Back Scatter

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Is-is anybody even payin' attention ta me?
The Scout on shooting enemies from behind

The Back Scatter is a community-created primary weapon for the Scout. It is a short, slightly-modified lever-action shotgun with wooden grips, a single barrel, and two small shell drums on the sides.

Nearby enemies within a range of around 500 Hammer units (roughly 31 feet or 9.5 meters) are dealt mini-crits damage when shot from behind with the Back Scatter. As a trade-off, it sports 34% fewer rounds per clip (leaving 4 shots before needing to reload), a 20% greater bullet spread, and an inability to deal random critical hits.

The Back Scatter was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 175% 10.5 / pellet
Base damage 100% 6 / pellet
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 3.168 / pellet
Pellet count 10
Point blank 11-105
Medium range 6-60
Long range 3-32
Pellet spread 25:1
Critical 18 / pellet
Mini-crit 8.1 - 14.2 / pellet
Function times
Attack interval 0.625 s
Reload (first) 0.7 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.5 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Shortstop Crit-a-Cola Back Scatter
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Shortstop.png + Item icon Crit-a-Cola.png = Item icon Back Scatter.png
Class Token - Scout Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Scout.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Shortstop.png Item icon Force-A-Nature.png Item icon Soda Popper.png Item icon Baby Face's Blaster.png
Item icon Back Scatter.png

As a crafting ingredient

Reclaimed Metal Reclaimed Metal Back Scatter Panic Attack
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Back Scatter.png = Item icon Panic Attack.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

Back 2 Back
Back 2 Back
While using the Back Scatter, kill a Heavy/Medic pair within 20 seconds of each other.

Back In Business
Back In Business
While using the Back Scatter, kill 20 spies from behind.
Severed Ties
Severed Ties
While using the Back Scatter, kill 20 friends from behind.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

Fast Fingers
Fast Fingers
Backstab a Scout that is using the Back Scatter.

Update history

June 18, 2014 Patch (Love & War Update)

  • The Back Scatter was added to the game.

June 19, 2014 Patch

  • Added a crafting recipe for the Back Scatter.

June 23, 2014 Patch

  • Updated the attribute description for the Back Scatter to better explain what it does.?

July 7, 2016 Patch #1 (Meet Your Match Update)

March 28, 2018 Patch #1

  • Fixed The Back Scatter not mini-crit'ing when the Scout was in the air and behind their target.


  • A backscatter is a diffuse reflection towards the direction it came.


See also