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This terrifying saw will surely give your enemies nightmares for years, if they survive that is!
Amputator publicity blurb

The Amputator is a community-created melee weapon for the Medic. It is a saw with angular edges and a distinct team-colored handle with an arrowhead-like extension near the top and the Medic's class icon in the center.

While this weapon is active, the Medic regenerates up to an extra three health per second, at the cost of the weapon dealing 20% less damage than the Bonesaw. Additionally, when taunting (default key: G) or pressing alt-fire (default key: Mouse2) with this weapon, a Medicating Melody is produced and heals all nearby teammates and gives a small amount of ÜberCharge based on the amount of healing done. Disguised Spies, cloaked or not, are also affected from this healing. The Amputator will not overheal teammates.

The Medic will be credited with an assist kill if a teammate within the taunt's area of effect kills an enemy.

The kill icon for the Amputator was contributed by MasterOfOrigami.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 52
Critical 156
Mini-crit 70
Healing (in combat) 100% 105
Healing (out of combat) 300% 315
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Taunt duration 4.2 s
Charge fill speed 49 HP/%
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Medieval Medic
Backpack The Medieval Medic Bundle.png

No effect



See also: Crafting


Scrap Metal Vita-Saw Amputator
Item icon Scrap Metal.png + Item icon Vita-Saw.png = Item icon Amputator.png
Class Token - Medic Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Medic.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Ubersaw.png Item icon Vita-Saw.png Item icon Amputator.png Item icon Solemn Vow.png
Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png

As a crafting ingredient

Reclaimed Metal Amputator Bushwacka Shahanshah
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Amputator.png + Item icon Bushwacka.png = Item icon Shahanshah.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.

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

Peer Review
Peer Review
Kill 10 Medics with your bone saw.

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

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

Hit enemies with your bonesaw 5 times in a row without dying or missing.

Accumulate 10000 heal points in a single life.

Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds
Heal 200 teammates after they've called for 'Medic!'.
Bedside Manner
Bedside Manner
Be healing a teammate as he achieves an achievement of his own.

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

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.

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

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.

FYI I am A Medic
FYI I am A Medic
Use your bonesaw to kill a spy who has been calling for 'Medic!'.

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

Update history

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)
  • The Amputator was added to the game.

December 21, 2010 Patch

January 3, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed an exploit related to the Amputator.[1]

January 7, 2011 Patch

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).
  • 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 Amputator was changed from 2 Reclaimed Metal and a Vita-Saw to 1 Scrap Metal and a Vita-Saw.
  • All Amputators crafted before this patch were upgraded to Vintage quality.

June 23, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Amputator was added to the crafting blueprint for the Shahanshah.

December 1, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

July 5, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed The Amputator's radius heal effect applying to players who have The Escape Plan deployed.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • The Amputator now uses Bonesaw sounds.

November 6, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed taunts with a special purpose being overridden by the Halloween taunt.

November 21, 2013 Patch (Two Cities Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Added -20% damage penalty.
    • Added +3 health per second when Weapon is Active bonus.

December 17, 2015 Patch (Tough Break Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Taunt can now be activated by alt-fire.
    • Healing done with the taunt now grants small amounts of ÜberCharge.

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)


  • Occasionally, the Amputator stops responding to alt-fire (and sometimes even to primary fire and the taunt key), preventing the taunt.
    • This can be fixed by temporarily switching classes.


  • Early in its development, the Amputator was originally going to be a dagger-like weapon named the Flammenspritze, German for "Fire Syringe".
  • This weapon's name is derived from 'amputation' - the act of surgically removing a projecting body part.



  1. In mid taunt with the Amputator, the player could disconnect from the server, but the healing effect would remain for surrounding injured players, giving them infinitely regenerating health, even after death, until they disconnected or the map changed.

See also