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Razorback publicity blurb

The Razorback is an unlockable secondary weapon for the Sniper. It is a partially chipped hand-carved tribal shield with red and white paint and a car battery taped to the back. Two wires are shown going from the battery to the shield, held in place with black tape.

When equipped, this weapon grants the player immunity to a single backstab from a Spy. If a backstab is attempted, the Spy will be unable to attack, Cloak, or switch weapons for approximately 2 seconds. The player will be alerted of the failed attack by a very distinct, loud electrical sound, as well as being zoomed out of their scope if they were zoomed in, at which point they can retaliate.

Upon a single backstab, the Razorback will break in half and fall off the player's back. If the Sniper is killed by another player within 5 seconds of his Razorback breaking, the Spy will be given a kill assist. If a Razorback is broken, a new Razorback can be acquired if the player goes to a Resupply locker, respawns, or waits 30 seconds for it to regenerate.

Snipers with the Razorback equipped receive a 100% overheal penalty, so they can not be given overheal from Medics.

The Razorback is automatically given to any player who obtains 17 Sniper achievements.

Function times

Function times (in seconds)
Effect Knife lock-up
Recharge time 30 s
Effect duration 2 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Class Token - Sniper Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Sniper.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Jarate.png Item icon Razorback.png Item icon Darwin's Danger Shield.png Item icon Cleaner's Carbine.png
Item icon Cozy Camper.png

As a crafting ingredient

Razorback Chargin' Targe Gunboats
Item icon Razorback.png + Item icon Chargin' Targe.png = Item icon Gunboats.png
Razorback Reclaimed Metal Darwin's Danger Shield
Item icon Razorback.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Darwin's Danger Shield.png
Reclaimed Metal Jarate Razorback Cozy Camper
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Jarate.png + Item icon Razorback.png = Item icon Cozy Camper.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Shock Treatment
Shock Treatment
Kill a Spy whose backstab attempt was blocked by your Razorback.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

Die Another Way
Die Another Way
Kill a Sniper after your backstab breaks his Razorback.

Update history

May 21, 2009 Patch (Sniper vs. Spy Update)
  • The Razorback was added to the game.

June 23, 2009 Patch

  • The Spy can no longer change weapons from the knife while shocked by the Razorback.
  • [Undocumented] Changed attribute:
    • The Razorback no longer slows a Sniper down (previously had a 15% movement speed penalty).

May 12, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Razorback was added to the crafting blueprint for the Gunboats.

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

September 20, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

March 15, 2012 Patch

September 12, 2016 Patch

  • Fixed the Strange Razorback double-counting the number Spies shocked.

October 20, 2017 Patch (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Added -100% overheal penalty.
    • Shield regenerates after 30 seconds.

November 1, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed a bug related to the Razorback and touching a resupply closet or respawning.

March 28, 2018 Patch #1

  • Fixed the Razorback shields not being preserved across round restarts.
  • Fixed Sniper ragdolls not displaying the correct state for the Razorback when the Sniper is killed (drawing when it should be hidden and vice-versa).

April 12, 2018 Patch

  • Fixed Medics having an accelerated Übercharge build-rate when healing full-health Snipers who are using The Razorback.


  • The Razorback sometimes does not regenerate properly, even if the recharge bar is full.
  • Dead players can be pinned to broken Razorback gibs by arrows. For example, if a Sniper is killed by the Huntsman quickly after having his Razorback broken, he will be pinned to where the gibs are at the time and end up dangling in midair.
  • The Razorback doesn't appear in the Loadout menu.
  • The Razorback doesn't appear when inspected from the Backpack menu.


  • The Razorback resembles a mid-20th Century Queensland Rainforest tribal shield.[1]
  • The notable scar on the shield is from the Spy's unsuccessful backstab attempt on the Sniper vs. Spy update page.[2]
  • The Razorback was teased in Meet the Spy, its name displayed on a white box depicting a pig, and labeled "urgent".
  • A Razorback is a type of wild boar commonly found in Australia that is considered to be vermin due to increasing numbers.



See also