I would think that eliminating one of the Chosen forever should be a reward in itself, but the game threw me a couple of new unique weapons on top: the Assassin Arashi and the Assassin Katana. I understand that the katana, specifically, has these traits:

  • It cannot miss.
  • It has much higher damage than the fusion blade.
  • It has 5 armor penetration.

That seems… overpowered. Even a Colonel with Blademaster and PCS: Superior Perception will quite frequently miss Bladestorm attacks, which would make this katana thingy quite the tool against melee enemies.

Is there a catch to this? I understand that it's one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable, but that was never a problem for me with any of the Alien Hunters stuff.

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    It also ignores up to 5 armour
    – Oak
    Nov 30, 2017 at 15:23

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The Assassin's Katana only has 2 drawbacks:

  • Unique. If you lose it, it stays lost.

  • Not Upgradable. You can't improve it further (like you can other weapons)

Other than that, go have a blast with 5 armour penetration, 100% hit chance and incredibly high damage. No (mathematical) drawbacks, other than what was already mentioned.

There is however the case where you can become too "trigger" happy and become careless, resulting in the death of the soldier and subsequent loss of the weapon. A ranger can solo The Lost missions by wielding it.


Opting to go for this weapon also means you're opting to give up on the chance of causing a stun with the Arc Blade or the burn effect with Fusion Blade, but that isn't necessarily a drawback of the weapon, but instead a choice of the Commander depending on what's more useful to the squad.

  • You can't upgrade it, but it still does far more damage than any other swords. (Does it apply the fire effect like the fusion blade?)
    – Nissa
    Nov 30, 2017 at 15:44
  • @StephenLeppik Sorry if I recall correctly it doesn't. Only fusion blade does. Arc Blade has a chance to stun though. Don't be greedy :P
    – Oak
    Nov 30, 2017 at 16:06
  • @StephenLeppik Only if you're comparing to the Fusion Blade. If you think about it all swords other than the base one have an added bonus, it just happens that Katana isn't the fire/stun effect, but the armour penetration & 100% hit chance effect.
    – Oak
    Nov 30, 2017 at 21:44

Yep, all the Chosen drop OP weapons. This gives you (another) incentive to kill them all before tackling the final mission.

The only drawback is that, as you mentioned, they're unique, so if a soldier dies with them (and you don't recover their body) you lose the weapon forever.

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