Half-Zatoichi

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The Half-Zatoichi is a promotional melee weapon for the Soldier and Demoman. It is a samurai's katana with a circular guard with rounded notches, adorned with brown hilt wrapping.

Anytime the Half-Zatoichi is chosen as the active weapon, the wielder is Honorbound and cannot switch it for another until obtaining a kill or touching a Resupply locker. Honorbound only takes effect after the draw animation is complete however, so there is a small grace period during which the player can freely switch away from the weapon. Upon slaying an enemy with the Half-Zatoichi, the blade becomes decorated in blood, the wielder's health is instantly restored to its maximum limit, and the weapon can once again be switched. Additionally, any player wielding a Half-Zatoichi is capable of instantly killing any enemy brandishing a Half-Zatoichi of their own.

The Half-Zatoichi does not have extended melee range, unlike the other Demoman's swords.

Taunting as a Demoman with the Half-Zatoichi equipped will perform the Decapitation kill taunt. Successfully killing someone with the taunt will allow the Demoman to sheath the weapon.

This item was awarded in Genuine quality to players who pre-purchased Total War: Shogun 2 on Steam before March 15, 2011.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Damage
Base damage 100% 65
Point blank 55-75 / 300%
Critical 195
Mini-crit 75-101
Healing
Self-healing 100%
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Effect duration
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Demonstration

Learn more about the Weapon Demonstration project.

Crafting

See also: Crafting

Blueprint

Eyelander Reclaimed Metal Half-Zatoichi
Item icon Eyelander.pngx2 + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Half-Zatoichi.png
Class Token - Soldier Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Soldier.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Equalizer.png Item icon Pain Train.png Item icon Half-Zatoichi.png Item icon Disciplinary Action.png
Item icon Market Gardener.png Item icon Escape Plan.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png
Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png
Class Token - Demoman Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Demoman.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Eyelander.png Item icon Scotsman's Skullcutter.png Item icon Ullapool Caber.png Item icon Claidheamh Mòr.png
Item icon Pain Train.png Item icon Half-Zatoichi.png Item icon Persian Persuader.png Item icon Nessie's Nine Iron.png
Item icon Scottish Handshake.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png
Item icon Conscientious Objector.png

As a crafting ingredient

Half-Zatoichi Scrap Metal Persian Persuader
Item icon Half-Zatoichi.pngx2 + Item icon Scrap Metal.png = Item icon Persian Persuader.png

Strange variant


Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Trench Warfare
Trench Warfare
Kill your nemesis with a shovel.

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

Beat Me Up, Scotty
Beat Me Up, Scotty
Use a critical swing with the Eyelander to kill 5 enemy players.


Brainspotting
Brainspotting
Decapitate 50 enemy players.


Left 4 Heads
Left 4 Heads
Decapitate 4 players with only 10 seconds between each kill.


Shorn Connery
Shorn Connery
Decapitate a cloaked Spy.
Slammy Slayvis Woundya
Slammy Slayvis Woundya
Decapitate an enemy Soldier who is brandishing the Equalizer.


The Scottish Play
The Scottish Play
Get a melee kill while sticky jumping.


There Can Be Only One
There Can Be Only One
Decapitate your nemesis.


Scotch Tap
Scotch Tap
Glory in the slaughter of your enemies using the Eyelander.

Update history

March 10, 2011 Patch (Shogun Pack)
  • The Half-Zatoichi was added to the game.

March 11, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed players getting a health bonus based on the weapon they're currently holding instead of the weapon that dealt the killing blow.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a server crash caused by using the Half-Zatoichi to hit someone not holding a weapon.
  • Fixed the Soldier/Demoman taunts not working correctly when the Half-Zatoichi is the active weapon.
  • Fixed a bug where players could switch weapons after deploying the Half-Zatoichi before they killed someone with it.
  • The item became tradeable.
  • All Half-Zatoichis crafted before this patch have been upgraded to Vintage quality.
  • [Undocumented] The Half-Zatoichi was given a unique crafting recipe.

March 21, 2011 Patch

  • Updated honor-bound weapons so that they can be holstered within a second of touching a supply cabinet.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Fixed taunt kills made with a Katana not counting towards honorbound kills.
  • Fixed a bug where killing a Katana wielder with a Katana was incorrectly causing an increased crit chance.

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added community contributed response rules to the Half-Zatoichi.

June 10, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a problem with honorbound weapons not allowing themselves to be holstered after killing a Spy using the Dead Ringer.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

July 7, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug with honorbound weapons allowing themselves to be holstered before getting a kill.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The honorbound attribute wording was changed from "This weapon is Honorbound and once drawn cannot be sheathed until it kills" to "Honorbound: Once drawn cannot be sheathed until it kills".

October 13, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

December 21, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed missing forces for Demoman swords.

February 14, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed the Half-Zatoichi using the wrong RED team arms skin while on the BLU team.

November 12, 2013 Patch

February 7, 2014 Patch #1

  • Fixed the Half-Zatoichi using the wrong animations for the Loadout screen and the HUD 3D Character.

February 7, 2014 Patch #2

  • Reverted the changes to the Half-Zatoichi until the effects on the Soldier can be investigated.

Unused content

  • An unused kill icon exists for Half-Zatoichi duel kills.

Bugs

  • The loadout screen shows the Demoman wielding the Half-Zatoichi with one hand instead of with both hands. A Spy disguised as a Demoman wields the Half-Zatoichi one-handed as well.
  • It is possible to get the Demoman achievement Scotch Tap twice with this weapon.
  • In Pyrovision, blood will not appear on the weapon after killing an enemy.

Trivia

  • Zatoichi is a fictional blind swordsman who appears in many Japanese films. The term "Half-Zatoichi" is a reference to the Demoman having only one eye, and the Soldier having his helmet over his eyes as opposed to being completely blind.
  • The weapon attribute is a reference to the legend of Muramasa, a famous Japanese swordsmith, who is said to have forged swords that, once drawn, could not be sheathed again until the blade had drawn blood.
  • In the censored version of Team Fortress 2, the weapon is not bloodied after a kill.
  • Even though a katana is a double-handed sword only the Demoman uses it double-handed in first person mode.

Gallery

See also