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    Team Fortress 2
    Pyro Guide/FAQ
    By whirlmaster
    Version 2.0
    Table of Contents
    1.0 Introduction
    1.1 Copyright Stuff
    1.2 Credits
    2.0 Meet the Pyro
    2.1 The Basics
    2.2 Afterburn
    2.3 Airblast
    3.0 Tools of the Pyro
    3.1 Flamethrower
    3.2 Backburner
    3.3 Degreaser
    3.4 Shotgun
    3.5 Flare Gun
    3.6 Fire Axe
    3.7 Axtinguisher
    3.8 Homewrecker
    4.0 Pyro vs ......
    4.1 Pyro vs Scout
    4.2 Pyro vs Soldier
    4.3 Pyro vs Pyro
    4.4 Pyro vs Demoman
    4.5 Pyro vs Demoknight
    4.6 Pyro vs Heavy
    4.7 Pyro vs Engineer & Co.
    4.8 Pyro vs Offensive Engineer
    5.9 Pyro vs Medic
    5.10 Pyro vs Sniper
    5.11 Pyro vs Spy
    6.0 FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)
    6.1 Conclusion
    1.0 Introduction
    Welcome to my second guide/FAQ.This time,I'm going to discuss the
    Pyro,my favourite class.The Pyro,is a class extremely easy to pick
    up but hard to master. This guide is for newbies to the Pyro class so don't
    much if your a player who topped alotta hours(well,I guess you could
    refresh your memory or something).
    Any feedback,typos you want to point out,suggestions, tips etc. can
    be sent to blackopszero@hotmail.com. Once again, I'm not a
     professional TF2 player,only an average one so please note that I
    MIGHT make mistakes.
    1.1 Copyright Stuff
    Copyright 2011 whirlmaster
    Feel free to use this guide for any use.I,frankly,don't care.You can
    print it out or post it on your website or anything.
    1.2 Credits
    -Valve,for creating TF2
    -GameFAQs and any other website that puts this guide on their
    -TF2 Wiki and TF2 Strategy for additional info
    -Pyro for being the cute-absestos-clad-pyrophobic-psycho we have
    come to love :D
    -All those mappers/modders who work so hard to make TF2 a better
    -Anyone who has helped me
    2.0 Meet the Pyro
    First of all, we'll start off with some stats that'll give you a
    rough idea of what the Pyro is.
    Basic Info -
    Icon = A flame(obviously)
    Type = Offensive
    Health = 175(260 when buffed by a Medic)
    Speed = 100%(110% if you use the Gas Jockey Set)
    So, from what we have seen here, the Pyro has a pretty large chunk
    of health, dwarfed only by the Soldier and Heavy and in equal terms
    of the Demoman. Along with that, Pyro has a decent speed, matching
    Sniper, Engineer and Spy in terms of speed, losing to Medic(unless
    you have the Gas Jockey set) and Scout while beating Demoman, Heavy
    and Soldier.
    2.1 The Basics
    Alrighty, let's get down to business. Let me say this, as a Pyro,
    you should think like a Spy. If you're playing Pyro, do take some
    time to play Spy, drill yourself into the Spy mindset if you get my
    Pyros should always use side routes to outflank and ambush their
    opponents. Apart from that, Pyros should always only fight on their
    terms, not their opponent's.
    If you feel like your enemy has too much an advantage for your liking,
    scram. Nobody's gonna call you out and say you're a coward for running
    when the odds are against you, no, this ain't Sparta. So why not save
    yourself the frustration of waiting 20 seconds to respawn instead of
    hobbling away to a health pack and perhaps contribute more to your
    Also, remember to always take advantage of distracted enemies. See
    that Heavy over there trying to turn a friendly Soldier into Swiss
    cheese? Don't just stand there and gawp, ambush the Heavy, light him
    up like the roast pig he is and give him a good whacking with your
    Last, but not least, as a Pyro, do not be restricted only on your
    Flamethrower, your Shotgun and Axtinguisher are both very useful.
    Use the Shotgun when retreating as cover fire or when the opponent is
    out of Flamethrower range. The Axtinguisher when an opponent is on
    fire. One hit and they're dead.
    So, let's recap:
    1. Think like Monsieurr Spy.
    2. Take advantage of less-used paths, ambush and outflank your
    3. Fight only on your terms.
    4. Run if you feel like the odds are stacked against you.
    5. Take advantage of distracted foes.
    6. Use weapons other than the Flamethrower.
    2.2 Afterburn
    Afterburn is a little nifty trick the Pyros have up their sleeves.
    Once your Flamethrower hits someone, they suffer from afterburn, the
    only exception being Pyros because if you get burned while wearing
    a fire-retardant suit, that there's some magical fire.
    Anyway, afterburn does 60 damage over 10 seconds, assuming the fire
    isn't put out. During the 10 seconds, little flames will appear
    around your screen(nothing major but tells your targets THEY'RE ON
    FIRE!) and the characters will automatically be screaming everything
    from,"FOIYAH! FOIYAH! FOIIIIIIIIIIYAH!" to "I believe I'm on fire!"
    Afterburn can also maim and kill if the Pyro who inflicted afterburn
    is dead.
    Afterburn can be put out in various ways:
    1. Water (Anyone who has played Pokemon would know Water Gun is SUPER
    EFFECTIVE on Fire type)
    2. Health packs
    3. Dispensers
    4. Medics
    5. Reaching the resupply locker
    6. Mad Milk
    7. Jarate
    8. Dead Ringer(if the Dead Ringer is activated and the Spy is burned
    again, afterburn will resume)
    9. BONK! Atomic Punch(Scouts drinking the Punch will be temporarily
    immune to the fire until the BONK! effect is over)
    10. Sandvich
    11. Airblast
    Yes, that's a hefty list, I know, blame Valve for adding so many
    anti-fire weapons. If only in real life you could put out fires by
    making someone eat a Sandvich or drinking a can of soda.
    Anyway, judging from the above list, you're probably thinking,'Hell,
    afterburn is completely useless.' Yes, that is pretty much the truth,
    but afterburn has some other uses too.
    The first and foremost use is the psychological fear. Being on fire,
    whether harmless or not drives most people nuts, abandoning whatever
    task they were doing and heading for the nearest health kit. This
    won't work on the vets, but rest assured it will happen to at least
    50% of your victims, especially the 125 hp classes.
    You can use it in a supportive role too. If a fellow Sniper is using
    the Huntsman and has his arrow out, take some time to burn it. When
    that flaming arrow hits someone, they'll suffer from afterburn if the
    base arrow damage doesn't kill them.(It also shows a fancy kill icon)
    2.3 Airblast
    Airblast is the secondary function of the Flamethrower and Degreaser
    and is considered by many to be Pyro's saving grace.
    The airblast takes 20 ammo from the Flamethrower/Degreaser to use,
    and will create a harmless wall of air that will throw back everyone
    within the range of the airblast.
    Apart from that, airblast also reflects back projectiles. Among the
    projectiles that are reflected are:
    1. Rockets
    2. Pipe bombs
    3. Sticky bombs
    4. Huntsman arrows
    5. Flares
    6. Sandman baseballs
    7. Jarate
    The most common reflected projectiles would be the first four.
    Rockets, being the most common, and most useful reflect. Sticky bombs
    do not become yours when airblasted, merely scattered from their
    original position.
    In addition to reflecting projectiles, any reflected projectile is
    automatically converted into a minicrit. Learn how to time reflecting
    rockets, they will become very useful when fighting against
    incompetent Soldiers. When the rocket is about to reach your
    knee-level, hit the right-click mouse button. Crouching also helps
    although is not neccecary.
    Reflecting pipe bombs and sticky bombs are mostly used to save your
    teammates from damage(you take damage even if you reflect pipe bombs).
    On the case of sticky bombs, I find it very useful if you reflect
    them when they stick on a fellow Engineer building. If the Demoman
    is VERY clumsy and you're VERY lucky, the sticky bombs might end up
    on the Demoman's feet and he'd blindly detonate them, killing himself.
    On the case of reflecting pipe bombs, if you're doing it constantly,
    like on a one-on-one battle with a Demoman, backpaddle while
    airblasting, Demomen can hurl pipe bombs faster than you can reflect
    Lastly, airblast can extinguish friendly teammates that are on fire.
    DO IT WHENEVER YOU CAN. It is extremely important, makes you credit
    to team, makes your teammmates happy that there's at least one Pyro
    who know what to do and gives you a point.
    3.0 Tools of the Pyro
    The Pyro has three defualt weapons=
    1. Flamethrower
    2. Shotgun
    3. Fire Axe
    He has several unlockable weapons=
    1. Bacburner
    2. Flare Gun
    3. Axtinguisher
    4. Homewrecker
    5. Degreaser
    6. Powerjack
    7. Back Scratcher
    We'll slowly go through each of the weapons in this section, their
    pros and cons and how to use them effectively along with some
    basic advise.
    3.1 Flamethrower
    Basic Info -
    Slot = Primary
    Ammo loaded = 200
    Type = Particle
    Flame damage(close/100%) = 6.2 damage per particle
    Flame damage(far/60%) = 3.72 damage per particle
    Critical hit = 11-19 damage per particle
    Mini-crit = 5-8 damage per particle
    1. Requires no reload.
    2. Doesn't require much aim.
    3. Deals afterburn.
    4. Can airblast.
    1. Range is very short.
    2. Can't be used underwater.
    The Flamethrower is the weapon that makes Pyro who he/she/it is. The
    Flamethrower has a very very short range, and deals the most damage
    The damage thingy is pretty complicated and would require some
    serious Math which I myself don't pretty much understand(Okay, okay,
    I admit, I failed my Maths in school) Anyway, the Flamethrower
    basically fires a stream of particles from the right ear of the Pyro
    when you hold Mouse1. The more particles that hit a target, the more
    damage Pyro does.
    In addition to the very low base damage done by the particles, it
    also adds the 10 seconds of afterburn. The afterburn does, in total,
    60 damage.
    Because of very low damage, you should ramp up the damage either by
    shotgun shells or more fire.
    Since other Pyros are vulnerable only to the Flamethrower's base damage,
    using the Flamethrower to combat an enemy Pyro is not a pretty good
    idea. You should instead switch to the Shotgun and try to outrun
    and outdamage the other Pyro.
    If the Pyro is W+M1ing, in other words, charging forward and pressing
    the Flamethrower button, all you have to do is simple. Backpaddle
    while holding M1. For some strange reason, backpaddling while firing
    gives the Flamethrower a longer range, therefore you'll outdamage
    the enemy Pyro AND get less damage as most of the particles won't
    hit you.
    Keep in mind that the Flamethrower can use the Airblast. Check
    section 2.3 regarding the airblast for more details.
    3.2 Backburner
    Basic Info-
    Ammo carried = 200
    Type = Particle
    Flame damage(close/100%) = 6.82 damage per particle
    Flame damage(far/60%) = 4.09 damage per particle
    Critical hit = 12-21 damage per particle
    Mini-crit = 6-9 damage per particle
    1. Does mini-crits when striking someone from the back.
    2. Does 10% more damage than the Flamethrower.
    3. Does afterburn.
    4. Requires no reload.
    5. Doesn't require much aim.
    6. Can airblast
    1. Airblast comes at a price of 50 ammo.
    2. Mini-crits sometimes do not count due to wonky hitboxes.
    3. Short range.
    4. Can't be used underwater.
    The Backburner is the unlockable primary weapon for Pyro, replacing
    the Flamethrower. As the above info said,getting crits by roasting
    someone from the back might seem like a good deal but you're losing
    your precious airblast. With only 4 shots of airblast, you're
    super limited against Soldiers and Demomen.
    The BB(short form for Backburner) is a situational weapon at best.
    On maps like Dustbowl where there are little flanking routes, it's
    best to stick with the Degreaser/Flamethrower. On maps such as
    Doublecross, Upwards, Gold Rush, Badwater Basin where there are tons
    of small little routes for you to outflank, ambush and get behind
    an enemy's back, the Backburner is utilized to its full extent.
    Part of the strategy of using the Backburner is finding a good
    spot, one where you'll catch the enemies by surprise and roast them
    to nothing but a crisp! Look out for places you can drop down to,
    people rarely expect a Pyro suddenly collapsing at their backs now
    do they?
    On the other hand, Backburner Pyros will always outdamage Degreaser/
    Flamethrower Pyros. BB users should be aware that with limited
    airblast, you're at a disadvantage against Soldiers and Demomen.
    3.3 Degreaser
    Basic Info-
    Ammo carried= 200
    Type = Particle
    Flame damage(close/100%) = 6.2 damage per particle
    Flame damage(far/60%) = 3.72 damage per particle
    Critical hit = 11-19 damage per particle
    Mini-crit = 5-8 damage per particle
    Pros =
    1. 66% faster weapon switching speed.
    2. Requires no reload.
    3. Doesn't require much aim.
    4. Deals afterburn.
    5. Has airblast.
    Cons =
    1. Afterburn only does 45 damage.
    2. Range is very short.
    3. Can't be used underwater.
    The Degreaser is, in my opinion, the direct upgrade to the
    Flamethrower. If you're a Flamethrower Pyro, I suggest you change to
    the Degreaser the moment you get it. "B-but what about the weak
    afterburn? And so what about faster weapon switching?" I hear you
    Well, here's my answer:
    "Less afterburn is a negligable downside due to the fact that
    afterburn is so easy to put out(see Section 2.2 for more details).
    As for why faster weapon switching is so important, simple. Remember
    in Section 2.1? The last point was 'Use weapons other than the
    Here's a scenario. With the Degreaser, I'm fast enough to fire off
    several rounds at a Soldier with my Shotgun, then switch back to
    Degreaser just in time to reflect the rocket he sent at me. This is
    the magic of the Degreaser. Puff n' Sting is also a very formindable
    tactic(more on that later)."
    In other words, USE THE DEGREASER.
    3.4 Shotgun
    Basic Info-
    Ammo loaded = 6
    Ammo carried = 32
    Type = Hitscan
    Maximum ramp-up(150%) = 9 damage per pellet
    Base damage(100%) = 6 damage per pellet
    Maximum fall-off(50%) = 3 damage per pellet
    Pellet count = 10
    Point blank damage = 80-90 damage
    Medium range = 10-30 damage
    Long range = 3-10 damage
    Critical hit = 18 damage per pellet
    Mini crit = 8.1 damage per pellet
    1. Longer range than Flamethrower.
    2. Does slightly more DPS than Flamethrower.
    3. Able to be used underwater.
    1. A hitscan weapon, requires accurate aim.
    2. Damage falls off at longer range.
    3. Outgunned by various other weapons.
    The Shotgun is the standard sidearm for the Soldier, Heavy, Engineer
    and Pyro. Unfortunately for you, you should treat the Shotgun like
    your best friend(apart from your flamethrowers of course)
    Because of the Shotgun's higher range than the Flamethrower and
    slightly more damage, Pyros should shoot the Shotgun when the
    enemy is not within Flamethrower range. Once you get within that
    range, due to the quickswitch ability of the Degreaser, you burn the
    fellow, airblast the guy up in the air, switch to Shotgun and finish
    him up.
    Also, the shotgun can be used underwater unlike the Flamethrower.(err,
    common sense much?)
    Keep in mind this, the Shotgun is YOUR BEST FRIEND. Light someone up,
    pelt them with buckshots. Retreating? Pelt them with buckshots.
    Out of Flamey range? Pelt them with buckshots. You'll be fine once
    you do this.
    3.5 Flare Gun
    Basic Info-
    Ammo loaded = 16
    Type = Projectile
    Base damage = 30
    Afterburn damage = 60 damage total
    Minicrit = 41
    Crit = 90
    1. Able to hit enemies at a lon range
    2. Does afterburn
    3. Crits when a flare hits an already burning target
    4. Does a crit when it hits a target at 800 units or greater distance
    1. Unable to function underwater
    2. Not as effective in short range as Shotgun
    3. Must reload after every shot
    The Flare Gun is an unlockable secondary weapon that replaces your
    Shotgun. Now you have the ability to burn someone at a long distance,
    allowing you to harrass Snipers and pick off Heavies, Soldiers and
    Demomen with minimum risk. When aiming, aim a bit up from your target
    as the flares travel in an arc. Also remember to lead your shots.
    Predict where the enemy will be in a matter of time and fire.
    During the recent update, the Flare Gun now crits on burning enemies
    regardless of range. I've taken it to using the Flare Gun when there
    are less than 2 Scouts. I don't have terrific aim but what I do is:
    1. Fire a flare at enemy while closing in
    2. Burn them
    3. Airblast them
    4. Switch to Flare Gun and crit them
    However, by using the Flare Gun, you lose the Shotgun, meaning you
    only have the Axe to use underwater and you now lose the close
    quarters defense the Shotgun provides, meaning Scouts and other
    close range clases can pick you off easily. At the end of the day, it
    boils down to personal preference.
    3.6 Fire Axe
    Basic Info-
    Basic Info-
    Base Damage=65
    Critical Hit=195
    1.Able to be used underwater
    2. Able to deal random critical hits
    1.No special attributes
    The Fire Axe is the basic Pyro melee weapon you spawn with. Its an
    all-around axe that can deal random criticals and is useful
    However, you're better off switching to any other Pyro melee
    weapon as that's it for the Fire Axe.
    3.7 Axtinguisher
    Basic Info-
    Critical Hit=195
    1.100% crits when hitting burning enemies
    2.Can be used underwater
    1.Deals 50% less damage on enemies that are not burnt
    2.While can be used underwater,it deals 50% less damage(enemies
    underwater cannot be burnt)
    3.Is less effective against Pyros as Pyros cannot be burnt
    Ohoho, now you're talking. The Axtinguisher is the most used
    offensive Pyro melee weapon in the game. Why? It's simple.
    You light someone on fire, airblast them(or not, it doesn't matter),
    pulls out your Axtinguisher and WHAM! you kill everything that isn't
    an overhealed Soldier or a Heavy in one quick hit. This tactic is
    known as the Puff'n'Sting.
    This is especially devastating if you use the Degreaser, the fast
    weapon-switch works in your favor. The only con is that this method,
    the Puff n' Sting is limited to only one target. So if you're
    ambushing an entire group of people from behind, you should be
    ready to flee once someone spots you.
    3.8 Homewrecker
    Basic Info-
    Base=42-55 vs players,130 vs buildings
    Critical Hit=146
    1.One hit removes enemy sappers from friendly Engy buildings
    2.100% damage vs buildings
    1.25% less damage vs players
    2.You're more likely to get murdered by a sentry than actually
    whacking it
    The Homewrecker was a weapon that was included in a wave of
    community-made wapons that hit Team Fortress 2 way before the Engy
    update(Or was it after? It was such a long time ago ......)
    Anyway, ignore all about the stupid '100% damage vs buildings'. Like
    stated, you don't have sentry resistance or at the least; resistance
    to sentry knockback so by the time you DO reach the sentry, you're
    a dead Pyro. In fact, the only point you should ever use the
    Homewrecker against sentries is against Level 1 and Mini-sentries.
    The most valuable thing about the Homewrecker is the 'Remove sentries
    in one hit' part. Your fellow Engineer requires two hits from his
    wrench to remove a sapper. You on the other hand, require one, making
    you an effective Engineer buddy(Or Engy pet depending on your view-
    You should choose the Homewrecker only when there's a skilled Spy that
    is constantly harassing your fellow Engineer teammates, otherwise,
    stick to the front lines.
    3.9 Powerjack
    Basic Info-
    Base damage = 81(72 - 93 damage)
    Mini-crit = 109
    Critical hit = 244
    DPS: 102.5 (90 - 116.25 damage)
    1. +25% damage done
    2. +75 health restored on kill
    3. Effective against enemy Pyros
    4. Can be used effectively underwater
    5. Is part of the Gas Jockey's Gear set
    1. No random critical hits
    2. Not as useful as the Axtinguisher(at least in my eyes)
    3. +20% damage from melee sources while active
    The Powerjack came out with the Mann.-conomy update along with the
    Degreaser. When a Pyro equips the Degreaser, Powerjack and the
    Attendant hat, they are wearing the Gas Jockey's Gear set which
    gives the Pyro a faster 10% move speed in exchange for extra 10%
    bullet vulnerability.
    Anyways, the Powerjack alone is a pretty solid weapon. It does more
    damage than the Axe in exchange for random critical hits(which are
    good if you're lucky, but they don't happen everytime).
    Keep in mind that "75 health restored on kill" does not mean you have
    to kill them with a Powerjack. Just that the Powerjack has to be
    pulled out when the victim dies. The way to do this is to burn
    someone, ramp up the damage then run away and pull out your Powerjack
    just when you think said person is about to die.
    Note that the 75 health gained can overheal. For example, you already
    have 175 health but you kill someone with the Powerjack. You now get
    overhealed by an extra 75 health, bringing you up to 250 health, the
    overheal decreasing like all normal overheals of course.
    I almost never use this weapon outside of Medieval. It's a solid
    weapon, but I prefer my Axtinguisher.
    3.10 The Back Scratcher
    Basic Info -
    Base = 81(72 - 93 damage)
    Mini-crit = 109
    Critical hit = 244
    Pros -
    1. +25% damage done
    2. +50% health from packs on wearer
    3. Increases survivability
    4. Is effective against enemy Pyros
    5. Can be used underwater effectively
    Cons -
    1. -75% health from healers on wearer
    2. Is not as good as the Axtinguisher(at least in my eyes)
    The Back Scratcher was a melee weapon that hit Team Fortress 2 during
    the Austrailian Christmas update. Judging from the above stats, you've
    probably noted that the Back Scratcher is a Powerjack that instead
    of granting you health via kill, grants you extra health by picking up
    health packs.
    I use the Back Scratcher in tandem on the occasions I play
    Backburner. I'm a solitary Pyro if I'm equiped with the Backburner,
    very rarely will I bump into teammates and even rarer that I'd meet
    with a Medic that might be willing to heal me so I pack the
    Back Scratcher along. This way, I can have increased health when
    I pick up health packs and increase my chances of survival.
    If you're using the Back Scratcher, take note that you do gain
    health slower by Medics so please kindly alert your Medics that you're
    equiped with the Back Scratcher. Why?
    Simple. The Medic has to take longer to heal you back to full health.
    That time could be better served healing someone else instead of you.
    And most Medics aren't too happy you didn't tell them you had the
    Back Scratcher equiped.
    This weapon is also viable in Medieval although I prefer the
    Powerjack in Medieval mode.
    4.0 Pyro vs. ....
    This section will focus on the match-ups with Pyro and all other
    classes. Please note that the tactics stated below here might not be
    the best way to deal with them, they are all based on my personal
    experience therefore feedback is gladly welcomed.
    4.1 Pyro vs Scout
    Scout Basic Info-
    Health = 125 (110 with Sandman equiped, 185 when buffed my Medic,
    165 when buffed by Medic with Sandman equiped, 150 when wearing the
    Milkman Set)
    Speed = 133%
    Default Weapons = Scattergun, Pistol, Bat
    Unlockable Weapons = Force-a-Nature, Short Stop, Mad Milk BONK! Atomic
    Punch, Crit-A-Cola, Sandman, Holy Mackarel, Candy Cane, Boston basher
    The Scout is easily the fastest class in the game. They come with the
    bonus of capturing points and pushing carts faster.
    If you meet a Scout in close quarters, burn him and try airblasting
    him into a corner before Axtinguishing him.
    Smart Scouts would try to weapon heckle you(the act of switching to
    his Scattergun in close ranges, then when you pull out your
    Flamethrower, he'll retreat beyond FT distance, pull out his pistol,
    forcing you to use your Shotgun then he'll switch to the Scatter
    and so on and so forth) you're obviously at a disadvantage, in any
    other case, unless you have teammates to back you up, you should try
    running away.
    The shotgun plays an important part in fighting Scouts, working
    beyond Flamethrower range to deal with Scouts. If you don't have the
    Shotgun equiped, you're at a disadvantage when fighting Scouts and you
    should run away.
    If the Scout is equiped with the Mad Milk(This is surprisingly a very
    common secondary if they carry the Shortstop), he'll have the
    advantage of quenching himself of afterburn, and if tossed at you,
    be able to regain health while you fight.
    If he tosses it at himself, he's fair game since the Mad Milk has only
    one-use. if he tosses it at you, you should consider running once you
    reach average health.
    4.2 Pyro vs Soldier
    Soldier Basic Info-
    Health = 200(300 when buffed by Medic)
    Speed = 80%
    Default weapons = Rocket Launcher, Shotgun, Shovel
    Unlockable weapons = Direct Hit, Black Box, Buff Banner, Battalion's
    Backup, Concheror, Equalizer, Pain Train, Half-Zatoichi.
    The Soldier is a dangerous opponent, well-equiped to adapt to almost
    every situation. Timing your airblast to reflect their rockets is
    important and crucial to surprising stupid Soldiers. If the Soldier's
    half competent, he'll fire a rocket at your feet. Once the rocket
    starts reaching the height of your knee, you should hit the airblast.
    Remember, you can't airblast everything. Learn which ones you are
    able to dodge and which ones you must reflect. Also, don't get to
    trigger-happy with the airblast, you're wasting your ammo. Stay in
    medium distance, if you have the Degreaser, you should be able to
    fire off your shotgun shells and have time to switch back to the
    Degreaser and airblast off the rockets.
    Note that Direct Hit rockets are faster than the default's and the
    Black Box's. If you reflect a Black Box rocket and you successfully
    hit someone, you can regain 15 health.
    Once you pull off a couple of neat reflects, the Soldier will most
    probably wise-up and pull out his Shotgun and hit you. In this case,
    take advantage and charge forward, strafing all the while 'till you
    reach burning distance. Once he sees this, he'll either continue
    shooting or switch to his rocket launcher and fire a rocket. In this
    case, prepare to reflect any rockets coming your way.
    Also note that you should never ever engage any Soldier in combat
    if they're under the effects of the banners.
    4.3 Pyro vs Pyro
    Basic Info-(We've done this before but let's recap :D)
    Health = 175(260 when buffed by a Medic)
    Speed = 100%
    Default weapons = Flamethrower, Shotgun, Fire Axe
    Unlockable weapons = Backburner, Flare Gun, Axtinguisher, Homewrecker,
    Back Scratcher, Powerjack, Sharpened Volcano Fragment
    You're facing your evil twin. An almost exact carbon copy. Pyro vs
    Pyro fights tend to turn into shotgun battles as afterburn doesn't
    affect Pyros. When facing an enemy Pyro, ALWAYS pull out your
    boomstick and shoot. If the enemy Pyro is dumb, he'll try and W+M1
    with his primary. This is easy to counter, simply S+M1 with your
    Flamethrower. Due to some mechanic in the game, S+M1ing has a longer
    spread than W+M1ing.
    If he's smart, he'll pull out his secondary and fire at you too. In
    this case, it comes down to who has the most health, who is the
    better shot and who's luckier.
    Note that if you're equiped with the Degreaser/FT and the enemy is
    using the BB, keep a healthy distance between him as the Backburner
    does more DPS. Also note you're at a disadvantage if you have the
    Flare Gun equiped.
    4.4 Pyro vs Demoman
    Basic Info-
    Health=175(260 when buffed by Medic)
    Default Weapons=Grenade Launcher,Sticky Bomb Launcher,Bottle O'
    Unlockable Weapons=Scottish Resistance, Loch'n'Load, Ullapool Caber
    (I'll discuss about Demoknights later)
    Demomen are masters of explosives, lobbing their pesky grenades
    everywhere and blowing you up into pieces. His speed is slightly
    slower than you, matching you in health. If you have the FT/Degreaser
    eqiuped, you're able to airblast both his stickies and grenades.
    His one weakness is the lack of any hitscan weapons like a shotgun
    so he has basically no reliable way of defending himself in close
    range(apart from his melee) therefore Pyros and Scouts WILL tear him
    Firstly, you cannot airblast all his grenades. He can fire them
    faster than you can reflect them. If you're trying to reflect his
    grenade, fall back while airblasting.
    If you have the health and he's planted a sticky, jump in front
    of it. If he detonates it, he'll send you flying directly in front
    of his face.
    Lastly, NEVER ever chase Demomen. You never know if they've a sticky
    trap placed behind that wall. And watch out for the Ullapool Caber.
    It hurts. A lot.
    4.5 Pyro vs Demoknight
    Basic Info -
    Health=175(260 when buffed by Medic)
    Unlockable Weapons = Charge'n'Targe, Eyelander, Scottish Skullcutter,
    Cladhemin Hor, Half-Zatoichi.
    Demoknight is the Demoman's bastard cousin, the shunned child of the
    DeGroot family. His parents disowned him after he declared that he
    had no interest in explosives. Instead, he prefers ...... running
    around with a broken piece of board and chopping off heads?!
    The average Demoknight is a pretty easy adversary for the Pyro to
    handle. Basically, all you have to do is avoid his devastating
    charge which would move the heavens and earth. After that, he's
    easy pickings.
    If you're a Degreaser/FT Pyro, all you have to do is burn him,
    airblast him in his place and shove the Axtinguisher up his ass.
    If you use the Backburner, circle strafe while burning him, if he
    tries to advance, backpaddle while burning. If you're out of BB
    range, shotgun him to death.
    A dangerous Demoknight, is one who uses his Grenade Launcher. Not
    only do you have to deal with his annoying grenades, you'll be forced
    to fight the swashbuckling not-so-charming knight in not-so-shiny
    armor. If the Demoknight uses his grenades like a pro, then you're
    definitely in the disadvantage and should retreat. If he doesn't
    and just randomly flings them around, avoid his grenades while
    shooting at him with your secondary. When you close the distance,
    rinse and repeat the above.
    4.6 Pyro vs Heavy
    Basic Info -
    Health = 300(450 when overhealed by Medic. 350 when using the
    Dalohkahs Bar. 280 when using the Warrior's Spirit, 420 when overhe-
    aled by Medic while using Warrior's Spirit)
    Speed = 77%(37% with Minigun revved. 14.66% with Brass Beast revved.
    99.67% while using GRU. 103.5% when buffed by the Buffalo steak
    Default weapons = Minigun(Sasha), Shotgun, Fists
    Unlockable weapons = Natasha, Brass Beast, Sandvich, Buffalo Steak
    Sandvich, Dalohkahs Bar, Fists of Steel, Warrior's Spirit, Gloves of
    Running Urgently, Killing Gloves of Boxing
    Wow, that was a load of info wasn't it? Anyway, how do you fight a
    Heavy? The simple answer is ......
    You. Don't.
    "B-b-b-b-but! Why?!" you exclaim in protest. Well, hate to break it
    to you but Heavies turn Pyros into Swiss cheese clad in asbestos
    suits if you face them outright. They WILL gun you down, they will
    kill you and they will taunt over your dead corpse.
    You lapse into a moment of deep thought before shouting,"Puff'n'Sting!
    Puff'n'Sting just like you taught us!" you say joyfully, looking
    very proud of yourself. Well, if you ARE thinking that, you probably
    aren't the most attentive Pyro out there. I did mention that the only
    classes you can't OHKO with the Axtinguisher were an overhealed
    Soldier and a Heavy. Two hits to be precise.
    Now that we've gotten everything clear, you run away from Heavies.
    Sorry, but that's a fact, you stand almost zero to no chance of
    fighting a Heavy. There are only five exceptions in which case you
    stand a chance against that mountain of a man.
    1. When he's nom'ing on his Sandvich. Some very thick-skulled Heavies
    have not yet discovered the magical ability of tossing a Sandvich on
    the ground and instantly devouring it(M2 by default) and instead,
    hide somwhere and munch on it. He's completely vulnerable while
    doing so, so torch his sorry ass right away.
    2. When he has the Fists of Steel out. Just pull out your melee and
    shove it up his throat.
    3. When the Heavy is focused on your teammates. Puff'n'Sting him
    immediately. Puff'n'Sting-ing such Heavies is somewhat different.
    Do NOT airblast. Just let off a puff of flame, then switch to
    Axtinguisher and crit-slam him twice. Some Heavies are renowned for
    their numbness towards small damage(which is understandable if you
    have 300 health) but they WILL notice it if they're flung up in the
    4. Against unaware, brain-dead Heavies while they're engaged in
    combat with your teammates.
    5. At a safe range with your Flare Gun equiped. Pop a flare at
    him to get him roasting, then do it again, and again. He either
    runs away, or burns to death.
    4.7 Pyro vs Engineer & Co.
    Basic Info -
    Health = 125(185 when overhealed)
    Speed = 100%(75 when hauling a building)
    Default weapons = Shotgun, Pistol, Wrench.
    Unlockable weapons = Frontier Justice, Wrangler, Southern Hospitality
    , Jag.(We'll discuss Gunslinger Engies later)
    Sentry Guns Basic Info -
    Level One Sentry Gun health = 150
    Average DPS per second = 64
    Level Two Sentry Gun health = 180
    Average DPS per second = 128
    Level Three Sentry Gun health = 216
    Bullets average DPS = 128
    Rockets(on direct hit) = 100
    Dispensers Basic Info -
    Level One Dispenser health = 100
    Level Two Dispenser health = 180
    Level Three Dispenser health = 216
    Teleporters Basic Info -
    Level One Teleporter health = 150
    Level Two Teleporter health = 180
    Level Three Teleporter health = 216
    Alright, now we've got down all the Engy's building's health, we
    can get on to business.
    Firstly, we'll split this section up in two parts; when you're
    fighting a lone Engy and when you're fighting an Engy with his
    If you're fighting an Engineer all alone who for some reason, is
    stranded in the middle of the map with his buildings lost, take the
    free frag. Be aware though, the Texan is a hard helmet to crack!
    He stands a pretty good chance of making it alive and with some
    careful trickery on his part, he could get the better of you! Firstly,
    you should be familiar with his stock Shotgun, six standard shots
    with a super long reload. Otherwise, he's got his Frontier Justice.
    If he has, check to see if it's glowing, if it is, he's got crits
    stored in that thing so you should retreat or you're in for a massive
    butt whooping. If it's not, he only has three shots so feel free
    to mow him down.
    His Wrangler is downright useless if he doesn't have a sentry around.
    In that case, he only has his Wrench and Shotgun to rely on. The
    Pistol on the other hand, is a major annoyance. It fires 12 pistol
    rounds super fast and the Engy has a spare ammo of .... 188. Hardly
    going to run out of ammo yes? If he has the Pistol, I suggest you
    close in on him quick while strafing like mad while firing your
    His Wrench is quite dangerous and crits more than most melee weapons
    (well, at least for me). If he has his Wrench out, it's advisable
    to keep out of his range while dealing damage. This applies to all
    The Southern Hospitality is the Engy's double-edged sword. If he hits
    you, you get Bleed. But he suffers from fire vulnerability,which is
    good for you. If you've got a health pack or Medic nearby, feel free
    to close in and give him a good fistful of flames, otherwise, treat
    that wrench like a very very dangerous knife.
    Don't be fooled by the Jag's downside. While -25% might seem like
    much, it still has the ability to dent a new belly button in your
    skull. Generally, by playing carefully and dodging his wrenches,
    you're going to tear the lone Engineer to shreds.
    Now, for an Engineer with a sentry, you have to ask yourself this
    question. What level is the sentry? Do I have enough health? Is
    the Engineer controlling it with the Wrangler? Am I close enough?
    Do I have a Medic with a Ubercharge ready and willing to Uber me?(
    highly unlikely) These are all factors you have to consider while
    fighting an Engineer with the sentry.
    Firstly, if it's a Level 3, get out of there. You absolutely cannot
    win. If it's a Level 1, or even a Level 2, you still stand a chance.
    If the distance between you and said sentry isn't too far, then you
    can just charge forward and circlestrafe the sentry while holding
    down on the Flamethrower. The Level 1 and Level 2 Sentries are
    slow enough and deal enough less damage for you to wreck it.
    Once the sentry's nothing but a pile of smoking scrap, your real
    problem is the very very very angry Engineer with a shotgun pointed
    at your face. Airblast him, shotgun him and try your best to get
    the hell out of there.
    If the Engineer is controlling the sentry with a Wrangler, then
    there is only one question left. "Is the Engineer distracted?" If
    he's not, and it's a Level 3, you should run away. If he is
    distracted, rush in.
    Firstly, you kill the Wrangling Engineer first. Don't worry about
    the sentry. A Wrangled Sentry takes a few seconds to function back
    to normal once the Wrangler is switched out/Engineer is dead. Burn
    it quick, then run away before angry Engy comes back.
    Dispensers should be destroyed quick for a valuable income of ammo
    by picking up the scrap metal. If you find a teleporter, you can
    either destroy it or have some "fun". To have some "fun", first
    establish where the people teleported are facing. Position yourself
    at their backs. Once they teleport through, Puff'n'Sting or
    Backburn crit them. Hehe, loadsa fun. Be careful not to stand on the
    tele though, you'll get tele-fragged.
    4.8 Pyro vs Offensive Engineer
    Basic info-
    Health = 150%(220 when overhealed by Medic)
    Speed = 100% (75 when hauling a building)
    Default weapons = Shotgun, Pistol, Wrench.
    Unlockable weapons = Frontier Justice, Wrangler, Gunslinger.
    Mini-sentry Basic Info -
    Health = 100
    Average DPS = 48
    Please note that we'll be assuming Offensive Engineers all use the
    Gunslinger. It's been a while since I saw an Offensive Engineer with
    another wrench that isn't a Ninja and if they have set up shop deep
    in your base, you can't do much anyway. If they're using Level 1s,
    most of the tactics can also be applied.
    Basically, Offensive Engineers are a hybrid of the normal Engies.
    Instead of sitting in a corner whacking their sentry to death, these
    daredevils decided to, instead, follow their teammates to the front,
    set up mini-sentries and generally be as annoying as possible.
    First of all, if you're ever ambushed by an Engy or his mini-sentry,
    do not engage them in battle. Instead, retreat and heal up. Now
    you know where that gnat is, swoop in and take both of them out.
    Mini-sentries aren't the real problem. The Engineer is. The sentry
    is just basically a ditto twin of the Engy who is mobile and is
    only armed with a pistol. Take out the Engineer first. If he's dead,
    no more mini-sentry. If you take out the Engy but fail to do so
    with his mini-sentry, you can alert your teammates and they'll do
    the job.
    Alright. Once again, if you see a glowing Frontier Justice, BACK
    OFF! He's got crits. Crits are not nice. Crits can give you
    tummy aches.
    If you see a Wrangled mini-sentry but can't find the Engineer,
    that means he's probably lying in wait somewhere. Take a side route
    where you can't be seen and creep up on the mini-sentry and melt it.
    The Engineer can't do nothing to you unless he's hidden REALLY close,
    in which case he'll try to kill you for murdering his mechanical
    guardian angel. If you see HIM standing next to his Wrangled mini
    sentry, creep up on HIM first. Kill HIM first. Then kill the sentry.
    Frankly, the most dangerous Offensive Engineer in my opinion, uses
    the vanilla Shotgun and Pistol. He gets the most shots by far with
    six Shotgun shells and 12 Pistol bullets. You'll just have to
    strafe like mad and try to pull off some covering fire of your own
    before reaching Flamethrower range.
    Once you've reached a lone Engineer in flamethrower range, he's
    pretty much toast and you've got the frag in the bag. The only thing
    that's stopping you of course, is a random accursed crit shotgun
    4.9 Pyro vs Medic
    Basic Info -
    Health = 150(225 when overhealed. 140 with Vita-Saw equiped. 210
    with Vita-Saw equiped and overhealed.)
    Speed = 107%
    Default weapons = Syringe Gun, Medigun, Bonesaw.
    Unlockable weapons = Blutsauger, Crusader's Crossbow, Kritzkrieg,
    Ubersaw, Vita-Saw, Amputator
    The only time you should engage a Medic in combat is when he's
    either all alone, vulnerable or when he's activated his Charge. We'll
    go through them paragraph by paragraph.
    When he's all alone, the Medic's squishy enough for you to squash.
    Doubly so if he has the Crossbow, less so if he has the Blutsauger.
    The Medic is faster than you, unless you have the Attendant set of
    course. We'll be assuming you don't. Anyway, he's faster than you
    even while running backwards and at close range, those needles are
    deadly. The trick is to airblast him, stop him in his tracks for a
    while for you to catch up before doing your thing. If he has the
    Saw out, you either do the same thing or watch him foolishly come
    close to you in which case you quickly burn him and airblast him
    to keep him out of your reach.
    When he's vulnerable to your attack, you still have to beware of
    his over-protective friends. Hopefully you're with your teammates in
    which case they'll hopefully keep your hands clean off the very
    very dangerous teammates of the enemy Medic. The Medic will probably
    be too focused on his healing or whatever and leave himself clean open
    to your attack.
    When a Medic's popped his Uber, there are only a few things that can
    stop his Uber/Kritz. Bodyblocking, airshotting and YOU. Your airblast
    is the most effective method of stopping or stalling a Uber. You'll
    probably die in this suicide mission like the martyrs of old. But
    hey, if you do stop a Uber, you'll be slapped on the back on by
    your grateful teammates. That's worth it no?
    All you have to do is simple, you select either the patient or Medic,
    preferably the Medic and begin airblasting. You either:
    a) Airblast the Medic to the sky and juggle him there.
    b) Push him back to a wall or something and break the Uber laser
    with his patient.
    4.10 Pyro vs Sniper
    Basic Info -
    Health = 125(185 when overhealed by Medic. 150 with the Darwin's
    Danger Shield. 225 with the Darwin's Danger Shield and overheal)
    Speed = 100%(27% with Sniper Rifle/Sydney Sleeper scoped. 45% with
    Huntsman drawn.)
    Default weapons = Sniper Rifle, SMG, Kukri.
    Unlockable weapons = Huntsman, Sydney Sleeper, Jarate, Darwin's
    Danger Shield, Razorback, Bushwhacka, Tribalman's Shiv.
    Well, you can't touch the Sniper at mid-to-long range anyway apart
    from the Flare Gun so don't bother trying. Just take another route
    if you see a laser dot that isn't your team colour.
    If you do manage to find yourself in close-range with the Sniper,
    you're bound to win this(I hope). If he's equiped with any of the
    shields, it's just a simple Puff'N'Sting or shotgun/Flamethrower or
    Backburn crits.
    Unfortunately, you'll find some of them has the good old SMG equiped
    and unfortunately some of them have pretty good aim with that thing
    so once again, airblast is the key.
    The most unfortunate thing that will ever happen to you is Jarate.
    Once the Jarate they'll bring out the good ol' chop chop or simply
    noscope you. It's possible to reflect the Jarate though but once
    you're coated in pee, it's time to think about running.
    The most most most unfortunate thing that will ever happen to you
    is Jarate plus the Bushwhacka. That's like, the Sniper equivalent of
    the Puff'n'Sting. If you see him pull that knife out, keep out of
    his knife range!
    Treat the Tribalman's Shiv like the Southern Hospitality from the
    Engineer. There'll be some Snipers who are really god-like and can
    no-scope headshot you. Nothing you can do about that apart from ....
    1. Pull out your computer plugs
    2. Toss it on the road
    3. Ride your monster truck/pickup truck/bus/van/bulldozer
    4. Run over the computer
    5. Go to Steam Forums Team Fortress 2 section
    6. Whine about how OP Snipers are
    (just kidding, you really can do nothing. Well you can follow my
    steps but do so at your own risk ;p)
    4.11 Pyro vs. Spy
    Basic Info -
    Health = 125(185 when overhealed by Medic. 60 with the Conniver's
    Kunai equiped. BELIEVE IT!)
    Speed = 100%
    Default weapons = Revolver, Sapper, Knife, Invisible Watch.
    Unlockable weapons = Ambassador, L'Etranger, Your Eternal Reward,
    Conniver's Kunai, Cloak and Dagger, Dead Ringer.
    The one class you're supposed to counter super-badly. A puff of your
    flame can completely rain fire on the Spy's parade, revealing his
    disguise, and even his invisibility. Not to mention 45 ~ 60 damage is
    pretty hefty for a 125 hp class. Your Homewrecker also removes the
    Sapper in one hit. You can restrict the Spy's escape route through
    airblasting. There is no argument, you're the best Spychecker there
    is out there.
    Check corners, stairs, popular Spy spots. Play Spy for a while too,
    notice which spots you hide in. The next time you Spycheck as Pyro,
    puff some flames at the previous spots you hid, you might root out
    a Spy. Note that shortly tapping the Flamethrower is much more
    conservative than simply hosing down the Flamethrower in terms of
    If your Engineer is being harrassed to death by Spies, go help him
    out. Use the Ultimate Troll-Spies-Over loadout; Degreaser, Flare Gun,
    Homewrecker. Stand near the Engineer, watch over him as he sets up
    shop, then proceed to burn any Spies and de-sap any Sappers.
    Now for what you do on 1 v. 1. Try not to engage in direct melee
    combat with the Spy. You run the risk of getting facestabbed(he stabs
    you in the face but the game registers you as backstabbed, something
    to do with hitboxes) or the guy's some ninja Spy in training and
    sidestabs you.
    Instead, light him on fire ONCE, then disorient him with airblast
    followed with some follow-up shots by your secondary or the good
    Be warned that in middle range combat with the Spy, the odds are
    60/40. Provided the Spy can actually aim with his gun and is not
    suffering from Gun-itis Syndrome, you actually stand a chance of
    LOSING(Imagine that!).
    The revolver does about 40 damage per hit. If we do some quick Maths,
    it takes on average of 5 to 6 hits to down you. Not pretty hard
    considering the revolver is super-easy to handle. This goes double
    for the Ambassador. Usually, a Spy carrying that won't know how to
    differentiate the gun's barrel and grip but you'll of course, run
    into some Spies with that thing and can actually SHOOT. A critical
    102 hit is dangerous.
    The best you can make do of is simply strafing around, making
    yourself a harder target in general and covering yourself with the
    6.0 F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)
    Q : Someone called me a W+M1 noob! What's that? It doesn't sound like
    a compliment!
    A : Well .... it isn't. A W+M1 noob is a derogative way of mocking a
    Pyro. W+M1, like the name suggests, is basically holding the "W"
    key(Forward) and M1(Fire Flamethrower). In other words, he's claiming
    you have no skill. Ignore them, he's dead, you're not.
    Q : What loadout do you use?
    A : Well, long ago, I used to roll with the Backburner/Shotgun/
    Axtinguisher. Now, I use the Degreaser/Shotgun/Axtinguisher loadout,
    occasionally switching to the Flare Gun after the recent update and
    Homewrecker when I feel like being credit to team.
    Q : Is Pyro a boy, girl or alien? Because there's this picture of
    "Why don't you give HER a shot"?
    A : Oh that old picture? Valve's just trolling you, it alternates
    between "him" and "her". Up until now, we completely have no idea.
    Let's just assume the Pyro is an alien cyborg built by the Autobots
    in the future and sent to the present through the space-time
    Q : Why do I feel useless as Pyro sometimes?
    A : Well, there are a lot of reasons why you're suddenly feeling
    useless as Pyro. It could simply be you were not in the mood, or the
    map layout isn't suitable for the Pyro(for example, Dustbowl and
    cp_Well) or the enemy team has too many Heavies. Just switch classes
    to another class first before re-trying.
    Q : Can I use Pyro for 6v6 comp play?
    A : Well, I'm not much of an expert in comp but I don't think so.
    Pyro's what I think they call, a "utility class"? The standard loadout
    for 6v6 seems to be 1 Scout, 1 Demoman, 2 Soldiers and 1 Medic.
    6.1 Conclusion
    Well, this is the end I guess. I hope you've learnt something and has
    become a better Pyro and this guide has been helpful and enjoyable to
    read. Thanks.
    ~ Whirlmaster

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