The Tide Turner, like the Chargin' Targe, allows the Demoman to perform a Charging maneuver, with benefits including a temporary boost of speed, shield bash and melee damage boosts which scale by distance, and the immediately removal of afterburn, bleeding, Mad Milk and Jarate. However, the Tide Turner grants full turning control while charging, and any kills obtained with melee weapons will instantly replenish 75% of the charge meter. However, being damaged while charging reduces the remaining charge time on a one-to-one basis; for example, taking 42 damage will subtract 42% from the remaining charge meter. Being damaged at the precise moment a charge is initiated will fully drain the charge meter, regardless of how much damage was dealt.
The Tide Turner's downsides include its lower passive resistances to both fire and explosive damage, 15% each in this case (lower than both the Chargin' Targe and the Splendid Screen). Additionally, the maximum damage boost gained by charging with a melee weapon is only a mini-crit, compared to the critical hit gained by charging almost the full distance with the other shields.
The Tide Turner was contributed to the Steam Workshop under the name "The Wheel of Misfortune".
Damage and function times
|Damage and function times|
|Ranged or Melee damage?||Melee|
|Base damage||100%||)(+5 per|
|Maximum charge time|
|Values are approximate and determined by community testing.|
|Condition||Speed (units per second)|
|Charging while wielding the Scotman's Skullcutter|
|Reclaimed Metal||Chargin' Targe||Ali Baba's Wee Booties||Tide Turner|
|Class Token - Demoman||Slot Token - Secondary||Scrap Metal|
As a crafting ingredient
|Reclaimed Metal||Reclaimed Metal||Tide Turner||Quickiebomb Launcher|
| Emergency Brake|
Kill a charging Demoman.
- This weapon does not glow in the world view when crit-boosted.
- The item's name references the expression "turn the tide"; the expression means to change or reverse the outcome of a situation (such as a battle).
First-person view with Eyelander.
First-person view with Australium Eyelander.
BLU first-person view with Festive Eyelander.
First-person view with Scotsman's Skullcutter.
First-person view with Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker.
RED first-person view with Claidheamh Mòr.
First-person view with Half-Zatoichi.
First-person view with Persian Persuader.
First-person view with Nessie's Nine Iron.