Spinal Tap

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The Medic

The Spinal Tap is the Medic's kill taunt. Upon taunting by the alt-fire (default key: MOUSE2), or taunt button (default key: G) with the Ubersaw active, the Medic throws his coattails back and enters a combat pose before thrusting his Ubersaw forward and retracting it, killing any enemy player slow, unaware, or simply unfortunate enough to be in the way.

The initial thrust will stun the victim and deal 1 damage, while the retraction deals 500 damage. As the two are separate actions, it is possible to succeed with one but fail with the other depending on whether the enemy is within range or if the Medic is interrupted. Upon a successful kill, the Medic is granted 100% ÜberCharge, (25% from the initial thrust, 75% from the exit) the equivalent of four normal hits with the Ubersaw. However, if the target is a disguised Spy or under the effect of an ÜberCharge, the thrust will stun but provide no Über, and the retraction will grant 50% Über. The range at which the taunt will kill is 128 Hammer Units, past which it has no effect.

As with most kill taunts, this taunt can be used to kill enemy players during humiliation and stalemates.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage
Point blank 1 + 500
Mini-crit 675
Function times
Taunt duration 4 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Update history

January 13, 2010 Patch

  • The original Ubersaw taunt (similar to the Bonesaw albeit with a harsher, more cello-like sound) is replaced with this taunt.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • [Undocumented] A successful Spinal Tap kill now fills the Medic's ÜberCharge 100%, unless the target is under the effect of an ÜberCharge where it will still fill by 50%.

May 5, 2011 Patch (Replay Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added a voice response for the Spinal Tap.

October 2, 2013 Patch

Bugs

  • The Spinal Tap taunt may occasionally stab the player behind the Medic instead of the player in front.[1]

Trivia

  • Spinal Tap is a colloquial term for a lumbar puncture, a medical procedure in which a needle is inserted between the vertebrae at the base of the spine to extract a sample of spinal fluid. Though not at all fatal when performed by a professional, it does have the potential to be extremely painful.

See also