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The Balloonicorn is a cosmetic item for all classes. It is an inflatable, team-colored unicorn that floats behind the player. This item may only be seen in-game by users who are in Pyroland.

When equipped, players are able to see in Pyrovision; map textures are replaced with those of Pyroland, gibs and pickups are replaced with their counterparts from birthday mode, low-violence mode becomes active, other players' voices become high-pitched, and all players laugh when injured or killed.

When players equipped with this item kill an enemy unassisted by another player, the killfeed shows everyone in Pyroland that it gets the assist, with its custom name if it has one.

This item was awarded in Genuine quality to players who purchased the Inflatable Balloonicorn from the Valve Store.

Pyroland Demonstration

Painted variants

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Single colors
Painted Balloonicorn E6E6E6.png Painted Balloonicorn D8BED8.png Painted Balloonicorn C5AF91.png Painted Balloonicorn 7E7E7E.png
An Extraordinary Abundance of Tinge Color No. 216-190-216 Peculiarly Drab Tincture Aged Moustache Grey
Painted Balloonicorn 141414.png Painted Balloonicorn 2D2D24.png Painted Balloonicorn 694D3A.png Painted Balloonicorn 7C6C57.png
A Distinctive Lack of Hue After Eight Radigan Conagher Brown Ye Olde Rustic Colour
Painted Balloonicorn A57545.png Painted Balloonicorn CF7336.png Painted Balloonicorn E7B53B.png Painted Balloonicorn F0E68C.png
Muskelmannbraun Mann Co. Orange Australium Gold The Color of a Gentlemann's Business Pants
Painted Balloonicorn E9967A.png Painted Balloonicorn FF69B4.png Painted Balloonicorn 7D4071.png Painted Balloonicorn 51384A.png
Dark Salmon Injustice Pink as Hell A Deep Commitment to Purple Noble Hatter's Violet
Painted Balloonicorn 2F4F4F.png Painted Balloonicorn 424F3B.png Painted Balloonicorn 808000.png Painted Balloonicorn 729E42.png
A Color Similar to Slate Zepheniah's Greed Drably Olive Indubitably Green
Painted Balloonicorn 32CD32.png Painted Balloonicorn BCDDB3.png
The Bitter Taste of Defeat and Lime A Mann's Mint
Team colors
Painted Balloonicorn A89A8C.png Painted Balloonicorn 839FA3.png Painted Balloonicorn 3B1F23.png Painted Balloonicorn 18233D.png
Waterlogged Lab Coat (RED) Waterlogged Lab Coat (BLU) Balaclavas Are Forever (RED) Balaclavas Are Forever (BLU)
Painted Balloonicorn B8383B.png Painted Balloonicorn 5885A2.png Painted Balloonicorn 483838.png Painted Balloonicorn 384248.png
Team Spirit (RED) Team Spirit (BLU) Operator's Overalls (RED) Operator's Overalls (BLU)
Painted Balloonicorn 803020.png Painted Balloonicorn 256D8D.png Painted Balloonicorn 654740.png Painted Balloonicorn 28394D.png
The Value of Teamwork (RED) The Value of Teamwork (BLU) An Air of Debonair (RED) An Air of Debonair (BLU)
Painted Balloonicorn C36C2D.png Painted Balloonicorn B88035.png RED Balloonicorn.png BLU Balloonicorn.png
Cream Spirit (RED) Cream Spirit (BLU) Unpainted (RED) Unpainted (BLU)

Related achievements

Achieved.png General achievements

The Great Deflate
The Great Deflate
Kill 79 enemies who have the Balloonicorn pets.

Update history

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • The Balloonicorn was added to the game.

June 28, 2012 Patch

November 16, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Changed the Balloonicorn's item type from "Badge" to "Balloon".

January 16, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed the achievement "The Great Deflate" not counting certain Balloonicorn items.

November 12, 2013 Patch

July 7, 2016 Patch #1 (Meet Your Match Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.


  • The Balloonicorn is sometimes visible to players not in Pyroland.


  • Before being officially added to the game, the Balloonicorn was hinted at in the comic A Smissmas Story, on page 1, hanging on the tree.
  • As stated in its description as its occupation, an Ombudsman refers to a worker who is in charge of representing the interests of the general public, while a Municipal refers to a small town or urban district with a corporate status or department and an ability or power of self-jurisdication (in this case, referring to Pyroland).


Valve Store merchandise

See also