Community Medic strategy
The Medic's primary role is to keep their teammates alive. The Medi Gun is not only able to heal injured teammates, but also overheal them above their usual maximum health. In addition, healing will slowly build the ÜberCharge meter, which can be spent to grant powerful buffs to teammates. Depending on the particular type of Medi Gun equipped, the Medic is able to provide his patient and himself with invulnerability, guaranteed critical hits, boosted healing and knockback immunity, or resistance to one of three damage types, all of which can often completely turn the tide of a battle.
Unfortunately, the Medic is poor at combat, having low damage output and a low maximum health. Because of this, the Medic relies on their team for protection; the team keeps the Medic alive, and in turn the Medic keeps the team alive.
- 1 Quick tips
- 2 General strategy
- 3 Weapon Specific
- 3.1 Primary Weapons
- 3.2 Secondary Weapons
- 3.3 Melee Weapons
- 4 Taunt attacks
- 5 Weapon combinations
- 6 Class Cooperation Strategies
- 7 See also
- Heal anyone who needs it, but mainly focus on more high damage-output classes like Soldiers, Pyros, Demomen, and Heavies. These classes are the least likely to die from one or two attacks, and deal high damage, enabling them to protect you from enemies more effectively.
- Regularly overhealing nearby teammates will ensure that your team has the upper hand against the enemy, and will additionally allow you to build ÜberCharge faster.
- ÜberCharge is still built when your healing target is fully overhealed, albiet more slowly, and even slower if the heal target is also being healed by a Dispenser, Payload cart, or another friendly Medic.
- Try to stay with your team at all times. You are not suited to fight any class alone; even a single Spy can easily kill you with his Revolver before you can fight back.
- Move unpredictably and be aware of your surroundings. Medics are a high-priority target for enemies, especially Snipers and Spies.
- Don't be afraid to use an ÜberCharge to save yourself, even if no allies are nearby. It is better to use it too early than to lose it by being killed, and this will allow you to regroup with your team more quickly.
- Always remember that your Medi Gun's heal beam can stretch out a relatively long distance between you and your healing target. This allows you to stay behind cover while continuing to heal teammates.
- A team without any Medics is likely going to lose against a team that does. If your team doesn't have any, switch to Medic to ensure your team has a reliable source of healing and access to ÜberCharges.
The most important thing for a Medic to learn is how to stay alive. Dying as a Medic deprives your team of their primary source of healing, making the team as a whole weaker until you respawn and return to the front lines. In addition, Medics lose their ÜberCharge upon death, meaning that more time will need to be spent to build the ÜberCharge meter up again. This is especially problematic if the enemy team's Medic has an ÜberCharge of their own. Because of how important you are to your team's effectiveness, you are one of the enemy team's highest priority targets. Keep the following tips in mind to increase your chances of survival:
- Stay with your team: As a Medic, you have very poor self-defense and are easy prey for any class. Being isolated from your team will usually result in your death. Stay with your teammates in order to avoid being killed; they can both shoot at any nearby enemies and draw fire away from you. Having even one teammate nearby will drastically increase your survivability. In the event that the teammates you are with die, regroup with a different group of teammates, or retreat back to your team's spawn room.
- Gamesense: Having your team nearby and standing on a favourable position is nice and all, but everything can come crashing down on you if you aren't aware of your surroundings. Having a team around you for protection is good, but classes like the Spy and Sniper are equipped to completely nullify your team's protection and kill you directly. Holding a position which has a good escape route is excellent, but it serves you no good if the enemy Medic suddenly charges his teammate with the Kritzkrieg and quickly kills you before you could even get a chance to escape. Both of these things could have been avoided by either being more careful or anticipating incoming pushes. This is the reason why you need to have excellent gamesense as a Medic. "Gamesense" is knowing what is currently happening on the map: "Where is my team? Where is the enemy team? What are my team's strengths, and what weaknesses could the enemy take advantage of? Where is the enemy team currently making a push? How much Übercharge does the enemy Medic have?" All of these things you need to keep in mind. Knowing how much Über the opposing Medic have is very important. If you know that, you can predict when their future pushes might happen, allowing yourself to prepare for when it comes and not be taken by surprise. You can know how much Über the enemy Medic has by either using the Solemn Vow or the Über tracking tactic explained below in the Übercharge strategy. Another important thing to keep in mind is the general position of your teammates and the enemy team members. One moment you and your team are doing pretty good, you're successfully fighting the enemies, earning kills and assists... then, all of the sudden, a huge group of enemies appears on your flank, taking you and your team by surprise. What happened? Well, it turns out that the teammates who were supposed to protect your side have failed their job, resulting in the entire enemy team taking the opportunity to flank the bulk of your team and kill you. If you had looked a bit more around you, you would have noticed that your teammates who are trying to protect your sides are struggling, you could have then either went to help them out or if it was already to late you might have anticipated that those teammates wouldn't be able to hold much longer and would have prepared yourself and warned the remaining of your team that a giant enemy attack on your side was imminent. Don't focus on random things as a Medic but keep looking around you to get a good sense of the general situation of your game so that you can predict future enemy and friendly movements and not get surprised by things you could have predicted would come.
- Don't overextend: Avoid straying too far past your team's front line, even if you are with a teammate or two. Pushing too far towards the enemy team will make it easier for them to flank you or cut off your escape. In addition, if your teammates end up dying, you are essentially stranded in the middle of the enemy team with no other teammates nearby, usually resulting in your extremely swift demise. Avoid following teammates too far into enemy territory unless you are confident that you can make an escape in the event that things take a turn for the worse.
- You are at a significant disadvantage against most Classes: While the Medic is not completely helpless, he is not built for direct combat. Attempting to attack your foes directly will often get you killed, especially if you are defending yourself against Soldiers, Demomen or Heavies. It is much better to retreat from them rather than stand and fight, as the longer you stay in the combat, the more likely you are to die. It also increases the chance of other enemies coming around the corner and finishing you off; leaving your team without a source of reliable healing. It is always more effective to escape from heated combat than try and fight, even if you think you can take on your opponent.
- Always be ready to retreat: You should always keep in mind what routes you can take to make an escape in case things suddenly take a turn for the worse. Take note of nearby routes you can retreat through, the position of nearby teammates that can protect you, and the locations of health pickups and Dispensers in the event that you need healing. The locations of Sentry Guns built by friendly Engineers are also useful to keep in mind, as enemy players will be reluctant to pursue you into their line of fire.
- Additional tips:+: Here are some additional things you should and should not do as a Medic to maximize your chances of staying alive:
- Communication: It's important to maintain a good communication between you and your teammates. Since you should be constantly turning around and checking your surroundings, you will often be able to catch and see things that your busy teammates may have missed. As you can't deal with enemies very well yourself, use the voice chat or text chat to alert your team to Spies, Snipers, or enemies trying to flank you so that they can deal with these problems themselves. In return, your teammates will be able to protect you and keep fighting, let alone stay alive longer than they would have, would you have not said or done anything.
- Avoid Sniper sightlines: Snipers are one of your biggest threats when playing Medic. Your maximum health is low enough that an uncharged headshot or fully charged bodyshot will kill you instantly. In addition, your utility to the rest of your team makes you arguably the Sniper's highest priority target. If there is an enemy Sniper watching over an area, be sure to respect their sightline and avoid making yourself visible when possible. If you have no choice but to pass through the area, move as unpredictably as possible and jump constantly in order to make it much more difficult for the Sniper to headshot you. If possible, have a teammate attack the Sniper; if this doesn't kill the Sniper outright, they're still likely to retreat and move to a new position.
- Watch your back: Your Medi Gun does not require you to actively aim at your target to function after the initial connection. Because of this, you should do your best to be aware of all of your surroundings, in every direction, at all times. Keep an eye out for enemies attempting to flank from unexpected angles. It's especially important to watch for Spies, as their ability to Backstab can kill you or your patient instantly.
- Rocket surfing: Rocket surfing is a tricky technique, but is very rewarding. To rocket surf, you need to use an enemy Soldier's rocket knockback to propel yourself away from him. Soldiers have a nasty habit of aiming for your feet so they can blow you into the air and limit your movement options so they can take one last potshot at you, but if you were to jump, crouch and steer as if you were rocket jumping, you can have his rocket blow you to safety instead of to bits. This can be done with any class, but it is usually performed by Medics as they can't defend themselves very well and are much better off trying to run away from whatever danger they're in. Be sure to time your jump so that when the Soldier fires a rocket at your feet, you are jumping upward causing the knockback from his rocket to launch you away from him. Once your in the air, do not use the W key, as this will kill all air steering. Instead, use your A and D keys and your mouse to steer yourself in the wanted direction to try and get away (in most cases, you will be blown backwards while rocket surfing. If you want to go LEFT, hold in the A key and slowly move your mouse to the right. If you want to go RIGHT, hold down the D key and slowly move your mouse to the LEFT. However, if you are shot from behind as you time your rocket surf, hold A + Mouse to the LEFT to go LEFT, D + Mouse to the RIGHT to go RIGHT).
- Using Engineer Buildings for cover: Sentry Guns are excellent stand-ins for your teammates. Unlike your teammates who are usually putting themselves in danger in order to capture or defend the objective and are subject to human error, Sentry Guns are reliable machines which shoot with 100% accuracy, ensuring that anybody unprepared will die before they get close to you. Hiding from time to time around Sentry nests (if they are positioned in a desirable position) to take a small break and recollect yourself before you go out back to the frontlines to continue healing isn't a bad idea. In specific situations where your life is in danger and there are no teammates around to save you, you can hide behind friendly Engineer buildings such as Dispensers, using them as shields against your foe in an attempt to buy enough time for your team to arrive and clean them up (this works especially well against Scouts).
There are many things to be wary of while playing Medic, but it's also important to remember to not be a coward. Yes, your life is precious to your team and dying could make the difference between winning and losing, but you need to understand that sitting at the back of the map and just pocketing a Sniper is not good. A good Medic heals as many people as possible, prioritizing those at the front lines and only buffing those who stay behind them. As a Medic, you need to be with your team and help them out. In order to fulfill your role, you are going to need to take some risks, you just need to recognize the situations when the reward outweighs the risk and when the risk is too great to make the reward worth the trouble. Keep your eyes open, recognize the flow of the game and make good decisions. That is all you need to do in order to stay alive, there is no need to hide in spawn while at least one strong teammate is rolling out to meet the rest of the team at the front lines, there is no need to sit halfway across the map from the frontline where you are needed the most, and there is especially no need to run away from the enemy and hide if you start taking chip damage.
As a Medic, you provide the delicacy of being able to heal your team nearly anywhere at nearly any time. There is no limit to how long you can heal someone, and continuous healing gives the target a temporary health boost of +50% their maximum health. However, you can only heal a single target at a time, usually at +24 health per second assuming they were recently injured. This introduces a list of priorities and who you should heal first once you roll out onto the field.
- When in combat, heal whoever is currently fighting the enemy team: This is the golden rule of healing, you need to heal whoever is engaged in active combat and is consequently taking damage. If your teammate is shooting at the enemy, that teammate will have become the enemy's main concern and will have crawled their way up to the very top of their priority list on who to kill. By healing this person, you massively increase their chances of winning the fight they are currently participating in, thus lowering their chances of dying. The whole point of playing Medic is to save lives. If you constantly heal teammates who are not in danger while other teammates are fighting, then you let the teammates who are in real danger face a real possibility of dying. No matter who is being hurt, you always heal the player who is in immediate danger. If a Spy blows his cover and is in danger as he shoots enemies with his Revolver upon retreat, heal that Spy to help him escape and try again. Keep in mind that he usually doesn't make for a good Medic buddy, and following one into combat is a bad idea all around. Unfortunately, chances are that there will be several teammates dying at once, so you will need to decide who should live and who should die. This should be determined by how far up the teammate is, how low on health they are, and what class they're playing. If they are at the front of the push, try to keep your sights on him, but take the other factors into effect. If someone is very low on health and they are still at the front lines, be sure to heal them so they can either escape or keep fighting. Finally, be sure the class you are healing is worth your time. Always keep tabs on friendly Medics, heal them whenever you get the chance even if they have full health, because if they die, it's all up to you now, if you die, it's all up to them now, and if you both die, it's all over. Stronger offensive classes like Heavies, Soldiers, Demomen and Pyros are others you want to keep alive, as they are better at killing the enemy and keeping you alive. Finally, Scouts, Engineers, Snipers and Spies should rarely be healed. If they're about to die, it's okay to take a little time out of your day to heal them for bit as long as you switch between him and your original healing target. However, if a Sniper or undisguised Spy just charges into the enemy team as if were a Pyro or Heavy, do not follow them. It should be evident that this player has no idea what they're doing and deserves to die anyways (Note: don't bite yourself if you let a teammate die because he overextended, remember that your survivability comes first and if you didn't save someone from dying because they went somewhere that you determined as way too dangerous, you aren't at fault).
- When out of combat: When your out of combat such as traveling to the frontlines or simply having a small break before the next team fight begins your are going to follow another heal order. There is obviously no combat happening around you so the heal order which dictates that you should heal whoever is engaged in a fight falls out of the water here. According to this new heal order you heal the person who is going to leave you the quickest. For example, lets say that you, Scout and a Heavy are traveling to the frontlines. There is no combat around you yet, so using this non-combat heal order you are going to want to heal the Scout first, this is because the Scout is a flank class meaning when he reaches the front lines he should separate from you and go and do his own thing somewhere behind the enemy lines. Since the Scout is about to leave you soon, you should heal him first so that he doesn't have to spend his time looking for health packs instead of doing his job, meanwhile, the Heavy is going to stick around with you for a bit longer giving you enough time to heal him up before you find a new healing target and combat begins.
- Crit heals: "Critical healing" is a hidden stat built into all of the medi guns, an important mechanic which the Medic has at his disposal. The stock Medi Gun heals at a rate of +24 health per second, or +24 h/s for short. However, if a player hasn't taken damage in the last ten seconds, the heal rate of the Medi Gun starts linearly increasing over time, ramping up to a total of +72 h/s (Which is triple of the usual +24 h/s!) for that player only (if a player hasn't taken damage for 10 seconds and you start healing them for the first time since then, the rate of the Medi Gun starts at +72 h/s for that player). The Crit heals allow Medics to be able to heal both the players at the front lines and the ones in the back. Theoretically, a Medic can heal a patient who is currently in a fight, meanwhile another injured player who is not in direct combat can patiently wait behind the Medic. When the Medics original patient has won the fight he was participating in, the Medic can turn around and very quickly heal up the injured player who has been waiting behind the Medic for more than ten seconds allowing his Crit heals to activate thus making the Medic heal him up super fast. As you can see, Medics can use the Crit heals to execute the "combat" heal order and then quickly heal up the teammates who have been waiting for his attention. Another thing about the Crit heals is that they apply to freshly spawned teammates too, this means that if you see a teammate coming out of spawn, you can, for a brief moment, stop healing the patient you were already healing and quickly overheal the freshly spawned player to 150% of his max health]] using Crit heals.
- Additional tips: Here are some more tips and tricks you can use to improve your healing and save more teammates:
- Overheal: Overheal is an important aspect when playing Medic. Overhealing is an act where you give more health to a player that is already at full health, thus buffing him up to 150% of his normal health. In most cases, you don't have time for overhealing as you would prioritize healing low health players first, but if your team's health is all caught up and mostly full, you can focus on buffing them before the next fight rolls around in order to give them all an advantage (You of course do this by following the non-combat heal order and by overhealing the players who are going to leave you the fastest). Overheals work best in combination with Crit heals, as mentioned before, you can use Crit heals to quickly oveheal a player and prepare him for combat.
- Communication: Just like with survivability, communication is also important when it comes to maximizing your healing potential. Injured teammates can tell you where they are so that you can go over to them and heal them up instead of running around the map, wasting time searching injured players. Your teammates can also tell you when they are able to receive Crit heals so that you don't have to keep track of that. You can also tell your team when to play safe because you are temporarily retreating out of an area and won't be able to heal them.
- Utilizing other sources of health: Sometimes, a Medic just needs a little help with making sure that his team is alive and healthy. Your 24 h/s in the grand scheme of things is very slow and it often takes up to 10 seconds to fully heal a player, meaning that sometimes just one Medic might not cut it. It's always a good idea to have a Dispenser or another Medic on your team to spread the workload of making sure that your team is healthy, let alone still alive.
ÜberCharge is the Medic's most powerful ability, and is one of the most horrifying tide-turners to pull from your sleeve. A well-timed ÜberCharge can singlehandedly wipe an entire group of enemies, prevent them from passing through a choke point and keep them from taking control of an area. However, ÜberCharge can only be used once your ÜberCharge meter is full (which in most cases takes around 40 seconds to a minute of healing); therefore it is very valuable to you and your team.
- The stock Medi Gun's ÜberCharge is best used on Soldiers, Pyros, Demomen, and Heavies due to their high-damage output allowing them to make short work of the enemy team. Scouts are also a surprisingly effective ÜberCharge target, as the complete invincibility the stock ÜberCharge provides negates the Scout's main downside of low maximum health.
- The Kritzkrieg's ÜberCharge works well on Soldiers and Demomen, as crit-boosted explosive weapons can potentially demolish an entire enemy position with only a few well-aimed shots, as each shot can deal up to over 300 damage. Pyros can similarly damage multiple enemies due to the Flame Thrower's ability to damage multiple enemies at once, but their short effective range combined with the Kritzkrieg's complete lack of damage protection puts both you and the Pyro at a higher risk of taking lethal damage, makes this less effective than other options. Heavy's already-high maximum health helps with the Kritzkrieg's main downside of not providing full invincibility, and since critical hits do not have damage falloff, the Minigun's normally-short range is greatly extended, making the Heavy a threat to almost every enemy within their line of sight.
- The Quick-Fix's ÜberCharge should be treated as a less powerful stock ÜberCharge, with the additional benefit of full knockback immunity. Heavies work best with the Quick-Fix ÜberCharge due to their high maximum health increasing the amount of damage they can absorb and their slow movement speed making them vulnerable to knockback.
- The Vaccinator's ÜberCharges, due to their quick charge speed and the ability to store up to four, should be used on teammates in combat as needed to keep them alive. Alternatively, you can use all four charges on one teammate to make an offensive push, but it is better to reserve a stock ÜberCharge due to the Vaccinator only providing partial resistance to one damage type.
Über tracking is an act of trying to predict the enemy Medic's Übercharge. Über tracking is an important skill to have for a Medic as knowing the enemy Medics Über can help you make future predictions about incoming enemy pushes. For example, if you know that the enemy Medic has a fully charged Kritzkrieg and you only have a half charged default Über, you can expect that the enemy Medic will probably try and make a Über push soon so you'll need to play safe in order for you to not get caught (and killed) by it. It's the same in reverse, if you have a Kritzkrieg with 100% Über and the enemy Medic is running the Medi Gun for which you know that it isn't fully charged yet, then you understand that if you were to execute a kritz Über push the enemy Medic would not be able to retaliate and would probably be caught out. To Über track, simply use your own Über percentage as a reference to how much the enemy Medic has Über. When the round begins, you and the enemy Medic will spawn at the same time which means that you will start healing at the same time. Since you both have the exact same job (to heal your team and build Über), you can assume that you both should have around the same percent of Über within your first life; once you build Über, the enemy Medic most likely has it built as well. If you happen to die before deploying Über, assume that the enemy Medic will have full Übercharge by the time you respawn or make it back to the front lines (it takes 40 seconds to build 100% Übercharge from scratch, and most respawn times take around 20 seconds. Therefore, your enemy Medic will have, at the very least, 50% Über ready and waiting).If the enemy Medic were to die you simply wait until he respawns (you can know when he has respawned by using the mini hud at the top of your screen which tells you which teammates and enemies are alive and which are currently dead) and then when he has respawned you start counting up from 0 to 40 second, once you had reached 40 seconds you can assume that he has Über since 40 seconds is the time it takes to build an Übercharge. Keep in mind that certain outliers may be introduced, such as the use of the Ubersaw or the Vita-Saw, and they can skew these predictions greatly. Be wary of what weapon your rival Medic may be using, and play with caution.
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- Despite each individual syringe dealing low damage, the Syringe Gun has a very fast rate of fire and quick reload speed, making it deceptively strong at close range.
- Lead your shots when fighting moving targets, as the Syringe Gun's syringes arc over distance and take time to travel.
- The slow projectile speed can be used to make a "wall" of syringes while retreating. Running around a corner or through a narrow hallway while firing syringes behind yourself can discourage enemies from pursuing.
- Pyros, Engineers, Snipers, and Spies are only slightly faster than you while you're running backwards, and every other class (except Scout) is much slower. Use your speed to keep a respectable distance from enemies.
- You can use the Syringe Gun to weaken enemies so that nearby teammates can defeat them easier. However, keep in mind that your main priority should be keeping your teammates alive. If a teammate is low on health, switch back to the Medi Gun to heal them.
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Advanced+ Mann Up Reward
The Blutsauger is an unlockable primary weapon for the Medic. Whenever a needle hits an enemy, 3 HP is restored to the Medic, up to the normal maximum health of 150. However, passive health regeneration is reduced by 2 HP/sec, with a total of 1 HP/sec to 4 HP/sec regeneration, depending on how recently the Medic has been injured.
- If you are expecting to use your primary weapon to defend yourself regularly, the Blutsauger's extra healing on hit will significantly increase your survivability in a fight.
- With the Blutsauger, a Medic can be a little more aggressive than usual. Use it to engage enemies that sneak up on you, but only if you can afford to stop healing for a moment. Stay close to your teammates and resume healing as soon as possible.
- Make sure to communicate with your teammates so they can assist you in killing the enemy.
- The Blutsauger is useful when pocketing; if your patient dies, you will almost always be the enemy's next target. Retreat while firing syringes to both discourage enemies from pursuing and keep your health topped up.
- The penalty to health regeneration can impact your overall survivability. Take note of the locations of nearby health packs or Dispensers in case you suddenly run low on health.
- The Amputator's increase in health regeneration when held can assist in improving your survivability.
Crusader's Crossbow + reskins
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Festive Crusader's Crossbow
The Crusader's Crossbow is a craftable primary weapon for the Medic. Unlike the other, rapid-fire syringe guns, it fires a single bolt that deals more damage to enemies the further it travels. Additionally, shooting teammates will heal them.
- The Crusader's Crossbow is completely different from your other primary weapons, which rely on numerous low-damage projectiles. Aim each individual shot carefully, as the slow reload time can make one shot the difference between life or death.
- The Crossbow is great for healing teammates who are dangerous to reach, or who you cannot reach in time, such as teammates who are on fire or about to die of fall damage.
- The Crusader's Crossbow can provide an instant burst of healing. When the teammate you are healing with your Medi Gun is under heavy fire and your healing rate is not able to keep up with the damage, switch to the Crusader's Crossbow, fire a shot at your teammate to heal them, and then quickly switch back to your Medi Gun and continue healing.
- You can also quickly fire shots at other teammates calling for a Medic, making it easier to keep multiple teammates alive in a fight.
- If you see a cluster of teammates and enemies fighting, shoot into the crowd. Your shot will either heal a teammate or damage an enemy, either way assisting your teammates in the fight.
- The high damage at longer distances can make this weapon a good tool for dealing with enemy Snipers, either forcing them to retreat or killing them outright. Take care not to stand out in the open when attempting this, as the enemy Sniper will likely try to headshot you.
- If need be, you can use this weapon for long-range fire support. The increase in damage over distance can be substantial from a good vantage point, and you can not only deal damage but heal teammates from far away. You may need to ask them to stop moving with voice chat to make it easier to hit your shots.
- Unlike the Huntsman, the Crusader's Crossbow can be fired underwater and in midair.
- Healing from the Crusader's Crossbow cannot overheal teammates, and while the bolt can contribute to your ÜberCharge meter, it will not build nearly as efficiently as using the Medi Gun.
- Due to the Crusader's Crossbow's low rate of fire and reversed damage falloff, it is less efficient at close-quarters combat than your other primary weapons. If enemies manage to ambush you, it's usually better to take out your melee weapon or try to retreat behind a teammate.
- The Crusader's Crossbow should be used to supplement your Medi Gun, not to replace it. Primarily focus on healing with your Medi Gun in order to build ÜberCharge and provide overheal.
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The Overdose is a craftable primary for the Medic. It does 15% less damage than the standard Syringe Gun, but will increase the Medic's speed as his ÜberCharge meter increases. The speed boost caps at 20% faster than the Medic's standard movement speed. However, the speed boost only applies while you are actively wielding the Overdose, and not while using your Medi Gun or melee weapons.
- If your heal target gets killed and you need to retreat, you can use the Overdose's speed boost to escape and regroup with your team.
- The speed bonus at full ÜberCharge effectively eliminates the speed penalty for moving backwards (115% instead of the normal 96%), meaning that you can backpedal while firing and still outrun all classes except for the Scout.
- Considering that you should be rarely engaging in direct combat, the Overdose's damage reduction can be considered negligible. If you do not actively pursue combat, consider utilizing the Overdose's speed boost, and instead rely on your teammates for protection.
Medi Gun + reskins
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Festive Medi Gun
Advanced+ Mann Up Reward
Australium Medi Gun
- The Medi Gun's base healing rate is 24 HP/sec. If healing a teammate that has not taken damage in the last 10 seconds, the healing rate increases linearly, up to 72 HP/sec on a teammate that has not taken damage in the last 15 seconds or more.
- When healing a heal target, the Medi Gun will stay "locked-on" to the heal target until the primary fire key is released, or your heal target moves out of range, regardless of the direction you are looking.
- If ambushed, remember that it's better to use an ÜberCharge to survive than to die with a full, unused ÜberCharge meter.
- Be aware that not even the stock ÜberCharge will protect you from environmental hazards such as cliffs, saws, or trains. An enemy Pyro may attempt to Airblast you into these hazards, so take note of their locations and avoid deploying your ÜberCharge near them.
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The Kritzkrieg is an unlockable Medi Gun for the Medic. Its ÜberCharge builds 25% faster than the stock Medi Gun's and provides guaranteed Critical hits to the Medic's heal target instead of invulnerability.
- Heavies, Soldiers, and Demomen are among the best classes to deploy a Kritzkrieg ÜberCharge on. Though any class is extremely lethal while crit boosted, these three are far more lethal than the rest. The choice is situational:
- Soldiers and Demomen are very similar: their explosive weaponry can be used to instantly annihilate clusters of enemies, or make the enemy team unable to stand remotely near Control points or Payload carts.
- Heavies are great for large, spread-out groups of enemies, as their ability to fire a continuous stream of bullets and quickly switch between targets allows them to wipe enemies too spread out for explosions to be effective. Critical hits also don't suffer from damage falloff over distance, which significantly increases the effective range of the Minigun.
- Although not as effective as a Soldier, Demoman, or Heavy, a Kritzkrieg ÜberCharged Pyro is very deadly at close ranges, as critical point-blank damage from a Pyro's Flamethrower can kill most classes near-instantly. The Flame Thrower can also damage multiple enemies at once, giving it similar crowd control capabilities to explosives. Consider Kritzing a Pyro when the enemy team is tightly grouped up nearby.
- Scouts have an extremely high movement speed and a high-damage Scattergun, allowing them to quickly move from target to target and kill individual enemies in one or two shots. However, the Scout's low maximum health combined with the Kritzkrieg's ÜberCharge providing no protection from damage at all can result in them dying quickly when dealing with large crowds.
- If there are no powerful offensive classes nearby to Kritzkrieg ÜberCharge, the Sniper can be an improvised Kritzkrieg ÜberCharge target — every body shot while ÜberCharged does the same damage as a headshot, which can kill a non-overhealed Scout, Engineer, Medic, Sniper, or Spy in one hit.
- The Kritzkrieg excels at ambushes. The sheer damage output from critical hits means that most enemies will be dead before they have time to react to a surprise attack.
- The Kritzkrieg's ÜberCharge is useless against a Medi Gun's ÜberCharge due to the stock Medi Gun ÜberCharge providing invulnerability. However, the faster charge rate allows it to be deployed before the enemy's Medi Gun charge, and it can be deployed more frequently.
- Since the Kritzkrieg is the only secondary weapon that does not protect the Medic during a ÜberCharge, it is encouraged to use the Vita-Saw to preserve some of your ÜberCharge meter in the event you die mid-charge.
- Critical hits deal no additional damage to buildings, making the Kritzkrieg the weakest secondary weapon to use against an enemy Engineer's nest. However, a Kritzkrieg ÜberCharge on a Soldier or Demoman allows them to utilize the splash damage from their rockets and grenades to easily kill an Engineer hiding behind their Sentry Gun. Once the Engineer is dead, the Sentry Gun will not be receiving healing and can be easily destroyed with normal weapons.
|Kritzkrieg||11 health||4 seconds||The Medic takes a brief whiff out of the barrel of his weapon.|
- Due to the long duration of the taunt, the low amount of health recovered, and the fact that you cannot move or defend yourself for its duration, you should only use this taunt when safely behind cover and while backed up against a wall. In such situations, however, it's usually far better to simply seek out a better source of healing.
- In dire situations, such as being on fire or bleeding, it's possible that using this taunt can prevent death.
|Normal Healing Rate||Maximum Healing Rate||ÜberCharge||ÜberCharge Time||Charge Speed||Maximum Charge Time|
|33.6 health/sec||100.8 health/sec||Megaheal||8 seconds||2.778%/sec (1.389%/sec)||36 seconds ()|
The Quick-Fix is a craftable secondary for the Medic. It has a 40% faster heal rate and a 10% faster charge rate than the Medi Gun. The Quick-Fix's ÜberCharge is the "Megaheal", which increases healing speed to 300% and negates movement-impairing effects, such as knockback, the Natascha's slowdown and compression blasts. In addition, it will mirror your patient's explosive jumps, shield charges, and, in Mannpower, Grappling Hook grapples. However, it can only overheal teammates to 125% of their max health, as opposed to the other Medi Guns' 150%.
- The Quick-Fix and its Megaheal are meant for keeping many teammates alive at once. It's best to stay with a group of teammates to maximize the Quick-Fix's effectiveness.
- Try not to deploy your Megaheal if you and your heal target are alone and only fighting one or two enemies. The Megaheal is best used to support large pushes and keep teammates alive while under heavy fire. However, don't be afraid to use it to avoid death.
- Because this weapon cannot overheal past 125%, this means you do not hit the threshold for slowing the rate at which you build ÜberCharge (142.5% overheal). With no other factors in play, you will typically build ÜberCharge with this weapon faster than the Medi Gun or the Kritzkrieg, and you can be somewhat laxer in healing surrounding teammates; even sticking to just one patient (pocketing) will still build the ÜberCharge in a short span of time. Keep in mind that keeping all your teammates in good shape is still important, as multiple healthy players are more dangerous than one extremely healthy player.
- The ability to use your teammates' explosive jump can allow you to stay with them when they jump to the front lines or to areas that you could otherwise not access. Your patient will be able to make more jumps than normal due to being healed during flight, and in combat, your presence should keep them alive longer. Be aware that you can easily become separated from your patient, especially if you have little experience with explosive jumping. If you suspect your teammate is going to explosive jump, stand nearby and be ready to air-strafe to control your jump. Keep in mind that although you take no damage from the initial jump, you will still take fall damage.
- A Demoman using the Chargin' Targe, Splendid Screen, or Tide Turner can be a useful class to pocket with the Quick-Fix. The Quick-Fix will allow you to keep pace with the Demoman during his charges, and the extra healing combined with the shields' damage resistance will make him extremely difficult to kill.
|Normal Healing Rate||Maximum Healing Rate||ÜberCharge||ÜberCharge Duration||Charge Speed||Maximum Charge Time|
|24 health/sec||72 health/sec||75% resistance to a selected damage type||2.5 seconds/resistance||4.175%/s|
The Vaccinator is a craftable secondary for the Medic. It has a 67% faster ÜberCharge rate while healing non-overhealed players, and using the reload key allows the Medic to cycle through three damage resistance types: Bullet Damage, Explosive Damage, and Fire Damage. Both the Medic and his heal target are provided 10% resistance to the selected damage type passively while the Medic is healing, and the Vaccinator's ÜberCharge provides 75% resistance to the selected damage type for 2.5 seconds, even after the Medic stops healing the patient, as well as immunity to bonus critical damage from the selected damage type. ÜberCharge rate is boosted temporarily when you or your patient are damaged by the currently resisted damage type. As a drawback, it overheals at a 66% slower rate compared to the Medi Gun.
- The Vaccinator builds ÜberCharge at a very fast rate when healing injured players. If paired with the Overdose, you can easily build an ÜberCharge and then use the Overdose's ÜberCharge-based speed boost to your advantage.
- Use the Vaccinator to prevent incoming damage, similarly to a normal ÜberCharge. Judge what is the biggest threat to your patient and apply resistances accordingly.
- Knowing when to change resistances is crucial. A wrong choice can lead to death. Whenever you are not in active combat, use bullet resistance, because all classes except for the Demoman have a bullet weapon in their stock loadouts, and many bullet weapons strike instantly, meaning that it’s too late to switch once the enemy starts firing. If you feel there is a high chance of a Soldier, Pyro, or Demoman ambush, you can switch to explosive or fire resistance while not fighting. During combat, watch your enemies' weapons and switch resistances accordingly.
- Bullet resistance applies not only to literal bullets, but to similar projectiles such as syringes, arrows, or laser beams.
- The Vaccinator can stack multiple ÜberCharges of different types at once, allowing you to protect you and your patient from two or even three types of damage at once. However, keep in mind that this strategy uses significantly more ÜberCharge than just using one resistance at a time.
- Keep in mind that when healing a fully overhealed Heavy with bullet resistance, he can survive a fully-charged headshot from any Sniper not using the Machina. You as a Medic can also survive any fully-charged bodyshot or uncharged headshot.
- Note, however, that having the Vita-Saw equipped still leaves you vulnerable to a fully charged bodyshot and uncharged headshots.
- If an enemy Sniper is causing trouble, considering ÜberCharging a friendly Sniper to safely take care of the threat. As headshots are considered critical hits, the Vaccinator's ÜberCharge can aid your Sniper in killing the enemy. The enemy Sniper will be completely unable to kill yours in a single shot for the duration of the ÜberCharge.
- Activating ÜberCharge on yourself can also ensure a safer escape from enemy Snipers.
- The Vaccinator generates ÜberCharge at an extremely fast rate while blocking damage, and can continue to generate ÜberCharge even when using its own ÜberCharge. Furthermore, damage blocked by an ÜberCharged patient counts towards the boost, even if the Medic is healing another patient at the time. With clever use, these factors can be used to almost perpetually have an ÜberCharge at the ready for when it's needed.
- The Vaccinator provides absolutely no protection against melee weapons. While healing a patient, stay away from classes with strong melee weapons like Demoknights and Soldiers with the Market Gardener, who can kill you as normal. Communicate with your healing targets to prevent dying to a melee attack.
Bonesaw + reskins
|Weapon||Kill Icon||Attack Interval||Damage|
Bat Outta Hell
- The Bonesaw deals more burst damage than the Syringe Gun but suffers in terms of damage over time. This makes it good for getting in the first strike on a distracted opponent, or to finish off an already-weakened one. Like other melee weapons, it also has a higher critical hit chance than the Syringe Gun, which can potentially result in instantly killing an opponent with the first strike.
- When Spy-checking teammates, using the Bonesaw is more reliable due to the difficulty in aiming with the Syringe Gun. Spies will often try to attack you whenever possible, so always be prepared to take out the Bonesaw in order to deal with them, or other sudden threats.
- You are faster than most other classes; your greater agility can put you at an advantage in melee combat. That being said, your main goal as a Medic should be self-preservation, so avoid engaging in melee combat outside of self-defense.
- Your other melee weapons provide additional helpful effects that the stock Bonesaw just cannot match. Use another weapon if you can.
Ubersaw + reskins
|Weapon||Kill Icon||Attack Interval||Damage|
The Ubersaw is an unlockable melee weapon for the Medic. It has a 20% slower attack rate than the Bonesaw, but will add 25% to the ÜberCharge meter for each successful hit. In addition, taunting with the Upersaw will perform the Spinal Tap kill taunt.
- Rather than using the Ubersaw for killing enemies, try to use it with the mindset of building up ÜberCharge. If possible, try to simply land a hit and retreat safely, rather than fighting an enemy to the death.
- If fighting an enemy with the ÜberCharge meter almost full, try to use the Ubersaw to finish up the charge and quickly switch to the Medi Gun to activate it. In desperate situations, the protection of an ÜberCharge can allow you to safely escape from a situation where you would have otherwise died.
- The Ubersaw is especially useful for taking out Spies that may be attempting to backstab teammates, as it will not only kill the Spy in two hits, but also build the ÜberCharge meter more safely than if attempted on other enemies. However, be aware that experienced Spies may attempt to trickstab you if you try to engage in melee combat with them. If you know an enemy Spy is capable of trickstabbing, it is safer to attempt to use your primary weapon to kill him from a safe distance, or alert one of your teammates and ask them to take the Spy out.
- Hitting disguised Spies will not give you ÜberCharge; however, the melee damage will still hurt them.
- Your ÜberCharge meter does not increase upon killing a Spy that is using the Dead Ringer. If a Spy appears to have died, but the hit that killed him provided no ÜberCharge, be aware that the Spy has feigned their death and will likely return shortly.
- The Ubersaw will still add to the ÜberCharge meter if you hit a Scout under the effects of Bonk! Atomic Punch.
- Using the Ubersaw and the stock Medi Gun in conjunction with another Medic with the same loadout can be very effective. (See Chain Über.) The first Medic can ÜberCharge the second while the second approaches an enemy with the Ubersaw equipped. Over the course of the ÜberCharge, the second Medic should aim to get in enough hits to fill his ÜberCharge, allowing himself to grant the first Medic an ÜberCharge so he can do the same thing. However, be aware that the enemy team will usually take quick notice of this, and attempt to counter your strategy, usually with a Pyro's airblast.
- Try not to overuse the Ubersaw. While it is very tempting to run forward into enemy lines and swing wildly in the hopes of gaining a free and easy ÜberCharge, it is not practical and more often than not will get you killed, especially if you run into a Soldier or Heavy before you can begin your rampage.
- Healing teammates with your Medi Gun is more important than the raw ÜberCharge you can gain from using this weapon. If you rely too much on the Ubersaw for gaining charge, that wastes time that could go towards healing a teammate and gaining just as much ÜberCharge across a wider timeframe.
|Weapon||Kill Icon||Attack Interval||Damage|
The Vita-Saw is a craftable melee weapon for the Medic. It allows the Medic to retain up to 60% of his ÜberCharge meter upon death. However, it also reduces the Medic's maximum HP by 10, to 140 HP.
- Due to being able to retain up to 60% of the ÜberCharge meter, it's possible to deploy ÜberCharges faster upon respawning. This will allow you and your team to put more pressure on the enemy team.
- This will also allow you to move 12% faster with the Overdose, allowing you to reach your team more quickly after respawning.
- Remember that if you're killed during an ÜberCharge, up to 60% of what charge you had left will still be retained.
- It is best to pair the Vita-Saw with the Kritzkrieg, as the Kritzkrieg is the only Medi Gun that does not protect you at all during an ÜberCharge.
- In game modes without respawning, such as Arena or Sudden Death, the Vita-Saw is a straight downgrade to the default Bonesaw and should not be used.
|Weapon||Kill Icon||Attack Interval||Damage||Healing|
|Point Blank||Critical||On Taunt|
The Amputator is a craftable melee weapon for the Medic. While being actively held, it increases health regeneration by +3 HP/sec. It also allows Medics to perform the Medicating Melody taunt. However, it deals 20% less damage than the stock Bonesaw.
- The extra health regeneration can be used to offset damage from afterburn, giving you more time to find a source of healing to extinguish yourself.
- The Amputator's damage penalty is enough that most classes will take at least one extra swing to kill. This makes the Amputator less reliable as a self-defense tool.
|Amputator||25-75 health||4.2 seconds||The Medic brings his weapon up to his shoulder, leans on his right foot, and plays a soothing melody, healing all allies within a certain radius while causing them to emit a team-colored glow around their feet.|
- Upon taunting, all teammates within 450 units of the Medic are each healed for 4 seconds at the same rate as healing as the Medi Gun.
- The purpose of this taunt is to multiply your healing power when several teammates are injured and are in range.
- Since you cannot overheal with this taunt, do not use it when nearby teammates are not injured.
- An ideal situation for the taunt is when several teammates are close together, are receiving heavy damage, and you have a safe place to taunt that can reach them all.
- Unlike with the Crusader's Crossbow and the Medi Gun, you cannot "miss" your teammates; healing is automatic for all teammates in range, including any that enter the range during the taunt.
- During your taunt, the camera will switch to a third-person view, allowing you to better see the battlefield and judge whether you should repeat the taunt, move, and/or switch weapons.
- Only use this taunt when standing in a location where the enemy cannot see (and therefore shoot) you, and where you cannot be ambushed.
- Remember that you cannot heal around corners. Players must have unbroken line of sight to you to receive the healing effect.
- You cannot move for the entire duration of the taunt. If your team is moving as a group, it's better to just keep using the Medi Gun.
- The healing from this taunt builds ÜberCharge substantially slower than your Medi Gun. If you are able to keep your teammates alive by healing them individually, doing so is usually a better choice, as you will build ÜberCharge faster that way.
|Weapon||Kill Icon||Attack Interval||Damage|
The Solemn Vow is a craftable melee weapon for the Medic. It allows you to see the opposing team's health and enemy Medics' ÜberCharge meters, at the cost of a 10% slower swing rate.
- The Solemn Vow offers the ability to see enemy health, allowing you to inform teammates whether a retreating enemy is heavily wounded or not.
- If an enemy Medic is spotted, it may be worth communicating how much ÜberCharge they have.
- The Solemn Vow can also be useful for judging whether to flee or fight. Being able to see the health of attackers will let you detemrine whether it's better to go for a few quick melee swings or to focus on making an escape.
- Unlike several other weapons with passive effects, you do not need to be actively holding the Solemn Vow to see enemy health values. Take advantage of this by informing your Medi Gun patient of enemy health values to aid them in combat.
- The Solemn Vow is most useful when actively using a microphone to relay important information your team. Otherwise, it may be better to use an alternative melee weapon with more immediate effects.
- In Mann vs. Machine, all classes can see the health of giant robots. It is therefore advised not to use the Solemn Vow over other choices such as the Ubersaw or Amputator.
|Ubersaw||500||4 seconds||The Medic throws his coattails back and enters a combat pose before thrusting his Ubersaw forward and retracting it, killing any enemy player in the way. Gives 100% ÜberCharge if successful.|
- Remember that, like the Skewer taunt, an enemy does not need to be stunned by the initial thrust in order to kill them. They simply need to be in front of you during the retraction part of the animation.
- Similarly, stunning an enemy doesn't necessarily guarantee a kill, as explosions, airblasts, or even just your target's existing momentum may move you or the target outside of the kill zone before the retraction.
- The initial thrust can be used to stun ÜberCharged enemies and waste their time. The taunt won't kill the ÜberCharged player, but it will still give you 100% ÜberCharge.
- If you find an unguarded, active Teleporter exit, then you can use this taunt in front of it to kill the next player to use the Teleporter and get full ÜberCharge. Be careful when positioning yourself, or you could be telefragged instead.
- This taunt can synergise well with the Heavy's the Holiday Punch, as critical hits from that weapon will force the enemy to perform the Schadenfreude taunt, giving you a chance to perform this without interruption. Try to do this on enemies separated from the rest of their team.
- Giving the Heavy a Kritzkrieg ÜberCharge will ensure every single punch is critical, and a successful Spinal Tap will refill your ÜberCharge meter instantly.
- Due to the length of the taunt, Spinal Tap is ineffective unless enemies are unaware of your presence, such as enemy Snipers focused on distant targets.
- The Medic will loudly announce "I'm going to saw through your bones!" before the thrust, which can alert foes to your presence.
One of the most commonly used setups, and generally the best for most situations. A Medic with this setup should focus on healing teammates and keeping them in combat, rather than fighting the enemy directly. The stock Medi Gun is the most versatile of the 4 Medi Guns, as it gives the team access to default ÜberCharges. Because you won't be focusing on direct combat, the stock Syringe Gun and Crusader's Crossbow are good choices, as unlike the Blutsauger, they do not lower your health regeneration rate, and the Crusader's Crossbow provides the additional ability to heal at long range. Finally, the Ubersaw can be used to build ÜberCharge off of unaware players, vulnerable Spies, or flanking classes that get too close.
This setup is ideal for Medics whose priority is on survivability and building ÜberCharges. Holding up to 20% charge after death makes up for the Medi Gun's relatively slower charge speed compared to other secondaries. While the Vita-Saw reduces the Medic's maximum health by 10 HP, it allows you to preserve some of your ÜberCharge after death, which allows you to build ÜberCharge back faster after a death. However, having reduced maximum health can result in you dying faster and more often, so stick with the stock Bonesaw if you wish to avoid the health penalty. The Overdose ensures that you'll be able to move faster when your ÜberCharge meter is filled, enabling you to move faster to stay with your team or to escape if the situation goes south.
This combination is more suited to an offensive Medic, though not necessarily for offensive pushes. The Kritzkrieg builds up its charge 25% faster, allowing you to use its effect more often than other ÜberCharges, or to rebuild charge faster after a death. The Blutsauger provides healing during combat and is thus more useful to a Medic who engages in fights regularly. Because the Kritzkrieg already charges fast, the Solemn Vow's faster swing speed makes it more viable for direct combat than the Ubersaw, as well as allowing you to identify weakened enemies to finish off. However, players who wish to focus even more on offensive combat can use the Ubersaw to build up ÜberCharge faster.
In Mann VS Machine, most of the Medi Guns are considered superfluous, as the stock Medi Gun's ÜberCharge can be purchased as a canteen effect (and shared with your teammates via the Canteen Specialist upgrade), and the Quick-Fix's healing rate can be easily matched with Healing Mastery, without the detriment of having reduced overheal. One of the few ÜberCharges that can't be easily duplicated via upgrades is that of the Kritzkrieg, due to its increased recharge rate and ability to give a decently long duration of critical hits. Since your primary and melee weapons are often left un-upgraded, their use is more based on versatility. As such, the Blutsauger can be used in a pinch to quickly regain lost health, with the reduced passive health regeneration of the Blutsauger being negated by the Healing Mastery upgrade for the Medi Gun. For the melee slot, the Ubersaw is by far preferred to the Solemn Vow, since striking an enemy returns 25% ÜberCharge, allowing the Medic to give his team critical hits more often, especially given the relative obliviousness of MvM bots compared to real players. However, the Ubersaw is best used against robots that are not in a group, as the sheer number of robots in MvM will likely result in you dying extremely quickly.
This setup is primarily designed with personal survival in mind. The Blutsauger, when aimed well, offers much higher survivability in a direct confrontation, and ÜberCharge from the Ubersaw can be used not only to push, but also as a shield by switching quickly between the Medi Gun and the Ubersaw while attacking. The use of Ubersaw can help build up ÜberCharges, and if used skillfully, allows players to extend their ÜberCharge durations significantly.
This combination is suited to a Medic who wants protection against lone enemies. The Ubersaw, on hit, will give you one Vaccinator ÜberCharge immediately, which can be used to protect yourself from an ambushing class's main damage type. The Blutsauger can be used to protect yourself during a retreat. The main downside to this strategy is that you can struggle to protect yourself from multiple damage types at once, due to each additional protection requiring an additional 25% of your ÜberCharge meter.
This setup is ideal for greatly enhancing the firepower of your team while allowing Medics to focus on healing rather than combat. The combination of the Syringe Gun and Vita-Saw gives players survivability and the ability to retain part of an ÜberCharge meter. The faster charge rate of the Kritzkrieg and the ability to retain charge on the ÜberCharge meter after death allows Medics to deploy Kritzkrieg ÜberCharges very quickly. If the player is killed in the middle of a Kritzkrieg ÜberCharge, the remainder (up to 60%) will still be retained, allowing enterprising Medics to quickly build the next ÜberCharge faster as well.
|The Clinical Trial
This is the Clinical Trial setup, good for a support Medic who wishes to heal people quickly and effectively. The Overdose is not a good weapon for personal defense due to the damage penalty. Instead, use its passive effect to quickly run to injured teammates after attaining a full ÜberCharge. The Quick-Fix is useful for quickly healing multiple patients because of its accelerated healing rate. Though the Quick-Fix is unable to provide invulnerability, the greatly increased healing rate and immunity to knockback allows it to excel at quickly destroying sentry nests, or taking out large groups of enemies. The Solemn Vow allows you to see the enemies' health and point out weakened enemies for your patient to kill.
|The Medieval Medic - with Quick-Fix
This setup is useful for an offensive, mobile Medic who focuses on healing as many teammates as possible using all three of his weapons. The Crusader's Crossbow, while weak in direct combat, provides an extremely useful secondary source of healing that will help you keep the entire team alive; you will not need to defend yourself at close range if you are surrounded by your teammates. When your patient is at full health, you can take the opportunity to shoot a few crossbow bolts at long range toward your teammates and then resume healing your pocket. Taunting with the Amputator can provide healing for everyone nearby at the expense of ÜberCharge build speed. The Quick-Fix gives you a significantly increased healing rate and the ability to explosive-jump with your patient, so you can support even your fastest teammates.
This setup is for a support Medic who focuses on healing and deploying ÜberCharges as quickly as possible, at the cost of minimized personal defense. The Medic can hit enemies a few times with the Ubersaw, before switching to the Overdose to use the speed boost to escape. Once your Übercharge is built, this is the preferred setup for a Chain ÜberCharge. One Medic can ÜberCharge another, which attacks enemies with his Ubersaw to build up his ÜberCharge, and then the medics switch roles. The Overdose is helpful, as during a Chain ÜberCharge you are likely to have some charge built, so you can switch to it to chase down fleeing enemies.
This setup focuses entirely on speed, not granting a Medic much direct strength or survivability. The Quick-Fix rapidly gains ÜberCharge, incidentally healing allies much faster than other Medi Guns, as well as pulling you alongside explosive-jumping Soldiers and Demomen. The Overdose allows you a higher degree of mobility, complimented by the Quick-Fix's rapid ÜberCharge build speed. Should you perish, the Vita-Saw will allow you to roll out faster by retaining up to 60% of your unused ÜberCharge to power your Overdose. This can make you a good companion for a Scout, as the Overdose and Quick-Fix allow you to keep pace with him, and the Vita-Saw potentially allows you to catch back up to him faster upon respawning.
This set up focuses on defense from a specific damage type. The Vaccinator provides the Medic and its teammate a 10% resistance from a select damage type, a 75% resistance when ÜberCharged, and a 25% heal from the matched damage taken. Having the ability to build an ÜberCharge at a 50% faster rate then normally, paring this weapon with the Overdose enables you to efficiently use the speed boost provided to quickly get to teammates. Having 4 separate ÜberCharge times, a Medic is able to quickly deploy an ÜberCharge at any time if the meter is filled over 25%. This provides an immediate defense from any enemies that may be lurking. The Solemn Vow allows you to see enemy health, thereby enabling you to make a decision whether a short or long ÜberCharge is necessary. However, if the ability to see enemy health is not your priority, simply stick with the Bonesaw, as it lacks the 10% slower firing speed the Solemn Vow is stuck with.
|Unless marked with a †, all weapons can be substituted with reskins.|
Class Cooperation Strategies
Scouts tend to make very poor pockets due to their tendency to strictly fight 1-on-1 and being in and out of battle very quickly. However, there are some ideal situations where it may hurt the enemy team to ÜberCharge your Scout more than it would you.
- Healing a Scout tends to be lower priority, as in the time that it takes to heal him, he likely can find health packs to patch himself up.
- When healing a Scout, your base speed is raised to whatever his speed is. A Scout can help a Medic get to the front lines quickly.
- With Scout's natural speed advantage on the battlefield, Medics can rely on him to aid in escaping. Because of his frailness in general combat, a good Scout will know the 'tells' for when a situation looks bleak. They will often be the first ones to fall back, usually with a Medic in tow.
- The Scout's multiple different unlocks can ready him for just about any situation and by extension give you both a speed advantage and situational advantages when healing him.
- With access to mini-crits from the Crit-a-Cola or Fan O'War, a stock Medi Gun ÜberCharge can turn the Scout into a very mobile class shredder with no downside after the effect has worn off, provided there is no significant knockback to hinder this attack.
- Using the Kritzkrieg on Scout gives the Medic a speed advantage and a power advantage, as one good shot from Scout's Scattergun will kill most classes.
- Scouts equipped with the Back Scatter and/or Mad Milk are some of the more efficient spy-checkers on their team, and should be sure to make use of this to protect their team's Medic(s).
- Scouts using the Boston Basher/Three-Rune Blade can intentionally miss their melee swings to help you gain ÜberCharge far quicker than usual.
The Soldier, with his higher than average health and wealth of different loadout options makes for one of the most flexible picks for an ÜberCharge patient and are one of the more common pocket picks, with good reason.
- A Soldier's high health pool and firepower allow him to protect an allied Medic well.
- By using the Quick-Fix, a Medic can mirror the Soldier's rocket jumps.
- A Soldier will often be taking lots of self-damage from rocket jumps. While this will mean the Medic is crit-healing him less often, it'll also keep him wounded, allowing the Medic to build ÜberCharge faster.
- Soldiers when looking to be pocketed will likely carry one of the three types of Banner for use once they enter into a heated battle, or will make a push.
- ÜberCharging them as they sound off their bugle will keep them protected so the banner's effects will become active during the charge.
- Using the Black Box or Concheror as a pocket is not exactly recommended, as they'll keep the Soldier at full health often and thus make the Medic build ÜberCharge more slowly.
- All mediguns raise the Medic's speed to that of the heal target's; this allows low-health Soldiers using the Escape Plan to get their Medics out of danger quickly.
- The Escape Plan does, however, reduce the amount of healing the user receives (though only while it's active). On the other hand, that also means the target doesn't get overhealed for longer, allowing the Medic to build ÜberCharge quicker.
- It also means that heal targets using the Disciplinary Action don't have to worry about outrunning their Medics.
- The enormous damage dealt by critical rockets makes the Kritzkrieg a favored medigun for Medics following Soldiers.
- Kritzkrieg ÜberCharges are especially effective on Air Strike, Beggar's Bazooka, or Liberty Launcher Soldiers whose primaries don't need to reload often (or, in the case of the Bazooka, can keep up a reasonable rate of fire anyway). On the other hand, the Cow Mangler 5000 and the Rocket Jumper are 'very. subpar launchers for Kritz über targets, as the Kritzkrieg's criticals will be downgraded to mini-crits for the former and will deal no damage for the latter.
- The Beggar's Bazooka can unleash a barrage of rockets that most Pyros will be unable to reflect in their entirety at the cost of accuracy. This can be very effective with both the stock Medi Gun or the Kritzkrieg against large groups of enemies on a Control Point.
- Of the Soldier's secondaries, the Medic will benefit most from a shotgun or the Battallion's Backup. Shotguns allow the Soldier to defend his Medic even when rockets would be a poor option (e.g., against airblasting Pyros), while the Backup gives the Medic much-needed resiliency.
- Soldiers under the effects of the Vaccinator will take less damage from rocket jumping, though the Medic will probably not be able to follow the Soldier after the first jump.
- With a Vaccinator ÜberCharge, however, the Soldier may be able to get a second jump in before the resistances wear off.
As usual, the Pyro is pretty much the best bodyguard in the game, between reasonable health, efficient spychecking, and airblast.
- Sticking around a Pyro may slow the Medic down. This can be alleviated if the Pyro uses the Powerjack to increase his speed, which will actually increase the Medic's speed as well.
- As airblasting is part of why the Pyro is a good bodyguard, the Dragon's Fury and Phlogistinator are subpar flamethrowers for bodyguarding Pyros. The Backburner also is not very useful, unless ammo packs are plentiful.
- Pyros are the near-perfect pocket in one situation: Control Point rushing. A good Pyro will be able to jump onto the point and break up big groups of enemies by setting them on fire or killing them outright with their wide cone of flame damage.
- Generally, Pyros are a decent über target, but not a high-priority one. That said, there are a couple special things to note:
- The Pyro's flamethrowers have the somewhat unique attribute of never needing to reload, allowing the Pyro to put out a constant stream of damage for the entirety of an über.
- A Pyro using the Phlogistonator with full Mmmph! can taunt to gain 8 seconds of guaranteed critical hits. While this is redundant with the Krtizkrieg, any other medigun turns such a Pyro into a crit-boosted and resilient waking nightmare for your enemies.
- A Pyro with the Homewrecker can take out Sentry Guns fairly efficiently while übered. The sentry will inflict significant knockback, though, making it advisable to approach from around a corner. Alternatively, even a level 3 Sentry Gun's DPS won't outmatch a Quick-Fix über's heal rate, making that medigun viable for taking out lone Sentry Guns in this manner.
- Pyro is useful for counteracting Vaccinator-wielding Medics with afterburn's resistance piercing effects. Combining this with a Kritzkrieg or Stock ÜberCharge can whittle down a healthy or protected group of opponents with ease.
- While they can be very effective in an offensive ÜberCharge, Pyros have little to no power outside of the Flamethrower's medium-range on the defensive. Unless the Pyro is using a Phlogistinator with a full 'Mmph' bar and you know your opponents must pass through you, prioritize your Stock ÜberCharge on other classes with greater range or power.
- Pyros wielding the Back Scratcher will increase the amount of ÜberCharge you build relative to their lessened healing and will allow you to more unleash more charges in a shorter amount of time.
Demoman makes a good pocket under the correct circumstances, such as protecting the cart or at a point where he can easily fire grenades and stickybombs into the crowd.
- The Demoman's damage output is high enough that he doesn't really 'need' damage boosts to become terrifying, he just needs resiliency.
- That said, a Demoman under the effects of a Kritzkrieg über is still one of the most terrifying sights in the game.
- With the Quick-Fix, a Medic can mirror a Demoman's explosive jumps or a Demoknight's charges.
- An explosive jumping Demoman will take less self-damage from the explosions while being healed by the Vaccinator.
- It's worth noting that, although a Demoman is great at dealing damage, he's less effective at protecting the Medic at close range, since he himself is weak there.
- Demoknights are less efficient pockets for Medics than normal Demomen, as they are less able to dish out outright carnage; however, a Demoknight can help a Quick-Fix Medic get to the front lines at blinding speed.
- While this can technically work for any class, Demoman's multiple unlockables dedicated to melee combat can pair well with a Kritskrieg's ÜberCharge if you manage to get the drop on enemies.
- Charging a Scotsman's Skull Cutter-wielding Demoknight with the Kritzkrieg generally is a bad idea against a well organized team, but may give you the edge in raw damage and can immediately kill any class, even one who is significantly overhealed, excluding the Heavy and Soldier.
- In general, it is a better idea to charge a Soldier than a Demoman with the stock Medi Gun due to their more reliable fire rate and accuracy with their Rocket Launcher of choice.
- However, do not underestimate the power of a Demoman's Stickybomb Launcher when using a Kritzkrieg's ÜberCharge. It's large explosion radius and near instant detonation at the press of a button can be a far better Control Point clearing tool than any of the Soldier's launchers.
The Heavy is the most iconic Medic patient and for good reason-- He has a large amount of health, a large hitbox to hide behind and can mow down a disorganized team with little effort.
- A Heavy can protect a Medic with nothing but his large hitbox and equally large health pool, simply by standing in front of the Medic.
- The stock Medi Gun is the best gun in most situations and that goes double for planning to work with the Heavy. The invulnerability the stock Medi Gun grants supplements the Heavy's superior firepower perfectly.
- A Heavy's minigun is effective enough at mid-range to deter most opponents, and can take out any class (even another Heavy) at close range. A Medic next to a competent Heavy has little to fear from anybody other than a Sniper.
- A Tomislav Heavy with good aim and the effects of a Kritzkrieg ÜberCharge can pose a threat to Snipers from unreasonably far away.
- The Kritzkrieg used with the Brass Beast is the most damaging option in the game, even shredding other overhealed Heavies.
- The Heavy's miniguns don't need to reload, allowing him to put out a constant stream of damage for the entirety of an ÜberCharge.
- Other than that, though, a Heavy has trouble taking advantage of a Kritzkrieg ÜberCharge the way a Demoman or Soldier can.
- A Heavy with the Fists of Steel being pocketed by a Vaccinator Medic is nigh-impossible to take out with bullets.
- A Heavy with a Medic buddy will do well to bring along a Sandvich to keep him topped up on health. At 150 health, a Medic doesn't benefit significantly from the small health pack dropped by - only gaining 30 health. The Sandvich, however, drops a medium health pack, which will restore a sizeable 75 health to the Medic. The Heavy doesn't really need the Sandvich for himself, as the medigun will generally keep him topped up.
- Heavy's Killing Gloves of Boxing give him the advantage of guarenteed Critical hits. Using this with the Stock ÜberCharge can be very effective in wiping out an entire team by yourself.
- With the Gloves of Running Urgently, the Heavy can be used to easily and efficiently overwhelm an opposing Medic using the Vaccinator with a Bullet resistance.
- Like with the Pyro's Back Scratcher, the Heavy's Fists of Steel will allow you to gain more ÜberCharge relative to the healing they receive and allow for more charges in a shorter amount of time.
Engineers generally make for a situational, but usually effective pocket due to relying on mainly Hitscan weaponry, an average speed and his very powerful Sentry Gun.
- Engineers can fit the role of an 'infantry' class with their generic, yet capable weapons and can deal with immediate threats efficiently.
- ÜberCharging an Engineer while he is repairing his Sentry Gun is highly effective and could make the difference between a Level-Three Sentry wiping out a team, or the both of you dead.
- Gunslinger Engineers will be around your team more often to help protect you and can take advantage of the weapon's combo perk to deal guaranteed critical hits.
- Teleporters are useful for allowing the Medic to get to the front lines quickly.
- The Engineer is generally a subpar heal target, as he usually won't be on the front lines and will have a Dispenser with him.
Medics are similar to Scouts in which it is not very useful to ÜberCharge them. Try prioritizing other classes over other Medics.
- Other Medics typically work separately with their own patients, but they should heal each other if they're injured.
- Medics should protect each other as best as they can when on the retreat. Using an ÜberCharge to aid in retreating will allow the two Medics to survive and return to their team safely and quickly build ÜberCharge for the next assault.
- A particularly bold strategy is to ÜberCharge a Medic with the Ubersaw, gain Über with four hits, and deploy that charge on the other Medic. (See ÜberCharge strategy)
With their tendency to stay far from enemy lines and a lack of reliable close-quarters combat tools, Snipers make for a comparably worse pocket than most.
- Overhealing your Sniper to at least above 150 health allows them to deal with the enemy Sniper much more comfortably, as they can resist a headshot. However, he is not the highest priority healing target.
- The Sniper can kill classes like the Heavy and Soldier to help protect a Medic should he be threatened by an enemy.
- The Sniper's SMG can be highly effective when paired with the Kritzkrieg. It can make the Sniper a more mobile 'Heavy', bringing heftier classes to very severe damage in a matter of seconds.
- A Sniper using the Jarate will deal mini-crits (Full criticals in tandem with the Bushwacka) on opponents sodden with the weapon. Therefore, the Kritzkrieg's ÜberCharge becomes less effective overall and could be considered unnecessary.
- Huntsman-wielding Snipers will stay closer to the battle and will be readily available as a pocket if needed. A Huntsman bodyshot will deal 120 damage flat which will hinder most classes significantly, and deal up to 360 on a headshot which will even kill partially overhealed Heavies.
Much like Sniper or Medic, the Spy is a less than ideal pocket. Because he will take alternate routes and be disguised or invisible most of the time, healing or ÜberCharging Spies could blow their cover and will generally be a waste.
- The Spy can be healed behind enemy sight to help him survive an enemy encounter should he be caught.
- A way to heal the Spy in a less conspicuous way is to fire a bolt from the Crusader's Crossbow at him. If he is disguised, it will look to the enemy like you are attacking their teammate, where in reality you are healing yours.
- If possible, quickly flash your charge on the Spy so he may backstab a high priority target such as enemy Medics without worry of retaliation.
- Spies using the Ambassador can already earn critical hits with proper aim. The Kritzkrieg becomes useless to them as a result.