Home Run

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The Scout

Upon taunting with the Sandman or Atomizer equipped, the Scout points to the sky, winds up, and swings the bat, instantly killing any enemy too slow, unaware, or simply unfortunate enough to be in range.

This Home Run taunt kill is capable of casting the victim's ragdoll a considerable distance away. Although the entirety of the wind-up is silent, a successful hit will result in the cheers of an invisible crowd. The kill area of the taunt is relatively low, allowing enemies to jump away from the taunt and avoid death.

  • The range at which the taunt will kill is 48 Hammer Units, past which it has no effect. If multiple enemies are within this range, they will all take damage.
  • The Home Run taunt deals bullet type damage, meaning that it can be countered by such items as the Vaccinator and Fists of Steel.

As with most kill taunts, this taunt can be used to kill enemy players during humiliation and stalemates.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Point blank Sandman: 500
Atomizer: 425
Medium range N/A
Long range N/A
Mini-crit 675
Function times
Taunt duration 5.3 s [1]
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Related achievements

Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

Out of the Park
Out of the Park
Bat an enemy 25 meters.

Update history

February 24, 2009 Patch (Scout Update)

  • The Home Run taunt was added to the game.

February 25, 2009 Patch

  • Fixed the BONK! particles appearing in the air when the bat's taunt kill is used on a target.
  • [Undocumented] The Scout no longer speaks during the duration of the taunt.

July 1, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Assigned the Home Run taunt to the Atomizer.


  • The point at which the Scout points to the sky during the taunt is a reference to Babe Ruth's famous called shot.
    • Ironically, Babe Ruth was originally a Red Sox player, but then signed to the Yankees, while the Scout is Bostonian (and ostensibly a Red Sox fan.) The Red Sox and Yankees are one of the more well-known baseball rivalries.

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