Hit me. I dare you.
— The Heavy to his sparring partner
The Pugilist's Protector is a community-created cosmetic item for the Heavy. It is a padded, team-colored set of Boxing headgear, with the Mann Co. logo stamped on the front, a team-colored plastic mouth-guard, and straps that wave with the player's movements.
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September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
- The Pugilist's Protector was added to the game.
- Paint affects the Pugilist's Protector's color more, colors are less washed out.
- The Pugilist's Protector's painting texture was improved.
- [Undocumented] The Pugilist's Protector was added to the Mann Co. Store.
- The Pugilist's Protector is worn by Heavyweight Champ (Type 1) in Mann vs. Machine.
- The mouth-guard is similar to those worn by boxers, also known as pugilists, to prevent damage to the mouth, teeth, and jaw, as well as to reduce the risk of concussion caused by direct blows to the head.