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Advanced Warfare Center (AWC)

XCOM 2 Walkthrough and Guide by Jasper Nikki
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Advanced Warfare Center (AWC)

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Supplies needed: 115
Power Draw: 3
Monthly Upkeep: 35 Supplies
Research: Alien Biotech


This should be the first facility that you build in order to get the most out of it. The AWC allows the soldiers to retrain their skills. Retrained soldiers will be incubated in the AWC for six days and once they got out of it, you can reselect the skills you want them to learn. If you want to change the skills of your soldiers because you made a mistake, this comes very handy but also comes with a cost of disallowing that particular soldier from participating in battles. Therefore, choose wisely and be timely.

The more important function of the AWC is it grants soldiers some skills that are not within their class (note: Psi Operatives skills are not part of this because these are acquired through different means BUT the Psi Operatives can learn skills not in their class).

There is a certain way the AWC grants skills for your soldiers, though it is still highly randomized. The only sure thing in how it handles bonus skills is (1) the game already decides what skills your soldiers will have and in no way you are going to know it beforehand[del] (2) the skills are learned when the soldier is promoted to the rank where the skill belongs; this only means that (2b) any soldier that you already have prior to building the AWC will miss his / her chance to learn the special skill[/del] when they get promoted to the rank where their assigned special skills are learned, (2c) rookies who are trained in the Guerilla School will NOT redraw the skills that the game assigned to them, therefore it is better to let the game promote the soldier on the class it chose by deploying the rookie into the field as opposed to training them in the AWC . (3) Even when you retrain a soldier who got past the rank before the AWC was built, there is no “re-learning” the special skill.

Edit: You can learn skills through AWC as early as Squaddie with even if those skills are well above the rank of the original class!

Skill List

Not all skills are learnable, only select skills can be learned through these means. The skills that can be learned through AWC are as follows,
• Aim
• Blast Padding
• Chain Shot
• Covering Fire
• Deadeye
• Death From Above
• Deep Cover
• Ever Vigilant
• Guardian
• Hail of Bullets
• Holo Targeting
• Implacable
• Kill Zone
• Lightning Reflexes
• Phantom
• Rapid Fire
• Rapture
• Run and Gun
• Salvo
• Serial
• Shadowstep
• Shredder
• Untouchable
• Volatile Mix

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