Offensive ability: Medium
shotgun, flamethrower, incendiary cannon, crowbar
Special Skill: Selects the flamethrower
Special Functions: Can't be set on fire.
Purpose in Life
Let's return to the term "chaos." The pyro's greatest gift is his ability to quickly cause panic and confusion, either among enemy defenders or attackers. His flamethrower, while not an instant kill device, will surely aggravate enemy players and cause plenty of confusing moments once they are set on fire. Even the sound of the flamethrower accompanied by the pyro's sinister grin is enough to make the enemy flee.
But, as effective as a little chaos is, that alone doesn't make the pyro the best attacker or defender. His abilities lie in setting a pathway for the oncoming attack, using his napalm grenades or incendiary cannon to ignite and clear the ground for the advancing force. Further, the pyro serves as an adequate point-man, dishing out his flaming liquid onto the defenders as his brethren invade the stronghold. When playing as the pyro, sacrifice will be key. You probably won't be racking up the kills, but you'll be providing an essential role for your team.
On defense, the pyro works
best like the demoman, as a pre-sentry line of defense, to eliminate any
attackers armor and health points, making them easy fodder for the sentry
or other deep defenses. Inside a team filled with excellent communicators,
the pyro can toss his napalm charges or fire the incendiary cannon where
the enemy is preparing to enter. When it's reported that the enemy is
approaching through the front door, a few napalm grenades and incendiary
shots can create quite a welcoming committee.