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Perfect place for a yodeller...Snowcat?

Tigatron discovers a flying island with amazing alien power, but the Predacons are after it as well.

Japanese title: 浮島のデスマッチ前編 (Ukishima no Death Match Zenpen "Floating Island Death Match Part 1")


An earthquake on a snowy mountainside raises questions from the nearby Tigatron, on his way to file his weekly report with the rest of the Maximals. Rattrap answers Tigatron's call, and as soon as Tigatron mentions that he hasn't seen any Predacon activity, Waspinator and Terrorsaur attack, their attacks causing Tigatron's communication console to collapse upon him as Rattrap listens. Optimus Primal heads out to rescue his comrade.

Tigatron, pushing the console off himself, continues to fight against his airborne assailants. A missile from Terrorsaur is detonated by a shot from Waspinator, tearing the ground into pieces and dropping Tigatron into a cloudy chasm. But when the two fliers follow Tigatron into the cloud to gather his remains as trophies, they are blasted by something unseen.

Primal eventually arrives at the site of the battle, and using Tigatron's communication console, radios to the Axalon that Tigatron is missing, possibly destroyed.

Airazor, spying on the Predacon base, witnesses Waspinator and Terrorsaur return in poor condition. The two goons report to Megatron what happened to them after they followed Tigatron...

Inside of the cloud Tigatron fell into, the two Predacons discovered Tigatron had landed on a massive floating island. While trying to finish Tigatron, the two were blasted away by energy beams from a strange tower in the center of the island. Megatron sends the team of Scorponok and Blackarachnia to claim the island in the name of the Predacons.

Airazor reports to the Maximals her observation of the two Predacons, who were in much worse condition than they should be had they won the battle against Tigatron, which means the tiger could still be alive. Cheetor rushes in to follow up her report with news that Blackarachnia and Scorponok are leaving the Predacon base. Airazor is sent to follow the two.

In Beast Mode, Tigatron explores the island he's discovered, and is amazed at the flora and fauna on the isolated paradise. But, after passing a rock with strange markings, the island reveals some strange defenses against his presence. Tigatron decides to play it safe for the rest of his time in the strange area.

Outside of the cloud, Blackarachnia and Scorponok find the island. Scorponok explores the island with one of his cyberbees, until Tigatron snatches the bee out of the air. The deceptive nature of the cloud confirmed, Blackarachnia fires a line into the cloud to board the island. As the line retracts, pulling up the two arachnids, Scorponok sees Airazor in pursuit. Using one of his rockets, he blasts her out of the sky. After Scorponok dodges the island's response to his attack, Blackarachnia resolves to take control of the island for herself.

Tigatron aids Airazor and explains to her that he reprogrammed the cyber bee to carry a message back to the Axalon. Soon, Primal recovers the bee and receives the message explaining how if the island's weapon is commandeered by either side, it would ensure victory...


Primal radios his investigation of the battle scene to the Maximal base.
Cheetor: Say it ain't so, Big Bot! Not our striped scout!
Optimus Primal: This place is a battle ground. Blast craters and missile debris everywhere. From the angle, it was an aerial attack.
Dinobot: Hrmmm. Waspinator and Terrorsaur.
Rattrap: Oh, thanks for the insight there, Dinobrain. You want your expert consultant fee now?
Dinobot: No need -- I can simply excise it from your hide!
Rhinox: HEY! Not. Now.

The Maximals receiving the Cyber Bee.
Optimus Primal: Good thing you didn't just blast this bee.
Cheetor: Well I would've but it was carrying one of Airazor's feathers.
Rattrap: 'Sides...he missed.
Cheetor: Yeah, that too.
Optimus Primal: Prime.


Writers: Bob Forward
Original Air Date: November 18, 1996

Characters (in order of appearance): Tigatron, Terrorsaur, Waspinator, Rhinox, Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor, Dinobot, Megatron, Scorponok, Blackarachnia


  • Early in the episode, Rhinox observes that one of the moons is lighter than it should be. Perhaps this could be foreshadowing? A hollow celestial body? Call Dr. Lucy Suzuki!
  • Real-World Reference: Rattrap answers Tigatron's call with the phrase "What's new, pussycat?"
  • The idea of a tropical area surviving amongst otherwise inhospitable coldness is a concept used elsewhere in Transformers: Savage Land

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