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What is the science behind these miracles of technology? Magic, probably.
— Gunboats publicity blurb
The Gunboats are a secondary weapon for the Soldier. They are a pair of modified metal-reinforced jump boots used by paratroopers.
The Gunboats reduce the amount of self-damage that is received from rocket jumping. The damage reduction does not apply to rockets that injure other enemies. They also do not prevent fall damage suffered by the player.
This weapon was revealed as the prize for the Soldier's victory in the WAR! Update.
- While this item is equipped, the user takes 60% less damage from their own rocket jump blasts. However, no fall damage reduction is provided.
As a crafting ingredient
- A gunboat is a type of military vessel created with the purpose of ferrying guns to be used to bombard enemy coastlines.
- The Gunboats can be seen hung next to some stockings by the fireplace behind the Engineer in the True Meaning Christmas comic.
- In an email response, Robin confirmed that the Gunboats would have been given to the Demoman instead if he had won the War! Update.