.0, which is the best in the game. I like this better than the high length-low power type of turbo, because at least you get a lot out of it. The speed is ranked tenth overall. So for speed, it's best, worst, and in the middle. Hm. The acceleration is pretty good, though. It's third for its weight class. The Scorpion can get some great air. It stays up for a pretty long time, and is one of the faster in terms of air spins. It's slower then most of the other lightweight bots, but that isn't necessarily bad. The Scorpion is by far the worst lightweight bot at the red bar. It's obviously faster then the heavy bots, but it's right around the middle overall. As if the speed and air wasn't enough, the Scorpion has pretty good handling. It's not the best of the lightweight bots, but it's still pretty good. You may think that the good handling and narrowest width in the game would make it unstoppable at tree runs, but that's not quite the case. Because its turbo is so fast, it can get out of control pretty quickly if you're doing a tree run. It's still very good at them, but it could be better. All of that said, the Scorpion is one of the better bots in the game. However, only try to use it on stages with lots of water, so you can cool off your turbo. MY RATING: 8/10 --- HORNET Weight Class: Light Grip: Medium Starting Paint Job: Hornet Orange http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/HornetOrange.jpg Special Paint Job: Chicken (yes, somewhere under there is a Hornet) http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/HornetChicken.jpg How to Unlock: Super Excite, reach lifetime star requirement, pay 10,000 Stars Turbo Length: 3.5, t. 11/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.0, t. 11/20 overall Speed: 6/7 for weight class, 19/20 overall Acceleration: 2/7 for weight class Width: 6/7 for weight class, 18/20 overall The Hornet is just... meh. Not bad, not good, there's really not too much to say about it. It just isn't that great. The Hornet is pretty slow. The turbo length is a 3.5, which puts it at 11th in the game. It's average. No more, no less. The turbo power is 3.0, which is also eleventh best. It defines average with its turbo stats. This is where this review starts to get more negative. It's the second slowest bot in the game, only beating out the Ladybug. This drags its speed as a whole to the realms of below average. Its acceleration is pretty good, however. The Hornet has decent handling. It can take corners pretty well, although there are others that can do it far better. It is also good at the red bar, although it's slow for a lightweight bot in that category. It's bad at tree runs, because of its width. The decent handling does help a bit, but not that much. If there's one place where the Hornet is anywhere above average, it would have to be in the air. It does get a great amount of air, and is good at air spins. Not Bat good, but still good. Because of its wings, it's also pretty good at butterfly rescues. All in all however, the Hornet is like the Hummingbird Lite. That's not really a good thing. MY RATING: 6.5/10 --- LOBSTER Weight Class: Medium Grip: High Starting Paint Job: Lobster Red http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/LobsterRed.jpg Special Paint Job: Chef http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/LobsterChef.jpg How to Unlock: Super Excite, reach lifetime rank requirement, pay 10,000 stars Turbo Length: 5.0, t. 1/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.0, t. 11/20 overall Speed: 4/6 for weight class, 9/20 overall Acceleration: 5/7 for weight class Width: 1/7 for weight class, 3/20 overall The Lobster. This is the only bot, in my opinion, that gives the Turtle a run for its money. Sure, those stats might look pretty good, but its problems can't be expressed by numbers. The Lobster does have pretty good overall speed. Its turbo length is a whopping 5.0, which ties it with the Turtle for the best in the game. However, unlike the Turtle, it has a turbo power of 3.0, which is average. Its speed is also average. This does make for a very good combo, unlike the rest of the bot. Its acceleration is below average, but it isn't horrible. The Lobster is not that good at doing the red bar. It's pretty slow, and you can lose a place or two on it. It's definitely the worst for mediumweight bots. Even though it is narrow, it really isn't all that great at tree runs. The reason for this will be explained in the next paragraph. The Lobster's handling is atrocious. It's downright horrible. If you can go one entire race without crashing once while using the Lobster, I salute you. It's so bad, I've crashed almost ten times in just one race before. To top it off, the Lobster is also really bad in the air. It takes a million years to get off one air spin, and it doesn't even stay up for that long. Overall, I have to say that the Lobster is the second worst bot in the game. Stay far, far away. MY RATING: 5/10 --- ANT Weight Class: Medium Grip: Low Starting Paint Job: Ant Brown http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/AntBrown.jpg Special Paint Job: Army Ant http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/AntArmyAnt.jpg How to Unlock: Super Excite, reach lifetime rank requirement, pay 10,000 stars Turbo Length: 4.5, t. 3/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.0, t. 11/20 overall Speed: 3/6 for weight class, 8/20 overall Acceleration: 3/7 for weight class Width: 5/7 for weight class, 11/20 overall The Ant is okay. It doesn't have too many major strengths or weaknesses. There isn't a ton to say about it, really. The Ant has above average turbo. The turbo length is a 4.5, which puts it at third best. The turbo power is a 3.0, which is plain average. Its overall speed is pretty good though; it's the eighth best in the game. The Ant's acceleration is also pretty average, as it's the third best in its weight class. The Ant has pretty good handling. It isn't perfect, but it is good enough. That statement pretty much represents the whole bot, to be honest. It is okay at tree runs. It does have an average width, with slightly above average handling, so it is just average. It's also okay at the red bar. It is great at drifting, though. It's one of the best in the game there. In the air, the Ant is, once again, average. It doesn't get the most air, but it is decent at air spins. It's decent at butterfly rescues, but that isn't really enough to bring the Ant up from the average. Like I mentioned, there isn't a whole lot to talk about for the Ant. It's, as I've said numerous times in this review, average. MY RATING: 7/10 --- ROACH Weight Class: Light Grip: Low Starting Paint Job: Roach Brown http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/RoachRed.jpg Special Paint Job: King http://i629.photobucket.com/albums/uu11/ExciteBotsFAQ/RoachKing.jpg How to Unlock: Super Excite, reach lifetime rank requirement, pay 10,000 stars Turbo Length: 4.0, t. 7/20 overall Turbo Power: 3.5, t. 6/20 overall Speed: 2/7 for weight class, 11/20 overall Acceleration: 6/7 for weight class Width: 5/7 for weight class, 16/20 overall The Roach is a pretty difficult bot to use. It takes a large amount of time to get it "under control". However, once you do, it does make for a pretty good lightweight bot. The Roach has very good all around turbo. Its turbo length is a 4.0, making it the seventh best in the game. The turbo power is a 3.5, which is the sixth best in the game. This makes it a very good bot for turbo, one of the best. It has average speed, clocking in at eleventh best. For acceleration, it's not too great. It's only 6 out of 7 for its weight class. Overall though, the Roach is a pretty good bot in terms of speed. The Roach is very good in the air. Not only will it stay up for a long time, it doesn't take any time to do an air spin. You should easily be able to get a 3x air spin with the Roach. It's also pretty fast on the red bar. It isn't great at tree runs, but oh well. The reason why I said that it's hard to bring it under control in the introduction is because of its sharp handling. It's really good. So good in fact, that it might be a little too sensitive. You definitely will have to get used to not turning the Wii Remote/Wheel too much. This certainly isn't a bad thing, but it does take practice. If you can