Anti-Scout strategy

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The Scout is a very fast, maneuverable class that packs a high amount of firepower at close range, making him extremely effective in one-on-one combat. He excels in open environments, where his speed and double jump allow him to easily maneuver around a map, close long distances, and ambush the most vulnerable enemies. He can use his mobility to completely avoid damage, more than making up for his lack of health. Depending on his loadout, a Scout can bring along weapons with additional utility that help him pick off individual targets with even more ease. If you can restrict a Scout's maneuverability or keep him at range, he becomes far less of a threat.

General

Attributes Anti-Scout strategy
Scout emblem RED.png Role
  • The Scout excels at taking alternate paths to avoid direct combat, ambushing vulnerable enemies, and accomplishing mission objectives. Keep an eye on routes he might take and report his location to teammates.
Leaderboard class medic.png Health
  • The Scout is very frail and can be killed in just a few good shots.
Leaderboard class scout.png Speed
  • The Scout is extremely fast and can double jump. No class can outrun him without certain equipment, so always be prepared to fight.
  • Carefully predict his movements to ensure your attacks hit, particularly when using projectile weapons. If he is airborne, wait until he uses his double jump before trying to land airshots.
  • His maneuverability allows him to easily chase after any other class, but is less powerful in confined areas, where he has less room to dodge.
Leaderboard class soldier.png Power
  • The Scout’s weapons are devastating at close range but very weak at long range. Thus, he must put himself in danger and actively enter combat to have any chance at killing enemies.

Weapon-specific

Main article: Scout weapons

Primary weapons

Weapon Anti-Scout strategy
Scattergun
Scattergun + reskins
  • The Scattergun deals immense damage at point-blank range and will allow a Scout to stay in combat for a modest amount of time. Although he is faster than you, do your best to stay at medium range to minimize the damage you take while trading blows.
  • It takes a considerably long time for a Scout to reload his Scattergun; if he uses most of his six shots, keep pressuring him into firing so that he cannot fully reload.
Force-A-Nature
Force-A-Nature + reskins
  • The Force-A-Nature deals even more damage than the Scattergun up close, but must be reloaded every two shots. If the Scout insists on staying nearby, pick him off during his frequent reloading periods.
  • The Force-A-Nature's knock back effects let a Scout easily reposition or disorient you for a follow-up shot, so avoid lingering near walls where you can quickly be cornered or hazards that you can be blasted into.
  • The Force-A-Nature will also knock the Scout back if he is in mid-air. If he decides to attack while in midair, you can easily line up a counterattack.
Shortstop
Shortstop
  • The Shortstop has a tight bullet spread suited for medium range. By closing the distance, the Scout may find it more difficult to hit you.
  • When the Scout has his Shortstop as his active weapon, he suffers extra vulnerability to knockback. Options to deal with him now include juggling him into the air or pushing him into an environmental hazard.
  • The Shortstop has a knock back at melee range. If you choose to approach the Scout, don't position yourself near an environmental hazard.
Soda Popper
Soda Popper
  • Like the Force-A-Nature, the Soda Popper must frequently be reloaded, which will often leave the Scout vulnerable. However, the Soda Popper reloads much faster.
  • The Soda Popper fires 50% faster; its shots will land almost immediately after each other. Avoid being hit by both shots by making a slight movement after the first one.
  • You’ll need to quickly eliminate the Scout between full Hype charges, which give the Scout the ability to jump up to five times in mid-air (for a total of six jumps) making him nearly impossible to hit mid-air.
Baby Face's Blaster
Baby Face's Blaster
  • The Baby Face's Blaster only holds 4 rounds per clip, giving it less raw offensive power.
  • As the Scout deals damage, his movement speed will increase. It would be wise to lead him with your shots, even with hitscan weapons.
  • Reduce the Scout's boost by dealing chip damage and forcing him to double jump.

Back Scatter
Back Scatter

  • The Back Scatter only holds 4 rounds per clip, giving it less raw offensive power.
  • Since the Back Scatter deals mini-crits from behind, try to keep facing the Scout to make sure he can't get behind you.
  • The Back Scatter is 20% less accurate than the Scattergun, so keeping a distance is more effective.

Secondary weapons

Weapon Anti-Scout strategy
Pistol
Pistol + reskins
  • While the Scout might use the Pistol to harass you from a distance, its damage is minor and its ammunition pool is meager. Keep your distance to take advantage of his weak long range capabilities.
Bonk! Atomic Punch
Bonk! Atomic Punch + reskins
  • Bonk! Atomic Punch helps a Scout get past dangerous areas, such as chokepoints or Sentry Gun nests. He can’t fight while under its effects, so impede his movement by body blocking him or using knock back.
Crit-a-Cola
Crit-a-Cola
  • While Crit-a-Cola will allow a Scout to deal Mini-Crits to you, you deal 10% more damage to him. He’ll often consume it when preparing for an ambush, so be alert and pick him off first.
  • Crit-a-Cola causes the Scout to move 25% faster. You won't be able to escape him at all, so you must respond to his attack.
  • Should you survive until the effect wears off, the Scout will still take bonus damage for 2 more seconds.
Mad Milk
Mad Milk + reskins
  • The healing provided by Mad Milk will let an accurate Scout stay in a fight for a prolonged period of time. If you’re covered by it, prevent him from healing by dodging his attacks.
Winger
Winger
  • The Winger functions similarly to the Pistol and should be treated the same way; keep at a distance so it can only deal minor damage.
  • This gun also gives the Scout a +25% bonus jump height when active, so be prepared to cover additional routes he can take.
Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol
Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol
  • The Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol is weaker than the Pistol, but grants health-on-hit to the Scout.
  • Look out for attacks from above, as this weapon makes the Scout immune to fall damage.
Flying Guillotine
Flying Guillotine
  • The Flying Guillotine is ideal for picking off weakened targets but recharges very slowly; move erratically so that the Scout misses.

Melee weapons

Weapon Anti-Scout strategy
Bat
Bat + reskins
  • A Scout that insists on using the Bat could easily deal more damage at close range with any of his primary weapons, actually giving you a slight advantage in melee combat if you can keep your aim steady.
Sandman
Sandman
  • Keep moving to avoid getting hit by the Sandman's stun ball. Shorter hits slow and stop you from attacking, but long range balls will stun you in place for up to 7 seconds.
  • If you are struck by the Sandman's baseball, retreat towards your teammates so that they can protect you. Keep your aim on the Scout so that you can immediately retaliate once the effect wears off.
    • You can reload your weapon while stunned.
  • The Sandman reduces the Scout's health by 15, making retaliation against him slightly easier.
Holy Mackerel
Holy Mackerel + reskins
  • The Holy Mackerel functions similarly to the Bat but announces each hit in the kill feed. Hit announcements can be used to determine the whereabouts of a Scout.
  • Spies should be wary of the Holy Mackerel, as the hit announcements can give away their cover.
Candy Cane
Candy Cane
  • A Scout who causes health packs to drop from your dead teammates has the Candy Cane in his loadout. He is 25% more vulnerable to explosions, so rockets, grenades, and bombs will dispatch him quickly.
  • Try to steal the small health kits dropped by teammates that the Scout aided in killing.
Boston Basher
Boston Basher + reskins
  • Evade a Scout that is attacking you with the Boston Basher so that he damages himself instead.
    • A creative Scout might use the weapon's negative attribute to propel himself to high locations at the cost of a large amount of health.
Sun-on-a-Stick
Sun-on-a-Stick
  • The Sun-on-a-Stick does less base damage than the standard Bat. If you are set on fire, you should always be trying to extinguish yourself, retreating from and repelling any Scout that tries to pick you off.
Fan O'War
Fan O'War
  • If you are marked for death by the Fan O’War, the Scout will likely try to chase you down with his primary weapon. Adjust your one-on-one tactics to his chosen weapon accordingly and try to move to your teammates for help.
  • A Scout may use the Fan O'War to identify which enemy his team should focus fire on; take cover until the mark wears off if there are too many enemies.
Atomizer
Atomizer
  • While a Scout might never use the Atomizer in actual combat, the triple jump greatly increases his mobility. Performing the third jump costs 10 HP, which can expedite killing him.
    • Beware of ambushes from Scouts who combine the Atomizer with other weapons that improve his mobility.
Wrap Assassin
Wrap Assassin
  • While a Scout might not use the Wrap Assassin in direct combat, the projectile it launches can inflict the bleed effect on you. Bleeding can be negated by any source of healing.

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