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Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment XCOM 2 Guide

The screen representing the process of upgrading weapons. - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide
The screen representing the process of upgrading weapons.

One of the biggest novelties in the second installment of the XCOM franchise is the option to upgrade the weapons of your soldiers, by installing various attachments to them, increasing their effectiveness, or giving them new properties. You can install up to two upgrades on a single weapon, but you can't install two of the same kind - and just like with the case of PCS, once an upgrade is installed you won't be able to get it back (it can only be replaced by a new one).

Types of weapon upgrades

Icon

Name

Effect

Laser Sight - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Laser Sight

+5% chance to critically hit

Advanced Laser Sight - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Advanced Laser Sight

+10% chance to critically hit

Superior Laser Sight - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Superior Laser Sight

+15% chance to critically hit

Scope - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Scope

+5% to Aim

Advanced Scope - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Advanced Scope

+10% to Aim

Superior Scope - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Superior Scope

+15% to Aim

Expanded Magazine - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Expanded Magazine

+1 to clip size

Advanced Expanded Magazine - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Advanced Expanded Magazine

+2 to clip size

Superior Expanded Magazine - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Superior Expanded Magazine

+3 to clip size

Repeater - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Repeater

+5% chance to instantly kill a target

Advanced Repeater - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Advanced Repeater

+10% chance to instantly kill a target

Superior Repeater - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Superior Repeater

+15% chance to instantly kill a target

Stock - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Stock

Missed shots still deal 1 point of damage.

Advanced Stock - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Advanced Stock

Missed shots still deal 2 points of damage.

Superior Stock - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Superior Stock

Missed shots still deal 3 points of damage.

Auto Loader - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Auto Loader

Allows for 1 free reload during a mission. Free reloads are used first.

Advanced Auto Loader - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Advanced Auto Loader

Allows for 2 free reloads during a mission. Free reloads are used first.

Superior Auto Loader - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Superior Auto Loader

Allows for 3 free reloads during a mission. Free reloads are used first.

Hair Trigger - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Hair Trigger

5% chance that the shot won't cost an action point

Advanced Hair Trigger - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Advanced Hair Trigger

10% chance that the shot won't cost an action point

Superior Hair Trigger - Weapon upgrades | Soldier equipment - Soldier equipment - XCOM 2 Game Guide

Superior Hair Trigger

15% chance that the shot won't cost an action point

How to acquire weapon upgrades

The main source of weapon upgrades are fallen enemies - one, sometimes twice during a single mission an enemy will drop an item which can be picked up, and most often of one of those dropped items there will be a weapon upgrade piece. Obviously, the rarer and more powerful an upgrade is, the less are the chances of picking up one, which is why you should think twice before installing a Superior-rank upgrade.

The second choice is to use the Black Market, but similarly to PCS, it's quite an expensive source of weapon upgrades, as it requires you to spent a lot of Intel points, which are better spent elsewhere during the first weeks of the game.

Recommended upgrades for specific classes

Each of the classes can use any upgrade on their weapon, but some of them are more useful than others, such as:

  • Ranger - this class benefits the most from the Laser Sight attachment, which increases the overall high critical chance of the soldier, as well as from the Repeater upgrade, which gives a chance to instantly kill an enemy. Repeater can be swapped for Hair Trigger, giving you a chance of an additional action.
  • Sharpshooter - Expanded Magazine and Scope. The former one will give the soldier additional ammo, which is extremely useful while using the Serial ability, whereas the latter will increase the chances of hitting the target. If you want, you can swap the Extended Magazine for the Auto Loader, which gives you the option to reload for free.
  • Grenadier - Expanded Magazine and Hair Trigger. The first one will come in handy when using a lot of Grenadier's abilities, which consume a lot of ammo, and the second one gives a chance to have an additional action, allowing the soldier to use two powerful abilities during a single round.
  • Specialist - Scope and Repeater. The first one will increase the aim, which is extremely crucial for this class, as the Specialist is the class that depends mostly on weapon attacks. The second upgrade allows the soldier to instantly kill an enemy.
  • Psi Operative - Hair Trigger and Scope. A chance for an additional action will allow the soldier to shoot and then use one of many abilities of this class, whereas the Scope will increase the chances to hit the target. Both of those upgrades are quite optional, as the Psi Operative depends mostly on his / her psi abilities, not on regular attacks.

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