TF2 Pyro Update Blowout: New Weapons, Maps and Achievements

The full details of Valve's next Team Fortress 2 update have leaked in advance of their official release, revealing the achievements, unlockables and changes to the Pyro along with the two included community maps, all of which are due this Thursday, June 19.

Along with the previously revealed Axtinguisher, Pyro players will be awarded with the Flare Gun and Backburner for obtaining the 35 new achievements. As with the Medic update, weapons will be unlocked as Achievements are earned, with the Flare Gun coming first, the Backburner second, and the Axtinguisher last.

In addition, the Pyro's stock flamethrower will be updated with a new function, allowing players to blast enemies away with compressed air through a press of the alt-fire button.

Detailing the two community-created maps included with the update, Valve revealed CP_Fastlane as one of the two included maps. CP_Fastlane was created Arttu Maki--somewhat better known around these parts under as Shacker -sk-.

CP_Fastlane, as created by Shacknews community member -sk-

The other new map, CTF_Turbine, was created by Bill Johnston. "Awesomeball didn't make the cut," Valve marketing VP Doug Lombardi told Shacknews. "Sorry."

In celebration of these changes, Valve will be hosting a free Team Fortress 2 weekend Running from the morning of Friday, June 20 morning through the evening of Sunday, June 22, the promotion allows all registered Steam users to download and play the class-based mutliplayer shooter for free.

In related news, don't forget to watch Meet the Sniper, the latest in Valve's humorous and entertaining character portraits. The vignette even includes an in-game glimpse of the Flare Gun.

The complete achievement list and weapon descriptions are as follows:

Unlockable Weapons and Weapon Updates

Flamethrower Update
In addition to the three unlockable Pyro weapons, we've made a significant addition to the base Pyro flamethrower. By hitting the alt-fire key, the Pyro is able to produce a blast of compressed air that knocks enemies away, and redirects enemy projectiles. It's a highly versatile tool, allowing Pyros to get away from nearby enemies after igniting them, to kill enemy soldiers with their own rockets, or to separate enemy Medics from their healing targets. In particular, it allows a skilled Pyro to contain an enemy invulnerability push, and even to separate the Medic completely if the surrounding terrain supports it.
The Flare Gun
The first Pyro unlockable is The Flare Gun, which replaces the shotgun. It allows the Pyro to ignite an enemy at long range, but does require careful aim on their part. It's particularly useful for causing havoc on Snipers and Engineers who want to keep their distance.
The Backburner
The second Pyro unlockable is The Backburner. This flamethrower is built for the Pyro who likes to ambush their opponents. It removes the compression blast capability, instead guaranteeing critical hits whenever it's used on an opponent from behind. To aid in survivability, it grants the Pyro an extra fifty health.
The Axtinguisher
The third Pyro unlockable is The Axtinguisher. This mighty axe guarantees critical hits on any enemy that's currently on fire, although it's significantly weaker against enemies who aren't. A great combination with the The Flare Gun, or with another Pyro buddy riding alongside doing the igniting.


  1. Combined Fire
    Use your shotgun to finish off 20 players you've ignited.
  2. Firewall
    Ignite 5 Spies who have a sapper on a friendly building.
  3. Cooking the Books
    Ignite 5 enemies carrying your intelligence.
  4. Spontaneous Combustion
    Ignite 10 cloaked Spies.
  5. Trailblazer
    Ignite 10 enemies that have recently used a teleporter.

  6. Camp Fire
    Kill 3 enemies in a row, all within the same area.
  7. Lumberjack
    Kill 3 people with your axe in one life.
  8. Clearcutter
    Kill 6 people with your axe in one life.
  9. Firewatch
    Ignite 10 snipers while they are zoomed in.
  10. Burn Ward
    Ignite 3 medics that are ready to deploy an Uber-charge.

  11. Makin' Bacon
    Kill 50 Heavies with your flamethrower.
  12. Plan B
    Kill 10 enemies while you're both underwater.
  13. Pyrotechnics
    Kill 3 enemies in a single uber-charge.
  14. Arsonist
    Destroy 50 Engineer buildings.
  15. Controlled Burn
    Ignite 50 enemies capturing one of your control points.

  16. Dead Heat
    Kill an enemy in the same second that he kills you.
  17. Pilot Light
    Ignite a rocket-jumping Soldier while he's in midair.
  18. Freezer Burn
    Provide enemies with freezecam shots of each of your taunts.
  19. Hot on Your Heels
    Kill 50 enemies with your flamethrower, from behind.
  20. Next of Kindling
    Ignite an enemy, and the Medic healing him.

  21. Second Degree Burn
    Kill a burning enemy who was ignited by another Pyro.
  22. Weenie Roast
    Have 2 enemy Scouts on fire at the same time.
  23. Baptism by Fire
    Force 10 burning enemies to jump into water.
  24. Fire and Forget
    Kill 15 players while you're dead.
  25. I Fry
    Ignite 10 disguised Spies.

    Kill an enemy with a taunt.
  27. Got A Light?
    Ignite an enemy Spy while he's flicking a cigarette.
  28. BarbeQueQ
    Cause a dominated player to leave the server.
  29. Dance Dance Immolation
    Kill 3 enemies while they're taunting.
  30. Hotshot
    Kill a Soldier with a reflected critical rocket.

  31. Firefighter
    Kill 500 enemies.
  32. Fire Chief
    Kill 1000 enemies
  33. Attention Getter
    Ignite 100 enemies with the flare gun.
  34. Pyromancer
    Do 1 million points of total fire damage.
  35. Hot Potato
    Reflect 100 projectiles with your compressed air blast.

Thanks to Shacker bipolar for the heads up.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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