Rescue Ranger

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The Engineer rescuing a building from far away

The Rescue Ranger is a community-created primary weapon for the Engineer. It resembles the normal Shotgun, but with a differently styled magazine tube, longer barrel, and, in place of a scope, a small, illuminated monitor that displays an oscillating sine wave. The monitor is connected to an orange (RED) or yellow (BLU) box at the end of the barrel, fitted with a team-colored light on the front.

While active, the Rescue Ranger can be used to pick up any building in his direct line of sight at the cost of 100 Metal, from a range. Doing so teleports the building into the Engineer's possession instantly with a team-colored flash, leaving behind a tracer beam that temporarily notifies others of the Engineer's location. Instead of bullets, the weapon fires special bolt projectiles (repair claws), which repair 60 health to friendly buildings at a 4:1 health to metal ratio; in effect, healing 4 health consumes 1 unit of metal. Note that bolts only repair buildings, and do not restock ammo, apply upgrades, or damage attached enemy Sappers.

As a downside to these perks, the weapon carries less ammo than its stock counterpart, with a limited clip size of 4 and reserve stock of 16. In addition, the Engineer becomes marked for death when hauling a building with the Rescue Ranger equipped, causing him to take mini-crit damage while doing so and for several seconds after redeploying. This effect applies even if a building is picked up with a Wrench, without using the Rescue Ranger's ability.

The Rescue Ranger has an added cosmetic effect; enemies killed with a bolt, if near a map object, are pinned to it via the bolt. Bolts can also clash with hostile projectiles or throwable items.

As with most projectiles, the Rescue Ranger's bolts can be reflected by the Pyro's compression blast. Reflected bolts deal regular damage to enemy buildings, but have no effect on friendly buildings.

The Rescue Ranger was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

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 150% 60
Base damage 100% 40
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 21
Point blank 60
Medium range 27
Long range 21
Critical 120
Mini-crit 54-81
Function times
Attack interval 0.625 s
Reload (first) 1.0 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.5 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Eureka Effect Reclaimed Metal Rescue Ranger
Item icon Eureka Effect.pngx3 + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Rescue Ranger.png
Class Token - Engineer Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Engineer.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Frontier Justice.png Item icon Widowmaker.png Item icon Pomson 6000.png Item icon Rescue Ranger.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Built to Last
Built to Last
Help a single building tank over 2000 damage without being destroyed.

Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Repair a sentry gun under fire while being healed by a Medic.
Rio Grind
Rio Grind
Perform 50 repairs and/or reloads on a Sentry gun being Wrangled by another Engineer.

Texas Two-Step
Texas Two-Step
Use your shotgun to finish off an enemy recently damaged by your sentry gun.

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Midwife Crisis
Midwife Crisis
Heal an Engineer as he repairs his sentry gun while it's under enemy fire.

Update history

December 20, 2012 Patch (Mecha Update)
  • The Rescue Ranger was added to the game.

December 21, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Rescue Ranger bolts using incorrect hit boxes.

January 24, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed missing text in the recipe description for the Rescue Ranger.
  • Updated the Rescue Ranger so it can be used as a crafting ingredient.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attributes:
    • Increased in damage per bolt by 14%.
    • Increased building healing from 50 to 75 per bolt.

November 12, 2013 Patch

December 6, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed crit boosted glow not showing.

November 4, 2014 Patch

  • Updated the Rescue Ranger so players no longer block its ability to pick-up buildings from a distance.

November 5, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed the Rescue Ranger being able pick-up buildings through walls.

[Unknown Date]

  • Fixed Rescue Ranger bolts dealing headshot damage when reflected.

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

  • Changed attribute:
    • Decreased cost of long range building pick up from 130 metal to 100 metal

July 8, 2015 Patch #1

December 17, 2015 Patch (Tough Break Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Healing per bolt reduced from 75 to 60.

October 20, 2017 Patch #1 (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Ranged repairs now consume metal at a 4-to-1 health-to-metal ratio (previously consumed no metal).
  • [Undocumented] Changed weapon description.

November 7, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed the Rescue Ranger not drawing its attached screen properly.

December 13, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed the Rescue Ranger not counting towards the Engineer achievement "Texas Two-Step".

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)

March 28, 2018 Patch #1

  • Fixed missing display attribute for the Rescue Ranger (client display issue only).

Unused content

  • There are a set of unused sounds for this weapon associated with buildings teleporting and some kind of charging.
    • Some of these sounds are named rescue_ranger_teleport_send_01 and rescue_ranger_teleport_receive_01, suggesting the Rescue Ranger could have had the ability to place buildings from a distance, in addition to picking them up.
  • Unused text and an unused attribute suggests that earlier versions of this weapon required the user to deal damage to fill up a "Rescue Energy" meter in order to teleport their own buildings.
    • The string for this text in the language files is TF_Rescue and contains the text ENERGY while the attribute's description is Generate building rescue energy on damage.


  • The Engineer achievement Circle the Wagons cannot be earned with the Rescue Ranger, even though it has the ability to repair friendly buildings.
  • Reflected bolts from Pyros do not heal friendly buildings.
  • Bolts appear to repair redeployed buildings even during reconstruction, when they cannot be repaired.
  • The Rescue Ranger allows the Engineer to pick up a building with an enemy Sapper attached. However, while hauled, the HUD indicates the building has a Sapper attached, which appears to damage the building. Yet, since it is impossible to damage a building while it is hauled, the building health continues to regenerate as well. When the player redeploys the building, the Sapper cannot be destroyed, but the building still operates as normal.
  • Rescue Ranger kills count as Sentry Gun kills in Engineer Contracts.
  • The bolt particle effect appears at the back of the weapon instead of the shotgun's tip.


  • The amplitude of the sine wave in the monitor is based on the user's Metal count: at 200 Metal, the wave appears at maximum height, while lacking enough Metal to long-range haul a building makes it significantly flatter. Having no Metal renders the wave almost completely flat.
  • As with most shotguns in the game, the Rescue Ranger is a left-handed shotgun (with the ejection port being visible on the left hand side of the gun). Despite this, the Engineer holds it right-handed. A right-handed shotgun would have its ejection port on the right side to prevent ejected shells from striking the user.


  • Default first-person view
  • Festivized first-person view
  • Other

See also