Pyroland

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The RED courtyard of 2Fort in Pyroland.
Enter a world of imagination that's so superior to the long-winded world of imagination in books that you'll want to put all of your books in a pile and light them on fire.
Pyroland publicity blurb

Pyroland, as it is officially named, is how the Pyro sees the world through its eyes. It was first seen in Meet the Pyro.

In Media

As seen in Meet the Pyro, Pyroland is a stark contrast to the dark, deserted desert locations in Team Fortress 2, such as Badlands. Instead of run-down desert towns, Pyroland appears as an even more cartoonish, brightly colorful land with big flowery meadows, a very light blue sky with giant, pudgy kittens, puppies, and hamsters floating around, giant lollipops and candy sprouting out of the ground, and a little town full of candy shops and party decorations. The song "Do You Believe In Magic" by The Lovin' Spoonful plays in the background.

Through the Pyro's insane mind, the BLU team are seen as little winged babies, or Cherubs, having their normal heads on chubby diapered bodies. They gleefully coo and giggle at Pyro's seemingly innocent antics, when in reality they are being brutally hunted and killed- for example, in Pyroland, the Pyro blows bubbles at the Scout-baby, making him laugh and swat at the bubbles, while the real Scout is actually being hit in the face with a Scorch Shot flare. In both Pyroland and reality, the Pyro keeps an air of carefree, happy-go-lucky cheerfulness. It is also discovered in Ring of Fired that fire is mostly the source of the bright colors and scenery for Pyroland; without it, the Pyro views Pyroland in a more grey, muffled, dull, and bland perspective, yet, still above average cartoonish.

In Game

By equipping the Pyrovision Goggles, Rainblower, Lollichop, Infernal Orchestrina, Burning Bongos, Balloonicorn, or Reindoonicorn, the player is allowed to see certain maps through Pyro's eyes. Rockets and flares leave trails of bubbles, and explosions are replaced by confetti. When players take damage, they laugh high pitched, instead of shouting in pain, and "bleed" balloons. Gibs are the same as those in Birthday mode or servers with sillygibs on. Health pickups appear as cake slices, and ammo boxes appear wrapped as gift boxes.

Certain items can only be viewed while in Pyrovision; outside of Pyrovision, the Rainblower and Lollichop will be viewed as the stock Flamethrower and Fire Axe, respectively. However, all Pyrovision items are visible in deathcams, whether or not the player is in Pyroland.

In the kill feed, Domination messages read, "[Player] is BEST FRIENDS with [Player]", while Revenge notices read, "[Player] BROKE UP with [Player]". Additionally, certain cosmetic items will appear to assist or be assisted by a player for unassisted kills, using the item's custom name, if it has one. If the player has more than one of these items equipped, one will be picked at random for the killfeed notice. Items that provide assists include:

Cosmetic items that provide Assist kills in Pyroland
Chucklenuts
Chucklenuts
Pocket Medic Deadliest Duckling Compatriot Lieutenant Bites Lieutenant Bites the Dust Larval Lid
Pocket Medic Deadliest Duckling Compatriot Lieutenant Bites Lieutenant Bites the Dust Larval Lid
Triboniophorus Tyrannus Birdcage Cremator's Conscience Scrap Pack Deadliest Duckling Carrion Companion
Triboniophorus Tyrannus Birdcage Cremator's Conscience Scrap Pack Deadliest Duckling Carrion Companion
Bird-Man of Aberdeen Deadliest Duckling Polly Putrid
Bird-Man of Aberdeen Deadliest Duckling Polly Putrid
Pocket Medic Red Army Robin Ivan The Inedible Little Bear
Pocket Medic Red Army Robin Ivan The Inedible Little Bear
Teddy Roosebelt Pocket Purrer Deadliest Duckling Prize Plushy Teddy Robobelt Pocket Pyro Ein
Teddy Roosebelt‎ Pocket Purrer Deadliest Duckling Prize Plushy Teddy Robobelt Pocket Pyro Ein
Scrap Pack Archimedes Archimedes the Undying
Scrap Pack Archimedes Archimedes the Undying
Koala Compact Sir Hootsalot Deadliest Duckling Steel Songbird Li'l Snaggletooth Cobber Chameleon Carious Chameleon
Koala Compact Sir Hootsalot Deadliest Duckling Steel Songbird Li'l Snaggletooth Cobber Chameleon Carious Chameleon
Backstabber's Boomslang
Backstabber's Boomslang
Alien Swarm Parasite Hat of Undeniable Wealth And Respect Balloonicorn RoBro 3000 Boo Balloon Dead Little Buddy Unknown Monkeynaut Reindoonicorn
Alien Swarm Parasite Hat of Undeniable Wealth And Respect Balloonicorn RoBro 3000 Boo Balloon Dead Little Buddy Unknown Monkeynaut Reindoonicorn
Tux Accursed Apparition Guano Pocket Horsemann Unidentified Following Object Quoth
Tux Accursed Apparition Guano Pocket Horsemann Unidentified Following Object Quoth


Because some cosmetic items are not compatible with the Pyrovision Goggles, such as the Spiral Sallet, the Balloonicorn and the Reindoonicorn allow for classes to wear any hat and still view Pyroland. These items occupy the different Equip regions, allowing for a second item to be placed on the character model and allowing for item sets to be used in Pyroland.

Maps

The following maps have differing textures while in Pyroland:

Note that changes in 5Gorge, Barnblitz, Foundry, Mann Manor, and Mannhattan are minor. Those five only add strings of holiday lights, where the others in the list are totally re-colored.

In-game features

  • Multiple birthday mode and holiday mode features are active:
    • Health and ammo pickups appear as cakes or wrapped as presents, respectively.
    • Gibs turn into gears, toys and other silly items such as a unicycle.
    • Cables are adorned with lights.
    • Blood effects become balloons, streamers, and confetti.
  • Lights will be turned on/glow brighter (e.g. outside lights on the left side of the RED spawn in Sawmill).
  • Signs in objective-based games say "MMM MMMPH", except those in Doomsday.
  • Most company logos are erased with white paint, but some change to fit the theme. For example, "Cornwell" on Dustbowl is changed to the word "Candy".
  • Resupply lockers are purple with yellow handles and have pictures of a cuddly dog on the left side (for bullets) and a cuddly cat on the right side (for health).
  • The Soldier's, Pyro's, and Demoman's grenades (and items that replace them) appear as baby bottles.
  • Enemies' and allies' voices become high-pitched (does not apply to the player's own voice).
  • Enemies and allies on fire will be surrounded by sparkles, but not the player in third person.
  • Certain smoke effects will become bubbles, such as the rockets from the Soldier's Rocket Launcher and the flares from the Pyro's Flare Gun.
  • By editing the "mtp" configuration file, the player can add support for Pyroland to any custom map, or can disable the visual changes on currently supported official maps.
  • Instead of death or injury sounds, players will laugh when hurt or killed.
  • Items such as the Rainblower or Lollichop and other Pyro-based Pyromania items are visible to the player.

Demonstration

Learn more about the Weapon Demonstration project.

Related achievements

BFF²
BFF²
Have 2 BEST FRIENDS at the same time.
Mass Hysteria
Mass Hysteria
Have 6 teammates using Pyrovision at the same time.
The Great Deflate
The Great Deflate
Kill 79 enemies who have the Balloonicorn pets.
A Fresh Pair of Eyes
A Fresh Pair of Eyes
Dominate a player using the Pyrovision Goggles and earn your own pair!

Reward: Pyrovision Goggles

Update history

June 27, 2012 Patch
  • Added Pyrovision!
  • [Undocumented] Added 4 General Achievements related to Pyrovision.
  • [Undocumented] Brain Parasites are now credited as being assisted by the player on unassisted kills.
  • [Undocumented] Pocket Buddies are now credited with assists on unassisted kills.
  • [Undocumented] Added advanced multiplayer options to turn on Pyrovision while spectating and during replays.

June 28, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed seeing through Sniper fences in 2Fort when using Pyrovision.

July 2, 2012 Patch

  • Teddy Roosebelt can now get assists in Pyrovision.
  • Fixed Pyrovision sometimes activating in killcams for more than just weapons and cosmetics.
  • Fixed blood getting sprayed on the world in some cases in Low Violence and Pyrovision.
  • Fixed decapitations creating head gibs in Low Violence and Pyrovision.
  • Added team color to rainbow-showered players in Pyrovision.

July 5, 2012 Patch

  • Added options for Pyrovision to the Advanced Options dialog.
    • Added enable/disable for the HUD border.
    • Added the ability to make the HUD border static.
    • Added the ability to turn off the skybox depth of field.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • The Birdcage, HOUWAR, and Scrap Pack can now get assists in Pyroland.

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Items which are only visible in pyroland now have a Balloonicorn icon in the backpack view.

January 16, 2013 Patch

  • The Prize Plushy can now get assists in Pyrovision.
  • Fixed the achievement "The Great Deflate" not counting certain Balloonicorn and Reindoonicorn items.

February 22, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Tux now counts as assister in Pyroland.

June 14, 2013 [Item schema update]

  • The Pocket Pyro now gets assists in Pyroland.

June 19, 2013 Patch

  • Updated the Pocket Pyro so it can get assists in Pyrovision.

February 11, 2014 Patch

  • Updated several cosmetic items to count as assisters in Pyrovision.

Bugs

  • The Ready sound in Mann vs. Machine and Charging Demomen's yells are not higher pitched.
  • The Pyroland textures will not appear when using DX8.

Gallery

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