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Gunboats publicity blurb

The Gunboats are a secondary weapon for the Soldier. They are a pair of modified, metal-reinforced military type jungle boots.

The Gunboats reduce the amount of self-damage that is received from a rocket jump by 60%. The damage reduction does not apply to rockets that injure enemies. They also do not prevent fall damage suffered by the player.

This weapon was revealed as the prize for the Soldier's victory in the WAR! Update.


See also: Damage

While this item is equipped, the user takes 60% less damage from the explosions of their own rockets that do not damage enemy players. Concurrently:

  • A successful rocket jump is not necessary for the reduction to apply; the rocket can hit any surface and the player can move in any direction.
  • The reduction applies to the misfires produced by the Beggar's Bazooka.
  • The reduction applies even if the explosion damages an enemy building.
  • The reduction does not apply to the Grenade taunt.



See also: Crafting


Razorback Chargin' Targe Gunboats
Item icon Razorback.png + Item icon Chargin' Targe.png = Item icon Gunboats.png
Class Token - Soldier Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Soldier.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Buff Banner.png Item icon Gunboats.png Item icon Battalion's Backup.png Item icon Concheror.png
Item icon Mantreads.png Item icon Reserve Shooter.png Item icon Righteous Bison.png Item icon B.A.S.E. Jumper.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png

As a crafting ingredient

Reclaimed Metal Gunboats Pain Train Market Gardener
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Gunboats.png + Item icon Pain Train.png = Item icon Market Gardener.png
Refined Metal Gunboats Mantreads
Item icon Refined Metal.png + Item icon Gunboats.png = Item icon Mantreads.png
Reclaimed Metal Beggar's Bazooka Gunboats Air Strike
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Beggar's Bazooka.png + Item icon Gunboats.png = Item icon Air Strike.png

Update history

December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)
  • The Gunboats were added to the game.

December 22, 2009 Patch

  • Updated the Gunboats to absorb damage from any self-inflicted rocket blast that doesn't hurt another player.

January 13, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed the Gunboats absorbing damage from the Soldier's Kamikaze taunt.

April 28, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed a case where The Gunboats didn't apply their damage reduction properly.

April 30, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed the Gunboats not properly applying the damage reduction when Spectators are nearby.

May 12, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added crafting recipe for the Gunboats.
  • [Undocumented] Updated the Gunboats so they could be crafted with other Soldier weapons.

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)

  • The Gunboats now reduce self-damage by 60% (was 75%).

November 12, 2013 Patch

April 1, 2014 Patch


  • The Gunboats do not appear when inspected from the backpack menu.


  • This item cannot be worn with the shoes or boots cosmetic items, as they occupy the same equip region.


  • A gunboat is a type of military vessel created with the purpose of ferrying guns to be used to bombard enemy coastlines.
  • The Gunboats can be seen hung next to some stockings by the fireplace behind the Engineer in the True Meaning Christmas comic.
  • In an email response, Robin Walker confirmed that the Gunboats would have been given to the Demoman instead if he had won the WAR! Update.
    • The internal file name for the Gunboats texture is c_rocketboots_demo.


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