One of the ranger's abilities is Bladestorm. The description is:

Free sword attacks on enemies that enter or attack from melee range

I have some questions about the mechanics:

  • If my character is the one moving, do they still get a free sword attack? Or only when the enemy moves?
  • If an enemy enters melee range and then attacks, do I get two free sword attacks?
  • Do these free sword attacks happen immediately on the enemy's turn? Or do I need to wait until the next turn to the use them? If I have to use them manually, do they stack?

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  • The attack is only triggered by enemy movement. Moving on your turn will not trigger Bladestorm (unless your move causes an enemy to move, such as a burrowing Chryssalid).
  • No, only the movement will trigger Bladestorm. I've had an Andremedon move past my soldier (triggering Bladestorm), then in a separate action, make a melee attack. The attack was not responded to by my Ranger.
  • They happen immediately, usually before the enemy gets to take their action. This is very useful against, e.g. Stun Lancers, which will move into attack range but die before they can actually make an attack. Some enemies, such as Faceless, have a melee range larger than the Ranger's, and don't actually have to move close enough to trigger Bladestorm to attack. (It seems there may have been a recent patch affecting this; it's possible for Bladestorm not to trigger until after the enemy gets to attack.)
  • The second bullet point is probably no, since the way melee works, the melee attack is part of the movement. (Like how rangers can move up to sprint, and then attack). Might be possible to test in multiplayer against another human, perhaps? Feb 6, 2016 at 21:00
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    @RavenDreamer Melee doesn't actually have to be part of movement, though. If your first action is sufficient to bring you in range, you can use the Melee action without any movement involved. I still think you're right, though, because Close Combat Specialist (the rough equivalent in XCOM: Enemy Unknown) wouldn't trigger twice on the same enemy. Multiplayer does sound like a good way to test, maybe I'll get a chance. Feb 6, 2016 at 21:01
  • Agreed, though I don't think the AI will ever move then attack (which is, presumably, the opponent the OP wants to use bladestorm against). Feb 6, 2016 at 21:03
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    @RavenDreamer Well, by some pretty good luck, I actually just had the situation arise with an Andremedon in my campaign, so that's answered now. Feb 6, 2016 at 21:31
  • So, interestingly, I've had a couple of experiences recently with Stunlancers triggering Bladestorm after making their attack when they attacked diagonally. Need to do more research. Feb 15, 2016 at 0:25

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