XEU AlienAbility Rift
Class Psionic
Rank The Volunteer
Alt. Choice None
Aliens Ethereal
Uber Ethereal

Rift is an ability used by Ethereals and the Uber Ethereal in XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It is also available to The Volunteer during the game's final assault.

Devastate an area with a storm of psi energy. The rift does more damage against targets with low Will, and reduced damage against targets with high Will. 4 turn cooldown.

– In-Game Description, XCOM: Enemy Unknown


Rift is a very powerful area of effect attack that produces damage inversely proportional to the amount of Will a target has. The Rift storm remains in play through the enemy's turn, and like a Thin Man's Poison Spit, will damage units that pass through the area of effect while it is still active. It does not destroy cover.


  • The Volunteer gains this ability after activating the Gollop Chamber, prior to the Temple Ship Assault.
  • When used, XCOM units will take damage without a friendly fire warning if moved into the area.
  • Rift is effective on congregations of enemies, both weak and strong.
  • Both Psi Lance and Rift can affect robotic units; Rift produces substantial damage as these units are effectively treated as having 0 Will.
  • Rift can hit enemies that are in flight.
  • Unlike other abilities with area of effect, the area of effect caused by Rift is not a sphere but a circle that will affect only units at the same elevation as the Rift's center.
  • The Sid Meier cheat code unit also posessess rift (EW and EU)


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