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|Slot:||PDA and PDA2|
The Engineer possesses two PDAs, the Build Tool and the Demolish Tool, which he uses to construct and destroy his various buildings respectively. The devices are not 'regular' weapons (cannot be used to attack) and mainly serve as a visual cue to the player and those that see the player's character. While the player is using a PDA, a special on-screen menu appears to allow the player to build or destroy available buildings.
By default, the player uses weapon slot 4 to build and weapon slot 5 to demolish (destroy). A superimposed HUD graphic then appears which lists all four buildings.
When the player selects the build or demolish weapon slot, the number keys 1 - 4 map to the building types (PC version). There is also a cancel key (Default key: Q) to exit the PDA menu; this key is whatever is mapped to "Last weapon used" in settings.
- 1 key: Sentry gun
- 2 key: Dispenser
- 3 key: Teleporter Entrance
- 4 key: Teleporter Exit
- Last weapon used key: Cancel building / demolition. (Default key: Q)
These keys will only function on the appropriate PDA under the right conditions. If you have insufficient Metal, you will be denied access to certain buildings on the Build tool. When you gather metal, the PDA will enable building choices that would have their cost met. The PDA will not allow a player to build more than one of any building type. Similar to the Build PDA restrictions, the Destroy PDA will only destroy builds that have already been constructed. The Demolish tool cannot be used to destroy buildings currently being sapped by the Electro sapper.
If a player chooses to construct an available building from the Build tool, the player model will then hold a toolbox, and the player will see a template on the ground in front of them showing the orientation of the chosen building. While the template is visible, right-clicking adjusts the building's orientation by 90 degrees anti-clockwise, left-clicking starts the build and "last weapon used" cancels the build.
Note: The Xbox 360 version does not have a separate Demolish tool. Instead, both are handled by one PDA. After choosing the proper weapon slot to activate the PDA, the player uses the right trigger to construct the selected building (if you have enough Metal) and the left trigger to demolish the selected building (if it is already built).
- The PDAs possess a normal weapon variant.
- There is a PDA Token in the items_game.txt file, but it is currently unused. Internally, the Engineer's Build tool and the Spy's Disguise kit fall under this slot.
- The PDA2 token is used for crafting the Spy's unlockable watches, which fall into the PDA2 slot, and can be made by crafting together 3 Spy watches. This is the only use for the token as of yet.
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