Holiday Punch

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The Heavy while tickling someone

The Holiday Punch is a community-created melee weapon for the Heavy. It is a large pair of team-colored knitted mittens, featuring a decorative snowflake woven into the back.

This weapon functions similarly to the Fists except for an additional backstab-esque mechanic. The weapon always deals critical hits from behind in an arc similar to that of the Backburner's (approximately 90 degrees). Any critical hits from this weapon, whether from behind or otherwise, do no damage, but cause victims to burst into laughter, leaving them temporarily defenseless. Those under the effects of an ÜberCharge can be forced to laugh. Victims who also have the Holiday Punch equipped and held are always forced to laugh when hit by a Heavy wielding the Holiday Punch, regardless of the damage or angle of the hit. Mini-crits do not cause opponents to laugh. Laughing only occurs if the victim is in a position where they would normally be able to taunt; this means that critical hits do not affect disguised or cloaked Spies, Engineers hauling a building in any way, or victims who are underwater, in the air, or already taunting.

Taunting with the Holiday Punch equipped results in the High Noon taunt.

The Holiday Punch was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 0
Mini-crit 88
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Holy Mackerel Gloves of Running Urgently Holiday Punch
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Holy Mackerel.png + Item icon Gloves of Running Urgently.png = Item icon Holiday Punch.png
Class Token - Heavy Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Heavy.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Killing Gloves of Boxing.png Item icon Gloves of Running Urgently.png Item icon Warrior's Spirit.png Item icon Fists of Steel.png
Item icon Eviction Notice.png Item icon Apoco-Fists.png Item icon Holiday Punch.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png
Item icon Ham Shank.png Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png

Strange variant

Strange ranks

Rank Tickle Fights Won Name
0 0 Strange
1 10 Unremarkable
2 25 Almost Amusing
3 45 Mildly Mirthful
4 70 Somewhat Droll
5 100 Thigh-Slapping
6 135 Notably Cheery
7 175 Sufficiently Wry
8 225 Truly Feared
9 275 Spectacularly Jocular
10 350 Riotous
11 500 Wicked Funny
12 749 Totally Unamusing
13 750 Positively Persiflagious
14 1000 Frown-Annihilating
15 1500 Grin-Inducing
16 2500 Server-Clearing
17 5000 Epic
18 7500 Legendary
19 7923 Australian
20 8500 Mann Co. Select

Related achievements

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

Show Trial
Show Trial
Kill an enemy with a taunt.

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Blunt Trauma
Blunt Trauma
Assist in punching 2 enemies with a single ÜberCharge on a Heavy.

Update history

December 15, 2011 Patch (Australian Christmas 2011)
  • The Holiday Punch was added to the game.

December 21, 2011 Patch

  • The Holiday Punch is now droppable and craftable.
  • Added crit forces for the Holiday Punch.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • Added crafting blueprint for the Holiday Punch.

February 2, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed a server crash caused by Holiday Punch critical attacks on physics objects.

February 9, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Holiday Punch now makes fabric sounds when moved around in the backpack.

March 22, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

November 12, 2013 Patch

January 9, 2015 Patch

November 10, 2016 Patch

  • Fixed being able to use the Holiday Punch on enemies during a Halloween boss truce.

October 26, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed an LOD bug with the Holiday Punch.

Unused content

  • An unused texture exists in the game files for this weapon; it bears a similar design to the scrapped Officer's Ushanka style seen in the Steam Workshop file.
  • This weapon has an unused kill icon.


  • This item does not glow when crit-boosted.
  • The Strange variant counts tickles as times the player has hit an enemy with a crit, therefore even if the enemy is already laughing or taunting, the counter still rises. This also means that other Heavies wearing this item that are forced to laugh by a normal punch do not increase the counter.
  • The Holiday Punch does not appear when inspecting it from the backpack menu.


  • Holiday punch is a drink commonly made during the holiday season.
  • The Holiday Punch was first teased on the first day of the Australian Christmas Update 2011, on the bottom right corner of the title image.


See also