XCOM 2 – Hero character unlock guide

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XCOM 2 isn’t your standard game. You can’t go in guns blazing and hope for the best. It’s about tactics, smarts and outflanking your alien scum enemy at the end of the day. And mastering those battlefield basics will only keep you alive for so long. You’re going to need some real muscle to turn the tide of battle. Experienced soldiers who know where to aim and have the skills to pay the bills.

And there’s an easy way to get that advantage early on in XCOM 2. By renaming your soldiers, you can give your troopers a power-up that will have the Greys running for cover. It’s easy enough to do so, and these titans can be recruited for free. So what’s the catch? Put simply, there’ll be no challenge if you have these heroes in your squad.

For most of the game, Hero soldiers can easily take out entire maps of enemies on their own, which kind of ruins the fun of having a small army of custom troops who are ready to die in battle for you, provided that the killbots coming after you have an automatic reset function when they reach their kill limit. So yeah, buyer be warned.

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There’s only been a handful of Heroes discovered so far. I’ll update this list as more are uncovered.

Sid “Godfather” Meier

XCOM 2 Hero

The legend returns. The titan of game design has survived his first tour of duty in 2012’s XCOM game, and is back to kick some more alien ass. Psycho Sid Meier rolls into XCOM 2 with every single Psionic skill available to him, high Psi stats and massively-advanced armour and weapons.

First Name: Sid

Last Name: Meier

Peter “Diamond/Wildchild/Fury” Van Doorn

XCOM 2 Hero

The story of Peter Van Doorn began back in the last XCOM game, where his character would spout various lines such as “You the Ops team? Get over here!” or “Get down here! Not fair if I have all the fun” at MAXIMUM VOLUME during a rescue mission. Louder and more brash than ever before, Van Doorn is an Assault Build Ranger Colonel who can use powerful Conceal and Rapid Fire scout skills to wreak havoc behind enemy lines.

He’s also outfitted with the best gear around and can move like grease lightning when he needs to. “Come on! I won’t go down without a fight!”

First Name: Peter

Last Name: Van Hoorn


XCOM’s greatest streamer is back. The master of the XCOM: Ironman Impossible YouTube series can only be unlocked by inputting his nickname into XCOM 2, but doing so unlocks a particularly powerful ally.

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First Name: N/A

Nickname: Beaglerush

Last Name: N/A

Last Updated: February 9, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Commander Admiral Chief

    I’m loving this game, and I most likely will not be making use of these characters.

    The performance bugs, while annoying, at least doesn’t spoil the game for me

    • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

      Luckily I have no performance bugs on my PC…since it has no performance 🙂

    • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

      Thinking of making a South African Voice Pack. Will be Afrikaans of course, then later try to find someone to make another language or two 🙂 Just need to find a way to download that darn toolkit first…

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Dude, let me know, I’ll contribute some SnorToria Afrikaans VO

        • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

          Vervang “twitchy” se “uuu Ok, if you are sure” met “Hoop nie jy drop my WEER in die [email protected] nie” 🙂

  • Hammersteyn

    Chuck Norris – Games over, you win
    Bryce Lawrence – 99% chance to hit always misses
    Predator – Get a squad consisting of Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer, George Dillon, Mac Eliot, Blain Cooper, Billy Sole, Jorge “Poncho” Ramírez and Rick Hawkins
    Pewdiepie – The game formats your PC and sends someone to slap your momma

    • Commander Admiral Chief


    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Hehehe – 3 extra female squad members, a R274 million house upgrade and a chance of impeachment

    • Commander Bob

      And here I thought Pewdiepie would cause a constant scream and nonsensical drivel to be played through your speakers/headphones until your ears bleed.

  • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

    My personal character ‘Broxigar’ is doing quite well as a Ranger. Killy killy and goes on every mission!
    * Ooooh gotta create Wayde Wilson as a Ranger!!!

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