How often do the soldiers have psionic abilities



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    What determines if a soldier is gifted with psionic powers?

    After just building the psionic training facility, I immediately test all my soldiers for having the gift.

    Among my original collection of soldiers, two soldiers had the gift, the rest had not. I immediately started ordering new rookies, testing them all for psionic abilities. But after hiring 20+ soldiers, none of them had the gift.

    Is this normal that it is so rare for the soldiers to have the gift? Or can there be a problem that no psionic abilities are found when testing soldiers with no combat experience?

    I am playing the PS3 version (but I doubt that it should matter)



  • Psionic powers are not an intrinsic attribute of the soldier, it is a chance based on the soldiers Will attribute.

    Since promotion raises Will, highly promoted soldiers tend to have "the Gift" more often. Another thing that helps is the officer training project that raises will more when promoted, be sure to get it as soon as reasonable so more soldiers are affected.

    I did some save/loading in my last game and found that who gets psionics is determined before the testing is actually completed. Saving just before testing is done, seeing who gets it and then reload and kick the ones that got nothing is a way to get all soldiers powers, eventually. Just put them in testing over and over again until they get it.

    That experience gave me the impression that, at 70 will about one third will get psionics. Raw rookies never do.

    I don't know exactly when who gets it is determined. Possibly when you start training, or it could simply be that the game saves the random seed.



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