XCOM 2 Chapter 5 – Operation Hell Saga
Greetings Commander! We currently have a lot of issues that needs your attention. Our communications and power levels are at their full capacity but we can still go without solving those issues first. We are still in the progress of constructing our Proving Ground Facility and Investigate the ADVENT Blacksite.
Meanwhile, we have a new rumor from the resistance about Intact Structures. It will take us 7 days to investigate the rumors but it will reward us with Rookies. After a day, our Proving Ground Facility is finally finished. The Skulljack project can now be developed but unfortunately we still don’t have enough supplies as we only have 1 at the moment.
Since we don’t have enough supplies, I just continued the investigation of the Intact Structures but then again, a priority message from the Councilman came through. I accepted the incoming resistance communication and fortunately it is the Resistance Monthly Report giving me a Monthly Supply Income of 189 and New Staff are now available at the Resistance HQ. We can now recruit Dr. Alice Patterson and Dr. Amy Wilson.
Resistance Activity in the Past Month:
Retaliations Stopped: 1
Guerrilla Ops Completed: 1
Council Missions Completed: 1
Regions Contacted: 1
Resistance Rumors Investigated: 1
Our main goal is to stop the AVATAR Project of ADVENT. Until recently, the aliens are working on developments that threaten our ability to stop the AVATAR project. Central has advised me to conduct Guerrilla Operations but we’ll have to choose carefully which operation we conduct as we don’t have the resources to intercede everywhere.
The next Retaliation strike is in 5 weeks and we have 2 Dark Events to choose from – Vigilance or ADVENT Rural Checkpoints. Before we choose a route to follow, we are informed by Central that a stash of supplies has been dropped for us to collect. I decided to plot a course to the said supply drop and collect the promised 189 supplies.
After 2 days of collecting the supplies, the Resistance Radio has been completely researched so a new technology can now be researched again. I decided to research Modular Weapons next for one purpose in mind, make my weapons more powerful so that I could take out aliens more quickly and easily.
Dr. Tygan then told me that we can decrease the Intel cost of contacting additional regions by building radio relay towers along our network. He says the further the region is from a relay, the more it will cost us in Intel so he suggests building relays along the remote edges of our existing network.
After I’ve taken all 189 supplies, I now have the capability to start the Skulljack Project. The Modular Weapons Research has also been completed. Now, I can attach special equipment to my weapons making them more powerful. The next research on the block is Magnetic Weapons. This should allow for the production of various magnetic-based firearms along with further insights into Gauss Weaponry. This research will take 19 days to complete.
Guerrilla Tactics School
A day of scanning later, the Guerrilla Tactics School is now operational. First thing I did was to train Rk. Mona Pedersen to become a Specialist. In the Guerrilla Tactics School, you can actually train Rookies to specialize into what you want instead of waiting for them to randomly choose one upon promotion into a Squaddie.
Guerrilla Ops: Operation Hell Saga
I have been informed of the availability of a Guerrilla Ops to counter the Dark Events. I have chosen to go with Operation Hell Saga in East Africa because this mission will reward me with a Scientist in Dr. Sarah Murray and counters the ADVENT Rural Checkpoints which if not taken action with, will decrease the supplies given at the next Resistance supply drop by 50% – a really big blow to our supplies.
Since I have researched Modular Weapons, I can customize my soldier’s weapons before we head into combat. I have decided to bring Cpl. Weiss, Cpl. Thomas, Cpl. Wrobel, and Sq. William Guile into Operation Hell Saga.
Weapon and Soldier Customization
Cpl. Wrobel – Sniper Rifle + Scope = +5% Aim
Cpl. Weiss – Personal Combat Sim: Agility + Shotgun + Advanced Expanded Magazine = Clip Size +2 and +12 Dodge
Cpl. Thomas – Cannon + Advanced Laser Sight = +10% Increased Critical Hit Chance
The only downside to applying these enhancements to your weapons is that they are going to be permanent there. You will need to cycle weapons between soldiers who are off combat to those who are going into combat to make full use of the upgraded weapons.
Before the squad left for battle I went back into the Guerrilla Tactics School to purchase the Vulture Tactic. This will cause enemies to drop an additional item with every timed loot drop.
Operation Hell Saga
The Mission Briefing screen said this mission would be easy but it wasn’t. The aliens had resistance called in after the relay tower was destroyed. Unfortunately, Cpl. Ranger Thomas was gravely wounded in this mission making us a grenadier short for the next skirmish.
Two new enemies were introduced into this mission. The ADVENT Stun Lancer who is like a Ranger as well because he wields a gun and has a stun sword which can kill. The next one is a MEC, a mechanized robot more like Robocop’s enemy but beautiful white in color.
I completed Operation Hell Saga in 9 turns, killed 10/10 aliens and wounded one of my soldiers. Rating was EXCELLENT.
After Action Report
Successful Shot Percentage – 66.67%
Average Damage per Attack – 4.05
Average Enemies Killed Per Turn – 1.25 (New Record)
Average Cover Bonus – 31.25%
Dealt Most Damage – Cpl. Maximilian Weiss
Made Most Attacks – Sq. William Guile
Most under Fire – Cpl. Guillaume Thomas
Moved Furthest – Cpl. Maximilian Weiss
Corporal Maximilian Weiss was now promoted to Sergeant, earned the nickname “Templar”, and learned the Shadow step ability which lets him walk about without triggering enemy’s overwatch. Corporal Krzysztof Wrobel was also promoted to Sergeant and earned the nickname “Judge”. I let him learn Lightning hands giving him the ability to fire his pistol at a target without costing him an action point. Squaddie William Guile was now promoted to Corporal and learned the ability Long Watch giving his overwatch to trigger with squadsight. Corporal Thomas was not promoted and is gravely wounded for 22 days.
PCS: Focus (+15 Will)
2 Sectoid Corpse
4 ADVENT Stun Lancer Corpse
1 ADVENT Officer Corpse
1 ADVENT MEC Wreck
1 ADVENT Trooper Corpse
The mission countered the ADVENT Rural Checkpoints preventing a 50% decrease in our next monthly supply. We also received Dr. Sarah Murray, a Scientist.
That’s it for Chapter 5 and we will see you again in Chapter 6 where we will try to complete the Skulljack Project and complete the ADVENT Blacksite Mission.
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