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Overdose publicity blurb

The Overdose is a primary weapon for the Medic. It is a prototype Syringe Gun, sporting a white and team-colored needle disposal container in place of a needle cache.

This weapon deals 15% less damage to enemies compared to the default Syringe Gun. However, as the Medic builds up his ÜberCharge, his movement speed increases by 2% for every 10% of ÜberCharge gained, for a total increase of 20% at 100% ÜberCharge, resulting in the Medic moving at 128% speed. This bonus only applies when the Overdose is the active weapon.

The Overdose was previously tested in Team Fortress 2 Beta as the Beta Syringe Gun.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 111% 10
Base damage 100%
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 4
Critical 26
Mini-crit 11 - 14
Function times
Attack interval 0.105 s
Reload 1.305 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Item set

Main article: Item sets
Clinical Trial
Item icon Meet The Medic! Bundle.png

No effect


See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Gloves of Running Urgently Crusader's Crossbow Overdose
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Gloves of Running Urgently.png + Item icon Crusader's Crossbow.png = Item icon Overdose.png
Class Token - Medic Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Medic.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Blutsauger.png Item icon Crusader's Crossbow.png Item icon Overdose.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Does It Hurt When I Do This?
Does It Hurt When I Do This?
Kill 50 Scouts with your syringe gun.

Update history

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

June 28, 2011 Patch

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

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The damage bonus attribute was changed from "-10% damage done" to "-10% damage penalty".

February 16, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed playing incorrect sounds for the Overdose.

February 23, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

March 1, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed not hearing third person weapon sounds.
  • Modified recoil force to more accurately reflect sound effect.

March 22, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed the Overdose projectiles not rendering for other players.

June 18, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed the air canister and trigger of the Overdose not moving when reloading and firing.

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

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

July 7, 2016 Patch (Meet Your Match Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Increased movement speed bonus to +20% (from +10%).
    • Increased damage penalty to -15% (from -10%).

January 5, 2023 Patch

  • Fixed a memory leak when firing syringes as Medic
  • Fixed some instances of syringes being invisible around corners and in transitions between water and air (both directions)
  • Fixed syringes triggering false hits on the client when minimal view models are enabled or a custom view model FOV is set


  • If ÜberCharge is activated, then the Medic switches to the Overdose, the speed buff stays at whatever percentage the ÜberCharge was at at the time of the switch, instead of reducing while the charge drains.


  • The model for the Overdose was shown on the revised promotional image for the Double Drop Week on June 2nd, 2011, on the official TF2 blog, before the weapon was released in the Über Update.[1]
  • An overdose is a greater-than-recommended dosage of a drug which may result in illness or death.


See also