Razorback

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Watch your back. Or don't! Now it's your choice.
Razorback publicity blurb

The Razorback is an unlockable secondary weapon for the Sniper. It is a partially chipped hand-carved tribal shield with red and white paint and a car battery taped to the back. Two wires are shown going from the battery to the shield, held in place with black tape.

When equipped, this weapon grants the player immunity to a single backstab from a Spy. If a backstab is attempted, the Spy will be unable to attack, Cloak, or switch weapons for approximately 2 seconds. The player will be alerted of the failed attack by a very distinct, loud electrical sound, as well as being zoomed out of their scope if they were zoomed in, at which point they can retaliate.

Upon a single backstab, the Razorback will break in half and fall off the player's back. If the Sniper is killed by another player within 5 seconds of his Razorback breaking, the Spy will be given a kill assist. If a Razorback is broken, a new Razorback can be acquired if the player goes to a Resupply locker or respawns.

The Razorback is automatically given to any player who obtains 17 Sniper achievements.

Function times

Function times (in seconds)
Effect Knife lock-up
Effect duration 2 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Demonstration

Learn more about the Weapon Demonstration project.

Crafting

See also: Crafting

Blueprint

Class Token - Sniper Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Sniper.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Jarate.png Item icon Razorback.png Item icon Darwin's Danger Shield.png Item icon Cleaner's Carbine.png
Item icon Cozy Camper.png

As a crafting ingredient

Razorback Chargin' Targe Gunboats
Item icon Razorback.png + Item icon Chargin' Targe.png = Item icon Gunboats.png
Razorback Reclaimed Metal Darwin's Danger Shield
Item icon Razorback.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Darwin's Danger Shield.png
Reclaimed Metal Jarate Razorback Cozy Camper
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Jarate.png + Item icon Razorback.png = Item icon Cozy Camper.png

Strange variant


Related achievements

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Shock Treatment
Shock Treatment
Kill a Spy whose backstab attempt was blocked by your Razorback.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

Die Another Way
Die Another Way
Kill a Sniper after your backstab breaks his Razorback.

Update history

May 21, 2009 Patch (Sniper vs. Spy Update)

  • The Razorback was added to the game.

June 23, 2009 Patch

  • The Spy can no longer change weapons from the knife while shocked by the Razorback.
  • [Undocumented] Changed attribute:
    • This item no longer slows a Sniper down (previously had a 15% movement speed penalty).

May 12, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Razorback was added to the crafting blueprint for the Gunboats.

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

September 20, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

March 15, 2012 Patch

Bugs

  • If the Razorback is broken by any of the Spy's knives, and then quickly headshotted with the Huntsman the Sniper with the stabbed Razorback will dangle in mid-air, as if being pinned to an invisible wall.
  • In Mann vs. Machine, Spy Robots' backstabs will ignore the Razorback and kill the player.

Trivia

  • The Razorback resembles a mid-20th Century Queensland Rainforest tribal shield.[1]
  • The notable scar on the shield is from the Spy's unsuccessful backstab attempt on the Sniper vs. Spy update page.[2]
  • The Razorback was teased in Meet the Spy, its name displayed on a white box depicting a pig, and labeled "urgent".

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.aboriginalculture.com.au/images/B203.jpg
  2. Sniper vs. Spy Update: Day 3

See also