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This article is about the stock melee weapon for the Soldier. For his other shovel weapon, see Market Gardener.
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 for the Soldier. It is a stylized hand-held entrenching tool with a splintered handle.

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)


See also