Persian Persuader

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The Demoman on ammo's healing benefits

The Persian Persuader is a community-created melee weapon for the Demoman. It is a scimitar with a brass hilt and a bloodied blade.

Having the weapon equipped doubles the recharge rate of the charge of the Chargin' Targe, Splendid Screen, or Tide Turner, allowing for more frequent charging. In addition, it converts any ammo collected into health. This only affects ammo pickups, building gibs, and dropped weapons; ammo cannot be collected from Dispensers or carts. Resupply lockers are unaffected.

Similar to the Eyelander, this weapon has a large melee range and cannot deal random critical hits, forcing players to rely on the Chargin' Targe, Splendid Screen or Tide Turner's special ability or a crit boost to deliver any critical hits.

Taunting with the Persian Persuader equipped will perform the Decapitation kill taunt.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Bottle
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
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.


Ammo conversion table

Ammo Picked Up Health
Dropped Weapons 20
Large Ammo Box 40
Medium Ammo Box 20
Small Ammo Box 10

Building Type Piece Total
Destroyed Sentry Gun 20 80
Destroyed Mini-sentry 20 80
Destroyed Dispenser 20 100
Destroyed Teleporter 20 80

Item set

One Thousand and One Demoknights
Item icon Timbuk-Tuesday Bundle.png
Persian Persuader
Persian Persuader

No effect


See also: Crafting


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

Refined Metal 1,001 Demoknights weapon Sultan's Ceremonial
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Ali Baba's Wee Booties.pngItem icon Splendid Screen.pngItem icon Persian Persuader.png = Item icon Sultan's Ceremonial.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

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.

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

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • The Persian Persuader was added to the game.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for the Persian Persuader.

September 15, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Demomen with the Persian Persuader equipped picking up ammo crates when they're already at full health.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Updated community contributed response rules.
  • [Undocumented] The Persian Persuader can no longer receive ammo from Dispensers or the cart; in addition the amount of health received from fallen weapons and destroyed buildings has been reduced significantly.

December 21, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed missing forces for Demoman swords.

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

November 12, 2013 Patch


  • The creator of both the Persian Persuader and the Sultan's Ceremonial had intended them to be a reference to the Moors.[1]
  • On the bottom of the hilt of the sword, there is a carving of the Loch Ness monster.



  1. Post by user ant on thread "Team Fortress 2 art - Hats, Items, etc. on forums, May 29, 2011. Accessed June 23, 2011.

See also