King of the Hill

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The hill on Viaduct.
Since their discovery in 1895, hills have fascinated kings.
The Classless Update

King of the Hill is a game mode similar to Arena in its simplicity. King of the Hill focuses on a single control point at the center of the map, which is neutral and locked at the beginning of the round. Teams must make their way to the control point and capture it when it becomes available. Once the point is captured by a team, their team clock will start a three minute countdown (seven for Ghost Fort). If the enemy team manages to capture the point back, their clock will start counting down while the other team's clock freezes at the time the point was recaptured. A team wins once they own the point and their clock runs down to zero. If a team's time elapses but the other team is in the middle of capturing the control point, Overtime occurs; the first team must fully reverse the capture (or, if it is overtaken, recapture it) to win.


Main article: Community King of the Hill Strategy

King of the Hill maps

King of the Hill maps carry the koth_ prefix; community maps are identified with italic font.

Name Picture File name
(King of the Hill)
Badlands2.png koth_badlands
Eyeaduct Eyeaduct 1.png koth_viaduct_event
Ghost Fort GhostFortIsland.jpg koth_lakeside_event
Harvest KOTH Harvest Farmhouse.PNG koth_harvest_final
Harvest Event Koth harvest event bluspawn.jpg koth_harvest_event
Kong King Kong King.png koth_king
Lakeside Koth lakeside.jpg koth_lakeside_final
Moonshine Event Koth moonshine event.jpg koth_moonshine_event
(King of the Hill)
Nucleus.PNG koth_nucleus
Probed Koth probed.jpg koth_probed
(King of the Hill)
Environmental death Saw Blades.png koth_sawmill
Suijin Suijin main.jpg koth_suijin
Viaduct Viaduct 01.jpg koth_viaduct

Update history

August 13, 2009 Patch (Classless Update)
  • Added King of the Hill mode.
  • Added maps: Nucleus (King of the Hill), Sawmill (King of the Hill), and Viaduct.

October 29, 2009 Patch (Haunted Halloween Special)

  • Added maps: Harvest and Harvest Event.

February 24, 2011 Patch (Community Map Pack Update)

  • Added map: Lakeside.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Added map: Badlands (King of the Hill).

October 27, 2011 Patch (Very Scary Halloween Special)

  • Added map: Eyeaduct.

August 10, 2012 Patch

  • Added map: Kong King.

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

  • Added map: Ghost Fort.

July 2, 2015 Patch (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Added map: Suijin.

October 6, 2015 Patch (Invasion Community Update)

  • Added map: Probed.

October 28, 2015 Patch (Scream Fortress 2015)

  • Added map: Moonshine Event.