Goliath (LWR)

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  Goliath

MEC variant of the Gunner and Rocketeer classes. A Goliath is designed to be a human tank. They have the best HP progression of any class in the game and an unsurpassed selection of defensive perks. They have reasonable aim progression, but their selection of offensive perks is a bit lacking.

Primary Weapon: MEC Primary Weapons
Secondary Weapon: MEC Secondary Weapon Systems
Class-Limited items: MEC Equipment items


Abilities

Rank Ability
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Specialist
Absorption Fields
Absorption Fields
Grants +20% DR.
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Lance Corporal
Reactive Targeting Sensors
Reactive Targeting Sensors
Grants a reaction shot with +50 aim at the first enemy who attacks this unit each turn. Also grants Opportunist.
Opportunist
Opportunist
Reaction shots ignore DR from cover and can crit.
Fragmentation
Fragmentation
Explosives gain a 20% chance to deal double damage.
Penetrator
Penetrator
The primary weapon gains +2 penetration.
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Corporal
Grenadier
Grenadier
Using a destructive grenade costs only 1 AP. Equipped destructive grenades receive an additional use. Grants +20% throw range.
Fortified
Fortified
Grants immunity to critical hits, +1 DR, and Steadfast.
Steadfast
Steadfast
Grants Immunity to panic (except from flames or psionics) and reduces the chance to be hit by psionic attacks and overpower by 20%.
Light 'Em Up
Light 'Em Up
Standard shots cost only 1 AP.
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Sergeant
Regen Biofield
Grit
Grants +1 DR, +1 armor HP, and %DR equal to half of the %HP lost.
First Aid
First Aid
For soldiers: Grants 1 medikit and all equipped medikits receive an additional use.
For MECs: Restorative Mists receive +2 charges.
For Both: Reduces injuries sustained during battle by 1 HP on all soldiers (multiple instances stack).
Critical System Targeting
Critical System Targeting
Shots against autopsied mechanical units deal 50% more damage.
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Tech Sergeant
Repair Servos
Repair Servos
Repairs damage sustained in battle: When damaged, gain servos equal to half the damage sustained. At the end of your turn, use up to 2 servos (1 HP healed per servo).
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Gunnery Sergeant
Danger Zone
Danger Zone
Increases the explosive radius of rockets, grenade launchers, and mines by 30%. Suppression affects enemies 1 tile adjacent/diagonal to the primary target as well.
Holo Rounds
Holo Rounds
Grants +1 damage against mechanical units. Shooting or suppressing enemies marks them, preventing concealment/stealth and granting +20 aim to all shots at them for the next 3 turns.
Lock N' Load
Lock N' Load
Reloading any weapon costs only 1 AP.
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Master Sergeant
Tandem Warheads
Tandem Warheads
Explosives employed by this soldier do full damage at the extent of their area of effect (instead of 50%).
Extra Conditioning
Extra Conditioning
Grants +2 armor health, +0.6 mobility, and reduces fatigue times by 20%.


Stat Progression

Tactical Advice

Intended Role: "Tank"

With the highest HP progession and plethora of defensive perks, the Goliath acts as the frontline bullet sponge for the rest of the team. It is the one unit that you would want to take fire from the heavy hitting alien units. With the Absorption Fields perk as the first perk to be available, The Goliath is able to heavily reduce any damage that it receives.

With perks like Fortified, Extra Conditioning it becomes slightly more difficult for aliens to severely hurt the MEC and even if they manage to heavily damage it, the Repair Servos perk can give it even more survivability, by making it able to repair itself during longer missions.

The Goliath MEC is the only unit that XCOM has available that can reliably be called a tanking unit, as such it can act as a recon unit for the rest of the team, even though it is hampered by its less than stellar mobility. This is why it is good to use it in conjunction with Scouts and Assaults. Use the Scouts to do recon and the Goliath to have the enemies (hopefully) shoot at it, while the assault can go around for a flank.

Sadly the enemy isn't actually obliged to shoot at the Goliath, making its tanking role somewhat situational as enemy units can forego shooting at the MEC that is standing right in front of them, and instead shoot at a soldier in low cover behind the MEC. In this case, equipping short range, high damage weapons such as Kinetic Strike and/or Flamethrowers can make them regret letting your Goliath run free. You will probably want to strike a balance when building your Goliath between defense and offense/utility, since a purely defensively built Goliath will have little to contribute in the event that the aliens don't decide to attack it. Flush, Grenadier, Light 'Em Up and First Aid are prominent offensive and utility perks.

It should be noted that even with their high health, damage reducing and self repairing capabilities, a lone Goliath can still die quite easily during the later parts of the campaign. The most serious threats come from Sectoid swarms, which will deal many small hits that bypass absorption fields, and Critical System Targeting bosses, which will hit WAY too hard to tank. It is never a good idea to place the Goliath under a full pod's worth of fire without any assistance.

MECs can be healed by Medikits, so in longer missions a Medic should top off the Goliath between enemy pods.

The biggest drawback of the Goliath is its rather narrow usability; it has one role which it does extremely well, but it is not as versatile as other MEC classes. Unless you are going to use it for its specific purpose, you might not want to get a Goliath.

Sample Builds

See also

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Long War Rebalance: Soldiers
Soldiers
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Soldiers
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Assault
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Infantry
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Rocketeer
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Gunner
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Sniper
Class Scout (Long War).png
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 Goliath (Long War).png
Goliath
Class Jaeger (Long War).png
Jaeger
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