Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker

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The Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker, commonly abbreviated as the UHHHH, HHHH, HHH Axe or simply Headtaker, is a melee weapon for the Demoman. It is the rustic, single-bladed axe wielded by the Horseless Headless Horsemann. The blade is chipped and worn in some places, sporting a malevolently-grinning face cut into its broad side that is similar to the face commonly carved on pumpkins for Halloween.

This weapon functions identically to the Eyelander and Nessie's Nine Iron, except for using the sounds used by the Horsemann's axe.

Taunting with the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker equipped will perform the Decapitation kill taunt.

The Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker is available to anyone with a premium account who has acquired the Haunted Metal Scrap before or after the Scream Fortress event by killing the Horsemann with a melee weapon; it may then be crafted through the prescribed blueprint.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Bottle, Eyelander, Nessie's Nine Iron
Damage and function times
Damage type Melee
Ranged or Melee damage? Melee
Base damage 100% 65
Critical 195
Mini-crit 88
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Refined Metal Refined Metal Haunted Metal Scrap Scotsman's Skullcutter Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker
Item icon Refined Metal.png + Item icon Refined Metal.png + Item icon Haunted Metal Scrap.png + Item icon Scotsman's Skullcutter.png = Item icon Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

Beat Me Up, Scotty
Beat Me Up, Scotty
Use a critical swing with the Eyelander to kill 5 enemy players.

Decapitate 50 enemy players.

Left 4 Heads
Left 4 Heads
Decapitate 4 players with only 10 seconds between each kill.

Scotch Tap
Scotch Tap
Glory in the slaughter of your enemies using the Eyelander.
Shorn Connery
Shorn Connery
Decapitate a cloaked Spy.

Slammy Slayvis Woundya
Slammy Slayvis Woundya
Decapitate an enemy Soldier who is brandishing the Equalizer.

The Scottish Play
The Scottish Play
Get a melee kill while sticky jumping.

There Can Be Only One
There Can Be Only One
Decapitate your nemesis.

Ghostchievements icon.png Ghostchievements

Collect the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Haunted Metal Scrap.

Update history

October 27, 2010 Patch (Scream Fortress Update)
  • The Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker was added to the game.

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed melee attacks not destroying remote detonation pipes (Stickybombs).

March 11, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed the decapitation counters not being displayed for some weapons.
  • Fixed the Demoman not using the correct animations for some of his weapons.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • The crafting cost of the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker was changed from 2 Refined Metal, a haunted Scrap Metal metal, and a Scotsman's Skullcutter to 1 Refined Metal, a haunted Scrap Metal metal, and a Scotsman's Skullcutter.

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Replaced the no-crit attribute with -25% damage on the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker.

April 15, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Replaced the -25% damage attribute with no-crit.

June 3, 2011 Patch

  • Added new community contributed response rules to the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker.
  • [Undocumented] The Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker was assigned the Decapitation taunt.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • [Undocumented] Fixed the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker showing the wrong blueprint in the crafting menu.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • Updated community contributed response rules.

December 21, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed missing forces for Demoman swords.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • The Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker now uses the Horsemann's Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker sounds.

October 29, 2013 Patch (Scream Fortress 2013)

  • [Undocumented] Claiming heads with the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker will make the Demoman's eye glow green.

November 21, 2013 Patch (Two Cities Update)

  • Moved the eye glow position to Demoman’s eye patch. Changed the color to Cursed green.

October 29, 2014 Patch (Scream Fortress 2014)

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

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

  • Updated description to better detail the weapon's features.

December 17, 2015 Patch (Tough Break Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Increased deploy and holster time penalty.

[Unknown Date]

  • The head counter now resets when changing to another melee weapon, except when changing to a reskin.

Unused content

  • There is an unused backpack icon for this weapon that resembles both the Scotsman's Skullcutter and the Headtaker. Along with its file name, "c_bigaxe", it is believed to be an early version of the Headtaker.


  • Killing someone and then switching to another melee weapon with Resupply Locker will retain the eye effect and boosted shieldbash damage on the Demoman.
  • If a Specialized Killstreak or Professional Killstreak Kit is applied to the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker, the sheen will appear as lines running up and down the weapon. This may be a material error.
  • The Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker does not appear when inspecting it from the Backpack menu.


  • The version of the axe carried by the Horseless Headless Horsemann is much larger and has a distinct pulsating purple glow.


See also