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The Legends Behind the Korean Dash Bots

Written by: Astariel

The enemy robot you were carefully aiming at suddenly slides across the screen and you end up discharging your rockets into the ground where the robot had stood a second ago. You check your WiFi connection and sigh with frustration when you realise you’re not experiencing a lag, but facing a dash bot.

Apart from their annoying abilities and dashing looks (pun intended), the mysterious Korean bots are a curious bunch.

Kumiho, Haechi, Bulgasari…what do these names mean in Korean anyway? Why are they coloured so? What is all that talk about justice and steamed rice on the information popup…?

To satisfy your curiosity, I proudly present you the original Korean folklores behind these wonderful beasts that became the bane of the battlefield in War Robots.

Kumiho (Ku-Mee-Ho) – the Nine-Tailed Fox



The Nine-Tailed Fox makes a common appearance in East Asian folklore. In China and Japan, the Nine-Tailed Fox is generally considered an evil monster that can transform into a beautiful woman to seduce men and eat their liver. However, Koreans viewed the Nine-Tailed Fox to be a rather harmless creature of great wisdom and magic, who likes to prank the occasional woodcutter with her powers.

A popular Korean folktale tells a sad love story of a Nine-Tailed Fox who fell in love with a human. The Fox used her magical powers to transform into a beautiful woman and got married to him. If she could live together with him for a hundred days without being found out that she is a fox, she could turn into a real human. Unfortunately, the husband became suspicious of his wife’s odd behaviours, such as craving raw meat and fearing hunting dogs. On the 99th day the husband could stand the suspense no longer and threatened the wife to reveal her true form, at which she was forced to comply. Heartbroken and her dream shattered, the Nine-Tailed Fox left her astonished lover and fled deep into the mountains, never to be seen again.

Haechi (Heh-Chee) – the Guardian of Justice



Body like a lion, covered in scales, a pair of all-seeing eyes glare out from its horned head. This mythical beast roams the marshlands in Summer and dwells deep within pine forests during Winter. Haechi, also read as Haetae (Heh-Teh), means ‘crouching and glaring beast that deals justice with its horn’.

When Haechi spots an act of crime it will swiftly descend upon the scene and gore the evildoer with its horn. If the crime is deemed unforgivable, Haechi will then proceed to eat the sinner up. This fearsome Guardian of Justice was embroidered onto judge’s clothes in ancient Korea, and believed to help guide the wearer’s judgement to be righteous and fair. Stone statues of the beast still stand in front of the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office and the National Assembly Building in South Korea. Haechi is an official symbol of Seoul, the capital city of South Korea.

Bulgasari (Bull-Gah-Sah-Ree) – the Steamed Rice Monster



Bulgasari is a Korean monster with the body of a bear, nose of an elephant, rhinoceros’s eyes, tiger’s feet, and bull’s tail. Its teeth are like a saw, and the fur on its tough hide is made of needles. Females are usually found with striped pattern on the body.

It is widely believed that a Buddhist monk made this creature with leftover steamed rice, as a gift to an old couple for donating some food to him. He also left a curious message: “bulgasari-hwagasal” which means ‘cannot be killed, but can be killed with fire’. The rice monster was tiny and adorable at first. The old couple raised it with much love and fed it small items made of iron, as it would eat nothing else. The monster grew rapidly, however, and soon moved on from eating needles to devouring pots, hammers, and sickles. After the beast emptied the old couple’s house of metal objects, it ran away and proceeded to consume all things metal in its path. Eventually the king was made aware of this problematic fiend, and deployed his powerful soldiers heavily armed with deadly weapons. However, the thick hide of the monster was impenetrable. To the great horror of the soldiers, the monster happily ate up all the arrows, spears and swords used against it – and grew even larger. People started calling the monster Bulgasari – meaning ‘cannot be killed’. At last the old couple remembered the monk’s parting words, and set fire to the monster. Ablaze, the beast vomited all the metal objects it had consumed then disappeared into thin air. The king was pleased at the elimination of this troublesome monster, and rewarded the old couple handsomely.

Action Alert

Squad Leader standing by

Written by: Psy5, Aurora Tolero

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership lately. I have a very busy life with lots of responsibilities. I take leadership roles very seriously so I tend to be reluctant to take on any sort of responsibilities that I don’t have to…after all, I play War Robots for fun so why add a ‘work’ component to it?

Well, as the 6 pack leagues arrived I decided to step up and start coordinating. Since it was focused on a small enough task, I thought this is a place I could help. I do not regret it!

I wanted to write about my experience in the hope that other people will join me in playing 6-pack or might take some leadership responsibilities in our community.


A little bit of context always helps, so just in case you don’t know, there is a monthly tournament where teams can register and compete with 6 pack rules. i.e. all bots and weapons at lvl6, no components, 3 out of 5 elimination rounds. It levels the playing field so that money can’t buy you a victory. It is a fair play, competitive tournament… For fun!


Yes, being team captain for 6 pack is a leadership role, just not a big one. But it requires you to bring people together, coordinate, negotiate, make decisions and sometimes tough calls. I do consider that team Captain does not necessarily mean you have to also be the best player or best tactician, just that you bring the right people together at the right time.

Squad Leader:

I think the key to success in the game is communication, live on voice. But in order for a squad to be effective, you need a good leader, someone who can read a field and call the shots. I think this is where the real challenge is. When you are on the battlefield, you need to make quick decisions about where to take the battle, what tactic to take and what bots to take with you.


A good Squad Leader makes a huge difference, but it is not all. A good team needs to work well together, be well coordinated, have the right robot combinations to work well together, and other factors, it is a very complex thing to get right. It needs to take into account player skill, player style, favorite robots and not to be under-estimated, personality. Let’s face it, we’re all human, we’re all quirky, but you need a team that plays well together!


I cannot overstate the importance of this! Good communication is the key to victory. There are things that your squad mates need to know and there are things that are just noise. Call out important information, “I’m going to capture beacon D”, “I need help wit h this one”, “I’m about to die and lose position, someone needs to take over”.

Tactical and strategy:

We all know this game. It is a real live action strategy and tactical game of skill. Decisions like hanger choices and knowledge of the map matters, a lot! But I’m actually not going to spend too much time on this other than to say that 6 pack has a different META-GAME than the regular game.


Nothing beats experience! Play the game, play with your squad mates, learn how they play, learn the maps, learns the robots, learn ranges etc.


Ultimately, squadding is about people. Get to know your people, what their play styles are, whom they get along with, who do not, why…see what works and what does not and make adjustments.

Setting yourself up for success:

If the objective is to win, you have to do your best and make calls needed to set yourself up for success. Be thoughtful about what would help the team and what would hinder it, and steer your team in the right direction.

The whole experience brought me closer to a whole new group of amazing people (you know who you are!), and I recommend it to anyone wanting to both help the community and learn a bit about leadership along the way.

War Robots 6 pack needs you!

Psy5,  Aurora Nova group, Red Squadron team Captain in 6 pack tournaments


November 2017 Member of the Month – Optimus Mime

Written by: Dr. Where y’at?

Aurora Nova’s November 2017 Member of the Month is Optimus Mime, from Aurora Audax.  He was selected from eight nominees by a democratic vote of the clan membership.  OM’s positive presence on Discord and solid game play are well known, so the Ordo Literarum inquired about the man behind the tattooed avatar …


The thing you hate most in War Robots is …

I hate it when experienced pilots kill me with Stalkers. It’s a very public, embarrassing execution.  And those things are ugly, too.  I hope they develop a robot that can step on Stalkers.


Who is Optimus Mime in real life?  

My name is Jameson. I’m a second grade teacher in Hawaii. I’m pretty provincial, having never been outside of Hawaii …  but since it seems to be an international destination, I figured that I’m ok for the time being.


Who is the guy in the avatar? He looks a little like Manny Pacquiao.

I’m slowly exploring my cultural heritage. My avatar is a pre-colonial Filipino man. Getting Tattoos were rites of passage – you could only get a tattoo for taking an enemy scalp. I have some of those tattoos but I haven’t paid the scalp price.  Plus, it might be a little narcissistic to put a picture of my shirtless self on Discord.  My tattoos are a documentation of my life.  I sometimes secretly wish that my career path had led to something in nautical piracy, and tattoos are almost a uniform for that sort of thing.


Why do you like video games?

I have always loved giant robots, and video games are one avenue in which I can safely vent any aggression. War Robots is a very happy marriage of those two things.


It is horrible to live in Hawaii, I’m told.  You undoubtedly agree.

Sorry, no.  You surf until you can’t, then watch the sunset from the ocean.




6-Pack Fight Club

Written by: OptimusMime

The Dream

We want to blow **** up.

‘We’ are tired, instant-ramen eating students, overwhelmed by an impossible load of coursework.  We are mothers, attempting to sneak in a single game on the toilet between board meetings.  We are fathers playing with bleary eyes; dynamic, marble-eating progeny tucked in tight. We are professionals and artists and veterans and dreamers who journey nightly to the virtual shores of War Robots because we want to abscond from real life and blow **** up.  We want to blow **** up, hard.  This simple dream of ours has become just that–a faraway dream.


The Problem

The gulf between the haves and the have-nots widens rapidly as Pixonic persists in its relentless release of increasingly nuclear-like component weapons and robots.  The average player is unlikely to be in possession of dashbots, Shocktrains, or Scourges. The average player in ownership of the aforementioned items have probably purchased them with hard-earned, sweaty little piles of workshop points/gold, ground out in countless matches–thumbs bleeding, as their personal lives and hygiene deteriorated.  My first experience with a Shocktrain was a flash of light, then sudden, bewildering death.  The first death occurred as red spawn-raided my squad, so several more flashy blinks deaths followed and rapid succession.  I was less of a contender than an indiscreet fart in the wind!  Can I get an ‘amen’?  Aside from the weapons, we are besieged by tankers, clubbers, and bears, oh my!


The Solution – Fight Club

Lace your shoes and wrap your hands. The 6-pack fight-club scene is a throwback to more primeival time when skills, grit, and straight-thuggery were the bywords of the day. You can kill anything, in anything. Dust off ye olde Golems, Vityazes, and Natashas that elevated you to the gold league.  The level-6 cap on all weapons and bots is the great equalizer–Silvers are grinding facefuls of Orkans into Champs, Champs are polishing their beloved Punisher Griffs, and squadding across the whole Aurora Nation is now possible.

There is no whale or nOOb (well, there are still nOObs), just tasteful trash-talking and skill. If you cannot or do not have either of these things, you will acquire them quickly. Let’s take our game back! Let’s raise our collective middle fingers to money making schemes and play this game the way our ancestors meant us. See you in Fight Club.


Additional Notes:
There is an official 6-pack tournament held by Rockwelder with both an Aurora iOs and Aurora Android presence. There is a monthly season, with end-of-the-year prizes. Those who wish to join the Android team should express their interest with a picture of their 6-pack hangar on the Android Tourney League Page, or contact Razor3642. iOs players can contact ATC-MOMO or express interest in Blackjade’s Lounge discord: Otherwise, just give a shout-out in the #iossquadfinding channel.




Aurora Nova Welcomes the Android Army


Written by: Dr. Where y’at?

The “Ândroid Ârmy”, a close-knit group of game-loving troublemakers, has joined the Aurora Nova family of clans.  The new chapter is “Aurora Âstra”.


“The transition happened smoothly and quickly and the welcome we have received has been fantastic,” reports Nemesis, clan officer. “It has opened a whole new set of exciting possibilities for our chapter and has already widened our friendship group dramatically.”


Nemesis added: “Tempest has been the driving force for the most part, which has kept us together as a close group of friends from Europe and the States, the core of whom started as simulator combat plane pilots, but we have also collected new members as we have travelled.”


The Ârmy isn’t new – years ago, the group completed beta testing and participated in the launch of Fighterwing 2, a combat flight simulator.  Small at first, FW2 became more popular and the Ârmy began communicating with in-game radio.  A free forum was introduced, which clan leader Tempest moderated.


“We had competitive factions but for the most part it became a more or less friendly place to chat about the game,” said Nemesis.  “We arranged competitions and themed battles; we were in frequent contact with the developer, who occasionally battled with us.”


The Ârmy decided to attack the common problem of trolls and hackers, forming a secret squadron called ‘The Wraith‘. The mission of this secret society was to have some fun trolling the trolls.  The Wraith conducted synchronised sweeping raids through the various battle rooms, having a laugh, causing mayhem and giving the hackers and trolls a taste of their own.  Nemesis has intimated that “a few” of The Wraith remain within Âstra, but declined to reveal their identities.


The Ârmy’s core group was regularly communicating by email, with some having met face to face.  They decided to explore other android games together.  Once they had established that War Robots was their new home, Tempest formed the Ândroid Ârmy and created an own private discord channel, which allowed a more convenient means of communication.


“We are proud to be members of the Aurora Nova clan whilst still being able to retain our individuality and maintain our identity as a group of friends from different walks of life from around the world,” said Nemesis.