Voice commands

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The Medic

The voice commands are a communication feature that consists in pre-defined calls, usually used to quickly communicate with the team or call for help. When used, they are spoken in the voice of the player class, and may also include a hand gesture (not visible to players themselves). The voice commands are divided into three separate menus (default: Z, X, and C). Some - but not all - of the commands are also printed on-screen alongside typed messages.

Due to its importance and universal nature, the "Medic!" call by default has its own separate keybind (default: E). Teammates (and disguised Spies) calling for healing have a speech bubble with a red cross appear over their heads. When playing as a Medic, these bubbles are additionally visible through walls and have an on-screen indicator pointing to the player of origin when it is not in front of the Medic player.

There are calls that are context-sensitive:

  • The "Help!" call: If the player using it is standing on an enemy control point or pushing a Payload cart, they request help with capturing the point or cart. If the player using it is standing on a team-owned control point, they request help in defending the point.
  • The "Spy!" call: Pointing at a character and using the "Spy!" command results in the character currently being played calling the target a Spy (unless playing as Pyro). This works on players of both teams, and regardless to whether that character is actually a Spy.
  • The "Medic!" call is context-sensitive for the Scout, Soldier, Heavy, Engineer, Sniper, and Spy: Pointing at the Medic and using the "Medic!" command as any of these classes results in the character asking the Medic to follow the player.
  • The "Battle Cry" call: Pointing at an enemy and using the "Battle Cry" command with a certain weapon out results in the character being played speaking lines similar to the lines spoken when making a duel with another player, as well as some unique lines which can only be heard by this command.

Voice commands used by disguised Spies behave differently: to the Spy himself and to the enemy team, these commands sound as the disguised class; to teammates, the Spy sounds normal.

Voice commands can be called using the command voicemenu in the console. For more information, see Scripting.

Specific players can be muted in the PC version via the main menu by clicking the "Mute players" button near the bottom of the screen.

As of July 3, 2020 Patch, in order to use voice commands in Valve official servers, a player must have a premium account and a non-limited user account on Steam.

List of voice commands
Voice Menu 1 Voice Menu 2 Voice Menu 3
Default key: Z Default key: X Default key: C
  1. MEDIC!
  2. Thanks!
  3. Go Go Go!
  4. Move Up!
  5. Go Left
  6. Go Right
  7. Yes
  8. No
  9. Pass to me!
  1. Incoming
  2. Spy!
  3. Sentry Ahead!
  4. Teleporter Here
  5. Dispenser Here
  6. Sentry Here
  7. Activate ÜberCharge!
  8. MEDIC: ÜberCharge Ready
  9. Pass to me!
  1. Help!
  2. Battle Cry
  3. Cheers
  4. Jeers
  5. Positive
  6. Negative
  7. Nice Shot
  8. Good Job

Voice commands

Update history

February 28, 2008 Patch
  • [Undocumented] Added protection against voice command spamming. Dramatic reduction in Teleporters needed.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Updated the Equalizer to suppress the Medic call effect while active.

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added community submitted voice commands.

July 5, 2012 Patch

January 20, 2016 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed Heavy and Soldier not playing animations for some of their voice commands.

May 17, 2018 Patch

  • Fixed the voicemenu command being used to lag servers.

July 3, 2020 Patch

  • Accounts that are unable to chat in matchmaking are now also restricted from sending voice chat.

See also