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Basic Information
Map type: Payload
File name: pl_barnblitz
Released: June 23, 2011 Patch
(Über Update)
Developer(s): Valve
Map Info
Environment: Alpine
Setting: Daylight, Snowy
Pyrovision Support: Yes
Bot support: Yes
Map Items
Healthico.png Health Kits: Smallhealth.png ×8  •  Mediumhealth.png ×6  •  
Largehealth.png ×2
Ammoico.png Ammo Boxes: Smallammo.png ×1   •   Mediumammo.png ×5   •  
Largeammo.png ×9
Map Photos
Loading screen photos.
Map Overview
Barnblitz overview.png
Prove that you’re “born in a barn” (secretly in the Mafia) with this Valve-made Payload Map! Show your enemies you can “hit the broad side of a barn” (be really good at the Mafia) while you make them “buy the farm” (quit their Mafia jobs and become farmers) on one outdoor and three indoor capture points (including a final indoor capture point).

Barnblitz is a Valve-made Payload map announced on Day 1 of the Über Update. It features one outdoor and three indoor capture points. A large portion of the Payload track, and all of the BLU and RED spawns, are housed in barns and barn-styled buildings.


Note: If you are having trouble with finding the locations listed here, see the Helpful overview section to see their exact position marked on the map.

Spawn to Checkpoint 1

  • Spawn and Yard: The exit on the far left takes you behind the cart. The double gates exit allows you to immediately begin escorting the cart. The exit on the far right takes you out into the open under the cover of a large boulder, which makes for a common Sentry Gun placement on the opposite side. The small shed in the middle of the yard provides additional cover and a medium health kit.
  • Left Shed: The shed to the far left allows you to flank enemies on the snowy platform. Use the boxes beside the ledge to gain access. There is a small ammunition box inside behind some prop crates. There is a small health kit and a large ammunition box behind this shed as well.
  • Platform: Engineers usually build on the concrete platform to prevent the cart from approaching the first checkpoint. Use the shed mentioned above to flank them if you can't attack from the bottom of the ramp. From here, you can move into the enclosed area around the first checkpoint or down the rear ramp into the defender's yard.
  • Approach: You can pick up a large ammunition box here and/or a small health kit. The risen concrete platform beside the small shed is another good spot for Engineers to build on.
  • Checkpoint: This area contains a large ammunition box and a medium health kit. There is a wooden ramp that circles the entire room, which allows players to exit and enter from the snowy platform. Engineers may build here and hide Teleporters in the small room off to the side.

Checkpoint 1 to Checkpoint 2

  • Defender Yard: The dropdown can be accessed via the stairs on the left. There is a medium ammunition box before it. There is also a large health kit behind the small shed in the center of the yard. The metal roof on the far right is good for ambushing escorting players coming from the first checkpoint. The platforms in the rear right are useful for defending Snipers. The cliff leading from the snowy platform can be used for a height advantage over enemies in the yard.
  • Entrance: The gate at the bottom provides a flank to the next checkpoint. In the distance, a doorway leading from the room below the dropdown as well as the stairs to the upper level can be seen.
  • Dropdown: Players can either drop down into the room below or attack the defenders from the overlook. The room below this level contains a medium ammunition box and health kit.
  • Approach: The flank described above can be seen here on the right. The stairway to the left leads upwards. The checkpoint is visible in the distance. Engineers typically build their Sentry Guns to the right in front of the gate or in the back to the left near the large ammunition box.
  • Upper Level: To the left is a set of stairs leading outside and around the back of the checkpoint. To the right is the platform overlooking the track. To the rear right is a small corridor with a window for surprising the enemy as well as a hole to drop down onto a medium health kit behind the checkpoint. Before this window, there is a medium ammunition box and health kit at the rear of the upper platform.

Checkpoint 2 to Checkpoint 3

  • Entrance: The doorway into the house leads to a flight of stairs and a medium health kit.
  • Second Story: The defender spawn is here when checkpoint 2 is being contested. Turning the corner and entering the doorway marked "capture point" overlooks the tracks. Heading up the ramp leads to the next story. The door underneath the ramp leads to the second-story roof.
  • Roof: This roof can be immediately accessed using the overlook underneath the ramp in the second story. There is a wooden ramp leading to and from the ledge or ground near the checkpoint.
  • Third Story: Players can either drop down out of the doorway onto the roof below or use the dropdown to the left to land on the platform outside. There is a small health kit and large ammunition box here. Attacking Engineers often place their Teleporters here when the BLU Team is capturing the final point.
  • Platform: The roof can be accessed from here. There is a large ammunition box on this platform. Below, there is a small health kit along the edge.

Checkpoint 3 to Final Checkpoint

There are three entrances to the enclosed area that houses the final checkpoint.

  • Left Entrance: The left entrance is quickly accessible from the house roof or platform.
  • Main Entrance: This is the entrance the cart takes into the next area.
  • Right Entrance: A large opening furthest from checkpoint 3; The hill before it has a large ammunition box and medium health kit.
  • Platform: This platform is accessed from the left entrance stairs. There is a small ammunition box and health kit here. The stacks of wood provide cover from enemies on the ground. This platform can be accessed from the ground by its respective ramp.
  • Right Entrance Lower: The grate protects players moving through this area from enemy fire. This is a good spot to consider enemy placements before moving into the next area. Defending players should use the grate to anticipate flanking enemies. There is a small health kit here.
  • Right Entrance Upper: You can either attack the defenders from the small overlooking platform or return to the outside via the open window. There's a small ammunition box and health kit here.
  • Final Checkpoint Left: In the rear left of the last checkpoint is a small ramp and platform. Beneath the enclosed area is a large health kit. There is also a large ammunition box near the support column. The floor declines to a chute which defending players can slide down as well as a doorway to a flight of stairs leading to the platform above. Defenders spawn in the room on this platform.
  • Final Checkpoint Right: The defenders arrive out of the rear corridor from another spawn. The cart is dropped and detonated at this point. There is a small health kit beside the boxes along the grate overlooking the right entrance's lower level.
  • RED Spawn: Located on the right in the image "Final Checkpoint Left", the RED Spawn has two forms of exit. Players can either turn left to the main exit, which has a drop near the final checkpoint, or take a slide exit (by walking straight), where there is a staircase near their left leading back to the spawn. Once down the slide, players cannot go back up it.
  • Other RED Spawn: Located in the middle of the image "Final Checkpoint Right", this RED spawn consists of a simple room with one exit in front of the players. The final checkpoint is to their left.

Helpful overview

Barnblitz's locations
1.Attacker's Yard
3.Left Shed
5.Defender Yard
8.Upper level
9.House Entrance
10.Second story
11.Third story
13.Left entrance
14.Main entrance (The third checkpoint)
15.Right entrance
Blue/red diagonal lines: First Red/Blu spawn
Blue/red double diagonal lines: Second Red/Blu spawn
Red double diagonal lines w/ a circle: Third Red spawn
Yellow circle: First checkpoint
Green circle: Second checkpoint
Purple circle: Final checkpoint


Main article: Community Barnblitz strategy

Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)
  • Added Barnblitz to the game.

July 7, 2011 Patch

  • Reduced Blue respawn time at cap 1.
  • Fixed cart not allowing Overtime when it has to stop at the turn table.
  • Fixed players getting stuck in spawn doors when blue captures a point.
  • Fixed spawn doors staying open when points are captured.
  • Various clipping and exploit fixes.

July 18, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added a "Grocket" to this map.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Made Barnblitz available in Offline Practice mode.

November 16, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to get into the opposing team's respawn room.

December 15, 2011 Patch (Australian Christmas 2011)

  • [Undocumented] Removed the crashed rocket from this map.

December 20, 2012 Patch (Mecha Update)

  • Fixed various map exploits.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed building in the skybox above Red's final spawn.
  • Teleporters will no longer self destruct when used on the battlements near Blu's first spawn.

July 15, 2015 Patch

September 10, 2015 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added saucers and posters to Barnblitz.

November 25, 2015 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Removed Saucers and Posters from all maps.


  • Official, password-protected Valve servers were running development versions of Barnblitz months before its official announcement.
    • Barnblitz was later leaked in a promotional image for Steam's screenshot feature.[1]