Community Scout strategy

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Hit the road, bozo, let a real Scout get to work!
The Scout on impersonators

The Scout has the fastest movement speed of any mercenary, double-jump capabilities, and good damage output from short to medium range. These advantages makes him great for quickly completing objectives such as capturing Control Points, and perfect for one-on-one battles. However, his low maximum health of 125 makes direct confrontations difficult and risky. Optimal combat involves circle strafing or weapon heckling, techniques that lets the Scout avoid as much damage as possible.

Quick tips

  • You have twice the capture rate of any other class. If you're anywhere near an enemy Control Point, stand on it in order to aid your team.
    • In Payload maps, crouch-walking behind the Payload to use it as a shield can be very useful since your body is smaller than other classes. This is particularly effective against stationary Sentry Guns, as they cannot target anyone they cannot see.
  • Know where the health packs are on every map, because you have the tendency to work alone.
    • You can use Mad Milk on maps with few health packs to avoid leaving combat for healing.
  • Attempting to out-gun tougher classes is unwise, unless you know they are low on health. Your job is to deal damage and distract, then disappear before the enemy has a chance to shoot back.
  • Use your maneuverability to catch enemies off-guard. Your extra speed and double-jump can get you over gaps and other obstacles that block most of the other classes. Constantly strafe when your enemy decides to engage you.
  • Sentry Guns should be avoided, because the Scout relies on not being hit; a Sentry Gun's attacks are very strong and its bullets never miss, making it a natural counter.
    • However, it is possible to destroy a lone sentry by finding cover near it, exiting cover whilst shooting at it, and retreating to cover repeatedly.
    • Bonk! Atomic Punch can be used to distract an enemy Sentry Gun while a teammate destroys it, or to slip past the Sentry Gun while avoiding damage.

General

Combat

  • The Scout excels at one-on-one combat. Wandering players are good targets for a Scout, but if they see you coming you will not last long. Instead, reach them from above or behind them.
  • Call for help if you can't handle enemies by yourself. Your firepower is generally only effective for a single target, not more.
  • Your speed is useful for avoiding backstabs and headshots; however, jumping will leave you suspended in a predictable arc against Snipers.
  • Open ground lets you use your maneuverability to the fullest; tight spaces limit your evasive options and will make staying alive much harder.
  • When playing as Scout, always be on the move. If a confrontation goes poorly, you can always continue running, using your speed to escape. You can then find a health kit and often come back to finish your opponent off before they have a chance to do the same.
    • A general rule of thumb is to never stand still when you are attacking someone as a Scout. Use your speed to your advantage by strafing left and right while attacking someone. When facing other Scouts, try to mirror their strafing movements to make them easier to hit.
  • If you find yourself circling an enemy, focus on your strafing and fire your weapon when your crosshair lines up with your target. This makes it more difficult for your enemy to hit you.
  • Find a mouse sensitivity that is suitable for playing Scout. A high sensitivity lets you quickly switch targets as you move, while a low sensitivity, paired with more mouse movement, makes it considerably easier to land point-blank shots with your Scattergun.
  • When low on health, wait for the correct moment to strike. Use walls and corners to gain an advantage over enemies by firing and retreating repeatedly to avoid enemy fire.
  • The Scout is the smallest class and can hide behind objects better than every other class. This can be useful while waiting for a group of enemies to pass by.
    • Take note of the object you are hiding behind. If it is tall but narrow, equipping your bat will allow you to hide without your Scattergun or Pistol protruding through and giving you away. Your primary or secondary weapons, however, would be better for short but wide hiding spots.
  • Try to be unpredictable while fighting classes that are using hitscan weapons, such as the Shotgun. Hitscan weapons, usually bullet based weapons, will instantly hit you as they do not have travel time, unlike a Rocket Launcher or a Flamethrower.
  • When fighting enemy Pyros that are attempting to airblast you in a predictable arc to kill you with the Flare Gun, use your second jump to escape from above.
  • Do not confront a Sentry Gun head-on. If you can approach it from behind or to the side, you can take advantage of the Sentry Gun's slow rotation speed. Pop out of cover long enough to take a shot at it, then wait about one second for the Sentry Gun to turn back to its default position.
    • It is also possible to circle-strafe a Sentry Gun, as it cannot turn quickly enough to fire at you. This is very difficult, however, and requires that you be as close to the Sentry Gun as possible.

Speed

  • Your speed allows you to decide which battles to engage in; enemies cannot run from you if you engage them, nor can they pursue you if you don't want to engage them.
  • Your speed allows you to Weapon Heckle, a technique that involves drawing a weapon that outranges or overpowers the current weapon your opponent is holding. Know the optimal range of your weapons and use them when your opponent is using a weapon that cannot reach you at said range.
    • For example, if a Soldier is your target, move in close and blast him with a Scattergun at close range. If he shoots you with the Rocket Launcher, draw your Pistol and fire at medium range, where rockets take some time to reach. If he switches to the Shotgun to deal accurate and instant damage, get close again and shoot with with the Scattergun, where his Shotgun will deal less damage than his Rocket Launcher.
  • Speed makes you more difficult to hit, and beyond certain ranges, your speed can render certain projectile weapons useless, since you can always react and move out of the way in time.
  • You can reach health/ammo kits or Dispensers more quickly than other classes when needed, minimizing your down-time.
  • Death is less of a penalty for you since you will spend less time than other classes running to where the battle is. Still, be wary that you may die often due to your low health, and respawn times are not reduced for you.
    • You are often the first to the fight at the beginning of the round. Be cautious though, as you won't be the only one on the battlefield for long.
  • Because you can easily outrun other classes, it is possible to backcap Control Points. If the point caps quickly enough, this will lock the enemy out of capturing your own Control Point.
  • You are the ideal Intelligence carrier due to your mobility. With luck, you can snatch the Intelligence from enemy-guarded territory and still make it out alive.
  • Run into players to Spy check. If you don't pass through them, and instead bump into them, then they're a disguised Spy. One or two shots from your primary will be enough to kill the Spy. However, this can make you vulnerable to a sneaky backstab.
  • Your speed will allow a Medic healing you to get to the front lines much more quickly.
The Scout's double jump is incredibly versatile; use it well.

Jumping

  • Whichever movement key is being held at the time of the double jump is the direction you will go. This allows you to immediately alter your path in mid air and confuse enemies.
    • Performing a double jump without pressing anything bound to the movement commands will cancel all horizontal momentum, regardless of speed. As a result of this, try to predict where enemies are aiming before double jumping.
  • Jumping in combat is a double-edged sword. Against weaker players, it can effectively throw off their aim. More experienced players, however, can wait for you to commit to your second or third jump. Once you've committed, your trajectory is locked and skilled players can easily predict your path and kill you.
    • An example is with Snipers: most usually aim where they expect you to be just after they zoom in, and double jumping will throw them off. Skilled Snipers, however, can use this to predict the path of your second jump, since you cannot move in mid-air after it.
  • Double jumping just before you hit the ground will negate fall damage, regardless of distance.
  • Use the double jump to take the higher roads over railroad cars and bridges. Most opponents tend to look forward, rather than up. If it is safe to do so, attack from above to take enemies by surprise.
  • Certain ledges may require you to crouch-jump in order to reach them. Holding the crouch button while performing a double jump will allow you to reach those ledges.
  • If you are under fire, try jumping over the enemy's head to disorient them. You can also use this maneuver to land a couple of extra shots at close range.
    • A slightly difficult, yet potentially useful, strategy is to jump on top of a class's head, and attack from there. This is best used against Heavies, whose slow movement speed make it easier to stay on them.
  • You are able to perform a triple jump of sorts if the Force-A-Nature is equipped as your primary weapon, as the knockback from firing can be used to propel yourself a few feet upwards when aimed down.
    • Similar results can be achieved using the Boston Basher's self damage, though this costs a lot of health
    • The Atomizer allows you to do a triple jump in the same manner as regular jumping, at the cost of 10 health.
      • You can use the both the Force-A-Nature and the Atomizer to perform a quad jump.
      • The Soda Popper allows you to quintuple jump after filling the Hype meter; however, this does not stack with the Atomizer.
      • The Winger increases the height of all your jumps, allowing you to boost any previously mentioned jump techniques.

Weapon Specific

Primary Weapons

Scattergun + reskins

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Scattergun
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Botkiller Scattergun

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  • With six shots, the Scattergun is your most reliable primary weapon for prolonged combat. This comes at the cost of a significant reload time when it is empty, so always keep the Scattergun loaded.
  • The Scattergun does large amounts of damage at close range - one shot deals 103 damage if all bullets connect at point-blank range, slightly more than a Shotgun. This makes three shots enough to take out a non-overhealed Heavy. Think about how to engage your opponent without alerting them to your presence. Many classes will go down quickly if caught off guard.
  • Range severely reduces the Scattergun's damage. If you are undetected, avoid firing early. Wait until you are as close as you can get to the enemy and then open fire. This reduces the number of times you need to hit the enemy and gives them less time to react. This may also mean you won't need to reload in the middle of a fight.
    • This is a major factor in fighting Soldiers. Two shots are enough to take down a Soldier at point-blank, while you need three to do the same at a slightly higher distance. The difference between needing only two shots to kill and needing three is huge against a class whose primary weapon has no problem blasting you into oblivion otherwise. Sneak up, flank, close the distance, and score point-blank shots to outdamage him before he realizes you're there.
  • When using your Scattergun, a reliable method to hit your target is to strafe left and right with your cross-hair centered and firing when your cross-hair crosses your opponent rather than solely using your mouse to aim. This allows you to focus on moving more efficiently and erratically, making you harder to hit, while at the same time making your aim smoother and more accurate via prediction.

Force-A-Nature + reskins

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
Loaded Carried Point Blank Medium Range Long Range Critical
Force-A-Nature
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Force-A-Nature
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  • The Force-A-Nature is an unlockable primary weapon for the Scout. It has only two shots, a faster firing speed, and reloads both shots at once. It also trades 10% less damage for 20% more pellets, making it slightly stronger than the Scattergun overall. The Force-A-Nature will knock nearby targets back, and when he is in mid-air, the Scout as well. This mechanic allows triple jumps (and quadruple jumps if accompanied by the Atomizer).
  • The Force-A-Nature's high burst damage and quick firing speed makes it inherently good at hit-and-run tactics. However, try not to get into a firefight with many enemies at once, as its slow reload time, small magazine, and short range is not suited for large firefights. Instead, try flanking to take on one roaming enemy. Try not to approach them from the front; instead, attack from the side or behind, where you can close in easily.
  • Because the Force-A-Nature discards the second round if reloaded before both rounds are fired, it might be wise to turn off the automatic reload feature from the Advanced Options menu.
  • Keep in mind that you can jump even longer distances with the Force-A-Nature by jumping, aiming below you, and firing at the end of your second jump. Another way is to jump, fire quickly, and jump again. Only fire one shot, as the second shot fired while in the air has no effect on you.
    • Use the knockback to reach high places in order to kill unaware classes from above. It lowers your chances of being killed when getting closer because players don't usually look up. The Force-A-Nature works better while the target is busy with something, such as an Engineer setting up a building.
  • Use the Force-A-Nature's knockback ability to your advantage, since it can send enemies flying several meters and into hazards such as the pits in Lumberyard and Steel. It's particularly useful in places where enemies huddle together. You can jump in, blast two people away from the objective, and retreat to reload and strike again.
    • The knockback can be a double-edged sword, so if at all possible, determine where your shot will throw them into. It's not hard to accidentally send your target into a med-kit, into the safety of Sentry Gun coverage, or even into a cluster of his teammates.
  • The Force-A-Nature can push ÜberCharged enemies. Use this to either push enemies away from your teammates or break the Medi Gun beam and attack the now-vulnerable target.
  • The Force-A-Nature is generally easier to use when you are grounded, as your enemies will take the full force of the weapon's knockback and you won't lose control. When firing in the air, the knockback keeps enemies pinned down for a second, but your shot will blast you slightly backwards, which can throw off your aim and send you in a predictable line for people to fire at you.
  • If you equip the Force-A-Nature, consider equipping the Pistol as well. With the Pistol, you have the ability to finish off enemies that survived your Force-A-Nature shots without having to wait for the Force-A-Nature's reload.

Shortstop

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Shortstop
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  • The Shortstop is a craftable primary weapon for the Scout. It has a fast firing speed along with a clip-based reload for prolonged combat. The Scout is able to keep his distance while still doing decent damage because each pellet does double damage compared to the Scattergun, albeit with only four pellets. When active, it makes the Scout 40% more vulnerable to push force taken from damage, explosions, or the Pyro's Compression Blast.
  • Four direct hits from the Shortstop can kill most classes, but be cautious when facing tougher classes like the Heavy, who may survive the four shots of the Shortstop and kill you as you reload.
    • This can be mitigated by using the Mad Milk, which heals you based on the damage you do, effectively giving you more health to square off against bulkier classes, so long as you land your shots.
  • It can be deceptively difficult to hit opponents with the Shortstop since it only fires four pellets in a narrow spread. As such, treat the weapon somewhat like a Revolver: you have to aim accurately with your crosshair in order to deal good damage at medium range, while its spread and damage makes it useless at long range.
  • This weapon fires two seconds of Critical hits whenever it randomly crits, similarly to the Pistol. Hence, although crits from this weapon only deal a maximum of 144 damage, you will be able to fire four critical shots to make up for it.
  • The Shortstop has a moderate reloading time; turning on auto-reload may cut off a good chunk of the reload time.
  • The Shortstop works well for dealing with Sentry Guns. A Mini-Sentry Gun will go down in about a clip, even when you're standing outside of its range, and standard Sentry Guns will take significant damage from the Shortstop's increased damage per pellet.
  • While the 40% increase in knockback taken allows classes with knockback capabilities (like the Pyro) to push you easily into an environmental hazard, you can use this to your advantage; the knockback allows you to "surf" and escape from your pursuer.
    • Make use of air-strafing to control your trajectory if attempting this. Not only will this make you more mobile, but will also make it harder for enemies to hit you while airborne. To air-strafe, hold down a directional key (left or right) and turn your mouse slowly in that direction.
      • Heavies and Mini-Sentry Guns can be great sources of knockback to surf off of at medium range, as they shoot at a consistent rate. Beware that Heavies can rip you to shreds in less than a second.
  • Crit-a-Cola pairs well with this weapon, as the Shortstop's faster firing rate will maximize the potential of the mini-crit boost's duration, while its high damage per pellet and greatly increased accuracy will make you quite powerful at range.

Soda Popper

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
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  • The Soda Popper is a craftable primary weapon for the Scout. It is very similar to the Force-A-Nature, firing two shells in fast succession and reloading both shots, but with the damage and pellet count of the normal Scattergun, faster reload time compared to the Force-A-Nature, and no knockback. In addition, dealing damage with any weapon when having the Soda Popper equiped, a "Hype" meter fills. When completely filled, alternate fire activates "Hype mode" and grants 5 extra air jumps while it lasts. The Hype meter takes roughly 350 damage to completely fill, and Hype mode lasts for 10 seconds.
  • Like the Force-A-Nature, the Soda Popper is generally useful for hit-and-run tactics due to its reduced magazine size. However, it reloads faster than the Force-A-Nature, making it better for offensive fighting.
    • As with the Force-A-Nature, reloading after firing one shot wastes the second shot, so make sure both shots are used for efficient ammo usage.
  • The extra midair jumps enhances your already good mobility. Classes that rely on tracking a target (such as the Sniper) or projectile classes with slow projectiles (like the Soldier) will have an even harder time landing direct shots on you before you land.
    • A good tactic is to constantly keep in the air with your extra jumps while firing downwards at your target. This lets you chip at your opponent's health while you evade all damage.
  • On large maps such as Frontier or 2Fort, Hype can be used to find alternate routes around the enemy, or to simply get somewhere faster.
  • This weapon pairs very well with the Winger, as its increased jump height lets you reach even greater heights when using the Soda Popper's Hype. It also serves as a backup weapon for opponents that survive both shots of your Soda Popper.
    • The Pistol is also a good choice as a backup weapon, as it is more useful in prolonged combat.

Baby Face's Blaster

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
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Baby Face's Blaster
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Baby Face's Blaster
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  • The Baby Face's Blaster is a craftable primary weapon for the Scout. It acts like the Scattergun, but decreases the Scout's speed by 10% and only has four shots per clip. However, it has a boost meter: as damage is dealt, the meter fills and the Scout's speed increases. At full boost, the Scout runs 40% faster then a normal Scout. The boost decreases when receiving damage and upon any air jump, and is lost upon death.
  • The Baby Face's Blaster is a strong weapon for those who stick to a "hit-and-run" playstyle. The quick speed allows a skilled player to avoid a fight as to keep their boost safe, and take small chunks of health from a target multiple times before killing them.
    • However, its reduced clip size makes direct confrontations riskier, as you have less margin for error. Ambushes become less effective as well, as the number of enemies you can damage and/or kill with a clip decreases.
  • Your priority should be constantly gaining boost while using this weapon, due to the benefits you gain with increased speed and how easy it is to lose charge.
    • It takes 100 damage from any weapon to fill the boost bar, such as a point-blank shot from the blaster. However, it only takes 25 damage to completely remove a full boost bar, making an enemy Scout's Bat swing enough to take away your speed. Hence, keep scoring hits on opponents so your boost is always high.
  • At full boost, you will be extremely hard to hit as long as you move unpredictably. Only Sentry Guns, the Natascha and Flame Throwers are constant threats.
    • Your high speed will make it even more difficult to aim at times, so try and get used to it.
  • Your full speed boost is capable of chasing down or retreating from any opponents, even other Scouts.
    • The only exceptions are enemy Scouts with the same weapon at full charge, or a charging Demoman. Have this in mind when fighting against either of them.
  • The Baby Face's Blaster is useful for getting to and capturing objectives, which you already excel at. It is especially useful for grabbing the Intelligence on Capture the Flag maps and returning it quickly.
  • Air jumping will deplete 75% of your boost, making double jumps riskier if you want to keep your boost. Make sure your air jump is worth the sacrifice, such as to dodge a rocket that would have killed you.
  • There are some instances to take note of when collecting boost:
    • Shooting an enemy Scout under the effects of Bonk! Atomic Punch will charge the Blaster's boost.
    • Shooting an enemy under the effects of a stock Medi Gun's Übercharge will not charge the boost.
  • Use your favorite secondary to collect boost as quickly as possible. Harass enemies with pistols at a distance for small gains, get a Flying Guillotine hit to instantly charge your meter, or drink Crit-a-Cola and blast at range.
  • The Fan O' War's mark for death can help with collecting boost. However, you have to actually hit someone with it, which can be difficult with your initially reduced speed.
  • The Atomizer is not recommended to use with this weapon, as a triple jump will remove all your boost. However, it will make your jumps more effective when you actually need to use it.
  • The Winger's additional jump height can be used instead of a double jump, allowing you to keep your current boost.
  • The Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol negates all fall damage and will save you the need to double jump and waste boost just to avoid fall damage. Be aware as you will receive additional damage with the Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol active.

Back Scatter

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
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Back Scatter
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Back Scatter
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  • The Back Scatter is a craftable primary weapon for the Scout. It deals mini-crits when fired at close range from behind, at the cost of 20% increased bullet spread and a clip size of four.
  • In general, the Back Scatter acts as the ambushing counterpart of the Scattergun. While it excels at picking off unaware targets, direct confrontations at medium range and further become less effective due to its lower magazine size and accuracy.
  • Some strategies that apply for Spy may also apply to this weapon. Get behind enemies and fire at them while unnoticed to effectively benefit from the Back Scatter.
  • The Back Scatter deals 140 mini-crit damage at point blank - enough to kill 125 health classes with a single shot if all pellets connect. This makes you even more effective when attacking unaware targets, such as Snipers.
  • Even if your opponent turns around, you can still take them down with two shots at close range, since the Back Scatter deals standard Scattergun damage.
  • Because of the accuracy decrease, engaging at medium distance is not suggested. Prolonged combat also becomes less effective, as your lower clip size and higher bullet spread will put you at a disadvantage.
  • Jumping over an enemy and then quickly turning around can get you a sneaky mini-crit shot.
  • Getting behind enemy lines is crucial in using this weapon most efficiently. Bonk! Atomic Punch synergizes best with this, allowing you to get behind enemies without too much trouble.
  • Because of the lower clip size, it can be good to bring a Pistol variant for when you run out of shots.
  • Pairing the Back Scatter with Crit-a-Cola is not recommended, as the bullet spread will prevent your shots from hitting at range, while you can already do mini-crits from behind anyway.
  • The extra spread of this weapon allows you to hit targets more easily at close range.
  • The clip size penalty does not apply if you don't expend the whole clip (for example, shooting 2 bullets then reloading will have no difference to the Scattergun).
  • The Back Scatter excels at Spy-checking due to it's one-shot kill ability against Spies.
    • If the Spy has a Dead Ringer, the mini-crit marker over their head will give them away. Follow this marker and shoot them until they die.

Secondary Weapons

Pistol + reskins

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
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Pistol
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  • Targets too far away for the Scattergun should be fought with the Pistol. Its accuracy at medium range and quick reload makes it a viable backup weapon for when your Scattergun runs out of ammunition, though it only holds three magazines of bullets.
  • One of the Pistol's primary uses is to finish off wounded targets attempting to retreat. Do not underestimate the power of the Pistol, as several shots at close range can deal a lot of damage.
    • The Pistol is also a great weapon for creating distractions. If you can run behind enemy lines, hit a few shots and then run away; players will often try to follow, making it easier for your team to accomplish objectives.
  • The Pistol reloads much more quickly than the Scattergun. When both are empty, reloading the Pistol first will have you firing sooner than reloading the Scattergun.
    • Be wary of when the Pistol finishes reloading. Changing weapons before it finishes reloading means that you have to reload again. Wait until when your magazine count changes before switching weapons.
  • The Pistol can waste a lot of ammunition if fired haphazardly into a firefight, partly due to its firing speed and especially since you only have three magazines of bullets. Choose your targets wisely and aim carefully.
  • Your Pistol is the best option to take down Sentry Guns than any other Scout weapon since buildings are not affected by damage falloff. If you're out of the Sentry Gun's range, hitting the Engineer with a Sandman ball and then destroying the Sentry Gun with your Pistol will make this job infinitely easier.
  • When running towards enemies aware of your presence, try firing at them with your Pistol before closing in on them with your Scattergun. When taking on lighter classes, 2–3 seconds of accurate Pistol fire can take away a quarter to a third of their maximum health, allowing you to finish them off with a strong blast of your primary weapon.
  • The Pistol is one of the more deadly weapons to get Critical hits with. If you happen to get First Blood in Arena, switch to your Pistol as it can take any class down in one magazine, including most overhealed enemies, if you fire fast and accurately.
  • The Pistol is a reliable backup weapon for any of your primary weapons. As other Scattergun variants have a lower magazine size, switch to your Pistol and fire at them once you are out of shots. This gives you some firepower when you would have been vulnerable reloading.

Bonk! Atomic Punch + reskins

Weapon Ammo Effect
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Bonk! Atomic Punch
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Bonk! Atomic Punch
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  • Bonk! Atomic Punch is an unlockable secondary weapon for the Scout. When consumed, you will become invincible for 8 seconds, although you are still affected by knockback, similar to an ÜberCharge. While active, the camera shifts to a third-person view, and the Scout cannot attack (but can still taunt-kill). Bonk! takes 24 seconds to recharge after use.
  • Use Bonk! as a safety net when you find yourself in a bad situation, like running into Sentry Guns, Heavy/Medic combos, or large groups of enemies.
    • Be careful where you drink Bonk!; for the duration of the drinking animation, you are immobile and vulnerable to damage. If you are launched by knock back while you drink, you will not gain invulnerability, but it will count as if Bonk! was used and you have to wait for it to recharge.
  • You can still perform some actions after you have drunk Bonk!, such as reloading your Scattergun and taunting. This can help you get ready for your next fight, or set up a sneaky taunt kill.
  • Bonk! can be used to avoid damage-over-time from fire or bleeding. Though the afterburn will continue to damage you after Bonk! wears off, the life extension Bonk! gives you just might be enough to reach a water pool, health kit, or Medic before you burn to death.
    • This also lets you negate Jarate. Drink Bonk! to immunize yourself from the increased damage you will take otherwise. It's also possible to be covered in Jarate during the effects of Bonk!, so if this happens, make a hasty retreat before you begin taking damage again.
  • Try to avoid enemy Medics using the Ubersaw, as they can still fill up their ÜberCharge meter by hitting you.
  • If your team is about to push with an ÜberCharge, take a drink before turning a corner that could potentially have a Sentry Gun or Stickybombs around it. This can keep your Medic safe before he uses his ÜberCharge, and your allies can take out the opposition while you provide cover and distraction. If you have no one backing you, simply reporting what you found via voice chat or yelling "Sentry Ahead!" can potentially save your teammates.
    • If your team lacks a Medic, you can use Bonk! in the same way as an ÜberCharge, making the Sentry Gun target you while your teammates attack it. Wrangled Sentry Guns may make this ineffective, however.
  • It is very easy to distract enemies while you are under the influence of Bonk!. Enemy Snipers can be distracted as they try to shoot you or keep their crosshair on you, waiting for your invulnerability to wear off. Running into Soldiers and Demomen will usually result in them hurting or outright killing themselves. Heavies and Pyros will also find it difficult to focus on firing if you run circles around them.
  • You can use your invulnerability to block enemies or projectiles. Body-blocking an enemy Medic's patient can potentially waste all eight seconds of their ÜberCharge. More importantly, it saves your Medic's ÜberCharge for dealing with the enemy, rather than countering the enemy's ÜberCharge.
    • Save Sentry Guns or even hurt teammmates from enemy fire by taking rockets and bullets before they can hit. Be careful to know when your Bonk! runs out though.
  • Bonk! can be used to propel yourself across the map using enemy explosives or Sentry Guns. However, where you will go is often unpredictable.

Crit-a-Cola

Weapon Ammo Effect
Loaded Carried Drink Effect Duration Recharge Time
Crit-a-Cola
Craft
Crit-a-Cola
1 Increases speed by 25%, turns damage dealt into Mini-Crits, and increases damage taken by 10%. When the effect wore off, the player will be marked for the death for 2 seconds. 8 seconds 24 seconds
  • The Crit-a-Cola is a craftable secondary weapon for the Scout. When consumed, all damage dealt will be mini-crits for 8 seconds and all damage taken will be increased by 10%. In addition, the Scout will run 25% faster. The active weapon will glow and crackle with electricity (similar to a Crit boost, but with a much lighter color). The effect lasts 8 seconds and can be used again in 24 seconds.
  • The Crit-a-Cola is a high-risk, high-reward weapon. A mini-crit boosted Scattergun is a very powerful weapon, but its glow can single you out as a target, and since you take additional damage along with getting 2 seconds of mark for the death after the effect wear off, you can die very quickly. Because of this, the Crit-a-Cola encourages an ambush style of play.
    • Sometimes, it's wiser to only fire off a few shots and run away after drinking Crit-a-Cola as opposed to staying and fighting for the whole duration, since you're very susceptible to enemy damage.
  • During the 8-second mini-crit period, you can fire up to 7 Scattergun shots, 6 Force-A-Nature shots, 9 Shortstop shots, or swing any melee weapon 10 times. As such, make sure you are fully loaded to benefit the most from the mini-crits.
    • If you're using the Crit-a-Cola, and you're lucky enough to catch several opponents unaware simultaneously, take advantage of the fact that your melee weapon is extremely quiet, and does not require reloading like guns do.
      • Keep in mind when you use the Crit-a-Cola, you will automatically switch to your last equipped weapon. If this is your melee weapon, be prepared to attack with it or quickly switch to your primary.
  • At point-blank range, one blast from the Scattergun (or any primary weapon other than the Shortstop) with the mini-crit buff is capable of killing any 125-HP class from full health. Therefore, if you find yourself behind multiple Snipers, the Crit-a-Cola can give you one kill per shot.
  • The speed boost from Crit-a-Cola can allow you to rush very effectively; this can be useful to quickly sneak by enemies undetected or to rush to a point at the start of a King of the Hill or Special Delivery match.
    • Likewise, the additional speed may be useful to get back to the front lines after respawning or retreating a fair distance behind friendly lines. However, this means you will have to wait for it to recharge before you can use it in the battle.
    • Alternatively, the extra speed can be used to stage a successful retreat. Be vigilant in avoiding incoming damage, as the increased damage you take may prove fatal.
  • Avoid drinking the Crit-a-Cola when facing alert Soldiers or Demomen. You will die to one or two direct hits from the regular Rocket Launcher or Grenade Launcher, and if you are using the Sandman, one point-blank Shotgun blast can also kill you.
  • Since mini-crits do not suffer from damage falloff, your primary weapon will remain useful at a longer range as well.
    • However, you will still be generally disadvantaged at range against most classes. As you are vulnerable while drinking, it is better to hide, drink it, then run closer to fight back.
  • When you get covered in Jarate, DO NOT drink Crit-a-Cola, as these damage vulnerabilities stack and you will take even more damage. Also, even if you use the Crit-a-Cola intending to use the speed boost to escape, you will likely be taken down during your escape, as mini-crits do not suffer damage falloff.
    • Similarly, if the enemy team is pushing with any mini-crit boost, do not drink the Crit-a-Cola for the same reason.
    • On the flipside, there are no advantages except for increased speed against an enemy who has a Critical hit Boost, as their Criticals will still stack with your 10% increased damage debuff.
  • Never drink the Crit-a-Cola when under the effects of a friendly Buff Banner, a Critical hit Boost, or when facing an enemy covered in Jarate. Your mini-crits do not stack with Critical hits or other mini-crits, and weakening yourself with a 10% increased damage debuff is detrimental.
    • If possible, coordinate drinking Crit-a-Cola with a friendly Soldier's Battalion's Backup; the defense boost will overcome your increased vulnerability and will allow you to deal mini-crits with slightly increased resistance to damage.
  • The Force-A-Nature is capable of dealing up to 150 damage with the Cit-a-Cola, making it possible to kill any class (besides overhealed Heavies) with both rounds under ideal circumstances. This tactic is best used for taking out a single, high-priority target, such as a Medic with a prepared ÜberCharge.
  • The Crit-a-Cola pairs well with the Shortstop, as its extra range and tighter spread combined with mini-crits not being affected by damage falloff lets you fire from a safer distance than it is possible with the Scattergun,
  • The Crit-a-Cola and Soda Popper can be used together well because the damage boost from the Crit-a-Cola allows the Scout to charge hype more quickly. The speed boost can also allow for much farther jumps while the Soda Popper's hype is activated.
    • However, you sacrifice a secondary weapon, making you less effective at long range.
  • When using the Baby Face's Blaster with the Crit-a-Cola, it is much easier to gain boost at a distance due to the mini-crits. Since it increases the speed you run at, it also decreases the running speed penalty initially incurred by the Blaster.
  • It's recommended to avoid using the Sandman when equipped with the Crit-a-Cola, simply because the 15 health you would lose may be very well needed during the mini-crits period.

Mad Milk + reskins

Weapon Ammo Effect
Loaded Carried Effect on Enemies Effect on Teammates Duration Recharge Time
Mad Milk
Craft
Mad Milk
1 60% of all damage dealt is returned as health. Also shorts out Cloak. Extinguishes flame on yourself and/or teammates. 10 seconds / 2.5 seconds 20 seconds / 16 seconds when teammates extinguished.
Mutated Milk
Uncrate
Mutated Milk
  • Mad Milk is a craftable secondary weapon for the Scout. Similar to Jarate, it is a thrown weapon that covers enemies in the substance, and nullifies the Cloak of enemy Spies and extinguishes teammates and the player when on fire. 60% of all damage (except for afterburn) will heal anyone who attacks a player covered in Mad Milk. The Mad Milk has a recharge time of 20 seconds.
  • Mad Milk allows you to remain in combat for longer without dying or retreating, since you will regain health as you do damage.
  • Mad Milk is a great supplement for an offensive push, allowing attackers to replenish their health quickly. Simply throw it in the front lines and retreat while firing to both heal yourself and teammates. This makes overpowering the enemy much easier during pushes.
    • For example, while using the Kritzkrieg's high damage output, teammates heal a great amount of health due to the fact that they will be healing 180% (60% * 3) of the damage they do while under the effects of the Kritzkrieg.
  • Using Mad Milk on classes like the Heavy can be a great benefit to your team because it allows your teammates to regain large amounts of health, due to his slow speed and high health. Snipers, in particular, will be able to regain all of their health if they land a charged headshot on a milked target.
    • While still risky, Mad Milk makes head-on approaches to bulky classes like the Heavies more viable, as you need fewer chances to drop out and hide.
    • Using Mad Milk on offensive classes like Pyros allows for survivability while fighting them. It allows you to survive the high outputs of damage from them through close range combat.
  • Mad Milk is a useful tool for dealing with enemy Spies. The dripping effect will blow their cover if they're disguised and prevent them from evading your team by cloaking.
    • Additionally, the white particles of any player dripping in milk makes them more visible in dark maps such as Sawmill.
  • Mad Milk lets you extinguish teammates or yourself. It is especially beneficial to you, as afterburn will deal enough damage over time to remove most of your health. Do not be afraid to use it when you see a burning teammate, as it refills 20% of its charge if you extinguish a teammate.
  • Some of your Scattergun variants synergize well with Mad Milk.
    • The healing will be more effective at close range with the Scattergun, as the larger clip and stronger shots can keep you alive longer using Mad Milk's effect.
    • The Shortstop will excel at a distance, as its reliable medium-range shots will give you a decent amount of health while letting you hang back safely.
    • Mad Milk will keep you alive while you constantly hunt enemies with the Baby Face's Blaster to fill your Boost bar.
  • Hitting an enemy with the Fan O'War and dousing them with Mad Milk will return more health per hit.

Winger

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
Loaded Carried Point Blank Medium Range Long Range Critical
Winger
Craft
Winger
Killicon winger.png 5 36 25 15-19 10-12 52
  • The Winger is a craftable secondary weapon for the Scout. It is much like the Pistol, but with only 5 rounds per magazine counterbalanced by 15% more damage per round. It also allows the user to jump 25% higher when active.
  • The Winger is a more precise and rewarding version of the Pistol. If you can't aim well, consider using the Pistol.
  • Much of the strategy incorporated with the use of the Pistol can be used with the Winger, but players must be wary of the Winger's quick, but frequent, reloading.
  • The Winger is a better weapon-heckling version of the Pistol, inflicting higher damage per round in exchange for a much smaller magazine. Take advantage of its high damage and use it for close encounters.
    • However, the larger clip of the Pistol makes for more sustained damage, and can potentially take down a target when the Winger would have run out of shots. Choose whichever one is preferable for the engagement.
  • Despite its drawback of 5 shots, this allows players to manage the ammo pool of the Winger more easily, and the increased damage, while not as great as the Pistol's damage-per-second due to its larger clip, is still useful as a backup weapon with your primary weapons. However, the Winger is best for short encounters with weak targets, while the Pistol excels at prolonged combat. Consider this when determining your loadout.
  • The higher base damage of the Winger makes it better suited for taking out Sentry Guns at a distance; remember that shots fired at buildings don't factor in damage ramp-up/fall-off.
    • However, the reduced magazine size will make it harder when there's an Engineer constantly repairing the Sentry Gun.
  • The increase in jump height applies to every jump the Scout makes, including the Atomizer and Soda Popper's extra jumps. Stack the Winger's extra height with your multiple jumps to find alternate routes to ambush opponents.

Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
Loaded Carried Point Blank Medium Range Long Range Critical
Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol
Craft
Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol
Killicon pretty boy's pocket pistol.png 12 36 22 13-17 8-10 45
  • The Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol is a craftable secondary weapon for the Scout. It is similar to the Stock Pistol, however it fires 25% slower. When the weapon is active, it gives immunity to fall damage and allows you to heal 5 health per hit at any range, however it also gives 20% vulnerability to all other forms of damage.
  • This weapon offers a nice middle-ground between the healing utility of the Mad Milk and the various offensive roles of the Stock Pistol. It doesn't support your team, however it can be greatly beneficial for surviving when roaming around in enemy territory, where Dispensers and Medics are scarce. It also fulfills most of the Stock Pistol's roles, albeit less effectively.
  • It is best to only deploy this weapon situationally. If there is no immediate reason to have the weapon, it should be holstered. This will ensure that you will not take the extra damage that is applied when this weapon is active.
    • The fall damage immunity is also only applied when active, so make sure to have the weapon deployed when trying to negate fall damage.
  • The healing on hit caused by the Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol can be performed at any range, and will always return 5 health. This means that it is best to engage with distant enemies when trying to top up health if you are above 50% health.
    • However, if you are below 50% health and there are no other healing methods available, the healing ability can be used as a last resort at close range.
  • The Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol has perfect accuracy if shots are fired individually at intervals of 1.25 seconds. Therefore, this weapon's fire rate decrease will not be hugely detrimental when attacking ranged enemies, as most shots will miss anyway if fired in quick succession.
    • However, the fire rate decrease becomes more obvious at close range, where it will be more difficult to kill enemies.
    • If you are finding it difficult to time perfectly accurate shots, reloading the weapon between each shot will ensure that the next shot will be accurate, as the weapon's reload speed is identical to its spread recovery speed.
  • The Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol offers many of the Stock Pistol's benefits. These include the ability to easily finish off weakened enemies at a distance, the ability to directly fight enemies at a distance and the ability to destroy Sentry Guns at a distance, among others.
    • The Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol (and Stock Pistol) offer an alternative to the Scattergun with better effective distance, faster fire rate, and a faster reload speed. The Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol is a good backup weapon for when there is no time to reload your Scattergun.
    • However, the ability to fight enemies at close range is significantly hindered, as you will both deal less damage and take more damage with the weapon deployed.
  • This weapon's fall damage immunity active effect will not be greatly beneficial to the Scout, as he already has an easy method of negating fall damage, which involves jumping while in midair just before a damaging impact.
    • The fall damage immunity becomes more apparent when using the Baby Face's Blaster.
    • The fall damage immunity frees up the Scout's double jump for other purposes, such as dodging projectiles. Additionally, large jumps can be extended, as the double jump can be performed while at the peak of the jump instead of at the base, without the worry of taking any fall damage.
  • This weapon's damage vulnerability will cause any health gained to be effectively negated, if taking sustained damage. Therefore, it is best to avoid all possible damage when using this weapon. Attacking unaware or distant enemies can significantly increase the Scout's chances of survival.
    • Some very easy targets to hit include unprepared Heavies and Pyros.
  • This weapon's slower fire rate may help to conserve ammunition, and to make shots more accurate.
  • If lit on fire, it is best to switch away from the weapon as you will take guaranteed damage. It is best to only deploy this weapon when it is safe.
  • If being pursued by an enemy, it may be a good decision to turn around and fire at them, to increase your health.

Flying Guillotine

Weapon Kill Icon Ammo Damage
Loaded Carried Point Blank Critical Recharge Time
Flying Guillotine
Craft
Flying Guillotine
Killicon flying guillotine.png 1 50 150 6 seconds
Bleeding Killicon bleed.png N/A N/A 40 damage over 6 seconds N/A N/A
  • The Flying Guillotine is a craftable secondary weapon for the Scout. It is a thrown weapon that causes bleeding when it hits an enemy. It does not roll for random critical hits, but instead deals mini-crit damage provided the weapon has been thrown from a long range. It also scores guaranteed crits when thrown at stunned enemies. The Flying Guillotine recharges after six seconds, and can be reflected.
  • The Flying Guillotine sacrifices your weak and accurate Pistol for a stronger, harder-to-aim weapon with cooldown. One hit from the Flying Guillotine deals moderate damage, equivalent to several Pistol shots, if including bleed. However, you will lack a secondary weapon if you miss, so make sure your throws count.
  • This weapon flies at an arc, and takes some time to reach its destination. Lead your target accordingly, as throwing where your enemy was will simply cause it to miss.
    • While it can be hard to aim, the Flying Guillotine is very hard to see when thrown. Enemies will usually be unable to dodge your throw just because they can't see it.
  • The Flying Guillotine deals no damage to buildings: when thrown at any building, the weapon will simply bounce off.
    • Conversely, enemy Pyros can airblast your thrown weapon and bounce it back at you. Be careful, as this will take out most of your health.
  • This weapon can be very useful on Payload matches because when pushing the cart, most players will be moving slowly and/or not paying attention since they're pushing the cart, so you can dish out a solid amount of damage. The added bleeding effect negates the healing from the cart and you can move in and easily kill the player with your Scattergun.
  • The Flying Guillotine is a natural pair with the Sandman. Stunning an enemy with the Sandman's ball and then following up with the Flying Guillotine will cause an automatic critical hit on that enemy.
    • A successful stun combo deals 150 damage, which is the equivalent of several Scattergun shots and can take out a Medic from full health. However, you can stay back while doing this combo, keeping you safe.
    • If your enemy survives the initial crit and survives while stunned, all bleed damage taken after it will be critical hits. This is enough to take out any class apart from the Heavy.
  • Paired with the Force-A-Nature, you can use the Flying Guillotine to cripple an enemy's health greatly, and while they go to find a health kit, you can chase them down with the Force-A-Nature and finish them off with 2 quick shots to the back. This works better with lower-health classes like Sniper, Spy, or even another Scout, while leaving the classes with more health to your teammates.
  • Bleeding damage included, a regular hit will fill up most of the Baby Face Blaster's boost gauge in one hit.

Melee Weapons

Bat + reskins

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Point Blank Critical
Bat
Stock
Bat
Killicon bat.png 0.5 seconds 35 105
Saxxy
Promotional
Saxxy
Killicon saxxy.png
Conscientious Objector
Drop
Conscientious Objector
Killicon conscientious objector.png
Festive Bat
Uncrate
Festive Bat
Killicon bat.png
Frying Pan
Promotional
Frying Pan
Killicon frying pan.png
Freedom Staff
Promotional
Freedom Staff
Killicon freedom staff.png
Bat Outta Hell
Drop
Bat Outta Hell
Killicon bat outta hell.png
Ham Shank
Drop
Ham Shank
Killicon ham shank.png
Necro Smasher
Achievement
Necro Smasher
Killicon necro smasher.png
Crossing Guard
Uncrate
Crossing Guard
Killicon crossing guard.png
Batsaber
Uncrate
Batsaber
Killicon batsaber.png
  • While the Bat swings quickly, it deals less than half the damage of other stock melee weapons. Each swing does 1/3 of a point-blank Scattergun shot, making it mostly useful as a backup weapon.
    • On servers with random critical hits, the Bat becomes more effective due to its high swing speed, which lets it roll for more crits compared to other stock melee weapons.
  • In a one-on-one melee fight, you will be able to get in more hits due to the Bat's swing speed and your own mobility, but your enemy will be able to kill you faster if he lands his.
  • You may prefer to kill situationally-unaware or aiming-impaired Heavies with the Bat by circle strafing around them or jumping on top of their large bodies. A couple of fast hits with the Bat can take out injured or weaker classes quickly. This is useful when you're low on ammo, or your primary and secondary weapons need to be reloaded.
  • You may use the bat when ambushing an enemy who is constantly strafing (as melee weapons require less precise aim to hit).
  • Unless under the conditions described above, you'd generally be better off using your Scattergun.

Sandman

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Point Blank Critical Stun Time Recharge Time
Sandman
Unlock
Sandman
Killicon sandman.png 0.5 seconds 35 105 N/A N/A
Killicon sandman ball.png 0.25 seconds 15 45 1-7 seconds 15 seconds
  • The Sandman is an unlockable melee weapon for the Scout. With secondary fire, the Scout will launch a baseball that will stun an enemy on hit for 1-8 seconds, depending on the distance the ball has traveled, but carrying this weapon will lower the Scout's maximum health by 15, to a total of 110. Stunned targets are not totally immobile, but are considerably slowed and cannot jump or attack. Hitting an enemy with the ball at maximum range will render the target immobile for the entire stun duration. The ball has a recharge rate of 15 seconds, but can instantly be reused by picking up a baseball that has been launched by you or another Scout.
    • The ball counts as a projectile, and can be airblasted.
    • A launched ball lingers for 3 seconds if it hits someone, or 15 seconds if it doesn't.
  • The Sandman can be a great supportive weapon for your team. Stunning a target that has a Kritzkrieg activated on them can halt the enemy's push.
  • If you are caught in a bad situation, the stun can buy you enough time to get to safety.
    • Similarly, if you are in a situation to get the first strike, stunning your opponent can give you time to do fatal damage before they can react.
  • Critical hits lengthen the stun time. The baseball also uses the same base crit chance of 17% as any melee weapon, making such criticals relatively common.
  • Aiming the stun ball isn't always easy due to its arc and travel time, but in certain areas it can be. For example, the bridge in Badlands is just long enough for you to hit an enemy with a moon shot, a maximum strength stun, and it is relatively easy to hit someone with it since the bridge is a straight pathway.
  • When equipping the Sandman, be aware that you start with only 110 health. A Soldier can kill you with a single rocket up close, as can a Demoman with a well placed explosive. If survival is priority, it is better to switch to another melee weapon.
  • A lone Engineer is a prime target for the Sandman's ball. While stunned, the Engineer cannot repair his Sentry Gun. Use this opportunity to attack the Sentry Gun. This is especially useful if the Sentry Gun is being Wrangled; stunning the Engineer will deactivate the Sentry Gun.
  • Avoid using the Sandman with Crit-a-Cola, as the 15 health deduction will cause you to die quicker while taking 10% increased damage.
    • Similarly, avoid using it with the Candy Cane, as it will make you even more vulnerable to explosives.
  • The Sandman pairs naturally with the Flying Guillotine, as hitting a stunned target with it will deal critical hits.

Holy Mackerel + reskins

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Point Blank Critical
Holy Mackerel
Craft
Holy Mackerel
Killicon holy mackerel.png 0.5 seconds 35 105
Unarmed Combat
Craft
Unarmed Combat
Killicon unarmed combat.png
Festive Holy Mackerel
Uncrate
Festive Holy Mackerel
Killicon holy mackerel.png
  • The Holy Mackerel and Unarmed Combat are craftable melee weapons for the Scout. Each hit will be announced on the kill feed, and with a kill will show "FISH KILL!" or "ARM KILL!", but otherwise functions the same as a Bat.
  • While the kill feed announcement may be aesthetic, hitting a cloaked Spy will be displayed on the kill feed. Conversely, triggering a Dead Ringer Spy's cloak or hitting a disguised Spy will not be displayed in the kill feed. This lets you track down Spies that attempt to feign death.
  • The Holy Mackerel and Unarmed Combat will make your presence known to any enemy who looks at the kill feed and draw attention to you.

Candy Cane

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Point Blank Critical
Candy Cane
Craft
Candy Cane
Killicon candy cane.png 0.5 seconds 35 105
  • The Candy Cane is a craftable melee weapon for the Scout. When the player kills an enemy, a small Health pack is dropped regardless of what weapon the player was using in order to kill the enemy. As a drawback, the Scout takes 25% more damage from explosives.
  • Killing an enemy with any of your weapons while you have the Candy Cane equipped will drop a health kit.
    • Use the Candy Cane to check for Dead Ringer Spies, as feigned deaths will not drop Health kits.
  • The Candy Cane can be both a blessing and a curse when fighting groups of enemies. While the dropped Health packs can allow you and your teammates to stay in the fight for longer, they can also be picked up by the enemy, making them more difficult to kill.
  • A successful kill with the Candy Cane in Medieval mode will cause two health kits to be dropped instead of one.
  • Try to avoid Soldiers and Demomen due to the explosive damage penalty. With the Candy Cane equipped, a direct hit from any of their primary weapons at point-blank range will instantly kill you.
    • With this knowledge, equipping this weapon with others that give you additional damage vulnerability, such as the Crit-a-Cola or Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol, is generally ineffective.
  • Using the Mad Milk with the Candy Cane can allow you to fully heal yourself and teammates if no Medics or Health kits are nearby.

Boston Basher + reskins

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Point Blank Critical
Boston Basher
Craft
Boston Basher
Killicon boston basher.png 0.5 seconds 35 105
Three-Rune Blade
Promotional/Craft
Three-Rune Blade
Killicon three-rune blade.png
Bleeding Killicon bleed.png 40 damage over 5 seconds N/A N/A
  • The Boston Basher is a craftable melee weapon for the Scout. On hit, the enemy will bleed for 5 seconds, but on miss, it will apply damage and bleed effect to the user at a reduced rate. The user will not be damaged when hitting a teammate, any world geometry, or a prop.
  • This is not a weapon meant to be spammed, as it will just get you killed. Instead, keep tapping it when the enemy is close to minimize missing.
    • If you end up making yourself bleed, you can stop the bleeding by drinking Bonk! Atomic Punch and getting a Health kit to recover.
  • A successful hit including bleed will deal 75 damage, making hit-and-run tactics even more effective. Run in, melee your target once to soften him up, and fire Scattergun shots as you retreat.
  • By swinging right before jumping, you can boost yourself with the self damage of the Boston Basher to heights comparable to the Pyro's Detonator jump. However, this costs a lot of health.
    • By combining the boost of the Boston Basher with the ability of the Force-A-Nature to perform a third jump, you can jump over long stretches of a map.
  • By hitting yourself while being healed, you can boost a friendly Medic's ÜberCharge speed.
  • The bleed effect can be useful for preventing Spies from escaping by cloaking. However, trying to hit a Spy that has already turned invisible is inadvisable.
  • If you land a successful hit on an enemy using the Boston Basher while the enemy is coated in Mad Milk, the bleed damage will heal you. This can negate missed swings as well.
  • The Crit-a-Cola can be useful with the Boston Basher; self inflicted damage will not be boosted by Crit-a-Cola's effect, and the mini-crits will greatly increase the bleed damage on an enemy player.

Sun-on-a-Stick

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Point Blank Critical
Sun-on-a-Stick
Promotional/Craft
Sun-on-a-Stick
Killicon sun-on-a-stick.png 0.5 seconds 26 79
  • The Sun-on-a-Stick is a craftable melee weapon for the Scout. It delivers 25% less damage than the Bat, but guarantees a Critical hit whenever you strike a burning enemy.
  • Only equip the Sun-on-a-Stick when you have a Pyro on your team, as the Critical hits only come into play when your opponent is suffering from afterburn.
  • While the Sun-on-a-Stick's critical hits on burning targets are powerful, your Scattergun deals more damage all the time. Hence, as effective as it may be, you may only opt to use this combo when your enemy is unaware or retreating whilst on fire.
  • The best gamemode to use this weapon in is Medieval mode. Snipers and Pyros can light opponents on fire with the Huntsman and the Sharpened Volcano Fragment. Otherwise, it is overall a weak weapon, and may not be reliable in a melee fight.

Fan O'War

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Point Blank Critical Marked for Death Time
Fan O'War
Promotional/Craft
Fan O'War
Killicon fan o'war.png 0.5 seconds 9 27 15 seconds
  • The Fan O'War is a craftable melee weapon for the Scout. An enemy hit by the Fan O'War will be "marked for death", indicated by the skull with crossbones floating above their head, and all damage they take will be mini-crits. The "marked for death" effect lasts 15 seconds. The Fan O'War also does Critical hits when it would normally mini-crit. As a drawback, the Fan O' War deals 75% less damage on hit.
    • The Fan O' War's effect can only be applied to one enemy at a time.
  • Remember that the Fan O'War is essentially the melee equivalent of Crit-a-Cola; while you don't receive increased damage from enemies, it still requires that you get within point-blank range of enemies, so timing is still vital.
    • Unlike the Crit-a-Cola, you still get access to your secondary weapon, so the Fan O' War is a good choice if you don't use your melee weapon for combat often.
  • Even though it will do close to Bat damage when you hit an opponent who's already marked for death, the Fan O'War is not a weapon for dealing damage. Use your Primary and Secondary weapons to deal damage once you have marked a target for death.
  • Ambushing and good maneuvering are crucial with the Fan O'War; whether you're using it on the front lines or the opposing base, remember that surprise is key to landing a hit (as rushing straight towards almost any class is not a great idea).
    • Try attacking enemies that are by themselves, so that you aren't killed by his teammates once you mark him for death. If within a group of enemies, prioritize key targets like Heavies and Medics, as your teammates may be able to clean up.
  • Unlike Jarate, the mark for death persists for 15 seconds and its duration is not reduced if the target is being healed, making the Fan O'War do a better job at making key targets more vulnerable for a fixed period of time.
  • The Fan O'War is perfect for countering Spies; even if a marked Spy cloaks with a Dead Ringer, the skull symbol will remain above their head, allowing you to prevent his escape.

Atomizer

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
On Enemies On Buildings Self-Damage Critical
Atomizer
Craft
Atomizer
Killicon atomizer.png 0.65 seconds 28 35 10 84
  • The Atomizer is a craftable melee weapon for the Scout. It grants the Scout the ability to triple jump with a cost of 10 self-damage on the third jump, but also has a 30% slower swing speed in addition to 20% less damage done to players.
    • The Atomizer deals less damage on players, but not to buildings. Using it to take out an enemy Teleporter or Dispenser can conserve primary and secondary ammo while doing regular damage.
  • Like the Fan O' War, the Atomizer is more of an utility than a weapon. If you do not use your melee enough for its penalties to matter, consider using the Atomizer.
  • The Atomizer's third jump can be very useful in a fight, as it gives you another jump to dodge more attacks. The 10 health points you lose can be essential at times due to your low health, but it can also be a worthwhile sacrifice, eg. to dodge a critical rocket.
  • If you are about to take fall damage after using your double jump, don't be afraid to use the triple jump to save yourself. It is less risky to lose 10 health than to take more damage from falling.
  • Using the Atomizer's third jump, you can often take shortcuts into places in the map you couldn't otherwise reach. Try using them for devastating flanks.
  • With the Force-A-Nature equipped, you can perform a Quad Jump by combining the Atomizer's triple jump with the Force-A-Nature's knock back.
    • With this combination, it's normally a better idea to use the knock back instead of doing a triple jump, as this won't waste any health.
  • Consider bringing the Bonk! Atomic Punch when using the Atomizer, as the self-damage from the triple jump is negated by Bonk!'s invulnerability boost.
  • Consider not pairing the Atomizer with the Baby Face's Blaster, as the Blaster loses some of its speed boost each jump, which penalizes you for jumping. However, this can make your jumps better when you really need it.
  • Using this weapon with the Winger is a good idea because your jumps are enhanced by its 25% extra jump height.

Wrap Assassin

Weapon Kill Icon Attack Interval Damage
Point Blank Critical Recharge Time
Wrap Assassin
Craft
Wrap Assassin
Killicon wrap assassin.png 0.5 seconds 11 32 N/A
Killicon sandman ball.png 0.25 seconds 15 45 11.25 seconds
Bleeding Killicon bleed.png 40 damage over 5 seconds N/A N/A N/A
  • The Wrap Assassin is a craftable melee weapon for the Scout. It allows you to launch a Bauble similar to the Sandman's baseball, but causes damage and bleeding on hit instead of stun. The bauble also breaks on contact with a surface, dealing very minor damage with no bleed to enemies around it, or the Scout himself. The Wrap Assassin's ball regenerates 25% faster than the Sandman's, allowing for more shots. The drawback is its melee damage, which is reduced by 65%.
  • The Wrap Assassin is a Sandman variant that sacrifices its stun ability for a frequent damage option. While you will not be penalized with less health like the Sandman, you become very weak at melee combat.
    • As the bauble works like the Sandman's ball, most of the Sandman's tactics work for this weapon.
  • Try to aim at groups of people clustered together, such as near a control point, to increase your chance of hitting a target.
    • The ornament also shatters if it hits anything, dealing only 5 damage in an area-of-effect which does not cause bleeding. Because of its undependable shatter damage, rely on direct hits.
  • The bleed damage of the Wrap Assassin can greatly benefit from Crit-a-Cola as it will deal a greater amount of damage to enemies.
  • Although the Flying Guillotine does more damage and has a faster recharge time, the Wrap Assassin allows you to choose a secondary of your preference and retain a weapon that causes a bleeding effect.
    • However, using both at once can make you a damage-over-time powerhouse, as bleed damage stacks with multiple bleeding weapons. You will do 146 damage total, including bleed damage, if both bleed weapons hit.

Taunt Attacks

Home Run

Kill Icon Weapon Damage Duration Details
Home Run
Home Run
Killicon home run.png Sandman
Atomizer
500 5 seconds The Scout points to the sky, winds up, and swings a deadly blow.
  • It is advisable to only use your killing taunt on scoped Snipers, very distracted Heavies, or someone that has been stunned by a critical ball because the taunt animation takes so long.
  • The taunt is best used for revenge during humiliation. If you're on the losing team, try to lure an enemy close to you but be sure to take heed of the taunt's attack time so that you can kill them as they walk by.
  • If you manage to hit a target with a ball at just over the range required to halt their movement completely, if you start running towards them before the ball lands and do the Sandman's taunt-kill, you can finish the animation before the target is able to move out of the way. You need an area long enough to hit a ball far enough to get the complete immobilization effect, an unobstructed straight path to your stunned target, and a good deal of luck to pull this off.
  • You can use this taunt attack after drinking Bonk! Atomic Punch to be invulnerable during the taunt. You can, however, still be knocked back, ruining the taunt attempt.
  • This taunt is completely quiet until executed. However, the kill gives off a much louder sound upon execution. Be sure to get ready for any attention you'll draw to yourself from the loud cheering sound after a successful Home Run.

Weapon combinations

Cooperative Class Strategies

Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

An experienced Scout alone is powerful, but two or more, or even a squadron can cause massive havoc for the enemy team. A coordinated ambush can easily take down any enemy with ease.

  • Because a Scout's main duties are to provide a distraction and rush to the objective, one Scout has the ability to distract a whole team at once by shooting from one route, while another Scout can go through an alternate route to the objective without any hassle.
  • If a team is experienced enough and is willing to cooperate, they can utilize a Scout Rush to swarm over enemy objectives before the enemy team has time to prepare a defense.
    • In Capture the Flag, a team of Scouts can get to the enemy base before the other team has time to set up defenses. Once the Scouts are situated in the flag room, it is only a matter of time before they capture the flag.
    • In Attack/Defend, a team of BLU Scouts can overwhelm the RED defense before they are fully prepared to counter-attack. Coupled with the outrageous capture speed of a Scout rush and the RED team's long respawn time, this strategy is very hard to combat.
    • In Payload Race, the cart only requires two Scouts to reach maximum speed, while the rest of the team can rush to the other cart and prevent them from advancing further. With the majority of teammates focused on the enemy while the enemy is focused on their cart, the attacking team will make easy work of the opposition.
  • When teaming up with another Scout, make sure your loadout complements their loadout's weaknesses. For example, a Scout equipped with the Flying Guillotine, but not the Sandman, usually doesn't do much alone; however, if you're equipped with the Sandman, you can be a deadly combo.
    • A team of Scouts can fulfill many roles; distracting Sentry Guns with Bonk, stun enemies for a powerful Scattergun blast to take them down, heal teammates and Spy check via Mad Milk, and even take down a Heavy-Medic combo.
      • Even without the effects of Bonk!, a pair of Scouts can quickly rush a Sentry Gun and destroy it with their Scatterguns, with the Sentry having no one target to lock on.
  • Regardless of the tactics mentioned above, Scout teams suffer when the enemy has set up defenses; it will be difficult to overwhelm an objective quickly if a fully constructed Sentry Gun is built there, or if a Heavy-Medic pair constantly hunts you down. Additionally, cramped maps such as Junction will make it more difficult for Scout teams to avoid damage.
    • As such, the earlier in a round you attempt a Scout team, the better.


Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

While it may seem unlikely, a Soldier-Scout team up can easily decimate any obstacle that happens to move into their sights; with the combined effect of the Scattergun and Rocket Launcher's close to medium range power, it is unlikely that anything will survive.

  • Although the Scout is the master of the ground, the Soldier is the master of the air. While the Scout engages an enemy from below, the Soldier can rocket jump and blast rockets on the ground to overwhelm his enemies. While both teammates are focused on the same enemy, they can easily take down any foe together.
  • As the Soldier's rockets have travel time, the Scout can run in and clean up any injured enemies should the Soldier miss rockets at medium range.
    • The Scout can also protect the Soldier while he reloads by firing rounds from the Scattergun. As the Scattergun has six shots, the Soldier should be reloaded by the time the Scout runs out of shots, and the Soldier can then protect the Scout as he reloads.
  • The Soldier, with his rocket jumps, can be just as mobile and speedy as the Scout. This pairing can be used to their advantage.
    • In Control Points, this means that they can both ambush the same point together with the efficiency of three players. If the Soldier is using the Pain Train, this pair-up is especially effective.
    • In Capture the Flag, this allows the Scout and Soldier to capture the flag in double-time. While the Scout goes into the base to steal the flag, the Soldier waits outside for the Scout. The Scout gives the flag to the Soldier, where he rocket jumps back to his home base. The Scout goes back to the enemy base as he captures, and the cycle starts anew.
    • In Payload, a Scout can hide behind the cart while a Soldier stands on top the cart to shoot at enemies. This pairing defends the Scout's invaluable double-capture bonus while still clearing a straight path to the next capture zone.
    • On Steel, the Soldier and Scout can both rush to Point E while the enemy team is distracted at other control points. The Scout can deny enemy troops a clear path by spamming bullets, and the Soldier can target specific enemies so that they don't interfere.
  • This team can make a great Anti-Sentry setup; the Scout can use Bonk! Atomic Punch to distract Sentry Guns, while the Soldier can destroy them and any Engineers with a few Rockets.
  • Mad Milk thrown by the Scout into a bunch of enemies will allow the Soldier to heal significant amounts of health and keep in combat longer, especially with the Black Box.
  • A Soldier with the Buff Banner can improve the Scout's Scattergun effectiveness, as mini-crits are not affected by damage falloff. This will make both the Scout and Soldier deal good damage at range.
  • This team's weaknesses revolve around having little space for either class to move around. The more open areas the map has, the more effective this combination will be, as both parties will be able to get from point to point quickly.

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

The Pyro and Scout are both excellent and efficient ambushing classes. Due to their strengths at close range, a coordinated ambush can result in killing practically any enemy without too much effort.

  • As the Scout's speed makes him a wonderful distraction, a Scout can run in and make an opponent focus on him as the Pyro takes an alternate route to burn them as they are distracted.
    • The same can be done in reverse, where the Pyro burns and confuses an opponent as the Scout runs in to finish the job.
  • A Pyro can "mark" an opponent by setting them on fire before the Scout runs in to take them down, as they will either be injured or running to a healthpack.
  • A Pyro can be a lifesaver for a burning Scout, as afterburn can take out a lot of his health. Airblasting can potentially save the Scout from a lengthy respawn time.
  • Pinning an enemy against the wall while stunning him with a Sandman ball can result in an unopposed kill when combined with the Pyro's airblast and Flamethrower.
  • A Pyro who sets an enemy on fire can be finished off quickly by a Scout with the Sun-on-a-Stick, and combined with Mad Milk, the Pyro can crit using the Neon Annihilator. In addition to the extra damage, the Mad Milk will heal the Pyro for 94 health on a successful hit. This is a potent combination in Medieval mode.
    • Even without this combination, Mad Milk can improve a Pyro's endurance while he burns enemies.
  • A Scout equipped with a Candy Cane can potentially give a steady stream of health to a Pyro carrying the Back Scratcher: the Pyro can light enemies on fire while the Scout provides the finishing blow. Likewise, the Scout's 25% damage vulnerability to explosives can be neutralized by simply airblasting away any explosives.
  • The Pyro can use the Detonator or Scorch Shot to take routes where the Scout can.
  • The Mad Milk pairs especially well with the Phlogistinator. The Mad Milk's healing rate will partially negate the Pyro's vulnerability while he burns opponents for "Mmph", and when the weapon is charged, the Pyro can not only fill up his whole health capacity in under a second using milked targets, but also destroy any opponents in range.
    • The Backburner operates on the same principles as the Phlogistinator, but with more emphasis on ambushing.
  • The Pyro's afterburn combined with the Scout's Bleeding (when equipped with either the Flying Guillotine, Wrap Assassin, Boston Basher, or Three-Rune Blade) turns the team into a damage-over-time powerhouse. Constant hits from the Flare Gun and the Scout's bleed weapons will do significant damage, even at range where the Scout and Pyro is weak at.
  • As mentioned above, this team combination is exceptionally weak at range. Snipers and Heavies can often ruin any attempts for the Scout or Pyro to move in. This team combo works best when both parties find alternate routes to ambush enemies, or when one provides a distraction for the other.

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

Another unlikely team up, the Demoman and Scout are complete opposites of each other; the Scout focuses on quick, offensive ambushing, while the Demoman focuses on defense and keeping the enemy at bay from mid range. However, when combined, they can fill a number of roles together.

  • Because the Scout specializes in distractions and weapon heckling, a lone Scout is able to lead an enemy right into a Sticky trap even from far away.
    • This also allows a Demoman with a sword and shield to charge up to a distracted enemy.
  • As the Demoman excels at medium range and Grenades are hard to land, he can help the Scout deal good damage where his Scattergun would not, while the Scout can run in to clean up any missed Grenade shots with his more accurate Scattergun.
  • Similarly to a Scout and Soldier team, a Demoman can equip the Sticky Jumper and Pain Train to gain the capture rate and speed of a Scout. Combined, they can swiftly capture points together.
  • Mad Milk can offset the -25 health penalty incurred by the Eyelander, giving the Demoman more survivability.
  • Because the Sandman ball can stun enemies for a period of time, a Demoman can place multiple Stickybombs around a stunned enemy and detonate them all at once to guarantee an instant kill. Eyelander-wielding Demomen can also get an easy head with this combo.
    • The Scout can also use the Force-A-Nature to launch stunned enemies into Stickybomb traps for an easy kill.
  • This team combo works well if both parties make up for each class' range weakness.

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

The Heavy and Scout are complete opposites when it comes to movement speed; the combined force of their weapons, however, is not much of a laughing matter.

  • Because the Scout is good for distracting enemies, leading them into the path of a Heavy will force them to retreat, allowing you to finish them off after the Heavy has inflicted his share of damage.
  • Conversely, the Heavy is a good shock trooper at the front lines, and is enough of a threat that enemies will usually focus on him. The Scout can take advantage by having free reign of the area the Heavy is covering, and can fire easily at distracted enemies.
  • If a Heavy stands in a narrow doorway expecting enemies to come by, the Scout can use his Bonk! Atomic Punch and walk in front of him to act as a human shield. Since enemies can't shoot through you and the friendly Heavy can, the Heavy's chances of survival greatly increases.
  • The pair can complement each other's healing capabilities through combining the Heavy's Sandvich and the Scout's Mad Milk; the Heavy benefits from the massive healing granted from hitting milked targets with his Minigun, and the Scout will uniquely gain 75 health from the Sandvich instead of 50 health.
    • Mad Milk is especially useful with the Dalokohs Bar or Warrior's Spirit, where the former's +50 health increase will give the Heavy even further augmented survivability, and the latter's +30% damage taken increase will be offset by the constant healing.
  • The Heavy's Natascha's slowdown effect combined with the stun effect of a Sandman ball will make enemies practically immobile, giving either of you an easy kill.
    • Even without the Sandman, this will make the Scout's job much easier.
  • Because the Heavy carries huge firepower and very slow speed, this makes him a prime target for Spies to backstab him. A Scout can Spy-check the area by throwing his Mad Milk or attacking teammates.
  • As the Heavy is slow whilst you are fast, it is essential to protect the Heavy or wait for him to move before you approach enemies, especially if both of you are working closely together. Ensure that he survives instant deaths from backstabs or headshots by providing a distraction, while he protects you from being overwhelmed by opponents.

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Scouts, at first, don't seem to be a potential Engineer buddy. However, the Scout's abilities not only make up for what the Engineer lacks, but can also be a vital part of a base.

  • One of the Scout's purposes is to see what's ahead of the team and alert them to it. If a Scout sees an incoming threat, such as a Heavy, Demoman, or Soldier, alert the Engineer as soon as you can so he can prepare better.
    • If it's a weaker class, such as another Scout, it may be best to kill him yourself or let the Sentry Gun kill him.
  • If the Engineer is trying to get to the enemy base to build a Teleporter, the Scout should go in front of him to check for danger. Additionally, if enemies come out of one route while the Engineer wants to build in another route (such as the vents on Turbine), the Scout should distract the enemies so that the Engineer can slip by unnoticed.
  • One of the Sentry Gun's primary counters is a Heavy and Medic pair. Luckily, the Scout can take action to keep the Sentry active.
    • If a Scout has Bonk! equipped, use it to body-block the Heavy's bullets. The Sentry Gun should kill the Heavy before your invincibility wears off.
    • If the Heavy isn't Übered, you can use the Sandman's ball in order to stun him for a few seconds and give the Engineer some time to repair.
    • If the Heavy is Übered, you can use the Force-A-Nature to knock either him or the Medic off-course, messing up his aim. However, this strategy won't work on a Quick-Fix Übercharge, as it prevents all knockback.
    • If you can hit the Heavy with the Fan of War, all damage he takes will be increased by 35%, including ramp-up damage. This will cause the Heavy to take much more damage than a Medic can heal, dramatically decreasing his survivability.
  • A Scout has much better Spy-checking abilities than the Engineer does. Use this to your advantage.
    • A Scout's Pistol is useful for surveying the area for Cloaked Spies. If you stand near a Dispenser while spamming bullets, you gain as much ammunition as the Engineer normally would.
    • A Scout's speed allows him to run into teammates to check for Spies; if you can't go through a teammate, he's an enemy Spy. Furthermore, if the Spy attacks you on a reflex, he will reveal himself and be gunned down by the Sentry Gun.
    • The Mad Milk will reveal Cloaked and Disguised enemy Spies. If you think you see a Disguised Spy or if he tries to Cloak in order to escape, use your Mad Milk in order to track him down.
    • The Scout's Bleed mechanic works in the same way as the Mad Milk, while dealing damage over time. Don't be afraid to hit teammates with the Boston Basher if you aren't sure he's a Spy; your Engineer's Dispenser will heal you up if you miss.
    • The Holy Mackerel or Unarmed Combat will reveal Cloaked Spies in the kill feed when hit. However, they will not reveal Disguised Spies or those using the Dead Ringer.
  • Using the Crit-a-Cola while standing next to a Dispenser will offset the +10% damage penalty, allowing you to roast your enemies from afar when coupled with the Shortstop.
  • Overall, you will be a fragile, yet useful Engineer buddy with lots of utility. While you will often be at the front lines preventing enemies from coming close, helping out your Engineer will make his job, and your team's defense, more effective.

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

A Scout and Medic can make a great team. The Scout's main job is to protect the Medic at all costs and escort him to other teammates so he can heal them as quick as possible.

  • Always be sure to Spy-check, as Medics are usually the main killing priority for Spies; alert teammates immediately if you find a possible Spy that is trying to target your Medic.
  • Due to the Scout's low health pool, it is a good idea for a Medic to stay nearby in order to top him off as necessary.
    • Keep in mind that in the order of classes to heal, Scouts are a relatively low priority. If more important teammates are injured, heal them first.
  • Do not ask for an Übercharge to be deployed, unless it's an emergency or if the Medic is using the Kritzkrieg or Quick-Fix; if you do, you can easily waste an Übercharge that would have been more beneficial with another teammate.
    • However, do not underestimate a crit-boosted Scout. A full Pistol clip, aimed correctly, deals enough damage to take down any class. Additionally, the Scattergun's crits can take down any overhealed target in just 3 hits at close range, even a Heavy. As critical hits do not suffer from damage falloff, this can make you exceptionally powerful even at range.
  • Although it's generally a bad idea to pocket a Scout, it can be viable. Since all mediguns mirror the patient's speed for the Medic himself, he will be able to keep up with you, while its healing lets you tank damage much more than usual.
    • This works especially well with the Mad Milk, as the health on hit can make the duo very hard to kill.
  • The Vaccinator's resistances can potentially save him and his low health pool from death. The Medic can give a resistance bubble to the Scout before he moves in, such as bullet resistance to tank a Sentry Gun's shots.
  • The Quick-Fix pairs perfectly for the Scout, due to the increased healing working well with the Scout's low health pool.
    • In Control Points, the Scout's speed and evasiveness can allow a Medic and Scout pair to get behind enemy lines in order to back-cap the point. The Scout's firepower and the Medic's rapid healing allows the duo to hold the point until it becomes available to capture.
    • In Capture the Flag, the Medic can ride with the Scout until he reaches the Intelligence room. When the Medic is situated in the enemy base, the Scout can run off without him to capture the flag. The Medic can then wait for teammates to arrive and give them assistance with the next cap.
    • The Crit-a-Cola can be used in a pinch if the Medic needs an extra burst of speed, especially on large maps such as Gravel Pit.
  • Using the Boston Basher's self-inflicted damage is extremely useful for building an ÜberCharge. If the Scout keeps hurting himself, the Medic will be able to fill his meter in half the time he could if the Scout was at full health.
    • A less effective strategy is to use the Atomizer's triple jump self-damage. Because it only deals 10 damage in a slow time frame as compared to the Boston Basher's large amount of damage in a quick amount of time, this strategy is only viable in a pinch.
  • If the Scout uses the Baby Face's Blaster, the Medic will receive speed directly proportional to the Scout's boost bar. When the Scout is at full speed, the Medic will go ludicrously fast, allowing them to get to the front lines much faster. The healing will also allow the Scout to gain boost back safely whenever he gets hurt.
  • This team combination does not work well when you encounter multiple bulkier enemies like the Soldier or Heavy, as the Scout is only strong against one-on-one confrontations. As the Medic will be more beneficial if he heals his entire team instead of just you, ensure that your team can handle themselves before attempting any of these solo tactics.

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

The Scout and Sniper makes up for each other's range weakness. The Scout focuses on close range combat while the Sniper focuses on long ranged combat, allowing the both of you to guard one another.

  • The Scout is a perfect distraction for a Sniper. If he has a line of sight, the Sniper can constantly get free shots with minimal danger at a distance while enemies are distracted by the Scout's close range shenanigans.
    • The Sniper can also take down distant Sentry Guns so you can run in safely.
  • A Sniper can protect you from other Scouts and Snipers. If trying to capture the Intelligence, a point, or escort the Payload, he can pick off enemies from a distance to keep you safe. You can do the same for the Sniper as well, protecting him from his close ranged weakness as he snipes.
  • Snipers who decide to follow you to the front lines with the Huntsman will be vulnerable after each shot. The Scout can distract enemies as the Sniper keeps back, or outright kill enemies who want to come closer to capitalize on the Huntman's slow reload.
  • Jarate will make the Scout's job easier as he can take down enemies with less shots. Mad Milk can also be a surprisingly good utility for a Sniper, as a fully-charged headshot on a milked target will instantly refill all his health.
  • The Sandman's stun will keep opponents moving minimally, and the Sniper can get easy headshots on them.
  • The Sniper and Scout can form an adequate Spy checking team. With the combined force of the Wrap Assassin, Mad Milk or Flying Guillotine, Bushwacka or Tribalman's Shiv, and Jarate, a Spy usually cannot escape.
  • While you may excel at keeping one another safe, you will often not be able to protect both members due to the different ranges your classes work at. This team combination might have to sacrifice one's safety for the benefit of the other, as a Sniper will be easily killed at close range, while a Scout's weapons are helpless at long range.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

It's very rare for a Scout to ever team up with a Spy, but it's possible and has potential, due to each classes' tendencies to ambush on command.

  • As usual, the Scout is a perfect distraction for his teammate. Enemies focusing on the Scout will not realize if a Spy sneaks up behind them for a backstab.
    • The Spy can also hang back at a distance as a Scout fights in the front lines. He can then use his health-observing ability to pick off weakened targets with the Revolver, or simply keep firing for headshots with the Ambassador.
  • The Scout can make it look like he's being chased by an "enemy" for a quick distraction. Let the Spy disguise as an enemy and chase the Scout, as he shoots back and retreats. Enemies might move forward to help their "teammate", and the Spy can hang back to get backstabs. It makes it more convincing if the Scout uses the "Help!" command using C+1.
    • The Spy can also disguise as a friendly teammate beside the Scout, and feign death using the Dead Ringer as they approach opponents. The Scout can distract the enemy long enough for the Spy to switch to an enemy disguise, recharge his Dead Ringer, and blend into the opposing team.
  • A Bonk! Atomic Punch distraction combined with the Spy's ability to sap buildings can quickly eliminate an entire sentry nest before reinforcements arrive.
    • The Scout can also use Bonk! to clear a pathway of Stickybombs so the Spy can move in.
  • As Spies are constantly Spy-checked, he will usually be on fire. Equipping Mad Milk to extinguish him will help immensely.
  • Take note of this team combination, as you can be the one that ruins your friendly Spy's espionage. Refrain from running towards him if you meet behind enemy lines, as you may accidentally get him blown up by an unwary opponent.

See also