Solemn Vow

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Art lovers will cherish the bust of Hippocrates, commemorating a time when the Medic still thought doing no harm was a good idea.
Solemn Vow publicity blurb

The Solemn Vow is a melee weapon for the Medic. It is a marble bust of Hippocrates, inset with a plaque reading "Do no harm" – the guiding principle of the Hippocratic Oath.

Having this weapon in the loadout allows the player to view enemy health, names, and ÜberCharge percentages (in the same manner as the Spy), regardless if it is the current active weapon or not, providing strategic information that could aid the team, although it cannot see the health of enemy buildings. However, this weapon has a 10% slower attack speed.

The item was previously tested in the Team Fortress 2 Beta as the Beta Bonesaw.

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 0.88 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

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Clinical Trial
Item icon Meet The Medic! Bundle.png

No effect



See also: Crafting


Jarate Reclaimed Metal Solemn Vow
Item icon Jarate.pngx8 + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Solemn Vow.png
Class Token - Medic Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Medic.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Ubersaw.png Item icon Vita-Saw.png Item icon Amputator.png Item icon Solemn Vow.png
Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

FYI I am A Medic
FYI I am A Medic
Use your bonesaw to kill a spy who has been calling for 'Medic!'.

Peer Review
Peer Review
Kill 10 Medics with your bone saw.
Hit enemies with your bonesaw 5 times in a row without dying or missing.

Update history

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)
  • The Solemn Vow was added to the game.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • Added/Refined recoil/draw/crit/reload forces for the Solemn Vow.

August 9, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated the kill icon of the Solemn Vow to remove a small square from the bottom right corner.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • The Solemn Vow now sounds like a Wrench.

September 6, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed the Solemn Vow not sounding like a Wrench.

November 12, 2013 Patch

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

  • Changed attribute:
    • Added 10% attack speed penalty.


  • The Solemn Vow appears to have a glossy texture while playing in DirectX 8 mode due to DirectX 8 not rendering normal maps.


  • The Solemn Vow appears in the comic True Meaning, sitting on the fireplace mantel, but it is blocked by the speech bubble.
  • A "solemn vow" in the Roman Catholic canon law is a vow that the Church has recognized as such.
  • The crafting blueprint requiring 8 Jarate is a reference to Hippocrates' work in early urology, as well as the fact that he drank urine samples from his patients.


See also