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", 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 Spies under a disguise cannot be marked for death by this weapon.) During this period of 15 seconds, any subsequent hits taken by the target will be mini-crits. Only one player at a time may be marked by this weapon. If another player is hit with this weapon whilst another is marked, only the most recent one will be marked for death.

This weapon deals 75% less damage than the default Bat, and in a situation where it would normally deliver mini-crits, it will perform a critical hit. However, this deals less damage than a Bat as well, making it an inefficient means of killing enemies.

The Fan O'War 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% 9
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)

  • Changed effect duration to 15 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%.


  • Gunbai were used by samurai officers in Japan for means of communication with their troops. They are also used by judges in sumo wrestling competitions.
  • "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 seventeenth century poet Matsuo Bashō.


See also