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Pyro RED.png
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Basic Information
Icon Leaderboard class pyro.png
Type Offensive
Health 175 (260 with overheal)
Speed 100%

Hudda hudda huh!

The Pyro attempting to communicate to their team

The Pyro is an anonymous individual in a flame retardant suit with an affinity for all things fire. They are an offense class who specializes in close range damage, ambush maneuvers and guarding their teams territory.

The Pyro’s primary weapon is usually a homemade incendiary weapon that ignites enemies and inflicts afterburn, useful for Spy checking. Their secondary weapons are not as strict and are designed to combo into the primary weapon. From hitscan shotguns to projectile flare guns, switching between primary and secondary weapons can yield successful results.

Another one of the Pyro’s most useful tools at their disposal is the alternate fire compression blast (also known as air blast) in their primary weapons. The air blast allows Pyro to extinguish ignited team mates, push enemies away and reflect projectiles such as rockets, grenades and even throwable weapons such as the brick.

Taking advantage of their ever present fire resistance, mitigating their close ranged weaknesses through careful play and quick thinking, and finding opportunities to exploit the enemies mistakes can make Pyro one of the most game changing classes any team can have.

The Pyro is voiced by Dennis Bateman.


Location of origin: Unknown

Job: Pyrotechnics

Motto: "Mmph mmmph mph-mph mmph mmmmph!"

Description: Only two things are known for sure about the mysterious Pyro: he sets things on fire and he doesn't speak. In fact, only the part about setting things on fire is undisputed. Some believe his occasional rasping wheeze may be an attempt to communicate through a mouth obstructed by a filter and attached to lungs ravaged by constant exposure to his asbestos-lined suit. Either way, he's a fearsome, inscrutable, on-fire Frankenstein of a man. If he even is a man.



Weapon Kill icon
Backpack Flame Thrower.png
Flame Thrower
Killicon flamethrower.png


Weapon Kill icon
Backpack Shotgun.png
Killicon shotgun.png
Backpack Flare Gun.png
Flare Gun
Killicon flaregun.png
Backpack Twin Barrel.png
Twin Barrel
Killicon doubleshotgun.png


Weapon Kill icon
Backpack Fire Axe.png
Fire Axe
Killicon fireaxe.png
Backpack Harvester.png
Killicon harvester.png


Main article: Basic Pyro Strategy

As a Pyro…

  • …you cannot be ignited by fire-based weapons. Use your shotgun or melee weapons against enemy Pyros in order to counter this.
  • …you can often set enemies on fire and retreat, leaving them to die from the burning.
  • …your flamethrower(sic) does more damage the closer you are to the enemy.
  • …your flamethrower chews up a lot of ammo. Pick up fallen weapons to refill your supply.
  • …ambush enemies to catch them in the short range of your flamethrower. Use corners to your advantage.
  • …the flamethrower's compression blast (MOUSE2) is a very useful tool. Use it to push enemies, even invulnerable Medics and their buddies, away or into environmental hazards.
  • …your flamethrower can extinguish burning teammates with MOUSE2.
  • …switch to your shotgun if enemies retreat beyond the short range of your flamethrower.
  • …your Fire Axe is a great choice for dealing with enemy Pyros.
  • …your flare gun can catch enemies on fire at long range. This works well against enemy Snipers.
  • …the Twin Barrel can be used to close the gap between you and your target. Propel yourself upward or towards your enemies!
  • …the Twin Barrel does not deal damage as reliably as your shotgun. If you're losing in an encounter, use it to propel yourself away in retreat!
  • …the Harvester can generate a guaranteed critical hit, and allows you to heal from your enemies.
  • …dying with the Harvester equipped will extinguish any enemies you've set on fire.

Related achievements

Achievement Description
Tf2c achievement extinguish bomblets.png Birthday Blowout Extinguish 20 Dynamite Pack sticks by airblasting them.
Tf2c achievement fire axe death afterburn.png A Burning Memory As a Pyro, deal 1000 afterburn damage while you're dead.
Tf2c achievement pyro shotgun coreshot streak.png Shotgun Messenger As a Pyro, land 3 Shotgun meat-shots in 5 seconds, 6 times.
Tf2c achievement flare crit teamwork.png Molten Steal Land a Flare Gun crit on an enemy that somebody else set on fire.
Tf2c achievement harvester collect decap.png Summary Execution Decapitate all 9 classes with the Harvester.
Tf2c achievement harvester decap single life.png Head Rush Decapitate 3 enemies with the Harvester in a single life.
Tf2c achievement harvester counter low health.png Don't Fear the Reaper Save 5 teammates from burning to death by killing enemy Pyros wielding the Harvester.
Tf2c achievement harvester counter spy.png No, Time to Die As a Spy, extinguish yourself by killing a Pyro wielding the Harvester.
Tf2c achievement ssg scout hit pellets.png Rabbit Season Hit a Scout with every pellet from a Twin Barrel shot.
Tf2c achievement ssg meatshots.png Rip and Tear! Get 10 meat-shot kills with the Twin Barrel.
Tf2c achievement ssg pounce.png Bringing the Heat Kill 5 enemies after closing the distance with a Twin Barrel jump.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Bulgarian Подпалвач Pyro
Spanish Pyro -
English Pyro -
French Pyro -
German Pyro -
Hungarian Piró Pyro
Italian Piro Pyro
Polish Pyro -
Brazilian Portuguese Pyro -
Romanian Pyro -
Russian Поджигатель Pyro
Turkish Pyro -
Ukrainian Піро Pyro

Update history

  • Updated the Pyro’s head to be consistent with the rest of the classes. (Uses a separate texture-sheet and higher poly mesh.)


  • Raised afterburn condition duration for Pyros to 0.5s (from 0.25s)
    • This allows for Flaregun(sic) combos in certain situations

Comparison from Team Fortress 2

  • The Pyro has been given a new line for their ‘Activate the Charge!’ voice command where they now yell "COME ON!". This voice line was lifted from prerelease versions of Team Fortress 2.
  • In Team Fortress 2 Classic, the Pyro is the only character who's Meet the Team video is considered non-canon.
    • This retcon also makes the ‘Pyroland’ fantasy world non-canonical.


  • The Pyro has the same voice for the English, German, Spanish, French, and Russian versions of Team Fortress 2.
  • The Napalm grenades on the Pyro's belt were intended to be used as weaponry but were cut during development.
  • Throughout Team Fortress 2's development, Pyro was predominantly referred to and depicted as male. From Dennis Batemans stating the voice director referred to them as "He", to concept art depicting them as a middle aged man.