Red-Tape Recorder

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Sometimes, you just need a little less gun.
The Engineer on his downgraded Sentry

The Red-Tape Recorder is a Sapper for the Spy. It appears as a tape recorder with two Chinese symbols on the front.

Instead of damaging buildings, the Red-Tape Recorder forces them to go through a reversal of the building process: any applicable upgrade animations are played in reverse, followed by the building packing itself up into a toolbox. This destroys the building and leaves the toolbox behind as a weapon pickup. Destroying the Recorder will allow the building to reconstruct but not restore any lost levels.

The Recorder has five different sounds for when it is sapping a building.



Spy-cicle Spy-cicle Spy-cicle Reclaimed Metal Red-Tape Recorder
Item icon Spy-cicle.png + Item icon Spy-cicle.png + Item icon Spy-cicle.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Red-Tape Recorder.png

Update history

August 2, 2012 Patch

  • The Red-Tape Recorder was added to the game.


  • When sapping a Mini-Sentry with the Red-Tape Recorder, the toolbox at the end of the animation will be much smaller than a normal toolbox.
  • A downgraded building will not have its health reduced to the lower level, and if upgraded afterwards will take on an additional health increase. For example, when downgrading a level 3 Sentry to level 1, it will keep the 216 HP from the level 3 state and will keep gaining max HP when upgrading it again.
    • Attaching a regular Sapper on a Sentry Gun affected by this glitch will result in a server crash.
  • The Homewrecker can't destroy the Red-Tape Recorder in one hit.
  • The Red-Tape Recorder does not glow when crit boosted.


  • This weapon's name references the term "red tape", which refers to bureaucracy that hinders or prevents action or decision-making.
  • The Chinese characters on the Red-Tape Recorder, "反砲塔", can be directly translated as "Anti-Cannon Tower".

See also