I ask this since when moving soldiers directly in front of a door, no Shield icon shows up that would let you know how much cover you have. I know that alien troops can aimbot you and know where you are EVEN if the door is closed, but so far, they've missed every single shot against a soldier posted right behind a door.

Does this mean I'm on to something? Doors take a move action to be opened and closed, so I'm wondering if the door made any impact on me dodging bullets, or does it not matter what state the door is in, and I simply got lucky?

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    Doors actually don't take a move action to open (not sure about closing). You can't do it if you've used all of the soldier's actions for the turn, which is fine because you wouldn't really want to anyway, but at any other time they take a "non-action", just like a free reload or picking up an unconscious person.
    – Paul Z
    Feb 11, 2016 at 0:50

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No, doors provide no cover. Once opened they remain opened even if closed.

I found this when playing a UFO mission and two soldiers either side of the UFO doorway. I opened the door to 'spawn' the enemies inside, which they did. Then I closed the door, hoping to limit their ability to hit me and force movement.

The next turn a Viper pulled one of my troops directly through the closed door with it's tongue attack, and ADVENT troops shot through the door at my other squad mates.

  • sounds like a bug...
    – Flyto
    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:50
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    Yep, a deadly bug, I lost the whole squad in the end :(
    – David Yell
    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:23
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    If you don't open the door at all, does the same apply
    – childe
    Feb 8, 2016 at 16:35
  • Worth an experiment for sure @skully
    – David Yell
    Feb 8, 2016 at 18:10
  • @skully: anecdotally, I can confirm it also happens for unopened doors. When I met the Codex, she wound up inside the truck (where I had to retrieve a cache from). She managed to shoot at my incoming units even though she was inside a closed van. The door was not hacked, nor opened at that point.
    – Flater
    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:56

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