Laser Rifle

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For the XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012) version, see Laser Rifle (EU2012)

One of the best weapons in the game, the Laser Rifle is the next step up from the Laser Pistol, and leads on to the Heavy Laser. Good accuracy, long range, no ammo needed, burst fire; this gun has it all. It does a lot less damage than the Heavy Plasma, but that's about it. The conventional Rifle reaches its limits with Floaters and Snakemen, but the Laser Rifle, once developed, is useful for the rest of the game.

Note that its shots will quite consistently destroy trees, brick walls, and other obstacles, but not reinforced metal like bases or ships. See Destroying Terrain for more details.

This weapon appears in UFO: Enemy Unknown. For the Terror from the Deep equivalent, refer to the Gauss Rifle.


  • Power: 60 Laser
  • Size: 3 high x 1 wide
  • Weight: 8
  • TUs:
    • Auto: 34% (Accuracy 46%)
    • Snap: 25% (Accuracy 65%)
    • Aimed: 50% (Accuracy 100%)
  • Manufacturing: $20,000 for parts, 400 Engineer Hours
  • Sell Price: $36,900

Note with the additional bonus from kneeling, an aimed shot provides 115% * soldier base accuracy.

Usage notes

The following lists how many times a soldier can fire the gun by shot type continuously in any given round and the remaining percentage of any left over TUs that cannot be spent as a shot.

  • Aimed: 2 shots, 0% remaining TUs
  • Snap: 4 shots, 0% remaining TUs
  • Auto: Depends on maximum TUs, for 2/3 of the possible values you'll get three shots with 0/1 TUs remaining, for the remaining third you'll get two with 32% TUs remaining (sufficient for 1 more Snap shot).

Note: Since MaxTUs is restricted to a 50-81 interval, to determine whether a solder can perform two or three auto shots per turn, it's enough to calculate whether the maximum TUs your soldier has minus two, is perfectly divisible by three. If the answer is no, then that soldier can perform three auto shots per turn.

For example, a soldier with 77 TUs max will use 26 TU for an auto shot (34% of 77 rounded down), and three times 26 is 78 - More TUs than that soldier has. The list of all "unlucky" values is: 50, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65, 68, 71, 74, 77, 80.

On the other hand, at 78 TUs max he'll also be using 26 TU per auto shot, and the same is true at 79 TUs! So, loosely speaking, for every case where a soldier cannot fire three auto shots per turn there are about two cases where he can.

See also

UFO Badge X-COM: Enemy Unknown/UFO Defense: Equipment
Armour: CoverallsPersonal ArmourPower SuitFlying Suit
Weapons: PistolRifleHeavy CannonAuto-CannonRocket LauncherStun Rod
GrenadeProximity GrenadeHigh ExplosiveLaser PistolLaser RifleHeavy Laser
Plasma PistolPlasma RifleHeavy PlasmaAlien GrenadeSmall LauncherBlaster Launcher
Equipment: Smoke GrenadeMotion ScannerMedi-KitElectro-flarePsi-AmpMind ProbeElerium-115
HWPs: Tank/CannonTank/Rocket LauncherTank/Laser CannonHovertank/PlasmaHovertank/Launcher
Data Item WeightsAlien Weapon Loadouts • Armour Damage Modifiers