|Enemy Type||Combat Medic|
600 (Very Hard)
1,800 (Mayhem/Death Wish/Death Sentence)
|Headshot Multiplier||2 (Normal)|
4 (Very Hard)
3 (Death Wish/Death Sentence)
|Spawn Limit||0 (Normal)|
0 (Very Hard)
3 (Mayhem/Death Wish)
3 (Death Sentence)
|Max. Heal radius||7m|
|Max. Heal targets||1|
In order to increase the life expectancy of police officers when facing the immense firepower of the PAYDAY Gang, the Washington Metro Police has finally received much-needed reinforcements. Well-trained, armed Medic units can now provide instant first aid during combat, keeping officers in the fight for longer. Though some of the more jaded veterans in the force are commenting that these new guys just became a new priority target...
The Medic is a special unit added on Day 6 of Hoxton's Housewarming Party as one of the new game changers. His healing ability instantly restores the health of any law enforcer he is close to, allowing them to survive even otherwise fatal shots. The Medic spawns only on difficulties from Overkill and above.
- "These armed combat Medics are sent into dangerous situations in order to increase the survivability of other officers in the operation. They are very effective in combination with other, heavier units. But precisely because of this, they are unfortunately often targeted first by any heavily-armed criminals looking to take on a police SWAT team.
My Notes: Finally. These guys might be just what we needed to tilt the balance. The casualty rates have been far too high, and it’s a long game. Losing fewer officers in combat might mean we’ll ultimately have the manpower to last the whole distance in this war on crime."
- —FBI Files Description
Medics wear red and white gear with a green balaclava, making them easy to distinguish, and can be armed with assault rifles and shotguns. Despite being just as well-armed as other enforcers, their purpose in combat is not offensive. As healers, they provide medical support for other on-site law enforcers and prolong their life expectancy when engaged in firefights with the player crew. As with most special units, the Medic speaks in a radio-distorted voice, though to a much lesser degree.
Medics are actually easier to spot on higher difficulties, especially on Death Sentence due to their distinctive outfit.
Despite having the same high durability as Tasers, Medics are much weaker in combat due to them lacking the former's direct offensive capabilities. Because of this, the Medic AI is scripted to improve its own survivability in combat by forcing the unit to stick with their comrades as appropriate for their role. Medics tend to hide behind other advancing units which serve as their meatshield that soaks up the incoming damage from the players, while they themselves will heal any damage the crew may have inflicted upon the frontliners.
Medics behave much like a regular law enforcer, usually firing upon the heister while moving to cover if he has a line of sight to them. If a Medic spots an injured law enforcer within 7 meters from him (including through obstacles such as walls and floors), he will stand still and wave his left arm in the air similarly to the heisters' Inspire Aced gesture, projecting an invisible "beam" to said the unit that heals them. A law enforcer being healed will sport a bright green outline. Their AI script will also prioritize Special units over the rank-and-file. Medics have a cooldown in between heals and cannot self-heal, though two Medics can take turns healing each other.
Although Medics are designed to heal law enforcers, they may attempt other tasks to hinder the PAYDAY crew such as interfering with hacking efforts.
The Medic should be treated as a priority target if one is spotted in the field. The exclusion to this rule being Crime Spree, where killing a medic may buff enemies around them, so be aware. Being capable of refreshing any of their injured allies, the Medic can prove rather problematic if paired with Bulldozers or Tasers, which is further made worse by their tendency to hang behind said units during a shootout, making them much harder to hit. If not targeted, they can help reduce a fair amount of damage the crew inflicts and prolong the fight. Even worse, the biggest threat of the Medic is that he can heal the Shield units of Captain Winters' detail while hiding behind them, prolonging the assault wave further and making them more resistant to damage. Medics are also capable of healing snipers as well, although this can only be observed in heists where enemies share their spawn points with snipers, such as Panic Room.
Medics tend to stay in or behind groups of enemies for cover and generally do not pursue heisters, often preventing an opportunity to eliminate them. As such, other enemies can rush into areas where players are taking cover and can be healed if damaged.
Additionally, while they cannot self-heal, multiple Medics can take turns healing each other. Although not tactically dangerous per se since neither Medic can move nor attack during the heal, it can prove frustrating when trying to clear them from certain objectives with a low damaging weapon.
The Medic's key weakness is while healing a law enforcer, he cannot move nor attack for the duration and must rely on the assistance of nearby units. The unit being healed by the Medic is also affected the same way and will cease fire on a target. It is imperative to either quickly kills enemies near the Medic or try to separate them. Even dominating common units that were healed by the Medic can be a viable strategy against them.
The Molotov Cocktail and Incendiary Grenades are excellent to use, as they can cover a wide area and constantly damage units caught in the blaze. Medics will not be able to counter the constant damage as easily and they will prioritize healing them which prevents said units from escaping the fire. This can work even when two Medics are near each other since they cannot heal each other at the same time. As a result, players can use less ammo to kill burning law enforcement, if given the right circumstances.
If said weapons and a steady incendiary arsenal are not available, utilizing explosive weaponry, like an HE-loaded shotgun, can damage and potentially stun common units and most special enemies, thus making it harder for Medics to heal them all quickly. This creates an open window to quickly kill them.
Another option could be to take them out from afar with a sniper rifle, where you won't have to be close to so many cops getting healed. But due to the fact he tends to hide behind other officers, landing shots on him might be more difficult as he isn't on the front lines like other Specials such as the Bulldozer.
Finally, the Buzzer, the Electrical Brass Knuckles, and a thrown Concussion Grenade can stun a Medic as a last resort, preventing him from healing a targeted unit and allowing a chance to eliminate the Medic. Poison from the Kunai Knife and thrown Shuriken is not as effective, as the Medic will not be stunned as long as most other units.
- One of the Medics in the announcement comic strip on Day 6 appears to have a blood bag roped to his helmet.
- In reality, the use of a police medical unit is very scarce and highly impractical logistic-wise due to the generally small scale of any would-be police-vs-criminal standoff.
- Even on the off chance that medical care is warranted, the wounded units are usually retrieved by on-site EMTs to a nearby medical station for healing instead of being treated immediately by a single medic, as it is unlikely there can be enough supplies carried by a single unit for full treatment.
- Usually, units wounded to the point of requiring medical help cannot be quickly fixed up to rejoin the fight as portrayed in the game.
- However, given a ridiculous amount of in-game law enforcers on the site, a medic would likely be the only way to maintain the health of the police troops that still allow them to fight back when needed.
- The lines spoken by the Medic, are more reserved and less threatening compared to the other special units.
- Based on his quotes, the Medic is convinced that the police always win and yells at the crew to give up, even though he carries low-tier weaponry and armor compared to the other special units.
- Given that a Medic's primary role is to provide medical support and not offensive, it makes sense for them to not actively try to threaten the PAYDAY crew, though their firing behavior is dependent on their AI base.
- While having unlimited supplies, a Medic may occasionally mention a shortage of morphine or painkillers.
- Killing a Medic will attain the killer a "Violation of Geneva Convention Article 24 (Protection of Permanent Personnel)" crime onto their profile in FBI Files. In the real world, however, this protection is only granted to personnel who do not retaliate towards attackers violently. Given the in-game nature of the Medics, they would have been revoked of this protection since they will attack the crew on sight. Regardless, heisters will still have this crime recorded onto their profile even after killing a retaliating Medic, who would have already been revoked of said protection.
- Additionally, being wanted for this crime would declare the PAYDAY gang as war criminals for the killing of protected personnel. This may be considered ironic as the crew was not declared war criminals even though they are known to sometimes, intentionally or accidentally, kill hostages during heists.
- The Geneva Conventions are irrelevant, as neither the Payday Gang nor the FBI is a military force and there is no war going on. As such, international law does not apply and only United States law has any bearing.
- If an enemy unit is killed while being healed, usually by means of an adequately powerful attack such as with the Thanatos .50 cal or reasonably modified shotgun, their corpse would still be highlighted green for a few seconds after dying. This can also happen if the Medic is to be killed quickly.