Giger Counter

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Analyzes and slightly irradiates your enemies!
Giger Counter publicity blurb

The Giger Counter is a community-created secondary weapon for the Engineer. It is a device made of dark grey and black metal that emits a team-colored light. It features a black grip with a joystick on top, a team-colored flip switch on the back of the grip, a radar screen connected via a team-colored cable, and warning stripes on the front.

This weapon functions identically to the Wrangler.

The Giger Counter was contributed to the Steam Workshop.


Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Breaking Morant
Breaking Morant
Kill 10 Snipers with a sentry gun under the control of your Wrangler.

Building Block
Building Block
Have a sentry shielded by the Wrangler absorb 500 damage without being destroyed.

Patent Protection
Patent Protection
Destroy an enemy Engineer's sentry gun with a sentry under control of your Wrangler.
Pownd on the Range
Pownd on the Range
Kill 10 enemies outside the normal sentry gun range using the Wrangler.

Rio Grind
Rio Grind
Perform 50 repairs and/or reloads on a Sentry gun being Wrangled by another Engineer.

Search Engine
Search Engine
Kill 3 cloaked Spies with a sentry gun under control of your Wrangler.

Update history

October 6, 2015 Patch (Invasion Community Update)

  • The Giger Counter was added to the game.

October 28, 2015 Patch (Scream Fortress 2015)

  • Added inspect animations for the Giger Counter.


  • Shield and laser effect issues:
    • The laser emitted from the Sentry Gun while using the Giger Counter may travel through some walls and occasionally move back and forth very quickly.
    • Picking up a Wrangled Sentry leaves the Giger Counter shield visual effect in place for a short time. Also, upon deploying the sentry and Wrangling it, the laser emits from strange points, such as enemy Sentry Guns. This can be fixed by switching to another weapon then back to the Giger Counter.
    • Using a Wrangled Sentry while the Sentry is built on a moving platform results in the shield being left behind when the platform and the Sentry move.
    • There is currently a glitch which causes the targeting laser of the Sentry to be emitted from the eyes of allies when the player aims at them. This can make it somewhat harder to aim at enemies. The glitch is only present on the user's screen; no other players see the effect.
    • The Sentry Gun can retain the shield and laser effects even when the Giger Counter is not the currently held weapon. It may still operate normally, without taking reduced damage, but may also retain the Wrangled behavior, including a functional shield, if the player builds the Sentry Gun and then changes their loadout to equip the Giger Counter.
      • The glitch persists upon the death of the Sentry Gun's owner, and can be fixed by switching to the Giger Counter then switching away to another weapon.
  • The joystick does not move when using the weapon.


  • This item is based on the M314 Motion Tracker from the film Aliens.
  • This item's name is a portmanteau of "Geiger counter", an instrument used for measuring ionizing radiation, and H. R. Giger, a surrealist artist who heavily influenced science fiction art and designed the Alien creature.


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