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

In-Game Description[]

The Laser Assault Rifle relies on our latest in optics technology to offer a substantial increase in output over the conventional X-9 rifle.

– Engineering description, XCOM: Enemy Unknown


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

Production Cost:

Tactical Info[]

An improved version of the assault rifle
– Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Unknown


  • The Laser Rifle's Critical Damage is incorrectly listed as 8-10 in XCOM: Enemy Within.
  • The Laser Rifle is a useful stopgap until plasma weapons are available.
  • Although it is inferior to the Light Plasma Rifle, the Laser Rifle is both faster to research and cheaper to produce.
  • The Laser Rifle becomes obsolete once you have scavenged or built enough Light Plasma Rifles to equip your entire squad.
  • While the listed Critical Damage in XCOM: Enemy Within is listed as 8-10, the actual values remain 7-9 due to a game bug.
  • Curiously, the EXALT Laser Rifle retains a detachable magazine of its conventional counterpart. This can be explained by reusing the familiar pattern for detachable batteries - or by the laser actually requiring single-use cartridges (not unlike the original gun), containing power cells and/or expendable laser media. An example of a laser that can operate that way is the deuterium fluoride laser.


  • When the Laser Rifle has been researched, a cut scene plays, depicting an XCOM scientist test-firing the weapon at a cardboard cut-out target using the "live Sectoid" image from the original UFO: Enemy Unknown/X-COM: UFO Defense.
  • When normally fired, it shoots a single laser beam. When used in Rifle Suppression, it lets numerous brief bursts. These are likely low-power blasts just powerful enough to keep the enemy at bay.
  • Unlike the other laser weapons, which have a grey paint, the Laser Rifle has a white paintcoat.