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Backpack Harvester.png
Kill Icons
Killicon harvester.png
Killicon harvester decapitation.png
Basic Information
Used by Pyro
Slot Melee
Loadout Stats



Burning targets charge up crit while active

Heal +5 health each tick while charging

On Crit: Absorbs the health from your victim

On Death: Enemies are extinguished

No random critical hits

"Ask not for whom the bell tolls."

A grisly utility melee that's as fearsome and traumatizing as the Halloween store animatronic it probably belongs to. With the Harvester held out, some of the afterburn damage you dish out (even on your victims' charred remains!) will be returned to you as health and charge for a decapitating crit-slash! Everyone you set on fire is instantly extinguished when you die, though, so don't be surprised if your marks fight back harder than you're used to.

Harvester promotional blurb

The Harvester is a melee weapon for the Pyro. It is a scythe with a crooked wood handle and a damaged, curved blade bolted on. While equipped, it will appear on the Pyro's back regardless of which weapon the user is wielding. It will decapitate enemy players if the Harvester kills them from a critical hit, and will gain a symmetrical blood splatter on its blade, which will persist until the user respawns or goes underwater.

The Harvester deals the same damage and has the same attack speed as the Fire Axe. While it is the active weapon, afterburn damage dealt to an enemy by the Flame Thrower or the Flare Gun will heal the user by five health per tick (ten health per second) while increasing the Harvester's charge meter. If the user's health is full, the health gained does not turn into overheal, and if the charge meter is full, afterburn no longer heals the user. Separate instances of afterburn stack per enemy, linearly increasing the health and charge gained. The weapon also tracks the remaining afterburn on dead enemies (including extinguished corpses, such as those in water), gaining the same health and charge as when they were alive. As a penalty, all enemies who are suffering afterburn get extinguished upon the Pyro's death.

The charge meter fills up after 30 ticks of afterburn (15 seconds), allowing for 100 points of healing per charge. When fully charged, the Harvester will allow a guaranteed critical hit, marked by a critical glow (including when not active) and a bell sound audible to all players. This critical hit will also heal the user by 195 health, whether or not the enemy dies, and will overheal if their health is full. The weapon will also have 25% increased swing range while charged. If the Harvester is crit boosted by other means, such as the Kritzkrieg, the healing will not occur, and the charge will not be used. The critical hit will also not be used if attacking buildings, ÜberCharged enemies, or surfaces. The amount of damage dealt by either afterburn or the critical hit has no effect on the charge and health gained. As a penalty, the Harvester is unable to randomly crit.

Related Achievements

Achievement Description
Tf2c achievement harvester collect decap.png Summary Execution Decapitate all 9 classes with the Harvester.
Tf2c achievement harvester decap single life.png Head Rush Decapitate 3 enemies with the Harvester in a single life.
Tf2c achievement harvester counter low health.png Don't Fear the Reaper Save 5 teammates from burning to death by killing enemy Pyros wielding the Harvester.
Tf2c achievement harvester counter spy.png No, Time to Die As a Spy, extinguish yourself by killing a Pyro wielding the Harvester.


Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee? Melee
Taunt Guitar
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 195
Mini-crit 88
Healing (self) 10 / s
Function Times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Charge fill speed 6.66% / s
Charge fill time 30 ticks
All values are approximate.

Update history

  • Added the Harvester


  • Afterburn tick heals while active no longer apply while crit is ready
  • Crit now instantly heals for 195HP upon hit
  • A sound cue audible to all players now plays when crit is ready
  • Wearable now has critglows when crit is ready and weapon is holstered


  • The Harvester's description, "Ask not for whom the bell tolls", is a misquotation from the John Donne work "Devotions upon Emergent Occasions", Meditation XVII. The average enthusiast of 17th century England would know that the "bell" in this analogy refers to church bells that declare important events.
  • Pulling out the Harvester will appear to delete all the flame particles created by your Flame Thrower. This is only visual, and does not prevent enemies from being set on fire.
  • Switching to another class while an enemy has afterburn, then switching back to the Pyro, will still enable the Harvester to gain charge. The same thing will occur when switching between the Fire Axe and the Harvester.
  • The chopped piece of wood bolted onto the Harvester's model suggests it's a repurposed farming scythe, which usually has an additional handle. As a result, to use it as a weapon in real life, you would need to pull the internal, sharp end of the blade towards yourself.


Promotional artwork for the Harvester and Twin Barrel.