Pyroland

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See also: Pyrovision and Pyroland Contracts.
The 2Fort bridge 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 their eyes. It was first seen in Meet the Pyro. It can also be viewed in-game by equipping certain weapons or cosmetic items.

In media

As seen in Meet the Pyro, Pyroland is a stark contrast to the usual aesthetics of Team Fortress 2. Instead of run-down desert towns or secret spy bases, Pyroland appears as an extremely cartoonish pastel-colored landscape with big flowery meadows, a bright 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.

Members of 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 they are being brutally hunted and killed in the real world — for example, in Pyroland, the Pyro blows bubbles at a baby Scout, which is humored by their actions; the real Scout is actually being shot in the face with a Scorch Shot flare at point blank. In both the real world and in Pyroland, the Pyro keeps an air of carefree, happy-go-lucky cheerfulness.

In the comic Ring of Fired, it is implied that fire is the main source of the bright colors and scenery for Pyroland; without it, the Pyro views the world in a grey, muffled, dull, and bland perspective, with people appearing as rectangular creatures speaking nearly unintelligible language.[1]

In game

By equipping the Pyrovision Goggles, Rainblower, Lollichop, Infernal Orchestrina, Burning Bongos, Balloonicorn, or Reindoonicorn, players of any class can view Pyroland, which results in changes that affect both the game world and the player.

A selection of features from birthday mode are enabled:

  • 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 and the ropes for Grappling Hooks are adorned with lights.
  • Blood effects become balloons, streamers, and confetti.

In addition, a number of additional cosmetic changes to the game world are applied. Many surfaces found in the game world are retextured into brightly-colored pink or blue materials that represent either the RED or BLU team. Certain lights, such as the ones found on the left side of the RED spawn in Sawmill, may be turned on or have their brightness increased. The contents of existing signs seen in objective-based game modes such as Capture the Flag or Control Points are replaced with "MMM MMMPH", with the exception of those found in the Special Delivery game mode. Most company logos are replaced with swatches of white paint, while others are changed to fit the Pyroland aesthetic; for example, the Cornwell branding on Dustbowl and 2Fort is changed to Candy. Resupply lockers found in spawn rooms are colored purple with yellow handles and have pictures of a cuddly cat and dog in place of the ammo and health symbols.

Other players also receive minor cosmetic changes that are not visible outside of Pyroland. The Soldier, Pyro, and Demoman's grenade packs (and items that override them) are replaced with baby bottles, and all voices except the player's are heard at a higher pitch. Igniting a player with a weapon such as the Cow Mangler 5000 or the Degreaser will result in the affected player being covered in colorful sparkles instead of fire, and certain smoke effects that are triggered by explosive or fire-based weapons (such as the Soldier's Rocket Launcher or the Pyro's Detonator) are replaced with soap bubbles. Damaging or killing a player will exhibit a laugh instead of a pain noise.

All Pyro items included in the Pyromania update (such as the Rainblower or Lollichop) are visible to the player when in Pyroland. Outside of Pyrovision, the Rainblower and Lollichop will instead be viewed as their respective stock variants. However, all Pyrovision items are shown in deathcams, regardless of whether the player is in Pyroland or not. All fire effects, either from the Pyro's primary weapons or the Thermal Thruster appear as a rainbow that changes color as it travels, and the Dragon's Fury fires a large assortment of lollipops and rainbow swirls in place of a fireball.

Both the Domination and Revenge messages in the kill feed are replaced with "[Player1] is BEST FRIENDS with [Player2]" and "[Player1] BROKE UP with [Player2]", respectively. Additionally, certain cosmetic items such as the Catastrophic Companions or the Balloonicorn will appear to assist or be assisted by a player for unassisted kills, using the item's custom name, if applied. If the player has more than one applicable items equipped, one will be picked at random for the killfeed notice.

Cosmetic items that affect the killfeed in Pyroland
Chucklenuts Pocket Pauling Catcher's Companion
Chucklenuts Pocket Pauling Catcher's Companion
Pocket Medic Deadliest Duckling Compatriot Lieutenant Bites Lieutenant Bites the Dust Larval Lid Private Maggot Muncher Semi-tame Trapper's Hat
Pocket Medic Deadliest Duckling Compatriot Lieutenant Bites Lieutenant Bites the Dust Larval Lid Private Maggot Muncher Semi-tame Trapper's Hat
Grub Grenades
Grub Grenades
Triboniophorus Tyrannus Birdcage Cremator's Conscience Scrap Pack Deadliest Duckling Carrion Companion Metal Slug Pocket Pardner
Triboniophorus Tyrannus Birdcage Cremator's Conscience Scrap Pack Deadliest Duckling Carrion Companion Metal Slug Pocket Pardner
Fiery Phoenix Sole Mate Nabler
Fiery Phoenix Sole Mate Nabler
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 Sucker Slug Momma Kiev
Pocket Medic Red Army Robin Ivan the Inedible Little Bear Sucker Slug Momma Kiev
Teddy Roosebelt Pocket Purrer Deadliest Duckling Prize Plushy Teddy Robobelt Pocket Pyro Ein Hillbilly Speed-Bump
Teddy Roosebelt‎ Pocket Purrer Deadliest Duckling Prize Plushy Teddy Robobelt Pocket Pyro Ein Hillbilly Speed-Bump
Tropical Toad Aim Assistant Mini-Engy Puggyback
Tropical Toad Aim Assistant Mini-Engy Puggyback
Scrap Pack Archimedes Mecha-Medes Archimedes the Undying Pocket Heavy Harry Pocket-Medes
Scrap Pack Archimedes Mecha-Medes Archimedes the Undying Pocket Heavy Harry Pocket-Medes
Koala Compact Sir Hootsalot Deadliest Duckling Steel Songbird Li'l Snaggletooth Cobber Chameleon Carious Chameleon Hillbilly Speed-Bump
Koala Compact Sir Hootsalot Deadliest Duckling Steel Songbird Li'l Snaggletooth Cobber Chameleon Carious Chameleon Hillbilly Speed-Bump
Elizabeth the Third Glow from Below
Elizabeth the Third Glow from Below
Backstabber's Boomslang Spycrab Aristotle Harry Bird's Eye Viewer
Backstabber's Boomslang Spycrab Aristotle Harry Bird's Eye Viewer
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 Sackcloth Spook Grim Tweeter
Tux Accursed Apparition Guano Pocket Horsemann Unidentified Following Object Quoth Sackcloth Spook Grim Tweeter
Catastrophic Companions Pocket Raiders Space Hamster Hammy Pocket Villains Croaking Hazard Pocket Saxton Quizzical Quetzal Slithering Scarf
Catastrophic Companions Pocket Raiders Space Hamster Hammy Pocket Villains Croaking Hazard Pocket Saxton Quizzical Quetzal Slithering Scarf
Pocket Santa Pocket Yeti Sledder's Sidekick Terror-antula Polar Pal Pocket Halloween Boss Gingerbread Mann Pebbles the Penguin
Pocket Santa Pocket Yeti Sledder's Sidekick Terror-antula Polar Pal Pocket Halloween Boss Gingerbread Mann Pebbles the Penguin
Breadcrab A Handsome Handy Thing Balloonicorpse
Breadcrab A Handsome Handy Thing Balloonicorpse
Note
  • This item gets credited with the kill instead, with the player receiving the assist credit.


Maps changed by Pyroland

The player is allowed to see certain maps through Pyro's eyes:

Note that changes in other maps such as 5Gorge, Barnblitz, or Mannhattan only add strings of holiday lights, as opposed to the total re-texturing used for the maps in this list. By modifying the mtp.cfg configuration file, the player can implement support for Pyroland to any map, or completely disable the visual changes on currently supported official maps.

Demonstration

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 (Pyromania Update)
  • 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.

March 12, 2015 Patch

  • Updated the Little Bear so it can get assists in Pyrovision.

May 15, 2017 Patch

  • Updated the Hillbilly Speed-Bump, Pocket Heavy, Pocket Raiders and Pocket Villains so they can get assists in Pyroland.

Bugs

  • The Ready voice lines in Mann vs. Machine and Demoman's shield charge yells do not play at a higher pitch.
  • Most effects seen in Pyroland (such as texture replacements) are not supported under DirectX 8 and will instead display their regular counterparts.
  • The Pyroland flame effects and baby bottles may fail to properly display on some configurations.

Gallery

References

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