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The Engineer

Upon taunting with the Frontier Justice equipped, the Engineer pulls out his trusty guitar, plays a chord, and then bashes it over the head of any enemy slow, unaware, or unfortunate enough to be in the way, breaking the guitar.

Upon a successful hit, the enemy's head will appear to be pounded into their chest. This dischord taunt has a long range (128 Hammer Units, past which it has no effect), making it capable of killing an enemy standing on the Engineer's head if he was looking at the enemy at the time the taunt was initiated. The range, however, does not extend below as it will not kill an enemy the Engineer is standing on.

As with most kill taunts, this taunt can be used to kill enemy players during humiliation and stalemates.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Point blank 450+
Function times
Taunt duration 4.2 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Related achievements

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Honky Tonk Man
Honky Tonk Man
Smash an enemy player's head in with your guitar.
Six-String Stinger
Six-String Stinger
Provide an enemy player with a freeze cam of your guitar playing skills.

Update history

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)

  • The Dischord taunt was added to the game.


  • In world view, other players may see the Engineer playing the Frontier Justice as a guitar instead of the actual guitar itself. This also occurs in freeze cams, but it does not occur in client view.
  • If the server variable tf_allow_taunt_switch is set to 1 or 2, several guitar gibs will fall out of the player as soon as they start the taunt and quick-switch away from the Frontier Justice. Constantly switching weapons will cause a flood of guitar parts to fall from the player. These guitar parts can only be seen in client view.


  • The guitar was first featured in Meet the Engineer, and was seen at the end of Meet the Medic.
  • The chord that the Engineer plays before smashing his guitar appears to be E Major add9.
  • The three sounds the guitar can make as it breaks were taken from Left 4 Dead 2.
  • An unused taunt existed around the time of the Engineer Update where Engineer would pull out his guitar and play it for a while. This taunt was probably replaced by Dischord.
  • The name of the taunt is a play on the word "discord", which means "A disagreement between people" and the musical term "chord" which means "two or more notes played at the same time"


See also