The Assault class is specialised in mobility and dealing damage with guns. They are somewhat akin to a shotgun-using vanilla Ranger, but with more emphasis on damage, stunning and holding the frontline in exchange for the sword and stealth skills, which are now in the Shinobi class.
"Raider" type Assaults (Left branch) excel at achieving and exploiting flanks on enemy positions, clearing out groups of lightly-armored hostiles or single well-armored hostiles with their various special shotgun attacks, but will need supporting fire from allies to help cover them, as their innate defenses may not be enough to withstand a counterattack.
"Breacher" type Assaults (Right branch) are XCOM's ideal front line, capable of plunging into the heart of an enemy formation and weathering enemy reprisals long enough for the rest of the Assault's squad to wipe out the enemy, but alone may struggle to confront multiple hostiles, particularly at range.
Secondary: Arc Thrower
Assaults carry Arc Throwers as their secondary weapon. These have normal (rifle) range penalties, giving shotgun equipped Assaults a nonlethal option for use at range, stunning organic targets if it hits them. The center branch features multiple upgrades to the Arc Thrower, making an Assault more than capable of shutting down even the scariest of hostiles when you need it most. Arc throwers will stun for two actions which is one turn on most enemies, the cooldown of the arc thrower is two turns which will allow enemies a single turn of activity before you can re-attempt another stun.
- This class also gains 2 points of strength, though it's only used for alien abilities.
|XCOM Units in Long War 2|