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The Spy to the Engineer

The Homewrecker is a community-created melee weapon for the Pyro. It is a large, two-handed sledgehammer.

The Homewrecker deals double its listed damage to any enemy buildings. It is capable of destroying a Mini-Sentry in one hit, and any other unattended building in two. The Homewrecker is also able to destroy an enemy Sapper with a single swing. However, unlike the Engineer's melee weapons, it cannot repair damaged buildings. Additionally, the Homewrecker deals 25% less damage to enemy players.

The kill icon for the Homewrecker was contributed by NeoDement .

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 49
Point blank
Critical 146
Mini-crit 66
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Equalizer Scrap Metal Homewrecker
Item icon Equalizer.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png = Item icon Homewrecker.png
Class Token - Pyro Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Pyro.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Axtinguisher.png Item icon Homewrecker.png Item icon Back Scratcher.png Item icon Powerjack.png
Item icon Sharpened Volcano Fragment.png Item icon Maul.png Item icon Postal Pummeler.png Item icon Third Degree.png
Item icon Lollichop.png Item icon Neon Annihilator.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png
Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png Item icon Hot Hand.png

As a crafting ingredient

Homewrecker Chargin' Targe Claidheamh Mòr
Item icon Homewrecker.png + Item icon Chargin' Targe.png = Item icon Claidheamh Mòr.png
Reclaimed Metal Frontier Justice Homewrecker Family Business
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Frontier Justice.png + Item icon Homewrecker.png = Item icon Family Business.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

Destroy 50 Engineer buildings.

Kill 6 people with your axe in one life.
Kill 3 people with your axe in one life.

Update history

March 18, 2010 Patch (First Community Contribution Update)
  • The Homewrecker was added to the game.

May 7, 2010 Patch

  • The Homewrecker now damages enemy Sappers on friendly buildings.

May 12, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added crafting blueprint for the Homewrecker.

May 27, 2010 Patch

  • The Homewrecker was given a unique kill icon.

November 19, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Homewrecker is now capable of removing Electro Sappers from both ends of a Teleporter with a single swing.

December 21, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Homewrecker was added in the crafting blueprint for the Claidheamh Mòr.

February 14, 2011 Patch

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

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • The crafting cost of the Homewrecker was changed from an Eyelander and a Equalizer to 1 Scrap Metal and a Equalizer.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Homewrecker was added to the crafting blueprint for the Family Business.

August 3, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed the Homewrecker not destroying Red-Tape Recorder Sappers in one hit.

October 9, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange variant.

November 12, 2013 Patch

July 30, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed teammates blocking the removal of Sappers when using the Homewrecker, Maul, and Neon Annihilator.

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.


  • The Pyro achievement Arsonist can be earned by destroying enemy Sappers, since they are considered buildings.
  • The term 'Homewrecker' is a given name to a person or object that is being accused of or responsible for stress on a marriage or relationship.


See also