Buffalo Steak Sandvich

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The Buffalo Steak Sandvich is a community-created secondary weapon for the Heavy. It is a slab of raw rib-eyed steak from a buffalo.

The Buffalo Steak Sandvich can be consumed by pressing either the primary fire or taunt key (default keys: MOUSE1 and G, respectively). When eaten, it temporarily increases the Heavy's movement speed to 299 Hammer units per second (roughly 20.4 km/h or 12.7 mph, 30% faster than his regular walking speed), locks him to his melee weapon, causes him to deal mini-crits with his attacks, and increases the damage he takes by 20%. If a player under the effect of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich has their speed increased by another weapon (such as by the Gloves of Running Urgently or Eviction Notice), their speed only increases by 3%, as the Buffalo Steak Sandvich caps Heavy's movement speed at 310 HU/s. These effects last for 16 seconds (although the buff actually lasts 18 seconds when including the Heavy's eating animation).

While the Heavy is eating, he makes a loud munching sound and the player is forced into the third-person view. If the Heavy is interrupted while eating (such as by an airblast), the effect of the Steak applies immediately.

Players can use secondary fire to drop the Buffalo Steak Sandvich onto the floor. The normal effects are not applied on dropped steaks; a dropped Steak functions as a medium-sized Health kit that can be picked up by both allies and enemies (exactly the same as the Sandvich). The Heavy cannot use his own Steak to heal himself; picking up a dropped Steak simply resets the cooldown timer. A dropped Steak from another Heavy, whether friend or foe, can only be used to restore health and does not reset the cooldown timer.

The recharge time for the Buffalo Steak Sandvich is 30 seconds. The Heavy can instantly recharge the Steak by visiting a resupply cabinet, picking up his own thrown Steak, or collecting any health pickup while at full health. Should the Heavy be killed while holding the Buffalo Steak Sandvich, the ammo pack that he drops upon death instead restores 50 health for all classes but the Scout, who is healed for 75 health. The Buffalo Steak Sandvich weapon itself can be collected by other Heavies via weapon switching.

Healing and function times

Healing and function times
Effect Grants increased move speed and mini-crits.
Increases damage taken by 20%.
Restricts player to melee weapons.
Healing amount 50 / 75
50% of max health
Function times
Consumption time 4.3 s
Recharge time 30 s / Instantly
Effect duration 16 s (18 seconds when including the eating animation)
Dropped item expiry 30 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Item set

Main article: Item sets
The Hibernating Bear
Backpack The Hibernating Bear Bundle.png

No effect



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Sandvich Buffalo Steak Sandvich
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Sandvich.png = Item icon Buffalo Steak Sandvich.png
Class Token - Heavy Slot Token - Secondary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Heavy.png + Item icon Slot Token - Secondary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Sandvich.png Item icon Dalokohs Bar.png Item icon Buffalo Steak Sandvich.png Item icon Family Business.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png Item icon Second Banana.png

Related achievements

Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

Dodgers 1, Giants 0
Dodgers 1, Giants 0
Kill an enemy Heavy and take his Sandvich.

Update history

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)
  • The Buffalo Steak Sandvich was added to the game.

December 21, 2010 Patch

December 22, 2010 Patch

  • The Buffalo Steak Sandvich's speed boosting effect no longer stacks on any other speed boosting effect (i.e., the effect of the Gloves of Running Urgently).

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Added a plate model to be used when a Heavy throws the Buffalo Steak Sandvich. Previously, a Sandvich on a plate dropped when the Steak was thrown.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • 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

  • The crafting cost of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich was changed from a Sandvich and a Crit-a-Cola to 1 Reclaimed Metal and a Sandvich.
  • All Buffalo Steak Sandviches crafted before this patch were upgraded to Vintage quality.

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added community contributed response rules to the Buffalo Steak Sandvich.

July 1, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed an exploit with the Heavy's Buffalo Steak Sandvich.

July 7, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed Buffalo Steak Sandvich allowing the user to switch to a primary weapon.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Fixed the Buffalo Steak Sandvich now having a cooldown when used at full health.
  • Fixed touching a resupply cabinet removing the effects of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich but not the melee restriction.

February 14, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated the Buffalo Steak Sandvich so it will only resupply ammo if the owner picks it up after dropping it.

July 5, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed The Sandvich and The Buffalo Steak Sandvich using the wrong models when thrown.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attributes:
    • Removed Damage taken mini-crits.
    • Added Damage taken increased 25%.

October 2, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed being able to incorrectly earn the Scout achievement "Retire the Runner" by killing a Heavy who had just eaten The Buffalo Steak Sandvich.

November 12, 2013 Patch

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Updated description to note that lunchbox items can be thrown (alt-fire) to supply players with a medkit.

November 25, 2015 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed an exploit related to the Buffalo Steak Sandvich and dropping Powerups in Mannpower mode.

July 7, 2016 Patch (Meet Your Match Update)

  • Fixed "damage taken" multiplier accidentally being +10%, instead of the listed +25%.

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

  • Fixed some of the Heavy's edible secondary items not having the model update when the item is eaten.
  • [Undocumented] Increased effect duration from 15s to 16s.
  • [Undocumented] Reduced damage taken penalty from +25% to +20%.

November 7, 2017 Patch

  • Updated the drop plate for the Buffalo Steak Sandvich.


  • The speed boost still stacks with the speed boost of other items, but they only make the Heavy very slightly faster.[1]
    • The Buffalo Steak Sandvich's speed boost does not stack with the Eviction Notice's on-hit speed boost, but does with the passive speed boost.
  • If the Buffalo Steak Sandvich is the active weapon during Humiliation, it can still be thrown by using alternate fire, and taunting still eats the Steak Sandvich and give its effects.
  • The damage vulnerability does not affect critical hits and mini-crits damage, only the base damage is affected.


See also


  1. Video showing off speed boosts stack. Another video showing it off. Top right corner is the velocity.