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In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a monster with the body of a man and the head and tail of a bull. Due to the Minotaur's monstrous form, King Minos ordered the craftsman, Daedalus, and his son, Icarus, to build a huge maze known as the Labyrinth to house the beast. The Minotaur remained in the Labyrinth receiving annual offerings of youths and maidens to eat. He was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.

The word Minotaur is a compound word consisting of the ancient Greek name "Μίνως" or "Minos" and the noun "ταύρος" or "bull." Thus, the word Minotaur comes to mean "bull of Minos." While, the Minotaur's birth name, Asterion, in ancient Greek "ἀστέριον" means "starry one" which suggests an association with the bull constellation: Taurus.

Minos & The Bull from the Sea

Minos was one of the three sons from the union of Europa and Zeus; when Zeus was took the form of a bull. Europa's husband was the King of Crete, Asterion, who looked over the boys as if they were his own. When Aseterion died, it was unclear which of the three sons should ascend to power. The three sons were Minos, Sarpedon, and Rhadamanthus. It was Minos, whose name in Cretan actually means king, who was fated to be king of Crete even though Minos' ascension to power was a difficult journey because he first had to see off his sibling rivals. Minos, however, had one advantage that his brothers did not. He claimed that he had the support and authority from the gods to rule, and he boasted that he could prove it by praying for whatever he wanted and the gods would make it so. Thus, one day while sacrificing to Poseidon, he prayed that a bull would appear from the depths of the sea. Minos vowed to heaven that he would sacrifice the bull to Poseidon once it appeared. Poseidon, then, produced a magnificent bull from the sea; thus, Minos' claim for power was validated for no one dared to defy the favor of the gods, let alone the mighty Poseidon who ruled over all of the seas. As a result of winning the throne, Minos banished his brothers from Crete. The three brothers would be re-united in afterlife, for after they died they were made judges in the Underworld. It was their task to judge the dead in order to assign where their placement was in the Underworld based upon the merits of their life.

King Minos commanded Daedalus and Icarus to build a grand Labyrinth to house his wife's son: Asterion or Mintauros.

However, King Minos did not fulfill his vow to Poseidon; he kept the majestic bull for himself and sacrificed a different one to the god. Angered by King Minos' disrespect, Poseidon plotted to punish him for his arrogance and hubris. In accordance to some versions of the myth, it is Poseidon who punishes Minos by instilling a passion within the king's wife, Pasiphae, for the bull that came from the sea. However, according to the Roman author Hyginus, it is Venus (Aphrodite) who curses Pasiphae, because the Queen had not shown proper piety to the goddess for some time. The goddess punished her by sending a salacious passion for the majestic bull from the sea. Another version tells how Poseidon, angered by Minos, went to Aphrodite for her help in the matter and she cursed Pasiphae as a favor to Poseidon.

Pasiphae & the Birth of the Minotaur

Queen Pasiphae, plagued by her divinely inflicted desires, sought the help of Daedalus and Icarus. For Pasiphae, Daedalus constructed a wooden cow coated with a real cow hide and placed it upon wheels. Daedalus, then, put Queen Pasiphae inside the structure and wheeled her into the meadow that her beloved bull grazed in. It was there that she met and laid with the bull, since the bull thought the wooden cow was real. It is from this union that the Minotaur was born.

The queen named the beast Asterion (after King Minos' stepfather), which the Cretan people knew to be the Minotaur's true name. Upon seeing the infant, King Minos discovered his wife's bestial affair and as punishment, Minos enslaved Daedalus and Icarus for their parts in the affair, but he left Pasiphae untouched. Pasiphae cared for Asterion and was able to nourish Asterion while he was a bull calf. However, as he grew he became ferocious and monstrous and she was unable to feed or care for him any longer. Asterion was unable to find a suitable source of food, since he was neither man nor beast, and so he started to eat people. In order to hide his wife's disgraceful affair and on the advise of an Oracle, King Minos commanded Daedalus and Icarus to build a grand Labyrinth to house his wife's son: Asterion or Mintauros.

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Death of Androgeos & Athen's Tribute

While the construction of the Labyrinth was underway, King Minos discovered that his only human son, Androgeos, (with Pasiphae) had been killed. Some sources say that he was killed by the Athenians out of jealousy for his skill in the Panathenic Games. A different version of the myth claims that the King of Athens, Aegeus, was angered by Androgeos' victories, and sent him to slay the unconquerable Marathonian Bull. In turn, he was killed by the bull and indirectly by the actions of the Athenians.

Regardless of how, Androgeos was killed and King Minos blamed the Athenians for the death of his only human son and for the destruction of his family line. He sailed against the Athenians and harassed them until they agreed to pay the price for his son's death. King Minos demanded that Athens pay a tribute to Crete of seven maidens and seven youths every nine years. (There is some contradiction in the sources about how often these tribute were made, from every nine years to once a year). These tributes would then be placed in the Labyrinth for the Minotaur to devour. In various sources, the tributes or sacrificial victims were chosen by lot from only the most beautiful men and virginal girls. The Athenians consulted the Oracle of Delphi who instructed the city of Athens to give Minos whatever he demanded. However, according to Catullus, the murder of Androgeos sparked a cruel plague on Athens. It is only when King Aegeus learned that by sending tributes to Crete and obeying Minos' demand that Athens would be saved; he agreed. Reluctantly, the Athenians submitted to Minos' terms and King Minos returned to Crete.

The Death of the Minotaur

Theseus, son of King Aegeus, was said to have volunteered for the third tribute of youths. He boasted to his father and to all of Athens that he would slay the Minotaur. He promised that on the journey home he would raise his white sails if he was victorious or have the crew fly black sails if he failed and were killed. Upon reaching Crete, the daughters of King Minos: Ariadne and Phaedra fell deeply in love with him. Unable to cope with Theseus being eaten by her half-brother the Minotaur, Ariadne went to Daedalus for help. She begged the craftsman to tell her how one could escape from his Labyrinth. Once he had told her, she raced to tell Theseus before he entered the Labyrinth. Following Daedalus' instructions, she handed Theseus a ball of string to help him find his way out of the Labyrinth. Upon entering the Labyrinth, Theseus tied one end of the string to the door and continued into the maze. He found the Minotaur in the furthest corner of the Labyrinth and killed him with the jabs of his fist (or in other accounts, he sneaks in the sword of Aegeus and slays the Minotaur with it). Unlike the Labyrinth's previous victims, Theseus is able to find his way out, because of Ariadne's gift. Theseus simply follows the thread back through the maze to find his way to the doors. He finds and leads the other Athenians out of the maze and quickly sails off to Athens with Ariadne and Phaedra.

The Journey Home

On the journey home, Theseus abandons Ariadne on the island of Naxos and continues to sail to Athens with his intended wife, Phaedra. On Naxos, Ariadne reflects on her actions and naivety of assisting with her brother's murder (the Minotaur) for Theseus, who she thought would marry her. Instead of marrying Theseus, Ariadne is discovered on Naxos by the god, Dionysos, who she ends up marrying. In some versions of this myth, Dionysos appears to Theseus ordering him to abandon Ariadne, because he intends to wed her.

Theseus is overjoyed to be almost home with his new wife Phaedra but absent-mindedly forgets to change the color of his sails from black to white. His father, King Aegeus, seeing the black sails from afar is overcome with grief and kills himself by jumping off a cliff into the sea. It is this act which secures Theseus' place as the new Athenian king and explains the origin name of the Aegean Sea.

Art & Portrayal

The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is seen in a wide array of pottery from antiquity. Most depictions show Theseus in battle with the Minotaur, who usually is in a submissive if not defeated role. It was a popular subject matter for art as the myth itself embodies the basic struggle between the natural and unnatural or the civilized versus the uncivilized, which is a common theme in many Greek artistic representations. There are also several coins from Crete which depict the Labyrinth construction on the reverse side; this suggests that there may be some fact to this myth of the Labyrinth and Minotaur, most likely springing from a combination of the Cretan reverence for bulls and the architectural complexity of their palaces.


Amonkhet's minotaurs have more ovine features than other minotaurs. Their horns curl tightly against the sides of their heads to encircle their ears, and manes of shaggy fur—shorter in females—fall over their broad shoulders. They live along with most other races in Naktamun and prepare for the Trials. Minotaurs believe they hold a unique place among the races of Amonkhet. The khenra can look to Hazoret, the naga to Rhonas, and the aven to Kefnet to see themselves represented among the gods. Humans have no single god to look to, which explains why they demonstrate such variety. But only one god bears a pair of curving horns: the God-Pharaoh himself, who holds a special place for many of the minotaurs of Amonkhet. Δ] They favor magic that manifests as flaming weapons. Ε]

Hurloon Minotaurs [ edit | edit source ]

The minotaurs of Hurloon in the Domains are spiritual people with a love of battle and stories. Ζ] These minotaurs had arrived in North Aerona centuries ago, after being forced from their homelands by the encroaching glaciers. Η] They had traveled south until they encountered an impassable mountain chain where they took shelter in the caves. They live in small tribes, the largest of which lives in the fertile Hurloon Valley. Η] There are racial and religious differences between the Hurloon and the Stahaan minotaurs, which are referred to by the latter as the "Hurloon Heresy". ⎖]

Hurloon minotaurs are more primitive than their Talruum cousins and have a shamanistic religion that revolves around the veneration of the land, though they are less hostile to outsiders than the Talruum. Their best-known ritual is their custom of singing hymns after combat to the memory of the fallen, both theirs and the enemy's. ⎗] Each year, the males hold a dancing and wrestling contest to impress the females and to breed with them. ⎘] They worship heat in two forms: the sun and the hearth-fire. ⎙]

All Hurloon Minotaurs have double names, so while their real names are Skywatcher, Thundersong, Snowbeast, and Moonbeam, they have nicknames like Little Flower Eater, Bean Nudger, Sleeps by Day, and Dropped Six Sticks. A famous Hurloon Minotaur is Eusomoné (a.k.a Sings Two Ways). The nicknames of Tahngarth and Grizzlegom are unknown.

The Hurloon tribe, along with the Talruum, was devastated in the Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria. The survivors of both tribes sent explorers to search for new homelands and other minotaurs who had made it through the apocalypse, and some ended up on the continent of Otaria.

Compared to the minotaurs of Talruum, Hurloon minotaurs have a slightly shaggier pelt, often white or brown. Their warriors sometimes display elaborate facial tattoos and horn-etchings.

Karplusan Minotaurs [ edit | edit source ]

The minotaurs of the Karplusan Mountains in Terisiare were rare and may not have survived the climate changes during and after the Ice Age. They were rare even in the time of the Brothers (though Mishra had seen one in his youth), and by the time of Heidar were little more than beasts.

The Karplusan minotaurs were by far the hairiest of their kind, being covered in thick, shaggy fur to keep them warm in the perpetual winter of the Ice Age.

Mirtiin Minotaurs [ edit | edit source ]

Some of the eleven minotaur clans of the Dominarian domain of Mirtiin are expert crafters and learned philosophers. Others are more primitive. ⎖]

Stahaan Minotaurs [ edit | edit source ]

The domain of Stahaan, the sister nation of Mirtiin, is home to a radical xenophobic nation of minotaurs. Their society is extremely conservative and religious, even more so than Mirtiin. ⎖]

Talruum Minotaurs [ edit | edit source ]

The minotaurs of the Talruum Mountains in Jamuraa are highly aggressive and hostile to outsiders. Their religion involves the worship of Torahn, a violent war-god. The Talruum are famed for their speed and prowess in battle and their distinctive crystal swords they produce many skilled warriors and berserkers. They are also the only minotaurs known to practice wizardry, particularly the magic of illusions. The Talruum are also known for their vanity: They consider other minotaurs, such as the Hurloon, to be ugly savages.

In the wake of the Invasion, the Talruum broke with their traditional xenophobia to search for other surviving minotaurs along with the Hurloon.

Unlike their Hurloon kin, Talruum minotaurs are mostly hairless, like humans, with smooth brown skin. They grow the hair on their heads long and often style it in elaborate braids.

Urhaalan Minotaurs [ edit | edit source ]

A Minotaur community living in the Urhaalan Valley during the Dark Age. ⎚]


In Mythology

Pasiphae nurses the Minotaur

In most myths, there was only one Minotaur, which was the offspring of Minos' white bull and wife Pasiphaë.

Before he ascended the throne of Crete, Minos struggled with his brothers for the right to rule. Minos prayed to Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of approval. He was to sacrifice the bull in Poseidon's name, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. As punishment, Poseidon caused Pasiphaë, Minos' wife, to fall madly in love with the bull from the sea, the "Cretan Bull". She had Daedalus, the famous architect, make a hollow wooden cow for her as a decoy in order to fool the bull. Pasiphaë climbed into the wooden cow and the decoy proved successful. The offspring of their unnatural lovemaking was a monster called the Minotaur.

The Minotaur, as the Greeks imagined him, had the body of a man and the head and tail of a bull. Pasiphaë nursed him in his infancy, but he grew and became ferocious. King Minos, after getting advice from the Oracle at Delphi, ordered Daedalus to construct something to hold the Minotaur underneath Minos' palace (possibly the one in the city of Knossos). Daedalus then built the labyrinth.

It is said that because the king of Athens, Aegeus, had murdered Minos' son Androgeos in jealousy, Minos made Athens send a tribute of seven youths and seven maidens to Crete to feed the Minotaur every nine years.

When Theseus, son of King Aegeus, reached Athens and found out about these sacrifices, he wanted to put a stop to it and volunteered himself to be one of the youths. It was there that he met Minos' daughter Ariadne, who fell in love with the young hero. She promised to provide a way through the labyrinth if he agreed to marry her. When he did, she gave him a ball of thread and told him to fasten it to the entrance and carry it with him - then, once he needs to find his way out, he can just follow the path the thread made. Doing so, Theseus made his way into the labyrinth and found the Minotaur sleeping. He killed the beast with his bare hands and rescued the other youths, following the trail of thread out of the labyrinth.


The Minotaur’s Death

The longer the Minotaur stayed in the mazed Labyrinth, the more it devoured flesh. One hero named Theseus offered to fight the beast. Theseus kept his life on the line by volunteering as one of the 14 Athenians doomed to meet their end in the Labyrinth. Therefore, Theseus journeyed to Crete to face the Minotaur.

Theseus and the Minotaur

At Crete, a daughter of Minos (Ariadne) fell for Theseus. She offered to assist her lover to discover some secrets of the Labyrinth. Ariadne successfully convinced the designer of the Labyrinth, Daedalus, to reveal the escape route out of the Labyrinth.

Their collaboration enabled Theseus to gain access to a thread ball and enter into the labyrinth. The thread would assist Theseus to find the exit out of the maze. He made way for the Labyrinth’s center and faced the monstrous beast, the Minotaur. After a long grueling fight, the Minotaur was overpowered by Theseus. Whether he used a club or free hands to fight the monster, one thing is true, Theseus defeated (killed) the Minotaur and escaped with Ariadne, Minos’ daughter. This saved the lives of 14 noblemen who were on a sacrificial death row.

Events That Happened After the Minotaur’s Death

After Theseus made a name for himself by killing the Minotaur, with assistance from Ariadne, he journeyed home. On reaching Naxos island, he abandoned Ariadne who was so much convinced that the Athenian hero Theseus would marry her. Theseus went away with Phaedra (Ariadne’s sister) as his wife. This broke the heart of Ariadne and she wept bitterly at her own stupidity.

The Minotaur was kind of a relative to Ariadne. Now, she lost both the Minotaur and a potential husband. Amidst all that grief, the Greek god of wine Dionysus discovered Ariadne on the island and got married to her. Some myths rather state that, it was Dionysus who instructed Theseus to leave Ariadne in order to pave the way for him to marry her.

When Theseus neared home, he forgot to change his black-colored sails to white. Prior to leaving for Crete, Theseus told his father that a white sail on his ship would symbolize his victory over the Minotaur. However, a black sail would mean that he did not make it out alive from the Labyrinth.

Sighting the black sails, Theseus’ father, King Aegeus, got stricken by grief and jumped to his death. This paved the way for Theseus to establish himself as the Athenian king. Aegean Sea takes its name from the very sea that King Aegeus committed suicide in.


Gameplay

In combat, Minotaurs are fearless Vex that will always charge their targets while firing their Torch Hammers. They will also teleport erratically while flanking Guardians at different angles, making them a difficult target to pin down. To reinforce their armor, they are also equipped with a Void shield. One important thing to note about Vex Minotaurs is that unlike Vex Goblins and Hobgoblins, they lack an abdominal weak spot and although shooting a Minotaur's head off will disable its teleportation ability as well as its shield, it will only become even more dangerous - going berserk and firing their Torch Hammers in rapid succession while charging Guardians. In this state, they can punch through a Guardian's shield in seconds. Β]

In Destiny 2, Minotaurs now additionally employ the usage of the Vex Laser Rifle, which can melt through Guardian shields in mere seconds, making them even more dangerous than their first iterations. Their weak spots are also now visible. They also are more armored.


Megami Tensei [ edit | edit source ]

The Minotaur is the main boss of the Tower of Daedalus. Upon his defeat, he drops the Orb of Silence, which allows Nakajima to use the elevator.

Megami Tensei II [ edit | edit source ]

The Minotaur reprises its role as the main boss of the Tower of Daedalus. However, when the Orb of Silence is used on a strange statue, it unseals Pazuzu.

Shin Megami Tensei IV [ edit | edit source ]

A demon who made a pact with King Aquila of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado 1,500 years ago. His task is to kill those who go too deep into Naraku and attempt to go to the Unclean Ones' country. He will be impressed with the strength of the Samurai as the battle goes on or unimpressed depending on Flynn's choices, which will either decrease his strength or Flynn's. After being defeated he will apologize to his dead master as their pact ends with his death, but believes they can entrust the future to the prentice Samurai.

"You seem to have some skill. But it pales in comparison to what my master Aquila was capable of. Do you genuinely believe it will be enough to triumph over me?"
"We'll give it our best." Flynn +Tarunda
"We are determined to win." Flynn +Tarukaja
Ignore him No effect
"Nngh. Have I met my match. Do the Samurai have no limits. "
"Indeed not." Minotaur +Sukunda
"Far from it." Minotaur +Sukukaja
Ignore him No effect

As the Minotaur's attacks can heavily damage multiple party members, bringing a demon such as Leanan Sidhe or Fortuna with Media can benefit Flynn during the battle. The Knocker and Fomorian demons in the area can be used to fuse a Spriggan with Bufu, allowing it to hit the Minotaur's weakness while it resists physical attacks as well as provide extra defense if Knocker learns Rakukaja before being fused. One other demon that resists physical attacks at this point would be Lham Dearg, provided that one has the patience to level them up.

Minotaur will use War Cry only once at the start of the battle. If Walter is the current active companion, he may use Agi, which can possibly bestow the Smirk status to the Minotaur when it is blocked. Walter will stick to using his physical attacks after he casts Agi once.

Initially, the Minotaur will alternate between using his regular attack and Labrys Strike, a nasty physical attack that deals 2-3 hits of medium physical damage across the party. It can hit the same party member more than once. Once his health gets very low, he will start using Oni-Kagura and Charge. These moves make him very dangerous, so he should be finished off as quickly as possible.

If Flynn has reached level 15 before fighting the Minotaur, he may also fuse a Jack Frost to increase potential damage with its Bufula skill.

Minotaur can be fused via a special fusion of Stonka, Night Stalker and Orias once Flynn can control level 33 demons. Minotaur can teach Flynn the Oni-Kagura and Charge skills through his Demon Whisper.

Majin Tensei [ edit | edit source ]

Minotaur is the boss of chapter 8.

DemiKids Light & Dark [ edit | edit source ]

Minotaur can perform the combo Bone Crush with Dydra, which deals earth damage to all foes for 25 MP.


Contents

ABC Season 2

Minotaur vs. Photon Storm

The final hit between Photon Storm and Minotaur's spinning drum.

Minotaur's Season 2 appearance

Minotaur's first fight was against entry Photon Storm. The fight started off in Minotaur's favor, with Minotaur getting in a hit on Photon Storm, destroying its left wing. Afterwards, Photon Storm managed to get a grip inside the opening for one of Minotaur's wheels before releasing it. However, Minotaur then lined up a shot and got a good hit with its drum, causing one side of Photon Storm's welds to fail. This took out both of its drive motors and damaged the battery while also damaging the hydraulic line that powered the weapon. Photon Storm was left unable to move and spewing hydraulic fluid around the BattleBox, giving Minotaur the win by KO at 1:41. This win put Minotaur to the round of 32 with its No.7 seeding, where it faced the No.26 seed Blacksmith.

Minotaur vs. Blacksmith

Things started out poorly for Minotaur as Blacksmith not only withstood the attacks from Minotaur but it was able to push Minotaur around. However, Minotaur started to take notches out of Blacksmith's wedge -

Minotaur delivers a bite on Blacksmith's wedge

eventually completely ripping it off.

Minotaur rips off Blacksmith's front wedge.

When the match started, both robots made contact with each other, but no damage was done.

The initial collision between Warhead and Minotaur

However, on the second collision, Warhead's spinning dome was ripped off by Minotaur's spinning drum and landed on the BattleBox floor.

Minotaur rips off Warhead's spinning dome.

Minotaur vs. Bronco (Quarterfinals)

The final wheel is torn off by Minotaur.

Minotaur vs. Bombshell (Semifinals)

Minotaur grinds down Bombshell's wedge.

Minotaur takes a panel off Bombshell.

The match started out fairly evenly for Minotaur as neither robot gained the upper hand. However, Minotaur eventually managed to tear off Bombshell's left side and send it into the overhead lights, bringing one of them down to the floor. Several seconds later, Minotaur started taking hits from Bombshell, including a big hit that flipped it over and dislodged a drive train. Minotaur used its drum's gyroscopic forces to help steer but Bombshell kept coming. However, Bombshell's weapon had lost one of its teeth and a wiring problem similar to its match with Red Devil had occurred, forcing Bombshell's driver to shut down the weapon, but Minotaur also stopped moving due to a minor cut in the bottom panel from one of Bombshell's attacks, causing the working wheel to no longer touch the ground. Minotaur was counted out and Bombshell advanced to the next round, eliminating Minotaur from the tournament.

However, at the end of the series Minotaur won the Most Destructive Robot Award as it destroyed Photon Storm, Blacksmith, Warhead and Bronco.

Discovery Season 3

Minotaur vs. Tombstone

Minotaur's Season 3 appearance.

The two robots collide with each other.

A flipped Minotaur gets underneath Tombstone.

Minotaur's first match of the tournament was against Tombstone. In this battle, Minotaur got its weapon up to speed but started taking repeated hits from its opponent. Minotaur continued to attack and after being flipped, righted itself using its drum's gyroscopic forces and resumed the battle. Damage to Minotaur was racking up as Minotaur could no longer get its drum up to top speed thanks to the initial impact with Tombstone, which sheared bolts holding the chassis together. Additionally, this prevented Minotaur from righting itself using the drum's gyroscopic forces. After the

Minotaur gets high-centered on the damaged arena floor courtesy of Tombstone.

Minotaur vs. Hypothermia

Minotaur's next opponent was Hypothermia. For this match, Minotaur opted for a slower drum speed in order to lessen the gyroscopic forces of the drum and added its new feeder wedge in hopes of preventing Hypothermia from getting any control of the fight. When the match began, the fight was surprisingly even as while Minotaur landed the first hit, it did little damage, only managing to bend the front wedge of Hypothermia up a bit. Minotaur continued to attack, each time flipping Hypothermia over but Hypothermia wasn't giving up and right itself each time it was flipped. Eventually, Minotaur tore off the bottom plate of Hypothermia and tore into one of the double wheels Hypothermia had opted to use for the fight. Smoke began pouring out of Hypothermia but the match went to a judges decision and in the end, Minotaur won on a 3-0 decision.

Minotaur vs. Blacksmith

Up next for Minotaur was a rematch with Blacksmith. In response, Minotaur's team opted to spin the drum up to only 60% in hopes of having the lower ground clearance when it came to head-on impacts. This proved to be effective as they were able to stay on the arena floor as the match got underway, Minotaur took shots from Blacksmith's hammer but they weren't doing much damage so Minotaur pressed on. Minotaur managed to get underneath Blacksmith and shove it against the arena barrier, causing sparks along the way. Blacksmith then got one of its front forks stuck in the slot for the killsaws so Minotaur dished out another hit.

Minotaur lands a tremendous hit on Blacksmith

Minotaur dismantles SubZero

Minotaur vs. Witch Doctor

For this fight, Minotaur added a new drum with more teeth in hopes of getting in more hits on its opponent. When the match began, Minotaur was the aggressor, causing sparks on Witch Doctor but causing drive issues for  Witch Doctor. When they collided again, Minotaur managed to take off the wheel that was giving Witch Doctor trouble, allowing it to continue. Minotaur continued its attacks and took off the other front wheel. Witch Doctor was still mobile so Minotaur took its rampage to the arena barrier where Witch Doctor lost one of its rear tires. Minotaur made one final attack and removed the last tire, then flipped Witch Doctor over. Witch Doctor self-righted and caught fire but had no way to move around the arena and was counted out, allowing Minotaur to advance to the quarterfinals where it faced No.12 seed, Monsoon.

Minotaur vs. Monsoon (Quarterfinals)

Both robots came at each other and Minotaur seemed to struggle to do much to Monsoon despite having their weapon at full power. Still, Minotaur managed to get underneath Monsoon and shove it across the arena. Monsoon recovered and tried to deliver some hits but Minotaur was staying aggressive and managed to take off Monsoon's weapon belt. Finally, Minotaur got Monsoon up on its side where its drive wheels were off the ground and took it to the arena barrier where it couldn't move. By this point, Minotaur had only one belt driving the weapon and to avoid further damage, Minotaur opted not to free Monsoon and Monsoon was counted out, allowing Minotaur to advance to the semifinals where it faced No.9 seed, Lock-Jaw.

Minotaur vs. Lock-Jaw (Semifinals)

Minotaur went into the fight largely unchanged from its fight with Monsoon and was intending to attack the wheels and go for the knockout. When the match began, things were pretty even as both robots hit but not much damage was caused. However, Minotaur was on the attack and started to get the better of the collisions, getting underneath Lock-Jaw and shoving them around a bit. Minotaur continued to attack, throwing Lock-Jaw into the air and causing minor damage to the wheels. Eventually, Minotaur hit hard enough to flip Lock-Jaw over. Lock-Jaw still boldly pressed on but after two final hits, Minotaur had knocked Lock-Jaw out. Lock-Jaw was counted out and Minotaur advanced to the championship finals where it faced No.3 seed, and former champion, Bite Force.

Minotaur vs. Bite Force (Finals)

When the match began, Minotaur seemed to have the edge as both robots were thrown backwards but Bite Force had lost one of its front wedgelets. Minotaur continued its assault but started to be on the receiving end of its opponent's hits, losing its left side rail. Even so, Minotaur had enough power to continue the hits, throwing Bite Force into the air once again. Both robots were now without a working weapon so it became a pushing match with Minotaur seeming to have the slight edge. However, Bite Force's weapon came back to life and now Minotaur was taking more damage, losing the left side rail as both side rails were also manufactured in China and thus were quite brittle. Minotaur stopped moving not long after was counted out, giving the win and the championship title to Bite Force.

Discovery Season 4

Minotaur started 2019 with a match against good friends in the Vasquez family and Whiplash. This match also served as a rematch to the fight in the 2017 RoboGames. When the match began, Minotaur had trouble getting its weapon up to speed, both from its own issues and from Whiplash's countermeasures. Minotaur tried to run away and get its weapon going, but Whiplash wasn't letting them get far. Minotaur tried to go weapon-to-weapon and Whiplash did lose use of their lifter. However, Whiplash continued to have control using its spinning weapon so Minotaur was still struggling. Both robots took a shot from the killsaws before time ran out. The judges awarded a unanimous 3-0 decision to Whiplash.

Next for Minotaur in 2019 was against veteran Gigabyte. For this fight, Minotaur went with a new silver drum that was hopefully going to perform better, especially with only two teeth. However, as the match got underway, it became apparent that Minotaur's weapon was struggling to maintain speed, as Gigabyte managed to damage the support poles that held up Minotaur's drum, causing it to dig on the ground. Unfortunately, with their weapon not doing what it was meant to do, Minotaur struggled to get a big hit on Gigabyte and generally ended up riding up Gigabyte's shell. Minotaur eventually managed to get in a particularly solid hit that took out Gigabyte's weapon but this resulted in mostly a pushing match that didn't favor Minotaur at all. Both robots went the distance but the judges awarded Gigabyte a unanimous 3-0 decision. This also marked Minotaur's second straight loss in a row so far this season.

Minotaur lands a perfectly timed shot to LUCKY!

Next for Minotaur in the Desperado Tournament was Jack Barker and No.4 seed, End Game. In response, the team went with Minotaur's heavier drum. As the match began, Minotaur first drew only sparks, but eventually ripped off one of End Game's front wedgelets. Minotaur continued to maneuver, getting back over, throwing End Game into the wall and ripping off the other three wedgelets of End Game. Minotaur then pushed End Game on top of the screws when it righted itself. End Game remained on the screws for a few seconds, but was released soon after. Minotaur began a winding path towards End Game and got a hit on their side, but that pushed the New Zealand spinner straight into the drum, flipping Minotaur over. Minotaur took a bit to right itself and then proceeded to throw End Game under the pulverizer. Eventually, End Game stopped moving, was counted out, and Minotaur won by KO. In the finals, Minotaur took on fellow Brazilian and No.3 seed, Black Dragon for the Giant Bolt trophy and automatic qualification to the round of 16.

Minotaur vs. Black Dragon

For this match, Minotaur added front wedgelets and went back to the drum used in the first match to hopefully win the battle for low ground clearance. The match started off with both robots meeting weapon-to-weapon, sending lots of sparks flying. Minotaur continued to attack, but after taking off one of Black Dragon's front wedgelets, they began to face pressure from their opponent. Minotaur struggled to get away from Black Dragon, but still delivered hits when possible. Soon, Minotaur was up against the arena barrier, causing sparks to fly. Minotaur powered down its weapon and escaped, but was then shoved onto the

The first hit between the two robots.

screws, which eventually released it. By this point, Black Dragon was having weapon problems, but Minotaur was still having trouble getting an advantage as they were hit hard into the arena barrier before time ran out. The judges awarded Black Dragon a unanimous 3-0 decision, the Giant Bolt trophy and the first spot in the round of 16.

Sparks fly as Minotaur's drum spinner tears away Shatter!'s armor

After such a rough start, Minotaur was now a battle away from reaching the Top 16 but had to face Dave Moulds and Cobalt. In response, Minotaur was back to its more traditional look with its front feeder wedges and three-toothed drum. The match was off to a good start as Minotaur ripped off Cobalt's wedge and brought down pieces of the lights from the ceiling. Minotaur continued to attack but struggled to gain much of a bite on Cobalt's chassis, causing only sparks. Minotaur was then flipped over and managed to right itself using its drum's gyroscopic forces. Both robots traded attacks before Minotaur threw Cobalt high into the air and nearly out of the arena but now had no working weapon. Luckily, Minotaur still had lots of pushing power so it used that to the best of its ability until time ran out. The judges awarded Minotaur a unanimous 3-0 decision and a spot in the Top 16.

Entering the Top 16, Minotaur was placed against Team Whyachi and Hydra. Minotaur had worked hard to get its feeder wedges as sharp as possible to win the ground clearance battle. When the match began, that's what they did as they immediately tore off a piece of Hydra's flipper. Minotaur then started to go around to the sides and ripped off Hydra's silver side skirt pieces. Minotaur continued to control the fight for a bit longer until Hydra was no longer moving. Hydra was counted out, giving Minotaur the win by KO and a trip into the quarterfinals.

Minotaur vs. Death Roll (Quarterfinals)

For the quarterfinals, Minotaur faced off with DeathRoll from Australia. Both bots started out pretty evenly but Minotaur seemed to have the advantage, throwing DeathRoll through the air a few times. Minotaur was then flipped and took another hit from DeathRoll in return. As the match wore on, Minotaur's weapon stopped working as it had lost a belt on impact. Minotaur was now left with its pushing power, but DeathRoll's weapon was still working at top speed. Minotaur tried to continue fighting, but found itself inverted and high-centered on the lip for the arena barrier. Minotaur was unable to move and was counted out, giving DeathRoll the win by KO and a spot in the semifinals.


Characters [ edit ]

  • Asterion, the minotaur from the Greek legend, sentenced by the gods to remain in the labyrinth. When the story starts he is in an injured state as a consequence of the previous master's actions. He is Minotaur Hotel's only romanceable character and, alongside the player character, the story's deuteragonist. His main goal is restoring the hotel to its former glory to provide shelter to those who have nowhere to go.
  • The player character's name and background is picked by the player during the game's introduction sequence. Unless the player picks the Speedrunner background the player character is portrayed as a generally competent and potentially kind man. In the original Minotaur Hotel draft he was named "Anon" [3] as is customary in 4chan quests.
  • Argos, a snake and the labyrinth's foreman, tasked with torturing Asterion. He tempts the player to send Asterion to the valley where he can be tortured by the monsters that lurk there.
  • A Japanese dragon traveling the world in search of someone. Has an uptight and proper personality. Arrives at the hotel during the events of the second build. Depending on player choices can take the role of the lounge's manager.
  • A boisterous American griffin. Is promiscuous and cheerful, but is prone to bouts of melancholy when his affairs fail to produce lasting relations. Much like Kota he arrives during the game's second build and can take the role of the lounge's manager.

The Minotaur is a pragmatic choice in the mid-game to inexpensively bolster aging fleets as it excels at close-to-mid range combat, helping to shore up the disadvantages of fleets stacked with Manticores (where lines can stretch too thin as they chase targets), Adamants (when light turrets are no longer punching effectively), and Berzerks (when longevity becomes a problem). Introduced roughly in the mid-game for SP, the Minotaur is the natural counterpart of the Ranger while the Ranger is quick, lightly armored, and loaded with munitions, the Minotaur is densely armored, with enough guns per square inch to threaten a capital ship of any size.

As a ballistic gun ship, Minotaurs can remain effective for the duration of a battle and cost nothing to resupply. As such, for the Anabasis DLC, the Minotaur is a viable support option in that it can maintain fire without impacting resupply costs.

Because it lacks munitions and fighter/utility squadrons, the Minotaur will generally need to be part of a larger fleet strategy to layer offensive and defensive elements. For ballistic firepower support, the Minotaur pairs well with the Heracles and battlestar-class ships (Artemis, Minerva, Jupiter, and Jupiter Mk II) which rely on point-defense turrets on their sides. The Minotaur can help protect the non flak-generating side or angle support along the z-axis for additional coverage.

While the Minotaur is technically outclassed by the Heracles for sheer firepower, players may find the Heracles to be cost-prohibitive, unavailable (if playing the main campaign/Broken Alliance), or less valuable than upgrading to a full battlestar. Additionally, the Minotaur's armor distribution is more even around the chassis, allowing for more versatility in attack angle and direction.

Players should note that Cylon units tend to favor Minotaurs for long range missile strikes, hoping to neutralize its threat before coming into range. As such, using 2-3 Minotaurs at a time can be advantageous when using a staggered stack similar to the Adamant strategy presenting multiple targets make it less likely that the Cylons will target a lone ship, while the stack formation helps individual units cover each other.

In terms of defense, the Minotaur is one of the more effective ships at shooting down Cylon squadrons, though it cannot match the sheer destruction of a flak field on squadrons. Using the Minotaur to soften squadrons and/or target weakened ones by relegating it to an escort role can help punish any Cylon squadron that gets too close.


Watch the video: The scientific origins of the Minotaur - Matt Kaplan