Assault (Long War)

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   Assault

The Long War Assault is similar to the vanilla Assault. Their signature ability is Run & Gun, which works exactly as it does in vanilla XCOM.

Primary Weapons: Carbines, Assault Rifles, Battle Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns.
Secondary Weapons: Pistols, Machine pistols, Sawed-off shotgun.
Class-Limited items: Impact Vest, Shredder Ammo, Breaching Ammo.

Abilities

Rank Ability
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Specialist
Run & Gun
Run & Gun
Allows firing or Overwatch after Dashing on the turn Run and Gun is activated. 2 turn cooldown.
No other bonuses.
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Lance Corporal
Steadfast
Steadfast
Never panic as a result of getting wounded, allies panicking, allies getting wounded or killed, or the intimidation ability.
Close Combat Specialist
Close Combat Specialist
Confers a reaction shot against any enemy who closes to within 4 tiles. Does not require Overwatch. Warning: Will activate even if unit is concealed.
Flush
Flush
Fire a shot that may cause non-flying enemies to run to new cover. The shot is easy to hit with (+30 aim), but does reduced damage (-50% base weapon damage), and consumes extra ammo (2 ammo). Hunkered units will not relocate.
+5 Will. No other bonuses. No other bonuses.
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Corporal
Will to Survive
Will to Survive
Gain 1.5 Damage Reduction (DR) if in cover and not flanked.
Aggression
Aggression
Confers +10% critical chance per enemy in sight (max +30%). Aliens visible via squadsight are not counted for bonus.
Ranger
Ranger
Confers +1 damage with primary weapons, rocket launchers, MEC secondary weapons and sidearms. Negates the long-range accuracy penalty with sidearms when shooting beyond 14 meters.
+3 Will. No other bonuses. No other bonuses.
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Sergeant
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
The first standard shot made within 4 tiles of the target does not cost an action. Cannot combine with Run And Gun.

Rapid Fire
Rapid Fire
Take two shots against a single target in quick succession. Each shot carries a -15 penalty to Aim.

Hit and Run
Hit and Run
Your first standard shot of each turn against an uncovered or flanked target does not cost an action. Does not work against flying units, and cannot be used if Run N' Gun activated.

+3 Will. No other bonuses. No other bonuses.
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Tech Sergeant
Resilience
Resilience
Confers immunity to critical hits.
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Activating Run and Gun grants +50% critical damage for the rest of the turn.

Executioner
Executioner
Confers +10 aim and +10 critical chance against targets at or below 50% health.
No other bonuses. No other bonuses. +2 Aim, +2 Will.
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Gunnery Sergeant
Tactical Sense
Tactical Sense
Confers +5 Defense per enemy in sight (max +20).
Bring 'Em On
Bring 'Em On
Confers 1-4 bonus damage during critical hits (which is then multiplied by 50% due to the critical hit). The damage is higher when more enemies are in view (including squad sight vision). This results in +1.5 dmg for 1-2 enemies, +3 dmg for 3-4 enemies, +4.5 dmg for 5-6 enemies, +6 dmg for 7 or more enemies.
Sprinter
Sprinter
Grants +4 mobility (roughly 3 tiles movement).
No other bonuses. No other bonuses. No other bonuses.
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Master Sergeant
Extra Conditioning
Extra Conditioning
Confers 1-4 bonus health based on which type of armor is equipped. Heavier armor increases the bonus.
Vital Point Targeting
Vital Point Targeting
Confers 2 bonus damage with primary guns, and +1 damage with sidearms, against humans and alien targets whose species have been autopsied.
Lightning Reflexes
Lightning Reflexes
The hit chance of reaction fire against this unit is reduced by 90 percent for the first shot, and by 70 percent for additional shots.

+1 Mobility, +4 Aim, +4 Will. No other bonuses. No other bonuses.
  • If Training Roulette is on, and Lock n' Load is acquired: reloading as the first action also stops Hit and Run from activating.

*Perks tagged with blue are fixed even with Second Wave Training Roulette option is enabled

Stat Progression

Rank / Level Total
Health
Aim
Will
 *
Health
Aim
Will
 *
Specialist 1 3 5(-6) 1 3 5(-6)
Lance Corporal 0 2 5(-6) 1 5 10(-12)
Corporal 1 3 3(-4) 2 8 13(-16)
Sergeant 0 2 3(-4) 2 10 16(-20)
Tech Sergeant 1 3 3(-4) 3 13 19(-24)
Gunnery Sergeant 0 2 3(-4) 3 15 22(-28)
Master Sergeant 1 3 3(-4) 4 18 25(-32)
  • Note that, even without Hidden Potential turned on, there is a chance of gaining 1 extra will per level (shown in parentheses above). Psionic soldiers can also gain 1-6 extra will per psi level (1 + rand(6)).

Tactical Advice

Role: Mobile Offense

Long War Assaults are quite similar to vanilla Assaults. They are more mobile than Infantry while packing less firepower, swapping Light 'Em Up for Run & Gun. Due to the existence of the Infantry class that excels at mid-range combat with rifles, Assaults tend to equip shotguns and use their mobility to engage at close range, though using them as a medium range flanker with an assault rifle is also viable.

Assaults are fairly simple soldiers, and the choice in their build tends to be a simple one of offense vs defense at each rank, with some mobility thrown in. A role-changing perk however is Lightning Reflexes, allowing them to draw out overwatch fire much like a Scout can, though they have to wait until Master Sergeant to do it.

Assaults make very good covert operatives. They have high base HP, allowing them to survive better without armor, Lightning Reflexes to not be hit by overwatch when running to comm arrays, and they can use Run & Gun to hack arrays on the same turn after dashing.

Sample Builds

Tank Psi Assault

Perk progression
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Lance Corporal
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Corporal
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Sergeant
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Tech Sergeant
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Gunnery Sergeant
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Master Sergeant
Perk by tier
Close Combat Specialist
Will to Survive
Close Encounters
Resilience
Sprinter
Extra Conditioning
Build Overview
Stat Boosts +10 will, +1 mobility
Strengths very tanky, good will for psi training
Weaknesses must get close with shotgun to attack reliably
Preferred battle sites All
Most common Loadout Reinforced Armor, other tank items, Alien Trophy
Power Ranks CPL and MSG for tanking, SGT for shotgun brawling
Description A durable, tanky assault for early-mid game, especially before you get MECs (which will take over the tanking role). Perks also provide plenty of bonus will to make a good psi soldier later in the game. Close Combat Specialist can be dropped for Steadfast if you want max will gain and a freed up item slot in exchange for less shotgun brawling potential, however late game psi units will want to carry a mind shield which grants steadfast anyways. Sprinter is very important to allow flexible use of Titan Armor and/or heavy tank items without needing Walker Servos.
Strategic Analysis This build should always be fitted out with a shotgun, its massive range bonus in close proximity make aim perks unnecessary even when firing at enemies in cover. If you know there are several pods left on the map you may want to refrain from using Run and Gun for fear of activating them; instead simply holding ground, tanking fire, and crowd controlling with psi abilities while the rest of the squad dispatches of the first wave of enemies. Once the map has been at least partially cleared, the assault can be unleashed mop up stragglers with extreme prejudice.


Covert Operative

Perk progression
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Lance Corporal
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Corporal
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Sergeant
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Tech Sergeant
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Gunnery Sergeant
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Master Sergeant
Perk by tier
Steadfast
Ranger
Hit and Run
Executioner
Sprinter
Extra Conditioning
Build Overview
Stat Boosts +6 aim, +11 will, +1 mobility
Strengths Run and Gun gives clutch mobility, can pick off weakened enemies easily, doesn’t need to carry Alien Trophy
Weaknesses lacks intel from Battle Scanners and Concealment
Preferred battle sites Covert Deployments
Most common Loadout Reinforced Armor, other tank items, Alien Trophy
Power Ranks CPL and MSG for tanking, SGT for shotgun brawling
Description The two main classes that generally perform well as Covert Operatives are scouts and assaults. Assault operatives are effective at contributing finishing damage in fights and utilizing Run and Gun for massive bursts of speed toward transmitters. Executioner can be dropped for Resilience for a bit more tank in the event the operative is ever shot at, and Extra Conditioning can be dropped for Lightning Reflexes if you want overwatch safety.
Strategic Analysis Good use of motion scanners is key to keeping this operative out of danger. Run and Gun is very useful sometimes for a needed burst of speed to hit a transmitter, but try to save it for only when you truly need it. Try to spoonfeed kills whenever possible, especially on Data Recovery missions.


Anti-EXALT

Perk progression
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Lance Corporal
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Corporal
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Sergeant
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Tech Sergeant
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Gunnery Sergeant
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Master Sergeant
Perk by tier
Close Combat Specialist
Ranger
Hit and Run
Resilience
Sprinter
Vital Point Targeting
Build Overview
Stat Boosts N/A
Strengths high dmg output, great mobility
Weaknesses limited effectiveness at long-range, and vs flying and/or armoured targets
Preferred battle sites Covert Extractions and Data Recoveries, Terror missions
Most common Loadout Hi Cap Mags, armor plating or Alien Trophy, machine pistol and shotgun
Power Ranks SGT for dmg, GSG for mobility
Description EXALT come in large numbers, and often have fairly high Health, but should be unable to fire on most turns and have no damage resistance. All this makes Assaults of this type the best possible source of damage per turn against them. On Data Recovery missions two or three Assaults with this build, supported by a few other soldiers, including some with Overwatch builds, should make short work of the enemy, often not even giving them a single turn of effective fire. The build can also be effective on Terror missions, with CCS coming into its own against Chrysalids and Zombies.
Strategic Analysis The plan is simple: charge headlong into EXALT positions and blast them apart while the comm hack prevents them from fighting back. After using Run and Gun to close the initial gap, take aggressive Hit and Run flanks to kill at least two EXALT per turn. Keep in mind you can use the Ranger-boosted machine pistol to hit long range flanks. EXALT love to dash toward the “hack zones” presented by the Encoder and Relay, so position your Assault accordingly to punish them with CCS shotgun blasts whenever you can.


Stormtrooper

Perk progression
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Lance Corporal
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Corporal
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Sergeant
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Tech Sergeant
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Gunnery Sergeant
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Master Sergeant
Perk by tier
Flush
Aggression
Hit and Run
Executioner
Bring 'Em On
Vital Point Targeting
Build Overview
Stat Boosts +2 aim, +2 will
Strengths great mix of utility and damage
Weaknesses requires tech and soldier development to unlock build's potential
Preferred battle sites All
Most common Loadout Gauss Stuttergun, Shredder Ammo, situational items
Power Ranks SGT for performance, GSGT for damage
Description This build is enabled by the Gauss Stuttergun (with upgraded ammo from Ammo Conservation). Although shotguns are the usual weapons associated with Assaults, SMG-type weapons make for a good alternative owing to their Mobility boost, which creates more opportunites to flank. Unfortunately, at the start of the game SMGs are severely limited by their low ammunition (2), poor base damage, and poor crit rate. However, tech progress and soldier promotions change the picture significantly. With Ammo Conservation, the Gauss Stuttergun now has twice as much ammunition (4) and base damage that is only 17% worse than the Assault Rifle equivalent at the same tech. Aggression and Executioner compensate for the lack of base crit rate, resulting in a mobile soldier that can contribute in all types of engagement. (At MSGT, VPT can be dropped for Extra Conditioning for a more survivable soldier.)
Strategic Analysis Before Stutterguns, an SMG should not be used: take a Shotgun or Assault Rifle instead as you see fit. Also note that, even with flanks and Aggression, this build will rarely manage to get guaranteed 100% crits (100% to-hit rates can't be assured either!). It should be used early in a turn, with other soldiers available to follow up and take advantage of its success, or compensate for its failures.


See also

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Soldiers
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Soldiers
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Assault
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Infantry
Class Rocketeer (Long War).png
Rocketeer
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Gunner
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Sniper
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Scout
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Medic
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Engineer
MEC
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MEC Troopers
Class Marauder (Long War).png
Marauder
Class Valkyrie (Long War).png
Valkyrie
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Archer
Class Goliath (Long War).png
Goliath
Class Jaeger (Long War).png
Jaeger
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Pathfinder
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Guardian
Class Shogun (Long War).png
Shogun
Sub-classes and abilities
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Officers
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Psionics
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Gene Mods
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S.H.I.V.s