Buffalo Steak Sandvich

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Sandvich make me strong!
The Heavy on the benefits of protein

The Buffalo Steak Sandvich is a community-created secondary weapon for the Heavy. It is a slab of raw rib-eyed steak from a Buffalo.

Like the Sandvich, the Buffalo Steak Sandvich can be consumed by pressing either the primary fire or taunt key. When eaten, it temporarily increases the Heavy's movement speed to 299 HU/s (30% faster than the Heavy's regular walking speed), locks him to his melee weapon, causes him to deal mini-crits with his attacks, and increases the damage he takes by 20%. The speed bonus will stack with the Gloves of Running Urgently or its reskins, increasing speed to 310 HU/s. The speed bonus will also stack with the passive boost of the Eviction Notice, increasing speed to the same 310 HU/s, but will not stack with its on-hit boost. These effects last for 16 seconds (although the buff actually lasts 18 seconds when including the Heavy's eating animation).

While the Heavy is eating, he makes a loud munching sound and the player is forced into the third-person view.

Players can use secondary fire to drop the Buffalo Steak Sandvich onto the floor. The normal effects are not applied on dropped steaks; a dropped Steak functions as a medium-sized Medkit that can be picked up by both allies and enemies. The Heavy cannot use his own Steak to heal himself; picking up a dropped Steak will simply reset the cooldown timer. A dropped Steak from another Heavy, whether friend or foe, can only be used to restore health and will not reset the cooldown timer.

The recharge time for the Buffalo Steak Sandvich is 30 seconds. The Heavy can instantly recharge the Steak by visiting a Resupply cabinet, picking up his own thrown Steak, or collecting any health pickup while at full health. Should the Heavy be killed while holding the Steak, it will be dropped as a collectible that restores 50 health to all classes but the Scout, who is healed for 75 health.

Healing and function times

Healing and function times
Effect Grants increased move speed and mini-crits.
Increases damage taken by 20%.
Restricts player to melee weapons.
Healing amount 50 / 75
50% of max health
Function times
Consumption time 4.3 s
Recharge time 30 s / Instantly
Effect duration 16 s (18 seconds when including the eating animation)
Dropped item expiry 30 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Hibernating Bear
Backpack The Hibernating Bear Bundle.png

No effect



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Sandvich Buffalo Steak Sandvich
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Sandvich.png = Item icon Buffalo Steak Sandvich.png
Class Token - Heavy Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Heavy.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Sandvich.png Item icon Dalokohs Bar.png Item icon Buffalo Steak Sandvich.png Item icon Family Business.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png

Related achievements

Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

Dodgers 1, Giants 0
Dodgers 1, Giants 0
Kill an enemy Heavy and take his Sandvich.

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

Konspicuous Konsumption
Konspicuous Konsumption
Eat 100 sandviches.

Update history

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)
  • The Buffalo Steak Sandvich was added to the game.

December 21, 2010 Patch

December 22, 2010 Patch

  • The Buffalo Steak Sandvich's speed boosting effect no longer stacks on any other speed boosting effect (i.e., the effect of the Gloves of Running Urgently).

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Added a plate model to be used when a Heavy throws the Buffalo Steak Sandvich. Previously, a Sandvich on a plate dropped when the Steak was thrown.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on tournament servers when the server is restricting the player's weapons using the item_whitelist.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • The crafting cost of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich was changed from a Sandvich and a Crit-a-Cola to 1 Reclaimed Metal and a Sandvich.
  • All Buffalo Steak Sandviches crafted before this patch were upgraded to Vintage quality.

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added community contributed response rules to the Buffalo Steak Sandvich.

July 1, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed an exploit with the Heavy's Buffalo Steak Sandvich.

July 7, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed Buffalo Steak Sandvich allowing the user to switch to a primary weapon.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Fixed the Buffalo Steak Sandvich now having a cooldown when used at full health.
  • Fixed touching a resupply cabinet removing the effects of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich but not the melee restriction.

February 14, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated the Buffalo Steak Sandvich so it will only resupply ammo if the owner picks it up after dropping it.

July 5, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed The Sandvich and The Buffalo Steak Sandvich using the wrong models when thrown.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attributes:
    • Removed Damage taken mini-crits.
    • Added Damage taken increased 25%.

October 2, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed being able to incorrectly earn the Scout achievement "Retire the Runner" by killing a Heavy who had just eaten The Buffalo Steak Sandvich.

November 12, 2013 Patch

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

  • Changed attribute:
    • Updated description to note that lunchbox items can be thrown (alt-fire) to supply players with a medkit.

November 25, 2015 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed an exploit related to the Buffalo Steak Sandvich and dropping Powerups in Mannpower mode.

July 7, 2016 Patch (Meet Your Match Update)

  • Fixed "damage taken" multiplier accidentally being +10%, instead of the listed +25%.

October 20, 2017 Patch (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • Fixed some of the Heavy's edible secondary items not having the model update when the item is eaten.
  • [Undocumented] Increased effect duration from 15s to 16s.
  • [Undocumented] Reduced damage taken penalty from +25% to +20%.

November 7, 2017 Patch

  • Updated the drop plate for the Buffalo Steak Sandvich.


  • The speed boost still stacks with the speed boost of other items.[1]
  • If the Heavy has the Eviction Notice equipped and is under the effects of the steak, gaining a speed boost on melee hit will result in the Heavy's speed staying at 310 HU/s, instead of the 370 HU/s it would be without the steak's buff.
  • If the Buffalo Steak Sandvich is the active weapon during Humiliation, it can still be thrown by using alternate fire, and taunting will still eat the Steak Sandvich and give its effects.
  • The extra damage provided by a (mini-)critical hit is not impacted by the damage vulnerability, only the base hit.


  • Instead of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich, the Peyote was originally intended to go with the Hibernating Bear set. However, playtesters thought that people might find a man in a Native American headdress eating Peyote and going on a rage-induced killing spree racist. The Steak was therefore created as a quick replacement.[2]


See also


  1. Video showing off speed boosts stack. Another video showing it off. Top right corner is the velocity.
  2. TF2 - Polypack - Ruskeydoo" by Ruskeydoo on polycount.com forum on March 25, 2011. Accessed April 19, 2012.