Skirmisher (LWOTC)

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Skirmisher
The Skirmisher is a highly mobile unit specializing in Hit-and-Run style combat.

Class Overview

Weapons

Primary: Bullpup Rifles

Secondary: Ripjacks

Abilities

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Rank Ability
Squaddie
Squaddie
Ripjack Slash
*Ripjack Slash can only be used against adjacent targets.
Attack an adjacent target with your Ripjack. Does not end turn.
Grapple (Skirmisher)
*Grapple allows the Skirmisher to get into position without using an action. *Grapple has a 3 turn cooldown.
Deploy a grappling hook to move quickly to an elevated position.
Hit and Run
*Cannot be used on the same turn as Run and Gun. *Bonus full actions from Serial and Death from Above will be awarded first.
Once per turn, gain an additional action after taking a standard shot at a flanked or exposed target with your primary weapon. Cannot trigger on the same turn as Close Encounters.
Hussar Judge Tactician
Lance Corporal
Lance Corporal
Battlefield Awareness
*When Battlefield Awareness is triggered the soldier is immune to the next damage-dealing attack during the enemy turn, including area of effect attacks.
If you score a kill during your turn, the next attack against you during the enemy turn will miss. Upon usage, the ability goes on a 3 turn cooldown.
Justice
*Justice is a great way to pull an enemy out of position. *The Ripjack strike is guaranteed to hit if the pull is successful. *An open space adjacent to the Skirmisher is needed to use Justice. *Justice has a 4 turn cooldown.
Use the Grapple to pull a humanoid target to you and deliver a Ripjack strike.
Total Combat
*Total Combat adds even more flexibility to the Skirmisher's turns, allowing actions to be taken exactly when needed. *Removes the cooldown for grenades. *Grants both Bombard and Volatile Mix, hence it does not stack with either of them.
Throwing a grenade or using an item no longer ends the turn and grenades have no cooldown. In addition, you can throw grenades 2 tiles further and their radius is increased by 1. Grants a Grenade-only slot.
Corporal
Corporal
Reflex
*The Grapple makes the Skirmisher a great advance scout, and Reflex rewards their aggressive positioning. *Reflex can only be triggered once per turn.
When fired upon, gain one extra action on the next turn. Triggers no more than once per turn. Attacks against you suffer a -15 penalty to critical hit chances.
Wrath
*Wrath adds extra mobility for the Skirmisher, and can be used while the Grapple is on cooldown. *The Ripjack strike is guaranteed to hit if the Grapple is successful. *An open space adjacent to the enemy is needed to use Wrath. *Wrath has a 4 turn cooldown.
Use the Grapple to pull yourself to an enemy and deliver a Ripjack strike.
Packmaster
*Grants +1 charge to every utility item equipped. *Applies to the grenade slot as well as the standard utility slots, but not other slots. *Extra grenades provided by Smoker and Flashbanger abilities do not get extra charges.
Grants +1 charge to every utility item and grenade equipped.
Sergeant
Sergeant
Combat Presence
*Combat Presence can be used to get squadmates out of tough situations where they need an extra attack or move. *Combat Presence has a 4 turn cooldown.
Grant an extra action to a squadmate.
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.
Chain Shot
*Chain Shot requires 2 ammo points. *Chain Shot has a 4 turn cooldown. *Chain Shot can be devastating against non-cover enemies, or when augmented with aim bonuses.
Take a shot with an aim penalty of 10. If you hit the target, you take another shot on the target automatically.
Staff Sergeant
Staff Sergeant
Whiplash
*Whiplash does extra damage to robotic enemies. *Whiplash requires one action and does not end your turn. *Whiplash has a 4 turn cooldown.
Attack an enemy with an electrical lash. This attack has a 4 turn cooldown.
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.
Formidable
*Formidable reduces explosive damage taken by 50%.
Your gear includes an extra layer of protection, granting 2 bonus ablative hit points and 50% less damage from explosive attacks.
Tech Sergeant
Tech Sergeant
Manual Override
*Use the allies' abilities early and often to take full advantage of Manual Override. *Costs 1 action. *Manual Override has a 4 turn cooldown.
Lowers all ability cooldowns on a selected ally soldier by up to 3 turns.
Interrupt
*This is a free action. *Some actions are not available during Interrupt, like Overwatch. *Interrupt has a 3 turn cooldown.
A powerful form of Overwatch. Instead of firing automatically, perform any single action. Free action.
Retribution
*If an enemy begins their turn in an adjacent tile, Retribution will trigger if that enemy tries to attack the Skirmisher. *If an enemy does not begin their turn in an adjacent tile, then Retribution will trigger when that enemy moves into melee range. *Retribution does not trigger on your own turn.
Free Ripjack attacks on any enemies that enter or attack from melee range.
Gunnery Sergeant
Gunnery Sergeant
Full Throttle
*Only kills by the Skirmisher count towards Full Throttle.
Gain +3 mobility with every kill this turn. Lasts 2 turns, including the current one.
Judgement
*Judgement can be triggered by melee and area of effect attacks. *Judgement will not trigger when targeted by Overwatch fire. *The chance of panic depends on both the will of the attacking unit and the will of the unit with Judgement. *Judgement works best on units with high will.
Has a chance to panic any enemy that attacks this unit. The higher the will of this unit, the higher the panic chance.
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.
Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant
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.
Reckoning
*You can trigger the Charge ability by placing the movement cursor over an enemy and right-clicking (as with Fleche on Shinobis). *Charge costs 1 action point, is not turn ending, and has a 4 turn cooldown. *A Skirmisher can perform a dash move with the Charge attack and it will still only cost 1 action point.
Unlocks the Ripjack Charge.
Battlelord
*Battlelord can allow the Skirmisher to prevail in the most dire of circumstances. *Battlelord has a 5 turn cooldown. *Turns from the Lost and enemy pod reveals do not grant the immediate action. *Abilities that refund action points, like Implacable and Hit and Run, will not work during Battlelord.
After each enemy in line of sight takes a turn, take an immediate action. No action points will be refunded (e.g. from Hit and Run).

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
Aim Assist
*Gain additional +15 aim and +15 crit against holotargeted units.
Gain additional +15 aim and +15 crit against holotargeted units.
Flashbanger
*Grants 1 free flashbang item to your inventory.
Grants 1 free flashbang item to your inventory.
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.
Close Combat Specialist
*Will not trigger if soldier is concealed. *You may shoot at each enemy with this ability once per turn. *Each shot requires 2 ammo.
Fire a free reaction shot with your primary weapon at any visible enemy within four tiles who moves or fires.
Covert
*Enemies have 25% smaller detection range against you, as denoted by red tiles surrounding enemies who are not alerted to your presence. *This ability also grants a small reduction in this soldier's impact on infiltration times. *Does not apply to ADVENT security towers.
Enemies have 25% smaller detection range against you.
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.
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.
Cutthroat
*Your melee attacks against biological enemies ignore their armor, have a +15 critical chance, and do +2 critical damage.
Your melee attacks against biological enemies ignore their armor, have a +15 critical chance, and do +2 critical damage.
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.
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.
Crusader's Rage
*Wound reduction does not work if the soldier entered a bleeding out state during the mission.
Gain a 50% damage boost when at 50% HP or less. Reduce wound recovery times for this soldier by 6 HP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low Profile
*Makes partial cover count as full.
Makes partial cover count as full.
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.
Field Medic
*If you have the Medical Protocol ability, your GREMLIN gains additional charges as well.
Equipped medikits have 2 extra charges.
Marauder
*Marauder provides more tactical options when planning the Skirmisher's turn. *Paired with Grapple, Marauder allows the Skirmisher to shoot twice and move on a single turn.
Standard shots are not turn-ending, allowing for shooting then moving or shooting twice on a turn.
Lock 'N Load
*Kills with your primary weapon restore 1 ammo.
Kills with your primary weapon restore 1 ammo.
Hunter's Instincts
*Ranged attacks against flanked enemies deal +2 damage.
Ranged attacks against flanked enemies deal +2 damage.
Flush
*Consumes 3 ammo. *Flush has a 3 turn cooldown. *+30 bonus to aim. *Cannot crit or apply bonus ammo effects. *Cannot be used from concealment. *Target loses 10 defense and 30 dodge. The debuff lasts 1 turn.
Special shot with a bonus to hit that does little or no damage but confers defense and dodge penalties and forces target to change position if it hits.
Paramedic
*Gain a free medikit. Equipped medikits have 2 extra charges. Using a medikit for the first time in a turn is a free action. Healing abilities restore 3 additional hit points.
Gain a free medikit. Equipped medikits have 2 extra charges. Using a medikit for the first time in a turn is a free action. Healing abilities restore 3 additional hit points.
Open Fire
*Your ranged attacks gain 10 Aim and 10 Crit against targets that are at full health.
Your ranged attacks gain 10 Aim and 10 Crit against targets that are at full health.
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.
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.
Overkill
*Your ranged attacks deal +2 more damage to units at 50% HP or less.
Your ranged attacks deal +2 more damage to units at 50% HP or less.
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.
HEAT Warheads
*Your grenades now pierce (ignore) up to 2 point(s) of armor and shred 1 additional point(s) of armor.
Your grenades now pierce up to 2 point(s) of armor and shred 1 additional point(s) of armor.
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.
Parkour
*Improves the Skirmisher's mobility around the map.
The cooldown for the Skrimisher's Grapple is reduced by one turn.
Lick Your Wounds
*Hunker Down restores 2 health when used, up to a maximum of 8 per mission. *Removes poison, burning, and acid burning.
Hunker Down restores 2 health when used, up to a maximum of 8 per mission, and removes poison, burning, and acid burning.
Shooting Sharp
*Your ranged attacks gain +2 armor piercing and +15 aim against units in cover.
Your ranged attacks gain +2 armor piercing and +15 aim against units in cover.
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.
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.
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.
Smoker
*Grants one free smoke grenade item to your inventory.
Grants one free smoke grenade item to your inventory.
Ready For Anything
*Enter overwatch after firing a standard shot with your primary weapon.
Enter overwatch after firing a standard shot with your primary weapon.
Target Focus
*Your ranged attacks gain +10 aim and pierce 1 armor against unflankable enemies. *Unflankable enemies are ones that can't take cover, such as Drones, MECs and Berserkers.
Your ranged attacks gain +10 aim and pierce 1 armor against unflankable enemies.
Survival Instinct
*The bonuses are lost if you are healed back to full health.
Gain 20 Defense and 20 Crit chance while injured.
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.
Stiletto
*Shots fired with your primary weapon pierce 3 armor.
Shots fired with your primary weapon pierce 3 armor.
Zone of Control
*All enemies within the soldier's 5 tile radius suffer penalties of -15 Aim and -4 Mobility.
All enemies within the soldier's 5 tile radius suffer penalties of -15 Aim and -4 Mobility.
Trench Warfare
*If you get at least one kill during your turn, automatically Hunker Down at the end of it. *You will only Hunker Down if you would normally be able to.
If you get at least one kill during your turn, automatically Hunker Down at the end of it.
Tradecraft
*This soldier has significantly reduced infiltration times while on missions.
This soldier has significantly reduced infiltration times while on missions.

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 1 1
Aim
Aim
2 1 2 2 2 1 2 1
Will
Will
5 5 2 0 2 0 2 2
Total Health
Health
0 1 1 1 2 2 3 4
Aim
Aim
2 3 5 7 9 10 12 13
Will
Will
5 10 12 12 14 14 16 18

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