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The Reanimator is a gameplay element released within the Two Cities Update to be used on Mann vs. Machine maps. It is represented by a gray machine with red and gold-painted parts, and various apparatuses (plugs, buttons, etc.) with a main, long glowing port. A Reanimator is automatically dropped by a teammate if they die, displaying a hologram of their class at their point of death. Once it is targeted with any Medic secondary weapon, the player is slowly revived; upon being fully revived, which involves healing them to half their maximum health, they immediately respawn at their Reanimator, or by the Medic if it is obstructed. An ÜberCharge of any type quickens the process.

The player also has the choice to decline being revived, and choose to respawn normally; once the player respawns, their Reanimator disappears. The more teammates die after being revived by Medics, the longer it takes for Medics to revive their teammates. Therefore, it is sometimes better to not use the Reanimator and just respawn normally, if it is too difficult for the Medic to revive teammates.

Revivals performed during setup time apply to this penalty for the incoming wave. The penalty still applies even if the player switches Classes (during Setup time). The amount of time to be revived is reset between waves, regardless of whether the wave lost or won.

Excluding the Pyro, each class gains additional voice responses upon being revived.

Various Medi Guns can drastically speed up the revive rate:

  • The Quick-Fix triples the revive rate during its ÜberCharge.
  • The Vaccinator has four separate ÜberCharges, allowing the use of its charges to almost instantly revive up to four dead teammates.

Related achievements

Mvm navicon.png Mann vs. Machievements

Reanimator 2
Reanimator 2
Use one ÜberCharge to quickly revive 2 teammates within 5 seconds.

Update history

November 21, 2013 Patch (Two Cities Update)

  • Revive (no upgrade required)
    • Teammates leave behind a revive marker when they die
    • Target the marker with your Medi Gun to revive them


  • If there is more than one Medic reviving a patient, the camera for who is being revived switches back and forth constantly between the Medics.
  • Sometimes, when a Medic revives a teammate too quickly, their "A Medic is attempting to bring you back..." window does not disappear, and locks the player's mouse movement, requiring the player to manually press "Decline" in order to fix it.
  • Rarely, the "A Medic is attempting to bring you back..." window disappears even though the Medic is still reviving his teammate.
  • If the patient's Reanimator is right above an ally Teleporter and gets revived, the revived player becomes stuck inside the Teleporter, being unable to move.
  • Constantly pressing the primary attack button (default key: MOUSE1) revives teammates considerably faster than the regular way. This happens because each time the reviver presses their primary attack button, a small percentage of health is recovered.