— The Heavy on his little companion
The Pocket Medic is a community-created cosmetic item for the Soldier and the Heavy. It is a toy doll bearing a resemblance to the Medic, which is located in a pocket stitched onto the Soldier's fatigues or the Heavy's vest.
The Pocket Medic differs in appearance based on the class equipping it. When equipped by the Soldier, the doll and the pocket are brightly team-colored, and the doll is shown from the waist up. When equipped by the Heavy, the pocket for the doll is the same color as the Heavy's vest, the doll is darker colored, and it is shown from the thighs up.
When players equipped with this item kill an enemy unassisted by another player, the killfeed shows everyone in Pyroland that it gets the assist, with its custom name if it has one.
June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)
- The Pocket Medic was added to the game.
June 28, 2011 Patch
- Made the Pocket Medic craftable.
October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)
- Pocket Medic can now be equipped by the Soldier in addition to the Heavy.
- [Undocumented] The Pocket Medic now makes fabric sounds when moved around in the backpack.
December 1, 2011 Patch
- [Undocumented] Changed the Pocket Medic's description to be a "Pocket Buddy" rather than a "Badge".
January 26, 2012 Patch
- [Undocumented] Updated the texture for the Pocket Medic.
June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)
- [Undocumented] Pocket Medic is now credited with assists on unassisted kills.
- "Pocket Medic" is a term coined by the community to refer to a Medic who exclusively heals one patient, never taking his heal beam off him. A Medic may tend to stick to a Heavy or Soldier due to their high health and damage output.