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The Axtinguisher is an unlockable melee weapon for the Pyro class. It is a Level 10 Fireaxe. It is unlocked after you have gained 22 Pyro achievements. By itself, the Axtinguisher does half the damage of the regular Fire axe (however, it does the same amount of damage on buildings), but will always crit if a target is on fire, and never Crit on a non-burning opponent (not even during Humiliation or charged by the Kritzkrieg). The weapon may perform the Crit animation when swung, complete with the electricity sound effect, but will not inflict Crit damage unless the target is burning. This weapon pairs well with the the Flare gun, and can serve as a complementary finishing move for flanking and ambush maneuvers. On non-burning opponents, the Axtinguisher ties with the Tribalman's Shiv and the Equalizer at 200+ Health as being the weakest melee weapon in the game. Multiple Pyros can work together to make this weapon more effective.
The Axtinguisher is best used as an ambush weapon. In direct combat, it is a risky weapon to use, as the time necessary to switch weapons makes you an easy target. However, the extremely high damage makes it very useful when ambushing classes with high health, particular Heavies, and, to a lesser extent, Soldiers and Demomen. It is often preferable to use the Axtinguisher in these situations because given enough time, these classes can easily outdamage and kill the Pyro.
Due to its high DPS against a single burning target, the axtinguisher is an effective method of penetrating the Dead Ringer's damage reduction.
It should also be noted that, although the Pyro class cannot be set on fire, the Axtinguisher will always Crit on a Pyro within a very short time of him being hit by a Flame puff or Flare.
The Axtinguisher is usually paired with the Degreaser. The degreaser allows the wearer to have a 65% faster weapon switch. Igniting a enemy very quickly then switching to your Axtinsquisher in most cases results in a victory for the pyro in a 1v1 battle.
- Base: 33 (23-43 damage)
- Mini-Crit (Unannounced): 45
- Critical Hit: 195
Damages are approximate and determined by community testing.
- Attack Interval: 0.8
All times are in seconds. Times are approximate and determined by community testing.
- In the censored version of TF2 the Axtinguisher and the Ubersaw are not stained with blood.
- Even though the Axtinguisher has barbed wire around it, it hits less then the regular fire axe.
- The Axtinguisher appears to be a lumber axe, but as stated above, does surprisingly less.
- The Axtinguisher appears to have the shortest handle of all the Pyro's melee weapons.
- If the Axtinguisher had a smaller axe head it could be used as a throwing axe.
- "Axtinguisher", is an obvious pun on "axe" and "extinguisher".
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