Valve's class-based toon-shaded multiplayer FPS, and a sequel to the mod of the same name. Announced in 1998, it was released in 2007 as part of the Orange Box. Questions using this tag should be about Team Fortress 2.

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What's this castle all about?

I just joined a game of TF2 to find myself on some sort of castle map, with no guns allowed. What are the rules here, and what weapons are usable?
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How can I get rid of Jarate?

In what ways can I get rid of Jarate? It seems to be quite annoying when I get hit by one; I end up dying very quickly because enemies do a ton of damage to me.
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Idling in Team Fortress 2

After the recent class update, I've been trying to increase my play time from 2 to 3 hours per week to 2 to 3 per night in order to receive additional weapon drops. Yet this doesn't seem to be enough ...
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Does the item level in Team Fortress 2 affect the particular item?

I notice that most weapons other than the original weapons have a level above 1. Can this number be different from player to player (or even item to item in the backpack of one player) for the same ...
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Can one take damage from getting shot in the hat?

In TF2, I usually wear smaller hats, especially as Sniper, to reduce my visual profile, so that I'm less likely to be seen. But that leads me to another question: what if one is wearing a tall hat ...
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How is my disguised loadout determined if I disguise as a class that's not in play?

Say RED has no sniper. I'm a BLU spy disguised as a RED sniper. This means my apparent nick will be determined at random. IIRC, I might even get my own nick. What about my loadout? Will I be using ...
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How can I effectively “sentry jump” with the wrangler?

Now that the wrangler has been introduced to the engineer, the engineer can get to places previously unreachable. Is it possible to get propelled upward with just the gun from the sentry to take less ...
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How can I change my name in TF2 without having to change it in the Steam overlay?

Apparently, they removed the command setinfo name "your name" and it doesn't do anything anymore. Is there another way to change your TF2 name while in-game?
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Is there a way to transfer a free game downloaded on one Steam account to another?

I downloaded Team Fortress 2 for free yesterday off Steam. I used my account to download it. My brother has set up his own now and would like to play TF2 on his, that way we could also have separate ...
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How much damage does fire do?

How much damage does burning do over it's lifetime? Does it differ depending on class or the pyro's weapon?
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Can I get a premium TF2 account that's able to trade if I receive an old gift copy?

I picked up TF2 when it became free. I want to be able to trade, and my friend got a copy of TF2 from the Potato Sack Pack. If I get that copy, will I get a premium account?
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What does “Leave a calling card on your victims” do?

The new update today removed all item set bonuses and made them slightly different. The wiki pages for each set's effect reads: Leave a calling card on your victims What exactly is this calling ...
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How to quickly select other weapon for a slot in Team Fortress 2?

I often want to select a different weapon in a slot, but often I'm too lazy, or don't have time to go to the menu and do it. For example, when I play as Demoman, if I want to quickly get to the ...
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Is there a way to view the last game stats?

When viewing the leader board after a team fortress game, it shows the points earned by players during the time that each player has scored since connecting to the server (unless the map is changed, ...
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How do the Spy's masks work?

I have not played Team Fortress 2 (so forgive me if I've missed any details), but I couldn't help but notice that the Spy uses masks to disguise himself. To his teammates, he looks like he's just ...
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How to tell if the Spy I killed is using a Dead Ringer?

How can I tell if the spy I just killed is using a Dead Ringer? Is there even a way to tell if they feigned their death (without additional Spy-Checking)?
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What is an effective way to use the Sandman?

I recently unlocked the Sandman for the Scout and have been using it but I don't really see the advantages. The -15 health does not seem to make up for the fact that I am just able to stun a player ...
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Tips for playing Spy in low player count matches

In trying to get practice for the upcoming 9v9 TF2 competition, I'm interested in seeing if there's any insight on how to play a spy against a lower number of players. Spies tend to work better the ...
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Do map stamps take inventory space?

If I were to purchase the Map Stamps Collection, would I need eighteen inventory slots?
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Why don't my spawned TF2 bots move?

I know how to spawn bots with the command tf_bot_add, but when I spawn the bots, they just stand there. How do I get them moving?
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Are there any other unique items in TF2 other than Top Notch?

Top Notch is an item currently existing as only a single copy, owned by Notch (of course). Are there any other limited or unique items in either TF2? ("Limited" meaning items which were only ever ...
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As a Heavy, who should I prioritize my fire at?

Based on this question. I'm aware that there are certian priorities in taking down particular classes in TF2. Medics obviously are to be taken out first. Engineers and their buildings are a high ...
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Do points revert faster if defenders stand on them?

If a team starts capturing a point but fails to get it converted, it starts reverting back to the team that owns it, making the attacking team lose their progress. If you stand on your point while it'...
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Getting keys for starters

I have been trying to get a key for ages. I really want some items from crates. As a starter, what would be a recommended way for me to get keys quick?
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Why don't some demomen suffer from afterburn?

I've noticed lately (maybe the last couple of months), playing as Pyro, that sometimes I'll light a demoman on fire and he doesn't suffer any afterburn. As soon as I stop hitting him with flames, they ...
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An effective counter to spawn camping?

Occasionally when playing TF2, the other team pushes us all the way back to spawn and camps there. I am fairly experienced with the game, and have a mic to help coordinate with my team. Is there an ...
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How do you use sprays in Team Fortress 2?

I've been trying to hit the "T" key (also made sure it's the one designated as "Spray"), but nothing ever happens! What am I doing wrong? Are there some prerequisite I need to fill?
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Whats the difference between Team Fortress 2 and Team Fortress 2 Beta?

In Steam I haven't played TF2 for a while and when I loaded Steam there was an available game for download: Team Fortress 2 Beta. I know this sounds stupid...but what's the diff between the two? ...
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What happens if I remove paint from a hat?

With the October 6th 2010 patch, Team Fortress 2 added the possibility to remove paint from painted hats. But if I remove the paint from a hat, is it simply washed out and lost, or will I get my ...
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How can I guarantee a hat drop?

How can I get a hat? I've been playing for ages, and haven't got a darn tootin' thing.
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Does buying the Orange Box grant you premium status in TF2?

If you are a free to play user of TF2 and you purchase the Orange Box, do you get premium status and the Proof of Purchase in TF2?
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Does the Black Box heal multiple times if it hits multiple people?

Does the Soldier's Black Box heal multiple times for +15 a piece if it hits multiple people, or is it only +15 if it hits anybody at all? Can this effect crit? (can any healing crit in TF2 or have ...
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How can pyros actually rocket jump?

I've heard people talk about Pyros being able to rocket-jump in TF2. Since they obviously don't have a rocket launcher, how is this possible?
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Does adding pages to the spellbook do anything?

For the Halloween 2013 event, TF2 added spellbook and spellbook page items. The pages can be added to the spellbook, and the book shows what pages have been added to it. However, I have not noticed ...
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What combination of TF2 store items totals exactly $5/5€?

Now TF2 is free to play, and until you buy something from the Mann Co. store, you'll get some amount of nagging every time you login. MMMPH-MPH-MMMMMPHMMPH-MANN CO. STORE! MMMMMPH-MMMMPH-MMHPMMPH-...
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Should I fully charge my sniper shot?

Is it prudent to fully charge my sniper rifle in most cases? If an enemy gets up close, am I better off trying to scope-n-shoot, no-scope, or try some other weapon?
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Cloak and Dagger, what's the catch?

Cloak and dagger has 100% generation rate, besides you remain half-invisible even if the cloak is depleted. This looks like it has lots of advantages over Invisibility Watch but not any shortcomings. ...
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How to counter minisentries?

Minisentries are my soldiers' nemesis. Damn tiny, dealing damage slowly but surely, inexpensive to replace, those darn things are more annoying then they're supposed to be. At point blank, the shotgun ...
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What determines the weapon a spy disguise uses?

I'm trying to learn how to be a better spy, and I notice that my disguise seems to have different weapons at different times. My health also seems to change at times. Does the spy disguise copy the ...
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Rocket Launcher vs. Black Box

I like the +15 health on hit from the Black Box as you can leach health from distance, but the higher clip from the Rocket Launcher saves my life a lot. I haven't been able to reliably identify ...
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Are there separate body-part damage modifiers for Team Fortress 2?

I know headshots are a critical if you're a sniper, or if you're a spy using the Ambassador, because it's labeled in the weapon description. I can probably assume it is the same for any other weapon, ...
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What are some good tactics to use on DeGroot Keep?

I'm struggling on DeGroot Keep. Are there any specific strategies to win rounds consistently?
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As Heavy, should I be aiming for the body or the head?

When playing as Heavy in TF2 and using the minigun, should I be going for body shots or head shots? Does the distance matter?
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What are the possible Mann Manor gifts spawn places?

So I've been playing on a couple 24/7 Mann Manor servers (I know!) to get some of the ghostchievements and scarechievements I missed from previous years. I got the pumpkin hat, the paper mask, the ...
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How can I deal with Scouts as a Medic?

As a Medic, I find that Scouts are very hard to kill, as they spin around in circles and shoot me while I'm spinning around trying to keep up with them. How do I deal with them?
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What's highest speed at which I could possibly travel?

I'm trying to determine (preferably in %, where 100% is the standard speed for the Pyro, Spy, Engineer, and Sniper) the highest possible speed at which I could travel in TF2 (on a VAC-secure server, ...
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What is a 'Pocket Medic'?

I've heard this term somewhere in TF2, and it is also sometimes used for other classes, such as 'Pocket Soldier', or 'Pocket scout', although most notably 'Pocket Medic'. What does the "pocket" mean?
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What does scrap banking mean?

I hear it all the time. They're looking for scrap? Crafting scrap? Trading scrap?
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How to reach the area right outside BLU's final spawn point in Barnblitz as a RED spy?

I've had multiple times my teleport entrances sapped when I built them on BLU's final spawn point, but when I play spy, there's no obvious way to get there, so I have to resort to the revolvers. While ...
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How does a sentry prioritize targets?

H {o} D S The S in this case is the sentry. The D is a demoman, running towards sentry with Grenade Launcher. The H is a heavy, firing at the sentry. The o is a scout, and he is ...