Horseless Headless Horsemann
|Horseless Headless Horsemann|
|Health:||3000 +200 for each player in the server|
|Damage Done:||current health of player x2|
|Found On:||Mann Manor|
The Horseless Headless Horsemann, the undead form of Silas Mann, is a neutral enemy that appears only in Mann Manor. Approximately every 8 minutes, he spawns at the currently contested control point and hunts down players from both teams. He has a great deal of health, is capable of instantly killing any class with one attack, and will continue to rampage until defeated by the players.
The Horseless Headless Horsemann is referred to as "Team Fortress's first boss monster" on the official Scream Fortress Update page.
The Horseless Headless Horsemann is classifed as part of the map's environment; any kills made by him count as environmental deaths for the victim. On-hit effects, such as the charging of the Buff Banner, healing provided by the Black Box, or the L'Etranger refilling Cloak, will not trigger upon a successful attack against the Horsemann. Additionally, the Horseless Headless Horsemann is completely immune to all status ailments, such as Jarate, slowdown, or bleeding. He is, however, affected by critical hits and damage ramp up/fall off.
When the Horseless Headless Horsemann spawns or does not have a target, a random player within a certain proxmity of him will be designated as "It" after a short period of time. The Horseless Headless Horsemann will relentlessly chase the player who is "It," slaying any others unfortunate enough to be in the way.
The player designated as "It" is notified via an on-screen message and marked with a floating white skull and crossbones icon. The Horseless Headless Horsemann will change targets if "It" is killed, is far enough away from the Horseless Headless Horsemann, survives for 30 seconds, or is in an area inaccessible to the Horseless Headless Horsemann, such as the respawn room. Additionally, a player can hit an enemy with a melee weapon to pass the "It" status to them, in a manner similar to tag.
If no player is currently "It", the Horseless Headless Horsemann may perform a taunt, spreading his arms and releasing a loud "Boo!" Any players within 500 units are stunned and placed into a state of fear. Players wearing the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Head or Saxton Hale Mask are immune to being stunned by the Horseless Headless Horsemann's taunt.
The Horseless Headless Horsemann has a base health of 3000 that increases by 200 for each player in the server. His actual minimum possible health is 5000, as he will not spawn if there are fewer than 10 players in the server, while his maximum possible health is 9400, in an increased slot 32-player server.
The Horseless Headless Horsemann will begin to "shiver" when he has been defeated before exploding shortly afterwards. His defeat will be announced via a sound and on-screen message to all players on the server. The last three players to damage the Horseless Headless Horsemann will be credited with killing him.
These sounds play during the event:
- Halloween Boss has spawned‡
- You have been tagged as 'it'.
- Another player has been tagged as 'it'.
- Halloween Boss has been defeated.‡
‡Accompanied by a notification Popup.
Contributing to killing the Horseless Headless Horsemann awards both the Sleepy Holl0wnd Ghostchievement and Horseless Headless Horsemann's Head hat. If a player is credited with killing the Horseless Horsemann with a melee attack, the player will receive an Unusual Haunted Metal Scrap and the Gored Ghostchievement.
| He Who Celt It|
Use the Sticky Launcher to kill an enemy player via environmental damage.
- Introduced the Horseless Headless Horsemann to the game.
- The Horseless Headless Horsemann can now climb the ladder at point B.
- Fixed a minor issue with the Horseless Headless Horsemann.
- Fixed the Horseless Headless Horsemann displaying the burning material in DirectX8.
- [Undocumented] Sentry Guns and Bots now properly target the Horseless Headless Horsemann as an enemy.
- [Undocumented] Damage notifications and hitsounds now appear when damaging the Horsemann, if they are enabled.
- The Horseless Headless Horsemann may in semi-rare cases move right into players, rendering them completely stuck and vulnerable to a quick and painful death.
- The Horseless Headless Horsemann is a parody of the Headless Horseman from the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
- The Horseless Headless Horsemann has several unused animations that can be found in the game files. These include the "Cheers" thumbs up action and Medic calls. This is due to the Horseless Headless Horsemann using many of the Demoman's original animations.
- The animation the Horseless Headless Horsemann uses when walking changes depending on how much health he has. After he loses a certain percentage of health (presumably 50%), he stops using the two handed walk animation and starts using the one handed walk animation.
- Even though the Horseless Headless Horsemann never jumps, an unused jump animation exists from the original Demoman animations. The Horsemann will walk around height obstacles or change his target if confronted with an enemy on a higher ledge.
- The Horseless Headless Horsemann's kills count as environmental deaths. Therefore, achievements such as Foul Territory for the Scout can be achieved by stunning someone about to be killed by the Horseless Headless Horsemann.
- Despite avoiding hazards such as pits, the Horsemann can be killed by other environmental hazards if he is spawned somewhere other than Mann Manor. He is killed in one hit by the trains on Well, for instance.
- If The Horseless Headless Horsemann is spawned with other bosses (Merasmus or Monoculus), it still will one hit them.