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TF2 Strategy Guide – The Pyro

TF2 Strategy Guide: (The Pyro)

 

General class info, weapon statistics, character unlocks (items and hats), basic strategies and advanced strategies for the Pyro in Team Fortress 2.

 

Category: Offensive
Base Health: 175
Medic Boost Health: 260
Speed: 100%
Char. Specific Items: 12
# of Achievements: 39
Special Abilities: Flame Retardant
Video: Meet the Pyro
Special Taunts: Hadouken

Weapons - Primary:

Flamethrower

Ammo: 200
Ammo Consumption: 12.5/sec (flame)
20 (blast)
Damage:
~84-139.5/sec (flame)
5-6/sec for 10 seconds (afterburn)
Mini Crit Damage: ~113-188/sec (flame)
8/sec for 10 seconds (afterburn)
Crit Damage: ~252-419/sec
Firing Speed: ~0.05 second warmup (flame)
~0.8 second (blast)
Special Abilities: Compression Blast: Alt-fire. Reflects projectiles, launches back enemies and puts out teammates that are on fire.
Item Status: Stock

Backburner

Ammo: 200
Ammo Consumption: 12.5/sec
Damage:
~96-160/sec (flame)
5-6/sec for 10 seconds (afterburn)
Mini Crit Damage: ~130-216/sec (flame)
8/sec for 10 seconds (afterburn)
Crit Damage: ~288-480/sec
Firing Speed: ~0.05 second warmup
Special Abilities: All damage done to enemy from behind is critical damage. No compression blast.
Item Status: 16 Achievement Unlockable

Weapons - Secondary:

Shotgun

Ammo: 32
Clipsize: 6
Damage - Close: ~80-90
Damage - Medium: ~10-30
Damage - Far: ~3-10
Mini Crit Damage: ~4-122
Crit Damage: ~9-270
Firing Speed: ~0.6 seconds
Reload Speed: ~1-4 seconds
Special Abilities: None
Taunt: Close range instant kill. 3 second warm-up.
Item Status: Stock

Flare Gun

Ammo: 16 (single shots)
Damage:
30 (flare)
6/sec for 10 seconds (afterburn)
Mini Crit Damage: 41 (flare)
8/sec for 10 seconds (afterburn)
Crit Damage: 90
Firing Speed: ~2 seconds
Special Abilities: Sets enemies aflame. Will mini crit targets already afire at medium range and will critical hit those already afire at longer ranges.
Taunt: Close range instant kill. 3 second warm-up.
Item Status: 10 Achievement Unlockable

Weapons - Melee:

Fire Axe

Damage:
~59-72
Mini Crit Damage: ~88
Crit Damage: ~195
Firing Speed: ~0.8 seconds
Special Abilities: None
Item Status: Stock

Axtinguisher

Damage:
~23-43
Mini Crit Damage: ~45
Crit Damage: ~195
Firing Speed: ~0.8 seconds
Special Abilities: Weak damage applies to non-burning targets (except buildings), however it will always critically hit any target that is aflame.
Item Status: 22 Achievement Unlockable

Homewrecker

Damage:
~42-55 (players)
130 (buildings)
Mini Crit Damage: ~88
Crit Damage: ~146
Firing Speed: ~0.8 seconds
Special Abilities: Weapon can be used to remove enemy sappers in just one swing.
Item Status: Random Drop

Character Specific Items:

Pyro's Beanie Brigade Helm Respectless Rubber Glove
Triboniophorus Tyrannus Vintage Merryweather Whiskered Gentleman

All character items

Basic Class Strategies:

Compression Blasts:

A sadly often overlooked ability in public games. The compression blast can reflect projectiles (rockets [including sentries], grenades/stickies, baseballs, jarates, arrows, and flares) back at the enemy causing mini crit damage, already making the Pyro quite an annoying enemy for most classes to deal with. Add to that the blast's ability to put out teammates that are on fire, and the ability to push enemies away over ledges or skywards to begin juggling, which is quite annoying for them when they are on fire and unable to move anywhere. You can also use it to separate a medic and his target.

Spy Checking:

The ultimate spy checking class. Puffs of flame here and there in your base can keep your engineers and buildings safe, while quick squirts of flames in corners or along standard spy paths can keep your base warm and spy-free. It's also quite handy when you find a teammate acting suspicious, or to help protect the members of an assault from getting backstabbed. The ability for the Pyro to use the Homewrecker sledge to remove enemy sappers makes him that much more of an anti-spy tool.

Sniper Assistance:

This one's quite simple and rarely used. A quick blast from your flamethrower to your primed snipers will set their arrows on fire, causing the enemy to be set ablaze and suffer afterburn damage when hit.

Basic Flame/Shotty Usage:

Use ambushes with doorways and corners to maximize the close-range damage from your flamethrower. Don't worry about retreating from battle if needs be, as the enemy will most likely burn to death from the afterburn damage if you got a good couple seconds of flaming in. When at longer ranges or finding yourself in water, use the shotgun to tune the enemy until you can get close enough for flaming or to dry ground.

Advanced Class Strategies:

*none yet available*

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