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Medals are new upgrades that can be given to soldiers in XCOM: Enemy Within.

XCOM DatabaseEdit

As XCOM fights against the alien invasion, medals will periodically become available. These can be awarded to soldiers entirely at the Commander's discretion. Before awarding a medal, the Commander must choose which ability that medal type will confer upon its recipient.

– XCOM Database, XCOM: Enemy Within

AcquisitionEdit

Medals are unlocked by completing certain criteria[1]. In general, unlocking a medal requires successfully completing a certain type of mission. 

Once a given medal type is unlocked, additional medals are awarded by completing a specific number of missions after unlock - all mission types count toward the number for additional medals, regardless of what type of mission was required to unlock the medal.

Additionally, if a decorated soldier dies, their medals will become available again after two[2] missions. This number is the same, regardless of the type of medal. Dismissing a soldier results in the permanent loss of their medal(s), therefore it may be preferable to have a decorated soldier die in action rather than dismissing them.

Medals can be renamed, have their particular bonuses chosen (a permanent choice between one of two potential powers for each medal type), and be awarded to individual soldiers from the Barracks. Awarding a soldier a medal initiates a brief cutscene showing them in dress uniform with the medal and saluting. Each soldier can only receive one of each medal type.

Medal TypesEdit

There are five different types of Medals, each with specific conditions for unlocking, and a maximum number available. 

Urban Combat BadgeEdit

Urban Combat Badge

Unlocked by: Completing 2 Alien Abduction missions.
Additional: 2, 5, and 8 missions after unlock (ie, 2 more, 3 more, 3 more).
Maximum: 4
Combat Bonus:

XComEW Medals - Urban Combat Badge icon 1 defense +5 Defense when in cover.
OR
XComEW Medals - Urban Combat Badge icon 2 aim +5 Aim against enemies in full cover.


Defender's MedalEdit

Defender's Medal

Unlocked by:  Having a soldier die during a mission.[3]
Additional: 2 and 5 missions after unlock (ie, 2 more, 3 more).
Maximum: 3
Combat Bonus:

XComEW Medals - Defender's Medal icon 1 panic Never panic as a result of allies getting wounded or killed.
OR
XComEW Medals - Defender's Medal icon 2 heal Medikits and Restorative Mist heal 2 HP more when used on the soldier.


International Service CrossEdit

XComEW Medals - International Service Cross

Unlocked by: Completing missions on three different continents.[2]
Additional: 6 missions after unlock.
Maximum: 2
Combat Bonus:

XComEW Medals - International Service Cross icon 1 will +2 Will per different nationality in the squad.
OR
XComEW Medals - International Service Cross icon 2 aim +2 Aim per continent bonus XCOM has earned.


Council Medal of HonorEdit

XComEW Medals - Council Medal of Honor

Unlocked by: Completing three Council MissionsTerror Sites or Covert Operations.[2]
Additional: 9 missions after unlock.
Maximum: 2
Combat Bonus:

XComEW Medals - Council Medal of Honor icon 1 will +1 Aim and Will for each mission completed with no soldier deaths, up to a maximum of +10.
OR
XComEW Medals - Council Medal of Honor icon 2 crit +10 Aim and Critical Chance if not within 7 tiles of an allied unit.


Star of TerraEdit

Star of Terra

Awarded for: Completing the XCOM Base Defense mission.
Additional: None.
Maximum: 1
Combat Bonus:

XComEW Medals - Star of Terra icon 1 will Entire squad receives +5 Will and +5 Defense in battle. Robotic units receive only the Defense bonus.
OR
XComEW Medals - Star of Terra icon 2 xp All soldiers in the squad at Lieutenant rank or lower gain +25% XP for completing missions.

NotesEdit

  • The criteria for Defender's Medals has not been confirmed.  Please review and/or contribute to the article's talk page.
  • Designating a soldier with all five medals as The Volunteer grants the "Guardian of Earth" achievement.

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Medal acquisition logic from XGFacility_Barracks class, in XComStrategyGame.upk Game file. XCOM: Enemy Within. 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Number value from DefaultGameData.ini. Game file. XCOM: Enemy Within. 2013.
  3. According to the logic in XGFacility_Barracks, being critically injured SHOULD unlock this medal, but it appears to be bugged. See the article's talk page for details.
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