Shred Alert

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The Shred Alert is a promotional action item for all classes. When activated, the user pulls out a black, v-shaped guitar with team-colored decals, and plays a quick metal riff accompanied with pyrotechnics and spotlights, finishing off with a lightning strike.

This item was awarded in Genuine quality to players who pre-purchased Brütal Legend on Steam before February 26, 2013[1].

The Shred Alert was later contributed to the Steam Workshop, at Valve's request.

Demonstration

Learn more about the Weapon Demonstration project.

Update history

February 18, 2013 Patch

  • The Shred Alert was added to the game.

February 22, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed not hearing the sound for the Shred Alert taunt while playing Mann Vs. Machine.
  • Fixed players spamming the Shred Alert taunt in spawn rooms by changing their loadout presets.

February 28, 2013 Patch

  • Removed the promo restrictions from the Shred Alert.
  • Updated some of the animations for the Shred Alert taunt.

June 11, 2014 Patch #1

  • [Undocumented] Updated the backpack icon.

June 23, 2014 Patch

Unused content

  • The Shred Alert has an unused kill icon in the game files, implying it was intended to be a taunt attack.
    • The particle name for the Shred Alert is named as "bl_killtaunt.pcf" (Brütal Legend Kill Taunt), as well all of the particle effects found inside the pcf.

Bugs

  • Taunting while using the Sandman or Wrap Assassin will cause the ball/bauble to disappear in client view.
  • As with most other taunts, performing the Shred Alert taunt and being knocked into the air will cancel the taunt but not its animation. However, it will also leave the taunt's particle effects at the place the taunt was initially performed.
    • This will also occur if the player is killed during the taunt animation.
  • Taunting as a Demoman while using the Ullapool Caber will taunt with the Ullapool Caber instead of the guitar.
  • The guitar may be colored incorrectly when used with certain weapons.

Trivia

  • The taunt's name is a play on the words "red alert", meaning the highest level of alert in military or civil defense.
  • The description refers to Yngwie Malmsteen, a Swedish guitarist who has been playing neo-classical style heavy metal music since the 1980's.
  • The guitar's overall design resembles that of a Gibson Flying V.
  • The bump map for this item contains two hidden Engineer class emblems.

Gallery

Notes

  1. Developer's comment on release date

See also