Box Trot

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During the cardboard box shortage of 1930 only the wealthiest individuals could be seen wearing boxes. Ever since, box fashion has become a billion dollar industry. Take it back to the classics by wearing this sleek number that is sure to turn heads.
Box Trot publicity blurb

The Box Trot is a community-created Action taunt for the Spy. When the Taunt is activated, the Spy will place a box over himself and crawl across the ground according to what direction the player guides him in. When the player is not moving, the Spy will kneel down and the flaps of the box will lie flat on the ground.

The Box Trot was contributed to the Steam Workshop.


Update history

July 2, 2015 Patch (Gun Mettle Update)

  • The Box Trot was added to the game.

July 3, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed the box used in The Box Trot taunt sometimes being the wrong color.

July 8, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed an issue with The Box Trot taunt when window focus changed

July 23, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed Sentry Guns shooting over the head of Spies using the Box Trot taunt


  • If the player loses a round while in the Box Trot taunt, the box will disappear leaving the player looking like they are crouch walking.
  • The box may sometimes be invisible to players on the enemy team.
  • On occasion, a player will constantly blink in the Box Trot crouch pose after holding the taunt between rounds. This hinders gameplay in that the hitboxes do not correspond with the model.
  • Having an Australium Knife out will make the box always be RED, even on BLU


  • This taunt was inspired by the Metal Gear series. In every Metal Gear game (besides Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes), the player can acquire cardboard boxes to hide/camouflage themselves from enemies (known as the "Box Trick"), and move around while underneath the box.
    • The design of the boxes varies by game and location, with one notable case being labelled "THE ORANGE" (used as one of the primary marketing images for Metal Gear Solid 2), and the reason for the TF2 box being labelled "THE RED" and "THE BLU".
  • This taunt was hidden in the background of various places on the pages for the Gun Mettle Update.
  • The name is based on a type of dance called foxtrot, which was also adopted as the letter 'F' in the NATO phonetic alphabet (this alphabet is used in clarifying spelling over radio, where similar sounding letters create ambiguity).
    • This name may also be a reference to the FOXHOUND Special Forces Unit from the Metal Gear series.
  • The Japanese text written on the top of the box means "The Spy is in this box." (スパイは、この箱のなかにいる).
  • Prior to being added into the game, the box texture had a faded Team Fortress 2 logo where "THE RED" and "THE BLU" are located, as shown in the item's Steam Workshop thumbnail.
  • There is a number "9" on the front side of the box, referencing the Spy since he is the 9th class in TF2.