Thanatos .50 cal

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THIS IS A GAGE SNIPER PACK ITEM!
Armor Piercing Capability

Extreme damage but low total ammo.

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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.png
Cost $921,000
Statistics
Magazine 5
Total Ammo 15
Rate of Fire 40
Damage 3,500
Accuracy 92
Stability 4
Concealment 1
Threat 37
Other
Internal name m95
Achievement(s) Far, Far Away.jpg Dodge This.jpg Surprise Motherfucker.jpg
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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.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Thanatos .50 cal is a extremely high damage sniper rifle, with 3500 base damage per shot (increased to 3675 with the Fast and Furious perk) – the third highest damage per round in the game, and the highest damaging weapon to receive standard ammo pickups. It is surpassed in damage only by the HRL-7 and Commando 101, though its ability to land headshots allows it to deal more damage than the aforementioned weapons. However, one can carry only 15 rounds total (19 with Fully Loaded + 1 with Total Ammo boost), the number of shots recieved from ammo boxes dropped is very low, and the reload speed and fire rate are both slow.

The Thanatos is particularly effective against the Bulldozer, killing an unarmored Bulldozer with a single headshot (except for Minigun Dozers on Death Sentence). All other enemies can be killed with a single body shot if the weapon is unsilenced, 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.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Pros:

  • The big gun; massive damage, can kill unarmored Bulldozers with a single headshot and all other units with a single bodyshot
  • 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
    • Ammo pickup is equal to that of the grenade launchers, though the lower potential for multiple kills in one shot makes this disadvantage much more apparent
  • 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

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • An unsilenced Thanatos .50 Cal can kill Cloakers on Death Wish and above with a single bodyshot.
  • Equipping mods specifically for high concealment is not recommended as the maximum concealment for the Thanatos is only 5.
  • 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 them to retaliate sooner.
  • This weapon's reserve ammo is incredibly slight. Save this weapon for Bulldozers, Shields in particularly threatening positions, Cloakers that are an immediate threat, Tasers keeping a teammate helpless in a critical moment, Snipers beyond the reach of a secondary weapon, and distant or dangerous Medics. 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 Berserker and aced Overkill, the suppressed Thanatos 50 cal's damage can reach 15015.
    • This means that the Thanatos .50 cal is capable of killing a fully armored Bulldozer with a single shot on any difficulty below Death Sentence, provided the above conditions are met. Even the Headless Titandozers could not survive an aforementioned shot, though the player will need to have around 24% health or below for this to effectively work.
      • Trying to pull off this feat on the Headless Titandozers is very dangerous, as it requires the player to aim directly at one, which would invoke his wrath.
      • 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.
      • Graze Aced can further benefit the weapon's insane damage by letting it instantly kill most types of enemies that come clumped together.
    • 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 with high ammo pickup, such as the Micro Uzi and Jacket's Piece, as secondary weapons.

Available modifications[edit | edit source]

Tank Buster Barrel

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

CQB Barrel

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

Suppressed Barrel

Gage Sniper Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -80
Accuracy - Stability +8
Concealment - Threat -27
Cost: $35,200
Dodge This.jpg Dodge This

Special Effect(s): Silences weapon

Concealment

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

Stability

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

Accuracy

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

Team Boost

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

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

Total Ammo

Base game
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Total ammo +1 Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 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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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $21,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Special Effect(s): Flashlight

Tactical Laser Module

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

Special Effect(s): Laser

Compact Laser Module

Gage Mod Courier
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Free
15 Red Spider.png Red Spider Packages

Special Effect(s): Laser

Military Laser Module

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

Special Effect(s): Flashlight & Laser

LED Combo

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

Special Effect(s): Flashlight & Laser

Angled Sight

Gage Sniper Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $7,200
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Riktpunkt 45 degree Sight

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

45 degree red-dot sight

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

45 Degree Ironsights

Cartel Optics Mod Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -
Concealment +1 Threat -
Cost: $14,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Riktpunkt Magnifier Gadget

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

Signature Magnifier Gadget

Cartel Optics Mod Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $14,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Ergo Grip

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

Pro Grip

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

Rubber Grip

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

Straight Grip

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

Contractor Grip

John Wick Heists Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $9,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

For a comparison between sight looks ingame, check here.

The Professional's Choice Sight

Base game
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -1 Threat -
Cost: $21,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Surgeon Sight

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

See More Sight

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

Combat Sight

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

Speculator Sight

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

Trigonom Sight

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

Holographic Sight

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

Compact Holosight

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

Solar Sight

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

Military Red Dot Sight

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

Military Red Dot Sight

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

Milspec Scope

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

Acough Optic Scope

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

Compact Profile Sight

Cartel Optics Mod Pack
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Compact Profile Sight.png
Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability -4
Concealment - Threat -
Cost: $62,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Maelstrom Sight

Cartel Optics Mod Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -2 Threat -
Cost: $62,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Advanced Combat Sight

Cartel Optics Mod Pack
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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $62,000
Card Drop & Side Job / Continental coins 6

Reconnaissance Sight

Gage Spec Ops Pack
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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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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $49,600
Didn’t See That Coming Did You?.jpg 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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Total ammo - Magazine -
Reload - Damage -
Accuracy - Stability +4
Concealment -3 Threat -
Cost: $62,000
Infinite Granted

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

Skins[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Far, Far Away.jpg 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.jpg 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.jpg 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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Thanatos .50 cal is based on the Barrett M95.
    • 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 cal is the only sniper rifle introduced with the Gage Sniper Pack to lack a frame/body mod.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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