Enemy Within introduces the concept of medals -- minor, customizable bonuses that you can bestow upon worthy soldiers from the barracks.

However, such medals are limited quantity - how do you earn more?

I believe that you earn one International Service Medal for every council mission undertaken, but I have no idea about how to earn the "Defender's Medal" that I've already run into. (Perhaps something to do with the rookies dying? I expect a lot of rookies to die. C'est la XCom)


According to the Ufopedia each medal is received in a different way, and there is a limitation on the total number of medals of each kind you can have on your live soldiers:

  • Urban Combat Badge - +5 Defense when in cover or +5 Aim against enemies in full cover. Maximum of 5 medals issued. Requires completing an urban map mission?

  • Defender's Medal - Never panic as result of allies getting wounded or killed or Medikits and Restorative Mists heal 2 HP more when used on this soldier. Maximum of 3 medals issued. Requires a soldier dying or being stabilized.

  • International Service Cross - +2 Will per different nationality in the squad or +2 Aim per continent bonus XCOM has earned. Maximum of 2 medals issued. Requires a mission(s) outside your base's continent.

  • Council Medal of Honor - Provides 10 Aim and Critical Chance if not within 7 tiles of an allied unit. Maximum of 2 medals. Complete Council missions.

  • Star of Terra Maximum of 1 medal. Complete XCOM Base Defense mission.

I can confirm from my own experience that the info for all the first 4 seems to be correct.

The maximum number of medals refers to the number of medals in the medals pool + the number of medals pinned on live soldiers. So, when a soldier with a medal dies or is dismissed, a new medal can be received.

  • Hm. This info still looks a little complete. What does the limit refer to - i.e. a limit of 5 medals issued per game? Or up to 5 medals pinned to soldiers at any given time (and when one of them bite it, a new medal)? – Raven Dreamer Nov 13 '13 at 14:38
  • I assume dismissing a soldier with medals also frees up the # of medals so new ones can be generated? – RibsNGibs Nov 27 '13 at 16:13
  • @RibsNGibs, yes. – SIMEL Nov 27 '13 at 18:31
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    +1. I didn't know that there was a max limit to the number of medals in play in the game. Would have liked to know that for the defender of the world achievement. – CrystalBlue Nov 27 '13 at 19:20

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