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The Manmelter is a secondary weapon for the Pyro. It is a grey, retrofuturistic laser pistol, with a small vial that contains team-colored liquid.

The weapon fires flaming bolts of energy that are similar to the flares fired by the Flare Gun, but travel 50% faster. Unlike the other flare guns, the Manmelter's energy bolts do not inflict additional damage to ignited players. The Manmelter itself has unlimited ammo, and cannot fire random Critical hits. It requires reloading, but lacks a reload animation; instead, the Manmelter plays a distinct but quiet sound, similar to that of the Machina when it is fired without scoping, and produces a small spark slightly after it is ready to be fired again. When holding the primary-fire button (or firing as fast as possible), this sound and spark effect do not play.

Holding the alt-fire button (default key: MOUSE2) activates a vacuum-like function, pulling up dust from the ground and extinguishing teammates that are on fire. It extinguishes at roughly the same interval as continually airblasting with a flamethrower, although the player is required to press and hold alt-fire again to keep the vacuum going after they have extinguished a teammate. For each ally extinguished, the Manmelter grants the user 20 health (similarly to a compression blast) and stores a guaranteed Critical hit for later use, similarly to the Frontier Justice and Diamondback. Up to 35 Crits can be stored in this fashion, all lost upon death. Firing a Crit from the Manmelter shoots a burst of fire from the gun.

Enemies killed by the Manmelter suffer a distinctive death by incineration, wherein they disintegrate into smoldering orange cinders that quickly fade away.

Taunting with the Manmelter equipped results in the Hadouken kill taunt. As the taunt kill shares the properties of the Manmelter, enemies hit by the Hadouken also disintegrate into cinders.

This item was named the "Manmelter 3600 ZX" in promotional materials from the Official TF2 Blog and Weta Workshop.

The Manmelter was later contributed to the Steam Workshop, at Valve's request.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage type Dual-type (fire and bullet)
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Base damage 100% 30
Critical 90
Mini-crit 41
Afterburn 4 / tick
60 total
Afterburn (mini-crit) 5 / tick
75 total
Function times
Attack interval 2 s
Afterburn duration 7.5 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Item set

Main article: Item sets
Dr. Grordbort's Moonman Pack
Item icon The Moonman Pack Bundle.png

No effect


See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Detonator Manmelter
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Detonator.png = Item icon Manmelter.png

Class Token - Pyro Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Pyro.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Flare Gun.png Item icon Detonator.png Item icon Reserve Shooter.png Item icon Manmelter.png
Item icon Scorch Shot.png Item icon Panic Attack.png Item icon Thermal Thruster.png Item icon Gas Passer.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Moonman Pack weapon Possible Results
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Phlogistinator.pngItem icon Manmelter.pngItem icon Third Degree.png =
Item icon Bubble Pipe.png Item icon Moonman Backpack.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

Kill an enemy with a taunt.

Update history

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

December 16, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Manmelter getting Crits from 'Mmmph' bar.

December 16, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • Updated the description of the weapon.

December 21, 2011 Patch

  • Added particle effect on muzzle that appears when ready to fire.
  • Increased projectile speed while maintaining the same travel arc.
  • Increased extinguish range.
  • Added draw/recoil/crit forces for the Manmelter.

December 23, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed the Manmelter idle effects showing on other flare guns.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • Added crafting blueprint for the Manmelter.

March 22, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause the Manmelter to display incorrect kill icons.

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed the Manmelter using the wrong muzzle flash effect.

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • Improved visual and audio cues for when the Manmelter is ready to fire.
  • Fixed the Manmelter being able to earn Crits via friendly Pyro self-damage.

March 19, 2013 Patch

  • Removed some description text from the Manmelter that incorrectly stated its projectiles could not be deflected.

November 12, 2013 Patch

August 13, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

August 21, 2014 Patch

  • The Manmelter can now accept Allies Extinguished strange parts.

January 7, 2016 Patch

  • Changed attribute:
    • Updated the Manmelter so extinguishing a teammate will return 20 health to the Pyro.

July 7, 2016 Patch (Meet Your Match Update)

  • Removed (hidden) 20% fire rate penalty.

September 26, 2022 Patch

  • Fixed duplicate reload sound entries in the tf_weapon_flaregun_revenge weapon script

Unused content

  • There is a unique projectile impact for the laser hitting a wall.


  • When this weapon's projectile is reflected, it is reflected as a Flare Gun flare.
  • The Critical hits counter does not show when the active weapon is not the Manmelter.
  • Firing at least one time causes the weapon to not fully go back to its resting position.
  • While holding down alt-fire after having saved up charges, trying to fire while still holding alt-fire instantly depletes the Manmelter of all its saved charges, and the Crits counter is reset to 0. The weapon does not actually fire anything while this happens.
  • Occasionally the ash-suck particle effect may not appear.
  • If a friendly Pyro is inflicted by afterburn from the Gas Passer, and the Pyro extinguishes the friendly Pyro, they receive points and health, but not a stored critical. This does not happen with other classes.
  • Occasionally, when firing a Critical hit, the extinguish particles play despite not extinguishing anyone.
  • Sometimes, the Critical hits counter will quickly decrease to 0 before resetting to its intended value.


See also