Crusader's Crossbow

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This thing might look like an old crossbow of before. However, it's nothing more than a regular syringe gun!
Crusader's Crossbow publicity blurb

The Crusader's Crossbow is a community-made primary weapon for the Medic. The Crusader's Crossbow is a wooden crossbow with a metal barrel attached to a canister which houses an arrow until it is fired. The Medic's icon is present on both the canister and the frame of the Crusader's Crossbow.

The Crusader's Crossbow fires an arrow that travels in a slight arc with a team-colored streak trailing behind it, not unlike the Huntsman. The Crusader's Crossbow does not require the user to charge their shot before firing, and the time spent reloading is less than the Huntsman; however, the arrows cannot score headshots. Arrows fired from the Crusader's Crossbow will damage enemies and heal teammates, allowing a sharpshooting player to deal damage from a great distance. Any player hit with an arrow fired from the Crusader's Crossbow will appear to have an arrow sticking out of their body, a mere cosmetic effect. Despite the arrows being identical to the Huntsman's, they cannot be ignited by holding the Crusader's Crossbow up to the torches on Degroot Keep or by any similar act.

Arrows function on a reversed damage falloff scale; the further an arrow travels, the greater the amount of damage it will deal or health it will heal. The amount of health replenished is not affected by whether the teammate has been recently damaged. Healing teammates with an arrow fired from the Crusader's Crossbow does not contribute to the Medic's ÜberCharge meter.

A Pyro can deflect an arrow fired from the Crusader's Crossbow back at the Medic, or into their own teammates, to give them a health boost. Disguised enemy Spies will be damaged by reflected arrows, rather than healed.

The kill icon for the Crusader's Crossbow was contributed by Psyke.

Damage, healing and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Point blank 38
Medium range 56
Long range 75
Critical 113 - 168 - 225
Mini-crit 51 - 77 - 101
Healing amount 75 - 112 - 150
Function times
Attack interval 1.4 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Medieval Medic
Backpack The Medieval Medic Bundle.png
Crusader's Crossbow
Crusader's Crossbow

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Note: This demonstration has been out of date since October 20, 2017 Patch.


See also: Crafting


Scrap Metal Huntsman Crusader's Crossbow
Item icon Scrap Metal.pngx2 + Item icon Huntsman.png = Item icon Crusader's Crossbow.png
Class Token - Medic Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Medic.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Blutsauger.png Item icon Crusader's Crossbow.png Item icon Overdose.png

As a crafting ingredient

Reclaimed Metal Gloves of Running Urgently Crusader's Crossbow Overdose
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Gloves of Running Urgently.png + Item icon Crusader's Crossbow.png = Item icon Overdose.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Achieved.png General

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

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Accumulate 7000 heal points in a single life.

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

Accumulate 10000 heal points in a single life.

Medical Intervention
Medical Intervention
Save a falling teammate from dying on impact.
Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff
Accumulate 1 million total heal points.

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.

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

Update history

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)
  • The Crusader's Crossbow was added to the game.

December 21, 2010 Patch

December 23, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated the textures of this weapon.

January 7, 2011 Patch

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed being able to attack teammates using pumpkin bombs and arrows fired.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on tournament servers when the server is restricting the player's weapons using the item_whitelist.

February 22, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed being able to heal players with the Equalizer as their active weapon.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • The crafting cost of the weapon was changed from 2 Reclaimed Metal and a Huntsman to 2 Scrap Metal and a Huntsman.
  • All Crusader's Crossbows crafted before this patch were upgraded to Vintage quality.

August 18, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

September 15, 2011 Patch

  • Updated the shading on the Crusader's Crossbow.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • Reload speed time reduced by +40%.

September 21, 2012 Patch

  • Added the ability to buy projectile penetration for the Crusader's Crossbow in Mann vs. Machine.

October 17, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed floating arrows on carried objects


  • When crouching, the bolts are fired from above the crossbow's actual location.
  • The ammo carried by the Crusader's Crossbow will not always reset when a new round begins.
  • The Crusader's Crossbow can heal soldiers with the Escape Plan equipped.
  • If a player goes into spectate while his crossbow arrow is in the air, it will become neutral, allowing it to kill players from both RED and BLU.
  • The world reload animation was not sped up in accordance with the June 27, 2012 Patch increasing reload speed by 40%, so the animation is simply cut-off before the bolt appears loaded.


See also