Quick questions about Intercepters & Snipers

#1 Posted by carnifexseverian (69 posts) -

Hey all, couple quick questions I could use some help with.

1.) Does it make any sense to have Intercepters on continents where you have no satellites? I've heard that they only matter if they're covering a satellite. Currently I have an Intercepter in every continent but if this is pointless I will transfer them to a more useful spot.

2.) Does Squad Sight effect accuracy as well as line of site? I have one sniper with Squad SIte and he always has a 20 - 30% higher chance to hit than my other Sniper without it. They both have scopes and the higher ground perk. Maybe certain solders have different attributes? Not sure.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

#2 Posted by LawGamer (301 posts) -

1. I believe they only have use if they are protecting a satellite. That said, I usually build an interceptor or two either simultaneously or prior to launching a satellite to a new continent, so I'm ready day 1 if the satellite picks something up.

2. I am unsure of the answer to this question, however, my best guess is that since Snipers are more accurate the greater distance away they are from the target, Squad Sight it increasing your chance to hit by allowing your Sniper to fire from farther away. The easy way to find out would be to click the "more information" (I think its the left stick) option while your solider is aiming. This gives you a breakdown of everything affecting the chance to hit, like equipment and enemy cover.

#3 Posted by Wuddel (2100 posts) -

@carnifexseverian:

1. Interceptors only make sense on continents were you have satellites.

2. I think not. However, since the chance is affected by aim, distance and angle (flank) a sniper in the back might be in a better angle. Also keep in mind the alternative sniper spec allows you to shot and move, but only with a aim penalty (AFAIR).

#4 Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab (676 posts) -

Could also be that snipers with shared sight are also stationary way more than snipers with snap shot. Are you comparing 1:1? Like have a sniper with snap shot fire at the beginning of their turn and then have a sniper with shared sight fire at the beginning of their turn? It's kind of hard to compare that sort of thing unless they're in similar conditions (i.e. both in cover, both with similar-ish vantage points, etc.

#5 Posted by carnifexseverian (69 posts) -

Hmm I could be moving my sniper without Squad Site first and incurring a penalty without knowing it. I also was unaware that sniper's are more accurate at longer ranges. This would make sense as the Squad Site sniper is more likely shooting at enemies farther away.

#6 Posted by Scrawnto (2466 posts) -

1. They can only attack UFOs once they've been detected, and you can only detect them with satellites. Having multiple interceptors on one continent can be useful, since you can send out another if the first interceptor you send gets shot down.

2. Like the others have said, it's probably because you can't move and shoot, so you are more often shooting without the aim penalty that comes from moving before shooting.

#7 Posted by BisonHero (7054 posts) -

@carnifexseverian said:

Hmm I could be moving my sniper without Squad Site first and incurring a penalty without knowing it. I also was unaware that sniper's are more accurate at longer ranges. This would make sense as the Squad Site sniper is more likely shooting at enemies farther away.

There's never an accuracy bonus for shooting from far away (at least, I've never encountered one), but there is a significant accuracy penalty if your sniper is like right beside a guy and you're trying to aim with your sniper rifle. However, the penalty seems to only come up if you're like 8 tiles or less away from the enemy. So in your case, the accuracy difference may just be the -20% that is a result of "Snap Shot", the ability that allows snipers to move once, and still make a sniper rifle shot on that turn. I encourage you to click on the "more info" button that gives a breakdown of your base accuracy vs. the enemy's defense rating.

And in case it wasn't already apparent, the converse of the sniper aim penalty is that every other weapon type in the game (unless I'm forgetting one) gets an accuracy bonus the closer you are to point blank, to the point that you get an extra like 30% or 40% if your unit is literally right beside the enemy he is firing at.

#8 Posted by carnifexseverian (69 posts) -

Good stuff, looks like I'll be relocating some aircrafts and begin using the "more info" feature. Thanks guys.

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