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What conditions must be met for an enemy to count as flanked? Is the same true for the enemy to flank you?

Usually, it means that you have soldiers on either side of the enemy, but I've seen enemies flanked in cases that didn't seem to meet that requirement.

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Hahaha, this one is tougher to answer. It's "from the side", but I haven't always felt like I could discern rhyme or reason for why something counted as flanked. – peacedog Oct 11 '12 at 21:52
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An enemy counts as flanked when you attack from a direction their cover does not block. This can be spotty at times and it is also based on line of sight of your soldiers and the enemy. You can check how flanked something might be by rotating the camera to the direction the enemy is coming from and seeing how much of your soldier is out in the open.

For example an alien was counted as flanked for me once when he rested against a gas station counter on one side but had the little thin arm that blocks you from moving on the other side. The arm was so thin that it didn't count as cover and he was considered flanked.

Finally enemies such as chrysalids, muton berserkers or any other enemy that does not use cover cannot be flanked. Only enemies who actively rest against an object to use as cover can be flanked.

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So if one of your soldiers has a clear shot (no cover) on the enemy, then he counts as flanked for shots from any of your soldiers? – StrixVaria Oct 12 '12 at 15:36
No, I've test this a bit and I can say a flanking solider gains the crit and accuracy boost. – Shykin Oct 13 '12 at 15:59
Please tell me that you don't actually do worse adjacent to cover in the wrong direction than just out in the open. That would be infuriating. – Evan Harper Oct 27 '12 at 20:08

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