Iridar XCOM 2 WOTC War of the Chosen mods


XCOM 2 is one of my most favorite games ever. Challenging tactical combat, constant stream of decisions you have to take, and the ability to endlessly barbie my troops – all speak directly to my heart. 

However, in its “vanilla” form the game’s balance and features leave a lot to be desired. Fortunately, XCOM’s developers have published a robust modding kit, which the community took full advantage of, and now we have a constantly expanding array of mods for every imaginable aspect of the game.

I am proud to name myself a modder as well, and happy to present my currently published mods, as well as share details on mods that I’m currently working on or have planned. 

Additionally, after a lot of hopeless banging my head against the wall, I have unlocked the secret to creating custom animations for XCOM abilities, and I plan to create a series of video tutorials explaining that process in great detail.

Creating mods is nearly as fun for me as actually playing the game, if not more fun, and if I could, I would happily make it my full time job. Please support me  so I can justify spending more time making awesome mods. I am happy to do requests or commissioned mods. Feel free to contact me if you have suggestions or feedback.

Recently Finished Doing

Released Beowulf Rifle Pack. Gained some useful experience in kitbashing weapon models and making weapon mods in general. The Iron Sights mod is a quick and pleasant side effect of what I learned while making Beowulf.

Released Autopistol Overhwaul. Also slowly working on the XCOM 2 modding tutorial

Released Weapon Skin Replacer. Kinda unexpectedly conceived of this mod, and implemented it in pretty much the same evening. 

Planning To Do

Ran into some issues while creating the Smuggler Class, and instead decided to focus on Underbarrel Attachments mod. It was almost done, but then I got hit by a ton of work, and then TLP release got announced, so not sure when it’s all gonna happen.

Currently Released Mods

All of my mods can be found on XCOM 2 Workshop. You can also search for them at Skymods.

Dual Wielded Pistols and Akimbo Class

This combination of mods has been developed in close partnership with Musahi and robojumper, two famous and talented modders. 

Dual Wielded Pistols must be used together with X2WOTC Community Highlander and Musashi’s Primary Secondaries, and it contains code that that allows designated classes to wield two pistols, as well as nearly 200 custom animations – created by me over months of toiling in 3DS MAX.

Akimbo Class mod adds a custom specifically built to take advantage of dual pistols, and it takes heavy inspiration from the movie Equilibrium and Star Wars: the Old Republic.

Planned Features

More perks and abilities, including:

  • A perk that would allow Akimbo to reactively shoot enemy grenades mid-flight. Ginger has provided me with some tips on how to do that.
  • Parry and counterattack ability – already have an animation for it, but code implementation proved to be far too difficult to do it pre-release.
  • A “Locked On” type of perk that provides stacking bonuses for consecutive shots against the same enemy.
  • An ability that allows you to shoot two enemies at the same time, or even chain shots like in that Equilibrium scene in the video above.
  • An ability to shoot while moving or jumping, Max Payne-style.
  • An ability to rapidly fire multiple shots at different targets. Basically, dual wielded Faceoff with better visualization, like this.
  • Tackle ability that pushes enemy out of cover. Not sure what other effects it could have, to be honest, but it would look cool. First steps taken. This actually uses the “dive into cover” animation from unused game assets. Now I just have to adjust the animation and make it properly knockback enemies. Ginger gave me some tips for that.
    • Need to investigate relationship between ragdolled enemies and stun. If stunned and ragdolled enemies remain lying on the ground until Stun wears off, then everything is fine. Otherwise I might need to write a custom effect that does it.

Additional functionality:

  • Make Dual Pistols work the same way as Musashi’s Dual Wielded Melee, so that you don’t need a custom class just to shoot dual pistols. Should also make it compatible with Musashi’s RPG Overhaul.
  • Dual wield autopistols and sawed-off shotguns, with their own skill trees and firing animations, which means they would need to be equipped as a pair.
  • Utilize Arc Throwers as weapons that deal electric damage that bypasses armor, deals bonus damage to robotic enemies and applies various debuffs to organic ones. You’ll be able to utilize Arc Throwers in addition to – or instead of – normal pistols. Maybe they’ll have their own perks, such as:
    • Chain Lightning -> Arc Throwers hit several enemies at once.
    • Also, Arc Pistols should guarantee hits against enemies in water.
  • A separate skill tree with perks related to power armor – EXO and WAR suits. Planned perks:
    • Dual wield SMGs, which would incur a 25% mobility penalty. SMGs will have reduced magazine capacity  4 ammo total – 2 shots from each weapon by default.
    • Rocket Punch ability – a heavy uppercut that ragdolls enemies, and launches them up and backwards. 
    • Ground Slam ability that makes the soldier smash the ground and damage and disorient nearby enemies. Will likely combine several existing animations for that, including Templar’s leap strike, Rage Suit’s smash and ADVENT Shieldbearer shield ability.

Iterative improvements:

  • Add a few missing animations, polish out existing animations and add surplus ones, so that certain abilities randomly pick one of several animations to play. Such as:
    • Insert a pause between weapon shots. I.e. aim and shoot one pistol, raise it, aim and shoot second pistol – like Lucian in LoL.
    • Add a dodging animation to Gun Kata.
    • Check interactions with Headshotting Lost and Dual Shot.
    • Add an activation animation for Limit Break (preferably cross class compatible).
    • Add an optional reloading animation where the soldier “throws away” their current pistols, and pulls out “new” ones, like Neo did in Matrix and Reaper does in Overwatch.
  • Improve sound design, add special FX to certain abilities, especially pistol spinning.
  • I would love more Flyover text for more abilities, but I have no idea how it works. For now.
  • Cleanup code, add more commentaries for those who’d want to base their own mods/abilities on mine, remove unused assets.

System Infiltration

This mod provides an ability that becomes available alongside other Hacking-related actions. It provides a bonus to soldier’s Hacking stat until they move or take damage. Can be used several times. More info in the workshop description.

GREMLIN Improvements

Currently I have one mod published in this category, Scouting Protocol, which provides a bonus ability to any class that has a GREMLIN equipped. This ability sends the GREMLIN to scout a specific area without alerting enemies, and it’s highly configurable in terms of cooldown and ability cost.

Planned Features for Scouting Protocol:

Make Scouting Protocol gain additional functionality when used with GREMLINs of higher tiers, or maybe after purchasing a certain upgrade at Engineering or Proving Grounds, which could also require an additional research. This additional functionality potentially includes:

  • The ability for GREMLIN to stay hovering in place until manually recalled, providing constant surveillance of enemy positions, and allowing soldiers with Squadsight to engage enemies in GREMLIN’s vision.
  • Higher tier of the ability could also Mark enemies to make them easier to hit. 

Other abilities to improve GREMLINs:

Grab Loot – there was a vanilla mod that allowed GREMLIN users to safely and quickly grab loot dropped by enemies. I’d like to port that ability to WOTC, but it was always a bit too strong in my opinion, so I’ll likely make it a turn-ending action, and maybe enact other balancing measures, such as making it usable once per tactical game.

Resupply – when the GREMLIN user is equipped with an Ammo Belt utility item, give them the ability to provide Free Reloads to allies at a distance. See below for more info.

Ammo Belt

This my old mod for vanilla XCOM 2, before the WOTC expansion. It provides a utility item which can be used to reload the Cannon of a nearby Grenadier or Gunner, and it can be configured to be usable on all classes.

Planned features:

  • Update for WOTC.
  • Make it determine valid targets by equipped weapon, and not class. This will make the item usable on any modded classes that have Cannons equipped.
  • When equipped on a soldier with a GREMLIN, Ammo Belt will provide the ability to give other soldiers Free Reloads. This will be different from just reloading their weapon, because IMO having a flying robot somehow push a magazine into your weapon is a silly idea.
  • Ideally, add a few cosmetic Torso Gear items that would let the soldier actually wear their ammo belt. Make a different version for each weapon tier and major armor archetype.

ADVENT Weaponry

I’d like to spice up the early game – especially for the Akimbo Class – to make ADVENT soldiers drop their weapons as loot. The chance would be low, and these weapons would drop only from low tier enemies which mostly stop appearing later into the campaign. 

These weapons would be Magnetic-tier, and the player would have the option to use them as they are – before actually researching and building Magnetic weapons, or sell them for supplies on Black Market, or disassemble them to speed up Magnetic research or get attachments. 

Currently I have implemented all of these features for ADVENT Magnetic Pistol. Maybe I will add a rifle as well. 

I have also been pondering at adding a custom early game mission which would involve having to rescue the Reaper exile mentioned in the Akimbo Class mod from ADVENT Prison. In which case he would join the crew, and I’d like that mission to have an optional side objective of recovering a pair of modded ADVENT Pistols. 

Beowulf Rifle Pack


This mod is inspired by real life AR-15 Beowulf, and fulfills my fantasy of compact Assault Rifles converted to use high caliber rounds, which results in superior damage and anti-armor properties, but reduced magazine size and crappy ballistics. 

It adds a high-caliber rifle for each major weapon tier, buildable in Engineering. More info in the Workshop description.

Autopistol Overhaul

Workshop Link

Originally this was intended as a quick edit of weapon stats for autopistols, but then it turned out I have to also add extra animations, then I remembered that autopistols are missing attachments, and it all spiraled out of control. 

In the end I’ve created a robust and full-blooded overhaul that changes autopistols from shunned and forgotten weapon class into an actual option, viable for regular use, and with seamless integration into the game, with or without other mods.

Weapon Skin Replacer

Workshop Link

This mod allows to cosmetically modify weapons to look and sound like other weapons. It can also hide weapons and their schematics from Engineering, as well as hide or replace visual appearance of weapon attachments.

It’s a fairly simple one-file mod, but it has a huge amount of functionality and really helps to customize the personal experience without much difficulty. For example, I wanted to use Priests’ Magnetic Rifles for a long time, and now I don’t need to make a separate mod for it.

Planned Mods

Rifle Grenades -> a utility item that you can equip instead of normal frag grenades. They would take an extra action to set up, and after that they can be “launched” with another action just like from the Grenade Launcher. However, the primary weapon would be unable to fire normally once the grenade is “put on”. Basically Rifle Grenades would provide the ability to Launch grenades without actually using the Grenade Launcher.

A standalone Jet Pack item. Just rip it off the Archon Armor. Would probably be a utility item, or maybe an armor like Spider Suit. Haven’t decided.

A bayonet weapon attachment. Would provide an ability to melee charge enemies. Might consider using Fleche mechanic from Long War 2 – the longer you run, the more damage it deals.

Underbarrel weapon attachments. There would be at least grenade launcher and shotgun, could be more. Could implement this in different ways:

  • One could be a with a standalone rifleman class, which uses underbarrel attachment as their secondary weapon, and have various perks related to that ability.
  • Other could be specifically as weapon attachments.

Both would be fun. In both cases I’d like to have a utility item that allows player to reload these attachments.

Standalone Rocket Launcher mod. I hate the puny “heavy weapons” in XCOM 2, and I’d like to create a mod that adds a full-sized rocket launcher for infantry, carried as a secondary weapon and fired from the shouldered position. Basically make it work like in original XCOM Long War, with the ability to carry additional rockets of various properties in utility slots. Might make a special class for it, although making it work with existing Heavy Weapon and Grenade perks would be ideal.

Shoulder Rocket Pods for EXO Suits, MECs and SPARKs. I love Mech Warrior, enough said.

Demon Slash-like sword ability, that would teleport the soldier through the enemy, and deal damage only once the sword is sheathed.

Gunblade Mod. Nothing like a sword that can also shoot.

VSSK Exhaust weapon mod – a suppressed sniper rifle chambered in .50 caliber. 

Piercing Shot ability – a sniper rifle shot that ragdolls and knockbacks enemies, as well as pierces and shreds armor.

Gladiator class – inspired by Lineage 2 class with the same name, Gladiator uses dual swords and has a number of ranged abilities. Class traits:

  • Extra armor and HP, reduced Will and Mobility.
  • Uses Sonic Charges to power skills. The more charges, the more powerful are skills. 

Planned perks / abilities, in rough order of progression:

  • Sonic Focus -> grants sonic charges when activated. Amount of charges granted and maximum charge increases with soldier rank.
  • Triple Slash -> standard melee attack. Doesn’t scale with charges.
  • Sonic Blaster -> staple ranged attack, requires 2 charges. Can crit. Has cooldown.
  • Double / Triple Sonic Slash -> powerful melee attacks that deal bonus damage. Require 3 and 4 charges respectively. DSS can crit, while TSS ignores armor. TSS by itself is about 30% more powerful than DSS.
  • Sonic Buster / Sonic Storm -> deal small amount of splash damage. Require 2 charges but do not consume them. Can crit. Sonic Buster hits enemies near the Gladiator, while Sonic Storm is used as a ranged attack.
  • Sonic Rage -> Weak ranged ability that provides a sonic charge.
  • Vicious Stance -> consumes Will when activated, increase crit damage.
  • War Frenzy -> Consumes Will to provide a temporary immunity to stuns and unconscious effects.
  • Sonic Move -> Consumes 3 charges to provide temporary mobility boost.
  • Riposte Stance -> Consumes Will, reduces Aim and Mobility. Provides a chance to Reflect enemy attacks.
  • “Overhit” plays a role in LA2. Perhaps, make Overhit grant Sonic Charges?
  • Most abilities have cooldowns and it matters.
  • Additional perk ideas here.

Requested mod: some improvements to Psi Operatives. They are to get a Psi Blink ability that would teleport them 5-6 tiles as a free action with several turn cooldown, and gain access to Psi Rifle, similar to the one used by Commander’s Avatar, with 3 upgrade slots.

More consistent Purifiers: change Purifier “explode on death” feature to work like Sustain, so that when a Purifier receives lethal damage, he falls on his knees engulfed in flames with 1 HP remaining, and the next source of damage will make him explode. Or he will explode automatically on the next turn. 

Black Hole Grenade – uses visualization from Codex’ Psionic Bomb, pull enemies closer together, akin to Biotics’ Singularity. 

Some implementation notes backup.

10 thoughts on “XCOM 2

  1. Hi Iridar is possible to make something like horizontal tier weapons variants?

    Magnetic research unlock:
    *Magnetic Weapons: Base game + hit chance.
    *Laser weapons: pierce or shred armor.
    *Advent Weapons: incresed crit chance.

    Plasma research:
    *Plasma wrapons: etc
    *Coil weapons: etc
    *TLP Weapons:etc

    One more thing, a class especialized to hunt the aliens rulers and use the axe, boltcaster etc.

    1. Hi. Yes, it’s possible, and I know there are modders that are working on something similar. It would be possible to create a class like that too, and I don’t mind the idea. If you become a patron on Patreon, you will be able to vote on what mod I create next.

  2. Hi, my name is Soul and I was wondering if there were a way it would be possible to be able to replace weapon templates without replacing the animations, or give specific animations to weapons.

    I want to give all of ADVENT Conventional weaponry for all tiers. I’ve already given normal (and modded) ADVENT Troopers, Shieldbearers, Priests, Stunlancers, Captians, MECs, ECT… Conventional weaponry for all 3 variants, (although Codice (Codex) and spectire units look a bit janky when aiming their weapons, they’re fine firing them.) Non-Humanoid Units (Mutons, Vipers, Anderomedons, Ect…) don’t use their own animations firing them (They’re fine holding them though) instead they default to the normal animation of the weapon itself (Attempts to morth into a humanoid figure and fires the weapon.)

    I’m wondering if theres anyway of getting a conventional cannon (Much like LW2 Muton Cannon how it used an enlarged Beam cannon) for Mutons and Anderomedons and possibily either conventional snipers/shotguns/SMGs for Vipers. Archons, I don’t know what would replace their staffs (Maybie justs shoots a boltcaster bolt?) and just replace Sectopod and turret projectiles with conventional ones. Sectoids… IDK how or what to replace their gauntlet-psiamp with but at least replacing most of the Alien’s Weaponry with conventional weaponry would be awesome.

    Or a much simpler way would be being able to replace just the look and projectiles of certain weaponry withh your Weapon Skin Replacer mod without replacing the base’s weapon animation (Although it would probaly look realy wierd a Sectoid firing a Laser cannon from its wrist lol.) An idea for a mod or mod update at least but its here either way.

    Thank you for your time reading my Idea/Request of a mod/mod update and I wish you luck in all of your future endevors and sorry for the long message.

    Sincerely, Soul

    1. Sorry, Soul, but what you ask is more or less impossible to do with just code. Weapons and their animations are closely tied, it’s not possible to just replace only one of them without breaking something.

  3. Hello “iridar”, my name is jack and I’m from Peru. Recently I’m like crazy trying to learn how to make a “voicepack” for the game XCOM 2 WOTC, and I look for help everywhere to achieve this … You could do a tutorial on how to make a VOICEPACK, for this wonderful game please …

    I already saw 2 videos on YOUTUBE the egui step apaso and nothing, I read the step by step tutorial of “E3245’s voice pack tutorial”. Although all are for XCOM 2 Vanilla, I thought it would be the same for XCOM 2 WOTC, and it has not worked, I hope you can help me with it, I will be very grateful for your time …

    As for your mods, they are great and I’m trying them … we see you friend “iridar” …
    ATTE: jack

  4. I installed Dual Wielded Pistols and Akimbo Class. My problem is that even with robojumper’s Squad Select, Mod Config Menu,
    Musashi’s Mod Everything Reloaded I can not equip the pistol in the main hand. He just does not appear in the choice of weapons. To check, I disconnected all other modifications and started a new game. The problem has not been corrected .

    1. Try making a save and then loading it. You also need Primary Secondaries and X2 WOTC Community Highlander, do you have that?

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