Community Medieval mode strategy
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This article is about Community Medieval Mode strategy. Medieval Mode is a mode added with the Australian Christmas update and is currently only activated by default on the map DeGroot Keep. As only certain weapons are allowed, class balance is drastically altered from normal gameplay.
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- Try to equip as many weapon slots as allowed when choosing a class. This can give a crucial tactical advantage over enemies.
- Item set bonuses will not apply if one of the required weapons is not allowed. Currently, the only item set that is fully functional is the Medieval Medic set.
- By default, melee weapons have a 15% chance to crit as opposed to the 2% chance of ranged weapons. Critical hits cause around 195 damage, killing most classes in one hit. Notable exceptions include: Soldiers, Heavies, Powerjack Pyros with a full overheal, Demomen wearing the Ali Baba's Wee Booties or the Bootlegger, wielding the Eyelander or one of its variants and carrying four or more heads, or using both and carrying two or more heads, and Spies using the Dead Ringer. Most enemies will die in one hit, so consider that when selecting a weapon that cannot crit.
- Attack with your melee weapon wisely. There is a set delay until you can swing again. Try to attack your enemies between their swings or outside of their range. Learn to recognize your critical swing animations for a clean kill.
- When participating in an all-out brawl in close quarters be aware that hitboxes will mesh together. Thus when hitting an opponent in the midst of your teammates, some hits may not register to avoid friendly fire. Simply take a step back and approach from a different angle. Be cautious of this when you and your teammates have an enemy cornered or surrounded.
- The console command "tf_medieval_thirdperson 1" can be used to aid in melee weapon aiming, but will hinder in aiming ranged weaponry.
- If the auto-translate feature hinders in communication, placing a ! or a / before anything you say in chat will stop it.
- Additionally, using the "say" command in the console before typing in chat will also negate it.
- Overtime in Medieval Mode will only engage after time runs out if any of the points are partially capped or if the final point still has time left on the clock.
- Last, in Medieval Mode, teamwork takes on a different role. Your teammates may not be able to reach you in time, meaning you must be able to fend for yourself. However, teamwork such as healing others, extinguishing fire, or simply watching each others' backs is essential to succeeding in this game mode.
- You lack any of your primary weapons. You must rely more on your other weapons, your speed, and double-jumping ability to survive.
- Use your drinks to get through and clear out points.
- Your melee weapons deal less damage than other classes but it is compensated by a faster firing speed. Use your speed to your advantage and circle-strafe to get as many hits as possible while taking as few as possible yourself.
- Your double capping ability and mobility will aid in getting to and capturing points.
- Drinking this makes you invulnerable for 8 seconds, but the user cannot attack while active. Since Sentry Guns are absent in this mode, this weapon can be used effectively as a distraction or as an escape. Due to the invulnerability, you can leap over enemies in congested points and attack those unaware or distracted from behind with your melee weapon.
- Using the Home Run taunt while invulnerable is also surprisingly effective on congested points. However, be sure to be invulnerable while the taunt completes lest you be killed quickly.
- Drinking this allows you to deal mini-crits with your melee weapon for 8 seconds. However, you will also taking mini-crits from any damage from enemies for the same duration. Due to a lack of reliable healing in this mode, this is a high risk-high reward strategy. Be sure to use this only if you are sure to finish off enemies and receive their health packs. Use this in conjunction with a friendly Soldier's Battalion's Backup to negate its negative effects.
- Avoid Snipers with the Bushwacka, as the mini-crit you take will turn into full critical hit while the effect is active.
- The weapon allows you to inflict bleed damage against enemies, similar to the Wrap Assassin's bauble, dealing Mini-Crits the further you are from the enemy. As with all projectile weaponry, remember to lead your targets.
- Enemies doused in Mad Milk will award health to attacking players for 10 seconds. This helps to support the user and their allies during brutal assaults. Throw this on highly contested points to aid in your and your teammates' survivability.
- Mad Milk is also very effective for Spy checking as Pyros lack an effective fire weapon and Jarate is not allowed. Use this when you suspect a Spy is in the area to short out their Cloak.
- Fire can whittle away precious health points in a short period of time. Use Mad Milk to quickly extinguish fires on yourself or on your teammates.
- Pair up with a Pyro wielding the Neon Annihilator by soaking enemies on control points and allowing the critical hits to finish them off.
- This weapon allows you to triple jump, but at a precious cost of 10 health. The decreased damage means you will have to rely on your increased mobility or a critical hit to finish off an opponent. However, this will likely lead to a significant loss of health in the encounter. Jump wisely.
- It is possible to scale walls using your double-jump and this weapon to gain a tactical advantage over enemies in their own base.
- This weapon is the default for the Scout. It has no upsides nor downsides compared to other Scout melee weapons.
- These will deal melee damage and bleeding damage on a successful hit. However, a missed swing can take out half a Scout's health due to the bleedout. Try not to miss.
- Use this in conjunction with a friendly Soldier's Buff Banner to dish out extra bleed damage.
- While it is possible to "triple jump" with this weapon to scale walls, it is not recommended due to the bleedout and lack of reliable health sources. However, this will give a distinct tactical advantage over enemies whilst being in their base.
- This weapon is also useful for Spy checking; keep a sharp eye out for bleeding stuck "allies".
- This weapon will drop two small medkits on a successful kill in Medieval Mode. The only downside is the vulnerability to explosive damage which, in Medieval Mode, is limited to the Ullapool Caber and the Soldier's Kamikaze taunt. A hit from both would kill without the Candy Cane equipped, so it is a direct upgrade to the Bat.
- This weapon deals substantially less damage than any other melee weapon in the game. However, an enemy that is marked for death will receive all damage as mini-crits. You can only mark one enemy at a time, but it will be very unlikely to kill an enemy by yourself. Use this to mark an enemy in congested areas so your teammates can easily take him down.
- Consider equipping the Flying Guillotine to conserve some effective offensive capabilities.
- The attributes are the same as the default Bat. However, the lack of a "FISH KILL!" or "ARM KILL!" in the kill feed can tell if a Spy is using the Dead Ringer.
- This grants the ability to throw a baseball that will stun an enemy on a successful hit. However, you will have a lower health of 110. Always have the ball ready to shoot to aid in escapes or attacks. Remember, the farther away from the target you are, the longer the ball will stun. Lead targets to ensure a hit. If you miss, you must wait 15 seconds, chase the ball down, or visit a resupply locker to gain another ball. Use the ball on congested areas to increase your chances of hitting a target.
- Pair with the Flying Guillotine by stunning enemies and following up with a critical hit.
- You can stun enemy Spies trying to jump over teammates for a stair-stab.
- This weapon has limited use by itself due to its lower damage output, but it is very useful for killing enemies "tagged" by a Sniper's flaming Huntsman arrow, or a Pyro's Sharpened Volcano Fragment.
- Similar to Sandman, this weapon can shoot an ornament that bleeds upon contact with an enemy. However, the melee damage is significantly less than the standard Bat. Throw the bauble in congested areas and try to attack enemies on low health to inflict the most damage. As with the Sandman, make sure to lead targets, else you'll have to wait 15 seconds, chase the bauble down, or visit a resupply locker to get another. Use this with Crit-a-Cola to deal deceptively high bleed damage.
- You do not have any of your powerful Rocket Launchers and cannot rocket jump to quickly move around. Your slow speed will also hamper maneuvering around enemies. Thus the Soldier is far more of a support class in Medieval Mode.
- Your high health pool will enable you to sustain and deliver more damage than most other classes.
- Use your banners to aid or repel a push in the absence of ÜberCharges.
- This weapon is helpful when defending congested points for reduced overall damage from enemies, or when a crit boosted enemy is about to charge in. If an enemy Soldier is using a Buff Banner, you may want to wait until he sounds his bugle, and then sound your own to cancel it out.
- This weapon is extremely helpful when attacking congested points. The increased melee damage will put a considerable dent in their personnel defenses. Consider buffing friendly Snipers, especially if they can hit enemies with flaming arrows, as the afterburn will mini-crit as long as the Snipers are buffed. Buffing a friendly Pyro wielding the Sharpened Volcano Fragment will do the same. Buffing a friendly Medic with the Crusader's Crossbow will result in the same mini-crit damage being applied to the arrows. Bleeding is also affected by this, so coordination with your team is key.
- This weapon works well on either Offense or Defense, as teammates will constantly be attacking the enemy. The healing they get from attacking will greatly increase their chances of survivability.
Note on Banners: The Rage meter either fills by taking damage or receiving damage. Though you have a high pool of health, you will likely come off damaged in a fight. You must have a source of healing to deal or receive extended damage. After all, you must be alive to sound the bugle. The halo effect surrounding your teammates's feet can be used for Spy checking, as enemy Spies will not receive the halo effect.
- This weapon has seen limited use for users jumping off of walls on onto enemy players to deal fall damage. This can be useful for players jumping onto congested points.
- This weapon is good for speeding up slower teammates like Heavies but is poor for self-defense due to the reduced damage. However, you will also gain a speed bonus, allowing you to maneuver yourself towards enemies or to make a hasty retreat. It has a long range, even longer than the Eyelander, so you should be able to get a few hits on anyone who isn't faster than you, which is all classes but the Scout when you are boosted. However, even in battle make sure to keep hitting teammates, once your boost runs out, you are helpless without your increased speed. It also works well for Spy checking: disguised Spies nor yourself will receive a speed bonus.
- This weapon grants large mobility increase as you progressively take damage. Use the speed increase to maneuver yourself to quickly finish off opponents and seek health after a particularly damaging battle.
- It's important to remember that you cannot call for a Medic and his Medicating Melody taunt with the Amputator and his Crusader's Crossbow arrows will not heal you if you have the weapon out. Switch to a Banner to allow him to heal you.
- This can be used if you can maneuver yourself well and avoid attacks. The extra damage gained as you become injured will allow you to take on more opponents Rambo-style provided you don't receive additional damage.
- As with the Escape Plan, you cannot call for a Medic and he cannot heal you in any way with this weapon out. Switch to a Banner to counteract this.
- Using a Banner and the Equalizer, try to dish out or take small amounts of damage to build up your rage meter. Do this in presence of allies since the Equalizer only increases damage and not speed when at low health.
- It is worth noting that the Equalizer's Kamikaze taunt is one of the few ways to cause explosive damage in Medieval Mode; it is suicidal, but try using it to catch enemies coming around corners or clearing congested points.
- This weapon doles out consistent damage over a long range and will completely heal you on a successful kill. You are not likely to need to switch to your banner before you achieve at least one kill. Keep in mind, however, that an enemy Soldier or Demoman wielding the Half-Zatoichi can kill you in one hit, and vice versa.
- The one-hit kill ability deals immense damage, and will charge whatever banner you are using almost all the way, so consider using this weapon if there are many enemy Demomen using it for the easy banner. However, keep in mind that due to your reduced speed, you are at a disadvantage in a one on one fight, so try to ambush him or attack while he is fighting your teammates.
A note on the Half-Zatoichi: If you see an enemy approaching with the weapon, it is best to keep him at a distance and strike him between his swings. One critical hit from the sword will kill you as a class with health under 195, restore him to full health, and due to how critical hits are calculated, give him more of a chance to inflict critical hits.
- The absence of Rocket Launchers, and therefore rocket jumping, makes the Market Gardener a poor choice as there is no way to activate its ability.
- This weapon is a good choice on offense due to the increased capture rate. As there are no bullets flying, there are no downsides. However, the Demoman's shield bash currently counts as bullet damage and should be taken into account.
- This weapon is good for dealing consistent damage at all health levels.
- The Pyro has the highest speed-health ratio of any class, so is a good choice for direct combat. However, with only a melee weapon, it lacks the adaptability of other classes.
- With the loss of your Flamethrowers, you are unable to Spy check effectively, set people on fire with regularity, or use the compression blast to extinguish teammates and push enemies away.
- As with playing Pyro in general, you are best suited towards ambushing and catching people off guard to be effective.
- You have an innate resistance to afterburn from the Sharpened Volcano Fragment and flaming Huntsman arrows. However, this does not protect you from the raw damage that they cause.
- The use of these weapons is limited due to it inability to deal random critical hits, weakened melee damage, and due to fire only being present in the form of a flaming Huntsman arrow or the Sharpened Volcano Fragment. If there is already another Pyro on your team wielding the Fragment, you can follow them with one of these weapons to make for a deadly combination.
- This weapon generally reigns superior as a Pyro weapon for Medieval Mode, due to the increased melee damage, increased healing from medkits, and the fact that everyone drops a medkit upon death. This weapon will, however, diminish the Medic's healing from the Crusader's Crossbow and the Medicating Melody taunt of the Amputator.
- These weapons will provide consistent damage with no downsides.
- The absence of buildings makes these weapons a poor choice due to the decreased melee damage.
- Since there are no areas of water currently in any Medieval Mode map, there are few ways to activate its effect. Team up with a Scout throwing Mad Milk in areas full of enemies to thoroughly punish soaked players.
- This weapon can heal the user and provides one of the few ways to gain an overheal. However, its increased melee vulnerability gives it a drawback in large melee fights.
- This weapon is strongly recommended for its ability to set enemies aflame, thereby causing damage over time and is a useful tool for Spy checking. However the decreased melee damage and the general prevalence of fire-resistant shields means that this is more of a hit-and-run tactic. Pair up with another Pyro wielding the Axtinguisher or Postal Pummeler or a Soldier with an active Buff Banner to make an effective and deadly combination.
- This weapon is used best when you see a Medic doing a Medicating Melody taunt with the Amputator. If any player being healed by the Medic is hit with a Third Degree, all damage will be transferred to the Medic and any other healing players for the duration of the taunt.
- Without his explosive weaponry, the Demoman can no longer fill his role as a demolitions expert. However, due to the large array of weapons that are still available to him and access to all of his weapon slots, the Demoman is arguably the most effective class in Medieval Mode.
- Use the charge granted by the shields to speed through to objectives and avoid obstacles.
- Since most of your weapons have longer ranges, you can keep people at bay without suffering much melee damage yourself.
- If you have these weapons, you should equip them. The extra health and charge turning control (assuming you have a shield equipped) will assist in taking down enemies.
- This weapon has better passive defensive bonuses against fire and explosions, making it a better choice when facing Sharpened Volcano Fragment Pyros and Ullapool Caber Demomen.
- This weapon on the other hand, has more offensive power with a shield bash that can severely damage or kill weaker enemies.
Note on shields: Demomen can use the rocks and other features of scenery to quickly ramp up over walls and other obstacles. Any weapon that cannot deal random critical hits, such as the Eyelander, will be granted a critical swing near the end of the charge. Use this to your advantage. Additionally, if aimed correctly, you can still pop people into the air with the shield bash, rendering them helpless and with low health: easy prey for your melee weapon.
- These are reliable weapons with no drawbacks.
- This weapon has the advantage of an increased charge length and a larger melee range. However it reduces the Demoman's initial health, provides no critical hits outside of a charge, and will not collect heads like the Eyelander.
- These weapons collect heads and have a larger melee range. This is very useful, especially once the Demoman builds his health, overall speed and shield damage increase as more heads collected. However, it cannot randomly crit normally and will reduce the Demoman's initial health.
- This weapon doles out consistent damage over a long range and will completely heal you on a successful kill. You also have no other weapons to actively switch. Keep in mind, however, that an enemy Soldier or Demoman wielding the Half-Zatoichi can kill you in one hit, and vice versa.
A note on the Half-Zatoichi: If you see an enemy approaching with the weapon, it is best to keep him at a distance and strike him between his swings. One critical hit from the sword will kill you as a class with health under 195, restore him to full health, and due to how critical hits are calculated, give him more of a chance to inflict more critical hits.
- This weapon is a good choice for offense as it provides a capture bonus. Since there are no bullets, there are no drawbacks. However, the Demoman's shield bash currently registers as bullet damage.
- This weapon, with its increased damage and ability to crit, can be extremely effective (especially when combined with a charge). Its move speed reduction can be an issue, though. Avoid this weapon if you are focusing on speed.
- This weapon's charge recharge increase is extremely useful. Since none of the Demoman's available weapons use ammo, it effectively adds extra health packs to the map via dropped weapons. The disadvantage of this weapon is that it cannot deal any random critical hits, which is easily offset by your frequent charging, making your critical sword swings all the more lethal.
- This is the only weapon capable of causing explosive damage (barring the Soldier's Kamikaze taunt), and can easily take out a cluster of enemies with a full shield charge. Once exploded, it is effectively useless due to no random crits and the low damage output. Be wary, as the resultant explosion and fall damage can leave you with very little health. Visit a resupply locker to restore the Caber and your health.
- Use the Caber and the shield bash to to clear out congested points and kill weaker enemies in a single blow.
- The blast knockback can be used to jump onto walls, allowing instant use of your shield charge. This will leave you with low health and a less effective melee weapon; use your charge to race back to a resupply locker.
- Without your Miniguns you lack a powerful source of damage. But with your high pool of health and your lunchbox items, you can still be a formidable opponent.
- Your slow speed hinders your ability to chase down opponents. Your large frame prevents you from being ignored. You can be more effective by lying in wait around corners and in hidden alcoves. The element of surprise is your greatest chance of winning a fight.
As the Shotguns are unusable, always make sure to equip a lunchbox item:
- This can be used to grant added speed and deal Mini-Crits with your melee weapon of choice; use this to your advantage in Medieval Mode, but beware, as all hits taken will also be Mini-Crits.
- Your can drop your Steak to heal your teammates or a Medic who is taunt healing you. Be sure to watch his back.
- Refill your Steak instantly by walking over one of the many small healthkits that may be lying about from dead allies and enemies alike.
- Be especially careful against Snipers using the Bushwacka, as all Mini-Crits will be turned into Critical hits!
- Use in conjunction with friendly Soldier's Battalion's Backup to negate Mini-Crits against you and become a force to be reckoned with!
- These are more useful in Medieval Mode than in conventional gameplay due to Medics being unable to overheal. The added health will enable your survivability in fights. Health pickups will grant slightly more health while your maximum health is increased. You may eat as many as you'd like to heal yourself gradually, however you cannot drop it for a fellow teammate.
- This a great way to heal yourself in the absence of reliable sources of healing. Use it as a pick-me-up after a particularly exhausting battle.
- Your can drop your Sandvich to heal your teammates or a Medic who is taunt healing you. Be sure to watch his back.
- Refill your Sandvich instantly by walking over one of the many small healthkits that may be lying about from dead allies and enemies alike.
Note on lunch box items: Remember the only way to activate their effects is by standing still and nomming on it. Position yourself against a wall or a protected spot before a battle to avoid having your lunch break interrupted.
- This weapon allows the Heavy to attack faster than a Scout at the cost of overall damage. Combine with the Buffalo Steak Sandvich to do 156 base damage in a single second, assuming all hits connect.
- These weapons deal consistent damage with no downsides
- If there is a group of enemies huddling on a point, you may have a chance to perform a Showdown. But use it with caution, or you will be a sitting duck.
- This weapon is detrimental to the Heavy due to vulnerability against melee weapons, which are widely used in this mode. However, it does gives resistance to ranged weapons such as the Huntsman used by the Sniper.
- This weapon will turn all attacks against you into Mini-Crits while active and has a lower base damage. Use your increased speed to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee". Take a break after a battle with your Sandvich taking care to watch your back.
- This weapon functions similarly to the Fists, with the additional backstab-like mechanic of forcing enemies to laugh. Random critical hits also trigger this effect from any angle. You can finish laughing enemies off with any method of your choosing including the Showdown taunt.
- Note that eating the Buffalo Steak Sandvich will not cause enemies to laugh with this weapon; it merely provides mini-crits instead of full crits.
- This weapon can guarantee crits for 5 seconds after a successful kill. Use this to your advantage in areas with many enemies, such as contested control points. However, due to the lower attack speed you have to make every hit count.
- When used with the Buffalo Steak Sandvich, use the initial mini-crit buff to get a kill and lead to the K.G.B.'s crit buff; in conjunction with the Steak Sandvich's speed boost, this becomes an extremely deadly and devastating combo.
- This weapon is a good choice due to its higher damage output and ability to crit, compensating for the 20 health reduction. Consider using the Dalokohs Bar in conjunction with this weapon to negate the health decrease entirely or the Buffalo Steak Sandvich to deal devastating 114 damage.
- Without the Shotgun, Pistol, or Buildings, the Engineer's role in Medieval Mode is very limited. Try to avoid taking damage and catch enemies off their guard. Your small stature can be easy to miss.
- The misconception of the Engineer's high crit rate is due to the fact that he has a Sentry Gun to deal massive amounts of damage. Without it, you have the same chance of dealing out crits as anyone else.
- With your modest health, be aware of nearby health kits. Keep tabs on where your Medic is, especially if you are using the Southern Hospitality and catch fire. If you are on fire or bleeding or taking mini-crit damage from an enemy Soldier's Buff Banner, see if there is a medkit or friendly Soldier using the Battalion's Backup effect and stay in range.
- If the Gunslinger, the Southern Hospitality, or the Eureka Effect are not available to you, you may want to consider switching to another class.
- This weapon is capable of dealing random crits and has the advantage of teleporting to your spawn with full health via taunting. Be sure to avoid enemies before you perform the taunt. Since Buildings, and therefore hauling, are absent in this game mode, this weapon is a direct upgrade to the default Wrench.
- This weapon gives you a much needed extra 25 health (bringing you up to 150). You cannot deal random crits, but you receive a guaranteed crit after three successive punches on an enemy.
- Remember that the three hit combo can still work when hitting a teammate as one of the punches. Use this to your advantage in big groups of enemies and teammates.
- If an enemy is sufficiently distracted, you can finish them off with the Organ Grinder. Be aware of other enemies before you do this though.
- The absence of buildings makes this weapon a poor choice due to the reduced damage.
- This weapon makes enemies bleed dealing a significant amount of damage over time. This more than compensates its inability to grant random critical hits. Be wary of afterburn from flaming arrows or a Pyro's Sharpened Volcano Fragment.
- This is especially useful for Spy checking in the absence of Pyros.
- If a friendly Soldier uses a Buff Banner, stay in range to ensure the bleed effect does additional damage.
- These are not recommended in Medieval Mode: Though you'll have the same speed and do the same damage as a Pyro wielding the Fire Axe, you have significantly less health than other attacking classes.
- Without your Medi Gun you are unable to provide a reliable source of healing. However, your choice of weaponry can allow you to heal teammates provided you use them correctly.
- Your natural health regeneration, moderate health, Crossbow, and healing abilities can make you a formidable opponent and ally if you know how to pick your fights and help others.
- Since you have a ranged weapon, you gain a distinct advantage over others who must get within melee range to attack you. You reload faster than the Huntsman, however, try to make every shot count and judge when you should pull out your melee.
- You can spam arrows at congested points to ensure damage or heal teammates, but do not be afraid to pull out your melee and get in there, especially if your arrows don't hit anything.
- On congested points, it can be surprisingly effective to slip into the background and taunt heal with the Amputator. Enemies will be unlikely to notice that their opponents are not losing health.
- On another note: be sure to know when it is better to taunt-heal your teammates versus directly joining into the fray with your weapons. If you are killed, your team will be without another body to attack or defend the point.
- This weapon is one of the only two ranged weapons allowed in this mode. Use it if you have it. Additionally, it reloads faster than the Huntsman with an inability to deal headshots. As with aiming all projectile weaponry: lead with your arrows; they will arc and take time to get to your enemy and, if the shot is not aimed properly, he may have moved on.
- Healing teammates at close range will provide an instant 75 health. However, they will not be likely to hold still while fighting as you attempt to heal them. Aim your arrows at them as you would your enemies and try to predict their movements. They will thank you for it later. Dummkopfs.
- At range your teammates will gain a greater health boost. Damage is also greater at range against enemies.
- You can fire bolts through window slits, crenelations, and the gaps of spawn gates. However, you cannot ignite your arrows on a torch to deal fire damage.
- If you see a mass of players, firing bolts at them even at random will almost guarantee a useful hit, either damaging an enemy or healing an ally.
- Make sure to memorize the ammo placements, as the Crusader's Crossbow is the only weapon that uses ammo aside from the aforementioned Huntsman and the Spy's watches.
- Keep moving! If you not able to get behind cover, you are extremely vulnerable to attack while reloading if you are stationary.
- Unlike the Huntsman you can also jump and shoot in order to aim above a mass of players. This is useful if defenders are in front of a control point and your teammates are on it.
- If you listen closely, the arrows can be used as a form of Spy-checking. The arrow will produce a noticeably loud thwack upon striking a supposed "ally". There will also be an absence of the team-colored healing cross above the enemy disguised Spy's head.
- This weapon is one of the more superior melee weapons available to the Medic in Medieval Mode. On top of regular damage, its taunt, the Medicating Melody, is one of the only sources of healing in this mode. However, when performing the taunt, be sure to be behind cover or against a wall to prevent enemy attacks, headshots, and backstabs. Your teammates should be protecting you, as you are completely vulnerable in this state.
- Using the Crusader's Crossbow and Amputator together increases your passive health regeneration, making you a true Medieval Medic. This can combat afterburn, bleeding, and allow you to take sustained damage and heal from it faster.
- This weapon will do consistent damage with no downsides. However, both the Amputator and Solemn Vow are direct upgrades. Consider using one of them if they are available to you.
- This weapon will allow you to see the enemy health, similar to a Spy. Use this to your advantage and alert your teammates to help you go in for the kill.
- The absence of any kind of ÜberCharge makes this weapon a poor choice due to the reduced swing rate.
- It is still possible to perform the Spinal Tap kill taunt, but it will not provide any additional benefit.
- The absence of any kind of ÜberCharge makes this weapon a poor choice due to the reduced max health.
- Your main focus does not change as you retain the ability to headshot. Pick off key targets accordingly, but don't be afraid to get into important capture points and fight.
- Focusing your fire with other Snipers can be extremely effective and can allow for quicker kills.
- Fire in crenellations and through window slits then get behind cover to reload.
- Keep moving! And only expose yourself when needed. You don't want to fall victim to a backstab or a headshot.
- Know where the ammo boxes are. You only have 12 arrows, make them count.
- Shield-bearing Demomen are easy targets if they charge towards you, as they will run in a straight line. Use this to your advantage.
- Before the gates open, you can still fire your Huntsman through the gaps.
- Unlike your usual Sniper Rifle this weapon shoots arrows that travel in arcs. You can also charge your shot to fire arrows faster and in a straight path. In maps such as DeGroot Keep, you can use the torches spread around the map to light up the arrow and and deal afterburn damage. Because it is a projectile weapon and travels in arcs, it's harder to pick a headshot. Timing and precision is key to using this weapon. However, the larger projectile hitboxes, the ability to headshot, and the fact that it is one of two ranged weapons in this mode makes it more than an adequate sidearm (provided you actually hit someone with it).
- Firing flaming arrows within range of a friendly Soldier's Buff Banner will deal additional Mini-Crit damage during the afterburn.
- Due to the stunning effect of the Skewer taunt. You can immediately immobilize then kill enemies charging towards you. Remember to watch out for other enemies before doing this taunt.
- The added health regeneration is extremely valuable in this game mode. However, unlike the Medic's, it is much slower and does not increase over time. While it may help steady your charged shot while bleeding or on fire, given that this is a fast-based mode and that you must constantly move around even when charging your shot, it provides little benefit besides the healing.
- The +25 health bonus can help you survive assaults longer, but it does not protect against backstabs.
- This shields against one backstab attempt. This is more useful in Medieval Mode than in normal gameplay, as Spies cannot use Revolvers in this mode. Be sure to retaliate when you hear it shatter.
- While mini-crit opportunities are rare since Jarate is not allowed, this is can be lethal to enemies, dealing out full critical hits, when: teamed up with a Buff Banner Soldier, against a Scout under the effects of Crit-a-Cola, enemies marked for death by the Scout's Fan O'War, or against a Heavy under the effects of the Buffalo Steak Sandvich. The drawback is that you are more vulnerable to fire damage, so watch out for Pyros wielding the Sharpened Volcano Fragment and flaming Huntsman arrows from other Snipers.
- This deals consistent damage and has no advantages nor drawbacks.
- Similar to a Soldier's Equalizer, this weapon deals less damage when health is more than 50%, and more damage when health is less than 50%. This makes the weapon very useful if you are injured during a melee fight. Use your health to your advantage, but keep an eye on it.
- This weapon causes bleeding damage, making it good for dealing with Spies and making weaker enemies retreat, but its low raw melee damage makes it less effective in group fights. Maneuver around accordingly to deal the greatest amount of long-term damage to the most people.
- While the Spy's most important weapons are largely unaffected, the behavior of enemies is vastly different to other modes due to the focus on melee – adjust your strategies as needed.
- Stay out of direct melee fights since your knife does terrible damage. Instead, backstab enemies when they are distracted in battle. Trick backstabs can very effective as most enemies are focused on frontal assaults. If a single enemy attempt to directly engage you, step back, avoid the swings, and when they miss, move in for a quick stab, but quickly back off if it is not fatal. Repeat as necessary.
- Without the presence of the Flamethrower, Spies are harder to find. Even so, watch out for classes with bleeding effect weapons, and other threats such as Scouts with Mad Milk, Snipers with flaming arrows, and Pyros with the Sharpened Volcano Fragment.
- The best time to backstab the defending team is when the gate is open and they are focusing their attention on it, leaving them distracted.
- By the same token, while defending the last point, you can easily drop down from the battlements and backstab foes entering or clustering around the gates.
- If not using a disguise, try to stab the enemy as fast as you can; if he is using tf_medieval_thirdperson 1 he might see you approaching from behind.
- Due to the large amount of carnage on the field, you will be able to find enough dropped weapons and health packs to discreetly fill your health and Cloak.
- If you're observant enough, you'll quickly realize that enemies are very predictable. It may be a good plan to try and fake them out by strafing one way then quickly strafing the other. Most enemies will look the way you first strafed, opening their back wide open to you. If your enemies start catching on to your fake strafe, you can execute the fake, then fake back again, going the way you originally strafed to once again open their backs to you.
Note on anti-Spy strategy: Since the Spy's greatest strength is his Melee weapon and players behave very differently in this melee-only mode, a good Spy can be an extremely difficult opponent to take down. The following are some tips to counteract this:
- Since Spy-checking is extremely limited in Medieval Mode, the Spy is actually the best class to counteract other Spies. With your disguise, you can observe and call attention to "teammates" that are acting strangely: "teammates" that are jumping over others may be trying to force a stair-stab, "teammates" closely following another may be trying to backstab slower moving classes, "teammates" hiding in dark areas or around corners can be trying to do corner-stabs, "teammates" at the top of stairs facing you are prime candidates for Spies attempting stair-stabs.
- An enemy Spy trying for a a trick-stab or backing up trying to maneuver around a teammate are often sufficiently focused on the task that they too become susceptible to a simple backstab.
- Take alternate routes if a Spy is camping an entrance.
- Try to attack him at range, and if he is using the Dead Ringer, force him to waste his Cloak.
- Do not move in a predicable pattern (such as moving in a straight line) so that a Spy may maneuver around and backstab you.
- Do not attempt to engage such a Spy in direct melee combat. He will surely out-maneuver you and backstab you. Tricking a practiced trickster via feinting is possible. Ranged weaponry can also help counteract this.
- Try to force an enemy Spy to attack to remove his disguise and alert his presence to your teammates.
- The Dead Ringer can be extremely difficult to deal with an counteract. Attacking a enemy Spy right after he is forced to uncloak can be very effective.
- An extremely difficult situation to counteract is a Spy using the Conniver's Kunai for the overheal and a Dead Ringer to feign his death and guard against extra damage. It is best to run interference against him so that he does not gain another backstab, letting the overheal decay naturally so that he is in a vulnerable 60 HP state. Even still, engaging him while you are at low health reduces his benefit of landing a backstab on you as well as removing his disguise, exposing him to your teammates.
- This weapon will allow you to rapidly fill up your Cloak upon a backstab, making it especially useful with the Dead Ringer. The health penalty means you have to use it with caution.
- This weapon requires a high-risk, high-reward approach. Due huge loss of initial health, many of the classes have a chance to kill you in a single hit. This is one of the few weapons allowed in this mode that can grant the user an overheal. Upon a successful backstab, you will immediately gain increased survivability. Plan to land successive backstabs to keep up your health. Trick shots such as the stair-stab and the matador are very effective. In the hands of an experienced Spy, this is a formidable weapon.
- Paired with a Dead Ringer and an overheal, you will be very difficult to kill.
- These offer no advantages nor disadvantages. Use surprise to sneak up on enemies.
- This weapon offers a relatively safe experience for the Spy. All kills will not show up in the kill feed and will be virtually silent, except for the large frozen calling cards. The weapon gives immunity to being ignited by Sharpened Volcanic Fragment and lit Huntsman arrows; the weapon recharges instantly on contact with fire in Medieval Mode.
- Using these weapons, as in general gameplay, is risky business as you cannot disguise. Quickly land backstabs to avoid being discovered; the silent kills, disappearing corpses, and lack of notification in the kill feed will provide for your escape. Note that backstabbing enemies capturing a point will not stop the point from being captured by other enemies. It will slow the process down, however.
Special Note: Most knives (except for the Spy-cicle and the Sharp Dresser) will allow you to perform the deadly Fencing taunt. You can use this on unaware opponents, but remember to watch out for enemies (especially Spies) before doing so.
- As a Spy, you still have access to your Disguise Kit in Medieval Mode. Disguise as an enemy or an ally and act accordingly.
- Note that this is not available to the Spy that uses Your Eternal Reward or the Wanga Prick.
- Disguising before cloaking will leave a smoke trail that will reveal your location. Cloak, then disguise.
- Disguising as a teammate can make trick backstabs easier, as the enemy will not suspect you to be a Spy, so they will not be as careful about you getting behind them.
- Pay attention to what weapon your disguise is carrying (especially if you're using Your Eternal Reward or the Wanga Prick). If your disguise is holding a weapon that cannot be used in Medieval Mode, it gives the enemy team an obvious sign that you are an enemy Spy. Since the only weapon available to you is your melee, press "Use Last Disguise" (default ) to change your disguised weapon to a melee one.
- If finding ammo is a problem, the Cloak and Dagger can help you remain invisible indefinitely. Use the alcoves, corners, rocks, or even in the open and wait for an opportune moment to strike.
- This can be used well, especially if your knife has a health penalty as spychecking is harder with melee weapons. This provides an adequate escape if your backstab attempt goes wrong.
- Even on a feigned death, you will still drop a health pack. Use this to remediate fall damage or to give yourself a health boost. This, however, also makes Spy-checking much harder.
- Use this if you must be invisible for a short period of time, such as sneaking into the enemy base or maneuvering around a dangerous foe.
Note on watches: Since few weapons in this mode use ammo, you can fill your Cloak relatively quickly (except with the Cloak and Dagger) with dropped weapons or ammo boxes. Remember that although Spy-checking is limited, you are still susceptible to Mad Milk, fire from flaming Huntsman arrows and the Pyro's Sharpened Volcano Fragment, bleeding, or merely bumping into someone. All of these will short out your Cloak, rendering you slightly visible to everyone.