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This new weapon ... will draw health from enemies each time a syringe hits -- making it especially useful as a weapon to retreat away from the fight while staying alive.
Blutsauger publicity blurb

The Blutsauger is an unlockable primary weapon for the Medic. It is similar in appearance to the Syringe Gun, but has a solid, partially team-colored and pill-shaped tank in place of the syringe canister. A team-colored heartbeat monitor line is painted on its sides. The muzzle and the small stripe nearby it are faintly glowing.

This gun fires syringe projectiles at a speed of 990 Hammer units per second (roughly 18.86 m/s or 61.88 ft/s), similarly to the default Syringe Gun. Additionally, whenever a projectile hits an enemy player, three health is replenished to the player – indicated by a team-colored medical cross appearing over a Medic – and a green '+3' appears on the bottom of the HUD (however, successful hits on a disguised Spy do not display the '+3').

As compensation, the Blutsauger reduces a Medic's passive healing ability by up to 2 HP per second, so a Medic that has recently taken damage regenerates 2 HP/sec, at a maximum of 4 HP/sec. Like the Syringe Gun, the Blutsauger's projectiles have a travel time and follow an arced trajectory, so it is necessary to lead a moving target and aim upward to compensate for distance. The further an enemy is, the more one has to aim upwards.

The Blutsauger is automatically given to any player who obtains 10 Medic achievements.

The kill icon for the Blutsauger was contributed by Shugo.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Syringe Gun
Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 120% 12
Base damage 100% 10
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 5
Critical 30
Mini-crit 14 - 16
Function times
Attack interval 0.105 s
Reload 1.305 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Class Token - Medic Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Medic.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Blutsauger.png Item icon Crusader's Crossbow.png Item icon Overdose.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Does It Hurt When I Do This?
Does It Hurt When I Do This?
Kill 50 Scouts with your syringe gun.
Medic Milestone 1
Medic Milestone 1
Achieve 10 of the achievements in the Medic pack.

Reward: Blutsauger

Update history

April 29, 2008 Patch (Gold Rush Update)
  • The Blutsauger was added to the game.

September 15, 2009 Patch

  • Replaced "No critical hits" negative attribute with "-2 health drained per second on wearer".

January 7, 2011 Patch

March 10, 2011 Patch (Shogun Pack)

  • Updated model with optimizations and LODs.

January 11, 2012 Patch

April 17, 2012 Patch

April 27, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed damage to buildings applying on-hit effects.

November 12, 2013 Patch

November 21, 2013 Patch (Two Cities Update)

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.

December 2, 2021 Patch (Smissmas 2021)

  • Updated the description for the Blutsauger to clarify its attributes.

January 5, 2023 Patch

  • Fixed a memory leak when firing syringes as Medic
  • Fixed some instances of syringes being invisible around corners and in transitions between water and air (both directions)
  • Fixed syringes triggering false hits on the client when minimal view models are enabled or a custom view model FOV is set

Unused content

  • Two team-colored needle models exist for the Blutsauger.


  • Blutsauger means "bloodsucker" or "vampire" in German. According to German folklore, the Blutsauger was a boneless, vampire-like creature that converted its victims by tricking them into eating soil from its grave.


See also