Fire never felt so good for Team Fortress 2 pyromaniacs

As promised yesterday, the official list of weapons and achievements for the Pyro class in Team Fortress 2 has descended from the ashes. These new weapons aren’t the only differences for our favorite fire starter, the basic flamethrower is getting tweaked also. Instead of simply roasting foes, you now have the ability to create a blast of compressed air by pressing the alt-fire key and you’ll notice you can knock enemies back as well as redirect projectiles. Valve gives some useful tips about this new feature such as using the compressed air to knock Medics out of the picture completely for a time, or give the Soldier a taste of his own rocket.

So what about the weapons? There are three new ones to choose from. The most common weapon being the Axtinguisher, which you can use to deal out critical damage every time whenever you set someone on fire. Next up is the Flare Gun, think of this as a shotgun that can also set people on fire. I haven’t seen it in action, but I’m assuming a fire ball moving at medium speed will be what you’ll get from this. Meaning you’ll have to adhere to the golden rule of single shot weapons — shoot where they will be, not where they are. The final weapon is The BackBurner which replaces the original flamethrower along with the air compression ability, giving you a weapon that deals critical hits if your target has his back to you instead. This could get a little tricky, but you can rest easy knowing this weapon also gives you an extra fifty points in health when equipped.


There are 35 achievements to be had with the Pyro.

  • Combined Fire: Use your shotgun to finish off 20 players you’ve ignited.
  • Firewall: Ignite 5 Spies who have a sapper on a friendly building.
  • Cooking the Books: Ignite 5 enemies carrying your intelligence.
  • Spontaneous Combustion: Ignite 10 cloaked Spies.
  • Trailblazer: Ignite 10 enemies that have recently used a teleporter.
  • Camp Fire: Kill 3 enemies in a row, all within the same area.
  • Lumberjack: Kill 3 people with your axe in one life.
  • Clearcutter: Kill 6 people with your axe in one life.
  • Firewatch: Ignite 10 snipers while they are zoomed in.
  • Burn Ward: Ignite 3 medics that are ready to deploy an Uber-charge.
  • Makin’ Bacon: Kill 50 Heavies with your flamethrower.
  • Plan B: Kill 10 enemies while you’re both underwater.
  • Pyrotechnics: Kill 3 enemies in a single uber-charge.
  • Arsonist: Destroy 50 Engineer buildings.
  • Controlled Burn: Ignite 50 enemies capturing one of your control points.
  • Dead Heat: Kill an enemy in the same second that he kills you.
  • Pilot Light: Ignite a rocket-jumping Soldier while he’s in midair.
  • Freezer Burn: Provide enemies with freezecam shots of each of your taunts
  • Hot on Your Heels: Kill 50 enemies with your flamethrower, from behind.
  • Next of Kindling: Ignite an enemy, and the Medic healing him.
  • Second Degree Burn: Kill a burning enemy who was ignited by another Pyro.
  • Weenie Roast: Have 2 enemy Scouts on fire at the same time.
  • Baptism by Fire: Force 10 burning enemies to jump into water.
  • Fire and Forget: Kill 15 players while you’re dead.
  • I Fry: Ignite 10 disguised Spies.
  • OMGWTFBBQ: Kill an enemy with a taunt.
  • Got A Light?: Ignite an enemy Spy while he’s flicking a cigarette.
  • BarbeQueQ: Cause a dominated player to leave the server.
  • Dance Dance Immolation: Kill 3 enemies while they’re taunting.
  • Hotshot: Kill a Soldier with a reflected critical rocket.
  • Firefighter: Kill 500 enemies.
  • Fire Chief: Kill 1000 enemies
  • Attention Getter: Ignite 100 enemies with the flare gun.
  • Pyromancer: Do 1 million points of total fire damage.
  • Hot Potato: Reflect 100 projectiles with your compressed air blast.
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