Golden Wrench

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That there is a gold-plated kill!
The Engineer

The Golden Wrench is a distributed melee weapon unique to the Engineer. It is similar to a regular Wrench, but the majority of it is made out of Australium.[1]

This weapon functions identically to the Wrench, but with an added cosmetic function: any enemies killed by it will turn into motionless golden statues of pure Australium instead of ragdolls. This gold effect applies to jiggle bones which freeze in place.

This weapon was a promotional feature of the Engineer Update. Players were informed that every time a craft was made, there was a chance of a Golden Wrench being awarded. Only 100 Golden Wrenches were available at the time, and the ability to smelt reclaimed metal back into scrap metal and refined metal back into reclaimed metal was suspended during this time to prevent continual crafting. After each 25 Golden Wrench milestone, a new section of the Engineer Update would be released.

Switching from this weapon to a different melee weapon will destroy all existing buildings.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Wrench
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Damage
Base damage 100% 65
Point blank 55-75
Critical 195
Mini-crit 75-101
Damage repaired per hit 105
Upgrade amount per hit 25
Metal cost per repairing hit 1 + damage / 5
Metal cost for reloading ammo 1 / bullet
2 / rocket salvo
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Demonstration

Learn more about the Weapon Demonstration project.

Related achievements

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Built to Last
Built to Last
Help a single building tank over 2000 damage without being destroyed.


Circle the Wagons
Circle the Wagons
Repair 50,000 damage to friendly buildings constructed by other players.


Fistful of Sappers
Fistful of Sappers
Destroy 25 sappers on buildings built by other team members.


Get Along!
Get Along!
Manage to get to, and then remove, a sapper placed on your building while you were several meters away.


Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Repair a sentry gun under fire while being healed by a Medic.
Land Grab
Land Grab
Help a teammate construct a building.


Quick Draw
Quick Draw
Kill a Spy and two sappers within 10 seconds.


Silent Pardner
Silent Pardner
Upgrade 50 buildings built by other team members.


The Wrench Connection
The Wrench Connection
Kill a disguised spy with your Wrench.


Rio Grind
Rio Grind
Perform 50 repairs and/or reloads on a Sentry gun being Wrangled by another Engineer.

Update history

July 1, 2010 Patch
  • [Undocumented] The Golden Wrench was added to the game.

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Golden Wrench could no longer be randomly found via crafting.

October 6, 2010 Patch

  • The unique number for each weapon is fixed; previously it did not show correctly.

October 8, 2010 Patch

  • The weapon is now nameable using a Name Tag.

February 3, 2011 Patch

  • Engineers who hit teammate Sentry Guns with their Wrench now get kill assists from that Sentry Gun.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).

June 8, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added a new hit sound effect to the Golden Wrench.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Added a previously unused kill line for this weapon.
  • Fixed gold ragdolls playing custom death animations when they should be locked in a pose.

Bugs

  • If a Spy's Dead Ringer is triggered by the Golden Wrench, the Spy will see his own death message in the kill feed even though he would normally not be able to see it.
  • The Golden Wrench does not glow when crit boosted in world view.
  • Due to how the materials for the Golden Wrench are implemented, a regular Wrench is dropped upon death, just as a regular one is displayed in the loadout screen and the 3D character in the HUD.

Trivia

  • The Golden Wrench was originally indicated in the material file with an encrypted message that could be translated.
  • Any time someone received a Golden Wrench, a message would be broadcast to all players connected to every server at that moment followed by the Announcer saying "Success". Likewise, a message is displayed to all players if a Golden Wrench owner deletes their Wrench followed by the Announcer saying "Failure". This is still in effect even after the Engineer Update.
  • The Golden Wrench is a reference to King Midas, who gained the ability to transform whatever he touched into solid gold. This is further shown with the Engineer referencing to the "Midas Touch" when a kill is made with the Golden Wrench.
  • 14 Golden Wrenches were destroyed as part of the Golden Charity event in support of Child's Play on August 31, 2010.
  • Erik Johnson said in a PC Gamer interview: "That would have been awesome, if the whole TF2 community had the chance to find the broken pieces of the Golden Wrench and restore them. That whole event is going to carry forward in some way."
  • Player Vulcnor, upon winning a charity auction for Child's Play, received Golden Wrench No. 101 along with one of every other game item.

Gallery

References

  1. TF2 Official Blog - Golden Wrench Destruction for Charity

See also