Grappling Hook

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The Scout using the Grappling Hook

The Grappling Hook is an action item for all classes, which is, by default, restricted to the Mannpower game mode.

With the Grappling Hook equipped, the player can hold down the action key (default key: H) to shoot a hook in the direction they are aiming. The hook persists as long as the action key is held down, and vanishes upon releasing the key. If the hook hits a wall, ceiling, or other surface, the player is reeled towards it in a linear trajectory. Upon reaching the hook, the player remains in that location until the action key is released. This allows players to quickly move across the map, and to suspend themselves on walls and ceilings indefinitely.

Cloaked and disguised Spies remain able to use the Grappling Hook, however it cannot be used if the Dead Ringer is held out.

If the player is blocked from moving towards their hooked location, they continue attempting to move towards it. If the obstacle is removed, the player resumes moving. Pressing the jump key (default key: Space) while being reeled in both detaches the hook and provides extra vertical momentum. The Grappling Hook may not be fired towards open sky and has a default maximum range of 2000 Hammer units.[1]

A player who hits a Grappling Hook on an enemy is reeled towards that enemy and can still change weapons while grappled to them. Hooked players bleed until the hook is released, either by the grappling player firing their Grappling Hook elsewhere, or if the two players have their mutual line of sight blocked for more than a few seconds.

The Grappling Hook can also be used by switching to the sixth weapon slot and using the primary fire key instead of the action key.


Update history

December 22, 2014 Patch (Smissmas 2014)
  • The Grappling Hook was added to the game.

December 23, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed disguised Spies using the incorrect grapple color.
  • Fixed the grapple still being connected to players after they die and respawn.
  • Fixed players being able to get out of map boundaries using the Grappling Hook.
  • When hud_fastswitch is disabled, pressing the ACTION key will select the grappling hook in the weapon selection menu.

January 7, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed not always being able to equip the grappling hook.
  • Fixed switching to the grappling hook from a weapon that prevents switching.
  • Fixed the grappling hook attaching to players that are dead or no longer exist.

January 9, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed the grappling hook using the wrong icon in the HUD weapon selection menu.

January 27, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed the Action Slot key behaving different for the grapple hook depending on the setting for hud_fastswitch.

February 18, 2015 Patch

  • Added a delay of 0.2 seconds between releasing and firing the grappling hook again.

March 12, 2015 Patch

  • Added hook jump- hit the jump key while being pulled-in to detach and jump extra distance (jump velocity convar "tf_grapplinghook_jump_up_speed").
  • Added support for hooking into enemy players.
    • Release the fire button once the hook has hit an enemy player to draw yourself to them.
    • Hooked victims will bleed for 2 health per second.
    • Unhook at any time by switching back to the grapple, or firing it again away from your victim.
    • Force detach if the hook is not in line of sight of hooked in enemy for more than 1 second.
    • Sound cue added when hooked by an enemy's grapple.
  • Added new Grapple weapon sounds and grapple projectile.
  • Reduced max firing distance to 4000 units (convar "tf_grapplinghook_max_distance").
  • Increased hook re-fire delay from 0.2 seconds to 0.5 seconds.
  • Re-enabled fall damage for the grappling hook (convar "tf_grapplinghook_prevent_fall_damage").
  • Fixed grappling hook rope drawing as the wrong color for friendly disguised Spy.

March 31, 2015 Patch

  • Updated grapple model and player animations.
  • Grapple: increased base damage for attaching to a player and increased bleed damage while attached.
  • [Undocumented] Added new Grappling Hook backpack icons.

October 28, 2015 Patch (Scream Fortress 2015)

  • Reduced max rope distance
  • Reduced grapple dismount jump height
  • 30% hook movement speed penalty for Heavy

November 3, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed a bug where the grappling hook would not switch back to the previous weapon after being released

February 29, 2016 Patch

  • Grappling hook movement speed penalty for powered up flag carriers increased by 10%. Flag carriers with no powerup still have no penalty.


  • Name and Description Tags have no effect and are not used when put on a Grappling Hook.
  • Using the Action key to use the Grappling Hook can lead to the weapon selection failing and possibly the Primary Fire becoming stuck. If this happens, the player can go into the console and type in -attack to fix it.
  • If two players grapple each other in midair, they can float indefinitely.
  • Occasionally the Heavy, after firing their Primary for an extended period of time and switching to the Grappling Hook, becomes unable to switch directly to their Melee weapon.
  • Equipping the Grappling Hook can cause third-person reload animations to not function properly. Reloading a weapon that reloads one round at a time can cause the player's model to appear stuck in a reloading position until they fire or switch to another weapon. Reloading a weapon that reloads its entire clip at once can cause the player's model to simply not appear to be reloading at all.
  • When cl_flippedviewmodels 1 is enabled, the hook projectile comes from the right side of the player's view.
  • When the Smissmas holiday is enabled, festive lights spawn on the grappling hook's cable and remain in the air for a period of time after the cable has despawned.


  • Grappling Hooks can be enabled outside of Mannpower maps with tf_grapplinghook_enable 1



  1. game\shared\tf\tf_weapon_grapplinghook.cpp:L204