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Engineer

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The Engineer is one of the templar classes you may choose to deploy on missions.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Engineers are a unique asset to the templar forces. They are the only class capable of capturing Tact Points; this makes them required and auto-deployed on missions that cannot be completed without capturing at least one Tact Point. Engineers also have access to a variety of support skills including powerful group buffs, heat removal from allied templars, the building of either machine-gun wielding Sentry Turrets or flame-spewing Pyro Turrets, and even the capacity to repair turrets and tact points that have become damaged. Physically they are weak and their ranged attacks are limited but combined with other templars they can be a powerful force multiplier. Engineers have a variety of useful builds but a particularly interesting variant is the Flame Engineer which uses heavier Flame Tank armor, a short-range flamethrower (shorter range than some of the Hydra flamethrowers), and has access to a couple special talents (while losing access to others.)

Starting Attributes[edit | edit source]

Engineers begin with the following attributes, skills, and class features:

Class Features[edit | edit source]

  • Base HP: 92 + 1 per level
  • HP Modifier: + 5 HP per Fortitude
  • Toughness Modifier: 100% of Fortitude
  • Resistance Modifier: 150% of Willpower
  • SP Cost: 600 + 5 x Level, maximum = 650

Attributes[edit | edit source]

  • Fortitude: 3
  • Willpower: 3
  • Focus: 3
  • Strength: 3
  • Quickness: 3

Skills[edit | edit source]

  • Gunnery: 2
  • Warrior: 2
  • Tactics: 3
  • Evasion: 2
  • Engineer: 4

Starting Talents[edit | edit source]

The Engineer starts with a single rank in Direct Shot, Grapple, Power Field, and Capture.

Usable Gear[edit | edit source]

The Engineer uses light pistols and revolvers, gauntlets, Leviathan Reactors (War Gear shared with Hydras), Sensorkit-mods (War Gear shared with Scouts), and Infantry armor (shared with Soldiers). The Flame engineer variant uses short-range flamethrowers instead of pistols and Flame Tank armor (shared with Hyrdas) instead of Infantry armor.

Engineer Talents[edit | edit source]

Direct Shot[edit | edit source]
  • Basic, single-target ranged attack.
  • Has limited accuracy and damage bonuses, although if heavily invested in they do become moderately powerful.
  • With the more powerful revolvers, this talent can be useful, even with only the single free rank. With a flamethrower build, this is a very useful talent for great fire damage output, but still isn't worth investing talent points into.
  • Only 3 Heat cost and 2 AP can make this talent attractive to wound spawning Xeno when spending your other 3 AP on capturing a Tact Point.
Grapple[edit | edit source]
  • Single Target Melee attack that ends movement when used but grants a short buff if it connects and deals damage.
  • Uses only 1 AP and 3 Heat but still should almost never be used by Engineers due to requiring melee range, likely dealing little damage, and stopping movement.
  • The buff becomes sizable at higher ranks, improving parry, dodge, and armor for 3 turns. However, this is possibly the second-worst talent for a Engineer to invest in (after direct shot.)
  • Downsides addressed, the gauntlets Engineers can equip come with very high penetration. This can make using even a low rank grapple situationally useful against high deflection targets that have already used their counter-attacks and are nearly dead from other templars.
Power Field[edit | edit source]
  • Powerful limited-use group defensive buff.
  • Conveys a large amount of deflection, parry, dodge, and armor at higher ranks but is still useful at lower ranks.
  • Will only affect 3 targets until Tactics is increased; this talent is a significant motivation for investing in Tactics as an Engineer.
  • Cannot be used while overheated.
Capture[edit | edit source]
  • The only talent capable of weakening and ultimately capturing enemy Tact Points.
  • Damage dealt to Tact Point is enhanced by Engineering skill level.
  • Uses 3 AP up to level 5, reducing to 2 AP at level 6 and above; generates 15 Heat at all talent levels.
  • Level 6 allows an experienced Engineer to cleanse a Tact Point from enemy control in one game turn; Tact Points with low HP can be cleansed & captured in the same turn.
Sensorkit Scan[edit | edit source]
  • Identical to the Scout's sensorkit scan but doesn't come with a free rank.
  • May allow for a templar force completely devoid of scouts if an engineer with this talent is present.
  • The Engineer's limited mobility compared to the Scout's excellent mobility makes this less useful, however.
Heat Sink[edit | edit source]
  • Medium-range ability to remove heat from another templar.
  • Grows in strength with more ranks as well as higher engineering skill.
  • With limited Engineering skill and only a single rank, this talent basically trades heat 1 for 1. However, at higher ranks and skill levels, this can burn a substantial amount of heat from an ally for very little cost.
  • The heat cost to use this increases somewhat at higher ranks, starting at rank 4.
  • This cannot be used while wearing Flame Tank armor.
  • The value of this skill is hard to overstate. Think Paladin but for healing heat instead of health.
Fortify Position[edit | edit source]
  • Limited-use group area-control buff.
  • Boosts critical hit chance by a moderate amount and armor by a moderately small amount, along with deflection and auto-block at a small MP cost.
  • Unlike Power Field, this talent requires higher Engineering skill to affect more templars; thus, you don't need to split your skill points between Engineering and Tactics to have this buff be useful.
  • At Rank 6 this lowers MP by 2 points instead of 1, making Rank 5 a potential optimization point.
  • Gives massive, mostly defensive bonuses to a potentially large group. This makes it an excellent buff for slower tactics relying on holding TPs for many turns.
  • Pairs well with Turret Stance, when focused on turrets.
  • Unlike Power Field, you can use this talent while overheated, a common situation for Engineers.
Repair[edit | edit source]
  • Unique ability that restores health to either a Tact Point or a turret.
  • In its current incarnation, this talent fails to be a good choice compared to any other talent the Engineer can invest in, except possibly Grapple.
  • Has limited uses, costs 3 AP, and ends your movement for the turn when used. Healing to Turrets is typically too small at lower ranks to be worthwhile. It is generally wiser to improve the maximum (and current) HP of Tact Points via Upgrades, which can be purchased without delaying your Engineer and wasting one or more talent points.
Sentry Turret[edit | edit source]
  • Creates a stationary Sentry Turret with the useful Overwatch ability and a burst fire attack capable of hitting multiple foes.
  • Has a high heat cost (30) and 3 AP, but the utility gained from the turret as both zone control, some damage, and a distraction makes it well worth your while.
  • Gains better armor and weaponry with each talent rank invested.
  • Can only place two turrets per Engineer without a special ordnance.
  • The maximum number of turrets present on a battlefield is limited, with the limit varying from map to map.
  • Grows significantly more powerful with higher levels of Engineering skill.
Pyro Turret[edit | edit source]
  • Creates a stationary Pyro Turret with a useful area-denial flame attack and a powerful single target flame attack.
  • Similar in costs/limitations to the Sentry Turret but cannot be deployed unless Flame Tank armor is equipped.
  • Losing access to Overwatch is the primary downside to this turret, but being able to place flames over enemy spawn points also serves a defensive purpose of preventing them from spawning.
Manual Vent[edit | edit source]
  • Burns off Heat from a group of templars at medium-range and applies an offensive buff that also lowers movement speed.
  • The buff is a double-edged sword; it lowers MP by 3 tiles a turn but does offer significant accuracy and critical hit bonuses at higher ranks.
  • Applies to Templars in a cross-shape and will only hit 4 Templars unless at least one point is invested in Engineering skill.
  • Heat reduction is slightly increased at higher levels, but so is the heat cost to the Engineer.
  • Has limited uses.
  • Requires Flame Tank armor to be equipped.
Scorch Order[edit | edit source]
  • Limited-use Group debuff that makes foes easier to hit with ranged weapons (lowers Dodge) and significantly lowers Fire Resist.
  • Useful if you have multiple attacks that have Fire damage as a main component and you are facing foes with at least some Fire Resist.
  • Potentially useful for flame tank engineers that have low accuracy and a high fire damage component to their, and their turrets', attacks.
  • Hits a number of targets equal to the Engineer's Tactics skill in a 3x3 area.
  • Only costs 1 AP and 6 Heat while lasting 3 turns.
Turret Stance[edit | edit source]
  • Powerful limited-use single-target buff that also prevents movement.
  • Grants powerful defensive and offensive bonuses but completely stalling movement for 3 Turns is rarely a good idea for templar.
  • Also works on turrets and landmines which cannot move anyway and thus is a powerful buff for them.
Lamdmine[edit | edit source]
  • Creates a stationary Landmine with a powerful area-of-effect self-detonation talent and a defensive talent.
  • The landmine is manually triggered.
  • The landmine will explode upon being destroyed as well, hopefully taking down nearby foes.
  • Bolt-seal, a defensive talent landmines come with, grants some protection from attacks at the expensive of penetrating power upon detonation.
  • Talent rank 1 only allows for 3 landmines to be placed. Rank 2 grants 4 landmines, rank 6 grants 5, and rank 9 grants 6.
  • Every rank of this talent either upgrades the landmine's armor or its attack, similar to how the turret talents work.
  • The heat cost is cheaper than turrets (12) but because you can place more of them in a battle, that can still add up to a significant heat total.