Market Gardener

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Market Gardener publicity blurb

The Market Gardener is a community-created melee weapon for the Soldier. It is an entrenching shovel with a tan wooden handle fastened with green metal.

The Market Gardener deals critical hits to enemies whilst the wielder is rocket jumping (or sticky jumping using an enemy Demoman's Stickybombs), but will not randomly crit otherwise.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Shovel
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
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Airborne Armaments
Item icon World War Wednesday Bundle.png
Market Gardener
Market Gardener
Effect

No effect

Demonstration

Learn more about the Weapon Demonstration project.

Crafting

See also: Crafting

Blueprint

Reclaimed Metal Gunboats Pain Train Market Gardener
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Gunboats.png + Item icon Pain Train.png = Item icon Market Gardener.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

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Airborne Armaments weapon Jumper's Jeepcap
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Liberty Launcher.pngItem icon Reserve Shooter.pngItem icon Market Gardener.png = Item icon Jumper's Jeepcap.png

Strange variant


Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Trench Warfare
Trench Warfare
Kill your nemesis with a shovel.


Death from Above
Death from Above
Rocket jump and kill 2 enemies before you land.
Wings of Glory
Wings of Glory
Kill an enemy soldier while both you and the target are airborne.

Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • The Market Gardener was added to the game.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for the Market Gardener.

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • The Market Gardener now uses Shovel sounds.

November 12, 2013 Patch

Bugs

  • The description is misleading, as it states the weapon will only crit on rocket jumps, whereas it will crit on any explosive jump (even ones using enemy explosives).
  • The state of "launched by explosion" can be prolonged by jumping at the exact moment the player lands, which allows the weapon to crit after technically landing, and can theoretically be extended indefinitely.

Trivia

  • The item's name is a reference to Operation Market Garden which was the largest airborne operation in World War II. 14,589 allied soldiers were landed by glider and 20,011 by parachute behind German enemy lines.
  • The real life counterpart to the Market Gardener is the M-1951 Entrenching Tool.

Gallery

See also