The Pugilist's Protector is a community-created cosmetic item for the Heavy. It is a padded, team-colored set of Boxing headgear, with the Mann Co. logo stamped on the front, and a team-colored plastic mouth-guard. The helmet straps wave around as the player moves.
- The Pugilist's Protector was added to the game.
- Paint affects the Pugilist's Protector's color more, colors are less washed out.
- The Pugilist's Protector's painting texture was improved.
- [Undocumented] The Pugilist's Protector was added to the Mann Co. Store.
- The mouth-guard is similar to those worn by boxers, also known as pugilists, to prevent damage to the mouth, teeth, and jaw as well as to reduce the risk of concussion caused by direct blows to the head. This ties in thematically with the Heavy's preference for hand-to-hand combat.