Pomson 6000

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Blasting out rapid pulses of high amplitude, cross spectrum radiation has never been so convenient!
Pomson 6000 publicity blurb

The Pomson 6000 is a primary weapon for the Engineer. It is a retro-futuristic ray gun with many team-colored portions.

The weapon fires an unreflectable projectile beam that deals damage and interferes with the signature abilities of Medics and Spies: hitting a Medic will subtract 10% from his ÜberCharge meter if he is not actively using it, while hitting a Spy will subtract 20% from his cloak meter even if he is cloaked or disguised. These values are maximums; the amount drained begins to fall off starting at a medium range of 512 Hammer units, with no drain at all at 1536 Hammer units (three times the distance). Drainage is applied after damage is dealt, so killing a Medic with full ÜberCharge counts as such, and Spies can successfully use the Dead Ringer on Pomson shots. Drainage victims hear a distinctive sound to alert them of the loss.

The Pomson 6000 does not require ammo, though it remains necessary to reload it after four shots. Its shots can also light teammates' Huntsman arrows and deal only 20% damage to enemy buildings.

Enemies killed by the Pomson 6000 suffer a distinctive death by vaporization: they turn black, hover in mid-air while surrounded by team-colored particles, and then disappear into ashes. Like backstabs and headshots, there is a 25% chance that opponents will perform a specific disintegration animation if killed in this way.

The Pomson 6000 was later contributed to the Steam Workshop, at Valve's request.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage type Untyped
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Base damage 100%
Maximum fall-off 70%
Critical 126-180
Mini-crit 57-81
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Reload (first) 1.02 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.53 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Note: Damage is proportional to particle lifetime instead of distance from target. Unlike most weapons, Critical hits are also affected by the scaling.


Item set

Dr. Grordbort's Brainiac Pack
Item icon The Brainiac Pack Bundle.png
Pomson 6000
Pomson 6000

No effect


See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Righteous Bison Short Circuit Pomson 6000
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Righteous Bison.png + Item icon Short Circuit.png = Item icon Pomson 6000.png
Class Token - Engineer Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Engineer.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Frontier Justice.png Item icon Widowmaker.png Item icon Pomson 6000.png Item icon Rescue Ranger.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Brainiac Pack weapon Possible Results
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Pomson 6000.pngItem icon Eureka Effect.png =
Item icon Brainiac Hairpiece.png Item icon Brainiac Goggles.png

Strange variant


Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Texas Two-Step
Texas Two-Step
Use your shotgun to finish off an enemy recently damaged by your sentry gun.

Update history

December 15, 2011 Patch (Australian Christmas 2011)
  • The Pomson 6000 was added to the game.

December 21, 2011 Patch

  • Added draw/recoil/reload/crit forces for the Pomson 6000.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • Added crafting blueprint for the Pomson 6000.

February 16, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed a broken Engineer animation for the Pomson 6000.

August 15, 2012 Patch

  • Removed player penetration from the Pomson 6000 and boosted the damage to compensate.

August 27, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Uber and Cloak drain decreases over distance from target. Decreases start at 512 Hammer Units (Hu) from target and reach 0 drain at 1536Hu.

July 3, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed dropped energy weapons not being able to fire after being picked up.

July 23, 2015 Patch

  • Changed the Pomson 6000 ÜberCharge and cloak drain effect's distance fall-off.
    • Old: Drain 15 ÜberCharge at point blank and scale down to 0 at 1024 HU.
    • New: Drain 10 ÜberCharge from 0 to 512 HU and scale down to 0 at 1536 HU.

May 31, 2016 Patch

  • Fixed energy weapons not reloading when using cl_autoreload.


  • The -34% clip size attribute is missing.
  • The shots fired by the weapon are fired slightly below the reticule.
  • Rarely, after a moment of not firing, the Engineer will automatically reload the weapon's clip, regardless of the player's auto-reload setting.
  • The world view reload animation will not appear to other players.
  • All sound effects accompanying this weapon play alongside their corresponding Shotgun sound effect.
  • When shot through allies or friendly buildings, the projectile will appear invisible but will still damage enemies.
  • While holding down the primary fire button, if you hold down the secondary fire button simultaneously the Pomson will be placed into a loop of the reloading animation until both buttons have been released.


  • The appearance of this weapon is based on that of 'The Pomson 6000 Sub Atomic Wave Gun', which can be purchased from the online store at Weta Workshop.


See also