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Unlock Level 44
Inventory Slot Primary
Weapon Type Special
Firing Mode(s) Fully automatic AutoIcon
Cost $921,000
Magazine 300
Total Ammo 600
Rate of Fire 2,000
Damage 14 + Fire
Accuracy 0
Stability 0
Concealment 7
Threat 37
Internal name flamethrower_mk2
Mod stats
Feel the heat with our fully-loaded, super-sized ‘flammen werfer’. Dripping with delicious thickened pyrophoric fluids, smoldering with smokin’ ignition topping and capable of spraying eye-watering hot sauce up to 20 yards, the Flamethrower is one of our most served dishes. See that skin sizzle! Try it with our Asian ‘slaw and a guava sun-tea!

The Flamethrower is a special weapon available in PAYDAY 2 that was added in with the The Butcher's BBQ Pack.


A unique and deadly weapon in the Payday crew's arsenal, the caught within its short reach. Though its accuracy and stability are listed as 0, these values are not used ingame; instead the flamethrower has a low, fixed recoil and a flame projection range of several meters in front of the player. The flamethrower's fuel canister modifications can offer either an entire extra canister of ammo at the cost of a slight damage reduction, or a moderate increase in damage at the cost of reduced total ammo.

On a per-shot basis, the Flamethrower deals out the least amount of damage in a single instance out of all firearms in the game, and is the second weakest weapon in PAYDAY 2, beating the Money Bundle's charged damage by 1 point. Despite this, however, the Flamethrower makes up for it with the ability to deal afterburn damage, meaning that targets on fire will suffer from continuous burns until either they, or the fire itself expires. Burning enemies will be unable to attack the crew at all, instead flailing around in pain trying to extinguish the fire, which leaves them vulnerable to further attacks. A Blue SWAT on fire can be reliably ignored as most of the time he will die before the flame does.

Special units are not any less vulnerable towards the Flamethrower. Cloakers and Tasers are unable to utilize their special attacks while burning, the fire will effortlessly burn through the protective cover of Shields and Captain Winters, and Bulldozers will be slowed down by it. If the fire is kept constant, the Bulldozer in question will be unable to move or attack at all. SWAT Turrets are particularly vulnerable against flamethrowers, as the flames pass unabashed though their external armor plating.



  • Very high rate of fire
  • Very large ammo pool
  • Large magazine
  • High threat
  • Burns stunned enemy units in place for several seconds while dealing damage
  • Can pass through Shields, and stuns Tasers and Cloakers
  • Flame range extends approximately 7-10 feet in front of the player, allowing the fire to pass through multiple targets
  • Can be modified for higher total ammo or increased damage
  • Very effective at destroying glass and other destructible items


  • Very low damage per shot
  • Very low ammo pickup
  • Terrible concealment
  • Limited modifications
  • No iron sights and can only provide a nominal "zoom"
  • Limited range
  • Very long reload
  • Fire particles have a tendency to obscure large areas from view while firing
  • Relatively expensive 
  • Fire particles and lighting effects are relatively taxing on performance 


  • Although the Flamethrower has a large magazine size, it can be burned through relatively quickly thanks to the high fire-rate. It is recommended to fire in short bursts, especially while using the Well Done magazine mod.
  • The reduced amount of damage of the Rare magazine mod makes careful aim a necessity.
  • Because of the long reload of the weapon, cover is an important factor to consider while on the move.
  • The Flamethrower almost instantly destroys the armorplate on SWAT Van Turrets, allowing a team to destroy them quickly and easily.
  • Unlike conventional firearms, the Flamethrower has a maximum range. This can be gauged by firing on the practice targets at the Safe House. The flame will clear up to the second row without trouble but will not reach the third set of dummies. It'd be wise to keep this range value in mind as most of the time enemies will be firing at the player from a distance and will need to be approached in order to be burned.
    • The hit boxes of the flames tend to go a couple feet further or shorter than the fire particles themselves would suggest when the user is moving. This is most noticeable in third person when a person abruptly switches between moving forward and backward.
  • When using the Flamethrower, always try to attack groups of enemies. Fire particles pass through enemies and have large hit boxes, so make the most of your limited ammo by pushing them through as many bodies as possible.
  • If the presence of Shields are to be expected, the Flamethrower is also a good option to consider over conventional "Shield-busters" such as sniper rifles, shotguns loaded with HE rounds/AP Slugs, or explosives. The Flamethrower has a much larger ammo capacity and reserve, thus will make much more efficient uses of Ammo bags, and can be utilized to great effect on nearly all enemy types. The downsides to this, however, are the burner's relatively limited range, and frequent, uncomfortably slow (8.5 seconds) reloads.
  • The flamethrower is the best weapon for destroying lots of breakable objects like glass. On the Mallcrasher job it can be swept across the wine bottles and earphones and destroy them more consistently than even the Vulcan Minigun or an LMG does. A short tap of the trigger can break multiple glass panes around the center of the screen and the car is destroyed in a split second.
  • Because of the 8-second reload speed it can sometimes be effective to run next a Taser and let him shock you, as this will instantly reload the clip. The basic or aced version of the Shockproof skill can negate most of the dangers associated with this method.
  • Consider taking a high-damage melee weapon along (the Shinsakuto Katana is ideal) as you can conserve ammo by finishing off burning enemies by meleeing them, or killing weaker enemies and saving ammo for the tougher opponents. The Pumping Iron skill is useful for this method.
    • This is especially effective when used in conjunction with Bloodthirst aced, as the normally long reload will be significantly hastened after finishing the job with a melee weapon.
  • The flamethrower's relatively high base DPS and large hit boxes make them highly effective at breaking Bulldozers' face plates; however, like most explosive weaponry, the Flamethrower lacks the ability to make use of headshot damage multipliers. This makes it rather ineffective against Bulldozers on its own despite its ability to freeze them in place while burning them. Instead of wasting a large amount of ammo and time slow-roasting the Bulldozer to death, it may be better to use the Flamethrower to torch the face plate and then swap to a secondary conventional firearm to finish the job.
    • It should be noted that the Flamethrower's lack of headshot multipliers also carries over to the Body Expertise skill, so investing in the skill is unwise despite the fact that the Flamethrower is technically a "full-auto special weapon" as the skill demands.
  • The Javelin might be considered a useful projectile weapon for back-up. If used effectively it can make quick work of some of the tougher special enemies, such as the Cloaker and Taser, who might otherwise use up a lot of precious fuel bringing them down. A well-placed headshot with the Javelin after burning the face plate off of a Dozer will kill him in one hit as well.
  • An accurate pistol or SMG should be paired with the Flamethrower when dealing with snipers if necessary.
  • Pairing a secondary shotgun like The Judge with the Flamethrower (or, for the more masochistic, a secondary OVE9000 Saw) puts the user at an extreme disadvantage in ranged engagements, but allows them to wreak havoc in close quarters or enclosed spaces by using the aced Overkill skill to increase the Flamethrower's already high DPS by 75% for 20 seconds, more than enough time to render a room or two completely devoid of life.
  • The Flamethrower's burn time, while somewhat short, allows it to synergize well with the Grinder perk deck, as the frequent damage ticks will quickly build up a fast regeneration rate with very little ammo usage, no matter how many targets you hit.
  • The Flamethrower also works well with the Sociopath perk deck, as the close quarters combat style enforced by its short range ensures that the user benefits from damage reduction and armor regeneration on kill, and the Flamethrower's tendency to soften up targets and leave them defenseless and burning makes it possible to easily make use of Clean Hit's health boost on melee kill even without much investment in melee skills. It makes somewhat of a waste of Showdown's panic ability, however, as most enemies susceptible to panic will likely already be preoccupied with being on fire unless a secondary weapon was used to trigger Showdown's effects.

Available modificationsEdit


Base game - Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment +1 Threat -
Cost: $9,000


Base game - Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000


Base game - Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +4 Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000

Team Boost

Base game - Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000

Special Effect(s): +3% Experience & money reward for you and your crew.

Total Ammo

Base game - Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6
Total ammo +30 Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000


Base game - Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage +1
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000


The Butcher's BBQ Pack - Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6
Rare (Flamethrower)
Total ammo +150 Magazine -
Reload - Damage -3
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000

Well Done

The Butcher's BBQ Pack - Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6
Well Done (Flamethrower)
Total ammo -150 Magazine -
Reload - Damage +4
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000


  • St. Basil refers to the St. Basil's Cathedral, officially known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, a famous church in Moscow, Russia, most notable for the ornate onion domes atop its roofs, which are depicted in the skin on the weapon's fuel canister.
  • The Dragon Lord, according to the Update #90 announcement site, belonged to a Chinese lieutenant known as "Tang", who was described to have had a "love affair" with fire after surviving a napalm bombing in 1969 in Vietnam. He created a drug-smuggling ring in Taipei named The Dragon Lords, of which Tang was "the General" of, and in 1976, the Dragon Lords' enemy gangs fought with the ring in little short of a bloody war. Tang eventually called a truce and invited all of Taipei's crime lords to a surrender negotiation at a dockyard, only for Tang to incinerate them all, and himself, and burn down the entire dockyard with the flamethrower.


  • This weapon is the first firearm in the series to be completely fictional in make and model. It was modeled directly after the flamethrower prop used for the production of the DLC's trailer.
  • The modifications' names are references to certain styles of meat getting cooked. "Well Done" is fully cooked and "Rare" is cooked, yet still with parts of meat being pink on the inside. The unmodified version is referred to as "Medium" on the announcement page.
  • The in-game Flamethrower likely uses combustible gas (e.g. propane) instead of liquid fuel to produce fire as the tank profiles and volumes matches that of conventional burners and stoves. The rather short range and lack of burning fuel residue supports this. Rather appropriately, this means the in-game weapon does in fact, throw actual fire rather than coating its target(s) in flaming liquid fuel.
    • The Flamethrower likely utilizes some sort of internal ignition system to light its fuel, the jets it shoots burn up automatically upon leaving the barrel without passing through a pilot light. While the emitter for the pilot light is visible underneath the muzzle, it is not active.
      • This suggests that it is not an actual flamethrower at all but rather an oversized (and overpowered) blowtorch that acts like a flamethrower.
    • The separate propellant tank is never replaced at all, which would realistically render the Flamethrower inoperable after expending several full canisters worth of flame.
  • Prior to Update #67, the Flamethrower would always deal 10 damage, instead of the listed 14, regardless of modifications.
    • Up until Update #67, the Flamethrower was incorrectly held like a pistol, and from that patch beyond it's held, still incorrectly, like a rifle.
  • It has the longest non-interruptible reload of any weapon in the entire series, at 8.5 seconds.
  • The flamethrower's noise during operation is treated as common gunfire by the game engine, thus will result in the message "The Police were Alerted to Gunfire" if the weapon breaks stealth.


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