Rescue Ranger

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The Engineer rescuing a building from far away

The Rescue Ranger is a community-created primary weapon for the Engineer. It resembles the normal Shotgun, but with a different style magazine tube and barrel (which is not sawed off) and a small, permanently turned on monitor showing a moving sine wave where a scope is typically found. The monitor is connected to an either yellow or orange box at the end of the barrel with a team-colored light on its end.

While the Rescue Ranger is the Engineer's active weapon, it is able to pick up any of his buildings that are in his direct line of sight from a range, at the cost of 100 Metal. Hauling a building in this way immediately teleports the building into the Engineer's possession with a team-colored flash, and leaves a tracer beam that temporarily notifies others of the user's location. The weapon also fires unique bolts instead of bullets, which repair 60 health to friendly buildings that cost metal at a 4:1 (health:metal) ratio (in effect, healing 4 health consumes 1 unit of metal). Note that these shots only repair the building, and do not restock ammo, apply upgrades, or damage attached enemy Sappers.

As the downside to these perks, the weapon carries much less ammo than its stock counterpart, with only a capacity of 4 and a reserve stock of 16. In addition, possessing the Rescue Ranger means the Engineer becomes marked for death whenever he hauls a building, causing him to take mini-crits from any incoming damage, for as long as he hauls the building and for a few seconds after redeploying it. This effect applies whether the building was picked up via the Rescue Ranger's ability or not.

The Rescue Ranger has an added cosmetic effect; enemies killed with a bolt, if near a map object, are pinned to it via the bolt. The bolts can also clash with hostile projectiles or throwable items.

As with most projectiles, the Rescue Ranger's bolts can be reflected by the Pyro's compression blast. Reflected bolts deal regular damage to enemy buildings, but cannot repair friendly buildings, and simply have no effect.

The Rescue Ranger was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 150% 60
Base damage 100% 40
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 21
Point blank 60
Medium range 27
Long range 21
Critical 120
Mini-crit 54-81
Function times
Attack interval 0.625 s
Reload (first) 1.0 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.5 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Eureka Effect Reclaimed Metal Rescue Ranger
Item icon Eureka Effect.pngx3 + Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png = Item icon Rescue Ranger.png
Class Token - Engineer Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Engineer.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Frontier Justice.png Item icon Widowmaker.png Item icon Pomson 6000.png Item icon Rescue Ranger.png
Item icon Panic Attack.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Built to Last
Built to Last
Help a single building tank over 2000 damage without being destroyed.

Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Doc, Stock, and Barrel
Repair a sentry gun under fire while being healed by a Medic.
Rio Grind
Rio Grind
Perform 50 repairs and/or reloads on a Sentry gun being Wrangled by another Engineer.

Texas Two-Step
Texas Two-Step
Use your shotgun to finish off an enemy recently damaged by your sentry gun.

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

Midwife Crisis
Midwife Crisis
Heal an Engineer as he repairs his sentry gun while it's under enemy fire.

Update history

December 20, 2012 Patch (Mecha Update)
  • The Rescue Ranger was added to the game.

December 21, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Rescue Ranger bolts using incorrect hit boxes.

January 24, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed missing text in the recipe description for the Rescue Ranger.
  • Updated the Rescue Ranger so it can be used as a crafting ingredient.

July 10, 2013 Patch

  • Changed attributes:
    • Increased in damage per bolt by 14%.
    • Increased building healing from 50 to 75 per bolt.

November 12, 2013 Patch

December 6, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fixed crit boosted glow not showing.

November 4, 2014 Patch

  • Updated the Rescue Ranger so players no longer block its ability to pick-up buildings from a distance.

November 5, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed the Rescue Ranger being able pick-up buildings through walls.

[Unknown Date]

  • Fixed Rescue Ranger bolts dealing headshot damage when reflected.

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

  • Changed attribute:
    • Decreased cost of long range building pick up from 130 metal to 100 metal

July 8, 2015 Patch #1

December 17, 2015 Patch (Tough Break Update)

  • Changed attribute:
    • Healing per bolt reduced from 75 to 60.

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

  • Changed attributes:
    • Ranged repairs now consume metal at a 4-to-1 health-to-metal ratio (previously consumed no metal).
  • [Undocumented] Changed weapon description.

November 7, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed the Rescue Ranger not drawing its attached screen properly.

December 13, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed the Rescue Ranger not counting towards the Engineer achievement "Texas Two-Step".

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)

March 28, 2018 Patch #1

  • Fixed missing display attribute for the Rescue Ranger (client display issue only).

Unused content

  • There is a set of unused sounds for this weapon associated with buildings teleporting and some kind of charging.
    • Some of the sounds are named rescue_ranger_teleport_send_01 and rescue_ranger_teleport_receive_01, which hint that this weapon could have been able to both pick up buildings from a distance and place them from a distance.
  • Unused text and an unused attribute suggests that this weapon initially did not allowed users to freely teleport their buildings as long they had metal, instead it required the user to deal damage to fill up "Rescue Energy" before they could teleport their own buildings.
    • The string for the text in the language files is TF_Rescue and contains the text ENERGY while the attribute's description is Generate building rescue energy on damage.


  • The Engineer achievement Circle the Wagons cannot be earned with the Rescue Ranger, despite it being able to repair friendly buildings.
  • Reflected bolts from Pyros do not heal buildings.
  • Bolts appear to repair redeployed buildings even when they cannot yet be repaired due to not having finished reconstruction.
  • If the Engineer picks up a building when a Spy just sapped that building, the Engineer successfully packs it up, however, before placing the building, the Sapper model appears on the blueprint and constantly damages the building, but since it is impossible to damage the building while hauled, the building health keeps regenerating as well. If the player deploys the building, the Sapper cannot be destroyed, but the building still works normally.
  • Rescue Ranger kills count as Sentry Gun kills in Engineer contracts.
  • The bolts' particle effect appear at the back of the weapon instead of the shotgun's tip.


  • The amplitude of the sine wave in the monitor is based on the user's Metal count: having full Metal causes the wave to be at maximum height, while lacking enough Metal to long-range haul a building makes it significantly flatter and having no Metal renders the wave almost completely flat.
  • The Rescue Ranger is a left-handed shotgun (as shown by the ejection port being visible on the left hand side of the gun), despite this Engineer holds it right-handed. A right-handed shotgun has the ejection port on its right side to prevent ejected shells from striking the user.


See also