Guardian (Long War)

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Guardian
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MEC variant of the Medic class. Guardians are classically specialised in Restorative Mist use, and can greatly increase both its charges and effectiveness. Guardians can also specialise in improving overwatch, and also have a decent selection of defensive perks.

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
Opportunist
Opportunist
Eliminates the Aim penalty on reaction shots, and allows reaction shots to cause critical hits.
No other bonuses.
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Lance Corporal
Field Medic
Field Medic
For soldiers, grants one free use of a medikit per mission and allows additional medikit items to be used two times per battle instead of one. Also allows Restorative Mist items to be used three times per battle instead of once.
Steadfast
Steadfast
Never panic as a result of getting wounded, allies panicking, allies getting wounded or killed, or the intimidation ability.
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.
No other bonuses. +5 Will. No other bonuses.
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Corporal
Platform Stability
Platform Stability
Shots taken before any costly actions have +10 Aim and +10% critical chance. Also grants +10 aim for purposes of reducing scatter if the soldier has not moved this turn, and increases range of Blaster Launcher (which does not scatter).
Automated Threat Assessment
Automated Threat Assessment
Confers 0.5 DR (50% chance to absorb one point of damage) at all times, and confers +15 defense when in overwatch until the unit takes an overwatch shot.
Covering Fire
Covering Fire
Allows certain reaction shots to trigger on many enemy actions, not just movement (excludes reload, overwatch, and hunker down actions).
No other bonuses. +2 Will. No other bonuses.
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Sergeant
Packmaster
Packmaster
Limited-use small items (including those from perks) receive 1 additional use.
Repair Servos
Repair Servos
Repairs up to 50% of damage taken (max 2 per turn). Value on icon represents repairs remaining at 2 points per hp. Additional damage taken before repairs are complete reduces how much can be repaired.
Sentinel
Sentinel
Allows two reaction shots during Overwatch, instead of only one.
No other bonuses. No other bonuses. No other bonuses.
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Tech Sergeant
Savior
Savior
Provides 2 item-free medikit charges and +4 healing bonus to medikits. Restorative Mist units restore three more health per use.
Deadeye
Deadeye
Confers +15 aim against flying targets.
Reactive Targeting Sensors
Reactive Targeting Sensors
Unit gets a free shot back at the first enemy who attacks the MEC each turn, provided there's enough ammo to do so.
No other bonuses. No other bonuses. +2 Aim, +2 Will.
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Gunnery Sergeant
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.
Lock N' Load
Lock N' Load
Primary weapons receive one additional shot or burst before a reload is required, and you may reload your primary weapon as the first action of your turn without ending the turn.
Absorption Fields
Absorption Fields
Reduces most incoming damage to this unit, scaling up as damage increases. Specifically: reduces 40% of any damage taken after 2; after all other damage reduction has been applied.
No other bonuses. No other bonuses. -1 Mobility.
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Master Sergeant
Ready For Anything
Ready For Anything
If the unit fires without taking any other costly action, it automatically enters overwatch at the end of its turn.
Damage Control
Damage Control
When this unit takes damage, all further damage will be reduced by 1 or 2 points (1.5 DR) for the next 2 turns.
Double Tap
Double Tap
Allows a second action restricted to Standard Shot, Precision Shot, or Disabling Shot as long as the first action was a Standard Shot, Precision Shot, Disabling Shot, or Flush provided no costly actions were taken. 1 turn cooldown. (Note: Double Tap is cancelled in the following cases: (1) the first shot results in a kill, and no more enemies are visible to the unit, or (2) for gunners only, the first shot depletes the ammo.)
+2 Aim, +2 Will. No other bonuses. No other bonuses.


Stat Progression

Rank Health
/level
Health
total
Aim
/level
Aim
total
Will
/level*
Will
total*
Specialist 1 1 3 3 2(3) 2(-3)
Lance Corporal 0 1 3 6 2(3) 4(-6)
Corporal 1 2 3 9 2(3) 6(-9)
Sergeant 0 2 3 12 2(3) 8(-12)
Tech Sergeant 1 3 3 15 2(3) 10(-15)
Gunnery Sergeant 0 3 3 18 2(3) 12(-18)
Master Sergeant 1 4 3 21 2(3) 14(-21)
  • Note that, even without Hidden Potential turned on, there is a chance of gaining 1 extra will per level (shown in parentheses above).

Sample Builds

Overwatch / Healer

LCPL: Field Medic: Restorative Mist x3.

CPL: Covering Fire : Reaction shot on enemy actions.

SGT: Sentinel : Two OW shots.

TSGT: Savior : Restorative Mist on steroids (+3 HP per heal).

GSGT: Lock N' Load : Reload without ending the turn.

MSGT: Ready For Anything : Automatic OW after firing as first action.

Other than the Valkyrie, the Guardian is the other MEC unit that provides great OW perks with a high Aim progression (+21 total Aim at MSGT). This build is a natural upgrade to the OW Medic build. The unit can fire up to 3 times per turn including reaction fire on enemy actions. It is also a great healer - each Restorative Mist item is tripled by Field Medic and made more effective by Savior. So, with up to 9 RMs in your bag, your supply of HP is unlikely to ever run dry even on the longest missions. When possible, try to spread out incoming damage among your squad in order to maximize the effectiveness of each Restorative Mist by healing multiple units simultaneously. The OW Guardian doesn't benefit too much from other secondary weapons since on most turns it will either fire/OW or reload/OW. On shorter missions, where you are unlikely to need 9 RMs, consider equipping a grenade launcher or a flame thrower. Equip anything that increases aim and defense (e.g. Battle Computer, Tactical Sensors), or a Core Armoring to prevent critical hits when taking damage is inevitable.

Tank / Healer

LCPL: Field Medic: Restorative Mist x3.

CPL: Automated Threat Assessment : +0.5 DR and +15 defense while in Overwatch.

SGT: Repair Servos : Self-repair.

TSGT: Savior : Restorative Mist on steroids (+3 HP per heal).

GSGT: Absorption Fields : Extra DR.

MSGT: Damage Control : +1.5 DR.

The Guardian tank build is much more versatile than the Goliath tank. This "armored ambulance" can not only take a punch, but it can also heal itself and everyone around it with a healthy supply of Restorative Mist. Put it in a MEC-5 suit and load up on RM. Equip a Core Armoring and Alloy Carbide Plating to maximize tanking, and a Battle Computer for increased aim / defense. The Guardian tank is also more proficient than the Goliath at using its primary weapon due to its +10 aim progression and the Opportunist perk. Most of the time the unit will be hunkering down into One for All position, and either OW with ATA, or heal. This build is a suitable upgrade to any support/field medic that doesn't need to be Psionic.

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
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 Valkyrie (Long War).png
Valkyrie
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Archer
Class Goliath (Long War).png
Goliath
Class Jaeger (Long War).png
Jaeger
Class Pathfinder (Long War).png
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