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Now this is a knife!
The Sniper

The Bushwacka is a community-created melee weapon for the Sniper. It is an enormous Bowie knife with a serrated spine, a small hole near the back of the blade, and a wooden handle with brass pommel and guard.

When attacking with this weapon in a situation where it would normally deliver a mini-crit, such as against a Jarate-sodden foe or when buffed via the Buff Banner, it instead performs a critical hit. On the other hand, this weapon cannot deal random critical hits and the Sniper has an additional 20% damage vulnerability to all sources while the weapon is active.

The kill icon for the Bushwacka was contributed by Psyke .

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 195
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Croc-o-Style Kit
Backpack The Croc-o-Style Kit Bundle.png

Leave a Calling Card on your victims



See also: Crafting


Eyelander Reclaimed Metal Bushwacka
Item icon Eyelander.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Bushwacka.png
Class Token - Sniper Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Sniper.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Tribalman's Shiv.png Item icon Bushwacka.png Item icon Shahanshah.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png
Item icon Ham Shank.png Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Croc-o-Style Kit weapon Ol' Snaggletooth
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Sydney Sleeper.pngItem icon Darwin's Danger Shield.pngItem icon Bushwacka.png = Item icon Ol' Snaggletooth.png
Reclaimed Metal Amputator Bushwacka Shahanshah
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Amputator.png + Item icon Bushwacka.png = Item icon Shahanshah.png
Reclaimed Metal Bushwacka Cleaner's Carbine
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Bushwacka.pngx3 = Item icon Cleaner's Carbine.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Be Polite
Be Polite
Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you doffing your hat.

Jarate Chop
Jarate Chop
Jarate and then kill 3 enemies with your Kukri.
Kook the Spook
Kook the Spook
Kill 10 Spies with your Kukri.

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • The Bushwacka was added to the game.

October 8, 2010 Patch

January 7, 2011 Patch

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).
  • Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on tournament servers when the server is restricting the player's weapons using the item_whitelist.

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added community contributed response rules to the Bushwacka.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • The Bushwacka was added to the crafting blueprint for the Shahanshah.

August 18, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

June 18, 2014 Patch

  • The Bushwacka can no longer randomly crit.

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

  • Changed attributes:
    • Changed penalty from +20% fire vulnerability to +20% damage vulnerability while active.


  • A bushwacker is a term that refers to someone who spends a long time in "the bush". The bush refers to rural, undeveloped land or country areas, especially in Australia and New Zealand, the Sniper's homeland(s).
  • A bushwhacker can refer to a billhook, or a large, curved blade similar in shape and size to the Sniper's Kukri.


See also