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

In-Game Description[]

The Scatter Laser is capable of inflicting considerable damage; however, accuracy suffers greatly as the range to target increases.

– Engineering description, XCOM: Enemy Unknown


The Scatter Laser becomes available for production in Engineering after completing the Precision Lasers research project.

Production Cost:

Tactical Info[]

▪  An application of laser technology to the shotgun
▪  Most effective at close range due to beam diffusion
▪  Like other shotgun variants, the Scatter Laser has a high base chance to cause critical hits
– Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Unknown



  • The "laser shotgun" design appears to be counterintuitive, as, unlike a ballistic weapon, there seems to be little point in splitting laser beams. However, this is hardly a new idea in science fiction - both Spacehounds of IPC by E.E. "Doc" Smith and The Puppet Masters by Robert Anson Heinlein feature "fan beam" mode for rayguns, which spreads several beams across a horizontal plane. It also appears that the energy required to messily tear a human target in two in a millisecond is comparable to the output of a conventional rifle.[1]
  • The Scatter Laser appears to work on a pump action, like a regular shotgun. It's possible that what's ejected and replaced are either burnt out heatsinks or spent power cells.
  • This is the only laser weapon that does not have an EXALT equivalent.