Golden Wrench

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This article is about the Engineer's promotional melee weapon. It is not to be confused with the Australium Wrench.
That there is a gold-plated kill!
The Engineer

The Golden Wrench is a distributed melee weapon for the Engineer. It is similar to a regular Wrench, but the majority of it is made out of Australium.[1]

This weapon functions identically to the Wrench, but with an added cosmetic function: any enemies killed with it produce motionless statues of pure Australium, instead of the normal ragdolls. Any jiggle bones on enemy ragdolls are also frozen by this effect. In addition, a special sound effect unique to this weapon, the Saxxy, and the Golden Frying Pan is played upon killing any enemy.

Upon killing an enemy, unique voice lines play.

This weapon was a promotional feature of the Engineer Update. Players were informed that every time a player crafted an item, there was a chance of a Golden Wrench dropping. Only 100 Golden Wrenches were available to drop. After each 25 Golden Wrench milestone, a new section of the Engineer Update was released. The smelting of reclaimed metal and refined metal was suspended during this time to prevent exploiting the crafting system to increase the chances of getting a Golden Wrench. The Golden Wrench drops were on a timer, spaced out in such a way that every time zone had an equal chance of crafting one. The first person to craft something after one of these designated drop times were guaranteed to craft a Golden Wrench.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Wrench
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 195
Mini-crit 88
Damage repaired per hit 102
Upgrade amount per hit 25
Metal cost per repairing hit 1 + damage / 3
Metal cost for reloading ammo 1 / bullet
2 / rocket salvo
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Engineer to Eternity
Engineer to Eternity
Kill an Engineer as he repairs his sentry gun while it's under enemy fire.

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Built to Last
Built to Last
Help a single building tank over 2000 damage without being destroyed.

Circle the Wagons
Circle the Wagons
Repair 50,000 damage to friendly buildings constructed by other players.

Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Repair a sentry gun under fire while being healed by a Medic.

Fistful of Sappers
Fistful of Sappers
Destroy 25 sappers on buildings built by other team members.

Get Along!
Get Along!
Manage to get to, and then remove, a sapper placed on your building while you were several meters away.
Land Grab
Land Grab
Help a teammate construct a building.

Quick Draw
Quick Draw
Kill a Spy and two sappers within 10 seconds.

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

Silent Pardner
Silent Pardner
Upgrade 50 buildings built by other team members.

The Wrench Connection
The Wrench Connection
Kill a disguised spy with your Wrench.

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Midwife Crisis
Midwife Crisis
Heal an Engineer as he repairs his sentry gun while it's under enemy fire.

Update history

July 1, 2010 Patch
  • [Undocumented] The Golden Wrench was added to the game.

October 6, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Golden Wrench could no longer be randomly found via crafting.

October 6, 2010 Patch

  • The unique number for each Golden Wrench is fixed; previously it did not show correctly.

October 8, 2010 Patch

  • The Golden Wrench is now nameable using a Name Tag.

February 3, 2011 Patch

  • Engineers who hit teammate Sentry Guns with their Golden Wrench now get kill assists from that Sentry Gun.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).

June 8, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added a new hit sound effect to the Golden Wrench.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Added a previously unused kill line for the Golden Wrench.
  • Fixed gold ragdolls playing custom death animations when they should be locked in a pose.

September 17, 2014 Patch

  • Added the Limited attribute to the Golden Wrench.

January 22, 2016 Patch

  • Fixed the material for the Golden Wrench.

April 12, 2018 Patch

  • Fixed the Golden Wrench not having an offset when using minimized viewmodels.

September 16, 2021 Patch


  • If a Spy's Dead Ringer is triggered by the Golden Wrench, the Spy sees his own death message in the kill feed even though he would normally not be able to see it.
  • The Golden Wrench does not glow when crit boosted in world view.


  • The Golden Wrench was originally indicated in the material file with an encrypted message that could be translated.
  • Any time someone received a Golden Wrench, a message was broadcasted to all players connected to servers at that moment, followed by the Announcer saying "Success". Likewise, a message is displayed to all players when any Golden Wrench owner deletes that item, followed by the Announcer saying "Failure". This continues in effect even after the Engineer Update.
  • 14 Golden Wrenches were deleted as part of the Golden Charity event in support of Child's Play on August 31, 2010.
  • Erik Johnson said in a PC Gamer interview: "That would have been awesome, if the whole TF2 community had the chance to find the broken pieces of the Golden Wrench and restore them. That whole event is going to carry forward in some way."
  • Player Vulcnor, upon winning a charity auction for Child's Play, received Golden Wrench No. 101 along with one of every other game item.


  • First-person views
  • Statues
  • Other


See also