Disciplinary Action

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Which of you numbnuts let us down?
The Soldier wondering who to discipline

The Disciplinary Action is a community-created melee weapon for the Soldier. It is a riding crop with a wooden handle, fitted with a loose leather loop at the tip.

Upon striking a friendly player with the Disciplinary Action, the struck teammate receives a speed boost for 2 seconds, and the user simultaneously receives a speed boost for 3 seconds; the boost amount varies depending on the class affected. When the boost is successfully applied, a wind breeze particle effect that is visible to all players surrounds the affected classes. Hitting another teammate extends the Soldier's existing boost by another 3 seconds, whilst applying the same 2 second boost to the new teammate. The length of these boosts can be extended indefinitely with successive hits. The speed boost is not applied when striking enemy players, with the exception of disguised Spies, who take damage on hit but also receive the boost.

The Disciplinary Action has a hidden statistic which gives it a 70% longer range than most melee weapons, slightly greater than the Eyelander. As a downside, it deals 25% less damage to enemies compared to the stock Shovel. The extra range allows the Disciplinary Action to excel as a support tool, letting the Soldier boost the speed of his team to reach the front lines quicker, at the cost of less damage in close combat situations.

Damage and function times


See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100%
Critical 146
Mini-crit 66
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Speed comparison

Class Original speed (HU/s) Boosted speed (HU/s) Boost percentage
Leaderboard class scout.png Scout
26 .3%
Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier
40 .0%
Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro
35 .0%
Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman
37 .5%
Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy
40 .0%
Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer
35 .0%
Leaderboard class medic.png Medic
32 .8%
Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper
35 .0%
Leaderboard class spy.png Spy
35 .0%

While aiming, the Sniper's speed boost is 40%.


Item set

Main article: Item sets
The General's Formals
Item icon World War Wednesday Bundle.png

No effect


See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Pain Train Disciplinary Action
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.pngx2 + Item icon Pain Train.png = Item icon Disciplinary Action.png
Class Token - Soldier Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Soldier.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Equalizer.png Item icon Pain Train.png Item icon Half-Zatoichi.png Item icon Disciplinary Action.png
Item icon Market Gardener.png Item icon Escape Plan.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 General's Formals weapon Possible Results
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Mantreads.pngItem icon Disciplinary Action.png =
Item icon Armored Authority.png Item icon Fancy Dress Uniform.png
Scrap Metal Disciplinary Action Escape Plan
Item icon Scrap Metal.png + Item icon Disciplinary Action.png = Item icon Escape Plan.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Trench Warfare
Trench Warfare
Kill your nemesis with a shovel.

Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)
  • The Disciplinary Action was added to the game.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for all of the Disciplinary Action.

July 1, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • Changed positive attribute description from '1 sec' to 'several seconds'.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage penalty attribute was changed from "-25% damage done" to "-25% damage penalty".

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Disciplinary Action now fully boosts Scout.

March 27, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed the Disciplinary Action sometimes floating in the world after death.

August 27, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

November 12, 2013 Patch

July 7, 2016 Patch (Meet Your Match Update)

  • Reduced duration of speed bonus on teammates to 2 seconds (from 3).

October 20, 2017 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated weapon description.

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)


  • The extra melee bounds allows the user to hit enemies and teammates completely behind them from point-blank range.


  • Disciplinary action refers to measures taken by militaries or other hierarchical organizations to punish those they regard as problematic or rulebreakers.


See also