The Laser Pistol is a weapon in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

In-Game Description[]

The Laser Pistol relies on our latest advancements to provide a more powerful sidearm that does not require reloading in the field.

– Engineering description, XCOM: Enemy Unknown


The Laser Pistol becomes available for production in Engineering after completing Beam Weapons research.

Production Cost:

Tactical Info[]

▪  An improvement on the conventional pistol
– Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Foundry Upgrades[]

Upgrade Effect Adjusted Spec.
Improved Pistol I +20 Critical Chance Critical Chance: 30%
Improved Pistol II +10 Aim Applied to wielder
Improved Pistol III +1 Damage Base Damage: 2 - 4
Crit Damage: 4 - 5


  • The Laser Pistol's Critical Damage is incorrectly listed as 3-5 in XCOM: Enemy Within.
  • The Laser Pistol is especially useful to early game Snipers with the Gunslinger perk, allowing them to move and still one-shot Sectoids and Thin Men while on Overwatch. The total theoretical damage in combination with the Improved Pistol III upgrade is Base 4-6 and Crit 6-8.
  • Although it is inferior to the Plasma Pistol, the Laser Pistol is both faster to research and cheaper to produce.
  • The Laser Pistol becomes obsolete once you have scavenged or built enough Plasma Pistols to equip your entire squad.
  • The Laser Pistol is the only pistol with a base critical hit chance before Improved Pistol I. It is always 10% higher than the Pistol and Plasma Pistol, both before and after the upgrade.