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"Oh, I know what to do with this!"
Rochelle
"Man, I'm gonna beat these sons of bitches 'til I lose my watch."
Ellis

The Shovel is a close combat weapon in Left 4 Dead 2, introduced in The Last Stand Update alongside the Pitchfork.

It is found in the following campaigns:

Melee Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Melee weapons replace Pistols in the secondary weapon slot. Unlike Pistols, close combat weapons never need to be reloaded and cannot run out of ammo (excluding the Chainsaw). They have two main drawbacks: a limited reach and (with a few exceptions) relatively long cooldown periods. Close combat weapons cause minimal friendly fire damage to the Survivors, even on Advanced and Expert difficulty levels (the Chainsaw is an exception).

These weapons are extremely effective. All melee weapons, on all difficulties, kill Common Infected and most Special Infected in one hit, aside from the Charger (which takes two—but see point below), the Witch (which takes four), and the Tank (which takes twenty, excluding the Chainsaw). Due to their death effects, it is generally advised to melee neither the Boomer (unless there is no choice) nor the Spitter (unless it is possible to move away immediately from the resulting acid splash).

The melee weapons appear to do more damage if an Infected's head or upper body is targeted. With the correct timing it is possible to kill a Charger with one hit while it is charging, allowing a Survivor to "level" a charge without first dealing damage to the Charger and to gain the achievement "Level a Charge".

The Shovel is classified as a bludgeoning weapon. It spews blood on the screen, but never dismantles or mutilates the Infected.

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Has a wide attack range, allowing multiple kills with one swing.
  • It is one of the most common melee weapons.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Slightly poor hit detection.
  • Cannot be used to cut a Smoker's tongue.
  • Not recommended for killing Boomers due to bile showering attacker and any nearby Survivors.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Main article: Achievements

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CONFEDERACY OF CRUNCHES (30G)
Finish a campaign using only melee weapons.

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TANK BURGER (30G)
Kill a Tank with melee weapons.

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BEAT THE RUSH (15G)
In a Survival round, get a medal only using melee weapons.

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LEVEL A CHARGE (15G)
Kill a Charger with a melee weapon while they are charging.

PC exclusive[edit | edit source]

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PURE SATISFACTION
Kill 20 Jockeys with the shovel or pitchfork.


Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Like the Pitchfork, the Shovel has unique swing sounds and hitsounds.
  • Similar to the Frying Pan and the Nightstick, any Infected (except the Tank) can be sent flying a short distance when killed with the Shovel.
  • The shovel has a unique attribute that allows it to hit around ragdolls with greater force than other melee weapons.
  • One of the community developers who were involved in The Last Stand Community Update confirmed in a Reddit post that the inclusion of the Shovel in Left 4 Dead 2 is a homage to the Postal video game series, in which the protagonist can wield a shovel as a melee weapon. This is reinforced by the observation of the Shovel's first-person viewmodel being a near-identical mirroring of its Postal 2 equivalent, as well as its size being similar to that of its Postal 4 counterpart.
  • A Shovel can always be found at the starting point of The Junkyard in The Last Stand, standing upright beside a makeshift grave to the Survivors' right.
Weapons
Left 4 Dead
Tier 1 Pump invert.png Pump Shotgun / Uzi invert.png Submachine Gun
Tier 2 M16 invert.png Assault Rifle / Auto invert.png Auto Shotgun / Hunting invert.png Hunting Rifle
Sidearms Pistol inverted.png M1911 Pistol
Left 4 Dead 2
Tier 1 Chrome invert.png Chrome Shotgun / Pump invert.png Pump Shotgun /
Mac10 invert.png Silenced Submachine Gun / Uzi invert.png Submachine Gun
Tier 2 Ak invert.png AK-47 / Scar invert.png Combat Rifle / M16 invert.png M16 Assault Rifle /
Spas12 invert.png Combat Shotgun / Auto invert.png Tactical Shotgun /
G3 invert.png Sniper Rifle / Hunting invert.png Hunting Rifle
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GolfClubIcon.png Golf Club / Guitar invert.png Guitar / Katana invert.png Katana /
Machete invert.png Machete / Baton invert.png Nightstick
New Melee Icon shovel.png Shovel / Icon pitchfork.png Pitchfork
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Gas canister HUD invert.png Gas Can / Oxytank icon.png Oxygen Tank / Propane tank icon.png Propane Tank /
Fireworks icon.png Fireworks / Explosive Barrel HUD invert.png Explosive Barrel / Cola.png Cola /
Gnome icon.png Gnome Chompski
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