I just finished my first WotC game, and there's an interesting anomaly in the ending stats: "3 soldiers killed". I do not remember ever losing a soldier in this game, but it says I lost 3. The world average is apparently 8, which is odd given that I'm on Veteran difficulty.

Some theories:

  • It's counting the bonus soldiers left at the end of missions. Possible, but I know that I've never lost any of these either. And I've gotten more than 3 of these.
  • It's counting the Resistance soldiers in retaliation strikes. 3 sounds like a good number for how many of those were killed throughout my campaign.

So what events are counted by the "soldiers killed" stat, other than an XCOM soldier dying?

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    Did you have your tutorial enabled? The deaths in the tutorial mission count.
    – l I
    Dec 30, 2017 at 21:33
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    @DanmakuGrazer why should that be relevant? I'm asking about the things that this counter counts.
    – Nissa
    Dec 30, 2017 at 21:33
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    Considering the question is "Where did I get 3 deaths from?", yeah, I would say so. With the question as it is, it's just inviting guesses instead of facts. Dec 30, 2017 at 21:39
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    The question states So what is it counting? at the end. Is that unclear?
    – Nissa
    Dec 30, 2017 at 21:40
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    Once again, yes. Your entire question is asking to guess why your death counter shows 3, and nobody can answer that. I don't think I can say much more without repeating myself. Dec 30, 2017 at 21:52

2 Answers 2


The two things included in the soldiers killed metric are:

  1. KIA members of your squad (not resistance soldiers added via the resistance order, nor the fighters on retaliation strikes).

  2. Mind-controlled enemies. When a unit under your control dies, it counts under that statistic. Edit from comments: Enemy machines destroyed while under your control also count.

  • Hmm… actually, I can't remember using MC ever. My psi operatives didn't see much action, really.
    – Nissa
    Dec 31, 2017 at 0:33
  • Possibly the commander's avatar on the final mission? Dec 31, 2017 at 0:38
  • That I know I didn't use.
    – Nissa
    Dec 31, 2017 at 0:40
  • Ok. At present those are the 2 things I know it counts. Given your experience there might be another, but I'm unaware of it. Dec 31, 2017 at 0:45
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    @RoijanEskor Machines and such are count as soldiers. Soldiers that die while mind controlled count as lost soldiers, which means using Haywire results in them being counted as lost soldiers
    – Oak
    Dec 31, 2017 at 16:39

You lose some people in the very first tutorial mission. They show up in the memorial plaque in the bar on the avenger. They probably count in the total dead statistic.


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