Second Banana

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Too bad, Heavy players. You lost fair and square, and there's no prize for second place. And to commemorate your loss, here's a free gift!
Second Banana publicity blurb

The Second Banana is a community-created secondary weapon for the Heavy. It is a slightly-bruised, half-peeled yellow banana with white insides and a floppy peel.

This item functions similarly to the Sandvich. Pressing primary fire (default key:MOUSE1) or the taunt button (default key:G) with the Second Banana active will cause the Heavy to consume it and gain health. If the Heavy is at full health, the banana can be eaten repeatedly without recharging.

Unlike the Sandvich, the Second Banana recharges in 10 seconds rather than 30, but only heals up to 200 health at the same rate as the Sandvich. Additionally, dropping the Second Banana with alternate fire (default key:MOUSE2) functions as a small health kit, compared to the Sandvich (which functions as a medium health kit). Should the Heavy be killed while holding the Second Banana, it will be dropped as a collectible that restores 50 health to all classes but the Scout, who is healed for 75 health.

The Second Banana can be found through random drops. Alternatively, it can be earned by completing the "Consolation Prize" Pyroland contract, which grants an untradable and unmarketable Second Banana as a contract reward.

The Second Banana was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Healing and function times

Healing and function times
Healing amount 200
50 / 75
20.5% of max health
Function times
Consumption time 4.3 s
Recharge time 10 s / Instantly
Dropped item expiry 30 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Related achievements

Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

Dodgers 1, Giants 0
Dodgers 1, Giants 0
Kill an enemy Heavy and take his Sandvich.

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

Konspicuous Konsumption
Konspicuous Konsumption
Eat 100 sandviches.

Update history

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

  • The Second Banana was added to the game.

November 7, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed the bite bodygroup for the Second Banana.

November 17, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed the animation for the Second Banana plate.

April 26, 2018 Patch

  • Added the Second Banana to the list of weapons that can be found via random drops.


  • The attribute +50% increase in charge recharge rate is incorrect, it recharges in 10 seconds, which is 66% faster than the Sandvich's recharge time.
  • The jigglebones are inverted.


  • A "second banana" is an idiom which describes a person who serves in a supporting or secondary capacity. This references the fact that the Second Banana is a "booby prize", as the Heavy lost the Meet Your Match Update's "Heavy Versus Pyro" contest, while the Pyro won the main class-focused prize: the Jungle Inferno Update. It can also be seen as a reference to its secondary weapon status, or its usage in a supporting role to heal teammates.
  • Accounting for the game's cartoony artstyle, the Second Banana's design most closely resembles the Gros Michel breed of banana, which was the main kind sold in the Western world until being replaced in the 1950s by the Cavendish.


See also