Community Nightfall strategy

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Nightfall stage2.png
Basic Information
Map type: Payload Race
File name: plr_nightfall_final
Released: February 24, 2011 Patch
(Community Map Pack Update)
Developer(s): Aaron "Psy" Garcha
Paul Good
Map Info
Environment: Alpine / Industrial
Setting: Nighttime, raining
Hazards: Pitfall (stage 3)
Deep Water: Yes (stage 3)
Map Items
Healthico.png Health Kits: Smallhealth.png ×15  •  Mediumhealth.png ×13
Ammoico.png Ammo Boxes: Smallammo.png ×23   •   Mediumammo.png ×6
Map Photos
Loading screen photos.

This article is about Community Nightfall strategy.

Note: It is recommended to read the main Nightfall article first to become familiar with the names of key map locations used in this article.

General strategy

  • Because of the unique anti-stalemate function in Nightfall, if your team's cart is ahead of the opposing team's cart near the end of the round, it may pay off to pull back and simply defend your cart. In doing so, both carts will continue to roll forward on their own. This strategy doesn't work on Stage 3, as there is no time limit.
  • Stages 1 and 2 feature buildings separating each team's spawn from the central area, rendering sticky jumps and rocket jumps rather ineffective. However, Soldiers and Demomen can jump directly to the cart on Stage 3 with a well-timed blast.
  • On Stage 2, team members should initially focus on pushing the cart up the incline. The cart will roll back if it does not reach the top, and this part of the map can become a choke point if the opposing team sets up a successful defense.

Class-specific strategy

Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

  • Scouts have extreme mobility on all stages and can annoy the other team while they are trying to get back on their cart.
  • With the Force-A-Nature you can knock people into the pit on Stage 3.

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

  • Being pocketed by a Medic is not great on this specific map. Instead, use your own rocketjump ability to flank the other team and even push of people on Stage 3.
  • Use the advantage of having rockets to shoot around the other team's cart while they are pushing it. This will have most of the other team be in the process while your team can be pushing the bomb.

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

  • On Stage 3, Pyros should make use of their compression blast to push opposing team members off their cart. Even if they don't get pushed into the pit, forcing them to climb back up to the cart costing them valuable time while your team pushes.
  • Pyros can aim to airblast enemy players away from their cart so they are unable to push it. This will slow them down for a little bit to give your team more time to push their cart.

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

  • Due to open spaces, on stage 2 a Demoman can easily stickyjump to reach the other side quickly and easily dominate the mid-point of the map.
  • Demomen can sticky trap the opposing team's cart so when a large amount of player gather around it, the Demoman can easily stop them from pushing it, by detonating the bombs.
  • A Demoman can be useful for offense with using the default Grenade Launcher. With this, the Demoman can bounce Grenades off walls of the tunnels that the cart travels through. This may help with destroying certain obstacles like a Sentry Gun.
  • The Demoman can use the Loose Cannon to push enemy players away from their cart, allowing your team to get ahead of the other team.

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

  • Using the G.R.U. can be really useful to get to the mid-point of Stage 2 quickly- Pairing up with a Medic can be devastating!
  • The Heavy should stay near the cart most of the time. The Heavy should focus on taking out obstacles that are ahead of the cart such as a Engineer base.

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

  • Due to the tight corridors, Engineers equipped with the Gunslinger can deploy Mini-Sentry Guns to great effect on certain parts of the map, namely around corners. They can also be a distraction while teammates flank the opposing team.

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

  • If using the Kritzkrieg on any stage, pair up with a Demoman. A kritz Demoman on stage 3 can push many people off cliffs, and crit-sticky kill a great amount of players.
  • Using the Medi Gun is the only useful Medi Gun to pair up with a Heavy; due to many open spaces, people can flee from Kritz, and the Quick-Fix is easily evadeable.
  • Use the Quick-Fix ONLY if pairing up with a Scout, otherwise you are wasting your Übercharge.

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

  • Stage 3's open nature is very friendly for Snipers, with long sightlines. On Stage 1 and especially on Stage 2, Snipers may be better off equipping the Huntsman, along with Jarate, to do more close-range damage.
  • On Stage 3, Snipers should equip the Razorback to avoid being backstabbed by enemy Spies.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

  • Spies can make effective use of the tight corridors of Stages 1 and 2 to pick off enemies not on the cart.
  • Spies should use the Dead Ringer to effectively get past enemies. Using the Cloak and Dagger or the default Invis Watch will get you caught easily if a player bumps into you through those narrow tunnels.