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Basic Information
Map type: Attack/Defend
File name: cp_dustbowl
Released: October 10, 2007
Variants: Training Mode
Developer(s): Valve
Map Info
No. of Stages: 3
Environment: Desert
Setting: Daylight, sunny
Hazards: Crushing
Pyrovision Support: Yes
Bot support: Yes
Map Items
Healthico.png Health Kits: Smallhealth.png ×7  •  Mediumhealth.png ×8  •  
Largehealth.png ×10
Ammoico.png Ammo Boxes: Smallammo.png ×4   •   Mediumammo.png ×12   •  
Largeammo.png ×7
Map Photos
Loading screen photos.
Map Overview
Dustbowl overview.png
I'm burnin' up.
The Engineer on the desert heat

Dustbowl is an Attack/Defend Control Point map, and is the subsequent remake of the Team Fortress Classic map of the same name. It and Gravel Pit were the first Attack/Defend Control Point maps for Team Fortress 2 and was one of the six initial maps included with the game's release. Dustbowl is the only map for which a training mode has been created.

In Dustbowl, the goal of the attackers, BLU, is to win through a series of stages in order to win the map. Within each stage, the attackers must capture two control points, A and B, which are held by the defenders, RED. Point A must be captured before the attackers can assault B. The timer is increased by 4 minutes and 30 seconds for every point capture and once a point is captured it is locked and cannot be retaken by the defenders.

Like all Attack/Defend maps, BLU plays the attackers while RED plays the defenders. Egypt and Gorge share a similar design with Dustbowl.

Introduction video


Note: If you are having trouble with finding the locations listed here, see the Helpful overview section to see their exact position marked on the map. Directions are described from BLU's perspective.

Stage 1, Point A

Details of stage 1.
Dustbowl, first stage, point A
Dustbowl, first stage, point B

Control point A Is inside a small building on the left.

  • BLU spawn: There are three exits, left, middle, and right. The left exit has a resupply cabinet, and a ramp leading to the exit. The left exit is particularly vulnerable to enemy fire.
  • Canyon: The long straight pathway from the middle spawn door leads right to the back door of Control Point A.
  • Left exit shed: Next to the left door, a small shed with one doorway contains a large Health and Ammo pack. The path leads straight to the front entrance of the Control point building. A ladder leads to the roof of the shed.
  • Right exit shed: Next to the right exit door, a small shed contains a large Health and Ammo pack. It has two doorways.
  • Control Point A: Control Point A is housed in a small building. It contains a large Health and Ammo pack. Stairs lead into a mining tunnel, which has a large Health pack and leads to Control Point B. The building has two doorways and a balcony.
  • Tunnel entrances: There are three tunnel entrances, leading to a system of tunnels that lead to Control Point B. The main entrance, accessible from the ground, splits left and right. A third entrance is only accessible from the building housing Control Point A.

Stage 1, Point B

  • Upper tunnel: Accessed from the building housing Control Point A, there are two exits. One exit is a one-way gate that provides access to Control Point B, and the second exit is unblocked, situated further back, with some buckets and tires as a shelter. The cave contains a medium Health and Ammo Pack.
  • Left tunnel: Taking the left fork from the main tunnel entrance provides a direct path to Control Point B.
  • Right tunnel: Taking the right fork from the main tunnel entrance leads to a large cave, with exits on two levels. The upper exit leads to the Bridge while the lower exit is a direct path to the Control Point. It contains a medium Health and Ammo pack.
  • Bridge: A bridge leads from the upper exit of the right cave to the gate blocking the left cave. There is an entrance to the Control Point building at the left end of the bridge.
  • Platform: There is a flat wooden building on the right side just opposite of the tunnel and across the bridge. It is possible to stand on the roof of this building and get an overview of the second control point. There are also some wooden crates as shelter here.
  • Control Point B: Control Point B is also housed in a building. It contains a small Health and Ammo pack and is directly accessible from the middle cave exit. To the left of the Control Point is a narrow walkway with an exit on the ground and an exit that goes upstairs to the one-way gate on the left.
  • Spawn roof: The roof above RED spawn is split into two parts connected by the Snipers' bridge, and has a small Health and Ammo pack on one side.
  • RED spawn: The Red Spawn has one central exit which is located directly to the front (or slightly to the left/right depending on where the players spawn). The central exit is between two supply cabinet rooms. These types of spawns are vulnerable to spawn camping, as there is only one exit. The RED spawn faces away from the battlefield, and players have to make a U-turn to reach the battlefields, adding some delay to their defenses.

Stage 2, Point A

Details of stage 2.
Dustbowl, second stage, point A
Dustbowl, second stage, point B

The first point is on top of a building on the left (from BLU's perspective).

  • BLU Spawn: This is a small building that opens into the Dugout. The BLU team occupy the spawn the RED team had in the first stage.
  • Dugout: Two entryways emerge from the spawn, one leading left, and one right. Defenders are free to enter after the setup gates open.
  • Large Shed: On the right-hand side are two large Health and medium Ammo packs. The ladder at the back leads to the roof of the building.
  • Control Point Building: Control point is on top of the second level of the building. The second level has a small hut that contains a large Health and medium Ammo pack. The first floor has a small, open room facing the BLU spawn with a medium Health and Ammo pack. It has two doorways, and may also be entered through a window and via crates located at the front-left and tires at the rear-left.
  • The Office: At the back of this area. There are two rooms; the one to the right contains a large Ammo and medium Health pack. The second room has a window facing the dugout.
  • Signpost: A large Health pack and a small Ammo pack are located to the left of The Office.
  • Exits: One on the left and one on the right, both leading to point B.

Stage 2, Point B

The second control point is on a platform next to RED's spawn.

  • The Mining Tunnel: A long narrow tunnel which starts at the back right of the office building. One could say that this is the left entrance to the checkpoint 2 area.
  • Double Tunnels: There are two short tunnels that are parallel to each other.
  • Gated Tunnel: Branching from the double tunnels to the left is the gated tunnel. It is a long tunnel with a one-way gate at the end of it.
  • The Gate: Far right from the double exits lies a one-way gate via another tunnel. There is a large Health pack at the end, near the grate.
  • The Courtyard: The open area right outside the double tunnels and the exit of the long mining tunnel. It is situated next to the middle building.
  • The Middle Building: A large building in the middle of the Courtyard area. The second floor contains two medium Health and Ammo packs. A ground-level corridor runs through the building which exits on the other side, directly in front of the final control point. There is also a path around the outside, sporting some tall boulders. Behind the boulders is a large Health pack.
  • Control Point B: The control point sits on a platform that is near the defenders' spawn and is accessible by stairs on either side.
  • RED Spawn Building: This is the spawn point for the defending RED team and is behind the control point. This spawn is identical in structure to the RED Spawn in Stage One.

Stage 3, Point A

Details of stage 3.(Large file)
Dustbowl, third stage, point A.
Dustbowl, third stage, point B.

The first control point is on a platform straight across from BLU's exit. RED has a shortcut from one of their spawn rooms to this point. This shortcut is sealed once BLU captures this point.

  • BLU Spawn: This spawn occupies the RED Spawn from Stage 2. Upon leaving, players can take an immediate right turn and go up a long corridor to the right-hand locked gate, or take either the left or the right stairs. Both will lead to the double gate exits.
  • Three Exits: Left, Middle, and Right all behind gates that open at the start of the round defenders can then move towards spawn.
  • Pillbox: A small building containing a large Ammo and small Health pack. The building stands between the gates and the control point and has two wide windows which look toward the double gates.
  • Control point A: Located at the back of the area on a slightly raised platform.
  • Loading Dock: A ledge at the end of the defenders' shortcut to control point A. Once the first control point has been taken, the doorway from RED’s spawn is locked.

Stage 3, Point B

The final control point is the base of a launch pad, under a rocket, in the center of RED's base.

  • The Alleys: These are the narrow alleyways that lead from control point A to control point B. They consist of two levels, with the main road having no Health or Ammo packs, and the side rooms on the upper level having two small Health and medium Ammo packs.
  • Downstairs: Side doorway leading down underneath the base and into the valley under control point B area.
  • The Balcony House: Has a bridge over the alley and a small Health and large Ammo pack. It faces control point B.
  • The Sniper House: Opposite the Balcony House. Has a medium Health and large Ammo pack on the second level. On the first level, there is a bunker with windows facing down the long alley. There are two doors, one in the alley, the other at the back. These can be accessed from outside by defenders via a tiny ledge.
  • Equipment Room: In front of the control point, a long room with an Ammo pack at the front and a medium Health pack in the back. Accessible by stairs.
  • The Valley: Located underneath the final bridge, the Valley has one entrance, and a flight of stairs leading up to the bridge.
  • Control point B: This is the final control point for this map and is situated between RED's two spawn exits, underneath a large rocket.
  • RED Spawn: There are two individual RED spawns that are unique in design from its last two RED spawns in stages one and two respectively. One spawn is located to the left of control point B, and one on the right. The one on the left is significantly larger than the right RED spawn and has two different exits. One, which is in front of the RED team is the shortcut to control point A. The other exit spirals around and leads to Control Point B. The right RED respawn room is shaped like a rectangular prism, then has a curve to its only single exit. There are equal chances that the RED team player can spawn in any of these two locations. See the image "Map Overview" to see the interiors of the spawns.

Helpful overview

Dustbowl's locations
1.Right Exit Shed
3.Left Exit Shed
8.Large Shed
9.Control Point Building
10.The Office
11.Mining Tunnel
12.Double Tunnels
13.Gated Tunnel
15.Middle Building
17.Loading Dock
Red/blue diagonal lines: Red/Blu first spawn
Red/blue double diagonal lines: Red/Blu second spawn 
Red/blue double diagonal lines w/ a rectangle: Red/Blu third spawn
(Red and blue diagonal lines indicate that that room was once a Red spawnroom before becoming the Blu's second, third... spawn.)
Red circle: First capture point Stage 1
Blue circle: Second capture point Stage 1
Green circle: First capture point Stage 2
Black circle: Second capture point Stage 2
Yellow circle: First capture point Stage 3
White circle: Second/final capture point Stage 3


Main article: Community Dustbowl strategy

Control point timing

All control points have the same capture times.

Control Point Multiplier Seconds
All control points ×1
6 .000
4 .000
3 .273
2 .880

Related achievements

Achieved.png General achievements

Impenetrable Defense
Impenetrable Defense
Successfully defend Dustbowl without giving up a capture.

World Traveler
World Traveler
Play a complete game on 2Fort, Dustbowl, Granary, Gravel Pit, Hydro, and Well (CP).

Update history

October 2, 2007 Patch
  • Fixed players being able to use spectator points in Dustbowl that were not in play.

October 25, 2007 Patch

  • Fixed issues on Dustbowl that could occur when a server emptied in the middle of a round.

December 20, 2007 Patch

  • Now waits until either team wins fully before changing to another map on server timelimit expiring.
  • Teams now score a point per captured control point, rather than per sub round.
  • Prevented Demomen being able to launch grenades into the stage three alleys while standing at the final cap point.
  • Fixed gaps in stage gates that allowed Snipers to kill defenders during setup.
  • Fixed several model and brush perch exploits in stage three.
  • Added stair access to the upper area in stage three after the first cap.
  • Limited line-of-sight at the first control point in stage 3 to remove a griefable Sniper spot.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed model exploit in stage one allowing Sentry Gun/Teleporter to be placed behind chain link fence.

December 21, 2007 Patch

  • Fixed the problem with mp_maxrounds not correctly counting the number of rounds for Dustbowl after the scoring change.

February 14, 2008 Patch

  • Added a new access point to the stage 2 attacker gates (drop-down left from spawn), allowing attackers a way to reach the left route without being subjected to the spam and Sentry Gun fire.
  • Fixed a gap in stage 3, cap 1 that allowed a player with to wiggle above the "ceiling" clip.
  • Fixed a gap behind stage 1, cap 1 house.
  • Fixed a high perch on stage 1, cap 1 house roof.
  • Fixed a perch offering view of nodraw textures and the skybox (stage1 cap2 rock barrier).
  • Fixed a few places where rockets/Demoman pipes could pass through non-solid models.
  • Sealed up a gap over stage 1 lower startgate.
  • Clipped off tall windows in stage 3 to prevent Sentry Guns from being built behind them.

March 20, 2008 Patch

  • Updated Dustbowl with several exploit fixes.

February 23, 2012 Patch

  • Adjusted Blue team's func_respawnroom in stage 1 to be flush against the door.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed players building in Blu's first spawn
  • Fixed players shooting through rocks in stage 2
  • Fixed collision in tunnels in stage 2
  • Fixed textures not displaying properly in Pyrovision
  • Fixed lighting on cliff faces
  • Fixed skybox error in stage 3
  • Fixed players getting killed through the ceiling under stage 2 cap 1
  • Adjusted ceiling height in stage 3 tunnel for better clearance
  • Cleaned up prop collision

March 5, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed Red team's stage 1 spawn door pushing players in the air.
  • Fixed collision on windows, props, and rooflines.
  • Fixed floating props.
  • Fixed players building inside the alternate exit from the Red spawn in stage 3.

April 24, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed players standing in sky over the beginning of stage 1.
  • Fixed collision on rocks in the front of stage 1 where stickybombs could be placed inside them.

September 10, 2015 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added saucers and posters to Dustbowl.

November 25, 2015 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Removed saucers and posters from Dustbowl.

March 28, 2018 Patch #1

  • Fixed Pyros shooting through the stage 3 doors.
  • Updated some entities that were disabled but shouldn't have been (func_nobuilds, soundscapes, powerlines in the 3dskybox).


  • On the console versions, Snipers and other classes are able to shoot through the grating and pick off enemies (see Differences between platforms).
  • Inside the double gates of BLU spawn at Stage 3 between the two gates, stickies exploded alongside the wall on the outside kill those standing inside.
  • The projector noise present in the RED final spawn room plays inconsistently.
  • Players are able to shoot through spawn doors if standing right in front of it.


  • Due to the map being in the game since release, Dustbowl was initially considered a control point map, but was later changed to Attack/Defend.
  • Dustbowl is one of the maps designed after existing Team Fortress Classic maps, the others being 2Fort, Well, and Badlands. The gameplay of the original version was similar to one-sided Capture the Flag, in which one player on the BLU team must take a flag to the RED team's control points, with only one control point per stage.
  • The various barrels throughout the stage are movable and break into smaller pieces when attacked.
  • A smaller detail, the smokestack next to the rocket stops producing smoke at a certain point into Stage 3.
  • Dustbowl was the map featured in the closing scene of Meet the Heavy, with the same scene featured in Meet the Sandvich. The area featured was the area just outside BLU's spawn on the first stage.
  • The Cornwell company logos scattered around the map are a reference to Dean Cornwell, an artist who greatly inspired the visual design of Team Fortress 2.[1]
  • Dustbowl appears in Worms Reloaded as one of the forts.
  • The Dust Bowl was an economic crisis that occurred during the 1930s in the Midwestern United States and Canada.
  • According to the Bronze Stamp on the Tough Break Update Page, Dustbowl was the birthplace of pneumoconiosis, a disease caused by inhaling dust known for causing coughing, lung inflammation, and scarring/thickening of lung connective tissues.


Concept art




See also


  1. Jason Mitchell, Moby Francke, Dhabih Eng, Illustrative Rendering in Team Fortress 2 (2007), retrieved 2010-10-23.