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A headshot occurs when an enemy is shot in the head with certain weapons. A headshot does far more damage than the weapon would normally do, and in most cases is fatal, or at least severely damaging. Even if the shot is not fatal, a headshot is likely to make an opponent immediately rethink his or her strategy and seek health and armor, so it can still be a great psychological weapon even if it fails to kill the enemy.

As with all damage, any damage from a headshot will be divided between health and armor as appropriate. A Shield Belt will eat most or all of the headshot damage, and in UT3 a helmet will protect a character from a headshot while it lasts.

Headshot Values in Different Games

Different weapons provide different amounts of damage for a headshot. These are listed below as follows:


  • The RazorJack causes 105 damage with a headshot.
  • The Rifle causes 155 damage with a headshot.

Unreal Tournament

  • The Ripper causes 157 damage.
  • The Sniper Rifle causes 150 damage.
  • The Chainsaw causes an unknown amount of damage, but it can cause headshots with the altfire swing.

Unreal Tournament 2003/2004

Unreal Tournament 3

Unreal Championship 2

While the damage caused by the RipJack is unknown, the Sniper Rifle will kill instantly, shield belt or no shield belt.