Assault Class

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The Assault Class is a soldier class in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

The primary role of the Assault Class is aggressive reconnaissance, flanking, and drawing enemy fire.

Movin' at the speed of death.

–Assault soldier activating Run & Gun

XCOM DatabaseEdit

As the first and last units on the ground, these troops are initially equipped with XCOM's proprietary combat shotgun. However, they may still deploy with the assault rifle.

–XCOM Database, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Tactical DescriptionEdit

The first ones in... and the last ones out: be extremely wary of over extending with an Assault. Assaults are the definitive reconnaissance and CQB unit, and will most likely "pointman" in any given situations. Often the closest unit to aliens, it will be shot at the most. Based solely on quantity of fire directed towards your assaults, they can go down with frightening rapidity.  Consider giving your assault the best armor and HP boosting items available for this reason.  While in EU small movements with Overwatch could be used in all situations, giving the assault a solid base of fire to back him up, the addition of Meld in EW sometimes requires riskier movements that will see assaults alone, flanked, and shot.


The Assault class is the only class that has a choice between two types of primary weapons: shotguns or rifles. They use pistols as a secondary weapon.


WeaponBase DamageCrit DamageCrit ChanceRange
XEU Shotgun  Shotgun 3 - 56 - 820%Short
XEU Scatter Laser  Scatter Laser 5 - 79 - 1120%Medium
XEU Alloy Cannon  Alloy Cannon 8 - 1014 - 1620%Medium
Source: Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Within


WeaponBase DamageCrit DamageCrit ChanceRange
XEU Assault Rifle  Assault Rifle 2 - 45 - 710%Short
XEU Laser Rifle  Laser Rifle 4 - 67 - 910%Medium
XEU Light Plasma Rifle  Light Plasma Rifle 4 - 68 - 1010%Medium
XEU Plasma Rifle  Plasma Rifle 6 - 811 - 1310%Medium
Source: Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Within

Foundry Upgrades


WeaponBase DamageCrit DamageCrit ChanceRange
XEU Pistol  Pistol 1 - 22 - 40%Medium
XComEU Laser Pistol  Laser Pistol 1 - 33 - 510%Medium
XEU Plasma Pistol  Plasma Pistol 2 - 45 - 70%Medium
Source: Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Within


When a soldier is promoted, some ranks allow a choice between two abilities.

Rank Abilities Description
XEU Assault RunAndGun  Run & Gun Allows to fire or enter Overwatch after dashing.
XEU Assault TacticalSense  Tactical Sense +5 Defense per enemy in sight (Max +20).
XEU Assault Aggression  Aggression Confers +10% critical chance per enemy in sight (Max +30%).
XEU Assault LightningReflexes  Lightning Reflexes Force the first reaction shot against this unit each turn to miss.
XEU Assault CloseAndPersonal  Close and Personal Confers +30% critical chance against adjacent targets. The bonus declines with distance from the target. In XCOM: Enemy Within, this ability is: The first standard shot made within 4 tiles of the target does not cost an action. Cannot combine with Run & Gun.
XEU Assault Flush  Flush Fire a shot that causes enemies to run out of cover. The shot is easy to hit with, but does reduced damage.
XEU Assault RapidFire  Rapid Fire Take two shots against a single target in quick succession. Each shot carries a -15 penalty to Aim.
XEU Assault CloseCombatSpecialist  Close Combat Specialist Confers a reaction shot against any enemy who closes to within 4 tiles. Does not require overwatch.
XEU Assault BringEmOn  Bring 'Em On Adds 1 damage on Critical hits for each enemy the squad can see (up to 5).
XEU Assault ExtraConditioning  Extra Conditioning Confers bonus health based on what type of armor is equipped. Heavier armor increases the bonus.
XEU Assault Resilience  Resilience Confers immunity to critical hits.
XEU Assault KillerInstinct  Killer Instinct Activating Run & Gun now also grants +50% Critical damage for the rest of the turn.

Skill ComparisonsEdit

Some players who have completed Ironman on Classic and Impossible difficulties recommend choosing Rapid Fire and Lightning Reflexes.

Tactical Sense vs. AggressionEdit

  • Tactical Sense always-on defensive boost guarantees at least 5%.
    • Tactical Sense allows an soldier to end a turn in partial cover, and still retaining "high cover" quality.  This allows scouting for a Squadsight Sniper, and more direct attack paths to the enemy while remaining in relative safety. It helps when being flanked, aiding in dodging potentially lethal critical fire.
    • Tactical Sense has no effect against "melee enemies" (i.e. Chryssalids and Berserkers) which hit automatically.
      • Tactical Sense causes aliens to ignore "high cover" soldiers; instead opting to shoot at another "easier" soldier on the front line, when available. This can negate the advantage of Tactical Sense in certain engagements.
      • Tactical Sense is less relevant late in the game, where aliens have significant Aim bonuses, psionics, and other specials. At this point, the most efficient counter is to kill them before they get a turn to act, and as such Aggression contributes more to clearing groups effectively. On the other hand, as the early game is so difficult and the late game is relatively easy, Tactical Sense may be more advantageous overall.
  • Aggression always-on bonus critical chance guarantees at least 10%.
    • Aggression's bonus fully stacked is +30%, combined with a shotgun (+20%) on a flank (+50%), results in 100% critical hit chance (except against Hardened enemies); this makes risky flanking maneuvers a sure bet and a decisive victory.
      • Aggression aids in overcoming critical-chance reduction on enemies with the Hardened property, such as Sectopods, Ethereals, and Cyberdiscs.
    • Choosing Aggression means it rarely stacks to 30%.
      • Moving up with more than one alien alive and in sight is risky and often hazardous since you can potentially activate more aliens as you charge in, resulting in the Assault getting overrun.
      • Due to the possibility of front-line fighters missing their targets and leaving the Assault compromised and surrounded, the prudent Assault generally moves up last, after all other shots have been decided; thus, a lot of the aliens providing the Aggression bonuses might be killed.  ***Hold back on guaranteed kill actions such as rockets, Sniper shots from high ground, or grenades until Aggression Assaults have fired to preserve their bonus.

Lightning Reflexes vs. Close and PersonalEdit

  • Close and Personal tactically allows the soldier to move in to point blank range (i.e. within 4-tiles), shoot at no cost, and then move back into cover; or take three shots per turn (if combined with Rapid Fire). Note that this ability is defined such for Enemy Within; in the vanilla game this ability merely gives an increased critical chance against adjacent targets but does not remove the action cost.
    • Close and Personal synergizes very well with Ghost Grenade or Ghost Armor; particularly useful in lategame, allowing a soldier to close in and unload multiple shots against high valued targets.
      • Choosing Close and Personal means though that the squad sacrifices mobility: if the enemy is in Overwatch, then they may have fewer "safe" options to trigger it.
  • Lightning Reflexes forces the first reaction shot against this soldier each turn to miss.
    • Lightning Reflexes allows negation of enemy Overwatch and Suppression without worry of reaction fire, thus freeing up your squad to move into a better position. As it's not always clear if an enemy is on Overwatch in the fog of war, Lightning Reflexes remains useful on all playthroughs.
      • Lightning Reflexes is highly useful against Overwatched robotic enemies and high-damage units (eg. Sectopod's).
      • Lightning Reflexes dominates Council Missions where Thin Men frequently spawn on Overwatch behind your lines which can make the first few Council Missions the most challenging missions of a whole game playthrough.
      • Choosing Lightning Reflexes means though that the squad sacrifices firepower: if the enemy is a high valued target, then they may lack the means of killing (or capturing) it in one turn.

Flush vs. Rapid FireEdit

Flush augments the effectives of Squad Tactics; while Rapid Fire increases lethality.

  • Flush hits for 50% with a +30 Aim; if combined with +20 Aim from Scope and Light Plasma Rifle, it will overcome high cover and hit any target reliably.
    • Flush is essentially a re-usable grenade: Flush removes enemy cover, often forcing them re-seek low-cover or exposed positions, allowing overwatched squad to cut them down.
  • Rapid Fire's two shots at 60% is always better than one shot at 75%.
    • Taking two shots will average net-gain damage in most situations. If flanking foes within 10' tiles, the range bonus compensates for the abiltiy's -15 Aim penalty.

Close Combat Specialist vs. Bring 'Em OnEdit

  • Close Combat Specialist confers an "always on" reaction shot against any enemy within 4 tiles.
    • Close Combat Specialist will always "trigger"; unfortunate, this includes soldiers' under the effect of Ghost Armor, Mimetic Skin or a Ghost Grenade. The only way to prevent this is to have the soldier maintain a discreet distance from the enemies while cloaked.
  • Bring 'Em On adds 1 damage on critical hits for each enemy the squad can see (up to 5).
    • Bring 'Em On synergies with Aggression and Close and Personal in allowing an Assault armed with a shotgun to reliably deliver hard hitting critical hits at close range.

Resilience vs. Killer InstinctEdit

  • Resilience confers immunity to critical hits.
    • Resiliences' critical hit immunity (along with additional effects) can be provided by Combat Stims.

Builds and TacticsEdit

Main article: Squad Tactics

Assault Class builds suitable for all difficulties and DLCs:

Vanguard SoldierEdit

Early-game "pointman" build (1-2 months):

Tactical Sense, Lightning Reflexes, Flush, Close Combat Specialist, Resilience
Respirator Implants, S.C.O.P.E., Laser Rifle, Skeleton Suit
Tactical Rigging, Mimetic Skin

Trips Overwatch hot zones and flushes foes out of high cover. This allows for Advancing Cover and Squadsight kills.

Close Quarters SoldierEdit

Mid-game "breacher" build (3-4 months):

Aggression, Close and Personal, Rapid Fire, Close Combat Specialist, Resilience
S.C.O.P.E., Chitin Plating, Alloy Cannon, Ghost Armor
Tactical Rigging, Ammo Conservation, S.C.O.P.E. Upgrade, Mimetic Skin, Hyper Reactive Pupils

Aggression will always give a minimum 10% boost to critical chance. If that doesn't kill the target, Close Combat Specialist will provide yet another shot should the target move(which if flanked will most likely move).

Psi-Rifleman SoldierEdit

Late-game "lineman" build (5+ months):

Aggression, Lightning Reflexes, Rapid Fire, Bring 'Em On, Killer Instinct
S.C.O.P.E., Chitin Plating, Light Plasma, Ghost Armor or Psi Armor
Tactical Rigging, Ammo Conservation, S.C.O.P.E. Upgrade, Mimetic Skin, Hyper Reactive Pupils, Mindfray, Psi Panic, Mind Control

Light Plasma-only designed to compliment Alloy Cannon-build (see above) when used in concert. Allows Rifleman to excel in mid range shootouts against numerous lesser enemies or mind-controlling high-valued targets. The key point in this tactic is making excellent use of fireteam discipline.

Lightning Reflexes provides the flexibility to seek out good cover for this without fearing enemy reaction fire. Use Heavies to break cover and wipe out groups with a hail of accurate, medium damage gunfire from long range without having to flank and potentially alert extra groups. 

Equipment and UpgradesEdit


  • Items that provide additional health Nano-fiber Vest, Respirator ImplantEW, or Chitin Plating can support the longevity of a front-line Assault.
  • High Mobility armors such as Ghost Armor or Skeleton Suits can allow the Assault to close in easier, but they do sacrifice health; the Ghost Armor's cloaking ability can mitigate this by allowing the soldier to advance or retreat unseen.

Gene ModsEdit

Requires XCOM: Enemy Within expansion:

  • Hyper Reactive Pupils confers +10 Aim after missing a shot, making the second shot of Rapid Fire more likely to hit if the first misses.
  • Mimetic Skin allows an Assault set up flanking attacks and deliver close range shotgun blasts with maximum Critical hit chance.

Multiplayer Assault ClassesEdit

The following is a detailed break-down of the Assault class stats and abilities in multiplayer mode. 








Recon 600 7 67% 0 45 Run & Gun
Gunner 2250 9 79% 0 65

Run & Gun - Aggression - Lightning Reflexes - Rapid Fire - Bring Em On

Commando 3000 10 85% 0 75 Run & Gun - Aggression - Lightning Reflexes - Rapid FireBring Em On - Extra Conditioning - Resilience
Psi Warrior 4750 9 81% 0 70

Run & Gun - Tactical Sense - Lightning Reflexes - Rapid Fire - Close Combat Specialist - Extra Conditioning    

PsionicMindfrayPsi Panic - Mind Control

Note: Each soldier class has a base cost of 800 points, which would need to be added to the values above to determine the point value of a particular build. The above point and stat values reflect the default (i.e. 0 point) equipment load-out.

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