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Gnome Chompski is a garden gnome and improvised weapon exclusive to the "Dark Carnival" campaign. He made his debut in Valve's Half-Life 2: Episode Two as the Garden Gnome and is infamous for earning players the achievement "Little Rocket Man".


In Left 4 Dead 2, he can be picked up by scoring over 750 points in the shooting gallery minigame at "The Fairgrounds" and must be taken all the way to the Rescue vehicle in "The Concert" to unlock the "GUARDIN' GNOME" achievement. All players within the entire "Dark Carnival" campaign play-through will attain the achievement, dead or alive, so long as one Survivor makes it into the rescue chopper with Gnome Chompski in hand. He also has his own mutation, known as "Last Gnome on Earth", where players start off with the Gnome in the beginning, bringing him to every safe house and eventually the rescue vehicle.


  • Like with the Cola, players cannot shoot while holding Gnome Chompski but can still melee. However, the fatigue timer will still act regularly whenever they push too many times; in addition, the shove is very weak, requiring four hits to bring down Infected.
  • When held, the Gnome takes up around 35% of the screen, blocking the holder's right side in near-entirety. The player can somewhat circumvent this via the "thirdpersonshoulder" console command.
  • Gnome Chompski is affected by weapon knock-back. If he is dropped under a ramp or on top of a roof and cannot be reached (for example, on the merry-go-round), Survivors may shoot him at an angle to push him back. A Grenade Launcher is effective for this.

Chompski hidden behind Ellis

  • Gnome Chompski is not a lethal weapon when thrown. Players should not throw him with the intent to kill with him; he'll simply pass straight through Infected.
    • However, like a Molotov, a proper throw can break a rock thrown by a Tank, if necessary.
  • A useful tactic when carrying Gnome Chompski is to throw (primary fire, MOUSE1 or RT button by default) him during hectic moments, allowing use of the players' guns, and then pick him up after. Just be especially careful not to lose him in the fight, or toss him somewhere unreachable. To help keep track of Chompski, players can drop him at their feet (use key, E or X button by default) instead of throwing him if needed.
  • There are three spots where having Gnome Chompski could be the Survivors' downfall: the Crescendo event at the carousel, the Crescendo event at the roller coaster, and the Crescendo event at the barns.
    • To make things easier, throw Gnome Chompski over the fence of the carousel to get through the event as usual, and he will be close to the safe room.
    • On the coaster, one should also throw Chompski over the fence so one can cover half the coaster without him blocking their view, and should they drop him, it is a shorter trip to getting him than if he was back at the entrance.
    • In the barns, as soon as one sees the stadium, simply throw him over the railing so he can wait lying just outside the safe room door.
  • Survivors can pass Gnome Chompski back and forth between each other and take turns shooting. The free-handed teammates can then guard the carrier.
  • In Versus, Special Infected can hit Gnome Chompski out of his box without playing the shooting gallery game. Survivors can then pick it up and carry it to the end of the level, but will not get the achievement because it's impossible to keep it until the finale.
    • Similarly, on any online campaign (Campaign, Realism) if the player has poor connection, they may be able to walk straight up to the closed box containing Gnome Chompski and grab it without playing the minigame.
    • In very rare cases, if players hit the heart-shaped hole on the box with an Axe, Gnome Chompski will have a clipping glitch and may fall through the bottom of the box to be easily obtained.
  • Gnome Chompski can be used to kill Infected, but is ill-advised; it takes roughly 4 hits to kill Common Infected on the easiest setting and fatigues the Survivor. It is more advisable to drop him and pick back up when done.
  • Make sure to actually hold Gnome Chompski while entering the helicopter at the finale. Just dropping it will end up with no achievement, therefore having to start all over again.
  • If the Survivor holding the Gnome presses the elevator button on the first chapter of "Dead Center" with the "Last Gnome on Earth" mutation, the Gnome will disappear through the elevator and out of sight, effectively making the level unbeatable. If this happens, you must restart the level.
    • Similarly, if the Gnome falls to an unreachable area, such as off a ledge on "Dead Center", the level will be unbeatable.
  • Once players have gotten Gnome Chompski to a safe room, if they restart from that safe room after dying, he'll be with them. So if they lose him somehow while progressing between chapters, they may be better off letting everyone die and respawn rather than restarting the whole campaign.


Main article: Achievements

Guardin gnome
Rescue Gnome Chompski from the Carnival.

PC Exclusive

Achievement Gnome Alone
If you are reading this achievement, Gabe Newell has successfully launched Gnome Chompski into space.

Behind the Scenes

Gabe Newell partnered up with Weta Workshop and Rocket Lab to send 3D printed Gnome Chompski into space for charity. The Gnome was launched on 20 November 2020.[1] Newell planned on donating $1 for every person who watched the video within 24 hours of the launch to the Starship children's hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. The space mission was followed by adding new auto-unlocking achievements named "Gnome Alone" to Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and Half-Life: Alyx games on Steam.


  • Gnome Chompski also makes a cameo on Valve's Portal website, ApertureScience.com, during the Christmas holidays.
  • Gnome Chompski is visible on the campaign poster for the Dark Carnival campaign, on the ground behind Ellis.
  • Gnome Chompski may be a reference to the traveling gnome prank, where people steal garden gnomes often with the intention of taking pictures with/of it to send back to the owner. This became popular because of the French film Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amélie Poulain.
  • The name Gnome Chompski is a reference to political activist, author and linguist Noam Chomsky.
  • The model for Gnome Chompski is based on the "Jim with Hands in Pockets" garden gnome.[2]
  • For some reason, Gnome Chompski can spawn in a prototype version of The Waterfront and The Park levels (accessible only through console commands).
  • Rescuing Gnome Chompski will also unlock Rochelle's shirt for Xbox 360 Avatars.
  • Gnome Chompski is an Xbox 360 Avatar award for players who have played 6 Mutations (i.e. received the "MUTANT OVERLORD" achievement).
  • Gnome Chompski also appears in a Mutation titled "Last Gnome on Earth", in which the Survivors start with Gnome Chompski (on any campaign map), and are required to take it to the end of the campaign. The Infected will target the Survivor holding Gnome Chompski.
    • By playing the shooting gallery in Dark Carnival while playing "Last Gnome On Earth", it is possible to get two Gnome Chompskis, humorously making him not the "last gnome on earth".
  • Similarly, Gnome Chompski appears in the Mutation VIP Target, which is a Versus variant of Last Gnome on Earth.
    • One annoying grieving action people employed during this Mutation was for someone to grab the gnome, and then throw him into inaccessible areas, such as off of the balconies of the hotel in Dead Center, or to wait until the Survivors have made it past a point of no return, and to then double back to the starting safe room, making the game impossible.
  • Just like in the Last Gnome on Earth Mutation, a second gnome can be obtained in Dark Carnival while playing the Mutation Healing Gnome. Due to an oversight, the gnome obtained from the shooting gallery also has the ability to heal players while held; thus, two people can heal at the same time, reducing time spent healing the group.
  • As of The Last Stand Update, the player's arms can be seen while holding Gnome Chompski.



Primary Weapons
Tier 1 Chrome invert Chrome Shotgun / Pump invert Pump Shotgun / MP5 Invert MP5 / Mac10 invert Silenced Submachine Gun / Uzi invert Submachine Gun
Tier 2 Ak invert AK-47 / Scar invert Combat Rifle / M16 invert M-16 Assault Rifle / SIG Invert SG 552 / Auto invert Auto Shotgun / Spas12 invert Combat Shotgun / AWSM Invert AWP / Hunting invert Hunting Rifle / Steyr Invert Scout / G3 invert Sniper Rifle
Special Tier Grenade launcher inverted Grenade Launcher / M60Icon M60 Machine Gun
Secondary Weapons
Sidearms Pistol inverted M1911 Pistol / Deagle invert Magnum Pistol / Pistol l4d2 inverted P220 Pistol
Melee Weapons Bat invert Baseball Bat / Cricket invert Cricket Bat / Crowbar invert Crowbar / Axe invert Fireaxe / Pan invert Frying Pan / GolfClubIcon Golf Club / Guitar invert Guitar / Katana invert Katana / Knife Invert Knife / Machete invert Machete / Baton invert Nightstick / Icon pitchfork inverted Pitchfork / Icon shovel inverted Shovel
Special Tier Chainsaw invert Chainsaw
Other Weapons
Grenades Bile invert Bile Bomb / Molotov inverted Molotov Cocktail / Pipebomb invert Pipe Bomb
Upgrades L4D2 ammo explosive Explosive Ammunition / L4D2 ammo incendiary Incendiary Ammunition / Laser sight HUD invert Laser Sight
Fixed Weapons MMG Icon Heavy Machine Gun / Minigun icon Minigun
Usable Items Explosive Barrel HUD invert Explosive barrel / Fireworks icon Fireworks / Gas canister HUD invert Gas can / Oxytank icon Oxygen tank / Propane tank icon Propane tank
Special Items Cola Cola / Gnome icon Gnome Chompski
Featured in both games / L4D1-exclusive / L4D2-exclusive (Counter-Strike weapons / PC-exclusive)