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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
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 second 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. 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, as it only takes four body shots, or two headshots on Death Wish. All other enemies 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.

The Thanatos is one of the most expensive weapons in the game, tied with the Gewehr 3, Patchett L2A1, GL40, and Uzi.

SummaryEdit

Pros:

  • The big gun; massive damage, can kill bulldozers in two solid body hits (4 on Death Wish)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Purchasing Kilmer skill is recommendable as the amount of time spent reloading is reduced by the 25% reload speed increase, 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 Silent Killer, equipping the Suppressed Barrel increases the damage from 2880 to 3120; with aced Berserker and aced Overkill, the suppressed Thanatos 50 cal's damage can reach over 10920. This, compounded with the effects of Underdog the damage value per shot can attain a monstrous rating of 12558 points.
    • This means that the Thanatos .50 cal is capable of killing a fully armored Skulldozer with a single shot, 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 while surrounded by 3 or more enemies for this to effectively work (and even then it only has a 20% chance of happening), 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.
      • Acing The Professional will increase the chances of penetration to 40%, and the Rogue perk deck further increases the odds to 65%.
        • 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.
        • Since update 100, the player can take the berserker, silent killer, and high priority target skills, and so long as you have the suppressed barrel equipped, you will be capable of instant-killing a marked bulldozer from ten or more meters every time.
    • 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 Death Wish.
      • 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 Cost: $7,200 | Gage Sniper Pack - Achievement
Tank Buster Barrel
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy +8 Stability
Concealment -4 Threat +60


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


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


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


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


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


Total Ammo Cost: $9,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
ModBoost
Total ammo +2 Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability
Concealment Threat


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

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

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


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


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


Military Laser Module Free | Gage Mod Courier - Blue Eagle Packages
Military Laser Module
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "{". Stability {{{1}}}
Concealment -2 Threat


LED Combo Cost: $36,000 | The Butcher Mod Pack 2 - Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job
LED Combo
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "{". Stability {{{2}}}
Concealment -2 Threat


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Professional's Choice Sight Cost: $21,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
The Professional's Choice
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -1 Threat


Surgeon Sight Cost: $36,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
Surgeon Sight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -1 Threat


See More Sight Cost: $43,200 | Armored Transport (DLC) - Card Drop & Side Job
See More Sight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -1 Threat


Combat Sight Free | Gage Mod Courier - Blue Eagle Packages
Combat Sight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -1 Threat


Speculator Sight Free | Gage Mod Courier - Green Mantis Packages
Speculator Sight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -1 Threat


Trigonom Sight Free | Gage Mod Courier - Yellow Bull Packages
Trigonom Sight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -1 Threat


Holographic Sight Cost: $21,000 | Base game - Card Drop & Side Job
Holographic Sight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -2 Threat


Compact Holosight Free | Gage Mod Courier - Green Mantis Packages
Compact Holosight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -2 Threat


Solar Sight Free | Gage Mod Courier - Blue Eagle Packages
Solar Sight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +3
Concealment -2 Threat


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


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


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


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


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


Theia Magnified Scope Cost: $49,600 | Gage Sniper Pack - Achievement
Theia Magnified Scope
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat


Box Buddy Sight Cost: $62,000 | Gage Spec Ops Pack - Bonus (1), Card Drop & Side Job
Box Buddy Sight
Total ammo Magazine Reload
Damage Accuracy Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat


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.
  • Prior to Update #55, the Thanatos .50 cal had the highest damage per shot of all weapons in PAYDAY 2. It has since been surpassed by the HRL-7, though it remains the hardest-hitting ballistic weapon.
  • 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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