Ranger (LWOTC)

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Ranger
The Ranger is the master of the rifle and may be trained to use it in offensive and defensive capacities.

Class Overview

The Ranger class is focused towards operating at medium range with guns (and is quite unlike the vanilla Ranger class, which has been split into the Shinobi and Assault classes). Their signature ability is to be able to take standard shots without ending turn, allowing them to fire twice per turn baseline.

"Infantry" type Rangers (Left branch) focus on raw damage output with their rifle, pumping out accurate directed fire to secure kills and set up kills for their allies, but are less effective at responding to enemy actions on their turn.

"Defender" type Rangers (Right branch) master overwatch fire, to the point of achieving more shots during the enemy turn than most XCOM soldiers can muster during their own turn, but sacrifice potential punch with directed fire, and can be shut down by enemies packing Shadowstep or Lightning Reflexes.

Due to their front/midline nature and tendency to seek out high quality cover front and center of an enemy force, with supporting allies close behind and assaulting allies ahead and to the sides, Rangers make excellent Officer candidates. The center branch has myriad options for defense, including the vital "Tactical Sense" perk, to help protect your Leader investment.

Weapons

Primary: Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns.

Secondary: Sawed-off Shotgun

Rather than a melee weapon, Rangers carry a Sawed-off shotgun as their secondary weapon. This weapon is capable of huge amounts of damage at point blank range, but has a fixed two shots and can't be reloaded.

Abilities

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Rank Ability
Squaddie
Squaddie
Point Blank
*Rapidly loses accuracy beyond four tiles range. *Uses one action. *Shotgun has two ammo.
Fire your sawed-off shotgun at a nearby enemy.
Both Barrels
*Fire both barrels of sawed-off shotgun at nearby enemy, doing double damage. *Uses 2 ammo. *Uses one action.
Fire both barrels of sawed-off shotgun at nearby enemy, doing double damage.
Light 'Em Up
*Standard shots with your primary weapon are not turn-ending.
Standard shots with your primary weapon are not turn-ending.
Infantry Defender
Lance Corporal
Lance Corporal
Walk Fire
*This is a special shot in which the soldier adjusts their aim in the middle of an automatic weapon burst, conferring +30 aim and -30 crit and doing 66% damage. *Consumes 2 ammo. *Requires a burst-fire weapon; ability will not be available when a shotgun or sniper rifle is equipped as a primary weapon.
Take a highly accurate shot with +30 bonus to hit 66% damage and -30 crit. Uses 2 ammo.
Close and Personal
*Confers +30 critical chance against adjacent targets. *Bonus reduced by 5 for each additional tile of distance from the target, down to 0 at 7 or more tiles.
Confers +30 critical chance against adjacent targets. The bonus declines with distance from the target.
Ever Vigilant
*Ever Vigilant enables an extremely mobile style of play for the soldier. *Any action other than moving will invalidate Ever Vigilant.
If you spend all of your actions on moves, you are granted an automatic overwatch shot at the end of the turn.
Corporal
Corporal
Locked On
*Gain +20 aim and +20 crit for repeated shots at the same target. Not cumulative, and only applies to enemy units. *Area-of-Effect-based shots do not grant the bonus.
Gain +20 aim and +20 crit for successive shots at the same enemy unit.
Pump Action
*Gain two extra ammo in your sawed-off shotgun.
Gain two extra ammo in your sawed-off shotgun.
Covering Fire
*If triggered by an enemy action, Covering Fire will trigger before the enemy action completes. *In addition, having the Covering Fire ability confers a temporary aim penalty upon any units you take a reaction shot at, regardless of whether it was a covering fire shot or not.
Reaction shots confer an aim malus on enemies and can now be triggered by any enemy action, not just movement.
Sergeant
Sergeant
Aggression
*Gain +5 critical chance for each enemy you can see, up to a maximum of 30. *Units visible at squadsight ranges do confer bonus.
Gain +5 critical chance for each enemy you can see, up to a maximum of 30.
Center Mass
*You do one additional point of base damage with your primary weapon, pistols or a sawed-off shotgun.
You do one additional point of base damage when using guns.
Cool Under Pressure
*You gain +10 Aim on Overwatch and other reaction shots, and they can critically hit.
You gain +10 Aim on Overwatch and other reaction shots, and they can critically hit.
Staff Sergeant
Staff Sergeant
Executioner
*Confers +20 aim and +20 critical chance against targets at half or less of their original hit points.
Confers +20 aim and +20 critical chance against targets at half or less of their original hit points.
Fortify
*Activate to grant the soldier +20 defense until the beginning of the soldier's next turn. *Does not cost an action. *Fortify has a 5 turn cooldown.
Activate to grant +20 defense until the beginning of the next turn. Does not cost an action. Has a 5 turn cooldown.
Suppression
*Suppression costs 2 ammo points to use, but has no cooldown. *Suppression will be canceled if the suppressing unit is damaged. *If multiple units suppress a target, the aim penalty will not stack. *May not be used if sniper rifle or shotgun-class weapons are equipped. *Suppression restricts many of the target's abilities, including the use of rockets and grenades.
Fire a barrage that pins down a target, grants reaction fire against it if it moves, restricts the use of many abilities, and imposing a -25 penalty to the target's aim.
Tech Sergeant
Tech Sergeant
Bring 'Em On
*Gain +1 damage on critical hits for every two enemies you can see, up to a maximum of +8. *Units visible at squadsight ranges do confer bonus. *Applies to damage from the soldier's primary weapon and, if the soldier has Biggest Booms, explosives (damaging grenades, rockets, etc.).
Gain +1 damage on critical hits for every two enemies you can see, up to a maximum of +8. Works for the soldier's primary weapon and explosives.
Implacable
*The Fleche ability cannot be used after gaining a bonus move from Implacable.
If you score one or more kills on your turn, you are granted a single bonus move.
Grazing Fire
* Missed shots with the soldier's primary weapon generally have a 50% chance to become a graze. * This effect occurs after normal hit-miss-graze processing. * Targets with a dodge score subtract that score from the ability's success chance.
Missed shots with your primary weapon have an additional roll to become a graze.
Gunnery Sergeant
Gunnery Sergeant
Rapid Fire
*Rapid Fire has a 1 turn cooldown.
Fire twice in a row at an enemy. Each shot suffers an Aim penalty of -15. Can be used once per turn.
Tactical Sense
*Gain 3 defense for each living enemy you can see, up to a maximum of 15 defense. *Units visible at squadsight ranges do not confer bonus. *This ability does not provide defensive bonuses if the unit is disoriented, stunned, panicking, on fire or otherwise impaired.
Gain 3 defense for each enemy you can see, up to a maximum of 15 defense.
Rapid Reaction
*When in overwatch, each shot you hit with grants another reaction fire shot, up to a maximum of three shots.
When in overwatch, each shot you hit with grants another reaction fire shot, up to a maximum of three shots.
Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant
Rupture
*Rupture requires 3 ammo points. *Rupture has a 4 turn cooldown. *Ruptured targets take 3 additional damage from every attack.
A Rupture shot grants a +50 bonus to critical hit chances and ensures that the target takes an additional +3 damage from all attacks in the future.
Combat Fitness
*Combat Fitness provides 4 aim, 1 mobility, 2 HP, 4 will, and 4 dodge.
Gain 4 aim, 1 mobility, 2 HP, 4 will, and 4 dodge.
Kill Zone
*There is no limit to the amount of Kill Zone shots a soldier can take outside of ammo counts. *Kill Zone utilizes Squadsight, even if the soldier does not have the Long Watch ability. *Kill Zone has a 4 turn cooldown.
Take a reaction shot against any enemy that moves or attacks within a cone of fire.

XCOM Abilities

XCOM row abilities are able to be purchased when the Training Center is built. The cost is 10 AP per tier level.

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Damn Good Ground
*Confers +10 aim and +10 defense against targets at a lower elevation. *This ability does not provide defensive bonuses if the unit is disoriented, stunned, panicking, on fire or otherwise impaired.
Confers +10 aim and +10 defense against targets at a lower elevation.
Combat Engineer
*More powerful than Sapper by itself, Combat Engineer stacks with Sapper to maximize environmental damage, although either perk alone will still destroy many cover objects. *Combat Engineer also prevents environmental damage from falling off from the center of an explosion, meaning you will destroy objects in a larger area.
Your explosives do significantly greater damage to cover objects and other things on the battlefield.
Brutality
*Use Brutality as a crowd-control tool to allow the soldier to move forward more aggressively and combine it with the Ruthless ability to increase your killing power.
Killing organic enemies with your sawed-off shotgun have a 50% chance to panic other organic enemies within 10 tiles of the target.
Close Encounters
*Once per turn, gain a bonus action after taking a standard shot with your primary weapon at an enemy within four tiles. *A red ring will mark the range of this ability. *Close Encounters cannot be used on the same turn as Run and Gun.
Once per turn, gain a bonus action after taking a standard shot with your primary weapon at an enemy within four tiles. Cannot trigger on the same turn as Hit and Run.
Deep Cover
*Non-offensive actions like Reload can still be performed without invalidating Deep Cover.
If you did not attack this turn, hunker down automatically.
Coup de Grâce
*Coup de Grâce grants +50 aim, +50 critical chance and +2 damage against stunned and panicking enemies. *The bonuses are reduced against disoriented enemies.
Bonus to hit, damage, and critical chance with your weapon against a disoriented, stunned or panicking enemy.
Deadeye
*Deadeye reduces the overall hit chance of a shot by 15%, but increases the base damage of the shot by 50%. *Deadeye has a 3 turn cooldown. *Works with Snap Shot.
Take a shot with a small aim penalty for a significant damage boost.
Field Medic
*If you have the Medical Protocol ability, your GREMLIN gains additional charges as well.
Equipped medikits have 2 extra charges.
Dedication
*Gain 2 mobility and ignore reaction fire for the rest of the turn. *Free action. *Dedication has a 4 turn cooldown.
Free action. Gain 2 mobility and ignore reaction fire for the rest of the turn. Has a 4 turn cooldown.
Death From Above
*Death From Above can combo well with pistol abilities or can simply make a soldier more mobile. *Also grants a long-range accuracy bonus for sniper rifles at any elevation.
Killing an enemy at a lower elevation with your primary weapon refunds a single action, and does not end your turn. Also grants a long-range accuracy bonus for sniper rifles.
Disabling Shot
*Stuns enemies for 2 actions if the shot hits (including if it grazes). *Stuns for an extra 2 actions if the shot crits, but the shot won't inflict the critical damage. *Disabling Shot requires 1 ammo to use. *Disabling Shot has a 5 turn cooldown. *Only Avatars and Psi Zombies can not be stunned.
Stun enemies with a precise shot, with a bonus stun duration if the shot crits. The shot can not do critical damage.
Flashbanger
*Grants 1 free flashbang item to your inventory.
Grants 1 free flashbang item to your inventory.
Hail of Bullets
*Hail of Bullets requires 3 ammo points. *Hail of Bullets has a 5 turn cooldown. *Hail of Bullets does not work with shotguns or sniper rifles.
Unleash a hail of bullets that is guaranteed to hit your target, but uses a lot of ammunition.
Evasive
*This ability will typically turn the first hit on a soldier into a graze, but being hit with undodgeable attacks will remove it without any bonus being applied.
Start each mission with 100 bonus dodge. The bonus is removed after you take damage for the first time.
Hipfire
*With this ability, Point Blank and Both Barrels do not end the turn, allowing the soldier to shoot or move afterwards.
Firing the sawed-off shotgun no longer ends the turn.
Hard Target
*Gain 5 dodge per enemy you can see, up to a maximum of +30. *Units visible at squadsight ranges do not confer bonus. *This ability does not provide defensive bonuses if the unit is disoriented, stunned, panicking, on fire or otherwise impaired.
Gain 5 dodge per enemy you can see, up to a maximum of +30.
Full Kit
*Grants +1 charge per grenade item in a utility slot. *Applies to explosive and support grenades as well as Battle Scanners. *Extra grenades provided by Smoker and Flashbanger abilities do not get extra charges.
Grants +1 charge per grenade item in a utility slot.
Lethal
*You do 2 additional points of base damage and 1 additional point(s) of bonus critical damage with your primary weapon.
You do 2 additional points of base damage and 1 additional point(s) of bonus critical damage with your primary weapon.
Infighter
*Gain 33 dodge against attacks within four tiles. *Dodge bonus also applies to melee attacks. *This ability does not provide defensive bonuses if the unit is disoriented, stunned, panicking, on fire or otherwise impaired.
Gain 33 dodge against attacks within four tiles.
Holo Targeting
*Directed primary weapon-specific abilities will grant Holo Targeting. *Any abilities that target multiple units will not grant Holo Targeting.
Any directed primary weapon shot, hit or miss, will mark the target, increasing your squad's aim by +10 against this target.
Lightning Reflexes
*Reaction fire shots against you have a significantly decreased chance to hit. *The first reaction shot against you during a turn is at -100 to hit; the second at -80; the third at -60; the fourth at -40, and the fifth at -20. Further reaction shots at are normal to hit chances. *This ability does not provide defensive bonuses if the unit is disoriented, stunned, panicking, on fire or otherwise impaired.
Reaction fire shots against you have a significantly decreased chance to hit. The bonus goes down with each additional reaction shot you face.
Iron Curtain
*If this cone-based attack hits, Iron Curtain does 50% of normal damage and imposes -8 mobility to the enemy for 2 turn(s). *Iron Curtain has a 3 turn cooldown. *Uses 3 ammo. *Can be used after moving. *Iron Curtain does not work with shotguns or sniper rifles. *Allies in the cone can be hit by this ability.
Special shot that does 50% of normal damage but reduces target mobility for the following 2 turn(s). Cone-based attack with primary weapon.
Impulse
*Your ranged attacks gain 10 aim and 10 critical chance if you have moved this turn.
Your ranged attacks gain 10 aim and 10 critical chance if you have moved this turn.
Lock 'N Load
*Kills with your primary weapon restore 1 ammo.
Kills with your primary weapon restore 1 ammo.
None Shall Pass
*Will not trigger if soldier is concealed. *Only triggers once per turn. *Uses 1 ammo and will only trigger if the sawed-off shotgun is loaded. *Can critically hit. *Works during any enemy turn: alien, Lost, Chosen and Ruler.
During enemy turns, fire a free reaction shot that can critically hit with your sawed-off shotgun at any visible enemy within 3 tiles who moves or fires. Can only trigger once per turn.
Lone Wolf
*Gain +3 Aim and +3 Defense for each tile of distance between this soldier and the nearest ally, starting at 4 tiles distant. *Bonuses cap at +12 Aim, +12 Defense when 7 or more tiles from the nearest ally. *This ability does not provide defensive bonuses if the unit is disoriented, stunned, panicking, on fire or otherwise impaired.
Gain bonus Aim and Defense when at least 4 tiles distant from any ally, with a maximum of +12/+12 at 7+ tiles.
Inspire Agility
*Give a friendly unit 30 Dodge until the start of your next turn. *Killing an enemy unit grants an extra charge. *Usable once per turn. *Starts with one charge and is a free action.
Give a friendly unit 30 Dodge until the start of your next turn. Whenever you kill an enemy, you gain an extra charge. Usable once per turn. Starts with one charge, and is a free action.
Predator
*Your ranged attacks gain 15 bonus aim and 15 bonus critical chance against enemies that are flanked or out of cover.
Your ranged attacks gain 15 bonus aim and 15 bonus critical chance against enemies that are flanked or out of cover.
Maim
*Fire a shot with your primary weapon that does normal damage and immobilizes the target until the end of their next turn. *Useful to isolate a high-value target during an ambush. *Uses 1 ammo. *Maim has a 3 turn cooldown.
Fire a shot with your primary weapon that immobilizes the target until the end of their next turn. Uses 1 ammo. Has a 3 turn cooldown.
Low Profile
*Makes partial cover count as full.
Makes partial cover count as full.
Return Fire
*Return Fire will only trigger once per turn. *Return Fire can be triggered by melee attacks and area of effect attacks. *Return Fire will not trigger when targeted by overwatch fire.
When targeted by enemy fire, automatically fire back with your primary weapon once per turn.
Run and Gun
*Run and Gun allows soldiers to close the distance to their targets rapidly, or to easily take a flanking position. *Run and Gun has a 4 turn cooldown.
Take an action after dashing.
Salvo
*Soldiers with the Salvo ability are prime candidates for heavy armor.
Launching or throwing grenades, using heavy weapons or using the Gauntlet's Rocket Launcher with your first action will not end your turn.
Rapid Deployment
*Activate this ability before throwing or launching a support grenade, and the throw will not cost an action. *Applies to Smoke Grenades, Flashbangs, Shaped Charges and Battle Scanners. *Rapid Deployment has a 3 turn cooldown.
Activate this ability before throwing or launching a support grenade, and the throw will not cost an action.
Ruthless
*By cleverly combining the effects of Brutality and Ruthless, you can kill multiple enemies per turn with your sawed-off shotgun. *There is no limit to the number of Ruthless activations per turn.
Killing a panicked or disoriented enemy with your sawed-off shotgun refunds one action point.
Shadowstrike
*Shadowstrike bonuses will apply if the soldier re-enters concealment in a mission.
While concealed, gain +50 bonus aim and +50 bonus critical hit chance when attacking enemies.
Reposition
*Once per turn, gain an additional move action after taking a standard shot at a flanked or exposed target with your primary weapon. *Works with Hit and Run.
Once per turn, gain an additional move action after taking a standard shot at a flanked or exposed target with your primary weapon.
Scrap Metal
*Kills with your primary weapon restore one sawed-off shotgun charge. *This does not apply to kills from using the sawed-off shotgun itself. *This ability cannot grant ammo if the sawed-off shotgun charges are already at their starting value.
Kills with your primary weapon restore one sawed-off shotgun charge.
Serial
*Serial is meant to chain enemy kills in a single action, as every kill is essentially free. *Every successful kill does result in a reduction to critical hit chance and damage, however. *Serial has a 7 turn cooldown.
A powerful chained shot ability. For every kill made with your primary weapon, your actions will be refunded but your damage and crit chance will be reduced for every subsequent attack.
Smoker
*Grants one free smoke grenade item to your inventory.
Grants one free smoke grenade item to your inventory.
Resilience
*Enemy attacks against you suffer a -30 penalty to critical hit chances.
Enemy attacks against you suffer a -30 penalty to critical hit chances.
Shredder
*A successful shot with a conventional weapon will shred 1 armor from the target. *More advanced weapons will shred more armor from targets.
Your primary weapon attacks shred armor.
Survival Instinct
*The bonuses are lost if you are healed back to full health.
Gain 20 Defense and 20 Crit chance while injured.
Shadowstep
*A soldier with Shadowstep will not trigger Overwatch shots or Suppression fire, but they will be unable to draw Overwatch fire away from their teammates.
This soldier does not trigger overwatch or reaction fire.
Tradecraft
*This soldier has significantly reduced infiltration times while on missions.
This soldier has significantly reduced infiltration times while on missions.
Stiletto
*Shots fired with your primary weapon pierce 3 armor.
Shots fired with your primary weapon pierce 3 armor.
Will To Survive
*Enemy damage is reduced by 1 when in cover and attacked through that cover. *Cover against explosives and other indirect attacks is calculated from the point of the explosion. *Armor piercing effects do not eliminate this bonus. *This unit also permanently gains 5 will. *This ability does not provide defensive bonuses if the unit is disoriented, stunned, panicking, on fire or otherwise impaired.
Enemy damage is reduced by 1 when in cover and attacked through that cover. Also grants 5 will.
Steady Hands
*The Steady Hands bonus does not stack over multiple turns. *Steady Hands doubles down on the need to find a high sniper's nest with good sightlines.
If you did not move last turn, gain +10 Aim and +10 Critical chance.
Untouchable
*When Untouchable is triggered the soldier is immune to the next damage dealing attack during the enemy turn, even Area of Effect attacks.
If you score a kill during your turn, the next attack against you during the enemy turn will miss.

Stat Progression

Rank Squaddie Lance Corporal Corporal Sergeant Staff Sergeant Tech Sergeant Gunnery Sergeant Master Sergeant
Per Level Health
Health
0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Aim
Aim
3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2
Will
Will
4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Health
Health
0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3
Aim
Aim
3 5 8 10 13 15 18 20
Will
Will
4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

Sample Builds

See Also

XCOM Units in Long War of the Chosen
Starting
XCOM2 rank rookie.png
Soldiers
LW2 class assault.png
Assault
XCOM2 class grenadier.png
Grenadier
LW2 class Gunner.png
Gunner
XCOM2 class ranger.png
Ranger
XCOM2 class sharpshooter.png
Sharpshooter
LW2 class Shinobi.png
Shinobi
XCOM2 class specialist.png
Specialist
LW2 class Technical.png
Technical
Unlockable
XCOM2 class psiop.png
Psi Operative
XCOM2 class spark.png
SPARK
LWOfficers RankFieldCommander.png
Officers
Faction
XCOM2 class reaper.png
Reaper
XCOM2 class skirmisher.png
Skirmisher
XCOM2 class templar.png
Templar