Game Manual and Resources for V5RC Teams

Game manuals contain game descriptions and scoring, robot rules, and tournament rules. Game manuals are updated throughout the game season. Monitor the VEX Forum for High Stakes and the Official V5RC High Stakes Q&A to get updates.

Game Description

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VEX V5 Robotics Competition High Stakes is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen below. Two (2) Alliances—one (1) “red” and one (1) “blue”—composed of two (2) Teams each, compete in Matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period followed by a one minute and forty-five second (1:45) Driver Controlled Period.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring Rings on Stakes, Placing Mobile Goals, and by Climbing at the end of the Match.


There are forty-eight (48) Rings on a V5RC High Stakes Field.

There are nine (9) Stakes located around the field. Five (5) on Mobile Goals, four (4) Wall Stakes, one (1) per Alliance and two (2) neutral, and one (1) on top of the Ladder.

Each Ring scored on a Stake is worth one (1) point. The Top Ring on each Stake is worth three (3) points.

Mobile Goals can be Placed into Positive Corners or Negative Corners to change the values of the Rings on that Goal.

The V5RC High Stakes field also includes a Ladder in the center of the field. Robots climb the Ladder at the end of the Match to receive additional points. The higher the Robot climbs, the more points it will receive!

The Alliance that scores more points in the Autonomous period is awarded with six (6) bonus points, added to the final score at the end of the match. Each Alliance also has the opportunity to earn an Autonomous Win Point by completing assigned tasks. This additional Win Point can be earned by both Alliances, regardless of who wins the Autonomous Bonus.


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  • 6 points - Winner of the Autonomous Bonus
  • 1 point - Each Ring Scored on a Stake
  • 3 points - Each Top Ring on a Stake
  • 3 points - Climb Level 1
  • 6 points - Climb Level 2
  • 12 points - Climb Level 3
  • Each Ring Scored on a Mobile Goal that has been Placed in a Corner - See the Game Manual!

Downloads & Links

Game Manual

Quick Reference Guides

Training Courses

Field Assembly

Robot Inspection

High Stakes Hero Robot 

(requires a V5 Competition Starter Kit)

High Stakes Paper Scoresheets