Soldiers (LWR)

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In General

XCOM soldiers are those who risks their lives going on missions. On mission squad setup screen, an arbitrary mix of soldier classes (and SHIVs) can be chosen for the task at hand. Soldier slots can be scrolled with arrows when squad sizes above 6 are available, e.g., on all UFO missions.

XCOM starts with 15 unique soldiers and 2 random soldiers from their starting country. They also start with 1-4 SHIVs (depending upon difficulty). This means a starting barracks size of 18-21.

Of the initial 15 soldiers: 5 will start at LCPLs, 5 at SPECs, and 5 as PFCs (rookies).

Each XCOM soldier costs credits to recruit which vary based on how the campaign is progressing: Recruiting Soldiers.

Classes

Like the base game, soldiers are divided into classes. Soldiers start out as Privates (analogous to Rookies), where they have no class, and when they progress to Specialist (equivalent to Squaddie) they are assigned a class. You have some control over which class the Private is assigned to; when a soldier becomes a Specialist, they will be assigned a specialism of Tactical, Weapons, Marksman, or Support. You can then choose between the two classes for each specialism by choosing the appropriate perk. When assigned to become a MEC each specialism creates one MEC class.

Specialism Soldier Classes MEC Class
Marksman CLASS SNIPER.png  Sniper Class Jaeger (Long War).png  Jaeger
Class Scout (Long War).png  Scout
Tactical Class Infantry (Long War).png  Infantry Class Marauder (Long War).png  Marauder
CLASS ASSAULT.png  Assault
Weapons CLASS HEAVY.png  Gunner Class Goliath (Long War).png  Goliath
Class Rocketeer (Long War).png  Rocketeer
Support CLASS SUPPORT.png  Medic Class Shogun (Long War).png  Shogun
Class Engineer (Long War).png  Engineer

Tactical Advice

The Long War Rebalance classes are all designed with certain roles in mind, and they work best if they have other roles that synergize with them. For example, a Gunner's ability to Suppress works well with an Assault, as the Gunner can pin an enemy and prevent it from overwatching while the Assault moves up for a flank. Alternatively, a Medic can cancel out overwatch fire for the Assault using Concussion Grenades with Smoke and Mirrors, allowing the Assault to move up, providing cover with a Smoke Grenade afterwards.

The roles your soldiers are designed to fulfill, i.e., your build composition, are far more important than the individual strength of a soldier and their abilities. If your Engineers, Rocketeers, Infantry, and Goliath MECs are all built to use explosives for the role of cover destruction and AOE damage, you may have to build your Shogun MECs in a comparatively 'boring' way which focuses on Anti-mechanical utility.

See also

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Long War Rebalance: Soldiers
Soldiers
RANK ROOKIE.png
Soldiers
CLASS ASSAULT.png
Assault
Class Infantry (Long War).png
Infantry
Class Rocketeer (Long War).png
Rocketeer
CLASS HEAVY.png
Gunner
CLASS SNIPER.png
Sniper
Class Scout (Long War).png
Scout
CLASS SUPPORT.png
Medic
Class Engineer (Long War).png
Engineer
MEC
CLASS MECH.png
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
CLASS PSIONIC.png
Psionics
Gene Mods Soldier Icon (EU2012).png
Gene Mods
ABILITY SHIVCOVER.png
S.H.I.V.s