Third Degree

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It chops! It slices! It causes disfiguring burns!
Third Degree publicity blurb

The Third Degree is a melee weapon for the Pyro. It is a team-colored, retro-futuristic axe with a white-hot coil in lieu of a sharpened edge.

The weapon has the ability to deal damage not only to the enemy being struck, but also simultaneously to enemy players healing or being healed by the target with Medic healing beams, and any other enemies further along chains of healing beams. Damage vulnerabilities and resistances, such as those from the Fists of Steel and the Powerjack, are not transferred to other players in the chain. The Third Degree does not have any negative attributes, making it a direct improvement over the default Fire Axe.

Enemies killed by the Third Degree suffer a distinctive death by incineration, wherein they disintegrate into smoldering orange cinders that quickly fade away.

Taunting with the Third Degree equipped plays Pyro's air guitar taunt, but a heavy metal guitar sound plays alongside Pyro's usual mumbling.

The Third Degree was later contributed to the Steam Workshop, at Valve's request.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Fire Axe
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.

Damage done to linked players

Healing link type Linked target struck with Third Degree Damage crosses link?
Dispenser Any Pictogram cross.png No
Any Medic secondary weapon Enemy Medic or enemy being healed by them Pictogram tick.png Yes
Disguised Spy or Medic healing them (on opposite teams) Pictogram cross.png No
Medicating Melody Enemy Medic healing an enemy player Pictogram cross.png No
Enemy player being healed by an enemy Medic Pictogram tick.png Yes

Item set

Main article: Item sets
Dr. Grordbort's Moonman Pack
Item icon The Moonman Pack Bundle.png

No effect



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Axtinguisher Powerjack Third Degree
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Axtinguisher.png + Item icon Powerjack.png = Item icon Third Degree.png
Class Token - Pyro Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Pyro.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Axtinguisher.png Item icon Homewrecker.png Item icon Back Scratcher.png Item icon Powerjack.png
Item icon Sharpened Volcano Fragment.png Item icon Maul.png Item icon Postal Pummeler.png Item icon Third Degree.png
Item icon Lollichop.png Item icon Neon Annihilator.png Item icon Freedom Staff.png Item icon Ham Shank.png
Item icon Bat Outta Hell.png Item icon Conscientious Objector.png Item icon Hot Hand.png

As a crafting ingredient

Third Degree Reclaimed Metal Neon Annihilator
Item icon Third Degree.pngx2 + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Neon Annihilator.png
Refined Metal Moonman Pack weapon Possible Results
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Phlogistinator.pngItem icon Manmelter.pngItem icon Third Degree.png =
Item icon Bubble Pipe.png Item icon Moonman Backpack.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

Kill 6 people with your axe in one life.
Kill 3 people with your axe in one life.

Update history

December 15, 2011 Patch (Australian Christmas 2011)

  • The Third Degree was added to the game.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • Added crafting blueprint for the Third Degree.

September 4, 2012 Patch

November 12, 2013 Patch

Unused content

  • This item has an unused kill icon in the VPK.
  • There are a set of unused particles for a variety of melee impacts.


  • If a player getting healed by the Amputator's healing taunt gets hit by the Third Degree, the Medic is hit as well.



See also