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Backpack Fishwhacker.png
Kill Icons
Killicon fishwhacker.png
Killicon bleed kill.png
Basic Information
Used by Sniper
Slot Melee
Loadout Stats



Deals knockback to nearby enemies

On Hit: Bleed for 2 seconds

-45% damage penalty

"Hold 'er steady, mate. She tends to throw splinters."

The Fishwhacker is an alternative melee weapon for the Sniper. It's an old wooden fish priest, splintered at the top, fitted with a leather grip and wrist belt.

Compared to the Kukri, the Fishwhacker has a 45% damage penalty, dealing 35 damage per swing instead of 65. It also causes the enemy to bleed for 2 seconds, dealing 12 damage, for a total of 47 damage per swing. Critical hits do not affect the damage of the bleed. When an enemy is hit, they will be knocked back a long distance away from the Sniper, along with any enemy who happens to be standing nearby. The power, range, and area effect of the knockback is similar to that of the Flame Thrower's compression blast, albeit without the projectile reflecting ability. Because the knockback is affected by damage, critical hits will knock back the enemy further.


Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee? Melee
Taunt Hat doff
Base damage 100% 35
Critical 105
Mini-crit 47
Status Effects
Effect Bleed
Bleed 4 / tick
Bleed (mini-crit) 5 / tick
Bleed duration 2 s
Function Times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Activation time 0.2 s
All values are approximate.

Update history

  • Reworked the Fishwhacker:
    • Swings slower.
    • Causes concussional bleeding on hit for 2s.
    • Crits on bleeding enemies.
    • Marked for death whilst holding the Fishwhacker.
    • Updated Viewmodel animations to all be overhanded.
    • Uses new impact sounds.


  • Removed -20% slower fire rate
  • Replaced "Marked for Death while active" with "On Miss: Marked for Death for 3s"
  • Updated the description and item type
  • Added particles on impact to add to the new description


  • Updated the Fishwhacker:
    • Overhauled first person animations
    • Damage now deals increased knockback to all nearby players
    • Added -45% damage penalty downside
    • Removed self marked-for-death on miss penalty
    • Removed no random critical hits penalty
  • Damage over time conditions (bleed, afterburn) no longer apply on the very same tick as damage


  • Updated the Fishwhacker:
    • Updated first person animations (Ventrici)
    • Ragdolls now take extra knockback from Fishwhacker kills

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Bulgarian Рибарникът Fisherman
Spanish Machacapeces Fishwhacker
English Fishwhacker -
French Matraque à poisson Fish Baton
German Fischknüppel Fish Baton
Italian Bacchetta di pesce Fish Baton
Brazilian Portuguese Mata-peixes Fish Killer
Romanian Vânător de pește Fish Hunter
Russian Рыбодробилка Fishwhacker
Ukrainian Рибоглушилка Fishwhacker


  • The Fishwhacker is based on Team Fortress 2's unused Club weapon, which was originally the Sniper's default melee weapon.

Comparison from Team Fortress 2

  • The Tribalman's Shiv is the live TF2 counterpart of the Fishwhacker with its bleed-on-hit effect.