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XCOM 2's Best Class: Tips For Sharpshooter, Grenadier, Specialist & Ranger

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XCOM 2‘s soldier classes are one of the best examples of how Firaxis have carefully overhauled the systems introduced in Enemy Unknown. Rather than simply adding further classes to the established roster, XCOM 2 performs an intricate restructuring of Enemy Unknown’s archetypes. It remixes the abilities of the original classes, while also adding new skills that radically change how these soldiers are best used. Classes that were enormously powerful in Enemy Unknown now only function well with appropriate support, while others that were tactically difficult to use are now a vital component of any team of alien hunters.

So we’ve taken a more detailed look at XCOM 2’s class system, and ranked them in order of their importance in the field. We’ll examine how each class functions, what their best and worst abilities are, who looks down on who, the works.

NB: this article considers only the four starting XCOM classes. There’s one class we haven’t mentioned in this list, because talking about it might be considered a spoiler. In any case, our advice for that class would simply be “acquire it”, because it is astonishingly powerful.

Here are the contents:

XCOM 2 Sharpshooter Tips
XCOM 2 Grenadier Tips
XCOM 2 Specialist Tips
XCOM 2 Ranger Tips

Looking for more on XCOM 2? Head to our XCOM 2 Guide hub page for general advice to strategy, mods, performance and more.

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