XCOM 2 achievements


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There are a maximum of 80 XCOM 2 achievements (50 without DLC) worth 5,185 (1,520)

21,662 tracked gamers have this game, 112 have completed it (0.52%)

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Exquisite Timing in XCOM 2

Exquisite Timing416 (40)

Beat the game on Commander+ difficulty by July 1st

  • Unlocked by 202 tracked gamers (0.9% - TA Ratio = 10.40) 21,675  

Achievement Guide for Exquisite Timing

bryan dot exe
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bryan dot exe
Achievement won on 15 Oct 16
TA Score for this game: 3,490
Posted on 16 October 16 at 00:03, Edited on 22 April 17 at 05:35
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Each new game starts you on March 1st. The goal of this achievement is to beat the game on Commander (or Legend shock) difficulty in under four months. You will need to plan out your research and construction goals, ignoring most upgrades in favor of the mission critical projects.

I thought it might help people to see a sample timeline. This is a log of my activity with the exact days that I completed each of the important research projects, construction projects, and missions along the critical path. I played on Commander difficulty and chose to simultaneously obtain the achievements for never buying a squad size upgrade and the achievement for never losing a soldier. This didn't end up being much of a handicap at all. You won't have much time to spare on building a GTS school and you certainly can't be spending time training new soldiers to replace the fallen.

I ended up finishing all of the critical projects and missions with about 10-15 days remaining. I took my foot off the gas a bit in month four to spend time researching additional armor and weapon upgrades, as time allowed.

I'm sure there are dozens of ways to approach this achievement and your results may vary. That being said, I am sure this type of outline will prove useful to a number of people.

Month 1
March 05 - Lab Research Completed: Alien Biotech
March 07 - Staffing Update: Eng (2)
March 10 - Lab Research Completed: ADVENT Officer Autopsy
March 14 - Staffing Update: Sci (1)
March 21 - Mission: Investigate Blacksite
March 22 - Construction Completed: Proving Grounds
March 30 - Proving Grounds Project Completed: Skulljack

Quick Tips For the Month:
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Month 2
April 05 - Mission: Skulljack an ADVENT Captain / Kill Codex
April 06 - Lab Research Completed: Alien Encryption
April 12 - Discovered Black Market
April 12 - Staffing Update: Eng (3)
April 15 - Lab Research Completed: Magnetic Weapons
April 18 - Construction Completed: Shadow Chamber
April 19 - Staffing Update: Sci (4)
April 25 - Shadow Chamber Research Completed: Blacksite Vial
April 28 - Lab Research Completed: Resistance Comms

Quick Tips For the Month:
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

Month 3
May 02 - Shadow Chamber Research Completed: Codex Brain
May 05 - Construction Completed: Resistance Comms
May 10 - Mission: Investigate Blacksite Vial Coordinates (The Forge)
May 13 - Shadow Chamber Research Completed: Codex Data
May 18 - Mission: Skulljack Codex / Kill Avatar
May 22 - Shadow Chamber Research Completed: Stasis Suit

Quick Tips For the Month:
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

Month 4
June 01 - Mission: Investigate Codex Brain Coordinates (Recover Psi Gate)
June 11 - Shadow Chamber Research: Research Psi Gate
June 20 - Lab Research Completed: Plated Armor
June 24 - Shadow Chamber Research: Avatar Corpse Autopsy
June 27 - Mission: ADVENT Network Tower
June 27 - Mission: Alien Fortress

Quick Tips For the Month:
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

You may have noticed I didn't mention the AVATAR tracker once. It shouldn't become an issue. You're rattling off main missions frequently enough to keep it in check.

As for combat:
This guide is primarily focused on the top level strategy. There are lots of people out there willing to give advice on higher difficulty combat. Most of it boils down to knowing your classes, staying in cover, and doing a lot of your damage from overwatch. Hang back and let the aliens spend their actions on movement. You spend yours on shooting.

Just don't forget, this isn't ironman. Save early and often. I saved just about 200 times on this run alone. Always try for the low chance outcomes that allow you to keep your soldiers from getting injured. I completed 19 missions in the four months and 12 of them were flawless. Keep this in mind. Prioritize weapon upgrades over armor upgrades. You don't need to spend resources on armor upgrades if you're never going to let yourself get hit.

Thank's for reading and good luck commander.
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