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Phoenix Point: Year One Edition Cheats

Phoenix Point: Year One Edition

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Written by mike.ibeji

If youíve just joined thru Steam, odds are that you are a fan of Firaxis XCOM and are 
trying this out because itís ĎThe spiritual successor to XCOMí by the man who invented 
the genre. While thatís true, there are some significant differences between PP & XCOM 
which can (and do) trap the unwary. Which is what this guide is all about.

-=1. DoníT Start On Legendary=-
The learning curve for new players on PP is steep, and if you start your first game on 
Legendary you have no room for errors (which you ARE going to make). So I strongly 
recommend that you try your first game on Veteran.

This will start out fairly easy, but as Pandoran Evolution kicks in and the game develops, 
you will find the mid-game a serious challenge until your squad gains the high-level 
skills that can make the endgame a bit of a cakewalk Ė if youíve figured out how to use 
them properly, that is.

If your macho pride simply canít cope with the idea of being a mere Veteran, then try 
starting on Heroic, but donít say I didnít warn you.

-=2. Firing DoesníT End Your Movement=-
PP uses an Action Point (AP) system, where nominally each Squaddie has 4 APs to play 

In fact, itís much more granular than that. For instance, in PP, you can expend 1.25 
APs on Moving, fire your weapon for 2APs, then continue to spend your remaining 0.75 
of an AP Moving some more.

When your Squaddies start getting skills that give them back APs in various ways, they 
can add these to their Actions, enabling them to Move/Fire, Move/Fire, Move almost ad 
infinitum if you time it right.

But the important thing to remember is that Firing your weapon doesnít end your turn, 
and that opens up a whole host of tactical possibilities that simply werenít available 
to you in XCOM.

And talking of tacticsÖ

-=3. High Cover Is Not Full Cover=-
A BIG mistake that XCOM players make is assuming that if they are hiding behind a wall 
or a tree, they are almost fully protected. That is simply not the case. Itís a tiny 
distinction that really catches out XCOM players the first time they come to this game.

Atmo, the game uses the same Cover Icons as XCOM (which is only fair since Julian Gollop 
coined them for the original X-com). However, a full Shield Icon simply means that the 
cover obstacle is higher than your head, NOT that it will give you 90% Cover.

Because of the way PPís ballistic system works, Cover in PP is simply an obstacle along 
the trajectory of the bullet. If the bulletís trajectory doesnít cross that obstacle, 
the Cover gives you no protection at all.

In practical terms, this means that Low Cover (Half Shield) will protect your legs and 
lower torso, but leaves your head, chest and arms completely exposed. High Cover (Full 
Shield) can block everything up to your full height, but only if the shooter is within 
the front 30 degree arc of the cover! This isnít a hard-and-fast rule, but anything 
flanking you by more than around 30 degrees can see round your cover and can shoot at 
you freely. In addition, since there is no Hunker Down facility currently in PP, any 
part of your body that is sticking out from behind that cover is fair game.

Thatís the bad news. The good news is that once youíve got a handle on how cover works 
in this game, you can make it work to your advantage.

For instance, if youíre standing one tile back from the corner of a building, nothing 
can see you and you are in completely Full Cover. When itís your turn, you can use the 
AP system to simply step up to the corner of the building, take a shot, then step back 
into Full Cover again.

Also, because Cover obstacles block bullet trajectories, you donít have to completely 
hug a Cover obstacle to get cover from it. All you have to do is make sure that it is 
positioned between you and the Shooter and that you are close enough to the obstacle 
for it to block the shot.

Which brings me on toÖ

-=4. Clear Line Of Sight Is Not Always Clear Line Of Shot=-
A common complaint from new players is that PPís LoS aids often donít give them a 
clear shot.

This is because the aid is triggered by sightlines, not shooting lanes (no matter what
the Tutorial might tell you). The aid will trigger even if only the little toe of the 
target is sticking out from the undergrowth, because as far as itís concerned, you can 
see that little toe, therefore you can see the target.

But just because you can see the target doesnít mean you can see enough of it to shoot 
at (unless youíre a badass Marksman who can shoot off a little toe from 10 miles away).

A general rule of thumb is if the targeted location lights up in Free Aim mode, you can 
shoot at it. If it doesn't, it means the obstacle is in the way and you will hit the 
obstacle rather than the target.

My advice? Be cautious. Donít rush out in the open to blast the target unless you are 
absolutely certain that you are going to see enough of it to get a clear shot.

And that brings me on toÖ

-=5. When Is A 100% Shot Not A 100% Shot?=-
One key difference between PP and XCOM is its firing mechanics.

PP uses a ballistic system, where it calculates the trajectory of each bullet from a 
burst, which randomly traces a straight line through a circle in the target area. The 
size of that circle is based on how accurate the gun & shooter are.

This means that if you press ĎFree Aimí on the firing menu of the Tactical Display, you 
can pull up that circle, known as the Targeting Reticule, and target specific locations 
(Head, Torso, Arms & Legs) of the target. There is a 100% chance that every bullet in 
the burst will pass within the outer circle of the Targeting Reticule and a 50% chance 
that each individual shot will fall somewhere in the inner circle.

This is a ballistic system, and as the bullet is passing through the air, the animation 
of the target keeps moving ever so slightly, to mimic the fact that you are shooting at 
a moving target. So it is possible that even if the reticule is completely covering the 
target when you pull the trigger, the shotís trajectory will pass through the outer edge 
of the circle at a point where the animation has moved to create a gap.

When you are shooting at a target with lots of dangly bits, or which is holding a weapon, 
it is equally possible that the shot will pass through the gaps between those dangly bits 
or under its armpits.

So even if it looks like you have a 100% chance to hit, you will miss on occasion. Itís 
not as bad as the old 99% chances missing 9 times out of every 10 in XCOM, but it is 
just as frustrating.

It is also worth noting that the algorithm that does this tends to cluster most shots 
around the outer edge of the inner circle, so if you place the centre of the Targeting 
Reticule on a targetís head, with the inner ring surrounding its head like a halo, you 
actually have less chance of hitting the head than if you aim at its chest with a 
portion of the inner ring intersecting its head. Donít ask me why Ė itís just the way 
the system works.

And talking of how things workÖ

-=6. Overwatch Is Dumb (But Also Quite Clever)=-
Unlike XCOM, where your Overwatching Squaddie will fire at the first thing that moves 
in its line of sight, PP has an OW Cone which you can direct to fire at only the area 
that concerns you, ignoring anything outside that cone. This is a very clever mechanism - 
but it has its foibles which can drive some people mad.

Itís all to do with those pesky shooting animations again. When OW triggers, the shooter 
goes into an animation that shows them taking aim and firing. If youíre not careful, in 
the split second between the animation triggering and the shot going off, the target can 
move behind an obstacle and the shot hits the obstacle rather than the target. Also, OW 
is triggered by LoS & Perception, so if your Squaddie spots something moving behind an 
obstacle, the old ĎLoS isnít Line of Shotí rule can kick in and you shoot the obstacle 
rather than the target behind it.

There are a couple of simple ways to minimise the risk of this happening.

If youíre trying to stop a Nasty from getting to you, the simplest thing to do is adjust 
the length of the cone so that it stops in front of any big obstacles along the route. 
That way, OW will only trigger once the Nasty has gone round that pesky obstacle, rather 
than sheltering behind it.

Sometimes, however, you will want to take a long-range shot against something like an 
approaching Siren, but you donít want to waste your OW on the lesser Crabbies around her. 
In that case, you can narrow the cone (on my laptop I pinch-in the trackpad, I think you 
use the mousewheel on a PC), creating a long, thin avenue about the width of the target 
which will only trigger if that specific target moves. Of course, you canít prevent another 
Nasty from crossing in front of the target and triggering the OW shot, but if youíre lucky 
the ballistic rules can work to your advantage here, with shots from the burst of an auto-
weapon missing the triggerer and continuing along their trajectory to your target Ė though 
tbh that is extremely rare.

And be awareÖ

-=7. Some Nasties Shoot Back!=-
MG-toting Arthrons and Human Assaults have the Return Fire ability, which means that they 
will fire back at you if you shoot at them within approx. half their Perception Range.

Frankly, this is nowhere near as powerful as it used to be before it was nerfed (stupidly 
in my opinion, but donít get me started), but it is something you should be aware of, 
especially when the Arthron Gunners start evolving truly badass weapons.

Because of this, my advice to new players is to delay attempting the first New Jericho 
Mission: ĎThe Dreamers Awakení until you have some experience of how the game works, since 
the RFíing enemy can pose a bit of a challenge to inexperienced players.

And because of this, there is one other thing you should know:

-=8. Shooters Step Out Of Cover=-
Itís a very annoying foible of PP that when firing from behind High Cover, a Squaddie will 
take a step out into the open, fire, then wait until any RFíing enemy whoís survived takes 
a pot-shot back at them.

So shooting from High Cover is fairly useless if you are expecting it to give you some 

Shooting from Low Cover is generally ok, in that it will give you the kind of coverage 
that Low Cover always gives you, but shooting from High Cover is essentially the same as 
shooting from no cover at all where Return Fire is concerned.

These last 2 arenít necessarily for XCOM players, but are worth knowing:

-=9. DoníT Start Lota Too Early=-
DLC 2: The Legacy of the Ancients is hard, especially for inexperienced players. There 
is a temptation to launch straight into it the minute you trigger its first mission. 
My advice is: donít.

Wait until youíre Aligned on 50 Dip with a couple of the Factions, and your A-Team is at 
Lvl7 and fully kitted-up before you even start attempting it.

LotAís Ancient Sites are the hardest and most deadly missions in the game, and the risk:
reward ratio is such a punishing drain on resources (and manpower) that until you have 
a good, strong infrastructure and a way of replacing losses quickly, itís a sure-fire 
way of dying a death of a thousand cuts. So I wouldnít touch it with a barge pole until 
the mid-late game.

Also, the LotA storyline only makes sense if you trigger it after youíve discovered what 
Symesí Grandfather uncovered, so for both narrative and practical reasons, I would urge 
you to wait.

And finallyÖ

-=10. Invest In Research Labs=-
Since most research gains in PP are incremental and weapons advancement is more dependent 
on Diplomacy than Research, there is a temptation for new players to use their scarce 
resources on things other than Labs.

Then you get to the Endgame and discover that the Research hoops you have to jump through 
are tediously endless if you havenít invested in enough Labs earlier. So do bear in mind 
that you will need a good Research infrastructure to get through the endgame without 
constantly twiddling your thumbs, and invest accordingly.

Thatís it. I hope this helps you to enjoy this game without making some of the classic 
mistakes I have seen so many XCOM players make. Once you get the hang of it, you will 
find that it is infinitely more flexible than XCOM, but if you try to play it the way 
that you play XCOM, it can be brutal.

All Dual Class Combinations:
Written by Samum

There are 7 different Classes in Phoenix Point and each of them have unique Skills and 
attributes. The current available classes are:

Basic Classes - Heavy, Sniper, Assault.
New Jericho (faction) - Technician.
Disciples of Anu (faction) - Berserker, Priest.
Synedrion (faction) - Infiltrator.

-=The Combinations
All this Classes may combine in 21 dual class combination. 
Doesn't matter what class get first. Example - Heavy/Sniper=Sniper/Heavy.:









All this dual class combination you may get in one game.
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