XCOM percentage to hit in Classic mode



  • is it always more advantageous to flank an enemy? I am asking this because even thought sometimes my percentage to hit an enemy hit on like really in the face is 80% and yet i can miss it from like 2 spaces away (this happens in Classic mode).

    and its not an isolated case, I have been getting crappy hits with recurring high percentage to hit the alien like 80-93% even.

    do i really need to flank the alien to guarantee a hit?



  • Your question is not correct.

    It IS advantageous to flank an enemy, because it gives you better chance to hit. But if your chance to hit is, say, 90%, it does not matter if you are flanking - flanking is already factored in these 90%, and your chance to hit is 90%. There are no "normal ninety percent" and "flanking ninety percent", that would be kind of stupid.

    To guarantee a hit, you need to GUARANTEE a hit - i.e. get a one hundred percent chance. I've missed from 98% percent, and this is correct - approximately two shots out of 100 should miss.

    The only thing you can do to "game" hit percentages is reload and shoot in a different order. The game remembers random number generator state after save-load, and will always roll same numbers for same actions - but you can switch your shots around to miss with low-damage shot and then hit with a high-damage one.

    EDIT: upcoming Enemy Within expansion is promised to have a configurable option of saving random number generator state. I.e. with it off, you would be able to simple reload and take the shot until the outcome becomes "fair" 😉



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