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Health: 1600 (2816)
Movement Speed: 7.46
Attack Type: Melee
Role: Support
Mobility: Balanced
Deadlift [edit] Difficulty: Intermediate

Development Name: Crumple

Type of abilities: Area of Effect, Knockback, Shield, Healing, Weaken, Empower, Slow, Stun Release Date: March 8th 2017

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Power Lunge [edit]
In true Bovinian fashion, lunge into enemies and cause an explosive burst that deals damage.
Damage 300 (471)
Cooldown 7s

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Iron Slam [edit]
Swing Deadlift's muscular arms to slam your enemies and deal damage. Even a cowboy cannot wrangle these babies.
Normal arm damage 100 (157)
Uppercut damage 120 (188.4)
Attack speed 102

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Protective Pose [edit]
Strike a pose to summon holo-tech's newest protective shield and soak up damage for you and your allies. Starts decaying over time. Use again to cancel.
Health 600 (942)
Health decay 100/s (157/s)
Decay start 2s
Cooldown 13s

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Bovinian Lift Off [edit]
Deadlift uses his powerful legs, trained extensively on the legpress, to launch himself in the air.
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Samuel "Deadlift" Gains was a young calf during "The Great Bovinion Wrangling" and escaped aboard a dairy transport bound for the Flexon, where all inhabitants are incredibly muscular! A Kremzon took him in and put him on a rough training regiment, to prepare for his revenge on Sheriff Lonestar.

Samuel grew stronger as the years passed, and one day, when Lonestar visited the planet, tried to ambush him at the spaceport. The cowboy saw through his plan and made Samuel lose his balance while he was preparing to throw a spaceship. Samuel woke up in a hospital with one of his arms and horns replaced by mechanical versions, and a note saying that they were a gift for "Pursuing a common goal." Lonestar and the inhabitants of Flexon thought he was dead, so his "revival" earned him the nickname: "Deadlift".

Back on his quest to avenge the Bovinions, Deadlift joined the Awesomenauts after telling Blabl Zork that he could pull out solar drills with his bare hands. He's secretly planning his final strike to put the cowboy out of business for good.


Theme song lyrics[]

For he's the mighty, mighty Deadlift

Always hard and strong, fast and swift

Double routines both day and night shift

And if you don't then you will get biffed

Doing his daily 100 crunches

And after that 200 punches

Finish it off with 80 lunges

He's the baddest of the bunches

Throwing the dumbbells, raising the bar

This cow is udder udder muscular

Robbing that loner of his shining star

Making sure that he won't get far

Now his heart is pumping in his throat

Biceps and triceps in the overload

Only protein, he don't eat no oat

This naut is always in the fighting mode

Voice actor: Andrew Montesi


▶️"Do you even lift?"

▶️"I'll order you a protein shake. Or two!"

▶️"You put the dumb in dumbbell!"

▶️"You mess with the biceps, you get the horns!"

▶️"I'll flex you into oblivion!"

▶️"I find your lack of strength disturbing!" - A reference to Star Wars.[1]

▶️"You 'miring my aesthetics?"


▶️"This is udder nonsense!"

▶️"I could use a spot!"

▶️"Help a gymnast out!"

▶️"I can't cope with this!"


▶️"Pro tip: Attack!"

▶️"Roid Rage!"

▶️"Focus your efforts!"

▶️"Hoof it!"

▶️"Press forward!"


▶️"We have to defend our gym!"

▶️"Defend. Now!"

▶️"Pro tip: Defend!"

▶️"They're here!"

▶️"We're under attack!"


▶️"More ways to beat that Lonestar fool!"

▶️"Getting all kinds of gains!"

▶️"One day I'll get those universe-class dumbbells!"

▶️"Gotta get the right gear!"

▶️"Does this come with a free protein shake?"

▶️"Growing stronger!"

▶️"Growing bigger!"


▶️"Going back for some dumbbell flyes!"

▶️"I'm scheduled for some serious benchpresses!"

▶️"Almost went an hour without training!"

▶️"Going back for some barbell curls!"

▶️"Yeah, I'm skipping leg day!"

▶️"Going back for some T-bar rows!"

▶️"Eat now?" - A reference to Parker Lewis Can't Lose.[2]



▶️"No pains, no gains!"

▶️"Beast mode!"

Drop Pod In[]

▶️"We eat tiny people like you for breakfast on Flexon!"

▶️"Pumping iron! The best feeling in the world!"

▶️"Sixpacks are for calves! I have a fourteenpack!"

▶️"A hundred push-ups, sit-ups, squats and 10 space miles running. Every single day!" - A reference to One-Punch Man.[3]

▶️"Never forget the Great Bovinian Wrangling!"

▶️"Live large, die large, leave a giant coffin!" - A reference to BroScienceLife[4]

▶️"I once tried to lift a warship. Cost me an arm and a horn!"

▶️"I always carry a set of galaxy-class dumbbells with me!"

▶️"Lonestar may have wrangled the Bovinian race, but he's not getting me!"

▶️"Someone call the Space Olympics. Tell'em it's cancelled: I already won!" - A reference to BroScienceLife.

▶️"Eat at least twice your bodyweight in protein. Every day!"

▶️"35 eggs: my go-to pick-me-up!"

▶️"Don't try to get by or you'll get dealt with and trapped!" - A reference to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.[5]

Killing Blow[]

▶️"No pains, no gains!"

▶️"Oiled up!"



▶️"Do you compete? Naaah, you don't compete."

▶️"Don't sweat it!"

▶️"And I'm not even flexing!"

▶️"Reps for victory!"

Killing Spree[]

▶️"I ain't even using my maximum strenght!" - A reference to Dragon Ball Z.[6]

▶️"That's raw power, people!"



▶️"I don't have any weak points!" - A reference to Pumping Iron.[7]

▶️"Setting a benchmark for sprees here!"

▶️"Look at me! I lifted the heavy thing!" - A reference to Dylan Moran.[8]

▶️"That's what I call a superset!"

▶️"Built under the iron!"

Being Hit[]













On Death[]

▶️"Sprung a muscle!"

▶️"Low... blood sugar!"



▶️"Out to pasture..."

▶️"This is bull!"

▶️"Sprained my ankle!"

Using Iron Slam[]

▶️"Take this!"

▶️"Bull pummel!"


Using Power Lunge[]

▶️"Power leap!"



▶️"Beast mode!"

Using Protective Pose[]

▶️"Protective shield!"

▶️"I'll steer us safe!"



Meeting an allied Lonestar[]

▶️"Just because we're in the same team, Lonestar, doesn't make us even!"

▶️"Watch your back, rodeo clown!"

Meeting an enemy Lonestar[]

▶️"Lonestar! I'll flatten you!"

▶️"I've been training my whole life to crunch you, wrangler!"

Bullbarian Deadlift Quotes[]


▶️"Pray for mercy, little one!"

▶️"May the mightiest hoof win!"

▶️"Are you sure you're trained for this?"

▶️"I'm taking you out to pasture!"

▶️"You're making me see red!"

▶️"Prepare for your end!"


▶️"By the calves of Moo-Noo!"

▶️"Barbarian in distress!"

▶️"Aid me, gods of Flexon!"



▶️ "Make tremble their fort!"

▶️ "For Flexon!"


▶️"Attack with all your might!"

▶️"Let us do battle!"


▶️"We're under attack!"

▶️"We must defend our keep!"


▶️"If nothing else, defend our land!"

▶️"Waylay this enemy!"


▶️"I don't need a lot of armor, though."

▶️"I live off the land, not a supermarket!"

▶️"Let's have a look!"

▶️"These are barbarous prices!"

▶️"Do they think I'm a king?"

▶️"The barbarian life knows few riches."


▶️"I'll return!"

▶️"I'm hoofing it!"

▶️"I need some time alone!"

▶️"It is disgraceful to leave the battlefield, I know!"

Teleporting (set)[]

These quotes are a reference to Red Sonja.[9]

▶️"I once had a Sonja, whose hair was so red..."

▶️"...the envy she was, of whoever she met..."

▶️"...they quested for her hand, but then instead..."

▶️" was at my own two hands, that they became dead."



▶️"Bones will shatter!"

▶️"Are you sure you're trained for this?"

Drop Pod In[]

▶️"I seek to uncover the riddle of Solar!" - A reference to the 1982 Conan the Barbarian film.[10]

▶️"A new battlefield awaits!"

▶️"Tremble before me!"

▶️"I dine on raw meat and sleep with fair cows!"

▶️"Kings beg for my aid, and gladiator oxen shake with fear!"

▶️"A band of Awesomenauts plucked me from my time!"

▶️"I remember Great Wisentia and its milk-sea."

▶️"Your doom has come!"

▶️"My fists are ready and my shield is waxed!"

▶️"I'm a barbarian, not a berserker!"

▶️"First one to make a cow level joke..." - A reference to the Diablo[11] game series.

▶️"Bones will shatter!"

▶️"I've arrived on a chariot of fire!"

Killing Blow[]

▶️"Moo-Noo guide you!"


▶️"Ox gets the axe!"

▶️"Who's keeping score?"

▶️"Another notch in my axe!"

▶️"Ack, that left a mess!"

▶️"Too easy!"

Killing Blow (set)[]

These quotes are a reference to the 1982 Conan the Barbarian film.

▶️"What is best in life?"

▶️"Crush your enemies!"

▶️"See them driven before you!"

▶️"Here the lamentation of their women!"

Killing Spree[]

▶️"The mightiest hoof wins in battle!"

▶️"See you on the plains of combat!"

▶️"Ok... perhaps I'm more berserker after all."

▶️"Is that all?"

▶️"So much for the glory of battle..."

▶️"Done already?"

Being Hit[]










On Death[]

▶️"Gods, take me up!"

▶️"A noble death! Argh!"

▶️"Ugh! Uuugh..."

▶️"The great plains of combat! Ugh!"

▶️"Death is the road to all!"

▶️"I greet you!"

On Death (set)[]

These quotes are a reference to the 1982 Conan the Barbarian film.

▶️"Bovine spirits, grant me revenge..."

▶️"...and if you do not listen..."

▶️"...then out to pasture with you!"

Using Iron Slam[]


▶️"Fist bump!"



▶️"My greatest hits!"

Using Power Lunge[]

▶️"Barbarian leap!"



▶️"Death from above!"


▶️"Get smashed!"

Using Protective Pose[]

▶️"Stay near!"

▶️"My will is iron!"


▶️"Rally to me!"


▶️"You cannot hurt me!"

Nauts In-Game Look[]


Default Skin.

Default Skin.

Bullbarian Deadlift.

Bullbarian Deadlift.

Minimap Icon[]

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Scoreboard Icon[]


Skin Information[]

Bullbarian Deadlift[]

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Between the times when the great Milk Sea drank Great Wisentia and the rise of the Calves of Moo-Noo, there was a beastly age on Flexon.

But hark! Here rises the Bullbarian from his long slumber! Having dined on raw meat and spiced milk, he sets off into the wild yonder. Kings beg for his services, witches tremble in his wake and gladiators shake with fear as he approaches. Now, he finds himself with a stranger crew still as a band of Awesomenauts have plucked him from the mists of his bygone era.

The times may be unfamiliar to him, but one thing is unchanged: in battle, the mightiest hoof still wins.

This DLC contains a custom skin for Deadlift in Awesomenauts. You need to have Deadlift available as a playable character in order to access the skin in-game. Owning this skin will also unlock the special portrait for use in-game. This skin contains a fully customized voice set! - Official Steam Store description.

This skin gives Deadlift the looks of an archetypical barbarian. He is shirtless, displaying glyph-like team-colored tattoos on his body and has a scar over one eye. While on blue team only, his fur has a darker shade of brown. His golden arm is replaced with a normal one and has a stone bracelet with spikes on it.

He is wearing team-colered pants and a large belt with a skull with tusks on it. The golden tip on his horn is gone. Instead it looks like the tip of the horn has been shattered. He also carries a large weapon (a sword on red team, a battle axe on blue team) on his back. This is purely cosmetic, however.

His Power Lunge is missing its hexagons for a less "high tech" look, Protective Pose has glyphs similar to his tattoos and a bull skull on it.

Being premium, this skin comes with unique voice acting.

Awesomenaut Showcase[]

Bullbarian Deadlift Showcase[]


  • Althought Deadlift is the first member of the Bovinian species to actually appear in the game, Bovinians are teased ever since the initial version, in Lonestar's backstory.
  • Deadlift's theme song and killing spree theme are sung by Gianni Noten.
  • Deadlift is the first Awesomenaut to be released without any skins ever since skins were first introduced in the game in Patch 1.5.




Playing As:[]

  • Iron Slam alternates between a medium damage non-piercing swing and a high damage piercing swing. You can "throw away" the weaker swing by intentionally wasting it.
  • Power Lunge is Deadlift's main source of damage, but it's also his only means of escape. Consider which is going to be more important before engaging.
  • Power Lunge's unique curved aiming can allow for some creative dodging and movement. Try dipping below a platform before suddenly leaping atop it, performing short upward lunges, or other unpredictable moves to throw enemies off.
    • Pay close attention, though. The aiming line isn't perfect and Deadlift will still fall a short ways before lunging. Planning a complex line can be useful, but short, simple dashes are just as important, especially in a pinch.
  • Protective Pose is extremely powerful, but it won't last long in a large teamfight. Choosing the right time to activate it is important.
  • You don't need to keep your allies within Protective Pose for the full duration (in fact, that would be very difficult in combat), but make sure you can always position yourself to catch powerful attacks from your enemies.
  • Protective Pose can be canceled with a second press. Doing this can save some cooldown time when the shield isn't needed.
  • Deadlift can't teleport during Protective Pose, but he won't stop your allies from doing it. You can keep a low health ally safe while they teleport out.
  • Consider purchasing Sweat-Wow-Band or Poefluma Fly Swatter first. As a support/tank/fighter hybrid, Deadlift benefits greatly from the ability to heal himself early on.

Playing With:[]

  • Deadlift is more independent than other supports, so you don't need to protect him as closely as other 'Nauts.
  • Dive-heavy characters should stay near Deadlift when engaging. His Protective Pose can make any attack far safer.
  • Deadlift's Power Lunge can easily put him in a dangerous position should it miss. Be ready to help him if he gets stuck in the middle of the enemy team without his only means of escape.
  • Protective Pose can only shield you if you stay within its borders. Be aware of this when Deadlift activates it.

Playing Against:[]

  • Deadlift doesn't have much health for a character of his speed and size once his Protective Pose is on cooldown. Bait it out, and attack him once he's open.
  • When Deadlift activates his Protective Pose, whittle it down with DPS abilities and auto-attacks, and save your heavy burst for when it's destroyed.
    • However, be aware that Deadlift's upgrade Bovinion and Chicken Comic will slow you if you're within his shield. Make sure you know what upgrades he has before engaging him with his shield up.
  • Deadlift's shield protects him and his team from damage, but not Crowd Control. Use snares, slows, and stuns to lock his team down until the shield expires.
    • Alternatively, use those things on exposed enemies, to prevent them from reaching Deadlift.
  • Power Lunge moves in a predictable path. Dodge it, and Deadlift will not only have wasted his best damage and escape ability, but he will also likely be out of position.
    • Be careful however, when engaging him at melee range, as he can still use Power Lunge for a sudden burst of damage you may not have anticipated.