Your Eternal Reward

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Behold the phenomenal, cosmic power of this diamond in the rough!
Your Eternal Reward publicity blurb

Your Eternal Reward is a community-created melee weapon for the Spy. It is a long, ornate dagger with distinctive oriental designs, a team-colored wooden handle, and a curved golden hilt. The other side of the handle, when holding the knife, has a crack in it.

This weapon retains the instant-kill backstab ability of the Knife, but with some tweaks. Upon a successful backstab, the Spy instantaneously disguises as the target without the puffs of smoke that usually surround a disguising Spy. Furthermore, the victim does not scream upon death (although there is still the actual noise of the backstab per se), nor does a death notice appear in the enemy team's kill feed. Also, the corpse of the victim fades away almost instantly as if cloaking (unless that user has the Bombinomicon equipped, then there is the exploding death effect with no fade). Finally, the Spy does not use any voice responses, including lines for dominations, on a successful backstab to prevent drawing unnecessary attention. The process is so quick and unnoticeable that the Spy is never revealed between disguises. Therefore, Sentry Guns are unable to target the Spy between backstabs, making it easier to backstab unaware Engineers and sap their buildings. Upon backstabbing someone who is being healed by a Medic, the healing beam is automatically transfered to the Spy. The player still retains the ability to change and reload their disguise weapon, as with the Disguise Kit. Altogether, backstabs become much more difficult to track, as victims disappear silently with the Spy instantly taking their place in battle.

However, the disguise effect is not activated if the target does not die from the backstab; namely, if the target is wearing a Razorback or is invulnerable. Non-backstab kills achieved do not grant the Spy the victim's disguise and the kill appears in the killfeed, but the kill is still silent and the corpse of the victim disappears.

Non-backstab disguises cost an entire Cloak meter (outside of spawn) and can only be done if the Cloak meter is full and if the user is not cloaking, while disguises from backstabs consume no Cloak at all. The Cloak drain rate is also increased by 33%. This penalty affects the Dead Ringer to a lesser degree due to its innate cloak duration bonus. If L'Etranger is equipped, the drain penalty is nullified and the cloak duration bonus of L'Etranger is halved. If Cloak and Dagger is equipped, the user is able to disguise while cloaked, albeit still costing an entire Cloak meter.

If the player backstabs an enemy Spy who is currently disguised as a member of the player's team, the player does not receive the disguise of the player's own team member, and instead disguises as the enemy Spy.

Taunting with Your Eternal Reward equipped results in the Fencing kill taunt. Kills made are silent and the victim's corpse disappears. However, the disguise effect is not activated even if the taunt hits the victim's back.

In Mann vs. Machine, the Your Eternal Reward undisguises before applying the disguise. This causes the robots to still target you.[1]

The kill icon for Your Eternal Reward was contributed by Psyke .

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Knife
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 40
Backstab 600%
Critical 120
Mini-crit 54
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Saharan Spy
Backpack The Saharan Spy Bundle.png

Extra effects when taunting.



See also: Crafting


Cloak and Dagger Reclaimed Metal Your Eternal Reward
Item icon Cloak and Dagger.png + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Your Eternal Reward.png
Class Token - Spy Slot Token - Melee Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Spy.png + Item icon Slot Token - Melee.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Your Eternal Reward.png Item icon Conniver's Kunai.png Item icon Big Earner.png Item icon Wanga Prick.png
Item icon Sharp Dresser.png Item icon Spy-cicle.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Saharan Spy weapon Familiar Fez
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon L'Etranger.pngItem icon Your Eternal Reward.png = Item icon Familiar Fez.png
Your Eternal Reward Scrap Metal Conniver's Kunai
Item icon Your Eternal Reward.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png = Item icon Conniver's Kunai.png
Reclaimed Metal Your Eternal Reward Spy-cicle
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Your Eternal Reward.png = Item icon Spy-cicle.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

War Crime Spybunal
War Crime Spybunal
Kill a Spy who just backstabbed a teammate.

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Consolation Prize
Consolation Prize
Get backstabbed 50 times.
Shock Treatment
Shock Treatment
Kill a Spy whose backstab attempt was blocked by your Razorback.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

A Cut Above
A Cut Above
Kill a gun-wielding Spy with your knife.

Agent Provocateur
Agent Provocateur
Backstab your Steam Community friends 10 times.

Come in From the Cold
Come in From the Cold
Get a Revenge kill with a backstab.

Counter Espionage
Counter Espionage
Backstab a disguised Spy.

Die Another Way
Die Another Way
Kill a Sniper after your backstab breaks his Razorback.

Dr. Nooooo
Dr. Nooooo
Backstab a Medic that is ready to deploy an ÜberCharge.

Fast Fingers
Fast Fingers
Backstab a Scout that is using the Back Scatter.

FYI I am a Spy
FYI I am a Spy
Backstab a Medic who has healed you in the last 5 seconds.

High Value Target
High Value Target
Backstab an enemy who is dominating 3 or more of your teammates.

Identity Theft
Identity Theft
Backstab the enemy that you're currently disguised as.
Is It Safe?
Is It Safe?
Backstab 50 enemies who are capturing control points.

May I Cut In?
May I Cut In?
Backstab an enemy and the Medic healing him within 10 seconds of each other.

Sap an enemy building, then backstab the Engineer who built it within 5 seconds.

Slash and Burn
Slash and Burn
Backstab an enemy, who then switches to Pyro before they respawn.

Backstab 1000 enemies.

The Man from P.U.N.C.T.U.R.E.
The Man from P.U.N.C.T.U.R.E.
Stab an enemy while fencing.

The Man with the Broken Guns
The Man with the Broken Guns
Backstab an Engineer, then sap 3 of his buildings within 10 seconds.

Backstab 3 Snipers in a single life.

Stab an enemy to death while under the influence of Jarate.

You Only Shiv Thrice
You Only Shiv Thrice
Backstab 3 enemies within 10 seconds.

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • Your Eternal Reward was added to the game.

October 6, 2010 Patch

  • The auto disguise effect is fixed to only occur when the target does not survive the backstab.
  • Disguising will no longer occur when the Spy is carrying the Intelligence.

October 8, 2010 Patch

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)

  • Spies can now change their disguise weapon via 'lastdisguise' while using 'Your Eternal Reward'.
  • Already-disguised Your Eternal Reward Spies are no longer forced to switch to displaying the melee weapon when they make a kill.
  • Spies no longer play speech lines when making a kill with the Your Eternal Reward.
  • Sentry Guns no longer track Your Eternal Reward Spies after they backstab someone.

January 7, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed enemies seeing death notices when you backstab their teammates with Your Eternal Reward.
  • Fixed the attack animation not always playing correctly for the Your Eternal Reward.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).
  • Fixed players getting set bonuses applied on tournament servers when the server is restricting the player's weapons using the item_whitelist.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Your Eternal Reward was added in the crafting blueprint for the Conniver's Kunai.

July 22, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The silent killer attribute wording was changed from "This weapon is a silent killer" to "Silent Killer: No attack noise from backstabs".
  • [Undocumented] Your Eternal Reward no longer defaults to the disguise's stock primary weapon after a backstab. It will now properly show an unlockable primary weapon if the victim was using one.

December 1, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Your Eternal Reward was added to the crafting blueprint for the Spy-cicle.

July 3, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed Spies that have picked up a dropped Your Eternal Reward or Wanga Prick being able to manually disguise.

October 20, 2017 Patch #1 (Jungle Inferno Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Removed Cannot Disguise penalty.
    • Non-kill disguises require and consume a full cloak meter. Backstab-based disguises are still free.
    • Increased cloak drain rate by 33%.

December 17, 2021 Patch

  • Fixed Your Eternal Reward ragdolls not fading.


  • Should the player die after switching the equipped melee from Your Eternal Reward to the Knife, respawning may not be possible until they change classes.
  • Backstabbing the person you are disguised as while they are holding their melee occasionally causes the disguise weapon to become Your Eternal Reward.
  • If the Spy backstabs an enemy who is then auto-balanced, the Spy disguises as a friendly version of that class.
  • Certain problems exist with the weapon when using DirectX 8; enemy bodies do not fade away when backstabbed, and the weapon is visible when the Spy is cloaked.
  • Backstabbing a disguised Spy using Your Eternal Reward does not give the Spy achievement Counter Espionage.
  • Disguising while holding out the Dead Ringer results in it still being held out and showing it charging. Upon it being fully charged, it acts normally. However, if the user takes damage while the uncharged Dead Ringer is active they still receive the 75% feign damage resistance on the first hit taken.


  • Backstabbing an Engineer while he is hauling a building results in the killfeed displaying the building's destruction to the enemy team.


  • Before the item was released, Robin Walker joked that Your Eternal Reward's drawback would be that it cannot facestab.[2]
  • The name is a reference to a scene in the 1992 film Aladdin where Jafar fools Aladdin with his disguise and then attempts to murder him with a dagger that Jafar refers to as "Your Eternal Reward."



  1. game\shared\tf\tf_weapon_knife.cpp:L238-250
  2. PC Gamer: Next TF2 update adds trading, new game mode (

See also