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I have used this Mann Co. shovel for twelve years! It does not blog! It does not biodegrade! It barely digs holes!
The Soldier

The Shovel is the default melee weapon of the Soldier. It is a hand-held folding shovel, also known as an entrenching tool or spade. The handle appears to be splintered.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 195
Mini-crit 88
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Trench Warfare
Trench Warfare
Kill your nemesis with a shovel.

Update history

April 29, 2008 Patch (Gold Rush Update)

  • Added new swing animations.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).

October 9, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange variant.

December 21, 2016 Patch (Smissmas 2016)


  • The critical hit animation is similar to the one the Soldier uses to kill the Spy in Meet the Soldier.
  • The tool's real-life counterpart is the U.S. Army M-1943 entrenching tool, used to dig foxholes or trenches for cover.


See also