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L'Etranger publicity blurb

The L'Etranger (pronounced /le.tʁɑ̃.ʒe/) is a community-created secondary weapon for the Spy. It is a stylish, narrow-barreled revolver with an ivory handle design.

This weapon deals 20% less damage than the default Revolver, making it less suitable for direct combat. However, a successful hit fills the Spy's cloak meter by 15%, regardless of which cloaking device is equipped. Equipping this weapon also extends the maximum duration of the Spy's cloak by 40%. Players can therefore use the gun to charge their cloak, and then use the added cloak duration to perform an escape or traverse a guarded area. This is especially useful when there are no ammo supplies nearby, or if the selected cloaking device makes using ammo supplies difficult.

The bonus cloak duration works to a lesser degree with the Dead Ringer due to its innate cloak duration bonus. If the Your Eternal Reward is equipped, its drain penalty is nullified and the cloak duration bonus of the L'Etranger is halved.

The kill icon for the L'Etranger was contributed by Psyke .

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 150% 48
Base damage 100% 32
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 17
Point blank 44-48
Medium range 28-36
Long range 17-18
Pellet spread 80:1
Critical 96
Mini-crit 43-65
Function times
Attack interval 0.5 s
Reload 1.133 s
Spread recovery 1.25 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Saharan Spy
Backpack The Saharan Spy Bundle.png

Extra effects when taunting.



See also: Crafting


Dead Ringer Reclaimed Metal L'Etranger
Item icon Dead Ringer.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon L'Etranger.png
Class Token - Spy Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Spy.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Ambassador.png Item icon L'Etranger.png Item icon Enforcer.png Item icon Diamondback.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Saharan Spy weapon Familiar Fez
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon L'Etranger.pngItem icon Your Eternal Reward.png = Item icon Familiar Fez.png
Reclaimed Metal Scrap Metal L'Etranger Enforcer
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png + Item icon L'Etranger.png = Item icon Enforcer.png
Reclaimed Metal Conniver's Kunai L'Etranger Big Earner
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Conniver's Kunai.png + Item icon L'Etranger.png = Item icon Big Earner.png
Reclaimed Metal L'Etranger Widowmaker
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.pngx2 + Item icon L'Etranger.png = Item icon Widowmaker.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

A Cut Above
A Cut Above
Kill a gun-wielding Spy with your knife.

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • The L'Etranger was added to the game.

October 8, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The L'Etranger was added to the crafting blueprint for the Familiar Fez.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on tournament servers when the server is restricting the player's weapons using the item_whitelist.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on Medieval maps for items that are not allowed in medieval mode.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • [Undocumented] The L'Etranger was added to the crafting blueprint for the Enforcer and the Big Earner.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage bonus attribute was changed from "-20% damage done" to "-20% damage penalty".

August 18, 2011 Patch (Manno-Technology Bundle)

  • [Undocumented] The L'Etranger was added to the crafting blueprint for the Widowmaker.

October 25, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • Added 40% increased Cloak duration.


  • Like all of the Spy's secondary weapons except the Revolver and the Enforcer, the Spy does not actually put any bullets into the cylinder while reloading, due to the model lacking a speedloader.


  • "L'Etranger" is the French title of an existentialist novel, written by Albert Camus, in which an emotionally-detached French Algerian murders an Arab with a handgun.
    • The main character of the book is widely considered a sociopath due to his cold nature, similar to the Spy's cold and murderous actions.
  • "L'Etranger" is French for "The Stranger", "The Outsider", "The Foreigner" or "Abroad", tying in with the Spy's mysterious nature and his origins in France.
    • The item's name misses the acute accent of "É". The French localization does have the accent.


See also