|Overview||Vietnam||Bad Company 2||BFV|
— In-game description
The Flamethrower is a weapon featured in Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam and issued to all kits. It has a limited amount of fuel (300 "rounds"), but this allows a continuous spray of fire until it runs out. It doesn't have a reload animation. Any spare gas will be instantly loaded once the reload button is pressed.
Once a player is hit by the Flamethrower, they will be set on fire, which will continue to gradually deal damage for 7 seconds. Players can extinguish the flames with a medkit, by moving into a source of water, or wait seven seconds after which the fire will disappear automatically, though the latter option will cost the player around 50 hitpoints. Players can achieve headshots with the flamethrower, though this does not affect damage, unlike other weapons.
Firing continuously can be effective as it doesn't require a reload and ammo is rarely ever a concern, though it can block the player's view. The Flamethrower is effective for clearing tight and narrow areas, like buildings, bunkers and tunnels, though it has a very limited range, and is unable to engage enemies at long range. The flamethrower's fire takes a rather long time to reach its maximum range, hence it will often be beaten by conventional bullet weapons at medium range.
The flamethrower is a larger threat in hardcore mode, as it takes a very short time to kill, and simply setting an enemy on fire with a single hit will be enough to kill them, granted they do not extinguish the flames beforehand or have Ceramic Body Armor equipped.
- In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam skill-stars for the M2 Flamethrower are not shown in the in-game stats page but players can still earn them.
- "US ARMY" is written on the M2 Flamethrower, regardless of whether the player using it is in the US Army or North Vietnamese Army.