Market Gardener

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For the stock shovel, see Shovel.
As the soldiers' need for a digging implement for graves, latrines and trenches increased to include hedgerows, shrubberies and officers' golf courses, the Army stepped up development of its standard issue digging tools to make them smaller and more effective.
Market Gardener publicity blurb

The Market Gardener is a community-created melee weapon for the Soldier. It is an entrenching shovel with a tan wooden handle fastened with green metal.

The Market Gardener deals critical hits to enemies whilst the wielder is rocket jumping (or otherwise airborne via explosion), but cannot randomly crit. Compared to the default Shovel, the Market Gardener has a 20% slower swinging speed.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 195
Mini-crit 88
Function times
Attack interval 0.96 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Airborne Armaments
Item icon World War Wednesday Bundle.png

No effect



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Gunboats Pain Train Market Gardener
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Gunboats.png + Item icon Pain Train.png = Item icon Market Gardener.png
Class Token - Soldier Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Soldier.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Equalizer.png Item icon Pain Train.png Item icon Half-Zatoichi.png Item icon Disciplinary Action.png
Item icon Market Gardener.png Item icon Escape Plan.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png
Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Airborne Armaments weapon Jumper's Jeepcap
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Liberty Launcher.pngItem icon Reserve Shooter.pngItem icon Market Gardener.png = Item icon Jumper's Jeepcap.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Trench Warfare
Trench Warfare
Kill your nemesis with a shovel.

Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)
  • The Market Gardener was added to the game.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for the Market Gardener.

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • The Market Gardener now uses Shovel sounds.

November 12, 2013 Patch

December 17, 2015 Patch (Tough Break Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Added 20% Attack Speed penalty.


  • The state of "launched by explosion" can be prolonged by jumping at the exact moment the player lands (bunnyhopping), which allows the weapon to crit after technically landing, and can theoretically be extended indefinitely.
  • Occasionally, playing the game with DirectX8 causes the model to flip backward.



See also