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Flare Gun, Detonator, Shotgun, or Reserve Shooter for Pyro?

#1Gameninja521Posted 12/7/2011 8:00:50 PM
Wondering which to use.
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#2Shepard611Posted 12/7/2011 8:03:05 PM
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#3arleasPosted 12/7/2011 8:12:06 PM
Try em all out and see what you like best... and/or switch between them as the situation demands it.

If you're on a map with a lot of water (ctf_2fort cp_well or whatever) the flare gun won't be as useful... also if you're up against a lot of pyros the flare gun is not as useful.

Otherwise, the flare gun offers you extended range and damage dealing capability as long as you can aim, predict where the enemy will be and compensate for the arc the projectile takes.

I personally haven't found the reserve shooter to be as useful to me but that's just me. If you can regularly airblast people into the air, the reserve shooter will do a lot of good. Alternately, follow around a sniper with jarate and use the regular shotgun...
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#4Gameninja521(Topic Creator)Posted 12/7/2011 8:13:47 PM
arleas posted...
Try em all out and see what you like best... and/or switch between them as the situation demands it.

If you're on a map with a lot of water (ctf_2fort cp_well or whatever) the flare gun won't be as useful... also if you're up against a lot of pyros the flare gun is not as useful.

Otherwise, the flare gun offers you extended range and damage dealing capability as long as you can aim, predict where the enemy will be and compensate for the arc the projectile takes.

I personally haven't found the reserve shooter to be as useful to me but that's just me. If you can regularly airblast people into the air, the reserve shooter will do a lot of good. Alternately, follow around a sniper with jarate and use the regular shotgun...


Ok but nothing about Detonator?
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#5xSetaxPosted 12/7/2011 8:14:15 PM
Flare Gun: If your accurate and your sure you can hit him 3 times more, go ahead and use it.
Detonator: Similar to Flare Gun but you risk hurting yourself in order to not be as accurate as you had to be for flare gun.
Shotgun: My personal favorite, the shotgun. Burn them close range for 2 seconds then airblast them then go in for 2 close range shells in there chest. Use this if you feel like your gonna either not be as accurate, or your gonna get into closer range fights.
Reserve Shooter: Basically shotgun, but requires a airblast and two accurate shots while they are in the air. Used in open areas, set them on fire, airblast, shoot them twice, airblast if needed again (at this point he's dead meat) shoot him again or wait till he lands then shoot.

It only comes down to what your playstyle is. Are you more accurate? Are you having trouble being accurate but don't mind risking getting damaged? Close range fighting? Or you just love to airblast and the map is pretty open?
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#6TectonicImprovPosted 12/7/2011 8:16:25 PM
I prefer shotgun.
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#7putnamehere3145Posted 12/7/2011 8:25:06 PM(edited)
Also, the detonator only gets mini-crits when it hits enemies that are on fire; the flare gun gets crits.

The detonator is a straight downgrade to the flare gun.

I generally switch between the reserve shooter, flare gun, and shotgun.

The reason arleas didn't even mention the detonator is because it isn't worth mentioning.
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#8luckytintinnzPosted 12/7/2011 8:29:20 PM
I use mainly the shotgun and flare. My primary weapon is always the degreaser, so I use shotgun with axtinguisher, and flare (sometimes reserve shooter) with the powerjack.
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#9MotherShabubuPosted 12/7/2011 8:40:20 PM
The detonater is only good for it's mini rocket jumps. There are some great areas you can get to on some maps, that the enemy don't expect you to use. I combine it with the the backburner and it seems to work well. Other than that, there is no real point to using it. If they increased the blast radius of the manual detonation, I think it would be a good alternative.
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#10arleasPosted 12/7/2011 8:43:34 PM

From: Gameninja521 | #004
Ok but nothing about Detonator?


Sorry, I forgot it because it's pretty damn forgettable.

Basically everything about the flare gun applies to the detonator as well, except it gives you a TEENSY bit of leeway with your aim as long as you can catch the guy in the small explosion radius. Unfortunately, once you shoot at someone with the detonator, the loud pop (and the fireworks screech) is going to draw their attention to you quickly if it's not there already...

The only reason i'd want the detonator is if I could make use of the flare jump except the flare jump got nerfed hard before being put in the game (from the beta version) so there's not much jump to it. It MIGHT be on par with the force a nature force jump, except you can't double jump after that so don't expect it to get you very far.
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