Take the 2-minute tour ×
Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The item descriptions don't give away much, and the only difference, on paper I can see is that you can actually Detonator jump (alt fire with Detonator).

What are the main differences between the two weapons? Is there something I'm missing here?

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 8 down vote accepted

http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Pyro_weapons#Secondary

Flare Gun:

  • Guarantees Critical damage on burning targets.
  • On hit: ignites enemy.

Detonator

  • Guarantees Mini-Crit damage on burning targets (only when flare is not detonated).
  • On hit: ignites enemy.
  • alt-fire: detonates flare in flight, creating a small explosion which ignites nearby players, but does less damage than a normal hit. The knockback can be used to flare jump.
  • Flares detonate on impact, with a greatly reduced explosion radius.
  • On detonation flare destroys enemy sticky bombs.
  • 25% explosion self-damage vulnerability on user.
share|improve this answer

From the Team Fortress Wiki:

The weapon's main trait, however, is its eponymous detonation ability. While a flare is in flight, pressing alt-fire will cause it to explode, creating a small blast radius which damages and ignites nearby enemy players, additionally destroying sticky bombs. Flares will also explode upon contact with the world, but this explosion will not damage or knock back enemies.

This explosion provides a couple of neat things:

  • You can detonate the flare in mid-air, meaning you could use it to ignite enemies who are hiding behind cover. It also means you can recover from near-miss shots to a degree.
  • You can ignite multiple enemies at once, making for a fairly effective ranged attack.
share|improve this answer
1  
You can also detonator jump but it is not very useful. –  isthisbetter Mar 24 '13 at 12:18

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.