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The Flamethrower is the Pyro’s main weapon. It has a very limited range, but makes up for it with massive amounts of damage. If an enemy turns a corner and a Pyro is waiting on the other side, chances are good that the Pyro will incinerate them before they can retaliate effectively. This makes the Pyro one of the best ambushers available.
The Flamethrower's cone of fire is not obstructed by enemies or buildings, making it possible to easily light up groups of enemies or burn a turtling Engineer through his Dispenser.
Enemies lit on fire by a Pyro will continue to burn and take damage for a while even after they escape the direct assault of the Flamethrower. This afterburn can be extinguished by picking up a health pack, being healed by a Medic, getting airblasted by a friendly Pyro, or being doused with Jarate or Mad Milk by a teammate.
The Flamethrower's alternate fire shoots a blast of compressed air which can be used to deflect projectiles such as rockets or grenades back at their owner, applying a mini-crit boost to the projectile. It can also be used to push enemies around and disperse sticky bombs laid by Demomen. The airblast makes a Pyro a particularly effective counter against Übercharged enemies as the Medic can be effectively separated from his target or the Über target can be juggled for the duration of the charge, hampering its effectiveness.
A common tactic with the Flamethrower is to set an enemy on fire then quickly switch to the Axtinguisher and finish them off with the guaranteed critical hit. This is colloquially known as the Puff n' Sting.
The Flamethrower is perhaps the most useful weapon for detecting cloaked Spies, as enemy Spies hit with even one flame particle will instantly burst into flame, ruining their disguise. This also applies to Spies who are cloaked with any of the various Invisibility Watches.
|Damage (Point-Blank)||6.2 per particle|
|Damage (Max Flame Range)||3.72 per particle|
|Mini Crit Damage||5-8 per particle|
|Critical Hit Damage||11-19 per particle|
|Afterburn Damage||60 total over six seconds|
|Afterburn Mini Crit Damage||80 total over eight seconds|
|Airblast Cost||20 ammo per blast|
|Rate of Fire||Very Fast (~22.5 particles/second)|
|Reload Type||No Reload|
- The Flamethrower will not function underwater, but will produce a stream of useless bubbles.
- Huntsman arrows of friendly Snipers can be lit on fire and will deal afterburn damage to a struck enemy.
- The Flametrhower did not initially include the airblast ability. This was added to the game in the Pyro Update.
- Enemy Pyros are immune to the Flamethrower's afterburn effect. Engage them with the Shotgun instead.