Vaccinator

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The Medic on changing resistances

The Vaccinator is a community-created secondary weapon for the Medic. It roughly resembles a team-colored Medi Gun, with a team-colored, glowing liquid-filled beaker attached to the lower middle section, a small monitor left of the main body and additional cables and valves. It also changes the stock Medi Gun backpack to a small Canteen-like device.

The main feature of the weapon is the Medic's ability to select the desired resistance that will be applied both to the Medic and the heal target. The player can cycle through bullet, explosive, and fire resistances by pressing the reload button (default key: R) and an appropriate icon will appear over the ÜberCharge meter. In addition, a clacking sound cue is played every time the resistance is switched as an auditory feedback signal to the player. There is no way to defend against certain damage types, such as melee.

Compared to the the stock Medi Gun, the weapon has a 50% faster ÜberCharge build rate. However, when healing a patient who is at full health or higher, the ÜberCharge build rate reduces by 66%, to the same speed that the Stock Medi Gun builds ÜberCharge when healing a fully overhealed patient. While actively healing, the Medic and the heal target gain a 10% resistance to the selected type of damage and the Medic will be healed 10% of correctly-matched incoming damage to the patient. In addition, the shield icons for any active resistances will appear above the health meter on both the Medic's and patient's HUD and over their heads. The bonus damage of critical hits and mini-crits is not resisted during normal healing. When the Medic or patient receive damage that is matched with the selected resistance (e.g., they take damage that is reduced), an auditory clashing sound can be heard, indicating that damage was blocked; a small shield of the selected damage type will also flash over the damaged player, giving a visual cue as well.

Instead of a single ÜberCharge bar, the Vaccinator builds up to four smaller bars of ÜberCharge, filled in intervals of 25% ÜberCharge (i.e. the bars are filled in order as 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% ÜberCharge is reached). Each time a bar is filled up, a specific brief sound effect (different from the resistances sound cue) is played to alert the player. The first fully charged ÜberCharge bar may automatically trigger the Übercharge Ready voice response from the character.

When the ÜberCharge is deployed, one bar is immediately consumed, and a protective shield of the selected damage type is placed on the Medic and the heal target (if applicable), lasting for 2.5 seconds. This shield grants 75% damage resistance to the selected type of damage, and fully resists critical damage as well. This shield will persist for its duration even if the Medic changes heal targets, allowing the Medic to place additional shields on as many teammates as permitted by the amount of ÜberCharge available. The Medic may also place a second shield of a different damage type on the same patient, allowing them to resist multiple damage types simultaneously. Attempting to place a shield on a patient who already has an active shield of that damage type will have no effect, though holding down the ÜberCharge key will cause it to automatically place another shield when the first one runs out. Any partially charged ÜberCharge bar (e.g., any interval that is less than 25%) is not lost upon deploying ÜberCharge, the ÜberCharge meter is simply reduced by 25% upon placing a shield.

An activated ÜberCharge has its own characteristic sound effect which is quite different to that of the other Medi Guns. As well, the auditory clashing sound upon resisting the correctly matched damage type increases in pitch, allowing both the Medic and patient to know that they are resisting 75% of the matched damage rather than just 10%.

The Vaccinator was contributed to the Steam Workshop under the name "The Hot Coffee".

Healing and function times

Healing and function times
Healing
Healing (in combat) 100% 24 / s (8 / s)
Healing (out of combat) 300% 72 / s (24 / s)
Function times
Effect duration 2.5 s per resistance
Charge fill speed 3.75% / s (1.25% / s)
Maximum charge time 26.67 s (80 s)
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Demonstration

Strange variant


Crafting

See also: Crafting

Blueprint

Quick-Fix Reclaimed Metal Vaccinator
Item icon Quick-Fix.pngx3 + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Vaccinator.png
Class Token - Medic Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Medic.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Kritzkrieg.png Item icon Quick-Fix.png Item icon Vaccinator.png

Related achievements

Achieved.png General

Master of Disguise
Master of Disguise
Trick an opposing Medic into healing you.


Team Doctor
Team Doctor
Accumulate 25000 heal points as a Medic.


Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

Doctoring the Ball
Doctoring the Ball
Kill 3 enemies while under the effects of a Medic's ÜberCharge.


The Big Hurt
The Big Hurt
Stun 2 Medics that are ready to deploy an ÜberCharge.


Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

War Crime and Punishment
War Crime and Punishment
In a single life, kill 3 enemies who have damaged a Medic that is healing you.


Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

Burn Ward
Burn Ward
Ignite 3 Medics that are ready to deploy an ÜberCharge.


Next of Kindling
Next of Kindling
Ignite an enemy, and the Medic healing him.


Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

Class Struggle
Class Struggle
Work with a friendly Medic to kill an enemy Heavy & Medic pair.


Division of Labor
Division of Labor
Kill 10 enemies with a Medic assisting you, where neither of you die.


Party Loyalty
Party Loyalty
Kill 50 enemies within 3 seconds of them attacking your Medic.
Red Oktoberfest
Red Oktoberfest
Earn a domination for a Medic who's healing you.


Supreme Soviet
Supreme Soviet
Get ÜberCharged 50 times.

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Repair a sentry gun under fire while being healed by a Medic.


Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Autoclave
Autoclave
Assist in burning 5 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Pyro.


Bedside Manner
Bedside Manner
Be healing a teammate as he achieves an achievement of his own.


Big Pharma
Big Pharma
Assist a Heavy in killing 10 enemies, where neither of you die.


Blast Assist
Blast Assist
Assist in exploding 5 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Soldier.


Blunt Trauma
Blunt Trauma
Assist in punching 2 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Heavy.


Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff
Accumulate 1 million total heal points.


Consultation
Consultation
Assist a fellow Medic in killing 3 enemies in a single life.


Doctor Assisted Homicide
Doctor Assisted Homicide
Assist in killing 20 nemeses.


Double Blind Trial
Double Blind Trial
Deploy an ÜberCharge within 8 seconds of a nearby enemy Medic deploying his.


Family Practice
Family Practice
ÜberCharge 5 of your Steam Community Friends.


First Do No Harm
First Do No Harm
Play a full round without killing any enemies, and score the highest on a team of 6 or more players.


Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds
Heal 200 teammates after they've called for 'Medic!'.


Group Health
Group Health
Work with 2 other Medics to deploy 3 simultaneous ÜberCharges.


House Call
House Call
Join a game that one of your friends is in and then deploy an ÜberCharge on him.


Hypocritical Oath
Hypocritical Oath
Kill an enemy Spy that you have been healing.
Infernal Medicine
Infernal Medicine
Extinguish 100 burning teammates.


Intern
Intern
Accumulate 7000 heal points in a single life.


Medical Breakthrough
Medical Breakthrough
Assist in destroying 5 enemy Engineer buildings with a single ÜberCharge on a Demoman.


Medical Intervention
Medical Intervention
Save a falling teammate from dying on impact.


Midwife Crisis
Midwife Crisis
Heal an Engineer as he repairs his sentry gun while it's under enemy fire.


Play Doctor
Play Doctor
In a team with no Medics, be the first person to switch to Medic after a teammate calls for 'Medic!', and then heal 500 health.


Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
Block the enemy from capturing a control point with an ÜberCharged teammate.


Quadruple Bypass
Quadruple Bypass
Heal a teammate who's taking fire from 4 enemies at once.


Second Opinion
Second Opinion
ÜberCharge 2 teammates at once.


Specialist
Specialist
Accumulate 10000 heal points in a single life.


Surgical Prep
Surgical Prep
Have an ÜberCharge ready before the Setup phase ends.


Trauma Queen
Trauma Queen
Deploy 3 ÜberCharges in less than 5 minutes, and assist in 5 kills during that time.


Triage
Triage
Deploy an ÜberCharge on a teammate less than a second before they're hit by a critical explosive.


Ubi concordia, ibi victoria
Ubi concordia, ibi victoria
Assist in killing 3 enemies on an enemy control point, in a single life.


You'll Feel a Little Prick
You'll Feel a Little Prick
Assist in killing 3 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Scout.

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Überectomy
Überectomy
Kill a Medic that is ready to deploy an ÜberCharge.


Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

FYI I am a Spy
FYI I am a Spy
Backstab a Medic who has healed you in the last 5 seconds.


Insurance Fraud
Insurance Fraud
Kill an enemy while you're being healed by an enemy Medic.
Dr. Nooooo
Dr. Nooooo
Backstab a Medic that is ready to deploy an ÜberCharge.

Update history

December 20, 2012 Patch (Mecha Update)
  • The Vaccinator was added to the game.

January 24, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed missing text in the recipe description for the Vaccinator.

February 1, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed an issue with the self-illumination on the Vaccinator's backpack.

February 28, 2013 Patch

  • Updated the Vaccinator with its own uber-off sound and a sound when toggling resist types.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • Über now fully absorbs crit damage for the selected damage type, but depletes Übercharge based on the amount of damage prevented.

October 30, 2013 Patch

  • Updated the Vaccinator to use the reload key to cycle through resist types.

November 12, 2013 Patch

August 13, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

October 30, 2014 Patch

  • Updated the equip_region for the Vaccinator.

January 15, 2015 Patch #1

  • Fixed the Medic not being able to deploy a Vaccinator charge while carrying the flag.

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

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.
  • Fixed a bug that gave Vaccinator patients full crit immunity.
  • Changed attributes:
    • Vaccinator base resist does not grant any crit resistance.
    • Vaccinator Uber deploys now always take exactly 1 bar of Uber charge.
    • Vaccinator Uber deploys give the patient a 2.5 second bubble of 75% damage resistance of the current resist type and full crit resistance to that type. These bubbles do not disappear if the Medic stops targeting the current patient. Multiple bubbles of different types can be applied to the same patient or multiple patients given the same resist uber each consuming 1 charge.
    • Vaccinator uber build now suffers the same penalties as other mediguns when it comes to multiple medics on the same target and max overhealed patients.
    • Decreased the bonus healing a Medic received for properly selecting the right damage resistance type from 25% of incoming damage to 10% of incoming damage.
    • Added Penalty of 66% decreased uber build rate while healing a overhealed patient.

July 6, 2015 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • Übercharge penalty no longer applies during setup time.

July 8, 2015 Patch #1

  • Vaccinator Über bubbles once again work on Reanimators in Mann vs Machine, but now instantly fills them by 90%.

Unused content

  • There are three different styles of beam intended for this weapon, one for each type of resistance. Instead, the weapon shares its beam with the Kritzkrieg and Quick-Fix. [1]
  • The Two Cities Update added new unused skins and particles for the Vaccinator shield. Their names hint that would appear on Mann vs. Machine game mode only. These skins represent each buff resistance type and each one has their own color. The Bullet Resistance (mvm_vaccinator_shield_bullets) has a blue color, the Explosive Resistance (mvm_vaccinator_shield_explosives) has a green color and the Fire Resistance (mvm_vaccinator_shield_fire) has an orange color.

Bugs

  • When balanced to the other team while possessing a ready charge, it will continue to glow in the original team's color.

Gallery

References

  1. Steam Users' Forums

See also