- "Bloody piker!"
- ―Sniper, insulting enemies.
Hailing from New Zealand and raised in the unforgiving Australian outback, the '''Sniper''' is a tough and
|Height||182.88 cm (6'0")|
|Weight||78 kg (172 Ib)|
|Date Of Birth||1920|
|Hometown||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Voice Actor||John Patrick Lowrie|
Although he's typically known for instantaneously killing enemies at a distance, the Sniper can use the huntsman to get closer to the enemy. Additionally, the Sydney Sleeper and the "mysterious" contents of Jarate allow him to take on a support role by causing enemies to take mini-crits.
The Sniper is voiced by John Patrick Lowrie.
In his former life as a tracker of dangerous game in the unforgiving Australian outback, the Sniper would spend months by himself. Prolonged isolation taught him a valuable lesson: You don't have to rely on other people if you never miss.
- Sniper Rifle
- Sydney Sleeper
- Bazaar Bargain
- Shooting Star
- Hitman's Heatmaker
- The Classic
- Fortified Compund
- Darwin's Danger Shield
- Cozy Camper
- Cleaner's Carbine
- Prinny Machete
- Frying Pan
- Conscious Objector
- Freedom Staff
- Tribleman's Shiv
After Mann co. was disassembled by Grey Mann, Sniper went into hiding back in his childhood home located in Australia. When the team was being reassembled, Miss Pauling and Demoman travelled across the globe to reach him. Sniper was less then ecstatic to be found, as he knocked the two unconscious and begun interrogating Miss Pauling about the true origins of his parents. Miss Pauling complied and explained that he was born in the underwater country of New Zealand, however as the country was being flooded his scientist parents placed him in a rocket ship aimed for space. The ship, however, malfunctioned and sent baby Sniper hurdling towards a small property in rural Australia, where he was then raised by two loving Australian parents.
Sniper was happy to find out that the Team Fortress crew was heading to New Zealand to find the last of the Australium, given that the excursion may give Sniper the chance to find his biological parents and when the arrived he was greeted as such. Sniper's real parents were the last surviving New Zealanders. There reunion however was cut short when Sniper's mother, escaped New Zealand in a new rocket ship and Sniper was shot and killed by the Team Fortress Classic team.
Sniper was, however, resurrected by the Medic, much to the TFC Heavy's dismay. After seeing what was on the other side (his parents) Sniper states that now that he knows whats waiting for him, he's the most dangerous man on the island as he no longer fears death. He then escapes and rendezvous with Spy, saving him from the TFC Sniper.
Sniper Update Edit
A weapon, arm or armament is a device that can be used with intent to inflict damage or harm. Weapons are used to increase the efficacy and efficiency of activities such as hunting, crime, law enforcement, self-defense, and warfare. In broader context, weapons may be construed to include anything used to gain a tactical, strategic, material or mental advantage over an adversary or enemy target.
The sixth one is a Razorback,which seems to be a hand-carved tribal shield with a car battery attached to it. If a Spy attempts to back-stab a Sniper wearing the Razorback, the Spy will get zapped and becomes stunned for 2 seconds, and can move but cannot attack for the duration. However, If a Flying Guillotine is thrown at the stunned spy via a scout, it will not be a critical hit, showing that the spy is not technically stunned. It blocks 1 back-stab per life/re-supply cabinet visit. Even with the razorback, a spy can take out a sniper with 3 shots of the revolver, 2 with the Ambassador as long as one is a head-shot, or even just one with the Enforcer while undisguised.
The last is the T-Pose, which is a Ramsey with a jagged blade. It is much weaker than a Kukri, but deals 6 seconds bleeding damage that can reveal Spies and out-damages the Kukri over time.
A Sniper's job is to scan the area for potential targets, and more specifically, make good use of his distance and obscurity by making few, but effective shots, and not remaining in one area for too long at a time. More importantly, as the sniper IS a support class, his role is more importantly to take out extremely valuable assets of the opposing team, i.e.: Heavies, Medics with full or high uber charge, Soldiers using area-buffs like the Buff Banner, Concheror, and the Battalion's Backup. A single Sniper can cover a very large area, making him a very dangerous threat to be up against. While powerful as a field presence, the Sniper still needs to be extremely wary of enemies that have slipped past him and could be making their way to his hiding place to kill him, considering especially the fact that despite his high-damage output, he still has the same health as that of a scout. A Sniper also need-be aware of potential targets being able to see the enemy-colored points of light cast by the rifle's laser sight. To counteract this, a Sniper can aim at a nearby obstacle, obscuring the laser from the enemy but still being able to monitor something like an enemy doorway or the Capture Point, (keep in mind, while the presence of that ominous looking laser-point can tell your enemy "you're being watched", it can actually play a valuable mind-game on the enemy and discourage them from using a certain exit, which can give your team the tactical advantage of a well coordinated 'bottle-neck' ambush).
A Spy has the best chance of taking out a Sniper, just above that of another sniper or a scout. Activating their cloaking device, a Spy and slip past a Sniper's guarded area virtually undetected to sneak up behind them and back-stab them. As mentioned, Snipers can take down each other as well, but in this case, it boils down to who is the faster, better shot, or whomever is more aware of the situation.
Sniper Tactics Edit
First rule of a sniper: You stay in front, very close. You can be both the key to a failed defense or a failed offense. However, until you are good, you shouldn't be directly at the front line, and even then you will need teammates to take hits. At first you may find that the Sniper's somewhat weak close-combat ability and low health almost forces you to camp at the back, but please ignore this feeling; as you get more confident in your aim, you can attempt to get closer and closer to the front lines. In this position you will be able to take on more immediate threats to the team, give enemy spies a much harder time, and help your team much more.
Second rule: Know your enemy. Nothing is more frustrating than to run around the corner, thinking you've reached the high ground to pick off those slow heavies and get gunned down by some sentry. Or to actually be sniping those heavies and a spy stabbing you in the back. Admit it, we all hate it when that happens. In short, stay alert. Dozing off will get you killed in any situation, as you have a mere 125 hp.
You must know your enemy, and of course, your weaponry. First off, your trustworthy sniper rifle, a beautiful weapon with a scope to zoom in and a long barrel for that accuracy. This is the weapon you would want to wield most of the time.
Your SMG (Sub-Machine Gun), although weak, stimpaks enough punch to take out injured enemies, or enemies you've hit with an uncharged headshot and need to finish off. It is also useful for scanning for spies, as hit spies will flicker, revealing their location. It can also be a last resort against scouts that get too close, although the kukri is probably a safer bet at close range. However, after a couple seconds the SMG outdamages the kuriki, making it most effective to hit a enemy first for an instant 65 damage, and then start shooting for a head-start in the damage race (so to speak).
And last, your wonderful kukri. This fine piece of weaponry is -ideal- for the close combat situations, it's not stronger, nor faster than any other but it's perfect for spies attempting to sneak behind you. Or perhaps even some hyped up kid attempting to bat your head in. If crits are off, however, you're better off just going for an uncharged headshot unless you know they've been weakened.
Sniping in General Edit
Sniping in general is hard, it requires skill and dedication to learn how to master those headshots. Start off by picking sniper's most favourite targets, the heavies. Get those headshots, then try to headshot little faster targets, like soldiers. And slowly move up the ranks. You must know when to shoot and when not to, where the best sniping locations are and where enemy snipers might be hiding.
- Check for enemy sniper dots.
- Keep an eye on your back.
- Mind your health, you only have 125.
- Prioritize targets. Medics and heavies first, soldiers and demos second.
- Time your Target to get a critical Shot.
- Bring Jarate. Jarate is good at finding hidden cloaking spies. When you bump or see a spy cloaking, throw a Jarate at them. so it will reveal wheres the spy going. Also Jarate is good for extinguishing you or your teammates from fire.
- Try to take down level 3 sentries. You are the second best class at removing them without assistance from your team, and do a very good job of it. Don't go out of your way, however, and don't try and do it if your team is already there. There's nothing more frustrating than a friendly soldier running in front of you and back again, leaving you with the four sentry rockets to deal with.
- Try to snipe engineers behind their sentries. See an engineer hiding behind a sentry? Just make sure the engineer's head is visible above or outside the silhouette of the sentry (even if you can see his head THROUGH the sentry, you still can't hit him as the sentry hitbox blocks it), aim a little higher than his head (head hitboxes are alarmingly big in TF2) and pull the trigger. Then simply unload one fully charged and one partially charged shot to drop the sentry.
- Try to hit your Enemy
- Camp in one spot. Don't just stand on the 2fort balconies either; it's bad form. Consider that you can also snipe from in front of the bridge at ground level. You'll have one up on enemy snipers and the other classes of the enemy team will be without cover, while you can use the pillars of the bridge to block rockets.
- Never trust random team members. If some random teammate pops up without clear reason, only seeming to stand there. Don't assume he's "watching your back". Hit him with the kukri once or twice. They were probably enemy spies "watching your back" for an easy back-stab. If the spy dies from 1 hit, it's probably a dead-ringer spy meaning your should continue to spy check for another 12 seconds to be safe.
- Go too far forward. No matter how good your aim gets, and how skilled at dodging rockets you become, you need at least one teammate in front of you. You can still die from a couple seconds of fire from the enemy. This is not true for the Huntsman, as you can shoot down both of those projectiles while it is hard.
- Use 100% charged bodyshots all the time. Despite what you may think, this isn't an effective way to play sniper. Sniper is a high-risk/reward class and requires a certain degree of skill to be good at. If you're only landing bodyshots, your damage output will be incredibly low compared to all other classes.
- Rush the enemy spawn point unless it's already well under siege by your team. On your own, you will most likely die due to you lack of health and the fact that the sniper doesn't not have weapons suitable for mid-range combat. Even if you have the Huntsman which is a great mid-range weapon, your chances of surviving a rush to the enemy spawn is still slim.
- Learn how to aim and strive for headshots until you can comfortably pull them off. You will be bad at first. Once you get used to it, you will quickly become a creditworthy sniper.
- Learn how much charge you need to kill each class in one hit. A fully charged bodyshot deal 150 damage, whereas a headshot of the same charge will deal 450. For headshots, demomen and pyro's need ~20% charge, soldiers ~50% and heavies need ~75% to kill. 125 hp classes will die instantly unless they are overhealed. Without a headshot, you will generally need two fully charged shots to kill all but the weakest classes.
- Not every target would need a headshot. If you encounter a weakened or fleeing target, don't be afraid to pick him off with an unscoped shot, your SMG, or maybe a slightly charged bodyshot.
- Learn when to retreat. If you're being hammered by explosives and heavy fire, it's a good sign that you're too far forward. Fall back to cover and take out whatever was causing you problems from range.
- Keep moving. Small movements left and right, moving erratically or in circles will do a world of good. You'll be harder to hit for enemy snipers, a much less desirable target for soldiers, and you'll be a harder target for spies to stab. Not only that, but if a spy is trying to sneak past, and you bump into them, you'll be able to whip out your Kukri and whack them before they can sink their knife into your back.
- If fighting a moving target, mimic their movement and they'll be slower on your screen, allowing for an easier shot.
- Don't stay scoped for too long. If you've missed an opportunity for a shot, suck it up and move up for a new one. Waiting around just increases your chances of being caught off-guard, like being backstabbed by a spy.
- Although scouts are fast, a quick headshot will pluck them out of the air. If they've doublejumped, they can't change their momentum, so let their head fall into your crosshair and pull the trigger. If they get too close and cockily try to circlestrafe you, backpedal and strafe around them, scoping as you do this, swing your aim horizontally in their direction and fire as their head crosses the center of your screen. A tricky technique to master, but worth it for the reactions you will receive.
- Know whom to stay away from. Pyros are great at setting you alight from ranges you could have sworn their flame didn't reach. If you see one coming for you either run, or if it's too late, back off and try for the headshot as you retreat. IF you manage the headshot, simply hit him with one unscoped shot to the body, a short burst of SMG(or completely unload your gun on him if your shots missed, a full SMG will takedown a enemy with 175 heath), or sidestep and kukri him as he charges past. If you miss, whip out your kukri and pray for a crit, or marinate yourself with Jarate.
Some of the Sniper's spoken lines in the game include:
- "Wave goodbye to yer head."
- (Sniper rifle taunt voice line) "Thanks fer standin' still, wanker."
- (Battle cry) "God save the Queen!"
- (Melee kill) ''Y'got blood on me knife, mate."
- (Melee kill)"Y'best keep lying down."
- "Give 'em a gob-full."
- "This is going to be a real piece of piss, ya bloody fruitshop owners!"
- "Nothing personal mate. I'm just better."
- "That funeral's not going to be open-casket."
- "There ya go!"
- "Standin' around like a bloody idiot!"
- "Lets have a go at it!"
- "Wave goodbye to your head wanker!"
- (By the time the jarate is thrown) "Jarate!"
- "Bombs away!"
- (In meet the sniper) "Dad, DAD! Put Mum on the phone"
- "Gaaaahhh, Piss..."
- (to Soldiers upon headshots) "That helmet'll make a nice bowl for your brains!"
- (to Heavy upon headshots) "I just killed the world's fattest man!"
- (to Spy upon kill or headshot) "Bloody Spies!"
- (to Scout upon headshots) "Twitchy hooligan!"
- "You and I are a lot alike, mate. Except you're dead."
- (to Heavy upon headshots)"I JUST BAGGED THE WORLD'S FATTEST MAN!"
- "All your heads look bloody ten feet tall."
- "I'm sorry, mate." (laughter)
- "Thanks for the target practice!"
- The Sniper's last name is Mundy; his first name is unknown. This is from the Meet the Director comic which referred to sniper as "Mr. Mundy". ( This also references Sniper's birth name, "Mun-dee". )
- The Sniper is the second tallest class in the game at 6'0" (185 cm), surpassing the height of the Demoman.
- In a fight scene in Meet The Spy, the Spy manages to cut the Sniper on the left side of his cheek, after the video was released, the Sniper got a update on his model to put in the scar after the video.
- There are many rumors of the Sniper's old job. The most popular choice of his old job is a urinist as he has a weapon that generates urine, (The Sydney Sleeper) and a jar of what appears to be his urine too. (Jarate)
- The Sniper takes pills to expand his kidneys to triple the normal size in order to produce enough urine to continuously fill both the Jarate and the darts of the Sydney Sleeper.
- "The Sydney Sleeper" is named after the Australian city, Sydney.
- According to Expiration Date and the taunt "Killer solo", it seems the Sniper is proficient in the Tenor Saxophone.
- In the Team Fortress Comics, the Sniper was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. It also tells us that Sniper's birth name was Mun-Dee, referencing sniper's name "Mr. Mundy.
- It is a running gag throughout the Team Fortress series that points out Sniper is actually a New Zealander. This is through domination responses by Soldier, Jarate update comic that it was 100% made in New Zealand, Miss Pauling calling him a 'Kiwi' through contracts and many more various hints other than his slang usage (which is also very Kiwi).
- The Sniper's SMG was originally intended to be the scout's primary weapon as seen in early posters, but was scrapped later in development ( A file called "tf_weapon_smg_scout" still exists in the game files ).
- In Meet the Sniper, Sniper didn't use his SMG when other classes uses all their weapons (Except for Meet the Heavy ,Meet the Pyro and Meet the Engineer)