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This article is about community VS Saxton Hale Mode strategy for the custom-made VS Saxton Hale Mode mod.

Note: Gameplay may change accordingly within each different server, modifications to the public version of VS Saxton Hale may be evident, and as such, the information listed on this page may or may not be true; generally it should be true for the most part of the public version.

Saxton Hale is a very strong character. Although he can only use his bare hands to fight, his fists do a lot of damage (more often a 1 hit KO for most TF2 classes) and can take out the stronger classes in just two hits. His special rage attack can be used when he takes enough damage, temporarily scaring opponents and making them defenseless while also disabling their Sentry Guns. Hale is also quite athletic, outrunning everyone but the Scout and the Medic who is using the Quick-Fix on a Scout and being able to jump extremely high. However, Hale will gain increased speeds as he gets lower health (similar to a Escape Plan effect); super jumping (with alt fire, not crouch) can be used to increase Hales speed in the air as well to catch up to targets.

The four other characters in VS Saxton Hale vanilla, have slightly different abilities, such as Christian Brutal Sniper's ability to use the Huntsman on rage but at the cost of a smaller rage stun distance, the Horseless Headless Horsemann's ability to teleport at the expense of not having super jump, the Vagineer's temporary invincibility (uber) upon triggering Rage but at the cost of a smaller rage stun distance, and the Easter Bunny's ability to fire explosive eggs in every direction coupled with a small stun radius.

General

Note: Weapons and classes are subjected to server side modifications, changes, and such that the public released version of vanilla VSH has no part of.

  • As this is a modified version of Arena Mode, most Arena tactics also apply here.
  • Stick together! Teamwork here is vital.
  • Keep in mind that Hale has a couple of other abilities, such as rage, weigh down, and other gimmicks that most players will try to repeatedly use.
    • Communicate! Alert your teammates of Saxton's whereabouts at all times.
  • Try to attack the enemy from afar. He can only use melee weapons.
  • Saxton's punch does about 195 (202.5 damage damage, but can vary slightly). A critical hit does 585. This means that only the Heavy and in extreme cases, a Soldier with 200 HP, without overheal can survive a hit from hale, but considering the base damage of Hale is 202.5, the chances are extremely low. If you somehow manage to survive, search for a Medic, or find a Dispenser or Health pack to recover.
  • With the exception of the Spy's knives and Soldiers Market Gardener, all melee weapons have crits forced upon them. Some weapons that normally would not be granted critical hits have this disability negated because of this.
  • Taunts (lethal taunts) only do 500-625 damage. Because of this, taunt kills are rarely seen as a legitimate tactic due to the risk of being hit before actually landing the taunt.
    • In VERY rare circumstances, if you can manage a telefrag on Hale, it will deal 9001 (unless changed) damage to Hale. However, since Hale will be moving a lot, telefrags are just as rare as they are in normal gameplay; and thus considering the health pool, unless Hale has less than 9001, then Hale won't die, be wary of a incoming rage, as most players will resort to use rage.
  • Some servers give you critical hits after successfully taunting. Be cautious, as you are defenseless while taunting, thus it's often safer to taunt while Hale is at a distance or situation where he can't just run up to you and smack you down.
    • The High Five! is one of the fastest taunt in the game, and can be used on all classes, so you should be using it if you have one. If you don't have one, you can use the Director's Vision taunt which is easier to obtain.
  • Momentum is Saxton's worst enemy. Air blasts, Sentry Guns, critical hits, and other knock back inducing attacks are always good ideas to consider.
  • Never let your guard down. Saxton Hale may sneak up behind you and quickly kill you, check behind you or the sky as he may just about to stomp you; don't forget to look behind you as you run, Hale will out run you if unimpeded.
  • Against the Horseless Headless Horsemann Jr., try to stay in one big group or go around in a few strong groups. If you are caught alone in the HHHJ's teleport, it almost certainly means death unless you are a Medic. Be cautious of rage though, being in a group means you are more likely to be caught in a rage stun.
  • When fighting the Vagineer, be sure to have at least one Pyro with the Flamethrower or Degreaser equipped. An airblasting Pyro is possibly a Vagineer's worst nightmare. Any rage reducing weapon and the Pomson 6000 will reduce the amount of time the über lasts while airblasting will increase the duration.
  • When fighting the Christian Brutal Sniper, be careful no matter how far you are from him, as his arrows can take you down at a distance, don't let your guard down as long as you can see him due to straw arrows that might go through team mates and may hit you as a collateral damage.
  • When fighting the Easter Bunny, protect the Sentry Guns and Sentry Nests as the Easter Bunny is more affected by the Sentry Gun knock-back than the other Hales. Also, if the Easter Bunny kills one player, use the eggs that fall on the ground to get critical hits for a few seconds and for Engineers it gives full metal. Be cautious of whenever the Bunny picks up eggs though, critical Hale is no fun, and neither is critical exploding Easter eggs.
  • It's always helpful to memorize the map layout, terrain, boss abilities, and even the player that's playing the bosses movement patterns and habits. Know your stuff, and it may greatly help you.
  • Generally melee hits (especially critical) to the legs of any model will induce high amounts of knock back, which potentially could save your life or another team mates, but be warned, some players will catch on and proceed to crouch to prevent you from knocking them up into the air with terrain, such as stairs, and platforms that require jumping to and from.
  • Never forget, that most players will most often use the ability of Hale called "Rage", a ability that allows hale to disable mercenaries and Sentry Guns nearby into defenseless wriggling beings easy for the pickings of a Hale.

Classes

Scout

General

  • Be warned, the vast majority of players from experience do not like Scouts, and will proceed to single out, target, or rage Scout players.
  • Try to stay at a medium to short range of Saxton to get the most damage out of your gun. Your job isn't to do a lot of damage at once, but to do damage over time and distract Saxton to help your teammates.
  • Use your agility to your advantage, moving along paths that would take Saxton longer to go around.
  • Despite being as faster than a 100% HP Saxton, be careful when running away from him or running around him. He might get a lucky hit in.
    • Saxton Hale is faster than you while you run backwards. If he is following you, run for a bit, turn around and shoot a few times once you have some distance between you and Saxton, then run some more to regain the distance lost.
  • A Scout will always die in one hit from Saxton, unless the server has gimmicks, modifications, and such that prevent so.
  • A Scout will usually be slower than a Hale that has generally low health, due to the Escape Plan effect on Hale when he has lower health %.

Primary Weapons

  • The Scattergun is useful for hit and run attacks against Hale. The large clip size allows more direct combat before reloading.
  • Using the Force-A-Nature will usually knock back Saxton at close range and will knock you back if you are airborne; this can be effective for escaping, especially if you become the last man standing and you get even more knockback from crits.
    • Be aware of where you knock Hale to. You don't want to knock him straight into your team mates.
  • The Shortstop is useful for dealing good amounts of damage at range.
  • The Soda Popper's hype mode can be activated any time you want to - use it when you are escaping
  • While the Baby Face's Blaster is excellent at escaping, remember that jumping or over-damaging Hale will put you at a severe disadvantage. Get a feel for the weapon's speed and abilities before putting this to use.
  • The Back Scatter can be used to deal a large amount of damage to a distracted boss. Be aware, however, that it is less effective if the boss is chasing you.

Secondary Weapons

  • Your Pistol has mini-crits hits forced upon it, therefore it has a higher damage output than any of your primary weapons.
  • Crit-a-Cola gives critical hits instead of mini-crits, allowing you to quickly deal high amounts of damage to Hale while also providing a speed boost to get away if needed.
  • As an emergency weapon, Bonk! Atomic Punch can help you get away from close encounters. Get some distance between you and Saxton before drinking Bonk as, while drinking, you are completely vulnerable.
  • On a team without Medics, The Mad Milk/Mutated Milk will help your team get much needed health back from close encounters with Saxton Hale.
  • The Pretty Boy's Pocket Pistol is very useful here. The increased health and no fall damage are very useful, the slowed firing speed is not much of a problem, and Saxton's inability to use fire makes it a direct upgrade to the Pistol. It also nullifies the Sandman's negative ability allowing you to be overhealed normally with 125 HP.
  • The Flying Guillotine is very useful for Scouts who can harass him at a range. Its ranged Mini-Crits encourage staying a distance away, and using it with the Sandman will cause even more damage if he's stunned. Also, the bleeding can be used to detect him or for hit-and-run attacks.
  • The Winger's extra damage and added jump height make it easier to not only do considerable damage to Hale, but also maneuver around him and give you access to places that might not have been accessible before.

Melee Weapons

  • The Atomizer is an upgrade in terms of evasion. Watch out for your health, as sustained triple jumps can quickly drain it.
  • The Boston Basher or Three-Rune Blade can be useful if you dart in and out, whacking him when he's not paying attention. Since this is an Arena-like mode, however, aim carefully.
  • The Candy Cane is very useful in this mode; if injured, quickly smack Saxton a few times and flee with the health pickups while he's not watching you. Saxton's inability to use explosives makes it a direct upgrade to the Bat.
  • The Sandman is a direct upgrade from the Bat in terms of attack. You can stun him in order to slow him down and deal damage. However, be aware that even when fully overhealed, you will not survive a hit from Saxton Hale.
  • The Fan O'War is a support weapon; each hit decreases Hale's rage meter by 5%. This can be used to delay his rage in critical situations, particularly after Hale has been backstabbed.
  • The Wrap Assassin can be used to inflict bleed damage on Hale from long distances. However, be aware that melee damage is greatly reduced with this weapon.
    • Be sure to use both baubles at once, as the cooldown timer only starts once both are thrown.

Ineffective weapons

  • The Holy Mackerel or Unarmed Combat are not recommended, as they alert Saxton Hale to every melee hit.
  • The Sun-on-a-Stick is a downgrade from the Sandman, since it deals 25% less damage, and all melee weapons are granted critical hits anyway.

Sets

  • The #1 Fan set (or the incomplete set using normal Pistol) encourages hit-and-run tactics, as the Scout can charge up on Soda Popper, switch to the Winger or Pistol for critical hits, and escape with speed and the Atomizer if needed.

Soldier

General

  • After the Scout, you're the class with most mobility, especially with the Gunboats or Mantreads equipped. Try to stay away from your teammates and act as a backup if your teammates are in danger. Just shoot some rockets in their way and hope that they'll push Saxton back.
  • In this mod, every rocket launchers will deal mini-crits when Saxton is airborne.
  • Shooting rockets at Saxton's feet is a great way to throw him off path and buy yourself time. It can also be used to force him into traps (Like Sentry Guns, Stickybombs, large groups of teammates etc.)
  • Unless they are critical, your rockets don't do much damage, although they provide moderate knock back.
  • If Saxton is too close, you can rocket jump to escape.

Primary weapons

  • The Direct Hit can be good for people with expert aim; hitting Saxton as he superjumps can launch him even higher than usual. Also, it will deal critical hits instead of mini-crits to airborne enemies (338 with mini crits or criticals).
  • The Black Box is very useful on a team without Medics as it will heal you when you hit Saxton.
    • Coupled with the Battalion's Backup, you can potentially survive a large amount of damage from Hale.
  • The Liberty Launcher can be a substitute for the Direct Hit for people with average aim, though the reduced damage can be a problem, the reduced damage also reduces the amount of damage you take when rocket jumping, thus can be conjoined with the Gunboats to take even less rocket jumping damage.
  • The Cow Mangler 5000, though does not have much in the way of damage, makes a good escape-oriented weapon thanks to the infinite ammo. The charged shot, when done in long distance, can help teammates to identify Saxton by lighting him up; however it cannot be critted in any way, thus it's not a very good weapon when crits are available.
  • The Air Strike is more of a direct downgrade from the standard Rocket Launcher, because there is no one to kill except the boss, in addition to the decreased damage. However, the increased fire speed while rocket jumping is a direct upgrade. Some servers will give "kill" clips whenever you hit Hale though.

Secondary weapons

  • Your Shotgun can be used to pepper hale from a distance, or inflict more damage to him if you run out of rockets in a close encounter. As with all Soldier weapons, it mini-crits hale in the air.
  • If you have a lot of teammates, consider equipping the Buff Banner to help deal some extra damage to the stronger Hale.
    • Under the Buff Banner's effect, all Engineers revive mini-crits with their Sentry Guns. This can push Saxton away in a pinch.
  • The Battalion's Backup blocks a massive amount of damage from Hale when used, and coupled with the +20 HP boost, you can survive one hit from Hale. Due to Hale's high damage, it is filled with one hit, but leaves you with very little HP; but when the backup buff is on, everyone including yourself around a certain distance will only take about 10% damage, thus making this a viable choice for a secondary.
  • The Concheror can be used to heal yourself and your teammates as well as providing a speed buff. If your team has either a Medic or a Dispenser, however, it won't be of much use. Then again it is quite likely that both sources will fall in time, which is when the Concheror excels at healing and providing a speed buff to nearby allies and yourself.
  • Against bosses that can superjump, the Reserve Shooter can deal large amounts of damage to him when he's in mid-jump, and help you switch weapons even faster than usual.
  • The Gunboats allow you to do multiple rocket jumps without losing too much health, effectively keeping your distance from Hale without a high cost in health. Negates a huge majority of fall damage.
  • The Manntreads can increase your rocket jump height. You can escape from Hale by rocket jumping. However, you will receive about 40 damage (with the Liberty Launcher). Negates a huge majority of fall damage.
  • The B.A.S.E. Jumper can help you avoid fall damage when you are low on health. Be aware however, that your slow descent makes you a good target for the boss. You also take normal rocket jump damage.
  • The Panic Attack can be useful for multi-fire damage and is a better alternative to the Beggar's Bazooka. At low health, the firing rate will increase, but the spread rate will also increase, so watch out.

Melee

  • In this mod, the Escape Plan's (Escape Plan and Equalizer have combined effects, thus it's practically the old Equalizer, where you gain both speed and damage with the lower the HP you have) speed boost is very useful. At low enough health levels, you become just as fast as the Scout with a pretty high damage output, if u choose to hit hale with it. The marked for death effect won't be a problem since Hale can take you down on one hit anyways.
  • The Pain Train is a direct upgrade from the Shovel since Saxton uses his bare hands. However, capturing the point is generally looked down on in this mode.
  • The Half-Zatoichi may be useful for health gains if you get close enough to him while he's unaware; try rocket-jumping away upon his noticing you.
  • The Disciplinary Action can be an invaluable method of escape for both you and another teammate, or even be used as a melee weapon due to the increased++ range that it inherently has as a side bonus.
  • The Market Gardener as now of the newer versions of the VSH plugin, can now market garden for roughly about 10% of hales HP.
  • The Beggar's Bazooka has its uses, increased firing speed, ability to load multiple rockets, but the inaccuracy at farther ranges; it all depends on how the user uses it.
  • The Righteous Bison isn't much use; while the weapon's infinite ammo is helpful, the penetrating projectiles and inability to be deflected isn't much help. The smaller clip size and slow-moving projectile may also hinder you. But it has its uses, and coupled with crits, may even deal more than what most think it can do.

Sets

  • The Airborne Armaments set is very useful for juggling Hale and keeping him away from your teammates. While the Reserve Shooter's capabilities are increased, the Market Gardener isn't beneficial or detrimental, seeing as all melee weapons deal critical hits.
  • The General's Formals is useful for surviving and being a team player; help others and yourself get away from Saxton! The Mantreads will also reduce fall damage, so use it for that and rocket-jump to high areas.
  • Dr. Grordbort's Victory Pack is somewhat neutral. On one hand, The Cow Mangler won't be as useful seeing that the charged shot won't be very powerful against Saxton. While the Righteous Bison's infinite ammo is also helpful, the projectiles' main property of penetration won't be as useful. On the other hand, the charged shot can help assist in lighting Saxton up, and the infinite ammo allow Soldier more chance of rocket jump and minimize need to resupply ammo. This set is map oriented, as small arena maps will make this set not recommended, while large open maps (such as Watchtower and Nucleus) allow the Soldier to take a position and conduct long distance support all by himself.

Pyro

General

  • Air blasting capabilities are relatively strong, but can be detrimental when the Hale spams rage.
    • Because most bosses rely on melee weapons, you can push them away without letting them hurt you, but be wary of those that use rage often, as air blasting will give them more rage.
    • As a result, you become a valuable teammate for large groups and teamwork.
  • Stay close to ammo resources, such as Dispensers and Ammo boxes, as you will lose ammo very quickly when firing or airblasting.
  • Beware of maps with water. Saxton can easily drop in to extinguish fire and afterburn damage.
  • An easy way to alert your teammates of Saxton's presence is to light him on fire and make him more noticeable. This is especially useful on some of the darker maps such as Sawmill.
  • You are pretty good against the Vagineer's rage uber, but you better keep your distance, as the stun radius can reach you when he gets too close. However With a nearby Dispenser and a Medic healing you, you'll become that of a area denial; be wary of super jumping and weigh downs though.
  • Try to Stick near any current prime target: not just Engineer areas but also the more stationary class such as the Sniper or Soldier. If you have a good source of ammo, such as an Engineer's nest or boxes nearby, and you are locked on to the boss, you can generally keep them off any target.
  • The HHHJ's Superjump is actually an instant Teleport. Keep this in mind the next time you airblast HHHJ into a Death Pit as he can teleport out quickly, endangering you or a team mate. However, this teleport leaves him unable to attack for longer than a normal teleport, which your team can take advantage of.
  • Don't be afraid to let loose some of that flamethrower, the Pyro will deal large amounts of damage at close ranges, but that leaves you under the risk of being hit or even raged.

Primary

  • Your air blast can prove to be invaluable. Blasting Saxton Hale around can disorient him, allowing your team to get some easy shots in. In addition, try airblasting him into environmental hazards such as the saw blades in Sawmill or off a cliff such as the cliff in Lumberyard.
  • The Degreaser's faster weapon switch time proves invaluable when in a pinch, and more so with the Reserve Shooter. However, afterburn damage is reduced with this weapon.
  • The Backburner is useful to deal damage since the Backburner deal critical hits from behind. However, it costs more ammo while air blasting.
  • The Phlogistinator is good for dealing massive damage while having the "Mmmph" meter active, since you can deal mini-crits while it is active, but beware that you cannot air blast Hale.

Secondary

  • The Flare Gun and the Detonator are replaced with a "Mega-Detonator", a customized Flare Gun that behaves like a Detonator, but allows for a very large Flare Jump at the expense of greater self-damage from explosions. The flare jump will propel the user a large distance regardless of whether it is detonated via alt-fire or via the flare exploding on contact with an object. You can use it as an emergency weapon to escape from Hale.
  • The Reserve Shooter is very useful if aiming with a Flare Gun is difficult. Since Hale will be airborne constantly, this can be an effective way to damage him at a distance with mini-crits. It pairs very well with the Degreaser, reducing weapon switch time to near zero.
  • The Scorch Shot's knockback can be a good supplement when you are low on ammo for your flamethrower or are using a weapon like the Backburner or Phlogistinator. Keep in mind, however, that the damage and knockback it does is much lower than a primary weapon's flames and airblast so it will not work as well.

Melee

  • Use of the Back Scratcher is based off of many different factors. Are there any Medics/Engineers on your team? Are there health packs on the given map?
  • The Sharpened Volcano Fragment is marginally useful here, if you dart in and out hitting him randomly.
    • However, it may be more useful to just use your flamethrower.
  • The Powerjack is a high-risk high-payoff weapon. Should you manage to hit Hale, you get extra health. Beware if Hale tries to hit you as the increased damage vulnerability makes you easier to kill. The speed bonus is also good for getting away from Hale in dangerous situations, or dodging and attacking with ease.

Inadvisable weapons

  • Using the Axtinguisher or the Postal Pummeler will be just like the Fire Axe, which gives you no positive attributes.
  • The Homewrecker and Maul are completely useless in this mode. There are no Sappers to destroy, nor buildings, and the damage penalty isn't worth it.
  • The Neon Annihilator is useless because all melee weapons have forced crits and it does less damage than any normal weapon.
  • The Third Degree acts just like the normal Fire Axe in this mode, as there are no Medics to heal Saxton.

Demoman

General

  • One of the highest and most capable of top damaging and dealing the most damage easily to Hale.
  • You can deal huge damage in a single hit, so you will be one of Saxton's prime targets.
  • With a shield and the Loch-n-Load or any Grenade Launcher equipped, you are unable to Stickybomb and Grenade jump. Consider this when fighting Saxton.
  • Demoknights are most often found within VSH, due to their capabilities to dish out high DPS, while maintaining the ability to survive a hit, high mobility, and damage with heads on the Eyelander.
  • Generally most Demomen go with (Grenade Launcher/Booties) (Any Shield) and (Eyelander or any reskin) due to the fact that it's one of the best loadouts; stickies are viable, but truth be told, are only capable of besting Demoknights when they are critted, and that the Hale is blind enough to walk into stickies.

Primary

  • Ali Baba's Wee Booties/The Bootlegger will give you an extra 25 health, which can help you survive a hit from Saxton, but you will lose the capabilities of your Grenade Launcher.
  • Because of the knock back provided by grenades when they come into contact with Saxton, it may be difficult to hit him with all four. Consider using the Loch-n-Load for a higher damage output.
  • The Loose Cannon is a great weapon when fighting against Hale. It deals knockback to him allowing you more time to escape or save a teammate, has higher projectile speed and does moderate damage. If you time it right you can also launch yourself around to temporarily escape. It is also possible to get a "double-donk" on Hale.
  • Beware that the Grenade Launcher, the Loch-n-Load and the Loose Cannon has less ammo. Pay attention to your ammo while fighting Hale

Secondary

  • If using stickies, plant stickies near an Engineer's nest or key points where you believe Hale will go, or has to go. If Saxton gets near, detonate them.
  • If you have the Scottish Resistance equipped, place one (or multiple) sticky(s) near you, so you may escape when Saxton comes after you.
  • Set plenty of stickytraps along map routes used by Saxton. Use the Scottish Resistance or plan it out with fellow Demomen.
    • Alternatively, place a concentrated amount of stickybombs where Saxton will come from. The Scottish Resistance's extra 6 bombs will help.
  • If you are cornered but you have some time before you die, as a last ditch attempt, place sticky bombs near you and detonate them just before you get hit by Saxton. This will kill you, but will deal damage to Saxton at the same time.
  • Equipping the Chargin' Targe and the Splendid Screen can block one hit from Hale. They also grant critical hits on all of your weapons. It isn't viable to charge toward into Hale's that will circle strafe, but most situations of a shield bash (Splendid Screen bash) will usually launch Hale vertically. However you use it, is dependent on you.
    • Note, however, the Splendid Screen is much better than the Chargin' Targe in this mode because of Saxton's inability to use explosives or fire, and of its charge impact damage. A successful shield bash on Hale with send him flying away and give you a small window to get a free Melee attack on him, which is especially useful for weapons that rely on scoring hits.
    • While the Explosives and Fire damage resistances on the Tide Turner are useless, the full turning control makes up for this. The charge, however, does not deal as much damage as the Splendid Screen. Your charge is not refilled on hit either.

Melee

  • The Eyelander, Headless Horseless Horsemann's Headtaker, and Nessie's Nine Iron will give you heads upon hit. Try attacking Saxton with your blade, then when he notices you, run off with your additional speed bonus from your heads. The health bonus will help as well in escaping. More often is the Eyelander a popular choice in this mod, due to its benefits, perks, and such that it can rack up.
  • The Scotsman's Skullcutter will deal more damage, but escaping from Saxton will be harder. Consider using a shield to accompany it.
  • The Ullapool Caber is best used as a very last resort. Since all melee weapons have crits forced upon them, the Caber will deal 410 damage and propel you upward, possibly saving your life. Use this extra chance to escape and find a better spot. Note also that since this is a variation of Arena Mode, you cannot receive another Caber and it may be best to save it until last resort.
  • The Half-Zatoichi is similar to the Eyelander in this mode in that you gain more health (about 40 HP, not full health per hit) per hit, but it is received as overheal and you cannot get a speed boost.
  • The Persian Persuader converts all ammo into health. This can be useful if you are low on health, but you cannot get ammo for any weapons from Dispensers so ammo cannot be refilled until the end of the round. Also, it will build up your charge more quickly, allowing you to escape from Saxton more easily if you still have your shield.

Sets

  • The Expert's Ordnance can be used well by people seeking to deal as much damage as possible. Try to fire a few powerful grenades at him, and when he gets close, make a getaway by hitting him with the Ullapool Caber.
  • The One Thousand and One Demoknights pack is very useful here. You will survive one hit from Saxton, and your Persian Persuader negative attribute is nullified. The 200 health will also give you a higher chance to survive if you didn't have it. Beware that you are limited to melee weapons with this set.

Heavy

General

  • You are the ultimate gunner in your team. Try not to go anywhere alone.
  • Don't rely on your high health to survive. Saxton can beat you down in two well-placed hits or a critical or a stomp.
  • Stay close to a Dispenser or ammo supply; your guns will chew through ammunition easily and most fallen weapons will be taken accidentally by teammates.
  • Try to stick with a Medic, even though you can survive one of Saxton's punches, you will still have a large chunk of your health gone. A fully overhealed Heavy can easily survive two hits from Hale unless he gets a critical hit.
  • If you get lucky, you may jam Saxton in a corner via your Minigun's knock back. At this stage, simply go to town with your guns until Saxton recovers. Don't go too near Hale as his rage will stun you and you will be unable to use your Minigun, giving Hale an opportunity to get unstuck. Do not stand underneath him as he can use his weigh down ability and dispatch you quickly.
  • Remember that while stunned, you can still melee Hale. This exploit is incredibly useful and can knock Hale far away from you or a sentry nest, giving your teammates time to recover.
  • Heavy is the only class in vanilla VSH that can jump while stunned, use it to your advantage.

Primary

  • If you plan to just stick to one place, consider using the Brass Beast. Aside from the higher damage output, if you're constantly firing at Saxton Hale and you have a reliable ammo source, the knock back against him will be slightly increased.
  • The Tomislav provides fast enough spin up and spin down times needed for a shoot-and-pray strategy: shoot a few rounds, and then hide away. It has less DPS however.
  • The Huo-Long Heater can be useful if Saxton is attacking you, as he will take extra damage from the flames and will possibly stay back. Its ammo consumption can be nullified by a nest with Dispensers, which is where the gun becomes very helpful in helping your teammates defend. Remember to bring a secondary weapon with you when not near sources of ammo because you will run out much quicker.

Secondary

  • On a team without Medics, consider using the lunchbox items for the Heavy, as health becomes a scarcity in this mode. Even with Medics, nutritious food will help your buddies survive.
  • The Sandvich/Robo-Sandvich and Buffalo Steak Sandvich can be dropped. Try to aim them at very wounded teammates.
  • Using the Buffalo Steak Sandvich as an escape weapon can be risky as you need about 4 seconds to consume it.

Melee

  • The G.R.U or K.G.B/Bread Bite is often useful with a Medic; you can hit Saxton once or twice, and flee when he approaches.
  • The Warrior's Spirit health loss will not matter much; Saxton will still be unable to kill you in one hit. The damage bonus will be useful stacking with the crits.
  • The Eviction Notice is useful for brawling with Saxton; the forced crits will make up for the weaker attacks, and the attack speed is useful for getting as much damage in as possible. But, use it at your own expense.
  • Use of the Showdown taunt is inadvisable, but may not be completely suicidal since it has a long range and is one of the fastest kill taunts in the game.

Inadvisable weapons

  • The Steak is not recommended for your own consumption. Saxton will be able to kill you in one hit if he lands a blow on you.
  • The Dalokohs Bar or Fishcake isn't much use in this mode because Saxton will still kill you in two hits regardless. The chance he will kill you in three is highly unlikely.

Sets

  • The Hibernating Bear set is for dealing heavy damage to Saxton. While your Steak won't be of much help as Saxton will kill you in one hit while using it, the Brass Beast and Warrior's Spirit will let you crush him. Try to stay near a constant source of healing/ammo so you don't end up defenseless. A Medic is recommended.
  • The Black Market Business isn't as effective because the Tomislav will mainly be used for hit-and-runs, not really for direct combat, while the Family Business deprives you of food pickups. Try to memorize where the health pickups are on your stage so you can be healed; Dispensers will be helpful.

Engineer

General

  • Engineers have the most potential when it comes to this mod with a knock-back inflicting Sentry Gun and a healing Dispenser. However, he requires time and resources to accomplish this.
  • Know your terrain, map layouts, and sentry spots that you know will at least contribute to the team.
  • Try not to hide in a corner while your team is fighting the boss, it doesn't help, and it only leads to more frustration when Hale rages you after all your other team mates have died or dispersed.
    • Protect your Engineers at the start of the round and they will pay the team back later with firepower and health. A Dispenser is especially important as Health and Ammo or otherwise difficult to find in this game mode.
  • Be careful when camping against the Christian Brutal Sniper. His Huntsman can easily kill you outside of your Sentry Gun's range.
  • Be careful when building a sentry nest against the Headless Horseless Headmann Junior. His teleport ability may allow him to wreak chaos in the nest.
  • Try getting a Pyro with you so he can airblast Saxton if he gets too close to your Sentry nest.
  • Alternatively, get a Demoman to lay a sticky trap to send Hale flying should he get close.
  • On most servers, a unmini-critted sentry won't be able to knockback a Hale as much as mini-critted Sentry Gun, take advantage of sources of mini-crits to take even greater advantages of higher heights, where the knockback would knock Hale from your sentry as he tries to jump, but be wary of rage, and super jumpers that will close into your sentry or yourself.
  • Against the Headless Horseless Headmann Junior, try to set up a telefrag - get yourself or a teammate to stand on your teleporter exit, then when the HHH teleports, quickly stand on the entrance. The resulting telefrag will deal exactly 9001 damage to him, and has the possibility to turn the tide of the battle.
  • Remember that if you die, your Sentry Gun will be instantly destroyed, but your Dispenser and Teleporters will survive.
  • Most Hales will use rage on you if your nest is nearby. Try to have an escape route ready for when this happens. Have an escape teleporter to somewhere safe ready.

Primary

  • The Frontier Justice is very useful in this mode if you have placed an aggressive Sentry Gun; fire Saxton full of criticals upon hearing your sentry firing.
  • The Widowmaker's abilities are limited due to the lack of ammo in Arena. However, it is possible, but risky, to gain metal by getting close to Hale and shooting. However, do not rely too much on this tactic, since if you run out, you will be completely vulnerable if there are no Dispensers and/or Sentry Guns nearby.
  • The Rescue Ranger can save valuable metal on repairing your buildings after Hale uses rage. The mark for death penalty is largely irrelevant considering Hale kills you in one hit regardless. It's recommended you stick to your Pistol or Wrangler to attack Hale with.

Secondary

  • The Wrangler is useful in dealing a high damage output and for stalling Saxton if your sentry is put in a small tunnel or doorway.
    • The Wrangler, coupled with a level 3 Sentry Gun, allows you to sentry jump to difficult areas where Hale may have trouble getting to.
  • You have an (almost) infinite supply of Pistol bullets, so if the Wrangler isn't available, use this to pepper Hale at a distance. This does quite a bit of damage.

Melee

  • The Southern Hospitality is a direct upgrade to the regular Wrench, since Saxton doesn't use fire and it makes Saxton bleed - although you probably won't often be engaging in a melee battle with him.
  • The Gunslinger gives you the ability to build Mini-Sentry Guns that takes less metal. Use them as a temporary defense or as an alert to see where Saxton is. This can also be used as an assault weapon to distract him with, and even though it is weak, left undealt with it can still be an effective foe. It can also be used to defend your set up spot before you build a Dispenser.
  • Due to the long trapping time, use of the Organ Grinder taunt is not completely suicidal.
  • Consider using the Jag for the faster build rate, as melee combat is suicidal, negating the damage penalty.
  • The Eureka Effect can be useful if you want to escape long-range fights against Saxton, as you can teleport back to your spawn or Teleporter Exit. However, be aware that the upgrade/repair rate for your buildings is reduced by 50%, and it takes a few seconds to fully teleport from you location, leaving you temporarily vulnerable.

Buildings

  • Hit your buildings while they construct to speed the process up. Many nests are destroyed because a sentry is still building when Hale arrives.
  • Build your Dispenser first. Your team needs lots of ammo and health, and you may not find any ammo packs. Also, all ammo packs are small variants, giving 40 metal each.
  • Your Sentry will stay stunned longer than players. If your sentry gets stunned, it is usually a good idea to bail out and rebuild your buildings from scratch.
  • If you are low on metal, remember that building gibs and fallen weapons can replenish your ammo supply.
  • After building a Sentry Gun and Dispenser, you can build a Teleporter to use as an emergency escape route if Saxton gets too close. Beware, however, as it takes some time to teleport when you are on the teleporter entrance. Also, placing an exit in a safe location can leave you vulnerable.
  • Sentry Guns provide significant knock back. With enough Engineers, you may provide enough force to relocate Saxton.
  • When near a corner with a ceiling or if the map has a low skybox, you can effectively pin him with your sentry and do enough damage to quickly finish him off. This however can be backfired if Hale rages.
  • If possible, get a Medic to heal you while you have your Wrench or Pistol out — because the Medi Gun grants mini-crits to indirect damage (i.e. afterburn and Sentry Guns) to a crit-boosted person, a tremendous amount of damage can be dished out from a sentry in a small amount of time.
  • Depending on whether the server has set hale_ragesentrydamagemode to 1 or not, if your Sentry gets stunned by Saxton's taunt, it will lose about half of its health and you will not be able to repair it unless you haul and redeploy it. When doing so, hitting the sentry while it is upgrading itself will make you lose metal as if you're repairing it, but the health of it will not increase.
  • If you die, your Sentry Gun will be destroyed but not your Dispenser or Teleporters. Keep this in mind when fighting Saxton.
  • If there is a HHHJ present, consider Sentry Jumping to places where the Horsemann can't reach you without teleporting and getting some teammates with you to protect you. This is also a good opportunity to build a telefrag setup, because HHHJ has no choice but to teleport to you.
  • Since the Sentry Gun's attack range is larger than Hale's rage attack, Engineers can position multiple nests of Sentry Guns to protect one another in case of a rage attack.

Inadvisable weapons

  • The Short Circuit is not really helpful because there are no projectiles to destroy and it has pitiful damage. However, if fighting the Christian Brutal Sniper you may be able to destroy his arrows with precise timing. Some servers enable the SC to stun Hale at the cost of metal.
  • The Pomson 6000 like the Righteous Bison is not that useful as the penetrating projectiles and inability to be deflected is pointless. However, if one is using the Wrangler and their Sentry Gun is destroyed, one can use this as a substitute for long range damage.

Medic

General

  • You are one of the most important classes in this mod with your healing capabilities. Do whatever needs to be done to survive.
    • On the other hand, you are weak when alone. Always stay with a buddy, preferably a strong class such as heavy or a demoknight. If you pair up with another Medic, you can fill Übercharge and help each other build über when the time comes.
  • Due to your high importance to the team, you can act as bait for Hale to chase into a trap. Beware as this is an extremely risky tactic.

Primary

  • ÜberCharge gains from the Syringe Gun can build your ÜberCharge extremely quickly as you gain 5 percent ÜberCharge on each successful hit. Firing needles whilst backing away from Hale can quickly build a full ÜberCharge.
  • The Crusader's Crossbow is useful if played on a large map, such as Watchtower. The extra damage, 10 percent ÜberCharge per hit and critical hits can allow you to effectively snipe him. You should still be using this weapon for quick healing, however.
  • The Syringe Gun is a great way to build ÜberCharge fast. If Hale is running towards you or is running near you, a simple string of hits with syringes can boost your ÜberCharge considerably. Don't forget to aim where you think Hale is going to be, not where he is, as most of the needles will miss if he strafes and doesn't go in a straight line.
  • The Blutsauger can come at good use for this mode - every time you land a hit on Saxton, you will replenish 3+ health, and considering how fast the firing rate of the syringe projectiles are, you can easily go from 1 health to 150 health if you are very good at dealing damage at long range. However, you will only regenerate 2 HP a second as a compensation.
  • The Overdose 10% movement speed isn't much as they say (it helps), but the 10% reduction of damage isn't much of a downer, as it isn't viable to be a "battle Medic" and use your primary to try to dish out damage, when your team needs you for the overheal and ÜberCharges that potentially could turn the tides of a game.

Healing/ÜberCharge

  • Remember that you will be one of Saxton's priority targets, due to the fact that you can heal and ÜberCharge.
  • Heal everyone. Do not prioritize one class. With the exception of a Scout using a Sandman and a Spy using a Conniver's Kunai or Big Earner, any class fully overhealed can survive a hit from Hale, although extremely rare.
  • Pairing up with a heavy and deploying ÜberCharge can be your best bet for the most DPS.
  • Do not hesitate to deploy your ÜberCharge on a teammate in danger. One extra person could mean the result of the round.
  • Hale's stun is your largest threat. However you are immune to it while ÜberCharged. Try to predict when Hale will do his rage taunt and be prepared to use your ÜberCharge to save teammates when they are stunned.

Melee

  • Don't use your Ubersaw to build up your ÜberCharge unless Saxton is very distracted or if you are trying to stun him with the Spinal Tap taunt. However it is a conceivable tactic while being ÜberCharged by another Medic. You can however use the Ubersaw whenever you feel like it, but it's risky; it's on your part though.
  • The Amputator may be useful for healing an entire party of people effectively if there isn't a nearby Dispenser.

Inadvisable weapons

  • The Vita-Saw has no valuable attributes. Since this is a modification of Arena Mode, you will not respawn. However, Saxton will kill you with one hit anyway, so it's not a negative weapon either.
  • Because you can type in a certain code in chat to see Saxton's health (albeit only once every minute or more), the Solemn Vow acts just like the regular Bonesaw in this mode, with no positive attributes.

Sets

  • The Medieval Medic set can be useful for sniping Saxton from far away. You'll ÜberCharge far less, though, and your Amputator will be essential for healing people, just as important as your Kritzkrieg.

Sniper

General

  • The Sniper specializes in dealing high amounts of DPS, but at the cost of being rather fragile; but not without his own perks.
  • Try to away from the Hale, it isn't advised, nor is it viable to melee him. None of your weapons receive damage falloff meaning you can deal large amounts of damage to him at long ranges.

Primary

  • The default Sniper Rifle is extremely useful in that it marks Hale, allowing everyone on your team to see his outline. The duration of the glow scales with the charge of the shot, meaning that a non-scoped or non-charged hit on Hale will cause him to glow for 2 seconds, and a fully charged shot for 8 seconds. If you see him trying to sneak up on your teammates, mark him to alert your team.
  • Because all the Sniper's weapons are granted full crits, your unscoped shot (or uncharged in the case of Huntsman) can deliver 150 damage alone. Considering the speed of Saxton Hale, it is in generally preferable to shoot him unscoped/uncharged and to go for body shots if he is chasing you. Fully charged, you deal 450 damage and 465 damage with the Huntsman, meaning that if you have good aim for body shots, you can deal huge amounts of damage to him in just several shots, perhaps even surpassing Backstab damage if you are good enough.
  • A possible, but risky tactic is to use the Sniper's Huntsman Skewer taunt. The taunts initial thrust is coupled with a stun on the target, meaning you can quickly take down Saxton with the help of another Huntsman Sniper if both players lock him in a taunt chain. Beware, however, of Saxton's Rage taunt as this will unfreeze him, leaving you very vulnerable.
  • The Huntsman does about 50% more damage than stock Huntsman (485 fully charged in this mode, fully charged Sniper rifles deal 450), so if you can use it effectively, this is a good alternative to the Sniper Rifle at closer ranges.
  • The faster charge rate of the Sydney Sleeper can be useful, but note the lack of Jarate and ability to outline Hale.
  • The Hitman's Heatmaker's increased charge rate can be useful for Snipers who have an easy time aiming and are in a safe place away from Hale where they can charge it.

Secondary

  • Since all of your weapons have a critical boost, your SMG will have a higher damage output than a Heavy's Minigun. However, it has a low amount of ammo and is not very accurate so be careful if trying to shoot Saxton to death.
  • The Cozy Camper can be useful as it provides a health restoration bonus and also deals minor bleed damage when shooting Hale with your SMG.
  • Jarate can be used as a support weapon to reduce Hale´s Rage meter. However, you will lose the damage output of your SMG. Also, this debuff does not apply to the Sydney Sleeper. Be advised, that the rage you remove with Jarate can be easily be recovered by the damage that you and your team mates do to Hale over time.

Melee

  • The Tribalman's Shiv is useful so other people can track Hale down and to remove Hale's element of surprise. The constant criticals will negate the damage penalty.
  • Since Hale can kill you in one shot, the Shahanshah's damage bonus can only be activated by self damage. This can be achieved through fall damage or non-lethal environmental damage
  • The Bushwacka allows you to climb walls as you hit them with your melee. Use it to get to high places where Saxton would have a hard time to get to you.
  • The Machina has its uses, even though it causes tracer rounds, that 15% more damage at full charge can be pretty decent to Hales that will ignore the tracer rounds.
  • The Razorback has been modified to block one hit from the back; thus can save your life in situations where you would have normally died.

Inadvisable weapons

  • The Cleaner's Carbine is a straight downgrade from the SMG in this mode, since it fires slower and has a smaller clip size.
  • The Darwin's Danger Shield isn't much use in this mode, as Saxton will still kill you in one hit even with the 25+ extra health, however, if a Medic or some other source overheals you, you will be able to survive a hit.

Spy

General

  • Saxton's rage taunt can reveal cloaked Spies. Cloaked Spies will remain invisible but a ring of ghosts will still float on top of their heads.
  • Whereas the Spy lacks in direct damage, he makes up for it with his backstab ability.
  • Even though you can deal a lot of damage to Saxton with just one backstab, don't rush at Saxton and madly stab thinking you will get a lucky backstab in. Remember that you are still a frail class. Watch out for an opening, then go in for a backstab.

Primary

  • Using L'Etranger is recommended as it allows the Spy to recharge his Dead Ringer faster and potentially survive an extra hit. It also provides an added second of Cloak time if you happen to be using the default watch. The mini-crits may negate the damage penalty, although you're not likely to kill Saxton with your Revolver.
  • Using the Enforcer should be reserved for when you can stay away from Hale at almost all times, since the 20% firing speed penalty is a major breaker in one on one combat, and you have to be undisguised for the damage bonus to set in.
  • The Ambassador should only be reserved for a true marksman, since its damage is lower than the default Revolver and firing speed is slower; but the headshots can be rewarding.

Melee

  • Always go for backstabs, as the knives do not deal Critical hits.
  • A successful backstab will decrease the health of the boss by approximately 10%. It takes only a few backstabs to deal a devastating amount of damage to Saxton.
  • If you manage to successfully backstab Saxton, a Razorback effect will be applied and you will be unable to stab for two seconds, and a notification of the backstab will show up on both your screen and Saxton's. Quickstabbing is viable, but there have been countermeasures made against this in a couple of servers.
  • The best opportunity to backstab Saxton is when he's (occupied and not noticing you) about to superjump or when he is attempting to run up to a large Sentry nest, where the knockback will slow him down significantly and make him easy bait.
  • Take note that Saxton will sometimes rage right after being backstabbed. If you watch your surroundings and can evade Saxton while being stunned you can prevent death.
  • Both the invisible watch and the Dead Ringer are viable invis watches, but it all falls under your play style and preferences.
  • Using the Conniver's Kunai will add 100 health, which may help you repeatedly survive with your Dead Ringer as you gradually gain more and more health. However this will allow Hale to instantly kill you since you have 60 health, so this is a high-risk, high-reward strategy.
  • Use Your Eternal Reward or the Wanga Prick; Saxton generally won't be fooled by disguises unless they are friendly, and instantly disguising upon backstab can be useful.
  • The Big Earner should generally be used if you want to Cloak often; since Saxton will kill you instantly anyway, the health penalty is negligible. Note, however, that you will be left less health after activating your Dead Ringer.

Watches

  • Generally, the Dead Ringer will be more useful for both distracting Saxton and surviving a hit or two from him. Beware as feigning death will not decrease the player counter.
    • Try to be in mid-air when Hale hits you and triggers the Cloak. The hit will send you flying away, making it less likely that he'll hit you again while invisible.

Disguise Kit

  • As Saxton is the only member on his team, your Disguise Kit will be useless against a Saxton who is paying attention. However, disguising as a friendly teammate with the Dead Ringer may fool Saxton into believing he killed a player when you are still alive.
  • Disguising as a friendly Scout can prove useful as Saxton will barely go for Scouts and will instead ignore them. However, a stunned Scout is often a high-priority target as they cannot avoid by jumping or dodging.
  • If you have the Dead Ringer equipped, you can disguise as a high-priority class (such as a Heavy, Medic or Engineer) and act as bait for Saxton early in the round so your teammates can set up.
  • The Diamondback has been changed to give crits on backstabs, thus can be used to reward yourself for backstabbing by shooting Hale with stored crits.

Inadvisable weapons

  • The Cloak and Dagger will be replaced by the default Invis Watch; do not even try to equip it. Unless the server has modified it in any way.
  • Do not ever take out your Sapper accidentally; you've wasted time and there is nothing to sap. Unless the server has modified it that you can sap something.

Sets

  • The Saharan Spy set works well with your Dead Ringer. Upon backstabbing him, you'll disguise immediately. If you don't have a full Cloak meter, try to attack him with your L'Etranger to gain some.
  • The Man of Honor set also works well with the Dead Ringer. Try to shoot him from afar, and then get close and stab him. Ask a Medic to overheal you to compensate for your lack of health.

Strategy: Playing as Saxton Hale

General

Note: TBH, it is NOT hard to play as Hale, in fact it is rather easy to play with a simple stay of holding mouse 1 while moving foward; the real challenge of this game mode is for the mercenaries to kill a superior being that is superior in every way to them.

  • General etiquette is not to rage, but since most people will argue that "it's apart of the game"; many mechanics of the game can be considered "apart of the game" as well, an example would be a map with high towers, where Hale can only get to with multiple super jumps on other smaller towers, or a map with a specific Engineer spot or mercenary spot that's generally very hard to get to. In other words, saying and trying to justify raging will only make you seem like an ass; it's a ability that defies all the game mechanics, advantages, and turns mercenaries into defenseless babies ripe for the picking. If you're going to rage, don't boast about it, don't try to justify or even make a excuse for it; just do it, but bare in mind, that many people won't like it. Simply to put it, it's the lazy mans route or the easiest way to win, simply because it can be spammed due to the amount of HP lost, and its disabling ability. Now if you're in a server where you feel things are unfair, 30+ personal servers, or constantly getting knocked backed ridiculously by say, a uncritted Minigun, then do as you like.
  • General etiquette is not to cap the point(s) as one of the bosses unless the situation is desperate. Generally, this is when one or more of the following occur:
    • Your health drops under 2000
    • Opponents are heavily entrenched, especially with a sentry farm.
    • When there are only Scouts on the other team left who are running away.
  • On a server with large amount of players, feel free to use a brute-force approach against the enemy. Chances are more probable that you will catch one or two easily.
  • Air-strafing is generally useful - if you get knocked into the air, you can air-strafe towards your target, and might even be able to stomp him/her.
  • Staying on the ground and the mercenaries knowing where you are generally leads to you being hurt more, stay more airborne, constantly on the move, and generally being unspotted will lead to less damage; but try not to stall, nobody likes watching people who camp in corners and all sorts of actions like hiding.
  • Super Jumping is your best bet to victory, spamming it as often as you can generally reduces the damage you take, due to the fact that you aren't on the ground, where the vast majority of players will try to hit you, as opposed to while airborne.

Health

  • Remember that you are not invincible, especially when playing with a small amount of opponents, e.g. if you only have one opponent your health is about 500. If you cannot charge forward, find another route toward their stronghold.
  • Be careful of chasms such as the pits in Nucleus as they are easy to fall into, difficult to get out of them and, if you do escape, will take a big chunk out of your health.
  • Another thing to be wary of are the other environmental dangers in the map such as getting trapped in a lift door or getting hit by a train. Some of these cannot be escaped from and you become more or less at your enemy's mercy.
  • Some maps have instant kill environmental damage zones, be careful of them (Example would be the grinder on MVM_mannhatten), unless the server changes it so that it doesn't instant kill.
  • Fire is useful, especially if you have high enough health, as you can use it to charge your rage meter.
  • Knock back will be your worst enemy. Deal with Pyros, Force-A-Nature Scouts, Heavies, and Engineers/Sentry Guns first before you go after other classes. However, do not be unwilling to go with the flow; you might just get knocked back in the direction of another enemy.

Class specific

  • Sometimes it just takes a little time to kill someone, being persistently chased is annoying personally, but eventually you will catch up and kill them, however unless you die in the process, then of course it wouldn't work out.
  • The most easiest way to kill mercenary is simply to rage them, but that's just being a poor sport; as it's generally looked down upon in this game mode.
  • Super Jumping into mercenaries (and smacking) is one of the most common practices that experienced Hales do, simply because of how it works.

Scout

  • Unless you get a lucky hit in, you may find that killing a Scout is one of the hardest things to do. Your most easiest option is to do a rage on him, try to bait him into running into your melee zone or simply super jump to catch up to him.

Soldier

  • The Soldier is slow, but his ability to knock you back and Rocket Jump away from you along with his high damage potential makes him a formidable opponent.
  • Killing off the Medics and Dispensers on the other team will make him less willing to sacrifice health for mobility, possibly allowing you to ground him if you consistently chase him and that the map has little health.

Pyro

  • Try to herd Pyros away from ammo packs so that their airblast capabilities are slowly drained.
  • Sometimes, the Pyro's airblast can help you as they grant a rage boost.

Demoman

  • Beware of sticky traps as not only will they hurt you, they will also send you flying if in an open space, especially if the map has an environmental hazard.
  • Be prepared to go after a Demoman after you break his shield.

Heavy

  • Being the slowest, the Heavy can easily be caught up to and killed if alone.
  • Most of the time, however, he is surrounded by teammates. Pick off his team bit by bit until you can reach him or use your rage taunt.
  • Heavies while spinning up, can be easily stomped with the proper strafing and super jumping.
  • Beware of Heavies even when they are stunned as they can melee you away, potentially wasting your rage.

Engineer

  • If the Engineer dies, his Sentry Gun is also destroyed. If both an Engineer and his Sentry Gun are stunned, go after the Engineer.
    • However, it may sometimes be better to destroy the Engineer's buildings as it forces the Engineer to rebuild his defences with less metal.
  • If you find a teleporter, break it. It will either force the Engineer to go and replace it or deny said Engineer an escape route. Breaking a teleporter exit may also prevent a possible telefrag, saving you 9001 hit points.
  • Using the Superjump to reach a Sentry nest and then instantly deploying your rage taunt before the Sentry Guns can respond will allow you to catch anyone up there off-guard without being sent flying.
  • It's best if you find and kill Engineers early on in the round, before they can set up adequate defences.

Medic

  • The Medic is weak, but is usually protected by his team.
  • Get him away from his team and killing him is a matter of dodging his Über-granting needles and getting close enough to him.
  • The faster you get to the Medic, the less time he has to build up an Übercharge.
  • If the Medic activates his Übercharge, both he and his target will by immune to damage and your stun, and the patient will receive critical hits for the duration. If this happens, you should immediately disengage until it wears off unless you can knock either of them into a death pit.

Sniper

  • Generally will deal a lot of damage over time if left to be, so your best bet is to deal with the Snipers first in large and open maps.
  • Move erratically to avoid his shots; strafing helps too.
  • A group of Snipers can deal devastating amounts of damage against you, as well as marking your outline, preventing any sneak attacks you may attempt. Try to prioritize Snipers, especially on a large, open map.

Spy

  • If you manage to hit a Spy, chances are that they're using the Dead Ringer. If you suspect a Dead Ringer Spy, you can use your taunt to locate him or smash likely hiding spots.
  • If there are Spies around, try not to use crouch to charge a superjump, instead use the right mouse button. Your speed will decrease significantly if you crouch and it will give Spies the perfect chance to backstab you.

Abilities

  • Superjumping may have disadvantages in some situations; a cluster of well-placed Sentry Guns and Heavies can easily send you hovering above ground, making you a floating target, possibly until you die. You are also a sitting duck for a backstab during the countdown. Keep this in mind.
  • Super jumping however, is Hales best weapon for both offensive and defensive purposes; running away, reaching high heights, and catching up to targets faster than you would by running towards them; but this only applies when you use it right with right click (alt fire).
  • Don't forget to use your weighdown when you are being juggled! Hold crouch and look down to activate weighdown, which will make you come crashing down, and if anyone is unfortunate enough to be under you, they will be stomped.
  • If you fall on top of an enemy, they will be crushed to death. However, don't rely on this to eliminate the other team and only rely on it for unsuspecting enemies below you and the lucky kill now and again.
  • Rage is always a viable option, but like usual, it is looked down upon, and can leave a warning to other plays that you are a player who will use rage; use it as your own expense.

Horseless Headless Horsemann Junior

  • Use teleport to surprise your enemies before either giving your opponent a quick chop or stunning them with your taunt. All players need to do is hit you with a melee weapon and then you will pop out of them, so it would be a good idea not to have anyone looking at you while you are teleporting so that they do not get their melee weapon out.
  • Waiting for teleport constantly is not advised, it is considered stalling, annoying, and generally is against most server rules.
  • Right before letting go of the crouch button before teleporting, press your attack button, as this will cause you to chop the person you teleport in to.
  • Remember that you cannot Superjump, so high places (such as the boxes on Granary) are relatively inaccessible, especially if there are Sentry Guns or Pyros that will knock you back if you try walking there. In order to counter this, make sure you have a teleport charge ready, and hope that you will end up in the high place you were planning to go while simultaneously taunting to make sure no one can escape.
  • The Horseless Headless Horsemann Junior's super-duper jump is actually just an instant teleport, like a normal HHHJ teleport, but without the charge time. The instant teleport comes with an increased stun time (4 seconds) to the HHH to prevent quick kills against the opposing team.
  • You can perform the Decapitation taunt. Use it if you get stunned by the Sandman or locked in a taunt-chain.

Vagineer

  • Your taunt will only stun players a small distance away, but it provides a lengthy ÜberCharge. When taunting, go after more damaging targets such as Heavies or Sentry Guns.
  • If you deploy the Übercharge whilst pinned by Sentry Guns, the Charge will protect you from their knockback and allow you to land so you can take them out. Watch out for Pyros though, as their airblast is the Übercharge's only weakness, however they will extend the length of the Übercharge.
  • Remember that your scare taunt has an extremely limited range. Only go for the scare taunt when you are very close to an enemy.
  • Be sure to take out Pyros who can easily air blast you into a corner for the duration of your ÜberCharge, as it does not protect you from pushback by weapons.
  • If you raged, Vagineers uber provides total protection from knock back, save for the Pyros air blast, so there shouldn't be any problems aside from being consistently air blasted; simply super jump into the Pyro, or waste all his ammo.

Christian Brutal Sniper

  • The Huntsman rage gives you the ability to pick off difficult targets. Aim for Engineers while out of range of their Sentry Guns.
  • Players often feel safe when they're farther away from you, and may stop dodging. Use this opportunity to snipe distant targets, like Soldiers or Snipers.
  • You should not use all of your arrows immediately. Conserve ammo and switch back to melee if the opportunity presents itself.
  • While your rage range is limited, it is sufficient enough to take out sizable sentry nests. Taunt, then switch back to melee to destroy the sentry quickly. It will take several arrows to kill a Sentry Gun.
  • Avoid using the Huntsman on Spies, as they will most likely be using the Dead Ringer.

Easter Bunny

  • Even if you are equipped with the Bottle, you have the same range as Saxton Hale. Thus, this makes your range treacherous. Use this to surprise your enemies if they are approaching you.
  • If you use your rage, it's best to do so in tight areas, when there are plenty of people around you, or you have crits; hence leading to mayhem with critical eggs.
  • The Easter Bunny has a increased jump height, thus he can reach places that most players don't expect other Hales to reach, you can surprise your enemies and even jump smack mercenaries who peek their head out over small ledges that the increased height can reach to, whereas normal jump height can't.
  • The eggs dropped from killed mercenaries maybe one of your best weapons, but certainly it could be one of your downsides, as mercenaries can also pick up the eggs for crits and ammo equivalent to a medium one.