How do I get an XCOM Hero? I saw this screenshot of a secret XCOM hero that says:

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Apparently, getting an XCOM hero disables achievements for the rest of the playthrough. Are there other XCOM heroes, or is this the only one?

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After getting your squad together, if you rename your squad member in the customization settings, if you change the name to a specific name the game will make it a "special" XCOM hero. There are two others you can get as XCOM heroes, all discovered through the default.ini configuration settings:

 ;Sid Meier BodyPartTemplateConfig=(PartType="Head",
 Gender=eGender_Male, Race=eRace_Caucasian, SpecializedType=true)
 ;Beaglerush BodyPartTemplateConfig=(PartType="Head",
 Gender=eGender_Male, SpecializedType=true) ;VanDoorn
 Gender=eGender_Male, SpecializedType=true)

So basically, you just need to rename your squad member to either:

  • Peter Van Doorn
  • Sid Meier
  • Beaglerush

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In order to get an XCOM hero!

For reference, Peter Van Doorn is a famous NPC you can rescue in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.. Sid Meier is a famous developer who is the creator of the Civilization series and director of Creative Development for Firaxis Games. Beaglerush is a famous XCOM streamer and youtuber.

  • Are the differences between a Hero and a regular soldier just cosmetic?
    – Dpeif
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 8:36
  • They have ridiculously high stats, hence the achievements getting disabled. Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 13:38

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