Arrow Stab

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Stab, stab, stab!
The Sniper

The Arrow Stab, also known as Skewer, is a kill taunt that activates upon taunting with the Huntsman or Fortified Compound equipped. The Sniper will remove the prepped arrow from his bow, spin it behind him, and then fiercely stab it forward before yanking it back, killing any enemy player slow, unaware, or simply unfortunate enough to be in the way.

The range at which the taunt will kill is 128 Hammer Units (2.4 metres or 8 feet), past which it has no effect. The initial stab with the arrow itself will stun the victim, and pulling the arrow out will inflict the killing blow. As the stunning stab and killing pull are separate actions, it's possible to succeed with one but fail with the other depending on whether the enemy is within range of the taunt. Because of this, two Snipers wielding the Huntsman can create an infinite stun loop without killing each other, commonly known as a "Staring Contest".[1]

The stun effect of the taunt works on both ÜberCharged enemies and enemies under the effects of Bonk! Atomic Punch, but will not kill them. Stunning the Medic in this fashion will break the ÜberCharge connection to his patient.

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 type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Point blank 0 + 500
Medium range N/A
Long range N/A
Mini-crit 0 + 675
Function times
Taunt duration 3.4 s [2]
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Related achievements

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Stab an enemy with an arrow.

Update history

May 21, 2009 Patch (Sniper vs. Spy Update)

  • The Arrow Stab taunt was added to the game.

May 5, 2011 Patch (Replay Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added a voice response for the Arrow Stab kill taunt.

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed the Fortified Compound not triggering the same taunts and voice lines as the Huntsman.


  • While stunned, the Sniper can still stun and kill others with this taunt. This could be executed by pointing your cross-hair at the target and rapidly hitting the taunt key or pressing it at the correct moment.
  • If a Pyro ignites the player's arrow and the player taunts, the arrow will appear unlit. The arrow will still burn after the taunt is used.
  • When being attacked by projectile weapons or weapons with a delay (any melee, Cow Mangler 5000 charged shot, Sandman/Wrap Assassin ball, Flying Guillotine, or the Huntsman), if a user stabs the attacker after the attack is initiated but before it lands, they will still be hit, damaged, and possibly killed by it, often interrupting the damaging portion of the taunt.
  • While stunned, performing the Conga taunt will allow the victim to escape the Arrow Stab's taunt kill.
  • The Arrow Stab taunt can actually be aimed at any direction, despite the animation showing the Sniper stabbing forward. This means that the user can stun and kill players that are right below or even over the player's head.

See also