Pit of Death

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Pit of Death
Pd pit of death event.png
Basic Information
Map type: Player Destruction
File name: pd_pit_of_death_event
Released: October 21, 2016 Patch
(Scream Fortress VIII)
Developer(s): Christian "Roll" Richardson
Kenny "Flip" Wheeler
Michael Egan
Christian James DeRosa
Map Info
Environment: Halloween
Setting: Nighttime, overcast
Hazards: Pitfall, Pumpkin bombs
Hazards (Underworld): Stygian waters, Health drain
Map Items
Healthico.png Health Kits: Healthbar.png ×7  •  Healthpie.png ×6  •  
Health Cauldron.png ×1
Ammoico.png Ammo Boxes: Smallammo.png ×3   •   Mediumammo.png ×4   •  
Largeammo.png ×3
TF2 crosshair.png Special: Gargoyle Ghost.png   •   Pumpkin.png
Map Photos
Loading screen photos.
Map Overview
Pit of Death overview.png
Map Stamp
Item icon Map Stamp - Pit of Death.png
Supporters Leaderboard
(screaming) Holy crap, this goes on forever.
The Scout drops into the Pit of Death at the wrong time, and then he accepts his fate.

Pit of Death is a community-created Player Destruction map added in the Scream Fortress 2016 update.

In this map, both teams must collect the souls of dead players and deliver them for "sacrifice" in the front yard of the Underworld's house. A team wins upon sacrificing a certain number of souls, which varies depending on the number of players currently in the server.

Pit of Death was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Witching Hour

Every so often, the Witching Hour begins, causing magic spells to appear throughout the map and a portal to the Underworld to open above the Pit, which players must take in order to reach the delivery area and score points to win the match. A timer in the bottom center of the HUD shows how long until the next Witching Hour and its duration. The Witching Hour's beginning and end are also announced by an eerie tune; players near the Pit will feel the ground shake beneath them and might spot bats flying off from the giant skull when it starts.


The map has a symmetrical layout for each team, designed around two paths to the side that flank one central location. These paths are displayed early, with the spawn courtyard branching into two distinct paths. Both sides have equal amounts of elevation change, and the map is dominated by the titular pit in the center.


This acts as the very first location for either team. Both sides split into two distinct halves, making up the side routes the map revolves around.

  • Bridge Route: A long, narrow building that lets players leave directly towards the center, off towards the broken bridge, or directly above the broken bridge route.
  • Dock Route: Players follow an underpass, greeted with the option of either taking one of the hallway routes or proceeding directly into the docks.

01/02 Docks

On one side of the map lies this large warehouse-esque building, noted for its many walls, high ceiling, and varying elevations.

  • The Staircases: To the immediate left or right of a player's entry lies a wooden staircase and a platform. From here, the player can either exit up towards the pit, can follow a side building back to either spawn, or can look down upon the rest of the room from their elevated position.
  • Pit Access: Splitting the room in half is a smaller interior, leading directly up towards the pit.
  • Basement: On the other side of the pit access is the lowest part of the room, featuring health and ammo pickups.
  • Ledges: In the corners of the warehouse are two ledges, accessible only from the outside or from blast jumping. They are the highest point in the building, and are advantageous for ambushes.

Pit Flanks

Near the docks are two hills that run underneath the pit.

  • Hallway: Connecting the spawns to the pit are tight hallways, complete with small health and ammo pickups.
  • Rooftop: Outside of the hallways, players are able to take staircases to the hallways' roofs, placing them slightly above the pit and from a considerable distance away.
  • Flatgrounds: Between the pit and the hallway roof is level ground, connecting both the ledges in the docks and the alternative flanking route.

Broken Bridge

A sneaky but perilous path, a decrepit bridge lies to the other side of the map, surrounded by a sheer drop in the form of a waterfall.

The Pit

  • Walkway: Directly underneath the clock tower is a walkway, lined with half-walls and a low ceiling. This spot offers great visibility, but minimal protection. Periodically, the portal to the Underworld opens over the Pit under the tower.
  • Overlook Building: This building lies opposite of the walkway, featuring a ledge that looks directly out at the skull opposite of the map.

The Underworld

The Underworld is accessed by jumping into the portal that spawns just above the Pit. The Underworld serves as the area where players can deposit souls. There are also a few regular and one rare magic spell in the area.

Playing To Count

Player Count Playing To
0 10
2 10
4 16
6 24
8 32
10 40
12 48
14 56
16 64
18 72
20 80
22 88
24 96
26 104
28 112
30 120
32 128


Main article: Community Pit of Death strategy

Update history

October 21, 2016 Patch (Scream Fortress 2016)
  • Pit of Death was added to the game.

October 25, 2016 Patch

  • Fixed an exploit which allowed players to enter the enemy spawn.
  • Fixed enemy players teleported to the Underworld spawning in one another.
  • Fixed finale particles not being drawn from certain distances.
  • Fixed certain overlays not rendering.
  • Increased damage over time dealt in the Underworld.
  • Added climbable props to the platforms near mid.
  • Added a nobuild to the area surrounding the portal.
  • Added signs in spawns to make the second door more obvious.
  • Adjusted respawn times so that the losing team will respawn faster.
  • Adjusted health, ammo, and magic spells around the map.
  • Changed the Underworld buff to use the Purgatory buff from Eyeaduct.
  • Players killed during the finale will now turn into ghosts.
  • Decreased score limit from 5 to 4 points per player.


  • A basketball hoop can be seen attached to one of the dead trees sticking out of the lake below the Broken Bridge.
  • A regular-sized skull can be found inside the giant skull's mouth, outside of normal view.