Do I ever run out of new recruits if too many die, or do I have an endless supply of cannon fodder to replace their fallen comrades?

  • I mean, you have to hire news ones... do you mean you worry about running out of the ability to hire new recruits? – BlackVegetable Feb 12 '16 at 22:46
  • @BlackVegetable well, I havent had to hire any yet, I've had a few die or get hospital, and they have gotten replaced. I barely started playing so I don't really understand the whole mechanic yet. – Dragonrage Feb 12 '16 at 22:49
  • @BlackVegetable Yes - or at least, that's what I'd like to know! I remember in xcom apocalypse, there was a limited number of troops available to hire. A couple of bad TPKs could wipe them out, and then you'd be in trouble, with no soldiers and no way to get any. – Benubird Aug 18 '16 at 11:03

You will run out of rookies in your base, however you can hire new ones that take a few days to arrive.

As long as you have the money and the space in your barracks, you should be able to recruit new rookies. With the "New Guy" upgrade from the Officer Training School, the new recruits can arrive as squaddies rather than rookie.


You will eventually have to hire new recruits at a low price:

XCOM starts out with a group of twelve Rookie soldiers. Additional soldiers can be recruited via the Barracks and arrive at headquarters three days later. Each recruit costs §10 on Easy and Normal difficulties, and §15 on Classic and Impossible. Additional soldiers can also be received as a mission reward from the Council.


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