Fan O'War

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Not so tough now are ya? Are ya?!
The Scout marking an enemy for death

The Fan O'War is a community-created promotional melee weapon for the Scout. It is a large metal gunbai war fan.

Hitting an opponent with the Fan O'War "marks them for death" for 15 seconds, denoted by a white skull and crossbones icon appearing over the target's head. Upon being marked, the target hears a distinctive sound, and a skull icon appears on their HUD (note that disguised Spies cannot be marked for death by this weapon). During this 15-seconds period, any subsequent hits taken by the target are mini-crits. Unlike Jarate, this mark cannot be removed early by being healed, charging, being submerged in water, or touching a Resupply Locker. Only one player at a time may be marked by this weapon: if a non-marked enemy is hit with this weapon whilst another is marked, the mark transfers to the non-marked enemy. Giants Robots are marked for half the normal duration.

This weapon deals 75% less damage than the stock Bat, and in a situation where it would normally deliver mini-crits, it performs a critical hit. Combined with the aforementioned mark-for-death effect, this means swings from this weapon (except for the first) on an enemy deals 25% less damage than those of the stock Bat, making it a less suitable means of killing enemies.

This item was awarded in Genuine quality to players who pre-ordered Total War: SHOGUN 2 on Steam before March 15, 2011.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100%
Critical 26
Function times
Attack interval 0.5 s
Effect duration 15 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Scrap Metal Mad Milk Fan O'War
Item icon Scrap Metal.png + Item icon Mad Milk.png = Item icon Fan O'War.png
Class Token - Scout Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Scout.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Sandman.png Item icon Holy Mackerel.png Item icon Boston Basher.png Item icon Candy Cane.png
Item icon Sun-on-a-Stick.png Item icon Fan O'War.png Item icon Three-Rune Blade.png Item icon Atomizer.png
Item icon Unarmed Combat.png Item icon Wrap Assassin.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png
Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png

Strange variant

Update history

March 10, 2011 Patch (Shogun Pack)
  • The Fan O'War was added to the game.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • The Fan O'War was made tradable.
  • All Fan O'Wars crafted before the patch have been changed to Vintage quality.
  • [Undocumented] The item was given a unique crafting recipe.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Marking someone for death now lasts 15 seconds (from 10 seconds)

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added community contributed response rules to the Fan O'War.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage penalty attribute was changed from "-90% damage done" to "-90% damage penalty".

August 27, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

November 12, 2013 Patch

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

  • Changed attributes:
    • Now crits whenever it would normally mini-crit.
    • Reduced damage penalty from -90% to -75%.


  • "Fan O'War" is a reference to the man o'war, a British Royal Naval expression for powerful warships used between the 16th and 19th centuries.
  • The Marked for Death icon that appears on the HUD is the Heavy's skull shown on the "Anatomy of a Heavy Weapons Guy" poster and the Rasputin achievement.
  • The Fan O'War's description is written in Haiku format and is a parody of a haiku written by the seventeenth-century poet Matsuo Bashō.


See also