Chargin' Targe

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“If I were to pick up this cowering-plate, I would have to put down my second sword,” a Scotsman thinks. “And surely that is madness.”
The Chargin’ Targe solves this riddle by turning the useless shield into a deadly weapon you can run at people with and then bludgeon to death.
Close Combat Kit publicity blurb

The Chargin' Targe is an unlockable secondary weapon for the Demoman. It is an antique, blood-stained wooden shield with a painted yellow cross and reinforced by an iron rim with bolts and a deadly center spike. A portion of the shield is missing and splintered.

As it is a shield, simply equipping the Chargin' Targe provides the wearer with a passive +50% fire resistance and +30% explosive resistance. Additionally, the Chargin' Targe allows the Demoman to perform a Charging maneuver for 1.5 seconds (or 2 seconds if equipped with the Claidheamh Mòr), so long as the "Charge" bar in the HUD is completely full. Charging grants the Demoman a temporary burst of speed and sends him forward in an almost-fixed straight line. This charge allows the player to damage an opponent they come into direct contact with via a distance-scaling shield bash, and powers up the Demoman's next melee swing depending on the duration of his charge, with the maximum damage boost being a critical hit (even on melee weapons that cannot deal random critical hits). Charging also immediately removes the effects of afterburn, bleeding, Mad Milk, and Jarate.

Heads gathered by the Eyelander, Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker or Nessie's Nine Iron increase the base damage of the bash by 5 damage each, at a maximum of 5 heads.

The Chargin' Targe is automatically given to any player who obtains 5 Demoman achievements.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 50 (+5 per head)
Mini-crit 68
Function times
Recharge time 12 s
Maximum charge time 1.5 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Note: The Claidheamh Mòr and Ali Baba's Wee Booties or Bootlegger refill 25% charge on melee kill, and the Persian Persuader refills with ammo pickups or 20% charge on hit.


Main article: Speed
Condition Speed (units per second)
Charging 750
Charging while wielding the Scotsman's Skullcutter 637.5



See also: Crafting


Class Token - Demoman Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Demoman.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Scottish Resistance.png Item icon Chargin' Targe.png Item icon Sticky Jumper.png Item icon Splendid Screen.png
Item icon Tide Turner.png Item icon Quickiebomb Launcher.png Item icon B.A.S.E. Jumper.png

As a crafting ingredient

Chargin' Targe Razorback Gunboats
Item icon Chargin' Targe.png + Item icon Razorback.png = Item icon Gunboats.png
Chargin' Targe Homewrecker Claidheamh Mòr
Item icon Chargin' Targe.png + Item icon Homewrecker.png = Item icon Claidheamh Mòr.png
Chargin' Targe Reclaimed Metal Splendid Screen
Item icon Chargin' Targe.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.pngx2 = Item icon Splendid Screen.png
Chargin' Targe Reclaimed Metal Ali Baba's Wee Booties Tide Turner
Item icon Chargin' Targe.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Ali Baba's Wee Booties.png = Item icon Tide Turner.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Achieved.png General achievements

Emergency Brake
Emergency Brake
Kill a charging Demoman.

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction
Get 3 kills within 6 seconds using the Demoman charge.

Demoman Milestone 1
Demoman Milestone 1
Achieve 5 of the achievements in the Demoman pack.

Reward: Chargin' Targe

The Targe Charge
The Targe Charge
Charge and kill someone with your shield bash.

Kill an enemy that you couldn't see at the beginning of your charge.

Update history

December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)
  • The Chargin' Targe was added to the game.

December 22, 2009 Patch

  • Fixed the Chargin' Targe's crit not working on servers with tf_weapon_criticals 0.

January 13, 2010 Patch

  • Reduced the explosive damage resistance on the Chargin' Targe to 50%. The explosive damage resistance was 65% prior to the update.

April 28, 2010 Patch

  • Direct charge hit now does 50 damage + 10 per head (up to 5 heads).
  • Capped the turn rate from +left and +right while charging.

April 29, 2010 Patch (119th Update)

  • [Undocumented] Further reduction of the explosive damage resistance on the Chargin' Targe to 40%.
  • [Undocumented] Changed the Chargin' Targe colors from team-colored to yellow for easier identification.

May 12, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Chargin' Targe was added to the crafting blueprint for the Gunboats.

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)

  • [Undocumented] Updated the kill icon for the Chargin' Targe.

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)

  • [Undocumented] The Chargin' Targe no longer protects players against their own explosive damage.
  • [Undocumented] The Chargin' Targe was added to the crafting blueprint for the Claidheamh Mòr.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • Added Strange quality.
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed greater turning control than intentionally allowed.
  • [Undocumented] Demomen can now begin a charge while in midair.
  • [Undocumented] The charge meter is no longer fully depleted if the user is interrupted by a Compression Blast.
  • [Undocumented] The charge meter can now be refilled by resupply cabinets.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a bug where Demomen kept their leftover charge amount when self-aborting charges (you'll still keep leftovers when stopped by enemy airblasts).

August 23, 2011 Patch

  • Added simplistic bot behaviors for Chargin' Targe.

September 15, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The physics of charging with a shield as a Demoman have been altered.

September 16, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed the Demoman not being able to charge while in the air.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Fixed Demoman weapons primary/secondary being backwards in the loadout screen.

September 21, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed the Demoman shields not saving their upgrades upon round reset in Mann vs. Machine.

September 27, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Demoman shields not reducing explosive damage in non-MvM games.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attributes:
    • Added Afterburn immunity.

November 12, 2013 Patch

December 20, 2013 Patch

  • Professional killstreak Chargin' Targes now generate proper effects when on a killstreak. These effects do not stack if another killstreak effect weapon is active.

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed framerate affecting player turn rate while using the shield charge.

June 20, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed the Chargin' Targe doing impact damage at any range.

December 22, 2014 Patch (Smissmas 2014)

April 29, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed the Festive Targe not using the correct Blue team material.

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

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

December 4, 2015 Patch #1

  • [Undocumented] Changed fire resistance on Chargin' Targe from 50% to 30%.
  • [Undocumented] Changed explosive resistance on Chargin' Targe from 40% to 30%.

December 4, 2015 Patch #2

  • [Undocumented] Changed fire resistance on Chargin' Targe from 30% to 50%.
  • [Undocumented] Changed explosive resistance on Chargin' Targe from 30% to 40%.

December 17, 2015 Patch (Tough Break Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Melee damage boost after shield bash is based on amount of charge consumed. Now provides mini-crit at 25% depleted, and full crit at 60% depleted.
    • Charging now removes debuffs from the Demoknight (Bleed, Fire, Mad Milk, Jarate).
    • Reduced blast resistance from 40% to 30%.
    • Removed fire immunity.
  • [Undocumented] The item's possible level has been changed from level 10 to level 1-99.


  • This weapon does not glow in the world view when crit-boosted.
  • The Festive variant does not glow when crit-boosted.
  • While equipped, if the player spectates another player in first-person mode while dead, upon respawning the shield appears where the spectated player was while they respawned. The shield is non-interactive and can be seen through walls, textures, and players.
  • The backpack image for the Chargin' Targe features the old and unused BLU skin for the weapon, rather than the yellow stripes the in-game version has.

Unused content

  • In the game files, there exists a texture for a BLU team variant of the Chargin' Targe, marked as c_targe_blue.vtf.
  • There's an additional material and texture named c_targe_custom.vmt and c_targe_custom.vtf, respectively. The material is set up with the ability to have decals applied to it.


  • The word targe generally refers to various types of infantry shields, often round in shape and notably used during the 13th to 16th centuries in the Scottish Highlands as the main means of personal defense in combat. It was decorated with designs possibly referring to the individual owner or their respective clan. Considering this, the front of the shield bears resemblance to the Team Fortress logo.
  • The Highlanders were famous for their charges. A single-handed claymore would be held in the right hand and used to stab the enemy, the targe would be strapped to the left arm and used to parry sword or bayonet blows, and a small dagger held reversed in the left hand and overlapping the targe would be used to slash.
  • Because the Chargin' Targe has a 50% fire damage reduction, it is possible for an overhealed Demoman to survive the Pyro's Hadouken taunt. The Hadouken deals 500 damage at point blank, which the Chargin' Targe halves to 250, and the Demoman's maximum health with overheal is 260.


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