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Thanatos .50 cal

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THIS IS A GAGE SNIPER PACK ITEM!
Armor Piercing Capability

Extreme damage but low total ammo.

Thanatos FBI Files
THIS IS A GAGE SNIPER PACK ITEM!
Armor Piercing Capability

Extreme damage but low total ammo.

Gameplay
Unlock Level 65
Inventory Slot Primary
Weapon Type Sniper Rifle
Firing Mode(s) Bolt action SemiIcon
Cost $921,000
Statistics
Magazine 5
Total Ammo 15
Rate of Fire 40
Damage 2,900
Accuracy 92
Stability 4
Concealment 1
Threat 37
Other
Internal name m95
Achievement(s) Far, Far Away Dodge This Surprise Motherfucker
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Mod stats

The Thanatos .50 cal sniper rifle is a primary weapon available in PAYDAY 2. It was added with the release of the Gage Sniper Pack DLC, along with the Rattlesnake and R93 sniper rifles.

OverviewEdit

The Thanatos .50 cal is an extreme-damage sniper rifle, with almost 3000 base damage per shot – the fourth highest damage per round in the game by a factor of ten, and the highest damage weapon to receive standard ammo pickups. It is surpassed in damage only by the HRL-7, Commando 101, and Javelin. However, one can carry only 15 rounds total (19 with Fully Loaded + 20 with Total Ammo boost), the number of shots recieved from ammo boxes dropped is only 0.6, and the reload speed and fire rate are both low.

The Thanatos is particularly effective against the Bulldozer, killing an unarmored Bulldozer with a single headshot. All other enemies aside from the Cloaker can be killed with a single body shot, including the Shield and Maximum Force Responders. However, unless ammo is plentiful, the player should save their .50 cal ammunition for special enemies in dangerous positions.

SummaryEdit

Pros:

  • The big gun; massive damage, can kill unarmored Bulldozers with a single headshot
  • Massive threat rating causes most enemies to immediately dive for cover when the gun is fired
  • Mods require completion of specific (though fairly easy) achievements to unlock, rather than getting lucky in the RNG-based Card system
  • Armor-piercing rounds penetrate Shields, killing them even on a bodyshot
  • Near-perfect accuracy

Cons:

  • Very limited magazine capacity and extremely low reserve ammo
    • Sustained use is difficult without the use of ammo bags
  • While possible to conceal using mods, concealment is still not high enough for pure stealth runs
  • Very low rate of fire
  • Very slow reload, though this can be remedied by certain skills (see below).
  • All stats apart from accuracy and damage suffer horribly, making it impractical as a sustained-use primary.
  • Very inaccurate while firing on the move

TipsEdit

  • Equipping mods specifically for high concealment is not recommended as the maximum concealment for the Thanatos is only 5.
  • The concealment listing for weapon mods do not show properly for this weapon. Almost all additional mods that do not add concealment will reduce it, despite not showing a negative concealment rating.
  • Ammo bags are highly recommended to overcome the Thanatos's low ammo capacity in sustained shootouts.
  • Taking the Aggressive Reload skill is recommendable as the amount of time spent reloading is reduced greatly upon headshots, thus making the player less vulnerable to enemy fire and allowing him to retaliate sooner.
  • Bring a high total ammo SMG or powerful pistol and save the Thanatos for Bulldozers. Doing this will save Thanatos ammo.
  • With such a small reserve ammo pool, one should try to save this weapon for Bulldozers, Shields in particularly threatening positions, Cloakers that are an immediate threat and/or a Taser keeping a teammate helpless when no other help is available. Beyond that, taking out several Maximum Force Responders in one shot (if the opportunity presents itself) is also efficient. Ammo pickups refill less than one round each, so the use of ammo bags is practically required to refill this weapon's stock.
    • Acing Fully Loaded will remedy this problem, as the ammo drops will restore about 1 bullet each, allowing less restricted use of this weapon.
  • With aced Specialized Killing, equipping the Suppressed Barrel increases the damage from 2820 to 3666; with aced Berserker and aced Overkill, the suppressed Thanatos 50 cal's damage can reach 12831.
    • This means that the Thanatos .50 cal is capable of killing a fully armored Bulldozer with a single shot on any difficulty below One Down, provided the above conditions are met. Even the Halloween-exclusive Headless Titandozer from Hell could not survive an aforementioned shot, though since the player will have to be in bleedout mode for this to effectively work, attempting this without proper planning is not recommended.
      • Trying to pull off this feat on the Headless Titandozers is even more suicidal, as it requires the player to aim directly at one, which would invoke his wrath and, seeing how their KSP machine guns can crush the player into total incapacitation in very short order, one would have to be either very lucky or very skilled to even fire a single shot.
      • Players with Swan Song Aced have a better chance and more breathing room to safely pull off this trick shot than those who don't have the skill.
    • The Thanatos .50 Cal performs very poorly against multiple enemies at medium to close range. Without Swan Song, users may only be given a small chance to fire a single shot before being downed, especially on Mayhem and above.
      • To counter the low ammunition and low rate of fire, players may wield SMGs, such as the Micro Uzi and Jacket's Piece, as secondary weapons.

Available modificationsEdit

Tank Buster Barrel

Gage Sniper Pack
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Tank Buster Barrel
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +8 Stability -
Concealment -4 Threat +60
Cost: $7,200
Far, Far Away Far, Far Away

CQB Barrel

Gage Sniper Pack
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CQB Barrel
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy -12 Stability -
Concealment +3 Threat -
Cost: $7,200
Surprise Motherfucker Surprise Motherfucker

Suppressed Barrel

Gage Sniper Pack
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Suppressed Barrel (Thanatos)
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -80
Accuracy - Stability +8
Concealment - Threat -27
Cost: $35,200
Dodge This Dodge This

Special Effect(s): Silences weapon

Concealment

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

Stability

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

Accuracy

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

Team Boost

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

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

Total Ammo

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

  • To activate Gadgets on PC, press "Q".
  • To activate Gadgets on Console, press down on the "D-pad".

Assault Light

Base game
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Assault Light
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $21,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Special Effect(s): Flashlight

Tactical Laser Module

Base game
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Tactical Laser Module
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $36,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Special Effect(s): Laser

Compact Laser Module

Gage Mod Courier
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Compact Laser Module
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Free
15 Red Spider Red Spider Packages

Special Effect(s): Laser

Military Laser Module

Gage Mod Courier
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Military Laser Module
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -2 Threat -
Free
20 Blue Eagle Blue Eagle Packages

Special Effect(s): Flashlight & Laser

LED Combo

The Butcher Mod Pack 2
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LED Combo
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +8
Concealment -2 Threat -
Cost: $36,000
Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Special Effect(s): Flashlight & Laser

Angled Sight

Gage Sniper Pack
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Angled Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $7,200
Triple Kill Triple Kill

45 degree red-dot sight

Gage Spec Ops Pack
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45 Degree Red-dot Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Infinite Granted

Riktpunkt 45 degree Sight

Base game
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Riktpunkt 45 degree Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Riktpunkt Magnifier Gadget

Base game
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Riktpunkt Magnifier Gadget
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Ergo Grip

Base game
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Ergo Grip
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $14,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Pro Grip

Base game
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Pro Grip
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +4 Stability +4
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $44,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Rubber Grip

Gage Weapon Pack 01
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Rubber Grip
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy +4 Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $19,600
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Straight Grip

Gage Weapon Pack 01
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Straight Grip
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment +1 Threat -
Cost: $19,600
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Contractor Grip

John Wick Heists Pack
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Contractor Grip (Contractor .308)
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

For a comparison between sight looks ingame, check here.

The Professional's Choice Sight

Base game
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The Professional's Choice
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $21,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Surgeon Sight

Base game
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Surgeon Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $36,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

See More Sight

Armored Transport (DLC)
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See More Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $43,200
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Combat Sight

Gage Mod Courier
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Combat Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -1 Threat -
Free
20 Blue Eagle Blue Eagle Packages

Speculator Sight

Gage Mod Courier
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Speculator Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -1 Threat -
Free
5 Green Mantis Green Mantis Packages

Trigonom Sight

Gage Mod Courier
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Trigonom Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -1 Threat -
Free
10 Yellow Bull Yellow Bull Packages

Holographic Sight

Base game
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Holographic Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -2 Threat -
Cost: $21,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Compact Holosight

Gage Mod Courier
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Compact Holosight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -2 Threat -
Free
5 Green Mantis Green Mantis Packages

Solar Sight

Gage Mod Courier
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Solar Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -2 Threat -
Free
20 Blue Eagle Blue Eagle Packages

Military Red Dot Sight

Lootbag Pre-order DLC
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Military Red Dot (Lootbag DLC)
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Military Red Dot Sight

Base game
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Military Red Dot
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $62,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Milspec Scope

Base game
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Milspec Scope
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $62,000
Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Acough Optic Scope

Base game
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Acough Optic
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $44,000
Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job / CCoinIcon 6

Reconnaissance Sight

Gage Spec Ops Pack
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Reconnaissance Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $62,000
Infinite Granted

Special Effect(s): Rangefinder

Theia Magnified Scope

Gage Sniper Pack
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Theia Magnified Scope
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $49,600
Didn’t See That Coming Did You? Didn’t See That Coming Did You?

Special Effect(s): Auto-Tagger & Range Finder

Box Buddy Sight

Gage Spec Ops Pack
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Box Buddy Sight
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $62,000
Infinite Granted

Special Effect(s): Auto-Tagger & Range Finder

SkinsEdit

  • The Beta-2 skin corresponds to Dallas' Secret mask in PAYDAY: The Heist.
  • Matrjoschka is the German version of Matryoshka, a popular type of Russian nesting dolls. It is unclear why the developers went with this slightly unpopular iteration rather than the standard form of the name.
  • The Hype Train skin is an obvious reference to the Hype Train community event.

AchievementsEdit

Far, Far Away Far, Far Away
Kill 25 enemies from 40 meters using only the Thanatos .50 cal sniper rifle. Completing this achievement will unlock the Tank Buster Barrel for the Thanatos .50 cal sniper rifle.
Dodge This Dodge This
Perform 10 headshot kills on Cloakers using only the Thanatos .50 cal sniper rifle. Completing this achievement will unlock the Suppressed Barrel for the Thanatos .50 cal sniper rifle.
Surprise Motherfucker Surprise Motherfucker
Kill 10 Bulldozers using only the Thanatos .50 cal sniper rifle. Completing this achievement will unlock the CQB Barrel for the Thanatos .50 cal sniper rifle.

TriviaEdit

  • The Thanatos .50 cal is based on the Barrett M95.
    • The Thanatos .50 cal's in-game operation is impractical, as the Barrett M95 was not designed to be fired from the shoulder, hence the bipod, due to the possibility of injury caused by the rifle's recoil. The proper shooting posture of the M95 involves the user lying flat on their stomach with the rifle's bipod fully deployed and shots being fired from that position.
    • Despite coming with a pre-deployed bipod, it is merely a cosmetic addition and cannot be utilized to any effect during gameplay.
  • In mythology, Thanatos was the Greek god and embodiment of death. This is somewhat reflected in the Thanatos .50's huge damage that is capable of ending a life swiftly and effectively.
  • The Thanatos .50 is the first sniper rifle to not possess a frame/body mod, preceding the Repeater 1874 and Platypus 70 (the Lebensauger .308's many alternate grips are technically counted as body mods since they also change the rifle's foregrip and stock), and the only one introduced with the Gage Sniper Pack to lack such customization.

GalleryEdit

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