The Reapers are a Resistance faction introduced in the XCOM 2 expansion, War of the Chosen. Although they are consistently referred to as Reapers, their specific name and insignia are randomly generated or selected with every playthrough (see infobox and this section).
The Reapers are one of the three Resistance factions actively hunting The Chosen. Living on the outskirts of ADVENT cities led by a Reaper named Volk, the Reapers use stealth and trickery to best their opponents. Reapers typically wear hoods and specialized night vision masks in order to conceal themselves, and are armed with Claymore explosives and Vektor Rifles.
Reaper Resistance Orders focus on improving the support of XCOM by the Earth's Resistance movement.
|Ballistics Modelling||The speed of all weapons research is increased by 15%.|
|Between the Eyes||Any XCOM shot that hits the Lost is an instant headshot kill.|
|Guardian Angels||Covert Actions will not be ambushed.|
'I have eyes in the back of many heads.' - Volk
|Heavy Equipment||Excavation speed is increased by 50%.|
|Infiltrate||On timed missions, the timer does not begin until the squad has lost concealment.|
'I see no reason to start the clock until the trap is sprung.' - Volk
|Lightning Strike||Units gain +3 mobility for the first 2 turns of battle while the squad remains concealed.|
|Live Fire Training||Any recruits training in the GTS will achieve the rank of Sergeant.|
|Munitions Experts||Experimental Ammo projects in the Proving Grounds are completed instantly.|
'We don't spend a lot of time on research, but we do extensive field trials.' - Volk
|Popular Support I||Supplies collected from each Supply Drop are increased by 10%.|
|Popular Support II||Supplies collected from each Supply Drop are increased by 15%.|
'We don't care what they think of us...but it doesn't hurt to be popular.' - Volk
|Rapid Collection||Resistance supply drops are collected instantly.|
'I'd just assume you handle the logistics...' - Volk
|Recruiting Centers||New recruits cost only 15 Supplies.|
'We're only looking for the right kind of people. If they come cheap, that's just a bonus.' - Volk
|Resistance Network||Contact with new regions is made instantly.|
'All that technology, and you say you couldn't do this before?' - Volk
|Resistance Rising I||+1 Resistance Contact.|
|Resistance Rising II||+2 Resistance Contacts.|
'More groups appear every day, let's hope they all know their place.' - Volk
|Scavengers||All resource rewards from scanned Rumors are doubled.|
|Volunteer Army||On every mission, there is a chance that a Resistance soldier will join the XCOM squad.|
As a Hero Unit
Reapers are a hero unit class in XCOM 2. They are armed with a Vektor Rifle and Claymore as their primary and secondary weapons respectively, and take advantage of a unique form of Concealment known as Shadow Mode.
Within Shadow Mode, Reapers gain 50% additional mobility, and all enemies have a detection radius of one tile for units in Shadow Mode. After taking a non-kill shot, should the Reaper not be revealed their detection radius increases significantly. This applies also with kill shots, if the Reaper hasn't learned the Silent Killer ability.
When attacking from Shadow Mode, Reapers only have a chance to be revealed, unlike normal concealment. This chance begins at 0%, then increases immediately to 50% right after the first shot and rolls percentage to reveal and increases with subsequent attacks, actions such as revive dazed soldiers raise reveal chance by 10%, so if the Reaper learns Silent Killer and only scores kill shot, the soldier won't be revealed.
Reapers are not revealed with the rest of the squad and vice versa. However, if the Reaper breaks shadow by attacking, the whole squad will be revealed. The Reaper has an ability to immediately place them back into Shadow - similar to the Ranger's Conceal ability - with a single charge per mission.
In the Lost and Abandoned story mission, a Reaper with the fixed name "Elena 'Outrider' Dragunova" appears as a playable soldier, and is awarded to you as your first Reaper hero unit as a reward for completing the mission.
Resistance Faction hero units are not promoted like traditional XCOM soldiers. Instead, they gain ability points with every promotion to spend on their abilities. A resistance faction unit can buy multiple abilities from the same rank, but requires that rank to purchase it. Players may use ability points from both the unit's own reserves and the shared XCOM pool of ability points to purchase abilities.
The Reaper has three different paths of abilities. The Stealth path focuses on the Reaper's scouting aspect and has abilities focused on remaining in Shadow. The Saboteur path focuses on the Claymore to boost its combat effectiveness and viability in combat. The Marksman path focuses on the Reaper's own damage output overall with its Vektor Rifle.
As with all Resistance Faction hero units, Reapers can also buy abilities typically used by normal XCOM soldiers for use in the field. The Reaper in particular is able to purchase some Sharpshooter abilities like Squadsight and Kill Zone.
|Squaddie||Shadow - Grants Shadow concealment. One charge per mission.||Claymore - Grants usage of the Claymore weapon.|
|Corporal||Remote Start - Detonate an environmental explosive, dealing double damage in twice the normal radius. Does not reveal the Reaper.||Blood Trail - Shots deal +1 damage if the target has been wounded this turn.|
|Sergeant||Target Definition - Any unit seen by the Reaper remains permanently visible.||Shrapnel - Claymore deals +3 damage and has 1+ radius.|
|Lieutenant||Silent Killer - Kills with the Vektor Rifle do not increase the Reaper's chance to break out of Shadow.||Distraction - a kill with the Claymore puts the Reaper back into Shadow.||Needle - Shots taken in Shadow have +2 armor piercing.|
|Captain||Sting - Take a shot in Shadow. Guarenteed to remain in Shadow. 1 charge per mission.||Soul Harvest - Kill shots increase crit chance by 5, to a maximum of 20.|
|Major||Highlands - Soldier can carry an additional Claymore on a mission. Affects Homing Mine skill as well.||Banish - Fire at a target until you run out of ammo or it dies. Reveals the Reaper. One charge per mission.|
|Colonel||Homing Mine - Attach a Claymore to an enemy (does not alert them). The homing mine will explode upon that enemy taking damage.||Annihilate - When you kill an enemy with Banish, you keep firing at another target. (until you run out of ammo). Requires Banish.|
XCOM Possible Abilities
- Squadsight - You can target enemies within squadmate's sight, provided there is line of sight to the target.
- Tactical Rigging - Provides an additional utility slot.
- Holo-Targeting - Gives an aim bonus to anyone shooting your target, whether or not you hit the target.
- Shredder - Vektor Rifle attacks shred armor.
- Kill Zone - Take an overwatch shot at any enemy that moves or attacks in a cone of fire. 3 turn cooldown.
- Deadeye - Take a shot with a small aim penalty for a significant damage boost. 2 turn cooldown.
- Main article: Reaper Class/Guides
Behind the scenes
- Like with other resistance factions and the Chosen, the logo and name of the faction is generated at random with each playthrough, picking one base name and a descriptor, which can be a suffix or a prefix:
|Lunar||Watchers||of the Bear|
|Night||Stalkers||of the Blizzard|
|Phantom||Trappers||of the Dark|
|Scourging||Dealers||of the Moon|
|Shadow||Scouts||of the Night|
|Silent||Rogues||of the Scourge|
|Stoic||of the Wolf|