As with all conventional weapons, the Pistol is available at the beginning of the game. Supply is unlimited.
|“||▪ Effective Range: Medium|
▪ Base Damage: 1 - 2
▪ Critical Chance: 0%
▪ Critical Damage: 2 - 4
|– Weapon Specs, XCOM: Enemy Unknown|
|“||▪ A sidearm with limited tactical value|
▪ Useful for when a soldier's main weapon is out of ammo,
or otherwise unusable
|– Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Unknown|
|Improved Pistol I||+20 Critical Chance||Crit Chance: 20%|
|Improved Pistol II||+10 Aim||Applied to wielder|
|Improved Pistol III||+1 Damage||Base Damage: 2 - 3|
Crit Damage: 3 - 5
- The Pistol is useful for finishing off weakened enemies while conserving ammunition for the soldier's main weapon.
- In addition to serving as a backup weapon, the Pistol is useful for weakening aliens for live capture before the Improved Arc Thrower Foundry project is conducted. If other weaponry is upgraded before the project is completed, it can become difficult to accurately leave them with the right amount of health. Pistols can be used to "shave off" health points without killing the alien. Due to this, research of new pistols can be given a lower priority until the Arc Thrower is improved.
- May have a higher hit percentage than a primary weapon, especially for distant shots with a Shotgun or close range shots with a Sniper Rifle.
- Snipers on the move will often have to rely on their pistols unless they acquire the Snap Shot ability.
- Pistols used by Snipers with the Gunslinger perk in combination with the Improved Pistol III upgrade have a total theoretical damage of Base 4-5 and Crit 5-7.
- The pistol is also known as "the humiliator" if you get a kill with it in multiplayer or campaign considering it is the weakest weapon in the game.
|XCOM: Enemy Unknown Weapons|
|Grenades||Alien Grenade • Flashbang Grenade • Frag Grenade • Gas Grenade • Ghost Grenade • Needle Grenade|
|Heavy||LMG • Heavy Laser • Heavy Plasma|
|Launcher||Rocket Launcher • Blaster Launcher|
|MEC||Minigun • Railgun • Particle Cannon|
|Pistols||Pistol • Laser Pistol • Plasma Pistol|
|Rifles||Assault Rifle • Laser Rifle • Light Plasma Rifle • Plasma Rifle|
|Shotguns||Shotgun • Scatter Laser • Alloy Cannon|
|Sniper||Sniper Rifle • Laser Sniper Rifle • Plasma Sniper Rifle|