Gunner (LWR)

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  Gunner

The Gunner class is a support fire specialist, capable of wielding the largest automatic weapons in XCOM's arsenal to either inflict heavy damage, or lock down and debuff hostiles.

Primary Weapon: SAWs, LMGs, Assault Rifles, Carbines, SMGs.
Secondary Weapon: None.
Class-Limited items: SAWs, LMGs.


Abilities

Rank Ability
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Specialist
Suppression
Suppression
Suppress [Pinned if protected by cover, damaged if not, no reaction fire, -30 aim, -30% mobility/ability range, +30% scatter] targets. Breaks with an opportunist reaction shot that ignores reaction immunity if the target acts or moves. Requires 2 ammo, and uses the 2nd ammo if a reaction shot was triggered. 1 turn cooldown. [Basic reaction shots bypass half of cover def and cannot crit, Opportunist reaction shots also bypass cover DR and can critically hit]
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Lance Corporal
Will To Survive
Will To Survive
When protected by cover: This unit receives +40% DR and -10 defense. For XCOM only: Reduces injury time by 50% and grants Steadfast.
Steadfast
Steadfast
Immunity to panic (except from flames or psionics) and grants 30 will when defending against psionic attacks and overpower.
Sentinel
Sentinel
Allows 2 reaction shots during overwatch. Grants Opportunist.
Opportunist
Opportunist
Reaction shots bypass cover DR and can critically hit. Reaction shots from sniper and strike rifles gain +50% weapon damage.
Mayhem
Mayhem
Suppressive fire damage occurs immediately and gains +1 damage. Grants +50% weapon damage to grenades, sniper rifles, and strike rifles.
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Corporal
Critical System Targeting
Critical System Targeting
Shots against autopsied mechanical units deal 65% more damage and gain +65 crit. Does not work with the Arc Rifle or Arc Pistol.
Regen Biofield
Grit
Grants %DR equal to 15 + half of the %HP lost.
Penetrator
Penetrator
The primary weapon bypasses all flat DR.
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Sergeant
Double Tap
Double Tap
Shooting allows this unit to fire an extra shot if not out of ammo or targets. The 2nd shot has -20 aim if taken at 1 AP. 1 turn cooldown after 2nd shot is used.
Ready For Anything
Ready For Anything
At the end of each turn, if this unit did not move: Reaction shots gain +15 aim and overwatch activates (if possible). Overwatching will not trigger reaction fire.
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
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Tech Sergeant
Shredder
Shredder
Primary weapons Shred [Damage received is increased by x% where x is 20 + 2 times shred damage dealt] any unit they damage for the remainder of the battle.
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Gunnery Sergeant
Tenacious Defense
Tenacious Defense
Grants +3 armor HP. Grants +40% crit resistance when protected by cover.
Lock N' Load
Lock N' Load
Reloading any weapon costs only 1 AP. Dashing automatically reloads the active weapon.
First Aid
First Aid
Grants 2 medikits and each medikit use costs only 1AP.
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Master Sergeant
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.
Bring 'Em On
Bring 'Em On
Grants the primary weapon additional damage equal to 1 + half the number of enemies in sight.


Stat Progression

Rank Attribute Gains
Health
Aim
Mobility
Will
RANK SQUADDIE.png   Specialist +0-1 (58%) +2-6 - +3-9
RANK CORPORAL.png   Lance Corporal +0-1 (57%) +0-2 - +1-3
RANK SERGEANT.png   Corporal +0-1 (57%) - - +1-3
RANK LIEUTENANT.png   Sergeant +0-1 (57%) - - -
RANK CAPTAIN.png   Tech Sergeant +0-1 (57%) - - -
RANK MAJOR.png   Gunnery Sergeant +0-1 (57%) - - -
RANK COLONEL.png   Master Sergeant +0-1 (57%) - - -
Total Health
+0-7
Aim
+2-8
Mobility
-
Will
+5-15

Predictable Potential:

Rank Attribute Gains
Health
Aim
Mobility
Will
RANK SQUADDIE.png   Specialist +2 +4 - +6
RANK CORPORAL.png   Lance Corporal +1 +1 - +2
RANK SERGEANT.png   Corporal +1 - - +2
RANK LIEUTENANT.png   Sergeant - - - -
RANK CAPTAIN.png   Tech Sergeant - - - -
RANK MAJOR.png   Gunnery Sergeant - - - -
RANK COLONEL.png   Master Sergeant - - - -
Total Health
+4
Aim
+5
Mobility
-
Will
+10

Tactical Advice

Role: Medium Range Offense / Offensive Support

The Gunner is mostly unchanged from vanilla. A major decision when building a Gunner is deciding if they will use a LMG or SAW-type weapon. SAW Gunners have more mobility and accuracy while LMG Gunners are slow and inaccurate but boast an improved Suppression thanks to the weapon's Danger Zone and a deep pull of ammo to draw from.

Suppression is a powerful tool used to chip down exposed targets or pin down ennemies behind cover to prevent dangerous flanks. Besides this innate utility, they also have access to a large array of offensive and defensive options which gives them a lot of flexibility in their builds, with many viable combinations.

They enjoy the high power of their class weapons, granting them a sizable damage output that will put Shredder to good use. Gunners are however quite slow with no movement growth and heavy weaponry and thus are most at home in fights that don't require a lot of repositioning.

Sample Builds

Tank Gunner

The Tank Gunner mixes sturdyness with high damage in a threatening package. It is the only biological class with access to Grit and it is put to good use to endure an impressive amount of punishment that would leave most other tank builds long dead. Double Tap rounds out the offensive capabilities of the build with strong bursts of shredding damage that can crack open heavily armored ennemies. Supression remains a reliable utility option but an alert Commander will keep an eye on available ammo lest a crucial Double Tap opportunity be missed.

Sample Tank Build: Will To Survive -> Grit or Critical System Targeting -> Double Tap-> Shredder -> Tenacious Defense or Lock N' Load -> Extra Conditioning or Bring 'Em On

Recommended Weapons: SAW
Recommended Equipment: Reinforced plating/Alloy plating/Regenerative plating, Flak Ammo, Combat Stims, Walker Servos.

Notes:

  • Critical System Targeting sacrifices the tanking potential of Grit in favor of absurd shredding numbers on Mech opponents. A choice for bold Commanders.
  • Tenacious Defense can be switched for Lock'n Load for more offensive uptime, although the lost crit mitigation will hurt late game when out of smoke.
  • Extra Conditioning is a good all-rounder choice. Bring 'Em On will boost damage to even more impressive levels.
  • Defensive Gene Mods will noticably boost tanking abilities


Overwatch Gunner

The Overwatch Gunner is an offensive build that utilizes the high damage of the SAW with Sentinel and Shredder to deliver hefty damage through reaction fire and lock down ennemy movement. Ready for Anything grants some much needed aim as well as free overwatching as long as the Gunner does not move. For this reason, this build is most at home in heavy and protratcted firefights where it can fire uninterrupted - racking up shredding damage to overwhelm the opposition. Pairing this build with another overwatch class will wear down ennemy battle lines at an alarming pace. Supression - while still useful - is less optimal than on other builds.

Sample Tank Build: Sentinel -> Penetrator or Critical System Targeting -> Ready for Anything-> Shredder -> Lock N' Load -> Bring 'Em On

Recommended Weapons: SAW, Assault Rifle, LMG
Recommended Equipment: Scope, Alloy Bipod, Flak Ammo, Respirator Implant, Alien Trophy, Damage boosting ammo.

Notes:

  • Critical System Targeting combined with Flak ammo allow a high specialization against Mechs. Penetrator is less specialized but usable against many targets.
  • This build will put Gene Mods to good use, especially Predictive Tracking for the added aim on reaction shots and Adrenal Neurosympathy which is more likely to trigger thanks to the high number of actions per turn.
  • The LMG is an uncoventionnal choice for this build due to the steep aim penalty. Sufficently mitigated however (e.g Mind Merge + Holo Rounds), the resulting damage will put most other offensive builds to shame.

Mayhem Gunner (Bullet Wizard)

The Mayhem Gunner build focuses on debuffing and crowd control through Suppression boosted by Holo Rounds and Shredder to allow other squad members to provide more accurate and damaging fire. With Mayhem and Danger Zone from the LMG, the Gunner can suppress and debuff entire groups of ennemies; denting targets and pinning them down if in cover. The cooldown turn of Suppression can be put to good use by repositioning, reloading or simply using the unwieldy LMG to deliver a powerful if innacurate (Flush is advised) shredding shot to a target. While slow, this build can fix this problem thanks to a great freedom in terms of equipment choices.


Sample Debuffer Build: Mayhem -> Penetrator -> Holo Rounds -> Shredder -> Lock n' Load or First Aid -> Extra Conditioning or Bring 'Em On

Recommended Weapons: LMG
Recommended Equipment: Alien trophy, Respirator Implant, Proximity Sensor/Extrasensory Vest, Walking Servos, Medikit.

Notes:

  • First Aid can picked over Lock N' Load to offer some more staying power to the squad.
  • Extra Conditioning offers some added mobility. Bring 'Em On might up suppressive fire damage by a few points if enough opponents are visible.
  • Predictive Tracking is a good choice for the Suppression reaction shot and the boost to Flush Damage
  • This build has the particularity to be very stat-independant, even Gunners cursed by low stat totals are salvageable as a Mayhem Gunner.


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
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
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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