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 +35% DR.
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Lance Corporal
Grenadier
Grenadier
Using a destructive grenade costs only 1 AP. Equipped destructive grenades receive an additional use.
Rapid Reaction
Rapid Reaction
Allows 3 reaction shots during overwatch.
Light 'Em Up
Light 'Em Up
Standard shots cost only 1 AP and gain +1 damage for every instance of damage their target took this turn.
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Corporal
Regen Biofield
Grit
Grants %DR equal to 10 + half of the %HP lost.
Fortified
Fortified
Grants immunity to critical hits. For XCOM only: Grants Steadfast.
Steadfast
Steadfast
Immunity to panic (except from flames or psionics) and grants 50 will when defending against psionic attacks and overpower.
Ready For Anything
Ready For Anything
At the end of each turn, if this unit did not move: overwatch activates (if possible) and reaction shots gain +20 aim. Overwatching will not trigger reaction fire.
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Sergeant
Danger Zone
Danger Zone
Gunners: Suppression affects enemies in a 2.5 tile radius around the primary target.\nRocketeers/Engineers/Goliaths: Increases the radius of explosives by 1 tile.
Holo Rounds
Holo Rounds
Shooting or suppressing enemies marks them, preventing concealment/stealth and granting +20 aim and +1 penetration to all shots at them for the next 3 turns
Critical System Targeting
Critical System Targeting
Shots against autopsied mechanical units deal 30% more damage and gain 50 crit.
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Tech Sergeant
Reactive Targeting Sensors
Reactive Targeting Sensors
Grants a reaction shot with +50 aim and bypassing cover DR at the first enemy who attacked this unit each turn. Basic reaction shots bypass half of cover def and cannot crit.
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Gunnery 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).
Penetrator
Penetrator
The primary weapon bypasses all flat DR.
Tandem Warheads
Tandem Warheads
Explosives employed by this soldier do full damage at the extent of their area of effect (instead of 50%).
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Master Sergeant
Fragmentation
Fragmentation
Explosives gain a 35% chance to deal double damage.
Extra Conditioning
Extra Conditioning
Grants +1 armor HP, +0.6 mobility, and a 10% chance for all end-in-idle actions to cost 0 AP.


Stat Progression

Rank Attribute Gains
Health
Aim
Mobility
Will
RANK SQUADDIE.png   Specialist +0-1 (86%) +5-15 - -
RANK CORPORAL.png   Lance Corporal +0-1 (86%) +1-3 - -
RANK SERGEANT.png   Corporal +0-1 (86%) +1-3 - -
RANK LIEUTENANT.png   Sergeant +0-1 (86%) +1-3 - -
RANK CAPTAIN.png   Tech Sergeant +0-1 (86%) +1-3 - -
RANK MAJOR.png   Gunnery Sergeant +0-1 (85%) +1-3 - -
RANK COLONEL.png   Master Sergeant +0-1 (85%) - - -
Total Health
+0-7
Aim
+10-30
Mobility
-
Will
-

Predictable Potential:

Rank Attribute Gains
Health
Aim
Mobility
Will
RANK SQUADDIE.png   Specialist +3 +10 - -
RANK CORPORAL.png   Lance Corporal +1 +2 - -
RANK SERGEANT.png   Corporal +1 +2 - -
RANK LIEUTENANT.png   Sergeant +1 +2 - -
RANK CAPTAIN.png   Tech Sergeant - +2 - -
RANK MAJOR.png   Gunnery Sergeant - +2 - -
RANK COLONEL.png   Master Sergeant - - - -
Total Health
+6
Aim
+20
Mobility
-
Will
-

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

Sturmtiger

This build widens the usability of the Goliath by equipping the MEC with an explosive payload. On small, disadvantageous maps where XCOM finds itself sorely outnumbered and outgunned, the Sturmtiger is one of the best weapons capable of tanking a wall of damage and dishing it all right back. The Grenadier perk allows the Sturmtiger to fire up to two grenades in one turn while 'buttoned up' with One For All. Keep in mind that multiple grenade launchers can be equipped, each of which have two base charges, which are subsequently doubled by Grenadier, with no cooldown. Although explosives aren't the best way to lay down damage by the late game, Danger Zone + Tandem Warheads bring both decent AOE and cover destruction ability akin to that of siege artillery.

Don't forget to clip the moments when Fragmentation hits it big. Treasured memories and all that.

Sample Sturmtiger Build: Grenadier -> Fortified -> Danger Zone -> Extra Conditioning -> Tandem Warheads -> Fragmentation

Recommended Equipment: Core Plating, Restorative Mist, Grenade Launcher, HMEC-2

Note:

  • Grit can be taken in place of fortified, but an Alien Trophy is recommended.
  • Repair Servos can be taken in place of Fragmentation for better tanking ability and less RNG.

Main Battle Tank

This build aims to tank damage and counter enemy armor as effectively as possible. Light 'Em Up enables the MBT to fire its primary weapon and fold back into One For All. Combined with the extra damage against mechanical targets from CST and all the penetration maxing, the MBT should always deal more damage than it takes from enemy armor. Just like a real modern tank, this build is inflexible for dealing with soft targets due to a lack of aim buffs, other than to rush into close range and fire. If you are rushing into close range and firing with your Goliath, then you should be using a Marauder, but a flamethrower can make up for this weakness instead.

Sample MBT Build: Light 'Em Up -> Fortified -> Critical System Targeting -> Extra Conditioning -> Penetrator -> Repair Servos

Recommended Equipment: Core Plating, Armor Piercing Ammo, Flamethrower + Jellied Elerium, HMEC-2

Note:

  • Grit can be taken in place of Fortified, but an Alien Trophy is recommended.

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
Class Engineer (Long War).png
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